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Waiting for Sombra

Posted in Trending Topics on 4th November 2016

Waiting for Sombra

Overwatch fans love their lore. Blizzard has created a completely multiplayer experience yet filled it with unique and vibrant characters, giving each a unique backstory that ties them all together. It is a testament to Blizzard’s world building that fans have reacted to so strong to these characters, creating amazing fan art and fan fiction that approaches canonicity for some fans. So why are so many of their community members furious about Sombra?

Sombra is, theoretically, the second addition to Overwatch’s stable of playable characters. She comes after Ana released back in July. Many fans actually thought Ana was Sombra at first. Initially, the ardent detectives of all things Overwatch had discovered an in-game folder titled “SOMBRA [CLASIFICADO]” all the way back in the pre-beta days of the game. Attentive players will even catch Reaper saying, “Where’s Sombra when you need her”, occasionally when spawning on the Dorado map. Blizzard seemingly laid the groundwork for a cunning Sombra reveal.  Eventually, the hints at Sombra’s existence became more complex. The video that revealed Ana also revealed the seeds of an ARG, or Alternate Reality Game. Fans had to decipher a hexadecimal code, turn it into ASCII, then use a cipher to decode a cryptic message and, once again, the name “Sombra”. This was not going to be just another timed character release. This time, clever Overwatch players could get involved.

For ARG fans, this was the start of something exciting. While generally part of an existing marketing campaign, ARGs can be their own intricately designed and immensely rewarding experiences. The Battlefield developers have a long history of incorporating complicated and devious puzzles into their updates. Participants are treated to a myriad of unique challenges and to ultimately earn some narrative or in-game reward.

Unfortunately, many players of the Overwatch ARG grew increasingly upset at short puzzles that Blizzard has released, most of which lead towards some kind of countdown to the next event. At this point, most everyone expects a complete Sombra reveal at Blizzcon this weekend. For those hoping that the ARG reward would be an early look at Sombra, their effort seems futile.

Earlier this week, at the height of another puzzle and subsequent countdown, the Overwatch subreddit was alight with arguments. One post was a plea to Blizzard to never reveal a character with an ARG again. Other posts poke fun at the incessant teases, suggesting that when her ultimate reaches 100 percent, it will simply reset and start another countdown. Some have come to Blizzard’s defense, suggesting fans should never have had an expectation of being rewarded for their efforts.

In a way, they are right. When you buy Overwatch, you pay for the game and all of the characters in it. There’s no guarantee that any external content will be created, let alone that it will be good even if it does. There’s also a certain entitlement implicit in the way that some Overwatch fans have reacted to the ARG. Some participants feel as though they have been intentionally misled, lied to, or strung along—even though Blizzard has barely said anything official about the ARG, one way or the other.

Others take a more level-headed approach to Blizzard’s strategy. The folks putting in all the effort to decipher these clues know this is all a marketing strategy. The issue is not that Blizzard is misleading fans into thinking they can somehow unlock Sombra early. It is that the ARG participants are being reminded how they fit into the consumer-creator relationship.

On the other hand, I suspect the trauma felt by the Sombra ARG participants is actually grounded in an expectation of fairness. An ARG, in a way, is an agreement. Folks will put in the work to decipher clues, reveal new information, and therefore build buzz around game content. They have an expectation (I believe a reasonable one) to see this value reflected by the ARG creators. This could be in the form of new information, art, or even simple recognition.

In a perfectly executed plan, the ARG reveals information at the same pace that the creator wants that information revealed anyway. By including such long delays and countdowns between ARG segments, the illusion of earned recognition vanishes. Instead, we see how the sausage is made. That is, according to the sausage-maker’s own meticulously planned schedule.

Even so, that has not stopped Overwatch fans from latching onto what little we do know about Sombra. The community is already rife with fan art, and I suspect we will see at least one Sombra cosplay attempt at Blizzcon. Maybe, in an underappreciated form of live comedy, the Sombra cosplayer will arrive on her own time, two weeks after the doors have shut.

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Tippi Hedren claims Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted her

Posted in Trending Topics on 1st November 2016

Tippi Hedren claims Alfred Hitchcock sexually assaulted her

Writing in her autobiography, she claimed the director “threw himself” on top of her in the back of his limousine and tried to kiss her.

The actress described the encounter as “an awful, awful moment”.

Hedren added that she did not tell anyone because “sexual harassment and stalking were terms that did not exist” in the early 1960s.

She continued: “Besides, he was Alfred Hitchcock, one of Universal’s superstars, and I was just a lucky little blonde model he had rescued from relative obscurity. Which one of us was more valuable to the studio, him or me?”

