High School E-Sports League Launches Across Canada

Got this press release about the first high school e-sports league coming into Canada. Check out below, or their website for all the details.

High School E-Sports League Launches Across Canada

- First of its kind promises positive and inclusive competitive opportunity -

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CALGARY (December 13, 2018) – Canadian high school esports athletes finally have a league to show off their skills. Starting today, High School Esports League (HSEL), the largest high school esports league in the United States, is expanding North of the border.

“Canada has a wonderful esports community, including some of the top professional players and collegiate teams in the world,” said Steve Jaworski, Head of Strategic Partnerships at HSEL. “We are proud and excited to create a grass roots competitive environment for Canada’s high school esports athletes to become better gamers and people.”

Founded in Kansas City in 2013, HSEL now has teams from more than 1,000 partnered high schools compete against each other for glory, bragging rights, and scholarships. Since 2016, more than $9 million has been doled out to students attending one of more than 100 post-secondary institutions in the USA, including Wichita State University and Miami University. In Canada, the University of Toronto and the University of British Columbia already offer esports scholarships and more schools are following suit.

“We put a tremendous amount of emphasis on education for these athletes.” Said Jaworski. “Like any other team sport, these students must maintain high averages in their studies and attend class to be able to compete. We have many testimonials from teachers remarking how much this has improved absenteeism and attitude. We want take place that success into every high school across Canada.”

Students and teachers are encouraged to sign up their team on the HSEL website (www.highschoolesportsleaguecanada.com) for the upcoming spring season.

About High School Esports League High School Esports League was founded in 2013 to bridge the gap between competitive gaming and education. Now with more than 1,000 partnered high schools, HSEL aims to help students reach their fullest potential through fun, competitive gaming communities, competitions, and educational opportunities.

Long Distance Relationship Puzzle Game A Fold Apart Coming To Consoles and PC In 2019

Lightning Rod Games took to the Kinda Funny Showcase last weekend to show off a new trailer for their paper puzzle game based on long-distance relationships A Fold Apart.

You can check out the trailer below which confirms a 2019 release date and that it will be coming to PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Switch, and PC.

Podcast Episode 103 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey Spoilercast

Thought I would post the last two podcasts we’ve done. First the spoiler-cast for Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and next episode 103 of our normal podcast.

Remember to subscribe to the podcast on iTunesGoogle Play, or SoundCloud. And Patron's at the $4+ level got this episode 2 days early.

Guest Post - What makes a memorable character? From Mohammed Maxwel Hasan

Mohammed Hasan has written a few guest posts for us, and decided to explore what makes a memorable character below. You can check out his past posts here and here, and follow him on Twitter here.

What makes a memorable character?

Mohammed Maxwel Hasan

With hundreds of AAA and independent games releasing every year, how can a franchise stand out? One way is creating memorable characters and in this post, allow me to share 3 quick observations that form the ingredients to creating that iconic character.

Art Design

Making a character simple makes it easier to remember. Look at Mario: his circular features, simple colour scheme and M logo on his hat helps you draw from your memory bank. Different shapes denote different messages. Round = youthful. Square = stability. Triangle = danger. Besides, the simpler the character design, the easier to put it on merchandise. The constant advertising feeds into the memorability and the cycle continues.

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Dialogue

“The genius of the hole: No matter how long you spend climbing out, you can still fall back down in an instant.” – Max Payne

Ever heard a line in a game that you couldn’t stop thinking about? That’s the power of genius writing. When a character has catchphrases or certain phrases that stick with you, that will dramatically increase their memorability. Max Payne is littered with dramatic quotes that’ll cause you to reflect about life.

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Relatability

Even though Nathan Drake embarks upon larger-than-life adventures, his personality as an everyman connects him to the players. For instance, Drake reveals how he hates clowns. If you aren't too fond of them either, it instantly draws you close to Drake and helps bridge the gap. Building on those moments that allow the player to see themselves in the character will increase that memorability.

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What else makes a memorable character? Leave your comments below, or on Twitter and join the conversation!

Last Year: The Nightmare Releases First On Discord December 18th - Consoles Next Year

Last Year: The Nightmare is an asymmetric multiplayer survival game that we wrote about earlier this year, and now we have a release date. Starting December 18th on Discord, gamers will be able to download the game. If you’re a console player, they also announced a console port coming sometime in 2019.

Last Year: The Nightmare has five players working together in attempt to escape and fight back the deadly killers controlled by a sixth character. Developer Elastic Games also promises regular content updates over time. You can check out the trailer and press release below.

