Starcraft Articles RSS Feed | GameSkinny.com Starcraft RSS Feed on GameSkinny.com https://www.gameskinny.com/ en Launch Media Network Place Your Bets Now: These Cosplays are Definitely Coming to 2018 Convention Floors https://www.gameskinny.com/ancfy/place-your-bets-now-these-cosplays-are-definitely-coming-to-2018-convention-floors https://www.gameskinny.com/ancfy/place-your-bets-now-these-cosplays-are-definitely-coming-to-2018-convention-floors Thu, 22 Feb 2018 11:00:33 -0500 Stephanie Tang

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Did we miss anyone else you think will really blow up conventions? (And when I ask this, I consider Spider-Man, Deadpool, and Link convention staples at this point!) Who or what is it? And why? 

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And before we peace out for good, Geralt above is my wild card... and I suspect it will largely depend on whether or not the upcoming Netflix TV adaptation looks any good.

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And while you're here, make sure to check some of our other cosplay articles: 

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Mercy -- Overwatch

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While we're on the Blizzard bandwagon, we can't help but include a nod to the crazy construction efforts of every Mercy cosplayer (give or take the Dr. Ziegler casual fan iteration) who has ever stepped on the convention floor. 

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The latest event to hit Overwatch (Lunar Year of the Dog) has dumped a huge amount of new material on us. And while it's perhaps unlikely we'll see many of the Zhuque versions of Mercy at conventions (although, if you're considering it... oh, hell yes, please!) there are sure to be a ton of other iterations. 

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Case in point, Valkyrie (and alternatively, the recolored Sigrun skin), made especially poignant thanks to the recent re-balances (see: nerf) to the character's ultimate/resurrection ability. 

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Mercy mains will mourn overpowered Valkyrie 1.0 for months to come, and what better way to do it than to do it while wearing the namesake skin?

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(Hero image source: collider)
(Secondary image source: cos album

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Nova -- StarCraft II

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All right, so StarCraft II isn't exactly "upcoming" in any sense of the word (it only recently went free-to-play last year), but Nova's constant reappearance in other areas of the Blizzard world means something. It also helps that she sports a fairly consistent character design across all of her appearances, making her a pretty easy character to cosplay. 

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She's a prime character in Heroes of the Storm, and her character design recently made the jump to Blizzard's big-name shooter Overwatch, as well as a skin for French sniper Widowmaker that should do wonders bringing back this blond bombshell. 

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For any cosplayer with a love of LEDs, Nova is a great choice for a simple, streamlined design... and yet she'll always manage to catch your eye on the con floor. And if you don't have Widowmaker-level booty, Heroes of the Storm has a ton of new source material for alternate Nova skins that should keep the inspiration machine churning for months.

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(Hero image source: youtube)
(Secondary image source: DeviantArt)

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Kratos -- God of War

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If you're starting to feel like most of the characters on here are from a Video Gaming's Greatest Hits disc, you're not the only one. It's an interesting year where the biggest upcoming games are either ones that don't exactly lend themselves to interesting costume design (Last of Us 2Red Dead Redemption 2, Metro Exodos, A Way Out) or just don't have any real standout cosplayable characters (Monster Hunter World, Anthem). 

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However, God of War 4 brings Kratos back to the world of the living -- and gives him a son. It also flings him head-first into the world of Norse mythology, which is an interesting twist in a seven-game legacy based off of Greek mythology. 

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It helps that while Kratos' base design hasn't changed much, his outfit has been given a little more of an update to correspond with his new surroundings. And what's more, while the original unstoppable rage machine of the original games was what gave Kratos his initial appeal, this unchanging, static ball of hatred was beginning to wear. 

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A little redemption and a new kind of appeal (what's this, real humanity?) in Kratos sounds like it's in the cards for the God of War franchise, which is why you're much more likely to see a return to cons this year. 

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(Hero image source: wccftech)
(Secondary image source: locsalike @ deviantart)

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Sophitia -- Soulcalibur VI

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A sword-wielding staple of the bounce, bounce jiggle, jiggle fest that is the Soulcalibur series, seraphic Sophitia has always more or less managed to walk a fine line between gracefulness and gratuitous boobage -- at least in comparison to, say, Ivy.

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Gravity works in every lady's favor in this fighting game franchise, and Soul Calibur 6 aims to bring more story to the franchise, as well as additional mechanics that will help players through its more-than-button-mash learning curve, which should help bring it back to the forefront of the cosplaying community. 

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Although this iteration has her shirt slit down almost to her naval (no one is fooled by those laces), Sophitia still remains one of the easiest of the reoccurring SC characters to cosplay -- one that keeps all the goods in place, while still allowing for a little leeway when it comes to having the perfect body. 

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She's also cooler than Cassandra, but that might just be my bias showing.

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(Hero image source: polygon)
(Secondary image source: DeviantArt)

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Fury -- Darksiders III

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Aside from my sheer -- and unashamed -- attraction to any pretty face with bright red hair, Fury, from the upcoming hack and slash Darksiders 3easily makes an appearance on this list. Packing a serious punch in both character design and updated apocalyptic lore, there's little doubt other cosplayers will feel the same about D3's heroine.  

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Originally introduced in Darksiders as one of the Four Horsemen, Darksiders 3 will place the blade-mage center stage as a graceful, cartwheeling, blade whipping protagonist.

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Fury Cosplay Germia

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The main thing holding keeping early cosplayers from cosplaying as Fury is that her costume isn't an overly simple one craft -- and there just aren't enough resources yet to make it a late-stage endeavor for most cosplayers of any craftsmanship level. 

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However, this isn't to say that some haven't already gotten a head start: popular Euro cosplayer Germia, for example, has already taken steps to building up several parts of it already! (See above image) 

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(Hero image source: darksiders wiki)

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Sora -- Kingdom Hearts III

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While a release date is still pending (they swear it's coming out sometime this year!), the hype for Kingdom Hearts 3 has been holding fairly steady over the years. Following a number of teasers, trailers, gameplay videos, and just the natural progression that comes from too many HD remakes, there's no stopping the KH3 hype train.

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And one of the most endearing characters from the franchise is Sora -- meaning he's definitely going to be appearing at a con near you this year.  

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He may have gained a few inches, but our spunky, spiky-haired hero in the over-sized shoes hasn't changed much in terms of character design -- even if his color palette has certainly gotten a shakeup. 

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With what looks like more than half a dozen costume changes in the upcoming game, Sora's baby face is sure to be a staple in any group cosplay, particularly since silver-haired pretty boy Riku is guaranteed a larger role in KH3 than he's had in previous iterations -- and is just as likely to make it to con floors.  

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(Hero image source: el mundo tech)
(Secondary image source: Pinterest)

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Con season is only just starting to heat up and a whole slew of games are set to release in the coming months that will fuel the cosplay fire. 

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You're certainly going to see a ton of costumes inspired by new releases, but you're also going to see cosplay inspired by the events and characters of yesteryear -- particularly during the lull where new trends just haven't had time to pop up. See above, for example: never mind her superstar appearance in 2017's Injustice 2, the meteoric hit that was Wonder Woman's origin movie has guaranteed her a girl-power slot on cosplay planning Pinterest boards for years to come.

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So in light of that, let's take a look at some of the costumes we think are going to dominate cosplay this con season. From Fury and Mercy to Sora and Kratos, here's what you can expect. 

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(image source: kilory @ deviantart)

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BlizzCon 2017: Overwatch Heads To The Park With The New BlizzardWorld Map https://www.gameskinny.com/88uhm/blizzcon-2017-overwatch-heads-to-the-park-with-the-new-blizzardworld-map https://www.gameskinny.com/88uhm/blizzcon-2017-overwatch-heads-to-the-park-with-the-new-blizzardworld-map Sat, 04 Nov 2017 17:55:49 -0400 QuintLyn

 A long time ago, at a BlizzCon nearly forgotten, when Chris Metzen was still working a Blizzard and heading up Overwatch development, he teased fans with a crazy little idea that had been floating around in the office. It was a simple idea, and one that would remain in the minds of fans and Blizzard staff alike -- a Blizzard theme park.

It would be like Disneyland, only instead of princesses and fairies and a bear that lives in the 100 Acre Woods with his friends, this themepark would have orcs, and Zerg, and a little eatery named Snaxxramas. It would be named BlizzardWorld... and it would only exist in the world of Overwatch.

Because the park only exists in Overwatch, it's important to note that the game is not represented in BlizzardWorld. Blizzard exists in the world of the game, it is even located in Irvine along with the park; but within the context of the game, Blizzard did not create Overwatch. Nor do they have any kind of branding deals with the organization.

During the Overwatch "What's Next" panel, assistant game director Aaron Keller offered players a look at BlizzardWorld. He describes it as a "hybrid map", meaning that it mixes features from various map types found in the game. While playing this map, Overwatch players will go on an "epic journey" through the worlds of Warcraft, StarCraft, and Diablo. Players will also find references to Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm.

As with previous hybrid maps, BlizzardWorld starts with a fight over the game's first control point. The defending team will start out in a Heroes of the Storm themed arcade (or Heroes Arcade) and the attackers will be based out of the tavern. 

