• Sakurai/Nomura explain how Cloud came to be in Smash Bros. Wii U/3DS

    Interviewer : Today's conversation came out of the fact that plans for Cloud to appear in Smash for Nintendo 3DS/Wii U were actually realized, but did you two have any sort of acquaintance prior to this?
    Sakurai : Actually, we didn't. We'd had a couple of situations where we just missed each other, but we only got to talk to each other face to face because of Smash. But honestly, I was surprised that Mr. Nomura agreed to talk to me (laughs).
    Nomura : I was glad to, of course.
    Sakurai : Well, I was sure you'd be busy, and I thought you wouldn't have the time to discuss it with me...

     

    5 months ago - Go Nintendo

    http://gonintendo.com/stories/250489-sakurai-nomura-explain-how-cloud-came-to-be-in-smash-bros-wii-u

  • Demographic Matchmaking Cut From The Division, New DLC Details Emerge

    Demographic Matchmaking Cut From The Division, New DLC Details Emerge

    Soon to emerge from a prolonged stint in development, Ubisoft's post-pandemic shooter The Division has evolved rather significantly throughout the course of its production.
    The companion app, for example, was axed from the new IP as it was said to give players an unfair advantage, but it isn't the only feature that won't make the final cut come March. According to The Examiner, Ubisoft now plans to omit demographic matchmaking from The Division , which would have taken strides to ensure players are paired with other survivors of a similar skill level and age group.
    Alas, said feature...

     

    5 months ago - PlayStation LifeStyle

    http://www.playstationlifestyle.net/2016/01/20/demographic-matchmaking-cut-from-the-division-dlc-details-emerge/?utm_campaign=demographic-matchmaking-cut-from-the-division-dlc-details-emerge

  • Becoming obsessed with safety in INFRA

    Becoming obsessed with safety in INFRA

    Give me a camera in a game—a camera my character can hold and snap pictures with—and I'm weirdly excited. I'm not sure why. I like framing and taking screenshots, but if I can actually hold a camera inside a game, point it at things, and snap pictures, I'm ridiculously happy about it.
    INFRA , a first-person exploration and puzzle-solving game, casts you as a structural analyst sent to survey a series of abandoned and decaying industrial buildings: power plants, hydroelectric dams, and other facilities. While you're there, you have to solve environmental puzzles—how to open gates, restore...

     

    5 months ago - PC Gamer

    http://www.pcgamer.com/becoming-obsessed-with-safety-in-infra/

  • Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Review

    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam Review

    Mario & Luigi: Paper Jam is just as wacky and enjoyable as any other past iteration of the series, but it fails to change things up in a meaningful way for longtime fans.
    At this point, the beloved and iconic plumber Mario is far from a stranger to the RPG genre. In fact, there are two distinct aesthetics nowadays for Nintendo's mascot depending on which RPG off-shoot he happens to be appearing in. Whether exploring the Mushroom Kingdom as the traditional 3D Mario or his paper-thin counterpart, each look for the character and the adventure he participates in are generally well-regarded by...

     

    5 months ago - Game Rant

    http://gamerant.com/mario-and-luigi-paper-jam-3ds-reviews/

  • The Sonic the Hedgehog Story: 10 Years Since the Tragedy

    The Sonic the Hedgehog Story: 10 Years Since the Tragedy

    Sonic the Hedgehog is one of the most iconic video game characters ever created. He spent the majority of his early days riding along the highway of fame, arguably even surpassing that of Super Mario and Mickey Mouse for a period of time. Most 90s gamers, even if they weren't Sonic fans, can recall that he was just about everywhere . SEGA even got Michael Jackson to work on the soundtrack for Sonic 3 . Indeed, the Blue Blur was a big deal.
    As time went on, SEGA themselves began to develop a very big problem. They couldn't stick to simply holding onto one system, which led them to create a...

     

    5 months ago - Nintendo Enthusiast

    http://nintendoenthusiast.com/article/the-sonic-the-hedgehog-story-10-years-since-the-tragedy/

  • Sakurai Thought Cloud Was Best Choice For Final Fantasy Representation

    Sakurai Thought Cloud Was Best Choice For Final Fantasy Representation

    Super Smash Bros creator Masahiro Sakurai has revealed in the latest edition of Famitsu that he though Cloud was the most obvious choice for Final Fantasy representation in Super Smash Bros on Wii U and Nintendo 3DS. He thought about other characters in the long-running RPG series but concluded that Cloud would be the best man for the job.
    Nomura: When we first talked, I asked "are you sure you're okay with Cloud'" He's not a character from a new game, after all.
    Sakurai: But on the other hand, if you think about who to add from Final Fantasy, it's hard to come up with a choice that's...

     

    5 months ago - My Nintendo News

    http://mynintendonews.com/2016/01/20/sakurai-thought-cloud-was-best-choice-for-final-fantasy-representation/

  • Microsoft Has No Research To Prove Minecraft's Value In The Classroom

    Microsoft Has No Research To Prove Minecraft's Value In The Classroom

    Yesterday, Microsoft announced that it will be launching an education edition designed for classroom learning. The company acquired MinecraftEdu, a program that has been running since 2011. Given how long Minecraft has been used in the classroom, we were interested in learning more about how educators were evidencing its usefulness in teaching the curriculum.
    MinecraftEdu is a specially designed version of Mojang's popular sandbox game for use in the classroom and compatible with education-focused mods. It was developed and run (up until the Microsoft acquisition) by two individuals, with...

