Train to Be a Pro Game Developer With These Bundles

first_imgStay on target It’s a well-known fact that games are the spice of life. They serve as an escape from our stress-filled lives and provide us with a glimmer of excitement where we can realize all our hopes and dreams — even if only briefly.Have you ever imagined becoming a game developer? It’s easier than you might think, and these three e-learning bundles might be the perfect way to get started. They’re quick, convenient, and offered at prices that’ll fit practically any budget.1. School of Game Design: Lifetime MembershipThis package includes over 120 hours of high-quality training videos that introduce students to the world of game design. Perfect for beginners, each video takes you step-by-step through the development process and shows you how to make advanced 2D and 3D games.With this program, you can learn when it’s convenient. There are no schedules or deadlines to stick to. Simply access the content online and learn when you have time. You’ll have access to it for life, too, so there’s no rush to complete it.A lifetime membership to the School of Game Design is just $59 — a savings of 99% off the regular price of $5990. School of Game Design: Lifetime Membership – $59See Deal 3. The Complete Mobile App & Game Development KitHave you always wanted to learn how to make your own mobile apps and games but didn’t know where to start? Get everything you need now and save 88% off the regular price of $245.The Complete Mobile App & Game Development Kit offers everything from tutorials to assets so you can design better mobile apps. In all, you’ll receive access to nine components that’ll show you how to create mobile apps and games and make them look completely professional.Pick up The Complete Mobile App & Game Development Kit for just $29 but only for a limited time. 2. Pay What You Want: Graphics & FX Mastery BundleAdd graphics and effects to your creations with the training you’ll get in this package. The Graphics & FX Mastery Bundle offers access to as many as eight courses that’ll introduce you to Unity 5, SilhouetteFX, and more. Best of all, you choose how much you want to pay for it.Here’s how it works: Go to the deal page and look at the ‘Average Price’. If you agree to pay more than the average, you’ll get the entire eight course bundle for that amount. If the average price is a little more than you want to spend, simply enter any lower amount and you’ll still get the first two courses in the bundle for that figure.Either way, you’ll be in line to save hundreds of dollars on this offer. But don’t wait too long to take advantage of the Graphics & FX Mastery Bundle, as the average price is likely to rise as time goes on. Sorry, You Can’t Date Keanu Reeves in ‘Cyberpunk 2077”Star Wars Pinball’ Has Your Favorite Brand in Ball Form Pay What You Want: Graphics & FX Mastery Bundle – $15See Deal The Complete Mobile App & Game Development Kit – $29See Deal More on Is Officially Hiring for a New ‘Legend of Zelda’ Game11 Games to Play When You’re Finished with ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’Watch: Assassin’s Creed II Is a Game You Need to Play Before You Dielast_img read more

