Gateway 3 DSFR Wed, 23 Nov 2022 17:17:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gateway 3 DSFR 32 32 Some people still don’t know “the right way” to delete GameCube discs Wed, 23 Nov 2022 16:40:24 +0000

If you owned a GameCube as a kid, you probably remember a few things about the console: its unique form factor, tiny discs, and how disappointing Super Mario Sunshine was. However, did you know that there is a “right way” to remove these discs? Yes, you just need to press the button in the center of the board.

If you’re not sure what we’re talking about, you’re not alone – indeed, it seems many gamers are unaware of this feature. We asked GameSpot staff, and more than half of us didn’t know. As the above tweet from DavyPGH shows, pressing down on the center of the CD carrier gently pulls the disc out of the tray, rather than the “grab and rip” that so many of us have had to perform as children. (Apparently the button even says “press” on it.) That knowledge might be 20 years out of date for some of us, but if you’re still playing Super Smash Bros. Melee on your original GameCube, it’s probably worth keeping in mind.

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There’s a lot of similar gaming knowledge that you might assume everyone knows, but some people have definitely missed over the years. For example, did you know that the PS2 background becomes more populated depending on the contents of your memory card? Or that you can continue on the same world after a finished game in Super Mario Bros. original by holding A and pressing start on the main menu? Yes, the wonders of the gaming world are inexhaustible.

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Hyperkin’s Xenon is an Xbox 360 controller remake with USB-C and a share button Tue, 22 Nov 2022 22:00:25 +0000

To each his own poison when it comes to gaming nostalgia. This may be the low-poly heaven of Final Fantasy VIIthe character models of or the satisfying click of inserting real physical game cartridges. Or maybe your nostalgia is just a little less nostalgic; more digital; a lot more apt to show the Dorito dust spots.

For the latter group, Hyperkin takes its breath away from the early 2000s: a new Xbox 360 controller designed for both modern PCs and consoles. The Xenon, as it’s called (a nod to Microsoft’s codename for the Xbox 360), isn’t just a lookalike, it’s an officially licensed remake.

What’s new? — The controller is updated with modern amenities like a share button, USB-C connectivity, and a 3.5mm headphone jack for connecting your headset of choice. Hyperkin is also generous on colors and plans to release Xenon in black, pink and red, in addition to the original Dorito dust-attracting white.

This isn’t Hyperkin’s first rodeo when it comes to reviving a piece of Xbox nostalgia. You might remember the Duke, a send-off of Xbox’s original (and very beefy) black controller. It’s also steeped in Nintendo nostalgia with controllers like the Admiral – a wireless rendition of the Nintendo 64’s iconic trident-shaped contraption.

One of my personal favourites, if only out of sheer delirium, is the X91 Ice controller – an unholy marriage between Sega’s Genesis controller and the Xbox. It’s seamless; It’s strange; it even works for Xbox Series S and X!

Although we haven’t seen the IRL controller yet, the Xenon looks like a very diligent remake of Microsoft’s original hardware. Personally, I wouldn’t mind reliving the smooth plastic tactile pleasure of the Xbox 360 controller, as opposed to the matte feel of the current generation. Maybe it will even get progressively fatter the more you use it!

Price and release date — Design-wise, the Xbox 360 controller is much closer to the current-gen controllers that most people use now, so the Xenon might even be less gag than other recreations, and more equipment for daily use.

Unfortunately, there’s no price or release date for the Xenon just yet, so you’ll have to use your imagination for now. Alternatively, if you’ve kept your Xbox 360 controller for so long, Microsoft’s backward compatibility works in your favor.

EA puts couples to the test with the Better Together experience for the launch of It Takes Two on Nintendo Switch Tue, 22 Nov 2022 17:00:00 +0000

LONDON–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) – To celebrate the launch of the critically acclaimed cooperative adventure game It takes two on Nintendo Switch, EA invited couples to test their skills and feelings of collaboration. With 50% of all couples worried about relationship boredom* and a further 56% who think other couples have more fun, can gambling reignite the sparks?

