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The Overwatch map, King’s Row, is one of the first maps ever made for the game. It’s known for being dreary and sad, so it’s pretty much just an accurate depiction of London. The tone of the map matches the tone of the attacking objective almost perfectly. Time for some Overwatch Lore 101. In Overwatch there are sentient robots called Omnics. An example of Omnics would be Bastion and Zenyatta. In King’s Row you’ll notice that the payload you’re pushing is a device that will release an expanding blue bubble if you push it to the final point. This device, is in fact, an EMP. The purpose of this EMP is to kill every Omnic in the surrounding area. In the dreariest map you get to commit mass murder. It’s quite appropriate tonally.

If you go into the PTR servers of Overwatch you’ll notice something strange: the map is brighter. It also looks a bit prettier. That’s because the map has received some graphical improvements. Due to the early creation of the map it was a bit behind the rest visually, so the devs amped it up a bit.

 

This change seems to have been met with dislike by many fans of Overwatch. The common complaint seems to be that the map is too warm now. The lighting improvements, while lovely to look at, seem to change the feel of the map. The dreary London community becomes more inviting. A lot of fans are looking at this improvement and seeing it as a downgrade. Even though the map does look better in general, it has lost it’s original feel.

Dave Adams, the Principal Level Designer, has noted what the fans have been saying posted this on the Overwatch forums, “Some aspects of the art and lighting were updated to bring it in line with the newer maps and make it easier to make updates and changes in the future. That being said I sent your feedback over to our artists and they are taking a look. Thanks.” This means it is quite possible that people interested in seeing the old map again may get what they want. All we can do now is wait.

Source: PvP Live

 

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Andy Nguyen, a cloud vulnerability researcher, and Calle Svensson, a security engineer, shared their latest project on Twitter. They successfully ran the PSP emulator PPSSPP on the PS Portal. They presented the 2005 PSP classic Grand Theft Auto: Liberty Stories.

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As a wireless streaming device, the idea of playing games on the PS Portal without a PS5 providing the power was considered impossible. It’s quite surprising how quickly Nguyen and Svensson have overcome this initial hurdle. It remains to be seen where their efforts will take them, but we will definitely keep an eye on their progress. Nguyen expressed that there is still a lot of work left to do.

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Reflecting on Street Fighter 5’s tumultuous launch, Capcom looks back eight years later

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For those who may not recall, nearly eight years ago today, Street Fighter 5 was released in 2016 in a rather incomplete state. The content available was impressive initially, but the limited number of characters and lack of single-player game modes stood out. Capcom expresses regret for the entire situation, offering apologies years later for having “betrayed” players’ expectations.

On SF5’s eighth anniversary, the developers must be feeling nostalgic. They recently posted a Japanese-language tweet looking back on the mistakes made and the challenges that were eventually overcome. The number of playable characters has grown to 45, and the game has seen various enhancements, including the introduction of new abilities such as V Skills/Trigger II and V Shift. Even now, hundreds of thousands of players still choose to play this game instead of the newer Street Fighter 6.
Have you had the chance to try out Street Fighter 5 since it was first released? What do you recall about the game’s reception? Take a trip down memory lane in the comments section below.

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