After 16 years, Warcraft III is still going strong. Although many Blizzard fans have moved onto other games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch or Starcraft II, Warcraft III has a dedicated fan base that refuses to abandon the beloved classic. Blizzard has taken notice and announced a slew of new features to update the game.
According to Kotaku, Blizzard is rebalancing the game and increasing the size of custom games from 12 to 24 players. Blizzard has also updated the in-game editor. Players can use this editor to create their own maps and challenge friends. Dota 2 and League of Legends were originally custom maps on Warcraft III and have now spun off to become full-fledged games of their own.
Fans are speculating about what the changes might mean. Is Blizzard planning to re-release the game or even develop a sequel? The company is famous for maximizing the value of its intellectual property. World of Warcraft continues to receive expansions over a decade after its original release. A few years ago, Blizzard updated the original Starcraft and released a popular sequel to the hit strategy game.
Revamping Warcraft III wouldn’t be a challenge for the mega-successful company. Blizzard could reuse its engine from Starcraft II, meaning the biggest change would be updated, high-definition character models. The company might even decide to update Warcraft I and II as a true reward for long-time fans. Of course, Blizzard is famously tight-lipped and hasn’t released concrete details of its plan for the series. For now, Warcraft III fans can only speculate about the potential changes coming to the Warcraft universe.
A short film has just been released based on Lucas Pope’s 2013 indie hit Papers, Please. Available now for free on both YouTube and Steam, it adapts the game’s story in a 10 minute run time, potentially turning out as the best video game film adaption to date.
The film, as well as the game, are told through the perspective of an inspector, guarding the border of the fictional fascist nation of Arstotzka and deciding who is allowed entry into the country as they present their papers. The inspector’s job is not as simple as presented, as he (and the player in the game version) must try to cope with the please of those trying to cross and their own conscience as they make the call on whether or not someone is allowed entry into the country.
Having to balance the emotional toll of the job, morality, and the threat to the inspector’s own life and the lives of his family, the game tells a complex narrative about the effects or authoritarian oppression and what it can feel like to be a worker drone on the lowest level of an unfathomable nightmare. For this reason, Papers, Please was nominated and received numerous awards at the time of its release, making a movie adaption all but inevitable.
However, the movie diverges somewhat from the original story of the game. Though changes are to be expected with any adaption, the way the film’s plot proceeds seems to be somewhat antithetical to the message and nuance of the game. It would be hard to say more without spoilers, so to fully understand the differences, one would need to watch the film for themselves. And at only ten minutes with incredible production values, that’s hardly a steep price to pay.
One of the most common ideas at a certain time was that computers were not for gaming. However, there have started to be plenty of PCs for video gaming. For one thing, the PCs had the most powerful processors for graphics and sound. This has given people the chance to enjoy some of the best graphics available as well as a connection to a community of game players. However, as more people play and games become more advanced, it is increasingly important for computers to have very powerful processors. This will increase the enjoyment of the games that are available.
It is not just for the high quality images, it is also for the speed of the gaming. One common problem with video games is lagging. If the computer system is taking on content that goes beyond its power limits, then this could result in a lot of slow down and lagging. This is one other reason that it is important for computers to have a fast and powerful processor. People will be able to have a better time playing and winning their favorite games whether it is playing the solo story mode or playing against other players.
Another good feature for processors is the sound. A lot of games are going to have some of the best music and sounds. However, processors do not necessarily need to provide catchy music. Some games benefit from certain sounds being picked up in that it can help the players avoid certain traps or ambushes. The top processors can help people play the type of games they enjoy and even discover new things that can enhance their experience even further.
Shenmue III, one of the most anticipated PC games in recent history, is getting closer to becoming a reality. During a recent anime convention in Monaco, Shenmue III producers introduced a new set of screenshots and assured fans that they are still on schedule to deliver the game later this year.
The Magic Monaco convention is organized by Shibuya Productions, one of the companies involved in the development of Shenmue III. The screenshots shown at Magic Monaco are mostly in-game scenes featuring the main characters. Production of this title, which is an official sequel of the legendary action-adventure series originally released for the Sega video game console, started in 2015 after producers successfully raised more than six million dollars on the Kickstarter crowdfunding platform.
The original Shenmue is remembered as being one of the most expensive games ever developed; it is frequently mentioned on lists of the greatest video game titles, but it ended up becoming a cult hit. The initial chapter of the series was released in 1999 to critical acclaim, but sales figures were lower than Sega expected. Shenmue demands a certain level of immersion and devotion from players, and this is something that American gamers were not ready for.
The story of Shenmue III will continue the events of Shenmue II; the story will move from Yokosuka to a mountainous town in China, where a young Japanese martial arts enthusiast will continue searching for those responsible for his father’s death. The game is set in 1980s and features many Japanese cultural references of that period. The immersion of the game emanates from its life simulation features, which require players to follow certain schedules as the game unfolds.
The PC system requirements for Shenmue III have not been announced. The game will be simultaneously released on the Sony PlayStation 4 console.