More Diversity In Video Games

It’s not all that surprising that most of the game developers are male and white. It seems that there are very few opportunities for women or minorities to jump on the game developer bandwagon. Of course, most of the games developed by the white and mostly male game developers also lack diversity. Many in the industry think that in this day and age, things in the game developers world need to change. #GirlsBehindTheGames is a hash tag that is popping up all over Twitter. This hashtag is all about empowering young girls and women to pursue a game developers career.

Sharing The Hashtag
The hashtag has gone global and is shared with girls and women that are interested in pursing a game developer’s career. The fact is that the game developer’s industry is booming. It’s a billion dollar industry. Millions of people across the country play their favorite video games everyday and look forward to the next hot game to play. Today, people play the games on their desktop computer, laptops, smartphones, tablets, gaming consoles, and other mobile devices. This great popularity is another reason why there is a need for more diversity that positively represents the culture.

New Zealand Gaming Company
It is interesting to note that the hashtag on Twitter was started by a New Zealand Gaming Company, Runaway. The hashtag was started to coax girls and young women into sharing their stories about wanting to create games or start a game developer’s career. Here is an interesting fact that might surprise a lot of people. Almost half of the regular games are women. However, only about 22 percent of the game developers are women. Another goal of the New Zealand gaming company is to point out the discrepancy and increase the number of women working in the gaming industry.

Runaway is one of the few gaming companies that is actively involved in trying to change the face of the gaming industry and create more diversity. Their hashtag campaign seems to be working. Young women across the world are using the hashtag and sharing their tweets about their love of gaming and their interest in developing games.

Mario Kart Will Soon Debut On Smartphones and Tablets Everywhere

Mario Kart fans rejoice, Nintendo announced that the Super Mario franchise will finally be available on smart devices everywhere no later than the fiscal year ending in March 2019. Android and iOS users will soon be able to download the Mario Kart Tour app, which is expected to be free and have in-game purchases. Last year, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe was the first release of the series on the company’s latest console, Nintendo Switch. So far, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe have sold more than 100 million copies worldwide. The Switch console have reached record-breaking sales of over 14.8 million units worldwide, making it Nintendo’s biggest selling console in years.

While it’s far too early to know exactly how the Mario Kart Tour’s mobile gameplay will turn out, some fans are already speculating that it might have an ‘endless runner’ type of platform, while others believe that players will be able to race in different kingdoms inspired by real world culture and so forth.
The very first Super Mario Kart game was released back 1992 on the Super NES console. The Mario Kart series is one of the Super Mario franchise’s most well-received games by the gaming industry’s top critics. It’s fun, entertaining and somewhere out there, a major party staple.

For those that aren’t familiar with the Mario Kart series in general, it’s a multi-player go-kart racing game where players get to choose popular Super Mario Bros. characters such as: Mario, Luigi, Yoshi, Princess Peach, Toad, Waluigi, Wario and many others. The racecourse is plagued with hazardous obstacles including banana peels and Koopa turtle shells. Racers will be able to pick up many helpful item boxes on the track for power-ups, extra speed and slowing down your racing competition. Mario Kart was created by Shigeru Miyamoto, a popular Japanese game designer and producer. Nintendo are planning to develop more games for mobile use, they currently have a few titles available now on smartphones: Super Mario Run, Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp and Fire Emblem Heroes.

Recent News Article about Video Games and Video Game Reviews

Virtual reality is an innovation of the video gaming world which excites gamers everywhere. With virtual reality you can actually feel like you’re in the game. But can it be a way to get your exercise? According to an article on BBC.com, that just may be an area that virtual reality may head in the near future.

One company is working to revolutionize gyms with virtual reality. This company is called Black Box VR, and it is focused on fitness and a better gym experience for everybody. This could make things a lot easier for many people to visit the gym when they’re too self-conscious or may have anxieties about visiting a regular gym.

Once you enter Black Box VR, you will have the opportunity to workout your way. Al you’ll have to do is step into the black box and let the virtual reality guide you through the workout that best suits you. It’s a mixture of virtual reality and regular exercises equipment, and a program that can be designed for your needs. The best part is, you don’t have to worry about working out in front of other people and getting judged.

With the virtual reality you can really immerse yourself into your workout without worries. If you have always had trouble sticking to a workout routine, then the virtual reality can help you with that. If you’re focused on the virtual reality program while working out, then you’ll be more likely to want to continue with your personalized program. If you enjoy playing video games, then this will be a fun new way in which you can workout and it will help you stay on track.

