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    by Published on March 14th, 2020 14:24

    Hitman is one of the most popular stealth action video game series of all time. It is known best for its heavy emphasis on executing the perfect hit and sandbox approach to stealth gameplay.

    In all of the Hitman instalments, players have a choice from a variety of weapons, items and tools in order to get as close to their intended target without being noticed. You have the ability to disguise your character in a large selection of outfits, ranging from classic suits to chicken costumes, in order to avoid being detected by your enemies. The franchise has been in existence for over 20 years and still managed, for the most part, to retain it original style. This is down to the fact that the franchise is still overseen by the original developers who have remained as loyal to their fan base as they have to the game. It has even transcended the stealth game industry in the form of two motion pictures and a Hitman based slot machine featured on the best online casino in the UK.

    How Did it All Begin?

    The first Hitman release came way back in 2000 in the form of Hitman: Codename 47. It was the brainchild of two Danish video game developers who joined forces in 1998 to form IO Interactive. It was a PC exclusive title and was quickly recognised as on of the most unique stealth action games in the gaming industry.

    The Best of Both Worlds

    In Hitman: Codename 47, the main character transformed from a simple hired gun into a professional killer clone, dressed in a fitted black suit and blood red tie, with a signature bar code on the back of his head. Agent 47 was the result of a cloning experimentation who, after escaping the cloning facility with the help of his creator, is issued with and executed hits on those who were behind his original commission. With each subsequent release, the complexity of the overall storyline deepens, allowing for an emotional connection to grow between the player and Agent 47. The character development is on par with a Hollywood blockbuster; we get to realise, first-hand, the motivations behind the characters actions, as well as his creator, who issues him with his hits.

    When it comes to gameplay, the Hitman franchise is arguably one of the most ambitious projects in video game history. With seven releases and two mobile games, the Hitman series has maintained the perfect balance between creating new and exiting titles and sticking to what it does best. The gameplay is clearly the developers primary focus and they definitely do not fail in that regard. The stealth mechanics approve in tandem with the introduction of more complex objectives. There is a steady introduction of more detailed locations, new weapons, remastered missions, and refined movement controls that cater for a re-playability that is rivaled by few. Overall, the Hitman games allow for one of the most cohesive and connected experiences in the gaming industry.

    The Big Screen

    So popular was the video game series that a film adaptation of the game was released in 2007, in the form of the film Hitman. This was followed up by the 2015 film Hitman: Agent 47. While the motion pictures were met with mixed review, with some critics and fans believing the films to be cliché and generic, the fact that the movies exist is testament to the popularity of the character.

    The Big Hit

    One departure from the game that definable did not disappoint fans came in the form of the 2008 Hitman slot machine. The 5 reel, 15 payline slot machine is based on the video game and film series, and does not fail to match the high octane nature of the original franchise. The slots beautifully pay homage to the paraphernalia of the video game series, featuring the main character in his trademark suit, the instantly recognisable insignia, as well as spinners with syringe, silver pistol and a sniper rifle symbols on full show. This slot machine is a must for all Hitman fans looking to test their nerves alongside Agent 47 himself!

    by Published on March 9th, 2020 21:37
    1. Categories:
    2. PS2 News

    This week saw the 20th anniversary of the launch of the PlayStation 2 in Japan -- the beginning of a remarkable era for console gaming.
    The PS2 ultimately sold 155 million units worldwide, a record-breaking total that seems unlikely to be rivalled by any other console platform in the near future. Less commonly cited but even more extraordinary in many ways are the software numbers for the platform. Around 1.5 billion units of PS2 software were sold over the years, and though various estimates float around for the number of software titles released on PS2 -- complicated, I suspect, by different ways of counting SKUs and games with different names in various territories -- Wikipedia currently curates a list of almost 4,500 entries.
    The 20th anniversary of the PS2 mostly serves to make those of us who were working in the games business at the time feel very old, of course, but it also serves as an opportunity to reflect on how things have changed since the March of 2000. It was an era when consoles ruled the roost; smartphones weren't even a twinkle in Steve Jobs' eye at that point, and the PC platform was going through one of the doom-and-gloom points in its cycle, as retailers reduced shelf space for PC games and digital distribution -- awaiting the arrival of Steam some years later -- remained an unfulfilled dream.
    The PS2 launch and how the console and its market developed remain important things to study from a business perspective
    Things were simpler in many regards. Video games were all but synonymous with consoles at that point, and there was one business model to rule them all -- packaged games at a largely consistent price point. It's easy to be nostalgic for that simplicity, though it certainly had its downsides; not least the high barriers to entry that effectively prevented anything like today's thriving indie development sector from taking root.
    It was also an era when territorial barriers were much higher in the industry. Japan, North America and Europe all had distinct line-ups of software, and even the launch date for the PS2 hardware itself was staggered across territories to an extent that would attract consumer outrage today -- the anniversary of the European launch, as a consequence, isn't for another nine months.
    Rather than simply feeling nostalgic (or old), though, I think that the PS2 launch and how the console and its market developed remain important things to study from a business perspective. The world may have been different then, but the core of what it takes to launch a console and convince consumers to invest in it hasn't changed all that much -- and the PS2 remains the single most successful example of that in the industry's history. Moreover, for all that the market may be more complex and diversified today than it was 20 years ago, there are also some notable parallels between the PS2 and its rivals and the situation faced by the upcoming console launches.

