Telltale Games continues its contribution to the red hot superhero genre. Batman: The Telltale series debuts its second season in August. Superhero fans definitely cannot get enough Batman. The iconic Dark Knight remains one of the most popular and well-known fantasy characters in pop culture history. Even with the current awful comic books sales slump, Batman consistently sells more than 100,000 copies per month.
The “point and click” game allows players to jump into the life of both Batman and Bruce Wayne to deal with the nefarious schemes of popular Caped Crusader villains. The Riddler may be the primary antagonist in the new series, but The Joker returns to add a little mayhem.
DC Entertainment and Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment team with Telltale Games to produce this unique series. The interactive component likely reflects the major selling point of this particular game. Fans love to experience the adventures of their favorite heroes. Standard video games are not truly interactive, which can somewhat limit the ability to become a hero or other fictional character. The arrival of interactive and virtual reality games changes all that.
The interactive nature of Telltale Games’ Batman series allows for more Batman-themed projects. The recent massively successful Arkham Asylum video game series was a massive smash hit. Developing an equally impressive follow-up takes time. The new Telltale Games interactive endeavor might not be as grandiose as the Arkham series, but it fills a nice niche of superhero game fans looking for something until the next major video game release.
Video games are a great form of recreation for millions of people. They are also a part of the modern world. Every year at least 1.2 billion people frequently play video games from every part of the globe. Actually, this number can be higher if casual (or intermittent) gamers are counted into this figure. Most people spend a limited amount of time gaming.
However, there a few gamers who play video games to the point where it can be classified as an addiction. Even though this is the case, there are some psychologists who disagree that excessive video game playing is a mental health issue at all.
The American Psychological Association published a paper by a group of highly respected psychologists from out of Texas. These mental health medical professionals all agreed that classifying excessive video game playing as an addiction is senseless. Their conclusion over this matter is based off of substantial proof that excessive video game play cannot be analyzed, evaluated and put into the same category as a drug addiction or any other type of compulsive habit.
If a gamer is constantly playing video games and this form of game play interferes with their responsibilities then it could be classified as an addiction. If gamers are not being productive members of society on some level due to video game play; that too, could possibly place a person into the realm of addiction. The fact is that most people who spend an extremely large amount of time on video games; are in fact interacting with society and taking care of their responsibilities on some level.
Video game addiction is a tough call. Yes, there are some people who are so obsessed with video game play that they could realistically have an addiction. For most people, this just might be a bad habit as opposed to a real problem. More information about the issue of video game addiction is available on the Polygon News website.
Video games have sold in very large amounts so far in 2017. Many developers have experienced very large profits because of the great response their games have received up until this point. It is very interesting to note that there are a wide variety of genres represented in the top selling video games. This shows that gamers have very different tastes in the games that they choose to play in their spare time. Shooting games dominated this list a few years ago. However, it seems the tastes of the public have changed during that time. Let’s take a look at the games that have racked up the highest sales figures so far in 2017.
The biggest selling game so far in 2017 is “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands.” The late author continues to have very popular games associated with his name. This particular game is considered to be one of the best of the Tom Clancy series. It is inventive and very engaging. It was designed by Ubisoft and it continues a very successful run of games for the company over the past several years. Players are able to play the game at the same time and work together to defeat it. This element has made the game very popular. There is also a wide variety of environments and weapons to choose from in the game.
“For Honor” is another Ubisoft creation that ranks number two on the list. This is a fighting game where the players can choose to be a knight, a samurai or a viking. There are several elements to this game that have not been present in many recent fighting games. For example, the combination of buttons required to make the characters move is more complex than other games in this genre. Players appreciated this because it was too easy to win fights with the simplistic button combos in other games. This is one of the things that sets Ubisoft apart from other game developers.
Many parents do not like it when their kids play video games for a long period of time. They feel that video games in large doses are not good for their children. However, a new study by the University of Glasgow might shoot holes in that theory. The study indicates that video game playing actually improves the hand and eye coordination of children. It also improves their performance in areas such as resourcefulness, ability to communicate with each other and their ability to adapt to stressful situations. There are more studies involving children and video games that are currently underway at the same university. It will be a while until all of the data has been released. However, the early data seems to prove that video games are not nearly as harmful to children as many parents thought they were.
There has been a great deal of debate about the toll that extended video game playing takes on a person’s brain. This debate has been raging ever since video games were introduced 40 years ago. Many parents believe that video games have no redeeming value whatsoever. However, many of these parents still allow video game consoles in their homes because they are a distraction and a way to keep their kids occupied for long periods of time. Many of these parents also realize that their kids would simply go to a friend’s house to play video games. Therefore, they prefer to be able to keep an eye on their kids so they can monitor what games they are playing.
The University of Glasgow has not commented on what any of their other studies involving video games are going to be about. They have also not released info regarding how long the studies will take or how many kids will be involved. However, they did say in a press release that some info on the study results will be available by the end of the year.
