A Video Game Qualifies For an Oscar

In this wild world we live in, a video game has finally become eligible for a prestigious award unlikely to ever land in the hands of a game developer; an Academy Award. The starring title is ‘Everything’, an intuitive attempt to create a sense of superior control over everything in the player while also maintaining a calm atmosphere. The game can be found on PC as well as PS4. Eligibility for the award derived from the fact that it has won a jury award at the lesser known Vienna Shorts Festival. This award has criteria, it being that; The Jury Prize--Animation goes to a film which, beyond being entertaining, has a strong poetic and philosophical theme. It serves a highly educational purpose, including an important political statement, that encourages letting our egos dissolve and gain a new perspective on the world. David O’Reilly, the creator, must have been exceedingly proud. Without a doubt, the creator was extremely grateful and confidently shared such great news. Everything’ will contest for the Animated Short Film Oscar. Even though it never hit the box office, the picturesque game will remain an exception, consisting of an internal setting which allows the game to run on its own. So with certain settings, it’s a film anyway. Such achievement will surely boost enthusiasm in this game-type, it being less popular than most. ‘Everything’ is available, and has been since March, for a mere €13, just a little more than your average cinema ticket.

Project Eversio prepares for Overwatch Contenders

With the recent announcements that Blizzard has been making regarding Overwatch Contentders, a $100,000 tournament equally split between EU and NA respectively, teams around the world started to go through changes and prepare to give their best shot to win that pay cheque. Project Eversio, one of Malta's leading esports organisation has decided to follow in these footsteps and make sure that their Overwatch squad is ready to put up a fight against some of the best European teams out there. With this change, we see  Scott 'Noname' Vella and Gary 'R1k' Vella (back-up) stepping down from their role, while Cyril 'Vortex' Coppini, a highly-respected DPS player who has shown undeniable skill during The MRO Overwatch: Open with The Underdogs, will be joining the squad. Cyril had the following to say: I've always been a highly competitive person at heart, and the atmosphere throughout the MRO Overwatch Open has had me really pumped up since, so I'm delighted to be joining a team like Eversio who like me, share the passion to compete and win! I'm very much looking forward to the next local competition, and I hope one is announced soon. In the meantime, we practice, practice and practice. EVERSIO.Overwatch is now as follows: Clinton 'Cin' Caruana - Leader/Support Daniel 'Deathrow' Gatt - Tank Alan 'Serenity' Ciantar - Support Wayne 'Reed' Reed - DPS  Marco 'PK' Bugeja - DPS Cyril 'Vortex' Coppini - DPS Source:

Call of Duty: WW2 Multiplayer Maps

Activision and Sledgehammer Games have been quite reluctant to share any colossal news regarding the upcoming title; Call of duty: WW2, for which everyone is excited. It’s no surprise of course, with E3 2017 in the coming week, that the developer and publisher are stingy. However, at certain times, breadcrumbs have been dropped to carefully nourish the community and steadily build up excitement- after so many years, Activision knows exactly how to release a game. This article delves into the breadcrumb which recites details of the multiplayer maps. A stop on Condrey and Schofield’s research trip informed one such multiplayer map, but with the mode’s finer details being held back for E3 – and a beady-eyed Activision rep sat in the interview room – specifics elude us. As a community, we already know that the campaign will be based on the European fronts such as in France, Germany and Britain. What has just been found out, through an interview, is that the multiplayer maps will not all correspond with locations experienced in the single-player mode. Prior titles have always done the opposite, such as MW2’s Favela from the mission ‘Takedown’ and so many more examples, so this is an opportunity to freshen up the roster of maps. Through this implication, we may expect maps found in different parts of the world, perhaps towards the East and the West; Vietnam, Japan, Australia, America and more. Glen Schofield, Sledgehammer Games’ co-founder and studio chief operator Michael Condrey have assured the community that intense research has been carried out to ensure a scale of realism, detail and accuracy never before experience in a Call of Duty. Such environmental storytelling will also feature in the multiplayer component, which in addition to revisiting battlefields featured in the single-player campaign will also expand to different fronts. Unfortunately, the mere fact that this is to occur is all that they offered, hesitant to spill the beans further. It’s definitely no secret that Call of Duty: WW2 is potentially E3’s most anticipated game, after three years of development before Battlefield 1 was ever conceived. (For those who keep stating that ‘Call of Duty copied Battlefield’.) A title which may redeem Call of Duty and put Battlefield and other shooters to shame.

