My Top Five Games of the Decade (Brandon)…

There have been some amazing video games that have released. That being said, this decade my hold the torch for the best decade for a very long time. We might be able to jump fifty years into the future, and people could still be talking about this decade as one of the bests. Games like GTA5, Skyrim, and Fortnite dominated the last decade. The last week on our live show we gave our Listener Topic, “What are your top 5 games of the decade”? We received some great responses from you all, but here are my top 5 games of the decade.
Out of all the games on my list, if you would have told me that Mortal Kombat would have made my Honorable mention… I would have laughed in your face a decade ago. This is the one type of game I was never into. I loved every other game type at the time… Multiplayer, Shooters, Story, RTS, EVERYTHING except fighting games… When this game came out, the trailers were just too hype for me to pass on the opportunity. The game was so clean and the fatalities were INSANE! My buddy Adam was super into the franchise, so I decided to join him for Mortal Kombat X. I have never put so much time into a game that I never understood how to play. After a few weeks of constant practice, I was able to hold my own in ranked play. It was one of the best accomplishments I have felt in a video game. From being a hardcore button masher into some nasty combos I saw myself improving. It made my experience with fighting games so much better.
The decade started strong with Halo Reach. It blew my mind with a great way to bring back Halo after the third installment. Halo Reach did such a great job making you care about all of the characters in the campaign. The game did such a good job pulling at your heartstrings throughout with all of the heartbreaking moments. The multiplayer was also groundbreaking for the new mode they added, Invasion. It was a great new spin on the game that was much needed. The best way to explain this game mode was sort of like Conquest from the Battlefield franchise. Your team had to push through and take over each base that the defending team had. The final thing that was a polarizing asset to Halo Reach was the customization shop. It gave you something to work for when it came to the multiplayer experience. Going for all the fun cosmetics gave you a whole new layer to your Halo experience!
After Halo Reach, I was struggling to find some sort of single-player game. I tried out Fallout New Vegas because I remembered how much I enjoyed Fallout 3 back in the day. Fallout New Vegas was a very shocking experience for me. Not only did this game provide me with a love for a single-player adventure, but it also showed me how some games can have great replay value. You could play this game in so many different ways, and every time could be a completely different ending. The weapons were so well put together, the enemies were great, and the side quests pull you into the game! This game by far has one of my favorite stories in any game. It honestly has me extremely interested in Outer Worlds for how well they made Fallout New Vegas…
The next game on my list is Borderlands 2. Thanks to the first game in the series, I was so hyped for the sequel. I have never had a game that brought so many inside jokes to myself and a group of friends for all the insane moments in Borderlands 2. The character development was so fun to watch between some of the main NPCs in this game. I have never had a game that made me fall in love with so many character’s personalities. Thanks to Borderlands 2 I still have faith in story-driven games. Even though Borderlands 3 may have disappointed in comparison to 1 and 2. I still love this franchise more than any other.
The game that brought more friends of mine together in the last decade had to be Overwatch. Not only did we have times where we were playing competitive Overwatch. We were even together watching the Overwatch League tournaments. This game swept the world with the fast-paced team-based shooter. Not only was the gameplay so smooth and enjoyable the characters were so fun to play. The lore behind the charterers gave a whole other aspect for people to enjoy Overwatch. I have never seen so many people flock to one game so fast. Blizzard did it again with its amazing rendition of a team-based shooter.
Finally… my favorite game of the decade has to be Rocket League. I have not continuously played a single game for such a long time outside of Rocket League. For such a simple concept of rocket-powered cars playing soccer, a game has never been so enjoyable for so long. The game is constantly evolving with players finding new mechanics in a game that hasn’t changed in the four years it has been out. When it first hit the PSN store it dropped for the game of the month, and people flocked to this game. It started as just a fun game to play with friends to one of the biggest Esports around. This is one of those games I could see myself playing for another decade easily. Just like League of Legends this game could keep afloat for its super fun E-Sports reputation!
There have been thousands of games to come out over the last decade, but which games were your favorite? Did I completely flop on missing something from my top 5? What game are you surprised from my list that Someone could enjoy this much to add to their list? What games do you believe will make it into your list for the next decade? let us know in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article make sure to leave alike! If you have a topic you would like to see us write about let us know on Twitter or Facebook @TheNerdChambers. Thank you for your support!

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-Brandon Maj

Make these video games into TV shows already!

