Category: Video Games

Gwent Will Be Cross Platform

Developers have confirmed that Gwent will support cross network play for both Xbox One and PC. PlayStation 4 is not yet been confirmed.

We can confirm cross-play between Xbox One and PC — all other options are being discussed.

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GWENT has been extremely popular among fans of the game The Witcher 3. The developers did not anticipate that the mini game would be so popular.

We wanted to make a fun mini-game that players would enjoy in between saving the world in The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. That was the plan when we were creating GWENT. And then it turned out players were actually spending a whole lot of time playing GWENT, much more than we anticipated.

GWENT The Witcher Card Game has been announced for PC, Xbox One and PlayStation 4. No specific release date has been announced.

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Microsoft Gaming News

With Creators update every player can become a game broadcaster with in game broadcasting with http://Beam.pro/Xbox built right into Windows 10.

Custom tournaments coming to Windows 10. Create single or double elimination tournaments for your friends and viewers instantly. Integrates with XBOX Live and does the stats automatically. No need to administer scores and allows the creator to concentrate on playing.

XBOX play anywhere allows you to play on Windows 10 and XBOX One seamlessly after only purchasing the game on one device.

Dolby Atmos support coming to XBOX and Windows 10 live for bluray.

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1.11 Minecraft Features Announced

1.11 Minecraft Update News

We got some minecraft 1.11 news from MineCon today. While no set date on the release of 1.11, the snapshot is expected to go live wednesday, September 28th, 2016. Here is a list of additions, that are coming to 1.11. The information comes from MineCon, so there are no concrete sources, besides what players learned at the convention.

 Evoker:

  • Has ‘fang attack’
  • Summons a stream of fangs coming out of the floor, damaging mobs.
  • Has own sounds.
  • Spawns “vexes” described below.
  • Spawn in Woodland Mansions.
  • Drops Totem of Undying

Vindicator:

  • Has an iron axe in one of their hands
  • Hostile toward player
  • Has own sounds
  • Spawn in Woodland Mansions

Vex:

  • Small, flying mobs.
  • Hostile towards the player.
  • Can fly through walls (noclip)
  • Has own sounds.

Spawn in Woodland Mansions

Llamas:

  • Spawn naturally
  • Passive Mob.
  • Spit their llama goo on wolves.
  • Can be ridden.
  • Instead of a saddle can be equipped a carpet of any color
  • Like donkeys can be equipped a chest
  • Has 6 slots
  • Has own sounds.
  • When a lead is put on, surrounding llamas in a small radius will be attracted and try form a caravan behind the leaded llama.
  • Have multiple tinted skins.

Librarian villager:

  • New career, Cartographer.
  • Sells maps, compasses, and Ocean and Woodland treasure maps.

Blocks:

  • Observer block
  • Ported from Windows 10 Edition/Pocket Edition versions
  • May behave have slight behavior differences due to different redstone systems in Java edition compared to Pocket Edition

Shulker Box:

  • Crafted using a chest in the middle with 2 Shulker Shells, one above and one on the bottom of it.
  • Can be placed down and has 27 slots.
    When destroyed, does not drop contents, but stores them in the block item, just like backpacks.
  • Can not be placed in each other.
  • Can be used with hoppers, droppers and dispensers, just like any other item.
  • A dispenser will place the shulker box on the ground
    Break into item form when pushed with a piston.
  • When opened, the top will spin up, similar to a Shulker opening.
  • Will show it’s contents when hovered over in the inventory
  • Will show up to 5 slots

Items:

Shulker Shells:

  • Drop from Shulkers
  • Can be combined with Chests to craft Shulker Boxes
    Totem of Undying.
  • Dropped by Evokers
  • Will save your life when you receive a killing blow, while holding it in either hand.
  • Gives regeneration and absorption for a couple of seconds.
  • Shows a ‘particle’ just like the curse from an elder guardian.
  • Golden ankh like animation whenever the item is consumed.

