Daybreak Games Closing Down Landmark Game Servers

Daybreak Games Closing Down Landmark Game Servers

6 months after the official launch of Landmark Game, Daybreak Game Company have announced that they are closing the servers on February 21 2017.  The game will be no more.

There are many gamers that are very sad tonight, and some that are probably gloating.

Daybreak Games Closing Down Landmark Game Servers

To say this is a shock isn’t entirely true.  Its been on the cards for a while but loyal players, who have stuck by the game for 3/4 years, Players who have paid hundreds of pounds into the game just kept hoping and praying Landmark would be fixed. Landmark Game is the only game around like it, nothing else can replace it.   Players have been asking for updates for months because bugs were not being fixed and more bugs were appearing but Daybreak had gone silent.  (Cue cricket noise)  Daybreak weren’t even answering complaints or helping players at all. People who hand spent 100s of hours building creations before launch could not place them in the new build since launch, it was crazy. Daybreak were useless at community management before (since Daybreak  cut back on staff) but since launched it has been non-existent.

Just SILENCE >

Daybreak Games Closing Down Landmark Game Servers

Today Landmark released this on the forums

Since Landmark first entered Alpha, we have been impressed by the creative talents in this community. You pushed the boundaries of what Landmark could do, and we are grateful for the time and energy you shared through your creations in this game.

While there is still time to enjoy Lumeria and the many worlds you’ve built within Landmark, we wanted to let you know what you will be seeing happen between now and February. Beginning today, Player Studio items will no longer be available for listing or for purchase in the Landmark Marketplace. Landmark will also no longer be available for purchase. All items in the Marketplace with a Daybreak Cash price will have their price reduced to 1 DBC.

The game servers, as well as the accompanying forums and social media channels, will be closed at 4:00PM Pacific Time on Tuesday, February 21, 2017.

We want to thank each and every one of you for your creative contributions to Landmark. 

Who gets refunds for Landmark Game?

The people that only bought this game 6 months ago – do they get refunds?  I know most of us have lost our money we paid in Alpha or Beta that’s the way it goes I guess with early access games is it? Maybe that’s the chance you take.  However, this game was launched, launched as a finished game in a bad state, when it should have never have been launched.  It was rushed, we all knew it, we think now it was a last stitch attempt to make some money and it didn’t work.   Loyal fans, who were basically screwed over thought these bugs would be fixed over time but no, the game was broken even more – isn’t there a law against that?  How can someone bring out a game, have people spend money on it and then take it away.   Isn’t that like buying a car and six months later Ford take it back because they don’t like it and you don’t get a refund.   Thinking about it what about the money spent in-game since launch, that too should be refunded in reality.

When landmark was launched, the size we could build was changed so buildings we made could not be put back up, so I had to sink my full-size Big Ben into the sea  – many players had this problem and they had great amazing builds, and little did we know that was just the start of our problems.

Daybreak Games Closing Down Landmark Game Servers

So it looks like the Everquest Next fans were right – after EverQuest Next was cancelled and Landmark was launched, they told landmark players that we would be sorry.  Landmark Game Launched – EverQuest Next Fans Give Bad Reviews

Yes, we are sorry – very sorry, upset and annoyed  –  don’t say I told you so…..

Daybreak Games Closing Down Landmark Game Servers

whats going on with no mans sky

Whats going on – No Mans Sky

Whats going on - No Mans SkyWhats going on – No Mans Sky was launched on PS4 on Monday 8th August and will be available on PC by Friday the 12th of August.

No Mans Sky was developed by Hello Games a small team of around 15 people who have been working on the game for 4 years.

The game has been out for 2 days on PS4  at the time of writing, and as you would expect already there are shouts of joy, desperation, and disappointment, for various reasons.

It’s actually refreshing to see tweets about a different game other than PokemonGo, whatever they say.

Who are Hello Games

Hello Games are based in Guildford UK (close to me!)  founded in 2008 by four friends, Sean Murray, (founder) Ryan Doyle, David Ream and Grant Duncan.  They had previously worked together for other businesses and wanted to bring the vibrancy and fun back to games themselves. No Mans Sky is not their first game they also created Joe Danger but No Mans Sky is set to be one of the biggest games this year.  It does help that No Man Sky has the backing of Sony.

What is No Mans Sky

No Man Sky is a beautiful science fiction survival and exploration game which is in an infinite procedurally generated universe (Their description).

