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So you got Overwatch in your Humble Monthly… (part 2)

You’d be forgiven if you’d think that Overwatch is a simple game to play. You point, you shoot. And sure, you can dive in and have a go at it. But as with all Blizzard games, things can be a bit more fun if you know what you’re doing.

These are some of the best tips around on how to survive and win in the game.

If you are more in a story mood, check out the backstory behind the characters here.

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So you got Overwatch in your Humble Monthly… now what?

So you got your Humble Monthly and now you own Overwatch. You jump into the game and immediately find yourself in the midst of a frantic battle. Different characters are making your life hell and you wonder… what does it all mean?

Blizzard has made a conscious choice not to tell the story of Overwatch inside the game. But immediately to make it available through other means like animated shorts.

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Logitech G305 review, wireless gaming mouse for the masses?

Logitech has made some killer mice the last few years. This new series of gamer mice are equipped with a 12,000 dpi sensor that just rocks. Now the Swiss company is launching the G305, a wireless gaming mouse for as little as $60. But bringing the cost down means some tradeoffs.

The specifications of the mouse are as you’d expect from the Logitech gaming series. Including the HERO sensor and the 12,000 dpi sensor. The G305 also comes with a wireless receiver running on USB and an AA-battery.

Full Specs:
Sensor: HERO™
Resolution: 200 – 12,000 dpi
Zero smoothing/acceleration/filtering
Max. acceleration: > 40 G1
Max. speed: > 400 IPS1
USB report rate: 1000 Hz (1ms)

Battery life

According to Logitech the new G305 will run for 250 hours off of one battery. This seems to be an accurate number. I’ve been running this mouse for the better part of a week now and the battery is still going strong. The battery status is not apparent on the mouse though. If your battery level is low, the one led that is present on the mouse will light up. If you want to know your battery level before your gaming session starts, you’ll have to look in the Logitech software.

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I can’t fault Logitech for the sensor. It’s smooth, accurate and gets the job done with no hitches. It even tracks well on the glass of my smartphone, although I wouldn’t recommend using your phone as a mouse mat. The Logitech G-Software lets you set the five different dpi levels that you can switch between with a button on top of the mouse. Personally, my maximum dpi has been 6000, only using about half this mouse can handle.

There have been some cost savings on this mouse though. One of those factors is the buttons. You get a generous five button mouse, but the buttons are a little bit loud and oddly shaped. They feel a bit cheaper, and the side buttons are strangely small, which makes them rather hard to hit. Fortunately, the buttons do offer some resistance so you can rest your hand comfortably on the mouse.

The mouse wheel is rather odd. It’s made with a rather strange feeling rubber and is a little bit too ‘clicky’ for my taste. But if that is something you like, then it won’t be a problem.

Shape

This is one specific to your taste. The G305 clearly is a basic mouse. There is no ergonomic shape to it, which adds the possibility that this mouse can be used by left-handed people without a problem.

That being said, its a rather small mouse, so people with large hands will have to ‘claw grip’ it or it won’t do much for you. My hands are relatively small, so I don’t have any trouble holding the mouse. Just be aware it is about the same size as the Pro and G203 mice.

Verdict

The G305 is a rather basic wireless mouse. The secret sauce that Logitech adds is the HERO sensor and the lightspeed connections that does make this mouse about as fast and accurate as a wired one. The G305 does have some drawbacks: the mouse wheel is rather strange, the buttons are a bit loud and no RGB. But as a barebones wireless gaming mouse, this does the trick quite nicely.

Comfort 7
Finish/extras 5.5
Product Quality 7
Price/quality 6.5

Looking for something a little more elaborate and wired? Maybe the G403 is something for you. (We reviewed it too!)

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D-Day retold through videogames

It’s 74-years after D-Day, one of the most important military operations of the 20th century. The allied invasion of Normandy in France has been one of the most influential moments in the history of Europe and the World. It has also been a frequent inspiration for video games and movies. And of course a lot of documentaries. These are some of the most intense gameplay videos of the operation.

Call of Duty WWII – D-Day

Days of War – Normandy Landings

Call of Duty 2

Medal of Honor

And there is always the History Channel for context

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Strategy fest at Paradox Con

Blizzcon is not the only convention for gamers. Strategy giant Paradox has its own convention in Stockholm this weekend. The makers of Cities: Skylines, Crusader Kings and Europa Universalis know how to throw an announcement party.

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The other type of games

You can, of course, watch the show in its entirety below. But to give you a quick rundown: new game, expansions and a board game. Yes, you read that right. A board game. Now that is an interesting turn of events. A computer game maker getting into physical games.

Now don’t think this is new. Firaxis went for this play as well with the Civilization board game. Well, there have been a lot of game publishers that wanted to conquer the tabletop. That being said, Paradox looks pretty serious about this not being a one-off.

And then there was Imperator: Rome

Yup. It’s a thing. Although the trailer doesn’t give that much away, we know the sort of game that we can expect from Paradox. The VP of Paradox called it a “grand strategy game” and it is slated for release in early 2019. Oh, and there will be war elephants.