Wake up, go to work, run errands, cook dinner, crash on the couch, and do it again the next day. Sound familiar? Routine, everyday tasks are a slippery slope to relationship boredom. It is the basis on which It takes two the cooperative adventure is built. In the game, main characters Cody and May are trapped after a magic spell turns them into dolls; the two must work together to overcome unpredictable challenges in order to save their fractured marriage.

Better Together experience putting couples to the test

To celebrate It takes two Recently launched on Nintendo Switch, EA put couples to the test with the Better Together experience: inviting two couples to play together, after expressing boredom in their relationship and wanting to try something new.

The couples, Ellie Gibson & Pete Hobden and Rianna Linton & Paige Meade, have embarked on an emotional journey into It takes twoportraying Cody and May to salvage the characters’ relationship by working together.

It was done because spending time for each other, nurturing your partners’ passions, and being present are all important lessons learned throughout. It takes two gameplay – the latter being more important than ever. According to a new survey conducted by OnePoll**, 1,850 American adults (18-40) surveyed who are currently in a relationship find that social media and smartphones are major distractions when engaging together. Additional findings indicate that:

  • 61% of respondents regularly or always use their smartphone when spending time with their partner/spouse.
  • 59% said their partner most of the time or always seemed distracted when they spent time together.
  • Respondents said they would give up social media (33%), tasty food (23%) and sleep (21%) to spend more time with their partner, while 16% would sacrifice a member in exchange for more quality time with their partner/spouse.

If social media and smartphones distract us, could another screen time bring us closer?

According to the survey results, 61% of US respondents find that playing video games together can have a positive effect on their relationship.

“Compared to passive hobby activities like watching TV or streaming services, playing a cooperative game like It takes two cannot be done without fully engaging in the moment. It creates a dynamic where couples can really spend time together, while unknowingly working on their collaboration and communication skills,” said Chloe DubiniEA Originals Brand Manager and Chief Marketing Officer, EA.

“It’s hard to be distracted by other things when fighting giant wasps with your partner.”

One of the Better Together Experience participants said in the video:

“It’s definitely a positive experience. It’s quite rare and special to have a game where you work together. Often there is nothing you can do if you don’t listen to the other person. That’s not a bad thing.

With more than a quarter (27%) of American adults surveyed trying a new activity with their partner/spouse each month, this holiday season is the perfect time to introduce your relationship to the joy of cooperative play.

Watch the video directed by RSA Films’ Toby Dye here.

Watch the launch trailer for It takes two on Nintendo Switch here.

* 50% of all couples worry about boredom in their relationship, according to research by Kristen Mark, a professor at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

**This online survey of 1,850 US adults and 1,540 UK adults who are in a relationship, cohabiting or married (aged 18-40) was commissioned by EA and conducted by a market research company OnePoll, in accordance with the Market Research Society Code of Conduct. The data was collected between 21/10/2022 and 27/10/2022. All participants are double-registered to participate in the research and receive an amount based on the length and complexity of the survey. This survey was overseen and edited by the OnePoll research team, who are members of the MRS and are corporate members of ESOMAR.

About Electronic Arts

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In fiscal year 2022, EA reported GAAP net revenue of approximately $7 billion. Based in Redwood City, CA, EA is known for its portfolio of high-quality, critically acclaimed brands such as EA SPORTS™ FIFA, Battlefield™, Apex Legends™, The Sims™, Madden NFL, Need for Speed™, Titanfall ™, Plants vs. Zombies™ and F1®. More information about EA is available at

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About EA Originals Products

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About It Takes Two

Developed by BAFTA-winning Hazelight Studios, optimized for the Nintendo Switch by veteran studio Turn Me Up Games, and released under the EA Originals label, the release lets more players experience It takes two joyously disruptive gameplay challenges, a fantastic story and an acclaimed cooperative experience. The Nintendo Switch version brings new voiceovers in Japanese, French, German, and Spanish, as well as subtitles in multiple languages.