According to RedBull in May of this year –  Man’s Sky could contain 136,505,906,145,450,681,958,400,000,000 people. Or humanoids. Peopleoids. Aliens.

In No Mans Sky you explore uncharted solar systems, you name and catalogue planets and forms of life that have never been seen before.  You can also find ancient artefacts that might reveal secrets about the universe.  You can also fight creatures or spaceships that you encounter on the way.  And from what I’ve seen, you don’t want to go shooting at people for no reason, as they will find you and track you down.  There is a story line that you follow.  It seems basically a single player sandbox game, and if you don’t like exploring and collecting resources to survive and create better equipment, then you won’t like this game.  It’s a very chilled game unless you upset some pirates.  I’ve not played it yet myself as I am waiting for it to launch on PC but I have been watching various twitch streamers play it and they do seem to be enjoying it very much.

What’s going on – No Mans Sky

So, what’s all this fuss today about No Mans Sky – well yesterday two streamers were playing and realised that they were very close to each other and so decided they would meet up, and they did but sadly they could not see each other.  So maybe they were on different servers or instances.  You can see more about that here on Reddit – I’m about to meet another player    However today live on Twitch they tried again, and no they could not see each other, both players even logged out and in again.

Now some of the gaming community aren’t very happy, they said they were led to believe that it was multiplayer – even though it is listed as single player, Sean Murray has often said things like it will take a long time to meet another player, which means that it is possible, doesn’t it?.  Or maybe that was the aim in the beginning but it didn’t work out.   To buy the game on the premise that you will probably not see another player is pretty crazy, and we are distracting from what a great game this actually is, built by a very small indie team.

So, we don’t know what’s going on – we don’t know if this is a glitch or its never going to be possible, we just don’t know at this stage.   I don’t think Sean has commented to all of the complaints as yet, so I’m pretty confused.  I think a statement would help stop the ranting from new players.  Sean has said repeatedly that it is not a multiplayer game.  But then he was recorded saying that we can’t see what our characters look like but other players can. One streamer did say  that they are fixing this and that its a bug, but I have not read this anywhere.  I will keep searching and update if I find it.

Sean Tweets

Whats going on - No Mans Sky

Then

Whats going on - No Mans Sky

But they didn’t actually find each other………..   well not in the sense of the word that I understand “find” to mean.  – but they knew each other were there partly because they were both streaming but they did not see each other.    In that tweet, Sean does confirm that HelloGames want players to be aware they are in a shared universe, which doesn’t mean that we will see them but we will know they have been there as they have named planets and plants etc.    I’m confused, and so are many others. But unlike some others, that are saying things like “No Man Lies” – “Nomad Sky” and “No Friends Sky” – haha – Personally,  I’m not really bothered, it would have been good to meet up with people but I didn’t expect that it was going to be easy or the aim of the game, besides I am proud that a little games dev company  HelloGames from the UK  have created a game like this and taken the gaming community by storm.  Just about Everyone and his mother are streaming this game right now.

So basically I don’t know Whats going on – No Mans Sky will hopefully reveal all soon.

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Landmark Game Launched – EverQuest Next Fans Give Bad Reviews

1581Yes, the time is finally here – Landmark Game has been launched – Its been a whirlwind of a time over the last two years being involved in the Landmark beta.  It was a big shock to everyone when Daybreak Games announced that EverQuest Next would be cancelled and they would now be concentrating and launching Landmark within a few months!  Landmark has now launched, EverQuest Next fans are not happy in the slightest.

What is this Landmark game ?

Landmark is an MMORPG (massively multiplayer online role-playing game)  which started life as a development tool in 2013 for Everquest Next by Sony Online Entertainment. Now a standalone game by Daybreak games.

Features involve

  • Building Tools – to create your worlds
  • Harvesting – collect materials for your buildings
  • Recipes – earn and collect recipes for props and npcs
  • Combat – fight monsters in caves or add them to your build site
  • Story Mode – Build a complete story for your friends to take part in.

For more information see the Landmark website The game is currently $9.99.  Although if you bought into the game before, you do not have to pay again, it seems some are confused about that.

As I said before it has been a wild time playing Landmark in beta, I’ve loved it, hated it, screamed at it, been addicted by it, and almost thrown my PC out of the window but that’s what a beta is some people still don’t get that, that’s why were are playing, to send over bug reports to help develop the game.