Three areas to fight in

The first control point is in the Warcraft area of the map and can be accessed via Stormwind, or by going through the Lost and Found Vikings. This later option allows players to avoid the choke point in Stormwind. Of course, there are other areas familiar to WoW players in this first section, including the Fargodeep Mine. The first choke is designed to play more like a mini-arena featuring multiple routes for both sides. It offers plenty of cover to players when they enter, as well as health packs scattered throughout.

If the attackers win the fight, they'll take control of the payload and push it into the StarCraft area, going past the siege tank statue and around another little cafe named Pylon Terrace. 

Unlike the Warcraft area, this one is designed to be a large circular arena, featuring plenty of high ground that can be accessed by both sides. There are indoor areas that players can take advantage of.

Again, once the attackers manage to gain control of the payload, they will move it into the next area. You guessed it: Diablo-land. At this point the spawn rooms will change, with the attackers spawning in the passenger loading area in the Reign of the Black King ride. The defenders, on the other hand, will be moved back to the park's command center.

As they move, the attackers will push the payload into the throne room in Leoric's manor. Apparently, players will be able to find all sorts of loot and lore to find inside. The area features high spots for players to get into and take advantage of, as well as one hell of a dangerous drop that should be avoided at all costs.

A labor of love for all of Blizzard

While the bulk of this portion of the panel focuses on what's in the map, the developers really wanted players to know that BlizzardWorld wasn't created in an Overwatch vacuum. In fact, developers from all Blizzard teams offered help on this one.  They came up with ideas for the park, helped design some of the rides, and even threw their hand in on designing some of the attraction signs.

The map is a bit of a love letter to all things Blizzard, "made by fans for fans".  To be honest, I imagine gameplay in this particular map is going to be a bit of a mess starting out -- not because the developers did anything wrong, but because the players are going to be so distracted by everything they've put into it they'll likely forget there's an objective to be met. It looks like a crazy fun map, and well worth the wait we've all had to endure.

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Don't be That Guy: Five Tips in Surviving Online Competition https://www.gameskinny.com/drc9n/dont-be-that-guy-five-tips-in-surviving-online-competition https://www.gameskinny.com/drc9n/dont-be-that-guy-five-tips-in-surviving-online-competition Sat, 29 Jul 2017 16:00:02 -0400 Will Dowell

Competitive games have become exceedingly popular on the online front. May it be Counter-Strike: Global Offensive or StarCraft 2, people have been devoting hours of their time to mastering the intricacies of their preferred game. But for all the pros that pull off incredible ults and go on insane kill streaks, gaming communities have had an influx of newcomers struggling in the new, highly-competitive environment.

There are a few ways to make the transition into these highly competitive communities easier. From improving communication to understanding the competitive mindset, players can learn and improve in the face of hardcore competition. These five tips will help you survive online competition -- even in casual matches.

Get a Headset with a Good Microphone

One of the most important pieces of equipment needed for competitive shooters (or any competitive game, for that matter), a microphone is essential for communication and victory. One of the biggest challenges in team-based competition is to get all players to work together. Without a microphone, this becomes nearly impossible as your communication is severely limited. In addition, teammates likely won't take you seriously without a good headset and microphone. That may sound petty, but when immediate communication is essential for victory, the lack of a good mic makes you a hindrance to your team -- not an asset. 

Luckily, you don't need to break the bank to get a microphone. Headsets can be as cheap as $20 and can last you multiple years. If you really want to get into competitive gaming, a microphone is essential. Check out our list of gaming headset reviews and guides to get started. 

Learn the Terms

With that microphone, you'll have the tech to better communicate with your teammates, but you'll also need the vocabulary to facilitate cohesion. Learning the terms and phrases used in each game you're playing will allow you to understand your teammates and explain your thoughts clearly. This can be as simple as understanding the common terms seen in MOBAs to as complex as learning the specific strategies in StarCraft 2.

While you will be able to learn these terms through extensive playtime, checking out websites and YouTube videos can provide a quicker understanding. You don't need to study everything, you just need to know enough to communicate with your team.

Understand Your Mistakes

No one starts out perfect, and you will make plenty of mistakes as you try a new game. Allow yourself to fail and learn from those mistakes. Even if it seems overwhelming, remember you are learning how to play the game. Enjoy each match, even when you're struggling. It takes time to get better. Don't put too much pressure on yourself to win. There's always next game.

However, you do want to learn from your mistakes and to do so, you must be willing to be self-critical. An easy way to analyze your mistakes is to record your gameplay. While some games have the ability to re-watch matches, you should use third-party software (such as OBS or integrated Nvidia recording software) to record your games anyway. This way, you have more control in your recordings, allowing for deep analyzation of your performance. Remember to find solutions for your mistakes, as just watching your mistakes over and over again will drain your confidence.

Don't forget to listen to your teammates, either. While they will criticize you, they also can provide helpful advice that will improve your matches. You can go even a step further and ask your teammates for constructive criticism. This will take a lot humility, but it is important to get advice when you can. They may be harsh, but the feedback you'll get is essential improving your gameplay.

Master That Mute Button

But sometimes people are just jerks. They scream slurs and call you every name under the sun. When you encounter these people, mute them and report them immediately. You don't have to deal with that toxicity. Regardless of what others say, it is not part of the game and is not acceptable. These games are meant to be fun, and you don't have to listen to people actively trying to ruin the game.

This also means that you shouldn't be that jerk, either. While you may get angry at teammates or get frustrated at the game, that is no excuse for being an a**hole to other players. Don't belittle others because they're not as good as you and don't accept that belittlement when it happens to yourself. Mute, report, and block these players because everyone deserves a good time.

Don't be Afraid to Walk Away

Sometimes the game just becomes too much. People are excessively rude and mean, the game becomes frustrating, you're just getting tired of the same routine. Taking breaks is not only healthy, but essential in truly enjoying competitive games. Allow yourself to walk away and don't be afraid to stop playing altogether. If you're not having fun, play something else. Gaming is huge and full of opportunities; don't ignore that potential just because you're playing a game you're not enjoying.

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Jumping into a competitive game is challenging. Like anything in life, the first few hours will be rough, but things do get better. If you're truly not having fun, find another game, there's plenty of competitive and non-competitive games to choose from. With the strength of online gaming, a new competition is just around the corner.

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StarCraft and Starcraft: Brood War are Free with Latest Patch https://www.gameskinny.com/bd008/starcraft-and-starcraft-brood-war-are-free-with-latest-patch https://www.gameskinny.com/bd008/starcraft-and-starcraft-brood-war-are-free-with-latest-patch Wed, 19 Apr 2017 04:21:31 -0400 ThatGamersAsylum

Earlier today Blizzard released patch notes for StarCraft: Brood WarIn this press release there were several small additions and bug fixes. A few of the more notable additions are:

  1. Support for Windowed mode and Fullscreen Windowed mode were added.
  2. An Actions Per Minute display option was added.
  3. Multiplayer was made more responsive.
  4. Popular Maps was added to assist in finding, well, popular maps (and game types).
  5. An observer mode was added.
  6. Replays will now autosave.

With the addition of an Actions Per Minute counter, an observer mode, and auto saving for replays it seems as if the developers sought to add in quality of life features that helped assist hardcore players' training.

There was also a small tidbit thrown in there: StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War are now free via battle.net. So developers are now apparently nonchalantly dropping the prices of their classic games to free while continuing to patch them like they are Beyonce or something.

If you have never played these classic games, then you can follow the links on the official StarCraft website to download it for Mac or PC.

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StarCraft: Brood War 1.18 Delayed, But You Can Play on the PTR Right Now https://www.gameskinny.com/nhtew/starcraft-brood-war-118-delayed-but-you-can-play-on-the-ptr-right-now https://www.gameskinny.com/nhtew/starcraft-brood-war-118-delayed-but-you-can-play-on-the-ptr-right-now Fri, 31 Mar 2017 20:07:41 -0400 Ashley Shankle

If you're an old fogey like me and waiting with bated breath to see StarCraft: Brood War go totally free -- and get that sweet remaster this summer -- you may be wondering where the 1.18 patch is. 

Officially postponed as Blizzard irons out issues with the game's first actual update in eight years, you don't have to wait for the free Brood War update. Yes, it is possible to download the patch and give it a whirl on the Public Test Realm (PTR) right now.

At the time of writing, this PTR only works on Windows (the Mac version is coming in time) and has some issues the development team is aiming to sort out before pushing the update to full release.

Patching a Patch of a 19-year-old Game

Some of the current issues with the PTR build include crashes on Windows 7, latency issues, and input lag. Furthermore, the current build does not have many of the social features previously found in Brood War 1.16 and below. On top of all this, there are a number of bugs pertaining to lobbies.

Of course, none of these sound like a good time and many of these bugs will need to be squashed before the patch is inducted into the professional Korean scene, the game's bonafide home away from home. The patch needs to be fully functional and lag-free as the future of its scene relies on 1.18's stability and first impression on newer players.

Developer Pete Stilwell announced on the forums yesterday evening that patch 1.18's actual release has been delayed at least a week as the team strives to iron out the build's problems. 

If you just can't wait, grab the 1.5Gb PTR download and give the current build a run for its money. Blizzard is keeping an eye on the forum looking for feedback and bugs, so be sure to report issues (or voice your strong opinions) should you have them to make 1.18 both the newest and best Brood War to date.

