The Daily Moot (2/8/18)
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1. Fortnite's Valentine’s Day Event
Fortnite has revealed their plans for the Valentine’s Day event and it is pretty epic (see what I did there… epic, like Epic Games. I’ll see my way out.). For starters, there will be a handful of new Valentine’s Day skins that are just downright weird and moderately creepy. In addition, a new weapon will be introduced in the form of a pink and gold crossbow. Epic games commented on the weapon saying, “[you will be able to] hunt your prey the old fashioned way.” The weapons will come in rare and epic styles, with fire arrows included. The update is set to release on February 14th and should be one everyone will enjoy.
2. Sweden Could Declare Loot Boxes as Gambling in 2019
Sweden is the most recent country to get a closer look and better understanding of what loot boxes really are. Ardalan Shekarabi, the Minister of Public Administration, is on record saying that loot boxes just might be considered gambling by 2019. If proven to in fact be gambling, the country would be able to entirely regulate the loot boxes and potentially deem them illegal. More and more countries are becoming aware of the dangers of loot boxes and we just might see their demise in the near future.
3. Vampyr Coming this June
Vampyr, from the creators of Life is Strange, will arrive on all consoles (except Nintendo Switch) in June. The game will take place in London in the year of 1918 where you play as a vampire doctor who will become very intertwined in the lives of the people around you. Not too much is known just yet about the game, but it is lining up to be something pretty special.
4. Destiny 2’s Valentine’s Day Event
Destiny 2 has their plan for their Valentine’s Day event and it is looking like it will revolve around a 2v2 ‘Crimson Day Crucible” game mode. This will be a new take on 2v2 where certain aspects of your gameplay give you certain benefits to the overall game. The 2v2 mode will be the best way to earn rewards specifically created for the Valentine’s Day event such as Crimson Engrams. The event will start on February 13th and run through February 20th.
5. New Monsters Added to Pokemon GO
The legendary Pokemon Rayquaza will be available to catch starting on February 9th. The legend will only be available for a limited time, say Niantic, so get ready to start hunting right when it is released. In addition, various other Pokemon from the third generation will be released such as Salamence, Tropius, and Chimecho. We are still waiting on all the Legendary Pokemon to be released, but this is still an awesome start!
The Daily Moot (2/7/18)
1. Google’s Game Streaming Service
Anonymous sources are claiming that Google is currently working on a game streaming service codenamed, “Yeti”. As of now there is not too much information on the product, but it is known that something big is coming that could shake up the $100+ billion gaming market. Google is known to be extremely wide spread by putting their footprint in almost every kind of tech industry. If Google is to successfully infiltrate the gaming industry, the only thing left on their task list would be to join forces with Elon Musk take over the entire world.
2. New Battle Royale Game ‘Fear the Wolves’
A team of ex-STALKER developers, Vostok Games, are currently in the process of creating a new battle royale game called Fear of Wolves. Fear of Wolves will be similar to PUBG but will include many new and exciting twists. Players will have to worry about much more than just other players such as weather, day and night cycles, mutated creatures, and much more! The developers also confirmed multiple game modes in addition to the usual battle royale. Keep your eyes peeled for future announcements on the state of Fear of Wolves.
3. EVO 2018 Lineup
The Evolution Championship Series (EVO) 2018 lineup has just been announced and is set to be one for the books. The lineup goes as follows: Street Fighter 5 Arcade Edition, Tekken 7, Super Smash Bros. for Wii U, Super Smash Bros. Melee, BlazBlue: Cross tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, Injustice 2, and Dragon Ball FighterZ. The competition is set to run from August 3rd-5th in Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino.
4. What Can Bungie do to Bring Back Players?
Bungie has kind of blown it with Destiny 2, that is a fact. But is it too late to make a comeback? Maybe. Or maybe there is still time to fix a couple of things in order to make the game successful. PCGamer put together a list of six thing they think can be done to turn things around; they are as follows:
1. Unlock the subclass skill trees immediately
2. Add hybrid shotguns, snipers, and energy fusions to the energy slot
3. Bring back every old exotic in the next patch
4. Free dust for everyone
5. Have Tess sell all the shaders, all the time
6. Reduce the cooldowns (seriously, all of them)
Do you guys agree or disagree? Let us know in the comments!
5. Overwatch Year of the Dog Event
Blizzard recently released a developer video which gave a little teaser on what is to be expected in the “Year of the Dog” event. So far we know there will be a new map based off Thailand which will be specifically designed for capture the flag with both ancient and modern themes. In addition there will also be major update the capture the flag game mode in multiple fashions. Lastly, there will be 6 new legendary skins and 50 new seasonal items to be unlocked. Check out the link to see the full video!
The Daily Moot (2/6/18)
1. Dr. DisRespect Returns
The two time Blockbuster video game champion has graced the world with his presence once again via Twitch. After a hiatus from streaming due to family issues, the Doc returned with a whopping 389,000 concurrent viewers as he destroyed the competition in PUBG. He somehow managed to get a chicken dinner in his very first game with 12 kills as the cherry on top. The Doc ended up getting countless donations with a handful of them being over $1,000. It was an incredible return for the face of Twitch and it should be an even better year for the one and only, Dr. DisRespect.
2. Red Dead Redemption 2 Battle Royale Leak
Red Dead Redemption 2 recently had a few features leaked to the public. The leaks include the main characters, map information, and new game modes. However, the biggest takeaway from the leak is one of the new game modes, battle royale. With battle royale being all of the buzz in today’s games, Rockstar has decided to take on the challenge of joining the trend. It was always expected that many games would try to create their own version of battle royale gameplay, but it was not expected to see it from a game like Red Dead Redemption 2. Click the link to see the full list of leaks!
3. Rainbow Six Siege Free Weekend
Rainbow Six Siege will be free for anyone who wants to play later this month starting on February 15th. The free trial will showcase the entire game including all the maps, modes, and Operators. Rainbow Six Siege is set to release a new game mode called Outbreak on March 5th and is currently on sale for 40% off on the Ubisoft store. Get ready to dive into some free Rainbow Six action later on this year!
4. Battlefield 1 Cheating Update
EA released a statement informing the community that they will begin focusing more of their efforts on finding and banishing cheaters in Battlefield 1. The company is improving their “FairFight” initiative by removing as many cheaters using third-party assist software as possible. Even if Battlefield 1 is an older game, it is always refreshing to see companies taking cheating serious and reacting in a proper manner.
5. Shadow of the Colossus Review
Kotaku recently released a review on the remastered version of Shadow of the Colossus highlighting both the positives and the negatives. For those who are unfamiliar with Shadow of the Colossus, the game follows you and your horse as you travel a barren wasteland in hopes of finding and slaying 16 roaming monsters. Click the link to see the entire review to get a much more detailed evaluation of the game!
The Daily Moot (2/2/18)
1. Destiny 2 Major Balance Changes
Destiny 2 is getting some major balance changes sometime in the next few months. To quote Josh Hamrick, the design lead at Bungie, the balance changes are intended to “provide individual players with more hero moments by increasing overall speed and mobility, increasing the amount of supers you charge to demolish your enemies, and increasing the frequency and impact of our most montage worthy weapons, especially in the Crucible.” It seems like Bungie is putting in a lot of work to make the community happy, however it is almost certain the community will still have something to complain about. To learn more about what is to come, check out the full article from Polygon!
2. Far Cry 5 Season Pass
Ubisoft recently announced exactly what will be in the Far Cry 5 season pass. First, there will be “Dead Living Zombies” where players will team up to fend off hordes of zombies. Second, there will be “Hours of Darkness” where you will travel to Vietnam to go head-to-head with the Vietcong. Lastly, “Lost on Mars” will take you to a red planet in outer space where you attempt to fight off giant alien spiders. The season pass will also include access to the upcoming remake of Far Cry 3, called Far Cry 3: Classic Edition. Far Cry 5 is looking like a really solid game which will come out on March 27th!
3. Dragon Ball FighterZ Sells 2 Million Units
Dragon Ball FighterZ has been extremely successful in the first week since the release last Friday. The worldwide shipments have already surpassed 2 million total. It is by far the best Dragon Ball game in terms of gameplay as well as sales. Expect the title to break 3 million sales sometime very soon!
4. Bayonetta 1 & 2 are Great on the Switch
The Bayonetta games are finally making their way to the best gaming platform on earth, the Nintendo Switch. The game will both run at 60 frames per second and 720p which is an awesome upgrade from when it first came to the Wii U. This is the perfect game for those looking to bring back a little bit of nostalgia from about 5 years ago. The game is planned to be released on February 16th.
5. Yakuza 6 Delayed
More and more titles are being delayed as gamers expect games to be completely flawless. Yakuza 6 was the most recent game to fall victim to a delay. Sega, the games developers, announced via Twitter that the game will be delayed until at least April 17th for the western launch. While it is nice to see developers taking time to perfect games, it is irritating having to wait longer to get what we want. Hopefully the game will live up to the hype!