One of the great things about Landmark is the close community of players, learning and sharing from each other.  Its good to get involved with other players, thats what an MMO is all about.  You can find people streaming Landmark on Twitch most days and many people on Twitter.   Its a just a real shame that DayBreak don’t seem to have a proper social media or community management strategy, Daybreak could have really made use of Landmark advocates for their game by getting involved in the community more – a quick post here and there just doesn’t cut it, someone needs to be involved full time.

Players get together and create video stories using their own creations/builds during beta – like this one by Jinkys

Brief History of Landmark

How did Landmark go from being a development tool for EQN to its own game – Long time player Eleven06 explains:-

Landmark started out in 2013 as a building tool for EQN. When the developers at SOE saw how fun it was to use they decided to make Landmark into a standalone game. They advertised Landmark as a social building game with the added benefit that players would be able to help build the world of Norath in EQN. As the development process went on, SOE removed the Everquest moniker from Landmark as it was proving to be a capable tool for more than just EQN. People were still helping build EQN but things like sci-fi and modern materials were being brought into the game. Then SOE became Daybreak. After a significant downsizing and consolidation, production on Landmark halted in favor of EQN.

Then all of a sudden this happened….

EverQuest Next Cancelled

It was a sad day for EverQuest players and I’m sure the team when it was announced by Russell Shanks the President of Daybreak Games that Daybreak were discontinuing the development of EverQuest Next.

For the past 20 years EverQuest has been a labor of love. What started as a deep passion of ours, as game creators, grew into a much larger passion shared by you, millions of players and Daybreakers alike. Watching EverQuest’s ability to entertain and bring people together has inspired and humbled us. It’s shaped our culture and has emboldened us to take aggressive risks with our game ideas and products. When we decided to create the next chapter in the EverQuest journey, we didn’t aim low. We set out to make something revolutionary.

For those familiar with the internals of game development, you know that cancellations are a reality we must face from time to time. Inherent to the creative process are dreaming big, pushing hard and being brutally honest with where you land. In the case of EverQuest Next, we accomplished incredible feats that astonished industry insiders. Unfortunately, as we put together the pieces, we found that it wasn’t fun. We know you have high standards when it comes to Norrath and we do too. In final review, we had to face the fact that EverQuest Nextwould not meet the expectations we – and all of you – have for the worlds of Norrath.

The future of the EverQuest franchise as a whole is important to us here at Daybreak.EverQuest in all its forms is near and dear to our hearts. EverQuest and EverQuest II are going strong. Rest assured that our passion to grow the world of EverQuest remains undiminished.

Landmark Game Launched

So, Landmark Game has been launched, its just been opened to the public for just two days and the reviews have already started pouring in, but not really how anyone expected.

The fact that EverQuest Next was cancelled and Landmark Launched obviously disappointed and angered many many Everquest players, and they have been using this frustration to voice their anger and distaste on the steam reviews of Landmark game – giving the game many negative reviews.  With almost 2000 reviews puts Landmark as an Overall Mixed review.  Which, we as Landmark players understand they need to vent, but on reviews of the actual game is not the right place

Reviews:  Note the time played!

0.0 hrs last two weeks / 2.7 hrs on record
The “game” itself its a paper thin building, sand box game that is not worth £6.99 or your local equivelent. There are 1,000’s of games out there doing it better for the same price.

0.0 hrs last two weeks / 2.3 hrs on record
Posted: 11 Jun @ 1:01am
Boycott this game and the developers.    Abdandoned game in early access.   Screwed over those that paid.

0.0 hrs last two weeks / 5.0 hrs on record
Posted: 11 Jun @ 12:04am
Do not touch this half baked “game” save your money and time.

0.0 hrs last two weeks / 0.6 hrs on record
Posted: 11 Jun @ 12:47am

0.0 hrs last two weeks / 3.0 hrs on record
piece of ####.

0.0 hrs last two weeks / 10.1 hrs on record
Posted: 12 Jun @ 2:24pm
Poorly optimized vaporware. DO NOT BUY
Horribly optimized, floaty combat, lacks actual content, no mod support.

3,006.1 hrs on record
A lot of these negative reviews are because the cancellation of another game. All I can tell you is it’s $10. If you don’t like it, Steam offers a refund period.

As you read these reviews, please look and see how many hours played the reviewer has. This is not a game you can “beat” in a couple hours. There is so much you can do in this game, it is probably the closest to never-ending you can get.

The game is 90% user generated content. It just launched, and already there are some great builds and adventures people have made.

If you put the effort in to learn the tools, and all the things you can do, you can make, and play, almost anything you can think of.

