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“Tetris Effect” Demo Is Back – But For A Limited Time Only

If you have not played the stunning and mesmerizing “Tetris Effect” game yet, here is your chance to give it a shot for free.

The elusive “Tetris Effect” demo returns today Friday, February 8 and will remain playable until Monday, February 11 for all you newcomers who want to try it out. You must have an online connection in order to play the demo, although that will not be required to play the full game.

This weekend trial includes three stages from the Journey campaign mode and two Effect modes, featuring Marathon mode, where you try to clear 150 lines, and Mystery mode, where the game abruptly attacks you with random elements like larger pieces, gameplay changes, and other things to make a relaxing game of Tetris turn into the most stressful few minutes of your life.

Here is the trailer for the game:

“Tetris Effect” was initially launched on November 4, 2018 on the PS4, and on VR on November 9. The game currently holds an 89 out of 100 on Metacritic, including game reviewers.

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“Apex Legends” Gains Over 10 Million Players In THREE DAYS

Move over, Fortnite, a new battle royale game has hit the market and has quickly overtaken it!

EA and ReSpawn Entertainment’s “Apex Legends“, a new game set in the video game world of “TitanFall”, recently launched their free-to-play game across many systems. It’s quickly become one of the top streamed games on Twitch, and made EA’s stock explode this week, making their highest gain in over a year.

It should come as no surprise that the game is capturing the attention of gamers everywhere, but no one expected it to be this successful so quickly. So much so that they have already surpassed 10 million players in a mere three days!

Respawn’s Vince Zampella left a message for fans on the Apex Legends blog, which reads:

In 72 hours, over 10 million players have jumped into Apex Legends and we’ve breached 1 million concurrent players!

This has been a truly incredible journey. We tested and tweaked. We argued and agreed. We got to a point where we felt some magic. We knew it would be risky to take the franchise in this direction, to go free to play, and do a surprise launch. But we fell in love with Apex Legends and wanted, needed, other people to play it too.

We hoped you’d love it as much as us, but never in our wildest dreams could we have expected the outpouring of support and positivity we’ve seen. From all of us at Respawn, thank you for giving us and Apex Legends a chance. Thank you for joining us on this journey. This is just the beginning! We have so much more in store for you this year.

See you in the arena!

“Apex Legends” is a class-based shooter like Overwatch, with randomized elements like PUBG. The focus is team-based combat, pitting 60 players grouped into three-man groups fighting to determine who the last team standing will be. The game has improved on elements from its predecessors, and is just really fun!

There are currently eight playable characters in the game, with plans to start adding more very soon.

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“Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice” Shows Off First Story Trailer

Fans of Dark Souls and Bloodborne have been ever so patient waiting for the next game by FromSoftware, and they won’t have to wait much longer. Coming very soon to every console is “Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice”, which takes the concepts popular from their previous games and throws it into feudal Japan, along with some new mechanics that will add some dynamism to the gameplay. Today, we have our first look at the story via this new trailer released on the Playstation channel.

Check out the video below:

Here is the official synopsis from Activision, publisher of the game:

Directed by Hidetaka Miyazaki, and published by Activision, Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice is a third-person, action-adventure game with RPG elements. The single-player game puts players in the protagonist role of a hard-hearted warrior whose mission is to rescue his master, a young lord who is the descendant of an ancient bloodline, and exact revenge on his arch nemesis. Set in the re-imagined world of late 1500s Sengoku Japan; a brutal, bloody period of constant life-and-death conflict, in Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice you are the “one-armed wolf,” a disgraced and disfigured warrior rescued from the brink of death.

In the game, players come face-to-face with larger than life foes; unleash an arsenal of deadly prosthetic tools and powerful ninja abilities to blend stealth, vertical traversal, and visceral head-to-head combat in a bloody confrontation.

Take revenge. Restore your honor. Kill Ingeniously.

FromSoftware is best known for Demon’s Souls, Dark Souls, and Bloodborne, essentially pioneering a new genre of ultra-hard controller-breaking and blood pressure rising games.

The game will launch for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Steam on March 22.

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You’ll Have To Wait Until 2022 For The New Super Mario Movie

Sorry, Nintendo fans, look like you have a few more years to wait until that mythical animated “Super Mario Bros” movie hits theaters. Insert frowny face [here].

According to Nintendo’s quarterly financial report, the movie is not likely to release until sometime in the distant year of 2022. This came from their section on IP expansion, which detailed partnerships with other companies to expand the number of people who have regular access to Nintendo IP in areas other than video games.

This includes character merchandise, theme parks, and other such
business licensing business initiatives and initiatives in the video content business, such as the aforementioned film.

Here is the full paragraph from their report:

Theme park development with Universal Parks & Resorts is underway. Construction on the “Super Nintendo World” area at Universal Studios Japan is to open in time for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In addition, the development of animated film based on “Super Mario Bros.” with Illumination is moving along for an anticipated theatrical release around 2022.

On the upside on the IP front, Nintendo plans to open their first official Nintendo shop in Japan, called NINTENDO TOKYO. The store will open in Shibuya later this fall. For real, though, how has there not been an official Nintendo store in Japan before?

