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Take-Two CEO gets bonuses based on microtransaction earnings

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 45 mins ago

Take-Two Interactive gets lucrative monetary incentives to push microtransactions, subscriptions, and DLC into its biggest games.




A recent Take-Two SEC filing revealed some interesting info on why the company includes live services into marquee titles. Sure there's the obvious reason; live services in games like NBA 2K make hundreds of millions over time via microtransactions, which makes investors happy and raises the value of the company's stock. Take-Two earned roughly $300 million last quarter from recurrent consumer spending, or 24% of its total $1.249 billion net revenues. When handled right, live services are a boon for any publisher. But there's a ceiling, as EA and Activision-Blizzard are now learning.


But Take-Two's company is set up to directly award its biggest shareholder, ZelnickMedia (aka Zelnick Media Capital), for making a certain amount from microtransactions. ZelnickMedia is of course run by Take-Two CEO Strauss Zelnick. So the more money huge games like Grand Theft Auto Online and NBA 2K make from full sales and monetization, the more restricted shares Take-Two can issue ZelnickMedia. It's a big compensatory reward for doing well in the industry's most important metrics: short- and long-term earnings.

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YouTuber makes working PC out of lasagna

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 18 hours, 56 mins ago

Gamers make PCs out of all kinds of things like toasters, tires, and even old liquor bottles...but what about food? Can you make, say, a pasta PC? Why yes, yes you can.



YouTuber Micah Laplante made a working pasta computer using lasagna as a makeshift chassis. The internals were from a stripped ASUS laptop, and with enough hot glue and layered carbs, the weird hybrid of food and fun was born. The pasta PC not only turned on and worked, but Laplante was able to play Rocket League for a bit.


This illustrious build began with a joke...which naturally turned into a challenge. "My wife said something one day joking about making a PC out of Pasta... Never joke with me on such things because I may just do it... and done it I have. Behold... The LASAGNA PC V.1," Laplante said. "Clickbait you say?! NAY! This is the real deal. The first ever crazy PC build on this Channel, and the first ever Pasta PC in the world. You're welcome."

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Halo 6 won't have battle royale, 343i reiterates

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 21 hours, 15 mins ago

Rumor has it that Halo 6, aka Halo: Infinite, would feature a battle royale mode to cash in on the billion-dollar Apex Legends and Fortnite craze, but 343i squashes the speculation.




343 Industries still has no plans to include a battle royale mode in Halo 6, studio dev Frank O'Connor said in a response on ResetERA. "We are NOT doing this as of now--and [have] no plans to--but Battle Royale could be made for any of the Halo games in MCC or Halo 5 with some content and scripting additions, because it is a mode," O'Connor said in the thread.


"The launch modes for MP are not 100% defined and are subject to change till quite late in the process - but Battle Rifle will still be there. So you can have BR. But are we interested in big social modes with loads of organic shenanigans? Yes. Specifically A blimp full of survivors heading to an Island after a (metaphorical) lecture from Beat Takeshi? No."

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Genesis Mini's classic games library is shaping up nicely

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day ago

SEGA continues adding value to its upcoming Genesis Mini console, packing in 10 great new titles like Earthworm Jim and Sonic 2.




SEGA's new $80 Genesis Mini console will include 40 built-in retro classics, bringing some serious value over Nintendo's SNES and NES Classic Editions. The library is filling out quite nicely and SEGA has revealed half of the Genesis Mini's offering. New additions include Streets of Rage, Sonic 2, Earthworm Jim, Shinobi III and Contra: Hard Corps.


Nostalgia is the main selling point of course, but the Genesis Mini includes power cords and two controllers with the $80 price tag. SEGA promises the micro-console will deliver high-quality emulation and performance, ousting AtGames and selecting the well-respected M2 to handle the system.

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Leaked Left 4 Dead 3 screenshots show Middle Eastern theme

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 3 hours ago

Info on the cancelled Left 4 Dead 3 is quite a rare commodity. Valve is incredibly secretive about its projects, but thanks to clever internet sleuths like Valve News Network, we have an idea of what it could've been like.




If these leaked screenshots are anything to go by, Valve may have had ambitious plans for Left 4 Dead 3 that could've taken us around the world to fight the zombie infestation. The screenshots have a tenuous connection with Left 4 Dead 3, tying in with a complex map of file names, assets, and Source 2 test runs, and don't actually show any zombies or characters.


All we get is a potential look at an in-game environment. Part of the game would've mirrored infamous Counter Strike map remake Dust II in style and asset management, complete with an exotic Moroccan appearance. This matches early concept art for Left 4 Dead 3 that showed two playable Middle Eastern characters. Valve News Network says Left 4 Dead 3 would have 8 characters total--4 new ones and 4 returning--and these two classes may have been central to this part of the game.