It takes two is available in retail and digital storefronts for Nintendo Switch, Switch Lite, Switch OLED, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, Xbox Series X | S and PC (Origin and Steam) for $39.99.

For more information and to stay up to date on It takes two for Nintendo Switch, visit and the two accompanying blogs that further detail its co-op requirements.

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]]> Best RPGs that will be 10 years old in 2023 Mon, 21 Nov 2022 21:05:00 +0000

2013 was an exciting time for video games, as the arrival of PS4 and Xbox One offered huge potential for new gaming experiences. Initially, their launch lineups left a lot to be desired for gamers. fans of huge RPGs, as some games struggled to bridge the gap between previous generations and new ones. This left plenty of room for more unique games to get the attention they deserved.

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Perhaps more than any other genre, RPGs tend to stick with you long after the credits roll. There are so many unique RPGs from 2013, but here’s a collection of those that are more than worth your time if you can get your hands on them today.


10/10 dragon crown

Fight in the crown of the dragon

Before the Nintendo Switch and the Steam Deck, there weren’t many places to check out story-driven console-like games on the go. Although short-lived, Sony’s PlayStation Vita was a genuine attempt to give gamers powerful hardware to emulate a console-like experience on the go. One of the best RPGs on the Vita was Dragon’s Crown.

The game was a nice homage to the side-scrolling action beat ’em-ups of yore, and incorporated RPG mechanics into a beautifully colored 2D world. There are six different classes to play and experience, each with their own leveling paths that make every read of the story engaging and side content unique.

9/10 Path of exile

Fighting enemies in Path of Exile

Path of Exile is a loot-based action-RPG that had a very noble goal to build on its inspiration and go beyond the Diablo series in terms of role-playing flexibility. It more than achieved this by introducing deep lore, competitive PvP, and a unique passive skill tree system that allowed for a variety of diverse builds and huge replayability.

Since its release, a host of new content, skills, gear, and expansions have been added to keep you busy for years to come. As a free-to-play experience, the game is still enjoyed daily by gamers around the world, often outnumbering the likes of the Diablo series with its concurrent players.

8/10 Dragon’s Dogma: Darth Arisen

The player character and three pawns fight together against a giant cyclops monster in Dragon's Dogma: Dark Arisen

As an expansion and re-release of the original game released the previous year, Dragon’s Dogma: Dark Arisen builds on and adds to one of the cult RPG hits of the 2010s. It was a unique action RPG from Capcom who brought some interesting ideas to the table. The combat is more in line with something you’d find in a Monster Hunter game, letting you fight and climb terrifyingly huge beasts as you take them down.

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It’s got all the typically deep customization and quests you’d expect from a Japanese RPG, but has also introduced pawns – helpful NPCs that will aid you in battle and do your bidding. Dark Arisen is a much more comprehensive package that contains all of the content and DLC from the original release, plus new skills, gear, monsters, and a whole new questline and region.

7/10 Fire Emblem: Awakening

Combat in Fire Emblem Awakening

Released in 2012 in Japan and in early 2013 in the rest of the world, Fire Emblem: Awakening for Nintendo 3DS finally brought the superb series of tactical RPGs to the general public. The game retained its very in-depth tactical strategy, while making it more widely accessible.

Awakening introduced new systems that are still used in the series today, including the ability to pair up teammates to improve their combat performance. It received rave reviews and was a huge hit, spawning a variety of sequels and spin-offs, and as a result Fire Emblem has rightfully become one of Nintendo’s flagship series.

6/10 Tales of Xillia

Run through town in Tales of Xillia

Originally released as a PlayStation 3 exclusive in Japan only in 2011, Tales of Xillia is a fantasy JRPG that was later released in 2013 internationally. It was the first game in the long-running Tales series to feature a third-person perspective and feature a male and female protagonist. It also included a new combat system that allowed players to “bond” with an AI companion, often leading to devastating and powerful offensive moves.

Although not considered the best of the series, Tales of Xillia brought a host of new ideas and systems which then influenced later games, and it is considered one of the most important titles. of the Tales series to date.