There have been a plethora of new Netflix/Amazon/Films that have been released over the last decade which have phenomenal success. Different series has stemmed from books, movies, original ideas, and some from video game franchises. With all of the amazing shows that have dropped, there are still some video games franchises that NEED a television series finally… Here are some that we came up with…

There are so many different video games that need cinematic adaptations, but we will focus it down to just three for the sake of your sanity. The number one game that needs to have a series is Overwatch. The lore in the universe that we have been given has been incredible, and there is so much to expand on from there. That being said, I would like to see this show as a fully animated show. As cool as it would be to see some of the characters brought to live-action, Blizzard does an unreal job with the cinematic they have provided us in their videos. Sometimes, I get lost watching their cinematics because of my admiration for the work they put into them. They are so well made creating unique design and animation styles that scream Blizzard. These short films are on a new level of story telling through animation. You could have a full series about a certain event, a character, or even an event that was seen by different character’s perspectives. Not only would this help enhance the Overwatch lore they have already built, but it will help Blizzard reach a wider audience. I’m sure Blizzard could get some amazing writers on an Overwatch series project so please make this happen!

Just like Overwatch, another game has some AMAZING lore behind its characters, yes you guessed it… League of Legends! This is another game that definitely needs some sort of series. Whether it is a mini-series or a full-fledged season after season I would love indulge in this full cinematic world. Just like Overwatch, I believe this game would fit best as an animated series instead of live-action. I hate to say because a live adaptation can be mind-boggling, but for Riot, their cinematic videos blow us away. I’m sure with the proper writers on board this show could flourish and prosper. They could do all the different factions, the world around them, or just like a possible Overwatch show have character-based series of episodes. You can’t tell me a mini-series on the battle between Lucian and Thresh would not be fantastic to experience a full-fledged adventure!

Finally, the last video game universe that needs some sort of film adaption whether it is TV or movie is… Fallout. This universe has so many places it can go which has been proven in the handful of games that have been released. They all have the same concepts of post-apocalyptic world, but each game gives us unique stories with the baseline of a fallout. With all of the different factions, weapons, and characters that have been met over the last few games you could easily make a series about this show. This is the one show out of these three that I believe would be best filmed as a live-action adaptation. The visuals that could be brought together with the creatures and weapons would be outstanding. The only real problem with that is the CGI definitely cost a pretty penny with today’s standards. Therefore there would have to be a great production company to pick up a film of this nature to back the content creators. There are plenty of different ways a production company could story board a show like this. Follow a single character for multiple seasons, or jump around to multiple cities that were devastated by a nuclear war. There are plenty of different ways a series could work, but it NEEDS to happen sooner rather than later. This universe deserves it with all the love the Bethesda team has given it over the years.

There are many more video game universes that need to see some sort of film adaption whether that is a Netflix, Amazon, or a blockbuster film series but these are my top three. Which did we miss that you would like to see adapted into a series? Should they be live-action or animated? Television, film shorts, or blockbuster movies? Let us know what you think in the comments below! If you enjoyed the article leave a like and share it with your friends! Thank you so much for your support!

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-Brandon Maj

What We Know About Overwatch 2 So Far…

One of the most successful games over the last decade is by far Overwatch. This game came out of the gates with a boom and took over the gaming community by storm. I was very skeptical when the game first drop[ed, but I must say I am very glad I was pushed into this game by some friends. The game has had one of the best development teams for continuously attempting to balance the game when imperfections surfaced. The game was constantly changing and characters were being added throughout the life of the game. Some people are confused about why a new Overwatch is even in the works because games like League of Legends and DOTA is what Overwatch seemed to be the life cycle the game was going for. We will have to wait and see the full reason for an Overwatch 2, but as of now, this is the information we have so far thanks to BlizzCon 2019…

As of this moment in time, we do not even have the slightest idea of a release date. For all, we know it could be coming out next year, the drop of the next-generation consoles, or even years from now. Sadly we won’t be able to provide any insider information on a release date, but we can give you everything about the game itself! It seems like Overwatch 2 will be having a very heavy focus on the PVE side of Overwatch. We may have a much deeper dive into the lore of Overwatch with the PVE for what the cinematic trailer shows us. IF you haven’t had an opportunity to, please take the time to watch the Overwatch 2 Announcement Cinematic “Zero Hour” you will not be disappointed!

The PVE of the game with being driven on Hero and story missions as you battle the Null Sector. The game will have new and old heroes returning to the fray of battle. We will see a new way to improve your characters and make them own in a sense. You will be able to upgrade your heroes’ abilities, and you can even change the ultimates of your characters to properly assist you in battle! We will have to see if the abilities are going to stay in the PVE or make their way into PVP… which could cause some problems for balancing sake.

As for the PVP, it does not seem like much will be changing. We have seen some gameplay of a good portion of heroes that would be returning (Genji, Lucio, Reaper, Winston, Tracer, Mei, Torbjorn, Reinhardt, Mei, Brigitte, Bastion, Zenyatta, Widowmaker, Doom Fist, Mercy, Hanzo, Roadhog) that can all be spotted in the Overwatch 2 Gameplay Trailer( https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZl1yGUetjI ).

