The industry has been nagging for more than 25 years, and finally, Pro Bowling gave in. This week saw the launch of the Professional Bowlers Association’s PBA Pro Bowling. It has been released on Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4, Windows PC and Xbox One. This release came with loads of expectations as it is the product of FarSight Studios, the name behind the brilliance of Pinball Arcade suite used on virtual tables.
According to Colie Edison, chief executive to PBA, the association has been searching for a solution in bringing fans a game for a while already. Yet they struggled to find the needed resources. Initially, they decided upon releasing a mobile game that was developed by another studio. This product caught the attention of FarSight Studios. This was followed by negotiations between FarSight Studios, Concrete Software who produced the mobile version and the PBA. Finally, all the boxes were ticked, and development could proceed.
Streamlining Digital Distribution
Through digital distribution, many of the overwhelming overheads in game development could be removed. This could also bring the price down to a much more acceptable cost in the market place. According to Bobby King, FarSight Studios vice president, bowling games should be relatively cheap and not exceed $20 to $30 in price, regardless of whether licenses were involved. He furthermore stated that although bowling is an excellent contribution to the video game market, the pricing of this kind of games has been driven down by many other fun-to-play games available. That is the main reason why they took a different approach with PBA Bowling.
The game offers a variety of modes to bowlers globally. The pick-up-and-play method is an arcade mode game and is riddled with many gimmicky shots like the power-up shots, straight-up simulation and career mode which is giving more recognition to the technical aspects of bowling. Edison stated that often the actual athletic skill of bowlers are missed out on as it isn’t that visible. This is hard to create in the form of a game. The variations which the game could allow for are different balls made of different kinds of material. This affects the various ways in which a shot can go. Other variable factors considered when the game was produced it the possible different conditions of the lanes used, the oil patterns, and so forth. These things are elements that viewers don’t usually come across.
Constant Refining To the Game
Currently, the greatest critic on the release is that the tutorials on the game aren’t providing enough information on how to deliver individual balls like the arcing roll. The buttons controlling the speed and the release are also providing insufficient data to guide the player into the perfect statement. Yet, FarSight stated that the game would undergo constant refining. This is a work in progress, and these little concerns would be refined soon too.
For the most part, arcade games are nothing more but a distant memory but then you find some particular arcade franchises which have survived the entire transformation in the industry like Golden Tee Golf. Now fans of this franchise can expect to play this novelty game on their smartphones very soon when GTC launches in the last week of October on both iOS and Android.
Golden Tee Golf
This franchise has managed to remain one of the most massive arcade games which stood the test of time. It has always enjoyed the popularity of being one of the largest and most successful arcade games ever. The game is loads of fun with the palm-sized trackball used as clubs to swing. This translated significantly into a virtual game, making golf accessible and fun for all to play regardless of how you perform on the greens or other video games for that matter. No wonder that the game has been played now for 30 years or more. Also, the game delivered on great online leader boards and a variety of tournaments which transformed the casual hobby for many into a series game. For roughly the past 20 years Incredible Technologies kept on releasing either one or multiple new games annually. According to statistics, 20 million people globally play this game, and now this number will jump exponentially with the release of Golden Tee Golf on the 28th of October then being compatible with both iOS and Android devices.
A Long Wait Finally Over
The first release of GTC for mobile devices dates back to 2015 although that version does appear to be quite different. Since then it has already had a soft launch in the United Kingdom, Ireland as well as Canada. The game was previously available on iTunes accounts in these countries. For the remainder of the world, the official launch is scheduled now in October. Incredible Technologies, the developer of GTC is making use of the same kind of gameplay physics used in the original arcade version for the development of the mobile version. Players will also recognize other familiar features like being able to personalize their avatar’s identity, appearance and equipment. Players will also still be able to travel to various golf destinations globally.
Reaching Out To a New Audience
According to the Golden Tee Golf Project Manager, John Noble, the aim of utilizing a newer and more modern platform is to gain the interest of a much younger market segment. Many of the more mature fans of the game remain loyal to the brand due to their fond memories of playing the game in the arcade during their childhood years. They want to create the same kind of experience for young fans playing games in more modern times. The game will be released with six courses of nine holes each and players will also be able to play against other players in real-time contests.
Your curiosity turned into intrigue, and then it turned into being convinced, the results were you spoiling yourself to a brand new console, and now you don’t know where to start. The names of the leaders of the pack are known, but maybe FIFA or Madden or 2K isn’t necessarily the best play to become acquainted with your new best friend. Following is a list of the best games to use as a platform to take off from on your entertaining and enticing journey of sports games. Play on.
Mario Tennis Aces
It is cute, but more so, Mario is delivering on one of the best tennis games on the market. It is easy to pick up, and you can start to play immediately. In combination with the ease to play, it also delivers a certain degree of depth to accommodate your progressing skills. The single-player mode is the place to get familiar with the skills and techniques, but playing either with friends or online will enable you to battle it out and show off your abilities. Indeed an actual game of tennis excellently presented through animation.
The Summer Olympics is slowly becoming more visible on the horizon as the 2020 event is now less than a year away. Tokyo 2020 is the perfect way for the couch athlete in you to partake in the excitement and adrenaline. With a choice of more than 20 events, including various track events, swimming, boxing and basketball and volleyball, the entertainment level is high while the ease of play is significant, and a wealth of content will keep you engaged for much longer than what it takes for the real-life athletes to battle it out for gold and glory in Tokyo.