     

    5 months ago - Game Informer

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2016/01/20/microsoft-has-no-research-to-prove-minecrafts-value-in-the-classroom.aspx

  • Here's How You Can Transform Forza 6 Into A Star Wars Racer

    Here's How You Can Transform Forza 6 Into A Star Wars Racer

    You can't use the Force to knock opponents off of the road, or strap two giant engines on the front of your ride to experience extreme pod racing speeds, but if you're willing to spend a little time shopping, you can fill the track with cars decked out in Star Wars-themed paint. A lot of it is damn impressive and shows off the artistic talents of the Forza community.
    To search for Star Wars cars specifically, enter Forza 6's "Cars" menu, and select "Find a Car." Next, select the car manufacturer of your choosing along with a specific car. After a brief load, a gallery of paint and decal...

     

    5 months ago - Game Informer

    http://www.gameinformer.com/b/news/archive/2016/01/20/here-39-s-how-you-can-transform-forza-6-into-a-star-wars-racer.aspx

  • Google Urges Importance Of Stopping ISIS' Open Web Use

    Google Urges Importance Of Stopping ISIS' Open Web Use

    The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, also known as ISIS, has been operating internationally and garnering support on the internet. By creating more online accounts than they have members, they've also made themselves appear larger than they are. Alphabet believes that that they have a plan to limit ISIS' communication efforts online. While it would be impossible to keep anybody, including ISIS and their members and supporters, from operating on the dark web via TOR , Google's Idea Director Jared Cohen has proposed a targeted campaign to disrupt their recruitment and propaganda efforts by...

     

    5 months ago - Android Headlines

    http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/01/google-urges-importance-of-stopping-isis-open-web-use.html

  • 10 Amazing Fallout 4 Mods

    10 Amazing Fallout 4 Mods

    Fallout 4 has already swallowed up hundreds of hours from millions of players around the world. And while the developers haven't released the official mod tools quite yet, that hasn't stopped thousands of modders from creating interesting, and game-changing mods in the two months that the game has been out. In order to celebrate the creativity of the Fallout community, I took to the Nexus and found ten of my favorite Fallout 4 mods available right now.
    Vivid Fallout
    Tired of the same old Fallout visuals? Looking to spice up your life by adding more textures to the world around you? Look...

     

    5 months ago - Shacknews

    http://www.shacknews.com/article/92846/10-amazing-fallout-4-mods

  • Gadgets Like The Nest Thermostat May Lack Essential Security

    Gadgets Like The Nest Thermostat May Lack Essential Security

    For all the hoopla surrounding the IoT (Internet of Things) and how it is going to revolutionize the world as we know it today, security continues to remain a concern , just as it does with the whole cloud computing business. Researchers and straight thinking consumers alike have very often expressed their discomfiture at the idea of every aspect of their lives being connected to the net at all times, but some of those concerns have also been refuted by researchers and lobby groups, often with vested interest in the IoT industry. Now, however, the results of a research done on the subject...

     

    5 months ago - Android Headlines

    http://www.androidheadlines.com/2016/01/gadgets-like-nest-thermostat-may-lack-essential-security.html

  • Mortal Kombat X PC not getting new DLC, either

    Mortal Kombat X PC not getting new DLC, either

    Mortal Kombat X PC support looks to be at an end.

    The unhappy saga of Mortal Kombat X on PC continues today with a second batch of bad news.
    Earlier today Warner Bros. announced a re-release of the NetherRealm fighter bundled with all DLC - for PS4 and Xbox One.
    PC fans grumbled a bit but Game of the Year style re-releases make more sense on consoles, where digital content sales still aren't as prevalent as on the Steam-dominated PC front. But now it turns out that the next DLC pack, Kombat Pack 2, isn't coming to PC either.
    That's right: you can't buy in to the new content. It just...

     

    5 months ago - VG 247

    http://www.vg247.com/2016/01/20/mortal-kombat-x-pc-not-getting-new-dlc-either/

  • Games Like 'Clash of Clans' and 'Candy Crush Saga' Reigned in 2015, But Not All Remains the Same

    Games Like 'Clash of Clans' and 'Candy Crush Saga' Reigned in 2015, But Not All Remains the Same

    We've written a few times in the past about how mobile gaming is a constantly-growing field that makes a lot of money and is dominated by some free-to-play giants. According to App Annie, the mobile market research outfit, 2015 hasn't been too different from previous years, with IAPs as a share of the App Store revenue continuing to grow. App Annie's 2015 Retrospective reads mostly like a novel with an ending and a plot you already know, but there are some new plot points that garnered attention.
    The Retrospective first talks about downloads per platform and describes how Google Play...

     

    5 months ago - Touch Arcade

    http://toucharcade.com/2016/01/20/games-like-clash-of-clans-and-candy-crush-saga-reigned-in-2015-but-not-all-remains-the-same/