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Are August’s PlayStation Plus games any good? PvZ, Hunter’s Arena: Legends

By Tom Orry 5 August 2021 10:04 GMT We’re a few days into August 2021 and the month’s PlayStation Plus games are available to download. If you’ve got an active PS Plus subscription, you can get these games at no additional cost. But are they any good?Watch on YouTubeAugust 2021’s PlayStation Plus Games Hunter’s Arena: Legends (PS5, PS4) Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville (PS4) Tennis World Tour 2 (PS4) In the video above we detail the three games included as part of August’s PS Plus line-up. In short, it’s a rather mixed bag.Plants vs. Zombies: Battle for Neighborville is,…

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Pokémon Unite – thoughts from a 4-year-old and his 35-year-old dad: Is this the perfect entry-point MOBA?

Nintendo Switch MOBA Pokémon Unite launched last week and promises a fresh experience in the genre that includes esports heavyweights League of Legends and Dota 2. But what’s it like to play across the generations, and could it introduce youngsters into the world of competitive gaming? Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco and his son get to grips with Unite. “Watch out, Rebecca!” My four-year-old son has a knack for naming Pokémon. Continue reading Pokémon Unite – thoughts from a 4-year-old and his 35-year-old dad: Is this the perfect entry-point MOBA?

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Scam the Kids: The ‘Save the Kids’ crypto scandal involving several UK YouTubers is a painful reminder of the volatility of cryptocurrency and the dangers of trusting influencers – opinion

Let’s not be so quick to forgive and forget our favourite influencers fibs or fraudulent behaviour, argues Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco in this opinion piece about the recent ‘Save the Kids’ cryptocurrency scandal I want to be shocked by this story, to think of it as surely a one-off which we’ll all learn from, an anomaly never to be repeated again. But the sad truth is it doesn’t surprise me one bit, and I know something like it will happen again, and again. Continue reading Scam the Kids: The ‘Save the Kids’ crypto scandal involving several UK YouTubers…

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Apex Legends as a platform for LGBTQ+ representation should be the standard

“I’m queer myself. Representation means a lot to me. I grew up in the ‘80s and ‘90s where you had to really read between the lines to find any sort of representation that wasn’t just tragic, terrible, or vilified,” Apex Legends’ lead writer Amanda Doiron tells me. “It made you feel more weird – there was more shame around it. So in Apex, it’s great, because there’s so much there, and there’s different ways to represent it – there’s not one way to be gay. So, it’s quite meaningful to me in that we’re not just continuing to represent a…

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Celebrating Pride Month 2021: UK & Ireland esports personalities share their view on LGBTQIA+ issues and representation within the industry

June is Pride Month, and industries across the world have been celebrating initiatives and individuals to mark the occasion, including esports. It’s fair to say that the esports and gaming industry, like others, has at times divided opinion with the LGBTQIA+ community – and also the wider community. Megalodontus speaks to five members of the UK & Ireland esports community on what their experiences are, LGBTQIA+ representation and how companies or brands can do better. Continue reading Celebrating Pride Month 2021: UK & Ireland esports personalities share their view on LGBTQIA+ issues and representation within the industry

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VG247’s Definitely Not a Podcast Video Chat – Mario Golf, Chivalry 2, Scarlet Nexus, and Pokemon Cards

By Tom Orry 25 June 2021 18:00 GMT As we move forward with VG247 and look ahead to a site redesign, we plan to roll out a lovely podcast that you can listen to on a weekly basis, full of friendly chat about the latest games. You’ll get to know us all so well that when we inevitably all start our own Patreons we’ll be rich beyond our wildest dreams. Alex can buy all the arcade machines he wants, Dorrani can buy more trainers, and I can finally buy an OLED TV.Watch on YouTubeBut, this is not that podcast. This…

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E3 2021 Wrap-up: The best games and the biggest disappointments

By Tom Orry 16 June 2021 19:05 GMT We gather to discuss the highs and lows of E3 2021, including the re-reveal of Breath of the Wild 2, plus the Xbox Showcase.E3 2021 is over, yet you might be wondering if it even began, what with most publishers barely showing up and Sony not taking part at all. This year’s “event” has felt rather weak when compared to previous years, but we’ve still had a number of great-looking games get announced.Watch on YouTubeIn the video above you can listen to me, Alex, Dorrani, and Sherif pick our best games of…

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Is Horizon Forbidden West on PS5 the best looking game of all time?

