FIFA 20 Ready to Play

The 27th of September marked a great day in the world of the super loyal crowd behind the FIFA 20 success. Sales are sky-rocketing. Especially the newly added mode, Volta, which is EA’s answer to the constant requests of their fans to bring back FIFA Street once again, is the highlight which is outshining other improvements like brilliant graphics and realistic characters. For those who are just entering the world of the FIFA legacy and are trying their hand at becoming a star-studded manager, these are some of the clubs we recommend on your journey to glory in career mode.

The Teams

  • Arsenal – If you are in search of speed and lightning-fast attack, then pick Arsenal as your team. Their defence is slightly weak but can bring in enough funds to make the needed changes during the transfer windows.
  • Ajax – This is the home ground for some of the best footballers in history. Even if they have lost some vital talent during the down season, Ajax is still budding with possibility and an excellent choice for any FIFA manager, hungry for success. Their abundance of young talent is promising for the future when these players have reached full potential and become a valuable asset during the transfer season. Ajax is fun to control and delivers on great potential and entertainment.
  • Barcelona – Home base for the best player of the year, Lionel Messi. Messi is, however, not the only active footballer here and is surrounded by a strong team of players, and this makes managing Barcelona so enticing.
  • Borussia Dortmund – So Bayern Munich keeps on winning the Bundesliga, and you might be fed-up with that. Managing a talented and young club like Borussia Dortmund might be the way to end Bayern’s dominance in the German arena. Borussia has the talent and skill to take on Bayern and force them to bend the knee.
  • Manchester City – For those aspiring to be the Pep Guardiola of FIFA 20, there is no better team to manage than his side of course. Man City is a great place to find your feet as a FIFA manager. They are durable and always on the attack and will bring you success even when effort and expertise are slightly lacking on your side.
  • Paris Saint-Germain – Even though they are prominent on the domestic scene, they aren’t quite where one would go for glory and recognition in the European arena. They do offer talent and possibility though and under excellent management can rise to the top. Paris Saint-Germain offers everything which a skilled and robust manager needs to achieve success.
  • Sunderland – The Black Cats are in League One at the moment, and they would require some time and effort to be invested in rebuilding them to Premier League glory once again. After some tough times due to a series of relegations, they are slightly weaker, but we are sure that whoever decides to go the distance with them will reap the rewards.

Louis Vuitton Entering Gaming

The name Louis Vuitton is a globally familiar icon, synonymous with the fashion industry. Now the brand is expanding towards the virtual world of video gaming. The League of Legends is a range of virtual designs from the creative minds of the French fashion designer, which are now available to be bought with real money.

The partnership between the developer of the League of Legends, Riot Games and the French couture experts, stretches further than only creating virtual clothes. Vuitton will also be releasing a new fashion line soon, which would be inspired by the League of Legends. They are designing a custom-made trophy case for annual trophy of the League’s esports finals too.

The esports finals are set to take place during November this year in the French fashion city, Paris. This partnership is expected to continue at least until the 2020 finals, which are set to take place in China. This isn’t the first trophy case designed by Vuitton. They were also the creative minds behind the trophy case for the FIFA World Cup. According to Naz Aletaha, the head of partnerships at Riot Games, this is a clear indication that esports is becoming more and more challenging to traditional sports. She also mentioned that esports has grown to such a degree that currently, the scale at which their World Championships are hosted is competitive with those of traditional sports championships.

The Success of League of Legends

The game is based on the clash between two teams who are battling each other to destroy the opposing team’s nexus. Based on the number of downloads of the game as well as the rate at which successful updates occur, their popularity is fast growing towards the level where Fortnite is currently at.

Louis Vuitton is not the only luxury brand available in the digital world. EA Games also recently partnered up with Moschino, which is now available to purchase as digital pieces. Many other designers, both in the fashion world as well as the sporting gear and accessory industry, have noticed that this is a booming market. They are fully aware of the opportunities which the devotion of gamers bring to their enterprises.

The challenge which many companies have to overcome was the fact that often streaming can occur on Netflix and Amazon without viewers having to sit through commercials. The solution which many has found for this challenge is now to get their products within the streamed content. As Ross Benes, an analyst at a researching firm explained, it is possible to block out advertisements within the material which are being watched, but it is impossible to block out the items which are being displayed within the content or games being played, for that matter. Surely players of video sports games will also soon be able to purchase digital items from the leading sporting brands.


