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Eve Online Continues to Innovate MMO World.

We can comfortably say that there is easily no game more divisive in the MMO world than ‘Eve Online’. Eve Online has been called everything from the greatest MMO ever to a functional spreadsheet simulator and very few people end up taking a stance anywhere in between those two extremes. With that being said, Eve Online continues plugging away and this February we saw the infamous title release its new Valentine’s Day update along with a host of re-balancing tweaks and fixes that’ll leave half of their fans happy and the other half annoyed.

Let’s start off by talking about the Valentine’s Day event: Guardians Gala. Fans who have been playing Eve will recognize the game from last Valentine’s Day and they’ll be pretty much expecting the same experience. During the time that this event is live, players will be able to track down gatherings of NPC’s throughout New Eden in order to crash their party and reap some rewards. The fights are easy but the rewards are worth grinding for as you can collect a variety of special ship skins and implants. The event isn’t game-changing but at this point, nothing really is going to be.

The V-Day event update takes a backseat to more functional notes as EVE’s team released their Upwell Structures 2.0 intro and Assault Frigate balancing update. Citadels in the game have been dramatically altered, changing the way that they handle which means that they are stronger on offense, worse on defense, and much more likely to end up as space debris when in low power mode. Defenders in EVE will now be urged to pay attention to their resources while attackers have more of an incentive to take on these massive ships.

There are a host of other technical updates to a variety of different ships and it is well worth booting up the patch notes in order to keep ahead of schedule and in order to know what modifications you need to make going forward.

‘Seat of Thieves’ Takes Proud Stance Against Loot Boxes.

There’s a new title dominating both consoles and PCs thanks to its unique twist on an old genre and that game is ‘Sea of Thieves’. Developed by Rare, Sea of Thieves has been gaining some serious momentum as the seafaring pirate-venture has drifted closer and closer to a full release. Amid the many different things you can do in the game, from attending massive ship-based battles, to locking up your enemies in your own brig, Rare is doubling down on making sure that your experience is NEVER going to be ‘pay to win’. Do you hear that EA? Rare is firing shots from their broadside cannons, and you are their targets.

Mike Chapman is the design director at Rare in charge of making sure Sea of Thieves looks as good as it plays (and boy does it look good). Chapman hasn’t been afraid to go on record regarding how his title is going to be different than others out there. Chapman spoke up in a recent interview saying that there are no plans to implement microtransactions for their upcoming launch. While this statement sounds wish-washy on the surface, Chapman goes on to make it very clear where Rare stands on what could become a flagship product. Chapman goes on to emphasise that the team will NEVEr add loot boxes into their game. Chapman explains, “There’ll never be a form of gambling in Sea of Thieves, of any description.” Chapman went on to lob a shot at companies who have embraced random ‘prizes’ by saying that ‘pay to win’ is something that will be ‘completely out of the question’.

With all of that being said, Chapman understands the reality of the gaming market and he isn’t brushing aside the idea of adding expenses into the actual game itself — but they have to make sense, and they can’t alter the balance of the game. Chapman says with a smile, “What’s a Sea of Thieves way of doing it? What’s going to bring value to our players?”

Blizzard’s Overwatch Will Be Free to Play on Valentine’s Weekend

As a special Valentine’s Day gift to its playerbase, Activision-Blizzard has just announced a free weekend for their hit game Overwatch. Available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, Overwatch will be available free to play for the entire weekend of February 16 to the 19 starting midday on Friday and ending a minute before midnight on Monday.

Overwatch is a massive online multiplayer first-person shooter game developed by Blizzard Entertainment, the same company behind enduring hits like World of Warcraft and StarCraft II. Praised by critics and fans alike for its fast paced gameplay, colorful and unique character roster, and engaging narrative, Overwatch has gained huge amounts of attention since its launch in May 2016.

While many have already taken the plunge and bought the game, others have held out for various reasons. Periodically, the developers will announced events like these where new players are encouraged to try the game entirely for free without having to spend the normal $40 to buy it.

Those new to the game who begin during the free weekend will have access to all 26 heroes, 17 maps, and 4 different game modes, as well as extra features like Loot Boxes, level progression, and alternate skins. Additionally, any progress made during the free weekend will carry over if and when a person buys the full game so long as they do so on the same network account they played on originally. Achievements, though, are disabled for free players.

With Overwatch’s intuitive matchmaking system that pairs lower ranked players with others of their skill level and vice versa, there’s no reason not to try things out entirely for free. Players will be under no obligation to buy the full game once the free weekend comes to a close, either.

For more information and a complete list of everything offered to free players, check out the Play Overwatch website to stay up to date on everything. PC players can even head over to Battle.net to pre-download the game before the weekend, giving them extra time to play.

Corsair Releases New Gaming PCs

Fans of Corsair’s high-end gaming machines are in for some good news. The company is releasing two new computers that will be surely please even the most demanding gamer.

Last year, Corsair came out with a great concept: a gaming computer called the Corsair One that was like a console. That is, it was pre-built to do one thing: to run games and run them really fast. You didn’t have to tinker around with them or add any special components. They just worked.

Now the company is releasing two new editions of the Corsair One, both of which come with state-of-the-art specs. Both models include Intel’s latest high-end processor: its 8th-generation 6-core Core i7-8700K, which is an upgrade from the 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700K the original Corsair One used. They have also upgraded the graphics card. Instead of a Nvidia GTX 1080, they now come with a Nvidia GTX 1080 Ti.

The first new model is called the Corsair One Pro Plus. It comes standard with 16 GB of RAM. The second model is called the Corsair One Elite, and it comes with 32 GB of RAM. Both new Corsair One machines include a 2 TB standard hard drive and a blazing fast 480GB M.2 NVMe SSD drive.

As to price, Corsair One Pro Plus has a list price of $2,799, while the Corsair One Elite — with its extra RAM — costs $2,999.

The release of new Corsair models does not mean that the company will stop selling the original Corsair One computers. The original Corsair One, which comes with a 7th generation Intel Core i7-7700K and a Nvidia GTX 1080, is still available, for $2,299. The same computer with 32 GB of RAM costs $2,499.

Corsair is selling all 4 computers on its website.