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Nintendo: Now is the Time for Monster Hunter to Grow in the West

gamrFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:25

Nintendo UK's head of consumer marketing James Honeywell has told MCVUK that now is the time for the Monster Hunter franchise to become a hit in the West. Monster Hunter 4 is one of the bestselling games in Japan in recent years, but the franchise has not found the same success in North America or Europe.

"For Monster Hunter we really feel now is the time when we can really open the title up to a Western audience," said Honeywell. "The developers have listened to existing players and given them more of what they want, but also ensuring that this new instalment is the most open to newcomers."

"With an extensive tutorial to help people get to grips with hunting, and multiplayer online functionality making it easier to bring down the really big monsters, we hope we can take this out to a wider audience and give it the success it deserves."

Monster Hunter 4 launches in North America and Europe on February 13.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/253028/nintendo-now-is-the-time-for-monster-hunter-to-grow-in-the-west/

Hayashi: There is a Culture Barrier Between East and West

gamrFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:20

There is a cultural gap between Japan with North America and Europe says the Dead or Alive producer Yosuke Hayashi. He has talked about the criticism of how women are betrayed in the franchise and says that men and women are on a equal playing field in the series.

"Our characters, male and female alike, are created in a fantasy setting and are using extraordinary abilities to compete with each other in a clearly light-hearted, over-the-top universe," Hatashi told MCVUK. "Their abilities are very balanced and we want to present all of them as dynamic, strong, sexy and confident. In our eyes, every fighter has the same potential."

"What is important to remember here is that Dead or Alive is a series developed in Japan, where the interpretation of beauty is very different to that of Europe or the US," Hayashi added. "There is a cultural barrier between what appeals to our fans in the East and what to those in the West so, of course, we are taking that under consideration in our development and marketing."

"As far as Dead or Alive is concerned, our philosophy is to try and make a game that our fans can enjoy, in both the East and the West, and regardless of gender."

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/253027/hayashi-there-is-a-culture-barrier-between-east-and-west/

Napalm Death selling more albums than ever

Metal Insider - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:18
In a recent video interview by Skulls N Bones, Napalm Death vocalist Mark “Barney” Greenway was asked if the band felt bigger than ever, even after 30 years of existence. Greenway affirmed that it’s more than a feeling: “You know, it’s not just a feeling. I mean, we’re selling more records right now than we […]
Categories: Music

Apotheon – How to Easily Obtain the Olympian Trophy

Just Push Start - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:14

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After you beat Apotheon you unlock a new difficulty called Olympian. This mode is more or less the same as Champion, except health regeneration has been disabled. While this might sound like a massive change, it really isn’t. Apotheon gives you ample supplies and health/armor pick ups, so I wouldn’t be surprised if some people were unaware of the fact Apotheon even had health regeneration, much less troubled by its removal. Needless to say, if you already beat the game on Champion you probably don’t want to beat it again and thanks to a glitch, you don’t have to either.

To perform the glitch simply follow the directions listed below. Please note, this is might be fixed in a future patch and might require you to delete the patch or make a save on the base version of the game. You might also want to make a copy of your save incase something goes wrong.

Olympian Glitch Guide
  • Beat the game on either difficulty. It doesn’t matter which, you just need to do this to unlock Olympian difficulty.
  • Select continue and you should start at the final fight against Zeus.
  • Exit to the main menu and start a new game.
  • Select Olympian for difficulty and overwrite your original save.
  • Once you hit the first gameplay section push options and select load save.
  • Choose a save at the final fight.
  • Defeat Zeus like you would normally do.
  • Upon his defeat you should get the Olympian trophy without having to play the rest of the game.
Visual Guide

If you find the steps above confusing or just want to see it in action, you can check out the video below.

Chinese Company to Launch the OBox in the UK in 2016

gamrFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:08

The Chinese mobile phone provider Snail Games will be bringing its Android console, the OBox, to the UK in early 2016, according to MCVUK. The OBox was first announced at CES earlier this year.

"We’re trying to push the technology again in a way that it’s not being pushed," said director for business development at Snail Games USA Dan Doughty. "Video games used to be synonymous with pushing the leading edge of technology – that’s really fallen by the wayside. Now PCs are pushing the video gaming environment because the consoles don’t do it, and mobile devices aren’t capable of doing it."

"The Xbox One and PS4 are already two generations behind in processing data and video," added Doughty. "They will four or five generations behind by their end-of-life. That’s not acceptable in a technology-driven world."

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/253026/chinese-company-to-launch-the-obox-in-the-uk-in-2016/

How To Make Dying Light More Difficult

Kotaku - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:02

How To Make Dying Light More Difficult

Dying Light has only been out for a week, but many players are already itching for bigger and better challenges than those in the base game. Since there isn't a "hardcore mode" or anything like that yet, the best way to turn up the difficulty dial is imposing your own custom rules. Here are some ideas for how to do that.

