Thursday, February 27, 2014

Diablo III patch adds both loot and bugs galore

After a long period of waiting, Blizzard finally released the massive and highly sought after 2.0.1 update, bringing with it loads of arcane loot to send you scurrying back into the dungeon-infested world. Unfortunately, though we gain a lot of desirable treasures, we are once again plagued with problematic bugs as well.

The patch comes with a large amount of updates which make the game a lot more interesting, but the known list of bugs that come with it vary between the annoying, such as the profile page not showing the correct time played, to the broken, where the multiplayer screen will freeze on the home screen requiring a reboot.

Unfortunately there is no currently known timetable for when these bugs will be fixed.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Twitch (finally) comes to Xbox One

With the announcement that Twitch was coming to the Xbox One shortly ahead of the console's launch, many were expecting it to be there on the day of release. Unfortunately the technology hadn't been fully developed and owners were left dismayed that the feature was never going to be implemented. Now, we have confirmation that it is indeed ready to be distributed next month.

Launching alongside the highly anticipated game, Titanfall, the Twitch live broadcasting service is set to take the gaming world to a whole new level.
"It's complete integration," said Emmett Shear, co-founder and CEO of Twitch. "It's exciting because we've never had the ability to broadcast from a console like this with such a deep level of integration. The concept of being able to join a broadcasters' party is really cool, and it's another step in the direction of interacting more closely with broadcasters."
The difference in time-frame between the PS4 and Xbox One having Twitch-capable streaming has a lot to do with the PS4's version being made by Sony, while Microsoft chose to allow the Twitch development team to create the program themselves. The result shows in the functionality. Xbox One owners will not be limited in the way that PS4 players are, where they can only spectate other PS4 users.

"For us, we thought that was too limiting for what our fans would want," said Yusuf Mehdi, Microsoft's VP of marketing and strategy for Xbox. "Our fans really want the full next-gen service, so that's why we decided to take our time, do it right and have it come out in this fashion. This will open up the social aspect of Xbox One in a new way. The community of Twitch is huge, and this allows us to tie into that, and frankly do something that's never been done before on consoles. You'll be able to broadcast to any device and consume anyone's broadcast from any device. It's a console experience unique to the Xbox One."
 The Xbox One Twitch update will hit on March 11th.

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Microsoft Vancouver hiring for new Gears of War game

With the announcement of Black Tusk Studios acquiring the rights to develop new Gears of War games, it was all but inevitable that some sort of confirmation of a new game would follow shortly. While not technically an announcement of a new game, not much screams louder about the existence of a new game than job openings. Microsoft Vancouver recently announced these job openings specifically for "Gears of War work."

Senior Level Designer - Black Tusk Studios - Devices & Studios (869063) Job

Community Manager - Black Tusk Studios - Devices & Studios (869049) Job

Lead Online Services Engineer - Black Tusk Studios - Devices & Studios (869034) Job

Gameplay Designer - Black Tusk Studios - Devices & Studios (869064) Job

Gameplay Engineer - Black Tusk Studios - Devices & Studios (869065) Job

Senior Concept Artist - Black Tusk Studios - Devices & Studios (869050) Job

Lead Writer - Devices and Studios - Black Tusk Studios (851206) Job

Senior Online Services Engineer - Devices and Studios - Black Tusk Studios (803735) Job
Senior level designers, lead writers, concept artists... these all jump right off the page almost daring us to get excited about a new game announcement. One thing we can determine though, is if they are looking for these top level players in the field, the game isn't close to being started yet. Hope for even a 2015 launch is slim.