May 2018

Roblox follows Minecraft into the education market

Roblox, the massively multiplayer online game favored by the under 13 crowd, is following in Minecraft’s footsteps with a move into the education market. The company this morning announced a new education initiative, Roblox Education, that will offer a free curriculum to educators, along with international summer coding camps, and a free online “Creator Challenge” in partnership with Universal Brand Development, which will see kids building Roblox games inspired by Jurassic World: Fallen Kingdom.

The gaming company has been around for many years, but only recently reached a critical mass where it was ready to talk about its numbers. Today, Roblox sees over 60 million monthly active users, and its creator community building new worlds for kids to explore has doubled to 2 million this year from the year prior, it said earlier this year.

Roblox gets kids coding by hooking them on the game itself when they’re young – around elementary school age. By middle school, users are downloading Roblox Studio to build their own games and experiences. And by high school, they’ve learned to code to customize their games even further.

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Assassin’s Creed Odyssey Reportedly Leaked

Details on the next installment of the Assassin’s Creed franchise have reportedly been leaked.

According to French site JeuxVideoLive, via Kotaku, the next installment in the series will be called Assassin’s Creed Odyssey, and will take place in ancient Greece. Sources say Assassin’s Creed Odyssey will be released before the end of Ubisoft’s fiscal year 2019, which ends March 31 of next year.

Odyssey, which will reportedly be a sequel to last year’s Assassin’s Creed: Origins, is set to be an even more significant departure for the series. While Origins altered the combat, Odyssey will introduce dialogue options, a first for the series.

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Klaxoon gets $50M to try to make boring meetings more interactive and productive

If you’ve ever been in a pointless meeting at work, odds are you’ve spent part of the time responding to messages or just putzing around on the Internet — but Klaxoon hopes to convert that into something a bit more productive with more interactive meetings.

The French startup today said it’s raised $50 million in a new financing round led by Idinvest Partners, with early round investors BPI, Sofiouest, Arkea and White Star Capital Fund also participating. The company offers a suite of tools designed to make those meetings more engaging and generally just cut down on useless meetings with a room of bored and generally unengaged people that might be better off working away at their desk or even taking other meetings. The company has raised about $55.6 million in total.

The whole point of Klaxoon is to make meetings more engaging, and there are a couple ways to do that. The obvious point is to translate what some classrooms are doing in the form of making the whole session more engaging with the use of connected devices. You might actually remember those annoying clickers in classrooms used to answer multiple choice questions throughout a …read more

Fortnite’s Meteorite Mystery Continues with New Changes to the Map

The meteorite at Dusty Divot has been gotten a visual update since Fortnite’s latest patch and whatever is inside is starting to show.

Taking a dive into Dusty Divot will show that the giant crater has once again evolved. Small patches of grass with brand new trees have grown around the research facility, signaling the start of the earth reclaiming the meteorite’s destruction.

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The History of Vault 76 and What It Means for Fallout 76

The next Fallout has been announced, and no Bethesda didn’t suddenly decide to skip a few dozen numbers. Fallout 76 seems to be following New Vegas’ lead as a spin-off from the main Fallout series, with the 76 referring to Vault 76.

The thing is, this isn’t the first time we’ve heard about Vault 76, and what we know about this vault actually tells us where Fallout 76 will likely be set, its place in the Fallout timeline, and also reveals a surprising connection to the very first Fallout.

Vault 76 is mentioned in a few places outside of its debut teaser trailer. It’s listed on a Vault-Tec computer terminal in The Citadel in Fallout 3, discussed by the news announcer in the intro of Fallout 4, and named during an audio log in Fallout 3’s Mothership Zeta add-on. You can see all of those examples in the video at the top of the page, and that handful of references is full of solid info.