5/10 Shin Megami Tensei 4

Animated cutscene in Shin Megami Tensei IV

Nintendo was definitely on a roll in 2013. Another 3DS hit, Shin Megami Tensei 4 is a classic that’s considered one of the best handheld RPGs. It features a compelling narrative that tackles dark and gritty themes.

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The story can branch out in several ways, with each of the characters being fully voiced for the first time in the series. All of this provides a fantastic backdrop for all the dungeon-crawling, exploration, and demon-hunting you’ll do through your turn-based battles and a wide variety of optional quests.

4/10 Return of Shadowrun

Cyberpunk town in Shadowrun Returns

The aptly named Shadowrun Returns was something of a reboot for Shadowrun, which was originally a series of early ’90s console games based on a popular set of Cyberpunk-themed tabletop RPGs.

It has a very intriguing narrative, where typical fantasy tropes are thrown into an exploitative, society-filled hyper-capitalist, cyberpunk society not too dissimilar to our own. It’s a dark tale filled with mystery and conspiracy, giving players plenty of options for character building, and features engaging XCOM-style turn-based tactical combat. It was adored by fans and later produced two sequels to make it into a fantasy trilogy.

3/10 Pokemon X and Y

Main character exploring the city in Pokemon X and Y

Pokemon X & Y were a monumental shake-up for the series in many ways. For the first time, Pokemon was playable in a semi-3D isometric perspective, with fully 3D models instead of the old 2D sprites. The combat system was also more visually interesting and included more animations, which made things much less static.

The game used a variety of clever social and online features that made it easier to fight and trade with other trainers, making you feel more connected. Its increased emphasis on story and more meaningful characters pushed the series in a positive direction that influenced some of the best features of Pokemon’s later iterations.

2/10 Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch

Oliver on the back of a dragon creature in Ni No Kuni Wrath of the White Witch

Originally released for PS3 in Japan in 2011, Ni No Kuni: Wrath of the White Witch was officially released in the West in 2013. The breathtaking visuals and iconic Studio Ghibli animation and music are the highlights. most striking features of this JRPG. masterpiece.

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Beneath the game’s undeniable charm lies a wonderful story of a boy trying to reconnect with his mother. The combat is somewhat reminiscent of what you’d find in a Pokemon game, as you do battle with some very cute pets you’ve captured, all in a combined real-time and turn-based tactical style. It’s a great introduction to JRPGs, especially for those who are fans of Studio Ghibli’s stellar brand of storytelling.

1/10 Final Fantasy 14: A Kingdom Reborn

Black Mage standing in front of a rock formation in Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn

After the huge and continued success of Final Fantasy 14: A Realm Reborn, it may be hard to remember that it was the result of a desperate pivot by Square Enix to fix the failure of its second major MMORPG attempt with Final Fantasy. After nearly a decade of consistent acclaim and an active fanbase, it’s now easily considered one of the best Final Fantasy entries of all time. Never give up, kids.

A Realm Reborn’s world-building is brilliant because everything ties into the narrative in some way, making it much more appealing to single-player players than the typical MMO. The developers constantly listened to players and implemented changes based on their feedback, which helped the Final Fantasy community a lot. After several huge expansions and consistent updates, the game could easily enjoy another ten years at the top.

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Black Friday 2022 deals – live: the best discounts as they drop Mon, 21 Nov 2022 17:02:03 +0000

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There are only a few days left before black fridaybut if you’re looking for a bargain, you’ll find early discounts on everything from air fryers at televisions at curries, Amazon, Argos and other retailers.

Before the sale itself, stores significantly reduce the price of Lego sets, laptop, mattress, Appliances, beauty, fashion and toys. But with deals coming in droves and fast, it can be hard to tell the good deals from the bad ones.

That’s why our team of IndyBest deal hunters are on hand to guide you through the discounts and find the sales that are really worth your time. So whether you’re in the market for Dyson vacuum cleaners Where Ninja Air Fryers, We are here to help you. Good shopping!

