Playable minigames will be able to return to loading screens soon, thanks to today's expiry of the patent governing them.
Bandai Namco (pre-merger, just Namco) has held the patent since November 27th, 1995, and its twenty years are up.
The patent refers to "auxiliary game program code," which is smaller than the main game, "such that the auxiliary game program code is loaded first, before the main game program code."
Various games from Bandai Namco have featured loading-screen games, including Dragon Ball Z: Budokai, Tekken 5, and Ridge Racer.
But thanks to the patent, other companies have only been able to put relatively static graphics or text on their loading screens, or use game environments to hide the loading process (as with Mass Effect's elevators).
Figuring out which games are your favourite just got a little bit easier.
GameFAQs.com is running a showdown to determine which games its users believes are the best ever, and GameFAQs user Kiri has created a tool to help users pick their personal favourites.
The tool asks users to resolve a lengthy series of one-on-one game faceoffs, tabulating the data into a ladder of their favourite games.
A free-to-play edition of PES 2016 is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 on December 8.
Although Konami describes the version of the game as “entry level”, it will receive all the gameplay and content updates the full game does.
It will feature an Exhibition Mode that gives the player a choice of seven teams (including Bayern Munich, Juventus, AS Roma, Brazil and France), a full training section, and the franchise’s popular myClub mode, wherein players use accrued in-game currency and/or real-world money to build a title-winning team.
Konami has unveiled details of a secret hidden inside Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain.
The in-game "nuclear disarmament" event, whose consequences are still not fully known, can only be triggered when a number of specific conditions are satisfied:
◆ Players must have completed Mission 31.
◆ Players must dismantle all the nuclear weapons they own (if any).
◆ Specific — yet unspecified — nuclear proliferation conditions must be met on the player's platform's regional server.
◆ All players on that regional server must have dismantled all their nuclear weapons.
The PS4's Remote Play feature is coming to PC and Mac, according to Sony boss Shuhei Yoshida.
Yoshida responded to fan questions via Twitter, confirming that the company is migrating the streaming feature to desktop computers.
Remote Play allows players to boot and control their PS4 from a mobile device, over a local network or the Internet.
Blizzard's hero-shooter Overwatch is already poaching players away from Valve's ridiculously popular Team Fortress 2, months before its release.
Froyotech, one of the most successful Team Fortress 2 teams around, recently blamed a rare loss on Overwatch, claiming the game had been distracting the team.
"Many of our teammates, since the release of Overwatch, have had waning interest in TF2 (myself included). As a result, our team cohesion took a heavy hit," said Froyotech team member Clockwork.
Just Cause 3 isn't even out yet, and there's already a day-one patch disc owners will have to install before playing.
Patch 1.0.1 weighs in at 2.8GB, and features a broad range of fixes.
The accompanying patch notes are below, and feature a number of jokes that reflect the game's overall sense of humour.
The original Fallout is being remade inside Obsidian's Fallout: New Vegas, courtesy of an enterprising group of modders.
Fallout 1: The Story is a work in progress, aiming at entirely recreating the 1997 original game.
Movement, combat, and dialogue are handled in first person, while each gameplay area is discrete and accessible via an overworld map, as in the original.
“the key question will be, "Does Battlefront feel like Star Wars?", and the answer is a resounding "yes"”
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