By Dave Tach on Dec 20, 2013 12.20.13
League of Legends' wintertime Showdown event went live this week, according to a post on the game's official site. The event will last until Jan. 2, and allow for 1v1 and 2v2 duels on the single-lane Howling Abyss map. Players can win three ways: By scoring first blood (in 1v1) or two kills (in 2v2), clearing waves to 100 CS or taking down an enemy turret before they destroy yours. Check out the video above to see Showdown in action and Showdown's official promo page to learn more about the skins and other items present for the event.
By Samit Sarkar on Dec 18, 2013 12.18.13
During a debate on whether eSports is a sport on last night's end-of-2013 round-up episode of HBO's Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel, the panelists didn't just say no — they laughed eSports, its fans and gamers altogether out of the studio entirely. The discussion followed a feature story on League of Legends and its Season 3 World Championship by Real Sports correspondent Soledad O'Brien, a segment that aired in the monthly show's October 2013 episode. (HBO Go subscribers can watch the full episode here.) O'Brien's story was respectful of eSports as a fast-growing field in the gaming sphere. But the roundtable segment last night dismissed eSports, with panelists including Mary Carillo, Frank Deford and Bernard Goldberg cracking jokes about Star Trek conventions and the millions of...
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Nov 20, 2013 11.20.13
Super Mario 3D World review: silly symphony Super Mario 3D World just might be the best platformer reviewer Danielle Riendeau has played this generation: "Super Mario 3D World doesn't reinvent the Mario formula ... [but] it gets the balance right between nostalgic touches and clever new twists, and never once let me down with a boring boss or too-familiar retread." League of Legends Season 3 finals drew 32M total viewers The League of Legends finals shattered previous viewing records with more than 32 million viewers worldwide. During the finals last year, a total of 8.2 million viewers tuned in to watch teams hit the field. Xbox One won't let you livestream gameplay at launch Xbox One owners won't be able to livestream via Twitch when the console launches. Microsoft plans to...
By Michael McWhertor on Oct 08, 2013 10.08.13
Jinx, the Loose Cannon, Riot Games' newest addition to the League of Legends champion lineup, gets her own official music video today, featuring the song "Get Jinxed." The animated clip show's off Jinx's personal set of abilities, from riding on oversized death rockets Major Kong-style to firing her Pow Pow minigun to lobbing Flame Chompers grenades at groups of enemies. The rest is mostly Jinx enjoying some manic, destructive behavior set to high-speed electronic music and the vocals of Norwegian singer Agnete Kjølsrud from the band Djerv. The song can be downloaded from Soundcloud if you don't already have access to Jinx and her theme song.
By Megan Farokhmanesh on Oct 05, 2013 10.05.13
Athletes who participate in physical sports and those active in the eSports scene are more alike than most people think, according to a recent interview with League of Legends fan and NFL player Chris Kluwe. Kluwe, who you can watch in the video above, is best known for his time with the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. According to the NFL punter, the amount of time players put into their game is the same amount of time athletes train for their sports. Kluwe calls games like League of Legends very much a "mental sport." "For me, eSports is really this burgeoning culture of actual sports in that you have young adults competing in a team oriented fashion," Kluwe said. "What we're seeing with eSports right now is that beginning part where it's growing in popularity and people...
By Alexa Ray Corriea on Oct 05, 2013 10.05.13
Playing through BioShock Infinite's compelling Burial at Sea According to the man himself, Ken Levine: "BioShock Infinite is about Elizabeth. BioShock Infinite: Burial at Sea is really about Elizabeth." Our hands-on time with part one of Burial at Sea allowed us to explore Rapture in a way we couldn't in the original BioShock — and ended on a conclusion just as dumbfounding as the main game. If you don't mind a handful of spoilers, be sure to check out our impressions. Pokemon X and Pokemon Y review: new life Pokemon X and Y fix old problems, pack on new features, bring us new ways to interact and bond with our Pokemon and have the most connective social features of any series games yet. We couldn't help but be impressed. How the new League of Legends Challenger league will create...
By Griffin McElroy on Sep 13, 2013 09.13.13
Star Trek: Into Darkness director J.J. Abrams responds to the poor critical reception of Namco Bandai's Star Trek: The Video Game. In our latest feature, we profile Jessica Chobot, a games industry writer and video personality who has transitioned to pen the script for Zombie Studios' upcoming horror title Daylight. This weekend marks the start of the League of Legends World Championship, which you can brief yourself on by reading our two viewers' guides. Star Trek director J.J. Abrams 'emotionally hurt' by Star Trek: The Video Game Jessica Chobot: Stepping Into Daylight A viewer's guide to the League of Legends World Championship League of Legends World Championship viewers guide: the teams, the players, the stories
By Emily Gera on Sep 12, 2013 09.12.13
The ability to coordinate as a team in League of Legends significantly impacts the chances of winning, according to a video released by Riot Games. Users who adopt a "sportsmanlike" approach to teamwork win over 1.7 million more games than the average player, said the studio, adding that "epic comebacks don't come from berating your teammates. Rage doesn't win games." A team that has no raging players has a 54 percent average win rate, compared to a 46 percent average win rate with three raging players. Additionally players with a record of positive behavior win 10 percent more games than average users, while players with a history of being reported have an average win rate of 35 percent fewer games. Riot Games recently revealed it houses a team of over 30 staff members attempting to...
By Dave Tach on Sep 11, 2013 09.11.13
Our latest feature charts the sometimes treacherous course of development for Alexander Bruce's Antichamber. We've got a viewer's guide to help you through the upcoming League of Legends World Championships. And Valve unveiled Steam Family Sharing today, which will allow you to share your games with "close friends and family members." Antichamber and the journey of life A Viewer's Guide to the League of Legends World Championship Steam Family Sharing to let users share their games with others
By Colin Campbell on Sep 09, 2013 09.09.13
Master swordsmith Tony Swatton, star of the Man At Arms video series in which legendary weapons are forged, has turned his skills to League of Legends. In a new episode of the show Swatton creates Leona's Zenith Blade, requested by fans of the game on a League of Legends forum. The fancy blade captured 43 percent of the forum vote, beating Hecarim's Polearm, Xin Zhao's Spear and Katarina's Daggers. "The Zenith sword is a lot of work, a very technical piece to make," said Swatton, who has made over 200 swords for movies. "It's a balanced, working piece and I'm pretty happy with it." Michael Mourino, senior concept artist at League of Legends' publisher Riot Games tested out the sword. "This is amazing. This is literally what I imagined when I drew it," he said. "We have teams of...