Collaborating Authors

battle royale

Accessibility is part of the beauty of battle royales like 'Warzone,' 'Fortnite' and 'PUBG'

Washington Post - Technology News

Before we dive into drop strategies and weapon selection, it's best to note the overall speed of specific battle royales. This genre rewards aggressive gameplay, often encouraging members to continuously hunt down opponents and quickly grab loot. For players who struggle to execute precise and fast inputs, like me, certain games may pose more of a physical challenge than others. For example, "Apex Legends" rarely gives individuals a reprieve, as the parkour mechanics of the Titanfall series are highly emphasized: Furiously climbing buildings and sliding across the landscape are key tactics when playing. Even though "Apex Legends" offers characters with defensive and stationary abilities like Gibraltar, Caustic and Wattson, you still need to rapidly traverse the map.

Project Magma: The untold origin of Verdansk, the Gulag and 'Call of Duty: Warzone'

Washington Post - Technology News

Patrick Kelly remembers the pitch meeting vividly. The room full of developers and Activision executives had convened at Infinity Ward's offices in Woodland Hills, California, in early 2018. It was time for Kelly and his longtime colleague Dave Stohl, who together serve as co-studio heads for Infinity Ward, to pitch their big idea. The project was code-named "Magma." And the plan was to create the biggest ever battle royale, one tied to the world of the studio's planned 2019 release, "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare." Upon completion, the project would be re-christened as "Warzone." "Okay, so here's the thing," Kelly said, reenacting his pitch to the room.

'Pac-Man 99' launches Wednesday, turns classic video game into a battle royale

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

On Wednesday, publisher Bandai Namco is launching "Pac-Man 99," an online game for the Nintendo Switch where you are among 99 players competing in the arcade classic. The game is free to play if you subscribe to Nintendo Switch Online, a subscription service offering incentives such as online play and access to classic Nintendo games. It costs $4 a month, or $20 for the year. Pac-Man 99 plays like a traditional version of the game, as players chomp down dots while escaping ghosts. On both sides of the screen, players will see smaller screens representing the boards of online opponents.

'Wait, Sylvie's Dad Plays?!' The Joy of Fortnite Parenting


The game's lethal storm circle is tightening around the combat zone, a sleepy beach town with a bubblegum-pink ice cream parlor, and the handful of remaining squads are duking it out for survival. My three teammates, who are all children, are taking intense fire. One squares off with an especially ruthless competitor and is promptly dispatched. "Watch out, that kid is sweaty," he warns. Another falls to a grenade burst with a cry of "I'm knocked!"

Got kids or teens yearning to connect with friends? These video games are also great social experiences

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Quarantining during the coronavirus pandemic has helped us discover our inner video game fan. Sales of video games have surged this year, as both adults and kids stuck at home turn to gaming to stay entertained and connect with friends. During the second quarter, between April and June, total consumer spending on video games in the U.S. hit a record $11.6 billion, research firm NPD Group reports, up 30% from last year. "During the pandemic, many have turned to video games not only to keep them preoccupied, but also to stay in touch with family and friends," NPD analyst Mat Piscatella said. For many parents with tweens and older children, video games can serve as an outlet to maintain fledgling relationships with classmates unable to physically connect at school.

Ubisoft Forward shows off Far Cry 6, Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and Hyper Scape


We are now more than a month past the point when E3 2020 would've ended. It lives in your heart, in your soul, and on your television. Today we finally reached the "1PM Monday Afternoon" slot, a.k.a. Much of what Ubisoft showed at its faux-press conference, we already knew about--Watch Dogs Legion, Assassin's Creed Valhalla, and the recently leaked Far Cry 6. But hey, they managed to keep Tom Clancy's Elite Squad under wraps (for what that's worth), and the Assassin's Creed footage looked pretty neat.

'Fortnite' finally sheds its Early Access label


Fortnite: Battle Royale will celebrate its three-year anniversary at the end of July, and in a symbolic gesture recognizing its immense popularity, it's going to shed its Early Access label. As a multi-billion dollar title with hundreds of millions of players and numerous updates, seasons and events, Epic has decided that the multiplayer shooter, as well as its PvE sibling Save the World, will no longer carry the tag as the company shifts the development cycles for parts of its popular franchise. Its Save the World portion, meanwhile, will remain a premium title, and not become free-to-play as it has originally hoped. "Development of new content will slow down after this official release," Epic said in a statement, noting that Save the World will move to ongoing annual scheduling, and that its main story is now "complete." The company added that in the coming months, Save the World will no longer be able to support all upcoming Fortnite Battle Royale cosmetic purchases, but Epic will let players know when this is slated to happen (your existing library of cosmetics will keep functioning in both modes).

People spent 75 PERCENT more time playing video games than usual during the coronavirus pandemic

Daily Mail - Science & tech

The amount of internet usage dedicated to playing video games in the US rose by 75 percent during the first week of the countrywide COVID-19 shutdown. The figure comes from a Verizon report on how internet usage has been affected by the entire country being asked to stay indoors for potentially months on end. While other forms of online entertainment saw boosts over the same period--video streaming rose 12 percent, and general web traffic rose by 20 percent--nothing came close to video games. Several other game-centric businesses saw similar bumps over the same period. The PC gaming platform Steam saw more than 20 million people playing games through the service at the same time, an all-time high.

25 best video games to help you socialise while self-isolating

The Guardian

In this time of quarantine and isolation, we all need to keep up both our social interactions and our spirits. Playing video games with friends online is the perfect solution. You don't have to be good at them, that's not the point – online games provide a location to meet up, chat and have experiences together that may or may not involve blowing stuff up. Here is a range of titles that can be learned and enjoyed by both complete beginners and veteran gamers. Whether you have an old laptop or the latest smartphone, there's something here you can play with pals even if they're far away.

'Call of Duty' takes on 'Fortnite' with free battle royale online video game 'Warzone'

USATODAY - Tech Top Stories

Call of Duty is officially launching its battle royale offensive Tuesday. A new free game, Warzone, will be available on PlayStation 4, Xbox One and on PCs via Battlenet – with crossplay across those three platforms. In addition to the Battle Royale mode, which allows up to 150 players, a second mode called "Plunder" has you competing to collect the most in-game cash and completing in-game missions or contracts. Both games take place in a massive environment called Verdansk, based on the "Call of Duty: Modern Warfare" game, according to an announcement and description of the game on the Activision blog. Tthe best streaming service for you?:How cable alternatives compare for cord-cutters The city has "well over 300 points of interest" and distinct zones including the Gorengard Lumber Yard and the Gora Dam, as well as other urban and rural settings.