There also seems to be some space combat in the trailer it is hard to tell if that will be PVE or PVP, but we can hope for some PVP space combat! There are four locations they show off in the trailer for PVP as well as a new game mode Push! It seems as if Overwatch 2 in a PVP aspect is just going to be a HUGE DLC rather then a new game. Blizzard has done a good job with their games so I’m sure this will feel much more than a cash grab for what some people are worried about.

What are your thoughts on Overwatch 2? Is it needed? Will this resurrect the community back to full strength again? Is this a waste of resources by Blizzard and they should put more money/time into Overwatch? Is it a cash grab? Let us know in the comments! If you enjoyed the article leave a like to see more content like this!

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Overwatch Insurrection Event…

Today is the start of another Overwatch event… So grab your mountain dew and Cheetos, and get grinding! This will being so many new exciting skins for all your loved characters in Overwatch! Not only will new skins drop a new 4 player PvE game mode will be available! The new game mode is a very Gears of War Horde look alike. Take on waves and waves of enemies untill you are overwhelmed. 

If you haven’t seen the incredible new trailer here it is!

Overwatch: Insurrection Trailer
The event will be running from April 11th to May 1st! So make sure to get all the skins possible​, and have a blast taking on a new wave of fun! Let us know what you think @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! Also don’t forget to like us on Facebook! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Overwatch Teaser???

Today on the Australian and New Zealand Blizzard Twitter posted a short video that teases some upcoming Overwatch details! We already got Orisa early this competitive season, so what else could they be bringing to us? The only real information we got from the teaser is April 12 is when we will know what is happening. Are we getting a new map? Why was Kings Row the focal point of the video? Possibly a new event? Are we getting a new character? What do you think is happening April 12th!? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @TheNerdChambers. 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Overwatch PREQUEL?!

Jeff Kaplan recently announced plans to work on a story based on the fallen heroes, Soldier 76 and Reaper. Kaplin stated that although there are comics to explain the backstories of the loved characters in Overwatch, he wants more people to fully understand the complex story and relationship between 76 and Reaper.

I know what you’re thinking, it sounds like this would be a campaign based game. 

And you’re right. 

“Most of our games we tell the story through lore and dialogue between characters. We feel the dynamic of the two [76 and Reaper] is too strong and we’re not developing the relationship with the current game. There have been talks to add DLC skins but we’ve come to the conclusion that creating a solid game, like a prequel, to fully explain and explore their relationship would help the players understand the tension they have now.”

The future game will be campaign based and you’d be playing as both 76 and Reaper, alternating between missions. There has been no mention if the Prequel would have multiplayer or not. 

Are you excited for the Overwatch prequel? Or do you feel like they shouldn’t make the game? Let’s hear your thoughts below!

Orisa’s Big Debut…

All of us Overwatch sweaties have bee overly excited for today… Why might you ask? We are finally getting our hands on the new Overwatch hero Orisa! It will bring a fresh breathe to the Overwatch competitive seen.She will bring some much need variety to the tank classing since this is the smallest pool of characters in Overwatch. 

One of the biggest questions we have at The Nerd Chambers is, How will this change the meta? There has been a lot of talk on a so called “barrier meta” to hit the game. With characters like Reinhardt and Winston with their own annoying damage stopping barriers will we see the likes of a 3 team barrier squad. Not only how will this effect the tank picks, but you have to think this will also change up the damage composition. 

It really makes you think… Will teams play with flanking characters to just avoid and get past the barriers quicker, or will their be just heavy hitting teams with the highest possible damage? You may either see tracers and genjis be wiped from the competitive existence if there truly is a barrier meta on its way, or you may see only flankers in the DPS slots. What will happen to characters like Soldier and Hanzo? Will Junkrat make a return to play more often? Will teams pair DPS groups with Bastion, Junkrat, Pharah to just explode the barriers down as fast as possible? It’s all very exciting, and thankfully we only have to wait a few more hours to let the fun begin. 

How are you and your team going to tackle the possible barrier meta? Will you be apart of this meta and play trike tank barrier squad? Let us know on Twitter @TheNerdChambers! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Lucio Getting Amped Up In PTR Update

In a new PTR update that came out yesterday, Lucio is the next character to be looking at a rebalancing. The Brazilian beat master has started to see a decline in play quite a bit with the rework of Mercy so it is nice to see him getting a Season 4 update as well as I am a big fan of Lucio’s versatility.

