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Back4Blood / Left4Dead 3?

Back 4 Blood
 
You know there is something of a certain level of nostalgia when you cast your mind back and see yourself so close to safety, the crackling fires of burning cars now becoming distant echoes in the black of night. The sound of flames piercing the night accompanied by the heavy pounding of feet on pavement. Your allies running, limping, and panting with exertion with each step taking them closer to safety, and then for no reason you get an evil thought... What if you didn't make it? Better yet, what if they didn't make it? What if you made three other people waste a good forty minutes for no reason? So you swerve off from the safe room, jump onto a car bonnet (hood) setting off the car alarm and then sprint into the room, closing the door behind you. You then drop a Molotov as a horde of ravenous undead burst from nowhere and descend upon your teammates. As you laugh like a maniac as they struggle trapped against the inferno before them, and the reanimated necrotic bodies try to tear you limb from limb.
 
The anger and resentment still ringing in your ears as the completion screen comes up. Despite having the lowest kill count you are the only survivor? Now that was the joy that was Left 4 Dead, and we may have a cheeky return of the brilliant FPS survival runner. 
 
Now the closed alpha for Back 4 Blood went live all the way back in December, so if you get a chance you can take a look at the following short gameplay.
 
 
For those who have played Left 4 Dead, you will know roughly what to expect, but Back 4 Blood added a new enemy, the AI. Previously in Left 4 Dead you had to cheeky mosey on around to see where the AI had randomly dropped certain special enemies or group of hordes for no reason other than its own binary enjoyment which usually wasn't an issue, until you hit the higher difficulties. The dreaded AI now has a cheeky card system before the game where it will show you the options it has to play, whether it be added hoards, extra enemies, or even flaming enemies to sling at you whenever it thinks you are taking it too lightly. With these cards it adds into your own counter cards and passive abilities such as extra ammo or special melee weapons instead.
 
This new development gives you a more tactical system to play with your group. Also, on the higher difficulties boasts the need for proper planning and preparation before diving straight in; unlike the previous installments with unlimited dual pistols and ever lasting one hit punches to get you out of every situation from normal to easy modes. Now, this is only a teaser as I haven't played the alpha myself so I will be keeping this short and sweet, but this is definitely a title to keep an eye on going forwards. I mean most of us will have played Dead Island, State of Decay, or any number of zombie based games and few have given me the same enjoyment as Left 4 Dead did way back when. Despite a new name, team name, and the fancy glossing over this is shaping up to be one of those daft games you just jump into with friends and have a laugh with, which I think is exactly what the gaming community needs sometimes. Back 4 Blood is shaping up to fill the void in our hearts.
 
Stay tuned for a deeper look into Back 4 Blood once the beta is out. There's good news and bad news surrounding the beta. The initial game release was expected to be in June, but it has been pushed all the way back to October to give the team more time to make sure game is finished and polished. I can't complain though, seeing as usually publishers ruin our dreams with unfinished games (cough Cyberpunk), but at the same time they have announced the game will have an open beta this summer so that will be one to look out for.
 
Stay tuned for a follow-up once the beta is released!

Overwatch Lore - Part 1

Do you want to learn more about Overwatch and its deep backstory? You’ve come to the right place! Overwatch has its lore throughout the game- in voice lines between characters, comics they release outside of the game, as well as animations that used to be released multiple times a year. Each of the characters have their own story that ties into it overall. Let's get started from the beginning!
 
It all started when Omnica Corporation wanted to start manufacturing omnics, over 30 years ago; they were quickly decommissioned as the company went out of business for fraud. Before they went out of business, they had multiple claims of their machines malfunctioning, and they couldn’t even meet the amount of production they needed to keep up with what they had promised to the public. During this time however, another omnic company, SST had created a E54 series Bastion unit, specifically for peacekeeping. Nigeria also produced the OR14 security robots. After omnic production was stopped, they started waking up on their own, and even assaulting civilians nearby, starting in Russia. These units would wake up, and attempt to wake up nearby units. Due to this, Bastion units were produced quickly to help fight off these omnics, and thus started the Omnic Crisis.  
 
