Friday, November 18, 2016
11/18/2016 - Moon Grey Merge VR Goggles Now Available at Best Buy
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New Moon Grey Merge VR Goggles Now Available Exclusively at Best Buy
SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Nov. 18, 2016 /PRNewswire/ - Merge
VR just announced the launch of a new color of goggles this holiday season - Moon Grey, available exclusively at Best
"Our signature purple headset has become an
industry favorite, and we're excited to offer the new Moon Grey color to our customers," said Merge EVP Dan
Worden. "These exclusive goggles at Best Buy are sure to be a hot item this holiday season, which makes them the perfect
gift for every tween and techie on your shopping list."
Merge VR Goggles were recently selected as an 'Expert Pick' holiday gift by Consumer Reports, along with the HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR. Of the three, the Merge VR
Goggles are the only option for people who want to experience virtual reality using their iPhones and most Android phones.
In time for holiday shopping, Merge announced that they're the only virtual reality
goggles safety tested and approved for ages 10 and up. Dedicated to making virtual reality fun, easy, and safe for everyone,
they also created VR START (www.VRSTART.com ), a curated library for all users to find
fun, high-quality VR experiences.
Founded in 2013, Merge Labs, Inc. is a Texas-based startup focused on making virtual reality fun and
easy for everyone. The privately funded company and its team are led by Founder Franklin Lyons and Co-founder Andrew
Trickett, who have backgrounds in gaming, technology, design, content development and hardware creation. Merge's flagship
product, the Merge VR Goggles, are compatible with iOS and Android smartphones and built to be accessible, affordable, portable,
durable and easy to use. Merge has also created www.VRSTART.com , a curated online discovery portal that features the
best virtual reality and 360º experiences available.
by: E. Thomas
Thursday, November 17, 2016
11/17/2016 - Aksys Games and Fighting Gamers at UCI present Anime Ascension
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out the official site for more information! Aksys Games and Fighting Gamers at UCI proudly present Anime Ascension 2017! Anime
Ascension will be held February 18-19 at the University of California Irvine Student Center Ballroom C&D. Anime Ascension
is a large format fighting game tournament event dedicated to providing the premiere anime fighting game experience. Rejoice
as your favorite games are celebrated with large format tournament brackets and pot bonuses! Register here!
FIGHTING GAME TOURNAMENT FURY
When: February 18-19 (Saturday and Sunday, 8am-10pm)
University of California Irvine Pacific Ballroom C&D
Games: Guilty Gear Revelator, BlazBlue: Central Fiction, Under
Night In-Birth Exe:Late, King Of Fighters 14, Dead or Alive 5 Last Round.
Pot Bonuses: $5k for Arc System Works
Entrance Fees: $40 Venue fee plus $10 per main game entered.
Early bird special $20 venue fee until
Follow @aksysgames and @AllAksys on Twitter for more info!
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
11/16/2016 - Overhauled Networking and Menus come to Awesomenauts
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Awesomenauts Update 3.3: Rise
of Galactron just launched on Steam! With Galactron, we’re introducing a completely overhauled frontend and backend.
This includes a from the ground up rebuilt matchmaking, and a complete overhaul of the game’s menus. And of course:
Galactron himself, who is a giant robot, in space.
Completely overhauled networking and menus come to Awesomenauts
This update brings a AAA style matchmaking to Awesomenauts,
lowering both pings and skill differences in matches across the board. Galactron does this by gathering up players in rounds
of about five minutes, and then figuring out how to best group those players across matches.
In addition to the
overhauled matchmaking, Update 3.3 brings a persistent party system to make it easier to play with friends, a rejoin-feature
to allow players to reconnect to games they accidentally disconnected from, and harsher leaver penalties for players who abandon
This all results in a greatly improved player experience and also lays the groundwork for many
awesome features that will be coming to Awesomenauts over the next year. Including a live spectator mode coming next month,
and a level editor with full Steam Workshop integration coming next year!
Today we honor our giant robot: Galactron.
And I, for one, welcome our new robotic overlord. All hail Galactron!
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Tuesday, November 15, 2016
11/15/2016 - Offworld Industries Charity Event Hugely Successful
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Offworld Industries Charity
Event Hugely Successful
What a weekend! Between
Squad Up 4 Stack-Up on Veteran’s Day, the Steam free weekend, and the 50% off sale, things got a little crazy at Offworld
Industries - in a good way. Offworld is proud to announce that $19,460 was raised to help veterans through Stack-Up on Veteran’s
Day! The goal for this campaign was $20,000 by December 31st of this year, but since Friday’s charity livestream went
so well there is a lot of confidence that it can be reached much sooner.
Squad Up 4 Stack-Up
On Friday, November 11, 7 straight hours of fundraising for Stack-Up was underway with dozens of prize giveaways,
a Q and A session with Squad developers, an interview with a former US Marine, and of course the game itself. The makers of
Squad also revealed and launched the brand new Kokan map during the event!
