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« Reply #1081 on: July 18, 2020, 07:47:43 am »
Saturday, 18th July 2o2o
Microsoft discontinues XBOX One X and XBOX One S digital edition
by Tom Warren





Microsoft is officially halting production of its Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition consoles.

“As we ramp into the future with Xbox Series X, we’re taking the natural step of stopping production on Xbox One X and Xbox One S All-Digital Edition,” says a Microsoft spokesperson in a statement to The Verge.

“Xbox One S will continue to be manufactured and sold globally.”

Reports of Xbox One X and Xbox One S shortages have surfaced in recent weeks, and there has been an increased demand in Microsoft and Sony’s current-gen consoles during the pandemic.

While production is ending on the Xbox One X and the Xbox One S digital edition, it’s likely that stock for some retailers will still be available in the coming months.

“Gamers can check with their local retailers for more details on Xbox One hardware availability,” says a Microsoft spokesperson.

Microsoft first introduced the Xbox One X back in November 2017.

Designed as “the world’s most powerful console” at the time, Microsoft focused on power and hardware for its 6 teraflop Xbox One X.

The Xbox One S All-Digital Edition was only launched in April last year, as a disc-less version of the Xbox One S.

Reports have suggested sales were strong for this particular console, and Microsoft even bundled it as part of the $19.99 monthly Xbox All Access subscription that includes Xbox Game Pass Ultimate access.

Microsoft is planning to continue its Xbox All Access subscriptions for the Xbox Series X launch later this year, offering subscribers an opportunity to upgrade to the new console.

The software maker is also expected to launch a cheaper, less powerful next-gen Xbox. Codenamed “Lockhart,” this second Xbox is likely to form a big part of Microsoft’s pricing approach for its next-gen Xbox plans.

Microsoft is rumored to be preparing to unveil this second Xbox next month, after reports suggested the company originally planned to reveal its existence in June.

This second console may also be called Xbox Series S and is expected to target 1080p / 1440p gaming.















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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1084 on: August 10, 2020, 06:45:31 am »
Monday, 10th August 2020
Intellivision Grand Opening, Grand Closing
by Trilby Beresford






Retro gaming console Intellivision Amico, which was slated for release in October this year, has been delayed until April 15th, 2021.

"Unfortunately, things are happening that are making that very difficult to accomplish and the bottom line is we're not going to be able to make that date," Tallarico said in the briefing.

"These are unprecedented times, and it's no secret that this pandemic has literally affected every single aspect of every person's life around the world."

He went on to say that the pandemic has had a "dramatic" impact on the company.

"The reality is that every single aspect of this process has been affected," said Tallarico, emphasizing that the company will not compromise the quality of its product.

The console is a reboot of the Intellivision video game console from Mattel Electronics, which was released in 1979.

The varied slate of games are all designed to be family-friendly.

Moving forward, the California-based company will continue to focus on the 5 core areas of original IP, sports and recreation, kids and educational titles, retro imagined and casual/board games.






















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https://www.polygon.com/2020/8/5/21356036/intellivision-amico-delayed-launch-date-window-2021

https://www.shacknews.com/article/119655/intellivision-amico-delayed-to-april-2021-due-to-coronavirus-pandemic

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/intellivision-amico-retro-gaming-console-release-delayed-due-pandemic-1306136

https://www.engadget.com/intellivision-amico-delay-april-2021-220932325.html

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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1086 on: August 13, 2020, 04:20:20 pm »
Thursday, 13th August 2o2o
Apple Pulls ‘Fortnite’ From App Store Over Epic Games ‘Violating’ In-App Payments Rule
by Todd Spangler






Apple, just hours after Epic Games announced a new direct-payment option for “Fortnite” to bypass the Apple App Store 30% “tax” on in-app purchases, has removed the game from its app store.

In a statement, Apple said,

“Today, Epic Games took the unfortunate step of violating the App Store guidelines that are applied equally to every developer and designed to keep the store safe for our users. As a result their ‘Fortnite’ app has been removed from the store.”

Apple said that Epic had “enabled a feature in its app which was not reviewed or approved by Apple, and they did so with the express intent of violating the App Store guidelines regarding in-app payments that apply to every developer who sells digital goods or services.”

According to Epic, multiple apps have been cleared by Apple to use direct payments, including those from Amazon, Grubhub, Best Buy, Fandango, Uber, Lyft and StubHub.

Earlier Thursday, the company announced a 20% discount to “Fortnite” players who purchase the game’s virtual currency directly from Epic, instead of from Apple or Google.

