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12. 1. 2020 – GamingHub
25 Years of Warcraft and 15 Years of WoW: An IGN Retrospective
Other / 12. 1. 2020

When I think of the games and franchises that define Blizzard Entertainment as a development studio, the name that stands tallest amongst a formidable line-up of giants is Warcraft – Blizzard’s high-fantasy universe full of memorable characters and moments, epic battles, and lore that spans thousands of years. In many ways the story of Warcraft is also the story of Blizzard, and the evolution of the accessible, fun, and cinematic approach it brings to many of its creations. It’s a story that takes us from a small studio looking to create something new and original to a larger and more experienced team delving into a broader online world. In the 25 years since Warcraft first hit retail shelves as a new strategy game, and in the 15 years since World of Warcraft created a community of millions, this franchise has evolved and grown, as has its popularity. To celebrate the anniversary of Warcraft, the games and its history, I sat down with several key Blizzard devs to discuss Warcraft’s journey. Warcraft: Orcs & Humans (1994) “I was actually at 3DO at the time, a company I helped found, and I had gone to Electronics Boutique to look at some new…

A gamer in America helped save her UK teammate after hearing him have a seizure online
Other / 12. 1. 2020

One gamer in the US saved her teammate’s life from over 5,000 miles away after hearing him have a seizure while playing a game together online. Aidan Jackson, a 17 year-old resident of England, was playing a game with 20 year-old Texan Dia Lathora earlier this month when Jackson had a seizure, the BBC reports. “I just put my headset back on and I heard what I could only describe as a seizure, so obviously I started to get worried and immediately started asking what was going on and if he was okay,” Lathora told the Liverpool Echo. “When he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU. When that didn’t work I just had to hope the non-emergency would work, it had an option for talking to a real person, and I can’t tell you how quickly I clicked that button.” While neither player had met in person, Lathora had Jackson’s home address and was able to call the police to his residence. Police arrived roughly 40 minutes after Jackson’s seizure began, and notified his parents of the situation. When Jackson’s mother went to check on her son, she found him “extremely disoriented.”…

Awesome Games Done Quick raises $3.13 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation
Other / 12. 1. 2020

Game speedrunning marathon Awesome Games Done Quick has raised over $3 million following this year’s week-long run. AGDQ 2020 ended with $3.13 million in donations for the Prevent Cancer Foundation, it was announced by press release. That’s more monetary donations than any previous Games Done Quick event, with more than 54,000 donations coming from over 80 countries. The previous record for donations came from last year’s Summer Games Done Quick 2019, which raised just over $3 million. In total, AGDQ 2020 speedran 134 games over the course of the nonstop seven-day event. The full list of runs can be found on Games Done Quick’s official YouTube channel, but you can check out the AGDQ 2020 finale video below. The charity speedrun has so far raised a whopping $22 million since it first began in 2010, with donations going to AbleGames, Doctors Without Borders, and Organization for Autism Research, among others over the years. The next Games Done Quick event will be Summer Games Done Quick, which will run from June 21 through to June 28. Awesome Games Done Quick 2021 will take place next year from January 3 to January 10. The post Awesome Games Done Quick raises $3.13 million…

Gamer Saves Friend’s Life From 5,000 Miles Away
Other / 12. 1. 2020

A 20-year-old gamer in America saved a friend’s life from more than 5,000 miles away earlier this month, according to a report from the BBC. 17-year-old North West England resident Aidan Jackson was playing video games online with his friend, 20-year-old Texas resident Dia Lathora, on January 2 when Jackson experienced a seizure. “I just put my headset back on and I heard what I could only describe as a seizure, so obviously I started to get worried and immediately started asking what was going on and if he was okay,” Lathora said to Liverpool Echo. “When he didn’t respond I instantly started to look up the emergency number for the EU. When that didn’t work I just had to hope the non-emergency would work, it had an option for talking to a real person, and I can’t tell you how quickly I clicked that button.” [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2019/12/31/the-best-games-of-the-decade-2010-2019″] BBC reports that Lathora had Jackson’s address even though the two never met in person. Police arrived to Jackson’s surprised parents at 9:40 p.m., about 40 minutes after Jackson’s seizure reportedly started. Jackson’s parents told police they hadn’t called anyone, but when police explained the call had come from America, Jackson’s mother…