Hedren appeared in The Birds in 1963 and the following year starred in Marnie – both of which were directed by Hitchcock.

The actress, now 86, made the claims in her autobiography Tippi: A Memoir, which is published in November.

She has spoken in the past about the director’s alleged treatment of her, but has gone into more detail in the memoir.

Hedren described a later encounter in Hitchcock’s office where the director “suddenly grabbed” her and “put his hands” on her.

She wrote: “It was sexual, it was perverse, and it was ugly, and I could not have been more shocked and more repulsed.

“The harder I fought him, the more aggressive he became. Then he started adding threats, as if he could do anything to me that was worse than what he was trying to do at that moment.”

After refusing his demands, Hedren said Hitchcock “looked directly into my eyes, his face red with rage, and promised, ‘I will ruin your career.'”

The actress said Hitchcock then made her life difficult, refusing to submit her work for the Oscar nominations or let her take on other acting roles while he still had her under contract.

Hedren, whose daughter Melanie Griffith is also an actress, said: “I have made it my mission ever since to see to it that while Hitchcock may have ruined my career, I never gave him the power to ruin my life.”

She went on to say that, despite his treatment of her, she felt “a wave of sadness” when he died in 1980.

“It surprised everyone that I went to Hitchcock’s funeral,” she wrote, adding: “As far as I was concerned, there was no unfinished business between us, nothing more that needed to be said.

“I had already healed and moved on by the time Hitchcock died, far past anything I had ever imagined for myself. So in the end, I was there to say, ‘Goodbye, and thank you, Hitch.'”

Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 8, No One, recap: was the Arya twist a let down? Plus seven other things we …

Posted in Trending Topics on 14th June 2016

Game of Thrones, Season 6, Episode 8, No One, recap: was the Arya twist a let down? Plus seven other things we ...

You were all the attention? Let’s hope so, because it was one of those “Thinky” hours on game Trone, where violence and tits takes a back (sort of) with character development and dialogue flowers. never ending story Arya’s Braavos while a vaguely satisfactory conclusion (I say vaguely). We also have a look into the soul Jaime Lannister and find out that was not quite his howl to previously calculated. A few other things happen as well, but at the time of writing we are too busy suffering slow-motion flashbacks to the mountain rip cord’s thinking boyfriend of his jaw over the rest of the episode too deep. Thanks to Game of Thrones to fill us with horror and at the same time deepening our understanding of basic anatomy. A

Look, no one is even slightly worried about whether the Little Assassin who could not go run away from her struggle with whyf. As one of unkillable characters show participation continued Stark princess was never involved (game Trone is hardly Arya will drag all the way to Essos only to finish her off in a silty channel). Yet her desperate flight over the city has beautifully staged (even if the proposed show-runners David Benioff and DB Weiss have all night to play Assassin’s Creed for writing the scene). At such moments make game of the throne of mega budget a real difference as crowded markets Braavos and slippery sypaaie gone evocatively to life.Â

What to make of the big show that Arya is the set of all along Jaqen H’ghar divest the beach right? She has passed her exams and was now officially “Nobody” (white applause and uncomfortable picture). But why has Jaqen smile as Arya replied that they are actually the daughter of Winterfell, hurry to go home? The House of Black and White’s cloak of mystery is deployed, again, as a cover for gaping plot holes.Â

“You’re s *** to die – you know,” The dog has last of the Brotherhood Without banners possession he tracked down to their murder Septon Ray. What followed was a recall to the early Game of Thrones when the series was in pain to impress us with its seriousness by filling the screen with syringe Jugulars and waggling lady bits. Not much of that, but many of the former Sander Clegane roar back from retirement and set to work with some luck ax. See lopping him to head straight from the shoulders was unfounded – but in a nostalgic, “I ca not believe that they can see that on telly” way. O young and innocent and they never convince slain nice Ned Stark. The actual meat reached the end, but Sandor reunited with immortal Beric Dondarrion and learned of the White Walkers massing the north.Â

Heavy Popular early in the season six teasers, Cersei’s “I choose violence” line ultimately an air. Yet “violence” has barely justice that followed then, faster than you can say “Franken-Berg,” the zombified Ser Gregor Clegane has stuck in the initiates sent Cersei drag before the High Sparrow. A skull is removed and a spinal cord left hanging in the King’s Landing hot air and you feel like Chris Evans after a few laps in a sports car. Was it significant that Ser Gregor’s antics at the scene where his brother, The Hound, are prowess A showed an ax came right? Maybe Game of Thrones has tried something profound about family and the often bloody bands bind.Â

