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  1. I happened into some tickets for PAX East; is anyone else going? Trying to figure out what to do, since I'm not interested in most of the talks; and most of the people I know that are going are manning a booth, performing, etc.
  2. It's cool, but I'm not buying your book.
  3. A magical drop clone. Still need to settle on an art style for it and figure out how deep I want to go into single player features. I also haven't looked through all of the documentation for the platform(s) I'm trying to target, either, which will probably be an exciting use of a weekend sometime in the next three months or so. Platform holders and publishers are both traditionally against fun and happiness. There's a lot of cool stuff I'd like to do with it, but I also want to ship it eventually. I'll probably need to cap my scope in 3-4 months and then slog through it. It's a bit slow-going because it's mostly a weekends project. Good part is that I'm not reliant on it being successful. Hoping for an early December release.
  4. You can get several run attempts in within two hours, and a run to completion will not take two hours. It's a fine game for the format. I'd also take a look at some of the classics on GOG; they're also remarkably cheap. MOO2 is $3.50 (lol 2 hours though). UT2k4 is $2.50. You might want to make sure you have a couple games with multiplayer. If you like Roller Coaster Tycoon, you might also be interested in OpenTTD.
  5. Probably not as good as this person, and it looks like they still play genji because widow is bad. http://masteroverwatch.com/profile/pc/eu/Hedish-21727
  6. Mercy 46.8% Hanzo 47.7% Ana 46.1% Widowmaker 44.4% Widowmaker is bad right now. You're just going to have to accept that. It's not like it's illegal to play her.
  7. try clicking the "competitive" button
  8. If I'm at a point with a huge walk-up, I'd rather have the teleporter. Assuming the symmetra can keep it up. Teleporter is an absolutely bananas decrease in time to effectiveness after a death. The problem is that if the symmetra can't keep the TP up, she's not very useful. Also assuming I have two supports.. I wish the stat sites had breakdowns by league. I don't particularly care who is good at silver or gold. You are so incredibly wrong. Unless you're ranked significantly higher than I would imagine. Even then, you're still wrong. Widowmaker globally is not as effective as other champions as the game stands today. Anyone with a consistently high win rate on her seems to have a consistently high (and generally higher) win rates on other characters. It's not really a question of whether she has a bad win rate. Though it's an interesting question as to why. I've already posited my thoughts above.
  9. The biggest problem I see with widow is that a bunch of maps just aren't set up for her. Lots of small corridors, or a control point with little visibility from the outside. On the maps where she has reasonable places to sit, she can get pretty good kills; she won't contest the point at all though, so she at minimum needs 1 kill every engagement just to break even. She's also currently sitting at an abysmal win rate in ranked play. There's probably a reason for that. It probably isn't that "people can't aim".
  10. My experience with hanzo is pretty dissimilar to yours. The arrow speed buff helped him out quite a bit, and I don't have a lot of problems in the near game 1v1 except vs tracer, genji, mei, and reinhardt. Scatter arrow can 0-100 just about the entire cast, and his ult charges at a really dumb rate. I've found he's best on payload maps (attacking and defending), because you have mobile cover or an easy target. The vision is also useful for setting up headshots; doubly so on flanking areas. His problem is that he isn't a 'sniper' even though he's billed as one. Comparing him to widowmaker/ana doesn't make a lot of sense because he doesn't do the same things. His kit is built for area denial, but on most maps junkrat is just better at that. Have you tried just.. playing him differently? It sounds like you're just hiding behind a wall at distance and shooting arrows, which doesn't work nearly as well in my experience.
  11. Game history and preservation is a thing that (some) people care about. A lot has been done for early games; atari, colecovision, etc. Modern games are fairly secure, in that organizations no longer throw away the source after titles ship. There is a period of about 20 years (~1980-2000) where preservation efforts have been somewhat lacking and organizations often did not care to archive their work. Eg, the source to Panzer Dragoon Saga has been lost (which is one of the reasons it hasn't been released elsewhere). Another concern is the loss of online services and online games. Blizzard has indicated they did not preserve historical DB schemas/data for WoW, so old versions are lost to time. There are interest groups and preservation societies working to record games history, though their funds and industry buy-in are severely lacking compared to film. If this interests you, you can reach out through your public or a nearby university library.
  12. Because right now it's not organized. There's a regular group for a couple games, but we just make a habit of inviting each other if we're on.
  13. I'll be there. Should I start practicing tetris attack?
  14. LLC ownership cert things cost a bit extra and don't really do much other than give you something to hang on a wall.. They don't make an org more or less legitimate.
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