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Sealed Copy Of Super Mario Bros. Sells For A Record-Breaking $100,150

 

People are going crazy over Tetris 99

‘Tetris 99’ turns ‘Tetris’ into a fast-paced battle royale game

Nintendo revealed Tetris 99 during its Nintendo Direct livestream on Wednesday, which is available for free on Nintendo Switch. It has that classic Tetris vibe except this time you’re not just competing against falling blocks or a timer, you’re competing against 98 other players in a battle royale-style Tetris showdown.

Tetris 99 is the opposite of Tetris Effect, and it’s amazing

I used to think I was good at Tetris, but that was before I was pitted against 98 other players in a block-dropping battle to the death.

Tetris 99 Has No Tutorial, So Here’s What You Need To Know

Yesterday Nintendo announced and released Tetris 99, a battle royale-style multiplayer Tetris game for the Switch in which you play against, wait for it, 98 other players in a merciless puzzle-off. It’s out now and free to download. There’s just one problem: the game doesn’t tell you how it works.

Far Cry New Dawn Dawns

Far Cry New Dawn for Windows is now available on Steam, offering the chance to revisit a post-apocalypse Hope County, Montana to see how all that prepping worked out. The launch trailer from a couple…

Far Cry New Dawn Review

I liked the ending to Far Cry 5. There, I said it. (Spoilers for the ending of Far Cry 5 ahead, though the existence of this game probably already ruined that for you.) It may be an unpopular opinion, but I appreciated that, for once, we didn’t vanquish the bad guy, save the day, and walk off into the sunset. Joseph Seed kind of won. So I’m a little bummed that the very silly developments of Far Cry: New Dawn walk back a lot of that bleak, dark finale. That said, the very familiar Far Cry gameplay formula is just as fun as ever in the post-apocalypse, and I had a blast clearing outposts, hunting for treasure, and absolutely brutalizing the Highwaymen who have seized control of what’s left of Hope County, Montana.

Far Cry: New Dawn review impressions — small and scrappy

Far Cry: New Dawn is the latest side-story/standalone expansion from Ubisoft. Like Primal and Blood Dragon, it resues its map, but it’s also more focused.Read More

The New Apex Legends Skin Prices Are Too Damn High

Apex Legends got its first update on February 13th, and with it came Valentine’s Day-themed cosmetics. Although players have been posting online about how they are grateful for the treat, some have expressed worry about the relatively high prices of these cosmetics, and what that might say about the game’s future.

Apex Legends Is The Game We Didn’t Know We Wanted

Apex Legends blindsided me in more ways than one. I had already been making a loose gaming schedule for the weeks ahead, and now this fantastic battle royale game is pretty much the only thing I want to play.

Apex Legends: All Loot and Supply Crate Locations, Best Landing Spots and Important Locations

Apex Legends’ King’s Canyon map is full of loot and supply chests, along with respawn beacons, hidden secrets and plenty of places to get caught in a firefight. Here’s your guide to every location, supply crate, Pathfinder beacon, even the best landing spots to be found around King’s Canyon.

Apex Legends Works Because Everyone Can Contribute

Apex Legends dropped into the battle royale genre with a strong first impression. There’s still an allure of newness, but as the initial dust settles and the game starts to take shape, it’s clear that Apex Legends has staying power. Much of that is owed to design decisions that streamline some of the clunkier aspects of battle royale and allow players of various skill levels to achieve victory.

Four Hundred Blizzard France Employees Still Don’t Know If They’re Laid Off

By now, many of the people caught up in this week’s massive Activision Blizzard layoff have been informed that they’ve lost their jobs. But at Blizzard’s office in Versailles, France, more than 400 people are still waiting for news. And, due to complex French labor laws, it might be months before they find out what happens to them.

Wednesday Games

Wednesday Games

Well I’m sure you know what my life is like. Finding corpses all over.

 

I’m Level 21 but only like 18 kills. I suck.

What does Apex Legends’ success mean for Anthem?

What does Apex Legends’ success mean for Anthem?

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Electronic Arts is under enormous pressure. The company’s stock has tumbled in the wake of news of a troubled Star Wars game and a weak showing from Battlefield 5, and investors are growing restless. That’s likely why EA is taking the risk of cannibalizing its own success with the release of Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends, a free-to-play battle royale shooter.

