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PlayStation 5 and Xbox Two MUST Be Backward Compatible

With new Xbox and PlayStation consoles on the horizon, backward compatibility with older games seems like not just a hope, but a must-have feature. In earlier console generations, this backward compatibility was common, but by the time Sony released the PlayStation 4 there was simply no built-in support for PlayStation 3 games, and the Xbox One didn’t have backward compatibility at launch either.

Hackers Hijack Twitter Accounts Using A Simple Text Messaging Trick

Security researchers have discovered a new way to hijack a Twitter user’s stream, and they’ve done it using a seemingly old-school method. They did it by sending SMS messages. A team from Insinia Security managed to post tweets (with permission from the account holders, of course) without having to directly access users’ accounts. It was done without logging in and without having to intercept a two-factor authentication code.

This clever AI hid data from its creators to cheat at its appointed task

Depending on how paranoid you are, this research from Stanford and Google will be either terrifying or fascinating. A machine learning agent intended to transform aerial images into street maps and back was found to be cheating by hiding information it would need later in “a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.” Clever girl!

9 things Google Assistant can do that you may not know about

So to make sure you’re making the most of your trusty voice-activated partner, we’ve gathered together nine handy but not necessarily obvious Google Assistant features that will help to make it genuinely useful in loads of situations you might not have expected.

Arpanet Designer Larry Roberts Dies at 81

Lawrence G. Roberts, the man whose work would eventually allow us to send each other cat GIFs and get into arguments in comments sections, has died of a heart attack in his California home. Roberts was a major force behind Arpanet, the direct precursor to the internet. He was 81.

Windows 10 finally overtakes Windows 7

It’s been a long time coming. While other analyst firms, such as StatCounter, have shown Windows 10 overtaking Windows 7 sometime ago, NetMarketShare has consistently shown the new OS to be lagging way behind the aging fan favorite. In December though, NetMarketShare finally has Windows 10 taking first position.

Epic Games wants to take on Google and Apple next

Now that Epic has launched its challenger to Steam, it’s apparently gearing up to launch a similar war on mobile. Epic is said to have plans to launch an app store all its own, again with the main selling point being that it takes a smaller cut of each sale than Google and Apple do. Unfortunately, Epic’s plans are rather vague at this point. The company only tells The Wall Street Journal that it will begin selling Android apps at some point in 2019, with the same 12% fee it charges developers and publishers on its PC storefront. Apple and Google, for the record, take keep 30% of each sale, just as Valve does with Steam.

2018 has come and gone. So where is Apple’s AirPower wireless charging mat?

During its 2017 announcement of the iPhone X, Apple didn’t just show off its vision of what the future of iPhones would look like, it also announced a new way to charge them. Called AirPower, the charging mat was meant to charge up to three devices at once including a new iPhone, an Apple Watch and a pair of AirPods (with a separate, optional wireless charging case). In its announcement, Apple promised that the new charger would be “coming in 2018.”

SouljaGame Console Has Been Removed From Store Due to a Potential Lawsuit

The SouljaBoy game console saga was one of the most confusing to watch in the gaming scene this month. The story began with the rapper selling “a game console” that included pirated ROMs of games. Fast forward until today and it seems like the time of reckoning for the rapper has come as the SouljaGame consoles have been retired from sale.

 

Monster Hunter To Debut In Nintendo Switch on August 28

Fans of the popular Monster Hunter World has something to cheer about. This comes after Capcom has announced that the game above would be available on Nintendo Switch. The developer said that Monster Hunter World’s series would debut in Switch in North America.

 

Monster Hunter in Switch

However, the series, according to Capcom won’t be part of the World game. Capcom claims that the game that would be released in Switch is a follow-up to 2016 Nintendo 3DS game which is Monster Hunter Generations.

The Monster Hunter Generations is actually a sequel that was already launched in Japan last year. The name, however, is different as it is under the name Monster Hunter XX. When the said game would debut in English, it would be known as Monster Hunter Generations Ultimate.

 

Gamers across the globe welcome such development, saying it’s, in fact, a great series shifting to the Switch. But this should also serve as a stern warning for Monster Hunter World. Fans of the World claims that Generation is more classic than Hunter game, citing the game structure looks more modern and fluid.

They added that it would be great for long time fans of the game series. But, obviously, not the best entry point for new comers. Here’s a portion of Capcom’s description about the game’s setup for your reference.

