Players are changing this setting to make enemies have a brighter glow.
As I was perusing social media, I began to notice that players had their enemies outlined in a yellow glow. I thought it was spectator mode or a replay, but I realized their enemies were glowing during a live match.
I looked into it and realized everyone was using settings designed to aid those with color vision impairment. So apparently if you turn on colorblind mode, you can see all your enemies in full color plus an extra glow.
You see how wild that image is. This definitely makes it easier to spot enemies. It will also change a couple graphics, but the only one I could notice was the red barrier walls on the mini map changed to yellow. You can access this setting in the General tab and at the very top, the 2nd option is Enemy Highlight Color. You can choose between purple or yellow, the latter being much easier to see.
Twitch releases their own karaoke platform for all.
Quarantine may be semi-over, but for those who are still staying home to reduce risks, you can still enjoy karaoke with friends from the comfort of your own home. Twitch released their own karaoke platform titled “Twitch Sings”. It’s a platform built by twitch for everyone and includes support for live streams.
The platform already has an impressive start. It is quite intuitive and has hard to find features missing on other karaoke apps/machines. You can style your avatar that sings on a stage or use your webcam and have a full on performance. You can also modify the mic output as well to a have effects like studio, hall, chorus, and best of all AUTO TUNE. So fear not if you can’t sing all that well. The game will play back your performance as well, which you can publish and share…or delete if you didn’t sound as good as you thought you did.
The song selection is not enormous, but its not bad at all, you’ll find tons of your favorite bangers and sing alongs. They do have backstreet boys though, so does anything else really even matter? Some selections even have guide vocals to help you out in case you are tone deaf like myself. The game also tells you if you are on pitch or not.
But…is karaoke alone in your room really all that fun? It is, but even if it wasn’t, YES – twitch sings has multiplayer. You can sing solo, duet, or even have a party with up with 5 people and take turns singing!
I’m really impressed by this platform so far – finally someone properly blends karaoke with a social platform properly.
Does the world need another fantasy-based card game?
Card games are a genre that has transitioned into the digital era with grace but also with a lot of legacy features that some of us don’t really find appealing.
Sure, you can justify that the business models that underpin games like Hearthstone by pointing out all of the free content you get but it still makes it a bit annoying to have to shell out cash each and every time you want to upgrade your deck.
At least with a physical game you have cards to hold. In the virtual world, you have nothing other than a printout of your receipt (if you want that).
One game that is charming enough to make us forget the DLC tax that holds it all together is Legends of Runeterra, a fun deck game based on the League of Legends IP.
You don’t need to be familiar with that game, but it might help make everything click with you that much more. One thing that we had a hard time wrapping our head around is the “why” behind this game. Does the world need another fantasy-based card game?
The jury is still out on that and it is a shame that almost any contender in this genre is compared with the aforementioned Blizzard property or the real OG, Magic the Gathering.
It might strike you as a copy of something superior at first glance, but what we have on offer here is innovative enough to warrant a second look.
For one thing, the action of the game moves much faster than either of the other games we mentioned. There is some tie in with the League of Legends lore but it won’t impact the game nor how you play it.
Again, we enjoyed how it assumed we knew nothing about one of the world’s biggest multiplayer games and that helped acclimate and establish the game as its own thing.
Another thing that we appreciated is that the game somewhat holds your hand or even helps guide your strategy.
A gameplay feature called the “Oracle’s Eye” will show you the impact of your moves down the road and this gives you loads of insight into how the mechanics of everything works. It’s pretty invaluable, especially if you’re not familiar with this kind of card game.
Graphics are serviceable if somewhat bright and generic from some perspectives. Overall, Legends of Runeterra delivers where it matters but there is one nagging issue.
The purchase of new cards is just a frustrating feature for a video game. We get it: If you’re used to this kind of thing, that mechanic probably isn’t a big deal. And for gamers raised in mobile ecosystems, the occasional purchase is justified. But when you’re trying to fall in love with a game and decide whether or not you want to put more of your time into it, the last thing you want to think about is a potential tax on your fun.
Because let’s face it, you’re going to have to upgrade your deck eventually. That’s just the way these games are. If you can stomach that, then Legends of Runeterra offers just enough of a change in the core game play that we think it merits a look.
So we’re a few days into Valorant 1.0 release. They introduced one new agent, Reyna, aka, the most OP agent. Let me give you a rundown of all of her abilities and why they are broken as hell.
Leer – this is her flash bang ability. Except it can go through walls and stays in the air for a period of time and blinds (near sights) anyone that looks at it during that time. You can dodge it by not looking at it, but guess what, your back would be turned to her and she could just mow you down. You could also just shoot it down with a couple shots, but that means taking your aim away from Reyna/enemies and pointing your gun at the orb, which gives enemies PLENTY of time to gun you down first. The funniest part is that this is probably her least overpowered ability.
