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Bethesda Games Releases Rage 2 Gameplay, Sets Release Date

Bethesda’s long-awaited follow-up to Rage, a fan-favorite action-shooter video game that debuted in 2011,has finally been revealed. This week, after some alleged Rage 2 details leaked to the media, Bethesda capitalized on the situation by formally announcing the title and posting some high-definition gameplay. Fan response to the reveal has been considerable; at the time of writing this piece, over 4,000 Twitter users have retweeted Bethesda’s official Rage 2 trailer.




The specified trailer showed off several weapons and abilities that will be available for use in Rage 2, but it didn’t detail too many of the title’s specifics, such as new features, game modes, and characters. To be sure, Bethesda also indicated (to the disappointment of quite a few fans!) that Rage 2 won’t hit store shelves until Spring 2019.




The work will release on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC platforms, according to Bethesda. (It’s worth mentioning that the widely circulated rumor of a Nintendo Switch version of Rage 2 being in the works hasn’t been confirmed or denied; there is still hope for Nintendo lovers!) Rage 2 is being developed by the company behind the original Rage, id Software, as well as the maker of Just Cause, Avalanche Studios. That two studios are coordinating to develop Rage 2 has led many fans to believe that the scope of the title will be extensive.




It’s expected that Bethesda’s upcoming E3 (Electronic Entertainment Expo) conference will be used at least in part to showcase additional Rage 2 gameplay. E3 2018 is scheduled for June 12-14, and Bethesda’s press conference will take place at 9:30 PM ET on 10 June. Fans unable to attend E3 in-person can watch companies’ press conferences over the internet and on television.




Lastly, perhaps in an effort to further excite those anticipating new games, Bethesda stated that their E3 2018 press conference will be longer than any of their previous showings.




Here’s to even more video game announcements at E3, from Bethesda and other developers!



EA Announces Battlefield V in the Works

Since the release of Battlefield 1 in 2016, there was already speculation as to which direction the franchise would take in future installments after traveling back to World War I. We may now have our first hints, as Electronic Arts has officially confirmed that Battlefield V is in development.


At present, virtually nothing about the game is actually public knowledge outside of its name, which was actually leaked several months ago. The official Battlefield website describes it as the “next chapter” in the franchise. It does, however, give a date for the live reveal of the game, hopefully containing more information.


The website slates the reveal for May 23 at 1 PM PT / 4 PM ET / 10 PM CST hosted by comedian Trevor Noah of The Daily Show, with the game’s dev team talking about what players can expect in the game. What little we know of the livestream says that it will be available to watch on YouTube, Twitch, and Mixer simultaneously.


Battlefield V is likely the game EA mentioned back in March, stating that a new game in the franchise would be dropping in the fall of 2018. If this is true, then the game will be set in World War II, potentially as a direct sequel to Battlefield 1. Additionally, the publisher has already declared that the fall Battlefield game will have the much reviled loot boxes as part of regular gameplay, though whether this decision will hold after the recent declaration by both the Netherlands and Belgium Gaming Commissions that loot boxes are a form of gambling and may be illegal in the country is not yet known.


Outside of these details, nothing but speculation is available for what Battlefield V will actually shape up to be. Fans will be able to get a chance to play the game early at the EA Play event in June, however, before the full launch. When that launch will happen will likely be revealed during the upcoming livestream, as well.

‘WWE 2K19’ confirmed for release later in 2018

Professional wrestling fans and gamers who are fans of the genre finally have a release date for “WWE 2K19.” On Wednesday, the announcement was made on the “WWE 2K18” Twitter page that the next installment in the popular series of professional wrestling games is set for release later in 2018. There was no official date given, but based on previous releases fans may be able to make an educated guess on when “2K19” will hit online and real-world stores.


There has been an annual WWE video game title from Take-Two each year dating back to 2012. Last year, fans were able to get “WWE 2K18” on October 17th for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and personal computers. A version for the Nintendo Switch was released last December. The game sold over 1.7 million copies between the PS4, Xbox One, and Switch. It received an overall “Metascore” of 66 on the Metacritic review site, while users gave it a 6.0 score.