Esports Explained

For years avid fanatics of video games have been competing against each other and challenging one another to the extent that in recent years, playing video games has been recognized by many as a sport in own right. Over the past couple of years, esports became a growing interest, especially among the younger crowds. This interest is growing at a rapid pace, and over the past 12 months, the importance hiked above expectation when it became a billion-dollar industry.

Increased Interest in ESports

Over the past 12 months, the popularity of esports has received a significant hike in interest. When the data from various platforms including Twitch, Mixer and YouTube Gaming, were analyzed, it showed that the streaming of esports increased with 41% over the past year. This equals to 746 million hours more which were spent watching esports being played than during the previous year. The increased interest in esports has also been magnified with some significant sporting events which took place during the year. These are often aired by sports broadcasting giant, ESPN. ESPN is airing all multiplayer gaming competitions. This is another indication that this $1 billion industry is only growing in size. In addition to this, the popularity of esports is also evident in the fact that Mixer, Microsoft’s streaming service, moved to the top position on the free app category in Apple’s App Store.

Major Investment into Esports

With this increased interest, esports is also bound to attract some significant investments into the sport. It is expected that during 2019, the sum of revenue generated through esports will exceed the $1 billion mark and this figure is estimated to be around $1.8 billion in slightly more than two years. Not only are individuals investing in this very lucrative arena, but major companies are adding their financial power too. Some of the largest investors in esports are Intel. Intel spent substantially in IEM and the Overwatch League. A tag of $200 billion is added to Intel investment. Closely followed by a $161 billion which is budgeted by the US Air Force to sponsor Cloud9 CSGO.

Capitalizing on the Increased Interest

Formula 1 is only one sport which is capitalizing on the increased interest in esports, and they are using this opportunity to attract the attention of a younger crowd. The Formula 1 Esports Series is one such strategy to reach younger fans. Through esports and social media platforms, Formula 1 is expanding the interest into the sport. The F1 Esports Series just started with their third edition of this exciting event on the 11th of September. The event took place at the Esports Arena at London’s Gfinity. The event showed an increased number of entries which nearly doubled since a year ago to a total of 109 000 competitors keen on winning the title as well as the prize money of $500 000 for the winning team.


The Sega Dreamcast

September 9th, 1999 is the day on which one of the most significant releases ever into the world of gaming, made it to the shelves of American stores. The version of the Sega Dreamcast console was an epic moment in the gaming industry, a moment which we celebrate now, 20 years later, with much appreciation and fondness.

The developers of the Dreamcast had envisioned and developed a console which had so many brilliant features that it was light years ahead of its competitors. These features are still present in many of the modern-day console developments. One of these then futuristic features was the fact that the Dreamcast had a built-in modem. Hence it was the first-ever console which delivered online connectivity.

Initially, the release into the Japanese market delivered on a 33.6k modem while the American market got a 56k modem. To truly understand the brilliance of this development, one needs to remember that this was done during a time when most people only had the option of dial-up connectivity. The console enabled players to replace the broadband connector with an Ethernet adapter, which was found in student dormitories, allowing students to play some of their favourite games online with others who also had the console.

Great Graphics Thanks to Many More Pixels

At the time of the release, console players still had to be content with much more fuzzy graphics than that which was available already on PC games. The Dreamcast changed that forever. Thanks to the Dreamcast VGA connector, players could deliver a 480p resolution to a VGA monitor or PC screen. With the help of a 3.5mm, jack audio output could be delivered to your headset or speakers. The clarity with which players could play was a revolutionary breakthrough at the time.

The Virtual Memory Unit was the Dreamcast answer to a much-needed memory card. With the VMU, players were able to take their gaming with them and continue to play at a friend’s house. It is with this feature that PlayStation managed to surpass the Dreamcast when they featured a memory card instead of this weird device which came along with the console.

At the Forefront of Experimenting

The developers of the Dreamcast were pioneers of their time. They experimented to bring new and advanced features to the world of gaming and therefore the Dreamcast might be gone, but twenty years later will still not be forgotten. The Dreamcast was indeed first to bring along the support of mouse and keyboard input. They delivered online support, and this enabled various new forms of playing. Unfortunately, the Dreamcast also fell victim to substantial scale piracy, and many of their games were often ripped and sold or uploaded onto warez sites. Twenty years later and still bringing great memories. Happy birthday, Dreamcast console. You won’t be forgotten.


