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An Upcoming StarCraft 2 DLC Story Will Focus on Nova

BlizzCon 2015 is in full swing now, which means lots of incoming announcements about Blizzard games -- such as this one about an upcoming StarCraft DLC story expansion pack called "Nova Covert Ops."

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Vote Now For The Winner Of The Mary Sue and Calgary Expo’s Ultimate Cosplay Contest!


You've submitted your entries for The Mary Sue and Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo's Ultimate Cosplay Contest, and the finalists have been chosen! And whoa are they ever amazing!

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Pro Star Craft 2 Player Makes Rape Comment About Female Opponent, Gets Booted From Tournament

10/10. Would boot again.

I don't know where people get the idea that the gaming community, despite many of its incredibly polite and welcoming members, is an uninviting place for women. Ha! Just kidding. It's things like "one of the common ways to say you're going to obliterate someone is still by using the word 'rape,' as though that's somehow acceptable behavior." As it turns out, this StarCraft 2 tournament isn't accepting that behavior.

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You Can Make Millions Playing MOBAs

Gaming tournaments are hardly a new thing. People have been playing video games against each other, tournament-style, since the dawn of time, or at least since the dawn of competitive multiplayer video games. You know what is new though? Offering a million dollars and upward to the winners. No, these aren't Call of Duty tournaments or some other kind of twitch shooter, we're talking MOBAs. If you aren't familiar, MOBAs are Multiplayer Online Battle Areas, a style of game born from the Warcraft III mod Defense of the Ancients. For the launch of DOTA 2 (which is a confusing topic in and of itself), Valve is holding a DOTA 2 tournament (streaming live here) and handing out 1 million buckaroonies to the champ.

This isn't the first time a video game tournament has had a "big" payout. Last year, GSL (Global Starcraft League) offered the equivalent of $500,000 U.S. in prizes, but that was over a series of tournaments where each grand prize was around $85,000 and runners-up around $25,000. Needless to say, this DOTA 2 tournament (which is based on an unreleased game no less) blows GSL out of the water when it comes to largest lump prize. But that's not even the half of it.

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Lego Starcraft II Siege Tank [Video]

This. Changes. Everything. (via /r/starcraft)

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Genetic Algorithms Used to Find Optimal Starcraft 2 Zerg Build Order

A poster on the TeamLiquid Starcraft 2 forum named Lomilar has devised a program, called Evolution Chamber, that uses genetic algorithms to find the most optimal build orders for the Zerg race. As indicated by the above video, the build method seems to provide a fairly large winning percentage, making the strategy nearly unstoppable for the time being.

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Geekolinks: 9/19

The Video Games of Today Reimagined in 8 and 16 Bits

Today's games are great, but they just don't carry the same immeasurable nostalgic value as, say, Chrono Trigger, Link's Awakening, or even Number Crunchers. Now Stockholm-based pixel artist Junkboy has hypothesized for Swedish magazine Level what it might have looked like had contemporary games—Arkham Asylum, Bioshock, Guitar Hero, Little Big Planet, Red Dead Redemption, Super Smash Bros. Brawl, Soul Calibur, and more—existed in the golden age of 8- and 16-bit gaming. Of course, several of these games indeed had low-bit predecessors! Compare the full series of "demake" images to their modern originals, after the jump.

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StarCraft, With LEGOs

No, I haven't bought a copy of StarCraft 2 yet.  Even if I had, I'm leaving tonight for parts unknown and won't be back until the second week in August, so I wouldn't get to play it. /sigh It's going to be excruciating, not playing StarCraft 2 whilst sitting on a California beach with a good friend that I hardly ever see anymore.  I'll just have to watch this to tide me over.

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KEKEKEKEKE: 7 Epic Zerg Rushes

StarCraft 2 dropships, hatches, spawns, or ports in at midnight tonight, and although our Power Grid won't go up until Thursday, we'd like to pay tribute to one of the longest lived popular games in history with a little collection of our favorite Zerg rush videos. Ah, zerg... a noun, and a very very dangerous verb.

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Geekolinks: 7/24

Hellboy Hoodie, Not Bad (Fashionably Geek)

5 Comments Not To Make In Your Code (RepeatGeek)

StarCraft 2 Didn't Actually Cost $100 Million (That Videogame Blog)

How To Turn An Inkjet Printer Into A 3D Printer (Shapeways)

Tarp Surfing Is Back (RuseEntertainment)

LEGO Light (Neatorama)

The Eisner Awards (Comic Book Resources)

(picture via Marvel.)

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Geekolinks: 7/23

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