World of Final Fantasy Maxima Is More Final Fantasy Than Final Fantasy

first_img New ‘Final Fantasy VII’ Remake Trailer Puts Us on Cloud Nine‘Final Fantasy XIV’ and ‘Masters of Doom’ Are Yo… Stay on target World of Final Fantasy released two years ago. While I enjoyed the demo, I never actually got to play the full game. Ironically enough, I was too busy playing Final Fantasy XV at the time. It’s a good thing Square-Enix decided to re-release it in the form of World of Final Fantasy Maxima. Though it’s certainly a big departure from the usual Final Fantasy fare, it does a remarkable job of capturing the spirit of the franchise. If you can get past the cutesy chibi aesthetic, there’s a lot to like here for fans of the series.For those who didn’t play the original, World of Final Fantasy stars two siblings (Lann and Reynn) who travel to a world called Grymoire in order to regain their lost memories. To do this, they must fight creatures called Mirages and capture them to battle other Mirages. Along the way, they encounter famous Final Fantasy characters such as Cloud, Squall, Lightning, and more. Like many JRPGs, the story is too convoluted for its own good. Fortunately, the core gameplay of capturing and leveling up monsters makes the incomprehensible plot tolerable.AdChoices广告If you’re going into World of Final Fantasy Maxima fresh, then all of the new additions will seem like a natural part of the game. This includes more Mirages, a new difficulty setting, the ability to play as famous Final Fantasy characters, and some extra end-game content. You can also have two additional Mirages with you, which makes things a bit easier. While the new features are nice, I’m not sure those who already have the game will feel it’s worth the $15 asking price. They’re a nice bonus, but nothing crucial.In order to use Mirages effectively, you’ll have to “stack” them. This amounts to wearing little monsters as hats. Here, size matters. Small Mirages go on top of medium which go on top of large. You’ll either have to grow or shrink your main characters accordingly. You can have two Mirages on their head if they’re fully grown, or have one small Mirage on their head while riding a large creature at medium size. It’s a weird system to wrap your head around, but it actually ends up working quite well.When stacked, you gain all the abilities of the Mirages in your stack. Conversely, you also get all of your Mirage’s weaknesses. Careful consideration of what monsters to put into your stack is crucial. You can’t create a one-size-fits-all stack that’s useful for every situation. Each area has different enemy Mirages with their own strengths and weaknesses. Thankfully, you can freely mix up and change stacks as required. This also gives the game a deeper level of strategy since you need to think about your formations.Collecting and leveling up Mirages is highly enjoyable during the first half of the game. Unfortunately, it becomes somewhat of a slog in the middle portion. If you’re playing World of Final Fantasy Maxima on the Switch, this is probably not an issue since you can grind away while going to work or school. If you’re playing at home, it can become a chore. Thankfully, there are some sidequests and activities to partake in to help break up the repetition. These usually involve colosseum battles and the aforementioned popular Final Fantasy characters. Things pick up in the latter part of the game, but the middle is decidedly laborious.One of the best things about the original World of Final Fantasy is that you could play outdoors on the PlayStation Vita. This portability continues on the Nintendo Switch. Unfortunately, some have reported issues with the Switch version. This includes slow down to the point where a hard reset is required. Hopefully, Square-Enix will address this and other issues soon. The Switch version should technically be the best because you can play it both outdoors and on your TV. Switch users may just need to hold out a bit longer until fixes arrive.Different players will dig World of Final Fantasy Maxima for different reasons. Some will appreciate its cutesy art design. Some will love the Pokemon “gotta catch ‘em all” gameplay. For folks like myself, it’s all about the Final Fantasy nostalgia. The game is bursting at the seams with endless references to past games in the series. Sure, the graphics are almost too adorable and there’s an overall air of whimsy to everything. However, it also feels more authentically Final Fantasy than some of the most recent mainline entries. Square-Enix should look at the way World of Final Fantasy honors the legacy of the franchise and bring some of that into the inevitable Final Fantasy XVI.Considering all the games released this fall, World of Final Fantasy Maxima will likely get lost in the shuffle. This is unfortunate considering it’s actually quite a lot of fun. It isn’t a “must-play” or anything, but it is a very enjoyable experience, especially if you’re a hardcore fan of the series. With that said, people who already own the original may want to carefully consider whether the $15 upgrade is worth it. Truthfully, this probably should have been a free update since the additions don’t introduce anything overly necessary. This release is really for the uninitiated who want to unwind with a chill JRPG. It’s also a reminder of why Final Fantasy is such a great franchise.More on Legend of Zelda: Skyward Sword Is (Probably) Coming to Nintendo SwitchCool Gifts for ‘Final Fantasy’ LoversA Photographer’s Guide to ‘Red Dead Redemption 2’last_img read more

Alexandria OcasioCortez Drops in on Charity Twitch Stream for Trans Kids

first_imgIt was great popping in and chatting with you all thanks for inviting me!— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019At the ripe age of 29, Ocasio-Cortez defeated 10-term incumbent Congressman Joe Crowley in one of the biggest upset victories of the 2018 midterm election primaries, to become the youngest woman ever to serve in the United States Congress.Early this month, an anonymous Twitter user attempted to discredit AOC with a nearly decade-old clip of the then-Boston University student dancing in a “Brat Pack Mash Up” video.The tweet backfired, instead garnering defense, support, and adoration for the politician.Now, on the same day screenwriter Aaron Sorkin encouraged newly elected Democrats to “stop acting like young people,” AOC pronounced her love for the 1990s Nintendo 64 game console. Stay on target If you’d like to use this as a good moment to support the queer community, there’s a charity twitch stream going on for @Mermaids_Gender:— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019Money raised during the epic marathon will support Mermaids, a UK charity for gender-diverse and transgender children and teenagers.AOC first tweeted about the Twitch stream, suggesting followers “use this as a good moment to support the queer community.”Next thing you know, she’s live on air, blowing H.bomberguy’s mind (watch his face as she formally announces who she is).“It’s a pleasure to meet you,” he blurts out, still reeling from the realization of his special guest. Twitch Streams Porn on Ninja’s Old AccountTwitch Celebrates Prime Day With Live Shopping Show ‘Twitch Sells Out’ center_img A charity Twitch stream supporting transgender kids is not the first place most people would think to look for a politician.Which is why the Internet nearly imploded on Sunday when freshman Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez phoned in for a chat.The U.S. Representative for New York’s 14th district briefly joined YouTuber H.bomberguy to discuss trans rights during his weekend-long Donkey Kong 64 stream. Lemons into lemonade— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) January 20, 2019“I never owned an N64, though I do think it’s probably the best system out of all of them,” she said on the livestream. “I used to go to my cousin’s house all the time, and she had Super Mario 64, Pokemon Snap, and probably a handful of other things. That’s probably all I know how to play.”Oh, and she also discussed how discrimination hurts trans people’s ability to remain financially stable.“[Discrimination] makes these issues much more acute in their crises,” Ocasio-Cortez explained. “So it’s important that we do talk about these issues in an economic frame, but not let go of the fact that that discrimination is a poor reason for the economic hardship.”More on Sues Federal Government Over Social Media SurveillanceStreaming Culture is Diseased. Is There a Cure?Best Nintendo 64 Gameslast_img read more