GT Sport Rain Mechanics

Two years ago Gran Turismo Sport fans received the latest release of this iconic game. This was the 7th edition in the main series and the 13th in the entire Gran Turismo range. Since the announcement back then, a lot has changed to the game though. Utilizing regular free updates, the team effort between Polyphony Digital and Sony Interactive Entertainment has managed to keep racers engaged. Their latest update has just gone live, and it is bringing some of the most exciting changes yet.

The Cult Classics

Five new cars have been included in the latest update. Be sure that these aren’t the best racing cars ever. They will also not bring you super-high speeds, but they are classics from the racing scene from way back to the middle 1980s to about late in the 1990s. They are Japanese, and they deliver on experience with the full display of popping headlights and more. Now racers can test the track in any of the following cars. A Toyota Corolla Levin 3-Door-600GT Apex from 1983, a 1990’s Nissan Silvia K’s Dia Selection, a Mitsubishi GTO Twin Turbo from 1991 and a Honda S2000 and Subaru Impreza Coupe WRX Type R S TI Version VI both from 1999.

The Rain

Another brilliant new feature which had been added to the latest update is rain on the Red Bull Ring Circuit. For the first time, racers will now be able to experience more than just driving in either sunlight or moonlight. Even though this far rain is only available on the Red Bull Circuit, it is sure to follow soon onto other circuits too. The graphics are realistic with headlights reflecting from puddles on the tracks and the kerbs shimmering due to the wet conditions. A negative is, however, that the very realistic feeling gets minimized when viewing from a perspective from within your car. The droplets on your windscreen are expected to move as if amidst high-speed racing, yet they remain in one position.

Where this may lack, however, racers are offered a brilliant experience of feeling the wet conditions during racing. Athletes are now able to get authentic knowledge of what the terms on a track is like when it is pouring, and they need to adapt their racing style according to that.

Added Events

Another addition with this update included seven new events which they have added to their GT League Mode. These are aimed explicitly towards racers who prefer the single-player function in Gran Turismo. For the newbies in the race, there are a variety of options of shorter athletes to compete in with cars which are expected to be slightly slower, while the more experienced racer might much rather be enticed to some all weekend racing which would involve much more complexity and endurance from the severe driver.


eFootball PES 2020 Preview

The next instalment on the series of Pro Evolution Soccer simulators is ready to be released in a couple of weeks on the 10th of September. With the promise of more focus on esports gameplay, the next edition is bringing players various gameplay mechanical improvements. Let’s explore in more depth what players can expect of the next version of this development brought to players by Konami, already since before 1996.

Different Games Modes to Expect

The developers placed a lot more focused on multiplayer mode. This is done to play esports. However, it isn’t limited to multiplayer, and the game can be played alone as well. Another new addition to the upcoming release is the Matchday module. This mode allows players to choose sides and then they can work with their team in competing with another organization to earn a place in the grand finale.

Improved Technicalities to Deliver on Visual Brilliance

The graphics delivered are of brilliant quality, and it is genuinely representing a realistic image of the players. This is further improved with three-dimensional visuals and excellent animation. Even when it came to presenting the stadiums, an immense amount of detail went into the design to reflect a realistic display. Improvement was also made to the lighting system used as well as the turf quality.

Combining Realism and Ease of Play

The mechanics used is delivering on a perfect balance between creating an incredibly realistic representation of all the graphics, while yet staying focused on ease of play. Here many valuable improvements were made compared to the previous edition of the game. Players will find much greater comfort in guiding the ball, receiving the ball, goal situations have been improved and also passes. Players will also be able to outplay counterattacks easier, and they can make use of free space on the field for tactical play. New moves have been added, different ball strokes and dribbling are all additions to the previous release. In the Master League mode, mechanical changes were made to various areas, and players will experience an interactive new dialogue system as well and easier transfer management.

Taking Strides Forward in Competition to FIFA 20

Expect to choose from 13 teams on the roster, including Manchester United, Arsenal, Barcelona, Juventus as well as Bayern Munich. With this edition, it is clear that Konami is about licensing and bringing their fans the best there is. At this stage, it seems that the one thing which players would still like to achieve is a more straightforward addition of the tongue-twisting name to be able to give a hard blow to FIFA 20. That would always depend on what EA is having up their sleeve for their next edition. Either way, ePES 2020 delivers a powerful punch, and it might just be that Konami will be able to lure some EA fans.


