A new survey has been published by a company called Swrve. The survey looked at what percentage of mobile gamers spend the most in their favorite game apps. The survey was performance by a company called Swrve and claims to have looked at data from tens of millions of users.
The survey found that a minuscule percentage of mobile gamers are responsible for half of all the revenues generated in-app. Specifically, the survey claims that .15% of mobile gamers make up 50% of in-app profits.
Another survey from the same firm last month claims that only 1.5% of all mobile gamers buy anything in-app. Out of that 1.5%, 49% of them made a single purchase. About 13% of that 1.5% who do buy will purchase five or more items in-app.
If you are a gamer that likes to play games on your Nintendo Wii or DS portable game console, Nintendo has announced something this week that won't leave a good feeling in your stomach. As of May 20, Nintendo will be ending the online gaming functionality of the Wi-Fi Connection service for legacy devices.
That means that Wii and DS gamers will no longer be able to play games like Mario Kart online against other players. Nintendo says that the games will still work in offline mode. Once you get used to racing against other people online, it's hard to go back to playing offline.
Nintendo is also clear that the online gaming support for the new Wii U and Nintendo 3DS will continue to work. That means if you want to play online with Nintendo games you will need to upgrade hardware.
Activision launched Call of Duty: Elite back in 2011, an online service dedicated to the game and its players, but come tomorrow, it will be shut down for good.
Elite launched with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, then went free when Black Ops II launched, and from there, it has been a downhill ride. In-game stats will still be shown for both Modern Warfare 3 and Black Ops II, but Elite will be gone as of 1pm Eastern time tomorrow.
Roberts Space Industries has just pushed out Star Citizen Patch 11.1, which has enabled support for Oculus Rift within the Hangar Module. This is quite the surprise, but something that was promised when the game hit its $12 million stretch goal.
All you'll need to do is make sure your game is up-to-date with the latest patch, and then create a file named 'user.cfg' in your Star Citizen/CitizenClient folder, and add the lines 'sys_currentHMDtype=1' and 'r_stereostrength=-8' and voila, you have virtual reality support thanks to the Oculus Rift, in Star Citizen.
There are various issues of course, as this is just early days yet:
- KNOWN ISSUE - To enable Oculus Rift mode create a file named 'user.cfg' in your 'StarCitizen/CitizenClient' folder and add the lines 'sys_currentHMDtype=1' and 'r_stereostrength=-8'
- KNOWN ISSUE - You may be able to get a better picture by setting the resolution to the native Oculus Rift resolution (1200-800)
- KNOWN ISSUE - When in-game, your look direction is independent from your travel direction. The player's body can be turned using the mouse to adjust the player's movement direction.
- KNOWN ISSUE - There are some camera pops and camera direction changes when entering vehicles and during other animation-driven movements.
- KNOWN ISSUE - During some player animations the camera may stop being updated by the Rift.
- KNOWN ISSUE - There is some stereo separation when looking at objects close to the player, eg. ship controls when in cockpits.
- KNOWN ISSUE - There can be some render skewing/warping when viewing the game at extreme angles.
- KNOWN ISSUE - Rift head tracking only functions in 1st person mode.
- KNOWN ISSUE - Some animations can cause the Rift view to become offset from the player's body.
- KNOWN ISSUE - UI elements such at the "Use" icon are doubled.
John Gotti was taken down by a mobster's daughter, who is now suing the makers of Grand Theft Auto V, alleging that a minor character in the game is based on her life story, and that it was used without her permission. She is seeking a massive payment of $40 million.
In GTA V, "Antonia Bottino" is someone you rescue in a random encounter called "Burial", at the far north of the map. Karen Gravano says that this is part of her life story. Gravano's father was Salvatore "Sammy the Bull" Gravano, a Gambino family underboss who back in 1991 cooperated with federal prosecutors in the trial of Gotti, one of the most notorious latter-day American gangster.
Gravano provided evidence that saw Gotti receive a life sentence, while her father received a five-year sentence. He then went into the federal Witness Protection Program, moving out to Arizona. Karen Gravano ended up appearing on the first three seasons of VH1's "Mob Wives" reality TV show, and is currently publishing another book about her life soon.
At the beginning of the year, it appeared as if the Dr. Freeze DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins may never make it to release, but today the games developer confirmed that the Cold, Cold Heart DLC featuring Mr. Freeze will release on April 22nd of this year. The DLC will be available for PC, PlayStation and Xbox versions of the game, but no official word was given on what the downloadable content will cost gamers.
Cold, Cold Heart explores the history between the Dark Knight and Mr. Freeze, an icy super villain who's main goal is to put Batman in the deep freeze so he can take over Gotham City. Mr. Freeze first appeared in the Batman Franchise during the 90's in Batman: The Animated Series where he often teamed up with Joker, Clay Face, and Two-Face to clip the bats wings. The DLC also gives Batman a new suit, the "XC" or "Xtreme Cold" suit which helps him thwart off sub-zero attacks from Mr. Freeze.