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Warhammer: Chaosbane 2nd round of beta access available now

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 11 hours ago

The newest addition to the dungeon crawler library of games is Eko Software and Bigben Interactive's upcoming title Warhammer: Chaosbane. Dive into the blood soaked action in the currently available beta now.



A new beta launch trailer has been released onto the Warhammer: Chaosbane YouTube Channel, it gives us a quick look at what players will be enjoying while craving their way through hordes of enemies in Chaosbane. The beta will include access to four characters for players to try out, we have; a Dwarf slayer, Wood-Elf scout, High-Elf mage, and an Imperial soldier.


The beta will include will have support for up to four-player co-op and will grant access to the first three missions of the game. It should be noted that the beta access is only given after the player has pre-ordered the game. Within the entirety of this post I have included video links to both the Dwarf Slayer and Wood Elf, each of these videos will give a more in-depth description of both the characters. Warhammer: Chaosbane's 2nd beta access will be available from April 18th until April 24th. For more information, visit the official Warhammer: Chaosbane website here. The full release of Warhammer: Chaosbane is June 4th, 2019.

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Kid Goku (GT) will be added to Dragon Ball FighterZ in May

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 12 hours ago

Some screenshots have revealed that Kid Goku (GT) will be making his way to Dragon Ball FighterZ sometime this May.



Above we can see screenshots from the Japanese magainze V-Jump, the screenshots reveal that Bandai will be debuting the sixth iteration of Goku to Dragon Ball FighterZ sometime this May. We first heard about Kid Goku (GT) being added to Dragon Ball FighterZ back at the end of March, that announcement showcased some of Kid Goku's moves, more on that here.


While Dragon Ball GT wasn't that well received by fans when compared to the other series', Kid Goku getting an addition in Dragon Ball FighterZ might be a bit more of a positive reaction. Kid Goku (GT) is apart of the FighterZ Pass 2 or can be purchased independently. Dragon Ball FighterZ is currently available for purchase on PC, PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo Switch.

Overcooked 2 new season pass 'Campfire Cook Off' DLC out now

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 13 hours ago

Team 17 and Ghost Town Games have seen quite the success for Overcooked 2, and now they are both rewarding that success by pushing out a brand new DLC called 'Campfire Cook Out'.



The new DLC is apart of the season pass that is currently available for $20. The first of DLC's planned for the season pass is titled 'Campfire Cook Out' and takes the kitchen to the outdoors by adding 15 more levels of mayhem. This DLC also adds; back packs, campfires, more chefs, new recipes and a new map.


From the above trailer we can see that the new levels will not be easy, with many new mechanics added to the game players will need to spend some time to work out appropriate strategies for each of the levels. In the entirety of this post I have provided the full description for each of the new pieces of content included within this first DLC. Campfire Cook Off is currently available, pick it up now for your PC, Xbox One, PS4 or Nintendo Switch version of Overcooked 2.

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Elmo fixes feud between Cersei and Tyrion in Game of Thrones

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 1 day, 14 hours ago

There is fewer characters in Game of Thrones who hate eachother more than Cersei and Tyrion Lannister, but is all hope lost for the brother and sister relationship? Elmo to the rescue!



In a new and very clever video that has been released onto the official Sesame Street YouTube Channel, Elmo is pitted against two of Westeros' masterminds. The video begins with Cersei and Tyrion negotiating over a cup of wine, when the talk hits its peak both Tryion and Cersei hear some rumblings below the table they are sitting at. To there amazement they see a fury red fellow in armor begin to sit at the table with them, shortly after Elmo begins to speak about having respect for each other.


Sesame Street has done a fantastic job of reminding people that they need to have respect for each other even if there is a feud that needs to be worked out. Elmo even provides strategies for people to take into account if they do have a disagreement with someone. He reminds people to always respect each other and also to make sure to listen what each other have to say. I must say this is quite a clever thing that Sesame Street has done and overall the message of the video is a very positive one. Perhaps Elmo should be the one to sit on the iron throne at the end of this season?

Mortal Kombat 11 launch trailer is a high dose of nostalgia

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 15 hours ago

NetherRealm Studios has decided to reveal the launch trailer for Mortal Kombat 11 early, taking old school players of the previously releases games back to the times of the original Mortal Kombat.



Right off the bat, we can hear the original Mortal Kombat theme starting up, and as I can imagine players that were there for the release of the original Mortal Kombat begin to get goosebumps. Instead of the typical rap song that we heard in the cinematic trailer for Mortal Kombat 11, we have the classic song "Test Your Might".


While the trailer doesn't really reveal anything new for the game, it certainly does continue that hype train pushing on until the release of the title on April 23rd. Yesterday, we got a gameplay reveal trailer for the Nintendo Switch version of the game, as expected there is some considerable downscales graphically, check that trailer out here. Mortal Kombat 11 is planned for launch on the PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PC and Nintendo Switch on April 23rd.