April 7, 2016

April 7th Nintendo Download

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Jason Nason

Nintendo 3DS eShop

Doll Fashion Atelier – Follow your infinite imagination and sense of fashion to create one-of-a-kind stylish dolls! Choose a doll from 5 different themes: Pretty, Gothic, Victorian, Princess or Antique, and dress it up in stunning clothing pieces! There are over 600 items available, including clothes, shoes, accessories, hairstyles, make-ups and more! Add a frame and a background, draw a doodle and take a photo with a camera on your Nintendo 3DS. Show your doll collections by creating albums and saving them to your SD card or sharing them on Miiverse.

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Hyper Light Drifter | Review

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Robyn Robo

Hyper Light Drifter is an incredible and intense experience. It pulls at you with war, death, illness and loss, but it never says a word. A surreal game without any written nor spoken dialogue. The game isn’t easy either, I would say it is one of the most difficult in its genre. This grinding frustration makes the game all the more worth it when you finally do defeat one of the bosses.

Recently released from a 2013 Kickstarter, I received my digital copy of Hyper Light Drifter. The project was originally presented with a 2014 release when I signed up. The Kickstarter proved enormously successful and raised far beyond its original goals, leading to an expanded game being released on many platforms. Alex Preston, who started the studio “Heart Machine”, to make this game cites numerous inspirations: these include The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past, Diablo, Nausicaa: Valley of the Wind and, surprisingly, his own illness.Read More



Posted on April 7, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

Rising Star Games have today announced that they will bring the much beloved Assault suit Lynos 2D game to PS4 and PC. Drawing from the fantastic action of the classic 16-bit series (also known as Target Earth), the Assault Suit series is well-known for fierce and fast shooting action, challenging boss battles, and an amazing array of weapon options. Assault Suit Leynos stays true to these gameplay elements and delivers HD visuals for the ultimate alien-blasting experience.

Rising star said in their press release:

The slick production values and fast-paced action make Assault Suit Leynos an incredibly addictive game,” said Martin Defries, managing director of Rising Star Games. “This title is both challenging and rewarding and a great example of the type of game, borne out of Japan, that we love working with here at Rising Star Games. Fans of old-school shooters will absolutely feel that familiar thrill and quickening of the pulse when they start blasting wave upon wave of enemies.



This is the old graphics, they will be updated.

Developed by Dracue Software, Assault Suit Leynos will be available summer 2016 on the PlayStation 4 computer entertainment system and PC through select digital retailers. The physical boxed release of the PlayStation 4 version includes a deluxe double-sided poster featuring artwork from the Japanese release as well as original art from the classic 16-bit release. For more information, follow Rising Star Games on Twitter and visit the official Rising Star Games website.


Esports is HUGE, over 21% of Twitch total viewerships HUGE

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Fionna Schweit

It should come as no suprise that E-sports is not some passing trend. If million dollar events and rented out sports arenas for spectators arent enough to tell you that, Twitch just released their 2015 look back and it contains some not so surprising facts about the world of esports. Newzoo has kindly taken that data from that report and summarized it here  and ill give you the jist of it now.  ” “Twitch was the true accelerator of the growth of esports in the West, esports has helped Twitch grow to the massive live video platform it is today. more than 21 percent of “all hours watched” on Twitch from July to December 2015 was dedicated to esports”  Holy swear word batman thats a lot of hours of League, DOTA2, Heroes of the Storm, and the half dozen other smaller mobas (sorry Smite you dont get in with the big dogs).


Mobas even accounted for the majority  of Twitch esports viewership, with 58 percent of the total hours watched during the second half of the year, most of it dedicated to League of Legends and Dota 2. Shooter were a distant second with only 27% and finally strategy and others making up just 14% of total viewership. Most of the 10% of strategy category was Hearthstone, which properly should have its own section since its a card game, but Twitch has chosen to lump it in (likley to keep MOBA from eclipsing the 70% mark).

Newzoo also found that “esports engagement” varied rather dramatically around the industry. “47 percent of StarCraft 2 hours viewed were esports centered compared to just 13 percent of the hours spent on Hearthstone, which has a relatively larger group of non-esports viewers.” The report said.  The study also found that, while major events drove high levels of traffic, they also pulled eyes away from user-generated content: During the first three Saturdays of the NALCS, user-made content viewership was down 44 percent compared to the preceding three Saturdays. Not really a suprise there as Twitch tends to feature those sponsored sports event streams on their front page.

SPORTSThis graphic is a good visual representation of what the report says, you can see that during the LCS event there number of esports hours was far higher as a percent of consumer hours spent on Twitch.


Newzoo closes by saying: “The importance of esports for Twitch is reflected in its continued partnerships with publishers who are growing their franchises as esports titles, the latest of these partnerships include Psyonix’s Rocket League and Super Evil MegaCorp’s mobile MOBA Vainglory. The latter also received a multi-million dollar investment from Twitch itself.” Twitch is seems is fully commited to their current strategy for Esports, and I like many other wait with baited breath to see what they will do next.



With Commercial Release The Oculus DK1 Has Become a PaperWeight

Posted on April 7, 2016 by Rae Michelle Richards

I knew this day would come eventually but I didn’t think it would be this soon. With the release of Oculus Home and the Oculus runtime V 1.30 the original Oculus Rift Development Kit 1 (or DK1) has been left behind in favor of its more robust successors – the DK2 and the recently released consumer version, the CV1. As I packed up my trusty VR headset today in its elegant black case because these latest drivers have made it an unusable paperweight. Read More


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