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Apex Legends Tips

Apex Legends Tips

I played some games and my kid started playing. It feels exactly like fortnite but better. I’m glad they don’t have the stupid building. Otherwise I suck at the game and have no idea about the weapons/mods or how to actually kill people yet.

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Apex Legends microtransactions guide: explaining Crafting Metals, Legend Tokens, and Apex Coins

Apex Legends has already proven its popularity with 10 million players. While some of those players likely won’t stick around, for those that do, the game’s microtransactions and currencies will be the gateway to new skins and characters.

Apex Legends earns 10 million players in three days

Apex Legends is already becoming a hit. The battle royale’s official Twitter account revealed that the free-to-play game already has 3.5 million players.Read More

EA’s ‘Apex Legends’ already topped 10 million players

‘Apex Legends’ Is a Surprising Threat to the Dominance of ‘Fortnite’

The battle royale field is crowded with competitors, but some inventive game mechanics help this one stand out.

Tuesday Games

Tuesday Games

Respawn’s Apex Legends hits 1 million players in 8 hours

Respawn Entertainment’s Apex Legends drew more than a million players in the first eight hours that the free-to-play battle royale shooter was available.

Titanfall Battle Royale Game Apex Legends Is Out Now

As expected, development studio Respawn announced its Titanfall spinoff battle royale game Apex Legends this afternoon, and it’s out right now.

Titanfall creator Respawn takes on Fortnite with free shooter Apex Legends — and it’s out now

When Titanfall studio Respawn gathered members of the press at a hotel in Los Angeles last week, the crowd knew they were going to see a new game, one with a peculiar shroud of secrecy around it. In fact, up until that point, no trace of the title had been talked about, leaked, or discussed before. And afterward, even knowing the game’s name, I was unable to find any shred of its existence on the internet — that is until it starting leaking over the weekend.

Titanfall 3 Is Not In The Works, Respawn Says

What was once Titanfall 3 has become Apex Legends, the free-to-play battle royale game that launched today. In other words, a third Titanfall is not currently in development, despite the critical acclaim for the first two.

Mackey McCandlish interview — Why Respawn made battle royale shooter Apex Legends

Mackey McCandlish, Respawn’s design director for Apex Legends, talked with GamesBeat’s Dean Takahashi about the design of the battle royale game.Read More

U.S. video game sales reached new high in 2018

In 2018 there was an 18% increase in video game sales since 2017. Video games also beat North American movie box office sales in 2018, which recorded $11.9 billion. The Nintendo Switch became the United States’ best-selling console last year, topping the Playstation 4.

Fortnite Had An In-Game Marshmello Concert, And It Was Actually Pretty Great

This afternoon, I went to a concert in Fortnite. I don’t entirely know what I was just part of, but I think I loved it?

Avoid Pay to Win Games

Avoid Pay to Win Games

After two years of pay-to-win mobile games, let me tell you, avoid them like the plague! Here’s why.

Sliding a Credit Card Doesn’t Bestow Skill

Anytime you associate skill with a credit card purchase, it’s a losing battle.

Games offer more powerful units, or more energy (remember the worst offender FarmVille ?),  more skill slots, permanent stats, or more powerful items for purchase. This gives players an advantage over other players usually to the point of beating them without any challenge in the worst offending pay-to-win games. This however gives the purchaser a feeling of skill over the lesser equipped players, yet in reality it’s at the person who didn’t pay as much expense.

The illusion of skill. Sliding the credit card gives power buyers the feeling of power over lesser spenders.

The Lesser Skilled Power Buyers Often show their complete lack of skill…

…much to the rage of the casual buyers. How do you know this is the case? Try fighting an even battle and see who wins, or see how much they run away when the fight is remotely fair. Losing to mother’s of two who don’t even play real games? Welcome to pay-t0-win.

Pay-to-win Creates Untouchable Bullies

For 1 and 1/2 years we’ve played against 3 players who can kill anyone in the game at will and no one can do anything to stop them. You can’t even gang up on them because they just run at any somewhat fair fight and pick people off when they are not teamed.  On top of that, they spend time talking trash in chat, or just blatantly harassing players that have no prayer of even damaging them. They’ve spent $30,000+ on their bases. Who wants to deal with these fux for years at a time with no prayer of hurting them except by outspending them.