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...tion-2-opinion ...
    by Published on March 4th, 2020 20:06

    How do you find the best online casinos and slot games? With online betting now accounting for 37.1% of the gambling market, there’s more choice than ever for those of us who prefer to experience Las Vegas from the comfort of our living room. But although this wide variety is liberating, it can also be more than a little overwhelming. That’s where Xfire comes in. Newly launched in February 2020, Xfire is a comprehensive casino, slot game and bonus comparison website. Its team of gambling experts helps players all over the world discover the very latest – and most trustworthy – casinos out there. So if you’re on the hunt for the world’s top online casinos, check out Xfire today – because when you’re gambling, the one thing you don’t want to leave up to chance is how good the games will be.

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    It’s no secret that the gambling world moves quickly. New slot games burst onto the market almost every day, industry regulations are frequently updated, and bonus offers are often a case of ‘get them while you still can’. With so much going on, it can be difficult to keep track of the latest casino and iGaming updates. But Xfire will do the hard work for you. Its online news section keeps readers up to date with offers, tournaments, releases, regulations, and everything in between.

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    by Published on March 2nd, 2020 19:25

    The Avengers universe is in need of some damage control, and a new trailer for Marvel Studios’ upcoming VR experience reveals how you can be a part of the solution.
    Avengers: Damage Control, a VR story from the minds at Marvel and ILMxLAB, is coming to select The Void VR locations in the U.S. and Canada, and the preview footage unveils aspects of the hero mission.

    The concept revolves around Wakanda’s brightest mind Shuri (Letitia Wright) recruiting your team to test out her prototype Emergency Response Suits, a combination of Wakanda and Stark technology. Good thing, too, because an enemy from the past — the trailer reveals that to be Ultron — is out to steal the tech, which means you’ll have to team up with Doctor Strange (Benedict Cumberbatch), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), the Wasp (Evangeline Lily), and other Avengers to stop the attack.

    Although Spider-Man, in Tom Holland, appears in the trailer, only the previously mentioned actors are confirmed.

    https://ew.com/movies/2019/10/10/ave...ol-trailer-vr/ ...
    by Published on March 2nd, 2020 19:23

    Marvel has announced a brand new open-world RPG called Future Revolution for mobile devices, and it looks like Captain America, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel, and Doctor Strange are taking centre stage. The reveal trailer shows the four characters going into battle with an army of creatures while reality folds in on itself. The footage is from the game engine but it may not play like what we see on the screen. Alongside the four heroes are other characters that will be joining the fight. Those characters are Captain America, Spider-Man, Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange. No, that is not a typo. It appears Future Revolution is embracing the multiverse as different variants of the characters come into battle.

    https://www.thesixthaxis.com/2020/03...ge-multiverse/ ...
    by Published on March 2nd, 2020 19:17
    1. Categories:
    2. PC News

    MAME v0.219 is released. MAME stands for Multiple Arcade Machine Emulator. When used in conjunction with images of the original arcade game's ROM and disk data, MAME attempts to reproduce that game as faithfully as possible on a more modern general-purpose computer. MAME can currently emulate several thousand different classic arcade video games from the late 1970s through the modern era.

    What's news in MAME:

    MAME Testers Bugs Fixed
    - 06790: [Graphics] (surpratk.cpp) suratk: Missing star field rotation effect in final level. (MetalliC)
    - 07079: [Gameplay] (suna8.cpp) sparkman, sparkmana: Player 2 button inputs are not read correctly. (dink)
    - 07428: [Media Support] (vsmileb.cpp) vsmileb: Unable to load media. (Ivan Vangelista)
    - 07557: [DIP/Input] (karnov.cpp) wndrplnt: Coin inputs no longer work. (MetalliC)
    - 07562: [Graphics] (seibuspi.cpp) rdft: Line scroll effects have regressed. (MetalliC)

