Athlon Games, a Los Angeles publisher of console and PC games, said it signed a long-term licensing agreement with Middle-earth Enterprises to develop and publish a free-to-play online game based on The Lord of the Rings. Athlon Games is working with a partner developer to create an online game set in the world of Middle-earth at a time long before the events of The Lord of the Rings, but in the same universe as that created by author J.R.R. Tolkien. The game will focus on areas outside what we’ve seen in the books or films, and that shows some thawing in what the Tolkien license owners are willing to do when it comes to more actively licensing entertainment such as games or other media. For instance, this deal for games comes on the heels of Amazon announcing last year it had a multiyear deal to do a TV show based on The Lord of the Rings in an estimated $250 million deal. “It’s a singular opportunity to work closely with Middle-earth Enterprises to create a … [Read more...] about The Lord of the Rings universe is getting a free-to-play online game from Athlon Games
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Online gaming can be a fun way to pass time, especially on a portable system like the Nintendo Switch. But data caps are an unfortunate reality for mobile — and even some home — Internet plans. That doesn't mean you can't game if you have a data cap, but it's good to do some research before having to pay a fee because you went over your month's data. Fortunately, there are tools available to help you find out just how much data online gaming uses. Even better, we've done the tests on the most popular game today — Fortnite. Read on to find out how much data online gaming uses! How we tested If you want to verify our results — or just test this with your favorite game — the setup is simple: Download Wireshark for Windows or macOS. Wireshark is a free network monitoring tool that shows how much data each device on your network is using. Make sure your Nintendo Switch is connected to the same network as the computer running Wireshark. While this isn't a … [Read more...] about How much data does online gaming on the Nintendo Switch use?
It's hard enough for a parent to keep track of what their kids do on their phones in the house, but it gets even harder to control what they do online when they leave or use a different device.On Monday, T-Mobile announced its FamilyMode service. FamilyMode works in two ways: it gives parents control over what their kids do online with cellular data in or out of the house, and it lets parents control their kids' WiFi-connected devices like phones, tablets, laptops, gaming consoles, and Smart TVs.The service costs $20 upfront and then $10 per month. This includes the home WiFi device that monitors all sorts of internet-connected devices, and the FamilyMode app that lets you control internet usage.Some things you can do with the FamilyMode app are:Set daily internet limits on certain apps or platformsChoose what apps, platforms and sites your kids can access on their phones or tabletsPause and resume mobile internet accessFilter inappropriate contentReward kids with bonus … [Read more...] about T-Mobile lets parents control what their kids do online in or out of the house
Chet Faliszek left Valve last year after 12 years, with the last few spent evangelizing virtual reality via the company’s SteamVR platform. He took six months off and then took a job as creative director at Bossa Studios. At London-based Bossa, Faliszek believes he can use artificial intelligence not only to add to a game, but to fundamentally change the way of telling stories and narratives in games. (This kind of topic that merges tech and games is what we’ll talk about at our GamesBeat Summit coming up April 9-10 in Berkeley, California.) He is using this approach in a new action game with cooperative multiplayer play. His work is early still, and so he isn’t ready to start talking about the kind of game he is building. But he gave a talk at the DICE Summit, the elite gaming event in Las Vegas last week, and I interviewed him about it. “One way to think about it is, there’s the world, and it’s a living world. The AIs in the world are doing their … [Read more...] about Bossa Studios turns to AI for emergent stories within online games
The Nintendo Switch officially gets released tomorrow, but Nintendo is prepping by releasing the Switch Parental Controls app for both Android and iOS users. The app does much what you'd expect allowing parents to limit how long kids can play games on any given day, limit what age rating games can be and more. However, the video that accompanies the release is very interesting to say the least.The video follows Bowser and Bowser Jr (Nintendo's most famous father-son duo, surprisingly enough) as it discusses the features of the Switch Parental Controls app. If you don't want spoilers, you can watch the video below then come back for the commentary. If you don't mind spoilers, the first weird thing is the overall tone where Nintendo is obviously assuming the parents using the app do not understand games, gaming, or even their own children. Sure, it's a nice idea that using the app to know what games your kids prefer so you can engage them on the topic, but it feels odd for Nintendo to … [Read more...] about Nintendo Switch Parental Controls app let’s you limit non-existent online gaming