Zynga hasn't had much to celebrate lately — the social gaming company suffered a huge drop in users last year and it hasn't had a hit title in some time. But now it's taking a new tack, turning to the Bitcoin community. In a post on Reddit's Bitcoin subreddit last night, the Zynga team said it is currently "testing expanded payment options for players to make in-game purchases using Bitcoin," specifically through the payment provider Bitpay. Currently, only seven Zynga games support Bitcoin payments, most of them titles in Zynga's derivative "ville" series: CastleVille, ChefVille, CoasterVille, CityVille, FarmVille 2, Hidden Chronicles and Hidden Shadows. Zynga has for years offered the ability for players to buy in-game assets and upgrades using their credit cards and PayPal, as well as Facebook local currency, but Zynga admits that Bitcoin has now become too big for it ignore.
Microsoft made a lot of terrible public relations mistakes when it rolled out the Xbox One, but thankfully none of those mistakes were reflected in the actual console, which has lived up to the hype and was a hot seller over the holiday shopping season. But in an interview with the Official Xbox Magazine, Microsoft Studios boss Phil Spencer reveals that Microsoft actually came incredibly close to making a design decision that would likely have handed Sony an easy victory in the latest console wars. Essentially, Spencer says that Microsoft was still considering removing the Xbox One’s disc drive as late as mid-2013 and selling all games digitally over the Internet. While such non-disc-based games probably are the future of console
With the release of Super Mario 3D World last month, Wii U owners finally had a reason to plug their consoles back in for the first time in quite a while. Now that Nintendo’s release schedule has slowed to a grinding halt, it’s tempting to put the Wii U back into cold storage, but before you do, take a look at this hack which could breathe new life into the console’s GamePad. Earlier this week at the Chaos Communication Congress in Germany, a group of hackers presented their reverse engineering of the Wii U GamePad which allows it to stream games and apps directly from the PC. Although a majority of the presentation focuses on the process of hacking the GamePad,
In addition to being available on the PlayStation 3, VidZone can now be downloaded on the PlayStation 4 as well, Sony announced on its PlayStation blog. The application lets users stream music videos for free on the console and has been “fully optimized” for the PS4 to offer “faster start up times and quick navigation,” as well as “enhanced social integration features” including grabbing screenshots and sharing them with friends over Twitter and Facebook directly from the PS4 controller, and having VidZone activity displayed in friends’ “What’s New” feed. The VidZone application offers access to thousands of HD music videos and support for creating unlimited playlists and watching hundreds of VidZone TV channels. The app can be downloaded free of
BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Maybe it was getting his first video game, Cosmic Avenger, for Christmas at age 12, and then having to wait an entire year for the hard-to-land Colecovision console to play it on that made Michael Thomasson so determined to get his hands on every video game and system he could find.
We have chronicled the sad tale of the Wii U ever since it launched last year. Nintendo failed to get the word out, and in turn the public failed to show any interest. Some consumers didn’t even understand what the Wii U was, and it’s hard to blame them. Things still aren’t looking any better for the king of the last generation, especially now that Microsoft and Sony have both re-entered the market with hardware that blows away anything the Wii U has to offer. The one thing the Wii U does have over the PS4 and Xbox One this holiday season is a year long head start, which means a much wider — and better — selection of games to
If you can feel the icy hands of Father Christmas closing around your throat because Dec. 25 is rapidly approaching — and you've been unable to find a PlayStation 4 or Xbox One for a gift — don't despair. Although they lack the shiny newness of their more powerful younger brothers, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 are still plentiful, and if you don't already have one, now is the best time to buy. The fact is that buying an Xbox 360 or PS3 now gives you access to perfected interface software, a vast library of excellent games and a bevy of streaming content services.
At Amazon and Best Buy, for example, you'll have to spring for Express shipping to get your gifts by Christmas. A number of online sites sell video games that players can download to their computers — no discs or special hardware necessary. Easily the most famous and comprehensive online video game seller, the Steam platform is known for its frequent sales, strong online community and wide selection of both mainstream blockbusters and indie titles of all shapes and sizes.