    New working machines
    Advance Bright Ltd / V-Tac Technology Co Ltd. Decathlon [Sean Riddle, ClawGrip]
    Bandai / SSD Company LTD Mahou Taiketsu Magiranger - Magimat de Dance & Battle (Japan)
    [Sean Riddle, Peter Wilhelmsen, David Haywood, ShouTime]
    Conny / VideoJet Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Pocket Dream Console (France) [TeamEurope, David Haywood]
    Consumenta Computer / Loproc Conchess (standard) [hap, Berger]
    Game & Watch: Pinball [algestam, Ryan Holtz]
    Hasbro / Tiger Electronics Dream Life Superstar (Version 0.3, Mar 16 2007) [Sean Riddle, David Haywood, Ryan Holtz]
    Hasbro / Tiger Electronics Mission: Paintball Powered Up [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    Hasbro / Tiger Electronics Star Wars - The Clone Wars [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    Hasbro Designer's World (Version 1.0, Dec 20 2005) [Sean Riddle, David Haywood, Ryan Holtz]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto 1X [Berger, blitzchess.fr]
    HP 86B [F.Ulivi]
    Merry Circus (Version 1.0.2) [Ioannis Bampoulas]
    MGT 20-in-1 TV-Spielekonsole (Germany) [TeamEurope, David Haywood]
    Mortal Kombat (JAKKS Pacific TV Game) [Sean Riddle]
    Performance Designed Products / Disney / Jungle Soft Disney Game It! Classic Pals [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    Plug & Play Game Controller with 200 Games (Supreme 200) [TeamEurope]
    Retro Dance Mat (110 song Super StepMania + 9-in-1 games) (PAL) [TeamEurope, David Haywood]
    Senario / V-Tac Technology Co Ltd. My Sports Challenge (5-in-1 version) [Sean Riddle, David Haywood, Ryan Holtz]
    Senario / V-Tac Technology Co Ltd. My Sports Challenge (6-in-1 version, QVC license) [Sean Riddle, David Haywood, Ryan Holtz]
    Senario / V-Tac Technology Co Ltd. My Sports Challenge Plus / Wireless Sports Plus [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    Senario Guitar Super Star (Fender Stratocaster style) [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    Shiggles Inc. Club Jenna Presents: Jenna Jameson's Strip Poker [Sean Riddle, David Haywood, Ryan Holtz]
    Sports Trivia Professional Edition (Senario, Plug and Play) [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    TaiKee Interactive TV Games 49-in-1 (PAL) [TeamEurope, David Haywood]
    Tech2Go / WayForward Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutant and Monster Mayhem [Sean Riddle, David Haywood]
    Tomy / SSD Company LTD Champiyon Pinball (Japan) [Sean Riddle, Peter Wilhelmsen, ShouTime, David Haywood]

    New working clones
    Albert Computers, Inc. Albert [rfka01]
    ASEM S.p.A. AM100 [rfka01]
    Ataque Androide - Moon Cresta (FAR S.A. Spanish bootleg) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    Battle Balls (Portugal) [Apocalypse]
    Blood Bros. (Korea) [Jorge Silva]
    Dharma Doujou (Germany) [Darksoft]
    Double Wings (Asia) [Asayuki, pacman70]
    The End (SegaSA / Sonic) [jordigahan, ClawGrip]
    El Estivador (Spanish bootleg of Port Man on Galaxian hardware) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    Final Star Force (World?) [Jorge Silva]
    Galaktron (Petaco S.A.) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    Galaxian (Spanish bootleg) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    GTAC Do-Do [R. Belmont, rfka01]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Academy (German, 04-10-88) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Academy (German, 06-03-89) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Berlin 68000 (v0.02) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Blitz- und Problemloesungs-Modul (set 2) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Genius 68030 (v4.00) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto II (set 2) [Berger]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM II (set 2, v4.00 2 EPROMs) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM II (set 3, v3.00) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM II (set 4) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM II (set 5) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM IV (v6.00) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM IV (v7.00) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto MM V (set 2) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Mega IV (set 2) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Milano (v1.01) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Modena (set 2) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Modena (set 3) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Monte Carlo (ver. MC2) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Polgar 10 MHz (v10.1) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Portorose 32 Bit (v1.01) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Rebell 5,0 (set 2) [hap]
    Hegener + Glaser Mephisto Super Mondial (ver. AB) [hap]
    The Lord of King (bootleg) [hammy, caius]
    Master Boy (1987, Z80 hardware, Ichi-Funtel) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    Mr. Do! (Fabremar bootleg) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    New Fruit Bonus '96 Special Edition (v3.60, DK PCB) [Ioannis Bampoulas]
    New Fruit Bonus '96 Special Edition (v3.61, DK PCB) [Ioannis Bampoulas]
    New Fruit Bonus '96 Special Edition (v3.61a, C1 PCB) [Ioannis Bampoulas]
    New Fruit Bonus '96 Special Edition (v3.61a, DK PCB) [Ioannis Bampoulas]
    Olivmandingo (Spanish bootleg of Mandinga on Galaxian hardware) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    P-47 Aces (ver 1.1) [Derick2K, rtw, trap15]
    Pang (bootleg, set 7) [jordigahan, Pikolo, ClawGrip]
    Puzzle & Action: Tant-R (Japan) (bootleg set 4) [jordigahan]
    Puzzli (revision A) [SpinalFeyd]
    Raiden II (easier, US, prototype? 11-16) [neSneSgB]
    Rampart (Joystick, smaller ROMs) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    Ribbit! (Japan) [Apocalypse]
    Saitek / Tasc Kasparov RISC 2500 (v1.03) [hap]
    Seicross (set 2) [Zab, The Dumping Union]
    Sirio II (Calfesa S.L. Spanish Moon Cresta bootleg, set 2) [Juan Romero, ClawGrip]
    Space Pilot (set 2) [chaneman]
    Street Fighter II: The World Warrior (USA 920312) [Lions3]
    SWTPC swtpc S/09 OS9 [68bit]
    Tasc ChessSystem R30 (Gideon 2.1, prototype) [hap]
    Tasc ChessSystem R30 (The King 2.20) [hap]
    Tasc ChessSystem R30 (The King 2.23, unreleased) [hap]
    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (US 4 Players, version N) [coolmod, The Dumping Union]
    Three Ds - Three Dealers Casino House (set 2) [Patrik Styrnell]
    Time Killers (v1.00) [Brian Troha, The Dumping Union]
    Triumph-Adler Alphatronic P10 [rfka01]
    Triumph-Adler Alphatronic P50 [rfka01, Carl]
    Viper Phase 1 (New Version, Portugal) [Jorge Silva]