The WWE 2K wrestling video games have combined current roster superstars along with legends. There have also been special modes which allow the player to progress through different story or career modes as a character they create. The 2017 version of the game featured WWE star Seth Rollins on the cover.


Last year, there were special Deluxe and Collector’s edition of the game released as well which included special bonus content such as extra playable characters as well as memorabilia related to certain superstars. For example, a Collector’s Edition included a John Cena action figure, an autographed Cena photo, and part of the ring mat from his match at the “2017 Royal Rumble” pay-per-view.


Each new WWE 2K title includes extensive rosters of playable superstars. With “WWE 2K18,” gamers had access to 29 new superstars who officially debuted within the video game title. This was in addition to many other current and former members of the professional wrestling company. It’s expected that many more new superstars will be unveiled in the weeks and months leading up to “WWE 2K19.” Nintendo Switch owners will hope 2K Sports has addressed the framerate issues that plagued last year’s game on their device.

Physical PS Vita Production Official Ends

People who own a PlayStation Vita will no longer to be able to purchase physical copies of new games. These changes are officially set to begin at the beginning of Sony’s next fiscal year, March of 2019.


Sony has had a strange history with the mobile gaming market. The original PlayStation Portable was alright, but the sequel to the portable, the PlayStation Vita, was seen as gimmicky by a lot of gamers. Despite the PSV’s lack of popularity in the Western world, the system did see success in Japan.


The PlayStation Vita was released in 2012, meaning the system officially ran for almost seven years. This is actually an incredible amount of time for the lifespan of a handheld gaming device. Where as Nintendo likes to release an update to their mobile linie-up every year or two, the PSV was only Sony’s second attempt at a mobile market.


The PlayStation Vita is seen among gamers as a failure in America, but in Japan where JRPGs are extremely popular, the Vita served its purpose. Even American gamers who enjoy playing JRPGs could rely on a steady influx of their favorite genre for the PSV.


Many gamers are attributing the failure of the Sony handheld device to its unorthodox storage methods, requiring custom memory cards to be used, which were extremely expensive.


It is unknown if Sony plans to release a new handheld device to the market in the coming years, or if they are simply cutting their losses and departing from the mobile gaming scene. The original release of the Vita came at a time where cellphone gaming was becoming popular. This is another reason the Vita didn’t live up to the hype: people have games on their phones, why would they want to carry a different device just for gaming?

Epic Games reveals ‘Fortnite’ release timeframe for Android

The popular co-op survival game “Fortnite” looks like it will be arriving for Android mobile in the near future. With the game already available for multiple platforms including the Apple’s iOS mobile version, it will be a welcome addition for non-iPhone gamers.


As Business Insider reported on Friday, “Fortnite” developer Epic Games hasn’t given a specific date but said they are “targeting this summer.” They also have yet to give any further details about which models of Android phones will be able to download and support the “Fortnite” game. The expectation is that it will feature similar “on-screen” controls to the iPhone/iOS version of the game.


The iOS version of “Fortnite” was deployed for iPhone back in April. The iPhone 6S, iPhone 6SE, and newer models all are able to support the game. That could indicate that Android phones from the past two years will support “Fortnite.” That might include the original Google Pixel phone or the Galaxy S7, according to Business Insider’s speculation.


The massively popular survival game was first released as an early access title for various platforms back in July of last year. That included Microsoft’s Xbox, Windows, macOS, and the Sony PlayStation 4. However, the game is a downloadable product rather than one that can be purchased online or at a real-world store, yet. It’s expected there may be release dates for the physical copies of the game this year as well.


There is also a standalone version of the game called “Fortnite: Battle Royale” involving up to a 100-person battle royal style battle where the last character alive wins. That particular game was said to be nearing 50 million players this past March, showing just how popular the “Fortnite” titles have been. Making sure the game is on Android will be another huge boom for Epic Games.

