Minecraft remains a video game phenomenon. Such is its popularity that in 2014, it was one of the most searched terms on YouTube. In fact, it was the second-most searched term, beating out singer-songwriter Beyoncé (no. 6) and my 28 year-old brother’s favorite Disney movie of all time, Frozen (no. 4).
Whether you like it or not, video games have become “tightly woven into our pop culture. Only the broad YouTube search “music” beat “Minecraft” in 2014.
PewDiePie (no. 7), one of the most popular Let’s Play celebrities, and other gaming-related YouTube accounts like Machinima and Sky Does Minecraft all made it big on the list, rubbing shoulders with the likes of rapper Drake (no. 5), Eminem (no. 9), and Taylor Swift (no. 10).
“Sometimes watching someone else play a game can be as much fun as playing yourself,” Google Insights Lead Gautam Ramdurai explained. “In a recent Google Consumer Survey, viewers often cited the ‘reactions’ and ‘commentary’ of the YouTube creator as a big draw for this kind of content. One respondent said, ‘It’s a shared experience with a favorite creator.’”
Available since 2009 as an alpha build but officially released in 2011, Minecraft is a sandbox game that lets players essentially build anything their imagination can conjure. This freedom to go wild has resulted in some truly grandiose creations that will make you gasp in amazement, such the giant castle in the image above.
Minecraft was originally a PC-exclusive game but has since expanded to the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and PS Vita, as well as to Android and iOS devices. Over 60 million copies having been sold across all platforms, with 12 million of those sales being accounted by the Xbox 360 and 17 million by the PC.
In September 2014, Microsoft purchased the intellectual property rights to Minecraft for $2.5 billion, raising concerns that the franchise might become an Xbox-exclusive. However, Microsoft claims it will continue to support the game on multiple platforms.
For those that play Minecraft, let us know what your greatest creations are in the game.
You Can Now Play Double Dragon 4 On Smartphones
Smartphones get a dose of retro beat-em-up action.
Arc System Works’ Double Dragon 4 now available for iOS and Android. The game’s first mission is playable for free, while the remaining missions are locked behind a pay wall (US$4.48 on Android).
Don’t be fooled by the nostalgia-inducing retro aesthetic and background music — Double Dragon 4 is by no means an old title. It was released on PC and PlayStation 4 back in January 2018 as “Double Dragon IV” and then on the Nintendo Switch port in September.
The original creators of the Double Dragon series, namely director Yoshihisa Kishimoto, character designer Koji Ogata, composer Kazunaka Yamane, and programmer Kei Oyama, all had hand in the development of this installment, which helps explain the nostalgia-laden gameplay and sprites.
Brawlers have come a long way since the late ’80s, but for those looking to change things up a bit during your daily commutes, then give Double Dragon 4 a shot.
If the launch trailer below doesn’t help you decide between paying for the full game or uninstalling, the free first mission surely will.
Welcome to AirConsole, A Top Browser-Based Gaming Platform
With all the new advancements in technology, accessing games online is now easier than ever. Browser-based games are increasingly popular, and AirConsole — a browser-based gaming platform that allows a user to play a variety of games — is one of the most notable.
There is no major requirement except for a big screen such as a big screen TV, laptop, or desktop monitor, a smartphone or tablet, and internet access. Using their smartphones or tablets, players will be able to login to Airconsole.com using a free mobile app or their mobile browser. From there AirConsole will connect all the players on the big screen through the internet so the group can play together.
Flat screen TVs or any other big screen will work for AirConsole as long as it can connect to the internet. You don’t need an app on the big screen for it to work. Just your normal browser like Chrome or Firefox or Edge will do fine.
Instructions on how to use the AirConsole Platform
- Go to AirConsole.com using your smart screen or TV and select the big green button which prompts you to start.
- The user selects the start button and within seconds, a code is generated, and it appears on the screen.
- The access code will be used to connect the smartphone to AirConsole which will connect all the players to the game on the big Screen in real time.
- Using the smartphone, go to airconsole.com and click on the start button.
- Enter the access code.
- This code will connect the big screen and the smartphone, transforming the screen into the game browser, and the smartphone or tablet into the game controller.
Games for Everyone
This amazing platform allows a user to enjoy several categories of games such as:
- Racing Games
- Action Games
- Arcade Games
- Classic Games
- Sports Games
- Party Games
Of course, each game has different controls. Each game is accompanied by a set of instructions on how to play. Once you have played a game, the control buttons will be easy to manage with the smartphone.
Adequate Bingo is an exciting bingo-based game that keeps the thrill going through the party. This game is perfect for a games night with family and friends. Everyone gets a chance to enjoy the game, so no one feels left out. It creates fun and a delightful atmosphere.
Instructions on how to play Adequate bingo:
- Maximum player count of up to 16 players.
- The numbers are displayed on a large screen or TV so that each player can see the screen.
- Each player using their own smartphones must mark off the numbers immediately as they are called.
- The first player to complete a straight line is the winner.
Cyber is a classic arcade game very similar to the game “Pong”.
This electrifying game will keep you on the edge of your seat as each player can see how close they are to the goal. It’s up to you to prevent them from scoring. Cyber is best played as a multi-player game with family, friends, and even co-workers. Every office has a flat screen TV nowadays, and most professionals have smartphones. Cyber will bring your office parties to a whole new level.
Instructions on how to play Cyber:
- It is a 2 to 4 player game.
- The aim of the game is to keep the balls from entering your goal.
- Each player will try their best to get into your goal, so you need to protect the entrance to your goal.
- Don’t allow anyone to score goals.
Are you ready for some action? Airshield is the game for you. Enjoy this shooting game where you and your friends work as a team.
