Cara Ellison on: #Fortune

Lying with my face on a hotel pillow reading IMs from Chris Donlan: ‘It’s time to go full gonzo.’ Donlan is paying me a fee to take the free iPhone app #Fortune around the world with me to do a 2015 Dice Man. It’s an app that uses Twitter to generate digital fortune cookies.

Don’t get killed, Donlan says, and I sign off.

The maker of the strange #Fortune app is a man called Zach Gage. He makes games and lives in New York City and he only ever wears sandals everywhere. If I were a Male MFA Writer I’d say he’s ‘a drinking buddy’ of mine. I don’t feel particularly inclined to treat his game any better. My feelings are that if I savaged this guy’s free app he’d still have had a hand in Ridiculous Fishing, one of the most successful iOS games on the store. Maybe he’d be angry on a barstool next to me next time I saw him. Who cares. Maybe this entire article should be about my ambivalent feelings about Zach and our grown up relationship that entails respecting each other’s opinions.

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HTC One E9 Plus official images leaked!

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For the past few days, thanks to the numerous leaks, we have known that HTC will unveil another version of the upcoming HTC One E9 called as the HTC One E9 Plus. While we have already seen some images of the handset before launch, today, team Ubuntu who are well known for leaking upcoming phone released a set of pictures which look like the official press images of the HTC One E9 Plus.

From the pictures, we can see that the device shown by Upleaks yesterday is exactly the same as this. The phone will be relatively larger than the E9, which is rumored to be around 5-inches in size. The E9 Plus will sport a two tone color design with a beautiful gold colored metal frame. However, other than that the phone’s body will be made of plastic. You can see that the images explain each feature of the device, which unfortunately is in Chinese.

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As for the specs, the HTC One E9 Plus will reportedly come with MT6795 octa-core processor with 3GB RAM and 32GB of expandable storage. There will be a 5.5-inch display with 2K resolution. The rear camera will be of 20.7MP while the front shooter will be the same 4MP Ultrapixel sensor unit as the One M9. Sense 7 will be a big part of the phone’s software running on top of Android 5.0.2. So, expect features such as blinkfeed, new themes etc on the device like the flagship HTC One M9.

The pricing of the E9 Plus is said to be around 2999 Yuan ($482) while the One E9 is expected to retail between 2499 to 2699 Yuan.

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‘Mortal Kombat X’ Features Easy Fatalities

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One of the most iconic parts of Mortal Kombat is the franchise’s vicious finishing moves, with ultra-violent fatalities shocking audiences for decades – for better or worse. Developer NetherRealm Studios has promised that Mortal Kombat X will include some of the most over-the-top fatalities of the series, and the developer has already released footage of Scorpion and Quan Chi’s gruesome finishers. The videos whetted the appetites of fans, ready to recreate the fatalities in-game.

Players may find these fatalities a little easier to perform than in previous Mortal Kombat titles, however, as it has been revealed that there will be “easy fatalities” available in Mortal Kombat X. The news was announced by Tyler Landsdown, a community specialist at NetherRealm Studios, during a Mortal Kombat X live streaming session. According to Landsdown, there will be about three easy …

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The Awakened Fate Ultimatum Review | Gamer’s Palace

Gamer’s Palace: “The Awakened Fate ultimatum does many things righ und provides hours and hours of fun, but you have to adapt to the high difficulty. But with The Awakened Fate Ultimatum everyone can play God – And that’s fun! However, the cinematics could have been much nicer.