Do you own a Nintendo Switch? Then golf glory is a great way to immerse yourself into this gentleman’s sport. Even those who couldn’t find any joy between the 18 holes on the actual greens, will still be entertained. It is more of a role-playing game (RPG) than a real golf game, but the game is simple, offers loads of flexibility, and the golf mechanics are superb. Follow the storyline while improving your skills through multiple rounds.
Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled
Recently improved to up the level of entertainment, this game which was always in the shadows of the Mario Kart series now moved into its right and it is shining. The visuals were improved and appear to be great, and the core of any racing game is speed, which feels much faster after some tweaking was done to the game. It offers flexibility in the sense that it is available on all three of the leading consoles. If Gran Turismo is not the place where you find yourself in the racing scene, then surely Crash Team Racing Nitro-Fueled is worth a test drive, and very possibly this will become your ride of entertainment.
During April this year, Sony announced that its newest next-generation console is in the development process. This week they had attached date and a name to this new development when they announced that the PlayStation 5 console would be launched during the holidays or 2020. This left fans excited about the future of gaming, ready to be unpacked under the 2020 Christmas tree.
Sony’s PlayStation entered the market in 1994. Since then it never once wowed their fans with some super exotic names. They just stuck to numbers to indicate the next-generation console on the shelves. This new release is no different and was indeed announced to be called PlayStation 5.
When the launch date and name were announced, Sony also revealed some upgrades on the new console and brand new features that fans can expect. Two new additional features are dominating the expectations for the new device. One is the haptic feedback. This will replace the usual rumble vibration of its predecessors and offers a broader range of feedback. Players will, for example, now be able to experience a difference in the input when involved in a car crash versus playing sports and being tackled to the ground.
Another feature has been introduced to the audience as an adaptive trigger. In the L2/R2 buttons, players will be able to experience a much closer resemblance to certain tactile sensations. An example would be the sensation of drawing a bow from an arrow or driving on rocky terrain in an off-road vehicle and then accelerating. Sony made these changes to deliver on the more realistic and robust gaming experience.
Feedback From Wired
Wired had the privilege of an exclusive peek at the new controller, and they reported that the new console is bearing a lot of resemblance to its predecessor. The console would be equipped with a bigger battery and also had some improvements to its speakers. Sony also moved to USB-C input to charge the device. Between Jim Ryan, CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment, and Mark Cerny, the systems architect, specific details were revealed.
They stated that in the GPU hardware, the console would make use of ray-tracing acceleration. This hardware feature will assist with audio effects primarily when used in a 3D environment as well as with intricate lighting. Another addition is a new solid-state drive to improve the speed of loading and efficiency, and as a result, games will take up less space. The console will make use of the ordinary 100GB Blu-ray discs. This came rather unexpectedly though since there are so many video game streaming services available.
Sony was absent during this year’s E3, and this left a space wide open for Microsoft to announce their next-generation console about to hit the market. Their new device is the follow up on the Xbox One and will be called Project Scarlett.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Not only is the world of professional sports a billion-dollar industry, but the lucrative income which is made by the companies who create games based on this sports industry is astounding. There is a wide selection of absolutely brilliant games available for fans to entertain themselves on various platforms as well as based on multiple sports. A category which is often going unnoticed for the quality delivered in gaming experience and excellence, are mobile games. Here are some top pics for your mobile to play on the go, compatible with both iOS and Android.
Best Mobile Sports Games
Considering that this is probably the most popular franchise in sports video gaming, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that it is compatible with your mobile too. Players can expect to be entertained and engaged with the same kind of quality which is delivered on your console device. A bonus is that with every season, Madden updates completely free of charge on your mobile while console players need to pay for their updated versions.
Bringing you a basketball experience with an arcade-style feel to it in the palm of your hand. The game is alive with nostalgia and players will even find themselves hearing the old Boomshakalaka catchphrase again. Note that this game is fun and entertaining, but it is not NBA. The roster updates are irregular and sometimes long overdue. There is a section in the market for whom this game hits the spot.
MLB Perfect Inning
The best option to get that baseball practice in, while on a budget. This is considered to be the best free-to-play basketball offer available in the market. Although the graphics aren’t great, the players and stadiums are authentic. The game offers a large variety of drills and mini-games. The price which you have to pay for playing free is however regular reminders to buy some of the game’s currency. A small price to pay for the quality which is delivered in your hand, completely free of charge.
Table Tennis Touch
This Ping Pong game delivers on the same high modes one would expect from games in the same league as Madden. Players have the option to play in career mode, be part of associations, tournaments as well as special events. Within a few minutes, you will be able to play through 13 mini-games to get your Ping Pong to fix for the day.
Find some tranquillity on the golf course wherever you are. Golf OK is bringing golfers a brilliant experience with their award-winning visual design. The game is minimalistic, and the simple controls require that you aim and drag the ball to complete your swing. The scenery is unexpectedly beautiful. Don’t expect to play with a club on this one; you only need your finger to get the ball where needed. These five options are just a confirmation that the fun in the sports video gaming industry, never has to stop.