Treasure Maps:

  • Just like a map, except will show terrain outlines and a specific structure with treasure.
  • Only Ocean and Woodland maps are confirmed
  • Ocean maps have a blue tint on the item
  • Woodland maps have a brown tint on the item
  • When exploring, it will fill in the outlines.
  • Can be bought from cartographers.
  • The locator dot on the map will be smaller the farther away you are

General:

  • Return Portals
  • Look like end gateways, but teleport you to the main island’s spawn platform, instead of outwards to the outer islands.
  • Generate randomly throughout the end

Gameplay:

  • Woodland Mansion
  • Generates naturally in forests.
  • Spawns 3 new mobs.
  • Evoker
  • Vindicator
  • Vex
  • Can be found with a Woodland Exploration Map.
  • Consists mostly out of wood.
  • Curse Enchantments
  • Basically Enchantments, but instead of a positive effect, carry a negative effect.
    Curse of Vanishing
  • Items with this Curse will vanish upon death, instead of drop, regardless of the gamerule keepInventory.
  • Curse of Binding
    Items with this Curse will stay on your player until they break, they cannot be removed manually.
  • Death will make you drop this item.
  • Locate Command
    syntax: /locate <StructureType> [x y z OR selector] Locates the nearest structure, like EndCity or NetherFortress.
    It will start the search at what the “x y z” or selector was set to
    When finding structures similar to “temple” structures, it cannot differentiate between types. So you may get a desert or a jungle temple, for example
    Pushes coordinates in chat for the executor of the command.
    Will display “y” coordinates as (y?) for some structures

We will keep you updated on any more 1.11 news we hear.

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Pokémon Go Plus Finally To Be Released

Pokémon Go Plus Finally Releasing Next Week

Nintendo announced Thursday, That the Pokémon Go Plus will launch September 16th. The device connects via Bluetooth to your compatible device. The LED lights will flash when a Pokémon is near, and lets the player catch the Pokémon without having to open the app up on your device.

No price was mentioned Thursday, but Nintendo mentioned back at E3 in June that the device would cost 35 dollars. This announcement comes shortly after the big Apple Watch announcement. I am excited to try it. 35 dollars is a lot cheaper then the Apple Watch. However with all the features the apple watch had for the app, it got me hopeful that maybe an android version will come out on an android watches. Some android watches retail for half the cost of the apple watch.

Would anyone be interested in seeing us review the Pokémon Go Plus? I plan to be picking one up to try myself.

Sources: Nintendo

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The New Sony PlayStation 4

PlayStation 4 Pro, and PlayStation 4 Slim Announced

Sony held a press conference of their own Wednesday to a packed house. Sony announced not only one new PlayStation 4, but two. PlayStation’s Project Neo is now officially called PlayStation 4 Pro. The PlayStation 4 Pro will launch November 10th at the cost of 399. Which is great considering with updated hardware, Sony could have charged more.

The PlayStation 4 Pro will be able to output games in 4K. The Pro will also include a 1TB hard drive. The pro will be able to play other PlayStation 4 games, and even HDR video thanks to the upgraded GPU. Mark Cerny, the man behind the PS4 said YouTube, and Netflix are currently developing apps just for the PlayStation 4 Pro, while pointing out that the PlayStation VR experience would be ramped up with the Pro, allowing for more detail, Higher frame rates, and other improvements.

The other PlayStation 4 announced was a new slimmer model. The PlayStation 4 Slim will come with a 500gb hard drive, and a new price of 299. The new slim option is only .5 inches more narrow, and .75 inches shorter. Sony has removed the power, and eject invisible touch zones, and replaced with actual buttons. These buttons had been angering fans since the PS4 launch. The new slim model will launch September 15, 2016.

Sony seemed to impress today, and is probably looking at a very successful holiday season. I have held out on buying the PS4 personally because I tend to do most of my gaming on the pc. However, with the 299 price tag, I will finally purchase one.

Sources: Sony

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Pokémon Go Coming To Apple Watch

Photo: Apple

Niantic Labs announced today at Apple’s event, that Pokémon Go will soon be available on the Apple Watch. Cool features on the watch app will include; telling players how far they will have to walk to hatch an egg. Required experience points till the next level, and additional information about the player’s fitness. The Apple Watch app will also let players see when a Pokémon appears, and when a Pokéstop is nearby, without looking at their smartphones. Pokémon Go is set to be released on the Apple Watch sometime this year.

This announcement leaves me with some questions. Could the Apple Watch app replace any need for the Pokémon go plus? (If it ever hits shelves.) Will Niantic release the app on android watches? As an android user, this could convince me to invest in an apple watch. Being able to not constantly be looking at my phone while walking, and playing Pokémon Go would be a big plus. Let us know what you think of the announcement. Would you use it? Does it make you consider buying an Apple Watch?  Do you think the app will come to android watches? I guess we will have to wait and see how good the Pokemon Go Plus does at the much smaller price.

