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Archive | June, 2015

Square Enix and Eidos foster “distinct qualities” of subsidiary studios

30 Jun

Square Enix Japan and its western arm are a perfect fusion, says CEO Yosuke Matsuda.

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Square Enix has a number of western studios and western-developed titles in its catalogues, and almost all of these can be traced directly back to its 2009 acquisition of Eidos.

According to Matsuda, the two companies now exist in perfect harmony despite working to maintain the unique identity of their component studios.

“It’s been six years, and at our booth as well as our conference, you can see we are one at this point, essentially,” he told GamesIndustry.

Matsuda said he and Phil Rogers, Square Enix’s western CEO, have a weekly conference call with studio leaders from all over the world.

“In terms of the treatment and how we’re engaged with those studios, it’s not any different from how we engage with the Tokyo development staff,” he said.

“And one thing about our company is that a lot of these studios – not just Eidos but all of our Tokyo studios – they all have distinct qualities and are unique in their own ways. And we try to draw on those qualities.

“In that sense, ever since the Square Enix merger, we’ve tried to keep our focus on allowing to draw out those personalities and qualities that are unique to each of these studios. And that’s probably reflected in these titles we’re seeing.”

Square Enix’s return to the E3 stage this year didn’t have the showmanship we’ve come to expect from major publishers, but what it did have was a great line-up of games – a new Hitman, Rise of the Tomb Raider, Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, Just Cause 3, Kingdom Hearts 3, a new Nier sequel, the latest Final Fantasy 14 expansion, Final Fantasy 7 remake and even a new Star Ocean.

That’s a pretty great spread, and I’ve only just noticed that Final Fantasy 15 didn’t show up – maybe we’ll see it at gamescom in August, although you can definitely expect it to go big at Tokyo Game Show in September.

Image via Gamespot.

Meek Mill Presents Bike Life Cheats: Tips & Strategy to Biking up High Scores

30 Jun

Hip hop artist Meek Mill has teamed up with IM3 Gaming Studios to bring you a fresh, new endless runner game: Meek Mill Presents Bike Life! In this riding game, you will collect coins, dodge obstacles, and pull off sweet tricks. We’ll help you bike up the best score with our Meek Mill Presents Bike Life cheats, tips

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Make Money Rain: Cash Clicker – Tips, Tricks, Cheats and Strategy Guide

30 Jun
Make Money Rain: Cash Clicker is a game billed as the unofficial sequel to Make It Rain: The Love of Money, but without all of the annoying pratfalls and obstacles. There is no FBI in this game, and you don’t have to do the swipe motion. All that you have to do is tap on […]

Honda took a crazy electric CR-Z to Pikes Peak — and won

30 Jun

The normal CR-Z, a small hybrid coupe, is an unassuming car by almost any definition. (It's fallen a little flat in that regard, considering it's a spiritual successor to both the CR-X and the groundbreaking first-generation Insight.) But then, out of nowhere, Honda goes and swaps out the drivetrain for a high-strung all-electric situation with all-wheel drive and steering. Now you're talking.

The jacked-up CR-Z that Honda threw together competed at the Pikes Peak Hill Climb last weekend, placing first in the Exhibition class with a time of 10:23.829. (For comparison, the fastest time for the entire event was turned in by drifting star Rhys Millen, who won in an all-electric prototype — another Pikes Peak first — with a time of...

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Persistent Worlds: What’s The Biggest Issue Facing Guild Wars 2?

30 Jun
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Yesterday evening I was talking to my brother about the latest Guild Wars 2 patch and while he doesn't play Guild Wars 2 any longer, he's always keen to know how the game is and what's on the horizon. We talked about Heart of Thorns and what it intends to provide players and we eventually arrived on the discussion of what was the worst thing about Guild Wars 2 and what its main problems are. In all honesty I struggled to think of a standout "issue" but we chatted about dungeons and the lack of them in Heart of Thorns. Although I wouldn't specifically state that an expansion pack has to have dungeons, but what I finally decided was that the statement of "challenging group content" isn't neccesarily a good choice of words when it comes to player appeal. Admittedly we don't yet know how this phrase sits with Heart of Thorns, but if the Wyvern is an example of the difficulty we can come to expect I'm not entirely convinced it'll pass public opinion. You only have to look at WildStar's dungeons or raids to realise just how pedestrian much of Guild Wars 2's group content is.

Going back to my original question, I think the biggest issue facing Guild Wars 2 is its identity as an MMOG. Its content has become easier and easier to the point where the drop-in, drop-out gameplay has replaced fixed content. It's an MMO revolving entirely around casual grouping and casual play and I suspect that dungeons, certainly those similar to WildStar or World of Warcraft, no longer match Guild Wars 2's footprint. All I'd have liked to have seen in Heart of Thorns would be a single dungeon in the middle of the jungle that was lengthy, structured and incredibly challening. I was hoping for a need to coordinate builds, learn tactics and fail miserably multiple times but that seems entirely at odds with ArenaNet's approach to nuturing an audience who want to succeed first time, every time. 

