Not So Massively: Rust randomises penis size; Splatoon sells a million units

    
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Nintendo‘s recently released Wii U shooter Splatoon sold over a million units worldwide in its first month, becoming one of the console’s most popular games. The game has received several patches and new content additions, and is now running an in-game event called Splatfest. Online survival game Rust is in the news again for randomising players’ penis sizes based on their Steam ID, and developers confirmed that a female model is in the works. Heroes of the Storm‘s upcoming Eternal Conflict patch is now available on the public test realm, and one player caught an incredibly close match on camera that literally came down to a fraction of a second.

Path of Exile revealed a few more legendary items and confirmed that its upcoming expansion, The Awakening, is still on schedule for its July 10th release date. Diablo III‘s next patch hit the public test realm this week, adding a whole new zone and an item based on Diablo II‘s Horadric Cube. And League of Legends revealed new support tank champion and River King Tahm Kench, who can swallow allies to keep them out of harms way and even eat enemy players on the battlefield.

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splatoonNintendo’s new third-person shooter Splatoon has now been released for one month, and it’s already sold over a million copies worldwide. The Wii U-exclusive online game pits two teams of inklings against each other in a battle to paint a map in their team’s colour with a variety of ink-shooting guns. Killing the other team is little more than an inconvenience, as the team with the highest percentage of the map painted in its colour at the end of the match wins. Nintendo has been regularly unlocking new maps and items over time in an effort to keep the game fresh and plans to continue this for the foreseeable future.

This week’s patch added Carbon Roller and Dual Squelcher weapons, and tomorrow’s balance patch will buff the inkstrike special weapon and increases the amount of knockback the Kraken takes from enemy fire. The abilities Ninja Squid, Stealth Jump, and Ink Resistance Up will also be brought down in power to make the other abilities competitive.

The first ever Splatfest event happened last night in the European version of the game and is scheduled to run on July 4th in the US. The EU event asked players whether they prefer rock or pop music, while the US event’s theme will be cats versus dogs. This is more than just a childish popularity contest, though, as the game’s matchmaking algorithm will begin sorting players into teams based on their choice. Any matches you win during the event will add points to your side of the argument, and you’ll even get a free in-game t-shirt during the event that shows what choice you made.

rusttitleMost online games pride themselves on giving players control over the look of their characters, but online survival game Rust takes a different approach. Your character’s appearance in Rust is procedurally generated based on your Steam ID, and you simply have to put up with whatever way he comes out. When the feature was first introduced, some players complained that they were being forced to play an ethnicity that wasn’t their own, while others saw it as a kind of social experiment in empathy.

Players discovered recently that your character’s penis size is also procedurally generated, and also that longer penises are actually a hindrance as you take more damage when shot in the crotch. The developers are currently working on adding a female character model to the game that will have similarly randomised proportions and have promised not to over-sexualise the character model.

heroesofthestormHeroes of the Storm‘s massive Eternal Conflict update hit the public test realm this week, adding new content from the world of Diablo III into the mix. The new Battlefield of Eternity battleground has been added to the map rotation and treasure goblins will now spawn at the start of matches. The patch also comes with a variety of balance changes from the game’s existing heroes, including a significant talent rework for The Lost Vikings and major updates to Brightwing, Malfurion, and Rehgar.

If you’ve ever wondered just how close a match of Heroes of the Storm could be, check out the video below courtesy of Reddit user Nakki2. This game came down to both teams rushing each other’s base at the same time, ending with the winning team’s core on just 1% health as the other’s hit 0%. Kotaku explains that the entire game rested on the losing team killing an enemy in the final seconds, triggering a passive ability he had that stuns all nearby enemies on death. The stun caught the entire losing team just as they were about to finish off the enemy core, stalling them long enough for the enemy team to steal the win.

Grinding Gear Games has published an updated timeline for the Path of Exile‘s upcoming expansion, The Awakening. Development is continuing and on-track for the previously announced July 10th release date, and there’s still a lot to add to the beta before release. Parts of the Act Four zones that have been excluded from the expansion beta thus far will be added soon, and there are still additional skills and unique items to reveal.

Developers also revealed that over 100 new unique items and jewels will be added to the game in The Awakening, and balance changes will land for 50 existing uniques. The latest two new uniques revealed are a low-level ring that synergises with lightning and cold damage based builds and a high-level piece of body armour that regenerates health when you use endurance charges.