As a long standing member of this game’s community, both for and against decisions made by Daybreak games, it honestly sickens me that people have nothing better to do than set out to try and make a game fail.

Read all the reviews, realize that a bunch are full of BS, and are just blatantly ignorant, or full of lies. There are too many people hurt that Daybreak shut down development of Everquest Next.

Is this game exactly what was promised at the start? No. Not many games that go through a public development process are.

It’s just $10. Try the game. Make your own decision

I wonder which reviews we should take notice of…

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I’m not going to lie there are still some buggy aspects of the game, some appear to be different to each person – sometimes its a simple as a quick relog to sort it out. Remember also that there ARE sometimes are teething problems when a game is launched; like with Overwatch, many bugs there with people not being able to sign in etc.      I personally do wonder if the Landmark launch was rushed,  or that they thought they would see how it would cope with more players, however, it has been confirmed there will be a patch soon to fix bugs, I would suggest you stick with it, as it really can be a fun game.

If you have any problems playing Landmark –  check out the forums – Daybreak games forums   – watch some Twitch streams and ask the players for help – find them on Twitter #landmarkgame –  players will ALWAYS be glad to help out and if you played the game in beta you might need to download again – by logging into the website and hitting download. Download Landmark

For new Landmark players it would be greatly beneficial to watch some tutorial videos – you will need to make sure you are watching videos from March 2016 onward though as all of the tools have changed over the years.  Try these Landmark tutorial videos by Eleven06  Basic Landmark Tutorials for New Users

Why not check out the game yourself, do not read the reviews as it gives totally the wrong impression, form your own impression – its extremely cheap for a game of this size – and I think worth the chance to check out at around £7.00.  And as that review said Steam offers a refund policy …

You can request a refund for nearly any purchase on Steam—for any reason. Maybe your PC doesn’t meet the hardware requirements; maybe you bought a game by mistake; maybe you played the title for an hour and just didn’t like it.

It doesn’t matter. Valve will, upon request via help.steampowered.com, issue a refund for any reason, if the request is made within fourteen days of purchase, and the title has been played for less than two hours. If you fall outside of the refund rules, you can ask for a refund anyway and we’ll take a look.

Enjoy

 

3 ways to prevent a ban from online games

3 ways to prevent a ban from online gamesGetting banned or suspended from a game is never fun and sometimes you might be mistakenly banned for no reason that you can see, but sadly some games won’t even talk to you about your misfortune, they are right and you are wrong.  Even if you say you were hacked, they say that this is your problem you should have protected your password.

I’ve played online games for many years with various gaming companies, Sony, EA games, Jagex,   Square Enix from the biggest to the smallest games – usually games that involve chatting and meeting new players, which is why I like Empire Avenue, the social media stockmarket game. This game enables me to chat to people that are like minded.  Empire avenue has recently changed many of its rules or TOS basically because the game had been seen to have users that were using the game for reasons not intended and it needed a shake up, to protect its users and its reputation. Due to this people have found themselves, told off, suspended, banned etc, however wrong this may seem this is actually how most gaming companies behave – in fact no, as you will see, from these examples, they are much more severe.

MMORPG Games such as Runescape have this policy 

If your account has been permanently banned for macro use, gold farming or real world trading, it means we deem the rule breaking serious enough to remove the account from RuneScape forever. We do not process appeals, tickets or emails about these type of bans. We will not enter into debate about these type of bans on our forums, Twitter, Facebook or through any other communication method.

Please remember that players are responsible for the actions of any person to have accessed their account. We provide a number of tools and tips to help players keep their accounts secure. In instances where an account was hijacked at the time of the ban offence, the account owner will be held accountable. Further details can be found via our T&Cs and Privacy Policy.

Bans on World of War craft 

We suspend an account when we find the user has violated one of our in-game policies. Depending on the severity of the violation, suspensions can range in duration from three hours to 14 days, 

We ban accounts when we find the user has repeatedly or grossly violated one of our in-game policies. A banned account is permanently closed and cannot be accessed for play. We will usually send a final warning message and apply a suspension to users in danger of an account ban. If this warning is ignored, we will permanently close the offending account.

However you may read on the forums that people have been “banned for no reason” and they cannot get their account back.

Banned on Xbox

XBox are very strict with their rules and I have known someone that lost 5 years worth of games and credits, when he was banned for no reason and Xbox would not discuss it, it was a very sad day for my friend.

MICROSOFT IS NOT OBLIGATED TO SEND YOU A WARNING BEFORE THESE ACTIONS OCCUR.  Microsoft is not obligated to monitor every post or activity, but has the right to remove any post or take action against any user.

