For many students, this is one of the last weekends before the start of the new school season. Are you planning on getting the Battle Pass? All jokes aside, it's been a great summer filled with games, events, and all sorts of other fun stuff. We hope our student readers crush it this season. What was your favorite moment this summer - send us a tweet?
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Quakecon 2021 Returns as an Online Experience
It has been 25 years since id Software’s first Quake was released. A successor to the Doom franchise, it quickly spawned multiple games and tournaments followed. In 1996, the same year it was released, Quakecon was born to celebrate and play Quake and Doom. The convention only grew from since then. The major shift was in 2009 when id software was purchased by ZeniMax Media. The same company that owns Bethesda Softworks.
There is a variety of content over the three days. Since Bethesda and id Software are owned by the same network, games such as Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Doom, and Quake are all represented. The first day developers delved deeper into DEATHLOOP, explored the behind the scenes creating the Appalachian worlds of Fallout 76 and the iconic Skyrim opening. UFC Middleweight Rob Whittaker played Fallout 76 with fans. There was also an update for DOOM Eternal. The second day is filled with The Elder Scrolls Online update, and a 10th anniversary Skyrim interactive fun run. There is a highly anticipated one hour session on Quake. People are anticipating a remaster of the original game to celebrate the 25th anniversary. The final day, much shorter than the rest, has the Quake World Championship Grand Finals. An exciting event every year.
The pandemic forced these conventions to adapt in unique ways. While not ideal, the team at ZeniMax Media is looking to provide the same solid content as in the past. Quakecon is longstanding convention, so it is good news to see it continue to provide for the gamers. The convention runs from August 19th-21st, so there's still time to catch some final announcements.
Heroic Finishes 1st in Group A in CS:GO ESL Pro League S14
Heroic won against Astralis 2:0 in the last match of group A in ESL Pro League Season 14, secured 1st place and spot in quarterfinals. Heroic was undefeated going into the match with Astralis. Heroic continued their momentum winning the first 8 rounds on Inferno and fully shocked their opponent. Astralis could not come to their senses after such a start from Heroic, and lost on the first map with a score of 8:16. The second map ended with the same score of 8:16 and Heroic went on to become champions
We're Psyched for Psychonauts 2!
It's hard to believe that the first Psychonauts game was released just over 16 years ago. Back in those days, we were all still hyped up over Gameboys and getting ready for the release of the original Wii. Even back then, Psychonauts did extremely well in its first debut. The original game...
"follow[ed] the story of a young psychic named Razputin. In his quest to join the Psychonauts--an elite group of international psychic secret agents--he breaks into their secret training facility: Whispering Rock Psychic Summer Camp. But this is no average psychic summer camp! A mysterious villain has kidnapped Raz’s fellow campers and stolen their brains. Now he must use his psychic powers of Telekinesis, Levitation, and most of all his ability to project himself into the minds of others--to find the loose noodles and keep them from falling into the wrong hands."
Now, many years later, Psychonauts 2 is finally launching. The game will be available in less than a week, on August 25th, 2021. This game follows the same character as he fulfills his dream of being a Psychonaut. However, things aren't right in the Psychonaut organization following the leader's kidnapping, as well as the conspiracy going around that there may be a mole hidden within the organization. The game has considerably better graphics and animation compared to its predecessor, of course. With the overwhelmingly positive response from the first game, we're sure that the sequel will be a home run.
Microsoft's New Headset Released
Why do headsets have to be so expensive? This is what Microsoft asked when they were developing this product. Gaming headsets can cost upwards of $100 for a really good one, meaning streamers and gamers on a budget may have to settle for something less than subpar. Microsoft's new Xbox Stereo Headset was just announced, and is the perfect headset that won't empty out your wallet too badly.
At a retail price of $59.99, and can be used on Xbox, PC's, and most mobile devices. The company has stated that it's meant to be more of an entry-level product, which is great for the everyday average Joe Gamer-Schmoe. According to Microsoft, it offers...
"clear microphone performance, high-quality ear cushions, and a volume control dial on the right earcup"
Since the headset is also wired (which we don't love), it will not require any batteries or charging.
Is it flashy? No. Is it super high-tech? No. However, for new and casual gamers it offers a lot of great quality features for a really low price point, so you can feel like a pro without shelling out money. It is currently available for pre-order through the Microsoft store.
We hope you're having a great weekend. See you all Monday!
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