Hello and happy Monday to everyone. Welcome to another Video Gaming News: Monday Newz Letter. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekends and were able to celebrate the important women in your lives on Mothers Day. This past week was insane with everything that has been going on in the Gaming industry. Let’s go into a few things here shall we?
Fortnite Helps Turtle Beach Sales
Turtle beach is a very well-known brand in gaming. The quality in their gear is top-notch in my opinion and as wells as others. They recently released their first quarter sales numbers as $40.9 million. This figure is about triple the numbers for their first quarter back in 2017. The reason for this amazing start to 2018 is owed to some of the hottest games to be playing currently: Fortnite Battle Royale and PUBG. Both Fortnite and PUBG have been rising to enormous popularity during this past year and the folks at Turtle Beach have been able to cash in on this craze. For those who are unfamiliar with what these titles are, they’re basically an “every man for himself” 3rd person shooter where you go against a lot of people online and fight to be the last person standing. A lot of people love to talk to one another if they are thinking about forming a team, so it only makes sense to go with a well-known brand like Turtle Beach for headsets. With that being said, according to CEO Juergen Stark that has helped Turtle Beach be the leading headset maker in North America with 46% of the market, he was citing data from the NPD group (used to be known as National Purchase Diary Panel Inc). He also exclaimed that the figure of 46% was up from around 39% in the first three months of 2017. I personally like my Turtle Beach headset and am glad to hear they’re doing well. That means they’ll be coming out with even more great products for quite some time as well.
As much as we want to, we cannot stay home all day and play video games. There are other things that need to get done as well. Going to the grocery store, cooking dinner, doing yard work, going to school or going to work. Unless your career involves video games, in which case you won the lottery of careers and good on you! Getting back on track though, we don’t have a lot of time to finish a lot of game these days like we want because of all the other things that need to get done as well. There are, however, games you can finish within just a weekend. I like finding other games that are not really big triple A titles because you need to switch things up a bit from time to time. Introducing a game by the name of The Librarian, it’s a point and click type of game similar to what you would see in Monkey Island back in the early days of PC gaming. The art style is pixelated but the colors from the trailer I have seen still manage to pop off the screen. I find the art style pretty amazing, although not everyone will appreciate the pixelation style of the game, I would still say it’s worth a look for the mechanics alone. Your task as the character is to solve a mystery in what is going on in a particular library. Think of like what transpired in Gone Home if you have played, it is similar with this game in that you need to find clues, solve puzzles and put everything together to figure out what’s going on. If you like a good mystery and something you can beat within just a couple of days, I would say to give this title a look.
Sources: The Verge
Chrome Autoplay Is Breaking Some Online Games
In this month the team over at Google implemented an auto-play policy that prevented media players from playing videos on some websites without a manual request to do so. Due to this change in things, this has unfortunately broken some online games, causing them to not work properly if at all due to Chrome’s audio-visual content filter. There were several Devs that took to the Twitter to file complaints to the people at Chrome, they also added their requests to get this fixed went as far back as September 2017. This change doesn’t just impact online gaming though, a lot of people also mentioned that projects they were working on or art they were working on were impacted as well. This seems like a pain and I would advise anyone who has experienced this inconvenience to contact the Chrome team on Twitter @ChromiumDev to let them know what kind of things are going on. Hopefully everything will get straightened out soon enough.
Almost every gamer knows or has at least heard of the Oculus rift. We have seen our favorite lets players show some great games on the VR system. The only downside is the price point with this system, it runs around $400 and requires a VR ready computer. Those types of computers can be in the thousands as well, so just a little off-putting to the regular consumer who believes that a few hundred dollars alone can be a turn off. There is a little gem by the name of the Oculus Go, the price is pretty reasonable for a headset as well. There is a 32 GB unit going for $199 and a 64 GB unit going for $249. The headset will not be as advanced as it’s predecessor because it will not have tracking that can follow your every move around a room. The interesting part about this new headset is it will also have Oculus TV with Facebook Watch, Red Bull TV, and Pluto TV directly available at launch. Netflix and HULU may also find their ways onto this type of platform as well if they see a good enough reason to go for it. Imagine watching TV in VR? These are some very exciting times we are living in people, I am so happy we live in the future!
Happy A Great Rest Of The Week!
Those are some of the stories I found around the web this week about our favorite hobby. If you like what you read or have other news you find interesting please leave a comment below, I’d love to hear from you.