Microsoft reserves the right to remove at any time, without notice, any user-created content, account, or device from the Services for actions determined to be in violation of this Code of Conduct or Terms of Use. Microsoft also reserves the right to immediately terminate or suspend a user for violations.

UPON RECEIVING A PERMANENT SUSPENSION, ALL CONTENT LICENSES, GOLD MEMBERSHIP TIME, AND MICROSOFT ACCOUNT BALANCE ASSOCIATED WITH THE SUSPENDED ACCOUNT ARE FORFEITED.

Banned on Empire Avenue

Empire Avenue has similar rules

You agree not to use any spider, robot or other automatic means to search, monitor, copy or manipulate the content of Empire Avenue websites. You agree that you shall not use any automatic means, including software, to interfere with or attempt to interfere with Empire Avenue software or websites or their use by any other user. You agree not to knowingly cause any unreasonable burden or load on Empire Avenue software or its computer systems.

If you do not agree with any of the terms of the amended Agreement and/or Rules and/or Policy(ies) then you must terminate all use of the Web Site. This Agreement may not otherwise be amended.

These rules are put in place for the safety of other players and to prevent cheating so that gaming is fair for all.

Yes, all games are different, with any sort of game the best thing to do to secure your account is to follow the rules or if you like to take your chances and not follow the rules, then you need to take the consequences.
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3 ways to prevent a ban from online games

  1. Always read the T&C – TOS – Code of Conduct or rules for that game – mostly you see the same types of rules, but it is always good to make sure you have actually read them and follow those rules
  2. Most games will ban you without notice  for using unauthorized BOTS, MARCOS, Mods, Scripts or other automated programs that play the game for you that are used basically for cheating or to create unfair advantages to the user.
  3. Be respectful to other players, this can come under many guises, such as being abusive to other players with insults, bullying or threatening or even spamming them with your messages, that’s just rude.  Some games do not allow you to advertise your own product in-game. You won’t win friends and influence people by doing this and you can very well get reported by other players which can land you with a ban or a suspension.

There are many other ways to prevent yourself getting banned but if you have read the rules and abide by them you should hopefully be okay, this can apply to any platform or network online actually.

Obviously mistakes sometimes happen even to the big guys such as Xbox  if you search the internet for banned for no reason or suspended for no reason or I am being targeted by this game you will see thousands of results, with people complaining about many different games, whining that they were hacked and it wasn’t them or moaning about all the money they have now lost, and they didn’t do anything wrong, I would say the gaming companies have heard these complaints over and over and 9 times out of 10 the user knew exactly what they were doing, and this is why now the complaints fall on deaf ears, they don’t want to hear your whining. Rightly or wrongly, that’s just how it is – They want to concentrate on the users that are doing it right.

So basically we all need to tread very carefully, and check the rules on our favorite games haven’t changed, or actually read the changes in TOS when we are sent them –  myself included- especially if we want to keep the accounts that we care about and have built up over the years.

I hope that these 3 ways to prevent a ban from Online Games will help you understand the concept of gaming within the rules.

 

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Want to create your own games? Now you can with Project Spark

create your own gamesMicrosoft studios have announced a digital canvas where you can create your own games.  This “game maker” game is called Project Spark and was developed by Team Dakota for the Xbox One, Xbox 360 and Window 8.  Which is fabulous, far more games need to be available cross platform, I hope this is the way forward.

This game is still available on Beta on Windows 8.1 and Xbox One users were recently added to the beta, but sadly 360 users still have to wait.

Create your own games with Project Spark

With Project Spark you can use either the Xbox controller, your keyboard or even your touch devices to create worlds, stories and games of your own.  Add your own landscape, mountains, rivers, towns, people and it doesn’t stop there, you can make the people or items react to certain actions.  This means you can might them fight, pick up items, drop items, collect objects, everything you do place in  your world can be altered, re-sized, changed in colour there are so many options available and although it sounds very complicated, there are great tutorials and lots of guides which walk you through each step.

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Sharable Worlds

Similar to other games, once you have created your world this becomes sharable so other players can enter your world and create a duplicate world if they want to add to it or change anything, so you needn’t even start from scratch with your world.  Its a good idea even to browse the other worlds available at first, to give you an idea of what exactly you can achieve creatively with Project Spark. There are some very clever and imaginative players out there!

