Game Builder Garage Review

Game Builder Garage Review

In the plot of the 1984 movie The Last Starfighter, a teenager is recruited to fight an interstellar battle after unknowingly proving himself worthy by means of a high score on an otherwise unassuming arcade cabinet. With the Mario Maker series, and now Game Builder Garage, I feel like Nintendo is doing something similar, but for future game designers. Game Builder Garage gives us a powerful collection of tools to create our very own games, but based on my output so far I doubt Shigeru Miyamoto will appear at my doorstep to invite me to join the team anytime soon. Even so, it’s impressive that by the end of Game Builder Garage's seven interactive lessons I already had ideas for half a dozen games and the knowledge of how to build them.Going in I was expecting Game Builder Garage to be fairly limited in the types of games you create, in the same way Super Mario Maker is powerful but limits you to creating… Super Mario levels. However, after completing all the lessons, which range from a simple single-screen "tag" game to more complex, fully 3D games, I see now there's almost no limit to the type of game you can create. Yes, you're stuck with the objects and graphics Game Builder Garage gives you, but how you build them and interact with them is incredible in its scope. Just as people constantly come up with new and novel ways to make Super Mario Maker levels, I fully expect to see some truly astonishing games being created with Game Builder Garage and its much more robust tools and feature set.[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/05/28/game-builder-garage-overview-trailer”]Its programming system offers a visual representation of all sorts of programming concepts: comparisons, subroutines, and conditional statements, all of which are presented through little creatures known as Nodons. And while it’s fairly technical, Game Builder Garage just oozes charm from its smart, fun writing and a finely honed edge that only Nintendo could provide. The engine is not without its limitations, naturally, but for the uninitiated, it's a great place to get started building real games. When your games are finished, you can share them with friends, although I haven't been able to test this functionality. (No, not because I don’t have friends! It’s just not out yet.)Simple ComplexityLearning to program can be a daunting task, but Game Builder Garage's lessons are great at walking you through the steps…
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Greak: Memories Of Azur Is A 2D Platformer Where You Play As Three Siblings, Releasing August 17

Greak: Memories Of Azur Is A 2D Platformer Where You Play As Three Siblings, Releasing August 17

Developer Navegante Entertainment and publisher Team 17’s Greak: Memories of Azur is an upcoming 2D platformer with charming hand-drawn animation and a lovely orchestral soundtrack. It looks to scratch the same itch as games like Hollow Knight, along with other classic action-games and metroidvanias. In this exclusive trailer for GameSpot’s Play For All, highlighting the latest news and events of the Summer games season, we not only get a more detailed look at the game, but also its release date, set for August 17.In the trailer embedded below, you can also see Memories of Azur’s main gameplay conceit–that you play as three siblings, Greak, Adara, and Raydel–all of whom work together. The titular Greak seems to take on the role of a rogue, while Adara is more of a mage, and Raydel is a warrior.Gallery Sometimes you’ll play as a sibling on their own, but you’ll mostly be controlling multiple characters at once, swapping between them when their skills and problem-solving abilities are needed. This opens up new avenues of play in both combat and exploration.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G Review

MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G Review

With Founders Editions out the door, it’s time to start exploring aftermarket versions of the RTX 3080 Ti and 3070 Ti graphics cards. Today, I’m looking at the MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G. It’s bigger, better, and brighter than the original RTX 3080 Ti but at expected pricing of $1299 to $1349, is it worth the high cost to upgrade? [widget path=”global/article/imagegallery” parameters=”slug=msi-rtx-3080-ti-suprim-x-12g&captions=true”]MSI RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X 12G – Design and FeaturesMSI’s Suprim line-up represents the company’s top of the line. From design to cooling to performance, the RTX 3080 Ti Suprim X just drips quality. On the exterior, the card is downright gigantic. At three slots wide, 13.2 inches long, and weighing in just over four pounds: GPU sag, thy name is Suprim X. Thankfully, MSI includes an adjustable GPU bracket to hold its weight and protect your PCIe slot.The card itself is gorgeous in its aluminum and RGB backlit glory. The front shroud is trimmed in brushed metal, offset with two different shades of grey. Two RGB strips surround the middle fan to add that touch of flair if you’d like to mount it vertically. Around the back there’s a thick metal backplate to help dissipate heat, but it’s also trimmed in two different hues of gray and has a brightly backlit MSI dragon icon to catch the eye. Along the edge is another customizable RGB strip and logo. Many high-end cards seem clearly designed to to mount vertically but the Suprim X looks best in a normal horizontal mount. If RGB isn’t your thing, you can turn the lighting off and it will still look good but, in my opinion, this is one of the best-looking cards so far this generation – if you can fit it in your case. Being so large does have its benefits in cooling. The Suprim X uses MSI’s TriFrozr 2S cooling system. This combines three Torx 4.0 fans with a high contact nickel baseplate for the GPU running into heatpipes through that massive heatsink, and a dedicated heatpipe and heatsink just for the VRAM. The fans feature combined blades to push more air. The fins on the heatsink have also been customized to reduce airflow noise and lower the sound profile of the card. It works well, too, even in the Gaming BIOS mode. Near the three-pin power connector, MSI has added a BIOS selector switch that lets you choose…
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Elden Ring – What We Want At E3 2021

Elden Ring – What We Want At E3 2021

Since From Software released a trailer for Elden Ring at E3 2019, the developer has been fairly quiet on what’s going on with the upcoming game. We don’t know whether Elden Ring will make an appearance at E3 2021, but we sure hope it does.Below, we go over everything that we currently know about Elden Ring (spoiler alert: it’s not much) and list what we hope to see of the game at E3 this year.What We Know So FarWe know precious little about Elden Ring–its announcement trailer, in traditional From Software fashion, was not very straightforward in explaining what’s going on or what the player will be doing or why the player will want to do it. The developer is keeping details very close to the chest.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Polybius Quarter Arcade Preorders Are Live: Own The Game That Never Existed

Polybius Quarter Arcade Preorders Are Live: Own The Game That Never Existed

Polybius is an urban legend that has been around for a few decades, with stories detailing a supposedly mind-altering arcade game planted by the government in Portland, Oregon. No evidence exists to actually prove it was real, and in fact there is evidence to the contrary, but a cheeky scaled-down replica is available to preorder now. See at Just Geek Available from Numskull via its Quarter Arcades line, the Polybius replica costs $144 via preorder with an expected release date this August. It was previously available via Kickstarter (I backed it after trying to convince myself I didn’t need it) and because it’s not based on a real game, it doesn’t contain an arcade ROM like the other Quarter Arcades cabinets.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Xbox Says it's Working on New Hardware, and Insists Consoles are its 'Flagship Experience'

Xbox Says it's Working on New Hardware, and Insists Consoles are its 'Flagship Experience'

Despite announcing a number of upcoming ways to play Xbox without a console or PC, a Microsoft exec insists that Xbox consoles remain its "flagship experience" – and says work has already begun on "new hardware and platforms."In a video shown for press, CVP of Gaming Experiences & Platforms, Liz Hamren explained that, despite the company's growing interest in cloud streaming for gaming, "We're already hard at work on new hardware and platforms, some of which won't come to light for years."[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/satya-nadella-says-microsoft-is-all-in-on-gaming-xbox-update”]In the video, Microsoft execs repeatedly make clear that the Xbox experience can, and will, expand beyond traditional platforms. As Phil Spencer puts it, by the company's calculations, there are a potential 3 billion gamers on Earth, but only 200-250 million will consider buying a console. But Hamren makes clear that the company is putting emphasis on those console owners:"While we continue to expand in PC and mobile, console remains our flagship experience. We want to deliver the most powerful, capable consoles in the world, devices that empower our players to enjoy amazing games for years to come, including gameplay we can't even imagine yet."[ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/06/10/satya-nadella-and-phil-spencer-discuss-gaming-at-microsoft-xbox-update”]It's clear that Microsoft sees a new, multi-pronged strategy in its future – providing high-end experiences using traditional hardware, while offering multiple options – from TV apps to streaming devices – to those who would prefer to stream their games.It's a mjor moment not just for Xbox, but Microsoft as a whole. After years treating Xbox as something of an island, the tech giant is now "all in on gaming".[poilib element=”accentDivider”]
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First Monark Reveal Trailer Features Weaponized Egos

