Brace Your Wallets for a 1000 iPhone 8

first_img One of my favorite tweets on Twitter dot com, a den of Nazis also beloved by cool socialists and wrestling fans for some reason, says something like “some people are just begging to have their wealth redistributed.” Well it might be time to add a new group of people to that list: iPhone 8 owners.A full reveal of Apple’s latest smartphone should be coming in just a few weeks, but a New York Times report is already claiming the phone will put the “luxury” back in “luxury device” thanks to its premium $1,000 price tag.One. Thousand. Dollars. That’s how much Apple is allegedly charging for their new flagship phone. That’s more than $300 more expensive than the priciest iPhone available now. That’s more expensive than most iPads. Unapologetically pricey. $100 for every year of the iPhone’s existence. It costs more than its weight in rose gold, which might not even be an available color anymore. Think of all the headphone jacks you could buy for $1,000 dollars. Think of all the wireless AirPods you could lose and replace!via Nodus and Gordon KellySo what will that cool grand get you this fall? As we’ve mentioned in previous reports, the iPhone 8 will probably exist alongside cheaper, tweaked versions of the iPhone 7 (as well as the only remaining good iPhone the iPhone SE). It will have a larger Samsung Galaxy S8-esque bezel-free screen with a virtual home button, improved security and augmented reality functionality through face-scanning cameras, and wireless charging.Another juicy rumor is that Apple is purposefully raising the iPhone 8’s starting price to an absurd prohibitively expensive level in order to lower initial sales and make supply chain management easier. Let all the important rich people buy their iPhones first before making it accessible to the cheapskate proles. It’s an interesting strategy, if true. It plays into the long-standing culture of Apple products as elite status symbols, and status symbols are always just reflections of wealth, so make that explicit. Now you and everyone else can immediately monetarily quantify your Apple fandom. Cool!We’ll know the truth about the iPhone 8 or whatever it’s really called (iPhone Plutocrat Edition) soon enough, probably on September 12. But man that’s a steep price for a phone. Four figures. $1,000.One thousand dollars.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey. iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro Have More Cameras, More ProblemsApple Arcade Launches Next Week Stay on targetlast_img read more

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