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  1. Indian allrounder Ravichandran Ashwin has been Ajinkya Rahane’s greatest asset during the ongoing Test series against Australia so far. His confidence with the ball during India’s tour Down Under has earned him some of the biggest wickets and he’s built a dangerous image in the minds of the hosts. The fun part is that the Indian Test veteran is well aware of how good he really is and has already started to make the best use of it on Day 1 of the Sydney Test. © Cricket Australia In the 14th over of the first innings, Ashwin took a casual runup to the crease but stopped himself from actually delivering the ball. On pure reflex, Australian batsman Marnus Labuschagne took the defensive stanze. Ashwin then quickly turned around and started walking backwards while an agitated Labuschagne was left raising his arms in frustration. Despite the very limited number of fans in the stands, Ashwin’s walk-back was booed in unison. Ashwin v Labuschagne #AUSvIND #Ashwin#ComeOnAsh #ComeOnAsh #ComeOnAsh — D (@darshshsh_) January 7, 2021Labuschagne's mannerisms are fuckin' irritating and kinda disrespectful. If I would have been at Ashwin's place, I would have taken my shoe and aimed at his body. #AUSvIND — Tanmay (@fast_hostile) January 7, 2021Wow suddenly a contest between #Ashwin and #labuschagne. That's a beauty of test cricket #AUSvsIND #INDvsAUSTest #Cricket #cricbuzz #CricbuzzLive — Im_mohan31 (@MohanEmpire31) January 7, 2021#Labuschagne is a cheeky prick. It will be good for #Ashwin to get under his skin. #AUSvsIND — Bharath Shastry (@bharathshastry) January 7, 2021But the Indian fans know that the booing will have little to no impact on the seasoned cricketer who has gotten used to it based on the numerous occasions on which he has used unusual methods to dismiss his opponents, including mankading Englishman Jos Butler during the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League. View the full article
  2. Valve has revealed its Steam "Best of 2020" list and it includes the best-selling and most played games on Steam last year. The list includes some good titles that did really well in terms of sales and playtimes. New entries like Among Us and Fall Guys made it to the Platinum category of Steam's best sellers list. However, we did see some all-time big names like Dota 2 and Counter-Strike: Global Offensive too. © MensXP Cyberpunk 2077 also made it to the list, which isn't surprising considering the fact that CD Projekt Red has sold over 13 million units of the game. With all the being said, we'd like to point out that only three of the 12 Platinum-selling games came out this year. The other nine titles were released in the past. Here's the full list of games: Among Us Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Cyberpunk 2077 Destiny 2 Doom Eternal Dota 2 Fall Guys Grand Theft Auto V Monster Hunter World PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds Rainbow Six Siege Red Dead Redemption 2 © InnerSloth In the Gold category, we got games like Phasmophobia, Borderlands 3, Sea of Thieves, and The Elder Scrolls Online. Hades, Euro truck Simulator, Microsoft Flight Simulator, and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt made it to the Silver category whereas Death Stranding, Dark Souls 3, Ori, and the Will of the Wisps made it to Steam's Bronze category. Source: Steam View the full article
  3. Whether you’re planning to celebrate New Year’s Eve with your friends and family at home or planning to go all out, no celebration is complete without fun drinking games. We all love a good dance party, however, for the smaller celebrations this year, drinking games ought to be a better choice. Well, worry not, we have already picked out the best drinking games for you to try this year. Oh and don’t worry, we aren’t talking about ‘truth and dare’. These party games are so much better: __ECOMLOOKS__2325__ __ECOMLOOKS__2329__ __ECOMLOOKS__2330__ __ECOMLOOKS__2332__ __ECOMLOOKS__2334__ Time To Party!Go ahead and enjoy your New Year’s Eve right at home with these fun drinking games. No party is complete without fun, laughter and drinks... these games ensure just that. Explore More View the full article
  4. 2020 was not the year that humanity will remember, as a lot went wrong, but video games did make it easier to get on with your life when you were stuck inside. Video games were probably the most important medium of entertainment this year as it encouraged people to interact with each other, curb mental illness and simply have a great time when you can’t do anything else. We decided to narrow down some of the best games of 2020 that everyone should experience at least once in their life: 1. Final Fantasy VII Remake © Square Enix Final Fantasy VII Remake will go down as one of the best RPGs ever made and the game has managed to rake in awards for its beautiful visuals and addicting gameplay. With great characters, a compelling story, incredible music and engaging battle systems, Final Fantasy VII Remake is one of the best games of this decade let alone 2020. There’s a sequel coming for this instalment as well however we recommend playing the remake if you haven't played already. If you want to know more about the game, read our full review here. 2. Ghost of Tsushima © Sucker Punch Productions, Sony Interactive Entertainment Ghost of Tsushima is a brand new franchise by Sony Interactive Entertainment that has dominated charts ever since it was released. The game features stunning landscapes, a beautiful soundtrack and one of the most polished combat systems we’ve ever seen in a game. You play as Jin Sakai who is a samurai on a quest to protect the island of Tsushima during the first Mongol invasion of Japan. The highlight of the game is its one-on-one sword fighting duels that are backed with epic music and presented in the style of Akira Kurosawa movies. If you want to know more about Ghost of Tsushima, read our full review here. 3. Hades © Supergiant Games Supergiant games are known for making great Indie titles and ‘Hades’ is no exception. It’s one of the best roguelike action role-playing games you will play this generation with beautiful environments and gameplay that you cannot put down once you start. Hades was one of the biggest sleeper hits of the year that nobody expected. 