People have already tried this new way of working out. Those who have tried it have plenty of positive things to say about it. Black Box VR has helped them with their fitness goals, whether it was to lose weight or simply to help stay fit and healthy. These people really enjoyed playing the virtual reality games, and were able to go home with the sore muscles from the true workout that they received. During the games they were able to challenge themselves and achieve different goals, and were even cheered on by a virtual arena audience. The virtual reality definitely added a fun new element to the same exercises one would do in a typical gym. It certainly makes for a great workout when fun and entertainment are involved.

Loot Boxes are the New DLC

Tis the year of the loot box, and what a controversial year it will be. In case you have been living under a rock, online multiplayer is extremely popular in gamer circles. Between Destiny, Call of Duty, Titanfall, and Star Wars Battleground the web servers for big game giants like Xbox and PlayStation overload with players duking it out. Multiplayer has become a vital market making millions upon millions of dollars per year, but there is always room to make more. In the early days, there was exclusive downloadable content. Special editions of games, incentives for pre-ordering certain titles, season passes for all the DLC that would come out across the breadth of the year. A game that costs $50 to $60 dollars on its own could easily extend itself past the $100 dollar mark just on the extra whizbangs alone. It was like tricking out an automobile you were never going to drive. It became a point of contention for many, because there were never enough gamer dollars to go around. Frequent updates to games made gamers as frustrated as smartphone owners because deluxe, special, and ultimate editions of games would be re-released. Many believed those days to be long gone, but now they are coming back again.

Overwatch, a popular multiplayer game spawned in 2017, came out with what many coined as cosmetic DLC. The idea was that the extra purchases would not affect gameplay. This has already caused much contention, but we will sail over that. Overwatch decided to conceal this cosmetic DLC into loot boxes. Loot boxes function as prize crates and contain valuable virtual items. Although many can be earned through gameplay, the ones that contain the really sweet stuff cost money. One never really knows what will be in a loot crate so purchasing one can be exciting, and ultimately disappointing depending on what is inside. Loot crates are already everywhere, but now major games like Battlefront 2 and Destiny 2 will have them. Converting to loot crates will dig deeper into gamer’s pockets, while the roulette prize system already makes many politicians claim it is gambling. Either way a storm coming., and the people caught in will be the gamers. More information can be found on https://www.forbes.com/sites/erikkain/2018/01/11/42-video-game-predictions-for-2018/#34d8d69d5b1f.

Gaming Toys Debut at CES 2018

The annual tech extravaganza launched on Tuesday with innovative gaming offerings. Companies like Google and Razer showed off their newest products at the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event’s exhibits included the latest gaming accessories, consoles, and gaming laptops to enhance gaming experience.

Nvidia turned heads at this year’s CES when they debuted their new gaming service for Windows, GeForce Now. The cloud-based gaming service allows users to play games on cheap laptops and computers whose processors couldn’t normally handle the demands of gameplay. The app can be used with Steam, Battle.net and UPlay. GeForce Now is currently in beta and is only available in North America and Europe.

On Monday, Nvidia also rolled out their 65-inch Big Format Gaming Display. Nvidia has partnered with HP, Acer,and Asus to produce 4K resolution backlit displays that come with Nvidia’s Shield streaming service. Each display features voice control courtesy of Google Assistant. The company touts its new technology as stutter-free and says that it will allow gamers to enjoy their favorite titles with less lag and screen tearing.

Virtual reality toys were also on display this year from both Google and Lenovo. Lenovo’s new Mirage Solo VR headset features Google’s WorldSense tracking technology. The headset’s first game will be a new entry in the Blade Runner franchise, Blade Runner: Revelations. The game will debut along with the VR headset in the spring.

Lovers of gaming comfort snapped to attention on Tuesday when Vertagear unveiled their new gaming chair, the PL4500. Festooned with RGB LED lights, the battery-powered racing chair can be controlled from the convenience of a smartphone app. The chair has a charge that lasts up to 30 hours. According to Vertagear, it will be publicly available in the spring.

Razer debuted their Project Linda hardware on Tuesday, showcasing the product’s ability to turn the Razer Phone into a trackpad for a special laptop dock. The phone easily plugs into the dock, transferring mobile apps and the phone’s processing power into the laptop. Razer did not reveal if Project Linda would be rolled out commercially; many of their past CES offerings have never gone beyond exhibition.

