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Every so often, we're presented with a game so crazy, so wacky, so over-the-top that it takes us back to the morally questionable, yet undoubtedly awesome, '80s. Today is one of those days, with the release of mecha-action-strategy game Brigador, a game that is designed to capture the essence of a '80s-styled cyberpunk action flick.
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.
Are you a big fan of turn-based strategy games that lean heavily on tactical planing and well-thought-out dialog choices? Good, because we are too, which is why we're going to show you a little game that just came out of Steam Greenlight, a game called Overfall.
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, Epic Games changes focus away from major big-budget titles for the foreseeable future, Fixaris announces an XCOM 2 DLC pack shipping next week, Valve updates how Steam handles user reviews, and Uncharted arrives on mobile devices as a free puzzle game.
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, Blizzard ships the latest expansion for Hearthstone, Zen Studios releases three pinball tables based on the Aliens franchise, more movies will become available to watch on Steam in the future, and the head of World of Warcraft at Blizzard reveals the publisher has been seriously considering creating 'vanilla' realms.
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, Blizzard is hit by a DDoS attack on game servers, Rockstar responds to the $150 million lost royalty lawsuit, the latest Humble Bundle includes a collection of Telltale Games titles, and an independent game store fails to get itself listed within the Steam marketplace.
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, PlayStation 4 games will be playable remotely via Mac and PC from tomorrow, Valve teases a VR interface for spectating Dota 2 matches, a congressman is questioned over apparently using campaign funds to buy games on Steam, and Elgato brings out new hardware for game streamers.
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, Sony is said to be thinking about making PlayStation VR work with PCs, Konami and Tencent tease Contra Mobile, and Valve's Steam store faces two issues stemming from a vulnerability and an Australian court's ruling over refunds.
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, Valve Software makes the Steam controller easier to customize by releasing 3D files for external components, Elite: Dangerous gains the voice of William Shatner, and the final list of items included with the consumer edition of the HTC Vive VR headset is revealed.
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, Blizzard confirms details about its next Hearthstone expansion, NCSoft lets go of a large proportion of Carbine Studios staff, Steam creates a way to play non-VR games in a VR headset easily, and game details are unusually leaked via frozen food.
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WhatsApp now handles over 100M calls daily
WhatsApp is celebrating that it is being used for over 100 million calls every day. In a brief notice, the Facebook-owned messaging platform advises the voice-calling feature it rolled out to its users last year now deals with an average of over 1,100 calls initiated per second. Earlier this year, it increased the security of its calls and other messages, by introducing end-to-end encryption on all platforms. http://bit.ly/292HqCX
Adele's '25' album now streaming
Recording artist Adele has "pulled a Kanye" after saying that her current album "25" would not be available for streaming. The seven-month-old record, which has yielded a number of hit singles, is now available for streaming on all the major streaming services, such as Apple Music and Spotify, as of today in most major markets, with worldwide distribution to come. Reportedly, the singer had demanded streaming be limited to paid subscribers -- a condition that has hurt some streamers with artists, who aren't paid royalties for free or trial listens . Apple pays performers its normal royalty rates during its free trial, avoiding the issue -- and having repeated success in both signing up exclusives and placing those exclusives into the top of the charts. http://ti.me/28U7NOu
SanDisk iXpand case has battery, storage
A new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6s case from SanDisk appears to be the "holy grail" of accessories: a stylish and protective case that offers both extra storage as well as the option of extra battery power as well. The iXpand Memory case offers either 32GB, 64GB, or 128GB of additional storage incorporated into the case, and an optional add-on battery pack (sold separately) adds up to an extra day or more of charge. Through the associated iXpand app, camera photos and videos can be automatically stored on the extra storage, optionally password-protected, The cost for the case is (in order of storage capacity) $60, $100, and $130. The battery pack's release data has not yet been announced, but the add-on should retail for an additional $30. http://bit.ly/291epHu
Fifth Hong Kong store to open June 30
The 46th official Apple store in what the company calls the "Greater China" region will open at 10AM local time in Hong Kong's New Town Plaza in the Sha Tin district on Thursday, June 30, according to a new page on Apple's retail website. Despite slowing growth due to economic turmoil in China, the country is still Apple's fastest-growing market. The new story will be the fifth for Hong Kong, a lucrative market for Apple thanks to the high concentration of wealth there and a thriving "gray" market. Normal store hours for the new store will be 10AM to 10PM every day. http://apple.co/291diaT
Apple Music bug bites very short songs
There appears to be a reproducible bug in the current version of iTunes -- version 12.4.1, running on OS X 10.11.5, both the current non-beta versions of the respective software -- that causes a streamed song to become "stuck" in endless buffering if the streamed item just before this happened was 60 seconds or less in length. The problem appears to stem from code in iTunes that signals the next track to start downloading one minute before the currently-playing track is done, and thus songs shorter than one minute don't trigger the download. Locally-stored music is unaffected by the bug, and the problem does not appear to exist in either the macOS Sierra developer beta or versions of iTunes earlier than 12.4, and does not affect the iOS Music app at all. http://bit.ly/291cN0l
Walmart Pay expands to 15 states
Walmart, one of the key progenitors of the failed CurrentC mobile payment system that was distinguished from Apple Pay by its ability to collect and share customer financial and buying data among its participants, has expanded the soft rollout of its alternative solution "Walmart Pay" to an additional 15 US states following a pilot program in Arkansas and Texas last month. Walmart continues to resist adding Apple Pay. The system, built into the Walmart app for iOS and Android, works with a complicated system of the camera scanning a purchase code at the register, then generating a QR code which is then scanned by the register. The system is available now in Alabama, Georgia, Indiana, Iowa, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia, and Washington, DC. http://apple.co/28SqZfu
Amazon refreshes entry-level Kindle
Amazon has added a new Kindle to its ebook reader range, one that is thinner and lighter than the previous entry-level model. Offering a six-inch 167-dpi touchscreen display, a doubled 4GB of storage, and an option for a white casing, the new model also adds in the ability to export highlights and notes to an email account as a PDF. Two versions of the all-new Kindle are available, priced at $80 including "Special Offers" and $100 without. http://amzn.to/28Q4c3R