So another year passes us by, and with it another all-night E3 conference session for us! Followed by days of following the latest trailers and announcements of course - E3 is our favourite time of year, that's for sure!
A few of us have been writing up our thoughts, impressions and recommendations from this year's gaming spectacle. You can find them over in this forum thread if you're so inclined.
Come take a read and let us know what you think! We'd love to know what you thought of E3 this year, and maybe even get a recommendation that we might have overlooked!
With much gritting of teeth and feigned happiness, I must report that once again Isileth has shamed us all by taking the world famous STR Fantasy Premier League championship for yet another year. Speaking with much smugness after his triumph, the champion addressed his peons thusly:
"You know, the fact that year after year I have to present the trophy to myself really does make you guys look like a bunch of sore losers. Sure each year I already have the trophy so from a logistics perspective it is easier for me to just present it to myself but really you guys need to be putting together some sort of ceremony otherwise it just makes you look bad. But enough of that, this is a time for great celebration.
Few men are built of the stuff it takes to win the STR Fantasy Premier League, to lift the trophy is a reward saved for only those of great character and resolve, to be born of such ability along with the drive and motivation required for this immense achievement is truly a once in a generation gift. It just so happens that I was the one chosen for this gift.
To win once is a life defining event, to win twice is to be assured your place in sporting history, to win three times elevates you above all men who have come before, to win four times raises you above all yet to come, to win five times is surely beyond any mere mortals ability, to win six times is frankly just getting silly, but to win seven times...to win seven times in a row...who could even dream of such a thing?
The seventh FPL trophy is mine!"
Blizzard's fantastic online shooter Overwatch is now only a couple of days away from release. Excited? We are!
Like with the Open Beta, Overwatch is due to launch at the same time globally. Here are a few times to help you find out when it will be available in your region:
00:00 BST on May 24th (UK)
01:00 CEST on May 24th (Europe)
16:00 PDT on May 23rd (US West)
19:00 EDT on May 23rd (US East)
Pre-ordered your copy yet? If not, then why not come join us? - Hope to see you all ingame!
As some of you may have noticed, our Social Media panel to the right of your screen has just changed a little bit!
We've been thinking for a while now that we'd like to draw in more of the content that we're all creating on Social Media to the website, and so we've decided to replace our existing Twitter feed (which fed directly from our official Twitter account) with a feed from a list of all our members instead!
Our hope is that this will help personalise the site a bit more, generate more content, and have the added bonus of giving everyone some publicity for their own brand of insanity ;)
If you're not on the list and would like to be, please drop us a line and we'll get you added!
As you may be aware, Blizzard's upcoming shooter Overwatch entered open beta yesterday and is currently free to download & play - No beta key, previous sign-up or pre-order required.
In terms of content, the beta includes pretty much everything you'll be able to expect on launch day; including its full roster of heroes & maps. As such you'll be able to jump in there & get a feel for all the different heroes & their abilities before the game officially launches on May 24th.
- Matches are on the short side so if you have a limited amount of time, this shouldn't be an issue. Overwatch is really well suited for jumping in and out, as and when you want. Unlocks all consist of vanity items like skins & emotes so no other player will have a heads-up on you in terms of weapons or anything, just time played (though all progress from the beta will be wiped upon release anyhow!). The game is also very small (under 6GB) so you won't have a massive client to download just to try it!
- Due to the art direction & the fact that it is extremly well optimized, you don't need a monster rig to be able to play it either. The game runs beautifully.
There are a few of us already playing it but it would be lovely to see a few more people in there. Fancy giving it a try with us? Drop by our Discord channel and see if anyone's playing or up for some games - shatteredstar.org/discord
Beta ends on Monday (May 9th) at 6pm BST.
Just a quick update to let you guys know that we now have a more convenient link to give to people when inviting them to our Discord channel.
If you're looking to invite someone into Discord, rather than generating an instant invite link for them (like https://discord.gg/0iscxurX8fkWaodg which is set to not expire), you can simply give them shatteredstar.org/discord. This will redirect them to the exact same place, just with a link that is much easier to remember and pass out to people!
The Discord widget can also be found on our site via Community > Join us in Discord
Feel free to drop by!
Hey guys, if you haven't already seen on the forums or elsewhere, we now have our own Discord channel.
You may have heard of it already but if not; Discord is a free chat app designed specifically for gaming. It's very easy to use, doesn't require a guide to connect to or set up, supports both text & voice chat, multiple channels, embedding for videos, screenshots & links and you can connect to it quickly and easily via your browser, the desktop client (PC & Mac, with Linux to come) or even a free mobile app (for both iOS & Android) for use on the go too. It also supports a full chat log history, even for when you're not in there yourself. Joining the channel in the middle of a conversation? Just read up and see what was said before you logged in. Want to leave someone a message for when they next come online? Easy! Lots of other cool features to come as well.
If you fancy joining us on there, all you gotta do is click this link!
As many of you will already be aware, this week finally sees the arrival of the Star Wars: Battlefront beta - One of this years most hotly anticipated games!
Beta will run from October 8th to 12th and is open to everybody, with the pre-load beginning on PC tomorrow morning at 9am UK time. Download size is reported to weigh in at around 11GB.
There will be 3 modes available to try during the beta:
- Walker Assault on Hoth: Fight in epic 40-player battles as a Rebel to destroy the Empire's onslaught of AT-AT's by calling in Y-wing bombers. Or, side with the Empire and protect your walkers while utilizing their mighty weaponry to crush the Rebel objective.
- Drop Zone on Sullust: Escape pods are crashing down and you and your team must fight to control them. With its frantic 8v8 matches, Drop Zone is sure to put your combat and strategy skills to the test.
- Survival Mission on Tatooine: Play alone or with a friend via co-op or split-screen as you battle to hold off waves of Imperial forces including AT-ST's, TIE fighters, elite stormtroopers and more.
There's a few of us here at STR who are planning to check this out so hope to see some of you in there, as well as meet some new faces too. We have just opened a brand new SW:BF section to the forums as well so feel free to make use of that in the coming days!
Happy gaming and have fun on the Battlefront!
Just a quick post to let you all know that this years Arbiter elections have now begun. Please head on over to the members forum when you have a moment. Cheers!
Just a quick note to say that several new designs have been added to the STR Store since it opened at the weekend. These new designs are available across a wide range of products from t-shirts to iPhone cases, mugs, bags, stickers and lots more. On top of these I've also spent the week designing a snazzy new STR poster!
Got any design ideas or suggestions? Spotted an issue with a current design? Let us know on the forums.
Final note: It would be lovely to see some pictures if any of you happen to buy anything from the store. Mock-ups aren't always a true representation of the final product so it would be great to see what they look like once printed and this will also help us identify any potential issues with text, gradients etc on existing designs.
Happy shopping and stay tuned for future stuff! ;)
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