Overwatch fan creates incredible replica of Mei's "Snowball" - Dexerto
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Overwatch fan creates incredible replica of Mei’s “Snowball”

Published: 4/Dec/2018 15:18 Updated: 4/Dec/2018 15:21

by Joe O'Brien

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An Overwatch fan has created an incredible functioning replica of Mei’s robot, Snowball.

Ashe wasn’t the first Overwatch hero to have a robot companion who also functions as an ultimate ability. Snowball is the little robot that Mei carries on her back, responsible for creating her ultimate, Blizzard.

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Snowball isn’t just a weapon, however. Though he can’t talk, he’s very much a character in his own right.

In the “Rise and Shine” animated short, Snowball is Mei’s only company as she wakes up to realize that she’s the only surviving member of her research team at Ecopoint: Antarctica, and that she’s been in cryogenic sleep for nine years.

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Snowball is by Mei’s side with high-fives and cups of tea as she tries to escape the base, creating her Endothermic Blaster in the process. He even sacrifices his own battery charge to provide the last bit of power she needs.

An Overwatch fan has created a remarkably accurate replica of the character using 3D printing to create the model, and open source hardware and software platform Arduino to animate it.

Though the real-life Snowball obviously can’t fly like the in-game version, it does replicate the other movements and facial expressions that it makes.

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I made an Arduino Powerd snowball (from overwatch) from r/arduino

Fans who want their own Snowball replica can get an official, smaller version of Snowball that magnetically levitates on a platform, which is available on the Blizzard store for $175.

For those that want the more personal touch, however, creator u/tbog9t4 has stated that they’re planning to create a video explaining the technical side of the build, however, for fans that are willing to put the work in to create their own.

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

Published: 7/Oct/2020 23:55

by Michael Gwilliam

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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.

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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.

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Overwatch player Tiago
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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.

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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.

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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.

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