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    August 12, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Apple

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    August 6, 2015
    Legion: World Of Warcraft Expands Again

    World of Warcraft, once upon a time, had 12 million subscribers.  That number has halved, then dropped even lower, but just because the game is down doesn’t mean it’s out.  World of Warcraft has 5.6 million subscribers, making it by far the most popular subscription game in the world, even if it’s not the cultural touchpoint it once was.  Activision hopes that they can resurrect that Blizzard magic a little bit with their newest expansion.  Blizzard is bringing back the Burning Legion in World of Warcraft: Legion.  Here’s the trailer!

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    Of course, long timers like myself remember fighting the Burning Legion already, but they remain a popular enemy and Blizzard is apparently bringing the Legion to Azeroth proper this time.  They’re also raising the level cap to 110 (letting players boost one character to 100) and adding legacy artifact weapons that resemble the most famous weapon models in the game, like the famous sword Ashbringer.  They’re also revamping the PVP system and adding a new hero class, the Demon Hunter, which is a motion-based attack class.

    Will that be enough to bring back long-retired players like myself?  Eh, probably not.  I think my day is over; I can barely finish single-player games.  Still, I have to admit it’s tempting…

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    August 5, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: 3-D Pokemon

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    July 22, 2015
    Xbox One Adding Keyboard And Mouse Support

    One of the key features of Windows 10 is the ability to sync it to everything else you own that’s Microsoft-related.  That’s one of the big reasons behind the re-branding of various Xbox services to something a little more generic than Xbox Music or whatever.  Microsoft wants you to use it everywhere, not just on your video game console.  Also, they want you to be able to play your games wherever you might be, too, be they on your Xbox or your PC.  In order to facilitate cross-platform gaming, Xbox will be adding keyboard and mouse support in the near future.

    The goal is cross platform gaming.  That means playing your PC games on your Xbox, and if you have a fast enough computer, playing your Xbox games on your computer.  That’s where the keyboard support comes in.  After all, the reason why PC gaming is so much more easy than console gaming is the ease of play offered up by mouse and keyboard.  You can just control things better, more accurately, and it’d be nice to bring that sort of prowess to console gaming, too.

    Of course, that would require some great games for Xbox One and some serious support from the PC developers.  That all might take a bite out of multiple sales or cross-platform sales, but maybe Microsoft will make it worth their while?

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    June 17, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: Forever Unclean

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    June 16, 2015
    Nintendo’s Best Become Skylanders

    Nintendo has a lot of original characters in their roster.  From the Super Mario Brothers series alone, there are dozens of characters available for use in some capacity or another, mostly in other Nintendo properties.  However, that seems to be changing.  For example, the Skylanders series of games is incredibly popular, and it’s not a Nintendo property.  However, Nintendo is going to let two of its biggest stars become Skylanders.  Bowser and Donkey Kong will be in the WiiU Skylanders game.

    Nintendo will be joining forces with Activision to add its characters to Skylanders in the upcoming Skylanders Supercharger game on the WiiU.  Nintendo already has a toy-based game with its Amiibo series of games, but that’s the fun part:  Bowser and DK are both Skylanders and Amiibo characters.  You simply turn the base and you can change just what kind of game you’re throwing your big furry pal (or your fire-breathing evil lizard king) into.  Donkey Kong will be part of the WiiU version of the game, and Bowser will be included in the Wii and 3DS starter kits.

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    June 5, 2015
    Fun Friday Videos: Fallout 4 Edition

    I wrote earlier this week about Fallout 4, and how excited I was for the game, and the more I watch the trailer, the more excited I get.  There’s not a lot there to parse through, just a voiceover from Ron Perlman, some glimpses of ruined Boston, and some other fun bits of Fallout lore, but it doesn’t really matter.  The in-game trailer could have been nothing but a test pattern with The Ink Spots playing over it, and I’d be sold.  If you haven’t seen the video yet, do yourself a favor and feast your eyes on it.

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    There are all sorts of trailer examiners out there picking apart the trailer for the announced Bethesda Softworks game, and while I want to get into it here, I won’t.  Still, I’m very excited about it, and I love the fact that the trailer looks much more colorful (even after the bomb) than the previous Fallout games.  Very thrilling stuff, and I cannot wait for it to finally happen.

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    June 3, 2015
    Wordless Wednesday: End Labels

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    June 2, 2015
    Fallout 4 Is Coming

    It’s been five years since the last game in the Fallout world, and that’s been a long five years.  There’s a lot of rumors, teases, leaks, and all sorts of things that happened between then and now, and it’s all been a lot of nothing.  Until now.  Bethesda Softworks has put an interesting teasing clock on their website, and it’s counting down to one thing in particular.  Bethesda is going to announce something concerning Fallout 4 at 9 Central on Wednesday.

    It’s just a clock, a countdown clock, but it’s just enough (particularly when paired with the secret code on Bethesda’s website referencing a Fallout 3 character) to put everyone, myself in particular, in the mood to be transported back to my favorite post-apocalyptic world.  The rumors suggest there was a cinematic trailer in the works, and now, hopefully, we’ll all get to see it.  I just hope my computer runs well enough to play it; otherwise, I’ll have to buy a new video game system to play it on, and I can’t afford that, either.

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    April 3, 2015
    Bringing The Game Boy Into The Touch Screen World

    It started out as something between an April Fool’s joke and a product interest test, but like a lot of April Fool’s jokes these days, it soon became a real thing.  Or, at least, the company behind it is trying to make it a thing.  Hyperkin, a gaming peripherals company, floated out the above product design for an iPhone-friendly device to bring new life to old Nintendo Game Boy games.  Turns out, everyone loved the idea, and now Hyperkin is going to bring the Smart Boy iPhone case to life, or at least try to.

    Now, I’m sure Nintendo can shut this down at any time, since it requires using actual Game Boy carts to power the gaming portion of the device, but I kind of hope they don’t.  I have a bunch of old first-generation Game Boy games, and I’d love to play them again now that my original Game Boy has kind of given up the ghost.  I know there are a lot of ways to play old games, both legal, illegal, and quasi-legal, but I would really love to see something revive the old video game market, and to turn a touchscreen phone into a legitimate, button-mashing game rather than something with mediocre touchscreen buttons.

    Still, as cool of an idea as it is, I get the feeling that Apple and Nintendo won’t be so keen on letting this happen.  Apple is notoriously tight with their approvals, and Nintendo is launching a line of touchscreen phone games in the near future, so they might not want to compete with themselves.  Then again, maybe all three parties can come together and really make us all happy.

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