There’s no way around it — the PlayStation 4 is at a disadvantage when it comes to launch lineups. Microsoft went all out on November 22nd, filling the shelves with exclusives and multiplatform titles alike. Sony’s paltry offering consisted of just three PS4-only games, which might not be as worrisome if either the two games actually available at retail were earth-shatteringly impressive. But that is not the case. One is a great multiplayer shooter with a muddled campaign and the other is a repetitive platformer with a forgettable mascot. Don’t fret though, PlayStation 4 owners, there are still a few games to stock your shelves with over the holidays, and some are even worth playing. In this feature, BGR has
Right now Nintendo is sticking to its plan of cutting the Wii U’s price and hoping that big-time games such as Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8 will propel sales of the console in 2014. But what happens if the plan falls through and sales of the Wii U are still awful in six months’ time? As The Associated Press notes, continued poor Wii U sales could force Nintendo to do what had once been unthinkable to the company: Make its popular gaming franchises available on other companies’ hardware. This doesn’t mean that we’ll be seeing Super Mario World on the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 anytime soon, mind you, but Nintendo could make a bigger push in the
In a recent interview, Nintendo of America's president Reggie Fils-Aime revealed that the venerable gaming company has been tinkering with making games on iOS. Unfortunately, it isn't on full "Mario" or "Zelda" games, but rather smaller tie-in games. "There are a lot of smartphones and tablets out there, and so what we’re doing is we’re being very smart in how we use these devices as marketing tools for our content," said Fils-Aime in a television interview. "We are also doing a lot of experimentation of what I would call the little experiences you can have on your smartphone and tablet that will drive you back to your Nintendo hardware. It’s largely going to be much more marketing activity-oriented." So what does that mean for you? Ports of existing Nintendo games or proper sequels are off the table, but two other kinds of games may be coming to your iPhone or iPad soon. First, companion apps that work with Nintendo games. Maybe you go digging for treasure that you can add to a new "Legend of Zelda for Wii U." Or perhaps a "Super Mario Bros." minigame unlocks suits you can use in a new "Super Mario" game for the Nintendo 3DS handheld. The second possibility is small, branded experiences that stand on their own, promoting Nintendo's characters in the hopes it leads to system or game sales. You could be playing just mini game, such as a simple Smash Bros.-themed endless runner or a Metroid-based tower defense game. MORE: Nintendo 2DS Hands-on: Comfier Than it Looks It is no surprise that Nintendo is not yet ready to start putting entire games on mobile phones. The company has a thriving business selling titles from its older hardware in a Virtual Console app that plays on Nintendo's current platforms, so those would not make the jump to iOS. And the company's own portable business with the Nintendo 3DS and the Nintendo 2DS is still going strong. Responding to data firm NPD Group's latest gaming sales numbers, the company said that "sales of Nintendo hardware systems in November increased by 100 percent over the month prior." That includes nearly 770,000 units of the Nintendo 3DS family, the company said pushing lifetime total sales past 10 million. The company also stated that several games had triple-digit growth over October, including legacy titles that are years old. The company's Japanese management has made its views clear in the past. Speaking to gaming site CVG, Nintendo president Satoru Iwata said that Nintendo's game experiences require Nintendo hardware. "I'm really responsible for the long-term future of Nintendo as well, so I would never think about providing our precious resources for other platforms at all," he said. "And because we have hardware and software developers in the same building, they stimulate each other. Those kinds of conditions have enabled us to create something that no other companies can create." Iwata has also criticized mobile games in the past, particularly during his keynote for the 2011 Game Developer's Conference. "The objective of smartphones and social networks, and the reason they were created, are not at all like ours," said Iwata. "These platforms have no motivation to maintain the high value of videogame software. For them, content is something created by someone else. Their goal is just to gather as much software as possible, because quantity is what makes the money flow. The value of videogame software does not matter to them." Perhaps Fils-Aime's revelation that Nintendo is working on iOS content shows a subtle shift in the company's mobile stance. Either way, when Nintendo does start publishing games for Apple's devices, don't be surprised if they are small experiences that lack the scope or depth of past games from the company's lead franchises. Follow Kevin Ohannessian at @khohannessian and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide , on Facebook and on Google+ . Top Holiday Gift Ideas 2013 10 Classic Gaming Consoles You Should (and Can) Still Play What Can Save the Wii U? Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
