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5 Exciting New Gaming Trends

If you need tangible proof of the advancement of technology, the gaming world is the place to go. When you think about how far gaming has come in the last few decades, it’s remarkable. From slow black and white screens to intense real-time gaming, the industry has made leaps and bounds. However, it’s not planning on stopping anytime soon. So, if you want to know what you can expect from the gaming world in the next few years, take a look below.

VR Headset

Virtual Reality

 

Virtual reality isn’t a new concept in the gaming world, but there is room for so much more than there is right now. 3D has been around longer than many people know. The reason that it wasn’t as mainstream as it is now is because it wasn’t affordable. Like the majority of innovative technology, the wealthy are the ones who get to experience it first. However, VR headsets are about to change the gaming world forever. For example, Oculus Rift, created by Palmer Luckey, has a huge field view, quicker response than other headsets and immersive 3D technology.

 

Secondary Screens

 

For years, gamers have been complaining about not being able to do two things at once while playing certain games. This is especially true for action games where time is precious and the last thing you want to do is pause the game to access another screen. The introduction of secondary screens, like Wii U and Xbox SmartGlass. If you are going to use an additional screen, you’ll need a quality HD one the LG 27UK850 Monitor. Being able to access maps or menus from one screen and continue to play on another will make gaming that more exciting.

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Cheap Gaming

 

One of the downsides to gaming is that it can be expensive to kit yourself out with everything you need to get the full experience of games on the market right now. That’s why so many people are playing games on their phones. You can expect to see a rise in android powered game consoles where people can get their hands on cheap and free games with a 1080p gaming experience. The industry will no longer rely on big corporations to create expensive games.

 

Augmented Reality

 

Augmented reality has just as many possibilities as virtual reality. When using augmented reality, a gamer’s reality is altered to provide them with a new experience each time. For instance, games like DroidShooting can be played on phones. The game takes your surroundings and you have to shoot at the droids that appear within those surroundings. You’ll see your own reality on your phone but the game will add to it to create an experience.

Cloud Gaming

 

If you thought the Cloud didn’t have its finger in this pie too, you’d be wrong. The future of gaming will be more accessible, like music and movies, to those who want to game at the click of a button. All it will take is a device and an internet connection to play a selection of different games online.

 

Gaming is constantly changing, but always for the better.

 

Science(ish)

We recently had Rick Edwards on the show and had a wonderful time chatting to him about all things science, Fatbergs and hunting for treasure in rivers. Most notably we discussed his Science podcast that he presents alongside Dr Michael Brooks: Science(ish). Science(ish) is all about discussing the science in popular culture.

What are the episodes about?

In the podcast that we had with Rick we discussed recent Science(ish) shows such as discussing what would happen if there were Nuclear Warfare. Dr Michael Brooks’ revelation that the best way to figure out humanity. It would be to place loads of babies on a desert island and do experiments on them. How plants defend themselves against caterpillars. Plus Rick informed us about a special that was once shelved, it was due to be released on Valentines Day. To find out exactly what the special was, listen to Rick’s show with us! Furthermore Marcus found out during his chat with Rick that they’re doing an episode on Wolverine soon! In this EP, Rick discusses with Dr Michael Brooks about regeneration, much like Wolverine! Also we touched on genetic mutation and how people may be able to mutate gene’s in the future to design their children!

Science

We had a great time chatting to Rick about his podcast Science(ish) and book of the same name. It is very apparent that Rick is very passionate about Science. Yet, the things he spoke about whilst with us, were made very simple for us to understand. This is what Science(ish) is all about, talking about Science in a cool, entertaining and interesting way. So, therefore, even if you’re not a fan of Science, you may have had some Science discussions with your mates without even knowing about it as Rick stated in the podcast!

Science is not as dull as many Tv shows and text books may lead you to believe. While Science(ish) is the cool cousin of that. You will want to delve into things with your friends about many of the subjects that Edwards and Brooks discuss on Science(ish). Therefore we feel that it will open your eyes to the things! Such as how exciting and exhilarating Science can be, more specifically the future of the world.

