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Overwatch Winter Wonderland is back

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As you’d expect, the Overwatch Winter Wonderland event is back, dropping on December 12th.

In a developer update video, Overwatch daddy and game director Jeff Kaplan confirmed several exciting aspects of Winter Wonderland 2017.

As usual, legendary skins will make an appearance. Kaplan confirmed a ‘long-awaited Hanzo skin’ as well as a skin for both Junkrat and Roadhog, leaving players to speculate on the rest. A top comment on Reddit seems to think this might be the Hanzo skin in question:

Hanzo Winter Wonderland

I dig it.

Several maps will also get a Winter facelift, namely King’s Row, Hanamura and Black Forest. King’s Row and Hanamura you might remember from previous updates while Black Forest is completely new.

Snowball offensive will also make a return. This is a unique Arcade brawl where two teams of Mei’s battle it out. The difference is, each Mei only has one shot in the chamber and a hit is an instant kill. Ammo can be refilled at snow piles but leaves you very, very defenceless so it’s a game of timing and accuracy.

This year, Snowball Offensive will be available on Ecopoint and the new winterised Black Forest arena.

Finally, a completely new game mode will be Mei’s Yeti Hunt – an asymmetrical 1 v 5 boss fight. Essentially, it boils down to 5 Mei players taking on resident big lad Winston, who also happens to be player controlled. Winston has to collect powerups around the map that award him primal rage and pick off the Mei’s that are mercilessly hunting him down. In Mei’s Yeti Hunt, each Mei will also have a special ice trap ability alongside her usual repertoire.

It sounds like Overwatch is going a bit Evolve, which is an interesting choice. We’re unsure how it’ll play out since it’s hard enough to escape a single Mei never mind five. Regardless, if it’s anything like past events it’ll be great and Kaplan’s take is also amazing:

“I know a lot of you are thinking it sounds kind of silly and kind of ridiculous and well, I’m here to tell you it absolutely is.”

Overwatch Winter Wonderland 2017 will drop on December 12. In the meantime, here’s the full developer video:

 

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Google engineers successfully hacked the PS Portal to run emulated PSP games

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After about a month of work, a couple of Google employees have successfully hacked the PS Portal, PlayStation’s handheld streaming solution. Their project is not set for public release anytime soon, but the hack is purely software-based, eliminating the need for hardware exploitation.

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.

https://x.com/theflow0/status/1759627938910089575?s=20

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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Lady Gaga reveals collaboration with Fortnite for upcoming festival and addresses typo

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Lady Gaga, also known as Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, has teased an upcoming collaboration with Fortnite Festival set to be unveiled soon. More pertinent to our specific attention to detail, Gaga has also admitted to a mistake made around four years ago, indicating her keen awareness of the franchise’s significant value.

Gaga shared a mesmerizing picture of her character in Fortnite and also retweeted a post from 2019 where she asked her fans, “What’s fortnight?”. She finally got the chance to correctly spell the title of the game, allowing us to breathe a sigh of relief after waiting anxiously.

Lady Gaga will be teaming up with other top celebrities to maximize their presence on the Fortnite platform. Travis Scott once hosted a live concert in Battle Royale a couple of years ago, while the Weeknd just premiered the music video for the song “Popular” at the Fortnite Festival.

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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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