During a preview event last week, we learned more about Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End‘s backstory, and Naughty Dog’s Arne Meyer revealed that the game’s premise is based on real history. More precisely, it takes inspiration from the life of Henry Every, one of the most famous pirates of the 17th century.Knowing about Every’s story surely won’t be necessary to enjoy the game, but if you love history, maybe hearing a bit more about this “pirate king” (as he’s explicitly called in the Japanese title of the game) will place you closer to Nathan Drake’s mindset as a character, since he would definitely know everything that you’ll read below. Keep in mind that from here on there is information that might be considered of minor spoiler nature.According to what we were told at the preview event, Nathan Drake and his brother Sam have searched for Every’s fabled treasure in their past, and it’s exactly in that … [Read more...] about Uncharted 4 and the Pirate King: The Real History Behind Naughty Dog’s New Game
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Following an extremely blunt keynote from Yoichi Wada about Japanese game leaders' faltering position on the worldwide stage (if not the local one), a Nikkei BP moderator sat down with Square Enix's president Wada, alongside Namco Bandai boss Shin Unozawa and Capcom head Kenzo Tsujimoto, and spent an entertaining 45 minutes discussing some of the major obstacles to Japan's growth on the world stage. The Worldwide Financial Crisis & Games?Before the worldwide market differences were discussed, however, there was a question on whether the in-progress credit crunch and financial market turmoil would affect the companies the trio ran, whether in Japan or elsewhere. Capcom's Tsujimoto explained that "we tend to harbor negative feelings and thoughts" towards the current crisis, but people need to find some ways to entertain themselves, especially at times of hardship. Thus, with those current games available at a reasonable price, "we shouldn't be too pessimistic."Square Enix's Wada … [Read more...] about Analysis: Capcom, Namco, Square Bosses On The Future Of Japanese Gaming
And then they came for the Android tablet users, and I said nothing, because I was not an Android tablet user. The addictive scourge known as Hearthstone has been soft launched onto another market. There are fewer and fewer ways to avoid Blizzard’s new CCG now. Uematsu Overseeing New Final Symphony Concert Album For 2015 Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft and its expansions Curse of Naxxramas and Goblins vs Gnomes have been released onto Android tablets for users in Canada, Australia and New Zealand. A worldwide rollout is expected later this week. Consider those three countries to be ‘testing grounds’ akin to the Bikini Atoll. Blizzard needs to make sure this weapon works before releasing it upon the general public. Like a drug dealer offering free tastes (which is an urban legend by the way), Blizzard will reward you for downloading Hearthstone onto your Android tablet with a free Classic card pack. It’s free! It’s harmless. … [Read more...] about Hearthstone Launches On Android Tablets This Week; And You Thought You Were Safe From Blizzard’s Latest Addiction!
By Gord GobleDesign by James Cheung When Papyrus Racing Games released its final installment in the storied NASCAR Racing series in February of 2003 and was then officially shut down by publisher Vivendi Universal in May of this year, one of the most remarkable tales in all of computer gaming was seemingly brought to a disappointing and premature standstill. Rarely in this flighty, roller coaster industry has a single developer so mightily impacted its chosen genre. That Papyrus managed to survive for 17 years--an incredible stretch for a comparatively small design studio in a business increasingly dominated by heavily staffed juggernauts--was an amazing feat in itself. But mere survival wasn't the only plan in the Papyrus books. Changing the face of PC racing was its ongoing goal, and it was something the Boston-based company did very well throughout its entire run. Indeed, to say that the last decade and a half of computer driving would have suffered had Papyrus not been at the … [Read more...] about History of Papyrus Racing Games
Last month, Harmonix and MTV Games announced Rock Band Network, a new way for established and aspiring musicians to get their own songs into the rhythm game franchise. Amidst the promise of a new business model that cultivates unknown talent, lowers barriers to entry, gives musicians a new way to earn money, and reshapes the way people view rhythm games, some of the details might have been glossed over. Harmonix vice president of product development Greg LoPiccolo recently took some time to talk to GameSpot about a number of the more technical details of the Rock Band Network. Along the way, he provided insight into the peer-editing process, the need to have separate Rock Band and Rock Band Network stores, and how not even Harmonix itself is sure how this initiative will play out once it goes live. GameSpot: OK, suppose I'm a struggling indie band with an album I want to release on Rock Band Network. Take me through the process in a nutshell. Greg LoPiccolo: OK, I get myself … [Read more...] about Harmonix’s LoPiccolo talks Rock Band Network
