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Atari Mini PONG Jr. Brings The Classic PONG Arcade Experience To Homes For Holiday 2020

Atari in collaboration with amusement and entertainment device manufacturer UNIS Technology Ltd. announced the Atari Mini PONG Jr., a new home arcade device based on the classic PONG arcade game. The stylish small-form-factor digital Atari Mini PONG Jr. gaming device will arrive in time for the holidays. 

The Atari Mini PONG Jr. from UNIS allows players to experience PONG in a whole new dimension, bringing a high-tech yet retro ‘80s arcade experience to the home living room. The Atari Mini PONG Jr. measures just 30-centimeters in length and is outfitted with an LCD screen, fitting perfectly on any table surface.

The device features single-player play against an AI, 2-player local multiplayer, retro arcade sound effects, and physical dials for players to control their respective PONG paddles. The device is powered by a USB cable and adapter; users can optionally install three lithium rechargeable batteries for portable play. 

Atari will soon announce details on pricing and pre-orders. 

Features:

– Lightweight and compact in size
– Perfect for home, office, and on-the-go
– Play with AI or friends
– Ten AI difficulty levels
– Intuitive interface, simple to use controls
– 7.9 Inch LCD Panel
– Lithium Rechargeable battery (3) for portable use
– USB powered

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Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Sage Continues

Cobra Kai: The Karate Kid Saga Continues delivers an original two-fold story from dueling perspectives made in collaboration with the series showrunners, complete with character-driven cutscenes and dialogue featuring the voices of Ralph Macchio, William Zabka and more. 

Play as Daniel LaRusso and his students at Miyagi-Do Karate, or their Cobra Kai rivals, led by Daniel’s old rival, Johnny Lawrence. The choice is yours, but only completing both sides of the campaign will unlock the ultimate ending.

Swap between eight playable characters seamlessly in battle, each with their own unique upgradeable attacks, combos and skill trees. Face down fierce enemies and bosses in hard-hitting brawls and explore the Los Angeles of the Cobra Kai universe across 28 story missions. The fight is in your hands!

The game will launch on October 27th on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One with the Nintendo Switch version following later on November 24th.

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Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit 

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is a mixed reality (MR) game that combines a camera-enabled physical kart and course gate markers to turn any living space into the next great Mario Kart circuit. With Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit, players design and construct courses in the real world, and race the circuit in a mixed reality experience that blends the digital game world with the real world in an immersive way on the Nintendo Switch system.

Mario Kart Live: Home Circuit is available in a Mario or Luigi set, and launches on October 16 for $100. 

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Netflix Announces Animated Cuphead Series

Today Netflix and King Features Syndicate, a part of Hearst Entertainment and Syndication jointly announced an all-new animated series The Cuphead Show!, based on Studio MDHR’s award-winning video game Cuphead, the wildly popular global phenomenon.

The game that has won the hearts and minds of fans with its gorgeous retro hand-animated style, crazy boss-brawls, and challenging gameplay will come to life on television for the first time ever in The Cuphead Show!. 

The new series will expand on the characters and world of Cuphead, with an animation style inspired by the classic Fleischer cartoons from the 1930s. For King Features, CJ Kettler will serve as the Executive Producer and creators Chad and Jared Moldenhauer will serve as Executive Producers for Studio MDHR. The series will be produced by Netflix Animation and is executive produced by Emmy and Annie Award-winning producer, Dave Wasson (Mickey Mouse Shorts) and Cosmo Segurson (Rocko’s Modern Life: Static Cling) serves as co-executive producer.

The character-driven comedy follows the unique misadventures of the impulsive Cuphead and his cautious but easily swayed brother Mugman. Through their many misadventures across their surreal home of the Inkwell Isles, they’ve always got one another’s backs.

To date, Cuphead has sold over 4 million units worldwide, and has won over 20 major awards, including Special Achievement in Animation at the 45th Annual Annie Awards, Xbox One’s Game of the Year, a BAFTA Games award for Music, and a trio of statues at the 2017 Game Awards for Best Debut, Best Independent Game, and Best Art Direction. The game continues to be celebrated by fans for its arcade-action gameplay, highly original art design, and an award-winning soundtrack featuring almost three hours of original jazz, early big band, and ragtime music.

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LEGO San Diego Comic Con Exclusive Advanced Suit Spider-Man Minifigure

LEGO has revealed one of the exclusive 2019 San Diego Comic Con LEGO Minifigures with the Advanced Suit Spider-Man from the 2018 Playstation 4 Spider-Man game. 

Attendees will have a chance to win this minifigure in a randomized instant-win drawing on Thursday, July 18.