4. The Last of Us Part II © Naughty Dog Hate or love it, TLOU part 2 is one of those ground-breaking games that people will remember for a long time. If you’ve ever wondered whether games can ever give movies a run for its money, look no further than Naughty Dog’s TLOU Part 2. Gameplay is far more refined from the first game and it tells a painfully beautiful story that shows both sides of the coin. It challenges the usual tropes of video game story-telling and at the same time make you feel emotional with a compelling story. If you haven’t played the game, check out our spoiler-free review here. 5. Spider-Man Miles Morales © MensXP, Sony Interactive Entertainment Spider-Man Miles Morales is yet another Sony PlayStation exclusive that you need to play. The sequel tells the story of Miles Morales and shows how he struggles with his newfound powers. He has a deep connection with his Harlem neighbourhood and does everything in his power to help the city while Peter Parker is away on vacation. In our review,we called it ‘an incredible extension of the first game even on the PlayStation 4. The game shows off finer details such as Miles’ characteristics effortlessly and adds new layers to the combat system.’ If you want to know more about Spider-Man: Miles Morales, check out our full review here 6. Yakuza Like a Dragon © Sega Yakuza Like a Dragon is an excellent crime-based RPG that SEGA has released since Yakuza 0. The developers also change a few things this time around by adopting a turn-based combat system instead of the usual Beat 'em up style. This instalment introduces a new protagonist Ichiban Kasuga and is mostly set in the city of Yokohama. With a new setting and a different style of story-telling, Yakuza: Like a Dragon is a must-play entry from the franchise. To know more about Yakuza Like a Dragon, check out our full review here. View the full article
  5. Video games were the unexpected saviour of entertainment in 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic didn’t really hit the industry financially. Playing games is mostly an at-home activity and due to lockdown regulations, games saw a spike in both playtime and spending. The gaming industry made more money than movies and sporting events combined in 2020 as a result of the health safety regulations. Having said that, we do have to point out that both movies and sporting events were adversely affected due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Moviegoers were not able to see movies in theatres while sports fans faced a similar dilemma with annual sporting events as well. © Reuters Having said that, video games will see revenue of about $197.7 billion by the end of this year according to data from IDC. That’s roughly 20% higher than 2019 and a lot of it could be contributed to the pandemic. However, we also saw the launch to two new consoles by Sony and Microsoft respectively which could have also contributed to the increase in revenue. In comparison, film and sports industries raked in a combined $175 billion in 2020 which is significantly less than what video games achieved. Even though new consoles have hit the market, the biggest contribution in gaming revenue comes from mobile gaming. Smartphone games have seen a revenue boost of nearly 25% and are now up to a projected $87.7 billion. Majority of the revenue comes from the Asia region as it makes up $56.6 billion. © Unplash The data has also been backed up by games industry tracking organisation NDP where in its report it said that gaming spending has risen 22% in the US to $44.5 billion during the first 11 months of 2020. New gaming hardware has contributed $4 billion of that amount while over $38 billion comes from software sales. It would be interesting to see how gaming would fare against films and sporting events in the future once everything goes back to normal. However, it is quite impressive to see games make more money than traditional forms of entertainment in 2020. Source: IDC View the full article
  6. Users will just have to say "#HeyGoogle, let's play a game" and Google Assistant will show a collection of games
  7. The 2022 Asian Games has announced that Esports and breakdancing are going to be an official medaled competition for the upcoming sports event. The announcement was made by the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) General Assembly where the body has planned six different Esports medal events for 2022. The competition will be held with the help of the Asian Electronic Sports Federation. © Riot Games “This isn’t only a success story for AESF alone – but the Esports community as a whole,” says the Federation’s president Kenneth Fok. “Our past successes are rightfully celebrated but we always look forward to bigger and better achievements. Seeing Esports returning to the Asian Games in 2022 is a great landmark to achieve following years of hard work and commitment. A special you to the OCA for entrusting us with this honour and we promise to make the best out of this opportunity.” BREAKING!! Esports and #Breakdance has been announced as the official events of the #Hangzhou #AsianGames2022.@RNGRoyal @lolesports @LGDgaming @Hangzhou_Spark @ESPN_Esports @overwatchleague @SKGaming @FPX_Esports @TencentGames @JDGaming @T1 @faker @UziRNG @AsianGamesOCA pic.twitter.com/ALf4Jr7SIA — 19th Asian Games Hangzhou 2022 Official (@19thAGofficial) December 16, 2020 It’s the first time Esports has been recognised as an official competition at the Asian Games although it debuted at the Asian Games as a demonstration sport in 2018. The 2022 Asian Games will take place in Hangzhou, China, from September 10th to 25th covering 40 different sports. © Riot Games There have been talks of eSports becoming an official sport in the Olympics however it was met with hesitancy until the COVID-19 pandemic triggered a shift this year. Some of the games slated for the future at the Asian Games include Overwatch, Games by Tencent Games and possibly other games such as League of Legends or DOTA 2. An entire list was not shared by the organisers however it did tag the Overwatch League and Tencent Games in its announcement tweet. It's not entirely sure whether an Indian eSports team will take part in the Asian Games 2020 as of now. View the full article