“Hunters can face off against the series’ largest roster of unique monsters in this nostalgic look back at the series’ beginnings and evolutions. Take on the role of a brave hunter on an adrenaline-fueled adventure challenging larger-than-life beasts,” Capcom said.

The game developer added that “completing quests will yield valuable resources for crafting countless distinct weapons and equipment fashioned after players’ defeated foes. Along with their journey, hunters must defend each of the game’s four villages from major threats known as the Fated Four, plus an even more dangerous new Elder Dragon.”

Generations Ultimate is expected to be part of next month’s E3 as the game would make its debut on the Switch on August 28th.

Capcom To Release Two Classic Mega Man Games On NES, SNES Cartridges

Fans of Mega Man have something to cheer about. This comes after Capcom announced that it is partnering with iam8bit to release the game’s special edition. These limited edition games are Mega Man 2 and Mega Man X, according to Capcom.

 

Classic Mega Man Games On NES, SNES Cartridges

Both cartridge games are intended for NES and SNES, respectively. These games are actually collector’s items. If you are an avid fan of the game, you can pre-order these games on iam8bit.com. The expected shipment of these games are slated for September.

However, fans are advised to pre-order the games as soon as possible. This is because Capcom would only release a limited copy of these games. The developer said that only 8, 500 copies would only be shipped for each game.

Regarding the price, the cartridge game is expected to cost at $100 each. What else do you get when buying the game? Capcom said that fans would also be getting a premium instruction booklet in an embossed box. Inside the game’s instruction booklets contained a foreword written by Salvatore Pane, a self-proclaimed Mega Man enthusiast for Mega Man 2 and Jirard Khalil for Mega Man X.

Meanwhile, there’s also speculation that fans would also be getting “retro pack-in surprises” for both the cartridge games. However, iam8bit has yet to confirm this or fans should wait until the games ship-out.

 

Also, there would be a special “Glow-in-the-Dark Blue” colour for 1, 0000 cartridges in each run. Unluckily, you won’t be able to order this special cart directly. It is assured, however, that the distribution of this blue cart would be done randomly.

Falke: New Street Fighter 5 DLC Character Releases In April

Heads up! Street Fighter 5 fans will be getting the next DLC fighter named Falke. Game developer Capcom announced this development. The developer said that Falke DLC would be available on April 24.

 

If you are a player interested to avail the Falke DLC, you can buy this for $6 or roughly 100,000 fight money. Capcoms has yet to announce the DLC’s international price. Gamers suggest that the price will be likely the same with the game’s previous DLC characters.

 

 

Capcom’s Falke DLC character is also included in the game’s Season 3 character pass. This means that players will be given access to Sakura Blanka, Cody, G, and Sagat in the future.

 

Who is Falke?

 

Although a new character, she is likened to Ed and M. Bison for having Psycho Power. He uses such power as her fighting style.

 

 

“Falke was built to be an alternative clone for M. Bison,” Capcom said. “She was heavily experimented on by Shadaloo and was forced to train day in, day out to achieve perfection.”

 

“Falke has the unique ability to infuse Psycho Power into objects and release it through them, mainly through her staff, which she named Harmony,” the character’s description stated.

Capcom Sets Jan 25 to 28 For Monster Hunter Launch

Avid fans of Capcom’s Monster Hunter Fans in the United Kingdom has something to celebrate about. This as the company is planning to stage a meat feast on January 25 to 28, at London’s Flat Iron Square. The event is actually Capcom’s presentation for the upcoming Monster Hunter: Word.

 

Capcom: The Monster Hunter Meat Shack

 

Capcom said that the glorious meat feast would be offered for free to the audience. The game developer has called that “The Monster Hunter Meat Shack”.” In the said game, the gamer will be eating a meal platters and foods with greater sizes. These meal platters were sourced from meat slip.

 

Aside from this, players can bring complimentary drinks and a hands-on demo of the popular video of Monster Hunter: About the marketing, Capcom said that it is laudable that some people is planning to participate in the event.

 

Capcom’s event will be decked out on the Monster Hunter aesthetic. There will be a second round off with plenty of memorabilia, including a giant Rathalos head outside.

 

Below is Capcom’s official statement describing the event.

