Friday, May 14, 2021

The 12.9 Inch iPad With The M1 Chip Is 50% Faster Than Previous Model

According to five Geekbench 5 results, the M1-equipped, 12.9-inch iPad Pro, due to start shipping next month, is over 50% faster than the previous model. The 12.9-inch iPad Pro has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,718 and 7,284, respectively. By comparison, the fourth-generation 12.9-inch iPad Pro with the A12Z chip has average single-core and multi-core scores of 1,121 and 4,656, respectively, meaning that the M1 iPad Pro is around 56% faster.

EA Play Live Taking Place In July

While E3 may be back in a digital form this year, EA will not be holding their digital event during that time period. Electronic Arts has announced that EA Play Live 2021 is going to be happening on July 22nd. Not only is this not during E3, but it isn’t even happening in June. Their announcement tweet is down below.

PlayStation 5 Stock Shortage Could Continue Going Into 2022

Sony has recently given a heads up to an analyst group that the PlayStation 5 shortage is expected to be a reality going into 2022. The company also mentioned that this supply issue has provided a stress point for sales targets, despite the recent numbers boasting impressive feats for the gaming brand. 

“I don’t think demand is calming down this year and even if we secure a lot more devices and produce many more units of the PlayStation 5 next year, our supply wouldn’t be able to catch up with demand,” Chief Financial Officer Hiroki Totoki said in a statement received by Bloomberg

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

MacBook Air Rumored To Come In Different Colors Like The iMac

The 2021 MacBook Air will come in different colors like the iMac (2021), according to Apple leaker Jon Prosser. This means they would be offered in green, yellow, blue, orange, pink, purple, and silver.

Currently, you can get the MacBook Air in space gray, gold, or silver. You can get the 13-inch MacBook Pro and 16-inch MacBook Pro in space grey or silver. 

Pokemon GO Luminous Legends Y Event Starts May 18th

The official Pokemon GO blog has revealed a special event coming to the game. The company has already announced Xerneas’s recent arrival in Pokemon GO and now its preparing to unleash the Legendary Pokemon Yveltal in the Luminous Legends Y event. The special event will also see Dark-type Pokemon springing up more often the wild and you will also see Pancham hatching from Strange Eggs. Here’s what you need to know direct from the official Pokemon GO blog:

During the second week of Luminous Legends Y, the focus will shift to Fairy-type Pokémon and Eevee. Why, exactly? Because Sylveon will be making its Pokémon GO debut! The Intertwining Pokémon is an Evolution of Eevee first discovered in the Kalos region. There’s a Galarian fairy tale that describes a beautiful Sylveon vanquishing a dreadful dragon Pokémon—making Sylveon the perfect Pokémon to appear at the end of this dark-themed event. Look forward to this Fairy-type vanquisher of darkness, dread, and dragons during Part 2 of Luminous Legends Y!

Part 1 Date + Time

Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, May 24, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Part 1 Features

  • Yveltal will make its Pokémon GO debut in five-star raids! This Dark- and Flying-type Legendary Pokémon was first discovered in the Kalos region, and when its wings and tail feathers spread wide and glow red, it absorbs the life force of living creatures. Yveltal will remain in five-star raids for the duration of the event.
  • Pancham will be hatching from Strange Eggs! We’re receiving reports that the following Pokémon will also be hatching from Strange Eggs rescued from Team GO Rocket during the event and afterwards as well: Qwilfish, Larvitar, Absol, Skorupi, Sandile, Scraggy, Pawniard, Vullaby, and Deino.
  • Dark-type Pokémon will be appearing more frequently in the wild. Keep a look out for Pokémon like Houndour, Carvanha, and more.
  • Missed out on some of the Pokémon that appeared during Luminous Legends X? Well, you’re in luck—because many of them are returning! You can look out for Pokémon like Spritzee, Swirlix, and Goomy appearing in the wild.
  • Complete Team GO Rocket–themed Timed Research before the event concludes to encounter Dark-type Pokémon like Galarian Zigzagoon.
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Alolan Rattata, Alolan Meowth, Alolan Grimer, Sneasel, Poochyena, Stunky, and Purrloin.
  • Dark-type Pokémon like Alolan Meowth, Yveltal, and more will be appearing in raids! For Pokémon appearing in Mega Raids, please check the May events blog.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research tasks will lead to encounters with Dark-type Pokémon, including Galarian Zigzagoon, Scraggy, and more.
  • Event-exclusive AR Mapping tasks will lead to encounters with Galarian Zigzagoon!
  • You can use a Charged TM to help a Shadow Pokémon forget the Charged Attack Frustration.

