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55-year-old “boomer” gamer goes viral with insane Apex Legends clip

Published: 23/Sep/2020 15:02

by Calum Patterson

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Self-proclaimed “Boomer” gamer, known as Duncanas on Twitch, has gone viral thanks to a clip of him dominating the opposition on Apex Legends, even receiving praise from a developer.

Gaming might still be considered a hobby for the younger generation, but this continues to become less true with each passing year, as veteran gamers keep their passion burning for games.

Twitch is now home to more than a few older players, and no one can forget the famous Skyrim Grandma, Shirley Curry, who went viral herself for playing Bethesda’s RPG in her 80’s.

Grandma playing Skyrim
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Shirley Curry rose to internet stardom as the ‘Grandma Gamer.’

Duncan McLeod, who runs the ‘Boomer Gaming’ YouTube and Twitch channels, spends most of his streams playing Apex Legends, and for a 55-year-old, his skill may surprise you.

Although most people expect FPS games to be the domain of the younger generation, thanks to faster reaction times and snappy aim, McLeod proves that with practice, anyone can pull their weight on the team.

Sharing one of his highlights to the Apex Legends subreddit, he went instantly viral, clocking up over 30,000 upvotes at the time of writing, and the attention of a developer.

I might be almost 55 but I’m not dead yet! from apexlegends

The dev simply commented “Damn Duncan! Get em,” and Duncan took the opportunity to plug his YouTube videos about changes he wants to be made to the game, including SBMM and Quality of Life features.

The clip in question was actually pulled from his most recent YouTube video, about improving movement and positioning in Apex Legends:

Other players also commented about their own experience as an older player, explaining that there is a larger community of 40+ Apex Legends players than most people would expect.

“There is a group of us that play and the youngest is in his 40s and the oldest is 54,” one explained. Duncan also said that despite his age, he is almost never the target of trolls or toxicity, but says “It may just be that with my Australian accent and humor I have a tendency to disarm them and don’t let anything get to me.”

You can catch ‘Boomer Gaming’ streaming live on Twitch almost every day.

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When is Apex Legends coming to Steam? Release date, cross-play, more

Published: 23/Oct/2020 16:48 Updated: 23/Oct/2020 16:51

by Calum Patterson

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Respawn Entertainment has finally announced the release date for when Apex Legends is coming to Steam, meaning that PC players no longer have to rely solely on EA’s own Origin launcher to boot up the title.

EA has teamed up with Steam, bringing their EA Play service to the platform. You can also now buy Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and FIFA 21 on Steam too. It was only a matter of time until Apex joined the lineup.

However, the Apex release is now on its way, after it was initially expected to drop on Steam at the same time as Apex’s launch on Nintendo Switch, as well as the introduction of cross-play.

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EA’s subscription service, EA Play, is now available through Steam.

When is Apex Legends coming to Steam?

After plenty of leaks and rumors about the big release, Respawn finally confirmed on October 23  that Apex Legends is coming to Steam on November 4, along with the release of Season 7.

“Apex Legends is officially coming to Steam when Season 7 launches on November 4, 2020,” they revealed in a blog post.

EA first teased a partnership with Steam on October 25, when they tweeted out a video of an EA-emblazoned mug with steam coming out of the top of it.

This doesn’t mean that EA games will no longer be available on Origin, instead they will also be available on Steam with players able to play with friends on either launcher.

EA/Apex LegendsPlayers on all platforms will be able to with and against each other in Apex Legends.

Exclusive Steam cosmetics for Apex Legends

As a reward for players coming to Apex Legends on Steam, three exclusive weapon charms will be available. The charms themselves are related to Valve games Portal and Half-Life.

Three steam weapon charms for Apex Legends
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The charms all have some inspiration from Valve games.

Apex Legends on mobile?

EA previously confirmed that they were working on a mobile version of Apex legends, but have gone quiet since. The Nintendo Switch release has now also been delayed until a later date.

“This year has brought on unexpected new challenges, to put it mildly, and we don’t want to rush anything out,” Respawn revealed, “Switch owners can expect to get their hands on Apex Legends next year.”

Apex Legends Cross-play

Cross-platform play was confirmed during EA Play in June, and was expected to release at the same time as the Steam and Nintendo Switch versions, “when Apex Legends does launch on Switch, it’ll come with support for cross-platform play.”

It was also confirmed, in the October 23 announcement, that PC players on Origin can switch to Steam and keep their account progress on the other launcher.

“If you’ve previously been playing on Origin, feel free to give it a spin on Steam,” Respawn Game Director Chad Grenier added, “all your account progression and unlocks will carry over between the two platforms. ”

EA stopped selling new games through Steam several years ago, instead choosing to run games through their own platform, Origin. This return allows them to reach a wider player-base.

Apex Legends has been a resounding success for EA. It reached 50 million players worldwide in just 28 days, challenging Epic Games’ global phenomenon Fortnite.