Valve has finally patched a 10-yea-old Team Fortress 2 bug that caused client and server hitboxes to fall out of sync. …
"I totally made that shot!" "There's no way that hit me!"
We've all had those infuriating moments during online matches where the shots just don't seem to line up. A newly-patched bug in Valve's multiplayer first-person shooter, Team Fortress 2, may lend some justice to these claims after all.
First demonstrated in a video by Nicknine in January of this year, the bug was further explained by Reddit user sigsev in a comment and additional video. According to them, if a player started as the scout, heavy, or sniper class, then switched to the soldier, pyro, demoman, engineer, medic, or spy class, there would be a server-side discrepancy between the character's avatar and hitbox due to differences in the classes' programming. Once the deviation between animation and hit detection began, it couldn't be fixed, meaning what players saw and what the server detected wouldn't match up.
The two players state the bug has been present since the game's release in 2007. Valve's latest update, applied February 14, 2017, has patched it, meaning the character models and hitboxes should now align with complete accuracy.
This may be one of the oldest bugs to go unnoticed and then be patched in video game history. Guess we'll all have to go back to blaming lag for our missed shots…
Last summer, Captain America: Civil War took the world by storm, blowing past one billion dollars at the global box office. Pretty much every Marvel Cinematic Universe character showed up to take part in the grand battle. The most notable exception was Thor, played by Chris Hemsworth.
Taika Waititi, director of the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok, created a satirical short film, entitled Team Thor, to humorously explain what the Asgardian God of Thunder was up to during his time away from The Avengers. Apparently, Thor was laying low with his roommate, an Australian office worker named Darryl.
While we eagerly await the November release of Ragnarok, which will see Thor and Hulk fighting in gladiatorial combat, we can catch up with Thor and Darryl in Team Thor, Part 2, which will be included on the Blu-ray release of Doctor Strange. Marvel has released a clip, which shows the Norse deity bickering with Darryl about how his half of the rent will be paid.
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Doctor Strange comes out on Blu-ray on February 28.
Thor: Ragnarok hits theaters on November 3.
[Source: Marvel Entertainment]
The NBA and Take-Two Interactive have announced a partnership to form an eSports league centered around the NBA 2K series, with (eventually) all 30 real-life NBA teams owning a team participating in the eSports league.
The NBA 2K eLeague is currently scheduled to start in 2018, and NBA league commissioner Adam Silver says he hopes at least half of the real-life NBA teams will have their eLeague teams ready to go when the league starts.
Each eLeague team consists of five players (picked in a draft) in a five-month season that takes place concurrent with the NBA season. More details are still to be ironed out.
This is a great move for all sides, and perhaps we'll even see some eSports teams draft and perform better than their real-world counterparts…
Come to GDC 2017 for a chance to reach across disciplines and study the real-time rendering techniques used in the latest Star Wars film! …
It seems like every big scene is fully waking up this weekend. Between the start of several major competitive seasons starting up, a week-long major, and one of the of biggest Super Smash. Bros. tournaments of the year, everyone's fighting for your precious viewing time.
League of Legends begins its Spring season with its Spring Split, pitting eight formidable teams against each other for the chance to represent their region in the Mid-Season Invitational (Europe Stream / Europe Schedule / North America Stream / North America Schedule)
Meanwhile, Dota 2's best teams will be facing off in the Dota Pit, one of the biggest online tournaments outside Valve's own majors. The tournament features a $ 136,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule)
Heroes of the Storm's competitive season also goes into full swing this weekend, as both North American and European teams begin fighting for the their spots in the Mid-Season Brawl. (Stream / Europe Schedule / North America Schedule)
This Sunday also marks the return of the Counter-Strike:Global Offensive ELEAUGE, which will have a week-long major pitting the best teams in the world against each other for a $ 1,000,000 prize pool. (Stream / Schedule)
The Super Smash Bros. scene is hosting Genesis 4, which will have major events for Super Smash Bros. Melee, Wii U, and the Nintendo 64 version of Super Smash Bros. The event will also feature some Street Fighter V action, as well. For a list of streams, see below. (Schedule)
- Super Smash Bros.
- Super Smash Bros. Melee
- Super Smash Bros. For Wii U
- Melee/Wii U
- Street Fighter V
Finally, for those looking for some vintage gaming action, the eSports Arena is hosting the Rewind tournament, which features tournaments for Team Fortress 2, Halo: Combat Evolved, and Shadowrun. (Stream / Schedule)
That's it for this weekend! Let us know if we missed any tournaments, or if there's a scene you'd like us to cover in the future.
Ultimate team is the only destination for many sports gamers these days, and like it did for Madden Ultimate Team a few years back, EA Sports has added a new post-launch way to play the mode in NHL 17.
Hockey Ultimate Team Competitive Seasons is a new structure structured around…a season. Now, the in-game season length is set by EA itself, and the first season (called the All-Star Season) goes from today to January 31st.
Within that season are four rounds. Complete at least three games in the round and you'll earn points and be placed on a leaderboard for the round. Naturally, rewards (such as special packs and coins) will be doled out for your ranking within each round, and there are also rewards for how well you do for the entire season. Click on the first source link below for the full list of rewards for the mode's inaugural season.
HUT Competitive Seasons is part of the game's third content update, which itself also includes gameplay tuner tweaks, EASHL player class updates, new sweaters, and more. Click on the second source link below for that list.
I would hope that similar to Madden's Draft Champions, even if you go 0-3 you'd still get something for your troubles. It'll be interesting to see how/if developer EA Canada tweaks the various rewards as the seasons progress.
2010's Trauma Team had players taking on the role of various doctors with different specialties who eventually banded together to fight a common enemy. It ended up being a good game, but I know what you're thinking: this also sounds like a good idea for a TV show! As it turns out, you are very, very wrong.
Although there were once plans to bring the series to television, they quickly fell by the wayside. Developed by Fat Dragon Films and Instavision (neither of which seem to have had a long history before or after this project), the show turned the titular Trauma Team into "medical vigilantes" who would take in patients that normal hospitals couldn't or wouldn't (for whatever reason).
The series was eventually scrapped, but not before a pilot for the show came to be. Six years later, that pilot has surfaced online, and it's not very good. Keep in mind, though, that this pilot wasn't meant to be viewed by the public quite yet, so it's still somewhat unfinished. You can watch the pilot below, if you're curious.
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Brett Favre just can't stay away. The NFL all-time leader in interceptions is returning to the game – this time as a legend in Madden Ultimate team.
Multiple versions of Favre are now available, as are solo challenges of some of his standout moments featuring the QB (4th and 26?). The Limited Edition and Master versions of Favre activate a valuable Gunslinger chemistry, and the "4" chemistry comes into play when Favre passes to select former teammates, including Sterling Sharpe and Antonio Freeman.
For more on Favre in MUT and the sequences of solo challenges and what they unlock, click the source link below.
Developer EA Tiburon says Favre has been fans' most-requested player for the mode.
This isn't the first time Favre's un-retired in the video game realm for the franchise. He appeared on the cover of Madden 09 after he retired from the Packers, and then proved the Madden curse legit by un-retiring and signing for the Jets, where he moonlighted as an amateur photographer.
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[Source: EA Sports]