  8. Yesterday we reported on a man who was forced to sell his PlayStation 5 after his wife discovered it was not an air purifier since he lied about it to her before purchasing the console. However, we found yet another story that probably hurts even more than selling your latest gaming console which also happened to be worth a lot of money. Gamerant spotted a gamer who found out about the near-total loss of his collection that comprised of rare PlayStation 1 games and consoles. It was estimated the entire collection was worth $500,000 or Rs 3,69,17,750 approximately. © Dr Metro (For Representation Purposes Only) An employee of a gaming store based in New York City took to social media and posted his reaction to the situation. The gamer had been storing video games at his old family home which consisted of rare titles and even past consoles. The gamer joked in a now recently deleted tweet "People are gonna die. I just found out my mom a few years ago threw out ALL my PS1 games. 500+ games half still sealed. I am going to kill somebody.” The gamer estimated in the thread that his collection was "well over $500K worth of games.” The mom not only threw out the games, she also threw out rare vintage consoles that could be worth a lot of money as well. These included the Famicom (Japan Exclusive), Super Famicom, Atari, the very rare NeoGeo AES, amongst others. © Youtube/TheXbox Master (For Representation Purposes Only) Well, the pain doesn’t end there as the mom also tossed out other gaming merchandise that was part of the collection. She also tossed out music gear, a drum kit, 14 effects pedals and two Marshall amps. She also threw out his rare Magic: The Gathering cards, comic book collection and other rate items. What’s weird about this story is that the gamer realised this situation after his entire collection had been thrown out for years. It is unfortunate that his entire collection that was worth crores was thrown out in the trash as a part of a deep clean out. However, it seems better communication between the mother and son could have prevented this situation. © Pinterest (For Representation Purposes Only) Having said that, it would have been painful for the gamer to realise his lifelong collection was simply thrown out in the trash. Vintage games and consoles have started to increase in price and recently a copy of Super Mario Bros 3 sold for $153,000 and its the most expensive game ever sold. If you are like this gamer who likes to collect rare items; we advise storing it in your own home or at least let your mother know how much it is worth. Maybe, just maybe she might decide not to throw it out in trash if she knew the value of your prized possessions. Main image for representation purposes only Source: Gamerant View the full article
  9. Andhra Pradesh Legislative Assembly on Tuesday passed the AP Gaming (Amendment) Bill 2020 imposing a ban on online games in the state. This decision follows some unfortunate events of some youngsters committing suicides in recent days after they were pushed into debt by playing some online games. This has more to do with online gambling services than any other normal online games. Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy spoke about this Gaming Amendment Bill and noted how youngsters have been committing suicides after they were pushed into financial debt. © Reuters Home Minister M Sucharita also explained the objective behind amending the gaming law and pointed out how online gambling could induce criminal behavior in society and increase the number of organized crimes. These crimes include but are not limited to money laundering and fraud. Under the amendment, the first offense attracts imprisonment of up to one year and a fine of Rs 5,000. For every subsequent offense, the term of imprisonment might extend up to two years and a fine of Rs 10,000. It's also worth pointing out that every offense under this will be non-bailable. © Unsplash This particular news follows Tamil Nadu's ban on online games in the state citing similar reasons. In fact, it comes a little over a week following the ban in TN. We'll be closely following this news for further developments, so keep an eye out for an update. There's always an option to bring proper regulations in place instead of banning but we hope this decision will bring a positive impact on society. Source: NDTV View the full article
  10. One of the best things about having a PlayStation Plus subscription is that you get to enjoy some free games. Obviously, not all titles are offered for free and we don't get to choose them either, but they usually have a good game on offer. For the month of December, all the PlayStation Plus users will get three games for free as a part of their subscription. You'll get Just Cause 4, Rocket Arena, and Worms Rumble. All three games will be available for free to download on both the PS4 as well as the PS5 from December 1 through January 4. © Avalanche Studios Group Just Cause 4 released for PS4 in 2018. It's one of the best action-adventure games you can buy right now. Yes, it's not perfect by any means, but it's a classic Just Cause game with a chaotic storyline and action-packed gameplay. Rocket Arena, in case you don't know, was recently released. It's a colourful 3v3 shooter developed by Final Strike Games and published by Electronic Arts. It's definitely worth checking out. Lastly, we have Worms Rumble which is making its PlayStation debut in December. It brings 32-player, real-time action crossplay multiplayer to PS4 and the PS5. © Unsplash These are some really good titles which we think are worth playing. In case you missed it, the free games of November 2020 are still up for grabs. Bugsnax, Middle-earth: Shadow of War, and Hollow Knight: Voidheart Edition will be available through November 30. Be sure to check them out as well. View the full article
  11. Hot on the heels of Steam's annual Autumn sale, Epic Games' Black Friday sale is now live as well. The Epic Games Store is considered to be the hotbed of some kickass gaming deals and frequent free game giveaways. While we don't have an exciting free game giveaway now, there are some really sweet deals to check out. We suggest you head over to the store and check out the deals yourselves. But here are some suggestions to get you started - View the full article
  12. It's that time of the year when all the PC gamers come together and splurge on some of the biggest titles of the year. Yes, Steam's Autumn sale is now live and there are incredible deals to check out. Steam is currently packed with bargains on some of the biggest game franchises, coolest indies, and some really big hits. From FPS to strategy games, there's something for everyone. Below are some franchises that we recommend checking out - View the full article
