Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery has Cut the Costs in the Real-Cash Shop

Fans of Harry Potter received a new video game for their mobile devices, but they were less than satisfied when they realized it was completely pay-to-win.

Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery uses an energy system similar to city builder games. The game limits your activity based on the amount of energy you have. If you have no energy, you can’t advance. The only option you have is to put the game down for a few hours ot pay real cash to continue playing.

For example, in the Harry Potter books and movies, the Devil’s Snare is a plant that traps individuals in its vines, but will release a person when they relax. In the video game, it is impossible to escape from the Devil’s Snare unless you have full energy. The Devil’s Snare is a nightmare for gamers. When you are capture by this plant, your only option is to put the phone down and wait or shell out hard-earned cash in order to be released from its grasps.

Taking into consideration the popularity of Harry Potter and the controversy surrounding loot boxes and other microtransactions in some country, it will be interesting to see what comes of video game microtransactions if the new Harry Potter gains mass popularity.

The outrage against Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was so bad that the developers of the games have cut the cost of the real-cash shop.

Not everyone is seeing these price cuts right away. Screenshots show that some people are seeing the lower rates, but others are still seeing the expensive, original prices.

If you would like to try the Harry Potter game for yourself, it is available now for Android and iOS devices.

ESO’s Summerset Isles Expansion Gets a Visual Preview

The Elders Scrolls franchise is one of the most successful game series in history. The game has had five main entries into its series: Arena, Daggerfall, Morrowind, Oblivion, and Skyrim. The series has also created a few spinoffs like Redguard and Elder Scrolls Online.

The Elder Scrolls online was released to harsh criticism from long term fans of the series. Fans cited class restrictions and general MMO features as the down fall of Elder Scrolls Online. Zenimax, the developers of Elder Scrolls Online have fixed many of the complaints that fans had. They have removed class restrictions, enabling players to wander the entirety of Tamriel, regardless of race and class.

The Elder Scrolls Online is now one of the most accessible MMOs on the market today. Players who choose to explore the world of Elder Scrolls Online but don’t like the typical game play of most MMOs will be delighted to know that you will be able to play with all your friends, regardless of level, class, and race.

The Elder Scrolls Online’s newest expansion pack is ready to hit stores soon. Zenimax released a little bit more information regarding the storyline of the new expansion on May 3rd, 2018. The new storyline takes place on an island that does not exist on the plane of Tamriel. Instead, players will wander to the island of Artaeum, assisting the Psijic Order in combating a new Daedric threat.

With the new explorable area comes new skills, weapons, dungeons, and much more.

PC gamers will get to experience the new content ahead of console gamers. The release date for the game is May 21st on PC and June 5th for consoles. There are several options concerning different editions and pre-order bonuses. There is a Digital Collector’s Edition, Physical Collector’s Edition, and the standard edition. Mounts, exclusive outfits, exclusive pets, and new emotes are the incentives to pre-order.

God of War is Now the Fastest Selling PS4 Exclusive in History

In a world where most high-selling video games are multiplayer experiences, Sony has been a god-send to singer player gamers. Games such as The Last of Us, Uncharted, and God of War have made sure single-player gamers stick to Sony’s gaming consoles. Sony has hit another milestone with the release of God of War. God of War has sold 3.1 million copies, making it the fastest selling PlayStation 4 exclusive of all time.

God of War is one of Sony’s most profitable franchises. Gamers take on the role of Kratos, who became the god of war after killing Aries. In previous God of War games, Kratos was on a murder-spree, killing the gods who he thinks have wronged him for so many years.

The newest edition of God of War is a reboot of sorts, resetting the number of the series to zero and changing the setting. The game series have shifted from Greek mythology to Norse mythology. Another major difference in the new God of War game is Kratos’s companion, his son.

