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The long and arduous wait for Bioware's space epic Mass Effect: Andromeda is nearly at an end. That is because the game finally has a release date—Aaryn Flynn, General Manager of Bioware announced today that Mass Effect: Andromeda will launch in North America on Tuesday, March 21, 2017. It will then release a couple of days later in Europe on Thursday, March 23. "We appreciate your patience (and in fact, even your lack of patience in some instances) as we’ve been focused on completing the game," Flynn stated in a blog announcing the release date. It has not always been easy for eager fans anxiously... Read more...
You have to hand it to Valve, it created an ecosystem that virtually solved the tug-of-war over digital rights management (DRM) between publishers and consumers, making everyone happy in the process (mostly, anyway). As the largest digital distribution platform for games, Steam puts Valve in a unique position to pulse the industry at large and share interesting stats. Now is one of those times, as Steam's homepage currently lists the top 100 best selling games of 2016. The list is a reflection of the top games as measured by gross revenue, not user ratings (though they often align). This is the... Read more...
Certain moments in gaming sure can make a person feel old. The 20th anniversary of Blizzard's original Diablo game released on December 31, 1996, is one of them. To celebrate two decades of hellish hack and slash gameplay, Blizzard will place special in-game events and goodies into Diablo III and some of its other popular gaming franchises, including Heroes of the Storm, Hearthstone, Overwatch, StarCraft II, and World of Warcraft. "These events and items will only be available for a limited time, so be sure to check them all out before they’re gone," Blizzard announced in a blog post. Here is a... Read more...
Back in the 1990s, PC gamers first experienced the thrill of hopping into an X-Wing and engaging Imperial pilots in intense space combat. Now more than two decades later, a group of modders is giving the original Star Wars: X-Wing game a fresh coat of paint by remaking the simulation using Unity engine. A longer than 14-minute video showing actual gameplay footage of their progress has us itching to see the final product. The project is being put together by the XWVM community and is meant to replace the old DOS or Windows executable. To avoid any legal hassles, the mod requires that players own... Read more...
With just a few months to go before Nintendo releases its next generation game console, the Nintendo Switch, we still know very little about the system. Much of what has been gathered about the Switch has been the result of leaks and online detective work by savvy individuals who willing to comb the web for clues. One of the newest ones was found in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and it points to the Switch using a non-removable battery. "The battery is had (sic) built-in in the EUT, and the user can't remove the battery," reads a blurb in one of the documents Nintendo... Read more...
Gamers of the 1980s are likely to recall Double Dragon, a beat 'em up arcade scroll game that traded bare knuckle action for quarters. It may not seem like that long ago, but once 2017 rolls around, it will have been 30 years since the Double Dragon series popped up in arcades around the country. Yeah, that makes us feel old, too. We're also stoked because there is a new Double Dragon game, Double Dragon IV, headed to Steam and PlayStation 4 next month. That's right, the old school series is making a comeback and this time you won't need to lug a pocket full of quarters anywhere. Arc System Works... Read more...
Popular mobile games such as Pokemon Go helped make 2016 the biggest year in digital games and playable media ever. Counting all games across all platforms, the market reached $91 billion this year worldwide, with several different sectors showing tremendous growth rates, according to a new report released by market tracking firm SuperData Researcher. The games and playable media audience is one of the most valuable and most engaged demographics, the report claims. A little bit of research easily confirms this. According to Statista, global box office revenue tallied $38.3 billion in 2016, which... Read more...
It seems as though Crytek is having a cash flow problem again. The company announced on its website that it is making a "series of changes to its future business plans" as it looks to refocus its efforts on developing games and game development technology. As such, it is planning to shutter five of its seven studios, leaving its Frankfurt and Kiev locations as the pillars that will prop the company up going forward. Crytek will continue to focus on and develop CryEngine, its popular game engine that has both been used to create titles in-house (Far Cry, Crysis, Ryse: Son of Rome and so forth) and... Read more...
Nintendo is planning to launch a brand new game console in just a few months, one that will attempt to bridge the gap between stationary and mobile gaming, but do not expect the new system to be faster than current generation consoles. The Switch, as it is called, is said to sport a graphics chip based on NVIDIA's previous generation Maxwell architecture and will be slower the original PlayStation 4 that Sony launched three years ago.Building a game system around Pascal might seem like the obvious choice so why didn't Nintendo go that route? Since the Switch is a hybrid console that gamers can... Read more...
At long last, Nintendo is beginning to embrace the massive market that is mobile gaming. The company's early involvement in bringing its iconic characters to smartphones has been nothing short of incredible—there was Pokemon Go, the mobile title by Niantic that licensed Nintendo's IP and created a gaming frenzy, followed by Nintendo's own Super Mario Run, which notched 5 million downloads in 24 hours. So why is Nintendo's stock dropping? Fickle investors, is the short answer. A longer answer involves the mobile title's payment structure. Super Mario Run is free to download, but after completing... Read more...
Capcom is taking a page from the Puritan authorities in The Scarlet Letter, only instead of forcing adulterers to wear the letter "A" as punishment for their wicked ways, the developer is going going to brand rage quitters in Street Fighter V with a skull icon. These badges of shame will appear in the profiles of players who frequently disconnect from network matches, making it easier to avoid going into fisticuffs with someone who has a higher probability of quitting when on the verge of defeat.The practice of rage quitting has been a problem in Street Fighter Vi since it was released. Capcom... Read more...
Microsoft has been doling out deals left and right this holiday season and is showing no signs of slowing down. The latest deal involves the company's new Xbox One S game console with Minecraft bundled in for good measure. For today only, the bundled Xbox One S system is available at the Microsoft Store for $229, a nice savings of $70 from its normal selling price of $299. The package includes the console itself with 500GB of onboard storage, a single Xbox One wireless controller, Minecraft: Xbox One Edition Favorites Pack with seven community-favorite content packs, Minecraft Builder's Pack with... Read more...
The NES Classic Edition console is one of the hottest and hard to obtain toy items this holiday season. Nintendo and its retail partners have been selling out of every unit produced, which in the United States came out to 196,000 of the miniaturized consoles in November, according to data collected by industry tracking firm NPD Group. That is an impressive start for the NES Classic Edition, though it did not come close to meeting demand.Stores that receive stock of the retro console have been selling out of whatever inventory they get in matter of seconds. At brick-and-mortar locations, any advance... Read more...
Right around nine months ago, augmented reality (AR) company Magic Leap released a one and a half minute video clip titled, "Just Another Day in the Office at Magic Leap." The company wanted to showcase what was possible with a mixed reality headset it's been working on, and admittedly the video was a pretty awesome demonstration except for one little thing—it was fake. We had our doubts it was real, noting at the time that "the demo looks a little too good be the real deal," and we were right, unfortunately. This is one of those cases where we would have been delighted to be wrong. The video,... Read more...
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