  13. 2020 has been one long year with a lot of not-so-fortunate events. But you know what? It's coming to an end now which means it's time to look back and celebrate the good things that this year gave us. We're just getting started with the annual Game Awards. Last night, we got the full list of nominees for this year's Game Awards. There are some incredible games on the list and we highly suggest you head over to the official website and cast your vote. Check them out - Game of the year © ID Software · Doom Eternal · Final Fantasy VII Remake · Ghost of Tsushima · Animal Crossing: New Horizons · The Last of Us Part II . Hades Best game direction· Final Fantasy VII Remake · Ghost of Tsushima · Hades · Half Life: Alyx · The Last of Us Part II Best narrative· 13 Sentinels: Aegis Rim · Final Fantasy VII Remake · Ghost of Tsushima · Hades · The Last of Us Part II Best art direction © Sucker Punch Productions · Final Fantasy VII Remake · Ghost of Tsushima · Hades · Ori and the Will of the Wisps · The Last of Us Part II Best score and music· Final Fantasy VII Remake · Hades · Ori and the Will of the Wisps · The Last of Us Part II · Doom Eternal Best audio design· Doom Eternal · Ghost of Tsushima · Resident Evil 3 · The Last of Us Part II · Half Life: Alyx Best performance· Ashley Johnson as Ellie · Laura Bailey as Abbie · Daisuke Tsuki as Jin Sakai · Logan Cunningham as Hades · Nadji Jeter as Miles Morales © Sony Games for impact· If Found… · Kentucky Road Zero: TV Edition · Spiritfarer · Tell Me Why · Through The Darkest of Times Best ongoing· Apex Legends · Call Of Duty: Warzone · Destiny 2 · Fortnite · No Man’s Sky Best Indie· Carrion · Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockdown · Hades · Spelunky 2 · Spiritfarer Best Mobile game· Among Us · Call of Duty Mobile · Genshin Impact · Legends of Runuterra · Pokemon Café Mix Best community support· Apex Legends · Destiny 2 · Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockdown · Fortnite · No Man’s Sky · Valorant Best VR/AR· Dreams · Half Life: Alyx · Marvel’s Iron Man VR · Star Wars: Squadrons · The Walking Dead: Saints and Sinners Innovation in accessibility· Assassin’s Creed Valhalla · Grounded · Hyperdot · The Last of Us Part II · Watch Dogs Legion Best action· Doom Eternal · Hades · Half Life: Alyx · Nioh 2 · Streets of Rage 4 Best Action/Adventure· Assassin’s Creed Valhalla · Marvel’s Spider-Man: Miles Morales · Ghost of Tsushima · Ori and the Will of the Wisps · Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order · The Last of Us Part II Best role-playing· Final Fantasy VII Remake · Persona 5 Royal · Genshin Impact · Wasteland 3 · Yakuza: Like a Dragon Best fighting· Granblue Fantasy: Versus · Mortal Kombat 11 Ultimate · Street Fighter V: Champion Edition · One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows · UNDER NIGHT IN-BIRTH Exe: Late[cl-r] Best family · Animal Crossing: New Horizons · Crash Bandicoot 4: It’s About Time · Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockdown · Mario Kart Live Home: Circuit · Minecraft Dungeons · Paper Mario: The Origami King Best sim/strategy· Crusader Kings III · Desperado III · Gears Tactics · Microsoft Flight Simulator · XCOM: Chimera Squad Best sports/racing· Dirt 5 · F1 2020 · FIFA 21 · NBA 2K21 · Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater: 1+2 Best multiplayer · Animal Crossing: New Horizons · Among Us · Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockdown · Call of Duty: Warzone · Valorant Content creator of the year· Alanah Pearce · Nickmercs · Jay Ann Lopez · TimTheTatman · Valkyrae Best debut game· Carrion · Mortal Shell · Raji: An Ancient Epic · Röki · Phasmphobia Best eSports athlete· Ian “Cromsix” Porter · Hio “Showmaker” Su · Kim “Canyon” Geon-Bu · Anthony “Shotzzy” Cuevas-Castro · Mattheiu “Zawoo” Herbaut Best eSports coach· Danny “Zonic” Sorenson · Dae-Hee “Crusty” Park · Fabian “Grabbz” Lohmann · Lee “Zefa” Jae-Min · Raymond “Rambo” Lussier Best eSports event· Blast Premier: Spring 2020 European Finals · Call of Duty League Championship 2020 · IEM Katowice 2020 · League of Legends World Championship 2020 · Overwatch League Grand Finals 2020 image 1 - Naughty Dog Best eSports game· Call of Duty: Modern Warfare · Counter Strike: Global Offensive . Fortnite · League of Legends · Valorant Best eSports host· Alex “Goldenboy” Mendez · Alex “Machine” Richardson · Eefje “Sjokz” Depoortere · James “Dash” Patterson · Jorien “Sheever” Van Der Heijden Best eSports team· Damwon gaming · Dallas Empire · G2 Esports · San Francisco Shock · Team Secret You can head over to the official website and vote for your favorite games. View the full article
  14. There have been numerous studies in the past claiming that playing video games can be beneficial for mental health and it seems like a new scientific study by the University of Oxford reaffirms the same. The study used industry data from gaming companies to analyse wellbeing of players and see the effects on mental health. The research by the University of Oxford analysed two specific games i.e. Nintendo’s Animal Crossing: New Horizons and Electronic Arts’ Plants vs Zombies: Battle for Neighborville. © Unsplash It was found that players who spent time playing the two games reported that they felt happier. Having said that, it is worth pointing out that the study was only limited to the two games and did not use data from other games. The researchers also did not conclude whether increased playtime was the reason behind the participants experiencing better mental health. "Our findings show video games aren't necessarily bad for your health; there are other psychological factors which have a significant effect on a person's well-being," Andrew Przybylski, Director of Research at the Oxford Internet Institute and the study's lead author said. "In fact, play can be an activity that relates positively to people's mental health -- and regulating video games could withhold those benefits from players.” To put things into perspective, the researchers used data and survey responses from 2,756 players of Animal Crossing: New Horizons and 518 players of Plants vs. Zombies. Data from the games shared with the researchers was anonymous and the researchers surveyed the participants separately about their wellbeing. © Unsplash This is not the first time a study has concluded that video games could be beneficial for mental health. In fact, if you are interested in knowing what researchers are saying about video games and mental health, read our detailed op-ed about the topic here. Having said that, the University of Oxford is also looking to find any negative impacts caused by video games on mental health. “I’m very confident that if the research goes on, we will learn about the things that we think of as toxic in games,” Przybylski said, “and we will have evidence for those things as well.” The researches are hoping to introduce a higher standard of evidence about video game addiction or digital harms in general. “You have really respected, important bodies, like the World Health Organization and the NHS, allocating attention and resources to something that there’s literally no good data on. And it’s shocking to me, the reputational risk that everyone’s taking, given the stakes. For them to turn around and be like, ‘hey, this thing that 95% of teenagers do? Yeah, that’s addictive, no, we don’t have any data,’ that makes no sense,” Przybylski said. Video games have been found to have many benefits for gamers, especially in the post-COVID era. Games have been found to develop cognitive thinking, help people with pre-existing mental health issues and helping socialise with friends when isolated. New studies have cast doubt on long-held assumptions that video games can cause addiction, violence and aggression. View the full article