Project Spark has so much depth and creativity

This “game” is so impressive! There are so many features and endless possibilities to unleash your creativeness, I don’t think I can explain any further, you need to just see it for yourself – check out the video below for a sneak preview.

 Can I get a beta key for Project Spark?

Anyone can apply for the Project Spark Beta – just go to – Join Project Spark they say they are sending out beta keys in batches so you might have to wait a little while, if you are selected you will get an email with detail on how to get going.  I was lucky enough to get a key from my friend who used to work at Microsoft – Thanks Vince 🙂

Once you have your key you have to actually download and install the game on your device from the Windows Store or from the Xbox Store under games.

If you have any problems with the game, as its in beta, make sure you let the support team know.

Unlike many other Beta games this game has no non-disclosure agreement – so this means I was able to write about it here, and to tell you how great it is.

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System requirements

  • Minimum: Core i5 CPU, Intel HD4000 video card, 4GB RAM, 2GB hard drive space
  • Recommended: Core i7 CPU, Nvidia GT640M or AMD HD8850M or better, 8GB RAM
  • Project Spark requires a connection to Xbox Live for initial login and some features

Project Spark Beta is in closed preview, users will be prompted for a registration key upon product launch. Please go to http://projectspark.com to sign up for your free registration key!

iOS game - The Amazing World of Stubies

iOS game – The Amazing World of Stubies

stubiesThis has to be the cutest iOS game – The Amazing World of Stubies!  These little guys are just too cute, and I just love the colours. Stubies is the creation of Lukas Bahrle & Andreu Taberner from Creatiu lab in Barcelona, when you first see it you think it is a very simple colour matching game, but the more you play it the more challenges you have.

What is this iOS game – The Amazing World of Stubies

Stubies is a 100% indie game  and its only 0.69p to buy on iTunes.  If you like puzzle games for your iPhone or iPad you will like this one, and if you like cute, then this is the game for you.  69p is a small price to pay to have these cute little characters running about all over your screen. Basically you have to match the colours and to do that you to make them walk into each other or avoid each other Stubies depending on what type of Stubie they are.   As I said before it starts off really easy just matching the Stubies and crashing them into each other. However each level and each world gets harder and harder, there are 60 levels and 4 worlds, as you can see, I’ve not even completed Blue world yet.

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How to play Stubies

You can play the game in portrait or landscape, which ever you find easier.  I think its clever at the start that the title screen changes according to which way you have the screen.

The Stubies are walking around on a platform (its white here in my picture and its like the sea is blue) and you have to swipe them to go in the direction that you want, avoiding obstacles like bricks, ditches, holes, Stubies that blow up, and various other things, oh and yes stop them walking off the side of the platform into the sea because then they die! You will hear the Stubie shout if they are about to fall or in danger and you may have time to stop them.  Other times the cute little Stubies stop to wave at you and say Yoohoo – they also say oops if you make a mistake.  As you meet more Stubies, like the multicoloured Stubie that if you bash them into each other you get a bonus round or the Stubies that are bombs, you can tell who they by the lighted wick in their heads you will enjoy the extra rewards that you gain from them.

iOS game - The Amazing World of Stubies

A couple of tips that I didn’t find out for a while into playing Stubies is that if you Swipe them quickly they actually move quicker, almost a run – and if you tap them they disappear into the ground leaving just a square on the floor. .

I also like that if you haven’t played for a little while you get a message pop up on  your iphone like – Do you want to play?  Its like they are asking you, how can you resist!

This app currently only available on iOS but I heard it might be available to others soon.

Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.

You can find Stubies on Facebook – http://www.facebook.com/Stubies

Twitter:  https://twitter.com/Stubiesthegame

Or the website: http://www.stubies.com

Check out this iOS game – The Amazing World of Stubies you won’t regret it, and what have you got to lose for 69p – I know I’m tight too I usually go for free games but this is so cute, did I mention its cute?

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When is Ingress coming to iOS ?

when is ingress coming to iOSWhat is Ingress

Ingress is an  MMOARG (massively multiplayer online alternate reality game) created by Niantic labs – which is a start up within Google.  The concept of the game is supposed to be similar to games such as World of Warcraft, but I think that’s just a MMO reference rather than features. SO when is Ingress coming to iOS ?

The game has been available on Google Play for android users  just over a year with a suggested 1 million users and it only came out of Beta in November.  I am dying to see the game play rather that just read about it or watch videos but I am still waiting for Ingress to come out on iPhone.