The Daily Moot (2/1/18)
Happy February to all! Hope it is a great month 🙂
1. Red Dead Redemption 2 Delayed Again
The highly anticipated role playing game, Red Dead Redemption 2, is being delayed yet again. Rockstar Games says they are planning for an official release on October 26th, 2018. The developers issued a statement where they apologized for another delay but insisted the game needed further “polishing”. While more delays are definitely irritating, it is nice to see Rockstar Games taking Red Dead Redemption 2 very seriously and attempt to get it as perfect as possible. Expect another announcement regarding the progress of the game sometime in the next few weeks. In the meantime, click the link to check out a few screenshots of the game shared by Rockstar.
2. Are Aliens Coming to Rainbow Six Siege?
The update coming soon to Rainbow Six Siege called Outbreak, will be a sci-fi event set to include aliens. Outbreak will focus on an infestation of an unknown virus in a city called Truth or Consequences, New Mexico. The city is has been entirely quarantined off, and it will be up to you and your squad to infiltrate and destroy the virus. The full Outbreak content will come to all servers on March 6th. Are you excited for some alien hunting action?
3. Nintendo Labo Lets You Customize Robots
Nintendo Labo will be releasing a new product called Toy Con Garage which will allow players to build and customize their own cardboard robots. The program will give people simple “building blocks” that can then be put together in many different fashions giving the user a fully customizable robot. This will let Nintendo expand in many different directions with the new Nintendo Labo product, which could potentially market to a wide variety of gamers. Is this something you guys are excited for?
4. Nintendo Switch’s Premium Online Service Set to Launch in September
The premium online service for the Nintendo Switch was originally planned to launch in 2017, however it has received various setbacks. Nintendo announced today via a tweet that the service will officially be ready to launch in September of this year. Until then, the service will remain completely free so enjoy it while you can! Hopefully when the service is no longer free there will be a plethora of new features added.
5. Notmycar Will be Introduced to the World Tomorrow
Notmycar, a game considered to be a mix of PUBG and Twisted Metal, will be released to the world via live stream on Mixer tomorrow, February 2nd. The game is very mysterious as there is no official release date and not much is known about the game in its entirety. However, it looks like a pretty fun battle royale style driving game for all ages that should make a splash in the gaming community. Tomorrow should be very helpful on getting a better understanding of what the title will have to offer.
The Daily Moot (1/31/18)
1. Loot Crates are to Blame for Battlefront 2’s Low Sales
EA’s Star Wars Battlefront 2 is arguably the most scrutinized game of all time after the 2017 microtransaction controversy. Due to said scrutiny, the game’s sales have not met the company’s goals of 10 millions copies by the end of the third quarter of EA’s fiscal year. The company’s CFO, Blake Jorgensen, is estimating another one to three millions more copies will be sold before the fiscal year is up which will put their sales at a total of 10-12 million units. It also is rumored that the microtransactions are set to make a return sometime in the next few months in hopes to drive sales and increase revenue. Will Battlefront 2 ever be looked at in a positive light or will it forever be tainted?
2. ‘World of Warcraft: Battle for Azeroth’ Coming this Summer
Activision Blizzard have confirmed the release date for World of Warcraft’s new expansion: Battle for Azeroth. The anticipated expansion will be released on or near the last day of summer, September 21, 2018.
Players who pre-order get a plethora of benefits up-front leading to the expansions release. Access to four new “Allied Races” will be available, though it’s important to note that there is a reputation and questline requirement in order to create the new races. Highmountain Tauren, Nightborne, Void Elves, and Lightforged Draenei will be available to play immediately, but it seems the Dark Iron Dwarves and Zandalari Trolls have been delayed until further notice. Each race has their own set of unique transmogable armor that’s given once the players level from 20-110; race chang and character boosts will not count towards earning the unique set.
A level 110 character boost is also offered for pre-order to get new players up to speed and experience Blizzard’s new Battle for Azeroth content. The boost is beneficial to existing players due to the current value of a level 100 character boost ($60).
Battle for Azeroth ‘Standard’ edition is priced at £39.99/ $50 and includes the character boost. The ‘Deluxe’ edition will be £52.99/ $70.
3. Nintendo Switch Eclipses Wii U Lifetime Sales
The Nintendo Switch is setting records with regards to its unprecedented sales to date. The product is less than a year old (released March 2017) yet already has over 14.86 million copies sold. To put that in perspective, the former Nintendo product, the Wii U, has only sold 13.56 million units even though it was released in 2012. The Nintendo Switch is selling like hot cakes on the hardware side, as well as the software side where there has been 52.57 million units sold to date. It is truly incredible to see history in the making, and there are not signs of slowing down in the near future.
4. Bioware’s Anthem has Been Delayed
EA has announced that Bioware’s Anthem will be delayed to 2019. The choice was made in order to give Anthem the complete spotlight in early 2019 as opposed to sharing the stage at the end of 2018 with all of the other big games set to release. In the meantime, the company will work on a new Battlefield title to be released hopefully in late 2018. Giving Anthem its own launch window is actually a pretty smart idea as it will draw the most attention and most likely draw incredible sales numbers. Are you guys excited about Anthem or is there another upcoming title you have your eyes on?
5. Nintendo’s Business is BOOMING
Nintendo is doing incredibly well, so well that they surpassed all of their predictions for the quarter as profits are up 261%. Revenue for the last three months of the year reached $4.44 billion which is higher than the expected $3.7 billion. The company’s success is largely in part of the Nintendo Switch sales going through the roof. Click the article to read Nintendo’s statement regarding the recent success.
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The Daily Moot (1/30/18)
1. More Information on Fortnite’s Private Servers
Fortnite seems to be taking over the Battle Royale industry a little bit more each and everyday. Today, Epic Games announced that some of the Fortnite community will be given early access to new private servers. Implementing private servers into the game of Fortnite would allow for players to create and play in custom matches alongside anyone in which they choose. In addition, it would also pave the way for Fortnite to potentially jump into the esports scene. It is uncertain when full access to private servers will be granted to the community, however it is always good to see popular games continue to grow in the right direction.
2. New PUBG Update
PUBG is unveiling a new update that will get players interested in playing the heavily scrutinized map, Miramar. The update will include new buildings as well as new cover in general for Miramar in hopes to “improve the engagement experience.” The new map has angered players to the point of deleting game files in order to make sure they only play on Erangel and nothing else. Hopefully this update will get players excited to play the new map and keep Miramar around for the long haul.
3. Sea of Thieves Tips & Tricks
The Sea of Thieves beta will be around at least one more day for your sailing and looting enjoyment. Before the beta is up, IGN has just what you need to make sure you are getting as much out of the game as you possibly can. Click the link to read through a plethora of tips and tricks that you may not have known which can increase your pirate skills!
4. GTA Online Update
GTA Online unveiled a new game mode called Hardest Target. In Hardest Target you protect your target player while trying to kill the other teams target player. If you play now you can get double XP and $GTA until February 5th. The update also includes a brand new all electric vehicle priced at $1.5 million called the Pfister Neon. Many smaller updates and discounts were included in this update as well.
5. Build-and-Battle Gundam Game Coming to U.S.
Bandai Namco’s “New Gundam Breaker” allows players to build and customize their very own mobile suits and head into battle. The game is currently only available in Japan but will be released in the United States sometime in 2018. The game will include a story mode as well as a three vs. three co-op mode. Check the link to see some in game pictures of what you can expect to see later this year!
The Daily Moot (1/29/18)
1. Cloud 9 Wins First CS:GO Major
For the first time in history, a North American team has been crowned the champion of a CS:GO Major. Cloud 9 took home the trophy after a grueling match with the European super team, Faze Clan. Going into the tournament everyone was expecting Faze Clan to be victorious, but that was not the case at the 2018 ELEAGUE Boston Major. After a back and forth match, the “All American Squad,” Cloud 9, got the victory with a final score of 22-19 in overtime. It was an amazing weekend for almost all fans of CS:GO, and the future is looking very bright for the entire industry.
Check the winning moment and skadoodle's victory speech here:
CS:GO is currently duking it out in "Board Battles", check it out here:
2. What Hero is Next for Overwatch?
Although there is no specific release date for “Hero 27”, Jeff Kaplan did state a while ago that the hero is well under way. All that is known is the new hero will be a “much needed” addition to the game. Now comes the speculation of what is to come. Is the next hero a tank? A support? A DPS? Leave your thoughts in the comment section below!