In addition, you can work with other Trainers to defeat Team GO Rocket Grunts—and by doing so, you can unlock rewards during the second half of the event! From Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 12:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 23, 2021, at 11:59 p.m. UTC, you can work together with other Trainers worldwide to defeat 25 million Team GO Rocket Grunts in total. If that goal is met, the following special bonuses will be available from Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, May 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time.

  • A 3× Catch XP bonus will be active for the rest of the event.
  • If you’re lucky, you might find a Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon! Shiny Galarian Zigzagoon will continue to be available after the event.
  • Galarian Zigzagoon will be appearing in one-star raids for the rest of the event.

Regardless of whether those rewards are unlocked, Trainers all around the world can look forward to the following during the second week of Luminous Legends Y.

Part 2 Date + Time

Tuesday, May 25, 2021, at 10:00 a.m. to Monday, May 31, 2021, at 8:00 p.m. local time

Part 2 Features

  • Sylveon will be making its Pokémon GO debut! Evolve Eevee into Sylveon by earning hearts when it’s your buddy.
  • Eevee, Ralts, Spritzee, Swirlix, and others will be appearing more often in the wild, alongside some of the Dark-type Pokémon featured in Part 1 of the event.
  • The following Pokémon will be hatching from 7 km Eggs: Eevee, Cleffa, Igglybuff, Togepi, Azurill, Spritzee, and Swirlix.
  • Some of Eevee’s Evolutions will be appearing in three-star raids! Keep an eye out for Vaporeon, Jolteon, Flareon, Espeon, and Umbreon.
  • Event-exclusive Field Research tasks will lead to encounters with Eevee, some of Eevee’s Evolutions, and more.
  • Event-exclusive AR Mapping tasks will reward Poffins!
  • Sylveon-inspired avatar items will be available in the shop!

Monday, May 10, 2021

Learn To Makes Games With Game Builder Garage Coming To Nintendo Switch In June

Nintendo has announced Game Builder Garage, where you’ll be able to “learn to make games from the minds at Nintendo”. It releases on the Nintendo Switch on June 11th for $29.99. Check out the trailer below. 

Gamescom 2021 To Be An All Digital Online Event

Koelnmesse and game – The German Games Industry Association have decided to hold Gamescom 2021 as an all-digital event. This decision was made after extensive
discussions with partners and exhibitors. Thus, the organizers take into account the current situation, in which too many companies are unable to participate in physical events this year due to the still difficult development. In this way, they also meet the partners’ strong need for planning security. This means that gamescom 2021 will be held exclusively digitally and free of charge for all gamescom fans. In 2020, gamescom celebrated numerous successes: Over 100 million video views across all formats and channels, more than 50 million unique users from 180 countries, and 370 partners from 44 countries. Building on this success, the digital offering is now being expanded further.

Oliver Frese, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse says: “Together with game – The German Games Industry Association, we have put all our energy into making gamescom 2021 in a hybrid format possible for fans and industry alike. However, even though the hybrid concept was very well received by the partners, we had to recognize that gamescom still comes too early for many companies in the industry due to the required planning reliability. One thing is absolutely clear: All those involved now need planning reliability.  That’s why we’re going for a purely digital gamescom again this year and, with sufficient lead time, will be able to offer the gaming community an even stronger online event at the end of August 2021. gamescom 2020 and other trade fairs such as DMEXCO @home 2020 and h+h cologne @home 2021 are proof that we can do this. All partners can book their participation starting immediately.”

