Gaming

Xbox finally reveal when inactive gamertags will become available

Published: 14/Jul/2019 13:44 Updated: 14/Jul/2019 15:53

by Marcus Banks

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Xbox One players hoping to grab an inactive Xbox Live gamertag may not have to wait much longer, as Microsoft updated their policy on closing accounts.

Gamertags are your identity during online multiplayer games, with players often looking to get a tag closest to their name or alias. On the other hand, some players feel that having a gamertag with the fewest letters possible is the way to go.

Naturally, the vast majority of these short and ‘popular’ handles are already taken. However, some accounts have been dormant for years, meaning they could soon be up for grabs after Microsoft updated their policy on closing inactive accounts.

XBOXPlayers can change their gamertag, at a cost.

When are inactive Xbox gamertags available?

Published on July 1, Microsoft announced their new policy on closing accounts which is effective from August 30.

It states that the company have the right to close all “inactive” accounts if the player does not sign in at least once in a two-year period. After that period has passed, Microsoft will deem the account to be inactive and the gamertag would be available for anyone to grab.

MICROSOFTMicrosoft have updated their policy.

However, there are some exceptions that could see accounts last for longer than the specified time frame, meaning not all the sought-after tags will be obtainable.

Accounts which have active subscriptions to services such as Xbox Live won’t be closed as well as any accounts that have outstanding Microsoft credit which is yet to be spent.

MICROSOFTThere are some exceptions to their rule.

While two years might seem a long time to wait, gamertags can often last a lifetime for avid gamers, meaning players will be desperate to secure their desired handle.

Mark the date in your diaries and prepare for the rush of people trying to do exactly the same.

Overwatch

Overwatch player discovers secret counter to Mei’s Cryo-Freeze

Published: 1/Dec/2020 19:32

by Michael Gwilliam

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Mei’s Cryo-Freeze has to be one of the most annoying abilities in Overwatch, granting the hero complete invincibility for its duration. Now, a player has discovered a brilliant trick to counter the ice-themed hero.

In Overwatch, there are few abilities as unique as Cryo-Freeze. It places Mei inside of an ice cube that heals her and cleanses any status effects such as Ana’s biotic grenade.

However, the most annoying thing about the ability is how it makes Mei completely invulnerable. For the few seconds she has it activated, she can survive anything from point-blank D.Va bombs to Sigma’s Gravitic Flux.

Some players have found ways to “time” abilities so they connect with Mei as she exits her ice cube cocoon, such as Tracer’s Pulse Bomb or a Reinhardt charge. However, this tactic is reliant on the Mei using Cryo-Freeze’s whole duration. If she cancels it early, then there’s a chance that she’ll end up surviving or dodging the oncoming attack.

Mei uses ice block in Overwatch
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Mei’s ice block is extremely powerful.

Luckily, a new technique has been discovered which should make countering Mei a breeze. As shown by Reddit user bleubey, Junkrat can actually place his trap directly on top of Mei’s ice cube.

This trick should guarantee that the Chinese environmentalist hero gets trapped and is extremely vulnerable to any attacks. With any luck, you can even catch the Mei player completely off-guard and force out her ultimate.

That exact thing happened in bleubey’s clip. After coming out of the cube, the Mei found herself trapped and ended up wasting her Blizzard in the process, only to be taken out of the picture by a damage-boosted Junkrat grenade.

I find it amusing that you can put a junk trap on top of Mei’s head while she’s an ice cube from Overwatch

Users on the site were shocked to see that such a trick even existed. “I’m almost gold border and I never knew this,” wrote marioaprooves.

“I’m GM and I never knew this sh*t. Holy f**k,” stated another, clearly shocked at what they had witnessed.

Mei freezes Roadhog
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Mei has a lot of tricks up her sleeve.

Bleubey responded in turn that they only found out by complete accident, proving that such a tactic really went under the radar for a long time.

The next time there is a Mei giving your team trouble, try swapping to Junkrat and taking her out with this neat trap hat maneuver.