Category Archives: Gaming

Grand Theft Auto has a Headshot Challenge

Rockstar Games, maker of Grand Theft Auto, is having a Headshot Challenge. Players need to acquire a special item before they can begin the Challenge.

Rumors of a lost relic from the frontier have begun to surface, and treasure awaits those bold enough to seek it. Keep an eye on your iFruit for a special in-game email containing the first clue, then follow the trail to unlock the Double-Action Revolver in GTA Online.

Once you acquire your gratis Double-Action Revolver, complete the Headshot Challenge in Freemode for a GTA$250,000 reward and unlock it for future gun-slinging exploits in Red Dead Redemption 2 on Playstation 4 and Xbox One.

Red Dead Redemption 2 was developed by the creators of Grand Theft Auto V and Red Dead Redemption. Red Dead Redemption 2 is an epic tale of life in America’s unforgiving heartland. The game’s vast and atmospheric world will also provide the foundation for a brand new online multiplayer experience. Red Dead Redemption 2 is now available for preorder, and will release in Spring of 2018.

Take-Two Announces Formation of Private Division

Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. announced the formation of Private Division, a new publishing label comprised of proven games industry veterans that is dedicated to bringing titles from top independent developers to market.

Private Division is a developer-focused publisher that empowers independent studios to develop the games that they are passionate about creating, while providing the support that they need to make their titles critically and commercially successful on a global scale.

Private Division will publish several upcoming titled based on the new IP from renowned industry creative talent, including the previously announced Ancestors: The Humankind Odyessy from Panache Digital Games, a studio led by the creator of the Assassins’s Creed franchise Patrice Désilets; an unannounced RPG currently codenamed Project Wight from The Outsiders, a studio founded by ex-DICE developers David Goldfarb and Ben Cousins; an unannounced sci-fi first-person shooter from VI Interactive, a studio founded by Halo co-creator Marcus Letho.

Additionally, Private Division is the publisher for Kerbal Space Program, which Take-Two acquired in May, 2017. With the exception of the Kerbal Space Program: Making History Expansion that is slated for release in the winter of 2018, there are no titles from Private Division currently planned for release during Take-Two’s fiscal years ending March 31, 2018 and 2019.

Private Division is headquartered in New York City with offices in Seattle and Munich, and is a publishing label of Take-Two Interactive Software, Inc. Private Division is the third publishing label within the Take-Two Interactive family, operating independently from Rockstar Games and 2K.

EVE Online Created the “Blaze” Squadron Skin Set

EVE Online has created a skin to honor CCP Blaze, one of the Senior Software Engineers with their Audio & Graphics team. He passed away suddenly on November 14, 2017, and is survived by his fiancée and one year old daughter.

EVE Online will be hosting their own internal fundraiser and will be supporting his family, friends, and co-workers as best as possible. They also are honoring CCP Blaze by releasing a new skin. It is called the “Blaze” Squadron Skin Set. All profits from this set will be donated directly to the fiancée and daughter of CCP Blaze on behalf of the EVE Online Community.

The special skin will only be available as a one-off between now and December 19, 2017. After that, it will be retired from the New Eden Store, and will never be sold again.

It will be available for the following hulls, in a bundle for 495 PLEX:

  • Barghest
  • Cerberus
  • Hurricane
  • Ishtar
  • Oracle

It will also be made available separately for the Armageddon, CCP Blaze’s favorite ship, for 110 PLEX. EVE Online wrote a special description for the “Blaze” Squadron SKIN. It honors CCP Blaze and writes “Blaze” into backstory as an immortalized part of New Eden’s history.

Twitch Skill is now on Alexa

Twitch announced that they have launched their Twitch Skill on all Alexa-enabled devices in the United States. This Skill enables people to control Twitch with their voice.

The Twitch Skill lets you play your favorite channels, discover new streamers, get notified when your favorite channels start streaming, and get a reminder when your Twitch Prime subscription is available to use.

You will need to enable the notifications permission for the Twitch Skill in your Alexa app to start receiving notifications. Alexa will notify you anytime a followed channel that you have notifications enabled for starts broadcasting.

