Super Mario Run Won’t Work Without Internet

While everyone seems to be excited to control the hopping plumber on their phones, there is one weird requirement to play the game: You will need to be online.

Super Mario Run is going to be launched on December 15. And while everyone seems to be excited to control the hopping plumber on their phones, there is one weird requirement to play the game: You will need to be online.

Considering the game will keep the necessary data on local storage, being should not be a requirement for anyone. Games such as Temple Run have been running offline for years -yes, some functionality such the market place is unavailable, but you can still play the game.

Well, that won’t be the case with Super Mario Run. As Nintendo’s icon Shigeru Miyamoto told Mashable:

“[O]ur software [is] very important asset for us,” said Miyamoto. “We wanted to be able to leverage that network connection [to offer] the game in a way that keeps the software secure.”

So ultimately this step by Nintendo is to fight with piracy. It can’t be said if Nintendo will win for sure, but paying users are losing in some ways.

Nintendo first announced the game at Apple’s special event on September where the company revealed that gaming’s biggest icon is making its debut on smaller screen with an iOS game, later, the Japanese company also received that the games won’t be platform exclusive as it will launch on Android too.

If you are curious about how the game works and you want to take a sneak peak, you can go to an Apple Store nearby. And if you are too lazy to do that, here is a video of Miyamoto playing Super Mario Run while doing bicep curls.

How do you feel about Nintendo’s decision of requiring an internet connection to play the game? Share with others in the comments below.

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Pokémon is Turning 20 and Nintendo is Celebrating with New Bundles

On 27th February, Nintendo is releasing new Nintendo 2DS bundles for the franchise fans. On that same date in 1996, the first Pokémon game was sold in Japan.

2016 is the 20th anniversary of Pokémon and Nintendo seems to be in celebration mood.

On  27th February, Nintendo is releasing new Nintendo 2DS bundles for the franchise fans.  On that same date in 1996, the first Pokémon game was sold in Japan. Till now, we have seen many games in the franchise.

The Nintendo 2DS will be available in 3 different bundles including Yellow, red and blue colour related to different Pokémon characters. Also, Nintendo will ship a special sticker pack to customize the handheld console and a code to download a Pokémon theme for 2DS.

The goodies don’t stop here, Nintendo is also installing a special Virtual Console Version that will make is possible to run old releases of Pokémon games. The company has said that the games will be similar to their original version, including the 4 bit audio and original monochrome pixel art.

Though Nintendo is not releasing the bundle of 3DS, the owners can snap in Pokémon themed covers who will be available on the same day.

Nintendo is also setting up its eShop to make Pokémon games available for 3DS.

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Activision Acquired Maker of Candy Crush Saga

The maker of Guitar Hero Games -Activision Blizzard has acquired King Digital entertainment for a whooping $5.9 billion in Cash.

The maker of Guitar Hero Games -Activision Blizzard  has acquired King Digital entertainment for a whooping $5.9 billion in Cash.
King Digital is the company behind the famous (and hated by some people) game Candy Crush Saga. The Company announced the acquisition process in its official blog post.

Activision is already known for some of the greatest games for PCs and game consols such as Diablo and guitar hero series, the company hopes that this will help the company in gaining better grounds in smartphone gaming industry . King digital has almost 200 mobile gaming titles and these will defiantly help Activision in penetrating deep in the mobile gaming market.

Combining all the titles of both companies Activision has now 1000 games. Activision is hoping that this acquisition will help the company in competition with other brands such as EA Games. Recently EA announced that it has more than 1560 million users on the mobile gaming.
Be it good or annoying, King soft has made a big impact on Mobile gaming and it will be really interesting to see how Activision performs on mobile gaming after this acquisition .

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How has Lara Croft Changed Since 1996

an interesting infographic that portraits the evolution of Lara Croft over all these years.

Lara Croft is the one badass protagonist of Tomb Raider. Ever since the first Tomb Raider game was released in 1996, she is definitely one of the most praised female gaming characters. It still continues with latest reboot in 2012 with Tomb Raider and on last year with the latest installment Rise of the Tomb Raider.

Lara has always looked better on PCs and the character model is always getting more life like details with every new game. The latest adventure in coming in late 2015 for PCs and PS4.

Down here is an interesting infographic that portraits the evolution of Lara Craft over all these years.

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What is your favorite Tomb Raider Game? share with us in comments below.

Xbox One USB Wireless Adapter for Windows is coming on Oct 20

Microsoft is releasing a USB dongle for Xbox, it can be used to stream Xbox Games to Windows 10 PCs.