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Get three months of Nintendo Switch online with this Mario Kart 8 bundle

You’ll have to forgive us for praising the Nintendo Switch so much, but there’s been a huge drop in deals across the board, from Very, Nintendo and now even this decent save from Argos.

Neon Nintendo Switch Console and ‘Mario Kart 8 Deluxe’ Bundle: Was £316.97, now £259.99,


So what makes this one so special, you ask? Yes, it’s the original Nintendo Switch rather than the fancier OLED model, but this one comes with a copy of Mario Kart 8 Deluxe as well as three months of Nintendo Switch online membership for a decent saving.

If you’re going to take a switch, then Mario Kart is one of its must-have exclusive titles. It was released in 2017, but it’s still Nintendo’s best-selling title to date. With the online subscription, you can also compete against players from all over the world.

Pickering JasperNovember 21, 2022 3:25 p.m.


Save £50 on Beats Studio Wireless Headphones at Very

True wireless headphones are not only a great solution for people looking to declutter their music listening experience, but also for their understated appearance. Which is why we’re delighted to see this saving on this deal from Beats.

Beats by Dr Dre studio buds true wireless noise canceling headphones: Was £159, now £109,


With a saving of £50, these buds are a great pair to give as a gift to yourself or a loved one. With a custom acoustic platform delivering crisp sound, noise cancellation to stay focused, and eight hours of listening time, these headphones are a perfect buy at a more affordable price.

Pickering JasperNovember 21, 2022 2:38 p.m.


Ninja Black Friday 2022 Deals

Ninja started its first Black Friday deals earlier this month, and with air fryers being in such demand right now, was it any surprise that his entire website immediately crashed? Although it has resolved issues with its servers, the retailer is still struggling to restock its air fryers and multicookers.

Fortunately, third-party retailers such as Very are currently selling Ninja air fryers at the same discounted price. Plot ? We have compiled a list of best Ninja Black Friday deals so far below.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 2:02 p.m.


Black Friday 2022 laptop deals

Laptops are always very popular during the Black Friday sales. This year has seen most major brands refresh their range with the latest generation of chips, so we’re expecting decent savings on some of the best laptops from Dell, Microsoft, Huawei and Lenovo.

Retailers, including Very and curries are holding their Black Friday sales throughout the month of November. We’ve got a selection of some of the best laptop deals we’ve found so far in our guide below.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 1:43 p.m.


Best Argos Black Friday deals

Argos kicked off its Black Friday event ahead of the official November 25 sale launch, and the retailer slashed prices on laptops, TVs, toys and more.

Your Black Friday elves here at IndyBest have started curating the best Black Friday deals already available at Argos, and we’ll be adding to this guide constantly throughout the week.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 1:25 p.m.


Save £150 on Garmin’s smartwatch

There are smartwatches and then there are rugged smartwatches. The latter is a tough, feature-rich wearable like this Garmin fenix 6 pro.


Reduced from £150, this watch tracks steps, running, sports, calories and sleep, while recording your heart rate, blood oxygen, VO2 Max and even stress levels. Battery life is up to 14 days on a charge and it has built-in GPS, as well as storage for 2,000 music tracks, ready to stream to Bluetooth headphones.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 1:06 p.m.


Save £30 on a Ninja Multicooker

Ninja foodi max 9-in-1 multicooker 7.5l OP500UK: was £229, now £199,


Given that energy bills are currently skyrocketing, that’s no surprise. air fryers are a hot commodity. Very slashed the price of foodi max on their first Black Friday sale and it’s a saving worth making.

when we reviewed this model, our tester described the Ninja foodi max multicooker as the brand’s “largest and most functional model”. They also found that “the air fryer basket makes perfect sweet potato fries in no time.” What’s not to like?

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 12:47 p.m.


Gymshark’s Black Friday deals are here

That’s a pretty good saving at 30% off the sale of Gymshark men’s clothing, with the Vital Light range hugely popular among Gymshark fans. Designed to maximize performance, this tank top claims to keep you cool and dry while you train.

