SuperData April 2020: Games spending shatters more records thanks to the pandemic

This will probably come off as "water is wet" news, but for those who like to keep a finger on the pulse of these things, SuperData has released its April 2020 report, which once again sees another jump in games spending as a result of quarantines and shelter-in-place orders due to the novel coronavirus. Overall, spending rose to $10.5B...

The Stream Team: Moon middle madness in Astroneer

By request, Massively OP's MJ is spending this survival sandbox Saturday in Astroneer. But it's not as if folks had to twist her arm: She loves this space game where there's lots to build and explore. And the latest event is still going! However, she should get back to finishing unlocking Novus, so she's blasting back to that moon...

The Game Archaeologist: McDonalds’ McWorld MMO is a thing that existed

If you thought that it was strange for MTV to create its own virtual world, then you probably are forgetting how desperate companies always are to jump on the latest trends. With social media and virtual worlds becoming blazing hot in the 2000s, it wasn't the worst idea to try to create a platform to draw consumers in,...
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WRUP: Tips for being less boring edition

All right, this week's What Are You Playing is ready to go! Serious life advice about how to be less boring, let's do this, let's fill up the preview so that no one not clicking on the story can get it ahead of time! Yeah! Party time, awesome! Let's go! Wait, why are you still here? You skip these...

The Daily Grind: Should MMOs do more to provide a backstory for your character?

Maybe I'm in the vast minority here, but it's always bugged me that MMORPGs just plop your fully grown, fully proficient adult character into a game world with no explanation whatsoever of who you are or where you've come from. Very few games (Guild Wars 2 and Villagers and Heroes being among those) make an effort to outline your...
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Betawatch: Ship of Heroes likes Unreal Engine 5, but it doesn’t expect to use it soon

Sometimes, the biggest beta news can be admiring a new feature and then finding out why you're not getting it. Such is the lot for Ship of Heroes this week as the game put together a nice big post explaining how cool the Unreal Engine 5 reveal looks... while also making it clear that it's going to be a...
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Fortnite follows up the newest Tenet trailer with a full Christopher Nolan film this summer

It seems relatively obvious based on recent events that Fortnite has very little interest in being a video game at this point. Being a virtual movie theater, though, that seems to still be in the cards. The newest trailer for Christopher Nolan's upcoming film Tenet recently premiered not in the (almost universally closed) movie theaters, but in Fortnite....

Realm of the Mad God introduces the Bard class in its latest Unity build

If I were playing a bullet hell dungeon crawling MMO like Realm of the Mad God, I would want to have a support class with me. Luckily for me (and players like me), there is one thanks to the addition of the Bard. As one expects from a Bard, support comes from the use of three different songs...

Star Trek Online showcases a new Mudd’s Market bundle in a livestream

The devs of Star Trek Online have added a new item for sale in Mudd's Market, and they appear to be pretty excited about it, devoting an announcement post and a livstream to the new cash shop item. It's called Mudd's Stealing Time Choice Pack, and it grants buyers their choice of three out of six items,...
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Torchlight III patches in the Legendarium along with new Legendaries and balance changes to the alpha

The latest patch for Torchlight III's ongoing alpha test is downright legendary because it adds in the Legendarium for players to try out! This feature was announced a while back as a way to ensure players could enjoy the distinct effects of legendary items without contending with lower stats, and it's still being patched and refined... but players can...