Unofficial Overwatch tournament will test out a hero ban system

Whether or not the Overwatch League should implement hero bans has been a hot topic among fans and professionals lately. Those who are behind the approach believe it’ll mix up a stale meta, but it’s hard to say for sure until we see it in action. Luckily, some players will be taking it for a test drive (albeit unofficially) in tonight’s Tournament of Future Champions, run by Dallas Fuel and Team Canada coach Justin “Jayne” Conroy. Before a map begins, the two teams will be each able to select one…

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Go for a tranquil sail in the appropriately-named Becalm

It has, as usual, been a long week, but don’t worry – Becalm is here to provide the perfect pick me up. This gentle cruise simulator doesn’t ask for anything but for you to take in the beautiful surroundings, and maybe snap a picture or two if you’d like. Even the trailer is a blessing, giving just a taste of the serenity: I’ve had Becalm on my itch.io ‘to play’ list for a while, probably since Kat Brewster called attention to it in their Priceless Play column, and I really…

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Browser-based domain price guessing game shows the web has a way with words

How much, exactly, would it cost you to be the proud owner of the domain ‘pundit.xyz’? What about ‘eloneliness.com’? If you think you’ve got a good guess, you should try out Domain Pricing, which will pit two names against one another and ask which you think is the more expensive one to get your hands on. (Bear in mind that some domain names may be not safe for work. And that they’re usually the most valuable ones.) Domain Pricing is the creation of designer Martin O’Leary, based on a tweet…

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Ominous Ice King brings a blizzard to Fortnite Battle Royale

Winter has come to Fortnite Battle Royale, with the mysterious Ice King breaking free of his sky-orb to coat the island in a layer of crisp snow. I hate the cold, and therefore I am obliged to hate the Ice King, but I must admit it’s all rather pretty. Some players who witnessed the event captured it for the rest of us: Cinematic shots, if you missed it. from r/FortNiteBR Get out of the way, Ice King, I’m trying to appreciate the Northern Lights. Not only is it snowy out…

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Forest fairy tale She And The Light Bearer is out now

Part point-and-click adventure, part music album, part storybook, part poem, part fairy tale – She And The Light Bearer talks about blending a whole lot of things into one game. But above all else, is it ever pretty. Just look at the way the foliage moves and the light filters down from above in its trailer: The game is based in Indonesian fairy tales, and follows a firefly exploring the forest, solving various riddles and puzzles, and seeing a lot of extremely beautiful greenery. It also comes from the creators…

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Marshmellow Day Spa is the most adorable hot chocolate simulator you’ll see today

It is, as I have mentioned once or twice this weekend, cold. Luckily, Marshmellow Day Spa is here to warm the soul. It’s all about giving these little bundles of fluff the perfect cocoa bath to soak in, and it’s just as cute as it sounds, as you can see below: I think the holly berry decorations and plinky piano-violin-chimes music might mark this one as a Christmassy game, but time is fake and we’ve still got a whole lot of hot chocolate season left, so it’s relevant enough. I’m…

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Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe is a feathery Neko Atsume with added hats

Tiny Bird Garden Deluxe is a game about filling your life with over a hundred colourful, adorable birds. So, pretty much life goals. It’s similar to popular cat-collection mobile game Neko Atsume, except – while I realise I’m about to make the mistake of having an opinion online – I personally prefer our feathered friends. Also, this one’s on PC so we can actually write about it. Here’s a trailer so you can see what it’s all about. Birds! Hats! Birds in hats! As you might have guessed from the…

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Watch out, traitors have invaded The Blackout Club

If you go down to the woods today, there’s a chance you’ll be spied on by creepy teenagers. Co-op stealth horror game The Blackout Club now has a splash of asymmetric multiplayer, with an early access update adding an invasion system that lets one child turn stalker. The “Enter The Stalker” update tasks one invader with recording the meddling kids, until an invisible monster drags them off into an extra-dimensional void. So much for Big Society. You needn’t fear stalkers too much – at least not yet. They’re weak, for…

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The System Shock remake looks magnificently moody in this new footage

It’s been almost three years since we all braved one last trip into the crumbling Kickstarter mines to drag System Shock back into the daylight. Night Dive’s modernised do-over of the proto-immersive sim has clearly suffered a few trials and tribulations during the protracted Remakening process, but I’m struck by how similar the latest video is to the relatively spanky demo build I played back in 2016. But though the game would seem to have stayed the same, the same cannot be said of the lighting. It’s so glowy. And…

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Atlas rains whales, again

Pirates have once again proven themselves incapable of civil behaviour, as salty early access survival sandbox Atlas has been hit by ne’er-do-wells dropping terrible whales and other oddities all over the world – for the second time in a week. While Thursday’s whale of a time was down to a “compromised” admin account, according to developers Grapeshot Games, Sunday’s cetacearama was down to “a technical exploit” they say they’ve now closed. Once again, Grapeshot took all the official servers temporarily offline and rolled back the North American PvP servers to…

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