• Amazon Finally Releases ‘League of Legends’ Competitor ‘Crucible’ Four Years After Announcing Game
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    Amazon Finally Releases ‘League of Legends’ Competitor ‘Crucible’ Four Years After Announcing Game

    Amazon Studios finally released its first game Thursday, eight years after entering the video game publishing market. Titled “Crucible,” the action-adventure game aims to compete with Riot Games’ blockbuster “League of Legends.”The free-to-play team shooter from Amazon and developer Relentless Studios is available now on PCs via Valve’s Steam platform, and a new launch trailer debuted today to hype up fans.“Crucible” was originally announced in 2016, but the game has reportedly taken many forms throughout development. Game lead Colin Johanson told computer gaming magazine PCGamesN that Amazon Studios made several key development changes based on feedback from the gaming community.“We worked with pro gamers, streamers, content creators, cosplayers, figurine designers, tournament organizers, dancers, cultural consultants, and many more” to make a game that could compete with mainstream titles, Johanson said, adding “we made some massive shifts in development based off of these conversations.”Also Read: Will the 'Justice League' Snyder Cut Actually Deliver What Fans Asked For?Some of these massive shifts included changing the in-game economy. While “Crucible” is free, Amazon will monetize via purchases of a season pass or in-game items. No “pay-to-win” items will be offered, Johanson said.“We tossed out the entirety of our original monetization plans, redesigned the visual direction of nearly all the hunters in the game, and removed entire game systems” before reaching the final product, Johanson said. “I hope (creators and players) find a game that’s significantly better than the one we shared with them in the early days, and know that time they spent helping us was worthwhile.”The game is aesthetically similar to Activision Blizzard’s hit hero shooter “Overwatch,” which was released in 2016. “Crucible” players can choose from 10 characters to play in three different battle modes against other online combatants.“Crucible” has big shoes to step into if it wants to take over the dominance “League of Legends” has maintained over the esports and PC gaming market for over a decade. Riot Games operates over 20 different esports leagues based around “League of Legends” and the title has over 100 million active players each month. Amazon does have an advantage in that it owns Twitch, the leading game streaming platform, and will likely use that connection to recruit streamers to play the game and increase its exposure.It remains unclear if Amazon will look to turn “Crucible” into an esport.Also Read: The Atlantic Lays Off 68 Employees, Cuts Executive Pay“We like to look at as an ongoing challenge to keep working with the community and to deliver the most fun competitive experience that we can, so that’s what we’ve done, and what we will continue to do long after launch,” combat design lead Jon Peters told PCGamesN.Nick Statt, a reviewer for The Verge, described “Crucible” design as “a rather bland aesthetic,” but said that the game does manage to recreate some of the excitement in “League of Legends.”“All of its well-worn game modes, including a mini battle royale and one inspired by e-sports heavyweights like League of Legends, feel more like new experiences rather than remixes of popular classics,” Statt wrote Wednesday.Watch the “Crucible” trailer below:Read original story Amazon Finally Releases ‘League of Legends’ Competitor ‘Crucible’ Four Years After Announcing Game At TheWrap

  • Best gaming buys to help pass the time, from Nintendo Switch to Animal Crossing
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    Best gaming buys to help pass the time, from Nintendo Switch to Animal Crossing

    Whether you want to play Super Mario alone or take part in a multiplayer Xbox challenge, here are the best gaming products to buy.

  • Playing Pokemon Go helped this guy lose more than 60kg within a year
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    Playing Pokemon Go helped this guy lose more than 60kg within a year

    Tommy Monkhouse lost 63kg of weight within a year by playing the mobile game Pokemon Go.

  • The 10 video games that defined the decade and changed the world of gaming
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    The 10 video games that defined the decade and changed the world of gaming

    From "The Last of Us" to "Pokémon Go" to "Fortnite," these are the 10 most impactful games of the past decade.

