Blizzard Is Working On A New Unannounced Diablo Game

A job posting from Blizzard confirms work on a project in the Diablo universe.

Video game developer Blizzard has not made any announcements but it seems that there is a new Diablo game in the works.

A job listing on the company’s website is hinting that a development is underway. Looking at the post, it is pretty straightforward: “The minions of Hell are growing stronger… We’re working on a new, unannounced Diablo project.”

Previously, the California-based company has teased about a Nintendo Switch version of Diablo. But people are quick to dismiss that the unannounced Diablo project is referring to this. The description asks for a “skilled dungeon artist”. This means there is a need for new art assets.

The exact description states:

“We’re working on a new, unannounced Diablo project. Are you a skilled dungeon artist? Come work with us, and together we will build something exceptional.”

The dungeon artist will be responsible for “modelling and texturing compelling assets.” He is also expected to work well “in an environment of peers who are passionate about working on the dark gothic world of Diablo, making great games, killing millions of monsters and getting loot!”

The 24th Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) is already happening next week so it’s highly doubtful a new Diablo game will be unveiled there. However, they could probably announce that it will be in the works? Maybe. We’re actually hoping they will.

Diablo 3 is turning six years old this year. I think it’s about time for a new one, don’t you think?

 

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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.

Nintendo Switch Hardware Update Maybe Coming Soon

Clues on a possible hardware update on Switch include a new processor and more RAM.

The rumour mill is churning and somehow it’s hinting that a new Switch maybe in the works.

The recent 5.0 firmware update didn’t deliver any major changes to the device. It basically expanded the console’s parental control settings, and fixed bugs on playtime data.

But the clever guys on Switchbrew (through Resetera) probably had plenty of time in their hands and found some interesting bits when they went digging. Hidden in the file updates is a folder with showing some evidence of a new hardware configuration codenamed ‘Makiro’.

First off, there is a reference to a new Tegra 214 processor, which would replace the current Tegra 210 system on chip (SoC). Although this is probably mostly due to security reasons, the new processor could also bring some slight performance improvements.

Recently there have been a lot of vulnerabilities discovered in the Switch’s current firmware. This allowed users to install the homebrew software which opened it up to pirated games. Although Nintendo was able to patch some of these, the new processor could be a better solution.

Another nugget of information discovered was a PCB update and RAM upgrade. Files suggest that Nintendo may double the RAM from 4GB to 8GB which suggests a more powerful model.

Researcher Mike Heskin cautions however that it is also possible that this model may be intended for developers only and will not make its way to the consumers.

 

Microsoft Rolls Out Party Chat For Xbox App On Android and iOS

Software giant Microsoft has released a new app for its gaming console Xbox. The app which is called as the Party Chat is an Xbox app. Microsoft released the Party Chat app after several months of testing, a report said on Thursday.

With Xbox’s Party Chat app, players could now send messages through text and voice if they are inside a party.

So how does Party Chat app works?

According to Microsoft, the new Xbox app works on both Android and iOS mobile operating system platforms. And just like any app on the gaming console running on Microsoft Windows 10, it works with parties.

This means that a party chat could be initiated if players would navigate the “Parties” section which could be found at the top of the screen. The only thing that players should do is to select the “Start a Party.”

After doing so, Xbox players could send information via voice or text chat after they have successfully joined a party. The software giant also said that the app’s feature offers players other functionality. This includes, among others, the feature to change audio device and mute other players.

Meanwhile, gamers described the Xbox app’s feature as fitting for players who want to chat with friends while playing the game. It can be recalled that this feature was not available on console because it is limited only to mobile.

Download now the app and Microsoft will soon be rolling out an update in the coming days.

iOS and Android are silently killing PC and Console Gaming

We all love playing on our little smartphones. Whether it’s Angry Birds, Asphalt 6, Spiderman, or Cut the Rope, more and more people find entertainment in their iOS and Android devices. The last few years have seen the rapid development of the Smartphone market, including the underlying technologies. The development of chips like the Tegra 3 and the A5X pushes the world of mobile gaming to allow for visually stunning games for just a few bucks.