3. Madden NFL 18 Predicts Super Bowl
As the Super Bowl draws near, it is only right that EA runs another simulation attempting to predict the outcome. EA has predicted the winner correctly six times in the last seven years with one of those outcomes being the exact score of the game. This year, EA predicts the New England Patriots will beat the Philadelphia Eagles 24-20. This seems to be generous towards the Eagles as most people are predicting something along the lines of 35-17 in the Patriots favor. What do you guys think the outcome will be?
4. Epic Games is Shutting Down Paragon
Epic Games, the creators of the booming title Fortnite, stated they are going to shut down one of their other not-so-popular games, Paragon. A statement was released saying the game was a let down as they know the expectations were not met. Epic Games is generously offering a full refund to any and all players who bought premium in game items. While it is sad to see a game come and go so quickly, it is good to know that the Epic Games team will now have much more time to spend perfecting Fortnite.
5. PlayStation Network Keeps Crashing
Something is going on with the Playstation Network as it consistently keeps crashing. The problem began on January 23rd and every single day after there has been network errors. This is not a good time for Sony to have such critical errors as the competition, the Nintendo Switch, has proven to be the system that most gamers favor. Will this lead to a major downhill slide for Sony and the PS4?
The Daily Moot (1/26/18)
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1. Monster Hunter: World Review
Monster Hunter: World is finally here. The highly anticipated game has been getting high praise since the beta from pretty much every person and website I know; but how will the full game hold up? Well, simply put, the full game is extremely good. So good that Polygon, a popular gaming website, gave it a 9/10. Monster Hunter: World is an incredibly challenging game which includes ample amounts of unpredictability along with a wide variety of weapons. Overall, the game is a beautiful success. Click the link to read a much more in depth review of Monster Hunter: World.
2. Dragon Ball FighterZ Guide
Are you ready to go Super Saiyan? Well now is the time! Dragon Ball FighterZ was released today and it is everything you hoped and dreamed it would be. IGN gave the game an 8.5/10 rating which is solid for such a tough grading website. The game include 21 playable characters with 3 more to be unlocked through gameplay, as well as 8 more characters coming in future DLC. Check the article from IGN highlighting each Dragon Ball character and giving you helpful tips on how to play with each fighter.
3. Monster Hunter: World Tips & Tricks
Another story on Monster Hunter: World? Yup! It is just that good. The game has a huge variety of activities, monsters, weapons, and easter eggs. Some people like to go into a game blind and figure out everything on their own, which is respectable. However, for those of you that enjoy having some information on a game before you dive headfirst into a brand new world, then this is for you! Kotaku put together an article giving helpful tips and tricks on how to play the brand new game, Monster Hunter: World. Check it out!
4. Fortnite on the Nintendo Switch?
The worldwide creative director at Epic Games, Donald Mustard, recently hinted that Fortnite just might be coming to the Nintendo Switch at some point down the line. In response to a question on Twitter asking if Epic Games had any plans to bring Fortnite to the Switch, Mustard responded with “Hopefully we do that at some point!” By no means is that response definitive whatsoever, but it indeed does give the die hard Nintendo Switch fans some hope!
5. Sea of Thieves Beta Extended
The Sea of Thieves beta has been extended two extra days due to difficulties some players experienced when installing and launching the game. Rare, the game’s developers, is still working on the fix to the known issues as soon as possible. Sea of Thieves has been receiving incredibly high praise with the beta, and has a lot more to come in the future. Can’t wait for the final version to be released on March 20th!
The Daily Moot (1/25/18)
1. YouTube Gaming is Picking Up the Pace
YouTube Gaming, the arch nemesis of Twitch, has been doing very well recently. In the year 2017, YouTube Gaming increases its monthly active streamer base by 343% (Twitch gained 197%). Even though YouTube Gaming did really well last year, in the grand scheme of things Twitch is leaps and bounds ahead, and any company looking to compete has a long way to go. Other streaming platforms such as Periscope, Facebook Live, and Microsoft Mixer have shown a lot of promise for the future but the industry belongs to Youtube Gaming and Twitch at the moment. Will Twitch ever be surpassed by the rapidly growing YouTube Gaming?
2. Game Developer Survey Shows Growing Interest in Nintendo Switch
The State of the Gamer Industry report, run by the Game Developers Conference, was recently released and it gave gamers a good look at what is to come in the future. The study showed Nintendo Switch and PC games are drawing the most interest from developers while mobile gaming and virtual reality are beginning to decline. The report also indicates that loot boxes are going to stick around for a while, unfortunately. The report dives a lot deeper in what is to come in 2018, if you are interested in reading more click the link!
3. Bioware Gives Full Attention to Anthem
Bioware, a company owned by Electronic Arts (EA), has begun to put all of its efforts into developing the highly anticipated game, Anthem. Anthem is an online multiplayer role-playing “shoot and loot” game that takes place in a futuristic world run by alien like creatures. After EA’s most recent flop in Star Wars: Battlefront II, they are doing everything in their power to make sure the next game is a homerun. Anthem is set to come out no later than March of 2019; will you be buying?
4. The Next Dragon Age will be a “Live” Game
Casey Hudson, a member of the Bioware team, stated in a recent interview that the upcoming Dragon Age title will be a “live” game. The game will remain story and character focused with continued story telling after the main quest line is over. This will be a great addition to the first three Dragon Age games whenever the game gets released.
5. February’s Xbox Live Gold Lineup
The February lineup for games to come with Xbox Live is looking pretty nice. For Xbox One players will be able to play Shadow Warrior and Assassin's Creed Chronicles: India, while the Xbox 360 players will be able to play Split/Second and Crazy Taxi. Click the link to learn more about what is to come in the Games with Gold program.
The Daily Moot (1/24/18)
1. Destiny 2 is “Not in a Good Place’
Bungie has continued to disappoint it’s audience time and time again by absolutely butchering Destiny 2. Players everywhere are beginning to lose their patience to a point where they just may give up on the game as a whole. Analysts and reporters from Wall Street and CNBC have chimed in saying “Destiny 2 is not in a good place” ever since the wake of microtransactions and poor communication. Time is wearing thin for Bungie to regain player trust and build a game worth playing. Will Bungie ever refurbish Destiny 2 to a point where gamers will be happy with the overall product?
2. PUBG Donates $2 Million
The company behind Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, PUBG Corp., has announced that they will be giving away $2 million to charity. The money will be put into charity events this year such as PUBG Extra Life marathon, Gamers Outreach, and one other event that will be announced sometime relatively soon. It is really heartwarming to see such a successful company give back to causes they believe are worth their hard earned money. PUBG has made an impact on the gaming community and is continuing to make an impact on the world in a very positive manner.
3. Nvidia Claims ‘Gamers Come First'
Thanks to cryptocurrency miners, graphics card prices have skyrocketed to well over $900 on third party websites. A popular cryptocurrency, Ethereum, has blown up recently causing hordes of people to join the mining industry in hopes of getting their hands on the precious coin. Unfortunately these actions are making it hard for mainstream gamers to afford a graphics card in order to play PC games. Nvidia has commented on this issue stating that “gamers come first for Nvidia,” proving that the company will do anything in its power to solve the problem. Hopefully the issue is solved soon because it surely has caused some stir up in the gaming community.
4. PUBG’s Latest Patch
PUBG’s latest patch introduces multiple spawn areas where players hang out before the match begins. By spreading out the players into multiple areas it “improves server and client performance by adjusting the visual distance while the character is in the air.” Having a large group of players condensed into one small area hinders gameplay by adding high impact on the servers. Additional smaller modifications were introduced as well as the PUBG Corp. Team continues working on banning cheaters.
5. Overwatch’s ‘Blizzard World’ is Here Along with New Skins
Blizzard recently released a new update which comes with the new map, “Blizzard World,” as well as new skins and other cosmetic improvements. The new skins are available to all players through ordinary lot boxes, unlike other updates which were only seasonal and available through special loot boxes. Click the link to check out all of the skins and to see Blizzard World!
The Daily Moot (1/23/18)
1. One in Ten Developers are Creating Games with Premium Loot Boxes
The Game Developers Conference released quite a large survey sent out to 4,000 developers called the State of the Industry Survey. In the results, it was noted that only 11% (close to 1 in 10) of developers were currently creating a game which included premium loot boxes. Having 11% of developers still relying on loot boxes comes as quite a surprise due to the amount of backlash the gaming community gave premium in-game content in 2017. It would be great to see more developers following in the footsteps of “Dragon Ball FighterZ” by making loot boxes available only through gameplay, not real life currency.
2. Gaming Apps are Trending Downwards
Although gaming is still one of the most popular application categories, the overall outlook on mobile games seems to be declining. Flurry put together a study for app usage based on categories for the year of 2017 that indicated the gaming sector had decreased 16% from the previous year. Although the overall amount of gaming has decreased recently, the amount of time spent gaming has been increasing. The mobile gaming industry is a multi billion dollar market that seems to be stable at least for the time being. It will be interesting to see how the market will fair after reports of the declining outlook.
