#224 Goodbye Crucible, We Barely Knew Thee

The game that Amazon Game Studios released back in May 2020 is being mothballed. Let’s give it a fair sendoff by learning more about it and what may have let up to its demise.

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#95 And The Internet Gets Fooled

It’s April 1st and all the Fools are out and about today. To what level of crazy did some companies take it today? Let’s find out along with some of the latest tech news!

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#92 Apple Announces Pluses On Everything!

Apple popped the cover on its long-awaited streaming service as well as a couple unannounced surprises! Tune in for full coverage! I, for one, was not impressed by one announcement but you’ll have to listen in to find out.

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#59 Zombies Are Infesting Fortnite

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Mister Rogers sings and narrates a Pixel 3 ad focused on Google Lens [Video]

Following last week’s launch of the Pixel 3, Google is ramping up advertising for its flagship phones. From celebrities to the World Series, the latest involves a Pixel 3 ad featuring a song from Fred Rogers that focuses on Google Lens. The 90-second clip is titled “The power to wonder” and features quick cuts of simple scenes like a shirt drying in a breeze to various animals and greenery. Beloved television personality, Fred Rogers, narrates over these scenes before jumping into his original recording of “Did You Know?”

Soundcloud Links Have Been Integrated into Instagram Stories

Soundcloud artists, rejoice. Instagram has announced it will now allow SoundCloud links to be shared through its Stories feature. The process will work similarly as it does with Spotify, which Instagram introduced to its Stories platform earlier this year.

Twitter tests status updates and ‘ice breaker’ tweets

Last month, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey told the House Committee on Energy and Commerce that one of his company’s goals is to “increase the health of public conversation” on its platform. And it’s a talking point Twitter has come back to throughout the year. In March, it reached out to experts for ideas on how to promote healthy, open and civil conversations online and in September, the company sought feedback on a proposed policy that would ban dehumanizing speech. Now, the company is testing a handful of new features aimed at encouraging users to talk to each other.

‘SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE’ ROSTER LEAK REVEALS 7 NEW CHARACTERS

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate is set to release on Switch this December but it seems the growing roster is getting bigger, if this latest leak is to be believed. An unnamed person who claims to have access to promotional material took photos of the Super Smash Bros. Ultimate roster collage on their Snapchat. The post was deleted, but later posted on message boards like 4Chan and Resetera. Nintendo has not officially confirmed any of these characters for the game at this time.

Fortnite’s map is being infested with hordes of monsters

Fortnite is getting into the Halloween spirit with the addition of undead opponents to its popular battle royale mode, marking a major moment in the game mode’s history where players can fight computer-generated enemies. A trailer for the mode, showcases the demonic ghouls in action. Players will have to defeat the monstrous-looking opponents that were birthed from Cube Fragments that appear on the map. Killing the undead will result in loot for players, and they’ll appear sporadically throughout matches.

‘Battlefield V’ won’t have battle royale until spring 2019

You’ll have to wait a while if you want to see Battlefield V’s much-touted battle royale mode. EA DICE has detailed the post-launch roadmap for its WWII shooter, and the vaunted “Firestorm” battle royale experience will arrive as part of a “Trial by Fire” chapter starting in March 2019 (it’s not clear if the mode will be available right away). While the last-one-standing experience isn’t the only tentpole feature of BFV, it’s safe to say this will be disappointing if you expected to play it over the holidays.

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Facebook ‘Dating’ Is Finally Rolling Out: The First Look From Testing

Facebook has begun public testing its online-dating service called ‘Dating’ in Colombia. The company announced the service back at the annual F8 conference in May this year. If all goes well, this service will soon be rolled out to other countries in the future. Dating is already active in Colombia where users aged 18 or more can sign up to create dating profiles for the online service. But the company won’t start showing matches until there is enough number of sign-ups.

Instagram may divide hashtags from captions to end overhashing

Geofenced sharing, Quiz stickers, Stories Highlight stickers and a separate interface for adding hashtags to posts are amongst a slew of new features Instagram has prototyped or is now testing. The last one could finally #cure #the #hashtag #madness that’s infected many of Instagram’s 1 billion users, causing them desperately to fill up their captions with tagged words that make the feed tough to read in hopes of scoring a few extra views or followers.

Amazon’s 2018 Echo Show finally gets it right

When the original Echo Show debuted last year, plenty of people (including us) made fun of its chunky and bulky design. Well, Amazon must’ve taken those comments to heart, because the new Echo Show is decidedly much better looking. While the older Echo Show might’ve reminded us of mall kiosks, the newer Show looks a bit more like a smaller, cuter TV.

GoPro launches its first live-streaming camera

GoPro is launching its first camera capable of live streaming in an effort to woo investors and improve its performance during the holiday rush. The $399 Hero7 Black also features new stabilization technology, voice command capability and a new video format the company is calling TimeWarp, which compresses longer experiences into short, speeded-up videos.

