League of Legends New Champion Breakdown - Qiyana

Riot Games - Qiyana

Riot Games - Qiyana

The League of Legends world is gaining a new, powerful woman to the roster of champions!

Qiyana is a highly mobile AD burst assassin. She works with the environment to set up magnificent plays, working with the in-game terrain in ways we’ve never seen before.

Qiyana’s Passive - Royal Privilege - will deal extra damage on the first ability or attack that Qiyana places on a champion and changing elements will reset the cooldown. In her Q ability - Edge of Ixtal - Qiyana slashes the area in front of her dealing damage. If she is currently using an element, her weapon will hurl a projectile that explodes. River will root opponents on hit, wall will deal bonus damage to units with low health, and brush will leave a trail that provides Qiyana stealth and movement speed. Qiyana’s W is Terrashape. This ability allows Qiyana to target an element (brush, river, or a wall) and gain the element as she makes a quick dash forward. Useful for its movement and providing an element, which resets her passive, this ability is going to be crucial to maximizing your damage. Audacity, Qiyana’s W ability, lets Qiyana dash toward a target enemy, dealing damage upon arrival. Her ultimate is Supreme Display of Power. Qiyana will create a shockwave, knocking back enemies - any river, brush, or wall that is hit provides an extra pop of damage, then stun enemies hit.

Qiyana has the ability to adapt and overcome almost any challenge, hunting down squishy champions and snowballing her team to victory. Knowing where to position yourself around your chosen element, or using Terrashape to select a nearby element, will grant you extra damage, attack speed, and damage buffs. Look to be maximizing the time you have an element selected, as it also provides buffs to Edge of Ixtal, allowing you to root, deal bonus damage to low targets, or chase your opponents in stealth.  A good Q-W-Q will give you some insane outplay potential as well as giving you bonus damage from your passive. Beware of fighters who can survive your burst of damage, or worse, CC you to stop your combo.

Qiyana has no trouble picking off immobile skillshot champions, using her mobility to juke around their damage and nuking them down. Dragon and Baron area fights are a Qiyana’s dream as it will allow you to have the full range of access to your elements, letting you adapt as you need to in fights, not to mention all those passive resets that are upping your damage. Your ultimate gets a lot scarier when you’ve got an element to combo it with. Ulting through brush or the river causes a wave of ice to follow your shockwave, stunning enemies hit by the ice. When your enemies’ back is against a wall, send a shockwave at them to cause an explosion along the length of the wall and stunning enemies hit by the blast.

We hope that this has given you some insight into our new assassin, Qiyana! Heed our tips and tricks and we bet you’ll get Mastery 7 in no time. See you on the Rift, Summoner!

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Top 5 Hottest Cowboys in Video Games

Sexual attraction toward characters in video games is different for many. When men think of sexy, they tend to think of exposed body parts (breasts, booty, thighs). Hence, the outcry for the Mortal Kombat 9 female costumes to be put into Mortal Kombat 11.

They also think that exposing the digital chests of men in video games is a reverse form of objectification to satisfy women gamers. That is not true at all. Why? For many, if not most women gamers, sexual attraction has nothing to do with unrealistic, digital abs and big arms (that’s for men’s adoration and idea of what masculine should look like, not female sexual gratification). So, what’s sexy to femme gamers? Cowboys.

Here are the top 5 cowboys in video games who can get it.

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McCree

Overwatch

When an enemy McCree stuns me and says, “Whoa there,” I don’t know whether to be angry or turned on. No seriously, McCree or, as some Overwatch players refer to him, Daddy, exudes that old West charm and grit often seen in old Western films.

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Sadie Adler

Red Dead Redemption 2

Look up badassery in the dictionary and you’ll see Sadie Adler’s beautiful face right there. RDR2 players didn’t just fall in love with her super cute freckles, kinda messy hair and voice, but with her triumphant storyline. We discovered her story by playing through the game. From widow to bad ass outlaw, Sadie we can’t stop crushing on Sadie.

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Erron Black

Mortal Kombat

The only thing we trust about Erron Black is that he was definitely a cutie pie at least 150 years ago when he worked for Shang Tsung. He’s a mercenary actually from the old West, but this dog has learned many new tricks.

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John Marston

Red Dead Redemption

He’s the quintessential cowboy Robin Hood—ex-criminal with a heart of gold. Sure, he left the life of crime to be a family man, but that’s the bad boy turned good trope that makes gamers swoon.

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Ashe

Overwatch

Gorgeous. Rich. Deadly. Overwatch’s Ashe leads the Deadlock Gang that operates out of Arizona. With her BoB (Big Omnic Butler) by her side, she steals anything she wants. Including our hearts.