Some people are calling this game a social media network because again of its online multiplayer theme.  The good thing about its that you can chat to people via the game but also people are creating google+ communities to discuss tactics and to get to know each other further.  Not just anybody though, there are two teams or frations on Ingress –  The Resistance and The Enlightened and you have to choose a side.

What is the Niantic Project

This is a top secret project commission by the National intelligence Agency which is the story beind Ingress. You can view the Niantic project information board, with clues to the game – this is the beginning.

Ingress a strategy game, with maps, cryptic clues, secrets object to acquire and missions to complete all in near-real time augmented reality.  You use the smartphone to find locations of things called portals to unlock the missions, the object is to gain control of the portal. This game certainly gets you out of the gaming chair, you have to be within range to access or  hack the portals so you have to get out and about town.    It sounds that if you are in rural areas you might not find as many as if you were in a town, or you can create your own, that I’m not clear on.  I’m hoping that Ingress will be coming to iPhone soon so that I can tell you a bit more about it. Or if you need more instruction Google has this great training and infomation page – https://support.google.com/ingress

When is Ingress coming to iOS ?

It has been said that Ingress is coming to iOS this year, but not when.  This information originally came from allthingsd.com who spoke to Brandon Badger product manager of Ingress back in October 2013. Something did appear in the app store – in late January but was soon taken off, apparently not an official release which looked similar but didn’t actually work, so I’ve no idea how that got through.

This question has been asked for months now, when is Ingress coming to iOS – I’ve been waiting for a game like Ingress for so long, ever since I first heard about QR codes and then augmented reality the possibilities were/are endless. Niantics first step toward this was a free android app called Field Trip, which discovers and informs you about the world around you.  Ingress of course has gone much much further than this by creating an interactive MMO still using all the tech of a smartphone, the GPS, the Wifi and the graphics to create a game which seems to me just pure technological genius.   However, I will let you know when I eventually actually try it for myself, this will be when I stop asking When is Ingress coming to iOS  – and its on my iPhone, if I can hold out much longer not buying an Android.

Now there’s a thought…

 

 

Images from – http://cn.appszoom.com/android_games/arcade_and_action/ingress-wallpapers_jetyp.html

 

Best Games in 30 Years of Gaming

In the last 30 years of gaming what do you think were the most successful video games?

Have you been gaming that long? I know I have and seeing this interactive infographic by MeccaBingo makes you feel very old. Especially when you realise that the original Mario Bros game about Mario the Italian-American plumber came out in 1983 on the Atari – oh and what a wonderful arcade game we thought that was, playing it late into the night.

The first video games

Of course video games didn’t first appear 1983 there were games as far back as the 1950’s that were played on huge computers. However, gaming wasn’t super popular until the 1970’s when we first saw PONG and later that century we got Space Invaders which was a huge success on arcade cabinets and tables.  However it really kicked off in the 1980’s when we saw the second round of gaming computers, such as the Commodore and the Sinclair. Soon, gaming consoles were more available these were easier to set up and easier to use.   And wasn’t really until Mid 1980’s after Nintendo brought out the NES – Nintendo Entertainment System and we had Super Mario Bros that they came into their own.  As you will see from the graphic, Super Mario Bros sold 42.24 million copies!

Hand Held Consoles

The first hand held consoles weren’t really popular until Nintendo brought out the Gameboy in 1989 – (I still have my first one) And the most popular game at that time was Tetris, in grey black and white! Can you believe that Tetris is 25 years old!  Nintendo handheld consoles went from strength to strength are still popular today with the Nintendo 3DS and 2DS 

30 years of Gaming

Check out this infographic of The most successful video games in the last 30 years, and tell us if you agree – do you think some have been missed out?

Brought to you by Mecca Bingo

What was your favorite game in these past 30 years of gaming? Was it included in the most successful games, or did you like different games. I must say most of my favorites are here apart from in the last year – its all been about PC ( Final Fantasy – A realm reborn ) and Mobile Gaming ( Puzzle Dungeon) for me. Is that another post maybe, are gaming consoles on the way out? 🙂

 

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Addicting Indie Adventure Game – Spud’s Quest

SPUDSQUESTLOGOSpud’s Quest is a fabulous indie adventure game created by Chris Davis from Derby UK, that takes you back in time as it was inspired by classics such as the Dizzy series, Zelda and Metroid.

Talk about nostalgia, yes – I’m emotional!

Chris has been interested in making games since he got hold of the ZX Sprectrum age 12, since then has taught himself to sprite and code games.