Red Dead Redemption 2 Hands-On: We Played It On PS4, Here’s Everything We Saw

A number of GameSpot staff members recently had the chance to see and play a near-final build of Red Dead Redemption 2. The one and a half-hour demo comprised of two story missions and a chance to goof around freely in the open world, and there’s a lot to unpack about how the game looks and plays. Red Dead Redemption 2 feels familiar in many respects, but new systems have piqued our curiosity with their initial impression of intricacy and depth.

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Why Halo needs a Battle Royale mode like Fortnite

For the last year or two the world has succumbed to Battle Royale fever in a way that has made older gamers, like myself, clutch their pearls and shake fists at the sky like Abe Simpson. Battle Royale, for the uninitiated, is a genre of video game where online players are dumped into an arena/island and invited to fight each other until one remains. Usually this involves guns and blunt instruments. The genre was popularised by PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds and launched into the stratosphere by Fortnite, which is now far-and-away-without-question the king of Battle Royale.

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‘Ray tracing’ could bring the biggest graphics jump in a decade

On paper, it sounds like the rendering technique is almost too realistic, but it’s not exactly new. Ray tracing has been used in the professional industry for years. It’s already been employed in popular media, like Pixar’s Monsters University and Marvel’s Iron Man movies. What makes the announcement exciting is it will finally be available for consumer hardware; a feat that was too difficult and expensive before.

Microsoft prepares to kill the Windows 8 store: No new apps from November

Looks like Microsoft is slowly killing off the Windows 8 store and expecting people to transition over to Windows 10 now…

How to send self-destructing emails in Gmail

“Confidential Mode” is a new option added to the bottom bar of emails you compose now, preventing people from copy/pasting and forwarding emails. You determine how long the email stays before it destructs.

Looks Like the Kindle Voyage Has Reached the End of Its Journey

While it’s possible most people don’t care about e-readers past their ability to download and read books, the Voyage felt like the first Kindle that actually had a sense of style. When asked for an official comment regarding the Voyage, an Amazon spokesperson said: “Customer response to Kindle Voyage has been incredibly positive and we’ve sold out. We have nothing else to share.”

New Fortnite Emote Pays Homage To Classic SNL Sketch

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Dying Light: Bad Blood, the battle royale standalone spin-off, hits Steam Early Access next month

Techland has announced today that Dying Light: Bad Blood will be available on Steam Early Access sometime in September. Bad Blood is a PvEvP take on battle royale.

12 players spawn in with nothing, and they must avoid attracting hordes of zombies while also scavenging enough tools to create weapons and health items. Their goal is to get to an evac chopper, but only one player can escape.

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PUBG To Debut Event Pass, But Will It Work?

Ever since Battle Royale came out (you can thank Minecraft for the idea from the many hunger game mods that tested out this idea), gaming corporations have looked to capitalize on the market and give war-hungry gamers the satisfaction of being the solo victor atop ninety-nine losers who just weren’t good enough.

PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS, also known as PUBG or PUBG Corporation, was by far the gamers choice until Fortnite: Battle Royale entered the scene. Epic Games, developers of Fortnite, came in quite unexpectedly and in the blink of an eye became the #1 played game worldwide. Smashing all the charts, stealing most of the market share and cashing in quite handsomely from their efforts left PUBG quite literally in the dust.

So what has PUBG done to show that they are #1 (or #5)? Well, for starters they copied Fortnite and released their own mobile-version of PUBG. Now, they’re looking to copy the Fortnite Battle Pass. From a recent dev post, they explained why:

We wanted to create a whole new gameplay and reward experience. Ultimately, we decided to go with a new system: the “Event Pass.” It’ll be made available on June 22, the same day Sanhok hits live servers.

The Event Pass is designed to reflect the opinions of players who wanted a trackable progression-related system, and at the same time allows you to unlock new content in PUBG in a way that is different from the crate and key system.

Even though they haven’t posted any pricing details yet, speculations for this four-week event pass have many guessing this will cost around $10USD. Which, ironically, puts it right in line with the pricing for a Fortnite Battle Pass, which lasts three months.

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EA Announces Battlefield 5 Details and Origin Access Premier

EA had some exciting news to share at E3 2018 including details on Battlefield 5 as well as a new subscription service.

Battlefield 5 is the latest entry in the iconic Battlefield franchise. First launched in 2002, the series gained popularity and spawned several versions. Now, EA is bringing its “deepest and most immersive” entry to the series.

Similar to Battlefield 1, the latest addition brings users back to World War II. This time, the intention is to give an insight into some of the lesser-known conflicts in that war.

Fans will be happy to know that Battlefield 5 will have both have a single-player campaign and multiplayer modes. Some of the multiplayers modes from Battlefield 3Battlefield 4 and Battlefield 1 are making a comeback but there are also two new ones to look forward to.