3. Xbox Game Pass Features Xbox Exclusives on Launch
The Xbox Game Pass will now feature all the new Xbox exclusive games on the day of the initial launch date. For only $9.99 per month any Xbox owner can play over 170 titles including games from the Xbox 360 as well as the Xbox One. This is quite a smart maneuver by Microsoft as it enables their fans to play a wide variety of games from the years past while also staying up to date on what is to come. Now is a good time to buy the Xbox Game Pass as hot new titles are coming soon such as Sea of Thieves and Crackdown 3.
4. Pokémon GO Releases 23 More Monsters into the Wild
Pokémon GO, yes that Pokémon GO, has unveiled 23 more Pokémon from the third generation of the franchise. However, Niantic did not release all of the names of the Pokémon that were introduced to the game so it is up to the players and fans to guess until there is conclusive evidence. Time to get out there and play so we can see which Pokémon have been released! Hopefully Torkoal is one of the 23.
5. Rust to Leave Early Access in February
Rust, the multiplayer survival game, came onto the scene in December of 2013 and has been in early access development since. The games creator, Gary Newman, recently announced that the game will be leaving early access on February 8th. The game will get a bump in price from $20 to $35, which is fair due to the massive updates that are expected to be intertwined with the 1.0 release. Hopefully the game continues to please the masses and proves to be a worthy game in the long run!
The Daily Moot (1/22/18)
1. Dragon Ball FighterZ Loot Boxes do not Cost Real Money
Gamers who are excited for the new Dragon Ball game can take comfort in knowing that in game loot boxes will not cost real money. Instead, all you need to do is play the game to earn currency that can then be used to buy loot boxes. It is nice to see that some games are doing things right by making in game rewards solely available through playing the actual game. The time to get excited is now because Dragon Ball FighterZ will be available this Friday, January 26th, on all platforms. Check the article to learn more about what you can buy with in game currency and how the purchasing process is done.
2. Dr. DisRespect is Coming Back
He’s baaaaack! The infamous Dr. DisRespect will be making a return to Twitch on February 5th after over a month away from streaming. Back in mid December, The Doc made an emotional video where he admitted that he had been “unfaithful” in his relationship with his wife and would need to take a break from streaming to focus on his family. He finally announced his return in the most “Dr. DisRespect style” fashion imaginable on Twitter last Friday which received over 80,000 likes and counting. Click the link to watch the epic video!
3. A Look at R.B.I. Baseball 18
There is a new baseball game in town that is looking to rival the MLB powerhouse game franchise, MLB The Show. R.B.I. Baseball is a 1980’s franchise baseball game that was resurrected in 2014 by hiring outside developers to bring the game back to life. After a few years of mediocre success, the game is investing a large amount of money into the title to bring developers in-house in hopes to become the best baseball video game across all platforms. It will be extremely difficult to beat out a game like The Show, but it is entirely possible especially after the horrible game San Diego Studios (The Show developers) released last year. Read the attached article to get a much more in depth look at how R.B.I. Baseball is planning on making an epic comeback!
4. Overwatch League Player Suspended
Dallas Fuel’s Very own xQc, aka Felix Lengyel, was recently suspended four games and fined $2,000 by Blizzard for his homophobic remarks said on his Twitch streams last week. The insult was directed at a player named Muma, aka Austin Wilmot, who is an openly gay individual who plays for the Houston Outlaws in the Overwatch League. Lengyel and the Dallas Fuel has since apologized for their actions but the damage has already been done. It is good to see Blizzard reacting swiftly to actions such as this and hopefully this will cause players to be more thoughtful in the future.
5. The Pacifist Victory in PUBG
A YouTuber name KurtJMac recently proved that it is entirely possible to win a game of PUBG without shooting a single bullet. All you need is patience, skill, and a bit of luck to make the impossible possible. Although many players would find this strategy boring and overall quite lame, it is pretty funny to see it actually have some success. Click the link to see for yourself exactly how it is done!
The Daily Moot (1/19/18)
1. Video Games to be in 2024 Olympics
Japan is currently in the process of legalizing professional gaming in their country with the end goal of having gaming in the 2024 Olympics. Japan is a country centered around peace and tranquility amongst the people which is completely opposite of what most video games are about (hence why professional gaming is illegal). If this was to become legal and was in fact in the Olympics, it would be a huge step in legitimizing professional gaming to all people. Some people may find pro gaming silly, but it is indeed a sport that will take the world by storm sooner or later.
2. PUBG to Ban 100,000 Users
Cheating in PUBG has been all the buzz in the past few months or so which has riled up the community in a bad way. Bluehole, the developers of the game, have made it apparent that they are planning on dealing with the cheaters as soon as possible, but when is that really going to happen? Well, the developers just announced that 100,000 users will be banned in one swift motion after a comprehensive data review. Hopefully this action comes sooner rather than later because cheating is really hindering such an amazing game.
3. New Pharah Overwatch Skin
The new legendary Overwatch skin for Pharah is shiny, beautiful, and down right fabulous. The shiny gold armor turns Pharah into a walking, rocket launcher wielding, snake-looking destroying machine. Overwatch is calling the skin the “ASP Pharah” skin which stands for “All Snake Pharah.” OVerall, it is a very awesome look that I am hoping to get myself. Check out the link to see the skin for yourself!
4. Incredible PUBG Kill
Sometimes in video games when you get killed you just have to give credit to the murderer, accept it, and move on. This is exactly what happened recently in a PUBG match to player “lolbeetlejuice.” This is a highlight for the history books that you will not want to miss; click the link to view the incredibly epic highlight!
5. Dragon Ball Super to end this March
The impressive and well known anime, Dragon Ball Super, will be coming to a close this March. After the show's original criticism of being a low quality and sub par show, Dragon Ball Super picked up to be a fan favorite anime world wide. It is sad to know that the show will be coming to a close soon but whatever comes next for Dragon Ball will surely be a smashing hit!
The Daily Moot (1/18/18)
1. Nintendo’s New Announcement
Nintendo had a big announcement yesterday highlighting a new product called “Nintendo Labo.” The Labo is a new experiment which allows gamers to insert their Nintendo Switch in cardboard devices to play their games with tools such as pianos, fishing rods, backpacks, and much more. Nintendo is targeting a younger demographic with this update but it is still up to debate on how well the new product will do. Nintendo has been known as a company that is not even remotely afraid to take crazy risks, which as paid off extremely well in the past. Now if we could get more information on Pokemon that would be great…
2. Destiny 2 Faction Rally Tokens
Destiny 2 just keeps on finding ways to upset their players. This time it has to do with the drop rate of tokens from the new Faction Rally. Players reported they were not getting any tokens after a certain amount of time playing the game, when they were indeed supposed to. Bungie responded by saying they put a cap on the amount so players could not abuse the system, even though Destiny 2 is literally a shoot and loot game. It seems as if the Destiny franchise will forever disappoint its players. Read the full article from pcgamer.com to see even more reasons why Destiny 2 is letting down their players.
3. PUBG’s Unprecedented Success
PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is truly an anomaly. The game came to fame before was even fully released and defied all the odds of being a “new” game that would take the world by storm. PUBG is still doing extremely well and just hit a milestone of over 3 million concurrent players. As the game grows and expands it will only become more successful than imaginable. Check out Vulture’s article about PUBG and the unparalleled success of the title.
4. Red Faction: Guerrilla Could be Coming to PS4 and Xbox
The 2009 THQ title, Red Faction: Guerrilla, could just be making its way back onto PS4 and Xbox. Various video game stores are listing the title as an upcoming game with no specific release date just yet. Many people would be excited for such a game to make its way back to new systems so they could once again play through the campaign and feel a heavy sense of nostalgia.
5. Harry Potter RPG Does Not Include Harry Potter
Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery, is a mobile role-playing game based on the books which is headed to iOS and Android sometime later this year. However, because the game takes place between when Harry Potter was born and when he enrolled in Hogwarts, he will not be seen in the game. Quite a conundrum for a game literally with the character’s name in the title. Keep your eyes peeled for more announcements about the game sometime soon!
The Daily Moot (1/17/18)
1. New Overwatch Map
Overwatch is getting a brand new map in the next update called “Blizzard World.” Blizzard world is a Blizzard themed amusement park which includes everything from other Blizzard games such as Heroes of the Storm and Starcraft. It is time to get excited because the update is expected to roll out on all systems in a few days on January 23rd. Click the link to see the full teaser video highlighting the new map!
2. New Interactive Experience for the Switch
Nintendo is expected to make another announcement sometime today that will highlight the new interactive experience for the Nintendo Switch. It is said that this new feature with be targeted to kids and those who are kids at heart. It is good to see that Nintendo is keeping their users updated and engaged with what seems to be weekly updates. Fans everywhere are anxious to hear what is announced today, however this will only scratch the surface of what is to come for the Switch in the future (Pokemon and Super Smash).
