On Tuesday 17th and Thursday the 19th, we had our Overwatch competition. This event was sponsored by the Journalism crew. The winning teams advisory will be glorified with a scrumptious cake. Team DB-O took home the gold winning all their games with a clean swipe. Their team consisted Jonathan Adamic, Jackson Wilde, Jaxson Goeckeritz, Joey Medlyn, Will Terry, Touma Ziegler. The event took place during January 17 and 19th. Journalism was also able to livestream the event on Twitch TV allowing viewers to tune into the event. It was a major success for the teams that came and played.
Overwatch is a game created by the company Blizzard. Overwatch is an action video game with 6 people on each team engaged in multiple game modes. Some game modes include pushing a cart through several objectives or capturing points. There are multiple characters (heroes) for people to play. The characters are categorized by offensive attack character, strategic defense characters, strong tanks, and helpful supports. There is a character for each person to love and play. The creation of the game took place after the 2014 cancellation of their MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game) Titan. They weren’t having with trying to create Titan and decided to put their time elsewhere. Overwatch became their second attempt at launching a new franchise since Starcraft in 1998. They thought about mechanics for their game and took inspiration from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Team Fortress game. They wanted to “create an awesome [first-person shooter] experience that’s more accessible to a much wider audience while delivering the action and depth that shooter fans love.” said by the co-founder of Blizzards Morhaime. They also wanted a compelling story for the game along with each character. The game started with the creation of their first character, Tracer. She was based on a character in Titan with time manipulating abilities. They began making even more characters and maps. After this, they started polishing gameplay mechanics which came very close to what the actual game would be like. The game was already in a state of being finished, but the team decided to work on it for two more years on developing the rest of the characters, working on graphics, and gameplay. The game opened beta testing on June 21, 2016, and was publicly released for Windows, Xbox One and PlayStation 4 on June 28, June 30 and July 1, 2016.
The Overwatch game takes place 60 years after a war between man and machine; the Omnic crisis. The war started with the start of artificial intelligence called Omnics, which have started developing lethal and weaponized machines to combat the humans. In a state of panic, the United Nations formed an international group to help combat this crisis. The leaders Gabriel Reyes and Jack Morrison, two veteran soldiers, quickly calmed the robotic outraise. During that time more talented people joined the team and they were considered heroes. However, the two leaders couldn’t see eye to eye. This caused Morrison to take command of Overwatch while Reyes split to join Blackwatch, Overwatch’s covert operation division. Overwatch gave the world peace and everyone had hope again. People called this the “Overwatch Generation.” However, the conflict between Morrison and Reyes grew to cause several failures for their team. This lead to the United Nations investigating these incidents and the public wanting a ban on these heroes. During the time, Morrison and Reyes were having a fight that led to an explosion causing the death of both Morrison and Reyes. The two were discovered years later to be alive but under different names. The United Nations soon after the so-called death of the two passed the Petras Act dismantling Overwatch and banning from any further activity of its kind. A few years after the act passed terrorism returned and became a global threat. There has been news of a 2nd Omnic Crisis. Seeing the news former Overwatch members wanted to bring the team back no matter what the cost.
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