Vital Light Seamless Tank Top: Was £25, now £17.50,


In addition to its lightweight, breathable design and sweat-wicking technology, this workout top is made using dye technology that uses less water and energy and less product chemicals – all part of the brand’s sustainability strategy.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 12:28


NordVPN is 68% off

Considering a VPN? These privacy apps act as an invisible layer of protection between your device and the wider internet, so even your own internet service provider won’t be able to track your online activities.

NordVPN is one of the most popular VPNs around, and for Black Friday it’s offering 68% off its full two-year subscription, which includes an additional three months free. This works out to £4.39 per month.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 12:09


The Revlon hair dryer brush is half price

The Revlon hair dryer brush is causing a stir on social media, so it’s no surprise to see it sold out online.

But what is it ? Here’s Argos with a whopping 50% off the volumizing Dyson dupe.

Revlon One Step Hairdryer & Volumizer: Was £63, now £30,


After becoming a famous TikTok tool for offering users bouncing locks, here at IndyBest we had to put it to the test to see what the fuss was about. Down and behold, he came out at the head of our review of the best hot brushes.

On first impressions, our writer noted that the heavy oval brush was larger than she expected, but the warmth and style were both spot on. As for its power, it is strong from the start, with hot air “going to the root thanks to its ionic technology, which allows you to dry, detangle and style your locks”. The settings, meanwhile, were simple and easy to use, “with one click to start and a second click for more power”.

Steve HogartyNovember 21, 2022 11:48 am

Xbox Game Pass subscribers surprised by new free perks Mon, 21 Nov 2022 01:00:00 +0000

Microsoft has surprised Xbox Game Pass subscribers with new free perks that can be claimed right now. While many of the benefits associated with Game Pass revolve around the library of accessible Xbox and PC games, Microsoft often partners with other companies to make the service even better. Now that trend has continued once again, this time thanks to a new partnership with Apple.

From now until March 31, 2023, Xbox Game Pass subscribers can get a free trial of Apple TV+ and Apple Music. This trial for each service will last for 3 months in total and is only available to those who are not currently subscribed to any of the platforms. Essentially, that means you can’t stack that 3-month trial on any subscriptions you might already have. While that’s a little disappointing, it’s at least one exciting new offering that should give Game Pass subscribers the chance to try out these services for themselves.

As usual, the main caveat with this situation is that this offer is only available to Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers. This means that if you have only one subscription to Xbox Game Pass for console or PC, you will not be able to take advantage of this offer. While this may be upsetting for some, it really shouldn’t come as a shock as those additional Game Pass perks are still tied to the Ultimate version of the service. While Xbox Game Pass Ultimate is a little more expensive than the base options available, Microsoft is at least doing a solid job of trying to make this tier worth it with additional perks like this with Apple.

Will you be looking to try out Apple TV+ from Apple Music via Xbox Game Pass if you’re not already a subscriber? And what future benefits or trials would you like to see come to Game Pass in this way? Let me know in the comments or message me on Twitter at @MooreMan12.

The Wild World of Mobile Game Ads Sat, 19 Nov 2022 18:16:00 +0000

Advertising can make or break a new game release. Good marketing shows players why they should engage with the game quickly and effectively. When it comes to mobile games, however, it seems many have taken the complete opposite approach. There’s no shortage of weird, wild, or just plain misleading mobile game ads, but all of them seem to avoid showing the game.

The idea of ​​not showing the game might seem strange at first, but it certainly seems to work. marvel snapfor example, has ads that focus on its map art or developer interviews, rather than showing actual gameplay. marvel snapThe ads are nowhere near as weird as some other mobile games and don’t try to portray the game as something it’s not, though. state of survival, Lily’s garden, Project makeoverand Evertale are particularly notable for their advertisements, especially considering how they compare to actual games. A large majority of the ads for these four games show very little, if any, actual gameplay. What’s even weirder is how often the ads display shocking content to try to generate interest. Looking at these four games, a trend begins to emerge that might just explain why mobile game companies have gotten so weird with their ads.

