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Creators of ‘Bastion’ and ‘Transistor’ reveal their new RPG, ‘Pyre’

Supergiant Games, creators of Bastion and Transistor, have just revealed the first trailer for their upcoming role playing game, Pyre. Check it out above!

Pyre places you deep in purgatory as you lead a band of exiles through a series of combat trials, known as the Rites, through which the worthiest competitors will be granted safe passage back home. Supergiant Games Creative Director, Greg Kasavin, had this to say:

“Pyre once again showcases our small team’s commitment to rich atmospheric presentation and storytelling, along with a distinctive gameplay blend that combines expressive decision making on the world map with fast, action-packed confrontations against rival groups of exiles whose own freedom is at stake. We want to create a large cast of characters you can grow close to as you travel together across a strange and wondrous land.”

The game will be available to demo at booth #8212 during PAX East in Boston, which runs this weekend from April 22-24.

Pyre releases exclusively on Playstation 4 in 2017!

Super Mario Bros. has a new world-record speedrun

YouTuber and speedrunner “darbian” recently set a new world record for the original Super Mario Bros.—by beating his own record.

Previously, darbian completed the game in just 4:57:647. In his latest and greatest attempt, he shaved 387 milliseconds off his time, which clocked in at 4:57:260. The deciding moment comes in around 3:31 in the video above, when he manages to save a jump on a warp pipe.

Notably, darbian’s record is for any percentage (or “any%”) speedruns of Super Mario Bros., which only require defeating Bowser and do allow warping between levels, hence darbian’s jump to level eight.

Darbian says he’s finished with Super Mario Bros. for now. “I have reached my potential in this category,” he said of his accomplishment. “I’m done! My quest is over.” Fortunately, there are plenty of other games for him to speedrun, many of which he’s already attempted, including The Magical Quest Starring Mickey Mouse, World of Illusion and Wally Bear and the NO! Gang.

Source: YouTube

Via: Polygon

Sony merger will not affect gamers ‘in the short term’

Sony recently announced the merger of Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment, which now comprise the umbrella company Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE). The company will serve as headquarters for the PlayStation brand moving forward, but according to SIE President Shawn Layden, will not impact PlayStation platforms anytime terribly soon.

“So what does this mean for you, the gamer?” Layden said on the PlayStation Blog. “If I’m honest, probably not a whole lot—at least not in the short term. But in the long run, it will mean everything.

“The formation of SIE will allow us to forge a unified PlayStation organization that can adapt more quickly to meet the ends of the gaming community, innovate with digital services like PlayStation Vue and PlayStation Now, and—above all else—drive consistent and constant innovation in the dynamic medium of video games.”

In other words, the merger was intended to improve the relationship and, likely, the communication between Sony’s gaming and entertainment divisions—the implications of which will only become noticeable as future projects ramp up.

Layden himself has also changed hats, or rather, gained another. He is now chairman of Worldwide Studios, PlayStation’s first-party studio which oversees such projects as Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End and Horizon Zero Dawn.

Source: PlayStation Blog 

Zombieland 2 is coming to a cinema near you

After months, maybe even years, of back-and-forth speculation it has finally been confirmed that Zombieland 2 is in development. 

This news was confirmed at CinemaCon where the brand new logo was revealed for the long-awaited Zombieland sequel, as reported by ComicBook.com.

For those that are not aware, simply, Zombieland is based on a world whereby a zombie virus is spreading and survivors need to stick together. In the original film, released back in 2009, the likes of Jesse Eisenberg, Emma Stone, Woody Harrelson and Abigail Breslin there was a lot of action, a lot of shooting and even some comedy. 

Zombieland was a critically-acclaimed success story and many fans will be hoping that the same quality will be echoed in the sequel. 

There has been no official announcement as to who will be involved in Zombieland 2 as of yet, but in the meantime, fans have a pretty simple logo to keep them hyped. 

[ComicBook.com]

Rumor: Second generation Xbox One has been in production since February

Earlier this month an FCC filing revealed that Microsoft had plans for a new model of the Xbox One. Details on the new version of the Xbox One have been scarce, though the filing did specify that the console would feature a new wi-fi chip.

According to an image post on Weibo from user Microsoft信仰中心 (via NeoGaf)  the new Xbox One has been in production since February 2016. In addition to the console having been in production, the user detailed that there would be a white version of the new console whose production name appears to translate to Xbox One second generation.

Looking at the image (above) it appears as though the second generation was planned since 2014, a year after the Xbox One released. The weight, 600 ~ 800g (roughly 1lb+/-) , seems a bit odd considering the that the Xbox One is currently 7lb. If the second generation is truly that light, it could be the rumored "lightweight" digital only Xbox One.

Apparently, once entering production the second generation Xbox One was planned to have plan of manufacturing 400,000 consoles per week.

Microsoft has not verified this rumor. The FCC filing suggests that the console will be revealed this Summer.

Flappy Bird has been ported to an E-Cigarette

It was the spring of 2013 and out of nowhere the phenomena known as Flappy Bird was born, spawning a whole bunch of "Flappy Bird" games, and the latest is an e-cig version.