  • Black Friday deals: Microsoft Surface Pro, Razer Gaming Computer and more
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    Black Friday deals: Microsoft Surface Pro, Razer Gaming Computer and more

    From keeping your children occupied watching a movie or playing games to folding out the keyboard, the Surface Pro works as a computer in a coffee shop or at work. Recent upgrades makes this computer faster than ever with the latest 8th Generation Intel® Core™ processor and the full Windows 10 Home experience. Razer Blade have outdone themselves, again.

  • Deals alert: 15 best deals on consoles and gaming accessories from Shopee's 10.10 sale
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    Deals alert: 15 best deals on consoles and gaming accessories from Shopee's 10.10 sale

    SINGAPORE – We all know how important it is to unwind after a hard’s day work; so why not pick up a gaming appliance or two, round up your friends, and battle it out!

  • The PlayStation 5 officially launches 'holiday 2020'
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    Engadget

    The PlayStation 5 officially launches 'holiday 2020'

    Sony is offering up more drip-feed details about its next-generation console, but the major points are that, yes, it will be called the PlayStation 5, and you'll have to wait till the end of 2020 to play it. We also got the first new details on new controllers for Sony's next games machine. Think haptics. A few of 'em.

  • Children addicted to gaming will be offered NHS treatment
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    Children addicted to gaming will be offered NHS treatment

    The service has been set up to address the “emerging problem” of gaming addiction.

  • Apple re-fixes a bug that let users jailbreak iPhones
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    Engadget

    Apple re-fixes a bug that let users jailbreak iPhones

    Apple fixed a vulnerability that temporarily allowed hackers to jailbreak iPhones. The bug was first fixed in iOS 12.3 but reintroduced in iOS 12.4. Hackers discovered the flaw earlier this month and shared a free public jailbreak just for the fun of it. Today, Apple released iOS 12.4.1, which should take care of the vulnerability once and for all.

  • Sony plans to make everyone with a PS4 a competitive gamer
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    Engadget

    Sony plans to make everyone with a PS4 a competitive gamer

    Sony is hoping it can rally its PlayStation fans around esports. Today, the company announced seasonal PS4 tournaments. It's inviting users of all levels to participate in competitive online gaming through their PS4 consoles, and it's even offering cash prizes.

  • Singtel to hold inaugural eSports tournament with $407,000 prize pool
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    Singtel to hold inaugural eSports tournament with $407,000 prize pool

    Who says it doesn't pay to get good at video games? Come this October, qualified players of two popular games will get to compete in the Singtel Group's new regional eSports championship for a prize pool of US$300,000 (S$407,000).

  • What every parent needs to know about 'gaming disorder'
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    Yahoo Style UK

    What every parent needs to know about 'gaming disorder'

    Video game addiction in kids has clear signs. Here's what they are — and what to do.

  • Everything we know about the next Xbox, called Xbox One X
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    Everything we know about the next Xbox, called Xbox One X

