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Pokémon Go usage has fallen by 12 million users

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Pokémon Go usage has fallen by 12 million users

Mobile game phenomenon Pokémon Go is on the downhill slope of its market domination, according to statistics from Axiom Capital Management reported by Bloomberg.

The game has dropped by over 12 million worldwide daily users since its peak of nearly 45 million soon after its July launch, state charts based on data from Sensor Tower, SurveyMonkey, and Apptopia.

User engagement has also dropped by over 50%.

"The declining trends should assuage investor concerns about the impact of Pokémon Go on time spent on [competing mobile apps]," stated Axiom senior analyst Victor Anthony.

Anthony added that Google Trends stats for interest in augmented reality have also fallen, almost to pre-Go levels, "whereas interest in virtual reality remains high."

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Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final

Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final

The OPL Smite Split 2 grand finals saw a major upset over the weekend, when fourth seeded Avant Garde unexpectedly took out first place.

The team defeated top seed Legacy E-sports, followed by reigning champions Pandamonium.

The Cybergamer's Oceania E-sports Masters LAN took place at the Australia Technology Park in Sydney.

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GoldenEye's cancelled XBLA remaster looks faithful

GoldenEye's cancelled XBLA remaster looks faithful

Footage emerged today via fan site Rare Thief of an incomplete, unreleased HD remaster of GoldenEye 007 originally destined for the Xbox Live Arcade.

The half-hour clip showcases a number of single player levels, including Dam, Facility, Cradle, and Aztec, as well as a small glimpse at split-screen multiplayer.

A 1:1 remaster akin to Microsoft's HD versions of the original Halo games, the remaster could apparently switch between classic Nintendo 64 graphics and HD graphics at the touch of a button.

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Sony hikes PlayStation Plus prices in North America

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Sony hikes PlayStation Plus prices in North America

Sony will raise the price of its PlayStation Plus online service in North America next week, for the first time since its launch in 2010.

Twelve-month memberships in the United States and Canada will rise $10 and $20 respectively, to US$60 and CA$70.

Three-month subscriptions, currently priced at $18 in both the United States and Canada, will jump to US$25 and CA$30.

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PS Now and DualShock 4 adaptor confirmed for PC

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PS Now and DualShock 4 adaptor confirmed for PC

Sony will bring its PlayStation Now game-streaming service to PC, recent rumours on the subject.

The move enables PC users to play a 400-game strong library of PlayStation 3 games for the first time, including The Last of Us, Uncharted, and Journey, via online streaming.

PS Now on PC will require a minimum of 5Mbps internet connection, and recommends a 3.5GHz Core i3 or 3.8GHz AMD A10 or better processor.

It will launch tomorrow in the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, expanding to North America "shortly thereafter;" no Australia or New Zealand launch plans have been announced.

The service's PC launch is accompanied by the release of a USB wireless adaptor for the DualShock 4 controller, designed for the use of PS Now and PS4 Remote Play.

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Sleeping Dogs dev wages gang warfare in Smash & Grab

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Sleeping Dogs dev wages gang warfare in Smash & Grab

Sleeping Dogs developer United Front Games today announced Smash + Grab, a "competitive gang warfare" game for PC.

Set in a retail district run by a corporate dystopia, teams of five loot stores and the opposing team for illicit goods, with the first team to reach $50,000 winning.

Moment-to-moment gameplay involves third-person melee combat, weapon modding, and tactical team play.

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AbleGamers and Twitch celebrate disabled gamers

AbleGamers and Twitch celebrate disabled gamers

Streaming platform Twitch has partnered with the AbleGamers Charity to celebrate gamers with disabilities in a five-day streaming event.

The week-long joint community spotlight series will run from August 22–26 on Twitch, and will showcase how six different streamers have worked around their disabilities in order to play games.

The series will also seek to illustrate what more can be done by the games industry to remove physical limitations in games.

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Has the PT curse been lifted? Allison Road is not cancelled

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Has the PT curse been lifted? Allison Road is not cancelled

First-person horror title Allison Road is back in production after it was officially cancelled in June.

The game's creator Christian Kesler has returned to the project after his studio, Lilith parted ways with publisher Team17.

Allison Road will continue development, but now under the new studio Far From Home, which Kesler co-founded with his wife/business partner.

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Backers will be getting Divinity: Original Sin II even earlier

Backers will be getting Divinity: Original Sin II even earlier

Divinity: Original Sin II is coming to Steam's Early Access programme on September 15.

Those that backed the game on Kickstarter will be given access to its first act: Fort Joy.

According to developer Larian Studios, the area will be formidable. "Think Alcatraz, but if Alcatraz was a leper colony," it said. "And the island was haunted. And the bay around it was full of sharks. With tentacles… It ain’t pretty, is what we’re saying."

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Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now

The Season Pass for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC.

Those that already own the game can purchase the pass for NZ$40 on Steam, or NZ$49 for console.

Alternatively, a Digital Deluxe Edition is available with the Season Pass bundled and costs NZ$120 on Steam, and NZ$165 on console stores.

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Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations

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Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations

The soundtrack to the upcoming Mafia III uses its '60s-heavy jukebox soundtrack to enhance the drama, says creative director Haden Blackman.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Blackman said that "[the team's] approach was very much that we have to make sure it's an amazing soundtrack, because that will lead to an amazing game."

Although the game contains over a hundred songs, they are used as musical score, rather than as radio stations, as in fellow open-world games like Grand Theft Auto and Saints Row.