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Mortal Kombat 11's Costumes for Female Kombatants Are An Improvement

Unlockable costumes in Mortal  Kombat 11.

Unlockable costumes in Mortal Kombat 11.

We are loving the new Mortal Kombat 11. From the storyline to the difficult as f*ck Tower. There’s just one thing some players are not all that crazy about—the female costumes that don’t show excessive cleavage.

There are a lot of complaints about the new MK costumes not showing as much fictional breasts and jiggle as they did in previous MK games. While some of costumes are pretty bland, most of them are cute, modern and shows an evolution of the game.

We don’t need to have overly sexualized female costumes to be considered sexy do we? For the dudes complaining, yeah. But the same guys who are complaining about the lack of “sexy babes” are the same ones crying about Jax’s alternate ending.

While many femme gamers who play Mortal Kombat don’t quite mind the super sexualized versions of female costumes, they expressed relief and applauded MK art director, Steve Beran for desexualizing the female Kombatants. Many male gamers, however, are super agitated about the female characters being covered up.

One guy, Brian Hughes, even started an online petition to change the skins back to, the “iconic skins” that fans of the games had come to know and love. In his petition he asks the question, “Why do the male characters in Mortal Kombat 11 run around shirtless and even half-naked while female characters are decked out head-to-toe?” obviously not understanding that male bodies are not sexualized in MK and are not geared toward female players. It’s been proven that advertisements displaying the male body as muscular and masculine are based on men’s ideals of physical masculinity and not female sexual gratification.

Hughes goes on to say,

The reason we are petitioning for this is not for gratification, but because many of us are beginning to feel that NetherRealm studios has caved in to political correctness and the neutering of the Mortal Kombat franchise …”

And after saying it’s not about gratification says, “bring back the babes in thongs to MK11 .” People complaining about the lack of thongs and titties jumping don’t understand that Mortal Kombat, its characters have evolved. They’ve grown. And so, too, has their costumes.

That fact that Hughes used the phrase “neutering the Mortal Kombat franchise” suggests that he feels his masculinity is being threatened because of the more covered up costumes, which is pretty sad.

Then Hughes closes his plea to NetherRealms Studios by asking “Will MK continue to be hollowed out content-wise and become a shell of it's former self?” As if the amazing storyline was somehow rendered nonexistent because he couldn’t see tits. Did he even play through? How could anyone who has played MK 11 think that the content was hollow?

People are defending their need for female game characters to have jiggly tits and thongs by trying to invoke the “women want to be oppressed with these outfits” and “women don’t know how to handle their freedoms” misogynist mentality— as if freedom equates to showing tits and ass. It doesn’t. We can if we WANT, but it’s not a requisite for equality. Choice, nerds. That’s what feminism is about—choice, not this or that.

But maturity does not mean that the costumes have to be bland. And bland many of these costumes are. While I do like the new costumes better than the old, the old costumes should be unlockable in the Krypt or through the Tower.

There is no political pandering here. Like it or not, this is 2019 and the game has evolved. And let’s not pretend that the costumes for the female kombatants in Mortal Kombat 9 were actually fantastic and creative. Most of costumes were the same, just different colors. That was one of the main reasons I wanted to unlock all of the skins—to change it up!

Female fighters in the latest installment of the Mortal Kombat series do not have show tits and ass just to be sexy. Cassie Cage’s fatality is brutal, but sexy af. Even Jacqui Briggs’ high-tech fatality with the side-face shot was hot. Look, it’s okay to have a preference for the outfits that show tits. But that’s not what the game series is about.

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Autism Acceptance Month - Representation and Acceptance of Autism in Gaming

In the spirit of Autism Acceptance Month, your local aspie is coming to you to talk about (the lack of) autistic representation in video games.

First, let’s cover what autism is and why we’re calling it Autism Acceptance Month instead of the traditional “Autism Awareness Month”. Then we’ll get into the meat and bones of who our canonically autistic characters are and why we should have more representation.

Amy from  Amy

Amy from Amy

What is Autism?

Autism is a neurological condition in which social interaction, communication, and even motor skills are affected. Autistic people may also have need rituals and routines, have special interests, sensory issues, trouble expressing feelings, difficulty forming and maintaining relationships and perhaps engaging in repetitive and compulsive behaviors (often referred to as “stimming”). Autism is hyper-individualized and presents itself differently from autistic person to autistic person. People are born with or without autism and it is generally diagnosed in childhood. Though some autistic people slip through the cracks and don’t get diagnosed until adulthood. Boys are more likely to receive a diagnosis of autism than girls, as the way it manifests from boys to girls is often different. Girls tend to copy and mimic behavior around them, often camouflaging their autism to a point that it can be missed by a professional not aware of how autism presents in girls and women. While boys do not generally do not do this mimicking of behavior.  

