And lastly we come to the awards themselves, a suitable cap to the year and to the site.
We finish off with our Head Honcho’s list before we move onto the awards proper tomorrow.
Next we have our eSports specialist to tell you what he was playing this year.
We start off our last week here at HalfBeard’s HUD with D’Arcy’s top picks for 2015. Expect platformers… oh god, so many platformers.
Dec 16 2015
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Dec 11 2015
We’re coming closer to the end of eSports Weekly, but that certainly doesn’t mean that the news is slowing down. We’ve got what might be the biggest CS:GO update ever, as well as more roster changes in the League of Legends scene, and more, in this week’s eSports Weekly.
The Wild, Wild West: The Counter-Strike Update from Hell
There have been a lot of major updates in Counter-Strike’s long history. The introduction of skins, the changes to the AUG and SG-553, the nerf to the CZ-75, the new footsteps and bullet ricochet sounds. Many of these changes were initially met with resistance, but over time, most of them were eventually accepted into the meta. But the update released on December 8th is so full of game-changing additions and alterations that it’s almost unfathomable. These changes include an insanely overpowered new pistol, nerfs to the running accuracy of almost all the other pistols, nerfs to the accuracy of the M4 and AK-47 rifles, changes to the time of rounds and C4 detonations, and at the time of release, a number of game-breaking bugs. Additionally there are holiday themed adjustments, including sweaters on chickens, and a case based on the new weapon.
Dec 11 2015
Gearbox Studios has now opened, and is now hiring for, their brand new location in Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. This branch is led by Sebastien Caisse and Pierre-Andre Dery and is hoping to attract enough new recruits to hit triple-A game production in 2016. Caisse was previously a part of Quebecor Media, where he partnered with Sony and Microsoft. Dery was art director for Activision, working on titles such as Skylanders as well as The Amazing Spider-Man. He also worked at Volta Creation where he development concept art for Far Cry, Deus Ex, and World of Warcraft. So, are you ready and willing to work in la belle province? ‘Cause Gearbox is calling.
Dec 10 2015
Well it looks like this will be the last proper review here on HalfBeard’s HUD, and thankfully it ended up being of something pretty damn enjoyable. Specifically, we’re talking about SteamWorld Heist, the latest game from Image & Form in the SteamWorld series. While I never played the first SteamWorld game, SteamWorld Tower Defense which launched way back in 2010, I really enjoyed the last game in the series, SteamWorld Dig, which had an interesting universe, some zen gameplay, and a great sense of character. Heist carries much of that good stuff forward but switches out Dig’s lonesome introspective mining for strategic side scrolling XCOM battles, which as you can imagine are a sight more interesting. While there are some issues of muddled tone and weak storytelling to contend with, overall Heist is a fun light strategy game and nice step forward for this indie franchise.
Dec 04 2015
Dec 04 2015
It’s a post holiday version of the eSports Weekly. It pains me to say that this month will be the last month of eSports Weekly as HalfBeard’s HUD will be closing at the end of this calendar year. But we’re saving goodbyes for the final installment, so let’s get right to the news.
The Game Awards
Last night was The Game Awards, one of those video game award shows that most gamers don’t take too seriously or even realize actually exists. The show was filled with lots of strange moments and one too many sponsored segments, and a foolish moment from myself when I started lamenting as to why Keifer Sutherland was receiving an award for Metal Gear before realizing he’s been the voice of Big Boss for the past two Metal Gear Solid games. Speaking of Metal Gear, after Phantom Pain won best Action/Adventure game, the host Geoff Keighley mentioned to the audience that Konami had banned Hideo Kojima from coming to the show and accepting the award, prompting a chorus of boos to erupt from the crowd. Understandable for legal reasons, Konami, but that’s still pretty low.
Dec 04 2015
They’ve conquered Fables, The Walking Dead, Minecraft, Game of Thrones, Monkey Island, Back to the Future, and Borderlands. Come 2016, Telltale Games will be able to add Batman to their expanding list of impressive IPs. A trailer, revealed during The Game Awards, shows some stylistic flourishes relating to the cape crusader’s noir-ish elements. “At Telltale, we’ve been honored to bring our unique approach to interactive storytelling to some of the biggest entertainment franchises in the world, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll soon be exploring what it means to be Batman in an all-new series starting next year,” said Telltale CEO, Kevin Bruner. “This iteration of Batman will give fans a first-hand opportunity to dive deeper into the complex life and mind of Bruce Wayne, the duality of his own identity, and the struggle of responsibility in saving a city overcome with corruption and villainy.” I’m actually really interested to see how this goes. I was a big fan of Telltale’s Walking Dead and Fables games, but less so into Game of Thrones and some of their other offerings. I think a game that focuses less on action, though it should definitely be in there, and more on the detective aspect will be awesome.