3. New Fable Title is in Development
It has recently been announced that Playground Games is currently in development of a new Fable game. Microsoft is said to have made a heavy investment in the open-world action RPG with over 200 people working on it. It will be tough to replicate such an awesome and well known game with a brand new team, but Playground Games is certain they will do a good job and please the masses. The game is a long ways away from being released but rest assured it will be very hyped by the time it comes around.
4. Overwatch League Hits Amazing Numbers in First Week
In the first week of the Overwatch League there were over 10 million total unique viewers which came to an average of about 280k per minute. It was known going into it that there was expected to be a high amount of viewers, but the Overwatch League blew those expectations out of the water. For those of you who thought OWL would flop, you should heavily reevaluate your opinion. The OWL is looking like it will be here for the long haul.
5. Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition Review
Street Fighter 5: Arcade Edition has been receiving a whole lot of hype since it was announced back in October. According to IGN, the game is rated as a 9 which, in their terms, qualifies as “amazing.” Click the link to check out an in depth review of the new Arcade Edition of Street Fighter.
The Daily Moot (1/16/18)
1. Fortnite Gets a Massive Update
Fortnite recently received a massive update which included five named locations including cities and mines, as well as an increase to the aesthetics and visuals. The update is quite a large boost to the game and gives the map a much deeper in-game feel. The majority of the update comes in the western side where there are new locations such as Junk Junction, Haunted Hills, Snobby Shores, Tilted Towers, and the Shifty Shafts. Fortnite is becoming one of the most played games across most platforms, and will only increase in users as the developers continue to listen to the community’s feedback.
2. Tencent Helps Take Down Cheaters
Cheaters have been popping up left and right in Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and there must be something done. Thankfully the massive gaming company, Tencent, is here to save the day. It has been noted that Tencent is working with the Chinese police to help take down the creators and distributors of common cheats in PUBG. So far the company has taken down over 120 individuals who are ruining the integrity of the gaming community. It is very refreshing to know that Tencent is doing its part in keeping the community pure, now it is just a matter of time until all cheaters of banished (hopefully).
3. New Content in Stardew Valley is Finished
The creator of Stardew Valley, Eric Barone AKA ConcernedApe, posted on Twitter that the new content has been finished. The new concern and focus will now be focused on the multiplayer aspect that should be available in the new update. The multiplayer mode is currently being tested, but still needs some major updates. When it is available, the game should become even more popular than it already is in its current state.
4. Dragon Ball FighterZ Beta Problems
The Dragon Ball FighterZ beta was released this weekend but not without complications. Players everywhere encountered a server errors where they were not allowed to join or play the game. The publisher of the game, Bandai, recently posted on Twitter saying that the beta could potentially be extended due to the known errors. If this does not happen, the beta will officially end this Tuesday and the full game will be released January 26th for PS4, PC, and Xbox.
5. Battlefront 2 Gets an Update
The new Battlefront 2 update brings a whole lot of new content including a new game mode to one of the maps, a new hero vehicle for the Starfighter Assault mode, and a bunch of small balances and changes throughout the entire game. The controversial game has been rolling out free updates ever since its dawning in hopes of bringing back the angry customers. Will EA ever be able to do enough in order to bring back the majority of players to Battlefront 2?
The Daily Moot (1/12/18)
1. Bungie’s Plan to Fix Destiny 2
Bungie released a lengthy statement on the state of Destiny 2 and how they intend to fix the game in 2018 and so on. The community has been in a rage for a long time ever since the game came to be. Destiny 2 has not lived up to its hype at all and is somewhat of a “copy and paste” of the original Destiny. What Bungie had to say is important and helpful, but many people are saying it is not even close to enough. Check out the statement by clicking the link and leave your comments in the section below!
2. Major League Soccer Announces Gaming Soccer League
The MLS is following in the NBA’s footsteps by creating a new segment of esports for their sports entertainment company. The eMLS will feature the best players from the U.S. and Canada to represent 19 MLS teams in order to crown the champion. This will eventually lead to a Global Series Playoffs, followed by the Fifa eWorld Cup 2018. This is a huge step for fans and players in gaming and the sport of soccer! The season will kick off this year sometime in early April.
3. New PS4 Controller with Xbox Controller Layout
The excuse of not liking the controller of one system is no longer an excuse for Xbox players. Hori is releasing a new controller that is officially licensed by PS4 with the layout of an Xbox controller. The new controller will initially be released in the U.K. on January 15th so the company can assess how well the controller will sell in a bigger market like the U.S. To see pictures, check out the link from Polygon!
4. 21 Best Upcoming Video Games in 2018
2018 is going to be one hell of a year for the gaming industry. eSports are becoming more of a household name, new technology is being diligently worked on, and most importantly, brand new games are coming that will shake up the market. Check out the list by Jake Swearingen from vulture.com to see the 21 most anticipated games coming out in 2018!
5. SOS to Get Early Access Later This Month
The social survival gamer, SOS, will be giving their players an early access later this month. The game will be available January 23rd on Steam for a reasonable price of $29.99. This game is much different than the populer PUBG or Fortnite as it has many different aspect and play styles within its gameplay. Throughout this week and next there will be much more details that explain what else will be released in SOS on the 23rd of January.
The Daily Moot (1/11/18)
1. Overwatch League Shines Bright
The Overwatch League kicked off its inaugural season yesterday with a bang. The league is starting to look like a huge success despite all the naysayers. At any given point in yesterday's stream brought to us by Twitch there was a minimum of 350,000 unique viewers. Even though some viewers may have a tough time understanding what is happening in the actual game, there is something unique and exciting that draws in viewers worldwide. The Overwatch League is thrilling to say the least and it will only get better as it grows.
2. Nintendo Direct Mini
The Nintendo Direct Mini happened this morning and it was filled with somewhat exciting content. Some of what was included were new games and remastered games for the Switch such as Dark Souls Remastered, The World Ends With You, Mario Tennis, Hyrule Warriors and Donkey Kong: Tropical Freeze. In addition, Nintendo announced DLC for Mario Odyssey which introduces a fan favorite, Luigi, in a brand new way. Even though this announcement was exciting, fans everywhere are waiting for the big news that will be released by Nintendo some time this year.
3. Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age Coming to PC
The revered game, Final Fantasy 12: The Zodiac Age, is making its way the the PC. The game will introduce new features and will run at 60 fps and have compatibility with 29:1 ultra wide monitors. Life long fans of Final Fantasy will not have to wait to long to play on the PC as the game will be released on February 1st!
4. Hearthstone Rebalance Coming?
Hearthstone game director, Ben Brode, hinted at new balance changes coming next month via a tweet this morning. Brode didn’t say the balance changes are for sure coming next month, rather they could happen next month. The card that comes to mind most when thinking balance changes in Hearthstone is absolutely the Corridor Creeper. The initially overlooked card has found its way into almost all competitive decks and it is safe to say it is pretty OP. It is now just a waiting game to see if and when the balance changes will come.
5. People are Still Finding New Ways to Break Classic RPGs
Old RPGs are some of the greatest games to play. Often times gamers go back to these titles to hack, speedrun, or break the entire game. Everyday it seems that there is a new glitch in an old game that people seemed to have forget about. This time it is Final Fantasy VI. Players have recently found a way to use your tent as a teleportation device in the final dungeon of the game. Not only does this simplify the game greatly, it also makes it much easier to beat your old record on your speedrun of the game. This just goes to show that people will always find new and improved ways of playing any game no matter how old.
The Daily Moot (1/10/18)
1. Overwatch League to Become Franchise Sport
Today marks the official starting date of Blizzard’s Overwatch League. It is an exciting day for developers and creators, but it is also a nerve wracking day for Blizzard. Blizzard has made a huge investment to bring Overwatch to the forefront as a mainstream sport. It will be tough to get a large gathering to watch such a scrambled and hard to follow type of game. In order to succeed, Blizzard will need to convince their 35 million Overwatch players to tune in and stay up to date with the tournament. Tune in tonight to catch the first game of the season between the San Francisco Shock and the Los Angeles Valiant!
2. Total War: Three Kingdoms Announced
This Fall, the new Total War: Three Kingdoms will be released, set in the Han Dynasty. The Total War team announced the exciting news on Twitter this morning along with a thrilling trailer (click the link to watch). The game revolves around the ancient heroes of China around the year 190CE. You must work your way through ancient China with the help of three heroes to rise up and challenge the evil tyrant, Dong Zhou. While it is not certain what platforms the game will come to, it is good to know that it will at least be available on PC through Steam.