Now I've had my brief say, what do you think is the biggest issue facing Guild Wars 2? Let me know.

Meek Mill Presents Bike Life: Tips, Tricks, Cheats and Strategy Guide

30 Jun

Meek Mill’s Bike Life is a new iOS and Android game, co-produced by Meek Mill himself, that’s about his second-biggest claim to fame, which is stunt biking on the streets. Your goal is to outrun and taunt the cops, do tricks, entertain pedestrians, and go for a high score and a lot of coins. You […]

Meek Mill Presents Bike Life: Tips, Tricks, Cheats and Strategy Guide

30 Jun
Meek Mill’s Bike Life is a new iOS and Android game, co-produced by Meek Mill himself, that’s about his second-biggest claim to fame, which is stunt biking on the streets. Your goal is to outrun and taunt the cops, do tricks, entertain pedestrians, and go for a high score and a lot of coins. You […]

A major commercial airliner will fly on animal poop this summer

30 Jun

We’re not letting our animal waste go to waste. This summer, United Airlines will starting flying planes using fuel derived from farm animal poop and fats. The effort is an attempt to curb the greenhouse gas emissions produced by burning jet fuel in commercial aircraft.

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Gmail’s latest update will add wallpapers and emoji

30 Jun

Dozens of apps are bringing innovation to email, including Google's Inbox. Meanwhile, Gmail is getting more... wallpapers. Google announced today that Gmail's latest update will add hundreds of themes and give users new ways to customize them with blur, vignettes, and custom text. The update will also expand Gmail's weird emoji library, and should roll out in the next couple of days. All we can say is, there better be a taco emoji.

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Listen to everything Zane Lowe said during the first hour of Beats 1

30 Jun

IS THERE AN ARTIST OUT THERE THAT MORE PERFECTLY EMBODIES THE FREEWHEELING NATURE OF CREATIVITY THAN BECK?

This question, followed by an endless list of cities and countries, and the sound of Zane Lowe's voice yelling the words ALWAYS ON during the quiet parts of songs, is really everything you need to know about the first hour of Apple's new Beats 1 radio station. Shoutout to Wisconsin. Kentucky, Manchester, Ottawa, BROOKLYN. Shoutout to New Zealand. The finance people, the lawyers, the BOSSES. This is BREAKING. Let's make this human. Let's make this REAL.

This is the 18 minutes of Pure Zane we have condensed for you from the first hour of Beats 1. Always on. Worldwide.

Be careful with stimulants.

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Watch Kendrick Lamar’s bold, cinematic video for ‘Alright’

30 Jun

Kendrick Lamar's magnum opus To Pimp a Butterfly didn't have many obvious single candidates, but the smooth, soulful Pharrell production "Alright" was one of them. It now has an ambitious music video to match that candidacy, one directed by Colin Tilley and The Little Homies. (Tilley is a veteran music video director, one who has done fine work for Nicki Minaj and Kelly Rowland.) It's consistent with the righteous anger and fear that defined its parent album.

There's no shortage of striking imagery throughout "Alright": graphic police brutality, the Los Angeles skyline cast in soft, smoggy light, and Kendrick floating through the city's streets with fire in his eyes. There's a piece of new music, too, which you can hear from 2:03...

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Largest US trade group is fighting anti-smoking laws overseas

30 Jun

The largest trade group in the US is using its size and strength to fight against anti-smoking regulations on behalf of the tobacco industry. But according to The New York Times, its aims aren't limited to the US: its lobbying campaign for tobacco actually stretches worldwide.

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You can listen to Beats 1 radio with iTunes right now

30 Jun

Apple seems to be running a bit behind schedule with the release of iTunes 12.2 (and Apple Music) for PC and Mac. The company's download page promises it's "coming soon," so for all we know it could still arrive later tonight or tomorrow sometime. But if you're without an iPhone or iPad and are interesting in checking out Beats 1 right now, there's a workaround that lets anyone listen using the current version of iTunes — as long as iTunes Radio is available in your country.

First spotted by Federico Viticci, the trick is really simple: you just add Beats 1 to your current list of iTunes Radio stations. Head to the Radio section of iTunes, and click the plus symbol next to "My Stations." From there, all you've got to do is...

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Explore the TWA terminal, a pristine time capsule from 1962

30 Jun

Right now, a team of digital scanning whizzes is back in their Florida lab, making a digital 3D model of the TWA Flight Center. Last week, while the staff and their equipment were hard at work recording every curve, bend, window, and facade of Eero Saarinen's 1962 terminal at John F. Kennedy International Airport, photographer Max Touhey was granted access. That much free time inside the historic, beloved landmark is hard to come by—especially with a camera in hand—given that it has been off limits to the public since 2001 and is set to undergo redevelopment into a boutique hotel.