Science(ish) is a very cool podcast and we highly recommend that you check out Rick’s podcast, you can listen to Science(ish) by clicking here!

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Metro Exodus

Metro Exodus is OUT NOW and we think that it is absolutely incredible. Not only is it beautiful but the story is said to be one of the most interesting and immersive gaming experiences out there right now. We will definitely come back to you with a full look at Metro Exodus in the future. But in the mean time, we’re on board. This game has no competitive multiplayer, it has no co-op but what it does have is a vivid story which will keep you entertained for hours. It looks like a movie, what more could you want?!

Five years on from the previous Metro game (Metro: Last Light) you control Arytom and a band of Spartan Rangers. WHo have fled the Moscow Metro and embark on an incredible continent spanning epic journey. Not just any journey either, it’s across a post apocalyptic Russia.

The story is inspired by novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky. Metro Exodus’ storyline is a huge expansive single player experience that blends an incredible narrative. With high octane impact combat, exploration, survival and stealth. Therefore creating one wonderfully atmospheric, immersive world. We haven’t been this excited for a single player experience since Red Dead Redemption II! 

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Hollywood remakes: No new ideas?

We love movies here at How To Kill An Hour, we love enjoying them, we enjoy debating about them, we like to discuss what would make a good movie. But are we running out of original ideas? Hollywood remakes seem to happen each year and MusicMagpie took a deep dive into the history of cinema.

How many of the films that we have seen are remakes? How many of the films that you thought were originals but in fact were remakes. Which begs the question, is Hollywood becoming lazier and looking for a quick bit of cash? Is coming up with new and original ideas that difficult?

They investigated this and analysed over 100 years of movie remakes. Consequently this is a total of 1,438 films. Dating all the way back to 1902, they wanted to find out if Hollywood really are leaning on the remake market.

Factors

The factors that they researched are:

  • Which movie has been remade the most?
  • What other movies have been remade multiple times
  • How long we are waiting before remaking movies

Their analysis discovered that an average time between the original release of a film and a remake is 23 years. Whilst subsequent remakes having a shorter and shorter time frame between releases.

The longest time between remakes was 85 years. It’s a film called The Cabinet of Dr.Caligari, the original released in 1920 and the remake in 2005. Dumbo was released in 2941 and a remake is due this year in 2019. Therefore marking a 78 year gap between releases.

Are remakes better? Find out the extensive list and rather interesting piece from MusicMagpie here. It’s an interesting read, some movies have been remade a total of 5 times! Such as Robin Hood, Oliver Twist, Jane Eyre and Brewster’s Millions.

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Devil May Cry 5 – Fast Paced. High Octane. A LOT OF FUN!

We recently got our hands on an exclusive play through of Devil May Cry 5 and let us tell you now, that it is absolutely amazing! What a great start to the year in the gaming world?! If you have ever played Devil May Cry series before, the game play of Devil May Cry 5 will come as no surprise to you. The game is very easy to play, very easy to pick up. Exactly how you’d expect a hack and slasher like the Devil May Cry series to be like.  The brand new character V is an incredible addition to the franchise too, bringing a breath of fresh air to an already great series. Furthermore there an additional 2 other brand new characters, each with their own set of play style.

The over the top style of play is something that we love and it’s fast paced, high octane gameplay style that what everyone loved, is what draws people to the latest instalment and undoubtedly the reason as to why this game is highly anticipated from a lot of the gaming community. You will not be disappointed by this game. Whether you are a fan of the series or not.

