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Blizzard to change beloved 'Overwatch' hero's name in wake of harassment lawsuit

Washington Post - Technology News

McCree, a popular hero in Blizzard's team-based shooter "Overwatch," is getting renamed. The playable character was originally a nod to Jesse McCree, a game designer who no longer works at Blizzard in the wake of a California Department of Fair Employment and Housing lawsuit against its parent company, Activision Blizzard, alleging widespread sexual harassment and discrimination. Further, employees at Blizzard have told The Post that similar changes will soon be coming to "World of Warcraft," which contains several characters and one city named after multiple former Blizzard developers.


Respawn's Apex Legends Is Just Getting Started

WIRED

The minds at Respawn Entertainment are wizards when it comes to the action-adventure genre. Twenty-fourteen's Titanfall and its criminally underrated followup, 2016's Titanfall 2, challenged traditional boots-on-the-ground shooters with a heightened sense of scale and verticality, while the more recent Jedi: Fallen Order etched itself as one of the greatest Star Wars narratives told in any medium. The Los Angeles studio's fixation with exoskeletons, Blade Runner, and visuals that bleed Wachowski and Masamune Shirow's Ghost In The Shell is nothing new, but they are intertwined with world-building to create headier pockets of science fiction bliss. The free-to-play shooter set in the Titanfall universe first launched in February 2019. No extended gameplay reveals that cringe out with comms from Chad and the rest of the QA team.


Overwatch Is Utilizing Machine Learning To Combat Chat Toxicity – IAM Network

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A game as popular as Overwatch can attract nearly any kind of player, with each occupying the same shared virtual space in which they all attempt to enjoy the same team-based shooter experience. That same accessibility, however, tends to place people with different ideas as to how the game should be played, and has warranted Overwatch adopting a new machine-based learning algorithm to better recognize, address, and punish the occasional heated grinding of opinions. While hardly unique to Overwatch, the issue of player toxicity manifesting in insults aimed at either team and griefing can ruin an otherwise enjoyable round or at worst make someone not want to play the game at all, as many fans of games like Overwatch, League of Legends, CS:GO, and countless other examples can attest. The implementation of a sort of virtual referee in the form of an algorithm generated from reports on toxic behavior has been the go-to for Overwatch developer Blizzard across several of its games and has the data to back up its efficacy. Initially tested in Overwatch and Heroes of the Storm, Blizzard's in-house machine learning AI aims to be more than an …


Overwatch Is Decreasing Toxicity In Chat With Machine Learning – IAM Network

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Blizzard Entertainment, the developer behind Overwatch, has implemented a machine learning system in the game that it says is helping to dismantle the toxicity of chat in Overwatch. Unfortunately, in any game with a chat function, there will be those players who do not regard the feelings of others, have poor sportsmanship, or are downright offensive and not afraid to show it. A game as popular as Overwatch, with over 40 million players, is bound to have problems in the chat as people compete with others from all over the world. Overwatch is competitive by nature, pitting teams of six players against each other in a multiplayer first-person shooter. This year's Overwatch League wrapped up recently, but due to COVID-19 restrictions audiences could only watch from their homes online.


Overwatch Is Decreasing Toxicity In Chat With Machine Learning

#artificialintelligence

Blizzard Entertainment, the developer behind Overwatch, has implemented a machine learning system in the game that it says is helping to dismantle the toxicity of chat in Overwatch. Unfortunately, in any game with a chat function, there will be those players who do not regard the feelings of others, have poor sportsmanship, or are downright offensive and not afraid to show it. A game as popular as Overwatch, with over 40 million players, is bound to have problems in the chat as people compete with others from all over the world. Overwatch is competitive by nature, pitting teams of six players against each other in a multiplayer first-person shooter. This year's Overwatch League wrapped up recently, but due to COVID-19 restrictions audiences could only watch from their homes online.


I spent $130 in 'Genshin Impact.' If you might do this, maybe don't play it.

Washington Post - Technology News

This gambling mechanic and confusing jargon is far from unique to "Genshin Impact" or even gacha games. Loot boxes and gambling mechanics are the subject of legislative action in Europe and Asia. Activision Blizzard's popular "Overwatch" is probably the most mainstream Western example of implementing gambling into the game. And yes, Activision and "Overwatch" defenders will say that its "just cosmetic," but it's a fact that cosmetics can enhance a player's experience, depending on what they're looking for. Even if it's just an alternate look for Mercy, "Overwatch" puts a lot of work into alternate costumes to make them enticing.


Overwatch, Call of Duty League teams can defer multimillion-dollar franchise fees due to covid-19

Washington Post - Technology News

Front offices around CDL and OWL agree that the goal is to return to live, in-person events whenever it's safe to do so. Activision Blizzard created both leagues to pioneer a city-based model, built like traditional sports leagues, and that's always been a selling point for franchise spots. Team presidents and owners see the attention to a local market as a surefire way to created a dedicated fan base with regional sponsors and packed stadiums.


Amazon Crucible: 'Can games be as fun to watch as they are to play?'

BBC News

Think of Amazon and last-minute deliveries, streaming box-sets and Kindles spring to mind - but not necessarily making video games. Now, the online giant wants that to change and is getting its teeth into game development with new release, Crucible. "We want to make games that resonate with a very large audience of players," Mike Frazzini, the vice president of Amazon Games, tells Radio 1 Newsbeat. "Ultimately the players will get to decide whether or not we succeed." "We're pleased with the feedback on early play-tests, but ultimately we don't know how good it is until it gets out there."


The best gaming laptops of 2019

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. However, our picks and opinions are independent from USA TODAY's newsroom and any business incentives. Buying a gaming machine is no longer as challenging as a game of Tetris. Thanks to smaller chips and lighter hardware, now you can buy a powerhouse in laptop form that will optimize gaming experience without having to piece together the hardware yourself. Gaming laptops have made PC gaming so much more accessible, and you can easily find machines with high-resolution displays and the latest graphics cards without breaking the bank. We've done the hard work for you, researching and testing out the top options on the market. After weeks of testing we think the Alienware M15 with an Nvidia GeForce 2070 is the best overall for people who want a high-performance machine. If you need something a little more budget-friendly, the Acer Nitro 7 can handle just about any current game as well for under $1,000.


Overwatch "Brick Bastion" Event Makes Your Robot Pal Look Like A Lego

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Bastion is going to get bricked. A new Overwatch limited-time event starting today, September 17, will let you earn several new cosmetics, with a new "Brick Bastion" skin at the center of it all. The new Legendary skin makes the robotic character look like he's built out of Lego bricks. To win the skin and some other cosmetics, all you have to do is play during the LTE period through September 30. Winning three games will get you two new player icons, winning six games will earn you two sprays, and winning nine games will get you the Brick Bastion skin.