Shacknews - David Craddock

There's a disturbingly active community around Overwatch porn (so I've heard), and Blizzard's none too happy about it. Creators of illicit videos featuring characters from the game such as Tracer and Widowmaker are receiving DMCA threats from the developer warning uploaders to remove it immediately.

"We have disabled the following material as a result of a third-party notification claiming that this material is infringing," one creator of a video titled 'Crossing Worlds – Tracer, Widowmaker, Liara [FUTA].'"

I'm pretty sure I have at least three letters in that acronym pegged—sorry, poor choice of words—but I haven't decided how curious I am about the fourth.

In somewhat related news, check out our review of Overwatch, which does not account for expanded character lore revealed in now-prohibited pornography.

Shacknews - Shack Staff

Greg Burke is back top count down the Top 10 Mario Power-ups. Which one is your favorite? Please take a look.

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Shacknews - David Craddock

Hot on the heels of a report earlier this week that the procedurally generated sci-fi game from Hello Games might miss its projected June release date, official confirmation comes by way of Sony. No Man's Sky now lists August 9, 2016 as its official release date on its PlayStation Store page, where users can pre-order digital and physical editions.

Given the prominent placement of No Man's Sky thus far, representatives from Sony and Hello Games will no doubt elaborate on the reasons for the delay in a few weeks at E3, if not sooner.

Shacknews - David Craddock

Need more evil gargoyles in your fighting games? Long-time Killer Instinct antagonist Gargos joins the fight in Killer Instinct 3.1.5, a new patch available now for owners of the Ultra Edition of the game on Xbox One and PC, Iron Galaxy revealed on Twitter.

For fans, Gargos has been a long time coming. Iron Galaxy announced him two months ago and only recently showed off gameplay.

In addition to Gargos, Killer Instinct patch 3.1.5 makes a few adjustments to balance and fixes for glitches, such as a crash that occurred when you signed out of a profile. The patch notes are quite extensive, and can be found here.

Shacknews - David Craddock

Worlds Adrift is shaping up to be quite the looker. An MMO sandbox game in development by Bossa Studios, the game offers a persistent universe made up of floating islands able to be altered by player actions.

Bossa released a new trailer showing off some of those vistas, as well as features such as the ability for players to build their own islands using the game's creation tool. "Those who have the tool installed can also check out other players’ islands and vote for their favorites, which will help determine which player creations will be used in the final game," a Boss representative said. "Even if you don’t feel like creating your own island you can hop on to any of the 1000 creations, using the free tool, and explore and swing your way around them."

Worlds Adrift is a looker, but it's got a deep personality, too. Islands hold remnants of long-lost civilizations that players can compare to piece together lore, and real-time physics that facilitates the world's pliability.

Worlds Adrift was announced back in 2014, and will be released later this year on Steam.

Shacknews - David Craddock

VR headsets are fun, but some of them lock you to your desk, seemingly ignoring the enhanced interactivity to be gained from the freedom to move around. A number of PC manufacturers aim to fill that void by introducing backpack PCs, letting you use your computer and accompanying VR gear anywhere, anytime.

Reports from The Verge and Gamasutra disclosed that MSI and HP are two of several manufacturers building backpack PCs. And don't expect this new form factor to sacrifice raw power for portability: HP's currently unnamed backpack unit is rumored to become part of its high-end "Omen" line of machines, and has the specs to prove it belongs.

According to The Verge, HP's unit will sport either an i5 or i7 processor, up to 32GB of RAM, and a graphics card that hasn't been revealed just yet—all snugly packaged into a thin backpack-like case that weighs less than 10 pounds.

MSI's concoction, named simply "Backpack PC," promises greater immersion when used in tandem with VR gear, and boasts an i7 processor and NVIDIA GTX 980 graphics card. "Free from the restraint of a fixed VR platform, users get to move around and enjoy VR with big movements and total immersion. No more worries about accidently unplugging the wires between the VR device and the platform. MSI Backpack PC renders greater mobility and freedom for VR gaming."

Images used in this story courtesy of The Verge.

Shacknews - David Craddock

As a follow-up to its announcement that Fallout 4 on Xbox One will receive mods next Tuesday, May 31, Bethesda held a livestream to discuss particulars such as size limit and how to search for and install mods.