Our moral gyro was in a flutter as common Jaime says revealed his cuddly side in a truly fascinating reunion with old road pal Brienne. It was a sweet scene played by Nikolaj Coster-Waldau locate an ember of decency among callowness Jaime’s. Too bad the dialogue was not as sharp as the acting, but it was fun, while the number of rowing as an old couple, Jaime painfully break “We should not fight about politics.” This is what you get for educating Brexit, Brienne

The Mountain are to her, we have not really feared Cersei -. Even after compensating for Jaime Riverrun ways to sit on the blackfish. However, with King Tommen shock se prohibition of the sacred ritual of interrogation by a battle, Game of Thrones amazes us much the same way Ser Clegane surprised that the mental decline backbone.Â

It was an ecumenical matter very important for Cersei, which would be unsuitable denies the fighting skills of Ser Gregor in its upcoming hearing. Lena Headey is one of the most subtle artists the show (which shade is needed meat on a two-dimensional harpy as Cersei Lannister sit). The way to freeze her face as Tommen tracking drop was simply masterful. A a

Game of Thrones is often accused also quickly turns to spurting Jugulars and lopped limbs. At Riverrun proves the opposite is true than the big Lannister-Tully Smackdown we are all frail to testify is afgelas the last minute.Â

We did not even go off the blackfish fighting after valiant see brave Ser Edmure orders his men to lay down their arms. It keeps Scrooge feel the off-screen death as calculated nose essay by Benioff and Weiss. It’s almost as if they want to create for our hatred Game of Thrones something before we have all reasons to love again with the year’s final double-whammy of episodes.Â

After weeks of endless faffing about moreâ storyline beaten on fire. It was literally the case when Tyrion in the form of a fleet of frigates Masters unfit spit fireballs confronted by the spirits of the Battle of the Blackwater. How fun to watch Tyrion completely flummoxed – his silver tongue and quick mind of little use in ominous exotic Essos.Â

Unfortunately, the excitement almost as soon as it was conjured be spoiled. Just as the Mother of Dragons ran into Tyrion’s pyramid HQ carries the slightly apologetic expression of someone who has announced that they pop to the shops, but ended up on a three-day bender instead.Â

It was a disappointing Daenerys time – almost, but not quite as stupid as something a few episodes back where gedraf to a turn and returned astride a huge, belching dragon. They have more titles like Real Madrid, but we can not for a late addendum, “Mother of implausible inputs?”

Stanley Cup Final 2016: Penguins vs. Sharks TV Schedule, Odds, Game 3 Prediction

Posted in Trending Topics on 3rd June 2016

Stanley Cup Final 2016: Penguins vs. Sharks TV Schedule, Odds, Game 3 Prediction

Conor Sheary deliver the game-winner for the player to get a wrist shot over the glove of Martin Jones, as you can see below courtesy of NHL on NBC:

Game. Winner. #StanleyCup Pic.twitter.com/IhrlSvkiH6

Matt Murray played another brilliant game for the player between the pipes. Murray, who only 22 years old, stopped 21 of 22 shots. The only goal he was given a shot by Justin Braun late in the third period. Braun has the back of the net through a sea of ​​bodies and looted the past Murray at the near side.

The Penguins’ HBK line of Carl Hagelin, Nick Bonino and Phil Kessel remained the sad children are the penguins. Kessel buried the team’s first goal. Hagelin and Bonino each one assists, and Bonino also blocked four shots. He has to get the go-ahead goal in Game 1.

Now the series shifts to San Jose, where the Sharks will get their hands full back in the series. The puck drops in Game 3 at 20:00 ET Saturday. You can catch the game on NBC Sports Network.

on the way to the series, the chance Shark is Pittsburgh has a minus-120 favorite in the series. With a 2-0 series lead, the chances seem good. However, as the home team in Game 3 San Jose is the favorite at -140, per Odds Shark. If you think Pittsburgh could be a stranglehold on the series, you can get them at + 127.Â

With the data out of the way, let some predictions for Game 3, shall we?

HBKÂ brings more Sweet Chin Music

Just like Shawn Michaels, former WWE Superstar’s namesake line of HBK line opposition to edit this postseason. NHL Public Relations has more on the dominance of this line in the playoffs:

The @penguins HBK Line now combined to 19-31-50 (20 GP) in #StanleyCup Playoffs (Hagelin: 5- 9-14, Bonino: 4-13-17, Kessel: 10-9-19)

Look for that to continue in a game 3 as the relentlessness of Hagelin, Bonino and Kessel will leads to a different purpose in the rear of the net.

Sharks get on the Council

Despite the penguins forth in waves to come, the Sharks back on track in Game 3. get the Sharks looked like a different team in the third period Game 2, hit the penguins and keep pucks in the offensive zone.

