Chrome 65 came out last week, and included Google’s new ad-blocker and a few other security features. Chrome 66 has now graduated to the beta channel, and has several major experimental features. There’s a new ‘Modern Design’ interface, partially based on the ill-fated Chrome Home UI, as well as updates to the media player and a new Clipboard API.
Overwatch League player Felix "xQc" Lengyel has been suspended twice for using both homophobic and racist slurs, and he's now bowing out entirely. Dallas Fuel and Lengyel have announced that they've "mutually agreed to part ways" in the wake of his… Engadget RSS Feed
Making a tie-in video game for Ready Player One fans seems like a maddening task.
After all, what does it mean to be a fan of Ready Player One, a piece of pop culture designed as a wrapper for other, often better pop culture? Does it mean being invested in the journey of digital treasure hunter Wade Watts and his effort to protect the virtual reality world known as OASIS? Or is it more about enjoying its mashup of reference points, likeDeLoreans, WarGames, and Rush?
If it’s the latter, fans might be disappointed by the collection of Ready Player One-themed VR games that’s being released soon for the HTC Vive. The collection is a lot more substantive than your usual VR film tie-in, but with a few exceptions, the designers apparently…
Ready Player One imagines the year 2044 as an industrial wasteland where people escape the perils of modern life by strapping on virtual reality headsets and disappearing into a vast digital playground called the OASIS. The book, written by Ernest Cl… Engadget RSS Feed
The advertising for Steven Spielberg’s Ready Player One, which hits theaters on March 29th, treads a weird tonal line. Most of it presents the story of pop-culture-obsessed future teenager Wade Watts as cool and exciting. But occasionally, the marketing feels like a surprisingly cutting takedown of the film’s own premise. And I’m not sure where its newest promotional stunt, a series of elaborate movie poster mash-ups, is supposed to fall.
If you’re not familiar with Ready Player One, it’s set primarily in a virtual world called the OASIS, essentially a giant VR amalgamation of 20th century pop culture. So, naturally, the new images recreate iconic film posters using the virtual avatars of Ready Player One’s various characters. (You can…
A big appeal of Ernest Cline’s novel Ready Player One was its reverence toward the pop culture of the 1980s, from movies to video games. As the big-screen Steven Spielberg adaptation inches closer to theaters, the marketing masterminds at Warner Bros. have been tapping into that nostalgia with Easter egg-filled trailers, and now there’s an online arcade with a number of vintage games to play.
Ready Player One takes place nearly 30 years in the future, where the real world has fallen into dystopic disrepair, and citizens find refuge in a massive, interconnected online world known as the OASIS. When the creator of the system dies, he leaves behind a treasure hunt, where fans can solve puzzles and clues based on ‘80s pop culture in order…
Midjiwan’s The Battle of Polytopia [Free] has quite the cult following. It debuted on the App Store in early 2016 and has consistently received updates wit enhancements and new content. I only started playing it after a friend constantly spoke about how well it played which was surprising given the genre. The Battle of Polytopia is one of the most approachable turn based strategy games out there. It also looks excellent and controls brilliantly on touch. Midjiwan announced something everyone wanted earlier when an online multiplayer update with cross platform play was announced.
The big update is finally live and includes more than just the online multiplayer mode. For one, the online multiplayer games support up to 12 players in each game. Android and iOS users can play together. This update also includes an updated interface and iPhone X support in addition to full resolution support on all devices.
Midjiwan says that this is the first take on multiplayer in Polytopia and there will be more cool stuff added in the future. The multiplayer mode here is free for anyone who has bought a paid tribe in game. If you haven’t, you’re prompted to buy one if you try and access the online multiplayer here. If you’ve been aching to play some online Polytopia share your Player ID in the comments below and in our forum thread to share Player IDs. You can copy the Player ID from the multiplayer profile page. The main forum thread where everyone’s been discussing the game in general is here.
It's official: Overwatch League has its first female player. The Shanghai Dragons have signed Kim "Geguri" Se-yeon as part of a four-player addition. The South Korean teen rose to prominence thanks to her reputation for playing Zarya (one of Overwa… Engadget RSS Feed
While Tencent tries to grow the Arena of Valor [Free] esports scene in the west, the Chinese esports scene is on fire right now with a million-dollar player transfer that just took place. Chinese team GK E-sports Club recruited player-coach Zhang “Loa Shuai” Yuchen, a former player for AG Gaming in the Kings Pro League, for 8 million yuan, or about $ 1.2 million USD. He will serve as a player-coach for GK’s Honor of Kings (the Chinese name for Arena of Valor) team. What makes him worth so much? He boasted an average 3.4 kills to 1.8 deaths, and averaged 5.7 assists in a total of 38 matches, helping AG Gaming reach the KPL Playoffs.
According to esports industry analyst Sheng Yi, this is a record for Chinese mobile esports, and likely a record fee for mobile esports in general. This isn’t a record for esports yet, as reports that League of Legends star Jian “Uzi” Zi-Hao reportedly had a transfer fee for $ 7.85 million USD.
The Kings Pro League had a crowd of over 11,000 fans attend the 2017 Kings Pro League fall season final in December 2017, with QGhappy defeating XQ to win 1.2 million yuan. The league has existed since 2016, and has seen a meteoric rise in popularity. The game itself does gangbusters business in China, with it being the top-grossing mobile game in 2017, worth $ 1.9 billion according to a Superdata report. It’s not near that level of performance in the west yet, but recent reports have established North American organizations trying to enter the fray with the game’s global expansion of its competitive scene.
While there’s still a lot of development for a western player of Arena of Valor to command a massive transfer fee, Tencent is well-positioned to do so. Not only do they have a ton of money as it is between their successful portfolio of games, they also have experience in running perhaps the biggest esport in the world with the League Championship Series through subsidiary Riot. They might be able to build the culture for a mobile esport to happen on a global scale. But then again, if it doesn’t, well, there’s always the gobs and gobs of money that Honor of Kings brings from China, and the rapidly-growing esports seen there. A game doesn’t have to succeed in America to be a massive business. In fact, the mobile gaming market in China is more than triple the size of the American market.
Still, with companies trying to have the game that becomes the dominant mobile esport, don’t be surprised if more million-dollar deals start to go down, especially if Arena of Valor‘s global expansion winds up succeeding. The game’s focus on competitive play might just make it the title that sees western teams making major money moves in mobile esports. For now, the pressure is on Zhang “Loa Shuai” Yuchen to deliver for GK in the volatile competitive world of Arena of Valor/Honor of Kings.