Google Stadia coming to more mobile devices on February 20th!!!

The Google Stadia is a gaming service that has been receiving a lot of mainstream attention since its launch back in November 2019. While Google Stadia has been looked at mainly a positive light throughout 2019 prior to its release others have been skeptical about Google’s cloud based streaming service. While Google obviously has issues trying to reach out to a specific audience of gamers it seems like the business has a new strategy to engage those who are into cloud-based gaming. It was recently announced by Google that Stadia will be accessible on a few Android phones within the Samsung, Razer and Asus series. For those who are owners of any Samsung Galaxy phones of the S8, S9, S10 & S20 series you will soon be able to access Google’s cloud-based streaming service. Also, for those who own the Razer Phone I & II or the ASUS ROG I & II you will also have access to the Google Stadia starting on February 20th as well.

There are many people within the gaming world who wonder whether or not having the Google Stadia on more mobile devices will effect its level of popularity in various countries around the world. Also, Google had also mentioned back in January 2020 that at least 120 additional gamers are expected to be added to the Stadia throughout the rest of the year. Its not guaranteed that the inclusion of more games on Stadia along with the service being available on additional mobile devices will contribute to more success. However, there is no so doubt that the Google’s cloud-based service will definitely become more popular throughout 2020 while being a potential threat to game consoles such as the PS4 & Xbox One.

Diablo & Overwatch receiving new animation series?

As far as big news within the gaming world is concerned one of the few things that people are talking about right now involved the possibility of receiving two new animated series for both Diablo & Overwatch. The news regarding the adaptation of the Diablo & Overwatch series had broke when Activision’s co-founder Nick Van Dyk had revealed the information through a LinkedIn post. There was no official announcement made by Activision about the anime series regarding both Diablo & Overwatch but it does seem like these are projects that Activision will be placing a lot of time and emphasis on throughout 2020. For those who do not know the Diablo series has been around since ’97 while the Overwatch series had began in the later part of 2015. If the speculation regarding the development of a Diablo animated series is accurate it will be interesting to see how much and what sagas the adaption covers. The fact that Activision is doing something big with both Diablo & Overwatch is pretty cool especially since the company plans on releasing Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 sometime within the next few years.

As it currently stands Diablo IV and Overwatch 2 have no official release dates and its possible that we can learn more about each game during E3 2020 this upcoming summer if Activision decides has any plans on making it happen. But as far as the Diablo & Overwatch animated series are concerned if there is an official announcement regarding both projects hopefully we will learn a lot more within the next few weeks in terms of what to expect. While both the Diablo & Overwatch series has become very popular during the 10’s decade seeing animated series for both would be a pretty cool way to start off the 2020’s decade.

Retro Gaming 00’s- WWE WrestleMania XIX: (2003)

When we think about retro wrestling games that were considered underrated classics from the 00’s one of the few titles that instantly comes to mind is WrestleMania XIX for the Nintendo GameCube. WrestleMania XIX was developed by Yuke’s and published by THQ and was initially released in September 2003 months following the actual pay-per-view event which took place on March 30th that year. As far as the game itself was concerned WWE WrestleMania XIX was definitely a significant forward from its 2002 predecessor WrestleMania X8 which also appeared exclusively for the Nintendo GameCube. The graphics in WrestleMania XIX looked much better and had arguably one of the greatest rosters that you would ever see in a wrestling game. The in game mechanics in WrestleMania XIX was also more robust as pertained grappling/striking while allowing players to bust the opponents naturally or through the use of weapons. There were various match types that players could choose from such Single, Tag-Team, Cage, Hell in a Cell and others which many people may have enjoyed. Throughout, each player had both a spirit meter allowing with the ability to utilize stored specials in order make their character perform their respective finishing maneuver.

Another feature WrestleMania XIX had was the inclusion of a brand new game mode which had never been seen in a wrestling game before. The “Revenge Mode” introduced in WrestleMania XIX was rather interesting because it was more mission-based and included players completing various objectives in various venues with their selected character. The whole purpose of Revenge Mode is for the player to even with his boss following their termination at the beginning of the story. The completion of various yet increasing difficult tasks eventually leads players to go one on one with Vince McMahon at WrestleMania XIX who proved to be more challenging than most people would want to admit.

After completing Revenge Mode players eventually gain access to various locations they fought at outside of the squared-circle and have the ability to engage in multiplayer games that involved eliminating their opponents, smashing up objects or capturing important items. The WrestleMania XIX game also included a training mode for beginners who wanted to get better along with detailed stats on each character. Players also had the ability to create their own wrestler within WWE WrestleMania XIX and were given more material to work with in comparison to that of its 2002 predecessor. As pro-wrestling sports game WWE WrestleMania XIX was definitely one of the coolest games within that genre during the 00’s along with the likes of Smackdown: Here Comes The Pain, WWE Smackdown vs Raw: ’06 & ’07 and WWE Day Of Reckoning 2.

Retro Gaming 10’s- Rayman: Origins: (2011)

When some think about some of the most underrated platform titles from the early 10’s one of the few non-Mario that people instantly think about is Rayman: Origins from 2011. Rayman: Origins was developed by Ubisoft Montpellier and published by Ubisoft and was 2D platforms which appeared on multiple consoles between late-2011 and 2012. Rayman: Origins appeared on game systems such the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, Nintendo Wii and Microsoft Windows. The reason why Rayman: Origins was such a big deal following its release was mainly because it was the first major game within the series that the world got to see since Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc from 2003. One of the few things that both critics and fans liked about Rayman: Origins was the fact that 3D gameplay was ditched while seeing series return to its 2D platforming roots. Rayman: Origins not only had basic but compelling story the visuals for the game was very impressive. It should be noted that Rayman: Origins was developed using a slightly new game engine at the time known as UbiArt Framework which was created back in 2010. Despite, being the first major entry within its series since ’03 Rayman: Origins has reportedly fell under sales expectations despite being praised as a solid 2D platformer.