EA also confirmed the Battle Royale mode coming to the game. According to DICE, its version will include the brand of action and destruction that the Battlefield franchise is known for. The developer promised more information will be revealed in the next coming months.

The game is expected to launch simultaneously on PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. The early trial version is going to be available on October 11 to EA Access and Origin Access members. The deluxe and standard editions of the game will be available on October 16 and October 19 respectively.

Origin Access Premier

Aside from game updates, EA also announced its new all-in-one subscription service.

Basic members get to try new games up to ten hours, starting five days before release. Current Origin Access members will now become Origin Access Basic members and will have the same benefits as before.

The new Origin Access Premier brings full access to both archived games as new and pre-released games. This means unlimited playtime on the full versions of the games starting five days before the launch. Upcoming games include Anthem, Battlefield 5, Unravel 2, Fifa 19, A Way Out and Madden 19.

Membership for the service costs $15 per month or $100 a year. It will be available this summer.

Alexa Can Help You with Your Fortnite Dropoffs

Alexa Can Help You Decide Where To Drop Off In Fortnite

If you’re bare tired of arguing where to drop off in Fortnite, Alexa can help you. It may seem silly, but they are actually quite useful. It is actually tough to decide if you have a squad full of voices arguing about the merits of each individual location. No need to fuss about it. Just let Google or Alexa make the call.

It Is All About Technology

Technology now helps us make decisions to some stressful situations. One of these is deciding on where to drop off in Fortnite. Now that is stressful. This can be done via a robotic voice in your phone or a cylinder on your shelf. Artificial Intelligence is not strategizing or anything. It just picks a location randomly. Bit considering all the variables at play in Fortnite, you will probably do as suggested. It will save you more time and put an end to arguments about the drop off point.

The Fortnite Dropper Skill

The Fortnite Dropper skill for Android Assistant is built-in for Android. But it also works just fine on iOS if you install thee app. What is cool about this one is you can ask your question in a variety of ways. But you always have to start with “Ask Fortnite Dropper…”.

Other Alexa Skills Available

There are other Amazon Alexa skills available for this purpose. Among the higher rated ones is you can ask Alexa for coordinates. The voice assistant can not only give you named locations, but coordinates as well. Unfortunately, it is difficult to create custom commands for Alexa. So you will end up asking Alexa to Ask Fortnite Dropper. But still, it is much better than ending up dropping at Tilted again. That is, unless the robot voice tells you to drop off at Tilted.

Alexa may help lift the burden of making drop off decisions of your shoulders. But this does not mean it will be a good decision. If you do as Alexa suggests, it might probably be your end as it might kill you. Alexa picks locations randomly. Now that does not mean it is a good drip off for you.

The final verdict will be that you weigh Alexa’s suggestion properly. Think about the situation first before you do as Alexa suggests.

Biggest Battle Royale Games in 2018

This Year’s Biggest Battle Royale Games

This year’s gamers should watch out for the biggest battle royales ever. The evolution of battle royale games is something we cannot miss. A lot of battle royale games have evolved into better versions of these games. And developers are still experimenting and finding ways to develop them even more for their gamers benefit.

Some battle royale game developers opted for the more traditional ways of developing their games. But to some they chose the modern way or the “in thing”. Today there are battle royale games with virtual reality versions. Spectator elements and dynamic environmental effects are added to some of these games to for the pleasure of its gamers.

List Of Games

Below are the games which battle royale gamers should watch out for:

1) H1Z1 – this is the battle royale version of the zombie survival sandbox game called Just Survive. This game can be played solo, with a partner, or with a group of five. It’s a last man standing game. It has a mode called auto royale. In this mode players can drive a vehicle and collect power-ups. This is available for PC only but its PS4 and Xbox One versions will be coming soon.

2) SOS – this game’s unique feature is that it requires a microphone. And it will also test your social skills and sense of showmanship. The goal is to find scattered relics and retrieve it. Not so simple though, since you will be competing with 15 more players. This version is for PC only.

3) Paladin’s Battlegrounds – this is a 100-player battle royale standalone expansion of Paladin’s: Champions of the Realm. This version is available for PC, PS4, and Xbox One. It attempts to redefine qualities by introducing mechanics from hero to shooters with myriad playable characters. Each player have their own unique skills and abilities.

4) The Darwin Project – for PC and Xbox One. This is a third -person multiplayer battle royale game. It gives more emphasis on survival than its competitors. Survival means being able to endure extreme weather conditions, tracking and setting up traps for opponents so that you will be the last man standing.

5) Mavericks : Proving Grounds – up to 400 players can enjoy the highly dynamic environment of this game. In this game, you can set up fire to a map tactically spreading it to other parts of the map to either damage other players or cut them off. The game promises a more intelligent mission systems.

These are some of the battle royale games game fans should watch out for this year. There are still more. Just check thee internet for the updates. Have fun playing these games.