Autism Awareness vs Autism Acceptance

The word awareness comes to mind when we talk about cancer, rare diseases, and negative things. We want people to be aware of those things, typically, so they can better protect themselves against it or money can be gathered for a cure. Therefore, Autism Awareness suggests that we are a problem waiting to be fixed. Awareness also works based off of stereotypes and often casts autistic people in a negative light. People in the world are aware of autism, but typically have a very hyperbolic and misguided view of autistic people.

Autism Acceptance, on the other hand, is all about taking in autistic people as they are. It is accepting our stimming and being okay with the fact that eye contact just might not be our thing.  Awareness highlights us as Other. Acceptance looks at the commonalities we share while celebrating our differences. Please make sure that the organizations that you support this month and throughout the year are run by autistics themselves. The Autistic Self Advocacy Network is a great place to start if you’re looking to learn about Autism and everything to do with it from actually autistic folks. As the saying in the autistic community goes: nothing about us without us.

Autism in Gaming

The lack of autistic representation in AAA games is honestly saddening, but not surprising. In fact, there wasn’t even an autistic character in a Triple-A game until 2001 in Twisted Metal Black, and that character didn’t even have a name. Autistic video game characters include these twelve: Cassandra from Rage of the Dragons, Jade (The Indigo Child) from Fahrenheit,  Dr. Brigid Tenenbaum from the Bioshock franchise, Simone Cole from Clive Barker’s Jericho, David Archer from Mass Effect 2 DLC, River Wyles from To The Moon, Amy from Amy, Patricia Tannis from Borderlands 2, Symmetra from Overwatch, Josh Sauchak from Watch Dogs 2, Rell from Warframe, and Shana from I Don’t Have A Clue.

A lot of the autistic representation in gaming isn’t great, either.

Most of the characters mentioned reinforce the “savant” style of autism where an autistic person is only worth having around if they have a special ability or are exceedingly talented at one specific thing (their special interest). You can see that in the case of Brigid Tenenbaum who was only saved because of her love of science and was blinded to the atrocities she was committing in the process. Amy tasks the player with taking care of Amy, an autistic child, who can heal the player and is immune from the zombie infection the game is set in (think The Last of Us).

“In a Better World” - Blizzard Entertainment

Symmetra is one of the few, well-done pieces of autistic representation in games. The average player might not even notice the autistic traits that Symmetra has, but it stood out to me the second I heard her interact with the other heroes. “Do not deviate from the plan, and victory will be ours.” is more than a quip about winning. Most autistic individuals, myself included, struggle with changing the plan or routine. As characters run around the map making jokes back and forth, Symmetra misses most of the ones thrown her way or takes them extremely literally which is another subtle nod to her autism. In the Overwatch comic “A Better World” there are more subtle nods to the fact that Symmetra is autistic before she comes right out with it and we see her thoughts.

Sanjay has always said I was… different. Everyone has. Asking where I fit on the spectrum. It used to bother me because I knew it was true. It doesn’t bother me anymore. Because I can do things no one else can do.

I love how we see that Symmetra has struggled with her autism but she’s come to accept and embrace it. It makes her strong in a different way. It empowers her.

I hope you’ve enjoyed the article and feel more knowledgeable about autism and autism acceptance as a whole. I hope to see a more positive representation of autism in the gaming industry as well as television and other media in the future. Comments? Suggestions? Things we missed or that you disagree with? Drop them in the comments below or hit us up on our Facebook Fan page or @ us on Twitter!

Finally! "Heavy Rain" and Detroit: Becoming Human Are Coming to PC

Quantic Dream via Twitter

Quantic Dream via Twitter

Quantic Dream Studio is bringing their latest titles to PC.

Quantic Dream Games’s Playstation exclusives, Detroit: Become Human, Beyond: Two Souls, and Heavy Rain are coming to Windows PC through the Epic Games store. The two companies announced their collaboration at the 2019 Game Developers Conference.

The Paris-based games studio is known to release their titles exclusively through Sony Interactive Entertainment, much to the chagrin of PC gamers. Quantic Dream has expressed that they are looking to release on multiple platforms in the future. After an investment from the Chinese internet company, NetEase, Quantic Games is partnering with Epic Games to release their last three game titles exclusively through the Epic Games Store later this year.

Are You a League of Legends Trivia Master?

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League of Legends is one of the most popular MOBAs in the world with more than 100 million players worldwide. Since it’s 2009 release, LoL’s lore has captivated players and onlookers alike. Like most games, the best players think they know everything there is about a game and its lore.

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