  15. With the clubs and restaurants still being a crowded zone, house parties and gatherings have become our only solace. From weekend parties to more intimate game-nights, the “new normal” calls for new forms of entertainment! The concept of celebrating your weekends is a necessity now more than ever before. And today, that’s what we are going to talk about! Not every weekend needs to be a loud celebration, sometimes a relaxed night in with your buddies is all that you need. Here are some fun party games to play with your friends next weekend! 1. Drink Up Cards This drinking card game is all about keeping people engaged in the most fun way! The deck consists of 55 cards, out of which one card explains the rules. Each card will ask you to perform a dare or drink up. You can play this game with cocktails or mocktails, the choice is yours! __ECOMPRODUCT__823__ 2. Double Sided Magnetic Dart Board This game never gets old. The rules are pretty simple. All that you need to do is aim right! You can make it even more fun by adding dares or drinks to the basic rules. Isn’t this perfect for one of those low-key nights! __ECOMPRODUCT__757__ 3. Would You Rather Card Game Would you rather is a fun game in itself. However, we do need to agree on the fact that thinking of questions while playing is the biggest peeve. With this card game, you can keep things interesting without any mental effort! __ECOMPRODUCT__824__ 4. Classic Playing Cards If you like game nights, you should have a good deck of playing cards. The number of games you can play are many! With the festive season coming up, poker seems to be the best choice! __ECOMPRODUCT__825__ __ECOMPRODUCT__756__ 5. Mantri Cards: Political Trump Card Game Want to let your political ‘keeda’ out? We have the perfect game that will help you do that in the most competitive and fun way! This card game will not only improve your knowledge but also let you have fun while doing that! __ECOMPRODUCT__535__ 6. Oye Happy Check & Mate Board Game Game nights need not be with your friends only. Sometimes, you can have them with your partner too! This fun check and mate board game is meant to bring you closer to your partner in a fun, yet smooth way! __ECOMPRODUCT__826__ 7. FIFA’21 Well, in case you already own a PS4, there’s nothing better than a classic FIFA night. The newer and better version of the game is finally here, so go ahead and enjoy your game nights! __ECOMPRODUCT__827__ Game On! There’s nothing better than a fun game night with your best buddies! Go ahead and enjoy your “night-ins” the right way! Do let us know which are some of your favorite games to play at your game nights! Explore More View the full article
  16. We’re gonna get done with yet another month and things are heating up with new game releases. With some of the most highly anticipated games releasing in November, it’s probably going to be the busiest month for games. From Cyberpunk 2077 to Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War, we feature the top upcoming games that will be releasing in November 2020. There are over 100 games launching in the month of November but we handpicked 10 of the most anticipated games arranged by release dates. 1. Dirt 5 © Codemasters If you are into off-road racing games then Codemasters will be releasing Dirt 5 for the PS4, Xbox One, and PC on November 6th. Dirt games are known for off-road racing style and this one will include different tracks with elements such as mud, snow, ice, rain and sand. You will be racing in locations such as China, Brazil, Norway US and other locations. The game also has a dynamic weather feature where the weather can change at any time during a race and it will directly impact your race as the surface gets a bit harder to handle. The game will even get a free upgrade to PS5 and Xbox Series X with an option to play in the 120 FPS mode. 2. The Falconeer © Wired Productions The Falconeer is one of those weird games on the list but definitely interesting enough to check out. It’s a dogfighting game, except you're riding on the back of a falcon instead of flying a plane. In The Falconeer you play as a rogue freelancer who, alongside their bird, picks up odd jobs to earn a living. The Falconeer is an open-world air combat game, featuring fast, brutal aerial dogfights and deep exploration of an incredible fantasy open-world setting not only above the clouds but also amongst the waves and down through the sunken, ocean depths. 3. Assassin’s Creed Valhalla © Ubisoft Even though the recent Assassin's Creed games don’t have much assassinating involved, AC Valhalla could be a great game. We can obviously see the game has taken inspiration from The Witcher 3 as there will be important decisions cropping up during story quests and includes the usual Ubisoft open-world game traits: points of interest, treasure and secrets and loot to find, and of course things to climb. The game will launch almost a week before Cyberpunk 2077 and we aren’t really sure if gamers have room for two massive RPGs this month but AC Valhalla is definitely worth checking out. 4. Destiny 2: Beyond Light © Bungie Destiny 2's next expansion is going to be bringing a new elemental power, called Stasis, a brand new raid for players to beat, and a new location to explore. Jupiter's frozen moon Europa will be the new playable area and Bungie is also releasing a bunch of new exotic items for players. The expansion will also see the return of the Exo Stranger from the original Destiny's campaign, as well as Variks from the original game's House of Wolves expansion. The Beyond Light expansion is also releasing on 10th of November on the PS4, Xbox One and PC. 5. Godfall © Gearbox Software Godfall is set to launch on November 12th and the game is everything you expect from a hack and slash RPG. The game is best described as a loot-driven action RPG where the focus is on real-time melee attacks. Godfall is set in a fantasy universe that can be played either entirely solo or in co-op mode with your friends. However, the game does require you to be connected to the internet at all times. Think Destiny but better as that’s all we know about this looter-slasher game right now. We’ve seen some gameplay from developer ‘Counterplay Games' and it already looks fantastic. The game will be released for the PlayStation 5 and on PC next month. 