September 2017

Roku nearly doubles since IPO, up another 13% on day two

Digital streaming business Roku has soared in its public debut. After pricing its IPO Wednesday at $14 per share, Roku finished its first day of trading at $23.50, up nearly 68%. And by the end of Friday, Roku closed at $26.54, or up 90% in less than 48 hours. The company is now valued at about $2.6 billion. So this must be great news for the company, right? Well, sort of. Roku’s team… Read More …read more


Funny To A Point – Turns Out I’m Obsessed With Destiny 2 Now

No, you aren’t experiencing a glitch in the Matrix, and you
haven’t stumbled through a time rift to two weeks ago (at least as far as I
know). I did indeed devote last
column to Destiny 2
, which outlined my impressions (and late-night narcolepsy)
in meticulous detail. But a lot can change in two weeks. An adorable puppy can
grow into a ferocious adult wolf.* A bag of organic compost can dissolve and
leak horrendously putrid garbage juice all over your kitchen counter.** And a
game like Destiny 2 can go from being a fun-if-somewhat-forgettable romp to a
full-blown, loot-driven obsession. I won’t say Destiny 2 has ruined my life
yet, but I’m standing on the precipice of a dark abyss and intently staring in.

Before you accuse me of money-hat shenanigans, I still stand
by everything I said in my last
column
, which was mostly focused on Destiny 2’s story because I’m just a
normal guy with a full-time job and that’s all I could get through before deadline.
The small collection of story missions features some interesting locations and
engaging battles, but you can really only do so much when your main protagonist
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‘FIFA 18 Companion’ Will Help You Manage Your Ultimate Team

With EA’s FIFA 18 now out for PC and consoles, many amateur soccer players and managers are getting back into kicking the ball around and buying packs to build their Ultimate Team. If you are one of many who own the game (I’m one of them, too), don’t forget to grab the FIFA 18 Companion [Free] app to make your life much easier and to manage your squad on the go. The Companion app allows you to manage all aspects of your club—players, managers, consumables—while you’re on the bus or waiting at the bank (to get more money so you can buy more packs). You can also keep a closer eye on the transfer market so you can pick up that great attacker you’ve been eyeing for a while. And, of course, you can buy more stuff on the go, especially special offers or lightning rounds.

The Companion app also offers some new Daily and Weekly challenges you can actually complete on the go, which will definitely help you grab more packs and cards. You can also share your team and brag about how great (and expensive) …read more


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New Company Formed to Focus Entirely on PUBG

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds developer Bluehole has announced the formation of PUBG Corp., a subsidiary devoted to the game.

“Given PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds’ global success, we want to ensure that we have the operational efficiency that is required to support the game globally,” said PUBG Corp. CEO Chang Han Kim, who previously served as Bluehole’s vice president. “This new structure allows us to be nimble as we look toward the expansion of strategic business opportunities that include the game’s potential in the esports sector and the growth of PUBG as a true global IP franchise.”

In an effort to create “more centralized points of contact for players around the world,” the newly formed subsidiary has opened an office in the United States, with locations in Europe and Japan to follow.

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Skyrim Gets Mock SNES Cover Art to Celebrate SNES Mini

Today marks the launch of Nintendo’s highly sought after SNES Classic, and Bethesda has decided to take its celebration the extra mile, tweeting a mock SNES box art for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim.

The box art, which you can see above, features the Dovakhiin bravely facing an elder dragon, clad in a retro Dungeons and Dragons-esque art style befitting a 90s western RPG. Bethesda even went as far as to use its classic “Bethesda Softworks” logo.

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Where’s IGN’s Cuphead Review?

You may have noticed that Cuphead is out very soon, and that we don’t yet have a review for the Microsoft-exclusive platformer.

Unfortunately, Microsoft wasn’t able to provide review codes for Cuphead until Wednesday. Especially given how long people have waited for this game (it was first unveiled during Microsoft’s 2014 E3 presentation), we don’t feel it’s appropriate to cut corners to rush a review out in just a couple of days.

We’ll post a full, considered review once we’ve seen the entirety of what it has to offer. We won’t keep you waiting too long.

Also, Cuphead is hard. Has anyone pointed that out?

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‘PUBG’-Inspired ‘Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds’ Opens Android Pre-registration

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds is all the rage, as you probably very well know, and, understandably, mobile developers want to join the party. We wrote a couple of days ago about Guns Royale, which is a cartoonish take on the popular battle royale game, but there’s another PUBG-inspired game under development right now, Bullet Strike: Battlegrounds, which goes for a more “realistic” take on the formula and looks a lot more like PUBG than Guns Royale does. We wrote about Bullet Strike a few months ago, and starting tomorrow, you can pre-register for the game’s Android version, if that’s your platform of choice.

If you’ve been following the game’s development in our forums, then you know that the game looks and plays a lot like PUBG, which I know many of you are happy about since there’s a reason the PC game is so popular. The game has you join up to 19 other players in real-time and try to fight it out in an ever-shrinking map until only one person is left. The game comes with leaderboards and competitive seasons, with a replay feature and tournaments coming …read more



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‘Gwent’-Like ‘Runewards’ CCG Looking for Testers in Our Forums

Gwent, the card game that grew out of The Witcher 3, has been received very well by card players because it offers a different flavor than the likes of Hearthstone and Magic, but no official word that it’s coming to mobile yet. So, Reaver Games is stepping in to fill that gap with an upcoming game called Runewards, a card game that uses most of Gwent‘s mechanics. The basic idea behind Runewards (and Gwent) is you play against your opponent in a best of three matches, and your goal is to have more points on your half of the field than your opponent at the end of each round. A round ends when one of the player passes or runs out of cards.

The fun aspect of these mechanics is you often try and bluff your way to victory by tricking your opponent into thinking you have better cards than you do or by letting them use too many cards to beat you in one round and then taking the other two easily. Now, there’s the question of when does imitation become copying. Most collectible card games use …read more


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No New Diablo Announcements at BlizzCon

Blizzard has announced it won’t be making any Diablo-related announcements at this year’s BlizzCon.

“This year, we want to give you a heads-up that while Diablo will be on the show floor, we won’t be making any new Diablo announcements,” Blizzard wrote on the Battle.net forums.

“There will be a time for that at some point in the future, but that time is not now.”

While the company isn’t set to reveal what’s next for Diablo, BlizzCon 2017 won’t ignore the series entirely. The convention, which takes place November 3-4, will feature Diablo panels for both attendees and Virtual Ticket holders, as well as a “special BlizzCon Diablo III in-game reward.”

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