A few years ago, the Console and PC gaming community would have scoffed at this prediction, but now the reality is that Console and PC Games are dying. There is a recent report about the declining sales of these large games. This may not be new news for many people, simply because this decline has been going on for months. For the 7th consecutive month, Console and PC gaming have lost sales.

In last Thursday’s report, Console and PC game hardware, software and accessories have felt a 29% decline in overall sales. There is just less and less people interested in keeping up with Console and PC gaming these days. Slowly but surely, the definition of a ‘gamer’ will become ‘a person tapping and swiping away on their smartphone while on the train’.

The decline of Console and PC gaming is not because the industry itself is not performing. They are actually still pushing high quality games in the wild, as well as updates to popular series of games. Still, the decline is clearly felt, and developers start to wonder if it is all worth it. Android and iOS play an astounding role as to why sales are dropping.

iOS and Android Games are a lot cheaper than Console and PC games

Android and iOS games have been on the rise and they come really cheap. You can get a game from free to about $5 with as much quality as you can tolerate and enjoy on a Smartphone or Tablet. On the other hand, one would have to spend at least $50 for a console or PC game. Given that the time, effort and resources used to create PC and console games are a lot higher, still, in this day and age, where there is an overall decline in the economy, people are less willing to pay for games.

iOS and Android Games are more accessible to play

Smartphone and Tablet  games are both fun and portable. More and more people are actually moving to mobile gaming. Not only are people putting more of their cash into it, they are also putting more time into mobile games. Console and PC games are limited in the sense that they can only be played in front of the TV or Monitor, and no one is going to lug that around everywhere.

While many can argue that PC games can be portable as well by simply playing on a mobile laptop, it’s simply not as easy as taking out your phone and tablet from your pocket and in a couple of seconds, start playing. PC games would require that you boot up the Operating System first, load the profile, then the game. The whole process can take minutes of your time, and the thought of what you have to go through to play it on the go can actually discourage a person from gaming.

iOS and Android Games have more Variety

There about 500,000+ apps in a Smartphone’s app store. Even saying that at least 50% of those are games, there is still a whole lot of games to choose from and play. Compare these with the limits of console and PC gaming, where games are pushed out once every few months or even years. The Gaming community even complains that games for the PC and console are becoming less and less varied, and many games are just rehashed or ill fitting sequels to previously great games.

More people prefer short games

It is trending that many people of today get bored easily. Nearly 8 out of 10 gamers are not willing to sit still for hours to play a game till the next checkpoint or savepoint. People have become more and more inclined to play shorter games.

Graphics in Mobile are nearly comparable to Console and PC

With the push for Mobile gaming, chip manufacturers are have been gearing up more and more to create chips that support higher resolution games, with the aim to compete with the console games. Console and PC games on the other hand, seem to be reaching its limit in the graphics development, or maybe they are simply slowing down compared to the past couple of years. It is no question that these games have amazing and very realistic graphics, but they are overshadowed by bad story and gameplay which is remedied by mobile gaming while maintaining high graphic standards.

iOS and Android game developers hear the people

Probably the greatest factor that drives people to mobile gaming, is the sheer connectivity of the mobile gaming community with the development community. Mobile games are enhanced with constant updates, additional content, as well as user requested features. People have more control of what they want to be able to do, and the developers are able to act on it directly. Developers can easily please the gaming community by simply doing what they want, and the gaming community rewards them by adding more support and providing subsequent purchases.

It is no secret that by now, the gaming industry is in a state of overhaul. Unless things change for PC and Console gaming, Smartphone and Tablet gaming will continue to eat into their market share and sales. Even the developers of popular PC and Console games are moving on to creating their own teams or businesses, by creating games for the mobile operating system. Still, the world just moves on, slowly and silently abandoning the old gaming world. There may come a time when PC and console gaming will eventually die, or be left lying in a small corner of the minds of people. One thing is for sure, they really have to get moving, if they want to get back in the game.