Nevertheless, The Awakened is Fate ultimatum a successful title with English language edition, which calls for the player and supports and comes with an interesting history. Even if you have to understand English very well in order to be able to really keep up here, in particular due to the big amount of text.” —> Read More

Borderlands: The Handsome Collection Review | GodisaGeek

Dan Naylor: “The bottom line is that Borderlands: The Handsome Collection is two fantastic shooters, each worthy of your time, with a ton of DLC and polished up to look their best. If youve played both games and their DLC already theres not much here for you aside the faster frame rate, better visuals, and chance to play on your shiny new console. But if its your first time as a vault hunter, this is without doubt the best place to start.” —> Read More

SPECTRE: Here’s the Opening Sequence for Bond 24

Warning: Spoilers for the opening sequence of Spectre follow…

It’s a grey and windy day in Mexico City and production on the elaborate opening sequence for Spectre AKA Bond 24 is under way. The first teaser trailer for the film dropped earlier this evening, and as that was happening a group of journalists watched from a hotel terrace as the production team filmed a section of the intricate Day of the Dead action scene that opens the movie; one which long-time James Bond producer Michael G. Wilson calls “the biggest” they’ve done to date.

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Cities: Skylines (Video Game Review) – BioGamer Girl

BioGamer Girl: Cities: Skylines is a new city building simulation game from Paradox Interactive that takes all of the best parts of SimCity and removes most of the annoying features that hindered the EA release. With Cities: Skylines, players have almost no limitation on what they can create. Cities in the game can grow to incredible population totals and sizes to eight times the amount seen in SimCity, while Steam Workshop support has allowed the community to create all sorts of customized content for the game made available free of charge to owners of Cities: Skylines. Cities: Skylines is one of the best city simulation games ever, and fans of the genre will definitely want to pick up a copy, as it blows all of its current competition out of the water. —> Read More

Xiaomi releases a new teaser: What do you think DDS stands for?

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Two days back, Xiaomi revealed that the company will have big celebrations on March 31st, which will mark the fifth anniversary of the company. There are a number of products that’s expected to be announced on that day, including a product targeted at women and the Xiaomi MiPad 2.

Now the company has released another teaser. The image comes in a shade of yellow with the words, DDS. Now, here DDS could mean anything, but a quick search reveals DDS’s full form is most likely Data Distribution Service. This standard is used in smartphones and internet of things, so we could see some kind of IoT product on its fifth anniversary.

Below the words DDS, you can see an interesting thing. From what we can see, there’s a Play Button that’s being enlarged under a magnifying glass. Some even say that this could be the teaser for the large 55-inch smart TV that was expected to be announced on March 24. But, we can’t be sure of anything at the moment.

March 31 is just three days away, when we will hopefully get to know what the company meant by this teaser. Meanwhile, lets wait for more updates from Xiaomi as the company is sure to tease us with more products in the next couple of days.

So, what do you think DDS means?

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Battlefield Hardline Review [Capsule Computers]

Jamie Laike Tsui of Capsule Computers writes:

“Visceral Games wanted to take the venerable Battlefield franchise in a new direction, so DICE took the Dead Space developers up on the deal, bringing the Battlefield Hardline to life. Battlefield Hardline takes the battle to the mean streets of Los Angeles and Miami that puts an explosive twist on the classic childhood game of cops and robbers. The game features a single player campaign with a star studded cast and some serious changes to Battlefields multiplayer formula.” —> Read More

Bloodborne review: scarlet letter | Polygon

“From Software’s games have been lauded for how they buck modern game design trends. They don’t rely on cinematic storytelling through lengthy cutscenes. They don’t present pivotal action moments as button-matching “quick time events.” They don’t offer helpful breadcrumb trails to guide a player to the next story-driving checkpoint. They’re just not particularly warm and friendly.

I expected Bloodborne would be challenging it is but primarily I assumed Bloodborne would simply transmute a long list of medieval fantasy tropes and established gameplay mechanics to a new, slightly more modern setting. Developer From Software upended those expectations, and the result is remarkable.” —> Read More

14 New Video Games from Artifex Mundi in 2015 & 2016

Artifex Mundi has announced that the company will be working with eleven game studios (including World-Loom, Nitreal Games, Brave Giant studio, and House of Fables) to produce fourteen brand new and unannounced titles in 2015 and 2016! As a result to this global cooperation, some of these titles will be in two different genres (time management and free-to-play) instead of the popular hidden-object puzzle adventure games! Tomasz Grudziski, President of Artifex Mundi, provides additional details. —> Read More

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