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After the StarCraft Remaster....Is Diablo 2 Next? https://www.gameskinny.com/aegdu/after-the-starcraft-remasteris-diablo-2-next https://www.gameskinny.com/aegdu/after-the-starcraft-remasteris-diablo-2-next Sat, 01 Apr 2017 17:00:02 -0400 tofuslayer

This past Saturday, Blizzard revealed the trailer for the long-awaited Starcraft remaster set to launch in “summer 2017.” The new remaster for Mac and PC will feature the same game logic and content as the original game from 1998, but the graphics have been redrawn to better scale 4k resolutions. Now in the wake of the announcement, some gamers are wondering about the possibility of a Diablo II remaster.

Diablo II remaster is a possibility, but don’t hold your breath

While I don’t think the idea of a Diablo II remaster is out of the question, I don’t think it’ll happen as soon as some might think. With the Starcraft remaster set to come out this summer, I think it will take time to fix enough bugs and create enough patches to get the remaster running smoothly before starting on the new project. Blizzard will probably want the the remaster to be in a very good place before they even begin to think about remastering another game.

One thing that may hint at a Diablo remake is the "Darkening of Tristram" patch that Bizzard launched last year to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the original Diablo game. The celebratory event, launched in the form of a patch for Diablo III, contained a temporary event that allowed users to play Diablo in what developers called, “glorious retrovision.” The one month long event, "The Darkening of Tristram", included 16 levels and remade characters from Diablo such as the Butcher and Diablo. I'm speculating that Blizzard may have have used the event to gauge interest in a possible remaster in the future.

Although many fans were excited about the event, sone fans expected a fully remastered edition of Diablo and expressed disappointment at the 20th Anniversary Patch due to the temporary nature of the event. However, I think that there’s a real chance that we can expect a remaster of Diablo for the 25th anniversary and maybe Diablo II remaster for the 20th anniversary in 2020. At the same time, I think fans are often quick to forget that companies like Blizzard have lots of projects going on that we don’t know about, and may want to dedicate most of their energy to creating new games rather than remastering old ones. 

Still, even though Blizzard employees are busy creating new games and providing support for existing ones, the company’s employees are definitely passionate about the games that brought them to that company, such as the Diablo franchise. I also think it’s pretty clear from the Starcraft remaster that the company does care about nostalgia and recognizes the games that brought them to their current status in the gaming world. However, a total remaster of an old game is a big undertaking, especially for a side project. It may not be a priority, but I do think it's a possibility.

A remake of the original Diablo game is more likely

Sorry to anyone hoping for a Diablo II remaster, but I think that "The Darkening of Tristram" event means that a Diablo remaster is more likely in the future. Diablo is older and it's a simpler game than Diablo II. Everything from the sprites to the freedom of movement are simpler, making it an easier game to work with. If Blizzard is going to dedicate time and energy to revamping an old game, they’ll probably choose the path of least resistance.

Another factor to consider is that its easier for fans to purchase and play Diablo II. Even though it’s been a year since the company released a patch for Diablo II, you can still buy the game on the Blizzard website and the company is still providing support for its users. Anyone who wants to buy the original game has to look on eBay or Amazon for third party sellers and download patches from an archive for classic games. The original Diablo is also a lot farther from today’s gaming standards than Diablo II, making it a better candidate for a remaster. It’s pretty obvious that if one of the two games needs a little more attention, its Diablo.

The last factor to consider is that "The Darkening of Tristram" just came out, so some of the work has already been done. Even though a remaster of Diablo would be a much bigger undertaking than a labyrinth in a patch, some of the groundwork has already been done. A lot of hours have already been put into "The Darkening of Tristram" project, and it seems most logical to pick up where they left off on that rather than to take on a whole new endeavor from the ground up.

Diablo II fans, don’t despair just yet

If I’ve dashed your hopes or upset you in any way, there’s still hope! A developer known as egod123 has brought a Diablo II remaster to gamers everywhere through the Starcraft II Arcade. The Curse of Tristram is a free game mod from the Starcraft II Arcade available to Starcraft II users who have purchased the game. As of March 5 of this year, the developer has said that the beta test phase is coming.

So far, the developer does not have a release date set, but if you want a Diablo II remaster and you don’t want to wait around for Blizzard to do it, this is probably your best bet.

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StarCraft: Brood War -- You've Got to Try UMS Games, So Here's Where to Download Them https://www.gameskinny.com/p1z86/starcraft-brood-war-youve-got-to-try-ums-games-so-heres-where-to-download-them https://www.gameskinny.com/p1z86/starcraft-brood-war-youve-got-to-try-ums-games-so-heres-where-to-download-them Thu, 30 Mar 2017 18:06:21 -0400 Ashley Shankle

StarCraft: Brood War will be going totally free here shortly and if you're one of the many waiting to jump on the Brood War train once again with the free to play shift, you may be interested in giving some custom maps a whirl for old times' sake.

Everyone talks about pro Brood War, but anyone who was actually part of the community from the late '90s to the mid-2000s knows custom UMS games were where it was at. BGH, Fa$te$t, RPG, and defense maps were my jam growing up and my friends at the time were all dedicated UMS players. Custom maps really infused the game with the variety it needed to stay active and engaging as long as it did.

With Brood War going free, it's time to rev up those UMS maps to induct new players into the wide (and often bizarre) world of custom games. But you've got to get your hands on them first.

There aren't a ton of places you can download classic StarCraft UMS maps these days. The community's old primary resource website, SCmaps.net, is dead and not many others remain. Luckily, there are two particular options that make grabbing up some UMS maps easy enough.

Where To Get StarCraft: Brood War UMS Maps in 2017

The first notable option is via Renaka, which hosts a sizable amount of map packs available for download. The packs are separated by game type (melee, defense, conquest, RPG, etc.) and have several maps per pack. This is the quickest route to get a good chunk of maps quickly -- and it's easy to navigate.

The second notable option is via a massive collection of SCmaps.net's UMS inventory on GitLab. Unlike Renaka, which offers batch game type downloads, this repository has maps sorted alphabetically. It's harder to deal with, but if you know the name of the map you're trying to nab, it's the less messy of the two resources. (Don't forget games that start with $ are under the "Symbols" category.)

StarCraft: Brood War 1.18 is currently in public testing. If you have a Blizzard PTR account you can download right away and play, and even if you don't, it's easy enough to make one. The game should be going fully public soon enough, and with it (and StarCraft: Remastered) the community will be revitalized. At least for a month or so -- after that, who knows. There is no denying the game shows its age.

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StarCraft: Remastered Will Try (and Succeed) at Bringing Brood War Back https://www.gameskinny.com/pwtyq/starcraft-remastered-will-try-and-succeed-at-bringing-brood-war-back https://www.gameskinny.com/pwtyq/starcraft-remastered-will-try-and-succeed-at-bringing-brood-war-back Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:18:36 -0400 Ashley Shankle

Rumors of StarCraft: Remastered had been floating around for some time, but the revamp of Blizzard's renowned RTS wasn't officially announced until Saturday's I StarCraft community event in Korea. A graphical update isn't all that Blizzard will be bringing to the game this year.

No one would blame you for not paying attention to the current professional state of a 20-year-old game, but if you are one of those community members who's been keeping up with the StarCraft: Brood War scene, you probably aren't surprised at all that Brood War is getting attention from Blizzard again. The writing has been on the pro scene wall.

Trading the new for the old

It's no secret StarCraft 2 has been slowly falling out of esports favor. It's been a slow and painful process for its community and any possible explanation as to why gets convoluted quickly. There are a lot of potential reasons -- it's best to leave it at that.

In the West it may seem like the StarCraft IP as a whole is nearing the end of its line, but in South Korea StarCraft: Brood War is seeing a resurgence as old professionals are turning back the clock and returning to the game as new blood flows into the scene. It may not be as big as it used to be, but its continued popularity in South Korea is undeniable, especially in the face of the decline of its sequel.

All four of these SC:BW superstars (From left: Bisu, Flash, Jaedong, Stork) were featured in a Blizzard interview in 2012 about their excitement over switching to StarCraft 2. All four are back on the Brood War circuit.

What's kept the game going these 19 years in Korea is a unique mix of game balance and familiarity. StarCraft: Brood War was technically the first esport and has been broadcast on television in the country for years -- and its mainstream popularity made it a household name well before the esports boom elsewhere. StarCraft was/is a phenomenon in South Korea. Not everyone plays it these days, but everyone knows it exists.

The game's balance is the biggest factor to its success. Those on the outside may assume one race dominates the others, but as years of professional-level matches have shown, Brood War's meta is an ever-changing beast. The way the pros play now is far removed from the way they played a few years ago, and even further removed from a few years before. There is something to be said about a game that continues to evolve, even now 19 years from its release.

The gift of patch 1.18

StarCraft: Brood War is officially going free-to-play on March 30th, and with it is coming patch 1.18. This marks the first actual Brood War patch since 2009 -- and it's bringing not only some modern quality-of-life adjustments, but two game changing unit bug fixes.

The most exciting quality of life changes coming with 1.18 lie in the addition of keybind options, observer mode, UI adjustments, a popular maps option when looking for games, and Fish ladder support for competitive players. This all sounds great, especially when paired with the rest of the patch notes.

The two unit changes in 1.18 are sure to make big waves in the current meta and are sure to make things more difficult for Zerg players.

The first and biggest is that Valkyries will no longer stop firing when there are too many units on screen. This was previously caused by the Valkyrie's attack taking up 8 sprites at once, which is no longer an issue on modern machines. One can only imagine we'll be seeing more Valkyries in competitive play with this change.