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Final Fantasy Creator Hironobu Sakaguchi Receives GDC Lifetime Achievement Award

Anime News Network - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 17:00
Developer also produced Kingdom Hearts, founded Mistwalker
Categories: General Anime

Roblox Hires Two New Executives

gamrFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:57

The studio behind the MMO Roblox, also known as Roblox, has hired two new executives. Rick Silvestrini is the new chief marketing and revenue Officer and Andrew Chmyz is the new chief financial officer. The studio plans to grow its staff by 33 percent this year.

"Roblox reminds me of YouTube around 2006 - a huge passionate creator community that's making real money, a large growing audience, and rapidly rising content quality," said Silvestrini in an interview with GamesIndustry. "The scale is a bit different, but the mechanics are very similar. I'm excited to help empower the Roblox creator community and to introduce their games to millions of new players."

"Roblox competes with other creative gaming platforms, but the larger vision for us is to compete on a much broader scale," said Chmyz. "We measure our hours of engagement against such companies as Lego. Not the Lego internet presence, but LEGO, the toy. We are hoping to build a brand that competes at that level."

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/253025/roblox-hires-two-new-executives/

Celebrate MLB 15 The Show’s 10th Anniversary With This Special Edition

Just Push Start - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:51

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Sony’s San Diego studio has been making the highest-rated baseball sim since the first title released in ’06 for the Playstation 2. To celebrate the 10th release of the series, a special MLB 15 The Show collector’s edition has been announced for fans that want a little bit more with their baseball.

Priced at $69.99, the 10th Anniversary Edition of MLB 15 The Show features a wood grain-printed Steelbook case and variant cover, 12,000 stubs ($10 worth of in-game DLC), 15 bonus item packs, dynamic PS4 themes for each of the 30 teams represented, and an exclusive MLB-themed dynamic theme not available for purchase elsewhere. Preorders for either version of MLB 15 The Show (including digital preorders) will receive a voucher for one MLB team-themed Skinit to adorn your Dualshock 4 controller. Preorders at Gamestop (or EB Games for Canada). will receive the controller skin as well as six additional bonus item packs.

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The physical version of MLB 15 The Show: 10th Anniversary Edition should be available for preorder in the USA starting this afternoon. A digital version will be available to preorder on the Playstation Store starting on Feburary 10th. Currently, Canada will not receive a physical version of The Show, instead only receiving the digital edition.

MLB 15 The Show and the 10th Anniversary Edition will be available on March 31st for both Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 as well as Playstation Vita.

SEGA's Jon Rooke Moves Up as New Europe Marketing Director

gamrFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:50

Jon Rooke has worked at SEGA has been moved up to the European Marketing Director, according to GamesIndustry. He had previously held the same role at THQ for five years. He has also worked at Microsoft and Vivendi in their marketing departments.

"The prospect of joining the publishing team and working across all of SEGA's brands is a very enticing one," said Rooke. "I look forward to working with this talented team of professionals to further drive SEGA's success across Europe."

"Jon has a well-earned reputation within the industry and we're very pleased to welcome him to SEGA," said SEGA's Jurgen Post. "With the imminent launch of Total War: Attila and a number of exciting titles in development, Jon joins us at a very exciting time for SEGA."

Amanda Farr was the previous European Marketing Director and has now moved to the Xbox division at Microsoft as its head of content and services.

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A life-long and avid gamer, William D'Angelo was first introduced to VGChartz in 2007. After years of supporting the site, he was brought on in 2010 as a junior analyst, working his way up to lead analyst in 2012. He has expanded his involvement in the gaming community by producing content on his own YouTube channel and Twitch channel dedicated to gaming Let's Plays and tutorials. Outside, in the real world, he has a passion for the outdoors which includes everything from hiking to having received his B.A. in Environmental Studies. You can contact the author at wdangelo@vgchartz.com or on Twitter @TrunksWD.

Full Article - http://www.vgchartz.com/article/253024/segas-jon-rooke-moves-up-as-new-europe-marketing-director/

Neue Event-Pokémon für Nutzer von Pokémon Bank angekündigt

Filb.de (German Pokemon Fan-site) - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:44

Vor wenigen Minuten hat The Pokémon Company ein paar neue Event-Pokémon angekündigt, die sich ausschließlich an Benutzer von Pokémon Bank richten. Spieler, die ihr Pokémon Bank Konto vom 27. Februar bis zum 30. November 2015 benutzen, können Meganie, Tornupto und Impergator mit deren versteckten Fähigkeiten erhalten.