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Imperator: Rome is Grand Strategy on a Scale We’ve Never Seen Before

The year is 304 BCE, and a scrappy Italian city-state called Rome has not yet begun to even dream of the greatness it will one day achieve. Paradox’s recently announced grand strategy game Imperator: Rome will allow you to rise to the challenge of that war-torn era. Surrounded by a roiling cauldron of barbarian tribes, the ascendant Mediterranean power of Carthage, and the squabbling successor states left behind by the untimely death of Alexander the Great – it’s fair to say you’ll have your work cut out for you leading Rome (or any of the over 400 playable nations) to dominance.

Paradox Development Studio (known for such grand strategy staples as Crusader Kings II and Stellaris) last tackled the Roman age back in 2008 with Europa Universalis: Rome. But while that was a spin-off, Imperator is the start of a new franchise with its own identity – even if it does borrow a lot from the studio’s other games.

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Ubisoft’s ‘Might & Magic Elemental Guardians’ Hits the App Store

Following its pre-registration back in March, and its lengthy soft-launch that kicked off over a year ago, Ubisoft has finally officially launched Might & Magic Elemental Guardians (Free) on iOS and Android. Taking the classic RPG series Might & Magic and rejiggering it into a modern mobile game, Might & Magic Elemental Guardians is a free to play battler that has you collecting and upgrading a team of heroes and taking on the world in 5v5 online battles. It’s kind of like if you took the monstrously successful Summoners War (Free) and put it in the world of Might & Magic. You can see it all in action in the following launch trailer.

Whether Might & Magic Elemental Guardians can rise to the same level of success as the aforementioned Summoners War remains to be seen. It’s always a dicey proposition leveraging an established and beloved IP into a free to play mobile game, as many fans who have enjoyed Might & Magic games over the years might see this mobile release and get totally excited only to be let down that it’s not quite like their favorite games on desktop. On …read more

The Best Way to Buy and Play Every Fallout Game Before Fallout 76

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Here’s what we know about Fallout 76: it was revealed, it exists, and it’s coming to PC, Xbox One, and PS4. That’s pretty much it. There are lots of rumors, like Fallout 76 is a survival RPG similar to DayZ, and clues to the Fallout 76 setting dropped all the way back in Fallout 3. Bethesda is going to fill us in on more of the details during E3 2018.

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‘Jurassic World Alive’ Guide – How to Create Hybrids, Win Battles and Play Longer for Free With Our Tips, Cheats and Hacks

If you’re tired of catching pocket monsters on your phone and want to try for something a little bigger and possibly with a lot more teeth, Jurassic World Alive (Free) is the game you seek. Is it lazy to call it “Pokemon GO with dinosaurs”? Probably! Is it easier to understand that way? Heck yes. Is it accurate? Well, sort of.

The central conceit of Jurassic World Alive is an awful lot like PoGO, in the sense that you hunt for things to collect on an in-game map that is overlaid on the real world — in this case thanks to Google Maps integration. Perhaps as an homage to the end of The Lost World, though hopefully not because that was the worst part of that movie, dinosaurs are loose in the real world. Your job is to get as many of them as you can on your side.

You can’t catch them by throwing a two-tone ball at them, as that would be silly. These are thunder lizards, after all. Instead, there’s a mini-game that represents you flying a drone to shoot darts at the dinosaurs and collect samples of their DNA. Get enough DNA strands and you can either …read more

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Arena of Valor to Have a Two-Week Closed Beta on Nintendo Switch

The most popular game in the world, Arena of Valor, is going to have a two-week long closed beta on Nintendo Switch.

The MOBA, which is currently out on mobile, will be hosting the beta this summer “with dates being announced soon,” according to publisher Tencent Games.

The beta will only be available in North America and Europe, and fans can enter the chance to win a code by completing a survey.

Massively popular in China, Arena of Valor arrived on Western mobile devices last December. The MOBA has over 200 million registered players and regularly hits 80 million daily active users, which makes it the most popular game in the world. You can read more about Arena of Valor in our write up of our experience with its mobile version.

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