The Haaitenk endorse them, will keep the Sharks should at SAP Center and pulls. A match in the series

Prediction: Sharks win 3-2

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Five takeaways from the Clippers 96-88 loss to Portland

Posted in Trending Topics on 25th April 2016

Five takeaways from the Clippers 96-88 loss to Portland

a playoff game that was taking them for attacks in the Clippersâ ???? grab. Does this sound familiar? They point Saturday night felt at the Moda Center repeating a song on. They lose, 96-88, the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Here are five takeaways from a match that trimmed the Clippersâ ???? lead in the best-of-seven series to 2-1

1. Night belongs to the Trail Blazers. They have all the dramas on the gameâ ???? final 3:52 to Jamal Crawfordâ ???? The three-point play, the Clippers took a 85-81 lead. Portland outscored the Clippers 15-3 the rest of the way, thanks to a few gravel from Maurice Harkless, of all people, on a putback wet and large C.J. McCollum three-pointer. The Clippersâ ???? Blake Griffin trying to get a bad timed three-pointer that missed predictable, and Chris Paul airballed his own uncontested three-pointer. It wasnâ ???? t collapse on par with the Clippersâ ???? A Game 5 against Oklahoma City in 2014 of Game 6 against Houston in 2015, but it certainly seems to be a potential turning point in a series in Game 4 significantly tougher road on Monday. â ???? When the wentyd, they play a better, â ???? Paul said. â ???? The coaches always say itâ ???? SA make-miss league, but at the end of the day you should give yourself a chance, which means you have to execute.â ???? give

2. Griffin looks like someone more than three months. She jumper was off again, and he’s out of rhythm. He has only five of 16 shots and has a turnover in the final minutes during a possession when the Clippers dogged by just three points. â ???? I ???? ve got better at the end of the contest in order to win for us, â ???? Griffin said. â ???? I take that man. Ita ???? s on me.â ???? The Clippers have released their first seven games with Griffin since returning from a 45-game absence, but coach Doc Rivers said had an uneven performance to wait. â ???? He just has a difficult night, a ???? Riviere said. â ???? You donâ ???? t miss three months of the basketball and just keep coming back and big. Ensures ???? engage nights HEA ???? contract likely to be struggling in this run, and as I said before the playoffs, make sure ???? is nothing we can do about it. I ???? m happy to have him back.â ????

3. The Clippers out-climb reworked. The Trail Blazers were the one who seized most of the loose balls and played with the additional oemf of a team that was worried about the threat of extinction. â ???? She pushed and we didnâ ???? t really pushes back, â ???? Griffin said. â ???? You have to be the team that initiating. You Kana ???? t is the team that responds to it. They have everything, I felt like they wanted do.â ????

4. Mason Plumlee better than Deandre Jordan? Yes indeed. Plumlee had 21 rebounds, nine assists and six points and had not missed five of six free throws over the final four minutes, then Jordan have partially sealed in the Clippersâ ???? lot. â ???? Plumleeâ ???? a good, athletic big that help his team from a very, â ???? Jordan said after seven of 10 free throws and finished with 16 rebounds and 11 points. â ???? Much bounce to him. He has a lot of them, but this game is over. WEA ???? re looking forward to [Game] 4.A ????

5. Nothing comes easy for the Clippers in the playoffs. They never have a series of three games to none not less swept a series in 17 attempts. Now it seems that a series that could have been properly exclude them in a relatively easy fashion could go six or seven games, unless they regroup quickly. â ???? We really donâ ???? t want to go into this long playoff series, â ???? Clippers shoot waiting J.J. Redick said. â ???? Anything can happen as we demonstrated last year against Houston. If you get a team down and we have a four-point Leada against a team we’ve had 2-0. We have a great chance to go 3-0 on Monday WEA ???? will have an opportunity to go 3-1.â ???? Paul says a ???? Game 4 is a great game for us. It was, but we must allow it go. But we really need to get game 4.A ????

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Twitter: @latbbolch

a playoff game that was taking them to the mat grasping case the Clippers. Does this sound familiar? They point Saturday night felt at the Moda Center repeating a song on. They lose, 96-88, the Portland Trail Blazers in Game 3 of their first-round playoff series. Here are five takeaways from …

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has a few words with referee Scott Foster in the first quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference first round playoff on Saturday.Â

Clippers Coach Doc Rivers has a few words with referee Scott Foster in the first quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference first round playoff on Saturday.Â

Portland Trail Blazers’ a Damian Lillard (0) sitting in a shot past Clippers’ Deandre Jordan (6) in the first quarter of Game 3 of the Western Conference first round playoff Saturday.