Tamsin Heineman

Tamsin writes periodically for Broken Joysticks alongside her fiancee Kaylan while managing her small gaming group of friends, Newtype Gaming. Outside of Broken Joysticks she is a gamer, amateur artist, electrical engineer, IT girl and all around Geek. Someday she plans on creating games and comics of her own. You can reach her at tsheine[at]gmail.com.

Blizzard to Drop Battle.net Branding

Today a news post on the World of Warcraft home page details their plans to discontinue the Battle.Net branding. Blizzard plans to phase out the use of Battle.Net in favor of the Blizzard moniker. Instead of “Battle.Net Voice” for example, it would be “Blizzard Voice” after the change. They detail that the underlying technology and systems are not changing and they have no plans to discontinue any services. When we created Battle.net, the idea of including a tailored...

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World of Warcraft: Legion Pre-Launch Patch Impressions Part II

So a couple weeks ago I published a story outlining all to be had at the time for the Legion Pre-Launch content. Since then I’ve found a few things I’ve missed, a few things I’ve learned, and what to do with it. Previously I talked about the scenarios involved. Well, after doing some research I’ve found there are quite a few easter eggs in game items you can pick up before doing the fist quest. So if...

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First Content Patch for Legion Revealed at Gamescom

During Gamescom earlier today Blizzard launched their Legion Cafe which is styled after the Demon Hunter class hall, the Fel Hammer. You can check out tons of photos on the Official World of Warcraft Facebook page. During the events they announced their first content patch for Legion as captured by user Slootbag on Twitch during his live stream. Just click the link for the replay. Patch 7.1 is titled “Return to Karazhan”. It will feature a 5 man...

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World of Warcraft: Legion Pre-Launch Patch Impressions

Earlier this week Blizzard Entertainment released a Pre-Launch patch to prepare its players for the imminent launch of their newest expansion World of Warcraft: Legion. Since then I’ve had a bit of time to check out the content they’ve rolled out. The first bit I’d love to talk about are invasions. Since the theme of the expansion is The Burning Legion invading Azeroth, they’ve gone full force and brought some of the Legion’s toughest demons to familiar zones...

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Microsoft cancels Fable Legends and proposes closing Lionhead Studios

Microsoft dropped a bomb today when they announced that one of their more ambitious studios is proposed to be closed in the near future. Lionhead studios, made popular by the Fable and Black & White series has been working on their next iteration of the Fable franchise “Fable Legends” which recently held a closed beta test which recieved mixed reactions from the player base. Here it is straight from the horses mouth, “After much consideration we have decided to cease...

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Fallout 4 DLC detailed!

  Bethesda revealed today on their official site details on the upcoming expansion packs for Fallout 4.  The first DLC, titled “Automatron” arriving at $9.99 USD offers a new story line and the ability to build and repair your own robotic companions just as you would with a set of power armor. Here’s the official description. “The mysterious Mechanist has unleashed a horde of evil robots into the Commonwealth, including the devious Robobrain. Hunt them down and harvest their...

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IndieDB 2015 Indie of the Year Awards!

IndieDB has just released the list of their top ten independent studio games of 2015 and the winners are just plain outstanding. First Place – Space Engineers – Keen Software House – Early Access Oct 22, 2013 This years winner is a personal favorite. Space Engineers is a procedurally generated voxel based space and building and exploration sandbox with both survival and creative modes as well as online play via hosted servers. In this game you build ships,...

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Chris Wrynn, Senior Development Director “moving on from BioWare and Mass Effect: Andromeda”

Chris Wrynn, Senior Development Director of Mass Effect:Andromeda announced today through a series of tweets that he will be moving on from Bioware and returning to the USA. It’s kind of a shock due to how long he’s been on the project. Chris hasn’t let on any details as to why he is leaving at this point in time, but I don’t see any reason why his leaving would have any impact on the final release. BioWare also haven’t...

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All Chucklefish Games are on sale!

Chucklefish, the creators of the hit game Starbound have a sale on the following games through the holidays. Starbound – Save 33% – Steam Wanderlust Adventures – Save 34% – Steam Risk of Rain – Save 50% – Steam Interstellaria – Save 50% – Steam Halfway – Save 70% – Steam + Humble Wanderlust Rebirth – Save 88% – Steam Click here for the official post and links!

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Fallout 4: Bethesda to Release 1st Patch for Game to PC, (and later Xbox One and Playstation 4)

Seems by next week we’ll have our first (much needed) patch for Fallout 4 from Bethesda, which is coming to PC first followed later by Xbox One and Playstation 4 releases. Our process for updating the game will include releasing a beta patch on Steam, followed by full release on PC, then release on the consoles. This process has worked well for us in the past and allows us to get more fixes out faster. Expect to...

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Fallout 4 Configuration Tool by Bilago

One of the biggest complaints with Fallout 4, perhaps the only complaint, is the poor optimization for PC. Well the good news is an audacious and well known modder named “Bilago” has released a configuration tool to help things run better on your rig. Most options are self explanatory and let you adjust things like frame cap, Kodix’s FPS boost(which may not work on all PCs), world and first person FOV, and various other standard tweaks. I want to...

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Fallout Deals and more! BrokenDeals for 11/7/2015

Check out these awesome deals for Fallout 4, Star Wars: Battlefront, Call of Duty Black Ops III and more and save your wallet from the pain. Fallout 4 –  Fallout 4 PC Steam @GreenManGaming.com $48 ($60 list price) after coupon code: FALLOU-T20PER-CNTOFF Fallout 4 Season Pass PC Steam @GreenManGaming.com $24 ($30 list price) after coupon code: SAVE20-NOVEMB-GAMING  Fallout 4 Xbox One w/$10 Xbox Gift Code  @Microsoft Store $59.99 Fallout 4 PS4 w/$25 eGift Card @Dell $59.99 Call of Duty: Black Ops III...

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World of Warcraft: Legion – Game Systems Panel

Article By: Tamsin Skye Heineman Blizzard revealed some bombshell news today for World of Warcraft: Legion during their panel at Blizzcon. Changes include items, classes, professions, and a full cosmetic unlock system. They’re even adding an option to hide your shoulder slot item. Mainly of note is the ability to unlock an items appearance into a collection simply by owning it. They revealed that they will go back and unlock the appearance of every quest reward you ever...

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