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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

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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.

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Blizzard changes Overwatch Priority Pass again to stop system abuse

Published: 16/Jan/2021 2:04

by Andrew Amos

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Blizzard has implemented more changes to their Overwatch Priority Pass program to stop players from abusing the system to get their preferred role more often.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch has been a successful addition so far. Giving players the option to jump the queue for high-traffic roles by sacrificing a few games has helped tackle the game’s long queue times.

However, it hasn’t been without its flaws. Game quality has been pulled into question, with people playing off-role for these passes. Also, people have been abusing the current system to just stack passes quickly by intentionally losing.

The Priority Pass system in Overwatch
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Priority Passes have been a hit with Overwatch players, but it’s not perfect.

Blizzard are looking to crack down on the latter issue with their latest changes to Priority Pass on January 15.

“Our data indicates that the Priority Pass is functioning as intended, generally providing shorter queue times for those who use them. The goal of the Priority Pass is to improve player experience and get players into matches quicker,” community manager Josh Nash told players.

“In the same vein, we don’t want this feature to have a negative impact on the quality of matches for yourself or others. We want to do our part to discourage players from intentionally losing and ruining matches for the sake of earning priority passes.”

If you lose a match while playing for passes, you’ll only gain one pass instead of two. This will stop players from just inting their games for the ticket.

Blizzard are also refunding passes to players if they queued up for a role using Priority Pass, but then had to wait longer than the estimated time for it.

Oni Genji Overwatch skin
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These changes mean you won’t burn through your passes as quickly.

These changes are active immediately, so you can make use of them straight away. Blizzard are continuing to tweak the system as time goes on, and are “ looking into how we can better communicate when you are rewarded passes after playing a match.”