The fact that Kratos’s son is along for the journey creates an incredible narrative. As fans of the series know, Kratos’s original killing spree started after the death of his daughter. The involvement of Kratos’s child makes for an anxiety filled narrative. Anytime Kratos’s son is in danger, it creates a scenario where the gamer is sitting on the edge of their seat, waiting for Kratos to loose his cool should his kid come to harm.

God of War is available in stores now, should you wish to see this incredible story for yourself. As previously mentioned, the game is exclusively available for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro.

President Trump’s Blame Games

Video games have often been victims of blame when it comes to gun violence in America. Trump recently stated that he believes that video games have a major influence on the actions of America’s youth. This couldn’t be further from the truth.

In the 1990s, video games were also the scapegoat for major power holders like politicians and law enforcers. They crucify violent games. However, they never seem to come up with an actual solution to the violence epidemic that’s grown in past decades. One starts to think about the probability of video games being used to deter attention away from the actual problem.

There are zero studies that prove the correlation between violent games and violent behavior or emotional disorders. A 2014 study went on to prove that video games actually reduced violence among youths. This is probably due to the option of playing games and eating Doritos instead of joining a gang or finding trouble.

Trump was very vague in his accusations. He communicated that he’d heard people talking about the cause and effect value of games and behavior. He didn’t give any factual evidence or theories to back up his statements. He went further, saying that violence in games and movies should have a rating put on it. There’s already a rating system in place, however. It’s anyone’s guess whether Trump just forgot about that or if he really doesn’t know. He’d invited several groups to speak at a meeting regarding violence in video games. These were all one-sided anti-game violence groups, with no opposition to argue a counterpoint.

This argument, (If it can even be called such) is null and void. The Trump administration, as usual, went on to argue their point with no opposing forces. This is old news, as gaming has become the most popular hobby worldwide. Americans are ready for a different point of focus in the conversation. They’re ready to solve the real problems facing them. The lack of gun control is the real issue here. Politicians are just doing what they can to distract from it. America needs greater gun access restrictions involving mental health checks, background checks, and regulated training classes. Add to that, there must be a ban on gun shows across the nation unless there is a way to enforce them. However, this point may fall on deaf ears. Politicians on the right side of the spectrum are too busy taking money from the NRA to do anything to impede profits on either side of the deal.

Red Dead Redemption 2 – Third Official Trailer has Released

Red Dead Redemption is one of the most critically acclaimed games of all time and on October 28th it is getting a sequel.

The original Red Dead Redemption was Rockstar Game’s take on the old west. Rockstar took the Grand Theft Auto game play model and shipped it back to an old west setting. The result was one of the greatest games in recent memory. The game featured an incredible story, intense game play, and RPG elements that put actual RPGs to shame. The hunting and skinning concept first seen in Red Dead Redemption has been copied for years, cropping up in games like Far Cry and others. Red Dead Redemption 2 certainly has big shoes to feel.

In typical Rockstar fashion, despite the launch of Red Dead Redemption 2 still being months away, Rockstar has released its third trailer for Red Dead Redemption 2. Fans are still waiting to get a glimpse of some actual game play footage, but there is no lack of cinematic trailers.

From the information released via these cinematic trailers, it is a safe bet to say that Red Dead Redemption 2 doesn’t take place in the mid-west, at least not all of it. In one of the previous trailers, an alligator can be seen ripping a man to pieces, and in this newest preview a building called the Saints Hotel can be seen. These two pieces of information hint at a Louisiana setting. An official announcement has yet to be made about the setting of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Red Dead Redemption 2 is a prequel to the original game, telling the story of the end of the old west as it is remember, displaying a shift to a more modern culture. The game will be in stores on October 28th.

The third official trailer from Rockstar can be viewed, along with the other trailers, on their official website.

Is Nintendo Expanding its Reach Deeper into the Mobile Phone Industry?

Nintendo has a new president, and this president wants to expand Nintendo’s mobile game presence.

