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Overwatch parodies Storm Area 51 meme with Moira Naruto run

Published: 20/Sep/2019 22:59 Updated: 20/Sep/2019 23:16

by Michael Gwilliam

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The official Overwatch Twitter account poked fun at a Naturo runner at the Storm Area 51 raid on September 20. 

“Storm Area 51, They Can’t Stop All of Us” started out as a harmless Facebook event, but soon spiralled out of control after millions of people responded to the event as “going”. 

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Area 51 has a rich history in American culture as being a mythical place where aliens and UFOs are stored and researched under strict government secrecy. The idea to have millions of people storm the facility actually had legitimate support despite being intended as a joke.

A Facebook screenshot of the now-deleted event.
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“We will all meet up at the Area 51 Alien Center tourist attraction and coordinate our entry,” the original event text read. “If we Naruto run, we can move faster than their bullets. Let’s see them aliens.”

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While event creator Matty Roberts eventually deleted the event and government officials even warned people against trespassing, people from all over still showed up to the event which had morphed into music festivals dubbed “Alienstock” and the “‘Storm’ Area 51 Basecamp Experience”. 

Amusingly and now famously, during a 13 Actions News report from the event, a festivalgoer performed one of the previously referenced “Naturo runs” during a report’s hit on live TV.

The video quickly spread across the internet and was turned into gifs and memes. Even the official Overwatch Twitter joined the fun with a video of their hero Moira doing her Naruto-inspired run on the Temple of Anubis map along with her voice line “science will reveal the truth”. 

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Could there be more to this meme? 

As Dexerto previously reported, a unique new object appeared in Overwatch’s Ecopoint map in the game’s last patch. 

The item, a snow globe of sorts with the word “GREY” on it showed up with no context leading some to believe this could be a hint at a new map or soon-to-be-announced hero. 

Player of “Find Items” mode accidentally found a new strange teaser in Ecopoint. What do you think? from r/Overwatch

Interestingly, the Greys are the same as the stereotypical alien species depicted in science fiction with their big heads and dark eyes. Would Overwatch’s next hero be some sort of alien? 

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For a game with talking gorillas, robot monks, purple-skinned snipers, teleporters and mech-sized wrecking balls piloted by hamsters is an alien too much of a stretch? We’ll have to wait and see.   

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Overwatch meets WarCraft with epic RTS custom game mode

Published: 7/Oct/2020 0:12

by Bill Cooney

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Overwatch and RTS games like WarCraft and StarCraft might seem like complete opposites, but the two styles have been combined into a very promising-looking Workshop mode that lets you control multiple heroes as if they were individual units.

If we look at Blizzard games like one big family tree, then the StarCraft and Warcraft franchises could probably be considered something like Overwatch’s grandparents.

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Back in the day StarCraft especially was one of the biggest esports on the planet, but the RTS genre has sadly fallen to wayside in recent years. Both still have dedicated communities though (even after the disaster that was Reforged) and it’s safe to say a good number also play Overwatch now as well.

Irish Overwatch manager Andygmb clearly hasn’t outgrown his love for real-time strategy, not that one ever does, decided to take the top down style from those games and apply it to all of our favorite heroes using Josbird’s cursor tool in the Workshop mode.

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Demo of a MOBA / RTS style control scheme in the Workshop! The possibilities with the workshop are endless! from Overwatch

You can scroll around the map, and drag the map to select multiple units and control them all at once. Like an RTS game, you can tell them where to go, and when to attack something.

Right off the top of our heads if they ever were to make an Overwatch game like this, we’d wager that Roadhog rush would be a great opening build to start with.

But it doesn’t take much to imagine a League of Legends-style game as well being made playable with this type of game either. Sure, Blizzard already has Heroes of the Storm, but that only features a few Overwatch heroes to choose from, where this could add the whole roster.

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Overwatch has over 30 different heroes that could make all kinds of different units.

With Heroes of the Storm already existing (and producing cooler skins for D.Va than Overwatch itself) our chances of seeing an official RTS featuring the game’s heroes are unfortunately slim to none.

That has never stopped players before though, so we’d keep our eyes out for some kind of League clone to appear before too long on the Custom Game browser. Until then, you can always waste more time playing Among Us there as well.