6. Call of Duty Black Ops: Cold War © Activision While most people are still busy playing Warzone, the next instalment of Call of Duty is set to release on November 13th. While many feel the game has been overshadowed by the popular battle Royale mode, it seems like the Cold War will be integrated as well. We can expect a big map update that will take elements from Treyarch’s campaign and regular multiplayer modes. The game will also have the Uber popular Zombies mode to look forward to. 7. Yakuza: Like a Dragon © Capcom The game is already out in Japan but for us non-Japanese speaking folk, we get to enjoy the crime series yet again when it releases on November 13th for the Xbox One and PC. The game is set in a different city this time that Is Yokohama and uses turn-based combat style instead. The series has surely gotten an overhaul with very different combat mechanics than what most Yakuza players would be used to. We will also play the game with a new lead character, Ichiban Kasuga. 8. Cris Tales © Modus Games A JRPG-style game, think Chrono Trigger and Final Fantasy 6 with turn-based combat and a neat sounding time manipulation system that lets you "experience the past, present, and future simultaneously,” Cris Tales is a gorgeous, indie love letter to classic JRPGs with a new perspective. You can even climb aboard an airship or boat and traverse this handcrafted, dark fairytale world. 9. Spider-Man Miles Morales © Sony Interactive Entertainment Insomniac Games is following up its excellent Spider-Man game with a spin-off focusing on the titular hero. Miles is coming to terms with his newfound powers and you'll play as him while he figures out how to be his own Spidey. It's sure to be full of amazing action as you swing through the snowy Manhattan setting. If you buy it on PS4, you'll be able to claim the PS5 version for free. So that was our list featuring our top 9 games for the month of November 2020. Since there are 100s of games launching in November, do let us know if we missed out on any great titles in the comments section. View the full article
  17. The COVID-19 outbreak majorly impacted a lot of businesses, so naturally, game production also took a hit. Game developers are being forced to work from home, which isn't ideal due to some obvious limitations. Due to this, a number of games have been delayed due to slow development. Here are 5 games that got delayed this year due to the COVID-19 outbreak - DeathloopArkane Studios showcased their time-bending shooter and it got a lot of hype. Sadly, the studio had to delay the release because the devs had to adjust to the work-from-home model. It's now delayed into 2021. To the community, an update on DEATHLOOP: pic.twitter.com/XveoG6AgoT — DEATHLOOP (@deathloop) August 18, 2020Halo InfiniteHalo Infinite was originally supposed to come out with the new Xbox consoles but they got a lot of criticism after they showcased the gameplay a couple of months ago. After what we think was mostly negative feedback, 343 Industries decided to delay the game's release to 2021. Halo Infinite Development Update pic.twitter.com/TFZvXhRN9f — Halo (@Halo) August 11, 2020 Tales of AriseThe JRPG Tales of Arise got delayed indefinitely. Although the devs didn't specifically cite COVID-19 as the reason for the delay, they did speak about how the workflow changes had affected the development. We are looking forward to playing this game whenever it comes out. Cyberpunk 2077We have important news to share with you pic.twitter.com/qZUaD6IwmM — Cyberpunk 2077 (@CyberpunkGame) October 27, 2020 After a really long development period, Cyberpunk 2077 was finally slated to come out in September this year. But CD Projekt Red later announced that the game is getting delayed to November 19. Although they also didn't explicitly cite COVID-19 as the reason for the delay, it's worth noting that they're also undergoing work-from-home changes like many others. The game recently got delayed again and it's now slated to come out on December 10. View the full article
  18. Online gambling has been at the forefront of discussions lately in India. Whether or not they should be banned in India is a completely different discussion to have at a later time because we're here to look at an important development in the gambling space today. Andhra Pradesh CM YS Jagan Mohan Reddy sent has sent a letter to Union Minister RS Prasad in which he has requested to block 132 websites in the state. A copy of the letter sent by the CM was accessed by the folks over at Gadgets360, and they've highlighted a few key points. View the full article
  19. For the longest time, games have suffered a reputation of being the escape for teens from reality. Lately, though, with the launch of some fun games for adults that time-worn stereotype has begun to change. Games are now jazzing up the adult gatherings and we can see why. Even with a combination of good food, music and booze, a party can seem dull simply because it’s not that easy for adults to engage and feel comfortable with everyone. But fun party games can break those barriers in no time. So if you want to throw a lit party, play a game. Ludo On SteroidsMost of us came back to ludo during the lockdown. Now, let’s try an extension of the same game - Ludo On Steroids. With a modern twist of cards to the classic ludo, Drink Up has made it more competitive and faster. __ECOMPRODUCT__755__ Political Card GameCan’t stop talking about political drama? Then, Mantri Cards is just the game for you. This game contains information of 100 Members of Parliament (MPs) from the 17th Lok Sabha and 8 unique Power Cards to alter gameplay. This deck will build awareness about the people who occupy the highest offices in our nation and is a great way to start a well-informed conversation about Indian politics. __ECOMPRODUCT__535__ Black Poker Playing CardsEverybody loves poker. It’s a never-ending series of fun and conversations. Use this scratch-proof, professional deck of playing cards to leave an impression on your friends. __ECOMPRODUCT__756__ Dart Board GameThe Dart Game is intriguing. You get to ask some bizarre questions to your friends if they miss their aim and they can’t lie about it. It’s also a good tradition as throwing darts will be your focus. This set, in particular, comes without needles which makes it safe for kids in the house. __ECOMPRODUCT__757__ Satirical Card GameWe know how addictive satire can be. And if you and your friends have already developed a taste for this humorous art form, you’ll love Cards vs Sanskaar. This deck of 392 cards is filled with dark jokes and wise-cracks on current affairs from society, politics and Bollywood. __ECOMPRODUCT__532__ Poker Chips SetCare to make your poker night more exciting? Then, host it with your very own set of poker chips. Billium Poker Set comes with 300 Professional Clay Chips, 60 chips in each 10 red, 50 green, 100 black, 500 blue, 1000 pink denominations, 3 trays that can hold 100 chips each, plastic playing cards, 1 all-in and 1 dealer button. __ECOMPRODUCT__758__ High Stake Poker Chips SetIf poker is your passion, Tyburn Saint Aluminium Poker Chips Set is your game. This Poker Plaques Set is specially designed for poker masters who believe in high stake action. This limited edition game box holds 40 plaques of higher denominations. __ECOMPRODUCT__759__ Pick Your FavouriteThere you have it! Our top 7 fun games for adults that’ll add life to your party. They’ll help you break the ice between your guests even if they come from different walks of life. Explore More View the full article
