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Annoying Overwatch bug is throwing Sigma players for a loop

Published: 28/Sep/2020 1:24

by Bill Cooney

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A particularly frustrating new Overwatch bug has started popping up for Sigma players and is causing them a lot of confusion when using the tank’s abilities.

Love him or hate him, Sigma has become one of the go-to tanks among Overwatch players since his release in 2019, thanks in part to his versatile shield and powerful kit.

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A key element in Overwatch though, are the animations your abilities make while you’re using them. They let you know which ones are currently active and in some cases, can help you aim and position yourself for maximum effect as well.

This is what makes a new Sigma bug popping up so annoying: it throws his hand animations out of whack, making it very difficult to see what’s going on.

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In the clip above, Sigma throws his Accretion before quickly activating Kinetic Grasp, which absorbs all incoming projectiles and turns them into shields.

The only problem is that instead of showing the purple orb that represents the ability in the Tank hero’s hands, they’re still posed like he’s throwing the Accretion rock.

Kinetic Grasp is probably the worst Sigma ability to have glitch out too since it’s animations give you a solid idea of how much damage you’ve absorbed.

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Unfortunately, the user playing Sigma activated it behind their shield, so there’s no way to tell whether or not it was functioning as normal, or if more than just the animations that were glitching out.

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Kinetic Grasp is by far one of Sigma’s most valuable abilities, it’s basically like D.Va’s Defense Matrix also giving her shields.

One thing to note is that the cooldown for the ability still started, and Sigma was spouting off the appropriate voice lines, so it seems that this bug is probably nothing more than a very annoying visual glitch.

That being said, we still hope Blizzard devs don’t take too long on rolling out a fix for it. It might not be as game-breaking as the bug that’s nerfing Reaper’s shotguns at the moment, but it’s still incredibly frustrating to deal with.

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Travis Scott and PlayStation tease new PS5 “Cactus Jack” Nike Dunks

Published: 23/Oct/2020 20:53

by Theo Salaun

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Travis Scott has revealed a new “TS5” teaser with PlayStation, which features a brief glimpse showcasing what appears to be a PS5 and Cactus Jack collaboration on a pair of Nike Dunk lows.

The 2020 king of collaborations, Scott, continues to up the ante. This time, he and Sony partnered to put together a teaser video, which is an obvious ode to the infamous Maxell “Blown Away Guy” advertisements from 1980.

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In the social media commercial, Sony’s PlayStation headquarters are shown, followed by a few different employees who represent different aspects of the new console’s development (platform, design, and engineering). Afterward, Scott sits down, powers on a PS5, and is literally blown away.

Each employee is rocking some of Scott’s Cactus Jack merchandise, including one wearing a pair of his iconic Jordan 1 lows and one wearing a similar design, but on a pair of Nike Dunk lows. In the corner, a PS logo can be noticed by the sneaker’s heel.

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It’s a short and sweet video, starting with some foreshadowing and teasing of the collaboration before finishing with a direct promotion for the PS5. An employee is seen wearing the PS5 Cactus Jack Dunks and then later, Scott himself appears to be wearing them as he kicks back and turns on the console.

In what might be obvious to those who have a keen eye for historic marketing content, the ending Scott portion of the clip is nearly a direct recreation of Maxell’s original ads from a couple decades ago. Those ads featured someone turning on one of the brand’s cassette tapes and experiencing the media quite physically. 

Similarly, Scott’s clothing, hair, and surrounding furniture are simultaneously hit with an unrelenting gust as soon as he powers on the PS5.

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With the announcement from Sony that Scott has been enlisted as a “strategic creative partner,” it’s unclear exactly what the extent of this collaboration could mean. At the very least, fans can expect the two to work together on more projects.

One such project could be a pair of Cactus Jack sneakers, which would mean a three-way collab between Nike, Sony, and Scott’s own personal brand.

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The outside of the Cactus Jack x PlayStation Nike Dunks.

Scott’s sneaker collaborations typically sell out very quickly and then dominate the resale market, where resellers net huge profits just by lucking out and being among the first to invest in his reworked designs.

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This sneaker follows the original Jordan 1 design, with an inverted swoosh logo on the outside, but in a contrasting colorway. Similarly, it seems to feature a PS5 logo at the heel (as other Nike and PlayStation collaborations have). It’s unknown whether these will be made available to the public or if they will be a “friends and family” symbolic release.

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