Other features include:

  • If you’ve linked your Twitch account, say “Alexa, ask Twitch for followed channels” or “Alexa, tell Twitch to show me channels I follow.”
  • Discover a new channel for your favorite game or Twitch category by asking Alexa to show you who is playing a specific video game. You can also ask Alexa to suggest an IRL channel.
  • You can ask Alexa to show you the Twitch streams that are popular.
  • You can ask Alexa to suggest a game for you. Alexa will read you a list of popular games and you can select one to hear the most popular channels for it.
  • You can ask Alexa to play a specific Twitch channel.

Capcom Announced Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection

Capcom announced that the Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection will be released in May of 2018. It will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PC.

The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection contains:
Street Fighter
Street Fighter II
Street Fighter II: Champion Edition
Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting
Super Street Fighter II
Super Street Fighter II: Turbo
Street Fighter Alpha
Street Fighter Alpha 2
Street Fighter Alpha 3
Street Fighter III
Street Fighter III 2nd Impact
Street Fighter III 3rd Strike

You can play online against other players in Street Fighter II: Hyper Fighting, Super Street Fighter II: Turbo, Street Fighter Alpha 3, and Street Fighter III: 3rd Strike. Players can choose Ranked or Casual matches. Up to four players can join a lobby where they can play against the CPU while waiting for their next match. Each of these titles will have their own global leaderboard.

The collection has a Museum of concept art, pitch documents, and little-know facts behind each game’s release. You can view an interactive timeline and browse all 30 years of Street Fighter games. There are character bios that give you more information about your favorite characters. If you choose to play in single player mode, you can save your progress and resume at any time for any of the 12 titles.

The Game Awards 2017 Winners

The Game Awards recognizes and upholds creative and technical excellence in the global video game industry. Their Awards ceremony is held annually in December. It celebrates both game creators and game players, and gives fans a preview of games set to be released in the future.

The Game Awards 2017 Winners are:

  • Game of the Year: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • Best Game Direction: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • Best Action/Adventure Game: The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • Best Narrative: What Remains of Edith Finch – Giant Sparrow/Annapurna Interactive
  • Best Art Direction: Cuphead – Studio MDHR
  • Best Independent Game: Cuphead – Studio MDHR
  • Best Debut Indie Game: Cuphead – Studio MDHR
  • Best Score/Music: NieR: Automata – Platinum Games/Square Enix
  • Best Audio Design: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
  • Games for Impact: Hellblade: Senua’s Sacrifice – Ninja Theory
  • Best Performance: Melania Juergens, Hellblade
  • Best Ongoing Game: Overwatch – Blizzard
  • Best Esports Game: Overwatch – Blizzard
  • Best Mobile Game: Monument Valley 2 – ustwo games
  • Best Handheld Game: Metroid: Samus Returns – MercuryStream/Nintendo
  • Best VR/AR Game: Resident Evil 7: Biohazard – Capcom
  • Best Action Game: Wolfenstein II – MachineGames/Bethesda
  • Best Role Playing Game: Persona 5 – Atlus
  • Best Fighting Game: Injustice 2 – NetherRealm Studios/Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • Best Family Game: Super Mario Odyssey – Nintendo EPD/Nintendo
  • Best Strategy Game: Mario + Rabbids Kingdom Battle – Ubisoft Paris + Milan/Ubisoft
  • Best Sports/Racing Game: Forza Motorsport 7 – Turn 10 Studios/Microsoft Studios
  • Best Multiplayer: PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds – PUBG Corp.
  • Most Anticipated Game: The Last of Us Part II – Naughty Dog/Sony Interactive Entertainment
  • Best Student Game: Level Squared – Kip Brennan, Stephen Scoglio, Dan Perry Svendsen; Swinburne University of Technology
  • Trending Gamer: Guy Beahm – Dr. Disrespect
  • Best Esports Player: Lee sang-hyeok “Faker” – Sk Telecom 1, League of Legends
  • Best Esports Team: Cloud9
  • Best Chinese Game: jx3 HD – Kingsoft Corporation

Steam is No Longer Supporting Bitcoin

Steam announced that it will no longer support Bitcoin as a payment method. This news is going to affect players who were purchasing Steam games with Bitcoin, but doesn’t appear to change things for those using other methods of payment.