The Wii U had an undeniably disastrous 2013 in terms of sales but Nintendo thinks it has two aces up its sleeve for next year. Nintendo on Wednesday released two new videos showing off the two most important exclusive games that it will release next year — Super Smash Bros. and Mario Kart 8. Both games are loaded with beloved characters from Nintendo’s Mario Bros. games and both are based on franchises that have made Nintendo a lot of money in the past. The Mario Kart 8 trailer shows off some truly stunning graphics and level designs that make it look like it could be the very best Mario racing game yet. And the big news from the new Super
Who needs a cable box anymore? Microsoft has announced that the Verizon FiOS app was released for the Xbox One. The app allows members of Xbox Live Gold ($60 per year) who subscribe to FiOS to stream live cable television on the system, with 74 channels being offered. The app had already been available on Microsoft's previous-generation console, the Xbox 360. Pay TV service Time Warner Cable was not to be outdone: Microsoft announced that the TWC app on Xbox 360 has been updated to include video-on-demand, with more than 5,000 on-demand choices available in addition to the 300 live channels TWC offers. Where does this leave the state of pay TV on Microsoft's consoles? As the new kid on the block, the Xbox One doesn't offer many television apps. FiOS is the first app from a pay-TV provider on the console, though there are apps from specific channels — the CW, ESPN, Fox, FX and Univision — as well as Amazon Instant, Crackle, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Target Ticket and Xbox Video for streaming television shows. MORE: Xbox One Review The venerable Xbox 360 has more TV selections available, with Xfinity (Comcast), Time Warner Cable and Verizon FiOS apps. Specific channels include apps for A&E, Animal Planet, the CW, Disney, ESPN, Fox, Fox News, FX, HBO Go, History, MTV, National Geographic, NBC News, Nickelodeon, PBS, Starz, Syfy, Telemundo and Univision. And you can watch TV series via the same general streaming apps offered for Xbox One: Amazon Instant, Crackle, Hulu Plus, Netflix, Target Ticket and Xbox Video. With the Xbox One's capabilities to connect a pay-TV receiver directly to the console via HDMI, what would be the use of television apps? Beyond additional on-demand options that your pay-TV box may offer, having separate apps allows multitasking on Xbox One that wouldn't be possible otherwise. You could watch live TV via the cable box and have a smaller screen "snapped" to the side streaming another show. Or vice versa. Whichever way you choose to watch, it is clear that Microsoft is getting serious about entertainment options on its consoles. Follow Kevin Ohannessian at @khohannessian and on Google+ . Follow us @tomsguide , on Facebook and on Google+ . PS4 vs. Xbox One: Which Console Wins? Xbox One Launch Titles: The Full List How to Use Xbox One Snap Copyright 2013 Toms Guides , a TechMediaNetwork company. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.
Over the past few months, we’ve spent a great deal of time discussing the PlayStation 4 and the Xbox One. Both consoles offer a unique take on the next generation of gaming: the PlayStation 4 is a streamlined, lightning fast device that lacks some very basic media functionality, while the Xbox One is a mostly successful all-in-one media center replacement that still needs some polishing to capitalize on its potential. Although BGR settled on the PlayStation 4 as the better of the two consoles so far, both boxes would be little more than paperweights without a decent game lineup. Unfortunately, console launches aren’t historically paired with great games. Developers haven’t had much time to learn the ins and outs of the
Retailing for £6,000 ($9,800) from London's boutique department store Harrods is a 24-carat gold plated Xbox One. The piece was supplied by Crystal Rocked, a customization company also based in the UK capital that specializes in applying crystal and gold layers to headphones, smartphones, and tablets -- even concert pianos. Reddit user SirSyhn posted the image after spotting Microsoft's gold-encrusted console on a trip around the London store -- one founded by a 19th century grocer and now owned by Qatar's investment arm. Does it include a complimentary subscription to Microsoft's $50-a-year online access scheme, Xbox Live Gold?