Nintendo eShop Down After Release of Joker in Super Smash Bros. Ultimate

The Nintendo Switch eShop is down and experiencing issues following the release of Joker from Persona 5 and the Version 3.0 update for Super Smash Bros. Ultimate. Nintendo took to Twitter to ensure fans that it is working hard to resolve any issues so everyone has a chance to play as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate’s first DLC character, Joker. Joker, the Challenger Pack 1, and Version 3.0 were both revealed to be released today just yesterday. In addition to Joker, the Challenger Pack 1 also includes a stage based on Persona 5’s Mementos location and music from the Persona 5 series. Read the full article…

Anno 1800 Review

Once I got over how ugly my budding villages were going to look if I wanted them to be efficient and profitable, Anno 1800 sunk its teeth into me. The hours flew by as I ignored its many automated suggestions that I should step away from the computer for a break. This seventh iteration of the long-running village-management series goes back to its origins, trading in the futuristic setting of the last two entries for the more traditional sails, Schnapps, and sugar cane. The change of setting doesn’t instantly make it better by itself, but it is refreshing and supports a fun real-time strategy game. The complex and satisfying routine in Anno 1800 is built upon the creation and collection of various resources that you need to keep the inhabitants of your island colony happy. It’s a constantly evolving puzzle that plays out on three levels: Production lines, trade routes, Read the full article…

10 Video Marketing Trends for 2019

Almost every marketing prediction, resource or how-to guide for 2019 includes the same advice: video needs to be part of your strategy. But how should you get started? And what type of video marketing is most important, right now? From super-short (micro) video clips, to live streaming on social media, to full-production ads and stories, we’re going to look at some of the top video marketing trends for the year and how you can incorporate them into your design and marketing plans. Let’s dive in, and embrace video as the new marketing channel you need to get right! 1. Soundless Optimization Captioning and on-screen instructions or information are vital to ensure that video content fully reaches the audience. Social media has changed the game when it comes to video marketing. A significant number of users are watching without sound. There are plenty of reasons for this from not wanting co-workers Read the full article…

The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes

The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes The User’s Perspective: Using Story Structure To Stand In Your User’s Shoes John Rhea 2019-04-16T16:00:16+02:002019-04-17T11:06:19+00:00 Every user interaction with your website is part of a story. The user—the hero—finds themselves on a journey through your website on the way to their goal. If you can see this journey from their perspective, you can better understand what they need at each step, and align your goals with theirs. My first article on websites and story structure, Once Upon a Time: Using Story Structure for Better Engagement, goes into more depth on story structure (the frame around which we build the house of a story) and how it works. But here’s a quick refresher before we jump into implications: The Hero’s Journey Most stories follow a simple structure that Joseph Campbell in his seminal work, Hero with a Thousand Faces, Read the full article…

Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

Discs! What are they good for? Well, they’re nice if you don’t want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don’t mind that, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading games to its drive — which is how we’ve been doing it on PC for quite some time. Announced during today’s “Inside Xbox” video presentation, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition — honestly, why not just give it a different letter? — is identical to the existing One S except for, of course, not having a disc slot in the front. The Xbox One X (left) and S (center) are missing this valuable feature exclusive to the All-Digital Edition (right) The impact of the news was lessened somewhat by Sony’s strategically timed tease of its next-generation console, revealing little — but Read the full article…

Sony shares some details about the PlayStation 5

Lead architect for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Mark Cerny gave a lengthy interview to Wired’s Peter Rubin and shared some details about Sony’s next-gen console — the console that is likely to be called the PlayStation 5. The next PlayStation will be based on an AMD architecture just like the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The custom-made CPU will be based on the third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU line. It’ll feature eight 7nm cores. As for the GPU, Sony plans to use a custom version of AMD Radeon’s Navi GPUs. While AMD is supposed to unveil this new generation of GPUs in the coming months, Cerny says that the next-gen PlayStation GPU will support ray tracing. Those chips should also lead to a jump in audio performance. You can expect better 3D audio support if you have a set of speakers or headphones that support this kind of Read the full article…

Microsoft unveils $250 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, its first console without a disc drive