Call of Duty: WWII; A Return to Form for the Franchise

As a Game that has defined modern online gaming, Call of Duty has a long legacy on the market. Since its release in 2003, with the aptly named first installment in the series, Call of Duty, the franchise has defined itself on realistic infantry combat, in historic, fictional, and futuristic battlefields, in fourteen separate installments, with updates, and added content for almost every game. Beginning its rein on the modern gaming industry almost fifteen years ago, the series possessed a humble starting position of being a simple mod on the Quake III Arena engine, designed to replicate World War II infantry combat. With the latest installment of the game, 2017’s Call of Duty: WWII, the franchise returns to those humble beginnings with a little over a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience in building the series for the audience who wants it most.

With WWII, Call of Duty takes players back to the elegant stylistic choices of 2003, with some major updates in terms of graphics, weapons, gameplay, and multiplayer. The first game to be set in World War II, since Call of Duty: World at War, WWII takes a main focus on the European Theater of the war’s combat through the eyes of the first Infantry Division. The game also returns to the original line of Call of Duty game’s historic storytelling, with many of Operation Overlord’s missions making up the core of the single player experience. In the multiplayer, players are given more options, and are able to build their own forces from five separate soldier formats.

WWII multiplayer allows players to customize their forces through the selection of up to five combat specialists. Infantry, Airborne, Armored, Mountain, and Expeditionary, all have their own special abilities that allow players to build forces to match their own personalized play styles. Upon beginning a new multiplayer match, players are separated, at random, into either Allies or Axis. On the Axis side, players take the role of the German military at the time, the Werhmacht, while on the Allies side, players may choose from British, Soviet, French Resistance, or American Forces. Reviews on the game have been mostly positive, and have highly praised the game for a return to form to the original Call of Duty games. For more information on the game, and on the the franchise at large, visit the official Call of Duty website at https://www.callofduty.com.

Nintendo To Release Pokemon Crystal For 3DS

Nintendo is bringing back another classic Pokemon game title in January when it makes Pokemon Silver available for download on the Nintendo eShop. As part of its revamped launch, the game will be compatible with the Pokemon Bank. That service allows players to import Pokemon from older games into the latest releases: Pokémon Ultra Sun and Pokémon Ultra Moon. Pokemon Crystal is the last of the original Pokemon games to be connected to the Pokemon Bank.

The original version of Pokemon Crystal was the sixth Pokemon video game released and was the only game that was exclusive to the Game Boy Color. It was the first Pokemon game to feature between scene animation and the first Pokemon game to feature a playable female character. It was also notable for being the first game to include a lengthy storyline featuring Suicune. Sucine is a boss that is seen in some other games, but his role is much expanded in Pokemon Crystal.

Other notable features in the game include the introduction of a new character named Eusine, which battles the player while looking to team up with Suicine. There’s also a new radio show, Buena’s Password, which includes a password that can be used later by the player to complete a battle.

One change for the updated version of Pokemon Crystal is that players will be able to have an interaction with the mythical Pokémon Celebi after they completely finish the game. In the original version of Pokemon Crystal, the only to interact with Celebi was by inputting a special code. That code was available for a limited amount of time through a mail-in contest.

While Pokemon Crystal is the final original Pokemon game to be ported to the 3DS platform, it is not yet available as part of the new Nintendo Switch gaming system. Some of the older Pokemon games are available on Switch as part of an add-on game, but there is no word on when Crystal will be available.

Fighting Games That Came After Street Fighter II

As many people would know, Street Fighter II is not the only fighting game. As a matter of fact, just the name itself would suggest that there has been another fighting game before it. However, Street Fighter II is considered one of the best fighting games in history. However, there have been other fighting games that have come along and has gained some form of popularity. Some of them have lived on to this day.

Mortal Kombat

This can be considered the ultra violent answer to Street Fighter II. Even though Street Fighter II has its moments of blood, Mortal Kombat actually had blood splatter, dismemberment and other gruesome forms of violence

Killer Instinct

This is probably one of the unsung heroes of the fighting game genre. Some may consider this game to be Mortal Kombat-Lite. While it does have violence that exceeds that of Street Fighter II, Killer Instinct’s claim to fame is the extremely long combos. It does have finishing moves like Mortal Kombat, but none of them come close to being as gruesome as Mortal Kombat. The most recent installment in the game franchise has finish moves that seem tame. One other area that the game shines in is its soundtrack, particularly the music.