Sources: Apple

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No Man’s Sky Patch 1.08 is Live

Sean Murray’s No Man’s Sky Gets Patched

No Man’s Sky gets a patch numbered 1.08. There seems to be zero communication from the developer about what was patched. This game studio is so disorganized and out of the loop when it comes to modern game releases. AAA game titles have community managers who collect information from the developers and release that information to their players via channels of social media.

This is just another example of an overpriced game. Hire some people Sean, it’s absurd.

We had to dig through Reddit and other places to find information on what “seems” to be different from previous patch to now.

This what we found:

  • the game no longer freezes after saving a location.
  • opening galaxy loading screen is much smoother than before.
  • this patch really smoothed out the edges it seems.
  • reports that space combat has been changed.
    • the lock-on feature has been changed so that locking on is more difficult now.
  • reports that way points have disappeared.
  • noticed an improvements regarding:
    • lens flares
    • weather (storm) effects
  • new puzzles in the transmission towers.

If you have found other changes please list them in the comments below and we will update the list as we can. We also heard their are new bugs from this patch.

We heard that the galaxy map is no longer working correctly so that you can’t advance to the galactic core.

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Sony Jumpstarts Mobile Gaming Division

PokEmon Go causing Sony to aggressively pursue Mobile Gaming

Sony has been watching Nintendo’s success with the immensely popular Pokemon Go App. Sony Chief Executive Kaz Hiarai said that Sony will be “Aggressively getting into” mobile gaming. He should have said, again.

Hiarari told the Financial Times at the IFA consumer electronics expo in Berlin that “It’s quite a shift from being just a console-based business to being on mobile phones as well.”

This marks another console maker to reluctantly pursue the platform of mobile gaming. Nintendo had also been resistant for years, before Miitomo, and now Pokemon Go this year. It should be noted, however, that Nintendo is part owner of the company that made Pokemon Go. Also the Pokemon Go Plus device that they made to go with the app, has yet to hit shelves.

Sony in the past has had a handheld device called the PlayStation Portable and even an Xperia smartphone line. It seems that Sony will use the Apps, not to make money, but to sell more consoles and games with them. Sony even tried cross platform development using it’s Vita handheld and Android games, and announced it would leave mobile gaming in 2015.

Sony established ForwardWorks Corporation in March of 2016, which will make apps based on PlayStation games, and characters.

As someone who has played PlayStation Games since the PS1, I am looking forward to seeing what Sony has in store for us mobile gamers.

Sources: SCEI Press Release

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Pokemon Go Buddy System

Pokemon Go Buddy System

The ever popular Pokémon Go app will be getting a new update soon. This update will add Buddy Pokémon to the game. The Buddy Pokémon system will make it easier and more fun to evolve a Pokémon of your choosing.

According to a post made on Pokémon Go creator Niantic’s Facebook page: A player will be able to pick one Pokémon to be their buddy. You can also change this Pokémon at any time to another Pokémon. Buddy Pokémon earn candy as they walk. They will walk alongside the player. So the more you walk, the more candy your buddy will earn. Which means they can evolve faster. (However it is unknown at this time, just how much candy they earn.)

All Pokémon that a player has caught, will be eligible to become a Buddy Pokémon. This feature will help take out the tedious work out of catching multiples of one Pokémon just to obtain candy for evolution.

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Free Munchlax For Pokemon Sun and Moon

Free Munchlax For Pokemon Sun and Moon

Buyers who purchase Pokemon Sun and Moon between launch and January 11, 2017 will get Munchlax over their 3DS device internet collection as part of their purchase. The exclusive new Pokemon is a pre-evolved format of Snorlax.

First purchasers also get one “Snorlium Z”. This is a special item for Pokemon that teaches Munchlax the move “Pulverizing Pancake” when it evolves into Snorlax. Munchlax’ other moves include “Hold Back” and “Happy Hour”. Hold Back is a move that reduces the health points of the opposing Pokemon to 1 even if it were to be knocked out. Happy Hour is a move that doubles the money you win in any battle it participates.

“Pokemon Sun and Moon” games are scheduled to launch on November 18 just in time for the holidays.

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