Instructions on how to play Airshield:
- The focus is to build a shield in a circular pattern while shooting out missiles into the center part.
- Every bullet that hits the core creates a piece to the shield.
- However, if a player hits the part that another player has built, the game is over.
- The goal is for a player to allow the fire from the missiles to pass through to complete a full shield.
- The first to complete the entire shield wins each level, however, becomes more thrilling for the players as the difficulty level increases.
- This masterpiece is mostly interesting to guys since it’s an action game.
Try AirConsole Today
So, the next time the neighbors decide to stay in and have a games night or your co-workers want to go to the karaoke night, let them know that AirConsole gaming platform offers a large array of games that can be enjoyed at almost any event.
All that is left to figure out is who will be bringing the drinks and who will be preparing the food while you all sit and enjoy the games.
Just How Much Money Did Pokemon Go Make in 2 Months?
Pokemon Go has been a surprising sensation two months after its launch, but just how much money has it made? The answer might shock you.
Two months after its staggered global launch, Pokemon Go has raked in over $440 million, making it one of the highest-grossing games of all time. It reportedly made $200 million in its first month, according to Sensortower.
In fact, Pokemon Go has out-grossed most of summer 2016’s biggest movies, outperforming all but Suicide Squad ($640 million global), The Secret Life of Pets ($726 million global) and nine other films.
There is nothing new about video games performing better than Hollywood, but this is impressive considering that Nintendo and Niantic barely bothered to advertise the free game app.
Pokemon Go’s success even triggered spikes in Nintendo’s stock and increased sales of the latest Pokemon games on 3DS.
Some analysts believe the popularity of Pokemon Go has peaked, but that will probably change when developer Niantic releases a stack of new features for the mobile game.
Are you one of the millions of Pokemon Go players?
Egyptian Islamic Institution Issues Fatwa On Pokémon Go
One of Egypt’s most influential religious bodies is so unimpressed by Pokémon GO that it has issued a fatwa against the crazy-popular, augmented reality mobile game.
Abbas Shuma, deputy chief of the Al-Azhar Islamic institution, condemned Pokémon GO, telling Gulf News it was a “harmful mania” and that playing it is like being drunk:
“This game makes people look like drunkards in the streets and on the roads while their eyes are glued to the mobile screens leading them to the location of the imaginary Pokémon in the hope of catching it.”
Pokémon GO overtook Facebook and Snapchat for the amount of time people spend on a mobile app just days after it launched for iPhone and Android devices, spurring some hilarious situations of people venturing into the craziest real-life places just to catch a pokémon.
An Al-Azhar cleric inquired:
“Will we find some lunatics walk into mosques, churches, prisons and military units in search of the missing Pokémon? Will people neglect their work and earning their living and devote themselves instead to hunting for Pokémon?”
Pokémon GO has become so popular that those are probably legitimate concerns; however, we imagine that most people will exercise enough restraint so as to not undermine their productivity or safety.
What do you think?
Dive Into the Amazing Medieval World of Stormfall: Age of War!
If you like fantasy RTS games that can be played just about anywhere, you owe it to yourself to try out Stormfall: Age of War, one of the fastest growing social games on Facebook.
As the game’s story goes, the mystical lands of Darkshine have plunged into chaos, and what is left of a once legendary empire known as Stormfall is in a perpetual state of territorial conquer. You are a one of the mightiest and most capable champions in the universe and it’s your job to reunite the empire against all unmerciful evil.
Stormfall: Age of War is a browser-based real-time strategy game that requires players to build base defense, control enemy bases, and recruit other players to take part in combat. For the clueless gamer, it begins with a guide by a sarcastic advisor who helpfully lays down some basic rules.
You’ll need effective strategy, of which there are many, and a great army to defeat your foes. Using the rather simple-to-understand interface, players can choose or create a league to unite their warfare and challenge opposing leagues.
Like other strategy games on the market, Stormfall Strategy Game provides a real-time chat system that makes it easy for you to communicate with other players. There is also a “Wraith” system that lets you build a “Crypt”, which can be used to gather allies.
Sapphires are used as currency and can be obtained by completing various in-game tasks or with real money should you want a quick leg-up over your competition. They can be used for several purposes, including training “Imperial”, building a “Black Market”, and generally buying items without grinding for them.
Players also benefit from extra monetization in the form of an advertising partners key on the corner of the screen. Every time you click this button, you will get some great Sapphire-related deals. For example, if you sign up for one month-Netflix free trial, you get 2,250 Sapphires, which is equivalent to $15.
Stormfall: Age of War is simple, fun and engaging, but sometimes the presence of popups for new quests can be annoying, especially for players with a PC gaming-background. Popups take way from the illusion of freedom that gamers usually want in their games, so this is one area developer Plarium can work on improving.
Even so, it’s a game that has a lot to offer for those who like RTS games set in medieval world.Check it out.
EA Will Make More Star Wars Battlefront Games
Happy with the sales success of Star Wars Battlefront 2, Electronic Arts is reportedly already planning a sequel. Do you want another Star Wars Battlefront game?
Speaking at the UBS Global Technology Conference in San Francisco, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said EA’s 10-year licensing deal with Star Wars owner Disney means we will see several more Battlefront games, as well as other titles in different genres, on consoles, the PC and mobile devices.
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The executive also revealed that EA is also licensed to use material from the latest Star Wars movies and spin-offs, meaning we may eventually see a game based on The Force Awakens and Rogue One. Wouldn’t you want that?
The most recent Star Wars Battlefront game only focuses on the original trilogy, but this might change with its sequel. You better stay tuned.