Have you ever finished watching an episode and wanted to scream from the rooftops about how you feel/what happened/what you think will happen/why you love it so much? Though we may be superfans, we generally recognize that this behavior doesn’t exactly fly in everyday life. And even though the shocking twist weighs heavily on your mind, you can’t exactly take to Twitter and spoil everything for someone else either. Of course, there are several choices. You can force your friends to watch your shows with you, giving you an audience, or take to forums and tumblr pages and the like to vent your frustrations and jubilees.
There’s also another choice. Because guess what? (Yeah, I’m totally going to say this)
There’s an app for that.
TV Time is an app available on the App Store and the Playstore designed to help give fans a space to do what they do best–be fans.
As E3, the popular media and industry only game summit, draws nearer, the trend of video game developers flocking towards the public sphere for opinions, reactions, and hands-on experiences when it comes to new game news continues to grow. One of the biggest industry gaming events of the year, E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) has priorly been closed off from public consumers, watched by starved fans from Twitch streams and media outlets.
But the developers began to realize something over the past few years–E3 is a great platform to make cool announcements, but the people who will be buying and playing the things they’re announcing (i.e. the fans) are locked out. Unable to attend, gamers watch live streams of the conferences and live vicariously through another person’s demo experience. It’s not quite the same as holding the controller and really getting a feel for the gameplay. This Gamer’s Paradise has been off limits to those the developers most want to get hype for their products–the gamers.
The solution? Holding individual conferences over the weekend that allowed for the general public to come in and play, hear the newest announcements, and become part of the experience. It’s a move that’s made the gamers happy and seems to pay off, since the trend continues for 2017, even with E3’s continuing shift this year to allow for more of the public to attend. So, while hopeful attendees were able to try their luck at a limited ticket release for the privilege of roaming the E3 showfloor, several developers have still made the choice to open their doors to the larger masses. Among those events are Microsoft’s Xbox FanFest, Bethesda’s Bethesdaland, and EA’s EA Play, all of which emphatically invite players to join them for news, demos, and fun.
“The world could always use more heroes.” – Tracer
It’s been one year since Blizzard’s smash-hit Overwatch came busting into our lives and the lives of gamers all over the world. Since that time, Overwatch has introduced new heroes, new maps, amazing events (Junkenstein’s Revenge!) and the ability to sometimes move the payload to the end of a map. Fans of Overwatch have poured hours of their lives into the game, learning the ins and out and finding just the right way to get demolished by one of Torbjorn’s turrets.
To celebrate all those moments, the Overwatch team at Blizzard put together their 1-year Anniversary Event. Here’s what they had to say about the launch of the event today:
We’re humbled and honored to commemorate one year of playing Overwatch with you! What better way to mark the occasion than with new maps and lots of new loot?
We’re adding three new Arena maps to the Arcade, and unleashing more than 100 Anniversary rewards, including our largest-ever release of new Legendary skins! You’ll earn Anniversary Loot Boxes as you play, plus pick up a free box when you log in between May 23 and June 12, 2017. Anniversary Loot Boxes are also available for purchase—but they’ll be locked away after the event ends.
Come celebrate with us!
Celebrate we shall!
You want skins? You got skins! While not every hero got their own skin in this even, the ones that did really stand out. Our favorites so far at the Sentai Genji, the Jazzy Lucio (who has a new soundtrack,) and the Cruiser D.va. These legendary skins cost a pretty penny, 3,000 in-game credits, but are very worthy of the price! You can see the full version of the skins in all their glory right here.
Fun fact: Did you know that to get all the newly introduced “dance” emotes, it would cost you 18,000 credits? And to get all of the items in the event, it would cost over 50,000 credits? Thanks Reddit!
Besides the new skins, Blizzard introduced three new maps for the Arena stages, where 1v1 and 3v3 typically compete. Set in the current levels built into the game, these new areas give players a different view of some of their favorite maps. Plus, see where Sombra does all her hacking into espresso machines!
We’re going to go open our Loot Boxes now and hope for some amazing stuff from this event. We’ll leave you with the man himself, Jeff Kaplan, talking in this Anniversary Developer Update
Media be praised, American Gods has finally premiered its’ silver screen adaptation. April 30th marked the first episode of the STARZ series, helmed by the keen-eyed Bryan Fuller and Michael Green, in a glorious blaze worthy of the ecstatic worship fans have been ready to bestow upon the show.
American Gods revolves around Shadow Moon, an ex-con whose release from prison is marred by the tragedy of his wife’s sudden death. Newly free and left with nothing to look forward to, Shadow ‘happens’ to cross paths with the mysterious conman Mr. Wednesday, who ‘happens’ to be in search of a bodyguard and yes-man. Shadow probably just wants to work a nice job and keep practicing his coin tricks. The universe rarely works out that way though, and the relatively indifferent skeptic Shadow signs on only to be almost immediately thrust into the squabble between the old and new gods.
The world of American Gods requires the introduction of a multitude of characters, pantheons, and rules. Viewers are thrown, much like Shadow, headfirst into a hidden world of gods, introduced to the drug of belief, and asked to adjust to a worldly cast of such beings without blinking an eye. It’s a lot to process, and Fuller & Green set a relentless but manageable pace. “The Bone Orchard” firmly establishes the tone, aesthetic, and overarching mood of the series, melancholic and mysterious, while “The Secret of Spoons” delves unflinchingly into the mythos of the world.