Image sources: ticktechnologies.gr, blog.games.com, redmondpie.com, modojo.com, geardiary.com, usa.chinadaily.com.cn, toucharcade.com

Android takes a bite on console gaming with Ouya

OOOOOOUUUYA! The masses have spoken, and an Android related Kickstart program goes live. With 28 more days to go, the team behind the OUYA project has been overwhelmed with more than triple their goal amount. They planned to start off with a goal of just $950,000. In just one day, the world shocked the OUYA team with a whopping $2 Million pledge. The Android powered console now has a pledge of $3,142,508.

The world is currently in the smartphone revolution. iOS, Windows 8 and Android operating systems are battling it out to gain supremacy. Of the three operating systems, Android remains to be Open source. Because of this open nature, projects such as this can come into a realization.

The OUYA team realized a need, a need that far outweighed their expectations. Console gaming is not yet dead, just dormant. Now it is about to get disrupted.

We know that people love to play on their phones and tablets. Often times, people would have that silent desire to play those games on a larger screen. There is an urge to put those games on a TV and play like good old fashioned consoles. People have always said that we have barely been able to scratch the surface of the gaming potential of these mobile operating systems. Now might be the time to tear that surface open.

With the Android powered OUYA, people can play their regular Android games on the big screen just like their consoles. It is just about the size of a Rubik’s Cube and it comes with a full sized controller that is comparable to console controllers today. The controller itself is armed with touchpads, buttons, and analog sticks, and possibly more in the future.

The OUYA is apparently going to be powered by a Tegra 3 processor, with 1GB of RAM. What version of Android it will run is still up for debate, but many would argue that it has to run the latest and greatest Android Jelly Bean.

Because of the open nature of Android, and the immediate availability of Android Games in the market, there shouldn’t be any trouble for OUYA to find games that will run on the “console”. Devs won’t have to worry about creating games for new operating systems. They just have to port the games over to Jelly Bean and it will take care of both Console Gaming and Smartphone Gaming.

While the specs are pretty standard, with the abundance of pledges and backers, there is certainly room for improvement. The OUYA team announced a “stretch” incentive, which allows us to suggest added features to make the OUYA even more of a success in playing these Android Games. There are those who were quick to respond.

Since this is a console now, and not a phone that we need to tot around, there is room for a bump in specs that no longer worry about the slimmest figure. One thing that many Android users complain about is the lack of available RAM in the operating systems. That is why there is a request for added RAM.

One thing I could suggest was to increase the memory capacity, which is currently just 8GB. Since games that will be optimized for the OUYA will need to play well on a large screen, it would make sense that downloaded game data for each of these android games might be a lot larger than its smartphone counterparts to accommodate larger textures so that it won’t look too pixelated on screen. Feel free to visit their Kickstart page to put in some awesome suggestions.

While the OUYA is advertised as a console gaming solution, it is far from capable of overturning current generation consoles. There are still some limitations on the capability of a Tegra 3 processor, as well as the overall capability of a mobile OS. Android games cannot replace console games yet, but this is going in a pretty good direction. With a price like $99, there is no other home gaming solution that can match it at this time.

The success of such a project may be anyone’s guess right now, but the sheer amount of pledges they received is enough to say that people want this, and they are throwing money at it like crazy. Hopefully this will finally add another dimension to the growing gaming industry, and finally increase the amount of games being produced for the Android operating system.

Are you excited about this new development as well?

Image sources: tegra3.org, Wired.com, kickstart.com, giantbomb.com

Consume Media Or Create It?

I was just reading over an article titled ‘Play games and consume media or build websites and make money?‘ and it got me thinking…

Recently a new book came out which discusses how teenagers are getting the wrong types of messages from games, and they are having an effect on the way that children grow up and communicate. This can also be said for social networking sites. Good, bad, or otherwise it is still having a great effect that you may not be aware of.

In the article it mentioned about gaming becoming a drug of sorts for not only the players, but also for the game developers. Multimedia is constantly pulling our attention away from something to entertain us, and while that may be beneficial in some cases, it could also deter us from making the best use of our time.

What are your thoughts regarding this?

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