August 16, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

The next game in the Need for Speed series won’t include loot boxes, according to EA community lead Ben Walke. Walke replied to a user on Reddit under the name F8RGE saying “There are no Lootboxes in NFS Heat and there won’t be.” When another user asked how EA planned on monetising the game, Walke replied, “We plan to have post launch paid-DLC in the form of car packs. “Later this year we’ll introduce a time-save pack, which will show all collectables on the map. That’s it.” EA has historically used loot boxes in many of its games from Star…

August 16, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Despite what’s been said for years about CPUs, megahertz still matters. So just how much should you be freaked out at the lower clock frequencies of Intel’s new 10th-gen Ice Lake CPUs? The answer goes beyond simple numbers.The issue, of course, is the lackadaisical top clock speed of Intel’s fastest 10th-gen Ice Lake Core i7-1065G7 CPU: 3.9GHz. Compared to the 8th-gen Core i7-8565U’s 4.6GHz, the Ice Lake part is nearly 15 percent slower. It gives up a full 900MHz over the less common 8th gen Core i7-8665U, too. Although many things contribute to a CPU’s performance, including its micro-architecture as well as thermal…

August 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

I used to love Minecraft – maybe even fair to say I lived in it for a short while. That’s not quite the case anymore. Minecraft is certainly still hugely popular (Business Insider reported it has 91 million players as of October 2018), but I know myself and many others have strayed away from the delightfully creative game. Mojang’s first in-house Minecraft spinoff, Minecraft Dungeons, will likely pull me back into the world of destructible blocks and charming mobs, but in an excitingly different way. Minecraft Dungeons is an action-adventure dungeon crawler that doesn’t require its players to pick a…

August 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Madden NFL 20 was July’s best-selling video game, marking the 20th consecutive year that a Madden NFL game became the best-selling game of its release month. Fire Emblem: Three Houses was the second best-selling game of July 2019, followed by Super Mario Maker 2. Madden NFL 20 immediately became the eight-best-selling game of 2019 thanks to the massive popularity of the Madden NFL game franchise. Our Madden NFL 20 review said this year’s entry had some of the best moment-to-moment gameplay in the series. However, we found other areas like the Franchise mode to be a bit lacking this year….

August 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Endless Jeopardy is a Twitter bot that hosts a hilarious trivia game where everything is procedurally generated and the money doesn’t matter. Endless Jeopardy was created by Neil Cicierega, known for the irreverent Potter Puppet Pals in the early-mid ’00s (Dumbledore!), the video game Monster Breeder, an album consisting of Smash Mouth mashups, and various other bizarre Twitter bots like Tim Allen Quotes. It is precisely as obnoxious as it sounds. Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico

August 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

After eight years with the company, Ben Irving announced today that he is leaving BioWare. Irving served as the lead producer on Anthem. Irving announced his departure from BioWare today on Twitter and said that he has accepted a new opportunity at a different video game company. His final message as part of the BioWare team included a shoutout to Anthem, the studio’s most recent release. “I believe Anthem has a bright future – there is a great team working on it and I look forward to following its progress (and playing it!) from the sidelines,” Irving wrote. Continue reading…Powered…

August 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Apple’s US job footprint grows to 2.4 millionThirty-three years ago, five friends sat down at a kitchen table in Tulsa, Oklahoma and decided to start a company. Among them: president of Maccor Andy MacKay and his wife Helen, who runs personnel. Today, less than a mile from that spot, Maccor now occupies 80,000 square feet of space and has earned itself a reputation as the top manufacturer of battery testing systems in the world. Maccor is one of 9,000 American suppliers that Apple spent a collective $60 billion dollars with in 2018, which supports 450,000 jobs. Altogether, Apple is responsible…

August 15, 2019 CuttingEdgeTech

Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, shared details of next-gen console, Xbox Scarlett with Gamespot in an exclusive interview. Spencer talked about the importance of playability and high frame rates with Xbox Scarlett, saying, “Ensuring that the games load incredibly fast, ensuring that the game is running at the highest frame rate possible. We’re also the Windows company, so we see the work that goes on PC and the work that developers are doing. People love 60 frames-per-second games, so getting games to run at 4K 60 I think will be a real design goal for us.” Continue reading…Powered by WPeMatico