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For Tim Sweeney, advancing Epic means racing into AR and VR

Epic Games chief Tim Sweeney sits down with Gamasutra in a wide-ranging conversation about everything from the Unreal Engine’s future focus on AR and VR to his own passion for land conservation. …


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Epic Games Founder Tim Sweeney To Receive GDC Lifetime Achievement Award

Each year, the GDC Choice Awards recognizes the achievements of developers in the video game industry. This year marks the 17th Annual Game Developers Choice Awards, and the GDC advisory committee has chosen to honor the pioneering work of developer Tim Sweeney.

Not only did Tim Sweeney found Epic Games, he is also the creator of ZZT, one of the earliest games to allow for user-created worlds. After founding Epic MegaGames in 1991, Sweeney served as the company’s CEO and helped the company develop games like Unreal, Gears of War, and the Unreal Engine, which went on to power blockbuster titles like BioShock, Assassin’s Creed, and Batman: Arkham Asylum.

The Game Developers Choice Awards ceremony Wednesday, March 1 from 6:30-8:30pm PST. Stay tuned for move coverage of the show from Game Informer.

 

Our Take
Sweeney is in good company. Previous Lifetime Achievement Award recipients includes Todd Howard, Shigeru Miyamoto, Warren Spector, John Carmack, Hideo Kojima, and Sid Meier among others. Sweeney works has clearly effected the industry, so he deserves the recognition.

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At GDC 2017 Epic shares tips on boosting player retention via good design

In his GDC 2017 UX Summit talk, Epic’s Jim Brown aims to dissect the basic emotions that drive everyone, and provide design techniques that help players keep enjoying — and playing — your game. …


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A Look At The Epic Costumes From Blizzcon 2016

Last week was Blizzard's annual Blizzcon convention, and fans were out in full force, dressed as their favorite Overwatch, Diablo, and Warcraft characters. Catch some of the highlights, thanks to Sneaky Zebra, in the video below. 

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For more coverage from Blizzcon 2016 check out our coverage hub, which includes all of last weekend's biggest Blizzard news.

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Epic Founder Tim Sweeney Pays To Protect 7,000 Acres In North Carolina

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has paid over $ 15 million to protect 7,000 acres in his home state of North Carolina where Epic Games is located.

The area is known as Box Creek Wilderness, and Sweeney is donating the land to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as a conservation easement in order to prevent it from being developed on or subdivided.

Sweeney had previously fought the Rutherford Electric Membership Corporation over the land; the company wanted to put power lines through it.

[Source: Citizen-Times via Gamasutra]

 

Our Take
According to the Citizen-Times, the area has rare plant and wildlife species, including some that were new to scientists. Thanks, Tim, for your conservation efforts.

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Epic Games chief pays $15M to protect 7,000 acres of North Carolina wilderness

Epic Games founder Tim Sweeney has reportedly paid $ 15 million to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to permanently protect 7,000 acres of undeveloped land in his home state of North Carolina. …


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YouTuber Pits 100 Dragons Against 1000 Imperial Archers In Epic Skyrim Battle

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim Special Edition released this past week, and in celebration, YouTuber and modder Cosmic Contrarian has released an impressive video that pits 100 dragons against 1000 imperial archers in a fiery battle.

Dragons fly above while several archers shoot arrows upward and attempt to avoid their foes' scorching fire. You can check out the fight below. This isn't the first of Cosmic Contrarian's series of battle videos. For example, you can check out his previous Fallout 4 video that includes 30,000 automatron robots.

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You can read our in-depth feature about what to expect for the Skyrim Special Edition here. Since its release, players have noted some audio issues which Bethesda is addressing and attempting to fix.

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Watch This Epic Cinematic Lightsaber Battle In The Trailer For The Next Old Republic Expansion

BioWare and LucasFilm provided a look today into the backstory for
the upcoming expansion for Star Wars: The Old Republic, called Knights
of the Eternal Throne, with an action-packed cinematic trailer.