Even though, Rayman: Origins is considered to be among the best platform games within its series and quite possibly ’11 in general it many not be considered the best Rayman of all-time. In fact, some might argue that aside from the first two Rayman games from ’95-’99 the two games Rayman: Legends & Rayman: Fiesta Run from 2013 were two of the best titles that series had produced in within the past 25 years of its existence depending on who you ask. While Rayman 3: Hoodlum Havoc received fairly decent reviews following its release it did not seem quite as popular as the two PS1 games from the ’90s or the titles we got to see between the ’11-’13 time period.

Nintendo-PlayStation prototype console worth over $200,000?

One of the few things that the gaming world has beet buzzing about as of late is the rare Nintendo-PlayStation prototype console which was developed back in the early 90’s. There are of hardcore gamers who know the story behind the fallout between Nintendo and Sony back in the early 90’s as it pertained to both companies doing business with each other. Both Sony & Nintendo were expected to release a joint console that accepted CD-ROM’s opposed to cartridges sometimes during the mid 90’s possibly 1994. The Nintendo-PlayStation was never officially released which lead to Sony & Nintendo competing against each other since the 90’s. While Sony created their own game console known as the PS1 that utilized CD-ROM’s Nintendo had eventually released the cartridge-based N64 console during ’96. Based on how the console wars went from the mid 90’s to the early 00’s many would agree that Nintendo’s fallout with Sony back in ’94 was far more detrimental to company than it was helpful during the long run.

While the Nintendo-PlayStation console was never officially released a prototype version of the game system has been subjected to very high bids by gamers as of late. The bidding for the retro Nintendo-PlayStation prototype has recently exceeded $200,000 which is something that is very had to believe. But at the same time its not to hard to believe that the Nintendo-PlayStation prototype is value at over $200,000 since a very small number of people around the world has ever played a video game on it. While the Nintendo-PlayStation console may not seem like such a big deal to contemporary gamers it was such a big deal back in the early 90’s because it looked like it was ahead of its time. The idea of having a console that accepted SNES-cartridges along with CD based games seemed really innovative back in the 90’s especially since we never saw another console during that time period that included both of those features. While the bidding prices for Nintendo-PlayStation prototype console seems outrageous at over $200,000 its not too surprising to many because its very unlikely that you will find it at a used video game store. Also, the cartridge/CD-ROM based prototype console from ’94 was quite possibly the first and only console that the world was ever going to see from Nintendo & Sony.

Epic Games Hires A New President!!!

As far as interesting developments within the gaming world are concerned there have been quite a few since the start of 2020. Recently, we have seen one of the Co-Founders Of RockStar Games David Houser leave the company after being there since ’98 which came has a shock to many people. One of the few things everyone is talking about right now concerns Epic Games and how former Nike Chief Digital Officer Adam Sussman has become the company’s new President. It turns out that Epic Games has been looking for a new President since June 2019 following the departure of Paul Meegan when he resigned from the company. It should be noted that Adam Sussman had spent over five years at Nike and has quite the resume as it pertains to holding various senior business positions within different companies.

Prior to working with Nike Sussman was at Zynga where he was the VP of Global Publishing from 2012-2014. Also Sussman has previous worked at the Walt Disney Company for DIMG Games as the Senior VP of Publishing for less than a year back in 2011. Prior to his tenure at Walt Disney Company in 2011 Sussman had worked for Electronic Arts for four years from 2007 until the time of his departure from the company. During the mid 00’s Sussman was also the Vice President and General Manager Of Take Two Interactive from 2005-2007; Sussman’s time at Take Two Interactive was preceded by his tenure within The Walt Disney Company as a director from 1999 until 2005. Based on what we know about Adam Sussman’s background he seems well suited for the President position at Epic Games. While Sussman is ecstatic about making his return within the gaming world many people including himself has high hopes for the future of Epic Games as it pertains to 2020.

Outriders Confirmed For PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X!!!

As far as big news is concerned in relation to the gaming world one of the few things that everyone is talking about right now is upcoming Outriders game created by video game developer People Can Fly and published by Square Enix. As many people know Outriders is set to appear on multiple consoles such as the PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Microsoft Windows in September 2020. However, it has recently been confirmed that the upcoming co-op RPG will also be appearing on next generation consoles including the PlayStation 5 & Xbox Series X which are both coming out sometime during fourthly quarter of 2020. This class-based sci-fi shooter game is one that many people have been talking about since it was announced at E3 2019. Also, we have also received a new 4K reveal trailer for Outriders which looks impressive especially to those who may be huge fans of the third person shooter genre of gaming.

As it currently stands the rating for Outriders is still pending but considering the fact that its a shooter game somewhat similar to the Gears Of War or Halo series its most likely going to be mature. Outriders is an RPG third-person shooter that looks like it has the potential to be one of the best games within its genre as it pertains to 2020. Eventually, within the next couple months we will learn the official release for Outriders for each game system. Seeing that Outriders will be published by Square Enix a video game company that has created and worked on some of the greatest RPG’s ever made there is no question that this title will be one worth checking out in Fall 2020.