Photography games have been on trend lately. Just last year among major publishers there's been Pokémon Snap and the re-release of a maligned Fatal Frame game. You don't have to look far to see that every triple-A game these days has a photo mode, but if you extend your gaze beyond that you'll see independent developers have been the ones pushing the genre forward. Games like Umurangi Generation, Alba: A Wildlife Adventure, and the upcoming Pupperazi show the emerging genre has as much range as, say, the first-person shooter. TOEM is one of the most charming and recent examples in this space, a game about exploring and taking pictures as you move through pocket-sized communities. But TOEM didn't start as a photo game. It began simply as a non-violent game that would allow the player to stop and appreciate the game's illustrative art style. The original idea spawned from a conversation two friends had about leaving game development forever. TOEM might not be their Final Fantasy, but … [Read more...] about On the growing appeal of photography games
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As we said in our Elden Ring hands-on preview , FromSoftware's next action-RPG is essentially an unofficial Dark Souls 4. It builds on and revives a lot of the mechanics that the mainline Dark Souls series established, and it gives off a similar vibe overall, from its weighty combat to its character mechanics. That said, Elden Ring has made some major changes and additions to FromSoftware's understood rules and ideas – many of them much more dramatic than any of the three Dark Souls games, each of which put their own spin on a few specific things. Elden Ring will feel familiar to fans of the Dark Souls series, as well as those who got on the FromSoftware train with the PS5 remake of Demon's Souls, but a number of differences (which weren't really shown in the game's trailers) jumped out at us while playing an admittedly small portion of the game. Note that the test build we played is subject to change, meaning some of the following details may be adjusted too. Here are some of … [Read more...] about 9 big ways Elden Ring is different from Dark Souls
Logan Paul has denied he faked the $3.5m Pokémon card scandal, saying it was "a sad day". Having wasted an extortionate amount of money on what he believed to be a box of first edition cards, last week Paul released a video of the unboxing where he discovered they were G.I. Joe cards instead. The YouTuber was heavily criticised for faking the scandal in the name of content, something he's now denied. Speaking on his Impaulsive podcast , he said: "I see comments. They think I was acting. They think it's fake. "But it's not. It's not fake at all. Being in that room that night was incredibly sad. The energy and the tragic feeling in the room was so palpable. "Three and a half million dollars on f**king G.I. Joe. I cannot believe it. It was a sad day. That was a very sad day. You can't just scam someone out of millions of dollars like that without legal consequences." Still, Paul has already received a refund of his $3.5m, something he mentioned he would receive in his … [Read more...] about Logan Paul denies faking $3.5m Pokémon card scandal for clicks
The 3.0 patch notes for League of Legends: Wild Rift have been released, and along with a brand-new Champion comes a new way to play LoL on the go. The new hero is Sett, a leader in the Ionian criminal underground. Sett is a Fighter class champion, using abilities like Knuckle Down to buff his attacks and Facebreaker to attack multiple enemies at once. Sett joins the Wild Rift roster on January 26. Also coming to Wild Rift in the 3.0 patch is a returning mode called Ultra Rapid Fire (URF). This is a faster, more streamlined version of the core League of Legends experience that allows Champions to access their special attacks more often than usual, resulting in full matches running about half as long as usual. The URF map this time around will have a Lunar New Year theme, which will also be celebrated through limited time skins and accessories. The full League of Legends: Wild Rift 3.0 patch notes are below. League of Legends: Wild Rift launched in March 2021 as a mobile … [Read more...] about League Of Legends: Wild Rift 3.0 Update Patch Notes–Game, Sett, Match
While Diablo II: Resurrected's upcoming patch 2.4 isn't live on the game's public test servers just yet, a number of the new Runewords that will be coming with the patch have been revealed by different Diablo-focused content creators. As reported by Wowhead , three new Runewords have been detailed so far. Streamer Dbrunski125 recently detailed the Unbending Will Runeword, content creator Rhykker unveiled the Mist Runeword, and Korean streamer Shery revealed the Wisdom Runeword. Unbending Will looks to be tailored towards sword-wielding Barbarian players (and mercenaries), granting attacks a chance to cast taunt, +3 to combat skills, increased attack speed, enhanced damage, extra attack rating, lifesteal, and much more. Mist is a five socket Runeword for bows or crossbows and looks like it will be a great fit for both the Amazon class and the game's Act I mercenary. The Runeword grants a level 9 concentration aura, +3 to all skills, piercing attacks, increased attack … [Read more...] about New Diablo 2: Resurrected Runewords For Patch 2.4 Revealed