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Minecraft has sold over 20 million units on PC, Mac

30 Jun

The PC and Mac versions of Minecraft have sold 20,003,229 units combined.

According to the sales tracker on the official website, in the last 24 hours, 10,449 people bought the game adding to today’s total.

We haven’t noticed any updated figures for the other version of the title, but last we heard:

Microsoft bought Minecraft developer Mojang in September last year for $2.5 billion.

Thanks, Gamasutra.

Apple just made it easier to get a new battery

30 Jun

The battery inside whatever device you’re reading this on will eventually die — hopefully later rather than sooner. If the device is made by Apple, however, you no longer have to worry so much about this problem.

Apple has just changed the wording in its warranty programs to make it easier to get your battery (or in some cases, your whole device) swapped at an Apple Store. The new AppleCare+ policy allows users to swap the batteries in their iOS devices once the capacity dips below 80 percent of its original life. The same goes for Macs covered by AppleCare that have slipped below 50 percent capacity. It appears that any device currently covered by one of these plans that dips below these thresholds is eligible.

For example, here’s how…

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PvE update hits Orcs Must Die! Unchained closed beta tomorrow

30 Jun

A new PvE update will be released for the closed beta of Orcs Must Die! Unchained tomorrow, July 1.

The update tomorrow will also include a patch which brings a “a new game mechanic to user defined, custom matches.” The mechanic allows players to capture neutral points and then use them to send powerful minions into battle.

The PvE content will include hordes of stronger orcs, bears, ogres and newer creatures such as the dwarf grenadiers, forest giants and Cyclops mages. As with PvP, players will need to defend their rift and players will have a chance to set multiple traps before the game starts and the first wave of enemies comes.

Another new mechanic has been added in PvE. It’s the Unchained Meter which is a barometer that fills up as players eliminate enemies through combos.

Finally, the patch brings a new option to custom PvP matches consisting of two additional, neutral targets.

More features:

  • New map ‘Unchained Fortress’ is now the default map in matchmaking
  • Hero battle levels now increased to ten
  • All war camps now have a standard wave should players not place any cards
  • New three-level confirmation system for hero choice (select hero, confirm deck and set talents)
  • Fire damage over time now stacks providing it comes from different sources (magic or different trap types)
  • New bot: Hogarth
  • New skins for Smolder and Hogarth
  • Lots of small changes to heroes, minions, map dynamics as well as the user interface, performance and visual effects

More information on the Robot Entertainment title can be found through the official website.

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This Spotify playlist is keeping track of (almost) all the music on Beats 1

30 Jun

The first few hours of Beats 1 radio have come and gone, and now you can relive most of the music that's been played courtesy of... Spotify user Peter Bowles. Perhaps it was inevitable that someone would make a playlist mirroring what Apple's DJs are playing for Beats 1 listeners, and that's just what's happened here.

Obviously you lose out on the glowing personalities of Zane Lowe, Ebro Darden, and Julie Adenuga with this track list. Early fans of the station would tell you they're a key draw, and the whole "live, linear radio" thing also goes out the window when you're just jumping around a Spotify playlist. Spotify doesn't have that new Pharrell song either, so here it's been replaced with "Happy" — a cruel joke in its own right....

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Fallout 4’s Preston Garvey Comes to Fallout Shelter

30 Jun
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Who’s that knock-knock-knocking on your Vault door? It’s Preston Garvey, the first Fallout 4 character to visit Bethesda’s massively popular Vault-building game, Fallout Shelter.

Legendary Dweller Preston Garvey is a member of Fallout 4’s Commonwealth Minutemen. He’s armed with the oh-so futuristic / oh-so retro laser musket. Other Vault dwellers are able to equip the weapon, though they have to pry it out of his cold, dead hands first. That’s usually not a problem in the irradiated world of Fallout, mind you.

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You should be able to find Preston Garvey and his trusty musket in one of Fallout Shelter’s lunchboxes. Warning: Do not eat him.

Fallout Shelter is available for free on iOS. Fallout 4 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10.

[via Bethesda]

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Fallout 4’s Preston Garvey Comes to Fallout Shelter

30 Jun
preston_featured

Who’s that knock-knock-knocking on your Vault door? It’s Preston Garvey, the first Fallout 4 character to visit Bethesda’s massively popular Vault-building game, Fallout Shelter.

Legendary Dweller Preston Garvey is a member of Fallout 4’s Commonwealth Minutemen. He’s armed with the oh-so futuristic / oh-so retro laser musket. Other Vault dwellers are able to equip the weapon, though they have to pry it out of his cold, dead hands first. That’s usually not a problem in the irradiated world of Fallout, mind you.

fallout_preston

You should be able to find Preston Garvey and his trusty musket in one of Fallout Shelter’s lunchboxes. Warning: Do not eat him.

Fallout Shelter is available for free on iOS. Fallout 4 comes to PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on November 10.

[via Bethesda]

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