Alec Grant-Overwatch

Alec Grant, a Paralegal major, loves putting his free time into Overwatch, the popular team shooter from Blizzard Entertainment.

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Overwatch © Blizzard

“I got into the game in early October,” said Grant.

“I feel that what got this game as big as it is is because of Blizzard. This game is very similar to Battleborn, which is a fun game in it’s own, but because this was made by Blizzard, Overwatch completely overshadowed it,” said Grant.

Blizzard is responsible for World of Warcraft, the most popular MMO in gaming history, so Grant has an argument to be made here. Regardless, he loves playing the game.

“I main Reaper and Roadhog,” said Grant. “The characters I hate the most are Bastion, because people keep spamming his turret form, and Tracer since she moves too fast for me to get a good shot.”

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Reaper © Blizzard

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Roadhog © Blizzard

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Tracer © Blizzard

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Bastion © Blizzard

Disclaimer: All images are courtesy of the official Overwatch wikia.

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Bonus article- My opinion on Overwatch

Note: The following article is what was published in Eastern Kentucky University’s newspaper, The Eastern Progress. I wrote the article for the newspaper’s ‘Opinions’ column. I’m placing it here to showcase my opinion on the popular shooter. Enjoy!

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I’ve never been a big fan of multiplayer games, except for Smash Bros., and so I didn’t really pay much attention to Blizzard’s first go at a first person shooter, Overwatch when it came out. It looked like another version of Valve’s Team Fortress 2, and I’m not very good at that game. I can play the Heavy and Sniper characters fine, but everyone else is better than me, and the players bullying me didn’t help anything.

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Team Fortress 2 © Valve

I saw the trailers, I saw the gameplay, and I heard my friends talking about it until finally my curiosity got the better of me. I bought the base game, no special features or anything, for $40. I went to the Game Cave, fired it up, and prepared for the worst.

This game completely blew me away. I was able to pick it up rather easily and complete some AI and Player matches with some good scores. I’m still not that great at it, but I’ve gotten a few “Play of the Games” to my credit, so I must be doing something right.

I think what Overwatch has over TF2 is that there are more play styles for people to experiment with. TF2 has 9 characters, each with their own gimmick (Pyro, Sniper, Medic, etc.) and that’s it. If you’re not good at that character, then that’s all she wrote. In Overwatch, there’s different options for people to try. Reaper and Roadhog both use shotguns, but they play differently, so people can find something that suits them.

I love playing as Tracer and Reaper for dishing out the pain, Mei for confounding everyone with her ice-based attacks (and plethora of ice puns), Mercy when I’m the designated healer, and Roadhog is my main character, using his chain to bring people closer to me for a good shot. In addition, he can heal himself if need be. This game offers more options than TF2, and I’ll admit it has me hooked.

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Mei © Blizzard

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Mercy © Blizzard

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Reaper © Blizzard

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Roadhog © Blizzard

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Tracer © Blizzard

For more of an idea of what I mean through this article, watch the following review of the game by Somecallmejohnny. I believe he sums it up quite nicely.

Disclaimer: Team Fortress picture courtesy of the Team Fortress 2 wikia.

All Overwatch pictures courtesy of Overwatch wikia.

Youtube video courtesy of Juan Ortiz, aka Somecallmejohnny.

Phoenix Lee Covington-SMITE

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If you see Graphic Design major Phoenix Lee Covington in Powell, chances are he’s playing the popular MOBA game, SMITE.

The point of SMITE is very similar to League of Legends-destroy objective before your opponents do-except there’s one major difference: In LoL, the game is at a top down perspective, so all you needed was the mouse to move. In SMITE, the game is at a 3rd person view, requiring more use of the keyboard.

“I’ve been playing SMITE for 4 years, ever since a friend referred me to it,” said Covington.

The game has a variety of characters, centered around 5 classes: Hunter, Assassin, Warrior, Mage, and Guardian.

“I usually play as the warrior character, Sun Wu-Kong,” said Covington.

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Sun Wu-Kong © SMITE

“Something else about SMITE is that you might get teamed up with your friends, but it’s completely random who your teammates are,” said Covington.

Disclaimer: Image provided by the Smite wikia.

Max Soto-League of Legends

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When not working on his Computer Science classes, Junior Max Soto can be found at the Game Cave sharpening his skills at the popular RTS (Real Time Strategy) game League of Legends.

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League of Legends © Riot Games

A free to play game, LoL has a simple goal: 5v5 matches, destroy the opponent’s base while stopping the opposition from doing the same to you. The selling point is that there are over 100 champions to choose from, spanning 5 classes.

Soto got into the game after watching his friends playing it.

“I decided one day to give it a shot,” Soto said. “I’ve been playing for 3 years now.”

While Soto tries out many different characters, he loves playing as Kled.

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Kled © Riot Games

While Soto enjoys the game, he has been frustrated by it more times then he cares to admit.

“It comes down to your team,” said Soto. “Either they listen to you, or they blame you.”

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