Google did not respond to a request for comment about Epic Games’ direct-payment method for the “Fornite” Android app.

Google Play, like Apple’s App Store, also takes a 30% fee of in-app payments.




















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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1087 on: August 14, 2020, 06:48:42 pm »
Friday, 14th August 2o2o



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The fight against racial and social injustice is one we've always felt passionate about.

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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1088 on: August 15, 2020, 09:42:54 am »
Saturday, 15th August 2o2o


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"The Intellivision also has, to my knowledge, almost no historical international market presence. I think it sold in Canada, but I don't remember PAL regions or Japan having it."

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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1089 on: August 17, 2020, 01:30:13 pm »
Monday, 17th August 2o2o
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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1090 on: August 20, 2020, 06:07:05 pm »
Thursday, 20th August 2o2o (originally published Monday, 22nd October 2o18)
Intellivision Amico Tries to Fill a Hole That No Longer Exists
by Anthony John Agnello






Heroes live forever, legends never die, and apparently no classic gaming brand will stay dead.

After teasing the rebirth of Intellivision earlier this year, famed video game composer Tommy Tallarico previewed the Intellivision Amico at the Portland Retro Game Expo.

Unlike other recent successful vintage mini-consoles like the NES Classic — Nintendo has sold roughly 3.5 million of those since 2016 — the Intellivision Amico will play both old and new Intellivision games when it releases in October 2020.

“We are creating a console that parents want to buy, not that they were asked to buy,” Tallarico said during his keynote address at the Retro Game Expo.

“Most every game being made for the home consoles these days is created with only the hardcore gamer in mind. We see a world where everyone is interested in playing at home and with friends, but this isn’t currently possible because the barrier to entry is nearly impossible for a non-gamer due to the complexity of the controllers, intricacy of gameplay, expense of the hardware and software, and steep learning curve with an unbalanced fun factor for the beginner. Our goal was to create a console that both gamers and non-gamers are able to have fun with and play together. The Intellivision Amico is our answer to this gaping hole we see within the current video game industry.”

Every game on the console, which costs between $149 and $179, will be rated E for Everyone or E10+ by the ESRB, and all games will cost between $2.99 and $7.99.

There will be no in-app purchases or DLC of any kind, so parents won’t have to worry about kids accidentally racking up massive fees Like the Super NES Classic Edition, Amico will come packed with two controllers to facilitate local multiplayer out of the box.

Up to eight players can wirelessly connect a phone or tablet and use it as a controller.

Games that will be “REIMAGINED and REMADE EXCLUSIVELY” for the new system include 1980s staples as Irem’s R-Type and Data East’s Bad Dudes.

Making a console with cheap, set cost games in a bid to win over parents concerned about predatory video game economies is interesting in theory, but Intellivision Amico seems to be a product for no one.

Nostalgists and families with young kids alike won’t be served by this machine.

Consider just the Intellivision brand itself.

The machine is historically significant in the pantheon of gaming.

(As the reborn company boasts in this announcement video, it was the technically first 16-bit console ever made.)

Intellivision has never had even a fraction of the cultural or economic sway as its competitors.

Even though it was a modest success 3 million consoles sold in its 1980s heyday, it sold just one-tenth of the Atari 2600s sold over the years and around one-fifth of the Nintendo Entertainment Systems.

Nintendo already has a $60 machine on the market that ostensibly does what Amico does with a pre-installed game library of more recognizable classics.

More people know Super Mario Bros. 3 than Burger Time in 2018.

The console’s base features seem designed for a gaming-illiterate audience that no longer exists.

As of 2017, 64 percent of American households have some kind of gaming device.

The average player is 34 years old.

Of those players, 19 percent play with family members and 17 percent play with their parents.

Nine of the top 20 best-selling games in 2017 were rated E or E10+.

Families are already being served by games and systems with a much higher profile.

The Amico might have had a shot if it was released 10 years ago when the video game industry was still under fire for corrupting young minds.

Instead it’s positioned to release just as the people that grew up with Intellivision will be entering their 50s.

Tallarico and Intellivision Amico are trying to fill a hole that no longer exists.


























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Re: GAMERS THREAD
« Reply #1093 on: September 16, 2020, 05:34:46 pm »
Spider-Man: Miles Morales - Official Gameplay Demo | PS5 Showcase

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYCTWA06Q4Y

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« Reply #1094 on: September 19, 2020, 02:27:01 pm »
Interesting.



There sure is a lot of Puerto Rican flag placement in the official Spider-Man: Miles Morales gameplay video.