If you are a fan of the Plants vs. Zombies franchise, you might recall the console game that we talked about at E3 last year. That game was called Plants vs. Zombies Garden Warfare and it was promised to land for console gamers this spring. This spring is here, even if it's cold in your neck of the woods.
PvZ Garden Warfare is now available for gamers on the Xbox 360 or Xbox One to purchase as a download. PopCap says that the PC version of the game will come later. Exactly how much later PC gamers have to wait is unknown.
The game has several multiplayer modes including two different 12 v 12 modes. Those modes are Garden & Graveyards and Team Vanquish. One of the coolest parts about Garden Warfare is that the player can choose to be a zombie or a plant. The mobile games always put you in the plants camp.
We know that South Park can be crude, but just how far will Trey Parker and Matt Stone push South Park: The Stick of Truth? The answer is pretty far, at least on consoles where it had to be censored in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with the PC version of the game completely uncut.
For those in the US, you'll receive the full frontal version including swearing, poop jokes, and much more. The censored scenes from the consoles include:
- A mini-game in which the doctor is performing an abortion on the player.
- A mini-game in which the player is performing an abortion on the character Randy.
- Five anal probing scenes involving someone actively being probed. The scenes play out as normal before and after the active probing sequences.
The reasoning behind this is from Ubisoft, which says it is simply a "market decision". The consoles' censored parts will be replaced with some words from Trey Parker and Matt Stone.
Red Dead Redemption was one of the biggest hits on the last-generation consoles, so it would be inevitable that developer Rockstar Games would be working on a sequel, right?
The latest rumor is from Baird Equity Research analyst Colin Sebastian, who says that Red Dead Redemption 2 will be announced before the end of the year, with a release window of Q3 2015. Better yet, it will be released on next-gen consoles, which should really open up the already open-world of RDR thanks to the increased horsepower on next-gen platforms.
If you thought Max Payne 3 had a mammoth installation on PC, prepare yourself for Titanfall. Respawn Entertainment's mech-based first-person shooter will see an installation of 48GB.
Compared to Call of Duty: Ghosts which took up 40GB of HDD space, Titanfall really takes the cake here. Titanfall's minimum system requirements have also been released, which are pretty moderate:
OS: 64-bit Windows 7, 8, 8.1
CPU: AMD Athlon X2 2.8GHz or Intel Core 2 Duo 2.4GHz
Memory: 4GB RAM
GPU: 512MB VRAM, Radeon HD 4770 or GeForce 8800GT
Dean Hall, the creator of DayZ, is planning to step down as the lead designer of the game. He has explained his desire to leave Bohemia Interactive, something he will do before the end of the year, after which he will set up a new studio in New Zealand.
Hall said: "I have a specific use. I'm really good at risk-taking and making other people take risks, I've always been good at that in my life. Like you say, maybe I've got the gift of the gab, so I can talk, I can explain something, I can talk people up to the ledge and get them to jump off it. Eventually, that's the bad person to have. Eventually, you don't want the guy telling you to go over the top and get through. So at some point I'll be a disaster for the project, at least in a leadership role".
The DayZ creator said that he had no plans to be around this year, but claimed "it would be stupid not to, and it would be unfair to the community". Don't fret though, as Hall will "always be involved" with DayZ, in either a leader or creative role. Hall said that DayZ is a "fundamentally flawed" concept, and that it is "not the perfect game, it's not the multiplayer experience, and it never can be, [with] the absolute spark that I want in it".
One of the things that bummed out some Xbox One gamers at launch was the fact that the Twitch live broadcasting service for games wasn't available. All the Xbox One gamer could do was record and upload videos. Gamers on the PS4 console were able to stream their live games.
The good news is that Twitch live game streaming will be coming to the Xbox One game console next month. The feature will come along with an update to the console in March. The update will bring with it in addition to live streaming of games the ability to start game broadcasts using your voice, the ability to archive game clips, and the ability to watch Twitch streams broadcast from any device.
That means you can watch PS4 game streams on your Xbox One. Right now, the Xbox One user can only spectate on streams or record game clips using the Upload app. Players will also be able to broadcast from their living room using the Kinect camera. The update should land on March 11 along with Titanfall.
EA DICE has just revealed it is quietly inviting people into a new feature for the still-buggy Battlefield 4, something that will make the game more social. Platoons will allow gamers to track stats together in groups, and much more.
Platoons was featured in Battlefield 3, but the new feature will go live on Battlelog for BF4 gamers "very soon". DICE is offering select gamers early access to the feature in order "to test certain parts of the system", and to collect the usual feedback on it before it rolls out to digital soldiers across the planet.
Now that Respan Entertainment's Titanfall had a successful BETA testing on XBox One and on PC, its just a matter of time that the game will soon be released. Even in many retail stores and via online, pre-orders for Titanfall has started. That wouldn't really stop information to leak just yet!!
The response from Titanfall's BETA testing was great as million of gamers participated in it. The game is expected for release by next month. One of the aspects that would be present on Microsoft's gaming consoles are the achievement list. A member from neoGAF posted a total of 35 achievements of the game for XBox 360 and XBox One.
