Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End Review

This is the best game of the PS4 right now. Hands down. Naughty Dog always deliver the goods! With this fourth installment, Nathan Drake and company wrapped up the whole series with a bang. This is the debut of the series on PS4 and it exceeded a lot of expectations, A LOT! This is their 'omega' from their 'alpha' game, The Last of Us. Uncharted 4 brings you back to treasure hunting with the retired Nathan Drake. Nate’s retirement was cut short when his brother knocked on his door and brought him back to the field. Almost everything you love about Uncharted is present here.  They also improved the stealth gameplay that help players avoid gunfights. And with the added aid of the rope item, the Indiana Jones package is now complete! Naughty Dog always pushes the limit of its system when they’re developing games. The visuals are mind-blowing. The...

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The Free-To-Play Competitive Market: How Does a Game Company Compete

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This year has definitely opened up a lot of challenges as well as growth-potential for many games with the rapid-rise in VR and other technologies but if there is one thing companies who publish and create games want, its a consistent revenue stream particularly for those looking to be the next big thing. Right now, free-to-play is one of the most expansive gaming library one can find and its not limited to a US or JP only market, each region is bound to have a large library of games of its own similar to that of the vast number of casino games out there right now like the Swedish casino Casinostugan. Players just need to create an account and join the fun. As mentioned, recent times have not been friendly to the traditional games business model and this changing industry has seen the rise of F2P (free-to-play) and eSports as one...

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How International eSports Event Could Change the Gaming Landscape

How International eSports Event Could Change the Gaming Landscape

With ESL One Manila 2016 done and the Manila Majors already getting a lot of attention before its June schedule, its certainly obvious that a lot of eyes are on these events including that of companies that want a piece of the gigantic global audience that these events capture. ESL One was broadcast on free TV along with online streams offered for free via Twitch.TV giving it a presence similar to that of South Korean gaming events. That being said, South Korea has one of the largest gaming industry in the world and the Philippines having arguably the most vocal community, its certainly is nice to see the influence that gaming has created for these markets. The Philippines is set to take on a larger role in the future as it holds the 2nd largest streaming audience in SEA and a betting community that's undoubtedly just as sizable, and with a...

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eSports and Online Gaming: a New Avenue for Tourism

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There has been a huge surge in the number of eSports and gaming events currently occurring on a global scale and its impact has been primarily focused on its crowd-gathering appeal as well as furthering competitive gaming but to the countries and cities hosting these events, the influx of people coming in help drive local businesses and with the ever-growing crowd of gaming enthusiasts not just locally, but on a global level is now being touted as another potential draw for tourism bringing in visitors from across the seas. Online gaming has been a phenomenon lately and it is a vast and diverse market with enthusiasts from all facets dedicating their passion on these games. While contemporary trends in our community will border on more action-based video games, there is a large market out there for casino games such as online slots, one of the main sites to help you...

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Wait.. Blizzard Just Updated Diablo II

Wait.. Blizzard Just Updated Diablo II

Most of the people playing Diablo II probably moved up and went playing the third installment, but there's still a healthy community of gamers still loyal to the venerable classic. Now, to show Blizzard's love for the said community, the gaming behemoth just released an update to keep things running in tip top shape. “This update focuses on system glitches introduced by modern operating systems. In related news, you can finally retire those old Mac PowerPCs. Included with the update is a shiny new installer for OSX,” reads the official post for patch 1.14a. Well, fancy that. Diablo II's latest patch before this one was back in October 2011. That's about.. almost five years since then. It seems Blizzard is currently hard at work at HQ. The company says that it's stepping up its game in detecting cheaters and preventing hackers. Blizzard also says that there's still loads of work...

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The Online Bingo Revolution

The Online Bingo Revolution

The rise of the online world has done much more than make your weekly grocery shop easier and bring you thousands of videos of funny cats. The internet has completely changed the way that we play certain games, including slot machines and table game classics, with a number of trusted online bingo sites now pointing consumers in the direction of the best virtual places to play, for instance, Barbadosbingo.com, Winkbingo or even Ladbrokes.. However, arguably the biggest transformation comes in the form of bingo. Traditionally set in bingo halls with an aging clientele, bingo has been completely revolutionised by the online and mobile platforms. Whilst physical bingo establishments still attract players, the online lobbies have boomed with millions of visitors, making bingo one of the biggest online gaming markets in the world. With the change in platform has come a change in player demographic. With cheap ticket prices on offer,...

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Tablets Expected to Take Charge of the Gaming Market in 2016

Tablets Expected to Take Charge of the Gaming Market in 2016

Whenever the mobile market is discussed, there always appears to be a heavy emphasis on the role that smartphones have played in driving growth. While this may be fair in general terms, however, when it comes to gaming it seems as though tablets (and more specifically dedicated tablets) are fast emerging as the dominant, seminal devices. This is embodied by the success of the Nvidia Shield, which is a dedicated gaming tablet that has recently offered customers access to the Twitch game streaming platform through the device. Not only is this device designed specifically to meet the needs of gamers and equipped with outstanding graphical and audio performance, but it also continues to innovate and now provides players with a window into a whole new world of learning, interaction and excitement. With Twitch now a thriving success story and a place where gamers can watch or broadcast their games regardless...

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Why Mobile Gaming has Already Superseded the Desktop Platform

Why Mobile Gaming has Already Superseded the Desktop Platform

If you look at pure statistics alone, the mobile platform still has some way to go to supersede the dominant desktop medium. While this is not strictly true in all sectors, it is laptops and PC’s that remain the dominant drivers of traffic when it comes to pastimes such as gaming and online shopping. So although the rate of mobile spending has doubled from 15% to 30% in the e-commerce sector since 2013, desktop devices remain responsible for 70% of all revenue generated online. The same principle can be applied to gaming, with mobile revenues and usage accounting for a small, if rapidly growing, percentage of all activity. Our obsession with the bottom line often clouds our perspective, however, meaning that we continue to underestimate the influence of mobile gaming in the modern age. Just as you would value a business based on its bottom line profitability and financial assets,...

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Bloodborne: The Old Hunters DLC Review

Bloodborne: The Old Hunters DLC Review

The Old Hunters, from the name of the expansion itself, players have the idea on what to expect. As the current hunter of Yharnam, you'll venture through the nightmare of The Old Hunters. Expect more deaths from this expansion by Hidetaka Miyazaki of From Software, creator of the critically acclaimed Soul Series. You'll die a lot so you need to bring your A-game. The DLC is not just your usual 'ready to play' expansion. You need to do certain things first to gain access to its first map. The hunter must sacrifice himself to a giant alien looking spider hanging outside the left exit of Cathedral Ward. Once you are ready to control your hunter, the new nightmare begins. Defiled Yharnam The expansion took place in a defiled version of Yharnam. You'll find some gruesome scenes here and there but this won’t stop you from moving forward because a challenge...

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