In brief: In a wholly revamped FAQ page, Nintendo has stated that users will be able to purchase Switch Online subscriptions using Gold Points. It also backpedaled from a previous claim that user data would be deleted upon account closure. It might also be considering a solution to backup saved games externally. Nintendo has been adding to and expanding its FAQ page since last week when we reported on some “fine print” issues with the Switch Online service. A notable addition is a confirmation that users may use their Gold Points to pay for the subscription. If you want your account to auto-renew though, you will have to use a credit card as Gold points are only good for a one-time purchase. “Gold Points can be used when purchasing a membership in the Nintendo eShop,” says the FAQ. “They cannot be used for auto-renewal.” My Nintendo Gold Points is a rewards system that gives players points for every purchase. The number of points received is one … [Read more...] about Nintendo confirms Gold Points can be used to purchase Switch Online subscriptions
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Google is willing to give you a $5 credit toward the purchase of certain books or comics that are priced at more than $5. The offer can be redeemed by clicking on the blue "Redeem Now" box. The $5 credit will appear at the payment screen. You can redeem the offer no later than September 30th, and once the offer is redeemed, you have until October 12th to use the credit. Titles that can be purchased using the credit can be changed at Google's discretion. The price of a book purchased with the coupon must be $5.01 or higher.Click on the Google Play Books app to see if you have received the offer. If you haven't yet purchased a book from Google, the odds are that you will receive the offer for the $5 credit. If you let the offer expire without taking advantage of the discount, don't worry. Google does offer these deals from time-to-time as it seeks to get Android users into the habit of purchasing books online.Some of the books eligible for the $5 credit include:It by Stephen … [Read more...] about Some Android users are receiving a $5 credit from Google for the purchase of a book
Developer: Days of WonderPlatforms: Android, iOSGenre: Board Game, StrategyPrice: $9.99While Days of Wonder is most popular with its brilliant board games, it is anything but a stranger to mobile gaming. In fact, the game studio was among the first to develop and launch a board game in virtual form on the iPad. That happened back in 2010 when a digital adaptation of its hit board game Small World was published in Apple's App Store. The port, however, couldn't exactly match the awesomeness of the real deal, which is why kudos go to DoW for treating its mobile title to the overhaul it deserved. This refreshed release of the game is called Small World 2. Note that Small World 2 for iOS and Android isn't a totally new Small World game. It is still based on the original Small World board game, but it is a better-made port overall, with multiplayer modes, maps for up to 5 players, and other goodies. With that out of the way, let's continue exploring Small World 2.For those not familiar with … [Read more...] about Small World 2 Review: countless hours of board game fun
Everyone has barely had enough time to recover from Black Friday. Now, today is Cyber Monday which means that you should be able to find a ton of products on sale online. As it turns out, shopping on mobile handsets and tablets was already extremely popular this past weekend; the top 100 stateside retailers as reported by Adobe Analytics rang up a record $7.9 billion in online sales during Black Friday and Thanksgiving. Sounds like retailers ended up with the larger half of the wishbone as those sales were up 17.9% year-over-year. Adobe says that today will set a new record for the most online sales on a single day in U.S. shopping history. Adobe predicts that $6.6 billion in merchandise will get rung up in cyberspace today, with the vast majority of sales being made on smartphones and tablets. Even though some stores offered gifts or last minute discounts to Black Friday shoppers who actually made an appearance inside a store, parking spots at shopping malls were plentiful as shoppers … [Read more...] about Mobile shopping expected to drive record online sales figures today for Cyber Monday in the U.S.
In September of last year, the developer of Firewatch issued a DMCA takedown against now infamous YouTuber PewDiePie after he used a racial slur during a live stream of another title. The incident didn’t make headlines only because of PewDiePie’s profile or the fact that the game Firewatch wasn’t directly involved—this also represented a rare instance of legal rights being asserted between game maker and game streamer. As much as video games are an interactive medium, in recent years an entire scene has grown out of people such as PewDiePie streaming video games online. Be it live streaming on Twitch, or Let's Plays or other types of video content on YouTube, gaming has gone from just something players do at home, to something that they also watch other people do online. As these streamers and personalities have grown in popularity, so too has the discussion over the rights of streamers and developers in regards to said content. Are streams covered under fair … [Read more...] about The (still) uncertain state of video game streaming online