In a recent interview with Nikkei, Shuntaro Furukawa, the new President of Nintendo, said he wants to grow Nintendo’s mobile section into a near one billion dollar industry. Shuntaro Furukawa and Nintendo want to mimic the success of Pokemon Go.

Furukawa believes that the best thing for Nintendo is to throw ideas out there and hope something becomes a financial success; the mobile gaming industry is a huge market that is mostly untapped by the big three in game: Sony, Microsoft, and Nintendo.

Furukawa is not official the President of Nintendo yet. When current president, Tatsumi Kimishima retires in June, Furukawa will take over the position.

Furukawa, in addition to his goal of expanding Nintendo’s stake in the mobile platform, wants to expand Nintendo’s console’s reach to new territory. “For over 30 years,” Furukawa said. “We have been selling in […] the same regions.” Furukawa is speaking about the Japanese, American and European markets; Furukawa wants to expand the operations of Nintendo to places like South East Asia and the Middle East.

When Kimishima steps down as president he will take on a new role as an adviser. Kimishima will set up a panel of five individuals total to offer his opinion on final decisions. “Other people are gifted at evaluating products,” Kimishima said. Kimishima says that ultimately he has the final say in all decisions as an adviser.

Despite the young age of 46, which is incredibly young for a top businessman in Japan, Furukawa is all set to take over as President of Nintendo.

Nintendo’s most famous character, Mario, has already made his debut on mobile devices with the launch of Super Mario Run.

Announcements on which current and new IPs coming to mobile have not yet been made. Gamers and fans of Nintendo should expect more announcements once Furukawa is official made president in June.

‘Yakuza 6’ Is Filled with Amazing Action

There has been a serious lack of exciting action titles to come out recently. However, Sega has put an end to that. They have recently released the latest installment of one of their most popular series. “Yakuza 6: The Song of Life” combines all of the elements that has made the series stand the test of time. Millions of people have followed the saga of a Japanese organized crime family as it struggles to avoid being destroyed by police and betrayal from within. The graphics are the most stunning of the series so far. That is truly saying something because some of the previous installments have been very beautiful to look at.

One of the best things about “Yakuza 6” is the fact that the story is not a continuation of the stories from any of the previous games. Therefore, a person who is not familiar with the rest of the series can play this game and enjoy it without having to be an expert on the rest of the series. There are plenty of shocking plot twists. The writers of this games have made the story just as satisfying and unpredictable as any of the earlier installments. Players will not be able to see what is coming next. This has always been one of the things that has made the “Yakuza” series so satisfying and addictive.

There is no question that Sega has another winner on their hands with this game. “Yakuza 6” will deliver all of the fun and excitement that fans of the series are looking for. This game is a return to form for Sega. The company has not released many outstanding titles over the past several years. Their games have all lacked the flair of the classic games that helped Sega to build its reputation over the years. “Yakuza 6” has officially set Sega down the right path once again. They need to keep making games at this level of quality.

Agora Financial can help you with

In today’s day and age, many people see investing as a super risky activity. This makes them not want to invest and build wealth for their future. This mindset is cancer for those looking to retire comfortably. Your biggest asset is time and time is what allows your money to compound. The sooner you start, the better off you’ll be. If you don’t want to actively invest your money for whatever reason, the people at Agora financial can help you with that. There are a few basic tips that everyone must know when it comes to investing. We are going to be breaking down these types in today’s article.

  1. Know your investment

The best investments that one can make is in themselves. Unless you have a great deal of money to take on big positions, you should be reinvesting that money back into yourself and into your education. This will allow you to make even greater amounts of money in the future. When it comes to a financial vehicle, why would you ever invest in something that you don’t understand? That’s pure stupidity and it’s one of the top reasons why people go broke. A great example of this would be bitconnect. All in all, invest in yourself until you have a great deal of money you can invest in an asset.

