Amazon Prime adds free mobile game content to its perks, starting with PUBG Mobile

Amazon today is introducing a new perk for Prime members: free mobile game content. The company, which already offers Twitch Prime benefits through its subsidiary, will now give its Prime members various in-game items for PUBG Mobile, the popular battle royale title from Tencent. The items launching today include an exclusive Infiltrator Mask, Infiltrator Jacket, Infiltrator Pants, and Infiltrator Shoes to complete a Prime-exclusive set, plus the brand-new Blood Oath – Karabiner 98K and Black Magma Parachute. These exclusive game items aren’t just a one-off as part of a special deal between the retailer and Tencent, however. Amazon says it will roll out new mobile gaming content on an ongoing basis, going forward, as part of the Prime membership program. Upcoming partners will include the likes of EA, Moonton, Netmarble, Wargaming Mobile, and others, Amazon tells us. “Now, no matter what platform you play on—whether console, PC, or mobile—there are Read the full article…

Penny Arcade co-founder talks PAX; Acquisitions Incorporated; independent game developers

Penny Arcade co-creator Jerry Holkins. (Penny Arcade Photo) PAX, the gaming convention created by Seattle-based Mike Krahulik and Jerry Holkins as an offshoot of their gaming webcomic Penny Arcade, has expanded from a single show in Bellevue, Wash. more than 15 years ago to four giant events spread across the entire U.S., plus one in Australia. It’s been a wild ride since that inaugural convention, both for PAX and Penny Arcade. At last month’s annual PAX West event in Seattle, GeekWire sat down with Holkins and Penny Arcade producer Elyssa Grant to talk about PAX, the official Acquisitions Incorporated D&D Dungeon Manual, “actual play” podcasting, and indie developers. Acquisitions Incorporated Penny Arcade producer Elyssa Grant. (Penny Arcade Photo) In June, Penny Arcade launched its first official D&D manual in partnership with Renton, Wash.-based Wizards of the Coast. The book brings some structure to Acquisitions Incorporated, a show that began as Read the full article…

Minecraft’s new character creator lets players control how they look

The newest Minecraft beta update comes with the ability to make a customized version of yourself, as spotted by VentureBeat. Developer Mojang announced the feature in a blog post, noting the change alongside a slew of performance and gameplay fixes. The Minecraft Character Creator lets you personalize your avatar within the game, the first official tool for doing following years of mods and third-party skin creators handling the task. The new tool lets you tweak everything from facial features and hairstyles to skin tones and facial hair. Mojang says that more than 100 customization items will be available for free. It’s also introducing a range of custom accessories, but you’ll have to pay for those. Of course if that’s not enough,… Read the full article…

Don’t update to iOS 13.0 if you play Fortnite or PUBG Mobile

Photo by Tom Warren / The Verge Apple’s latest iOS refresh arrived not quite fully baked, leading to all sorts of bugs that range from minor to serious. The situation is so pressing, in fact, that Apple is pushing up the release of iOS 13.1 by a week to help iron out the kinks. But for avid players of battle royale mobile titles like Fortnite and PUBG Mobile, that means going a few days without being able to properly play the touch-based shooters. Both games, as well as many others, rely on multiple, simultaneous touch inputs to control in-game characters. The issue with iOS 13 is that a three-finger press-and-hold gesture was introduced to allow for more granular text editing options. Since the official release yesterday, countless players have complained that the… Read the full article…

Untitled Goose Game is a honkin’ good time

House House The idea for Untitled Goose Game was hatched when developer Michael McMaster dropped a stock photo of a goose into Slack and half-jokingly said, “Let’s make a game about this.” And the four-person indie studio House House absolutely followed through on a stellar concept, because Untitled Goose Game is exactly as delightful as you’d expect a game about being a lawless goose on the loose to be. The game’s premise is simple: you are a goose, and it’s your mission to make life mildly harder for the world’s most patient villagers, who somehow never resort to violence. You’re given a to-do list to fulfill, and items get crossed out one by one as you complete the tasks from your depraved goose agenda. Some of the challenges are straightforward… Read the full article…

Pantone launches a whopping 294 ‘trend relevant’ colours

You might’ve thought that we’ve discovered every single colour under the sun by now. But no, colour expert Pantone has stumbled across 294 new shades and added them to its popular Pantone Matching System. The new spot colours are the first additions to Pantone’s world-renowned chromatic system in three years, and together they bring its total number of colours to 2,161. We’re looking forward to how these shades play into what we know about colour theory. What’s more, artists and designers can use these colours digitally thanks to Pantone’s colour libraries, which can be stored and accessed as an extension across Adobe Creative Cloud applications. If you’re not already a subscriber, you can sign up to Creative Cloud here. According to the description on Pantone’s formula guide page, these new shades are “trend and market relevant graphics colours.” Fancy. The colours are also available as fan decks “We are always Read the full article…