The second is a change to the Protoss bread-and-butter ranged unit, the Dragoon. Every Protoss match has them, and it's no secret that pre-1.18 Dragoons have always been a little wonky despite their prevalence. After the patch they will no longer freeze up and require a stop order before they can take a new order -- effectively making Dragoons take less effort to use effectively.

The changes in 1.18 effectively modernize the framework of the game just enough to bump it back into an esports spotlight. While it all sounds amazing, what's in this patch isn't the only thing to get excited about. Even better things are in store for Brood War this summer.

Free standard or paid Remaster?

Some people seem confused about how this whole "free" and "remaster" thing is going to happen, so here's the two-part gist:

  1. StarCraft: Brood War is going completely free-to-play on March 30th with the 1.18 patch. Anyone can download and play the game for free with the improvements as of 1.18.
  2. StarCraft: Remastered will be an optional additional purchase available later this year. Matchmaking should be coming with the Remaster release, and will be available to everyone. Standard Brood War and Remaster's visuals will be in the same client.

Remastered's visuals are essentially cleaned up sprites -- which is welcome for many Brood War vets, but confusing for a number of modern gamers wondering why they didn't just remake the game in StarCraft 2's engine, why the field of view is staying the same, or why they're not removing the 12 unit selection cap. There are some very good reasons for these things staying the same, and those lie in the competitive scene.

Much of Brood War's legendary balance hangs on the the game engine itself. Brood War on another engine simply would not be the same game -- and a game that still sees so much competitive play should not have its balance overturned for the casual playerbase. Especially in the case of a game that's been professionally played (on television no less) for so long.

But this leads us to the big question. Who is Remastered for? If it's not to appease a modern market that's eager to see what's long been considered one of the most balanced competitive games out there changed on a whim, who is it for? The answer is not very surprising.

Professional revitalization

There are two aspects to the 1.18 and upcoming Remastered that are extremely telling.

The first is that it's going to be totally free-to-play, regardless of whether you purchase the graphical upgrade. The second is that matchmaking is coming with Remastered, and that is something any game needs to survive in today's market.

StarCraft 2's dipping player numbers and Brood War's rejuvenated professional scene certainly correlate with one another. Brood War's chugging along, but no one's going to say its playerbase is bursting. Too much of the game outside of the gameplay itself is antiquate -- and when compared to other popular esports, that's likely the reason we're seeing Blizzard return to make these quality-of-life changes.

It's difficult for an old game with such antiquated framework to survive, much less thrive, in such a competitive market. Game player numbers are competitive. The games themselves are competitive. If Brood War wants to live on in today's market and pull in a substantial amount of new professional blood, it needs to get the updates its getting in 1.18. It needs the slight graphical overhaul, and it absolutely needs matchmaking.

South Korea's gaming culture is entirely different from what we know here in the West. StarCraft may have been developed by an American studio, but it's not geared toward Western audience. There's a reason StarCraft: Remaster was announced in Korea -- even StarCraft 2 was initially announced in Korea. The Western market is not the game's audience.

All of the changes coming and the free-to-play shift are going to revitalize Brood War internationally, but it's going to do that doubly so in the land that loves it most. With MOBAs decimating StarCraft 2 in popularity, the only way Blizzard can win back the hearts of Korean gamers is to give Brood War the attention it needs to stay relevant.

We here in the West are only along for the ride, but that doesn't mean the this year isn't going to be the best time to dip into Brood War in ages. The hype is real among older players and those who didn't get to experience the game in its prime.

Getting into a match is going to be easier than ever thanks to matchmaking, and the game's custom maps and lobby culture are going to be a treat for the more adventurous and social RTS player. 1.18 and Remastered may be primarily focused on the professional scene, but there is no saying more casual players aren't going to enjoy the changes just as much.

Come this summer we'll be able to say that old trusty Brood War is back with a vengeance. Only time will tell if StarCraft 2 will be able to survive.

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Original StarCraft Going Free, StarCraft: Remaster Announced https://www.gameskinny.com/s9a1r/original-starcraft-going-free-starcraft-remaster-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/s9a1r/original-starcraft-going-free-starcraft-remaster-announced Sun, 26 Mar 2017 10:29:41 -0400 Dan Roemer

After almost 19 years Blizzard has announced it will be re-releasing the original StarCraft and StarCraft: Brood War in the form of an HD remake known as StarCraft: Remastered -- and it will be releasing this summer as an optional addition to the original version of the game going free later this week.

What to Expect From Starcraft: Remastered

The game will be releasing for both Windows PC and Mac. It will also boast updated graphics, supporting 4K UHD resolutions. On top of that, a “Classic Campaign” mode will make an appearance, while the game will have 13 supported languages, LAN & modern online play, revamped and improved dialogue and soundtrack, and revamped briefings.

Blizzard also said in a press release players will be able to, 
zoom out for a Battlecruiser’s view of the battlefield, or zoom in to see the veins on a Mutalisk’s wings.”

The “modern online play” will include advanced matchmaking and full connectivity to Blizzard's gaming network for social features, updates, and cloud saving for campaign progress, custom maps, replays, and key binds.

Will you be checking out StarCraft this summer? Let us know in the comments down below and thanks for reading!

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Gift Guide: 10 of the Best Winter Hats for Gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/yv52h/gift-guide-10-of-the-best-winter-hats-for-gamers https://www.gameskinny.com/yv52h/gift-guide-10-of-the-best-winter-hats-for-gamers Fri, 11 Nov 2016 10:00:01 -0500 SarahKel

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So there it is everyone, 10 of the most amazing retro gamer hats that are currently on the market - enjoy them, love them, buy them.  We love them all too!  We hope that this list inspires you for the retro gamer in your life, or equally for you!

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Metal Gear Solid Cap Foxhound
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: 18.98EURO

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Buy It: Game Legends

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This Metal Gear Solid hat is a unusual hat, more like a military hat, which would be great with a pair of New Rocks and a long swishing coat. It is a hat that fits snugly onto the wearer’s head and is does provide quite a smart look for most occasions. The Foxhound logo is a great embellishment on the hat too!

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Space Invaders Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: $14.94

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Buy It: Amazon

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This adorable hat lines up the aliens from the Space Invaders game. It appears to have a slightly snugger fit than other beanies, the shape is designed to ensure that the wearer stays warm and is a little more robust than other hats.

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Ice Climbers Beanie Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: $13.61

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Buy It: Amazon

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Probably one of the most winter themed games out there, it's a really well themed hat for winter! A simple design, with 8 bit decoration of 2 characters and a heart from the game is perfect to keep the wearer warm, but the soft material means it feels lovely too.

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Nintendo Mario Bros 8 Bit Fair Isle Pom Beanie
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: $22.90

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Buy It: Amazon

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The 8 bit styling on this hat is pretty amazing, Mario leaping in the air throughout the hat, almost like he's jumping for the knitted snowflakes - what could be more wintery than that?  Great colours on its too and the pom pom on top is a great feature.

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Sonic the Hedgehog Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £14.99

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Buy It: Gamerbilia

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Disclaimer, this hat will not make you go faster, nor will gold coins appear whilst you’re wearing the hat and walking about! But it is so lovely and has the Sonic spikes so is really distinctive and the plaid danglers do make a really unusual twist to this type of alpine hat.

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Pac Man Ghost Crochet Hat
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: £16.48+

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Buy It: Etsy

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These hats are so adorable. It does feel like the eyes are watching you, they are handmade crochet hats and the variation is quite clear on the website, but this is a complete bonus as it does add to the quirky nature of the product. This is a really lovely quality item and recommended as it differs significantly from the usual Pac Man merchandise.

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Eevee Fleece Hat
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £20.60

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Buy ItEtsy

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This is such a great hat, it is totally handmade too, so even if two people had the same hat, they’d slightly differ which is lovely and quirky. The fleece lined hat is perfect for the coldest of days and perfect for both original Pokemon players and those who’ve jumped on board due to Pokemon Go.

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Blizzard Store Starcraft Abathar Hat
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Rating: 10/10

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Price: $34.00

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Buy ItBlizzard

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The store with the most appropriate name for winter hats, has of course the most elaborate hat, Abathor from Starcraft. The best thing with this hat, is that it’s not just a hat, it doubles as a plushie too, woohoo, two gifts in one! And come on, who can’t resist those tentacles!

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Yoshi Ski Beanie Hat
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Rating: 9/10

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Price: £14.99

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Buy It: Gamerbilia

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Such a great product, it’s fun and honestly, a woolly hat that relates to Yoshi’s Woolly World is such a great tie-in, it really is. A cute ski hat, with pom poms and a smiley proud Yoshi is literally the cutest hat. It is Yoshi green colour, so wearers are easily identifiable, even on a dark night!

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Hero of Time Embroidered Beanie
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Rating: 8/10

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Price: £12.99

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Buy It: Gametee

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It’s a Zelda hat! From the Ocarina of Time. A fairly plain hat, with an embroidered golden triforce, it is a really good choice, without being elaborate, great price too and Gametee is renowned for their quality items. Ideal for a Zelda fan and also a great warming wintery hat.

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Welcome to your essential gift guide for Christmas 2016 and we’re talking hats.  No, not top hats or trilbys, but gamer hats specifically ones where buyers can proudly display their love for their favourite games.