To combat this Volskaya Industries, a Russian company, developed a line of manned assault robots called the Svyatogor. Alongside Russia's efforts, Germany starts the Crusaders, a paramilitary group to fight off the omnics, and Reinhardt joins them. America starts the soldier enhancement program, which Gabriel Reyes (Reaper) and Jack Morrison (Soldier:76) are quickly accepted into. Shortly after these groups are formed, the United Nations proposes the idea of Overwatch for the first time. This original team is composed of Reaper, Soldier:76, Reinhardt, Ana, Torbjörn, and Mina Liao. They start defeating the omnics! Things are looking up and finally the Omnic Crisis is over! 
 
So the Golden Age of Overwatch begins, and Jack Morrison (Solider:76) takes over Gabriel’s (Reaper) place as Strike Commander of Overwatch, while Gabriel (Reaper) transfers to start a new division called Blackwatch. They capture outlaw Jesse McCree (McCree) of Deadlock during this time and give him the option of either joining Blackwatch or going to rot in jail. He chooses correctly and joins them. Australian Government gives omnics to the cities and starts displacing humans, like Mako Rutledge (Roadhog) and Jamison Fawkes (Junkrat).The Australian Liberation Front is formed this time, to fight back against this. Bastion wakes up in the forest also during this time. 
 
Numbani takes OR14 models and begins updating them to OR15, who will become known as Orisa. The disaster at Ecopoint: Antarctica happens, and the team goes into cryofreeze. After the death of their father, Hanzo begins getting pressured to kill his younger brother Genji by the other clan members, and he does.. or so he thought, Angela Zeigler (Mercy) finds Gengi and heals him, to which he joins Blackwatch to help fight against the Shimada Clan.
 
This ends the Golden Age of Overwatch, and starts the Fall of Overwatch. 
 
Stay tuned later this month for parts 2 and 3 of the Overwatch Lore!

Overwatch Division- April Newsletter

Overwatch did its annual April Fool's joke with the googly eyes for the heroes and for the payloads! I really wish the payloads also had these eyes, and that if you hit them they'd move. These eyes always bring a smile to my face.  There were also a ton of new things in the Experimental Patch in honor of April Fool's too. You can check those out here! I watched our very own @papernopenstream some of these experimental patches, and some of them seemed pretty cool! If you'd like to check out her stream showcasing these, check out this video!
Starting April 16th, Overwatch League will be back in action! For more details on the current teams and schedule, check out the official page! I haven't personally had much time to look into all of the roster changes that occurred yet, but I am definitely looking forward to seeing some great games again this year!
 

 
The following members have met these milestones in their positions:
 
2 years:
@Buddabudda010 as SA of Classic Squad (PS4)
 
6 months:
@LadyMercyMain as SL of Luna Squad (PS4)
@me0wley_ as SA of Luna Squad (PS4)
@Pro MK5 as SL of Demon Squad (XB1)
 
Keep up the great work guys!!!!  
 

 
We have a lot of upcoming events in TG! Check the calendar out for more information and to RSVP!

 
 

 
In the Overwatch Division, we have always been pretty good at recruiting, but as our amazing game has gotten older, I feel like it has gotten a lot harder to recruit, but that doesn't mean it is impossible! We just have to put some more work into it! When I say "we" I want you guys to know that doesn't just mean the higher ups; I'm talking about EVERYONE (yes, I am talking about you!)!
As someone that has spent a lot of time with IN squads over the years, having new people in IN can be a lot of fun! New members mean we can continue to fill squads that are needing specific heroes and SR ranges. It also means that we can have more squads! I know a lot of squads love to do scims against others, and the best scrims are the really close ones against those that are of similar SRs! I personally love to watch these scrims, where it is back and forth, and you have absolutely no idea who is going to come out on top! The only way that we can regularly host scrims like this is if we continue to grow! More people= more people to get to know, form friendships with, and game with on a regular basis!
I'd like to challenge you guys to all work on your recruiting skills this month. This can be in-game, on forums, discords, Facebook, Instagram, in-person, or anywhere etc. I have a sneaking suspicion a recruiting contest will be coming up in May... Maybe even a division vs division challenge to see who can get the most recruits! 
If any of you have any questions about recruiting, feel free to ask them here! There are many great recruiters in Overwatch that can help!
 