Meganie besitzt die versteckte Fähigkeit „Floraschild“, welche das Pokémon vor Statusproblemen schützt. Tornupto verfügt über die versteckte Fähigkeit „Feuerfänger“, mit der die Wirkung von Feuer-Attacken um 50 Prozent erhöht wird. Des Weiteren bewirkt sie, dass dem Pokémon durch Feuer-Attacken keinen Schaden zugefügt werden kann. Impergators besondere Fähigkeit „Rohe Gewalt“ bewirkt, dass die zusätzlichen Effekte der Attacken dieses Pokémon eliminiert werden, aber gleichzeitig sorgt sie dafür, dass diese Attacken 30 Prozent mehr Schaden zufügen. Alle drei Event-Starter können somit ab dem 27. Februar 2015 via Pokémon Link auf die eigenen Editionen übertragen werden.

Unter „Weiterlesen“ findet ihr die Pressemitteilung von The Pokémon Company International.

Drei Pokémon – Meganie, Tornupto und Impergator – werden mit versteckten Fähigkeiten verteilt

London, Vereinigtes Königreich, 5. Februar 2015 – The Pokémon Company International und Nintendo haben bekannt gegeben, dass Nutzer von Pokémon Bank, die zwischen dem 27. Februar und dem 30. November 2015 auf ihr Nutzerkonto zugreifen, besondere Exemplare der Pokémon Meganie, Tornupto und Impergator aus der Johto-Region erhalten werden.

Diese Pokémon sind die letzten Entwicklungsstufen der Starter-Pokémon aus Pokémon Goldene Edition HeartGold und Pokémon Silberne Edition SoulSilver. Sie befinden sich alle auf Level 50 und haben eine versteckte Fähigkeit, die bisher für sie im normalen Spielverlauf nicht verfügbar war.

Pokémon Bank ist ein Online-Service für Spieler der Videospiele Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Rubin und Pokémon Alpha Saphir für Nintendo 3DS- und 2DS-Systeme, mit dem sie ihre Pokémon in privaten Boxen verwalten können.

Meganie verfügt über die versteckte Fähigkeit Floraschild, die es bei starkem oder sehr starkem Sonnenschein vor Statusproblemen schützt. Außerdem beherrscht es die Attacke Sonnentag, mit der es das Wetter verändern kann, damit seine versteckte Fähigkeit zum Tragen kommt.

Tornupto hat die versteckte Fähigkeit Feuerfänger, welche die Stärke von Feuer-Attacken um 50 % erhöht und das Pokémon vor Schaden durch Feuer-Attacken schützt. Außerdem beherrscht dieses Tornupto die Attacken Hitzekoller, Flammenwurf und Nitroladung, durch die es die Vorteile von Feuerfänger voll ausnutzen kann.

Impergator besitzt die versteckte Fähigkeit Rohe Gewalt, welche die Stärke von Attacken mit Zusatz-Effekten um 30 % erhöht, dafür aber die Zusatz-Effekte aufhebt. Dieses Impergator beherrscht drei Attacken mit Zusatz-Effekten, mit denen es dank der versteckten Fähigkeit Rohe Gewalt großen Schaden anrichten kann.

Um diese drei Pokémon zu erhalten, müssen Spieler in ihrer Ausgabe von Pokémon X, Pokémon Y, Pokémon Omega Rubin oder Pokémon Alpha Saphir Pokémon-Link einsetzen, nachdem sie mit einem dieser Spiele auf Pokémon Bank zugegriffen haben. Pro Nutzerkonto von Pokémon Bank können diese drei Pokémon nur ein Mal erhalten werden.

Categories: Pokemon News

Someone Got Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Running On Kinect

Kotaku - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:35

Someone Got Mike Tyson's Punch-Out Running On Kinect

Even though Microsoft appears to have given up on Kinect as a serious gaming platform, the motion device still has some tricks up its sleeve. Programmer Paul DeCarlo found a way to play Mike Tyson's Punch-Out by waving his fists around, and it seems to work pretty darn well!

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Video premiere: Gormathon, Hellbender

Metal Insider - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 16:32
This past October, Gormathon released their sophomore album, Following the Beast, on Napalm Records. fans of viking metal, power metal and Swedish melodeath took note. The band have released a lyric video for “Hellbender,” which mixes photos of the band with live footage that includes pyro. You can pick up Following the Beast here.
Categories: Music

Steve Carell, Jim Carrey get metal treatment from Monuments

Metal Insider - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:58
If the Internet and social media have taught us one thing, it’s that people can come up with just about any idea in the name of making humorous viral video. Musicians, or otherwise, are no exception. British progressive metal/djent band Monuments toured North America with Devin Townsend Project and Animals As Leaders last fall, and will begin their 2015 touring […]
Categories: Music

Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide Announced for PS4, XO, PC - News

gamrFeed - Thu, 02/05/2015 - 15:17

Fatshark (Escape Dead Island, War of the Vikings, War of the Roses) has announced Warhammer: End Times - Vermintide for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Windows PC.

Vermintide is a co-op melee action and first person shooter game set in the 'End Times' of the Warhammer universe. Players select from one of a group of five heroes, each of which has a unique play style and abilities, and are tasked with surviving an invasion of hordes of Skaven.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Warhammer: The End Times - Vermintide Announced for PS4, XO, PC - News