50+ Best PowerPoint Templates of 2019

The key to winning your audience is a perfectly designed PowerPoint presentation. Whether you’re speaking at a conference, pitching to an investor, or talking about sales projections at a business meeting, this collection of the best PowerPoint templates will help you speak to your audience. The way you design your PowerPoint slides will play a key role in the success of your presentation. You need to use the right colors in your slides, structure the content for readability, and visualize data with charts and graphs to deliver a compelling presentation. It usually takes hours to design a great PowerPoint presentation. But, you don’t have to go through all that trouble. We’ve found some of the best new PowerPoint templates you can use to quickly set up a professional presentation slideshow within a few minutes. Mayago – Creative PowerPoint Template Mayago is a fully animated PowerPoint template you can use to Read the full article…

Fortnite-maker aims for Steam’s head with Epic Games Store

Fortnite-maker Epic Games is capping off their insanely successful 2018 with an even more ambitious product launch: a desktop games store built to take on Valve’s Steam Store. The store, which is “launching soon” on PC and Mac, is going to be an attractive proposition to game developers with a revenue split that leaves them taking 88 percent of revenues on the store. “As a developer ourselves, we have always wanted a platform with great economics that connects us directly with our players,” Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney said in an emailed statement. “Thanks to the success of Fortnite, we now have this and are ready to share it with other developers.” Valve’s Steam Store is by far the most dominant presence in online PC game sales; they’ve enjoyed years of prosperity with rather light rivalry from competing stores that haven’t been able to match the scale of Steam. Valve, in a very Read the full article…

Pokémon GO is finally getting player-versus-player battles; here’s how they’ll work

Two and a half years after launch, Pokémon GO is at last getting player-versus-player battling. If you’ve already had your fun with GO and moved on, that headline is probably all you need to know — it’s either enough to re-spark your interest, or not. But if you’re still polishing up that Pokédex, hatchin’ eggs and raiding every weekend, you’re probably itching for a few more details. Good news! I got to run through a few battles late last week, and I noted damn near everything that was mentioned. Here’s what I learned: Each player brings three Pokémon into a battle (rather than six, as with the main series). The first trainer to knock out all three of their opponent’s Pokémon wins. Niantic says that 6-on-6 just took too long for a game meant to be played, as the name implies, on the go. If you’re not already friends with Read the full article…

Epic Games uses its ‘Fortnite’ cash to challenge Steam in the digital-storefront ring

Epic Games, the video game developer behind Gears of War, the Unreal Engine, and the Fortnite franchise, announced on Tuesday morning with a post on its website that it will debut its own eponymous digital storefront in the near future. Details about its “hand-curated” launch lineup are promised to debut at the Game Awards conference this coming Thursday. The initial announcement has drawn attention and praise from throughout the video game industry for a surprisingly thorough and favorable arrangement for publishers, particularly independent publishers, on the platform. Announcing the Epic Games store for PC and Mac! We’re bringing developers an 88% revenue share and a direct relationship with players and creators.https://t.co/QbQKKHFiMA pic.twitter.com/9wN1j7BEzN — Epic Games (@EpicGames) December 4, 2018 According to the initial post, developers who publish games via the Epic store will receive a flat share of 88 percent of their sales revenue. Steam, by comparison, takes 70 percent, and made headlines Read the full article…

The PlayStation Classic has a secret debug menu that can be reached with specific keyboards

Just a day after the release of the PlayStation Classic, the Retro Gaming Arts YouTube channel has discovered that you can access the emulator’s settings menu by plugging a keyboard into a free USB slot and hitting the Esc key. Doing so reveals a host of settings for the built-in open-source PCSX ReARMed emulator, potentially allowing access to options, including save states, controls, and cheats. The discovery has raised hope that some of the criticisms of the retro console, such as a limited game library and poor image quality, could soon be addressed with third-party modding. In the discovered menus, an option to “Load CD Image” is clearly visible, which suggests it might be possible to load additional games or perhaps just the… Read the full article…

The composer reimagining Secret of Mana, Zelda, and other SNES soundtracks with analog synths

Last year, composer Will Patterson released a curious concept album: it featured nine tracks from The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, but the classic chiptune bleeps were replaced with analog synthesizers. It lent an iconic soundtrack a new, more intense feeling. Now Patterson is back, taking the same approach to reimagine the music of another SNES game, Secret of Mana. “It all started as a weekend project,” he tells The Verge, “but it became more popular than my own pop music, so I decided to turn it into a series.” A digital version of Secret of Mana is available to buy now on Bandcamp, though you can also grab it on both vinyl and cassette; preorders for the physical editions start today. And while the theme is similar, the new… Read the full article…

Epic Games takes on Steam with its own fairer game store

Epic Games, the developer of Fortnite and the widely used game-making software Unreal Engine, is about to start selling other companies’ games, too. Epic is launching a new online store like Valve’s Steam that will similarly feature third-party games, marking yet another substantial threat to Steam’s dominant position as the lead distributor of PC titles. Epic’s store, which is set to launch soon, will start with a select number of PC and Mac games, and it will open up to more developers next year. While we don’t know which games will make the initial cut — “Stay tuned for game announcements Thursday at The Game Awards,” the company hints — Epic CEO Tim Sweeney tells The Verge that he’s aiming to ultimately include “quality games of all… Read the full article…

Three New NES Games, Including Ninja Gaiden, Are Headed to Nintendo Switch Online Next Week

Ninja Gaiden, Wario’s Woods, and Adventures of Lolo will all be added to the Nintendo Switch Online – Nintendo Entertainment System library next Wednesday, December 12. These three titles will join the ever-growing list of NES classics that saw Metroid, Mighty Bomb Jack, and TwinBee added last month. Ninja Gaiden was released on the NES at the end of 1988 in Japan and in the United States in March of 1989. Player’s take control of the Ryu Hayabusa, a “rising ninja in his family’s clan who travels to America to seek vengeance for his father’s death.” Read the full article…

The Internet Thinks Metroid Prime Trilogy Will Be Announced for Switch

An online product listing has the internet buzzing about a potential Nintendo Switch port of Metroid Prime Trilogy, with an announcement possibly coming as soon as The Game Awards this week. Rumors of a potential HD port of the trilogy, as well as a Metroid-related announcement at this year’s Game Awards, have been swirling for some time. Speculation is now heating up again just days before the show, thanks to Swedish retailer Inet’s listing of Metroid Prime Trilogy for Switch. Read the full article…