Here are the changes being tested out on PC right now:

 

  • Sonic Amplifier
    • Projectile speed increased from 40 to 50
    • Alternate fire now considers vertical orientation when knocking targets back
  • Crossfade
    • Song’s area-of-effect radius decreased from 30 meters to 10 meters
      • A temporary in-game visual has been added to illustrate this radius (it is only visible to Lúcio and his teammates)
    • Heal Song
      • Healing-per-second has been increased by 50% (also applies to Lúcio’s Amp It Up ability)
  • Sound Barrier
    • Radius decreased from 30 meters to 20 meters
  • Wall Ride
    • Movement speed increased by 30% when wall riding
    • Lúcio now receives a burst of speed when leaping off a wall

Overall this is a great rebalance for Lucio, in my opinion. Now, a lot of people are going to look at the decrease in range of his ultimate and healing/speed auras and think this is the end of Lucio but there is a lot more to like here than to be worried about. Starting with the increase in projectile speed, this is going to make his weapon much more viable as his gun can do up to 64 damage per four round burst. Now that the projectiles will be faster, his accuracy will then go up as people will not be able to dodge them as easily.

Although his healing/speed aura is getting a serious nerf on it’s range, it will not hamper his effectiveness. With the strength of Ana’s healing grenades and rifle, Lucio’s healing output was seeming minuscule in comparison, so his 50% increase in his healing output makes him a great option for healing tanks. As of now Lucio’s healing aura has such a low output that most of the time I am trying to heal a tank, I can’t heal him fast enough before the enemy pushes at my team again (this also has a bit to do with the long cooldown on Amp it Up as well, which was disappointing to see that it didn’t get shortened in the update).

It seems the reason they are doing this smaller range is because, with the addition of Orisa, three tank, dive heavy teams are going to be much more viable and scary. What better way to keep a bunch of tanks healed than with a Lucio with an upgrade to his healing? This is why all of these changes to Lucio are fine with me. Orisa is going to bring attacking teams closer together and hitting harder and it seems as though Blizzard is just feeding into this notion with the rebalancing of Lucio.

What do you guys think of the new direction of Lucio? Do you guys like the tank heavy meta it seems Overwatch is heading? Let us know in the the comments below or on Twitter by tweeting @TheNerdChambers and don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram!

 

Orisa is coming!!!

We are less then a week away from the new Overwatch tank to hit the competitive season with! It will be nice to have an addition to the roster to add a little more diversity to the tank selection. People have been fearing a new tank like this though… They feel that Overwatch is going to become Barrierwatch. People in the PTR were running groups with Reinhardt, Winston, and Orisa… With a Bastion. Yeah, we see how that will be a headache too. 

It is going to be very interesting how Orisa will fit the meta. Will this bring in a new wave of 3 rank groups with the barrier squad? It’s hard to imagine playing choke hold maps with Reinhardt, Mei, Orisa, and a Bastion also. You will never be able to push through the hold. We will probably see more flying/flanking characters be played more now. 

Go let us know what you think about the new tank Orisa @TheNerdChambers on Twitter. Will you be playing Orisa when she drops? Is this going to possibly ruin your current character pick with another barrier? Let us know on Twitter or down in the comments! 

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

What Is The Most Toxic Gaming Community…🤔

I’m sure we’ve all spent hours upon days playing our favorite video games… Some of us stay safe in the environment of single player games, and never have to experience the toxic gaming communities. For all of you single player gamers out there… There is a deep dark side to the world of gaming that is toxicity. 

Toxicity can range from vulgar 12 year olds, language barrier yelling, and even angry adults. All of these are pretty self explanatory, young kids swearing and yelling because their parents aren’t around. People from other countries or people who speak English learn a few vulgar or rude words in other languages (Trash, Your Bad, or Vulgar terms). Finally people “tilt” in games, and let their upset emotions create backlash to their teamates. All toxicity can stem from poor communication, yourself, or other teammates who are not performing to expectations causing the team to lose. 

There are two major communities that I play in that experience major toxcicity… The one that I am currently engulfed in is Overwatch. The worst part about Overwatch toxicity is the fact it’s people that don’t communicate. As most of know, Overwatch is a very team oriented game. If one person is out of sync on your team, you can normally call it a loss unless the other team has worse teamwork. The other hard part in th community is players “throwing”. Everyone who plays Overwatch has a pretty decent understanding of what characters in the game are meta (the best characters to play). When people on your team my choose characters who are not part of the “meta” they will see that, and then purposely pick heroes who they  are not good with just because people aren’t picking the “meta”. So as most of know, playing with random people in Overwatch is a struggle…

The last toxic community that I experience hardship in is the Rocket League community.  The part that makes this annoying is it’s from spammming chat. Spam chat can happen let’s say… You miss an easy shot, or miss an easy block. The other team or your random teamates may spam what a save or what a shot to be ignorant. Hardly do you ever see friendly games of rocket league if they’re​ not with friends. Even then friendships may die from good ol’ ro-league.

Go tweet us @TheNerdChambers to let us know what’s the most toxic gaming community out there, or share some of your toxic gaming experiences in the comments or tweet us!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)