The new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition. (Microsoft Photo) Microsoft today unveiled the new Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, confirming rumors of the long-awaited console without a disc drive. The $250 console — $50 less than other Xbox One S models — is geared toward gamers who prefer to download games digitally rather than buy physical discs. The new console is another example of Microsoft shifting’s gaming strategy to focus on reaching more gamers on a variety of devices and a greater emphasis on cloud-based gaming. Xbox One S All-Digital Edition will go on sale starting May 7 and come bundled with Minecraft, Forza Horizon 3 and Sea of Thieves. Microsoft painted the new device as the most affordable way to play Xbox games and guaranteed that it will remain less expensive than other consoles even as prices fluctuate. Microsoft today also announced plans to combine Xbox Live Gold membership Read the full article…

Microsoft bundling Game Pass subscription service with Xbox Live for $15/month

(Xbox Photo) Microsoft is bundling its Game Pass subscription service with its Xbox Live Gold membership, the latest move in the company’s push toward a gaming future that relies less on discs and consoles and leans more on all digital services. Rumors of the bundled services percolated earlier this month, and today Microsoft announced the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate for $14.99 per month. That’s $5 per month less than the two services cost on their own. Xbox Insiders are testing Game Pass Ultimate now, and it will launch later this year in current Game Pass markets. With more than 100 games to choose from on Game Pass, Microsoft says the new service will create the “most-advanced multiplayer network.” Digital gaming is quickly becoming the cornerstone of Xbox strategy as Microsoft today also announced its first-ever console without a disc drive built in. The $250 Xbox One S All-Digital Edition Read the full article…

Commentary: Sony’s next-generation PlayStation console feels like a victory lap

Sony lifted the hood on its next PlayStation console in a Wired story today featuring an interview with Mark Cerny, the lead architect of the PlayStation 4. To summarize briefly, the new model won’t arrive this year, will feature ray-tracing capability that provides a greater degree of visual realism by allowing even better simulation of light and sound, and most importantly, will ship with a solid-state drive. The addition of a solid-state drive is notable, given that big-budget games at the moment tend to involve big, open worlds for the player to explore, which means the game has to load an entire, miles-wide map when you fire the game up. A solid-state drive would allow nearly seamless transitions for console games. But overall, Cerny makes it sound like the PlayStation 5 (which isn’t officially named that yet, but let’s stick with it for now) is based around a few quality-of-life Read the full article…

GameStop will let you trade in a game for full credit if returned within 48 hours

GameStop is launching a new promotion that will allow customers to return a game for full store credit within 48 hours of purchase. The program, as circulated today by Cheap Ass Gamer and verified by The Verge, is called “Guarantee to Love It,” and will launch next week with the debut of Days Gone. The promotion window will apply only in the first week of a game’s arrival, and GameStop will specify during various times which titles are eligible. Days Gone officially lands on April 26th, and customers will only be able to claim a full credit refund if they purchase the game between April 25th–28th. If they don’t “love it,” they can trade the open item back to the store for the full price of $59.99. Tax is not refundable, and the deal only… Read the full article…

Microsoft unveils disc-less Xbox One S All-Digital Edition for $249

Microsoft is making its disc-less Xbox One S official today. After weeks of leaks, the software maker is unveiling the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition, which is priced at $249 and will be available on May 7th. This is a new model that will be sold alongside the original Xbox One S, and the more powerful Xbox One X. The big selling point here is that this All-Digital Edition will not ship with the Blu-ray drive, cutting the price slightly by $50 (recommended retail price). Microsoft is including a 1TB HDD on this new digital model alongside digital versions of Forza Horizon 3, Sea of Thieves, and Minecraft in the box. The hardware is exactly the same as existing Xbox One S consoles, just without the 4K Blu-ray drive. “The Xbox One S… Read the full article…

Microsoft’s Xbox Game Pass Ultimate combines Xbox Live and Game Pass into $14.99-a-month subscription

Microsoft is unveiling a new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription today that combines Xbox Live Gold and Xbox Game Pass into a single monthly charge. This new service was rumored earlier this month, and it’s now official. Xbox Game Pass Ultimate will combine both the Xbox Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold subscriptions into a single monthly cost of $14.99. Xbox owners will save around $5 per month compared to the $19.98 monthly subscription price for an existing combination of the two services. Microsoft is only unveiling the new Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscription today, but the company is beta testing it with its Xbox Insider community before it’s available in all Xbox Game Pass markets later this year. This isn’t the first time Microsoft… Read the full article…