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Some mobile game ads feature stories instead of actual gameplay

Ad survival status screenshot

One of the most common types of mobile game ads is one that features admittedly impressive CG animation. state of survival and Lily’s garden fall into this category with their story-based ads in the world of their games. Lily’s garden tends to dance between deceptive and creative, as elements of what happens in the ads actually show up in-game as character dialogue between levels. However, the actual gameplay of Lily’s garden is mostly just match-three puzzles with some light house design elements, which has nothing to do with the soap opera story the ads tell.

state of survival also has animated commercials, although many of their recent ones have been live-action shorts that focus on people playing the game. state of survivalTo credit, these ads often focus on the game’s main hero and city-building mechanics by having two people argue over which characters and shelters in the game have superior power. They’re actually somewhat reminiscent of the “Settle It in Smash” commercials that aired to promote Super Smash Bros. for Nintendo 3DS and Wii U.

the anime state of survival the ads, however, highlight little stories and feature characters that players can unlock in-game. a house and fortify it as a shelter. Although there may be similar strategy mechanics in state of survival, the game is never as in-depth as these animated ads try to show. To the game’s credit, however, the ads focus on what the actual gameplay prioritizes.

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Other mobile ads sell with shock or are misleading

A screenshot of an ad for the Project Makeover mobile game

Project makeover has ads that almost always venture into the absurd with crude visuals meant to shock viewers. The most of Project makeoverThe ads depict a person with tousled hair, running mascara, and other similar features. The fake player in the ads tries to makeover them, but it goes horribly wrong. Certain aspects of these ads are exaggerated for their shock value, such as the one where there is a river of mud flowing over the customer’s body.

One could assume that Project makeover is a makeover simulation game, but in reality it is almost identical to Lily’s garden. In other words, it’s another match-three game. A mobile title that takes a similar approach is Evertalewhich seems to present itself as a take on Pokemon but with a touch of horror. While the ads often feature brutal murders, dismemberments, and genetic experimentation, the actual game is a fairly standard mobile RPG that doesn’t really deviate from the formula.

However, EvertaleAds delve into some of the darker aspects of mobile game advertising. Many of the visuals, elements, and even stories in these ads are either heavily inspired or taken directly from more popular games. Many players have even pointed out that some Evertale ads seem to rip off scenes from the indie RPG OMORI. While other mobile games mentioned so far blur the line between creative advertising and lying, Evertale is a game almost completely different from what the ads show.

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Mobile games don’t really advertise their game

A screenshot of the State of Survival Google Play Store page.

Mobile game ads really only have time to highlight what the developers think will attract the most viewers. There are a lot of marketing practices at play with these ads, but the most important thing to highlight is how they capture the attention of their target audience. state of survival focuses on specific character leveling gacha mechanics, as this showcases both gameplay mechanic and character art in the game. Project makeover tries to catch a viewer’s attention with shocking images so that they download the game to see if it actually matches what the advertisements show.

The craziest part of mobile game ads is that they actually work. Project makeover is a perfect example. Despite scrapping some of its advertisements, the game gained popularity within four days of its initial launch. The ads grabbed people’s attention and made them want to know more. If someone downloads a game like Lily’s garden but ends up not playing it after seeing the gameplay, it’s still a download. More downloads mean that an app is more likely to be recommended to other users, leading to more gamers checking out the game.

]]> Nintendo doesn’t even want you to have photos of emulated Switch games Fri, 18 Nov 2022 22:43:08 +0000

Nintendo has launched another emulation-related DMCA spree, but this time the company’s target is, uh, let me check my notes here…ah, photos of Switch games.

SteamGridDB (opens in a new tab) is a site where users can upload custom images designed for use in the Steam library. Many images take the form of alternate headers or box art for games that are already on Steam, so you can customize how those games appear in your library. But SteamGridDB is mostly used when you add a non-Steam game to your library – like, for example, a console game you play through an emulator.