2K20 to Include WNBA Teams for the First Time

The set release date for the 2K simulation game NBA 2K20 is 6 September 2019. Just about a month before release, 2K now announced that for the first time the 12 Women’s National Basketball Association teams, will be included as well. This NBA video game has been considered as one of the top-selling and top-rated presentations of the sport for nearly two decades.

Bringing the Women On Board

Many of the women playing for the WNBA teams, found their childhood inspiration playing this NBA game, brought to them by 2K. According to Los Angeles Sparks forward, Candace Parker, she and many of her fellow teammates grew up loving the game. Now, these players will become part of the game. Most of the female basketball superstars were scanned earlier during the year.

Some of the stars who were examined during this period include names like Breanna Stewart from Seattle Storm, Las Vegas Aces player A’ja Wilson and then also Candace Parker. 2K created some of the best realistic simulations by using cutting edge technology to capture motion. Parker also complimented 2K on doing a brilliant job of presenting women’s play with the simulation, and it is clear that they didn’t just switch the male characters for female characters. It seems that 2K managed to create a very realistic version of WNBA players and their gameplay.

The Fans Requested the Presence of the Women and 2K Responded

Jeff Thomas, the SVP of Development for Visual Concepts at 2K, said that the fans were requesting for a while already to be able to play as their favourite WNBA superstars. They had no choice but to deliver on the request. It was also a decision which made sense since EA already started to include the women’s teams in their FIFA releases, a couple of years ago. The process required a lot of work with the WNBA to be able to deliver on immaculate accuracy to bring players a realistic version of these stars. Now they are looking forward towards releasing their final product into the marketplace.

The WNBA’s Excitement

This is an excellent opportunity to bring these WNBA players of an elite standard some added exposure out there, were the thoughts shared by Cathy Engelbert, WNBA Commissioner. She considers the game not only as a great way to expand the superstar’s fan base, but also to be a great form of inspiration to young female athletes. Currently, WNBA is not receiving the same kind of exposure and support as the NBA, and the game is an excellent way of attracting more interest for future players. The game not only provides them with attractive role models but also allows them to be able to immerse themselves within the world of WNBA.

The horizons of women’s sports are continually widening, and it only fits that the same kind of exposure is presented in games as well.


Everybody’s Golf VR on PS4

During May Sony released their latest version of this golf game for PS4. It delivers on some improvements, great graphics and sound and excellent motion control. Expect to have hours of fun.

The game delivers graphics which resembles live on a golf course. An insect might fly into your face, you will have the typical background sounds, and especially when playing with a PSVR headset and headphones, you will feel like you are transported from your living room onto the greens. These sounds and images are never distracting you from play. An additional feature which adds to brining more reality to the game is that the franchise has shifted from their usual third-person view to a first-person perspective, which is creating a more faithful to life feeling.

Players will also find that the often-used three-click system used to swing your club has been replaced with using either the DualShock 4 or PlayStation Move Controller. Of these two the DualShock 4 Controller is much more effective although you will probably have to get used to it at first. The direction and distance which your balls go will be determined by how much force you put into the shot and in which way you’re direct it with your body. Still, the amount of energy is not even close to what you would use realistically on the course itself.

The motion control doesn’t only come to play on the swing, but also in the balls. Gravity is playing its natural role on shots, and they fall with an actual curve. Also when balls land on the course, it rolls according to a natural resistance one would expect, based and terrain and weather conditions.

Skill Levels and Choices

Players who are entirely new to the game have a choice of tutorials to learn from. For the less skilled players, options do exist like vacuum holes to assist with sucking the balls into the breach if it passes by close enough. More experienced players can increase the difficulty level with longer tees. Club choices can be made, and dominant hand preference can be shifted. The play also needs to be adapted to the conditions on specific courses. Windier seaside courses will require some smart play from your side. Unfortunately, there aren’t a wide variety of classes to play, and you will have to repeat the same holes many times to be able to unlock in-game rewards. This can become boring after a while.

The game also presents a strange absence of other golfers on the course, and it is only you and your caddy mostly on the course. You will be able to make some fashion changes on your caddy when unlocking some in-game rewards though. Still, the game is offering a lot of fun playtime and a great, although not necessarily true, golfing experience in your own home. More modes and options would have contributed to the fun factor, though.