First Monark Reveal Trailer Features Weaponized Egos

New-school RPG Monark will be making its way West in 2022 for PC, PS4, PS5, and Switch, developer Lancarse and publisher NIS America have announced. Developed by a studio made up of several people who previously worked on the Shin Megami Tensei series, Monark will feature English and Japanese voice acting and is set in an academy that contains the demon-filled dimension of Otherworld.To survive in this realm, you’ll need to harness their Authority of Vanity, which can be used to conjure a battalion of Fiends who are powered by their master’s “Ego” according to Lancarse. To power up your Ego, you’ll have to develop it through various psychological tests and gain enough power to stand against the seven Pactbearers who have corrupted the academy. Basically, the madder you are, the more powerful you’ll become at the risk of permanently losing your sanity.Fortunately, various allies and faculty staff will stop you from going off the deep end entirely, and you can unlock different Fiends to command in battle through the use of a freeform tactical system. Preorders are now open for the game, which will also be available in a $100 limited edition that includes a collector’s box, hardcover art book, VANI limited soundtrack, Seven Sins cloth poster, and a Pieces of Ambition set of five acrylic stands.Continue Reading at GameSpot
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Roblox Is Being Sued for $200 Million

Roblox Is Being Sued for 0 Million

The National Music Publishers' Association is suing Roblox for $200 million in damages, claiming that the MMO has been allowing unlicensed use of songs by users. As reported by Variety, the Association's president and CEO, David Israelite, announced the company's lawsuit against Roblox at the NMPA's 2021 annual meeting. Israelite said that Roblox has earned “hundreds of millions of dollars by requiring users to pay every time they upload music onto the platform — taking advantage of young people’s lack of understanding about copyright — and then they take virtually no action to prevent repeat infringement or alert users to the risks they are taking." [ignvideo url=”https://www.ign.com/videos/2021/02/24/roblox-freeze-tag-trailer”]The NMPA say that the artists affected by Roblox's copyright infringement include Ariana Grande, Imagine Dragons, deadmau5, Ed Sheeran, the Rolling Stones, and others. The lawsuit seeks a minimum of $200 million to cover damages “for Roblox’s unabashed exploitation of music without proper licenses." The money “will ensure songwriters are fully paid for their works on the platform and that Roblox takes seriously its obligations to those who have made its service so popular and profitable.”The Roblox name is still unfamiliar for many gamers, but it is colossally popular with younger players, so much so that Roblox is now worth more than Ubisoft and Take-Two combined. The platform, which allows for user-created games, has led to successes such as Roblox creators opening their own studios, and established indie devs making the new games in Roblox. [poilib element=”accentDivider”]Matt Purslow is IGN's UK News and Entertainment Writer.
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Ubisoft Forward Sale Features Steep Discounts On Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, And More

Ubisoft Forward Sale Features Steep Discounts On Far Cry, Assassin's Creed, And More

With just days to go until Ubisoft Forward, the publisher has kicked off a new sale featuring deals on practically every modern Ubisoft game. The Ubisoft Forward sale mainly includes PC game deals, but there are some PlayStation, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch deals sprinkled in as well. You can also save an extra $10 on purchases of $15 or more with promo code FORWARD. The Ubisoft Forward sale runs until June 21. As a heads up, all of the prices listed below are without the promo code applied.The entire Assassin’s Creed saga is on sale during the promotion, including the Animus Pack, which contains every Assassin’s Creed game besides Valhalla. The Animus Pack is up for grabs for $121.90. You can snag Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, the latest game in Ubisoft’s long-running historical action series, for $45. Valhalla’s Gold edition is discounted to $75, while the Ultimate edition is $90. Alternatively, you can buy the Mythology Pack–Valhalla, Odyssey, and Origins–for $64.With Far Cry 6 releasing later this year, it’s a great time to catch up on Ubisoft’s over-the-top first-person shooter franchise. Far Cry 5 is discounted to $9, New Dawn is $10, and Far Cry 4 is only $6. You can also grab the Far Cry Platinum Pack for only $58.80. It comes with every Far Cry game and DLC packs, which means you’re getting eight games for under $50 (after using the promo code).Continue Reading at GameSpot
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