Curl Up with a Virtual Novel Mar 25, 2021

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PC Games Go Mobile! Or not...


Rocket League has something awesome in store for later this year. They're planning on releasing a new, free mobile version of the game across most mobile devices. The spin-off, aptly named 'Rocket League: Sideswipe' will have a similar concept to its PC predecessor, only it will be pushing all the action on to one plane that players control with-you guessed it-their thumbs! Fans of the game are speculating that the new mobile version is likely impacted by the developers being bought out by Epic Games, allowing Epic to influence the game and create new developments. We can definitely get behind the idea of a new free mobile game to try out and one day master.

On another note, a game previously scheduled for a reboot has confirmed its cancellation. Square Enix had previously mentioned the makings of a reboot for Final Fantasy XI, a classic in the MMORPG scene. The game was originally intended to be released on mobile to allow players a more versatile and portable way to play, but after some recent deliberation the company felt that the game just wasn't right for the mobile scene. The good news is that despite the cancellation of the project, there were no layoffs and the employees were moved elsewhere with their jobs safe and sound. They were likely thrown onto the ever-changing Final Fantasy XIV, so keep your eyes open for new updates on that.


Nothing Like That Old Virtual Novel Smell...


The world of virtual novels is often left untouched by pro-gamers. Of course, that's understandable considering it's tough to have a tournament, or even watch a playthrough of a virtual novel. However, if you're going to delve into that world, we have a throwback that might just spark your interest. Analogue: A Hate Story is a virtual novel game written and created by just one person, the amazing Christine Love. The work has been praised for its intricate storyline, emotional characters, and simple puzzle-esque gameplay.

Discover the secrets of the past. Start your journey as an adventurer sent to space to try and go through an old spaceship's logs. You're greeted by AI's that will talk to you and guide you through the ship's old journals, where you can understand the rich stories, drama, and secrets of the lives of those 600 years ago. Unlock different pieces, and do your best to get as much as you can out of the AI's. Of course, the AI's have their own secrets. Can you uncover them, and get all 5 endings?

Find something new with each playthrough. With the intricate dialogue option paths, each playthrough will yield different pieces of the ship's history. Christine Love is known as a fantastic writer, especially when it comes to game writing. This game may not have the flashy nature and intensity of other games, but the puzzle-like nature of the intertwined stories and the different paths of discovery are like no other game you've seen before, and will have you hooked for hours. Lastly, the game itself was somewhat of a beacon of hope for creators everywhere, showing that individuals could create and self-publish absolute masterpieces without having to be part of some large conglomerate. If you must take away anything from this article, it's that nothing is stopping you from creating the next gaming hit.


A Rare Image of a Prehistoric Mouse

Source: DVHardware

Known as Mouseus Boomslangus, it was a mighty beast. Alright, so maybe that isn't what it was called. The Razer Boomslang was one of the first gaming mice made for PC gaming, and featured ultra-wide buttons and a slightly more ergonomic design for extended hours of gameplay. Naturally, many amazing gaming mice as well as other equipment followed, but this one was definitely a prominent ancestor. Currently, you can get an anniversary edition of the mouse at some places online, though the originals may be a bit pricey if you aren't looking in the right places. As cool as this one was, we'd recommend buying an updated version instead.


Overwatch 2021, Let's Go!

Source: Overwatch

Overwatch's 2021 League Tournament is coming mid-April, and we're hyped. This year's Overwatch League is kicking off on 4/16, and will contain 4 tournament cycles that will run all the way through August. Teams will be split into East and West regions, with the winners from each eventually going into a double elimination bracket to determine the ultimate champion. New this year, they're going to be changing up their actual broadcast time to try and cater to a wider array of their fans. As stated on their website, found here, "All live broadcasts featuring teams playing in the West will start at 12 p.m. PT, and broadcasts featuring teams playing in the East will start at 5 p.m. China Standard Time/6 p.m. Korea Standard Time." You can check out the linked site for more info on times and dates, teams involved, prizes, brackets, and more! We don't know about you, but we can't wait to see who'll win and top the rest.

Thanks for taking the time to dust off some old novels with us. We hope you enjoy tomorrow's feature Friday.

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