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3DS vs DS � VGChartz Gap Charts � May 2015 Update

7 Jul

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. These charts are updated monthly and each article focusses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation, as well as comparing the 8th generation consoles. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

3DS Vs. DS Global:

Gap change in latest month: 1,084,984 - DS

Gap change over last 12 months: 18,799,508 - DS

Total Lead: 42,394,719 – DS

3DS Total Sales: 52,966,433

DS Total Sales: 96,361,152

In May the gap grew another 1.08 million units in favor of the DS, and the gap has grown by 18.80 million units in total over the last 12 months. The DS currently leads by 42.39 million units.

The DS first launched in November 2004, while the 3DS launched in February 2011. The 3DS has sold 52.97 million units in the first 52 months, while the DS sold 96.36 million units.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/259895/3ds-vs-dsvgchartz-gap-chartsmay-2015-update/

Drift Spirits Cheats: Tips & Strategy to Drift like a Pro

7 Jul

Get ready to drift like a pro with Drift Spirits, the newest one-touch racing game. From the acclaimed developers at Bandai Namco, this racing game pits you in the seat of high-speed street cars. Drift with just one tap and beat your opponents! We’ll help you master drifting with our Drift Spirits cheats, tips and tricks strategy

The post Drift Spirits Cheats: Tips & Strategy to Drift like a Pro appeared first on Touch, Tap, Play.

Twitter wants to know your birthday so it can shower you with balloons and ads

7 Jul

Twitter wants to know when your birthday is, so it can shower you with animated balloons (yay!), and better target you with ads (boo!). The social network today introduced the option for users to set their birthdate in its settings menu and have it appear on their profile. Twitter says the new feature will allow people to celebrate your birthday more effectively, sending you all-important #HBD tweets to commemorate the anniversary of your existence, but its introduction also has a less altruistic side — it will help the social network work out which ads it thinks you want to see.

Last week Twitter introduced new audience insights for brands that allowed them to choose groups of users — including millennials, seniors, college grads — at...

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Virtual mobile network Helio is back from the dead

7 Jul

Remember Helio, the MVNO that operated on Sprint's network back in 2006? We barely do ourselves — but it's back anyway.

For reasons unclear, Ubi Telecom, a mobile company that focuses on Korean-speaking Americans, is betting that Helio can make a successful comeback. The zombie carrier will operate on Sprint's network, just like before, and will also have a roaming agreement with Verizon Wireless. Helio's $29 per month rate plan will get you unlimited talk, text and data — sounds great right? Except that Ubi also seems to believe that customers are nostalgic for the days of dial-up Internet, because Helio will cap data speeds at 128kbps — so you can wave goodbye to any thoughts of streaming music or video.

On the hardware front, you...

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No new DOOM info till Quakecon this month

7 Jul

DOOM will go big at Quakecon 2015, naturally.

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DOOM had quite a showing at E3 2015, but id Software doesn’t want to talk more about the shooter until Quakecon this month.

Replying to a question on Twitter, id General Manager Garrett Young declined to answer, and said the next info drop will take place at QuakeCon 2015.

The annual id Software event is set for July 23 through 26, so there’s not long to wait now. I’m sure the faithful will report all the details immediately, although there’s a chance that any new footage will be kept under wraps; Bethesda did a pretty good job of holding down last year’s footage until E3 2015.

Which is probably as it should be; id has a special relationship with its most hardcore fans. It’s disappointing to those of you who can’t make the pilgrimage to Dallas, though.

Oh well! DOOM itself hits PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016, so we’ll all know everything soon enough. In the meantime, E3 2015 brought us some new footage of the Hell level as well as the first DOOM multiplayer footage.

Thanks, IGN.

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Minecraft: Story Mode Minecon 2015 Trailer

7 Jul
At this weekend’s Minecon 2015 in London, UK, Telltale Games has revealed the first Minecraft: Story Mode trailer! The standalone game will be available for download later in 2015 for PC, Mac, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, compatible iOS devices, and Android. Watch the Minecraft: Story Mode Minecon 2015 trailer here: Alongside...

Samsung predicts seventh straight profit drop despite Galaxy S6 launch

7 Jul

Samsung expects that its operating profit for the second quarter of 2015 will drop four percent from the previous year, falling from 7.2 trillion won ($6.26 billion) in Q2 2014 to an estimated 6.9 trillion won ($6.12 billion) in Q2 2015. If the figures are correct, it'll be Samsung's seventh straight slip in profits, with the company's smartphones continuing to falter in the market even as its chip division improves its earnings.

The estimated figures for this quarter are particularly important because they're the first to factor in sales of Samsung's Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge. The Korean company released its latest flagship phones in April, and both were expected to address the company's sliding profits after the launch of the...

