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Think about cord-cutters and most will think of people ditching cable and satellite companies in favor of streaming content via services like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video. Cord cutting is coming in a big way to the gaming industry with seemingly every company capable of making a streaming game console looking to get in on the action. So far reports indicate that Amazon, Walmart, and Verizon are eyeing the streaming game market. Google has already announced its streaming service and hardware at GDC. A new report claims that the video game industry is the next entertainment industry to undergo a major disruption. The streaming services represent a shakeup to the traditional video game market where... Read more...
Epic Games is the company behind the incredibly popular battle royale game Fortnite. However, Epic Games has been facing a series of lawsuits from people claiming that the dance moves characters in the game perform are copies of dances they invented. One such suit and the first to go to court is from a rapper called 2 Milly, whose real name is Terrance Ferguson. The rapper sued Epic Games claiming that the Fortnite dance called "Swipe It" is based on the dance he invented called "Milly Rock" and was used in the game without his permission. Epic has asked the court to dismiss the lawsuit stating that the suit is "fundamentally at odds with free speech principles." Epic also claims in the suit... Read more...
When it comes to entertainment, many might expect the Hollywood movie industry to take in the most money, but that assumption would be wrong. The latest figures from the Entertainment Software Association (ESA) and The NPD Group show that the video game industry destroyed the movie industry on a revenue front during 2018. The video game industry raked in $43.4 billion in revenue altogether, nearly four times the money made by the top 100 movies of 2018. Statistics showed for the year that the video game industry saw 18% growth in revenue compared to 2017. Included in the $43.4 billion figure for the industry overall was hardware sales, which accounted for $7.5 billion in revenue. When combined,... Read more...
Thanksgiving is almost here and that means that a lot of people will be out of school and off work next week to enjoy some down time with family and friends. Some folks of course will also be looking for a game to play during the break that they can really dig into. Now it appears there's something else to be thankful for this Thanksgiving season, as the game Star Citizen is having a Free Fly event to play the game that spans November 23 through December 1. The Free Fly event will allow players try to every flyable ship the game offers and every other operable vehicle in the game, at no cost. Players will be able to join any Star Citizen Persistent Universe for free and play the game... Read more...
Valve is giving the community a bit of an update on its policing policies for Steam via a blog post. This post comes in the wake of controversy and public outcry focused on the video game that was removed from the Steam Store that lets gamers play the part of a school shooter. That game was removed from the Steam Store and the developer was banned for being abusive. The new post says that humans are the ones reviewing controversial games submitted to Steam and the process isn’t automated. The process of making decisions on games to allow refuse is a difficult one according to the post, and has led to confusion among customers, developer partners, and employees. Valve has decided how to... Read more...
This week EA and DICE announced Battlefield V and gave up lots of details on the game with one of the most prominent differences between this game and others being the inclusion of female characters on the front lines. That fact led many gamers to complain about historical inaccuracies and problems with women in the WWII shooter. Battlefield V developer Oskar Gabrielson has now stepped up and is clearly laying down the law. He tweeted, "First, let me be clear about one thing. Player choice and female playable characters are here to stay." Gabrielson followed that up with, "We want Battlefield V to represent all those who were a part of the greatest drama in human history, and give players... Read more...
E3 2018 will be here before you know it and ahead of the big show, some details are surfacing that give an idea of what Ubisoft will be bringing to the massive gaming industry party. Ubisoft's E3 event will have three AAA titles to talk about. In addition it's being reported that all three of these titles will land by the end of Ubi's current fiscal year. That means by March 31, 2019, barring any delays, which are common in the gaming industry realm, unfortunately. We know what two of those game titles will be -- The Crew 2 and The Division 2 have been officially confirmed. The third game is unannounced. However, at least some details on that unannounced game will land at E3. Ubisoft says... Read more...
