Friday
May152015

Konami's Future to be Focused on the Mobile Platform

Well it would appear that the weirdness continues when it comes to the future of the company Konami. Now I know that a lot of you are very aware with the Kojima situation, but it would appear that the tale of this company just keeps gaining twists. 

Apparently starting next year Konami will set their main/primary focus on mobile gaming, specifically the "pay-as-you-play" type of game. Now I know that there are those out there who do not believe that there is a feasible market for creating games on the mobile platform, but I'm not one of those individuals. I think this just goes to show that the phones of today and tomorrow are literally powerful gaming devices you can stow in your pocket.

Now I of course have another theory, and that is that perhaps Sony's less than enthusiastic approach to have games on their PlayStation 4 might have something to do with it. Let's be honest this generation of equipment created by Microsoft and Sony are all about the multi-media-centric appeal. They are devices that play music, movies, tv shows, and oh by the way they do play games, on occasion.

I'm not saying that every company is going to make the change that Konami is reportedly making next year, but it does go to show that first Nintendo basically gives permission for their games to start to come out to the mobile platform, and now Konami. There might be a change in focus from the Japanese companies.

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Thursday
May142015

Yet Another Troll Ruins the Party

So as many of you have probably figured out at this point, I've been known to keep an eye out on potentially awesome or intriguing KickStarter projects. Well there is/was a KickStarter project called Dimension Drive, and the team behind the game, 2Awesome Studio, just went on one hell of a rollercoaster of emotions. 

You see with just a couple hours to go in their funding period they were still short of their goal, and defeat looked almost certain. Then something amazing happened, someone pledged $7,000 which meant that the game had met its goal and it was party time. The developers breathed a little easier and started to think about how they wre actually going to be making their game for real... ... ... Then with 31 minutes remaining in their funding period disaster struck. Turns out that that $7,000 pledge was fraudulent, the account that made the pledge had been suspended, and the team was just under $7,000 from their goal.

The time expired, and what was a couple hours of elation turned into complete devastation. Here was a group of people who literally saw their hopes and dreams put on a pedistal only to see someone set it on fire and piss on it. I'm sure that this has happened more than people know, but still this one stings.

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Thursday
May142015

Hi-Rez Studio is Holding Fundraiser for Nepal

So I have to say its always awesome to see companies step up to the plate and try to do a fundraiser in partnership with an organization such as the Red Cross. This fundraiser which is running right now through May 17th is for the victims of the two earthquakes that have hit Nepal. 

If you play SMITE what you can do is you can buy the Relief Chest for 400 gems. In that chest you will be given one of the following skins, randomly:

  • Lucky Baby Fuwa (Cupid)
  • The Sydney Shredder (He Bo)
  • Orbital Strike (Rama)
  • Jaguar Footballer (Xbalanque)
  • Ra’Merica (Ra)
  • Soldier of Fortune (Ares)

For each chest sold Hi-Rez will donate $2 to the relief fund. Now I know that there are some people out there who are wondering well how much does 400 Gems cost. Well technically its all about how many you buy at a time, but if you were to just buy 400 Gems that would be $7.99 (basically 50 per $1), or if you were to buy 8000 Gems at $99.99 the price changes for individual Gems. Basically it breaks down to 80 Gems per $1. What this all means is that Hi-Rez is donating anywhere from 25% to 40% of the profits.

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Monday
May112015

Gateway: Uprising has been Cancelled

Alright so some sad news for those out there who were perhaps still on the fence about this deckbuilding game that I had written about a couple weeks ago. The creators have decided to cancel the funding, but have no fear they will be back.

They have stated that the had some missteps and want to re-evaluate what they are trying to do, and how they approach this KickStarter project. I hope that they figure things out and that we see this project, in the end, have success.

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Monday
May112015

Koji Igarashi Takes on a KickStarter Project

I know that for most of you the name Koji Igarashi sounds so familiar, but perhaps you can't put your finger on it. Well what if I asked you if you knew of a series called Castlevania? You see he's had his hand as a producer for many of the Castlevania games, most notably Castlevania: Symphony of the Night. 

Well he's going to be heading up a project on KickStarter, that you might want to check out, if you are a Castlevania fan. Sure it isn't Castlevania, but its about as close as you can get without lawyers coming after you. It is called Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night (yes I know, 0 points in the creativity department), but it goes back to the sidescrolling roots, and promises RPG and crafting elements.

Now the potentially cool thing, for those out there who are interested is that if you back this game in either its PC, PS4, or XBOX ONE forms is that you're going to get the actual disc and not a download code. So for those who are looking to actually have the presentation piece, this game is for you. 

So go ahead over to the site, and take a look at Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night.

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