 
April 2nd- @Tekkerz_Torb
April 9th- @areyousleepyyet0
April 15th- @LadyMercyMain
April 20th- @GamingUnicorn246 and @WAM_BAM20
April 21st- @RykerDumbleDwar and @spitfire_ej
April 24th- @TG Alicorn
 
***Any suggestions for the next edition of the newsletter, please feel free to let me know!***
 
 

ATO - TG Kacy2k

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
@TG Kacy2k

Tactical Adventures Head Trainer




in Tactical Adventures,

as such from the 04th day of April, 2021.

This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining. And I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lesser grade to render obedience to appropriate orders. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by Superiors acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of Tactical Adventures.

Given under my hand at Tactical Gaming, on this 04th day of April, 2021.


Signed by:
 
TG Epsi
Chief of Staff, TA

ATO - TG Epsi - TA CoS

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:
Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
@TG Epsi

Tactical Adventures Chief Of Staff




in Tactical Adventures,

as such from the 04th day of April, Two Thousand and Twenty One.

This appointee will therefore carefully and diligently discharge the duties of the grade to which appointed by doing and performing all manner of things thereunto pertaining. And I do strictly charge and require all personnel of lesser grade to render obedience to appropriate orders. And this appointee is to observe and follow such orders and directions as may be given from time to time by Superiors acting according to the rules and articles governing the discipline of Tactical Adventures.

Given under my hand at Tactical Gaming, on this 04th day of April, Two Thousand and Twenty One.


Signed by:
 
 
TG KrizZz
Vice President
Tactical Gaming

ATO - Just an Enigma

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
@Just An Enigma

I hereby award
 
One (1) Instance of the Legion Of Merit
 

 
One (1) Instance of the Training Office Achievement Medal
 

 

One (1) Instance of the Good Conduct Medal
 

 
 
Just an Enigma has been in TG since July 2015 and has spent more than half of his tenure in Leadership positions. Enigma faithfully carries out his duties and ensures that his subordinates are taken care of. Over the past 6 months Enigma has taken on the task of redesigning the Close Quarters ATC from a stat based ATC to a course based ATC. Enigma spent countless hours designing, testing, and modifying the new course so that it provided a fair challenge to all members regardless of what gaming level they are at. Enigma also assisted with gathering a team together and participated in the testing of the Sniper ATC; which was also redesigned into a course based ATC. 
 
I hereby award Just an Enigma with the Training Office Achievement Medal, the Legion of Merit Medal and his 11th Good Conduct Medal,.
 
Medal Descriptions
 
Given under my hand, at 2nd Corps, Battlefield Division, on this 3rd day of April, Two Thousand and Twenty One.
 
=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=*=
 
General of TW
TG HaloHobo
TW Chief of Staff
Tactical Gaming Executive Committee
 

 
General
TG Epsi
2nd Corps Commander
Tactical Warfare Command
 

 
 
Brigadier General
Miss Vendetta
Tactical Warfare Head Trainer

 
Lieutenant General
TG Kacy2k
2nd Corps
Battlefield Division Officer

ATO - PoshGirl - AC

To all who shall see these presents, greeting:

Know Ye, that reposing special trust and confidence in the fidelity and abilities of
 
 
 
@PoshGirl

I hereby promote 
to the Position of Army Commander with rank off
 

 
with rank of
 

 
 
 
Given under my hand on this 2nd day of April, Two Thousand and Twenty-0ne.
 
 
Signed:

TG KrizZz
Vice president
Tactical Gaming

 
SenileSarge
TA Chief Of Staff
Tactical gaming
 

 

Escape from Tarkov Division Recruiting Contest

The Escape from Tarkov Division is hosting a Recruiting Contest!
 
