Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Could Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild be A Dragon Break?

Dragon Breaks are a highly complex form of timeline explanation that was invented by the Elder Scrolls series to explain multiple endings converging to the same point in the future. There is a lot more to it than that, but it's something that can be used in gaming as an example of how Breath of the Wild could potentially merge the split timeline back together. The real question is, does it make sense? In fact, has the Zelda series already done this at least one other time?
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Nobody has been able to solve this secret Battlefield 1 mystery

Battlefield 1 isn’t a suspense game but players are on a hunt to solve a strange mystery that has them finding headphones and strange morse code messages in various maps of the game.

The mystery was first spotted by eagle-eyed Reddit user RHabib as he found headphones across many multiplayer maps of the game. Soon others joined the hunt but there’s still no clear answers yet.

These players are trying to put the pieces together by collecting all headphones they can find and also the morse code messages that are being relayed by specific military communication stations across maps.

Interestingly, only those who have the headphones can hear these secret messages being delivered. However, the morse code isn’t really making much sense as it seems to be encrypted and players are trying hard to decipher them. An example being the morse code found in Fao Fortress map that translates to “PSVE KOU7BNI MAKAH ZHTI.”

A youtuber tries to explain how much progress is being made in uncovering the mystery so far and what might be the possible outcomes once the puzzle is cracked, but for now the mystery continues to keep players guessing and on their toes.

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The Walking Dead Season 7 Premiere Just Beat Every TV Shows Rating Out There!

The Walking Dead premiere beat the holy hell out of everything else on television.

The ultra-violent seventh season opener of the AMC zombie drama Sunday night delivered 17 million viewers and an incredible 8.4 rating among adults 18–49.

That’s a bigger demo rating than NBC’s Sunday Night Football, let alone any other mortal series on the air. Over the last couple weeks, the closest scripted shows to being competitive were CBS’ The Big Bang Theory and Fox’s Empire, each with a comparatively puny 3.5 rating.

But how did TWD compare to its own legacy of insanely high, record-breaking ratings? Negan and Lucille swung for the fences and just barely fell short of the drama’s all-time high — the season 5 premiere — which still stands as the show’s biggest overnight rating with 17.3 million viewers and an 8.8 rating. AMC expects the season 7 premiere ratings will set a new record once more forms of viewing are added.

Interestingly, the rating was up 22 percent from the season 6 finale — you know, the one with a cliffhanger that left so many fans swearing they were going to quit watching the show. As annoying as that stunt may have been, it’s tough to argue it was a mistake when looking at these numbers. It’s like that riddle: Three birds are sitting on a fence, and two decide to fly away. How many birds remain on the fence? Answer: Three.

Of course, Sunday’s premiere has once again resulted in some fans declaring they are quitting the show, this time due to the episode’s almost pornographic level of violence — especially for basic cable. We’ll see how that goes, but in the meantime the Parents TV Council slammed the hour as “one of the most graphically violent shows we’ve ever seen on television, comparable to the most violent of programs found on premium cable networks.”

While director Greg Nicotero defended the episode as staying true to the comic, “… what struck me about [the comic] was it was horrifically graphic and senseless and brutal. … In this instance, we felt that it was important to launch us into this season by showing the extent of what Negan is capable of doing. … It’s really unfortunate that people want to take a negative spin on it because, as far as I’m concerned, I’m dedicated to watching a show because I want to see where the story’s going to go next.”

Also, AMC’s expanded 90-minute Talking Dead was the most-watched post-show ever with 7.6 million viewers, and in the demo delivered a 3.7 rating — just shy of the after-show’s record, which was the episode airing after the season 5 finale. (So yes, Talking Dead also beat Empire and Big Bang Theory.)
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The Popular Skyrim Survival Mod is Finally on Xbox One!

Bethesda reveals that one of the most popular PC mods for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, Chesko’s Frostfall mod, is making its way to the Xbox One version of the game.

Back when Microsoft first announced that console mods were coming to Xbox One, the possibilities had fans excited. So far, we’ve only seen a couple of games take advantage of the feature, but Bethesda has been a big proponent of it, introducing console gamers to mods with Fallout 4, and bringing console mods to the upcoming special edition of The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Console mods will be available at launch for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim, and while we still aren’t sure of all the mods that will release alongside the game, one of its more popular mods has been confirmed, and is already available to download on Xbox One.