Clayton Hutson: Information on Upcoming Concert Event and Work Life Information

Clay Hutson had just made a decision to join the second stage of a world tour. The performers are husband and wife Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. This tour is called “Soul2Soul: The World Tour”. These two artists haven’t been on tour together since 1997. Due to the results of the first stage the tour will go longer. This included sold out concerts amounting to seventy. The first stage of the event was in 2017 and occurred from April to December. Now, Clayton Hutson is at the wheel of the exciting event series.


The second part of the event will begin in Richmond, Virginia. This will be on the date of Thursday, May 31st 2018. Caitlyn Smith will be performing for the opening act. Other acts associated in this performance are “Brothers Osborne, “NEEDTOBREATHE”, Margo Price, Midland, Seth Ennis, and Devin Dawson.


Clayton Hutson has been considered a well-respected figure. For longer than twenty years he has assisted musicians in starting up live concerts. He has also done really well the fields of tour production, stage management, and sound engineering in the area of concerts, Hutson has worked for acts like Kelly Clarkson, P!nk “Guns ‘n’ Roses”, and Kid Rock. Hutson enjoys being considered the guy who works the hardest in his environment. Also, he sees that artists have a true appreciation for the efforts that are putting into the concerts. This then would let the businesses reputation keep on increasing with every attempt of success.


Clay Hutson serves the position as manager of production and live sound engineer. He’s a tour producer too. His job is from Nashville, Tennessee. He’s someone who is determined and contains an enthusiasm for music and things that have relations to it. Hutson spent a lot of time in experience doing work for companies and getting experience from concerts. Those things convinced him to begin company of his own. However, the company at one point started having financial issues. After that occurred he decided to go his own way. That decision did well from him, he then ran his own business from that point till now. Something that Hutson has a great belief in is checking and then checking again the work being done by him completed by him and his crew. In doing this, it aids in making sure no issues will happen with a performer at an event. Learn more:

‘Call of Duty: Black Ops 4’ revealed to be multiplayer game with solo missions

The brand new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” game was officially revealed on Thursday and brought with it the news that there won’t be any single player modes. Instead, the newest edition of the first-person shooter video game will be completely multiplayer and also include a competitive mode. Here are the latest details on what was announced with regards to the latest game in the line of Activision shooter titles.


To the dismay of many fans, there won’t be any real single player gameplay or a story tying things together like in past editions of the game. A report from Forbes confirmed that instead of having any single-player campaigns, the new “Call of Duty” game will have solo missions for multiplayer Specialists.


While there was a trailer released on the Call of Duty YouTube channel for the solo Specialist missions, it was more of a narrative teaser with a bit of video footage mixed in. Basically, there isn’t much information in the trailer with regards to what these particular missions might entail. There will probably be more information about them coming in the weeks and months ahead.


What the new game will feature is a competitive game mode called “Blackout” in which players are in a battle royale sort of competition. It will also include one of the biggest maps in the history of the game featuring iconic settings from previous installments of the game. The cooperative multiplayer mode will be called “Zombies.”


While there have been some pretty disgruntled fans sounding off on social media after the news of this title’s lack of a single player campaign, the new “Call of Duty: Black Ops 4” game will probably still sell more than a few copies. It’s slated for release on October 12, 2018, for the Sony PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox One, and Windows platform PCs.

The new Harry Potter Game Disappoints Fans Everywhere

Fans of Harry Potter have been waiting for a new video game for years. When Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery finally released, fans were instantly turned off by the game’s microtransactions. People are even claiming that these microtransactions are directly targeted at children.

The biggest gripe with the new Harry Potter game is its energy system, a system that mobile gamers are all too familiar with. An energy system is basically a timer that runs out as you play the game. It takes energy to complete tasks and progress in the game. Players can purchase more energy with cash, creating one of the harshest, most common pay-to-win systems in gaming today.