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But with a huge amount of amazing games out there, we can afford to be really, really choosy in regards to merchandise.  Quality is a large factor too, no shoddy generic gamer hats, but true gamer hats made for gamers.

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The hats in this gift guide hats are largely focussed on retro gaming, not just because they are such darn amazing games, but often cause the most finger points, shout outs and comments, because, you know that’s the ultimate kudos!

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So, I’ve narrowed down the best 10 gamer hats out there and remember people they are gifts for others, or you know, keep a beady eye on them for yourself!

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Why Can't Developers Make Classic Franchises Great Forever? https://www.gameskinny.com/u47en/why-cant-developers-make-classic-franchises-great-forever https://www.gameskinny.com/u47en/why-cant-developers-make-classic-franchises-great-forever Wed, 19 Oct 2016 10:00:01 -0400 Eliot Lefebvre

Mega Man. Sonic the Hedgehog. Final Fantasy. Resident Evil. Silent Hill. These are just a small number of franchises that helped define my personal gaming history. And they're also franchises with fans who react to new titles with less "oh, great!" and more "ugh, not again."

This is kind of an inversion from the earlier days of gaming; I remember that there was once an unofficial rule that movie sequels were always terrible while game sequels were always good. In several of the above cases, the franchises even have provided some great games along the way, but they're also games that didn't connect with the long-time fans who would have been eagerly awaiting the next installment.

So why aren't older franchises evergreen? Why do the games you loved two decades ago not lead to more games in the same style now? The answer is that there are a lot of reasons why classic franchises aren't great forever, and it's helpful to understand why that's the case.

The people responsible have left...

When people start listing the great Silent Hill games, they always include the first three, usually including the fourth with a bit of a grudging nod, and pretty much never include the later games. Incidentally, the first four games were the only ones developed by Team Silent at Konami, with each subsequent installment developed by a completely different team.

Does that surprise you? It shouldn't. The creative team behind a game can really inform a lot of what goes into the actual game, and that goes beyond just saying that the original designers are always the best at designing a franchise. Teams that work together and develop multiple games can often produce games that feel very similar to one another in a positive way, but once people move on or new people come on board, the games they produce often feel very different even if they have the same core ideas. When Inafune left Capcom, that didn't stop the publisher from making more Mega Man games... but it also meant that the original creator wasn't there any longer, and that was after several staff and platform changes.

You can't just hand off tasks to an endless series of different people who don't necessarily understand the appeal of the original games. Watching a team really nail a franchise for multiple installments is a thing of beauty; witness the past few Persona titles, for example. But it's never permanent.

...and they might not have the spark left anyway

Here's a fun fact: Hideo Kojima wanted to leave the Metal Gear franchise after every single title. Why does Metal Gear Solid 2 end with such a bizarre, nonsensical cliffhanger? Because Kojima never intended to resolve it. He didn't want any lingering cliffhangers after the first Metal Gear Solid, he wanted to make that and be done with it. But he kept getting pulled back for another one, resulting in an ongoing contest of wills in which the franchise just would not die.

It's not just a matter of spite, though; playing through Mighty No. 9 repeatedly made me think that maybe Inafune needed to hang up his hat, that he just didn't have any more Mega Man in him. The reality of that, is that it's fine. Games are art like any other form, and it's fine to hand off the reins to someone new after a while. It just means that you are going to see a different sort of game, probably one that doesn't exactly resemble the originals.

The franchise has evolved past your memory

Final Fantasy was Hironobu Sakaguchi's last game ever. That was the plan. He made a game he never expected to sell as a wild experiment, so he could leave the field happy. Instead, it wound up becoming a huge success, resulting in a long-running series that has always brought on a wide variety of different developers and storytellers to make a series of games that are not meant as direct sequels to one another.

When people complain that, say, Final Fantasy XIII feels so different from classic Final Fantasy games, it stands out simply because most of those classic games also feel so different from one another. The franchise is built on doing something new with every single installment, and while some of the conceptual walks are further than others, you'd be hard-pressed to find a single pair of games that feel like the same game with a different set of wrappers.

The bright side is that it means that each new title is something fresh and different. The down side is that if you buy Final Fantasy XIII expecting Final Fantasy VI but new, you're going to be disappointed. The exchange for a franchise never getting stale is that it doesn't maintain the same shape indefinitely.

The environment has changed too much

You could not release Resident Evil today as a brand-new game without the weight of the franchise behind it. The game's awkward controls and pre-rendered backgrounds worked in no small part because of when it was released; if it was launched today it would be panned for bad acting, bad storytelling, weak gameplay, and poor graphics.

All that is fine. But there's an attached point that's easy to overlook: every new release in a franchise is the first release for someone. Yes, you've been playing Sonic the Hedgehog since the oddly stutter-stop motion of the first game in the series, but to someone out there, the most recent game starring a blue hedgehog is the first one they've ever played. And the fact of the matter is that these franchises need to evolve, simply to continue marketing themselves against legions of other games who have been inspired and influenced by these originals.

This is particularly true of older games that marketed themselves on punishing difficulty designed to artificially extend the game by eating up quarters. (Even if you didn't actually have quarters.) No one is willing to buy a new game for $60 that you can blow through in an hour but takes you time to beat because you just keep getting killed consistently. That means that designers need to bulk out the game in some way, and in the case of franchises that traditionally work on the basis of straightforward smashing sequences, it means that the core needs to change to account for the new gaming environment.

There's no longer a market

It barely needs to be said that the gaming market and environment is very different now compared to where it was in, say, 1990. And yes, some of that is as simple as the fact that video games are no longer exclusively sold in the back reaches of department stores who might put one or two on the shoe racks if they find the box, but it goes much further than that. The availability of gaming devices, the ways we engage with games, the budgets of big titles... everything is different.

This means that even old franchises need to adapt and change, as mentioned above, but it goes beyond bulking out games. Our patience for some features has evaporated, while our patience for others has increased. When Blizzard first launched StarCraft, online play was a novelty that was essentially just a bonus; when StarCraft II came out, it was a major component of the game.

Unfortunately, it does mean that some of the stuff you loved from back in the day just doesn't stick around. But on the bright side, it means that there's a neverending stream of new things. We live in a world with such a maddening surfeit of gaming options that even if your favorite franchise goes in a direction you no longer care for, there are still so many new games out there. You can almost certainly find something that appeals specifically to you.

Or you can just play Pokémon. I mean, let's be real, that gameplay isn't changing much until the heat-death of the universe.

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Blizzard is working on HD version of the original StarCraft https://www.gameskinny.com/h4poy/blizzard-is-working-on-hd-version-of-the-original-starcraft https://www.gameskinny.com/h4poy/blizzard-is-working-on-hd-version-of-the-original-starcraft Mon, 08 Aug 2016 04:55:56 -0400 Mamdouh Mahrous

Blizzard may be working on a HD version of the first StarCraft according to rumors. The remaster will be announced next month, followed by an extensive unveiling at BlizzCon in November, again according to the rumors.

The rumor originates from the Korean website iNews 24, which, according to Kotaku, is one of the better gaming sites in the region. The Korean website reported to have multiple sources confirming that StarCraft HD is in the making. The remaster will have the same gameplay as the original at a higher resolution and with improved menus.

iNews 24 reports that StarCraft HD will be announced next month during the StarCraft 2 world championships, with Blizzard making frequent announcements during the championships. Last year, the developer made a release date for the Legacy of the Void expansion for Starcraft 2 and they showed a trailer.

An extensive revealing of StarCraft HD will be shown during BlizzCon, held in California on 4th and 5th November.

StarCraft is one of the most popular strategy games ever, especially in South Korea; where even 18 years after its release, the game is still in the top ten most played games in the regions Internet cafes.

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1995-2016: Top 5 Conferences in the History of E3 https://www.gameskinny.com/tt26c/1995-2016-top-5-conferences-in-the-history-of-e3 https://www.gameskinny.com/tt26c/1995-2016-top-5-conferences-in-the-history-of-e3 Fri, 17 Jun 2016 05:34:49 -0400 Phil Fry

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E3 2016: Present Day Hype 
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E3 2016 has come a long way since the '96 conference of the N64.

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This year's conference is on this list for several different reasons. Admittedly, I may be letting all of the hype influence this listing -- but thus far, this year's conference has been full of exciting developments and showcases. 

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One of the dominant features that has many gamers talking is Nintendo's latest Zelda game, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the WildThe gameplay footage that we have seen so far illustrates that the game is taking a turn away from the conventional aspects of the series and placing more emphasis on exploration and player choice akin to the original NES game. Link is able to jump on command, mountains can be scaled, and environments manipulated. 

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Furthermore, the vastness of the new Hyrule has been said to be far more expansive than any previous iteration of the series, and as a long-time Zelda fan, I am hyped to play this game. The first 20 minutes of gameplay shown left me impressed and much more excited than I honestly expected to be.

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But Zelda alone is not the only hype-worthy game from this year's conference. Bethesda's Dishonored 2, which involves Emily Kaldwin as a playable character, promises to further develop the story of the Empire of the Islands. Bethesda also showcased their reboots of Prey and Quake -- and announced an HD remake of their popular Elder Scrolls game, Skyrim, which is also allowing console users access to mods for the first time. 