The Xbox One X arrives and Microsoft soon debuts an incredibly powerful 4K console. Come November, the Xbox One X hits retail store shelves and fans of gaming are going to be thrilled at the arrival. The new console might not look as catchy as previous models, but the “backward compatibility and processing power” gives the new console the potential to really shake up the market.
The potential for success associated with the Xbox One X connects directly to the ability to give gamers something unique and interesting. A new console that has nothing going for it other than being new is a hit or miss proposition. If a mediocre new console is released roughly the same time a very well-crafted new console is released, the better new console ends up being the big hit.
Gamers spend a lot of money as billions of dollars in sales indicate. Since the sheer numbers of gamers is so huge, even a weak console can generate millions in sales. Even millions in revenue do not automatically indicate a success, though. All gaming companies maintain projections of what they look for in sales numbers. A new console that doesn’t live up to hype or delivers nothing special generally stalls with low sales numbers.
Microsoft’s new console really does need to deliver on promises of being super-powerful. The console requires a strong hook in order to stimulate interest among gamers. Ironically, the console is very bland looking. Did the designers at Microsoft opt for irony when crafting the look of the world’s most powerful gaming console?
Looks really do not matter here. What matters is the console delivers. The Xbox One X really must deliver or else the console will be relegated to the “swing and a miss” status that befell other systems.
Microsoft’s press conference at E3 was lined with concrete details about the long-developed “Scorpio” iteration of their Xbox console line. Among those details was given the official name and release date, as well as its price point and a sample of its game library.The Official Name:The Release Window:Stat Sheet:Price Tag:The Game Library:
- The Official Name: In reference to the nomenclature behind last year’s “Xbox One S,” the Scorpio subtitle has been abandoned for adding another letter in front of the console’s name. The end result is that the Xbox Scorpio will be sold as the “Xbox One X.”
- The Release Window: Microsoft stated that they planned a global release date of November 7th, 2017. While no details have been given as to when pre-orders can be taken, it is probably a safe assumption that anyone who wants the new console will be itching to hear when that day will come.
- Stat Sheet: This new console’s features include: eight X86 cores; 12 GB of RAM; a 1 TB hard drive and a DVD drive capable of reading 4K UHD Blu-rays. Also of note is a vapor chamber to serve as the console’s heat sink.
- Price Tag: $499, over $100 more than rival Sony’s PS4 Pro; itself a device that supports 4K resolution on games but not Blu-rays.
- The Game Library:”Forza Motorsport 7.” While this title is initially slated for a PC/Xbox One release in early October, the subsequent version on the new console features 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.”Crackdown 3.” While this title has stagnant for years, it will serve as a launch title. Players will use an avatar of Terry Crews to level buildings and take down criminals with a variety of super powers.Backwards Compatability. Although few specifics were given, Microsoft stated that their new console would be able to run discs from the monolithic original Xbox.
- “Forza Motorsport 7.” While this title is initially slated for a PC/Xbox One release in early October, the subsequent version on the new console features 4K resolution and 60 frames per second.
- “Crackdown 3.” While this title has stagnant for years, it will serve as a launch title. Players will use an avatar of Terry Crews to level buildings and take down criminals with a variety of super powers.
- Backwards Compatability. Although few specifics were given, Microsoft stated that their new console would be able to run discs from the monolithic original Xbox.
One of the most exciting things for gamers everywhere is E3. And EA, one of the biggest companies at E3 has released their lineup for the annual conference. There have been some exciting titles announced.
Star Wars Battlefront 2 – Battlefront returns, this time with some of the newest characters in the Star Wars franchise. This time around there’s Rey, Darth Maul, and classics like Boba Fett and Luke Skywalker.
Madden 18 – Longshot – The Madden franchise is well known, to say the least. And this newest addition will add even more to that legacy. This time, instead of just a football game, it will be story driven and cinematic.
FIFA 18 – Play your favorite teams as you vie for the glory of a World Cup title. FIFA is well known as the best soccer game franchise. There is also a career mode, where you can follow a single player as he goes through his career.
Need for Speed Payback – Need for Speed is one of the best known, and most loved racing franchises. The games are on point, and beautiful, and this newest edition will be no different. From the exotic cars to the hot rods, the vehicles are as beautiful as they are impressive.
Anthem – A completely new game from BioWare, Anthem looks impressive. Do your best to survive in a post-apocalyptic world with your mech. It certainly looks to be an impressive new adventure.
A Way Out – A new indie game, with three modes, split-screen, co-op, or online. It looks to be a very unique experience as you view the narratives of two different characters side-by-side. Freedom is the goal of this game, and you may have to do some not so pleasant things to get it.
Video games companies do not make the consoles like they used to. They are rereleasing them, though. New consoles bringing back the classic Atari and Sega Genesis systems are coming out. The arrival of these retro consoles also comes with new features adding to appeal.