    Machines promoted to working
    Care Bears TV Games (JAKKS Pacific TV Game, Game-Key Ready) [Ryan Holtz]
    Gimix 6809 System [68bit]
    MIPS Magnum R4000 (be) [Patrick Mackinlay]
    Simba / V-Tac Technology Co Ltd. TV Sports 10-in-1 / Decathlon Athletic Sport Games [David Haywood]
    Winnie the Pooh - Piglet's Special Day (JAKKS Pacific TV Game, Game-Key Ready) [Ryan Holtz, Sean Riddle, David ...
    by Published on March 2nd, 2020 19:14
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo 3DS News

    Vvctre v14.1.0 is released. Vvctre is a Nintendo 3DS emulator based on Citra.

    Vvctre Changelog:
    GUI: Allow multiselect for Install CIA
    GUI: Update AM title list after installing a CIA


    http://www.emucr.com/2020/03/vvctre-v1410.html ...
    by Published on March 2nd, 2020 19:09
    1. Categories:
    2. Snes News,
    3. Gameboy News,
    4. GBA News,
    5. Nes News

    higan v107.27 is released. higan (formerly bsnes) is a Nintendo multi-system emulator that began development on 2004-10-14. It currently supports the following systems:
    - Famicom
    - Super Famicom
    - Game Boy
    - Game Boy Color
    - Game Boy Advance

    higan also supports the following subsystems:
    - Super Game Boy
    - BS-X Satellaview
    - Sufami Turbo

    higan Changelog:
    * Fix typo in SFC PPU mode 7 renderer.
    * v107.27
    * prevent invalid memory access in Memory::Readable,Writable when size=0
    * v107.26
    * GBA: code cleanups


    http://www.emucr.com/2020/03/higan-v10727.html ...
    by Published on March 2nd, 2020 19:02
    1. Categories:
    2. Nintendo Switch

    Nintendo Switch, Grand Theft Auto 5, FIFA 20, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare and Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot were the big winners in January acrosss Europe, Middle East, Africa, Asia and Australia.
    This is all according to GSD figures [the data project owned by European trade body ISFE] analysed by GamesIndustry.biz. The data features physical retail numbers from 17 countries, and digital download data from 16 major publishers in nearly 50 markets. The full details of which are at the bottom of the article.
    Just over 15 million AAA games were sold across EMEAA territories during January, a slight increase of 1.1% compared with the same period 12 months ago.
    Due to the ageing console cycle, sales of games machines are down 15.8% in January compared to the same period a year before, with revenue down 13.1%. The only console to sell better in January 2020 vs 2019 was Nintendo Switch (up more than 17%). Switch accounted for almost 52% of all consoles sold across the retail markets, with the Neon version the most popular individual product.
    The increase in game sales was primarily due to an increase in full game downloads, with Grand Theft Auto 5, FIFA 20 and Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege the biggest selling digital titles. Just under 8.45 million full games were downloaded last month across the markets.
    Physical game sales took a slight tumble, down 5.6% year-on-year to 6.6 million games sold. The physical games market performs best when big new games are launched, and there was a lack of significant titles released last month. By comparison, Resident Evil 2 and New Super Mario Bros U Deluxe were released in January 2019.

    https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articl...-console-sales ...

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