"Trailer"
doesn't really do it justice – for all intents and purposes, it's a
short film about a mother and her young daughter, who becomes a powerful
force user. There's a great six-versus-one lightsaber battle, plus some
impressive-looking new force powers on display in the video, titled
"Betrayed," which you can check out below.

Knights of the Eternal Throne is available Dec. 2, and is free to The Old Republic subscribers. If you're wondering whether now's the time to get into SWTOR, BioWare has sweetened the pot by offering the bounty hunter Shae Vizla as a companion for players who subscribe before Oct. 25. Still on the fence? Then you might want to check out Matt Miller's advice on whether The Old Republic is the right game for you.

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The Most Epic Artifacts In World Of Warcraft

I’ve been having a blast in recent days returning to World of Warcraft after being away for some time, and taking several of my level 100 characters through the new content and on the road to 110. One of the most striking things about this expansion is its focus on storytelling, and on putting players in the driver’s seat as the most important characters in Azeroth during this pivotal invasion by the demons. Of particular note are the storied artifact weapons that every character can now acquire.

The following highlights some of the most epic and famous weapons that players can now acquire for themselves. Players are still trying out the many artifacts (36, in total) that can be won in Legion, so I wouldn’t hazard to guess which ones will end up being the most powerful or useful. Instead, here we’re examining some of the favorites that are exciting simply because of how they fit into the broader story of the Warcraft universe.

Doomhammer

Few weapons are as fondly remembered in Warcraft fiction as Doomhammer, largely thanks to its most recent wielder.  The massive warhammer was forged in the flowing lava of the orcish homeworld of Draenor, and passed from father to son for generations in the lineage of the Doomhammer orcs. The last of these mighty warriors was Orgrim Doomhammer, warchief of the Horde in countless battles against the Alliance. When this last of the Doomhammer sons breathed his last, he passed the weapon of his family to his chosen heir, Thrall. Thrall has wielded it ever since.

During the events of Legion, we see Thrall ready to pass the Doomhammer to a new wielder who can lead the shamans of the Earthen Ring in victory against the demons. After a fateful battle with one of those demons, the weapon is flung into the Maelstrom, where it comes to rest in the great elemental caverns of Deepholm. It is there that Enhancement Shamans must reclaim its power.    

Ashbringer

While it could be argued that other weapons might have had a more profound effect on the Warcraft universe, no single artifact has so captivated the attention of the game’s players, or had such an intricate and tortuous storyline. Originally forged by the dwarven king Magni Bronzebeard, and first wielded by the valiant paladin, Alexandros Mograine, the sword weaves in and out of Azeroth’s recent history. The weapon (and its first holder) won its appellation through its propensity for turning enemies to ash, especially the undead foes that make up the Scourge. It would at one point become corrupted, only to once again be purified and borne into battle by the Alliance hero, Tyrion Fordring. In his hands, Ashbringer was used to shatter the Lich King’s blade, Frostmourne, in a fateful conflict high atop Icecrown Citadel.

The Legion expansion gives Retribution Paladins the chance to take up Ashbringer for themselves, and grow its power to new levels in order to confront the demonic forces assailing Azeroth. In a desperate assault on a demonic prison where Tyrion Fordring might be held even after his apparent death, Ashbringer once again emerges into the forefront of the Warcraft story.

The Kingslayers (Anguish & Sorrow)

While the names of these assassin’s blades may be recently attained, the deaths they have wrought have shaped the course of kingdoms. The daggers were given by Gul’dan to his unwilling servant, Garona Halforcen, and with the weapons in hand, she enacted his dark will through one brutal murder after another. Garona strained against her servitude to the orcish warlock and his Shadow Council, but ultimately she was forced to murder the Kingdom of Stormwind’s monarch, Llane Wrynn, and in anguish and sorrow, she subsequently abandoned the blades.

For a rogue, few weapons have greater significance, and Legion provides the chance to set out on a new adventure with Garona at the side of Assassin Rogue players. Through stealth and investigation, players prove themselves the rightful heirs to these dark and deadly knives.