 

“Our Father, The Monster Hunter Meat Shack sees diners share meat platters or burgers of epic Naglups naman diy proportions, served from a humungous meat spit, all for free while he experience mirrors that of the game, where players hunt giant and ferocious creatures before carving them up to create their armour gear or cook their findings on a BBQ to restore their health,” Capcom said.

 

“Diners will be able to wash their hearty meals down with a complimentary drink, as well as to get hands-on with a demo of Monster Hunter: World, with in-built gaming consoles at each table,” the company added.

 

Street Fighter 30th Anniversary: Capcom Announces Collection For PS4, Xbox One, Switch, PC

Game developer Capcom has recently announced a new game collection for its avid fans. The company is set to release 12 iconic game titles which will be rolled out in various game consoles.

The 12 iconic game titles were in celebration of Capcom’s game series when it held the Capcom Cup 2017. Fans can download and play these games on PC, Switch, Xbox One, and PS4.

Capcom debuted the first Street Fighter game back in 1987. Capcom’s Street Fighter has appeared in various arcades across the globe. Gamers still play the game because of its popularity and iconic characters.

Moreover, Street Fighter is the first fighting game series of Capcom. To date, the game has over 60 characters, 80 titles, and 40 million units sold, according to the company’s statement.

Avid gamers of Capcom could play the popular game titles presented below:

• 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

Accordingly, the game titles feature a ranked and casual matches. This feature gives gamers an option to have four players who can join a lobby to play against the CPU. Aside from this, each game has its own global leaderboard, and an online play has “rewind” technology.

The rewind technology gives the players a low-latency matches. Other features of the game include a museum, an interactive timeline, character bios, music player, among others.

Gamers can expect that The Street Fighter 30th Anniversary Collection to be released sometimes in May 2018. The game collection is expected to be sold for $39.99. Capcom has yet to release more details in the coming months.

Mega Man 11: Game Is Now Playable In Switch, PS4, Xbox One, And PC

Game developer Capcom has teased fans about its upcoming video game: the Mega Man 11.  Fans of the popular video game expressed their excitement because of Capcom’s big announcement.

In a live stream earlier this week, Capcom said the brand-new Mega Man 11 would be released on several console platforms. Mega Man 11 will be playable in PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC.

Fans can expect the game in 2018. The Mega Man 11 is directed by Koji Oda with Kazuhiro Tsuchiya as the game producer.

Gamers were able to look some gameplay of the Mega Man after Capcom has released the game’s trailer.

Moreover, Capcom has also teased fans with the game’s retro collections. The publisher will release Mega Man Legacy Collection and Mega Man Legacy Collection 2.

Game analysts claim that both retro collections made their way to Xbox One and PS4 consoles. Capcom, however, said that both would also be rolled out in Switch by 2018.

Aside from the Mega Man 11’s retro collections,  the eight games in the game’s spinoff series will be rolled out to Switch, PC, PS4 and Xbox One as well.  To date, Capcom did not release any additional details.  Fans are not sure if the eight games will be released individually or in the bundle.

What’s new with Mega Man 11?

Taking its cue from Mega Man X,  the new game is expected to be released on a 2D side-scrolling platform. In contrast to its predecessor, the Mega Man 11 features a unique and varied art style.

Game developers said that Mega Man’s appearance looks different and will have a new weapon.

Capcom investigates Resident Evil 6 leak to Polish stores

Capcom revealed that a number of copies of their unreleased Resident Evil 6 have been stolen and have popped up and sold in some stores in Poland.

Resident Evil 6 was set to be released by Capcom this Octoberm, thus causing panic, and an eventual investigation as to where these stolen copies came from.

According to Eurogamer, Capcom admitted that there was indeed a sale of this stolen Resident Evil 6 games in Poland after reports said last week that some retailers were selling the game this early. Capcom said that at least a few copies of the Resident Evil 6 had already been sold.

“At this time, all we can ad is that it would appear this unfortunate incident is limited to a small quantity of stolen copies of the German USK PlayStation 3 version of the game,” Capcom said.

One of the stolen games was being sold on eBay with a starting bid of 478.78 Euros. The seller also pegged a buyout price at 1,196.71 Euros.

The figures of the stolen copies are still unknown. But Eurogamer said that there are only two stores in Poland that sold the stolen games.

Capcom is currently investigating the incident and TNG will be updating you once the company releases the results.

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