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Steam Summer Sale Gets Hot (And Other Attempts At Cleverness)

7 Jul
magnum-pi-hawaiian-shirt.jpg Summer brings with it many wonders: For students, it offers a reprieve from the grind of college life, granting an extended opportunity to cut loose. For many of our readers, it gives a chance to enjoy the sights what those in temperate zones call "the beach" - a cornucopia of rippled pecs, rock-hard abs, and badonkadonks as far as the eyes can see. For those of us in Minnesota, it offers that ever brief window into the realm of pleasant weather, before ushering in six months of death, frost, withering plant life, death, and everyone's favorite: death. Yet for those of us in the "sun-fearing vampire" fold, it holds a different sort of promise: the Steam Summer Sale. Featuring discounts at up to 75% - among them being F.E.A.R., Human Revolution, Civilization V, and Tales of Monkey Island - the promotion is enough to keep your little boy heart aflutter through the blazing heat that summer hath wrought. Risking an aside, of particular interest to yours truly is Spec Ops: The Line, which was shown in a screenshot on Joystiq's article at 33% off, but now finds itself with a modest 10% discount. Despite being a "modern military shooter," and thus of equal interest to whether or not KFC tastes different in Kentucky, it piqued my interest after a review from the "Zero Punctuation" series (having recently discovered the series, I seem to have found a kindred spirit in the cantankerous english enthusiast, "Yahtzee"), which notes that the game found inspiration from the book "Heart of Darkness." As cinephiles are no doubt aware, its story inspired the film "Apocalypse Now." Those interested in the full list of promotions should check the Steam website. What do you think, gamers? Is there a particular game in Steam's magical bag of discounted wonder that strikes your fancy? Sound off in the comments section below!

Dishonored 2: Emily and Corvo play, and feel, different

7 Jul

Dishonored 2 doesn’t just offer you an aesthetic choice when you make the decision to play as Corvo or Emily.

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Dishonored 2 begins with players in control of Emily, but after a prologue the game offers a choice as to whether to continue as the exiled empress or step into the shoes of returning protagonist Corvo.

Once you’ve made that choice you can’t switch back, and the decision will dramatically shape your experience of the game – even though the two characters go on the same missions.

Speaking to Mashable, co-director Harvey Smith elaborated on the ways the two characters differ from each other in terms of gameplay – something hinted at in Dishonored 2’s E3 2015 trailer.

“Emily fights with a little more finesse than Corvo does,” he said.

“Whereas Corvo has the very classic Possession, Rat Swarm, Blink, Emily has Far Reach, Shadow Walk, Mesmerize – these powers that nobody has heard of.”

Far Reach works quite differently to Corvo’s Blink power. It has players shooting a “magic tendril” which then pulls them towards its target, rather than instantly teleporting them there. Dishonored veterans have probably already figured out that this means you won’t be able to use Far Reach in the same way as Blink, because Emily will be visible throughout the movement. It has its own advantages, though.

“You can stick to walls, you can yank somebody toward you and assassinate them in mid-air, so you have these synced assassinations in mid-air,” Smith said.

“It begins to feel different, and it adds momentum. You can run and jump and it has rope physics to it.”

In addition to differences in gameplay, Emily and Corvo are fully voiced, which means they’ll offer different perspectives on what’s going on as you play.

“Corvo’s an older guy, he’s coming home for the first time to Serkonos. Emily is like an empress outlaw on the run, and she’s young, she’s 25,” Smith said.

“There’s a different theme in the narrative sense, in the literary sense.”

The full interview also has some fascinating discussion on Arkane’s approach to worldbuilding as well as insight into the studio’s decision to make Emily a second playable protagonist.

Announced at E3 2015, Dishonored 2 is expected on PC, PS4 and Xbox One in 2016.

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No New Classes Coming to Hearthstone

7 Jul
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With the announcement of an announcement on the 22nd of this month, fans have been speculating what will be introduced to Hearthstone. The most popular (and seemingly most likely) theory is a new expansion, but that hasn't stopped players from wondering if there might be anything else. The idea that we might be getting a new class soon, or even any time this year, has been quashed by Senior Game Designer Ben Brode.

 

 

This shouldn't be incredibly shocking news, as even the idea of having more than 9 deck slots still seems like little more than a fantasy. On a more serious note, game balance can be an incredibly delicate thing; introducing a new class doesn't only require balancing that one class, but the rest of the game around it as well. It's certainly not impossible, but it's no simple matter, either. On the surface, it would appear to make more sense to focus on the 9 classes that exist, and work on expanding the game around those. For those worried about the game being stale, just wait until the new set is (most likely) revealed.

