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Blizzard Goofs Overwatch Fan Requests in New Videos
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Blizzard Goofs Overwatch Fan Requests in New Videos

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Blizzard’s Overwatch is a greatly beloved game, due not only to the amazing gameplay but also to the company’s dedication to the fanbase. The developer team behind the game is constantly releasing fun animations on Youtube, new gameplay modes, and of course, new skins to commemorate special events, such as the Chinese New Year; my favorite of which is Bastion’s red lacquer armor. He’s got an adorable rooster!

bastionBAKAW!

The world of Overwatch is rich with stories told and those yet to be told, all of which express the care taken to create an amazing experience that goes beyond just excellent FPS action – there is a lore worthy of Blizzard’s legacy at work behind this fantastic shooter.  With such dedication to their fans in mind, Blizzard often also has a sense of humor when giving us what we (think we) want. Say, for example, the intrepid fan who created this sign and held it up during an Overwatch league game.

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Oh sure, Blizzard could have chuckled at the idea and moved on, but why chuckle when you can lol? With a cheeky grin, the Overwatch dev team slapped a Torbjorn skin over a Genji model, added an epic soundtrack, and the results are nothing less than hysterical.

There is something…majestic?, nay adorable, about the over-sized dwarf suddenly sticking a katana betwixt his feet and climbing that wall like a kitten suddenly scabbling up your leg to get at your yogurt (this is a real thing that happens to me daily). The thing that truly tops off the fun is the pitter-patter of his dainty little dwarf feet as he climbs. Pitter… Patter.

Fans delighted in seeing the strange, but funny request come to life and more signs displaying their animation dreams began appearing at the league games. It seems the dev team cannot be stopped as they responded to this well-illustrated sign.

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Hmmm… Let Zenyatta walk you say? You might think the omnic monk would have a reserved and dignified stride; taking each step with a grace earned by years of contemplation and mechanical perfection…


Oh dear, I suppose sitting lotus style for years searching for spiritual enlightenment might lock up your knees a bit. Yes, Zenyatta can walk, but after that performance, I can understand why he doesn’t. I’m amused at the little bob of the head before he resigns to flailing his legs about, propelling himself like those flimsy little humans, as if to say “Well, here goes nothing”. Some things you just truly can’t unsee.

What will the Overwatch devs do next? I’m hoping they’ll “Let Reaper just get over it!” already. What would you love to see them do with the characters? Want to see Winston wear shoes or make Junkrat take a bath? Let us know in the comments below and be sure to check out Game Engine (on Twitch and Alpha Tuesdays at 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Pacific) to learn more about the coolest things in the world of games with Erika and Trisha.

Hailing from New York, Jessica Fisher is a writer, artist, and all around geek. In addition to Geek & Sundry, she writes for Gameosity.com and produces the Gameosity Reviews Youtube Channel. Find her talking about all things geeky on Twitter @miniktty.

Image Credits: B;lizzard Entertainment, MLG Network

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