Scepter of Sargeras

Most of the other weapons listed here have shown up more frequently in the ongoing story of Azeroth, but none have more profoundly shaped the world. The Scepter of Sargeras has a literal earth-shaking history that makes it the envy of any but the Warlocks who can now wield it. One of the most powerful beings in the universe, and arguably the most important villain of the Warcraft saga, Sargeras is a fallen Titan who once carried the artifact, but it eventually came into the hands of the orc Warchief, Ner’zhul. He used it in combination with other dark relics to open the portal that allowed the Horde’s invasion of Azeroth, but in so doing, he mostly destroyed Draenor, transforming it into the broken landscape called Outland.

Destruction warlocks have the chance to track down the lost Scepter of Sargeras in a particularly momentous artifact quest. The mission brings players into the heart of Legion’s most dangerous site, and face to face with Gul’dan, and a chance to either save or ensure the destruction of Azeroth.  

Frostmourne (The Blades of the Fallen Prince)

The mighty and cursed runeblade called Frostmourne has a deep and tragic history, rooted in its horrific ability to drain the lives and souls of its victims. Early on, the sword and its accompanying armor were used to enslave the orcish shaman and warchief named Ner’zhul as he was transformed into the Lich King by the demon Kil’jaeden. Later, Ner’zhul used the blade to lure Prince Arthas into a similar trap, ensuring the future ruler’s eventual downfall. With sword in hand, Arthas murdered his own father, before returning to Northrend, where he would eventually ascend as Lich King himself. After inflicting untold devastation on the world, Frostmourne met its seeming end in a climactic conflict atop Icecrown Citadel, in which the paladin named Tyrion Fordring used Ashbringer to shatter Frostmourne, and defeat Arthas.

In Legion, Frost Death Knights make the harrowing journey to return to Icecrown in search of the broken shards of Frostmourne. Charged by the current Lich King to act in his name, Death Knight players have a chance to encounter the spirits of both Arthas and Ner’zhul, before recrafting the broken Frostmourne into two new weapons – the Blades of the Fallen Prince – Icebringer and Frostreaper.

Have you been playing World of Warcraft’s new expansion? Which artifact did you claim for your character? Are there other weapons in the Warcraft lore you’d suggest are even more epic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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The Most Epic Artifacts In World Of Warcraft

I’ve been having a blast in recent days returning to World of Warcraft after being away for some time, and taking several of my level 100 characters through the new content and on the road to 110. One of the most striking things about this expansion is its focus on storytelling, and on putting players in the driver’s seat as the most important characters in Azeroth during this pivotal invasion by the demons. Of particular note are the storied artifact weapons that every character can now acquire.

The following highlights some of the most epic and famous weapons that players can now acquire for themselves. Players are still trying out the many artifacts (36, in total) that can be won in Legion, so I wouldn’t hazard to guess which ones will end up being the most powerful or useful. Instead, here we’re examining some of the favorites that are exciting simply because of how they fit into the broader story of the Warcraft universe.

Doomhammer

Few weapons are as fondly remembered in Warcraft fiction as Doomhammer, largely thanks to its most recent wielder.  The massive warhammer was forged in the flowing lava of the orcish homeworld of Draenor, and passed from father to son for generations in the lineage of the Doomhammer orcs. The last of these mighty warriors was Orgrim Doomhammer, warchief of the Horde in countless battles against the Alliance. When this last of the Doomhammer sons breathed his last, he passed the weapon of his family to his chosen heir, Thrall. Thrall has wielded it ever since.

During the events of Legion, we see Thrall ready to pass the Doomhammer to a new wielder who can lead the shamans of the Earthen Ring in victory against the demons. After a fateful battle with one of those demons, the weapon is flung into the Maelstrom, where it comes to rest in the great elemental caverns of Deepholm. It is there that Enhancement Shamans must reclaim its power.    