Last week’s League of Legends teaser video generated quite a bit of speculation, and this week we finally found out that it was for the monstrous new champion Tahm Kench, The River King. When he’s not conning gamblers out of their lives, Tahm Kench is a disruptive support tank who can literally eat players to remove them from the fight. Using his Devour ability, he can eat allies to protect them temporarily in his belly or eat minions and then spit them up at enemies.

If Tahm applies three stacks of his basic attack to an enemy champion, he can then eat them to take them out of the fight for several seconds and deal a large amount of damage. His ultimate ability lets him eat an ally and then teleport to another location on the map, transporting both players behind enemy lines for a surprise attack. Riot has put together a surprising amount of information on the new champion, including suggestions of other champions that will synergise well with him and strategies for solo laning, skirmishing, and what to do in teamfights.

Patch 5.12 also went live this week with several really big changes. The base turrets in Summoner’s Rift no longer slow opponents, the skillshot code has been overhauled to improve collision detection, and the Magus jungle enchantment is being replaced with a Runeglaive enchantment to open up more options for junglers.

Diablo III‘s public test realm received a mega patch this week that will soon be making its way to the live game. Patch 2.3.0 adds the new Ruins of Sescheron zone, an artifact called Kanai’s Cube that is the predecessor of Diablo II‘s Horadric Cube, and big updates for crafting and adventure mode. The patch is also adding four new difficulty levels above Torment IV, new legendary and set items, and a new Season Journey interface that tracks your accomplishments over the course of each season.

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Every week, Brendan Drain scours the net to bring you all the latest news from from the world of MOBAs, lobby-based games, and other online multiplayer games that aren’t quite MMOs in Not So Massively. If there’s anything you want to see covered here, post a comment or send mail to brendan@massivelyop.com to let him know!
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Denngar
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Denngar

Splatfest was fun. Yay for team dogs!

Aglethe
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Aglethe

Archebius Styopa
I’m kind of the same way on this. I can see the value in what Rust does as a social experiment, but it’s just not something I could see myself actually wanting to play.
In offline games where you can take that time, I’ve literally spent days in character creation. So the idea of a game where you get just one random roll at it is pretty much anathema to me. :/

Archebius
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Archebius

Styopa Yeah, I can see that for a survival game like this, but I tend not to be a fan of it in other games. I like customizing too much.

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

eLdritchMD Neo_Wolf The difference is there will be clothing etc that allows for tattoos to be seen by design whereas you digital penis is not going to be on show unless you intentionally go nude and that accounts for likely less than 1% of a games population lol

tattoos are cosmetic, your digital penis is purely exhibitionist it has almost no visual reference and ABSOLUTELY no practical use in RUST…so then why have it.  As I said they may just as well have had random labia sizes for females it would have been equally redundant.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Neo_Wolf eLdritchMD yes that was my point too… In most MMOs most people will wear armor which covers up most of your body, so there is absolutely no reason to have tattoos on your chest or arms because they will be covered up anyway unless you’re that guy dancing on the mailbox in his boxers.

If your argument is that most people will cover it up then my argument against most customization is just as valid ;)

Neo_Wolf
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Neo_Wolf

eLdritchMD Neo_Wolf I’ve seen them I’ve seen the game but the point I’m making is how many people are actually going to have it on show with no pants?  Its like the one guy who runs around in his undies in an MMOs.  That ones guy is the exception not the rule.

For the most part noone is going to be naked and it isn’t going to be seen which makes it pointless.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Neo_Wolf eLdritchMD but it is on show in Rust unless you wear pants. Google “Rust Penis” and you will see them in all their glory ;)  So that makes it like tattoos or eyes in other MMOs which are also hidden a lot from wearing armor.

Neo_Wolf
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eLdritchMD Neo_Wolf Not really tattoos are cosmetic and used to enhance the appearance of your character on show.  Eyes likewise are abundantly visible to everyone.  Your digital penis however is not.. it is of practically zero relevance and importance to your characters appearance because it isn’t on show in any way let alone have any use in the game.
They may just as well have put random labia sizes in for females it would have been an equally redundant random customization.

eLdritchMD
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eLdritchMD

Neo_Wolf You could say the same thing about tattoos or eye colour…

BryanCo
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BryanCo

Penis size effects damage from getting shot in the crotch?  That’s just silly.  Testicle, not penis, size should be the main factor in crotch vulnerability.