Frostfall, a mod created by Chesko, adds significant survival game elements to Skyrim. The goal of the Frostfall mod is to make Bethesda’s fantasy epic be more immersive, and feel like a more realistic experience overall. Fans that decide to download Frostfall for Skyrim on consoles will have to fight against more than just dragons; they will also have to contend with the threats of hypothermia and dangerous weather conditions.

The mod can be tweaked so that players can customize their Frostfall experience to suit their needs, but the most hardcore players will have to keep in mind the clothes their character is wearing, what time of day it is, and what the weather is like. Camping is also a central feature of the mod, and it is required for players that hope to survive the harsh elements of Skyrim’s snowy mountains.

Besides cranking up the difficulty, the Frostfall mod has other features that players may want to take advantage of. It improves Skyrim‘s snow and ice visuals (or at least, it did before this new edition’s enhanced graphics), adds new sounds to the game, implements an Endurance skill, and gives players the opportunity to learn 13 new spells not found in the base game.

Fans that want to try out the Frostfall mod for themselves should be able to do so as soon as the game launches this coming Friday, October 28th on Xbox One. There should be minimal technical difficulties with the mod, as Chesko already has experience porting PC mods to Xbox, as his Fallout 4 camping mod was one of the first console mods available. Chesko’s previous console mods have been well-received, and there’s a good chance Frostfall will be downloaded by many Skyrim enthusiasts looking to expand their experience.

In the meantime, it will be interesting to see what other mods make their way to Skyrim on consoles. Mods that use licensed material, like the one that adds the Transformers movie song to the game, are unlikely to be featured on the service, but there are plenty of other mods in the vein of Frostfall that are possibilities. Over the next few months, Elder Scrolls fans on consoles should be able to look forward to many mods to enhance their Skyrim adventures.

Source: Bethesda
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How the One Tamriel Update Made The Elder Scrolls Online New Again

The newest update for The Elder Scrolls Online, One Tamriel, has finally arrived for all platforms and I must say it almost feels like a brand-new game. This installment brings many new features that shake up the gameplay as well as allow existing players to easily group with new players who finally want to take the plunge into Tamriel. There are no level restrictions for grouping, meaning new players will still gain loot and experience appropriate for the level and so will their level capped friend helping them out. Even if you’re a solo player, zones will scale to your level and drop appropriate loot, allowing for some interesting gear set combinations that weren’t viable or possible before.

The first thing existing players will notice is that the whole map is open to them regardless of level or alliance. Previously, you needed to complete your faction’s questline to progress counterclockwise around the world map and subsequently complete the following questline. Even then, you would only see members of your alliance in those regions, often times making city hubs seem empty or sparse. One Tamriel aims to change that by removing those restrictions and instancing all players to a region, allowing you to interact with players across alliances and player levels. This makes cities feel much more alive and bustling, filled with players of all different races that you might have only rarely seen in your home alliance.

Another long awaited feature that was introduced with One Tamriel is dueling. You are now able to duel anyone you come across in the PvE zones. Dueling has existed unofficially in ESO for some time with guilds that colluded in PvP zones, but now there is an official mechanic that allows players to test their skills in a more amicable environment. In keeping with the social theme of One Tamriel, dueling is a great way to train newcomers for PvP combat as much as it is for hosting guild tournaments without the fear of getting ganked by onlookers in Cyrodiil.

Some minor tweaks were made to existing skill lines in Update 12, but there was a major skill addition as well: weapon ultimates. Once you have mastered a weapon, you can unlock the weapon ultimate, adding even more variety to your hotbar loadout options. Like all other active skills, these ultimates can be morphed to further reflect your playstyle.

As if all the other updates weren’t enough, the world of Tamriel is currently celebrating the Witches Festival, an event ongoing through the month of Frostfall (October). This celebration brings with it a special quest that rewards with the Witchmother’s Cauldron, an item that can polymorph you and your group into an undead creature. If you defeat bosses while polymorphed, you can obtain Plunder Skulls that can be redeemed for festival rewards such as recipes and motifs.

But wait, there’s more! Zenimax Online is celebrating the release of One Tamriel with a contest to win a trip of a lifetime to one of five real world locations that inspired the world of Tamriel. Winners can choose to visit the plains of Africa (Elsweyr), the alps of Switzerland (Skyrim), Peruvian ruins and rainforests (Black Marsh), the deserts of Morocco (Hammerfell), or the island of New Zealand (Summerset Isles). TES fan or not, the opportunity to take these trips should not be missed!
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