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PlayStation Vita vs PSP � VGChartz Gap Charts � May 2015 Update

7 Jul

Welcome to the VGChartz Gap charts. These charts are updated monthly and each article focusses on a different gap chart. The charts include comparisons between the 7th generation and 8th generation platforms, as well as comparisons within the 8th generation. All sales are worldwide, unless otherwise stated.

PlayStation Vita Vs. PSP Global:

Gap change in latest month: 660,438 - PSP

Gap change over last 12 months: 12,197,125 - PSP

Total Lead: 27,142,633 – PSP

PlayStation Vita Total Sales: 10,613,796

PSP Total Sales: 37,756,429

In May the gap grew another 660,438 units in favor of the PSP, and the gap has grown by 12.20 million units over the last 12 months. The PSP currently leads by 27.14 million units.

Both handhelds launched in December in Japan - the PSP in December 2004 and the Vita in December 2011. The Vita has sold 10.61 million units in its first 42 months on sale, while the PSP sold 37.76 million units.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/259896/playstation-vita-vs-pspvgchartz-gap-chartsmay-2015-update/

Assassin’s Creed film secures Boardwalk Empire’s Michael K. Williams

7 Jul

Assassin’s Creed will co-star Chalky from Boardwalk Empire.

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The Assassin’s Creed film will feature the talents of Michael K. Williams.

Best known for his role in Boardwalk Empire, Williams will also appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.

The news of his signing to the Assassin’s Creed movie comes via Variety. Less solidly, the site also has word from anonymous sources that Williams will have a prominent role in the film, featuring as a co-star alongside producer Michael Fassbender. That would be brilliant; I hope it’s true.

We can’t really speculate on Williams’ character, as the New Regency project has so far remained pretty watertight in terms of plot and setting. Expect that to change once it goes into production later this year ahead of a late 2016 release.

Ariane Labed and Marion Cotillard are also believed to be on board. In spite of the curse, actually think this one might happen, and possibly even be good.

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Assassin’s Creed film secures Boardwalk Empire’s Michael K. Williams

7 Jul

Assassin’s Creed will co-star Chalky from Boardwalk Empire.

michael_k_williams

The Assassin’s Creed film will feature the talents of Michael K. Williams.

Best known for his role in Boardwalk Empire, Williams will also appear in the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot.

The news of his signing to the Assassin’s Creed movie comes via Variety. Less solidly, the site also has word from anonymous sources that Williams will have a prominent role in the film, featuring as a co-star alongside producer Michael Fassbender. That would be brilliant; I hope it’s true.

We can’t really speculate on Williams’ character, as the New Regency project has so far remained pretty watertight in terms of plot and setting. Expect that to change once it goes into production later this year ahead of a late 2016 release.

Ariane Labed and Marion Cotillard are also believed to be on board. In spite of the curse, actually think this one might happen, and possibly even be good.

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Uncharted 4 art book announce delivers some new concept images

6 Jul

Uncharted 4 is getting an art book, which means you get some new images to drool over.

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The Art of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an oversize hardcover affair expected in northern spring, with pre-orders opening soon via Dark Horse.

Along with commentary from the Naughty Dog team, the book features never-before-seen preliminary designs and concept art.

A few example images have been released, some of which will seem pretty familiar to those who’ve seen Uncharted 4’s extended E3 2015 gameplay demo. Head on over to Polygon to see them.

Uncharted 4 is coming exclusively to PS4 in the first quarter of 2016.

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Uncharted 4 art book announce delivers some new concept images

6 Jul

Uncharted 4 is getting an art book, which means you get some new images to drool over.

uncharted_4_a_thiefs_end

The Art of Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End is an oversize hardcover affair expected in northern spring, with pre-orders opening soon via Dark Horse.

Along with commentary from the Naughty Dog team, the book features never-before-seen preliminary designs and concept art.

A few example images have been released, some of which will seem pretty familiar to those who’ve seen Uncharted 4’s extended E3 2015 gameplay demo. Head on over to Polygon to see them.

Uncharted 4 is coming exclusively to PS4 in the first quarter of 2016.

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Godzilla creator Eiji Tsubaraya honoured in 7 July Google Doodle

6 Jul
Japanese special effects genius - and wartime propaganda film-maker - would have been 114.

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“We were really scared” to tackle Star Wars Battlefront, says DICE

6 Jul

Star Wars Battlefront is a dream project, but in this age of unrestrained Internet rage it was also kind of a nightmare. DICE did it anyway.

