The NES Classic Returns This Year

If you are still angry about missing your shot to get the pint-sized NES Classic Edition from Nintendo back in the Fall of 2016, fear not! Nintendo has just announced that they will be bringing the NES Classic back to production this year, and also bringing the SNES Classic back as well. For those who don’t remember, the NES Classic is a mini version of Nintendo’s Nintendo Entertainment System (NES), that hooks up to your TV via HDMI input and lets you play a handful of classic games alone or with a friend.

As seen here, the game list is quite extensive and covers a lot of the old fan-favorites from the NES days.

Balloon Fight
Bubble Bobble
Castlevania
Castlevania II: Simon’s Quest
Donkey Kong
Donkey Kong Jr.
Double Dragon II: The Revenge
Dr. Mario
Excitebike
Final Fantasy
Galaga
Ghosts’N Goblins
Gradius
Ice Climber
Kid Icarus
Kirby’s Adventure
Mario Bros.
Mega Man 2
Metroid
Ninja Gaiden
Pac-Man
Punch-Out!! Featuring Mr. Dream
StarTropics
Super C
Super Mario Bros.
Super Mario Bros. 2
Super Mario Bros. 3
Tecmo Bowl
The Legend of Zelda
Zelda II: The Adventure of Link

If you missed the original NES back when it debuted twenty-some years ago, and/or missed the NES Classic release a year and a half ago this will be your time to shine. The SNES Classic will be back as well, bringing with it a big list of classic Super Nintendo games for all to enjoy. Currently, Nintendo lists the re-releases to hit store shelves this September, but as was before, demand will likely be high. With more units being produced (on top of 5 Million sold) the likelihood is high that anyone who missed out before should finally be able to get one. You may want to check your local electronics or gaming store a few weeks early for news on pricing and pre-order availability, but you should have no problem securing one or both of these new releases this year, just in time for the family holiday season! Be on the lookout for more news on the units in the coming months.

Nintendo Famicom Special Edition- Ancient Nostalgia

Nintendo has a lot of video games products to be proud. You might have heard of the Nintendo Entertainment System, or the Gameboy, which was a handheld gaming system. One system that is very unfamiliar to a lot of people is the Famicom.

Nintendo had released a system on July 15, 1983, called the Famicom, also known as the Family Computer. The reason you might not be familiar with it is that it was only released in Japan. The Verge- Nintendo Famicom Special Edition

The system’s cartridges were about the size of a small floppy disk. Back in the day, there were such things called Floppy disks, they could only hold information up to 1.44 Megabytes which usually is a smaller amount when formatted.

Aside from the ancient technology that Famicom is, it is full of nostalgia for those who have played one as a kid or teenager.

Nintendo had ported classics such as Donkey Jr. to the platform. Although the Famicom is quite an old system, there is still some sentimental value that gamers hold with it.

Now that it is the year 2018, Nintendo will be making a special version of the Famicom called Famicom Mini. The special edition of the Famicom will be loaded with manga games and will also be gold and red in color. One of the manga games will include Dragonball. To conclude the games that will be loaded onto the Famicom mini are older generations of video games. There will no first-person shooter action, but anyone that has played a Famicom as a child or teenager knows this by experience.

This special edition Famicom with gold and red colors is only going to be released in Japan currently. The release date that has been announced for this retro system is July 7th and will be priced at approximately 7,980 yen or 73 dollars.

Although this system release will be exclusive to Japan there are always other opportunities to find the next new special edition item if you are from another country.

The Crew 2 – Open World Racer Coming to Stores on June 29th

The Crew 2 is an open-world racing video game that is coming to the Play Station 4, Xbox One, and PC’s on June 29th, 2018. The game is expected to feature some of the communities favorite locations from the original game, as well as provide the opportunity to enjoy a three dimensional world with cars, boats, and planes. Ubisoft has already delayed this upcoming title once to ensure it did not make the same mistakes at their first installment, and while fans were disappointed with the announcement, they were happy with the fact that the developers are taking their time to ensure the experience is as polished and flawless as possible on launch day.

Ubisoft has plans for a free open-beta at some time before the release to allow fans to test out some of the games premier features. Fans of the upcoming open world racer have the opportunity to sign up for the upcoming beta on Ubisoft’s website, located here.