LAST YEAR: THE NIGHTMARE SCREAMS ONTO DISCORD STORE DECEMBER 18

ELASTIC GAMES ANNOUNCES RELEASE DATE AND VOICE CAST FOR HIGHLY ANTICIPATED MULTIPLAYER ACTION-SURVIVAL GAME

MONTREAL, December 4, 2018 - Elastic games announced today that its asymmetric multiplayer action-survival game, Last Year: The Nightmare will be available through the Discord store on Tuesday December 18, 2018. A distinguished voice cast was also revealed, unveiling the talent that breathes life to Last Year: The Nightmare. The game launches as part of the First on Discord program and will retail for 29.99 USD. Additionally, Elastic games has disclosed that they are planning to release Last Year: The Nightmare for consoles, in 2019.

Last Year: The Nightmare is a 6-player online action game in which five players work together and attempt to escape while fighting back deadly killers controlled by the sixth. The survivors must complete various objectives in the environment to win, while the murderers lose if they are not successful in annihilating the enemy team. Last Year: The Nightmare has been developed as a service game that evolves over time, with regular content updates to keep the experience fresh. This gives the game unlimited replay value, as players will always have a reason to relive the nightmare.

Last Year: The Nightmare also brings together an all-star cast that crosses the full spectrum of AAA gaming. Gamers of all walks of life are sure to recognize the talented individuals behind the digital characters we have all come to love. The caliber of the voice work on display is sure to impress, drawing from a variety of genres and categories of games. Among the talent featured in the game are Melissa Hutchison (TellTale's The Walking Dead), Zeno Robinson (Metal Gear Survive), Michael Johnston (Teen Wolf), Erica Lindbeck (Spider-Man), Noshir Dalal (Red Dead Redemption 2), Elias Toufexis (Assassin's Creed Odyssey), Ray Chase (Final Fantasy XV) and Jon Olson (World of Warcraft).

Supporting Assets and Links
To download supporting assets including new screenshots please visit: 
Last year: The Nightmare Press Kit

For more information on LAST YEAR: THE NIGHTMARE, visit 
lastyearthegame.com and join the official Discord server at discord.gg/lastyearofficial. You can also follow the social feeds on Twitter and Facebook.

About Last Year: The Nightmare
Halloween night. 1996. A group of teenagers awake to find themselves trapped in a dark, twisted reflection of their sleepy hometown of Forest Hills. As they make their way across the East Side High School campus, they realize they are being hunted by a supernatural force taking the forms of fearsome killers. Relentlessly pursued, the teens must band together to fight back, survive, and escape the terrifying anomaly they have come to know as The Nightmare.

About Elastic Games
Located in the Mile End district in Montreal, Elastic Games is a privately-owned game development company currently working on its debut title "Last Year: The Nightmare". With over 50 years of combined experience working on high profile products, Elastic Games is dedicated to deliver amazing and memorable player experiences by pairing indie creativity with triple-A production values.

Below (Finally) Has A Release Date - And It's Soon

They story of Below from Capybara Games is a long one. First announced at E3 2013, the game has seen its fair share of delays. Well we now have a release date, and it’s soon. On December 14th, gamers will be able to download Capybara’s adventure game on Xbox One and Steam. You can wishlist the game on Steam here, and we’ll most likely be streaming the game on .

Rainbow Six Siege Operation Wind Bastion is Now Available

Rainbow Six’s ending Year 3 with the season ‘Operation Wind Bastion’. Ubisoft says the new season will contain two new operators, and a new map. The update is out now on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC. Trailer, with tips, and press release are found below.

TOM CLANCY’S RAINBOW SIX® SIEGE OPERATION WIND BASTION IS NOW AVAILABLE

Discover two new Operators as well as the Moroccan mountains in the all-new Fortress map in Year 3 Season 4

Montreal — December 4th, 2018 — Today, Ubisoft announced that Operation Wind Bastion, the fourth and last season of Year 3 of Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six® Siege, including two new Operators and the new Fortress map, is now available for PC, PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system and Xbox One. Year 3 pass owners can now play Operation Wind Bastion’s two new Operators, Nomad and Kaid. All other players will be able to unlock these Operators starting December 11th using Renown or R6 Credits. The all-new Fortress map and new content improvements are now available for free to all players.

New Content of Year 3 Season 4 Available Today

In Operation Wind Bastion, players will meet two new Operators:

  • Nomad, a Moroccan Attacker, packs quite a punch thanks to her Airjab launcher. Airjabs are sticky, proximity-triggered air blast grenades that allow Nomad to shove Operators back and throw them to the ground.