3. Beta Coming for Pirate Sim ‘Sea of Thieves’
The long awaited game, “Sea of Thieves,” will release a beta sometime later this month to those who have preorder the game. Yes, it is kind of lame that you have to preorder the game in order to play the beta, but the game should be awesome to play. The game and beta are only available on Xbox and PC and players will be able to get their first taste of gameplay this month on January 24th. The beta will just be a small portion of the game but it should give you an idea on what the game will have in store!
4. New Augmented Reality Weapons Announced at CES: 2018
Augmented Reality (AR) is lining up to be a mainstream technology in the year of 2018. At this years Consumer Electronics Show (CES), there was an unveiling of multiple new weapons that will be able to be used with AR technology. Click the link to see what is new in the year 2018 in AR gaming!
5. Twitch Buys Exclusive Rights to Overwatch League for $90 Million
Twitch and Overwatch have made it public that Twitch will be the exclusive provider of Overwatch League gameplay for the league’s first two seasons. This right didn't come cheap, in fact it cost around $90 million in order to solidify the deal. The Overwatch League begins today, January 10th, and consists of 12 teams who will vie for the prestigious title of “Best Overwatch Team.” Tune in to twitch.tv to watch all the games!
The Daily Moot (1/9/18)
1. Monster Hunter: World ‘Adopt a Hunter’ Program
Fans everywhere are on the edge of their seat waiting for Monster Hunter: World to be released January 26th. A wide range of people have played the game before, but a lot of new players will be looking to get their first taste of hunting dinosaurs. Have no fear newbies! There is now a program called “Adopt a Hunter” where an experienced player takes a player who is new to the game and shows him the ropes in a personalized and effective manner. This an awesome way to attract different kinds players around the world and have them stick around for a long time. Gather your gear, hunters, because this game will be here before you know it!
2. Overwatch League Companion App
The Overwatch League (OWL) is starting up tomorrow, January 10th. With the beginning of this long awaited tournament, there will also be a new application to help you keep up with everything OWL including updates, scores, and standings. The winner of the OWL will take home a hefty $1 million and will be known as the best Overwatch team to this date. Who do you guys think will bring home the trophy in the first season of the Overwatch League?
3. Dragon Ball FighterZ’s Beta Roster Announced
The brand new Dragon Ball FighterZ beta will be released this weekend on January 13th through the 16th. Many life long fans have waited a long time for this game and it is looking like it will not disappoint. The roster for the beta has been announced and it includes: Nappa, Vegeta, Goku, Piccolo, Krillin, Cell, Android 18, Frieza, Beerus, Kid Buu, and Adult Gohan. Granted that is only 11 out the 20 fighters that will be released in the full version of the game, but it is still pretty sweet! Let’s hope the game lives up to all the hype!
4. The Witcher 3 is Still Killing It
2017 was a very tough year for some new games that were expected to do very well (*cough cough* Destiny 2 and Star Wars Battlefront II). The same can not be said for the two year old game, the Witcher 3. Without any in game currency, loot crates, premium DLC, the Witcher 3 is still one of the top games to be bought and downloaded on Steam. It did not need an expansion, it did not need any new releases; all it needed was a badass story line and some sweet game play. The Witcher 3 is a breath of fresh air for us gamers and is following in the footsteps of another fantastic game that is still doing well to this day, Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. Keep it up Witcher 3, we are all proud of you.
5. Xbox ‘Do Not Disturb’ Option is Coming
Soon enough your Xbox will receive an option to have a “Do Not Disturb” button. This will allow players to play online on Xbox Live and show all other gamers that they do not want to be bothered whatsoever. Sometimes gamers just want a little “me” time where they can play online games in peace. Sure, it is a small update but it is something that will be appreciate by Xbox owners world wide.
The Daily Moot (1/8/18)
1. 2018 Overwatch Expectations
As expected, 2017 was a fantastic for Overwatch in terms of growth, gameplay, and character development. However, the Overwatch community has high expectations for 2018. To start, the community expects more non-traditional hero archetypes similar to Doomfist. Also, there is an expectation to encounter more “fleshed-out” PvE encounters through an expanded missions game mode. Overwatch players are also hoping for a little bit more customization with regards to each character including a coordination of skins with your partner in crime. Lastly, we hope the toxic players in the community get addressed in a serious manner that has an everlasting effect.
2. PUBG Update
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is receiving an update which will give players more playing and much less crashing. Bluehole (the developers), is releasing a patch for Xbox One players with incremental improvements regarding crash issues and the frame rate on both client and server side (amongst many other small updates). There is still a lot of work to be done in order to have PUBG be the game everyone envisions, and Bluehole is working hard to make that dream a reality. Check out the article from IGN to learn more about what is included in the new patch.
3. New Halo TV Show Still in Development
Executives at Showtime have confirmed that a Halo TV show is in development and has been for quite some time. President of programming, Gary Levine, recently stated in an interview that the TV show “will definitely satisfy the fans of Halo and … also satisfy the drama audiences of Showtime.” The idea initially took off after the release of Halo 4 in 2013 when the show was hinted to be developed alongside Steven Spielberg. Expect an awesome show to be released on Showtime sometime (hopefully) this year!
4. The Rich are Ruining GTA Online
Grand Theft Auto 5 Online recently introduced a new weapon called the Orbital Cannon. The Orbital Cannon is essentially a giant cannon that launches a massive explosive which kills anyone remotely close. The weapons cost a whopping $500k to use but that is really a small price to pay for the rich member of the online community. Many “average” players are saying this is ruing the online gameplay because the weapon is unbalanced and is not as expensive for the rich players as it should be. Granted, the cannon does have some good uses, for example taking out OP jets and helicopters, but it is mostly being used to troll players. It will be interesting to see if Rockstar will respond to this controversy and make any adjustments.
5. 5 Reasons to Like Fortnite Over PUBG
Patricia Hernandez, a writer from Kotaku, recently put together a list of five reasons why she likes Fortnite ove PUBG, and the list makes some solid points. First, Hernandez says Fortnite has little to no technical issues where PUBG seems to be crashing about half the time she plays. In addition, Fortnite seems to have much more of a personality and is much more aesthetically pleasing as opposed to PUBG’s bleak color scheme. The items are inherently more fun in Fortnite as well due to the silly and goofy mechanics of said items. Hernandez also claims the “bells and whistles” in Fortnite are better such as the leveling system rewards. Lastly, she says Epic Games is extremely responsive and helpful when it comes to in-game issues that need to be resolved. What do you guys think; Is Fortnite actually better than PUBG?
The Daily Moot (1/5/18)
1. Potentially More Games Copying PUBG?
Due to the success of the the 2017 title, Playerunknown's Battlegrounds, many games have copied the similar battle royale play style, and it’s looking like many more game will follow in the footsteps in 2018. Recently, a game called Paladins released that they will be implementing a new battle royale game mode called “Paladins: Battlegrounds,” which is literally taking the name from PUBG. Going forward it will be exciting to see which games will copy this game style and how well it will be executed. Paul Tassi from Forbes.com put together a list of the potential games that will follow in the footsteps and the odds that it will actually happen. Check out the article to learn more and get excited for new opportunities!
2. Monster Hunter: World Elder Dragons and Final Beta
Monster Hunter: World is releasing one final beta which will be available January 18th-22nd before the final version of the game is out on the 26th. To get us excited, Capcom released some more information on the upcoming title which included a first look at the Elder Dragons and a some future free downloadable content. The dragons include Kushala Daora (the wind dragon), Teostra (the fire dragon), Dodogama (the rock dragon), and more! Check out the article to see pictures of the epic featured dragons!
3. Pokémon GO’s EX Raid are Still a Mess
A new set of raids were recently introduced allowing players to participate in the most exclusive battles. The EX battles are randomly timed cooperative events that require a lot of teamwork to accomplish but can be extremely rewarding. Last summer was the first EX raid, however it was incredibly buggy. Niantic promised to improve the performance and make EX raids which would performed up to their standards. Despite these promises, the EX raids are still a mess and seem to be a long ways away from working properly. The EX system will need to show serious signs of improvement or it risks losing many Pokémon GO players.
4. All Rivals of Ixalan Cards
All the cards in the new set “Rivals of Ixalan” have been released on the Wizards of the Coast’s website. There are some incredibly good looking cards in the set that include a new mechanic called “Ascend.” Ascend is when you have over 10 permanents in play you will receive the city’s blessing which gives each card a unique ability. This could be a really good mechanic to build a deck around and will be something look into before you head to prerelease on January 13th-14th. Check out the link to see all the new cards!
5. VR Plus Self Driving Cars
Virtual reality is all the buzz these days and is expected to make a huge impacted in 2018. Recently, Ubisoft and Renault partnered up to see what they could make happen if they combined virtual reality and self driving cars. The outcome is spectacular. The VR headset and car work together to put you in a new environment such as a jungle or outer space as you sit back and enjoy the ride. This is just the beginning of something that could go a very long way!