In 2014 Flappy Bird really took off, leaving us where we are today – Flappy Bird on everything. Flappy Bird has been worked into Blizzard's Happy Reaper, Warframe easter egg, Little Big Planet, a Dark Souls spin off Slashy Souls, a Fall Out Boy parody, and many more. The latest to join this list is a version for the e-cigarette: eVic-VTC Mini.

A Youtuber who calls himself Balázs Bank has created an e-cig version of the frustrating game in Flash that seems to work smoothly. In the description there are links to download the files and a guide on how to install them. He also points out that he has no responsibility for damages that may occur when people try to install this software

"DISCLAIMER: Flash this firmware at your own risk. I will not take any responsibility for damaging your device."

So feel free to download Flappy Bird to your e-cig, but do it at your own risk. We at GameZone also take no responsibility for any damages that may occur when trying to get Flappy Bird to work on e-cig.

Balázs Bank is a real code monkey and has already made Snake and is working on e-cig firmware.

Who knows where we will see Flappy Bird next.

Lince Works drops the first trailer for their stealth ninja game, ‘Aragami’

Lince Works just dropped the first trailer for their new stealth action game, Aragami. Check it out above!

ARAGAMI is a third-person stealth game in which you control the shadows. Play as Aragami, an undead assassin with supernatural abilities. You, a once mighty warrior, have been summoned back from the dead by Yamiko, a noble girl from the sacred citadel of Kyûryu. How you were once defeated or any clear memories to your past are all fragmented. Make your way through the heavily guarded city with Yamiko by your side as you uncover memories from your past life and ultimately decipher your connection with your summoner.

Aragami features an array of abilities utilizing your “Shadowmancer” powers to become invisible or teleport to aide you in hunting down and slaying your targets. Each map has multiple ways of completion, allowing you to play in which ever way you see fit. Move as an unseen ghost in the dark, or strike hard and clear the field of all enemies.

Lince Works, having originally announced the project as “Twin Souls: The Path of Shadows”, eventually evolved it into something more after two years of development, officially changing the name to Aragami.

Along with the announcement trailer, check out the gallery of gameplay screenshots on the next page!

Aragami releases on Playstation 4 and Steam this fall!

 

Hi-C's Ecto Cooler returning just before launch of Ghostbusters reboot

The upcoming Ghostbusters reboot has had more than its fair share of opinions on the internet (to say the least). But one thing everybody should agree on to be excited about is the return of Hi-C's Ecto Cooler which, according to Coca-Cola, will make its official comeback on May 30th about a month and a half before the film launches on July 15th.

The drink was previously leaked on eBay a couple months back before the auction ended suddenly. Bidding began at $0.99 FYI.

Hi-C's Ecto Cooler will come in 10-packs of 6-ounce juice boxes as well as 6 and 12-packs of 11.5 oz. cans. The cans will also have a special thermal ink that turns the can slime green when it's chilled.

Details have been in no short supply about the film with images from the set of the movie and the reveal of the film's main villain being some of the more recent highlights. 

Source: [Coca-Cola]

Comcast is raising its data cap limit to 1 TB

Here's a fun fact that should be a surprise to no one. That is, unless you work in the corporate offices of Comcast apparently. 300 gigabytes is really REALLY easy to burn through. Between streaming Netflix in 1080p to downloading (and updating) gigabytes worth of digital games on Steam, Xbox Live or PSN (or all of them if you're lucky), your data cap will be bone dry before you even hit the 15th of the month.

Finally, after enough customer feedback, the Internet Serice Provider has agreed to increase their data cap limits (which are currently applicable in only select trial markets) from 300 GBs to 1 TB. This is surely most welcome news, especially for customers who have opted in for Unlimited Data at an extra $30.

Consumer Services Executive Vice President, Marcien Jenckes said:

"Our typical customer uses only about 60 gigabytes of data in a month – that’s far less than a terabyte (in fact, 940 gigabytes less), or less than six percent of a terabyte.

We have learned that our customers want the peace of mind to stream, surf, game, download, or do whatever they want online. So, we have created a new data plan that is so high that most of our customers will never have to think about how much data they use."

No doubt 1 TB is much better than only 300 GB, but I have to think that as we gradually move over towards more media that is native to 4K resolution, we will be revisiting the data cap issue in the very near future.

Source: [Comcast Corporate]

Here's what's coming to and leaving Netflix in May 2016

May is bringing some Spring cleaning to Netflix and unfortunately it looks like we are losing more than unwanted junk. This May, Netflix will be removing shows and movies, only to replace them with a somewhat worse collection.

Shows and movies like The Animatrix, Blade Runner, Clerks and Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure are leaving the video streaming platform. In exchange for those films we are getting the cheer-tastic Bring It On and Season 10 of American Dad Season.

Over the next two pages you'll find a list of what shows and movies are leaving, as well as the dates they will be leaving on. Unfortunately, some of the selection has already come and gone. You'll also find a list of everything coming to Netflix this month.

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