Wires are painful to manage and they really piss everyone off when they look ugly. Luckily, you wont have to suffer through that with Xbox One.

Microsoft is releasing a USB dongle for Xbox, Which finally will let anyone use Xbox Controller wirelessly with a Windows 10 PC. Ending the annoyances of the ugly cable that was needed to connect Xbox One controller.

Microsoft has decided 20th October to release the product. The estimated retail price according to the website is $24.99. It does not include the controller.

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What XBox One Wireless Adapter does and what it doesn’t?

The adapter only works with Windows 10. So, if you are rocking Windows 7 or 8.x, you are out of luck. Also it only works with XBox One controller. Your old XBox 360 controller will not work with the wireless adapter.

At best,it will come in handy if  you want to stream Xbox One games to your Windows 10 PC.  Also  using the Xbox One Wireless Adapter, you can enjoy the your Steam Games on your Home Theater system wirelessly.

Given that the controller costs just $60, cost of adapter looks too much.

 

Microsoft Celebrates Xbox One Anniversary with 3 new Xbox One Bundles

Microsoft has announced 3 new Xbox One console bundles on it’s first anniversary. These limited edition Xbox One Anniversary bundles will be launched on October 2.

Microsoft has announced 3 new Xbox One console bundles on it’s first anniversary. These limited edition Xbox One Anniversary bundles will be launched on  October 2.

Xbox One Anniversary bundles include a design inspired by a game and a copy of the game itself in the box. According to the blog post of  Microsoft, pre-orders in India will start in Amazon.in from 25th September 2015.

Xbox One Anniversary bundles

Microsoft has announced 3 different bundles based on 3 different games, the first one is on Xbox exclusive Forza  limited edition console. The console design is inspired by a sports car and the console Gamepad features a rubberized diamond drips. The console also comes with a copy of Forza Motor sport Plus game.

The second Xbox One Anniversary bundle includes game console design inspired by  Football game FIFA 16, including 3 three FIFA Ultimate Team Loan Legends and a one year subscription to EA access.

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Gears of War Edition Xbox One Console

The last exclusive Xbox One Gears of War: Ultimate Edition Bundle has a 500 GB Hard Disk and a digital copy of  Gears of War: Ultimate Edition for Xbox One, the bundle also includes early access to Gears of Wars 4 Beta version. It will  costs almost 35K INR in India.

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History of Mario in One no BS Infographic

Even though Mario is very famous in Gaming world, tons of Myths exist about the history, naming and its evolution.

You know Mario very well right? The Hopping plumber from Nintendo. We have spent countless hours making him jump and saving the princess in our childhood. Surprisingly even though Mario is very famous in Gaming world, tons of myths exist about the history, naming and its evolution. To settle them, Once and for all, Shigeru Miyamoto – The creater of Mario – told the world about the history of his creation and folks at HalloweenCostumes.com have converted that into a beautiful infographic.

The Story Behind Mario

 Making Mario Infographic
Infographic by HalloweenCostumes.com


Featured Image Credit: JD Hancock on Flickr

Here is the Angry Birds Movie Trailer with stinking Pigs

It will be interesting to see how the Rovio’s Angry Bird movie performs on the Box Office.

Love it, hate it or ignore it, Angry Birds is one of the games that set android gaming on track and now it has a movie too. The movie cost Rovio a big $160 Million to produce and now the trailer of movie is released for everyone.

 

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Rovio is having a hard time these days, just before the trailer release, the company is letting 130 employees go. It was about 16% of all the manpower in the company. Seeing these things it is really important for Rovio that the movie performs well. Success will definitely increase the game demand of the franchise.

Talking about the trailer, It looks fine as far as we compare to animated comedy movies. Jason Sudekis, Peter Dinklage and Bill Hader are the voice talents behind the Angry Birds Movie.

History has shown that many times Movies based on Video Games have sucked, It will be interesting to see how the Rovio’s Angry Birds movie performs on the Box Office.

How to Improve Gaming Performance of Computer

In this article we will discuss various thing you can do to improve Gaming performance and suck a few more FPS from your graphics card.

People joke that  Video Games don’t make gamers violent; Instead lag and Poor frame rate make them. PC gaming comes with freedom of having different configurations than Gaming Consols, still due to too many types and architectures of Computers game for PCs are not optimized as Games for consols are. Windows is not perfect eighter, There are lots of things happening in the background while you are playing a game and there are many other factors affecting your computer’s gaming performance. Bleeding edge games also want bleeding edge hardware performance. But hardware comes at a price.