  20. While we're still waiting to hear about the availability or the price of the PS5 in India, Microsoft seems to be on track with its Xbox Series launch in India. In case you don't know, the new Xbox Series X and the Xbox Series S are already available to pre-order in India. The console will go on sale for everyone in India on November 10 and all the pre-order will also start to reach by this date. And if you're wondering about the games that'll be available to play on your new console on the launch day, then we've got you covered. Here are the four new and exciting games that'll be available to play on the new consoles. Assassin's Creed Valhalla © Ubisoft Ubisoft is bringing back the Assassin's Creed franchise to life this year with a new title. Assassin's Creed Valhalla looks like one of the best games to ever hit the franchise and we can't wait to dive in. This is one of the launch titles that'll be available to play on the Xbox Series X/S on the launch day. Watch Dogs: Legion © Ubisoft There's a lot of hype around Watch Dogs: Legion and we're glad that it's finally coming out this month. This game will also be available on the Xbox Series X/S on the launch date and it also supports Xbox's Smart Delivery. Yakuza: Like A Dragon © Sega The new iteration in the Yakuza series will also be available to play on the Xbox Series X/S on the launch day. It also supports Smart Delivery, which is great. NBA 2K21The NBA 2K21 was one of the most anticipated games this year and it'll also be available to play on the Xbox console on the launch day. This is a great addition to the launch titles line up this year. View the full article
  21. Whether your parents, girlfriend, boyfriend, husband or wife likes it or not, video games have proven to be good for mental health according to numerous studies around the world. In fact, in India alone, there was a rise of 200% in console sales during the lockdown period as more people started to play games. A recent study by the UK's National Literacy Trust found that “video games can be a genuine route for gamers in reading, creative writing, improving literacy skills and most importantly, emotional wellbeing.” © unsplash In the case of the UK’s National Literacy Trust study it was found that 60% of the 4,600 respondents admitted that gaming has the ability to keep their kids in contact with friends and family during the lockdown. Keeping in touch with your friends on a regular basis is important for the mental wellbeing of children. In fact, if you want to know how video games personally helped me stay sane during the lockdown, read about my experience with Animal Crossing here. Games like Call of Duty: Warzone, Valorant and other competitive online multiplayer games enable gamers to strategize and implement their strategies that require precision and skill which no other form of entertainment can even evoke. These games also play an important role in the life of millennials. There’s a reason why the WHO encouraged everyone to sit at home and play games during the pandemic. Not only was it used as a measure to reduce the spread of the virus, but video games are also now more social than ever. It also helped gamers interact with their friends on a daily basis. View the full article
  22. It doesn’t matter what platform you play games on. What matters at the end of the day are games. The Nintendo Switch has proven that a console doesn’t need to be powerful to play games as the content matters more than the platform that it is being played on. That’s exactly the same strategy Microsoft is using for promoting the next-generation of gaming. Whether you want to play games on a PC, a console or on your phone; Microsoft has you covered with its Games Pass service. © Microsoft If you always wanted to play console games and never could afford to get every game you wanted to play, Microsoft has just made it easier for you. With the Games Pass, Microsoft gives you access to hundreds of AAA and indie titles for the price of one. Think of it as Netflix for games as it includes blockbuster titles like Gears of War, Halo, Streets of Rage 4, Ori and Will of the Wisps and the entire Yakuza series. No matter what type of game you want to play, the Xbox Games Pass service has it. Microsoft also recently purchased the entire Zenimax Media catalogue and you will be seeing games like Fallout, Elder Scrolls, Doom and other franchises also making it to the service too. There’s no denying that you get more value than any other service out there and Microsoft is at the forefront of it. Now the most essential part of any service has to be the fact that it is accessible to everyone and Games Pass can be accessed on phones via streaming (yet to be launched in India), on PC and the Xbox consoles. The Xbox Series X and S are all set to launch next month all over the world and to everyone’s surprise in India as well. If you’ve always been wanting to get into console gaming, any of these consoles or the PC is a great starting point. © Microsoft The Indian gaming scene has long suffered from high prices for consoles and games because of import duties and publishers refusing to implement regional pricing. What publishers don’t understand is that India’s purchasing power is far lower than the rest of the world. A middle-class salaried Indian has to work 9-14 times or more to afford consoles and games as, in India, games are generally sold for $60 (a direct conversion) or sometimes even higher. Microsoft understands that and offers its Games Pass service, keeping regional pricing in mind. Xbox Game Pass starts at Rs 489 per month and in exchange, you get access to games that can cost up to $4000 or more if bought individually. You can even use the service on PC if you don’t own an Xbox or don’t plan on getting one. I’ve always been in support of making games more accessible to potential gamers and Microsoft is achieving my decade-old notion in India. © YouTube/Austin Evans Xbox