Microsoft announced plans to acquire Activision Blizzard today , making it the company's largest acquisition ever--not just in gaming, but across all industries . The proposed $70 billion deal will mean Microsoft owns the rights to some of the biggest franchises in gaming, including Call of Duty and World of Warcraft . But following Activision's stewardship of annualization and tumult over harassment, what kind of studio culture is Microsoft buying? When Microsoft bought studios like Obsidian or Double Fine, it was easy to understand the types of expertise and culture the company was buying. As an elevator pitch, you could say that Obsidian is known for mechanically complex RPGs, and Double Fine is known for its quirky humor. You can understand right away how these fold into the Microsoft umbrella to complement and round out their existing corporate and creative structures. Microsoft's previously largest gaming acquisition, Bethesda, was similarly clear across its slate of … [Read more...] about What Kind Of Culture Is Microsoft Buying In Activision Blizzard Acquisition Deal?
The news that Microsoft is acquiring Call of Duty publisher Activision Blizzard brings with it a lot of baggage. In addition to a number of studios, Activision owns the intellectual property rights to a huge number of games and series. So when the news of the Microsoft acquisition broke, many players immediately wondered if that meant the Xbox maker would now own From Software's Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice . Publishers often acquire the IP rights to games as part of their publishing deals--but that's not always the case. When it comes to Sekiro, the copyright for the game remains with From Software , not with Activision. Thus, while Microsoft is getting a whole lot of brands in the deal, from Call of Duty to StarCraft to Crash Bandicoot, it's not acquiring Sekiro. With Sekiro remaining independent, it means that Microsoft can't immediately add the game to its Xbox Game Pass subscription service, as it has done with Bethesda games after its other big recent acquisition. That … [Read more...] about Will Microsoft Now Own Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice?
Elden Ring's map runes have been deciphered by a group of fans in China, using an ancient language. A video recently emerged from Chinese YouTube channel YYSTV, detailing how a group of Elden Ring fans managed to analyze and decode runes on the game's map. In short, a group of Chinese fans realized that the runes on Elden Ring's map are that of the Yi script, an ancient language used by the ethnic Yi people. Deciphering these runes was no short work, largely because only a very small percentage of the Chinese population still actively uses the dialogue. After the group reached out to a fellow Chinese fan of Elden Ring - and noted that if they couldn't properly speak Yi, the game's Japanese developers probably couldn't either - the wheels eventually got turning. The group managed to decipher that the in-game runes are being written by the map's original in-game owner. Markers are dotted all over the map, as you can probably imagine, denoting the intimidating … [Read more...] about How Elden Ring fans used a little-known Chinese dialect to decode the game’s map
Dark Souls has been named the Ultimate Game of All Time by the Golden Joystick Award voting public. At the culmination of this year's Golden Joystick Awards , it was revealed that From Software's legendary odyssey into the depths of Lordran has earned the title of Ultimate Game of All Time. It beat out several other major classics including Half-Life 2, Street FIghter 2, and The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild. Dark Souls (Winner) Doom (1993) The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild Half-Life 2 Minecraft Street Fighter II Tetris The Last of Us Super Mario 64 Metal Gear Solid Halo: Combat Evolved Super Mario Bros. 3 Grand Theft Auto V Portal Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Pac Man Super Mario Kart Space Invaders Sim City (1989) Pokémon GO In response to the award, Dark Souls director Hidetaka Miyazaki talked about how the team at FromSoftware has grown since Dark Souls' creation. He said: "At that time, the staff who joined From … [Read more...] about Dark Souls crowned Ultimate Game of All Time at Golden Joystick Awards