The physical loot box phenomenon has exploded in the past few years, and it's rapidly reaching a fever pitch. Right now, you can get crates of random goodies delivered to your home every month ranging from collectibles and geeky accessories to clothes, wine, and food. Walmart recently jumped on the bandwagon and started offering gaming and geek culture focused boxes a la carte from a couple of different companies, and some of them are surprisingly excellent. The cool thing about getting a box from a retailer like Walmart rather than buying into a monthly subscription is that you get to just grab the boxes you want, and you're aware of its contents before you buy (though some of the boxes still have some random elements). There's no long term commitment, and you can grab boxes from different categories and across different genres all from one source. Walmart seems to be doing a decent job of curating which boxes are available on the site. Check their site for the full listing, but … [Read more...] about Walmart’s selling gaming loot crates and they’re actually good: here are some of the best
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It seems that a lot of video games are making their way onto mobile devices these days, and Ark: Survival Evolved is just another one to add to the list. Developer Studio Wildcard announced that the title will launch onto mobile devices and tablets later this month as a free-to-play title. Originally available on PC, Mac, Linux, Xbox One, and PS4, the dinosaur-themed multiplayer title Ark: Survival Evolved will allow players to tame over eighty dinosaurs. The mobile version offers players a mobile-focused UI and a specialized controller set up. Primal Pass is also arriving, and it’s a new subscription service for the game that will provide players with an ad-free experience, reserved server slots, free gifts, and more. A new material called Ancient Amber will allow players to acquire optional upgrades, certain buffs, build unique structures, or resurrect fallen dinosaur pets. The mobile version of the game will include all of the above, as well as … [Read more...] about Ark: Survival Evolved Arriving on Mobile Devices This Month and There’s a Trailer
Despite the decades that have passed since its release, it would be hard to argue that any film is as relevant to the way movies are made today than George Lucas’ 1977 space opera, Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope. Kevin Feige, the Marvel head honcho who presides over what is the most lucrative and successful film franchise currently operating — including Star Wars — talks openly about how much of an impact the original trilogy had on him. The list of filmmakers who directly crib from Lucas would be like a census of Hollywood royalty. And the subsidiary industries that Star Wars has spawned, from toys to novels to video games, has changed how the entertainment business works. But when you eliminate the biases that come from living in a Star Wars-addled world and look back at the circumstances of its creation, what’s far more surprising is that the film got made at all. That a USC grad in his early 30s best known for a coming-of-age story about small-town … [Read more...] about What if Star Wars never happened?
Seagate has announced the next of its special edition game drives, this one themed around Rare's upcoming Xbox One and PC pirate game Sea of Thieves. The 2 TB drive is pretty cool-looking, featuring the "Reaper's Mark" logo on the purple case.It also comes with in-game content in the form of the weapon The Midnight Blunderbuss, which I am also calling dibs on now for my sludge-rock band that I want to form. Additionally, it includes a one-month Xbox Game Pass membership. That's notable because, with that membership, you'll be able to get Sea of Thieves at launch on March 20 at no extra cost because first-party Xbox games are now launching into Game Pass right away. However, you must keep your subscription active or buy the game outright to continue playing after the first month.Seagate says the drive's USB 3.0 speed means you won't notice any slowdown for games playing off the drive compared to the Xbox One's internal hard drive. The $90 Sea of Thieves drive launches on March 20 … [Read more...] about This 2 TB Sea Of Thieves Game Drive Comes With In-Game Content And A Game Pass Membership
Connor Sherlock makes walking simulators, and they are definitely simulations that you walk through. Unlike, say, Gone Home or What Remains of Edith Finch, his works aren't visual novels or graphic adventures that borrow the controls and interface of first-person shooters. He's gone a step further, and stripped away traditional elements like narration and explicitly goal-oriented level design. Instead, Connor Sherlock's games are essentially plotless landscapes for pure exploration, with the only reward being the chance to appreciate the architecture of the space. They're less videogames and more video sculptures. Whatever you want to call his work, the musician/game dev creator of The Rapture Is Here And You Will Be Forcibly Removed From Your Home has spent the last two years releasing one walking simulator a month on Patreon, and recently released the first volume of his Walking Simulator a Month Club, collecting more than a dozen of his games from late 2015 to the end of 2017. … [Read more...] about The Walking Simulator a Month Club pushes the boundaries of a sometimes narrow genre