Devour/Dismiss – Reyna can also buy a pool of 4 charges that can be interchanged between using devour or dismiss. If she kills an enemy she is able to choose between these two skills to activate. Devour, heals Reyna to FULL health, yes, she can literally leave every skirmish with an enemy and if she kills them, regain all of her health, up to 4 times in a round. Her other choice, dismiss, instead makes her invincible and transparent (but still visible), giving her more move speed to reposition herself after killing someone. But Riot decided that this wasn’t already OP enough, so Reyna can OVERHEAL herself and gain more than 100 health….
So we haven’t even talked about her ultimate ability yet and her abilities are all 5x stronger than all the other agents in the game. Her flash makes Phoenix’s look useless in comparison and she can heal much faster and more times than Phoenix. Her mobility skill outshines Jett’s as well. Reyna becomes invincible and quicker when she moves away, while Jett can only dash once (unless she gets 2 more kills) and Jett can still be shot and has a delay after the dash ends before she can shoot again.
I guess this didn’t already seem broken enough, so Riot decided to give Reyna the most ridiculous ultimate ability ever seen in any competitive shooter game. EMPRESS. Once she activates her ult, Reyna gains – INCREASED FIRE RATE, INCREASED RELOAD SPEED, REDUCED RECOIL. Wow, seems like a pretty strong ult, BUT THAT’S NOT ALL. She can also now see all of her enemies outlined in a bright red glow making them 3x easier to spot.
Her ult is so ridiculous, it requires another paragraph to explain what else it does. Her ult also modifies her devour dismiss abilities. Whenever you get a kill while you have your ult active, it will devour the enemy, automatically…without using an orb. Yes, you heard me, you get a free heal after every kill while in Empress mode. Also, if you trigger dismiss during Empress, you actually become fully 100% invisible and invincible to the enemy, letting you move anywhere you want with no detection. With all of this going on with her ult, you would think you could just wait for it to run out before fighting her, right? Wrong. Her ult timer, which is already long off the bat, RESETS every time she gets a kill. Don’t forget that if she has full armor, she can overheal to having a total of 200 health.
There is no other agent that is currently this imbalanced.
Which clown designed this agent and got it approved? I thought I was playing Valorant, not League of Legends. I hope Riot doesn’t follow the same path and make new agents overpowered so everyone spends money to buy them.
What’s a Sega Game Gear Micro without a…Big Window Micro…?
Back in 1990, Sega aimed to take on Nintendo’s popular Game Boy handheld console with their own Sega Game Gear. The Sega Game Gear was a larger, more powerful device that played games in full color with a back-lit display.
This was leagues ahead of the Game Boy’s dim, green-colored screens, but its large size, poor battery life, and less compelling library lead the Game Gear to fall short of Nintendo’s success.
Size won’t be an issue this time around, as Sega announced the Sega Game Gear Micro, a teeny, tiny, re-release of the 30-year-old handheld available in four different colors with four unique titles. The handheld is powered by either AAA batteries or micro-USB and features the now elusive headphone jack and a speaker. If the Sega Game Gear Micro can have a headphone jack, why can’t modern phones?
The black Game Gear Micro comes with Sonic the Hedgehog, Puyo Puyo 2, OutRun, and Royal Stone. The blue console features Sonic & Tails, Gunstar Heroes, Sylvan Tale, and Baku Baku Animal. Yellow gets Shining Force Gaiden, Shining Force Gaiden 2, Shining Force Gaiden Conflict, and Nazo Puyo Arle no Roux, Lastly, the red unit houses Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible, Megami Tensei Gaiden: Last Bible Special, The GG Shinobi, and Columns.
Now you may be wondering how you are going to possibly see anything on these tiny 1.5 inch screens. Well, you are in luck, since Sega is throwing in Big Window Micro if you order all four consoles at once. You can’t purchase a Big Window Micro on its own, however. You have to drop around $200 to be able to see those jumps you need to make in Sonic & Tails.
So far the Game Gear Micro is only available for order in Japan, but ordering things from Japan on Amazon is actually super easy, there is even an English version of the site. If the Game Gear Micro ever comes stateside, you’ll hear all about it here on Gamer Bias!
The unconventional mecha-membrane hybrid keyboard gets an update.
The Ornata keyboard has kept its place as a very niche product. Most enthusiasts have transitioned into mechanical keyboards, but some subset of users still prefer the slightly dampened feeling of a membrane keyboard. The Ornata has been a favorite among those set of users, providing keys that provide tactile feedback, but still have some bounce to them. The keycaps are also quite slick, featuring something closer to a mid height setup.
Razer finally released an update which is simply called the Ornata V2
I’ve felt this keyboard myself and found it very pleasant to type on. The shorter keycaps feel great and the tactile click is every bit as good as a real mechanical keyboard; I personally don’t like the “bottom out” feeling of mechanicals and usually place O-rings on my keyboards. So the Ornata strikes a perfect balance between membrane and mechanical.
Those that I’ve spoken to that own this keyboard also rave about it as well. It is also not obnoxiously loud, which sometimes can be a huge selling point.
Razer is also committed to shipping quickly, which is very reassuring as I’m still dealing with other products/companies I’ve ordered during this pandemic that are still stuck in limbo, months later.