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Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Psyonix reveals it earned $110M in revenue from Rocket League so far, the head of Gameloft reportedly intends to step down following Vivendi's successful hostile takeover, Bungie will reveal the fourth Destiny expansion next week, and GOG allows players to import games into its library from Steam for free.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look back at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, gaming luminary Peter Molyneux becomes the victim of a retirement hoax following a Twitter account hack, the CEO of Bungie is replaced just one week after a report claimed there were internal issues at the Destiny developer, GOG takes on Steam by offering early access sales for games still in development, and Sony's attempts to register "Let's Play" as a trademark has been blocked yet again.
For the first time, Escher-inspired puzzle title Monument Valley has gone free. The highly-acclaimed but short puzzle game won an Apple Design Award, and is currently being featured as part of Apple's "Essentials" collection. The app has a single piece of downloadable content to extend gameplay.
Welcome to the Game Replay, the thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Harmonix explains why the Xbox One version of Rock Band 4 will cost more than the PlayStation 4 edition, Blizzard releases The Grand Tournament for Hearthstone, a new Magic: The Gathering game is on the horizon, and GOG Galaxy's beta client reaches version 1.1.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. In today's entry we look at Mac Gamer HQ's GOG coupon giveaway, the announcement of Fortnite for Mac, the launch of Transistor on iOS, and the new free version of Threes!.
"Persevere and never fear." Excellent advice for those who choose to undertake the massive gaming experience that is Total War: Shogun 2 Collection, from Sega and Feral Interactive. For those who have never delved into the series, the Total War games are a series of war games that combine real-time tactics with turn-based strategy, to give an experience that is similar to Civilization, but with a much tighter focus on the battlefield. The entire series is very complex, both in strategy as well as in design. While the games have generally done a good job of introducing new players to the gameplay styles and mechanics, they can be quite daunting for those not accustomed to such a deeply involved experience, and Total War: Shogun 2 Collection is no exception to that.
Since its auspicious inception in 2008, GOG has been the little digital distribution service that could. With accomplishments like the exclusive releases of System Shock 2, TIE Fighter/X-Wing and Star Trek: 25th Anniversary, GOG has shown that yes, it is possible to run a successful videogame business focused on DRM-free distribution. Many companies have heavily emphasized DRM in their recent releases, and client-centric DRM-based services like Steam, Origin, and Uplay, as well as Apple's own Mac App Store are still market leaders. Among these services, it is Steam -- the 500 pound gorilla of PC gaming -- that continues to enjoy a position of prominence and influence in the videogame industry. A recent revelation from the upstart is GOG Galaxy, a completely optional front-end for the service, and MacNN has taken an in-depth look at how it looks right now.
On Tuesdays and Fridays, MacNN takes a few minutes to round up important goings-on in the Mac and iOS gaming world. Today, we're looking at the GOG Galaxy front-end public beta, an EVE Online charity effort for Nepal, the top 10 strategy games according to Mac Gamer HQ, and a possible mod for Grand Theft Auto V to use an iPhone to control the in-game phone.
Gaming peripheral maker Razer announced that it is readying a new sound bar for the living room and desktop. The Razer Leviathan is a 5.1 channel surround sound bar, which the company states can easily fit under a monitor or console setup. The Leviathan features Dolby technology, including Dolby Digital, Pro Logic II and Virtual Speaker. The unit also comes with a dedicated 5.25-inch down-firing subwoofer that Razer says is "tuned to produce distortion-free lower tones."
Gaming marketplace GOG has undergone several changes this year, from announcing an expansion of its practices to compete better with Steam with GOG Galaxy to adding support for Linux games. Today, the company announced that it was extending its business to films, partially as an effort to show how effective the digital rights management-free (DRM) download model is.
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Cirrus creates Lightning-headphone dev kit
Apple supplier Cirrus Logic has introduced a MFi-compliant new development kit for companies interested in using Cirrus' chips to create Lightning-based headphones, which -- regardless of whether rumors about Apple dropping the analog headphone jack in its iPhone this fall -- can offer advantages to music-loving iOS device users. The kit mentions some of the advantages of an all-digital headset or headphone connector, including higher-bitrate support, a more customizable experience, and support for power and data transfer into headphone hardware. Several companies already make Lightning headphones, and Apple has supported the concept since June 2014. http://bit.ly/29giiZj
Apple Store app offers Procreate Pocket
The Apple Store app for iPhone, which periodically rewards users with free app gifts, is now offering the iPhone "Pocket" version of drawing app Procreate for those who have the free Apple Store app until July 28. Users who have redeemed the offer by navigating to the "Stores" tab of the app and swiping past the "iPhone Upgrade Program" banner to the "Procreate" banner have noted that only the limited Pocket (iPhone) version of the app is available free, even if the Apple Store app is installed and the offer redeemed on an iPad. The Pocket version currently sells for $3 on the iOS App Store. [32.4MB]
Porsche adds CarPlay to 2017 Panamera
Porsche has added a fifth model of vehicle to its CarPlay-supported lineup, announcing that the 2017 Panamera -- which will arrive in the US in January -- will include Apple's infotainment technology, and be seen on a giant 12.3-inch touchscreen as part of an all-new Porsche Communication Management system. The luxury sedan starts at $99,900 for the 4S model, and scales up to the Panamera Turbo, which sells for $146,900. Other vehicles that currently support CarPlay include the 2016 911 and the 2017 models of Macan, 718 Boxster, and 718 Cayman. The company did not mention support for Google's corresponding Android Auto in its announcement. http://bit.ly/295ZQ94
Apple employees testing wheelchair features
New features included in the forthcoming watchOS 3 are being tested by Apple retail store employees, including a new activity-tracking feature that has been designed with wheelchair users in mind. The move is slightly unusual in that, while retail employees have previously been used to test pre-release versions of OS X and iOS, this marks the first time they've been included in the otherwise developer-only watchOS betas. The company is said to have gone to great lengths to modify the activity tracker for wheelchair users, including changing the "time to stand" notification to "time to roll" and including two wheelchair-centric workout apps. http://bit.ly/2955JDa
SanDisk reveals two 256GB microSDXC cards
SanDisk has introduced two 256GB microSDXC cards. Arriving in August for $150, the Ultra microSDXC UHS-I Premium Edition card offers transfer speeds of up to 95MB/s for reading data. The Extreme microSDXC UHS-I card can read at a fast 100MB/s and write at up to 90MB/s, and will be shipping sometime in the fourth quarter for $200. http://bit.ly/294Q1If
Apple's third-quarter results due July 26
Apple has advised it will be issuing its third-quarter results on July 26, with a conference call to answer investor and analyst queries about the earnings set to take place later that day. The stream of the call will go live at 2pm PT (5pm ET) via Apple's investor site, with the results themselves expected to be released roughly 30 minutes before the call commences. Apple's guidance for the quarter put revenue at between $41 billion and $43 billion. http://apple.co/1oi1Pbm
Twitter stickers slowly roll out to users
Twitter has introduced "stickers," allowing users to add extra graphical elements to their photos before uploading them to the micro-blogging service. A library of hundreds of accessories, props, and emoji will be available to use as stickers, which can be resized, rotated, and placed anywhere on the photograph. Images with stickers will also become searchable with viewers able to select a sticker to see how others use the same graphic in their own posts. Twitter advises stickers will be rolling out to users over the next few weeks, and will work on both the mobile apps and through the browser. http://bit.ly/29bbwUE