The Devil’s Snare, a plant that should be familiar to all Harry Potter fans, is a random event in the game. When a player is captured by the Devil’s Snare, even if they have full energy, they must either put the game down or be forced to shell out real world cash to be freed. This is an example of a money-hungry game that is abusing the curiosity of children.

Errors concerning canon are also prominent in the game, showing that the developers did little research during the creation of the game. One of the most obvious canonical errors is a particular broom that didn’t exist in the Harry Potter universe in 1984, the time in which the game takes place.

This game has left a sour taste in the mouths of Harry Potter fans everywhere. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery was anticipated as a great RPG for mobile devices, but upon release it has been bashed and criticized into notoriety.

With lootboxes and microtransactions coming under scrutiny from governments all over the world, it is interesting to see if government regulation will be sped up due to this world-renowned IP.

The FTC puts the Gaming Industry on Notice for “Do-Not-Remove” Stickers

The Federal Trade Commission sent out notices to six companies back in April. These notices called for “do not remove” sticker to be removed from gaming consoles and other electronics. These stickers usually void the warranty when removed, but the Federal Trade Commission has declared this illegal. Sony, Nintendo, Microsoft, Hyundai, HTC, and Asus are the companies who are being forced to remove their “do not remove” stickers.

The notices were issued on April 9th, and all companies have been given 30 days to change their warranty policy.

The Federal Trade Commission, with the issuing of these documents, believes that these companies are in violation of the 1975 Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act. This act says that companies who charge more than five dollars for a product may not place restrictions self repair restrictions on machines that a warranty is offered for. The Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act only applies to consumer goods and is not a restriction upon any devices used for business purposes.

For years, game consoles from Sony and Microsoft have been telling consumers that they cannot work on their own consoles. In fear of the warranty being expelled consumers obeyed. Now, with the shipment of these notices, consumers are open to work on their own machines.

With the changes being forced upon the gaming and mobile phone industries, we may see class action lawsuits in the future. Any company that doesn’t comply to the notice is subject to fines, possibly for every device they sell past the cut-off date. Even though the notice has just went out, console manufacturers and cell phone creators have been in violation of this 1975 law since they began production. Everyone will have to wait and see what more comes from this FTC ruling.

Shervin Pishevar Believes Bitcoin Will Grow In Importance

The technology and investment specialist, Shervin Pishevar has been strangely silent in recent months for a man well-known for being forthcoming with his opinions. However, the early investor in Uber and former head of the Virgin Hyperloop One project returned to the Twittersphere with a vengeance when he embarked on a 21-hour outburst about a range of different economic and political subjects. Among the ground covered by Shervin Pishevar were his thoughts on the state of the U.S. economy, infrastructure projects, and the importance of cryptocurrency in the near future.


Cryptocurrency has been a subject close to the heart of Pishevar in recent times and his latest prediction showed his deep understanding of the history and future of the Bitcoin market. The current state of the Cryptocurrency markets is seen as an issue with a sudden crash already underway for Bitcoin; the crash will be followed by a market offering less volatility and a steady rise in value for the next 24 months.


The 50 Tweet marathon of messages included some scathing words for politicians in Washington D.C. by the member of the J. William Fullbright Foreign Scholarship Board who sees the failure to secure trade deals as a problem for the bonds market. During the barrage of Tweets, Pishevar predicted more than a 6,000-point drop in the U.S. markets would be followed by the Bond’s Market attempting to rebound quickly. A lack of new foreign trade deals as the U.S. ignores its traditional allies and trade partners would leave the Bond’s Market with few partners remaining to deal with.


Turning his attention to what Shervin Pishevar described as the crumbling infrastructure of the U.S., the friend and business partner of Elon Musk and Sir Richard Branson singled out the two entrepreneurs for praise. However, the Tweets of Shervin Pishevar then stated those working on infrastructure projects who ridiculed the work done by SpaceX and Virgin Hyperloop One were short-sighted about the work being done by a small group of hard-working professionals.