If you use any form of social media, you’ve probably been bombarded with gaming news today. That’s because the highly anticipated multi-player first person shooter Overwatch released today on PS4, XboxOne, and PC.
Overwatch is Blizzard’s first new IP in seventeen years. Blizzard is also responsible for favorites like World of Warcraft, Diablo, Heroes of the Storm, and Hearthstone.
But why should any of this concern an anime fan? Well, Blizzard has a tendency to weave a great story into their gameplay and they’ve done it again with Overwatch. Overwatch’s characters have awesome backstories detailed through comics hosted on their website and original animated short films which you can find on YouTube.
The short films all play out a little differently but feature great combat sequences and peeks into the lives of the colorful cast of characters you can play in Overwatch, much like an episode from your favorite action anime.
With so much canon fodder (get it?), it’s no wonder that Overwatch has spawned so many passionate fans who have been creating fan art for the entire cast since the game’s original reveals.
Even if you have no interest in playing Overwatch, you can still reap the rewards of some truly lovely eye candy created by its fan base. Do a little searching for some of Overwatch’s most popular characters like Tracer, D.Va, or Widowmaker and you’re sure to find a great new wallpaper for your computer or phone.
Full disclosure: there is also plenty of NSFW Overwatch art scattered across the internet as well, so search safely!
If you’re into another kind of media hype, perhaps you’re more a Game of Thrones kind of person. If so, for some reason Lena Headey (Cersei Lannister) and Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister) played Overwatch with Conan. And they put the video on YouTube.
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Have you ever dreamed in anime?
I'm not talking about dreaming of cos-players, I mean full fledged drawn or computer generated anime as the art medium in your dream. I have been doing a marathon of tons of series this year. Old new, bad good, I have just been hungry for content. So much so, that apparently it has entered my subconscious.
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