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Real-Life Halo Experience Coming To A City Near You – “Halo: Outpost Discovery”

Starting this summer, Microsoft/ Xbox will begin a brand new interactive exhibit that will jump from city to city across America. Halo heads, this one is for you!

The “Halo: Outpost Discovery” will be a touring fan experience for all ages that brings the Halo universe to life in five major cities across the US this summer.

It will feature a museum with life-sized props, gaming spaces, exclusive merchandise, lazer tag (!) and a virtual reality experience.

As of now, the five locations will be Orlando from July 5-7, Philadelphia from July 19-21, Chicago from August 2-4, Houston from August 16-18, and wrapping up in Anaheim on August 30-September 1.

Let’s hope this event does well enough that they can add some extra dates and venues later on, like NYC (hint hint).

For more details, head over to Tickets are already available, so scoop them up while you can.

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Meet The Man Who Drew Konami, Tom Dubois

The best thing about buying video games in the 80s and 90s was the box art. Before the internet, you only had magazines if you were lucky to see what a game actually looked like. Most of the time, all you had was the artwork on the packaging, and often times those illustrations were better than the actual game.

Meet Tom duBois, an illustrator who created the elaborate paintings used on North American Konami box art and magazine ads from 1988 to 1994. This is his story, courtesy of My Life in Gaming:

It’s very interesting to hear the process behind every illustration, and how he had to figure out the appearance of these characters based on a tiny pile of pixels.

Tom was responsible for illustrating the covers for Contra 3, Lethal Enforcers, Castlevania Bloodlines, Metal Gear, Blades of Steel, and many many more as you will see in the video. His personal favorite was Sunset Riders:

My favorite was Sunset Riders (1993; Alkyd/ colored pencil) because I was able to have some fun developing the characters and didn’t overwork the art as much as I usually did. Off the top of my head, I remember the first actual box art I did was Blades of Steel (1988) and then Bayou Billy (1988). I’m pretty sure the last thing I did for Konami was Lethal Enforcers II: Gun Fighters (1994). For a while it seemed like every week they had a new one they wanted me to do along with a lot of illustrations for the ads.

Konami went to another agency in New York around 1993, something like that, and it was over. Nothing lasts forever, sadly! Too bad, it was fun work but really hard because they never gave me enough time to really do a good job.

These days, Tom does a lot of Christian art, and you can see his current portfolio of work on his personal website.

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Top Fortnite streamer DrLupo endorsed as first esports athlete of leading brand, State Farm

State Farm has announced their first ever sponsorship of an individual professional esports athlete, Benjamin “DrLupo” Lupo, a top Twitch streamer and captain of Rogue’s Fortnite team.

One of the best and most followed Fortnite players in the world, DrLupo has 2.9 million followers on Twitch and 7 million followers across all social platforms. The Nebraska native is known for his engaging, candid streams, in which his wife and three-year-old son make frequent cameos. He has harnessed his massive influence in the gaming community to support charitable causes, and in 2018 raised $1.3 million for St. Jude’s Research Hospital by partaking in various live streaming efforts throughout the year. DrLupo also broke several fundraising records for St. Jude PLAY LIVE, a program that allows creators to stream video games while raising money for the hospital.

“DrLupo is one of the world’s most followed Fortnite streamers,” said Ed Gold, Marketing Director, State Farm. “His philanthropic efforts and massive fanbase make him an ideal partner as we continue to amplify our esports programming and efforts with the gaming community.”

In 2018, State Farm, the nation’s largest property and casualty insurance company, named Rogue parent company ReKTGlobal its agency of record for esports. State Farm then became the first non-endemic sponsor in North America of the League of Legends Championship Series (LCS), the first NBA partner to sign a separate deal to sponsor the NBA 2K League, and a major sponsorship of the Rocket League Championship Series.

The State Farm deal with DrLupo marks the company’s first endorsement of a professional esports athlete. Terms of the sponsorship include State Farm support of DrLupo’s livestreams through branded replays, live in-stream stunts and product integrations, event-based remote streams, sponsored giveaways, and social content.
“Being given the opportunity to work with State Farm is, without a doubt, huge,” DrLupo said. “I couldn’t imagine a better company to work with, and I’m excited to see what we can do together in the future.”

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Who are all of the characters that will be in “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” on Switch? Read our list!

The debut trailer of Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo Switch during E3 revealed how enormous the roster will be for this franchise’s latest entry. Just how deep does it go? Check out this absurdly long list of everyone you can play as:

Bowser Jr.
Captain Falcon
Dark Pit
Diddy Kong
Donkey Kong
Dr. Mario
Duck Hunt
The Ice Climbers
Inkling Boy and Girl
King Dedede
Little Mac
Mega Man
Meta Knight
Mii Fighter
Mr. Game & Watch
Captain Olimar
Pokémon Trainer
R.O.B. the robot
Toon Link
Wii Fit Trainer
Young Link
Zero Suit Samus

ICYMI Here is the official video from E3 for more details on what to expect from this game:

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Check Out 13 Minutes of “Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn” Gameplay

Check out a whole ton of new gameplay footage from the upcoming “Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn” video game on Nintendo Switch with this Direct-Feed gameplay from PAX East, via Game Xplain. This game definitely has an expanded experience with it, as it’s not just a 2-D fighting game anymore. Is it actually worth playing? That is for you to decide!

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