The Entire Main Event

There are of course a lot more announcements from PDXCon. These include several expansions for existing games like Hearts of Iron and Crusader Kings. And Europa Universalis gets another expansion too. Watch the entire show here to catch all updates:

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Review: Logitech G403 Gaming Mouse

Gamers have an incredible amount of choice when it comes to their peripherals. Steelseries, Corsair, Roccat, Logitech and so many others create quality peripherals for those who are willing to pay for it. These are premium brands and their products don’t come cheap. This goes for the G403 gaming mouse as well.

Coming in at a whopping 80 euro’s this mouse isn’t for the faint of heart. Or people looking for a bargain. Although discounts are possible. I bought mine for mere 35 euros, less than half the MSRP. This happens often with products from Logitech. At first expensive and after a while, the price drops significantly.

Who looks at the packaging first wouldn’t think that it actually is a premium product. It’s cheap cardboard look, with nicely designed graphics, gives you a bulk product feel rather than the premium gaming gear you’d expect at this price level.

That is where the cheapness ends though. Once you unpack the mouse things rapidly pick up for the G403. It has a nice braided cable that is actually wrapped around the entire package. This helps prevent any kinks in the cable that won’t come out. It’s a small detail but it really makes a difference. My Roccat Kone Pure still has those kinks from when I first bought it two years ago.

If you’ve ever worked with the G500 or MX518, the shape of the G403 should feel familiar. It is a bit smaller than those two mice though. In my case, that added to the comfort of the mouse, but your mileage may vary. Comfort wise I was impressed. I didn’t expect this mouse to be as comfortable as it was. Again this is up to hand size (I have small hands) and preference.

Performance wise I can’t fault the G403. It did not skip, freak or fail me once. The 12000 DPI sensor is accurate and quick. Incidentally, this sensor is exactly the same one as in the Logitech G Pro mouse that is even more expensive. If you don’t mind the shape of your mouse, don’t spend any extra and get the G403. The scroll wheel is a bit different then you might be used to. It’s quite heavy and rubberized so you won’t accidentally scroll when you don’t have to.

There aren’t that many buttons on the G403, but all are individually programmable with whatever you’d like. This includes DPI switching. And Rgb. Because… You know… 2018.

All in all, I was blown away by this mouse. I had thought I wasn’t going to like it but the shape, satisfying clicks of the buttons which were light but not too sensitive and have a decent amount of travel was just icing on the cake.

But at $70 this small gaming rodent doesn’t come cheap. It’s worth it but if I were you, I’d wait for discounts. That really makes it a no-brainer for anyone looking for a good mouse that will last you years.

Comfort 9
Finish/extras 5.5
Product Quality 9
Price/quality 7.5(solid 9.5 if you get it at $35 like me)

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HWC Amsterdam: Hearthstone at its Best

After a year of qualifiers, the Hearthstone Championship Tour 2017 has finally finished. This weekend in Amsterdam the 16 best Hearthstone players of the world faced off. The winner Tom managed to come back from 2-0 and beat Frozen 3-2 in the end. It looked like Frozen would win in a 3-0 streak but halfway through the match, his hot streak ended. Tom managed to win three games straight with Frozen not able to get any lucky draws the way he did in the first few matches.

The final day of the Hearthstone World Championship Tour was filled with Hearthstone royalty. Ben Brode, ThijsNL, and all the contestants were in Amsterdam. Especially for ThijsNL this was a home field advantage and he was constantly being talked to and photographed when he was around. Of course, Thijs is the Dutch European Hearthstone Champion from 2015. He, unfortunately, didn’t qualify for the tournament. That didn’t make any difference for his popularity at the tournament.

Ben Brode

At the second stage, near the deserted food court, Ben Brode and the other Blizzard devs were talking. They shared their personal story about the way they ended up at Hearthstone and the video game company they all work for. As always, especially Ben Brode is a crowd favorite.

As it turned out the main stage was only opening quite a few hours into the event. That made sure that there was an enormous line of people waiting to get into the main stage area. Getting seated was by no means a guarantee and a lot of people had to resort to a giant screen in the next room.

The event was on a grand scale with a professional broadcasting team running the show. This meant a large boom camera in the middle of the hall and a lot of walkie-talkies that all yelled “big applause guys, big applause” every time the twitch stream came back from commercials.

Twitch Stream

About that Twitch stream: during the final match between Tom and Frozen the counter was at a 150 thousand viewers. Just so you don’t think that the entire audience was in the main hall ;-). It must have been audible on the stream that the audience was actually quite well informed. Most people in the audience were avid players of Hearthstone themselves. This meant that the oohs and aahs of the audience were often faster than the analysis of the casters.

It shows that the audience was right there with the players. Constantly commenting on the next move that players could or should make. As it turns out the audience knew quite well when a game was over. Even if it was two or three turns away. It’s a testament to the community around this game that they have such dedicated and knowledgeable fans. It also makes for fun watching when you are more of a casual watcher. Because of the outspoken nature of the Hearthstone community, it turns out that you have not two but two hundred casters in the main hall.

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Hearthstone World Championship

Watching a game of Hearthstone might be the single most relaxing experience in esports. Good thing that there are usually a ton of streams you can watch. But this weekend is different. The Hearthstone World Championship is in Amsterdam and a massive amount of pro matches will be live on stream all weekend.

Want to watch the matches? Twitch will help you have a fun weekend.

Watch live video from PlayHearthstone on www.twitch.tv

The winner will go home with a grand prize of 250 thousand dollars.