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Double Fine's Psychonauts VR gameplay was shown utilizing PlayStation's VR,  BioWare's Mass Effect Andromeda made an appearance, Gears of War 4, We Happy Fewand Microsoft's new project Scorpio are just touching the surface of the kinds of announcements we've seen so far, making this year's conference one of the most noteworthy in recent history. 

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Which conferences do you remember the most? What announcements left you in awe? What are some of your favorite E3 moments of all time? 

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E3 2013: Long Awaited Sequels 
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E3 2013 was a conference in which many gamers saw sequels that had been, and in some cases are still, long-awaited. Perhaps one of the biggest sequels announced was Square Enix's Kingdom Hearts 3. The series had not seen a true sequel since Kingdom Hearts 2 back in 2005, 8 years prior to the 2013 conference. Countless fans rejoiced at the announcement. 

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Despite the Kingdom Hearts series containing numerous handheld games that enriched the game's story and characters, and HD remakes, many gamers had been anxious for a Kingdom Hearts 3 for the entirety of a console generation. 

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[image via My Nintendo News]

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Nintendo gave the announcement date ofPikmin 3, another sequel that was long-awaited for a whole console generation. 

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DICE's reboot of Star Wars: Battlefront was first shown, another highly anticipated sequel, after the popular two games from two generations ago were left in limbo. 

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Other notable sequels of this E3 conference included: Final Fantasy XV, The Witcher 3, and Dark Souls II. 

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[E306 - Halo 3 trailer from The Microsoft Briefing]

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E3 2006: A New Generation 
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The 2006 conference is on this list for several different reasons. Primarily, it was the conference in which the first line-up of memorable last generation console games were shown and discussed. 

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Microsoft had a particularly notable conference due to Halo 3, which was highly anticipated at the time and saw gameplay innovations like Forge mode, and the ability to save gameplay footage in Theater mode. During the game's first 24 hours of being released, more than one million players were on the game with Xbox Live. Halo 3's multiplayer was finely tuned, and the game holds a special place in my memories because of the individuals I met playing the game and the community experience that revolved around it.  

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Microsoft also showed a trailer for Lionhead's Fable 2, another anticipated sequel -- the first Fable being a notable RPG for its utilization of player choice in the story. 

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Nintendo's conference set a release date for the innovative Wii, with fantastic games like The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess, and Super Mario Galaxy. At the 2004 conference, many remember the first unveil of Twilight Princess, with Shigeru Miyamoto coming on-stage wielding Master Sword and Hylian Shield to the rallying cries of fans. This Zelda game featured innovative motion controls, arguably some of the best boss fights in Zelda history, and a darker story in nature the series hadn't seen since Majora's Mask. 

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Apart from Zelda, Super Mario Galaxy featured a new take on 3D platformers, allowing Mario to traverse planet-like platforms through space in full rotation. The game also featured a fully-orchestrated soundtrack that's almost reminiscent of Studio Ghibili style sounds. 

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E3 2001: Developments in Competitive Gaming 
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At the E3 conference of 2001, Nintendo's GameCube first made its appearance, Microsoft's initial Xbox game line-up was unveiled, and Sega's Dreamcast made its last appearance. 

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Nintendo's games included titles like: Super Smash Bros Melee, Super Mario Sunshine, Pikmin, Eternal Darkness: Sanity's Requiem, and Luigi's Mansion. 

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Melee alone sparked the formation of competitive Smash Bros communities across the United States and Japan. The fighting game scene centered on Melee saw a history of technique developments like Wave Dashing, Dash Dancing, and the overall development of character play-styles. Player names like Mew2King, Mango, Leffen and Armada were (and are) widely known names in the Smash Bros community for their high level of play. To this day, Melee remains a highly competitive game that is featured in MLG events such as Anaheim. 

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Another major event of the 2001 conference was the Microsoft conference that featured the first installment of the critically acclaimed Halo franchise.

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[via Halo Nation]

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The FPS Halo: Combat Evolved, which gave rise to the machinima style series Red vs Blue, was innovative in the development for split-screen and multiplayer experiences, and went on to release incredibly popular sequels like Halo 2 and 3Halo 2 would be the primary feature of MLG's Pro Series in 2006, which was the first televised video game console league. 

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[Nintendo 64 U.S. Unveiling @ E3 '96 in Los Angeles, California]

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E3 1996: 3D Interactive Environments 
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At the second ever E3 conference, there were several revolutionary developments showcased. Starting with what is arguably the most prominent of the conference, Nintendo's 64-bit and first 3D console, the N64, made its premier appearance at the '96 E3. The game shown alongside it was the widely-known Super Mario 64. The game's innovative interactive 3D environment, the N64's analog control stick, and the ability to change camera angles in-game, surely blew the minds of many gamers of the day.

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For myself and gamers of my generation, the N64 was the first console we owned (I still own mine), and became the console of our childhoods. The N64 went on to see games like Super Smash Bros, Star Fox 64, Kirby 64: the Crystal Shards, Pokemon Snap, and countless other titles that defined a new generation of gaming -- and that's not even mentioning all of the classic Rare games on the console as well. 

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Besides Nintendo, this 1996 conference saw the reveal of Square's (Now Square Enix) Final Fantasy VII, which won countless gaming awards in 1997, and has gone on to be considered one of the greatest games ever made. 

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[via Wikipedia]

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Other games featured at the second conference included Naughty Dog's Crash Bandicoot, Blizzard's StarCraft, Tomb Raider, and Capcom's Resident Evil. Pretty big year.

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E3 2016 is finally coming to an end. With each day of the conference new and exciting games were unveiled -- and the hype is real, especially after Nintendo's gameplay footage reveal of the highly-anticipated Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. I know that I have been thoroughly impressed with the footage I've seen of the game, and I think it's safe to say that many longtime Zelda fans and gamers are very interested in playing the game. 

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Since E3's beginning in 1995, there have been conferences in which certain games have received similar levels of hype. And in this article, we are going to look at 5 of the best E3 conferences based on the games or consoles that were revealed during that year, and often times the historical developments of gaming these specific games contributed towards. 

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This list was difficult to make, particularly because at each conference there is typically at least a few major games announced, and what I may consider a substantial reveal may not be what someone else considers significant. But in the history of E3, these are my top 5 conferences. This list is not ordered in terms of one conference holding more significance than another, but instead goes from earliest to latest conference year. 

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5 BAMF Female Antagonists Who Deserve Your Attention https://www.gameskinny.com/s5bcr/5-bamf-female-antagonists-who-deserve-your-attention https://www.gameskinny.com/s5bcr/5-bamf-female-antagonists-who-deserve-your-attention Wed, 16 Mar 2016 05:27:52 -0400 Cresta Starr

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Sarah Kerrigan

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StarCraft
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Even though she was left for dead by her own people, she manages to survive the Zerg and eventually learns to control them. Despite how many times Jim Reynor goes out of his way to save her from the Zerg's grasp, Kerrigan inevitably causes chaos wherever she goes.

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She struggles between her humanity and her evil ambitions to take over the universe. She has so much depth -- and in defiance of all adversity, always comes back. Which is why I ranked her number 1.

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Do you agree? Disagree? Have any other female antagonists I left out? Comment below!

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Jenova

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Final Fantasy VI
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Much like Poison from Final Fight or the main character from Journey, the sex of Jenova from Final Fantasy VII was never really determined. However, most fans identify her as female.

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Everyone remembers Sephiroth as FFVII’s greatest villain.  In actuality, without Jenova, he wouldn’t have power at all. It was Jenova who conquered Earth way before he went on his murder spree. She’s traveled through space and time space, destroying life on each planet she lands on. When she's done, she is on to the next one.

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Alma Wade

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F.E.A.R
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As the only child to make this list, Alma is a little different from the rest of these ladies in the category, because she was only 3 when Armacham Technology Corp. started to experiment on her. Her psychic abilities were so advanced that she was able to terrorize the staff in their dreams.

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Aesthetically, she was horrifying -- rather reminiscent of a ghost child straight out of a Japanese horror film.

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Mother Brain

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Super Metroid
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Mother Brain is an AI who's sick of everything and everyone's crap. She mind-controlled the pirates that invaded Zebes, and used them in an attempt to reset the universe. She even morphs into a dinosaur out of sheer rage.

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No matter how many times you encounter her over the course of the Metroid series she has no qualms with killing you...or anything that stands in her way.

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Brooke Augustine

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Infamous: Second Son
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Brooke Augustine is the typical case of someone who starts off wanting to help people like herself. However, things changed over time and her intentions developed in to something ugly.

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At first, she wanted to save the conduits by capturing them all and placing them on Curdun Cay. After funding was pulled from the Department of Unified Protection, she pretty much lost her mind and went on a murderous rampage to prove her program still had a place in world. She was willing to do whatever it took to achieve her “idea” of safety -- even if it meant framing innocent conduits.

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Every game needs a good bad guy -- or in this case a bad gal -- to "stir the pot", if you will. The following ladies break the mold when it comes to typical female roles in gaming. These antagonists span different genres and different platforms.

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So in honor of Women's History Month, let's take a look back at my favorite leading bad girls from the past!