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Zenimax accuses Carmack of theft, Oculus of fraud

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Zenimax accuses Carmack of theft, Oculus of fraud

Zenimax's lawsuit against Oculus has been amended to directly accuse the Id Software co-founder John Carmack of intellectual property theft.

"During his last days at ZeniMax, [Carmack] copied thousands of documents from a computer at ZeniMax to a USB storage device," the legal filing alleges.

"In addition, after Carmack's employment with ZeniMax was terminated, he returned to ZeniMax's premises to take a customized tool for developing VR Technology belonging to ZeniMax that itself is part of ZeniMax's VR technology."

Zenimax goes on to claim that Oculus CEO Brendan Iribe "disseminated to the press the false and fanciful story that [Oculus co-founder Palmer] Luckey was the brilliant inventor of VR technology who had developed that technology in his parents' garage."

Using damning language, the suit states that Iribe's claims were "utterly and completely false: Luckey lacked the training, expertise, resources, or know-how to create commercially viable VR technology, his computer programming skills were rudimentary, and he relied on ZeniMax's computer program code and games to demonstrate the prototype Rift."

News Index


Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final
Smite underdogs sweep champs in OPL grand final
NEWS Take home a cool $13k.
PC, XO, PS4
GoldenEye's cancelled XBLA remaster looks faithful
GoldenEye's cancelled XBLA remaster looks faithful
NEWS RIP 007.
Pokémon Go usage has fallen by 12 million users
Pokémon Go usage has fallen by 12 million users
NEWS Along with interest in AR.
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Sony hikes PlayStation Plus prices in North America
Sony hikes PlayStation Plus prices in North America
NEWS No news on AU/NZ yet.
4
Sleeping Dogs dev wages gang warfare in Smash & Grab
Sleeping Dogs dev wages gang warfare in Smash & Grab
NEWS No controversy here.
1
PS Now and DualShock 4 adaptor confirmed for PC
PS Now and DualShock 4 adaptor confirmed for PC
NEWS As expected.
3
AbleGamers and Twitch celebrate disabled gamers
AbleGamers and Twitch celebrate disabled gamers
NEWS Schedule inside.
Has the PT curse been lifted? Allison Road is not cancelled
Has the PT curse been lifted? Allison Road is not cancelled
NEWS Dead no longer.
2
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided's Season Pass is out now
NEWS Story content & in-game items included.
PC, XO, PS4
Backers will be getting Divinity: Original Sin II even earlier
Backers will be getting Divinity: Original Sin II even earlier
NEWS Steam Early Access September 15.
Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations
Mafia III soundtrack includes 101 songs, no radio stations
NEWS Breaking the mould.
PC, XO, PS4
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Zenimax accuses Carmack of theft, Oculus of fraud
Zenimax accuses Carmack of theft, Oculus of fraud
NEWS Legal doom.
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Japanese PM switches career to plumbing at Olympics
Japanese PM switches career to plumbing at Olympics
NEWS Putting the Rio in Mario.
Reports of PS4 Slim picking up steam
Reports of PS4 Slim picking up steam
NEWS Looks like a goer. [Updated]
PS4
Hack the world with Mr. Robot's new mobile game
Hack the world with Mr. Robot's new mobile game
NEWS Join fsociety.
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Destiny's PS4-first content won't come to XO this year
Destiny's PS4-first content won't come to XO this year
NEWS Xboned.
360, XO, PS3, PS4
Action: First-Person
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Nier: Automata no longer exclusive to PS4
Nier: Automata no longer exclusive to PS4
NEWS Coming to Steam early 2017.
Don Bradman 17 demo now free on Steam
Don Bradman 17 demo now free on Steam
NEWS Expansive game features detailed also.
Microsoft: "The future is without console generations"
Microsoft: "The future is without console generations"
NEWS Get ready for intermittent upgrades.
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Ubisoft announces dates for Star Trek, other VR games
Ubisoft announces dates for Star Trek, other VR games
NEWS Four VR titles in 2016.
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Check out Gears of War 4's insane PC graphics options
Check out Gears of War 4's insane PC graphics options
NEWS What's an aliased render target?
1
Sony to announce PS4 Slim, shady auction images suggest
Sony to announce PS4 Slim, shady auction images suggest
NEWS Sharp corners are so 2013.
PS4
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Controlled game demos win awards at Gamescom 2016
Controlled game demos win awards at Gamescom 2016
NEWS When has hype ever backfired?
A destructive new expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines
A destructive new expansion is coming to Cities: Skylines
NEWS Roland Emmerich is weeping with joy.
PC, Mac
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French mayor wants Pokemon Go out of his town
French mayor wants Pokemon Go out of his town
NEWS Pokemon Go away.
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Pokemon developer releases new 2D platformer on Steam
Pokemon developer releases new 2D platformer on Steam
NEWS Caught 'em all. What's next?
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Just weeks from release, awesome-looking roguelike Below delayed indefinitely
Just weeks from release, awesome-looking roguelike Below delayed indefinitely
NEWS That sinking feeling.
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Xbox One S gets Fifa 17 bundle
Xbox One S gets Fifa 17 bundle
NEWS Early access to the game, and more.
Make the wait for Mankind Divided more bearable with mobile puzzler Deus Ex Go
Make the wait for Mankind Divided more bearable with mobile puzzler Deus Ex Go
NEWS Pocket Jensen.
Rumour: all Ezio's Assassin's Creed games are getting remastered
Rumour: all Ezio's Assassin's Creed games are getting remastered
NEWS That's AC II, Brotherhood, Revelations.
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