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Video Games That Players Want In 2019

For a gamer, there is nothing better than a new year. A new year represents a whole new showcase of games and consoles. This coupled with the advances in technology and players are left in a daze of anticipation. 2018 certainly was an exciting year for many gamers with major titles like Red Dead Redemption 2 and God of War. These are only to just mention a few. Of course, there were many more. There have also been plenty of exciting releases thus far in 2019 and the year is only half gone. Below, you will learn about some video games titles that you should be playing in 2019 if you aren’t already.

Apex Legends

It would be really hard to create a list like this without mentioning Apex Legends. This game will probably go down at the most surprising release of 2019 because it literally came out of nowhere and captivated gamers from all around the world. The developers took a really risky move by just revealing the game minutes before it was released. It really is hard to imagine something like this happening in today’s world. Developers and creators usually spend years showing little teasers and snippets of their game before they are released on such a wide scale. In fact, some companies go as far as to release beta versions so that players can indulge before the final full release.

Despite that tangent, Apex Legends is a fairly good game all around. This team-based battle royale offers a fast-paced environment coupled with some of the most innovative team mechanics. In fact, the team mechanics are probably the most impressive thing about the game.

Battletoads

Who really thought that they were going to get another Battletoads game? It might have been twenty-some years in the making, but it looks like fans of the original titles have something to be excited about. The aspect of the game that garnered the most respect and popularity amongst gamers was the difficulty. Battletoads has been referred to many times as being one of the hardest games ever released on the NES. With a little, more research players will notice right away that the art style of the game is completely different. There are also some other modern improvements thrown in there, but the game will without a doubt feel familiar to longtime fans.

Blair Witch

Blair Witch is one of the most iconic movies of all times. Whether you hated the original or loved it, you have to say that it was something refreshing for its time. The movie sparked a whole new movement in cinematic production. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about the game. It certainly isn’t from lack of trying. There have already been several editions of the game released, but to say the least they have failed to impress. Most dedicated players have even coined them as terrible. Well, it looks like the series might actually have something to get fans excited about.

It would be hard for anyone to look at the initial footage and not be impressed. And, this is not to even mention that this edition of the game is being developed by the same studio that made Layers of Fear. This really could be the game that Blair Witch fans have been waiting for, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t at least try online gambling. Sites like pokieshq.com can provide you with reliable and reputable casinos.

Borderland 3

Fans of the Borderland’s franchise have been waiting in anticipation for years for another release. Well, it looks like that wait is finally over and there is now a trilogy in the making. Fans don’t have to worry about the new release straying too far from the traditional aspects of the series thus far. You can expect tons of dark humor coupled with tons of guns, beautiful cel-shaded graphics along with single and multiplayer options.

Days Gone

After a highly anticipated debut, Days Gone is finally on the market. In fact, it has been on the market for a while now, but it didn’t seem to draw as much attention as PlayStation has hoped for. It is hard to say why because the game is truly awesome as you travel around in a post-apocalyptic world fighting for your life.

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Harry Potter Wizards Unite, The New Game From The Creators of Pokémon Go, Is Coming To Android & iPhone On June 21, 2019

Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, a new mobile augmented reality game from the creators of Pokémon Go, is coming to Android and iOS devices on Friday June 21.

Niantic announced that it was partnering with WB Games to work on Harry Potter: Wizards Unite in November 2017. The game is Niantic’s follow-up to Pokémon Go, which became a global phenomenon when it launched back in July 2016.

In Harry Potter: Wizards Unite, players will be able to explore the real world, searching for signs of magic and encountering iconic Harry Potter characters along the way, much like Pokémon Go. Players will take on the role of a new wizard recruit working with the Statute of Secrecy Task Force — the group responsible for solving the mystery of the Calamity, a major event that scattered magical artifacts and creatures all over the world.

You can find the game on June 21 in the Google Play Store and Apple’s App Store.

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Next Games Announces Mobile Game Based On The Netflix Original, Stranger Things Set For 2020 Launch

Finnish game developer and publisher, Next Games, known for its The Walking Dead games, announced a free-to-play mobile game title based on the hit Netflix original series, Stranger Things. The location-based puzzle RPG game is currently slated for release in 2020 on iOS and Android platforms.

The mobile game will reimagine the Stranger Things universe in the style of an 80’s Saturday morning cartoon. Through location-based mechanics and Google Maps integration, players can explore The Upside Down hidden around them in their daily travels and work with fellow fans to fight back its emerging evils.