In this article we will discuss various thing you can do to improve Gaming performance and suck a few more FPS from your graphics card.

Update your Graphic Drivers

Either NVIDEA or AMD all graphics cards do need drivers. NVidia and AMD regularly update their GPU drivers and optimize them for best gaming performance. To improve Gaming Performance of Computer you should always have them updated.

But sometimes you may find that earlier version of driver gave more performance than newer ones for some games, so if any game lags just after you updated your Driver then you can rollback the update.

How – Head to your AMD catalyst / NVidia  driver suite and check for update preferences and make sure that automatic updates are on.

Defrag your Hard drive

Games are very large in size, even downloading and installing gets your data fragmented. More the fragmentation, the more time it will take to load the game. If your PC has a SSD than you should install the game into SSD partition, if not be sure to defrag your Hard drive periodically for best performance.

How- Head to start menu and search for Drive Optimizer.

Turn off unwanted background activities

Many process run in the background while you are playing games. These can be stopped to increase in-Game performance. Many game optimizers are available on the internet that. Razer game booster can do the job for you.

Turning of windows Animations

The Shiny windows aero and other animation effects may reduce gaming performance a little bit. To get some more FPS you can change it to a non aero theme.

Tip- To get highest performance Search for “Performance options ” in start menu

Click on “Adjust for Best performance” radio button and Hit “Apply”.

By hitting “apply” all unnecessary animations and effects will be turned of. After your gaming session you can always select other options to get earlier effects back.

Tweak games Graphics Options

In game settings affect the gameplay performance. lowering the texture quality and decreasing draw distance increase frame rates very much.

Stop unnecessary network activities

During multiplayer sessions internet speed plays important role in game experience if you don’t have a Lightning fast internet plan , you can pause unnecessary syncs, updates and your downloads.

How – Head to resource monitor to see which process is using your bandwidth, disable or kill any useless network hog app.

Use NVidia experience or AMD Gaming Evolved

NVidia and AMD work effortlessly to increase in-game performance these applications are intended to tweak graphics settings automatically for performance.

Overclock it to improve Gaming Performance of Computer 

if all the above options do not work this is the surest way to increasing game play performance, well earlier times there was risk of burning and frying CPUs but once implemented smartly you can get free performance.

Upgrade your PC

It is guaranteed way, you can upgrade your processor and GPU, to increase your game load time you can upgrade your HDD to SSD.


Image Credit: Taylor McBride on Flickr

 

Watch this weekend : The Last of Us Cinematic Playthrough

The Last of Us Cinematic Playthrough is a good to watch action packed 7 episode video series.

Many gamers and youtubers make game walk-through videos and publish them online. These are mainly ment for giving users an idea of completing the game, getting collectibles and solving puzzles. These video walk-through are mostly not at all useful for  non gamers  as watching shoulder of game character for hours gets boaring after some minutes. College student and aspiring game designer Grant Voegtle has done something a lot different from what people do with video walk-through.  of 2013 PS3 Exclusive The Last Of us and made these available on YouTube.

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A little About the game

The Last of Us was released in 14th June 2013, and is an exclusive for Sony’s Playstation 3 and Now A remastered version for PlayStation 4. Game was critically acclaimed and received a score of 5 out of 5 on Metacritic. published by Naughty Dog Studios,The Last of Us follows a journey of male protagonist  Joel and a 14-year-old girl Eallie. game story is definitely one of the best ever told in games. Gameplay and Gunplay is also above the bar.

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About The Last of Us Cinematic Playthrough

Grant created the Playthrough keeping in mind that people who are not able to play the game can still enjoy the story of it. The entire Playthrough is divided in 7 episode, all episode have time length of average 40 minutes. It gives all the episode almost 4 Hours of time length in total. All the unnecessary scenes are removed. After watching all the episodes I found the editing to be good. There are no unnecessary scenes, Grant has definitely focused mor on game story and Emotion than the action. One thing I liked most was that even if some one has not played or even heard about the game, all the episodes are still enjoyable. Giving all goodness of its tight storyline and some beautiful in-game visuals.

Grant shared some of his experience to The Verge about Editing and this Idea:

Each 30- to 40-minute installment of Voegtle’s series takes him an average of 20 to 30 hours of work. I played some parts of the game up to 100 times to get make everything look just right.

The Last of Us Cinematic Playthrough is definty must watching weather you have played the game or not. It is definitely intersting to see the complete story of a blockbouster game in just 7 Epsiodes.
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You can watch all episodes here.


Image Credit : Naughty Dog on flickr