After downloading the update, launch the game and look for "Mods" in the Fallout 4 menu. Link your Bethesda.net account, then commence browsing for installing mods. You can also browse mods on mods.bethesda.net if you prefer the more comfortable experience of using Web browser-esque interfaces on PC.

Launching any mod creates a new save-game file; this prevents your main saves from becoming corrupted should the mod malfunction: all you'd have to do is reload your original file to continue making progress in the base game and DLC expansions such as Far Harbor.

Budding architects should note that mods are limited to 2GB in size, though they can be smaller. And you can delete mods later on to free up space, of course.

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As fun as it is to play Overwatch, sometimes players would prefer to kick back and watch their friends, streamers, or eSports figure in order to learn some new tricks, or just be amazed at what can be done in the game. Unfortunately, Blizzard doesn’t make it easy to spectate someone else’s game, so we’re here to give you some tips on how you can watch others play Overwatch.

I Like To Watch

Considering it’s an online multiplayer game, it’s surprising to see at its launch lacks a dedicated spectator mode. But Blizzard does make it possible to spectate in Overwatch, although it isn’t as convenient as a dedicated spectator mode.

One way to spectate a game is to attempt to join a game a friend is currently playing. If the game is full, you’ll be forced to sit on the sidelines, but as a result, you can spectate your friend as well as all of the other players in the match. If your friend continues with the same group into another match, and there’s no vacancies, you’ll continue to sit in the new game as a spectator.

Another way to spectate a game is by joining a new game yourself which also has all team spots filled. When this happens, you’ll be forced to enter spectator mode, although as soon as a spot frees up, you’ll be thrown into the action. Unfortunately, there’s no way to back out of the game to re-enter spectator mode.

I’ve Got My Eye On You

As we mentioned, Overwatch currently doesn’t have a spectator mode, but that doesn’t mean Blizzard won’t consider adding it some time during the game’s post launch. We’ve seen several Blizzard games launch without a dedicated spectator mode, to then have one added months later. So for now, it appears the only way to spectate any matches are the two ways we mentioned above.

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Shacknews - David Craddock

Square Enix wants to get you hyped about Final Fantasy 15, the next single-player installment in the long-running JRPG series. But that doesn't mean it wants you to forget about Final Fantasy 14. The MMO's next update, version 3.3, has a lot in store for players, detailed in a nine-minute preview video ahead of its June 7 release date.

Final Fantasy 14 patch 3.3, formally known as Revenge of the Horde, will provide more quests, trials, dungeons, cosmetic enhancements, recipes, and more. But that's all icing; the cake, if you will, comes in the form of Litany of Peace, a new scenario involving vengeful spirits and war between men and dragons.

"The conference held at Falcon's Nest was intended to celebrate the reconciliation between man and dragon," reads a preview on Square Enix's website. "But the lingering shade of Nidhogg, clad in the flesh of the Azure Dragoon, marked the occasion by spilling the blood of his own kind--a timely atrocity to remind the children of Ishgard that the conflict was far from over. In those twilight hours Nidhogg cried out for vengeance, and his brethren raised their voices for the final chorus of the Dragonsong War."

In addition to quests and cosmetics like hairstyles, Final Fantasy 14 patch 3.3 will introduce quality-of-life improvements such as a one-click method of equipping optimal gear, and a raid matchmaker to quickly introduce you to companions.

Final Fantasy 14 patch 3.3 will be released on June 7. Get more details here, or watch the video to see the new content in action.

Shacknews - David Craddock

Bethesda promised to bring mods to Fallout 4 on Xbox One by May, and it's on target to stay true to its word. The publisher announced that mods will emerge from Vault 101 next Tuesday, May 31.

The announcement came via Twitter, alongside an accompanying gif showing dozens of mods across several categories.

Fallout 4 mods for Xbox have been in beta-testing phase since last week, and available on PC for a little while, now. PlayStation 4 users will receive mods in June, though a specific release date has not been announced, nor has Bethesda shared details on if or when a beta program will commence.

If you're jonesing for more Fallout 4 goodness ahead of next week's mods on Xbox, make sure to check out Far Harbor, the latest expansion for Bethesda's 2015 open-world adventure.

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