Features

  • The 16 million unit selling series is back with original Director Hideaki Itsuno at the helm of development.
  • A demonic invasion begins with the seeds of a “demon tree” taking root in Red Grave City.
  • Featuring three playable characters each with a radically different stylish combat play style.
  • Developed with Capcom’s in-house proprietary RE engine, the series continues to achieve new heights in fidelity with graphics that utilize photorealistic character designs and stunning lighting and environmental effects.
  • Battle against epic bosses in adrenaline fueled fights across the over-run Red Grave City.
  • Nero, one of the series main protagonists and a young demon hunter who has the blood of Sparda, heads to Red Grave City to face the hellish onslaught of demons, with weapons craftswoman and new partner-in-crime, Nico

(Amazon)

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Alita Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel

Alita Battle Angel

We here at How To Kill An Hour are HUGE comic book and anime fans, so when we first heard about Alita Battle Angel we had to check it out! It’s definitely one of the best anime movies we have seen for a LONG time. It’s full of action and excitement and it reminds us of a anime classic Ghost in the Shell! However, it’s not an anime movie as such as it’s a mixture of CGI/Live Action and it does it really well. The movie is based off of an anime but moulded into a live action setting.

INFO

From visionary filmmakers James Cameron (AVATAR) and Robert Rodriguez (SIN CITY), comes ALITA: BATTLE ANGEL, an epic adventure of hope and empowerment. When Alita (Rosa Salazar) awakens with no memory of who she is in a future world she does not recognize, she is taken in by Ido (Christoph Waltz), a compassionate doctor who realizes that somewhere in this abandoned cyborg shell is the heart and soul of a young woman with an extraordinary past.

As Alita learns to navigate her new life and the treacherous streets of Iron City, Ido tries to shield her from her mysterious history while her street-smart new friend Hugo (Keean Johnson) offers instead to help trigger her memories. But it is only when the deadly and corrupt forces that run the city come after Alita that she discovers a clue to her past – she has unique fighting abilities that those in power will stop at nothing to control. If she can stay out of their grasp, she could be the key to saving her friends, her family and the world she’s grown to love.

DIRECTED BY

Robert Rodriguez

SCREENPLAY BY

James Cameron & Laeta Kalogridis

BASED ON THE GRAPHIC NOVEL (“MANGA”) SERIES:

“Gunnm” By Yukito Kishiro

PRODUCED BY

James Cameron, Jon Landau

CAST

Rosa Salazar, Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Connelly, Mahershala Ali, Ed Skrein, Jackie Earle Haley, Keean Johnson

(Fox)

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Reign of The Supermen

Reign of the Supermen

Reign of the Supermen is an animated film from DC Comics and produced by Warner Bros Entertainment and DC Comics. This comic book movie is a sequel to the 2018 film The Death of Superman. It’s based on the comic book of the same name that continues from The Death Of Superman storyline.

(Wiki)

As you all already know we love a comic book film and this is no different. This movie is really really good! Don’t discount it just because it is an animated, comic book movie. Animated movies are not just for the kids! This movie is a 100% recommendation for your watch list!

Reign of the Supermen” finds Earth’s citizens – and the Man of Steel’s heroic contemporaries – dealing with a world without Superman. But the aftermath of Superman’s death, and the subsequent disappearance of his body, leads to a new mystery – is Superman still alive? The question is further complicated when four new super-powered individuals – Steel, Cyborg Superman, Superboy and the Eradicator – emerge to proclaim themselves as the ultimate hero. In the end, only one will be able to proclaim himself the world’s true Superman. (Amazon)

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Fortnite Marshmellow

Fortnite Marshmellow MONSTER Concert!

During the Super Bowl this past Sunday something amazing happened. It wasn’t the half-time show from Maroon 5, nor was it the Patriots winning the Super Bowl again. Introducing Fortnite’s Marshmellow monster concert!

It happened in the hugely popular video game Fortnite. Players who were logged into Fortnite at 19:00GMT were only allowed to play one game mode: Showtime.

Interactive Concert

By playing this game mode, players were treated to a Marshmellow concert, complete with a Marshmellow avatar and trademark turntables, a concert which was entirely live, while the masked DJ urge players to dance and have fun along to the music.