24 star and also the voice behind Snake in Metal Gear Solid 5 has told IGN that he is involved with an upcoming Mortal Kombat game. Sutherland said: "I did Mortal Kombat, and that's such a huge game, but it's so not like [MGS5]".
Jack Bauer's involvement with a new Mortal Kombat game is interesting, but the TV and movie star has not confirmed exactly what character he is playing in the game. What should we expect? Which character do you think he'd voice best?
More than one-third of U.S. gamers above the age of 13 are considered 'digital gamers' playing a downloaded game on PC, video game console, or a mobile device, according to research firm The NPD Group.
Just 16 percent of that group play digitally downloaded games only, with that number likely to be PC gamers and mobile gamers. There is growing interest in Web-based technologies for game consoles, including digitally downloaded content, but the market is still growing - and many gamers often resell or trade game titles when finished.
"The value that gamers see in physical is having an actual disk that can be held, while later being able to trade-in or sell the game," said Liam Callahan, The NPD Group industry analyst, in a press statement. "Digital gamers like the economy of these games: they're either free or less expensive than their physical counterparts, as well as the ease and convenience of acquisition and storage."
Just how much money has Garry's Mod made in the time it has been released? $30 million and counting. But, what about Facepunch Studios' other successful game, that has been available for much less time? $30.1 million or more.
Facepunch Studios' founder, Garry Newman, broke the news through Twitter yesterday, where he said "Garry's Mod has just broke $30,000,000". He continued: "And if my calculations are correct - we have now officially made more money from Rust than Garry's Mod". Newman said that Rust revenue is approximately just 0.34% more than the sales of Garry's Mod, which makes Rust's sales over $30.1 million so far.
Considering Garry's Mod has been out since December of 2004, and Rust has been out in alpha form since December, Rust is doing extremely well for the studio so far.
I am willing to bet that many of TweakTown's readers remember grinding out hours of thrashing in many of the titles in the Tony Hawk's Pro Skater gaming franchise. I was one of those teens who spent hours on end playing Pro Skater 2 and racking up millions of points in maps enhanced by every cheat code the game offered. Fans of the series will be happy to hear that the Tony Hawk franchise is returning at some point in 2014 or 2015.
During an episode of hits show, Demolition Radio, on SiriusXM Radio, Tony Hawk himself let the news slip about the upcoming title on accident, and since then, a spokes person for Activision has came forward and confirmed that the game does exist and that new information regarding it will be officially released soon. This is good news for long-time fans which saw the franchise die out after a horrible HD remake of the original game failed miserably after its control system proved to be more buggy than an AAA title from EA on launch day.
Microsoft is always working on updates for the Xbox One and Xbox 360 game consoles. Sometimes those updates are for bugs that have surfaced, like the black screen bug the last Xbox One update added for some. Other times the updates for the consoles add new features.
Microsoft has announce that it has been inviting specific Xbox Live gamers to beta the next update for the Xbox One game console. The Xbox team is working on an update for the Xbox One for March. The users that are chosen by Microsoft will get some of the features of that update early.
They will use the new features and provide Microsoft with feedback on the update via a private forum. Microsoft isn't offering any information on how it is choosing the people that will participate in the program. It does say that the users will be able to opt out of participating. That implies that the people don't have to ask to be part of the program.
Peak Antifreeze and iRacing have announced something that will excite virtual racers out there. Peak will be sponsoring iRacing's top online racing championship series for the next three years. The events sponsored by peak will kick off on February 25.
The NASCAR Peak Antifreeze Series powered by iRacing.com will pit the top sim racers in the world against each other for over $20,000 in cash and prices. Participants will race in precise digital models of Generation-6 stock cars with a 17-race schedule.
The racing will take place on iRacing.com's laser scanned NASCAR racing tracks. This is the only sanctioned online world championship by NASCAR. The racing series will kick off at the virtual Daytona International Speedway at 9pm Tuesday, February 25th.
Boutique gaming company Feenix has launched the Aria gaming headset, aimed towards providing gamers with better quality sound than regular headphones.
Using Japanese pine wood for the acoustic chamber, coupled with 50mm neodymium magnet drivers, Feenix wanted to bring audiophile sound to the gaming market. Aria owners have an immersive experience with 100% memory foam that surround the ear, and an independent clip microphone that provides "studio-grade recording" ability.
"For years gamers have been misled as to what they should be looking for in a gaming heaset," said Ashkon Shayani, Feenix Creative Director, in a press release. "Their choices have had nothing but poor sound quality, gimmicky features, and unnaturally over pronounced bass. The Aria focuses on providing high grade audio and reproducing sounds perfectly in studio monitor fashion. The result is the ability to hear sounds you never knew existed."
The Feenix Aria headphones are available for pre-order with a whopping $349 price tag.
Feenix gaming products are more expensive than the majority of current competing products, but are extremely high-quality and perform well. Also, customers have a dedicated account manager to assist in any follow-up support that is needed in case there are any questions - or problems - that might arise in the future.