  1. Long-term investments

Once you have enough money saved up, then you can start putting it into long-term assets like real estate, mutual funds, and stocks. Real estate is one of my favorites because it generally retains value and it can provide frequent cash flow to the investor. Other financial vehicles that I’d recommend would be 401ks and Roth IRAs. I would max both of these out every year. The Roth IRA will grow tax-free until you take it out for retirement, allowing your money to compound over time. As with a 401k, your employer will typically match your contributions up to a certain level.

All in all, the best thing you can never lose money on is in yourself. Invest in self-education, read books, attend seminars, and so on. Know your investment and mitigate your risk.

 

‘Penny-Punching Princess’ Is Fun for Young Gamers

Games have changed a lot during the past 35 years. The graphics have become a lot more realistic. However, there are many people who still enjoy playing the old school games. It is because of this that some of the biggest video game developers have started to create games that resemble those of years gone by. “Penny-Punching Princess” developed by NIS America would definitely fall into that category. The graphics will make older gamers remember some of the arcade classics of the 1980s. The game is also a lot of fun. It is a fighting game designed for people who like their games very simple without a lot of complicated plots getting in the way. On that level, this game is a big success.

One of the best qualities of this game is that it never pretends to be something it’s not. It tells you right away that you will be doing a lot of fighting. It delivers on that promise in a very big way. However, there are a few fairly big flaws. For example, many of the villains that you are forced to fight will start to repeat on a fairly regular basis. The selection of villains should be greater than it is. It becomes a bit boring to fight the same characters over and over again.

On the plus side, there are no annoying puzzles to solve. One of the biggest problems of many modern fighting games is the integration of puzzles that slows down the overall pace of the game. You will only be fighting in this game. There is no solving of puzzles required. Another positive aspect of the game is the fact that the two lead characters are very different. Their styles of fighting are very unique. Therefore, choosing each character will enable to play the game in two ways that are not similar at all. This helps to increase the replay value of the game. Younger people will enjoy it.

What Do We Know About The New Spider-Man PS4 Game?

Spider-Man has a slightly new look in the forthcoming Spider-Man PS4 game. The look doesn’t deviate too much from the original classic wall-crawler costume. Hopefully, the new PS4 game won’t change too much of what fans expect from Spider-Man. Speculation about the upcoming game may soon become far less speculative. As clear details emerge, fans gain a better picture of what to expect. Insomniac Games sits in the development driver’s seat for the new game. Considering how awesome other games made by Insomniac Games turned out, this new web-slinger PS4 game should live up to all the hype.

What do we know about the game so far? Probably the most interesting feature about the game would be the age of Spider-Man. He’s not going to be a teenager in this one. Instead, players step into the shoes of an experienced 23-year-old version of Spider-Man/Peter Parker. That might be a nod to the comic books since the 20-something version of Spider-Man has always been more prominent in the books than the high school one.

Villain-wise, the game chose to utilize some lesser-known bad guys to factor into the narrative. That can be a good thing since they freshen up the proceedings a bit. Fans do, however, want to see familiar villains as well. No disappointments here. Classic bad guys do factor into the game.

Wilson “The Kingpin” Fisk still controls the organized crime syndicate in Marvel Comics’ New York City. In addition to causing troubles for Daredevil, Fisk makes life tough for Spider-Man as well. Black Cat, Task Master, and Shocker all make appearances as well. The Shocker was a forgotten villain of the past, but Spider-Man: Homecoming introduced him to mainstream audiences. The game developers chose to bring the B-level baddie onboard for a supporting role in this game.

Speaking of supporting roles, Miles Morales appears as a character. No one knows if Morales dons a costume to play hero in the game. Insomniac Games remains mum about what Morales actually does in the game. Hopefully, players can become Morales and step into his hero costume. Otherwise, what would be the point of placing the popular character in the game? Not maximizing the character to his fullest potential would disappoint immensely.

Spider-Man’s popularity has soared once again thanks to the success of Spider-Man: Homecoming and his appearances in Marvel Studios productions. All that popularity should translate into a hit game for the PS4.