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)

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Gearbox Broke Our Heart…

Today was a very sad day for gamers everywhere… As we brought up in a previous article Borderlands 3 News?! we were very excited for PAX East this weekend becsuse there was a GearBox panel at PAX that had a description of:

Inside Gearbox Panel:

This is your opportunity to get a behind-the-scenes look at Gearbox Software and Gearbox Publishing, along with the latest news and updates from the makers of Borderlands, Battleborn, Brothers in Arms, and more! We will have never-before-seen reveals, exclusives, and surprises, so don’t miss out!

They teased us with the likes of Borderlands in the description of the panel. So we were all very disappointed when we found out that there was no Borderlands 3 news to be seen at PAX EAST this year… We can hope that we will finally get some sort of insight at E3 this year, and will be blown away from the built up excitement. For now all we got was need that Gearbox will be doing a Penn and Teller VR game and no Borderlands. 

Go tweet us @TheNerdChambers and let us know what you think of the absent news of Borderlands 3!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

The Developers Heard Our Cries…

There are many upcoming changes to Overwatch that have been hitting season 4. Some of the changes have been the new character Orisa and others like balancing changes. The biggest balance we’ve seen so far this season was the change for Bastion. He was equipped with a better healing ability that allows him to move while helping, and a better weapon spread. So far nothing crazy has changed for any of heroes to render them useless… Untill recently brought up in our previous article No Not My Ana!!!

 Fans of Overwatch have been dreading the changes that were coming to one of the fan favorite support characters Ana. The changes that were coming were as follows:

Biotic Rifle

  • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Biotic Grenade

  • Impact damage reduced from 60 to 30
  • Impact healing reduced from 100 to 50

Thankfully after time in the PTR and a lot of community outrage . The develops are going to listen to the backlash of the massive nerf of this support character. As shown above from the previous stated changes to Ana. They are going to be removing the Biotic Grenade changes, and only bringing her damage down slightly. I believe this is very fair for the fact the grenade seemed more as a support (buff/debuff) ability. While the Biotic Rifle damage is a DPS trait. It was unfair to see Ana killing characters as well if not better then not DPS classes, while being able to buff and debuff the battle field. Hopefully these changes for Ana will bring light to the character, and not kick her from the meta.

Let us know what you think about the nerf reverse of Ana @TheNerdChambers on Twitter! Also go follow us on Instagram and Facebook

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon) 

No Not My Ana!!!

Each week we give all you nerds a little insight on Overwatch. The Nerd Chambers current favorite competitive shooter… We have brought you the Bastion buffs, news on Zarya and Bastion getting slight tweaks, and our experiences in the current season. Well today we have some more upcoming patch notes to bring all of you that are currently in play in the PTR (public test region).

Ana

Biotic Rifle

  • Damage decreased from 80 to 60

Biotic Grenade

  • Impact damage reduced from 60 to 30
  • Impact healing reduced from 100 to 50

Junkrat

  • No longer hurts himself from his own explosions. (Effect added to current passive: Total Mayhem)

Orisa

Fusion Driver

  • Magazine size lowered from 200 to 150

Supercharger

  • Cost increased by 15%

Sombra

Stealth

  • Sound effects and VO distance for entering and exiting Stealth reduced to 15 meters.

Translocator

  • Cooldown reduced from 6s to 4s

Winston

Barrier Projector

  • Cooldown now starts when the barrier is placed, instead of when it ends

Zenyatta

Orb of Destruction

  • Alternate fire recovery reduced from 1s to 0.6s

Orb of Discord

  • Can now target enemies through barriers


There are many… Many changes that are currently in the test region. Some are going to benefit heroes, and some will of course hurt some of the heroes. In our eyes their really are no big “helpful” changes to any of the characters. Yes the Winston cooldown change will be nice, but not game changing. Also it will most likely not bring him into play more than he is currently seeing. The Zenyatta changes are nice, but again not game changing. Being able to discord through barriers does not do a lot because you still have to take down the barriers. Sombra is probably seeing the biggest positive change with a better colldown with the teleporter, and the fact that she is silent out of stealth will help her suprise attacks.She is probably the most hated character on console currently, so this will probably not being her into any matches still.