Pay-to-win Games Attract Extremely Wealthy People

Remember the “Am I Rich?” App on Apple Play Store? People paid $1,000+ for an app that did nothing except show that they could buy it without any concern for the price.

Have you ever played games with an oil Barron? People from Dubai? Well pay-to-win, especially mobile games are your chance to actually play in games with these people.

I’ve seen people spend $3,000 in 10 mins. It’s very similar to gambling. Ironically they’re spending this much on gambling on video game items having the right stats. haha.

Pay-to-win Result in Class Shaming

One thing you’ll see for the first time is the rich players shaming anyone who doesn’t spend as much as them. That’s the appalling shit you only read about or see in old 1980s movies but if you join these types of game, be prepared to be called POOR by big spenders. Ironically you might be richer than they are and are just smart enough to not waste it on a stupid video game. hah.

Good Game Makers Make Every Item that affects Balance Available for Free

Proper game makers make things available (even if difficult to get) for everyone, whether they have paid or not. That allows everyone a chance at being the best, even if they have to play more to get the rare items.

Game makers that want to rob you blind, offer you more powerful things if you pay more money.

Examples: higher levels, better units (super ship 3 vs. super ship 1), 200 power weapons vs., 130 power weapons., etc.

The top bases in Mobile Strike are as much as $200,000. And don’t talk about Eve Online or Star Citzen.

Pay-to-Win Game Developers Prey on Gamers’ Desire to be #1 or to win

Gamers want to  compete and win and these game makers prey on that by continually selling you better versions of things to help you do better in the game. They’re even preditory by selling you more and more expensive “packs” after you buy each one. For example they’ll sell you a $9.99 pack, then a $19.99 pack, and so on until for some people in a game I’m playing, they’re getting offered $299.99 packs haha.

Pay-to-Win Game Developers Prey on Addiction

They always keep giving you new deals that you HAVE to buy to keep up with other players. You get sucked in and you keep spending until $1,000+ have been spent. It prays on people susceptible to gambling. It’s sad to watch. One player put in $5-10K then quit. Another player put in $35,000, lost their base due to cheating, then had to start again and put another $30,000 into their base. Insane.

Pay-to-Win Developers Scam you with LOW DROP Chests/Boxes

Watch out for things being offered but the percentage to get them is extremely low. For example this company was selling get the best ship for $19.99 but the actual chance to get the item was 1% in the box. They then sell/have a special DOUBLE CHANCE box/event where it just changes to 2% to get the ship. haha. If there’s ever a place to look up the drop rates, make sure you check out how low the actual drop rate really is. The other day I watched a girl in my guild spend $100 for 5 packs and didn’t get the item at all. They give you other minor stuff like resources and crap you didn’t want in return but don’t actually give you the item you thought you were buying.

Myself I got conned by a “guaranteed item” for an item set. There are 6 pieces in the set and I already had 1. So I bought the $20 pack and I got the SAME item I already had and even a crappier version of the item on top of that. So it was completely useless and in no way worth $20. They should have ran a check to see if I already had the item and gave me one of the 5 other items I didn’t have but these guys are jerks and want you to keep buying again and again until you get the right item despite telling you it’s a guaranteed drop.

But do you get anything from these games?

  • Always something to upgrade – Because they want you to never quit playing
  • Always something to do – Unless you run out of energy.
  • Bonuses for logging in every day – To keep you playing
  • Great game tech support – To keep you playing/paying
  • Temporary Maintenance Rewards – These games actually make you feel good about maintenance because they give you great rewards including stuff you couldn’t normally get without paying. You’ll be wishing for maintenance in these games
  • Great game Updates – They want you to never quit so they keep adding new cool things to keep you playing. These have been the best continual game updates I’ve seen for games you’re paying nothing for (but can’t ever win)
  • Somewhat nicer quality of gamers – Because these are non-gamers who just pay to play on their phone, they’re typically a lot nicer than the people you run into in regular games. You can meet some great people.
  • You can hang on the coattails of the big spenders – We had the #2 person in our guild and it was great following them around looting their leftovers. Until they quit, haha. We had to kiss his ass though. But what ends up happening is the #1 player has a guild who are all unstoppable when he’s around but are terrified to quit because then they’d actually lose and have a challenge in the game. So they’re all his bitches. haha.