Teemu Huuhtanen, CEO, Next Games: “We are huge fans of Stranger Things and thrilled to work together with Netflix to bring our shared vision of Stranger Things into life in a mobile game format. Our core focus will be to deliver on Stranger Things’ rich and intense themes like friendship and supernatural adventure, and translate these into snack-sized entertainment on your mobile device. Combined with Netflix’s second-to none ability to reach audiences across the globe, we will deploy all of our accumulated creative and technological expertise to create a game for the fans of the series all around the world.”

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Videogames and Content-Streaming

Videogames are now the most popular form of entertainment in terms of gross-dollar amounts. As the technology behind videogames continues to develop, the number of experiences accessible to users will be astounding. Virtual reality is still a form of applicable technology in its infancy, and the same is true for augmented reality. Companies such as Unreal are in the process of creating engines to support photorealistic graphics. Fan-favorites like Nintendo continue to provide consumers with gaming soundtracks that will inevitably last throughout generations. With that said; gamers have remained faithful to physical content over the ability to stream games directly on consoles. The new partnership between Microsoft and Sony for content-streaming and AI applications looks to change the entire dynamic of the gaming industry.

Streaming Content

Consumers have enjoyed the ability to stream television shows and movies over popular streaming services for years. The convenience provided by these options is unrivaled and will eventually result in the death of cable and satellite television. Famous film producers, such as David Guillod, continue to observe the changing structure of the entertainment industry. As most consumers merely follow trends present in traditional forms of entertainment, it did not take long for most to adopt the notion of streaming content from devices. However, gamers have been much more reluctant to relinquish control in this area. Many players still prefer to purchase physical copies and save precious space on hard drives.

Convincing Gamers to Make the Transition

The process of convincing gamers to make this transition will certainly not be simple. Unlike television and films, gaming is an active form of entertainment and requires a stable playing environment. Recently, Google announced a streaming-only platform that did not impress the majority of hardcore gamers. This type of technology is appealing to the casual player who does not have access to one of the primary consoles available in the marketplace. However, hardcore gamers are individuals who are not afraid to voice opinions and change company trajectories. Before the Xbox One launched, Microsoft intended on having an always-online console to gain a competitive advantage in the streaming arena. However, the outcry from gamers quickly made Microsoft amend these plans and change course.

Developing Cloud Infrastructures for Games

One of the primary reasons as to why streaming has not taken off for gamers is due to latency. When players play online, they are expecting an amount of lag that cannot be detected by the human eye. Online only games such as Fortnite require a steady internet connection to play with friends and unknown challengers. The physical console is responsible for running these games and can only withstand so much workload. To successfully stream games in a reliable manner, companies will have to utilize cloud infrastructures across the world. Fortunately, Microsoft has one of the most significant cloud infrastructures in the world and is prepared to apply this technology to gaming. While this is undoubtedly why Microsoft and Sony decided to join forces, this investment could potentially fall flat due to the stubborn nature of the gaming industry.

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Panic Announces The Playdate Handheld Video Game System

After more than 20 years of making quality apps for Mac and iOS, Panic was, frankly, ready to try something new. Their first attempt: jumping into videogame publishing with Firewatch in 2016 and Untitled Goose Game later this year.

Today, after more than four years of work by a small and talented team, Panic is extremely excited to introduce Playdate, a brand new handheld gaming system.

Playdate is both very familiar, and totally new. It’s yellow, and fits perfectly in a pocket. It has a black-and-white screen with high reflectivity, a crystal-clear image, and no backlight. And of course, it has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB-C, and a headphone jack. But it also has a crank. Yes, a crank: a cute, rotating analog controller that flips out from the side. It’s literally revolutionary.

There’s more: Playdate includes games — a full season of them. The games will be delivered over-the-air, once a week for 12 weeks, and they’ll be a surprise: when the new game light flashes, you’ll never know what you’re about to play. Panic recruited some of the world’s best game designers — some well known; others under the radar — to make games exclusively for our system. Playdate isn’t just hardware: it’s a complete experience.

Today, Panic is revealing one of these original Playdate games: Crankin’s Time Travel Adventure, from Keita Takahashi, the creator of Namco’s Katamari Damacy. This game uses the crank exclusively to control the flow of time, backwards and forwards. Your goal? Get Crankin’ to his date with Crankette while avoiding an ever-increasing series of ridiculous obstacles — obstacles that aren’t affected by the time control. Will Crankin’ make it to his rendezvous on-time? (Spoiler alert: no)

Playdate will ship in early 2020, with pre-orders anticipated in late 2019 for US $149.

More information can be found on the official site at https://play.date, where users wanting to be first in line for a Playdate can sign up for our mailing list.

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