Now… The negative. Sadly most of us have not had any chance to get our hands on Orisa, and she is already seeing sorts of nerfs with her clip size from 200 to 150. This change won’t personally effect any of us because we haven’t had first hand play with her yet. So it will all be new anyway for us. We however can say goodbye to Ana in meta… She is losing a good protion of her damage from 80 to 60. That’s 3 shots from 2 for a tracer, and 3 to 4 for a majority of heroes in the game. On top of that, her grenade is now being cut In half brining it to nearly useless. This might be the death of Ana for the meta, and the birth of Zenyatta for meta play. 

What do all you games think about these changes coming to Overwatch? Was Ana one of your mains? Hopefully you didn’t golden gun her recently… Let us know @TheNerdChambers all your thoughts! Also go like us on Facebook!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Outlast 2 Release Date…

The highly anticipated horror game Outlast 2 finally has an official release date… April 25th we will be emersed into the frightening atmosphere of Outlast 2. Not only will Outlast 2 be coming out, but Outlast Trinity will hit stores. Outlast Trinity will be great for all newcomers to have the Outlast franchise to dive into the horror series, and for current lovers of the series to replay the horrific story. Trinity will include: Outlast, Outlast: Whistle Blower, and Outlast 2.

Outlast 2 will be in stores April 25th, and it will only be 30$ for all fans to get their hands on. The Trinity edition will only be an additional 10 dollars for 2 more games to add to your collection, so only 40$ for the Trinity Edition of Outlast. Let us know @TheNerdChambers will you be picking up a copy of Outlast?  

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

New Overwatch Update…

We all have had a few days now to enjoy Overwatch Season 4, and we already have some changes coming. Sorry Bastion players. It is always nice to see game developers always looking to better the experience for the consumers. That being said after the great re-balancing of the heroes we now have a few more changes coming up.

As we all know by now there is a new hero that will be dropping hopefully sooner then later Orisa (Click on her name to read our article all about Orisa!). On top of that we are going to see some changes to Zarya and Bastion. The new fan favorite hero Bastion has been sweeping the meta, and has been picked no matter what the team build is. Bastion players see a Torbjorn, Symmetra, Hanzo that means the team has a sickness and it needs more Bastion. Thankfully the developers have had some first hand experience of the community outrage that has been Bastion, and they are taking action. Bastion’s passive ability was tweaked to a substantial 35% resistance while in tank or sentry mode this past update, but the devs felt this was a little to intense. They will be reducing the Ironclad passive down to 20% while in sentry and tank configuration. Hopefully we will see a slightly better balance to the number of Bastions we see in competitive.

Finally Zarya is seeing a very small nerf in my eyes. Zarya’s abilities Particle Barrier and Projected Barrier not only absorbed damage, but they also absorbed knock back abilities. Well, with the upcoming patch, we will see Zarya no longer eat knock backs that “penetrate” the barriers. So heroes like Reinhardt with his knock back hammer, Winston with his Primal Rage, and a well placed concussion mine will now be able to knock back Zarya (or ally) even with a barrier up.  As for Phara and a ranged Lucio Boop she will still not be moved from place. Only if their weapons were to be inside of her barrier when fired.

We will just have to see how much of an effect these patch notes will truly have to the game. Let us know what you think about these patch notes in the comments or tweet us @TheNerdChambers!

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)

Microsoft’s Upcoming Subscription…

The power house company Microsoft recently announced a new gaming subscription that will be launching sometime in Spring of 2017. The subscription is in ways like the EA Access where you get to play a plethora of games for a monthly fee. The subscription total runs to 9.99$ a month for a grand total of 119.88 a year. The games will range from current titles like Halo Wars 5: Guardians to backwards compatible games like Saint’s Row IV. This may be the best way to get the biggest bang for your buck if your an Xbox One owner and enjoy numerous titles. 

Subscribers will be able to purchase the games in a catalog at a discount (20 percent off games, and 10 percent off add-ons) as stated by Mike Fahey on Kotaku

Microsoft is definitely making strides to catch up to Sony on sales on the current gen consoles with moves like this. Tweet us @TheNerdChambers to let us know is Xbox One Game Pass intruiging to you? Is this a good way for Microsoft to make a bigger impact on current gen?

-ShadowGhoul (Brandon)