Spud’s Quest was successfully funded 120% on back in November 2012 on  Kickstarter with its 475 backers raising £6000

I first noticed this game from chat floating around on Twitter – It seems that Chris, who is on @SpudsQuest has done a wonderful job raising awareness on this Game.  Somewhere I saw someone ask him, how many on the Dev team – “Just me,” he answered.

I love Platform Puzzle Games, and the name “Spud’s Quest” intrigued me,  so I had to check it out more –  I saw that @beetlebear of @indiegamehq was reviewing it on Twitch.tv and giving away keys – so I popped over to have a look, I was impressed!   Its not often that you see a game like this that is so charming , with a story so fascinating you just have to carry on. The graphics are fantastic, the music just fits so perfectly with very smooth gameplay – just awesome, I couldn’t wait to have a go, so  I went straight over and downloaded the demo. (link below)

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Spud’s Quest – Story

Spud, (who is a small, round and blue) and his friend the frog, who of course is prince charming go on a journey through many lands, dungeons and levels to uncover four ancient stones to free prince charming of his curse.

Spud’s Quest – Adventure

On your journey to save the prince you find and collect items that you will need to advance to the next part, such as a key to open a door.  One annoying thing – I mean challenging part is that you can only hold 4 items, well you are very small and round. So, you need to remember where items are, so that if you need to you can come back later to collect them.    Talk to all of the characters in the game and they will often give you clues or tasks to complete and you will get a reward, to unlock another piece of the puzzle.

There are little blue diamonds throughout the game, as on the image – this is where you save you game, remember to save as often as possible, as its frustrating having to redo a large section of the game, as always.

The controls you can change to whatever you like but the standard settings are..

  • Arrow UP – Jump
  • Arrow Left – Go Left
  • Arrow Right – Go Right
  • Space Bar – Action/Inventory
  • Z – Fire/Shoot
  • C – Switch between Spud and Frog
  • X – Jump
  • Esc – Quit Game

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Spuds Quest – Updates

Spuds Quest is in Beta and Chris is continually updating the game, just today he added 25 accolades (achievements) and said he will probably be adding more.  Things just got even better !

I can’t  think of anything that I would like to change about this game – Full screen? Got – Hints, done.

Spuds Quest is currently waiting to get on to Steam, you can help with this by voting for its Greenlight – it costs you nothing, please help Spud’s Quest go Green

You will be charmed, taken back in time and addicted to this game within minutes – check out the DEMO and tell me you weren’t.

The full game costs just £4.99 (on the same link as the demo) which is absolutely worth it – I’ve been playing for ages and am only 4% done!  Okay so maybe I’m slow due to testing reasons! 🙂

Support indie games, lets spread the word. #spudsquest

 

 

 

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FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta #FFXIV

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FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn

FINAL FANTASY XIV: A Realm Reborn an MMORPG (Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game)  is a relaunched version of Final Fantasy XIV (1.0)  Final Fantasy XIV/Legacy from 2010 which evidently was a bit of a flop.  The old version of the game was given an update in November 2012 but was ceased in December.   Since November 2012 Square Enix have been testing the new version of the FFXIV game in Alpha its now through to Beta Testing and is already available for preorder.

What is FINAL FANTASY XIV?

An Epic and ever-changing FINAL FANTASY as you adventure and explore with friends from around the world. Experience all the hallmarks of the best-selling franchise – airships, chocobos, moogles, and more!

Around a month ago I was lucky to notice that they are calling out for Beta testers, for PC and PlayStation so as a HUGE Final Fantasy Fan and a big fan of MMORPGs I signed up, not thinking I would really hear anything.  However soon after I found out that I had been selected. Testing was to commence that weekend – I was so excited!!  However I had big technical issues and I missed the first two weeks!!

FINAL FANTASY® XIV : A Realm Reborn™ Beta Tester Agreement

Everyone had to agree to a Beta Tester Agreement that prevents them from sharing any confidential information, or basically any information about the Beta so you will have to wait to hear any secrets. Even though I’m not a gaming critic – just a Final Fantasy fan, I think its safe to say that I have been thoroughly enjoying the testing and I will be buying the game. (You think that’s okay to say?)  And yes there will be also monthly charge for this game, similar to games like World of War Craft and even Runescape.

So in the meantime – I did hear that the Yogscast have actually been granted permission to publish videos on the beta, I thought I could share the Character Creation video with you, so you can see just how many options you are given!! Be sure to watch the rest of their videos.

Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn Beta – Character Creation