When: 
Now until April 30th at 23:59 GMT or until we hit 20 recruits (whichever comes first)
 
Who: 
Everyone in TG can participate
 
Why: 
To encourage growth in the Escape from Tarkov division 
 
What Prizes:
$10 USD for every recruit you bring into TG that completes the Boot Camp Test and is placed into a squad, and attends at least one practice
 
How do I receive my prize:
These are the items needed for your recruit to count:
1. List your name! This can either be in the "Why TG" section, under the "referrer", or in a message with you confirming that you referred them (you will need to supply a screenshot of the message if it is not listed on their TG profile).
2. The recruit must complete their Boot Camp Test.
3. The recruit must be placed into an IN Squad.
4. You must reply to this topic with a link to the new member's profile and a screenshot confirming you referred them unless your name is on their profile.
5. Prizes will be sent via PayPal by April 30th. If you're from the US or Canada you will be required to have PayPal to receive your prize. UK/EU will be done preferably via PayPal, but other options are available.
 
Any questions, please feel free to ask them here!!!
*Prizes will be given out up to $200. If we hit 20 recruits before April 30th, this contest will be closed.*
** To receive your prize, you must be in TG when they are dispersed.**

Racing Event for Sabine and Murray

The world lost two Motorsport Legends in the month of March. Sabine Schmitz was a Motorsport Driver and was knowns as Queen of the Nürburgring Ring. She passed away on March 16, 2021 at the age of 51 after battling cancer for the past four years. Murray Walker was a Legendary F1 Commentator and journalist. He passed away on March 13, 2021 at the age of 97.
 
As a tribute to their lives, @Trekboy101, @TG SeanTuc4, and @TG SeanTuc2 are hosting a racing event on Saturday, April 10th at 3 PM ET/ 8 PM GMT. It will consist of doing two races on Forza Motorsport 7 on the XB1. Anyone is more than welcome to attend. The event will consist of a moment of silence along with the following races:
 
Race One:
Nürburgring Ring- 2 Laps in a Ford Transit Van  
 
Race Two: 
Endurance Race in GT Cars  
 
If you wish to attend please RSVP to this event. You can also reply here.
This event will also be streamed on @TG SeanTuc4's Twitch.
Hope to see you all on the track.
 
RIP Murray and Sabine. 
Gone but never forgotten .

All Halo Live Services to be Suspended by end of 2021

343 Industries to Shut Off Live Services for Halo Titles
 
It is the end of an era for online Halo games. 343 Industries said in a statement, “We are shutting down multiplayer servers for Halo games at the end of 2021.” It seems they want to make way for future development of Halo: Infinite, by increasing the server capacity and allowing developers more time to release patches, considering COVID-19 has had a serious impact on development.
 
343 Industries said in a statement regarding The Halo Titles, “Well, unfortunately, it truly is nearly time to say goodbye to that era." In a post on Halo Waypoint, 343 Industries announced that online support would be impacted for Halo 5, Halo 4, Halo: Reach, Halo 3, Halo 3: ODST, Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Spartan Assault, and Halo Wars.
 

 
Halo has largely been the defining series for the creation of online gaming. Seeing that they are shutting down all live servers to accommodate their new title, seems to be an interesting decision. They are really putting all of their eggs in one basket, increasing hype of Halo Infinite and completely scrapping Halo 5.

The server sunsetting will also apply to the “Master Chief Collection” on PC. They want to drought the community to have a record breaking release for Halo: Infinite, which will be available on PC, and Xbox series X/S- “It will remain a PC and Xbox exclusive indefinitely”, says Bonnie Ross, the CEO of 343 Industries. 
 
This means a few things for TG, but mainly it means the Halo 5 Division will have to be put on pause, and re-branded for Halo: Infinite after release. Yikes!! Seems like this is going to cause a lot of problem for that division.
 
Hope everyone is having an outstanding April Fools Day- >:D
 
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