  • Kaid is a Moroccan Defender that serves as a powerful counter to hard breachers. Kaid uses his Rtila electroclaw to electrify all metallic objects in proximity: reinforced walls, barbed wire, deployable shields.

In addition, players will discover the Moroccan mountains in the new Fortress map, which functions as both a military training facility and Kaid’s home. Inspired by the iconic architecture from the southern region of Morocco, Fortress features solid rotation between floors, an accessible roof, and many dangerous lines of sight and flanking routes.

Year 3 Season 4 Major Update Implementation

In addition to this new content, Operation Wind Bastion will include a major update on the following features:

  • A redesigned in-game shop to improve the user experience. For example, the shop will feature a new full screen view for weapons, a new light theme, and the possibility for players to browse left and right within a category, among many other changes.

  • Updated throw curves to make throwable gadgets easier and more comfortable to use. All throwables now use this new curve except for the Nitro Cell, which will be classified in a different category defined as “heavy throw.”

  • An optional Area of Effect feature for Kaid and Nomad that is designed to help new players better understand the area of effect when deploying a gadget. This will only be visible for the Operator placing the gadget. This feature can be disabled in the game’s settings.

  • Finally, in addition to gameplay and technical fixes, players can expect playlist changes to the Ranked Map pool and Casual Map pool.

New Pro League Team BDU and Headgear

With Operation Wind Bastion, players can now acquire a matching BDU and Headgear to deck out a specific Operator from head to toe in support of their favorite Pro League team. 

Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege has partnered with eleven Pro League teams to introduce revenue sharing as a model to fund the Six Invitational prize pool and to encourage the stability and growth of the Pro League scene: 30 percent of the revenue from Pro Team BDU and Headgear sales will go to the organizations that are a part of the program.

For more information on the Operation Wind Bastion season updates, please visit: http://rainbow6.com/windbastion

For more information about Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege, please visit: https://rainbow6.ubisoft.com

About Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege

Inspired by real-world counter-terrorist organizations, Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege puts players in the middle of lethal close-quarter confrontations. For the first time in a Rainbow Six game, players will engage in sieges, a new style of assault where enemies have the means to transform their environments into modern strongholds while Rainbow Six teams lead the assault to breach the enemy’s position. Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege gives players unprecedented control over their ability to fortify their position by reinforcing walls and floors, using barbed wire and deployable shields, laying mines and more, or to breach the enemies’ position using observation drones, setting charges, rappelling and more. The fast pace and uniqueness of each siege sets a new bar for intense firefights, strategic gameplay and competitive gaming.

ABOUT UBISOFT

Ubisoft is a leading creator, publisher and distributor of interactive entertainment and services, with a rich portfolio of world-renowned brands, including Assassin’s Creed, Just Dance, Tom Clancy’s video game series, Rayman, Far Cry and Watch Dogs. The teams throughout Ubisoft’s worldwide network of studios and business offices are committed to delivering original and memorable gaming experiences across all popular platforms, including consoles, mobile phones, tablets and PCs. For the 2017–18 fiscal year Ubisoft generated sales of €1,732 million. To learn more, please visit www.ubisoft.com.

Trap Labs Is A StarCraft and Fairly OddParents-Inspired Clash And It's Out On Steam Today

Solo developer Packet1337 Inc have released Trap Labs out on Steam. The game is inspired by the obstacle dodging player-created maps in Starcraft and Warcraft, and early 2000s cartoons like Dexter’s Lab, and Fairly OddParents.

“Trap Labs was inspired by bounds and mazes from StarCraft and Warcraft. They were obstacle dodging custom maps made by players. The concept and controls were extremely simple but ridiculously fun. The obstacles and patterns can vary from very casual to super hardcore….The art style was inspired by favorite cartoons growing up such as Dexter's Lab and Fairly OddParents which tailored well towards the silly cartoon storyline. My goal was to make Trap Labs a fun experience for people of all ages.”

Trap Labs will have you going through a room without being trapped and features 100 story campaign levels with online co-op. You can pick it up on Steam right here.

GIVEAWAY - Follow Us On Twitch And Twitter For A Chance At A $25 Dollar Giftcard

Want $25 dollars in PSN/Xbox/eShop OR Steam? Well you’re in luck, because we’re giving away a $25 dollars to one of our Twitter followers AND Twitch followers.

Good luck!