Video Game Smurfs, Arcane Season 2 Release Date? Valve Smurf Ban, GTA VI Price and Release Date, Stray Movie, Gaming Noodles, Pokemon Manga, and more

In our recent gaming podcast, Filipino gamers discuss about Video Game Smurfing, Dota 2 Bans 90K Smurfs, Animated Stary Movie, TH3 G4M1NG FR1DG3, Arcane Season 2 Release Window? GTVI 150 USD Price and Release Date? Rockstar Games selling pirated games, Pokemon Manga The Electric Tale of Pikachu and Ash Ketchum final episode.


Video Game Smurfs
Do you guys know the term video game smurfing? So I watched some videos here is the definition if found. Smurfing is when papa Smurf meets mama Smurf and they start smurfing some blue paint comes out or something. Jokes aside, video game smurfing is when a highly skilled player with a specific rank avoids playing players of the same rank by using an account with a lower rank. Other methods are instead of using the different account you kill your game character over and over to get matched with lower-ranked players. Here are some life examples: Pacquiao joining inter barangay boxing, Sarah Geronimo joining Got Talent show And many more examples. TLDR: It's bad, especially if you are the type of playing the game seriously only to pwned. Pwnaed or pwnage is a video game term where you got totally destroyed. And unfortunately, this is prevalent in the competitive scene in video games. Have you been affected by this? Or are you one of the reasons? What games have you experienced smurfing? How can game publishers stop video game smurfing? Is it even possible? IP Ban or Hardware Ban? Well to be fair you can report them, some games like valorant have Automated Smurf Detection’ system

Valve Smurfs
Last September 2 on a blog post by Valve it was revealed that they have we permanently banned 90,000 Smurf accounts. These accounts have also been active over the last few months. So in Dota terms, Smurf accounts are alternate accounts used by players to avoid playing at the correct MMR, to abandon games, to cheat, to grief, or to otherwise be toxic without consequence. Apparently what valve did are they traced every single one of the smurf accounts back to a main account meaning even the main account can be affected. Because apparently main accounts going forward if you have smurfs could result on adjustments of behavior score and even account ban. Valve also encourages if you suspect someone smurfing you can report them so that they flag and gather data for their anti smurfing efforts

GTA VI Price
In a recent report by Dexerto, a rumor circulated that the budget for the sequel of GTA VI is around 1~2 Billion dollars. If this is true this will be the most expensive game of all time and since the development is expensive, the cost usually transfers to the consumer. Because, on the Dexerto article, its was mentioned as a Rumor the GTA VI will cost 150USD . So we are now moving from 60USD to 70USD then 150USD to play video games. Good news is this is speculation. But let's say this is true how much are you willing to pay to play a game? Again these are rumors and maybe after this recording Rockstar might confirm or deny, but as a gamer how much are you willing to pay to play? As for the release date, we might have a release window.

GTAVI Release Window
According to Strauss Zelnick CEO of Take-Two Interactive the parent of Rockstar Games this what he said “we have a very robust pipeline of titles and we have a great outlook for fiscal 2025”. So it maybe a hint? Around April 1 2024 to March 2025 if we based it on that fiscal year.

Rockstar Selling Pirated Games on Steam
Speaking of Rockstar apparently, they have been caught selling cracked games on steam. This was revealed by a video game modder “silent”, He found out by checking the hex code of the exe files which reveal cracking groups like razer 1911. Dont worry no fitgirl mentioned. This was found on their games like Midnight Club 2, Manhunt, and Max Payne. Basically rockstar didnt even bother with their own DRM and just resold pirated copies instead, maybe its that hard to update existing DRM?

Stray Movie
Are you a dog person or a person? Do you like cats then? Well if you do remember that there was a cat game released called Stray? Stray is a third-person cat adventure game with positive Steam reviews. Did anyone play that? Well if you can’t get enough apparently they are making an animated movie. So Annapurna Studios will be making the movie which is led by former Disney Animation executive. Oddly enough the studio behind said that “This is a game that’s all about what makes us human”. Note this game is about a cat and a robot. Style-wise, the film will take on “hope punk” aesthetics, which highlight positivity, kindness, and optimism. Currently its still in production so no release date has been mentioned

Arcane Season 2
If you are eagerly waiting for the second season of Arcane this might be good or bad news for you. According to the reports Arcane Season 2 might release in the winter of 2024, so around October to December. However, this information isn't confirmed or denied by Riot Games instead it was from the Twitter account League of Legends account that posted a photo of a Tencent Conference called 2024 Video V Vision. Tencent is Riot Games’ parent company. Basically, according to the announcement at the Tencent conference, Arcane Season 2 will be airing in Winter 2024. If this is true it's still at least a year away, so if you haven't watched Season 1 there is still time to catch up.

TH3 G4M1NG
The next topics will be April Fools territory but rest assured they are. This is not a out of season aprils fools joke. What am I talking about? Well, do you know Heineken? Yes the beer company! Well apparently they are releasing a gaming PC. The game PC is called TH3 G4M1NG FR1DG3. It's a custom-made PC integrated with a Heineken beer fridge. So far the specs are GTX 1650, AMD Ryzen 7 5700G with 16GB of ram, but what is interesting is the Idle temperature temperature: 0-2°C and full load temperature: 3-6°C. Unfortunately, if you are interested it seems like it's not for sale. So far it will be a Twitch giveaway from a Brazilian streamer Gaule.

Gaming Noodles
Do guys like noodles? What is your favorite? Trust me this is gaming-related. As a Filipino gamer what is your gaming noodles of choice? What if a big brand is officially making one? Pancit Canon gaming flavor? So cup noodle giant Nissin will release Gaming Cup Noodles and Gaming Curry Meshi. So not just noodles but also a meshi, a Japanese rice dish. According to Nissin, this will help gamers stay up and play all night, and probably also diarrhea (allegedly if you have bad digestion). Question here, how do you make a product gaming-related? Let's just start with this, the noodle's packaging has RGB. But not real RGB its just some graphics. Next let's go with the contents why is it a gaming noodles, well the Nissin gaming noodles apparently contain caffeine, arginine, and niacin. So far these noodles will be available in Japan from September 18.

Pokemon Ash
Last week we talked about some Pokemon stuff, and just a follow to Pokemon the manga. The manga is apparently called The Electric Tale of Pikachu. Its four-volume Pokémon manga series was made by Toshihiro Ono aka Kamirenjaku Sanpei who draws Doujinshi for a specific audience. To those who will research this manga note its a bit controversial because of some adult-themed content, especially for Misty and Jessie. Note that if you read the English version it will be heavily censored and dubbed as the cleaner version. On a side note if you like the vanilla Ash, Ash Ketchum’s final Pokémon episodes premiered on Netflix last September 8. To those who don't know Ash is retiring after becoming a Pokemon master Basically, he became the very best that ever was. Basically, Ash is retiring after 25 years and over 1,200 episodes excluding movies. So yeah you can watch the episode on Netflix because after this the new main characters will be Liko and Roy.

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