There are some great pre-order bonuses for players who are interested in securing their copy of the game early. With a bonus vehicle for each style allowed in the game, the pre-order bonus is a tempting decision that racers will have to make soon.

Hype is already building towards the upcoming release of this game, as it could be in the running for one of the best racing games of the year. With an absolutely massive map with tons of detail from coast to coast, players will get to discover events and explore the entire map with whichever types of vehicles that they want, whether they want to do it on roads, water, or in the skies. The entire world of MotorNation is waiting to provide players with a great racing experience. The map is expected to be filled with fun events, competitive races, and hidden secrets to discover from coast to coast.

‘Pokemon Go’ Reveals Legendary Bird Via Quest System

Believe it or not, the hit augmented-reality title ‘Pokemon Go’ is still going strong a full two years after its release. Pokemon Go hit the mobile market in 2016 as one of the most widely sought after mobile games of all time. While the title quickly scaled all of the charts, it ran into issues early on that brought doubters to the forefront. Still, Niantic and CEO John Hanke have held fast and now more updates are hitting the market and making the game more enjoyable than ever. One of the best new updates to Pokemon Go in the past year has been the Field Research/questing system and now gamers have the chance to catch up on their Legendary Bird hunt as a result.

Niantic revealed that a new series of Field Research quests are going to be hitting the application via an update and through these new quests trainers will be able to get their paws on the legendary lightning bird, Zapdos. For the past month or so, gamers have had the ability to reel in Moltres, the fire-type legendary bird, but change seems to be coming and we couldn’t be more excited. Previously, in order to get any of the legendary birds, you had to have completed some of the surprisingly difficult raids going on around your town or city.

The new Field Research quests figures to blend both skill challenges and fetch quests in order to keep trainers busy for the six-days required to crack a shot at the legendary bird. Along the way, trainers will rack up other prizes: items, PokeBalls, StarDust and other Pokemon encounters. The Field Research quest system can be accessed by spinning PokeStops while your research queue is empty. Trainers can have up to three Field Research quests at a time and they can ‘cancel’ quests that are unfavorable. For example, you might not want a Field Research quest that requires fighting in multiple raids when an alternative quest might only demand that you capture 5x bug-type Pokemon. Niantic figures to also constantly be updating this quest system, so trainers need to keep a sharp eye out for new announcements.

Are You Ready To Go Underground in Fortnite?

At this point in time, you’ve likely heard just about every crazed theory about the Season 4 update to Fortnite. The developers at Epic Games did a great job protecting what the update would unveil and even now, days after it has been released, fans are still finding crazy new additions to the title. While we’ve already seen people talk at length about dinosaur footprints and comets destroying Dusty Depot, we’ve seen very little fanfare regarding the secret underground bases that are now littering the massive island that players battle to the death on. Are you ready to take the fight underground?

As it turns out, the destruction of Dusty Depot was far from the only map change that we ended up getting. Of course, we already talked about the dinosaur footprint, but that is surprisingly one of the least surprising new additions. We’re talking more specifically about the underground layers that are now scattered throughout the map. If you can pull yourself away from Dusty Divor or the new Risky Reels, you might find something truly special.

During your next game, head southeast of the Lonely Lodge. You’ll find a house where you can get up onto the roof. You’ll find a letter in here but more importantly, you’ll find a path to the underground. Dig your way through the bottom level of the floor and you’ll drop into an underground base. Inside of the base, you’ll find all manner of weird things including security systems, lockers, logos of some mysterious new group, and even a hidden hole tucked away behind a staircase (where all gamers know to look).

Once you’re done in the underground base near the Lonely Lodge, you can make your way to Snobby Shores. Head to the house on the mountaintop and you’ll end up finding a new missile silo. Inside of the silo, well, you’ll just have to see it to believe it. There are clues and references to an entirely new subplot to the Fortnite universe and we suggest seeing it for yourself before allowing text to ruin the surprise.

Fortnite Reaches New Levels With Season 4 Update.

