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Yoshi and Baby Mario fit right into Death Stranding crossover parody

Published: 12/Nov/2019 0:36 Updated: 12/Nov/2019 20:46

by Bill Cooney

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Death Stranding is one of the most hyped-up games to come out during the 2019 holiday season and it’s already capturing fan’s imaginations.

The first independent title from video game designer Hideo Kojima, Death Stranding came out on November 8, 2019.

Fans spent more than a year wondering what the heck the game would be about since it was first announced but the reaction since release appears to be mostly positive.

SonyDeath Stranding is one of the most anticipated games of 2019.600

Yoshi meets Kojima

YouTuber NCHProductions decided to combine the Death Stranding hype with the world of Super Mario and the results are pretty impressive.

Sam Bridges, the main character in Death Stranding, is replaced with Yoshi and instead of a generic baby in a case, the green dinosaur carries around Baby Mario.

Instead of reconnecting the country, Yoshi Stranding follows his quest to rebuild the stages of the Mushroom Kingdom one mystery box at a time.

During his journey, he faces off against Shy Guys in the place of MULE and a Chain Chomp instead of Death Stranding’s Beached Things.

Even more Mario characters make cameos in the end credits of the video, but the pairing of Baby Mario and Yoshi is definitely the best in the video.

Death Stranding doesn’t come to PC until sometime in 2020, but there’s a good chance that some modders will put Yoshi into the game in some form to make NCH’s vision come true.

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Yoshi actually makes a great Sam Bridges.600

What else has NCHProductions done?

NCHProdutions is an animator who does humorous parodies of popular games, including Monster Hunter: World, Undertale, Pokemon and more.

Yoshi Stranding is set to join the channels list of most-viewed videos with just under one million views at the time of writing.

Not too bad for a video that’s only a few days old, and just might show how popular Kojima’s latest creation really is.

Valorant

Valorant dev responds to players asking for map-specific queues

Published: 29/Nov/2020 1:30

by Alan Bernal

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A Valorant developer gave weight to the idea of map-specific queues after Icebox’s mixed reception made it difficult for some to get any meaningful practice on the map.

Icebox has been a divisive addition to Valorant. There are some members of the community who swear it’s a great example of a tactical map that demands a thoughtful approach to Agent ability usage; and there are others who believe it’s the worst map to grace the game.

Unfortunately, people in either camp share the same matchmaking playlist. This presents a problem, at times, in which people who want to play Icebox can matchmake with someone else who will then dodge that particular map.

Luckily, there are discussions within Riot Games for a solution that could include special playlists that feature specific maps.

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Some players have been dodging Icebox too many times, and Riot might try to find a solution for it.

“Could you please put a separate queue so that we can quickly get some experience,” a message to Riot said. “I found it hard to get used to Icebox because people keep dodging so I can’t rack up the hours to get used to the map.”

Riot Insight and Strategy dev on Valorant, Coleman ‘Altombre’ Palm, responded with an encouraging word, noting how the idea is “a great suggestion and it’s something we’ve talked about ourselves as well.”

One of the last times Riot addressed map selection playlists was back in July, when Senior Producer Ian Fielding said from a competitive standpoint, separating the matchmaking pool wasn’t ideal for players.

“Splitting up matchmaking into separate map pools would reduce the overall players in our matchmaking pool,” Fielding said in an Ask Valorant blog. “Which not only slows down matchmaking, but makes it more difficult for us to produce fair matches.

“Given that, we currently don’t have plans to enable map specific selection for Matchmaking.”

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As disappointed as some players might have been, Altombre’s update has given some hope that Valorant could one day include these smaller matchmaking queues.

Although who’s to say it would look anything like the kind found in CS:GO. In League of Legends, Riot has people lock in a primary and secondary role to choose which one they get in a match.

In some instances, a player won’t get either. Moreover, if the system determines there’s a lack of sufficient players queuing for a certain role, then the game offers a brief reward for anyone willing to fill it.

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A map selector could be coming to Valorant, though it might not look what people are familiar in CS:GO.

A general idea like that could be applied to Valorant’s maps. Although tweaked to fit the concept, that could be a solution to let people choose which two locales they prefer, while maintaining the possibility of getting any map at the end of the day.

In either case, it sounds like Riot wants to tackle this issue in some capacity soon, and hopefully it results in a meaningful quality of life update for Valorant.