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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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Symmetra and Zenyatta Overwatch Finally Got Some Meaningful Lore in 2020

When a game like Overwatch has 32 characters in its roster and a handful more on the way with Overwatch 2, some of those heroes are bound to suffer when it comes to story and lore that expands upon their character and background. And generally, Symmetra and Zenyatta have been two of…

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The Top 10 Games Where You Can Be a Pumpkin Head Guy

Since time immemorial, man has wanted to know what it would be like to be a guy with a pumpkin for a head. And so, it was fated that video games would explore this most compelling of fantasies, alongside other deeply-ingrained dreams like dating pigeons and making a gorilla drive…

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Why Superhero Video Games Need to Ditch “Realism”

Video game developer David Cage has stated that he thinks video games cannot tell emotional, meaningful stories and cannot otherwise be praiseworthy unless the characters have the highest number of polygons and look as close to reality as possible. Unfortunately, his views on realism are not unique, with other developers…

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Overwatch’s Next Novel Will Be a Prequel Starring Ashe and McCree

It looks like Blizzard and friends have decided on the next subject for its series of Overwatch novels: Ashe and McCree. An Amazon France listing for a second Overwatch novel by Gunslinger Girl author Lyndsay Ely says the book will come out on June 1 of next year, which would be about a…

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Overwatch’s Latest Event Gives Tracer Her Own Comic Mini-Series

Overwatch’s latest event will be bringing some extra servings of lore, specifically focusing on poster girl Tracer, who is starring in her own five-part comic to coincide with some new in-game unlockables. Tracer’s Comic Challenge will begin tomorrow, September 15, and last until September 28. During this time, Blizzard and Dark…

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Five Overwatch Novels That I Hope Blizzard Greenlights

After four years, it feels like Blizzard is finally starting to figure out interesting means to dish out Overwatch lore to make it feel meaningful while the game itself has its cast push cars from one side of the map to another. Between animated shorts, webcomics, and short stories, Overwatch’s…

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Numbers Go Up 6: All About That Haunted Energy

This week is light on big news, so we dig a little deeper outside our usual wheelhouse. Farming in Path of Exile, the Old West in Borderlands, and colors in Diablo 4 all get some love (and hate). What is it that makes a good, fun loot game? That’s the…

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Fanbyte Evening News May 19, 2020

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Overwatch’s Anniversary Event Returns with New Dances to Annoy Your Team With

Overwatch’s annual Anniversary Event is coming back on May 19 to June 9, and from the looks of it, it’s going to be adding new variations of one of the event’s staples: dance emotes. Every time the Anniversary Event comes around, Blizzard includes dancing emotes for each hero that’s been…

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A List of Hyper Specific Communication Options Overwatch Should Have

Blizzard has added new command options to Overwatch’s communication wheel, giving people who (wisely) don’t want to use voice chat to talk with other players more ways of coordinating and strategizing with their team behind the safety of a muted mic. All of these options will include fully voiced lines…

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The Cost of Typing ‘Big Dick’ During an Overwatch League Match: $1,000

The administrators of Blizzard’s official in-house Overwatch League have taken their first disciplinary actions of the year, fining two players a total of $2,000 (one grand each) for “inappropriate chat during a league match.” The players in question, Jung-Won “Lastro” Mun of the Los Angeles Valiant and Dong-Jun “Rascal” Kim…

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Video Game Food Is Nourishment for These Hobby Free Times

If you’re a millennial, it’s a known fact that you’ve personally killed at least three industries, businesses, or hobbies. It’s nothing to do with the housing market ladder getting pulled up in front of you, skyrocketing rent, or stagnant wages. It’s because you — yes, you reading this right now…

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Overwatch Heroes Have Googly Eyes Now and I Never Want to Play Overwatch Again

For what I assume is an early April Fool’s joke, All 32 playable heroes in Overwatch are now outfitted with googly eyes and I just can’t deal with it. I first heard about this after seeing screenshots of the game’s main menu on Twitter, which is currently occupied by damage…

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Echo is Basically Ditto But For Overwatch

After all the teases from this past week, Echo, the 32nd playable hero in Overwatch, is officially live to play on the Public Test Region for PC players. This comes after Blizzard gave a rundown of her abilities in a developer update. Despite rumors that the next hero coming to…

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Fanbyte Morning News March 18, 2020

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Echo is Finally Coming to Overwatch After Years of Teases

After a couple teases this week, Blizzard has finally unveiled Overwatch‘s 32nd hero: Echo. For those that don’t know, Echo has been an enigmatic presence in Overwatch lore since she debuted in the “Reunion” animated short back in 2018. While the short was really intended to focus on McCree and introduce Ashe, who…

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Blizzard Appears to Be Teasing a New Overwatch Hero

Overwatch hasn’t gotten a new hero since Sigma came to the game back in August, but it looks like that’s about to change very soon. Blizzard has posted a little bit of lore that appears to be teasing a new character on its social channels. The post includes an excerpt…

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Fanbyte Morning News March 12, 2020

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