If you are a fan of video games then 2018 is probably going to be a pretty good year for you. This goes doubly so if you are a fan of multiplayer, social battle royale type games like, well, Fortnite: Battle Royale. The developers at Epic Games recently dropped their Season 4 update and fans and haters alike are both raving about the content that has been released, and for good reason. Let’s take a moment to dig deep into the Season 4 update and take a gander at some of the sneaky little details that gamers have already found hidden within the new content expansion.

For the past several weeks gamers have been focused on a shining light in the sky, a comet that has been trending toward some part of the map — destined to reshape all of the content in its wake. For a while, YouTube commentators were certain that the comet would smash into Tilted Towers in order to get rid of one of the most problematic regions in the game. This didn’t happen. Instead, the comet took a hard right and struck Dusty Depot — turning it into Dusty Divot in the process. In the wake of the explosion we were treated to a new map filled with all sorts of random new additions: secret bunkers, allusions to superheroes, giant dinosaur footprints and even glowing blue and indestructible rocks.

Gamers who want to do a little bit of sight-seeing on their next round of Battle Royale should head just south of the Snobby Shores area, near the western edge of Greasy Grove. Here gamers will be able to find a smashed house that is now hope for a massive dinosaur footprint. Epic Games has been releasing hints for a while now that they are planning on incorporating some sort of dinosaur aspect to their game and this is the most blatant one yet. Gamers can also get a Tricera Ops skin and a special Dinosaur Icon. If you are ready to celebrate dinosaurs, go ahead and log on and try to find your way to the footprint — one day you might find the actual creature itself.

Fortnite Releases Season 4, Gamers Everywhere Applaud

Epic Games has been on a tear that few other video game production companies can claim to replicate. Not only has the company been behind the most successful ‘free’ Xbox Live title of all time, they’ve also become one of the most profitable mobile games in the world as well, thanks to a full release onto iOS devices. In order to keep pushing the limit, however, Epic Games knew that they couldn’t get comfortable. This led the production team to unveil the newest Season of Fortnite, Season 4.

For the past several weeks fans of Fortnite have been watching and speculating as to what the future holds in relation to the mysterious comet that had been hovering in the sky over the Battle Royale multiplayer matches. YouTube was rife with speculation and many people thought that this meant that Epic Games was going to seriously wreck the map in a new and exciting way. Fans thought that Tilted Towers, one of the least favorite spots on the map, was due for destruction. However, the comet ended up wiping out Dusty Depot — now known as Dusty Divot. Not only was the map shuffled, but a new secret base appeared as well with glowing rocks littered around different craters.

The comet was definitely the highlight of the new Season update but that wasn’t all there was to it. Epic Games reworked the map and also added in a completely new location known as Risky Reels. While the re-worked map is going to take a bunch of attention, fans are also tuned into the new superhero-themed cosmetic items that have been hitting the shop as well. There are hints littered throughout the map relating to a potential superhero subplot but we won’t spoil them for you. Instead, take some time to really dig in and look through the map through your next playthrough, you’ll be glad that you did.

Epic Games continues to prove that you can release an ostensibly free game while still maintaining quality and profitability. We’re excited to see how Season 4 plays out and we’re more excited to see what comes next.

‘Fortnite’ Cementing New Landscape of Video Games and Entertainment

There are two things that are simultaneously true about the current state of video games: people are playing them and people are really enjoying other people play them. ‘Fortnite’ is the epic ‘freemium’ game that has been bridging the gap between the two forms of entertainment thanks to its strong following on places like Twitch and YouTube. Now, with Season 4 released by developer Epic Games, Fortnite is looking to help push that paradigm shift into a more permanent. While this all sounds exciting for Fortnite, what does it really mean for the future of gaming?

In 2017, movie theaters hit a strange low that showed people were staying home rather than going out to the cinema with their money. While this was happening, entertainers like Drake were able to pull in millions of viewers into online video-chatrooms in order to watch him play the game Fortnite. Fortnite established a stronghold on Twitch, the predominant gaming-streaming platform, and it soon spread to the rest of the internet. Now, professional athletes, entertainers, and gamers alike are spending their hours on the internet playing Fortnite for thousands upon thousands of glowing fans. The gaming industry is changing in a real and weird way, and game developers couldn’t be happier.