The Daily Moot (1/4/18)
1. Hi-Rez Studios Coming Out With a Battle Royale Mode for Paladins
A new battle-royale game mode is coming to Paladins called “Battlegrounds.” This game mode will be very similar to how Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds and Fortnite’s Battle Royale mode play out. Developer High-Rez Studios claims their focus will be on squad-based gameplay with an emphasis on last team standing mechanics.
It will be interesting to see if Hi-Rez can innovate the Battle Royale genre and provide something new for Fortnite & PUBG players.
2. Nintendo Switch 2017 Sales Make it the Fastest Selling Console in US History
The Nintendo Switch became the fastest selling console in US history, outselling the original Wii in the US. Since the Switch’s launch on March 3rd, 2017, the console has sold 4.8 million units in the US, according to Nintendo’s sales figures. The biggest draws for the Switch in terms if software were Super Mario Odyssey and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. It will be hard for Nintendo to top their amazing figures for 2017!
3. Mad Catz Making a Comeback
The computer hardware company, Mad Catz, is making a comeback in 2018 after filing for bankruptcy in 2017. The company released a press statement saying they have moved their headquarters to Kowloon, Hong Kong and are planning to develop new ideas with a new attitude. It is an exciting time for Mad Catz to be jumping back into the industry as gaming has ramped up immensely in the past year. Expect a rather large announcement on new products to come from the spokesmen of Mad Catz at this years CES in a few months.
4. Star Wars: Battlefront II Update
Star Wars: Battlefront II recently released an update. You may be saying, “Yeah, so what? I hate that game! Screw EA!” which is totally justified. But here’s the thing, it wasn’t the new Battlefront II, it was the original Battlefront II released in 2005. That’s right, the game created over 12 years ago just released an update on PC which includes minor bug fixes and lobby functionality. Yes this is a relatively small update, but it is quite cool seeing Disney still caring about a game that could have been forgotten long ago. In other news, the new Battlefront II also released an update including a new map and new characters, but who cares! LOL GG, 2 EZ, GET PWND EA!
5. D&D Player Converted Every Single Creature into a Playable Character
One Dungeons & Dragons player spent over a year and a half making all D&D players dreams come true by making every single creature playable. Tyler Kamstra, the creator of the new “Monstrous Races” homebrew mod, has created a way for any and all D&D players to live out their wildest fantasies. The document, which includes: 228 playable monsters, five new feats, three new backgrounds, and much more, is being sold online for a slim price of $2.99 on dmsguild.com. It will be very interesting to see how well this mod catches on and the reviews it receives from players around the world.
The Daily Moot (1/3/18)
1. Overwatch New Hero and New Event
Jeff Kaplan, the game director for Overwatch, has given us a bit of a sneak peak at what is to come in the near future for the award winning title. Most importantly, he gave an insight to where “Hero 27” is in development by saying Blizzard is “well along the path” to reveal him/her. Kaplan also touched on new maps coming soon that will enhance competitive play in a major way. In addition, he revealed a bit of what the next event will entail called “Uprising.” Consider this just the “tip of the iceberg” on all that is coming to Overwatch in 2018.
2. New Game Mode Coming to Fortnite
Fortnite is going to get a new game mode and update very soon. The update will revolve around the new weapon, the “Silenced Pistol” and will include a new game mode called “Sneaky Silencers.” The update will help showcase players “sneaky” skills and will bring a new feel to the battle royale game. The new game mode will run between January 5th to January 8th and will include suppressed pistols and SMGs, no traps, and an increase to bush disguises. Get ready to show off your stealth abilities!
3. Rocket League Surpasses Another Milestone
Rocket League hit another milestone recently by surpassed over 40 million players across all platforms which a 10 million increase from April when Psyonix passed 30 million. This is just another sign proving that Rocket League is a serious game that is going to stick around for the long haul. Psyonix is planning on giving more information on season seven sometime later this month but the Rocket League community can expect a big update sometime soon. Expect the update to include improved server performance, a revamped progression system, new collectibles and much more.
4. Tabletop Games are Exploding on Kickstarter
In the year of 2017, tabletop games on average received $65,418 of funding which much more than in 2016 when the number was $59,181. 2017 also brought in nearly 400 successful tabletop game which in turn brought in over $36 million (which is up 36% from the year before). On the other hand, video games have taken a huge downturn this past year of Kickstarter. In 2015 the average funding for a game was $110,962 as opposed to this past year (2017) which was $48,184. It is very interested to see tabletop games beginning to show a glimmering hope of taking over the gaming industry. What do you guys think, are tabletop games going to make a bigger impact that video games in years to come?
5. Warframe's Ethical Free-to-Play Economy
Digital Extremes has been involved in a long history of creating games for the gaming community that we ethical and fair. Ben Kuchera, a writer from Polygon, wrote up an article highlighting the journey of Digital Extremes and how Warframe was created. It was a long and grueling experience for the developers but they figured out a way to make the game fun to play, and all virtually everything in the game available to get through gameplay, not money. Check out the article to learn more about the journey to creating a successful and loved game in the gaming community.
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1. PUBG Likely to Come to PS4
Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds is likely to come to the PlayStation 4 at some point in the future. The CEO of PUBG corporation, Chang Han Kim, recently stated in an interview, “the final goal would be to launch the title on every platform.” However, PS4 players will have to wait a considerable amount of time due to Sony’s strict rules regarding early access versions of games. This is a pretty good situation to be in for the PUBG developers because it gives them quite a long time to work out all the kinks and errors on the Xbox One so it will be 100% ready to go once it becomes available on PS4. While console gamers, specifically PS4 gamers, want PUBG to be available now, it is good to remember that good things come to those who wait!
2. Mutant Football League is Back
The popular gaming title from 1993, Mutant Football League, is making a comeback on January 19th for the Xbox One and PS4. The game is promised to restore the zany, blood-and-guts, body-parts-flying brand of football initially created by Michael Mendheim. The developers of the game, Digital Dreams, have already begun working on the update which will come at some point in either February or March. The free update will include a plethora of new content including a new and improved dynasty mode that allows you to take control of a team at the lowest overall rating, and make them into a powerhouse football squad. Expect this game to make a cannonball sized splash in the gaming community!
3. Civilization 6 Now Available on iPad
Civilization 6 has recently been released on the App Store for iPads and it is definitely worth checking out. It is also good to note that the game is not a “lite” or “demo” version, it is in fact the full game in all of its entirety. The sheer size of the title is noteworthy and it is quite a feat to finally bring the franchise to mobile gaming. The downside to Civ 6 coming to iPad is the whopping price of $60 for a mobile game, although it is on sale right now for $30. If you download now you can get it for free and play up to 60 turns before you need to make any kind of purchase. The next time-wasting, battery-draining, highly addictive game is now available for you to download and explore; happy gaming!
4. The 13 Most Anticipated Games of 2018
2017 was one of the best years in all of gaming history, and 2018 is lining up to be just as good, if not even better. If you own a PC, PS4, Xbox One, or Nintendo Switch, you're going to want to check out this list of the most anticipated games of 2018:
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
2. Blood and Truth
3. Metroid Prime 4
5. Far Cry 5
6. God of War
7. Sea of Thieves
8. No More Heroes: Travis Strikes Again
9. The Last of Us Part II
10. Crackdown 3
11. Kingdom Hearts III
13. Detroit: Become Human
Which games are you most excited for? Let us know in the comments!
5. Top 100 RPG’s of All Time
Role playing games have been one of the best types of games to play for a long time now. The style of gameplay has grown immensely from its humble beginnings as a tabletop game. This raises the question, which RPG is the best of all time? IGN helps us answer that exact questions with a list of the top 100 RPG’s of all time. Click the link, check out the list, and let us know what you think about it!
The Daily Moot (12/28/17)
1. The Biggest Stories in Video Games in 2017
2017 was one for the record books for video games. For starters, the year was riddled with new groundbreaking consoles. Nintendo shook up the gaming scene by unveiling the Nintendo Switch, as well as the SNES Classic, and Microsoft released the Xbox One X (VR also made huge leaps towards becoming mainstream). This year was also filled with new action packed games that took the world by storm. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has to be the biggest title of 2017 even though it is still in early access! The game featured a relatively new style of a first/third person shooter that acted as a catalyst for sandbox style gameplay.
2017 also included some downsides in the video game community. Controversies ranging from EA’s microtransactions to general loot boxes enraged gamers everywhere and players demanded change. It will be interesting to see where in-game transactions and loot boxes will head in 2018. Click the link below to read the full article highlighting everything gaming in 2017!