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Star Wars Battlefront has inspired strong reactions from those keeping an eye on the project. Although the hype train is approaching top speed, there are plenty of vocal naysayers complaining it looks too much or not enough like Battlefield, distressed at the lack of traditional single-player mode, or whatever.

That’s to be expected, really: it’s not easy to follow on from games as beloved as earlier Battlefront releases, to build something equal to the weight of the Star Wars brand, and to satisfy a horde of gamers raised on the very different Battlefield series.

“When we were asked to do this we were really scared. We thought, no, this is too intimidating,” DICE general manager Patrick Bach told The Guardian as part of a longer preview.

“And we had enough in our pipeline to be able to say no. But on the other hand, your heart is screaming yes! Because of course you want to make a Star Wars game. We just thought, okay, we’ll figure it out as we go.”

Releasing for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in November, Battlefront will be the first triple-A release in the Star Wars universe since Disney purchased the property.

Visceral Games is also making a Star Wars game, with former Uncharted creative lead Amy Hennig at the helm. I’m sure Disney has had plenty of other callers wanting to have a go, too, and whether they get a chance probably hinges on how well EA does with its attempts.

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“We were really scared” to tackle Star Wars Battlefront, says DICE

6 Jul

Star Wars Battlefront is a dream project, but in this age of unrestrained Internet rage it was also kind of a nightmare. DICE did it anyway.

star_wars_battlefront_header_02

Star Wars Battlefront has inspired strong reactions from those keeping an eye on the project. Although the hype train is approaching top speed, there are plenty of vocal naysayers complaining it looks too much or not enough like Battlefield, distressed at the lack of traditional single-player mode, or whatever.

That’s to be expected, really: it’s not easy to follow on from games as beloved as earlier Battlefront releases, to build something equal to the weight of the Star Wars brand, and to satisfy a horde of gamers raised on the very different Battlefield series.

“When we were asked to do this we were really scared. We thought, no, this is too intimidating,” DICE general manager Patrick Bach told The Guardian as part of a longer preview.

“And we had enough in our pipeline to be able to say no. But on the other hand, your heart is screaming yes! Because of course you want to make a Star Wars game. We just thought, okay, we’ll figure it out as we go.”

Releasing for PC, PS4 and Xbox One in November, Battlefront will be the first triple-A release in the Star Wars universe since Disney purchased the property.

Visceral Games is also making a Star Wars game, with former Uncharted creative lead Amy Hennig at the helm. I’m sure Disney has had plenty of other callers wanting to have a go, too, and whether they get a chance probably hinges on how well EA does with its attempts.

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The Witcher 3 dev warns against installing leaked alternate Ciri DLC

6 Jul

The Witcher 3 still has a few free DLC drops to come, and one of them will bring a new look for everyone’s favourite ashen-haired woman.

The Witcher 3 has already offered alternate outfits for Yennefer and Triss, as well as multiple new armour sets for Geralt, as part of CD Projekt RED’s campaign of free DLC drops.

So we weren’t terribly surprised to hear that a Ciri refresh has popped up on the PS Store and Xbox Marketplace, with users apparently able to download and install the announced release.

Responding to questions on Twitter, Witcher community manager Marcin Momot said the DLC was accidentally released early and isn’t finished; he suggested not using it if you did manage to grab it. I’d probably uninstall it, to be honest; if it’s unfinished, you may risk bugging your save game, which would be tragic after umpteen hours.

We’re looking forward to the official release; check out a preview of the new look below.

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Did you read about the next patch? CD Projekt RED has really been ticking boxes off my wish list with ongoing support of the hug open-world RPG.

Thanks, IrishExaminer.

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The Witcher 3 dev warns against installing leaked alternate Ciri DLC

6 Jul

The Witcher 3 still has a few free DLC drops to come, and one of them will bring a new look for everyone’s favourite ashen-haired woman.

The Witcher 3 has already offered alternate outfits for Yennefer and Triss, as well as multiple new armour sets for Geralt, as part of CD Projekt RED’s campaign of free DLC drops.

So we weren’t terribly surprised to hear that a Ciri refresh has popped up on the PS Store and Xbox Marketplace, with users apparently able to download and install the announced release.

Responding to questions on Twitter, Witcher community manager Marcin Momot said the DLC was accidentally released early and isn’t finished; he suggested not using it if you did manage to grab it. I’d probably uninstall it, to be honest; if it’s unfinished, you may risk bugging your save game, which would be tragic after umpteen hours.

We’re looking forward to the official release; check out a preview of the new look below.

the_witcher_3_free_dlc_ciri_alternate

Did you read about the next patch? CD Projekt RED has really been ticking boxes off my wish list with ongoing support of the hug open-world RPG.

Thanks, IrishExaminer.

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