Felix Falk, Managing Director of game – The German Games Industry Association comments: “We, as the game industry, also want to use gamescom to show that innovations and bold developments are the best way to deal with such crises. With this in mind, the gamescom team has been hard at work for months on gamescom 2021, especially on the digital elements. Next year will be the first time that we will be able to implement many of the new concepts for the hybrid format of gamescom. For digital gamescom 2021, our focus is to provide even more games and reach as well as a heightened community atmosphere. We are therefore introducing a completely new concept called gamescom epix, which sends the community on a joint quest journey in social media even before gamescom begins. What we want to do with this is transfer even more of the unique gamescom atmosphere to the digital world. Together with our numerous partners, we want to make gamescom the world’s biggest gaming event again in 2021.”

With gamescom 2021, Koelnmesse and game – The German Games Industry Association want to build directly on the success of last year’s online event. gamescom will once again be kicked off by the spectacular gamescom: Opening Night Live with Geoff Keighley. The gamescom now content hub is being completely relaunched in a more attractive design with numerous additional features for fans and partners. Also new is gamescom epix, a community campaign that allows fans to playfully immerse themselves in the gamescom universe on the road to gamescom. Starting with gamescom: Opening Night Live on Wednesday evening (August 25) to Friday evening (August 27), gamescom fans can look forward to a full program, with some of the highlights and promotions also running over the weekend.

devcom, the first go-to source for developers and their ecosystem, will also feature an extensive online program and provide the games industry with a central business platform. Several full-day business matchmaking events, such as the popular “Indies meet Investors and Publishers” format devcom Pitch it! or special matchmaking and pitching events with devcom’s international community stands, will be significantly expanded. Another new feature is devcom’s clear focus on content and the extensive conference program on the first two days, while Wednesday to Friday will be all about business, networking and devcom’s popular digital expo. However, the launch of the new online B2B platform gamescom biz will be postponed by one year because its features can only be fully rolled out in a hybrid concept. The gamescom congress, Europe’s leading conference on the social, economic and cultural potential of games, will once again take place only digitally on Thursday, August 26, 2021.

In the slightly adjusted schedule for digital gamescom 2021, gamescom week will start with devcom as usual on Monday, August 23. gamescom: Opening Night Live will take place on Wednesday, August 25, with the main days of gamescom on Thursday and Friday, August 26 and 27. Some of the offers will continue to be available over the following weekend.

In 2020, gamescom: Opening Night Live in collaboration with Geoff Keighley captivated more than 2 million live simultaneous viewers in front of their screens. World premieres and the latest news about the most hotly anticipated game titles were presented during the big opening show. This year as well, Geoff Keighley and his team are producing gamescom: Opening Night Live and preparations are already in full swing. The show will be moved by one day this year to Wednesday, August 25, 2021.

As in previous years, other, international gamescom shows such as gamescom studio and the 2020 premiere of gamescom: Awesome Indies will also be produced by IGN once again. 

Gamescom partners have the opportunity to become part of the shows with their games and content. For indie developers, there will be a wide range of offerings in collaboration with Indie Arena Booth Online, which will be integrated as an interactive game in gamescom now as a central platform.

In 2021, as in previous years, gamescom now is the first go-to source for gaming fans worldwide. This is where the gamescom shows and partner content will be bundled together in a clear, readily accessible way – the heart of gamescom 2021 beats here. The platform has been completely relaunched both in terms of content and technically. Awaiting visitors are a revamped and significantly improved user interface, customizable schedules, numerous live streams, events, shows and information about all the games and gamescom partners.

The latter benefit from the new, easy-to-use content management system, which makes it even easier for them to maintain their content and present it to visitors in an appealing way. The new CMS gives partners numerous, individual content integration options – the digital reach increases in line with the optimized display options and other measures.

Immersing yourself in the gamescom universe on the road to gamescom, taking on epic quests together with the entire community, achieving success and bringing the gamescom feeling to life? That is exactly what the new gamescom epix community campaign wants to achieve. Fun, interactive social media activities throughout the gamescom cosmos allow fans to interact with gamescom 2021 content and partners before gamescom week and collect points to win unique prizes during gamescom in August. The prizes will be kept in the big gamescom vault, which will open its doors at the start of gamescom.

Further information on the extensive online program, indie offering and gamescom 2021 partners to follow in the coming weeks.