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**WARNING MINOR SPOILERS AHEAD**

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Another 10 awesome gaming-themed statues (that you probably still can't afford) https://www.gameskinny.com/6kry6/another-10-awesome-gaming-themed-statues-that-you-probably-still-cant-afford https://www.gameskinny.com/6kry6/another-10-awesome-gaming-themed-statues-that-you-probably-still-cant-afford Sun, 06 Mar 2016 13:22:16 -0500 Nick Harshman

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Starcraft's Kerrigan Ploystone Statue

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We close out the list with another Blizzard-themed statue, this one of the lovely Kerrigan. At 25 inches tall, this would normally cost $380, but since it's sold out on the Sideshow website, the only place to find it is Amazon for $850. 

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Blizzard's merchandise is always high quality, but this is on another level. Kerrigan has never looked so good. This reminds me of the Diablo statue from my last list, but for some reason I prefer this collectible.

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Either way, both pieces would be awesome to own, just not for $850.

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World of Warcraft's Grommash Hellscream Statue

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This one is pretty awesome. The details in the face make it seem like he's literally about to rip someone's head off (though I guess he might have already done that). 

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It costs $350 and can be purchased at the Blizzard store.

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We're not quite done with Blizzard yet. Go to the next slide and check out the last statue!

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Bioshock's Big Daddy Rosie - Exclusive Edition Statue

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This is a brand new statue and comes in two editions. The special edition comes with LED lights in the head that change different colors. Any guesses for how much it might cost? If you guessed $650, you'd be right.

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Honestly, I'm not the biggest Bioshock fan, but my favorite parts always included the Big Daddy's. Seeing them in statue form is just as satisfying, and the Little Sister hiding behind him only adds to the atmosphere of the piece.

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Gaming Heads has this statue available for preorder right now and are expected to be shipped sometime near the end of the year.

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Arkham Knight's Harley Quinn Polystone Statue

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This is my personal favorite on the entire list. If I had to pick one statue to own, it'd be this one. The downside is that the statue costs $930. Yea, you read that right, $930. That is one of the most outrageous prices I've seen so far, but the quality is top notch so I can't argue for a cheaper price.

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This collectible is special in that it comes with some extra pieces. Different faces and arms are included, allowing you to create a more interesting pose. I'm not usually a fan of add-on pieces, but I think I could get past that with this one.

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You can preorder this statue on Sideshow Collectibles.                                                                                                                                 

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The Old Republic's Darth Malgus Statue

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I love Star Wars, so when I saw a Darth Malgus statue with a glowing lightsaber I knew I had to have it. But I don't, so I'll settle for including it on my list. 

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This thing is huge, standing 20 inches tall. The cape is adjustable, so you can take it off his head if you want to see his face better, but I like the hood. Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find this statue anywhere, as it is currently unavailable. It's a beautiful piece, though.

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Elder Scrolls Nightingale Statue

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The Elder Scrolls actually has quite a few different statues to choose from. A Nord, High Elf, and Daedric Armor are a few of them, but the best of the bunch is the Nightingale collectible.

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The Nightingale statue is 16 inches tall and will run you $300. I felt that it was the most detailed and interesting looking of the bunch, so I had to go with it. The detail in the chest piece is was what really pulled me in though. What do you guys think? Do you think one of the other statues is better?

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You can preorder this guy on the Gaming Heads website or Bethesda's and can expect it to ship around April.

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Resident Evil Axeman Statue

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This statue was pointed out to me by readers of my last list' and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to include it. Created by Hollywood Collectibles Group, this piece is no longer available on their store. You can get it from Amazon, however...for $795. It stands 15 inches tall and is hand painted in intricate detail.

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I like this one because the attention to the little details make a big difference. The blood and rust on his axe give the piece a bit of personality, and the blood on the sack covering his face is extremely well done. 

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Dragon Age's Morrigan Statue

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This is a beautiful piece. The details in the corset alone are breathtaking. Standing at about 20 inches tall, this collectible costs $330, although there is an exclusive edition for $360. The special edition comes with flames on Morrigan's right arm that light up. Personally, I don't like the way that one looks and prefer the standard edition (plus it's cheaper). 

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You can preorder the Morrigan statue from Gaming Heads and can expect it in June. 

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Bloodborne's Hunter Puddle of Blood Statue

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This piece is 16 inches tall and will run you $315. The Bloodborne statue is pretty cool, though I wish the pose was a little more dynamic instead of him just kind of standing there. That said, the detail is gorgeous and if you look closely you can see blood on his legs. That 'blood' drips down and runs into the cracks in the brick below. The attention to that small little detail would make this a great piece to own. 

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While not on sale yet, you can put a deposit on it at the PlayStation Store. Sony is aiming for a late-March release.

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League of Legends Ziggs Statue

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We start with one that isn't too bad price wise; as this one comes in at $150. It is 13 inches tall, and is really quite impressive. Riot also had a Twisted Fate statue, so I had to really debate which one I wanted to include on the list. Ziggs ended up with the win since his statue is just a bit more exciting overall.

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I will say that his smile creeps me out a little. Imagine this guy staring at you in the middle of the night. You can grab this piece at the Riot store.

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When last we met, we took a look at some pretty amazing statues. God of War, Zelda, Mass Effect; all of those statues were quite impressive, but there are way more where those came from. 

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For that reason, I found myself once again looking at various collectibles, and want to share another 10 awesome gaming-themed statues. Oh, and like last time, these will most likely be way too expensive for anyone to buy, though I'd still like to get my hands on at least one of them.

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Blizzard holds wedding in South Korea for StarCraft pro NaDa https://www.gameskinny.com/lzdj4/blizzard-holds-wedding-in-south-korea-for-starcraft-pro-nada https://www.gameskinny.com/lzdj4/blizzard-holds-wedding-in-south-korea-for-starcraft-pro-nada Mon, 09 Nov 2015 18:45:04 -0500 Courtney Gamache

Blizzard went above and beyond for one of their StarCraft champions, throwing him a giant wedding in South Korea. The huge wedding took place at the Legacy of Void launch party, which was fitting for the wedding of a champion.

A Huge Ceremony

Most people want a huge ceremony with their friends and family, but NaDa (Yoon Yeol), received the best wedding gift of all. He was able to marry the love of his life in a giant location with thousands of people watching. Sharing the precious moment with his long-time girlfriend since their university days was not at all private. Not only did he share this special moment with the attendees, but it was streamed on Twitch and the Blizzard Afreeca.tv channel. 

Below you can find the entire Twitch stream of the ceremony and Legacy of Void party. NaDa's ceremony starts taking place at roughly thirty-seven minutes in.

Watch live video from GSL on www.twitch.tv

What do you think of the wedding Blizzard put on for one of their StarCraft champions? Is it fitting for one of their kings? Share your thoughts with me below!

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Blizzard plans to restore classic games to glory https://www.gameskinny.com/a9lvk/blizzard-plans-to-restore-classic-games-to-glory https://www.gameskinny.com/a9lvk/blizzard-plans-to-restore-classic-games-to-glory Fri, 06 Nov 2015 08:52:49 -0500 John Adamczyk

"Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made Starcraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day." So says Blizzard in their latest job posting for a Senior Software Engineer, claiming that they are planning to "restore [these games] to glory." An important goal, in an age where computers are getting so ahead of themselves that they're struggling to actually run older programs.

In an era where the still-titanic company has been taking great pains to move toward completely different venues in game design, such as Hearthstone and Heroes of the Storm, this is some great news for people who look back fondly (and hopefully) at Blizzard's legacy.

And with World of Warcraft's subscriber count plummeting to the 5.5 million mark, it's possible we might finally be seeing precedence for a turnaround.

Even over a decade after the release of these three classics Blizzard is looking to refurbish, each has its own dedicated, online community. Diablo II still has its own competitive ladder seasons. Warcraft III's map editor, the very same that popularized DotA and MOBAs in general, is still a source of original content as one of the greatest modding tools we've yet to see in gaming history. And, of course, Starcraft remains was the original e-sport, when the very idea was something that people balked at.

These are the games that kindled Blizzard's spark, and while this job posting is only a small step in the right direction for the industry giant, it's a sign that they care, and that they're at least willing to do some small service to the games that made them what they are.

We can hope, then, that Blizzard can continue to do right by the countless fans its contemporary games have cultivated while at the same time taking steps toward winning back the old, who have been craving classic Blizzard goodness for much too long.

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Top 7 power armors in video games https://www.gameskinny.com/d417x/top-7-power-armors-in-video-games https://www.gameskinny.com/d417x/top-7-power-armors-in-video-games Fri, 30 Oct 2015 05:49:44 -0400 BlackTideTV

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#1: Chozo Power Suit - Metroid Series

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Samus Aran's Chozo Powered Armorsuit is the classic video game advanced armor. A brief glance at the abilities of this suit reveal life support, augmented strength, personal energy shielding, damage reduction and more.

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Samus' armor has too many upgrades and variants to count, including alternate suit styles such as the Varia, Light, and Dark suits. Upgrades found throughout the Metroid series drastically alter the abilities of the power armor but there are some consistent attributes:

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  • Power Beam - Samus' standard, built-in launcher.
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  • Oxygen Supply for outer space survival.
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  • Energy Shielding
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  • Damage Reduction
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  • Augmented Strength
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  • Life Support
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  • Extreme Temperature Protection
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  • Exterior Toxin and Parasite Negation
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  • Rapid Movement Speed
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  • Extended Jump Height
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These are just the basic attributes of this super-suit. Different weapons and abilities can be equipped including one where Samus tucks into a ball and uses extreme speed to roll like Sonic the Hedgehog through her enemies. 

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The opportunities of this suit are endless, and it's a video game classic; very deserving of the #1 spot. 