 

But overall, stay away. They’ll suck your life away.

Friday Game News

Friday Game News

Someone Got Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Working On A Sony Watchman

Nintendo reportedly plans smaller and cheaper Switch for this year

According to a Nikkei report, the company is developing a smaller and cheaper version of the Switch focused on portability, and without some of the features in the original console. A rumor in October suggested Nintendo was developing a new Switch, but instead of improving on the existing model, it’s just as likely the company is looking for ways to streamline the system.

Nintendo posts $958M profit but cuts Switch target despite strong Christmas sales

The Japanese games giant recorded a 104.21 billion JPY ($958 million) net profit on revenue of 608.39 billion JPY ($5.59 billion) between October and December 2018. Revenue was up 26 percent year-on-year, which is an impressive feature given that quarter was a successful one for Nintendo, yielding its biggest operating profit in a Q3 for eight years.

Nintendo’s Wii Shop Channel shuts down today

It’s a sad day for loyal fans of the original Wii. As promised back in 2017, Nintendo is closing down the Wii Shop Channel as of January 30th. It lost much of its usefulness after March 26th of last year, when you could no longer add Wii Points and thus buy games, but you’re now losing options to buy games with existing points, re-download digital titles or transfer content from a Wii to the Wii U. It’s not quite like downgrading your system to the offline-only Wii mini, but it’s close.

Louis Vuitton Releasing A $2,500 Plexiglass Jenga Game

Sensor Tower: EA grosses $1 billion in lifetime mobile revenue for free-to-play sports games

Sensor Tower estimates that EA Mobile’s free-to-play sports games have brought in more than $1 billion in lifetime revenue.Read More

Woman Gets Impressive PlayStation Care Package After Freak Golfing Accident

Monday Night Games

Monday Night Games

Tetris World Champion Tries To Play With A Dance Dance Revolution Mat, Does OK

Sometimes it’s all about having the right tool for the job. On a recent Twitch streamTetris champion Jonas Neubauer decided to hell with that wisdom and tried to play the 30-year-old NES game using only the arrows on a DDR mat.

Fortnite to stop selling controversial ‘loot boxes’

Loot boxes provided random virtual objects, such as weapons. However, people do not know what their box will contain until they buy it.

8BitDo made a wireless controller for Sega Genesis fans

The latest retro-inspired controller from 8BitDo should bring a smile to the face of many Genesis fans. The M30 takes its cue from the Sega console’s controllers and it works with PC, macOS and Android as well as Nintendo Switch. A single charge will give you up to 20 hours of play time, while there are screenshot and home buttons along with a turbo function. The M30 will set you back $30.

Monday Games

Monday Games

Atari 2600 emulator in Minecraft helps tie a world record — at 1 frame per second

Dragster time of 5.57 is technically a world record — the best kind of world record

Last year around this time we were talking about Dragster, and how a 35-year-old world record was debunked and the record-holder got banned from high score competitions for life. Well, someone — using an Atari 2600 emulator in freaking Minecraft, of all things — technically tied the legitimate world record. Technically being the best kind of world record, of course.

CSGO Super Fan Traveled To A European Castle To Compare It To A Popular Map

3kliksphilip is a popular Counter-Strike: Global Offensive YouTuber who has created fascinating videos about the chickens in CSGO and black holes in some CSGO maps. His latest video is all about comparing two castles, one real and one virtual.

Activision Announces ‘Beto O’Rourke’s Pro Skater’

Google’s DeepMind AI Just Beat Two Pros At StarCraft II

Add StarCraft II to the list of increasingly sophisticated games at which well-trained AIs can smash fallible, meat-fingered humans to chunky bits. Google’s DeepMind AI beat two professional players of Blizzard’s StarCraft in two multi-game series that happened in December, the companies jointly announced today.

US charges ‘Call of Duty’ swatter’s alleged co-conspirators

Now that Call of Duty swatter Tyler Bariss has pleaded guilty, law enforcement is pursuing the people allegedly linked to his crimes. Federal agents have charged Neal Patel, Logan Patten and Tyler Stewart for reportedly conspiring with Barriss in both swatting attacks (that is, trick police into sending a SWAT team) and false bomb threats in locations across the US, including Connecticut, Illinois, Missouri, Ohio and Texas. Patel and Patten also face respective charges for bank fraud and threatening to injure in interstate commerce.