Steam gamers running the latest Steam Client Beta now have support for the Nintendo Switch Pro Controller for use in Steam titles. This also includes support for the Pro's gyro functionality. Those motion controls will bring a new element to action and FPS games. To enable support for the Pro controller, you need to opt into the Steam Client Beta and first enable support globally by checking the box in "Controller Settings" that says "Switch Pro Configuration Support." That setting is on the same page where you would go in the client to enable support for PS4 and Xbox controllers. There is a toggle that allows you to "Use Nintendo Button Layout" that swaps the A/B and X/Y buttons of the... Read more...
Fans of Fortnite who are sad at the ending of the Sniper Shootout Event have a new limited time event they can partake in and this mode blows the bejeebers out of stuff. The new event is called High Explosives v2 and it is part of the v3.4 content update. This mode removes all non-explosive weapons and turns off friendly fire. Wait times for the first four storms have been reduced (1:50), meaning they arrive in 20/30/30/30 seconds. There are plenty of supplies to make blowing stuff up a ton of fun; Epic says that 50% more consumables will spawn along with 100% more materials. There is also a 50% chance of dropping a Legendary Guided Missile. Other improvements to gameplay for the mode include... Read more...
We've got some bad news for who got excited about System Shock Remastered that hit Kickstarter back in 2016. If you were hoping to play the game this year, unfortunately it seems that it isn’t going to happen. A recent announcement on the game's Kickstarter page from Stephen Kick, CEO of Nightdive Studios, has poured cold water on hopes of a finished game anytime soon. Kick says of the development, "...along the way something happened." Kick wrote, "Maybe we were too successful. Maybe we lost our focus. The vision began to change. We moved from a Remaster to a completely new game. We shifted engines from Unity to Unreal, a choice that we don’t regret and one that has worked out... Read more...
If you're a Sega fan, prepare those salivary glands! In the span of a mere two days, the owners of the only two Pluto prototype consoles have come forward to show off their goods. With a name like Pluto, it should come as little surprise that these were prototypes of the then-upcoming Saturn console. In effect, that's exactly what they are, with Netlink added on and a different chassis design (and internal design, we assume, since these are heavier than the retail Saturns were). The first owner revealed his rare console over at the popular Sega fansite ASSEMBler, where he acknowledged that he was a previous employee at Sega who got laid off and was able to take the console as a way to lessen... Read more...
There are plenty of great game trailers out there, but the one that just hit YouTube for Metro: Last Light will really make your trigger finger itch. Great graphics are to be expected, but they’re nothing without compelling imagery, and this game has that in spades. Subway tunnels that make you feel claustrophobic? Check. Haunting wreckage that points to an end-of-the-world struggle? Got it. Monsters that make you wonder about the people who thought them up? You bet.   Metro: Last Light, which has the tagline “Last Bullet. Last Breath. Last Chance.” is a first-person shooter that follows Metro 2033, a post-apocalyptic story that takes place in Moscow. With the new... Read more...
This summer, you’ll be able to visit your local Redbox to get your hands on some of the latest video game titles. Beginning June 17, 2011, Redbox will offer Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Nintendo Wii titles at more than 21,000 Redbox locations nationwide. Top video games will be available for $2 a day. As you may recall, Redbox began offering video game rentals at select locations back in August 2009. At the 5,000 locations that currently offer video game titles, Redbox has enjoyed great success. According to Redbox, the video game titles will range from top releases to popular family and kids titles. Game On! Redbox Announces It Will Offer Video Game Rentals Nationwide This June OAKBROOK... Read more...
There's not much here, but it's definitely worth a peek below. Angry Birds has been turned into an carnival game, in Guangzhou, China. You might remember those games where you throw balls at bottles or other things, in hopes of spending $50 to win something worth $5 for your sweetheart. Just as in the video game, the object is to bust up the "pigs" by shooting Angry Birds at them, from a slingshot. Unlike the video game, however, Rovio probably isn't getting any royalties from this, but it is China, the land where IP isn't necessarily as respected as it in in other parts of the world.... Read more...
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