Steam says it will no longer support Bitcoin as a payment method on their platform due to high fees and volatility in the value of Bitcoin. In the announcement, Steam points out: “Historically, the value of Bitcoin has been volatile, but the degree of volatility has become extreme in the last few months, losing as much as 25% in value over a period of days.”

This creates a problem for customers trying to purchase games with Bitcoin. When checking out on Steam, a customer will transfer x amount of Bitcoin for the cost of the game, plus y amount of Bitcoin to cover the transaction fee charged by the Bitcoin network. The value of Bitcoin is only guaranteed for a certain period of time, so if the transaction doesn’t complete within that window of time, then the amount of Bitcoin needed to cover the transaction can change. The amount it can change has been increasing recently to a point where it can be significantly different.

Steam points out that when that situation happens, they either have to refund original payment to the user to or ask the user to transfer more funds to cover the remaining balance. The user gets hit with a Bitcoin transaction fee either way. As a result, Steam says it has become untenable to support Bitcoin as a payment option.

50 More Pokémon will be Added to Pokémon GO

Starting later this week, 50 more Pokémon will be added to Pokémon GO. In addition, the game is going to have new weather features added. Players might see certain Pokémon more often based on what the real-world weather is.

The new Pokémon include Treeko, Torchic, Mudkip, and others that were originally discovered in the Hoenn region in the Pokémon Ruby and Pokémon Sapphire video games. Those three Pokémon will be the first to appear, and more from the Hoenn region will be added over the next several weeks.

The Pokémon GO map in-game will be updated with weather effects. This includes new visuals that change based on the weather where you are. For example, if it is raining outside where you are, the in-game map will show a dark, cloudy, sky and rain falling down.

Soon, the weather in the real-world where you are playing Pokémon GO will have an effect on the Pokémon that you see in Pokémon GO. Players odds of discovering Mudkip will greatly improve on rainy days. That’s just one example. Some other Pokémon will be more commonly found during various weather conditions. The real-world weather will also cause some Pokémon’s attacks to be more effective than usual.

Overwatch League In-Game Skins Require Special Currency

Overwatch League has twelve teams, each with their own logos and colors. Sports teams have uniforms that are unique to their team, with variations that are used for either home or away games. As such, Overwatch League has in-game uniforms that are designed for each esports team. Players will be able to purchase the in-game uniforms of their choice with special currency.

Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer revealed in a video details about how Overwatch League home-team uniforms will be made available in-game in early 2018. All 12 home skins for the teams will be added to Overwatch.

The Overwatch League skins can be purchased with special currency called League Tokens. Players will need to spend real-world currency in order to obtain League Tokens. This system is being used as a way to provide monetary support for the various regional teams.

Purchase the home skin of your favorite Overwatch League team, and some of that money will go to support them. In short, Blizzard found a way to share a portion of the home skin purchases with the teams that they are based on. The League Tokens can only be used to buy Overwatch League in-game content.

In the video, Overwatch League Commissioner Nate Nanzer announced that, for the first month after the League Token system is launched globally, Blizzard will provide players who log in to Overwatch on PC, Playstation IV, or Xbox One, with enough League Tokens to purchase their first Overwatch League skin.

Pokémon GO is Doing a Global Catch Challenge

Pokémon GO started a Global Catch Challenge on November 19, 2017. It will conclude on November 26, 2017. There are global rewards that can be unlocked after players collectively catch a certain number of Pokémon.

Ever since Pokémon GO launched, we’ve loved hearing stories of Trainers venturing abroad and playing together with new friends from different countries. That’s what inspired us to create Pokémon GO Travel, a new video series to see the world through the eyes of a Pokémon Trainer. To kick things off, Pokémon GO Travel is taking a diverse group of Trainers from around the world to Japan to host our first-ever Global Catch Challenge.

The potential Global Catch Challenge rewards and bonuses include:

Bronze: 500M catches
6 Hour Lure
More Pokémon appearing globally

Silver: 1.5BN Catches
6 Hour Lure
2X Stardust
Even more Pokémon appearing globally

Gold: 3BN Catches
6 Hour Lure
2X Stardust
Farfetch’d available worldwide (for 48 hours)
Kangaskhan available in East Asia (for 48 hours)

Some progress has already been made. On November 20, 2017, the Pokémon GO Twitter account announced that the Bronze level of rewards and bonuses has been unlocked.