Legends of Runeterra enters into open beta on January 24
Other / 12. 1. 2020

Riot Games’ digital card game is playable for the public later this month. Legends of Runeterra will make the move to open beta on PC starting January 24 at 11am PST, the studio announced today. Alternatively, if you pre-register an account before January 20 you’ll get access to open beta a day early. While this isn’t the official launch of the game – that’s slated to happen later this year – it does mark the end of account resets, and will see the introduction of ranked mode. This, like in League of Legends, will allow players to climb the ranks from Iron all the way to Master. Challenge-a-friend functionality, a friends list, and new boards and guardians will also go live with open access later this month. First announced in October, Legends of Runeterra is a free-to-play competitive card game in a similar vein to Hearthstone – only, Legends of Runeterra takes place in the League of Legends universe and draws from the MOBA’s cast of champions. Check it out in action in the vid below. The game will be released this year for both PC and mobile.   The post Legends of Runeterra enters into open beta on January…

Awesome Games Done Quick Raises $3.13 Million For Charity
Other / 12. 1. 2020

Awesome Games Done Quick, the video game speedrunning marathon that raises money for various charities, has finished its week-long 2020 run by raising $3.13 million for the Prevent Cancer Foundation. AGDQ 2020 also received more monetary donations than any other Games Done Quick event in the past, according to a press release. Games Done Quick says it received more than 54,000 donations from across more than 80 countries. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/11/getting-over-it-developer-reacts-to-1-minute-24-second-speedrun”] As for viewership, it was another big year for AGDQ. More than 2,750 attended the event itself at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel in Orlando, Florida. While being broadcast on Twitch throughout the week, AGDQ reached a peak concurrent viewer count of 236,000 people. Awesome Games Done Quick 2020 managed to beat out every other Games Done Quick event for the highest amount of money raised. The closest runner-up is 2019’s Summer Games Done Quick, which raised just over $3 million. Since its inception in 2010, Games Done Quick as an organization has raised more than $25 million for a variety of charities, including AbleGamers, Doctors Without Borders, and Organization for Autism Research. [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2020/01/12/control-developers-react-to-49-minute-speedrun”] This year’s AGDQ included speedruns on games like Sekiro, Untitled Goose Game, The Legend of…

Nintendo has filed a new trademark application for Mario & Luigi series
Other / 12. 1. 2020

Mario & Luigi could be making a return. As spotted by LetsGoDigital, Nintendo of America has filed a new trademark application for Mario & Luigi in South America. According to the application’s description, the Mario & Luigi trademark will be related to “computer game cartridges; game memory cards; computer game software; video game memory cards; interactive entertainment software to play video games; covers for mobile phones”. Of course, it’s possible Nintendo is just trying to keep a tight grip on its own IP. But the timing of things is of interest. Mario & Luigi’s original developer AlphaDream filed for bankruptcy late last year following poor sales of its 3DS release Mario & Luigi: Bowser’s Inside Story + Bowser Jr.’s Journey. The RPG series had been developed by AlphaDream for handheld platforms since 2003. But with a new trademark filed it seems Nintendo may not be done with the franchise after all. The post Nintendo has filed a new trademark application for Mario & Luigi series appeared first on VG247.

AGDQ 2020 finished up with a fundraising total of £2.3 million
Other / 12. 1. 2020

Awesome Games Done Quick has raised a staggering £2.3 million ($3.13m) for the Prevent Cancer Foundation in just one week. At the time of writing, 54,137 donors have raised $3,133,142.78, smashing last year’s total by an amazing $700,000 – up 30 per cent on 2019’s donations (thanks, Polygon). Almost 3,000 people turned up to watch the show in Florida in person, while Twitch reports a streaming peak of 236,000 concurrently stopping by on Twitch, too. The biggest single donation exceeded $350K – the largest in the event’s history – whilst the average donation was a similarly impressive $57. Collectively, 26 events across ten years have now raised $25.6 million. Read more