Gamescom continues to kick butt and take names – 370,000 of them, in fact. That’s how many people showed up in Cologne to attend Europe’s biggest gaming event of the year. As GIbiz notes, that’s a record for the event. In fact, the number of people descending on the Koelnmesse has actually become a bit of a problem; apparently, even the event’s CEO has admitted the “quality of stay” at the event “wasn’t always assured this year,” such that organizers are working on improvements for next year. “In consultation with our partner Game and the exhibitors, we will develop and implement measures for the further optimisation of the quality of stay following this year’s gamescom,” she promised. There won’t be much of a lull between the last big thing and the next big thing either: PAX West in Seattle formally begins this Friday. Gamescom’s 370,000 attendees set another record for the biggest European … [Read more...] about Gamescom’s 370,000 attendees set another record for the biggest European gaming show
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Developers of Guild Wars 2, ArenaNet, celebrated the power of gaming to bring people together with their Friend/Ships event, asking people to share stories of their online friendships forged in Guild Wars 2, and now the winners of that contest have been announced. The winners will receive discount merchandise codes, a commissioned portrait of one of their in-game characters and a trip to the ArenaNet studio in Seattle. Congratulations to the winners! For the official announcement of the contest winners, check the Guild Wars 2 News Post Here. Some of my closest friends are people I have never met. Not long ago, proclaiming something like that would have gained me nothing but weird looks and snide comments, but in an age where the internet brings us closer together than ever before, what better place for a gamer to make friends than in the virtual world you call your own? From in-game guild mates to discord community regulars, I’d say that the people who know me online … [Read more...] about Guild Wars 2 Friend/Ships Event Winners Announced
In the grand history of MMORPGs, kids games seem to have it rougher than most. Developers have had a hard time cracking into that market, what with online payments and all, and many of the relatively few kids MMOs that emerged over the last couple of decades have subsequently met their doom. Titles like Toontown Online, Club Penguin, and Free Realms are fading into the past (although we won’t weep too hard, considering that Minecraft, Roblox, and other online games are captivating this demographic). But out of all of the graphical MMOs that have taken aim at kids, which was the very first to make it to market? Arguably, that would be 1996’s Castle Infinity. This 2-D MMO attracted children with dinosaurs and monsters and gave this youngster community an early introduction to the wider world of online gaming. It’s pretty weird and obscure, but hey, we deal with “weird” and “obscure” a lot in this space. Let’s take a look! So ’90s it … [Read more...] about The Game Archaeologist: Castle Infinity, the MMO that was literally rescued from a dumpster
[Console website] Pearl Abyss today announced a partnership with BAIT, the premium concept apparel retailer, for a public PAX West fan event starting today that to celebrate the launch of Black Desert for PlayStation 4. With a free shuttle available for PAX West attendees, the weekend event offers fans the chance to demo Black Desert on PS4 and win free swag (exclusive t-shirts, fan, key rings, stickers and many more!). 10 very lucky fans attending PAX West can even take home a custom Black Desert skin for PlayStation 4! Black Desert for PlayStation 4 at BAIT (PAX WEST 2019) ● Location: BAIT Seattle, 915 East Pike StreetEventbrite In addition, Pearl Abyss today released a behind-the-scenes interview with Hollywood actress Megan Fox, star of the upcoming live-action Black Desert trailer that was teased at launch. Megan reveals her inspiration for partnering with Pearl Abyss, and the hope she has for young women who can become their true selves with games such as Black Desert. … [Read more...] about – PlayStation 4 event at PAX West and interview with Megan Fox
Ever since esports came on the scene just over a decade ago, it has managed to become an international phenomenon. Whilst the concept of competitive gaming first really took off in Korea, it has seen top-level tournaments being established as far-afield as Sweden and Seattle. Although we have seen efforts made to make Las Vegas the new capital of esports gaming culture, it’s clear that esports can achieve exceptional levels of popularity the world over. Recently we have seen how many African esports organisations and tournaments are being set up to pioneer competitive gaming across the continent. Whilst the world’s top esports teams seem to come from countries as far-ranging as Brazil and China, until recently it was thought that Africa was being left behind. But new African esports organisations like Anubis Gaming look to be changing all of that. This Egyptian team was founded in 2015, and they have already become a force to be reckoned with when competing on games like … [Read more...] about Could Africa be the next esports hotspot?