Ashbringer

While it could be argued that other weapons might have had a more profound effect on the Warcraft universe, no single artifact has so captivated the attention of the game’s players, or had such an intricate and tortuous storyline. Originally forged by the dwarven king Magni Bronzebeard, and first wielded by the valiant paladin, Alexandros Mograine, the sword weaves in and out of Azeroth’s recent history. The weapon (and its first holder) won its appellation through its propensity for turning enemies to ash, especially the undead foes that make up the Scourge. It would at one point become corrupted, only to once again be purified and borne into battle by the Alliance hero, Tyrion Fordring. In his hands, Ashbringer was used to shatter the Lich King’s blade, Frostmourne, in a fateful conflict high atop Icecrown Citadel.

The Legion expansion gives Retribution Paladins the chance to take up Ashbringer for themselves, and grow its power to new levels in order to confront the demonic forces assailing Azeroth. In a desperate assault on a demonic prison where Tyrion Fordring might be held even after his apparent death, Ashbringer once again emerges into the forefront of the Warcraft story.

The Kingslayers (Anguish & Sorrow)

While the names of these assassin’s blades may be recently attained, the deaths they have wrought have shaped the course of kingdoms. The daggers were given by Gul’dan to his unwilling servant, Garona Halforcen, and with the weapons in hand, she enacted his dark will through one brutal murder after another. Garona strained against her servitude to the orcish warlock and his Shadow Council, but ultimately she was forced to murder the Kingdom of Stormwind’s monarch, Llane Wrynn, and in anguish and sorrow, she subsequently abandoned the blades.

For a rogue, few weapons have greater significance, and Legion provides the chance to set out on a new adventure with Garona at the side of Assassin Rogue players. Through stealth and investigation, players prove themselves the rightful heirs to these dark and deadly knives.

Scepter of Sargeras

Most of the other weapons listed here have shown up more frequently in the ongoing story of Azeroth, but none have more profoundly shaped the world. The Scepter of Sargeras has a literal earth-shaking history that makes it the envy of any but the Warlocks who can now wield it. One of the most powerful beings in the universe, and arguably the most important villain of the Warcraft saga, Sargeras is a fallen Titan who once carried the artifact, but it eventually came into the hands of the orc Warchief, Ner’zhul. He used it in combination with other dark relics to open the portal that allowed the Horde’s invasion of Azeroth, but in so doing, he mostly destroyed Draenor, transforming it into the broken landscape called Outland.

Destruction warlocks have the chance to track down the lost Scepter of Sargeras in a particularly momentous artifact quest. The mission brings players into the heart of Legion’s most dangerous site, and face to face with Gul’dan, and a chance to either save or ensure the destruction of Azeroth.  

Frostmourne (The Blades of the Fallen Prince)

The mighty and cursed runeblade called Frostmourne has a deep and tragic history, rooted in its horrific ability to drain the lives and souls of its victims. Early on, the sword and its accompanying armor were used to enslave the orcish shaman and warchief named Ner’zhul as he was transformed into the Lich King by the demon Kil’jaeden. Later, Ner’zhul used the blade to lure Prince Arthas into a similar trap, ensuring the future ruler’s eventual downfall. With sword in hand, Arthas murdered his own father, before returning to Northrend, where he would eventually ascend as Lich King himself. After inflicting untold devastation on the world, Frostmourne met its seeming end in a climactic conflict atop Icecrown Citadel, in which the paladin named Tyrion Fordring used Ashbringer to shatter Frostmourne, and defeat Arthas.

In Legion, Frost Death Knights make the harrowing journey to return to Icecrown in search of the broken shards of Frostmourne. Charged by the current Lich King to act in his name, Death Knight players have a chance to encounter the spirits of both Arthas and Ner’zhul, before recrafting the broken Frostmourne into two new weapons – the Blades of the Fallen Prince – Icebringer and Frostreaper.

Have you been playing World of Warcraft’s new expansion? Which artifact did you claim for your character? Are there other weapons in the Warcraft lore you’d suggest are even more epic? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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