ROGUE ONE: A STAR WARS STORY Official Teaser Trailer

A few days ago a new Star Wars trailer was released.  After receiving a message form one of my friends who's a Star Wars fan, asking me "did you just see the new Star Wars trailer?"

Now, I didn't think we would be getting another Star Wars movie until next year with episode 8.  I searched and found the official teaser trailer for the new Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! 

Star Wars fans will be excited to know that this December 2016 we will be getting an movie this year!  Rogue One set between Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. It focuses on the efforts of the Rebel Alliance to steal the plans to the Death Star.  Hope you all are excited as I am  and can't wait until December!
 

Titanfall 2 Teaser Trailer

Respawn Entertainment and EA released a new teaser trailer for Titanfall 2! With the initial hype and success of the original Titanfall, there are rumored to be some major improvements to the sequel, including an actual single player campaign mode!  Something that many players were disappointed to find out the original game never included.  Check out the teaser trailer they released below!

There was a lot of initial excitement for the original title.  I was one of the early adopters of the game.  It was fun and exciting for the first few months, when there were others to join in matches.  The game itself had a good reception.  I hope that Titanfall 2 brings back those players who were exited for the original and see the game become what the first game should have been.
 

BlizzCon 2016 Ticket Information!

A few days ago, the folks over at Blizzard Entertainment took to twitter to make a very important announcement to their fans! 

BlizzCon 2016 will be taking place in Southern California on November 4-5! Most importantly for those wanting to attend, tickets will go on sale this month, on April 20th and April 23rd!  So save the dates as they are only a couple a weeks away!

I was able to attend last year's BlizzCon event.  It was awesome to see the new upcoming releases, the updates, the cosplayers, and best of all is the swag!  Will you be attending BlizzCon 2016 this year?  Planning on purchasing your tickets?  Let us know in the comment section below!

Sword Art Online: The Beginning Alpha Test Experience

A couple months ago in February we mentioned the project by IBM and the creators of Sword Art Online, called The Beginning.  Which was said to be some kind of VR game or experience.  Last month we updated you on some early images of the project itself as well.

While checking out the daily list of YouTube channels I subscribe to, I came across a video titled: Sword Art Online - The beginning - alpha test report by DAISUKI.net.  At that point it had a few thousand views and I decided to check it out.  To my surprise it was a full on review of the VRMMO project with exclusive footage that only those who signed up and where chosen for the project, were able to see.  

The video below is in Japanese, but it does have subtitles.  This is a awesome look into the alpha test experience for those of us not in Japan or those who were not able to take part in the project.  

Throughout the video you will see some very unique things.  For instance, how they do a full body scan of the reporter, which server as the players avatar in the game.  Also, shoes with special sensors that are used for movement in the VR space.  Some of the alpha test gameplay which ties into the SAO anime, like the log out panel and a boss fight.  Check out the alpha test report by Daisuki.net below:

 
For fans of SAO,  the chance to be part of The Beginning project would be an awesome experience.  Getting a behind the scenes look at it in the video above makes it that much interesting and I do wonder what the next step in the project will be or how they will improve the experience.  Let us know what you think in the comment section below.  Is this the future of the VR gaming experience?  Will we ever get to the point where everyone will own a NerveGear headset (the VR headset from the anime)?
 

 

 

Next level in crates: the Loot Crate DX!

Just announced is the next level upgrade to their popular base Loot Crate is the Loot Crate DX.  DX which may stand for a deluxe version!  What makes the DX version so much better you ask?  

Well the team over at Loot Crate say they are taking your base crate to the next level with an elevated assortment of collectibles, apparel, home goods and more! Not really sure what the "home goods" would be, but with the promise of the DX version being valued at $100+, you know it will come with some really cool stuff.  

The image above is just a representation of what may come in the DX crate, which does look like an upgrade from what the base crate's would have.  

I myself have a subscription to a few of the Loot Crate subs, like the base Loot Crate, the Anime Crate, the Loot Gaming crate and the Firefly Cargo crate.  The last two have yet to begin, but I am excited.  The base Loot Crate is an awesome subscription and there have been some really cool items in them.  With the DX announced, I am torn between getting it as well or just moving up the the DX crate itself.

The Loot Crate DX is priced a bit higher, with the 1 month plan starting at $44.95 a month, which can be less if you choose their 3, 6 or 12 month sub.  We will have to see what the Loot Crate DX has in store for those who choose to sign up!  Be sure to head over to their site and check out the different options you can choose from.  Let us know what you think in the comment section below, what you think of all these different crates being offered and if you are currently a subscriber to one of them!

 

 

Sword Art Online: The Beginning Project Screen Shots

A few weeks ago we reported on a new project from the creators of Sword Art Online and IBM, a joint project featuring VR.  The project a VRMMO officially went into Alpha testing for 200 lucky individuals who signed up and were chosen to participate in Tokyo.

The Alpha test phase officially starred on March 18th, Japan Time and will run until March 20th. Below are a few screen shots that were posted to the Sword Art Online Facebook page.  

If your are a fan of SAO then you will definitely appreciate the screen shots as much as I do.  Getting to the point where we can actually have a full scale VRMMO is exciting.  The image of the VR headset above looks really interesting as well, unsure of what actual headset is being used.  I does look like it could be an early Rift dev kit.  For information on the Sword Art Online:  The Beginning Project make sure to check out their official site.  Let us know what you think of the images they have provided, in the comment section below.

Game Developers Conference (GDC) 2016

Its that time of the year again where all major game developers and some Indie game developers take over San Francisco to show off what they are working on, what is being released and what may be released in the future. GDC had always been a big deal in the gaming industry and those who are not in the industry. Attendee's get to experience the new tech, new video games and major announcements.

This year it seems that Virtual Reality (VR) is the main focus and star of the conference.  Many studios showing off new games, new applications and developments in that genre.  With one major attraction being the VR Lounge where you can get to play a few different VR titles at the conference.

Keep an eye out for some new announcement being made in the next few days.  Let us know what you are looking forward seeing from the gaming industry this year and the VR genre in the comments below!!

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What's the Game Developers Conference?
The GDC attracts over 26,000 attendees, and is the primary forum where programmers, artists, producers, game designers, audio professionals, business decision-makers and others involved in the development of interactive games gather to exchange ideas and shape the future of the industry. The GDC is produced by the UBM Tech Game Network.

This market defining conference features over 400 lectures, panels, tutorials and round-table discussions on a comprehensive selection of game development topics taught by leading industry experts. In addition, the GDC expo showcases all of the most relevant game development tools, platforms and services helping to drive the industry forward. The conference also features the seventeenth annual Independent Games Festival, the longest-running and largest festival relating to independent games worldwide, where original games compete for the attention of the publishing community, and the fifteenth annual Game Developers Choice Awards, the premier accolades for peer-recognition in the digital games industry.

Source: GDC Site