2. The 5 Best Selling Games of 2017
The gaming industry will bring in over $108 billion in the year of 2017. Here is the list of the best selling games on the year:
1. Call of Duty: WWII (2.28 million copies sold)
2. Destiny 2 (2.04 million copies sold)
3. NBA 2k18 (1.8 million copies sold)
4. Madden NFL 18 (1.71 million copies sold)
5. Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands (1.64 million copies sold)
It was quite an impressive year for the developers of the listed games. What do you think will be the best selling game of 2018?
3. Is Playing too Many Video Games Bad for Your Health?
The World Health Organization (WHO) is making more progress in getting “video game addiction” classified as a real disorder. The WHO claims this disorder is “characterized by a pattern of persistent or recurrent gaming behavior that can be offline or online.” It will be interesting to see how this will play out and how it will affect people who play video games in the years to come.
4. Why DLC is a Good Fit for the Nintendo Switch
The Nintendo Switch has been heavily relying on downloadable content since the beginning of their console back in March. Nintendo's Entertainment Planning and Development Division General Manager, Shinya Takahashi, argues that the Nintendo Switch “makes some of the best use of the ability to download titles in their entirety, since it is a console you can also carry as a portable.” He also states that the games on the switch are very compatible for additional content to be added (hopefully it will be free). In the coming years we can expect the Nintendo Switch to expand in terms of new content, new software, and a whole lot of customization!
5. Star Citizen 3.0 Update is Here
The Star Citizen is a first person online multiplayer shooting game that takes place in outer space. Recently, the developers released the Alpha Patch 3.0 which is a largest milestone to date for the game. The update include many new areas to explore, three new planet-sized moons, and a new concept called atmospheric flight. The game that started out as a Kickstarter campaign has made huge steps to becoming the title which was promised to its backers. While the 3.0 update is a massive push in the right direction, Star Citizen has a long road ahead of them in order to meet consumers expectations!
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1. Can Anyone Beat Tencent?
The Chinese gaming company, Tencent, is a titan of the industry and has already pulled in $12.5 billion in three quarters of this year. To put it in perspective, that number is about double the number of what Sony made in the same amount of time in 2017. The company is worth a whopping $480 billion and it looks like nothing will slow them down in the near future. Tencent has a simple recipe for success: use their social networks (WeChat and QQ) to advertise their games, get a massive amount of people playing the game, and have “whales” (people who pay large amount of money for in-game purchases) spend their money to be better than the other massive group of people playing the game. With the recent acquisition of SuperCell and the rights to be the exclusive publisher for PUBG, Tencent will remain the front runner of the industry for many years to come.
2. Pokémon GO Gets an Important Update
Recently after Pokémon GO released the dynamic weather update, players started realizing they couldn’t get the full in-game bonuses if the weather was deemed “extreme condition.” Niantic has now released an update where you can mark yourself “safe” if you choose to go out into the extreme condition. While some may consider this dangerous to players in very cold, rainy, or hot areas, it is good to note that the game has often been wrong about what the game thinks the weather may be as opposed what the actual weather is. Do you think it was a good decision for Niantic to take a risk and allow players to go out in extreme conditions?
3. Microsoft Steals from Uncredited Designer
Microsoft may be under hot water after using someone else’s design without giving credit or compensation. The story has quickly taken off after the accusation towards Microsoft was made public by an unknown redditor named Macsterr. Macsterr claims to have made an eerily similar picture a month before Microsoft came out with their concept of the design. Microsoft has since pulled the image off of their social media and everyone is waiting for a response from the titan electronic company. Check the link to see the similarities for yourself and tell us what you think about it in the comment section below!
4. Nintendo Switch 64GB Game Card Delayed Until 2019
For those who have been anxiously waiting for a game card with more memory for the Nintendo Switch, it looks like you may have to wait at least another year. It is reported that Nintendo is having many technical issues with formatting the 64GB cartridges which is why the release has been pushed back at least a year. It is likely that the 64GB game card will cause an increase in price for future games, but we will have to wait until 2019 to get further details.
5. 10 Games to be Excited for in 2019
Author Kellen Beck of Mashable put together a respectable list of the top 10 games to look forward to in 2018. Have a look for yourself and leave your comments below!
1. Red Dead Redemption 2
3. Sea of Thieves
4. Monster Hunter World
5. A Way Out
6. God of War
8. Code Vein
9. Kingdom Hearts III
Honorable Mentions (no specific release date): Death Stranding and Metroid Prime 4
The Daily Moot (12/26/17)
1. Top 100 Video Game Moments
Every year video games seem to get better graphics, have more captivating story lines, and give players everywhere memories to last a lifetime. It seems as if the characters in our favorite games become part of our family and we stand by their side every step of the way during the adventure. 2017 is no different. We have journeyed with our favorite characters through unexplored territory and witnessed incredible in-game moments. This raises the question of what are the best gaming moments in video game history? IGN answers that question with what they believe to be the “Top 100 Video Game Moments.” Click the link to see all 100 moments and tell us in the comment section what you think!
2. Dragon Ball FighterZ’s Opening Cinematic
On January 28th, 2018, the Dragon Ball Z franchise will have another video game under their belt. The highly anticipated game has die-hard fans itching to get a taste of what the new title will have to offer. Recently, the developers of the game released the opening cinematic for Dragon Ball Z and it is exactly what you would expect. The cinematic is action packed, attention grabbing, and is littered with electrified explosions. Check out the trailer for yourself and let us know your thoughts!
3. Colorized Super Mario Land 2 ROM
Arguably one of the most underrated video game titles in history, Super Mario Land 2, is making a resurgence in the form of a ROM, only this time it is colorized. Toruzz, a ROM hacker, took a stroll down memory lane and created a sleek, lag-free, and colorized version of the 1992 Game Boy game. If you are craving some early 90’s video game nostalgia then check out the new and improved Super Mario Land 2 ROM.
4. 2017 Video Game Paintings
2017 was one of the best years of all time in gaming. Groundbreaking consoles, riveting new games, and huge steps in professional esports were all part of what made 2017 so memorable. However, something that was overlooked this year was the actual art within video game titles. PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus, and Dishonored: Death of the Outsider are just a few of the games that had pieces of art which captured our attention. Many in-game art pieces tend to convey a certain underlying message that has to do with a certain aspect of the game, while others are replicas of very famous real-world paintings. Click the link to see some of the best art in video games from 2017!
5. Top Games of 2017
The year 2017 included some of the best games we have seen in a long time. Jason Schreier from Kotaku.com put together a list of the top 10 games from 2017 in no specific order. They are as follows:
The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild
Super Mario Odyssey
Danganronpa V3: Killing Harmony
Horizon Zero Dawn
SteamWorld Dig 2
Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age
Mario + Rabbids: Kingdom Battle
Agree? Disagree? Let us know in the comment section below!
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1. Gamers want DMCA exemption for "Abandoned" online games
Many people in the gaming industry, including many organizations and fans/players, are requesting from the Copyright Office to add "DMCA circumvention for abandoned online games, to preserve them for future generations. This exemption would allow museums and libraries to offer copies of abandoned online servers, so these games won't turn to dust."
This would essentially be museums, libraries, and archives becoming server farms for old online game titles in order to preserve an active and forever ongoing ecosystem for the nostalgic gamer. This also opens up many opportunities to conduct valid and proper researching methods in order to understand old games and why they gained popularity during their time. It will be interesting to see if the Copyright Office agrees with this proposal.
2. Single player games aren't dying... and here's why
It's clear that 2017 has its issue of multiplayer games being offered as a "service" rather than a full/completed game. Players were provided with unfinished games and/or games designed around the model of milking their customers of money. What hasn't been recognized until later this year is the collection of incredible single player games that have released.
The argument companies like EA are creating is that the single player genre is dying and multiplayer games are thriving. Yes, multiplayer games are doing very well (PUBG of course), but games like BoTW, Super Mario Odyssey, Persona 5, Horizon Zero Dawn, etc. are just KILLIN' it in the gaming market. Even BoTW won game of the year!
Here's to the future development of single player games!
3. VRChat is memetastic
Ever hear of VRChat? It's a virtual reality "hangout" game where you can interact in an immersive world with other players and do activities like sports, trivia, drinking, etc. The industry has seen the recent rise in popularity of VRChat due to content creators from YouTube & Twitch picking up quickly on the ever-evolving world. There are some pretty funny clips in the article linked below; give them a peak!
4. January Xbox One and 360 Free Games with Gold
- The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing -- January 1-31
- Zombi -- January 16 - February 15
- Tomb Raider: Underworld -- January 1-15
- Army of Two -- January 16-31
5. Apple getting sued after admitting they slow down older iPhones
Following Apple's recent statement about slowing down older iPhones, Apple is being sued, rightfully so, for not allowing consumers to give consent for allowing Apple to slow down their phones. Both plaintiffs are claiming damage. We'll have to see what Apple's defense is for the lawsuit.