Offworld Industries is proud to
be partnering with Stack-Up for this event and going forward - veterans are an integral part of Squad’s player base
and there are also a few on the Offworld team, so finding a charity dedicated to supporting vets through gaming made this
partnership an easy decision.
Over the Veteran’s
Day weekend Squad was not only free on Steam, but also 50% off. As a game with an admittedly high learning curve, the team
was thrilled to see so many great examples of people stepping up to lead squads, teach newbies about the game, and frolic
in the chaos. Having a community so committed to making sure new people feel welcomed and prepared to play is something the
makers of Squad take pride in - players who showed up for the free weekend and decided to stick around by buying the game
did so in large part because the existing community gave them such a positive experience.
The excitement may be over for now, but there’s still work to be done. The fundraising campaign is $540
shy of its fundraising goal for Stack-Up and it goes until December 31st. The Squad community proved on Veteran’s Day
just how much power it has to help make this goal a reality. Donations can still be made on the campaign page [https://tiltify.com/events/squad-up-4-stack-up] or through the Squad merchandise store [https://store.joinsquad.com/], where $5 from every item purchased goes to Stack-Up.
ABOUT Offworld Industries LLC:
Offworld Industries LLC is an independent studio formed
in 2014 by 15+ developers who had worked together for a combined 50+ years on the Project Reality Mod for Battlefield 2, with
the founding purpose to bring a standalone successor to the acclaimed mod to market. Based in Vancouver, British Columbia,
the team has brought on modders and industry professionals to form a 25+ man studio with the goal of bringing a new take on
the large scale tactical shooter.
Official Site: http://joinsquad.com
Press Kit: http://press.joinsquad.co
Submitted by: E. Thomas
Monday, November 14, 2016
11/14/2016 - New Content Revealed for Ark Survival Evolved
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Seattle, WA - November 14, 2016 - Studio Wildcard, the studio that
never sleeps, unveiled today a game-changing content update coming soon to the dinosaur survival adventure ARK:
Survival Evolved on Steam and Xbox One. Revealed as part of the December cover feature with PC Gamer magazine, the TEK Tier update is endgame content in ARK’s crafting system that
rewards hard-working players with awesome sci-fi armor, weapons, structures and gear.
STUDIO WILDCARD UNVEILS TEK TIER SCI-FI CONTENT COMING SOON TO ARK: SURVIVAL
The TEK Tier
will put players in power armor granting them advanced abilities, and add powerful TEK saddles with mounted energy weapons
to the capabilities of some favorite dinos. Want to snipe at enemy tribes with a plasma rifle while tearing across the map
with a jet pack? How about living under the ocean in a vacuum sealed Underwater Base, fully protected from the hazards of
land and sky? Look for all of this and much more as the TEK Tier rolls out in free updates to ARK: Survival Evolved
on Steam PC and Xbox One in the coming weeks and months.
Meanwhile, check out the gameplay
trailer which reveals more details
ARK: Survival Evolved
is in development for Xbox One via the ID@Xbox program, PlayStation®4 with VR support, and Steam PC. The game
is currently playable in Microsoft’s Game Preview on Xbox One and Steam’s Early Access program, which includes
Oculus Rift VR support and an integration of Steam community features such as Steam Economy and Steam Workshop for custom
maps and mods. Players can host private/LAN servers and have access to a custom-built version of the Unreal Engine 4 Editor
for creating mods. The world of ARK is designed to be modder-friendly and ever-expanding!
To join our growing band of ARK survivors, journey to Steam or Microsoft’s Game Preview
on Xbox One to download the game. For the latest updates follow us on Twitter, like us on Facebook, subscribe to us on YouTube, visit the Website at playark.com and watch us tame and train leviathan dinosaurs on Twitch.TV.
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ABOUT STUDIO WILDCARD
Studio Wildcard was co-founded in 2014 by industry veteran Jeremy Stieglitz and Jesse Rapczak, former Technical Art Director
at Microsoft Game Studios, with the mission of bringing AAA quality to ambitious indie productions that are designed for core
gamers. With combined 25 years of industry experience across multiple independent and studio-backed titles, Jeremy and Jesse
have teamed up with other veteran developers for Seattle, WA-based and Gainesville, FL-based development studios that also
include distributed team members across multiple continents. Wherever talented, driven developers may reside, Studio Wildcard
intends to seek out and work with them!
ABOUT INSTINCT GAMES
Instinct Games is Egypt’s
leading game development studio. Started in 2011 by former Timeline Interactive co-founders, the Instinct Games team develops
and produces video games on all major platforms utilizing its competent technical team. Its mission is to collaborate with
world class partners to foster Egypt’s video game development ecosystem and set a precedent of high quality, low cost,
entertaining indie games with worldwide appeal.
by: E. Thomas