Virtua Fighter

Virtua Fighter has pioneered the 3D fighting game market. Even with Street Fighter II’s revolutionary style in fighting, seeing some fighter polygons fighting in a 3D arena was considered groundbreaking back in its day. As the sequels came, the graphics have updated. Virtua Fighter remains one of the more popular fighting game franchises.

Tekken

Tekken is in fact another interesting franchise. This has gone through plenty of advancements with each installment. Tekken is another franchise that shines in its music. Another thing that is notable is that its physics is a little different and more realistic than Virtua Fighter’s. Another interesting feature is that each hit that connects results in sparks. The games released have brought with it a continuing storyline. Another interesting thing is that Tekken 7 is considered to be the end of the storyline.

“Kingdom Hearts” Fans Speculate On 21st Century Fox Themed Levels

Right after it was announced that Walt Disney Company officially bought a $52.4 million stake in 21st Century Fox, Kingdom Hearts fans were online speculating about what this could mean for the video game series. Many gamers hope that Sora, Donald, and Goofy will travel to worlds based on 21st Century Fox franchises in the near future.

A few popular suggestions for 21st Century Fox-themed worlds in Kingdom Hearts include The Simpsons, X-Men, and the Fantastic Four. Some fans even suggested edgier franchises like Family Guy, Deadpool,and It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia.

It’s still way too early to tell whether or not Square Enix/Disney is even thinking about putting a few references to these popular shows in a Kingdom Hearts title. Most video game experts don’t believe, however, that Square Enix will incorporate any 21st Century Fox areas into Kingdom Hearts III.

Most posts on social media regarding 21st Century Fox worlds in Kingdom Hearts III were humorous in nature. There are millions of Kingdom Hearts fans, however, that are serious about new worlds from some of Disney’s other recent acquisitions.

Disney purchased Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm shortly after Kingdom Heart II was released in 2006. That certainly gave designers at Square Enix plenty of time to consider incorporating these franchises into Kingdom Hearts III.

While there’s no confirmation on any Marvel or Lucasfilm inspired worlds, Disney confirmed that there will be a Toy Story level in Kingdom Hearts III. Disney released an ad showing Sora, Donald, and Goofy in Andy’s room at the 2017 D23 event. This ad already has 5 million views on YouTube.

A few other new worlds that are confirmed for Kingdom Hearts III include Tangled and Big Hero 6. It has also been confirmed that Kingdom Hearts III will include classic worlds such as Mt. Olympus from Hercules, Twilight Town, and Mysterious Tower.

The other big reveal at the D23 2017 event this year was Kingdom Hearts III will be released sometime in 2018. There’s no word yet on an official release date.

Kingdom Hearts III director Tetsuya Nomura said the main reason it has taken so long to release this game has to do with the switch to Unreal Engine 4. The switch to this platform was made in the first year of Kingdom Hearts III’s development and was out of Nomura’s control.

Nintendo Partnering With Developers to Release More Mobile Games

Recent news reports suggest that Nintendo is getting ready to increase its presence on the mobile gaming scene. In the past, the company has maintained that it won’t be bringing its top franchises to the mobile market as it was focusing on developing games for its own hardware. This strategy hasn’t worked out too well for them, as sales of both home and handheld consoles remained low, trailing behind their main competitors Sony and Microsoft.

These disappointing results have led to Nintendo changing their stance on mobile gaming and they released a series of games for the Android and iOS platforms. Super Mario Run was one of the most popular, along with other titles like Miitopia and Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp.

Nintendo has recently acquired a 10 percent stake in mobile game developer DeNA and is currently collaborating on them to release several games for mobile devices. It is now believed that the company is trying to form partnerships with other firms specialized in mobile game development in an effort to push out a larger amount of games in a short time period.

There hasn’t been any official confirmation of who they may be planning on working with next, though some reports indicate that Nintendo has expressed interest in a partnership with GungHo, the developer of Puzzle & Dragons. The two firms have already worked together in the past, as a few characters from the Mario world have made their appearance in the 3DS release of the Puzzle & Dragons game.

As Nintendo is now showing that it has completely reversed its previous policy of staying out of the mobile market to focus on its own consoles, many gamers are speculating about which games are going to be released for mobile devices soon. Some are expecting a Mario platform-based game to be the next one in line, while others believe that the company is more likely to bring its highly popular Mario Kart series to smartphones and tablets first.