The Sega Genesis Flashback console is being designed to look identical to the old console. Atari Flashback comes with 120 classic games, which is much more than the impressive 85 games the Sega Genesis comes with. Various other new systems including handhelds are coming out in the near future. Gaming fans absolutely are taking to these classic models.
Old-time gaming fans absolutely enjoy reliving the classic days of playing on these Flashback consoles. For middle-aged Generation X members, playing the games is more than just a little idle fun time. Reliving the past is part of the incredible experience older gamers enjoy. As the saying goes, no one is able to go back in time. Reliving the past through mimicking it, however, is possible with the right mindset.
A person playing Atari Flashback in 2017 could mentally drift back to the early 1980’s when Pitfall was a cutting edge and wildly popular game. The experience may mimic reliving the past, which can be a lot of fun whether consciously or subconsciously realized.
A lot is said about video game playing being strictly a means of spending a little time on frivolous enjoyments. Is this always the case? What if video game playing leads to improved mood? Reliving the joyous times of one’s childhood can yield a desirable effect on mood. In other words, a lot of fun can be had reliving the old glory days of video gaming. Sometimes, the benefits of “idle play” are more pronounced than many realize.
And these retro consoles truly are a marvel to behold. The total feel of the good old days is recaptured and done so in a careful, brilliant manner. Sitting behind one of these Flashback systems really is a journey to the past.
Blizzard’s explosively successful character- and objective-based team shooter Overwatch just recently had its first anniversary. In celebration of the game’s success, more than half of the game’s voice actors decided to give their best shot at copying their characters’ dance emotes. Highlights of the endeavor, which took place on both coasts of the United States, as well as abroad include:
- Matt Mercer doing finger guns in his best impression of McCree’s line-dancing.
- Jen Cohn rocking out, gripping an air guitar like it were Pharah’s rocket launcher.
- Gaku Space popping-and-locking like his cyber-ninja counterpart, Genji.
- Keith Silverstein performing the “Carlton” with the same skill as Torbjörn.
- Josh Petersdorf, the voice behind the masked, hook-toting meat-slab known as “Roadhog,” doing the “cabbage patch.”
- Feodor Chin relying on Petersdorf, Space and Silverstein to heft him up in an attempt to replicate Zenyata’s levitating tai chi.
- Jonny Cruz busting the same mean dance moves as Lúcio without the benefit of roller blades. Things work mostly fine until he attempts to recover from a leg split.
- Zhang Yu adorably performing the Hare Hare Yukai dance that Mei performs. This works as a double reference as the dance is derived from the Japanese animated program “The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya.”
- Charlet Chung doing her best to perform “Voltron Got Served” without the aid of a mechsuit like D.Va, her animated counterpart.
- Lucie Pohl, voice actress for the German physician Mercy, doing an admirable job at “the Hustle” in the streets of New York City.
- Voice acting legend Crispin Freeman, twisting away in a Winston-approved bamboo garden.
- Chloé Hollings attempting the French ballet to mirror her French sniper Widowmaker.
- Cara Theobold doing the Charleston with the same vigor as the time-displaced Tracer.
- Cherrelle Skeete replicating dressage with half as many legs as Orisa.
- Anjali Bhimani mirroring Symmetra’s Bollywood movements.
- Carolina Ravassa shuffling like Sombra.
Electronic Arts was among the first companies to present its future offerings to fans and investors at this year’s E3. Here are some of the highlights from its presentation:
- “Star Wars Battlefront II” will feature Rey, Darth Maul, Boba Fett, Luke Skywalker and other characters from both trilogies and the Disney-era films. The game will also feature a story mode that tells the story of an as-yet-unnamed female soldier affiliated with the villainous First Order; this character’s motivation will be a quest for revenge against the Resistance for its actions against the Empire.
- “Madden 18” features a “Longshot” mode that will add a new, cinematic approach to football, complete with full motion capture technology. This game will use the Frostbite game engine that has been seen in titles like “Dragon Age: Inquisition” and “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare.”
- “FIFA 18” gains a single-player story mode that has players controlling the career of Alexander, a rookie player with aspirations of making it into one of the world’s greatest soccer clubs.
- The “Need for Speed” franchise gains another installment in Need for Speed: Payback. A preview of the title’s gameplay focused on a pair of car thieves in the American southwest. The video highlighted the pair’s attempts to carjack a supercar being transported by a diesel truck and proceeded to emphasize the level of detail put into the destruction of various vehicles, culminating in the implication that criminal driving will be pursued not only by rival criminal games but also by aircraft. Need for Speed: Payback is set for a November release.
- As an original IP instead of a sequel, “Anthem” seems to be a rarity among Electronic Arts. EA’s presentation of this new “Bioware” title revealed a futuristic post-apocalypse filled with mechanical exosuits and a civilization struggling to make it through each day within sprawling walled cities of metal. Much like Madden 18, Anthem will utilize the Frostbite engine.