In fact, we are at the point where professional gaming is moving into the mainstream at such an epic rate that now universities, businesses and even the Olympics are considering adding the event to their slate. E-Gaming clans like FaZe have shown that there is a crowd for professional competitive gaming and that people are willing to spend money and time taking it all in. Fortnite is just the latest link in the chain between gamers and the new medium that is professional gaming. The developers at Epic Games are going to wisely embrace this new turn of events.

While pop-culture is always changing, there has never been a change quite like that being supplied by Fortnite and e-sports. E-sports will likely define a new generation of kids and that only bodes well for the continued innovative future that we are presently living in. Who is ready to play some games?

God of War for PlayStation 4 – In Review

God of War is one of the most beloved franchises on Sony’s PlayStation. The newest edition of the series marks a reboot of the series, giving Kratos a companion during his newest journey.

The game begins with a seamless transition from the menu to the game, transforming Kratos from a bloodthirsty god to a loving, gentle father. Fans of the series shouldn’t be upset about this though. There is still plenty of blood, gore, and killing in the game.

The camera system in God of War is perhaps the most unique thing about the game. The innovation contained within this camera system is impossible to describe without seeing it yourself, but the transition between cut scenes and game play is never riddled with loading screens unless you die.

Not everyone is a fan of the camera though, citing their reasons for their dislike as the inability to rotate the camera manually and it being too close.

Game Play

The game play in God of War is very different from what fans of the series are used to. Where previously the game series was a typical hack and slash experience, the game play in the new God of War has more weight to it. It almost seems like Dark Souls light.

The boss battles in God of War are both challenging and rewarding. You aren’t going to have much trouble with any of the boss battles. Each one may take you 2 or 3 attempts, but when you do beat the boss, you will feel an incredible sense of accomplishments.

Performance

The game is visually stunning on the Playstation 4 and even more so on the Playstation 4 Pro. The ultra HD textures that are loaded with the Pro version of the game make the game a visual masterpiece, but you will experience a few frame rate dips during game play. These frame rates are nothing serious though. The game runs mostly fine at 30 frames per second on the PS4 Pro.

In Conclusion

If you are a PlayStation gamer, it isn’t a question of if you will purchase God of War, it is when. God of War is likely to be one of the best games released during the lifespan of the PlayStation 4. It offers a unique story and game play that borrows from some of the most popular games of today.

Jason Hope’s venture into anti-aging products.

Currently, people face a lot of diseases. Some are minor and can be treated within no time. Other diseases however significantly affect humans and can sometimes lead to fatality. Everyone across the globe is busy fighting these life-threatening diseases that they forget there is a more dreadful condition, that is, aging. Aging is a paramount condition and affects everyone, both healthy and unhealthy.

Aging has for ages been considered an inevitable stage in life. It has been viewed a mandatory stage in life that every individual must go through. Aging comes with a lot of disadvantages. During old age, one’s bones become weak, skin gets wrinkled and one may become more inactive. Old age also brings with it a lot of diseases. The illnesses include arthritis, high blood pressure or even cancer. These diseases reduce the activity of a person and can sometimes claim a person’s life.

Being in this situation also affects a person’s loved ones emotionally. These diseases become more unbearable because the medical system focusses more on treating them rather than preventing them in the first place. The treatments are also administered to enable the patients put up with the symptoms instead of removing the disease from the body.

It is because of these reasons that Jason Hope decides to step up to assist in solving the problems related to aging. He is working on a solution to reduce the rate of aging and ensure that people live longer. He has contributed to funding the numerous research projects that are being carried out to find the solution to slow the aging process. The research will also assist in finding solutions to the diseases that accompany aging.

Jason has been working together with SENS Foundation. SENS is a non- profit organisation. This establishment focusses on assisting the community fight aging through access to advanced technology. Access to technology would also enable the public fight the aging-related diseases. Jason Hope has funded many projects done by the SENS Foundation. Eight years ago, Jason donated half a million dollars to the foundation.

SENS Foundation incorporates biotechnology in finding solutions for aging and the diseases that come along with it. Biotechnology is an approach that enables development of products using living tissues. It is done after a thorough study of the considered living organisms. Apart from coming up with products to slow down aging, this foundation also works on sensitising the public about aging. It strives to change people’s opinion on aging to enable them to embrace the aging reduction products.

Jason Hope’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/public/Jason-Hope