Oct 20 2014

HalfBeard Survives Legacy of Kain: Defiance Part 29 FINAL

Oct 20 2014

Heads Up: The Long Dark [Early Access]

Oct 20 2014

Matthew Szlapka Leaves Us Today but We Wish Him the Best of Luck.

I’m sad to announce that our long-time feature writer, Matthew Szlapka, will no longer be writing here on HalfBeard’s HUD. This split was decided upon mutually between him and I last week, mainly due to concerns of scheduling and the rigors of content generation. He’s moving on to focus on his primary career as a social worker and to write his own book on that subject, we here at HalfBeard’s HUD wish him the best with both these and any future endeavors. Matthew was with us more or less from the start and I have deeply appreciated the perspective and commentary he brought to the site, be it in his articles or during our regular writing meetings and debates. On a personal level I’m proud to call him my friend, I wish him nothing but the best, and I’m looking forward to reading his book.

-Matthew “HalfBeard” Broitman
Editor-in-Chief

Oct 20 2014

NEWS: Master Chief Collection to Contain day-one 20 GB Update

Halo_CollectionGamers looking to pick up Halo: The Master Chief Collection should start thinking about making space on their hard drive. Even though the game nearly fills an entire Blu-ray disc, there will also be a large day-one update for the release. The patch will be around 20 GBs. This collection contains 4 Halo games, all the multiplayer maps ever released, a complete remaster of Halo 2, and a complete UI overhaul. Players will be able to start playing through the main games as the update installs, but some DLC and multiplayer content will only be made available as the update completes. The collection is available for pre-order as of today and is set for release on November 11th. You can read more about the upcoming release on Xbox Wire.

Oct 17 2014

HalfBeard Survives Legacy of Kain: Defiance Part 28

Oct 17 2014

eSports Weekly (Week of 10/13-10/19)

This week, we preview the climactic Grand Finals of the 2014 LoL World Championships, we take a look at the upcoming qualifiers for the CS:GO DreamHack Winter event, and Sony has started a new eSports league. This and more in this week’s eSports Weekly.

League of Legends World Championships Grand Finals Preview

LoL WorldsA month ago the World Championships began with group stage play in Taiwan, and now we’ve finally reached the climactic grand finals. Samsung Galaxy White and Star Horn Royal Club will fight on Sunday, October 19th on the grand stage in Seoul to determine the 2014 world champion, and which team will walk away with $1 million USD. Samsung White demolished their sister squad Samsung Blue, eventually taking the third and final game in just 21 minutes, and sweeping the semifinal series 3-0. In the other semifinal, Chinese teams Star Horn Royal Club and OMG faced off. Star Horn had struggled in their 3-2 win over Edward Gaming the first round, highlighted by serious communication problems. OMG, on the other hand, trounced NaJin White Shield in the quarters, which came as a shock to viewers. After a rough first game loss to OMG, it looked like Star Horn’s problems would finally cost them. But they rallied to win games two and three before OMG came back to win game four, setting up a pivotal game five with a spot in the grand finals on the line. Star Horn got out to an early lead and took control after a mere fifteen minutes, and held on to win the game and the series. The story of the grand finals is this: Star Horn made a lot of mistakes throughout their first two series of this main event, and still scraped by, winning both series in five games. If they continue to make these mistakes during the grand finals, they have no chance. Samsung White is just too good. Star Horn will have to be almost perfect. The grand finals starts on Sunday at 3:00 am on the east coast, and 4:00 pm in Korea. For those on the U.S. west coast, the match will begin at midnight. You can of course watch the event on Riot’s Twitch channel. Read the rest of this entry »

Oct 17 2014

NEWS: Google Enters the Android Console War with their new Nexus Console.

nexusplayerWe have all been joking about it for some time, but now it looks like a sort of b-rated console wars will be starting up. Google’s latest living-room box is the Nexus, and features access to apps, games, and “entertainment tailored for you“. The system comes with a remote for navigation, but also utilizes voice commands. Readers might be interested to know that there is also a game controller for the system, but it comes at an additional $39. Unless the controller is specific to the system itself, I feel that gamers may as well just use one of their old 360 controllers for a much cheaper option (assuming it is one).

Now, let’s get into some specifics. The system contains HDMI out, a 1.8GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor, 1 GB RAM, and 8 GB storage. And what does this console offer? Nothing much that someone looking for a pure gaming experience might care about, but there are some neat looking features that might interest a few folks. The system will rely on Android apps, including games, and runs Android TV. You will also be able to stream content from other devices to the player using Google Cast. We can expect to see Hulu, Netflix, and the rest of the usual suspects lined up for our streaming needs. As for the games, we can expect to have much the same experience as many of our mobile devices, but now in HD and on a bigger screen. All Google Play games will be available with achievements and the ability to sync with our other devices. Pre-orders for the Google Nexus start on October 17th and the device will be made available on November 3rd. The system will cost only $99, but gamers may have to add on that extra $39 for a controller. You can read more about it here.

Oct 16 2014

HalfBeard Survives Legacy of Kain Defiance Part 27

Oct 16 2014

Heads Up: Legend of Grimrock 2

Oct 15 2014

HalfBeard Survives Legacy of Kain: Defiance Part 26

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