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Microsoft responds to backlash over Halo Infinite’s graphics

Published: 24/Jul/2020 20:05

by Brent Koepp


On July 23, Halo Infinite was unveiled during Microsoft’s Xbox Series X event. However, the game’s graphics sparked backlash on social media. Responding to complaints, marketing manager Aaron Greenberg explains why the first-person shooter is still a “work in progress.”

Microsoft gave fans their first in-depth look at Halo Infinite during its Xbox Series X event in July. The publisher revealed the title to be open-world, and stated that it was going back to its roots.


However, the FPS was quickly embroiled in controversy after players took to social media to criticize the game’s graphics as not being “next-gen.” On July 24, the publisher responded to critics.

Microsoft responds to Halo Infinite backlash

Speaking to outlet IGN, Microsoft GM Aaron Greenberg addressed the criticism surrounding the Halo Infinite demo and stated, “Listen, we’re in the middle of a global [situation]. It’s July, we’re far from [launch in] Holiday, you’re seeing a work-in-progress game.”


The employee then re-emphasized the progress that 343 Studios is making on the game. “We see build check-ins every week, and they make progress week after week, so between now and Holiday it’s just going to get better and better,” he said.

Greenberg then argued the title was being unfairly judged due to the lower-quality stream. “It’s very hard to show the full power and graphical fidelity of what Xbox Series X will be able to deliver for you over a stream. Go back and look at it in 4K 60.”

Infinite’s campaign and gameplay trailer was quickly met with backlash from players who argued the title’s graphics were “lackluster.” In a viral tweet, user ‘Nibellion’ highlighted how the FPS looked when not in motion.


Other users compared Infinite to The Last Of Us Part II which debuted in June, and argued the PS4 release looked better. Although it should be noted that Halo is an open-world game aiming for 60FPS.

While neither Sony for Microsoft have confirmed a release date for the PS5 or Series X, both have stated they will hit stores “this Holiday.” With only four months away, only time will tell if 343 can change Halo fans’ minds.


Overwatch fans want to honor player who died saving woman from attacker

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam


The Overwatch community is rallying behind a 26-year-old player who passed away earlier in October after defending a woman from a man who allegedly broke into her home with a knife.

Tiago de Souza, who reportedly played thousands of hours and mained Hanzo, Pharah, Sigma, McCree and Doomfist, reportedly gave his life to save a friend and her daughters.


According to Brazilian media, Tiago was at the woman’s house when her ex-partner broke in with a knife in-hand, trying to attack her.

Investigators say the suspect beat the woman with punches. When Tiago tried to interfere, he was allegedly stabbed and died on the spot.

Overwatch player Tiago
Tiago died protecting a woman.

The suspect later went to the police station in Prudentópolis on his own accord and was detained.

A petition on the website Avaaz describes Tiago as “very fond of science and questioning the mysteries of the universe.”

“He liked several games, but undoubtedly his passion was Overwatch,” the petition continued, noting how he had unlocked four golden guns for different heroes through competitive play.

Hanzk on Hanamura
Blizzard Entertainment
Tiago enjoyed playing as Hanzo.

“Tiago was an incredible, selfless and generous person, who gave his life to save someone else’s,” the petition said. “We, friends and family, do not want your courageous attitude to be forgotten, and nothing better to honor you than with a tribute in your favorite game.”

So far, over 2,000 people have signed the petition asking Blizzard to honor the player, though they didn’t specify on how they would like the company to pay tribute to Tiago.

Potentially, if Blizzard were going to honor the player, they could do so on the Brazilian Lucio Ball map for the Summer Games event, or even something from Overwatch 2, whenever that game is released.

Lucioball in Overwatch
Blizzard Entertainment
Blizzard might honor the player on a Brazilian Lucio Ball map.

Blizzard does have a decent track record of honoring its players. Notably, Blizzard immortalized the streamer Reckful by adding a Rogue Trainer NPC with his gamer tag in World of Warcraft.

Hopefully, Blizzard can continue this trend an honor the Brazilian player.