Cyberpunk 2077 Head Writer Joins Blizzard

Sebastian Stepien, who was the head writer for Cyberpunk 2077 and one of three creative directors for The Witcher 3 at CD Projekt Red, has joined Blizzard Entertainment.

Survey Of 4,000 Game Developers Says Half Of Them Want To Unionize

In a survey of nearly 4,000 game developers published today by the Game Developers Conference, half of developers surveyed said they thought game industry workers should unionize.

Star Citizen Spending $4M Per Month

A post on Gamasutra from last week that we missed at the time offers another opportunity to marvel at the high finances of Star Citizen, and the phenomenal crowdfunding surrounding the upcoming space…

‘Farming Simulator’ is getting its own esports league

Monday Games

Monday Games

Nintendo to release new Mario Kart game on smartphones

A mobile version of the much-loved Mario Kart games is being released this year, the Japanese entertainment company, Nintendo, announced.

Ancient Shark With Spaceship-Shaped Teeth Named After Vintage Video Game

A newly described freshwater shark from the Cretaceous Period had teeth that resembled the iconic Galaga video game spacefighter. Remarkably, the remains of this shark were found in the same pile of debris that contained Sue the T. rex—the largest and most complete fossil of the species ever found.

Grand Theft Auto 3 fans try to recreate the game’s pre-release version

Original HUD, altered vehicle handling, and a different Claude are among the changes

Grand Theft Auto modders have taken on an unusual, but still fascinating project: Recreating Grand Theft Auto 3 according to what it showed and looked like in mothballed code and its pre-release marketing, way back at the turn of the century.

EA’s open-world ‘Star Wars’ game is no more

Fortnite Made the Most Annual Revenue of Any Game in History Last Year

Fortnite made a whopping $2.4 billion in revenue last year and now holds the record for the most annual revenue of any video game in history, according to SuperData’s Year in Review – and that’s not including figures from Android or its PvE mode, Save the World.

Longtime Twitch Streamer Summit1g Tops Ninja’s Subscriber Count

Jaryd “Summit1g” Lazar is no newcomer to Twitch. The mostly retired Counter-Strikepro has been one of the platform’s most recognizable faces since 2012, but over the past few weeks, he’s worked his way into Twitch’s highest echelon.

Microsoft Removes Carlton, Floss Dances From Forza Horizon 4

The Carlton and Floss dance emotes are no longer available in Forza Horizon 4 following changes made to the game as part of today’s big Series 5 update. Although publisher Microsoft won’t say why it removed the emotes, both dances are the subjects of lawsuits against publisher Epic Games for using them in the mega-popular game Fortnite.

The Pinkertons Are Still Around, Suing Over Red Dead Redemption 2

As The Verge report, the Pinkertons—now owned by Swedish security company Securitas AB and called Pinkerton Consulting & Investigations—sent a cease-and-desist notice to Take-Two last month, asking for either a single payment or a royalty arrangement for Red Dead 2's use of the term “Pinkerton” throughout its story.

Soulja Boy’s latest sketchy console looks like a PS Vita

Soulja Boy is shrugging off possible legal threats from gaming giants with another rip-off console. In the wake of his ill-fated Nintendo emulator swag, his latest attempt at plagiarism marries the design of a PS Vita with the specs of a PlayStation Portable (a 480 x 272 resolution on a supposed “HD” screen is just the tip of the iceberg). It’s probably only a matter of time till Sony tells Soulja — real name DeAndre Cortez Way — to pull the plug or face legal action.

The Year-Long, Undercover Plot To Blow Up EVE Online’s Most Notorious Space Station

The Year-Long, Undercover Plot To Blow Up EVE Online’s Most Notorious Space Station

I don’t even play but this is pretty interesting to read about.

In theory, anything can happen in EVE Online, but some things are considered impossible. Well, last month, one of the “impossible” things happened: The destruction of the game’s first-ever Keepstar battlestation, which was kept in a wormhole. Of course, it took 11 months of meticulous planning.

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