    The new Xbox, previously codenamed Project Scorpio, was officially revealed today at Microsoft's Xbox conference in Los Angeles. Though we've already known some of the specs and power of the console, we now know what everyone with a wallet wants to know: the price, the release date, and, of course, the name. SEE ALSO: Xbox's 'Project Scorpio' brings heftier specs than any other console <strong>The Name, Price, Release Date</strong> The hardware refresh, known as Project Scorpio for the past year since its announcement at E3 2016, officially has a name and it's called the Xbox One X. It'll be available on Nov. 7 for $499. <strong>The Console</strong> According to Microsoft, the console is the smallest Microsoft has ever made, which will make it that much easier to fit the console into your existing multimedia set-up.  Image: microsoft  <strong>The Specs</strong> Though Microsoft's Xbox One update comes a step behind Sony's already-released, beefed up PS4 Pro, they'll finally be ready to share hardware with competitive specs this November. The new Xbox supports 4K gaming and VR, boasting a six-teraflop graphics processor and eight-core processor. A Microsoft-hosted Digital Foundry trip to the Xbox studios two months ago revealed that the Xbox One X, then still known as Project Scorpio, already tramples the PS4 Pro's power in raw numbers. Image: Digital FoundryWhat all these numbers basically mean for the new Xbox: a consistent frame-rate, faster load times, no screen tearing, improved texture filtering that makes everything look that much smoother, and, of course, 4K support. <strong>The Games</strong> During the Xbox One X reveal, we also got a look at some of the titles coming to the new console, which include <em>Forza Motorsport 7,</em> <em>Metro Exodus</em>, <em>Assassin's Creed Origins, and </em>BioWare's answer to <em>Destiny</em>: a new IP called <em>Anthem . </em> Forza Motorsport 7Image: microsoft Metro ExodusImage: microsoftAlso on display during the presentation were <em> PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds </em>(exclusive to Xbox), <em>Deep Rock Galactic</em>, <em>State of Decay 2</em>, <em>The Darwin Project</em>, <em>Minecraft </em>(now with cross-console play), <em>Black Desert the MMORPG, The Artful Escape, CodeVein, Sea of Thieves, Tacoma, </em>the cyberpunk-themed <em>The Last Night,</em> <em>Super Lucky's Tale, Cuphead, </em>and <em> Crackdown 3 </em>(including an amazing trailer featuring actor Terry Crews).  But the massive list of titles shown off didn't end there. Also on display was <em>Ashen</em>, <em>Life is Strange, </em>and <em> Shadow of War. </em>And a lot more indies. Assassin's Creed OriginsImage: MicrosoftBackwards Compatibility Microsoft also announced that they're essentially expanding their backwards compatibility program by what they dubbed onstage as Xbox One X Enhanced. The Xbox One X will also let you play games from the original Xbox's era (like Crimson Skies), but Microsoft will also provide 4K updates to certain titles for free. These include: Gears of War 4, Forza Horizon 3, Killer Instinct, Halo Wars 2, and Minecraft. Microsoft kept us waiting long enough, but it appears the wait was worth it.  WATCH: Xbox Arena is making esports extremely accessible

  • Microsoft's most powerful Xbox yet is called 'Xbox One X,' and it costs $500
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    Microsoft's most powerful Xbox yet is called 'Xbox One X,' and it costs $500

    LOS ANGELES —The next version of Microsoft's long running Xbox line of video game consoles is...

  • Disney Folds Infinity Console Video Game Business, Takes $147 Million Charge
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    Disney Folds Infinity Console Video Game Business, Takes $147 Million Charge

    Disney is getting out of the video game publishing business. The company disclosed Tuesday that it has scrapped its Infinity-branded console games business, resulting in a $147 million charge against its fiscal-second quarter earnings. The Infinity games venture bowed in August 2013 and was published by Disney Interactive Studios. The plan was to release a... <a href="https://variety.com/2016/digital/news/disney-infinity-video-game-publishing-charge-1201770614/" title="Read Disney Folds Infinity Console Video Game Business, Takes $147 Million Charge">Read more »</a><img src="http://media.zenfs.com/en_US/Entertainment/Variety/pc17#038;c26035310#038;c310000#038;cv2.0#038;cj1" class="editorial"/>

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    Lenovo and Razer partnering on gaming PCs with a sharper edge

    The world's biggest PC maker and one of the most respected device builders among the gaming community are officially joining forces. The first joint project will be a Razer edition of the Lenovo Y Series desktop. It will be optimised for PC gaming and will make its global production debut at the International CES in January.

  • Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer Reveals Epic Battles Galore
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    Warcraft: The Beginning Trailer Reveals Epic Battles Galore

    Directed by Duncan Jones, ‘Warcraft: The Beginning’ takes us deep into the videogame franchise, with a whole host of nods and winks to gamers. Set in the fantasy world of Azeroth, we find the once-peaceful Humans standing on the brink of war against the Orcs – a race of creatures who have fled their dying world of Draenor. Alongside Travis Fimmel on the Aliance side, we have Ben Foster as Medivh the Mage, Dominic Cooper as King Llane Wrynn, Ben Schnetzer as Khadgar, Ruth Negga as Lady Taria Wrynn, and Dylan Schombing as Prince Varian Wrynn.