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#2: CryNet Nanosuit 2 - Crysis Series

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The feature suit of Crysis 2 and is my personal favorite on this list. Able to send energy to one of three different "modes" at a time, the armor is fully versatile with cloaking capabilities, enhanced defense, and super-strength. The Nanosuit 2 allows its wearer to leap great distances, run at astounding speeds and perform on the battlefield like no other.

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Much like the Sword of Godric Gryffindor in Harry Potter, the Nanosuit 2 only takes on that which makes it stronger, absorbing energy in forms such as radiation, static, kinetic, and carbon emissions. The shell's Ionic Electroactive Polymer Liquid Armor makes the suit extremely resistant to harmful radiation and blunt force trauma. Wearers of the Nanosuit experience an advanced reaction time of 0.08 milliseconds, and the armor is EMP resistant. 

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#3: MJOLNIR Powered Assault Armor - Halo Series

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Another highly recognizable super-suit in video game culture is the MJOLNIR assault armor from the Halo series. This suit is so advanced, regular humans can't even wear it without injuring themselves. Only surgically modified Spartan soldiers can control the suit's reaction time in order to use it to the best of their ability. 

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Named after Thor's mythical hammer, this suit/operator combo is not to be trifled with. Increasing the wearer's reaction time by a factor of five and doubling their strength only scratches the surface of the abilities provided by this suit. It is extremely resistant to EMP and radiation and seals out harmful toxins from the environment. It provides users with a rechargeable refractive coating (an energy shield) to disperse a limited amount of incoming damage. 

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The MJOLNIR assault armor itself is designed with an alloy of incredible strength allowing for extra damage to be taken before failing on the battlefield.

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#4: T-51b Power Armor - Fallout Series

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The advanced power armor worn by factions such as the Brotherhood of Steel and the Enclave in the Fallout series is probably one of the most widely recognizable suits of armor in video game history. Unfortunately, this suit really doesn't provide the wearer with any supernatural abilities; it's all pretty standard stuff... as far as video games go, anyways. 

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Made of poly-laminate composite, the T-51b is lightweight for its bulky size and can absorb over 2500 joules of kinetic impact. I'm no scientist, but that sounds like a lot. A coating on the shell of the armor reflects laser and radiation emissions.

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#5: Augmented Reaction Suit - Vanquish

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The most notable ability of the Augmented Reaction Suit, or ARS, is extreme mobility. The use of built-in magnetoplasmadynamic thrusters allows for rapid evasive maneuvers on the battlefield. Powered actuators in the suit provide incredible speed and strength to its user. 

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The ARS features a futuristic weapon retrieval tool dubbed BLADE, short for Battlefield Logic ADaptable Electronic weapons system. Essentially, BLADE can be used to scan enemy munitions, and then configure itself into any weapon housed in its memory on command. 

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The suit also reduces firearm recoil, deals devastating damage in hand-to-hand combat, and can withstand a decent amount of damage itself, only giving way after sustained gunfire. 

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#6: CMC Powered Combat Suit - StarCraft Series

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Terran forces in the StarCraft series often don the classic Confederate Marine Corps exoskeleton. This suit practically doubles the size of its wearer and is immune to most small arms fire. The massive shoulder pads house extra ammunition and sensor arrays. 

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But wait! There's more!

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The CMC Armor comes equipped with a ton of special features, dependent on which model players are using. Most suits feature a life support system and NBC (nuclear/biological/chemical) shielding, allowing soldiers to fight in almost any environment. Newer models feature built-in heads-up-displays, increased structural support, and a range of enhanced perception abilities for use on the battlefield. 

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#7: COG Armor - Gears of War Series

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The standard issue infantry armor for the Coalition of Ordered Governments (COG) Army is tough enough to withstand multiple gunshots. Only with sustained fire can this armor be broken. Armor seals on the chest provide added protection to vital organs, but don't hinder limb movement, allowing for maximum mobility.

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The back-plate of the COG armor features a magnetic holster allowing soldiers to carry multiple weapons at once. 

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Variations on the suit include the Onyx Guard Armor which covers its wearer more carefully, features extra armor plates, and is black in color. 

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Sometimes, a character's choice in apparel can be the difference between life and death. Whether power armor enables players to breathe in toxic environments, move at sublime speeds, or deflect bullets, it's always helpful. In this article, we'll be covering the seven best power armors in popular video games. 

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For the sake of clarity, power armor in this list follows certain criteria:

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  • Worn, not driven. In other words, no mech suits, titans from Titanfall, or Gundam suits, for example. 
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  • Provides standard blunt force trauma protection. We are talking about armor, after all.
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  • Physically affects the wearer. To be plain, it must grant the character within some sort of ability that they wouldn't regularly have.
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Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void release date announced! https://www.gameskinny.com/5hd4k/starcraft-ii-legacy-of-the-void-release-date-announced https://www.gameskinny.com/5hd4k/starcraft-ii-legacy-of-the-void-release-date-announced Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:46:31 -0400 David Fisher

The official release date for Starcraft II: Legacy of the Void'was announced this weekend during a cinematic event in Los Angeles. According to the release event, Starcraft II's street date is officially November 10th, 2015. The announcement also came with a magnificent cinematic introduction for Legacy of the Void (watch below).

In it, we see the last of a band of Protoss warriors standing firm among the ruins of their homeworld of Aiur, a world we have not seen Protoss inhabiting in any way, shape, or form since Episode II of the original Starcraft. What's interesting is that the narrator - who I assume is Artanis from the sound of it - speaks of reclaiming Aiur from the Zerg Swarm.

Does this mean that we will be fighting against Kerrigan's swarm in Legacy of the Void? Kerrigan was last seen headed to the void to stop Amon, so is this swarm already under Amon's control? The cinematic reveal raises more questions than it answers, and I have to say: I'm stoked.

Legacy of the Void has already showed some promise as the last installment for the series, adding new gameplay modes such as Archon mode or Allied Commanders. Pre-orders have already begun for the game as well. As an incentive, Blizzard will be giving the upcoming Artanis hero for Heroes of the Storm as a bonus, as well as several prologue missions in the pre-order beta.

What do you guys think of the trailer? Are you planning on buying Legacy of the Void? If so, are you in it for the multiplayer or the story? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below!

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"Does something look odd to you?" - Disproportionate characters in gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/vwf43/does-something-look-odd-to-you-disproportionate-characters-in-gaming https://www.gameskinny.com/vwf43/does-something-look-odd-to-you-disproportionate-characters-in-gaming Sun, 13 Sep 2015 13:08:19 -0400 katlaborde

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But then again, Ryo's got bigger issues than disproportionate limbs.

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Are there any other characters that look slightly...off? If so, let me know in the comments!

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Image source: Tumblr

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Ryo (Shenmue series)
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Alright, on first glance, you might think I'm reaching on this one, but hear me out, Ryo is a disproportionate mess that deserves his spot on this list, too. Just look at him, take a long hard look. Do you not see anything a tad out of the ordinary? I don't know, maybe his arms look a little too long or his torso looks a bit too short? That's right, now you're seeing it, aren't you? Maybe Ryo shouldn't have been seeking revenge on Lan Di, but on the blind character designer that decided to give him the limbs of a chimp. 

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Image source: Shenmue Dojo

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Jim Raynor (Star Craft)
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We like em' gruff and we like em' buff. Especially when we take somebody already super massively huge and put them in an even more super massively huge suit or armor! OH, MY GAAAWWWD! Move over Marcus Fenix: Jim Raynor makes the COGs look like a little league team playing softball at a Sunday picnic! MANSPLOSION!

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Image source: Comic Vine

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Bayonetta (Bayonetta) 
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I do enjoy the Bayonetta games, but something about her is well...kinda freakish. With her incredibly tall stature, Bayonetta's head always seemed really small in comparison. Although maybe this was intentional, it's one of those things that once you notice, you can't stop looking at it.

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Image source: We Heart It

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 Larry (Leisure Suit Larry) 
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Oh Larry, the poor little bachelor just can't catch a break! All he wants is to finally score himself a hot babe, but with a head that large and a body that small, accomplishing that will happen about as often as spotting Bigfoot riding on the back of the Loch Ness Monster. But hey, you know what they say about having a big head, right...? Yeah, I don't, either. 

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Image source: Pixel Perfect Gaming

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 Sorceress (Dragon's Crown)

BOOBS! You thought the early Lara Croft was stacked? HA! The Sorceress from Dragon's Crown makes poor Lara and the entire cast of Soul Calibur 4 look like prepubescent boys. How she gets around without having to wear a back brace is a miracle, but then again, her lofty bosom is probably where she stores her magic. So you know, there's practicality to her bustiness. 
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Image source: IGN

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The COGs (Gears of War series)
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On the planet Sera, not only are steroids completely legal, but they are mandatory. Marcus Fenix and company look primed to burst into an explosion of manly bro-ness at any vein-pulsing second. You know, the Locusts might have actually been threatening if their human adversaries weren't already built like the Incredible Hulk on Muscle Milk. 

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Image source: GOW Series

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Have you ever noticed something off about some of your favorite video games characters? Whether it's a stylistic choice or a slip-up with scale, there is something about these characters that looks a bit off.

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I am by no means saying the following characters are poorly designed, they just have certain enlarged or smallish features about them that we can't help but notice.

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Image source: Guardian

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