By Tom Orry 28 May 2021 13:30 GMT We discuss that and more in this video chat about Sony’s gorgeous looking open-world sequel.“The next-gen consoles aren’t going to deliver much of an improvement over what we already have,” the naysayers said. “Incremental at best.” “Diminishing returns, now,” they added. Well, have those people seen the Horizon Forbidden West gameplay demo Sony put out? We’ve got the footage right here, along with me, Dorrani, and Alex talking about what we saw.Watch on YouTubeObviously a video game isn’t just about its visuals, so what did we make of the gameplay on show….

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Course Corrections: What lessons can be learnt from Staffordshire University and the UK’s first esports degree?

Four years ago this month, Staffordshire University announced it had become the first UK university to offer a degree in esports. The course got underway in September 2018 and now its first batch of students are about to graduate – but not all of them are happy. Some have aired their grievances around the quality of course content, management and esports knowledge of certain lecturers, while others have taken a more positive outlook and spoken of the course’s benefits. Continue reading Course Corrections: What lessons can be learnt from Staffordshire University and the UK’s first esports degree?

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Red Bull Kumite London preview with UK FGC commentators F-Word & Tyrant: ‘Hopefully this kicks off more offline events as it’s been really tough without them; I’d like to see the UK FGC maintain its level of hunger beyond this event’

Red Bull Kumite London gets underway this weekend (May 22nd and 23rd, from 2pm to 10pm BST each day on Twitch and YouTube), with some of the world’s best Street Fighter players going head-to-head. The event marks a return to a physical offline setting at London’s Red Bull Gaming Sphere, and features a host of UK FGC (fighting game community) talent, including participating players ProblemX, Hurricane, Boltstrike and Jones, as well as hosts for the event such as Ryan Hart and Damascus. Continue reading Red Bull Kumite London preview with UK FGC commentators F-Word & Tyrant: ‘Hopefully this kicks off…

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The Last Voyage: A tribute to Barrage Esports

On May 7th 2021, Resolve acquired long-running UK organisation Barrage Esports. It was a surprising turn of events, and meant that Resolve would be slotted into the NLC for the Summer 2021 Season. This may mark an abrupt end to Barrage’s steady navigation through UK esports’ often murky waters, but UK League of Legends should not forget them. So on that note, here’s Megalodontus’ tribute to Barrage Esports’ past endeavours as we look towards Resolve’s future. Continue reading The Last Voyage: A tribute to Barrage Esports

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As esports continues to boom in popularity, why is opinion split over FIFA?

Promoted article (contains affiliate links) If you were to ask a random esports outsider to pick a video game they’d imagine would do really well in professional, competitive play, they might well point to FIFA. After all, it’s a game that simulates an actual, real-life sport. So it stands to reason it would translate brilliantly as an esport, right? Well, the consensus within the community is certainly mixed rather than a resounding yes. Continue reading As esports continues to boom in popularity, why is opinion split over FIFA?

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Dr Disrespect book review: Sorry Doc, but your book sucks (actually I’m not sorry, hahaha!)

Dr Disrespect is one of the world’s biggest video game streamers, with millions of followers, a unique entertaining style – and a moustache to die for. So when he announced he was writing a book, I got excited. This would no doubt offer an insight into his psyche, how he created his character and his controversial departure from Twitch. Right? Not quite. Maybe Doc should stick to streaming, writes Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco in this book review. Continue reading Dr Disrespect book review: Sorry Doc, but your book sucks (actually I’m not sorry, hahaha!)

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The Boomer & The Zoomer esports podcast: View the latest episode here

Esports News UK editor Dom Sacco has teamed up with Excel Esports social media manager Nathan Edmonds for a new esports podcast! Titled ‘The Boomer & The Zoomer’, 35-year-old Dom and 20-year-old Nathan will be discussing esports developments, trends, news, League of Legends and more in a laid-back, informal style. We’ll be bringing you episodes throughout the year in our spare time and, in the process, hopefully demonstrate that age needn’t be a barrier within the esports community. Continue reading The Boomer & The Zoomer esports podcast: View the latest episode here