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xQc loses temper with Overwatch’s “dumb” Reinhardt April Fools joke

Published: 2/Apr/2019 8:26 Updated: 2/Apr/2019 8:49

by Joe O'Brien


It appears popular streamer Félix ‘xQc’ Lengyel doesn’t appreciate Blizzard’s Overwatch April Fools features.

For many, April 1 is a day for making jokes and pulling pranks, and game developers often get in on the action by adding some ridiculous features to spice things up.

Blizzard have a long history of participating in April Fools – so much so that they keep an archive of their jokes dating back to 1999 – and Overwatch is no exception.

Reinhardt roleplay

For this year’s April Fools day, like the previous two, Blizzard have added a feature to help Reinhardt players get into character.

In accordance with the hero’s loud and enthusiastic demeanor, Reinhardt players will find that all of their in-game chat messages are automatically capitalized, and will have several exclamation mark as well as one of Reinhardt’s voice lines – such as “PRECISION GERMAN ENGINEERING!!!” added to the end.

The feature appeared on April 1, and is likely to disappear shortly after. In the meantime, however, Reinhardt players will be roleplaying in the chat – whether they want to or not.

Reinhardt players have found their chat modified every April Fools day since 2017.

Not all fun and games

Being a main tank, xQc obviously finds himself playing Reinhardt quite frequently, and it seems he’s not too keen on Blizzard’s April Fools prank.

While the joke is obviously intended just as a bit of fun, it does rather limit the range of expression for Reinhardt players – it’s hard to convey a more serious tone, for instance, with excessive exclamation marks and a “CATCHPHRASE!” to end – which can get a little frustrating if you’re actually trying to communicate something.

A simple question, for example, becomes “WHO IS THE HANZO!!! CATCHPHRASE!!!” Subsequently, when xQc attempted to express his frustration with the prank, his venting became “WHY DOES THIS APRIL THING MAKE ME UNABLE TO TYPE PROPERLY!!! CATCHPHRASE!!!!!” followed by “DUDE, I’M ACTUALLY DONE!!! PRECISION GERMAN ENGINEERING!!!!!”

Unable to escape the April Fools joke in-game, xQc decided instead to take his frustration out on his desk.

Fortunately for xQc, and anyone else who isn’t keen on being forced to talk like Reinhardt, the feature isn’t likely to last too long.


Overwatch update gives Winston Sombra and D.Va new Karaoke voice lines

Published: 29/Nov/2020 0:26

by Bill Cooney


Overwatch’s last patch on November 19 has finally given Sombra, Winston, and D.Va new Easter Egg karaoke voice lines on the Busan map.

The ability for certain heroes to sing on Busan isn’t exactly a secret, but it is a fun little Easter Egg hidden away. Devs have apparently been hard at work adding heroes to this exclusive club recently as well.

A few months ago Ashe, Baptiste, and Widowmaker joined the club, and, just before 2020 wraps up, Winston, Sombra, and D.Va have finally been let in on the fun as well.

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The karaoke spawn room on Busan lets Overwatch heroes sing their hearts out.

Apparently added during the November 19 patch, these new voice lines weren’t found by players until a few days later when videos started to pop up. Sure enough, all three have new voice lines, though we wouldn’t exactly call what Sombra is doing “singing.”

Instead of laying down any bars, Sombra simply discusses the merits of hacking, pays off all of the neighbors’ bills (how nice), and changes the Karaoke bar landlord’s WiFi password (not so nice).

Winston’s two lines play on him being both a great ape and a great scientist. One has him explaining the first law of thermodynamics to players: “energy cannot be created or destroyed.” His other is about clapping with his hands and feet since, you know, he’s a gorilla.

Finally, the pièce de résistance, at least for all of the D.Va players out there, are her new Karaoke lines. In Overwatch lore, Hana ‘D.Va’ Song is both an esports champion and K-POP star, so you’d think she would have gotten her lines much sooner than she did.

If the Tank singing “Pew Pew Pew” isn’t adorable enough, she also proudly proclaims, “someone has to save the world, it might as well be me,” along with another line in her native tongue, Korean.

This brings the number of heroes who can sing on Busan up to 17 with Winston, Sombra, and D.Va; which is officially more than half of the 32 heroes currently in the game.