Games Pass is not only giving one access to hundreds of games, it’s also about getting access to newly launched first-party titles on launch day without having to pay extra. It has a stable catalogue of games where some games leave the service each month but are replaced by new ones. So it’s not only that you will be stuck with one set of games, with the service, you will also get access to new and different games that you won’t have to purchase separately. And lastly, Microsoft has understood that gaming is all about being inclusive which is why the company has also started to implement cross-platform features. Not only will the games purchased from the Microsoft Store be available to play on your PC, you can also access them on an Xbox without having to pay extra. Similarly, multiplayer games like Forza Horizon 4, Halo Master Chief Collection also let players from different platforms play games with each other. It’s probably the most inclusive feature any game publisher or console maker has ever promoted. I firmly believe that next-gen gaming would be best on the Xbox Series X and PC simply because of how powerful these machines can be and the fact that it promotes affordability. The Games Pass is probably the best gift Indian gamers could receive this generation and if it weren’t for Microsoft, we would still be paying way more to play latest games. View the full article
  23. Video Games have been a saviour, to the say the least, around the world after countries went into lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 2020 has been a weird year for everyone, however the one thing that has been keeping people mentally healthy are video games. In fact, even World Health Organisation also recommended playing games to prevent the spread of COVID-19. © Unsplash/fredrick-tendong-6ou8gWpS9ns However, a new study spotted by Ladbible found that video games are actually beneficial to kids and people who game regularly, given that they play a few times a week for a reasonable amount of time. In fact, the study found that gamers are more inclined to benefit from gaming than getting involved with other nefarious activities such as drug and alcohol consumption. © National Literacy Trust The study comes from United Kingdom’s National Literacy Trust, who found that video games can be a genuine route for gamers in reading, creative writing, improving literacy skills and most importantly emotional wellbeing. More than 4,600 young people aged between 11 to 16 were surveyed for this study in the UK and 75% of them said that gaming helps them feel like they are part of a story. This, in turn, inspired them to read more about the games they are playing and inspired their own creativity in the process. 65% of the respondents said that video games could help them imagine being someone else which implies some form of genuine empathy according to the study. © unsplash/fredrick-tendong-HVYepJYeHdQ 60% of the respondents also admitted that gaming has the ability to keep their kids in contact with friends and family during lockdown. Keeping in touch with your friends on a regular basis is important for the mental wellbeing of children. Online multiplayer games encourage kids to communicate with their friends and work as a team to win matches or achieve goals in games like Destiny 2. Jonathan Douglas, chief executive of the National Literacy Trust, said, "This research absolutely suggests that mechanisms that young people themselves already enjoy are the best ways to get them into the wider pattern of reading and writing. It's exciting to uncover the opportunities that video game playing can provide for young people to engage in reading, stimulate creativity through writing, enhance communication with friends and family, and support empathy and wellbeing." He added, "COVID-19 has significantly disrupted young people's literacy and learning in recent months, and we want to ensure that no stone is left unturned when it comes to identifying new and innovative ways to support children's literacy when they return to school in September.” Source: Ladbible, NLT View the full article
  24. While India has been behind the rest of the world when it comes to game development, it doesn’t mean we aren’t catching up. There are more studios opening up in India that assist in making globally successful games such as Red Dead Redemption 2, Watch Dogs, Assassin’s Creed and countless others. However, there are plenty of games that have been produced and developed in India from the ground up that are coming to consoles and phones soon or are already out right now. Here are four incredible games that were developed in India: 1. Prince of Persia Remake © Ubisoft Prince of Persia: Sands of Time Remake is about to launch all over the world soon and it would be prudent to point out that the game was developed at the Mumbai and Pune studios of Ubisoft. The game is a remake of the original game that was released in 2003 with updated graphics and gameplay mechanics. The game has been in development for a couple of years and it will be released for PC, PS4 and the Xbox One on January 21st 2021. 2. Raji: An Ancient Epic © Nodding heads Games Developed by ‘Nodding Heads Games’ from Pune, Raji: An Ancient Epic is already out for the Nintendo Switch and will be making its way to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC later this month. The game has been highly influenced by Transistor and Bastion by SuperGiant Games. Oddly enough, the game needed £120,000 but failed to achieve their goal. However, the studio still pulled through and managed to complete the game. 3. Ghajini – The Game © FXLabs and Geetha Arts Remember the movie? Well, this game was released at the same time in 2008 by FXLabs and Geetha Arts. While the game is not considered to be that great, it was still a great attempt at developing and releasing a 3D action-adventure game at a time when India wasn’t really known for making games. It had an impressive render of Aamir Khan who plays the character of Sanjay Singhania. It follows the same story as the movie which was a rip-off of Memento. 4. FAU-G © Core-Games We all know about FAU-G or Fearless and United: Guards that is set to release for smartphones later this month. The game has been in development for months and is based on the incidents that occurred in the Galwan Valley region. The game was under fire for using a stock image for their poster and having a hilarious play on the name of the game based on the popular Battle Royale game PUBG. It has been described as “a new multiplayer mid-core gaming title” by the developers which means it may not have any form of battle-royale mode. View the full article
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