COD pros pull off win with ridiculous team name

Sunday’s North American 2K was won by none other than ‘Billy has no thumbs’; this is not a joke.  The lineup starred ‘MopeyTugboat’, ‘GSTORY210’, ‘Goreeyy’ and ‘JynXx32’; names which have never been heard of.  It didn’t take a detective to realise that something wasn’t right. It was quickly learned that skilled and established Call of Duty pros were behind the sticks. The random aliases were translated to ‘Silly’, ‘Arcitys’ and ‘Prestinni’ all from eUnited  along with ‘Clayster’ from Faze Clan.  To pull of such a feat each player had to create new accounts for PS4 and Gamebattles. This, while not mentioning the competition which would await this new formed team of ‘nobodies’. Billy has no thumbs blasted through Evil Geniuses and Enigma6, these two being the most notable competition at the tournament.  Each player walked away with $500 each and a proper laugh. However, this collaboration, whether it may be contemporary or not, has stirred up some  discussion in the Call of Duty community. Why is ‘Gunless’ not playing with his teammates? Is ‘Clayster’ joining eUnited? It has been found out that ‘Gunless’ has refused to play with his team due to a disagreement regarding contracting. James ‘Clayster’ Eubanks  states that he was simply filling in for eUnited and his loyalty remains to Faze. With many recent roster changes in Call of Duty, such as those of E6 and EG, will eUnited be looking for a replacement for ‘Gunless’? What’s next for ‘Gunless’? All we know is that all roster changes must occur before CWL Anaheim Open on June 16. GB link; Header image credit to

Nintendo Switch Online Membership

For the past few years, online content for major consoles could only be accessed through regular payments and subscriptions. This is the burden of console-gamers, while PC gaming enthusiasts are free from this enthrallment. The Nintendo Switch, being the new kid round the block compared to the PS4 and Xbox, has also revealed details regarding payment plans for online membership. Nintendo Switch owners couldn’t be more content. Online play will stay free for now, with the subscription scheme to be installed in 2018, giving owners some breathing space. Though, when the time does comes for purchase, Switch gamers will surely not hesitate due to the extremely respectable pricing. For comparison, €20 for PS4 will give you 3 months of online gameplay, with the Nintendo plan rewarding a whole year for the same price. Thus, one month will cost €4 and three months will cost €8.  A keen reader would probably suggest that Playstation Plus and Xbox Live Gold give the user monthly games, which explains the price. Yet, Nintendo makes no compromise, and allows paying subscribers to access an array of classic Nintendo games for no extra fees. A spokesperson for Nintendo has shared the details; Nintendo Switch Online subscribers will have ongoing access to a library of classic games with added online play. Users can play as many of the games as they want, as often as they like, as long as they have an active subscription. This is mind-blowing stuff from Nintendo, if they can execute these plans, and is a definite winner compared to the likes of Xbox and Playstation. Hopefully, they’re taking down notes. Nevertheless, the argument will always remain, that online console-gaming should be completely free, just like the good old-days.

What to expect at E3

One of the most anticipated events for all gamers around the world is right round the corner; E3. Beginning at midday of 13th June and finishing at 5pm on the 15th June, it will take place at the LA Convention Center. However, before the official time period, many publishers will host their own major press events across the weekend prior. Gamers cannot wait for the games and consoles that await them in the months to come. Speaking of consoles, Xbox is finally prepared to reveal a brand new console, which they’ve been hinting at for quite some time; Project Scorpio. Unfortunately, such a console became such a priority that there isn’t a single Xbox exclusive to be shown, a major blow to Xbox. Opposite to Xbox, Playstation has no console to release, already having the PS4 Pro and PS4 Slim. Handsomely compensating, Sony has prepared a delightful list of exclusives which will definitely add that little incentive to purchase their console. In the shadows of the Xbox/Playstation rivalry, is Nintendo. With the Nintendo Switch’s birth, the company will be demonstrating the capabilities of the machine along with new titles and exclusives. Moving over to the game developer side of things, EA, after an absence in last year’s show, will show off a new FIFA for consoles, including the Switch. Also, Need for Speed is to be resurrected with a refresh while a sequel for Star Wars:Battlefront will entertain the thirst for FPS. Bethesda hasn’t been too busy, foretelling the exposure of VR adaptations of ‘Doom’ and ‘Fallout 4.’ Quake Champions will also be present. Ubisoft has many confused, with only confirmed titles of Rayman for Switch, a South Park sequel and Steep for Switch. Where is Far Cry 5? Will Assassin’s Creed be there? Questions like these are sure to be answered.  On the other hand, Activision is ready to receive all the attention, with intensely massive title such as Destiny 2, Call of Duty:WW2 and Crash Bandicoot . A plethora of other game-developers and companies will be present, with many hidden titles and unknowns.  Rumours are endless and hopes are high, this is E3 2017. List of Games; List of E3 2017 games that will ‘drop your jaw’

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