Marshmellow’s Fortnite set lasted 10mins and players could launch themselves into the air, bounce beach balls and dance, the set was entirely interactive.It is said that MILLIONS attended Marshmellow’s set, during which non music game modes weren’t available to them. Therefore judging by the fact that there are an estimated 125million users a fair chunk of those would’ve been in this set.

(BBC)

Video Game Concerts

It would be interesting to know if it rivalled the numbers of the actual Super Bowl half time show, if so, is this an argument for other games to host their own mini music concert? Is this the future? We don’t think it will ever replace a real music concert, but, is there space in the video game world for this type of content?

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Anthem Open Demo

Anthem is EA’s brand new game that really surprised everyone during E3 2017. It’s a brand new game, a brand new franchise in a completely new universe. It’s a futuristic open-world RPG that many are excited about and for good reason! We recently too the Anthem Open Demo for a spin recently and it is absolutely incredible!

Anthem is an upcoming online only, multiplayer, open world,  third person RPG game that’s being developed by BioWare Edmonton and published by EA. Due for release in 2018, this game is said to be HUGE and it’s release is not too far away. February 22nd to be exact! You and your friends take take on a role of a Freelancer in a group of up to 4 bold and courageous people who leave their civilisation to explore a dangerous yet beautiful landscape.

We’ve played the Anthem Open Demo for a while and we absolutely love it and cannot wait to play the full game. It’s a breath of fresh air and we cannot wait to team up with the rest of the How To Kill An Hour crew.

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4 Ways to Enhance Your Gaming Experience Today

The video games industry is growing year in year and has become a multi-billion dollar industry. More and more people every year are gravitating toward video games as the ultimate form of entertainment. This is something that has become even more accessible in recent years as a result of the number of opportunities there are to enjoy games moving forward.

 

There are so many things you have got to keep in mind, and it is important to assess what you can do to get the best possible experience when gaming. There are plenty of things that combine to make up the gaming experience, and this is something that you have to bear in mind. Here are some of the best ideas that are going to help you improve your gaming experience.

 

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Practice Makes Perfect

 

They say that practice makes perfect, and there is a lot to be said for this. It is important to understand what it takes to improve your skill and ability at a particular game. The best way to do this is to practice and play more and to play against people better than you as well. This is important to focus on because it is a great way of getting better at gaming, and being able to spread your skills across different games. Plus, do you really need an excuse to play more video games?!

 

Get Tips and Hints Online

 

There are a lot of places you can go online to get hints, tips, cheats, or walkthroughs that can help you to enjoy a game that little bit more. Whether you want to buy OSRS gold, or you’re looking through a walkthrough, so you don’t get lost, there are tons of online options. The internet has made the world of gaming much more enjoyable and accessible, and this is certainly something you need to keep in mind when it comes to your gaming experience.

 

Set Up a Gaming Room

 

In order to be able to have a more enjoyable time of things, it is important that you set up a designated space for your gaming. This could be in the spare room if you have one, and you could choose to kit it out the room with furniture and equipment that is going to leave you with the perfect gaming room. If you don’t have a spare room, then you could still make some changes to the living room in order to gear it more towards gaming. For instance, you might consider buying a new TV unit to fit all your consoles on, or make space for your gaming chair, etc.

 

Utilise Different Devices

 

You can use plenty of different devices these days in order to enjoy gaming more. There are consoles and PCs, which offer countless games across different genres, but handheld devices are also popular. And, in recent times, there has been a growth in the mobile gaming sector, providing a convenient and remote opportunity for gaming on the move. There are so many excellent mobile app games that you can enjoy, and this really goes a long way toward providing a more complete experience.

 

There are a lot of things you can do that are going to help improve your gaming experience. This is one of the great social activities you can enjoy these days, and inviting friends over is really important when it comes to making a big difference. So, you need to make sure you are focused on improving and enhancing your experience by following the suggestions above.