Welcome! You, like the rest of Planet Earth, are playing Pokémon Go and want to learn more about how you play. We've been playing the game since the beta, so we're happy to share what we've learned thus far with those less fortunate. Follow along below for the answers to some of the most pressing Pokémon Go questions — and let us know in the comments if you have any others. Check back, since we're updating this guide regularly. If you happen to be in the "what's a Pokémon" stage of your investigation, we've made an additional guide: Six Pokémon Go tips for the ultimate beginner. Read that, then come back here! How do I log into the game? There are two options for logging into Pokémon Go. The easier method is to use an existing Google account. Otherwise, players can either sign in with or sign up for a Pokémon Trainer Club account, which comes with added privileges. These include a subscription to a monthly newsletter, which sometimes offers … [Read more...] about Your biggest Pokémon Go questions, answered (update)
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, the popular first-person shooter from Valve, has been in the news a lot lately — and not in a good way. Following a report this past spring about Global Offensive players essentially using the game to gamble, a scandal came to light in which a couple of well-known Counter-Strike YouTube personalities were outed as owners of a Global Offensive betting website that they promoted in their videos.How did it come to this? How did a video game become a gateway to gambling for its players, many of whom admit to being under the legal gambling age in the U.S.?The answer centers on "skins" in Global Offensive, and no, the term has nothing to do with the expression of "having skin in the game." Let us explain.In general, a "skin" in a video game is an alternate outfit of some kind, whether for a character or item. In the particular context of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive, a skin — also known as a "finish" — is a unique visual design for a … [Read more...] about How do Counter-Strike: Global Offensive skins work?
AUSTIN, Texas--Earlier today, Blizzard president Mike Morhaime kicked off the Austin Game Developers Conference with a keynote address discussing the business behind the massively multiplayer online role-playing game World of Warcraft. With more than 9 million subscribers worldwide, the game far outstripped the company's expectations. As Morhaime explained, that success brought with it some unique problems. For example, when the game launched, Blizzard had to stop sending boxed copies to retailers for a time because their servers couldn't handle any more users than were already playing. Morhaime's keynote address also touched on a handful of larger issues in the industry, from the growing international presence in online gaming, to real-money trading of in-game items, and short shelf lives for most games. The executive sat down with GameSpot to answer a few questions on those subjects, as well as to discuss what happened with the company's aborted return to consoles, whether the … [Read more...] about AGDC ’07: Blizzard president Mike Morhaime
Last weekend, reports began circulating that Google-owned YouTube would purchase broadcasting and livestreaming platform Twitch for $1 billion.Variety reported the all-cash offer will be announced "imminently," while The Wall Street Journal stated closure on the deal would not be immediate, as talks are still "at an early stage." A report from The Verge stated Twitch courted multiple bids from potential buyers including Microsoft, but ultimately decided on YouTube because it believes Google's video service would be the best fit to help Twitch become the definitive video game streaming platform. Despite multiple sources reporting the deal in various states of progress, everyone still had the same question: What would this mean for both platform's copyright policies?Twitch and YouTube users have also expressed reservations about the potential acquisition, many of which center around the different ways Twitch and YouTube handle copyright claims and how that might affect … [Read more...] about What YouTube’s reported acquisition of Twitch could mean for broadcasters and copyright
LOS ANGELES--Of the Big Three press conferences at the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Sony's could be the most newsworthy if even half of the announcements rumored to take place actually happen. Whether it's a UMD-less version of the PSP, a new motion-sensing controller, a redesigned PlayStation 3 (perhaps with a price cut), or, say, actual games, the scuttlebutt and speculation surrounding the press conference has been building for months. [UPDATE] As it turns out, one large cat was let out of the bag days before Sony executives could flip on their stage teleprompters. On Saturday, leaked video from Sony's in-house, PlayStation-focused magazine Qore revealed the PSP Go, the long-rumored fourth version of the handheld. In the clip, Sony Computer Entertainment America hardware marketing chief John Koller described the handheld's features, which include 16GB of flash memory, a sliding control panel, a smaller 3.8-inch screen, and no UMD drive. Koller also mentioned that the PSP … [Read more...] about PS3 motion controller revealed, God of War III due in March