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UK Won’t Impose Loot Box Regulations, Trusts Industry to Self-Regulate

The UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media, and Sport (DCMS) has issued its response to a call for evidence on loot boxes, video games, and their impact. Following its 2020 request for testimonies regarding concerns over gambling classification, addiction, and younger players, the UK government says it will not act…

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The UK says loot box regulations aren't happening for now, but the DCMS may revisit the issue later.

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Overwatch 2 Deserves Better Than Being Activision Blizzard’s Shield

Yesterday, Blizzard released a breakdown of Junker Queen, the newest hero coming to Overwatch 2. But this isn’t a news piece about how sick the latest tank character’s kit is. That’s because the same day, only five percent of Activision Blizzard’s shareholders voted to have an employee representative on the…

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Overwatch: New Blood Stars Cassidy but Activision-Blizzard is Center of Mind

As with any Activision-Blizzard property right now, it’s weird being an Overwatch fan. As more stories about the publisher’s state emerge following the publication of a lawsuit centered on its workplace culture, it’s been hard to pick up Soldier: 76’s rifle, throw up Orisa’s shield, or rain down healing grenades…

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Overwatch Hero Jesse McCree is Now Cole Cassidy

Back in August, the Overwatch creative team announced it would be changing the name of its cowboy hero Jesse McCree following the character’s namesake being named in a lawsuit against Blizzard regarding workplace misconduct. As of October 26, the hero’s name will be changed in-game to Cole Cassidy. The new name…

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Overwatch to Change McCree’s Name After Namesake’s Workplace Misconduct

Activision-Blizzard’s workplace harassment saga continues, and it’s having a pretty significant impact on one Overwatch character: Jesse McCree. The hero was named after an employee at Blizzard, one who was named and subsequently removed from the company after it became the subject of a lawsuit for its workplace culture. As such, Blizzard…

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Overwatch Summer Games Said ‘It’s Time for Hot Sigma Summer’

It’s time for another Overwatch Summer Games event, so the heroes and villains of Blizzard’s team shooter are getting beach ready. And that means Sigma gets to reveal he’s actually rocking a six-pack and gets to have a beard before Soldier 76. As with most Overwatch events these days, Summer Games’ biggest draw…

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Can You Turn Off Overwatch Text Chat on Console?

If you, like me, are a console Overwatch player and find yourself perturbed by the sudden addition of a text chat vibing in the bottom left corner of your screen after the launch of the game’s cross-play beta, fret not. There’s a way to keep enjoying the perks of having a…

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Overwatch Cross-Play Beta is Live, Get to Pushing Payloads

Overwatch’s cross-play beta is live now, so you can now push payloads with all your friends no matter what platform they play on. All you have to do to access cross-play is create a Battle.net account and link your respective system to the site. This will allow you to add friends…

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Overwatch Underwhelms During Pride, but Don’t Expect More This Month

When it comes to queer representation, Overwatch has always been a game of “taking it where you can get it,” as the game itself doesn’t do much to acknowledge the identity of its queer characters, Tracer and Soldier: 76.  It’s a tough situation, as there’s an argument to be made that…

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Overwatch Has Cross-Play Now, So My Friends Have No Excuse Not to Play With Me

A few months back, during BlizzConline, Blizzard gave some non-committal answers about whether Overwatch would join the likes of several of its competitors and integrate cross-play, allowing players from all four platforms the game is on to play together. Well, the team has finally announced it’s rolling out the feature in…

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Want to be Swole Like Zarya? Try Overwatch Modded with a Ring Fit Controller

I haven’t played much Ring Fit Adventure lately, mainly because Nintendo’s exercise RPG was my gateway into other means of exercise like weightlifting. And really, after you’ve successfully fooled Nintendo into thinking you’re a fitness god, there’s not much more the game can teach you. But something I have played more…

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ICYMI: Here’s Some Takeaways from the Overwatch 2 Team’s Reddit AMA

As part of its attempts to be more communicative about Overwatch 2, the team at Blizzard hosted a Reddit AMA where fans were able to ask questions about the upcoming sequel and the state of the live game available now. We combed through the team’s answers, so you don’t have to…

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Overwatch Lead Jeff Kaplan Announces Departure From Blizzard

Overwatch lead designer Jeff Kaplan has announced he’s leaving Blizzard. News of this came through a letter on Blizzard’s website, where the company announced new leadership for the Overwatch team. Aaron Keller, who was a founding member of the Overwatch team, will be replacing Kaplan as the series’ lead. Kaplan left a…

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Man, the Overwatch 2021 Archives Event Is a Misread of What Made It Interesting

Overwatch’s Archives event was originally “The Lore Event” for the hero shooter. Every year it would include cooperative missions with story content, and skins that hinted at the history of its various playable characters. In 2021? It’s uh….distinctly not that. While, yes, you’ll be able to play all those missions again…

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Maybe Overwatch Balancing for Pro Players Separately Would Be For the Best?

When I first saw the patch notes for Overwatch’s latest Experimental Card, I was a little bit terrified at just how much Blizzard seemed to be changing of its hero shooter. For the uninitiated, the Experimental Card is a mode used to test possible changes to Overwatch’s 31 heroes. Not everything tested…

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Valorant Player Jay Won Suspended and Losing MVP Overwatch Skin Following Sexual Assault Allegations

Valorant player and ex-Overwatch League pro Jay “Sinatraa” Won has been suspended from the North American Valorant Champions Tour after being allegations of sexual abuse from a past partner. In an extensive, nine-page Google Doc, Cleo Hernandez went into detail about the two’s nine-month relationship, where she describes sexual encounters where Won…

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I Wish I Loved Anything as Much as Roadhog Overwatch Loves Pachimari

I came into Overwatch relatively late, so whatever it was that led to the in-universe fictional character/toy line Pachimari has eluded me. Despite being extremely into the game since a key lore revelation in 2019, I never really knew what Pachimari was beyond it being in the arcade machines in the…

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Blizzard Gives Non-Committal Non-Answer Regarding Overwatch Cross Play

There was a lot of Overwatch 2 news this weekend after the team showed off an extensive behind-the-scenes look at the game at Blizzconline. But when it came to news about the first game that’s already out in the public, there was almost nothing of note. The original Overwatch and Overwatch 2 will…

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Kenneth Shepard’s Top Five Games of 2020

As I did last year, I’m only ranking five games as my favorites in 2020. Why am I not doing the standard ten games? Because I only have enough love in my heart for five games at a time. Unlike your parents who deflected when you asked who their favorite…

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PlayStation 5’s Playtime Counter Makes Me Confront My Sinful Existence

For most platforms, a built-in play time counter is not a big deal. Steam, Xbox, and Nintendo all have these things baked right into the systems they’re on, and have been visible for years at this point. But for PlayStation, that’s only been the case for about a week, as…

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