ICYMI for November 14

In Case You Missed It

My Wii U is blinking at me, newshounds. It’s letting me know that Super Smash Bros. is just around the corner. But I can’t decide between that and Mario Kart 8 as a “party” game. Any thoughts?

Keeping Watch

Last weekend, Blizzard unveiled a brand new franchise at their annual convention. Overwatch is a team- and class-based multiplayer shooter in the same vein as Team Fortress 2. Blizzcon attendees were able to play the newest offering from the World of Warcraft makers, but a beta is due to drop sometime in 2015.

More Acquisitions for Microsoft

Last week, Microsoft took a trip to the United Sates Patent and Trademark Office, smiled at the clerk, and said “We’d like to trademark Battletoads.” For you younguns, Battletoads was Tradewest and Rare’s bid to capture some of that TMNT magic. The game featured solid game play, but it’s probably best known for its insane difficulty. No word on what Microsoft plans to do with the trademark.

Maintenance Awaits (Again)

Heads up, PS fan–hmm, must be a glitch in the Matrix. Anyway, Sony has announced that another round of network maintenance is due to take place on November 17 from 12-6pm ET. You’ll still be able to play games and use your system’s massive collection of apps, but PlayStation Home, PlayStation Store and account management will be inaccessible. Hit up the link for more info.

Widening the Boulevard

Kansas City-based Boulevard Brewing announced plans for a major $12 million expansion. The renovation includes an 8,400-square-foot utility building and a 3,600-square-foot structure that will house six massive fermenters, each capable of holding 1,000 barrels of beer. The renovation is expected to complete by the middle of next year.

Off in a Flash

While you were knocking one back, Green Flash Brewing snapped up Alpine Beer Company, a small craft brewery in San Diego. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the move opens up distribution channels for Alpine, which remains an independently-operated subsidiary. The future remains bright for Green Flash; the brewery is due to open a new facility in Virginia Beach in 2016.

Stay Tuned

Not content with merely streaming games, Sony announced an online television service today called PlayStation Vue. TV aficionados can expect live streaming TV as well as on-demand content available through PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 in the early part of next year, with an iPad version rumored to be in development. The service will be able to learn your tastes in television and will accommodate your watching needs with a customized channel.

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