The Most Expensive and Rarest Game Ever

Any collector would know the term “a Holy Grail” item. That one piece which isn’t only very hard to find, but also almost always costly. That piece which you absolutely must have to complete your collection. If collecting vintage video games is your passion, then Stadium Events is definitely on your lists of desired pieces, regardless of price.

Stadium Events

If you are lucky, you might be able to lay your hands on one of these carts for a mere $2 600, but you can much instead prepare to pay anything up to $41 300, with a buyer once purchasing only the box for $10 000. The price tag is driven by the fact that this is extremely rare. The game was released in 1987, and it was one of only a couple of games available in the USA. The game was developed for an American company’s Family Fun Fitness mat. The mat was a vital part since players jumped and ran on the carpet to make the characters move.

The mat was indeed much more than a rug, but a large plastic controlling device. In 1988 Nintendo purchased the rights of both the carpet and the game and re-released it under a new name. Now it was known as the WorldClass Track Meet with a Power Pad Controller. Then Nintendo went ahead and took all the previous released copies from the shelves, and it was destroyed to avoid market confusion. Two hundred copies were already sold, and somewhere in some household, the remaining 200 copies of Stadium Events were safely tucked away. Most collectors believe today that there might only be about 20 copies of the complete game, left in the world. Therefore the hefty price tag.

The most valuable part of the game is, however, the box. Complete boxes are the hardest to find since they are mostly ending up damaged and in the garbage bin. Therefore it is no surprise that someone was willing to cough up and entire $10 000 for the box alone.

An Unexpected Profit

In 2010 a lady from North Carolina was cleaning out some junk from her house and stumbled upon some Nintendo games. She decided to sell them on eBay and much to her surprise the offers for her copy of Stadium Events kept on climbing until she traded it for $13 105. Her success caught the attention of a gentleman who had a sealed copy of the game and wanted to donate it. He decided to sell it instead on eBay, and it was purchased for $41 300. This was because finding a box which is still sealed is an extreme rarity. The most exciting part of it all is that the same game only branded under Nintendo and sold in their masses, can be purchased on eBay for a mere $5. Being a rarity indeed drives the price of an item into unprecedented heights.


The Need for More Sports Gaming Memorabilia

To become half-decent in playing any sports video game, you probably have spent a vast amount of your life in front of the screen. Games get upgraded to better and faster versions with more realistic graphics and clear sound. Your memories remain, and it would be worthwhile to have some memorabilia to show for the achievement you had on games gone by.

A Market Open for Exploration

Stocking up on collectables of your favourite sporting team is nothing strange. With these can you hold on to those glorious moment spent next to the field, the grid or the ice. The same kind of adrenaline is experienced in front of a sporting video game. You spent hours in devotion to becoming a master in the digital universe. The game delivers on the same kind of joyous moments in victory as in real life, yet, the moments often remain nothing but memories without any collectables or memorabilia to hold on to forever.

Back in the day, there were some figurines available of characters from King Hippo and Little Mac. Also, Nintendo delivered to the gaming world a line of dolls from Zelda and Mario. Then there were the trophy pieces produces by Hasbro for Punch-Out!! Still, the hero for many was Mike Tyson, he just had to be won, and yet you can’t find any Mike Tyson figurines to lay your hands on.

Increased Value

Considering how scarce these collectables from games gone by are, it is no surprise that they are priced at much higher prices as when first released. Players who mastered the games which were out long before the days of brilliant graphics and multiple platforms need something to hold on to before the memories fail. This is a market to explore. To produce roughly anything related to sports video games, you would have to be licensed to be able to deliver. Licensing can also be a tricky spot. Not all companies are keen on selling licenses to others to produce their creations in collectable format. Whether Nintendo or Mike Tyson would be willing to agree is a topic which hasn’t even been touched on. The only certainty in this matter is that players who spent their days on these games would pay up, to hold on to these moments in history. Maybe a lucrative market or perhaps an older gamer’s dream, yet a market still waiting to be cornered.

To prove this statement, let us reflect on an auction held as recently as late last year. During this magnificent moment of being surrounded by various collectables and old coins, it was a copy of Super Mario Bros which raised the eyebrows — being sold for an amount in access of $100 000. Considering that the game is pretty much useless, yet if you have the cash to spend, way not. For in the industry of collecting sports video gaming memories, you are never sure whether any of these gems will cross your path again.