SEGA has announced a new game collection, SEGA Forever, that will feature games from its illustrious history.

Each game will be free-to-play, supported by ads, and playable offline. Added features will include cloud saves, controller support, and leaderboards. There will also be an ad-free option available costing $1.99.

The SEGA Forever collection is designed to expand over the years, and will include not just official emulations but also ported games from all SEGA console eras, all of which will be adapted for mobile devices but still aiming to remain faithful to the original games.

The first five games are now available in the App Store, being five Mega Drive / Genesis classics:
Source: SEGA

Red Hook Studios’ incredibly popular and critically acclaimed roguelike RPG Darkest Dungeon is looking more likely than ever to be coming to iPad, writes Touch Arcade.

Last year, the developers first mentioned in a blog post that they would like to bring the game to tablets, but that was the last we heard of that possibility, until now, that is, when the developers revived hopes of an iPad version of the game during a Reddit AMA.

During the AMA, held on the occasion of the PC game’s Crimson Court DLC release, Red Hook Studios said that there is an “extremely high” chance of a tablet version of Darkest Dungeon being released.

Darkest Dungeon is unusual in that it focuses on the psychological aspects of RPG-style adventuring, with the game’s heroes going through all sorts of stresses and strains and mental turmoil, experiencing paranoia, greed, anger, and hopelessness, with the intense emotions having a direct effect on gameplay. It would be really interesting to see how this would come across on iPad, especially given the game’s unique art style. Hopefully there will be more details soon about possible release dates.

Source: 'Darkest Dungeon' iOS Release Chance

9to5 Mac reports that Foxconn is to set up U.S.-based manufacturing plants in “several” states as part of a deal said to be worth $10B, $7B of which is marked for display production, with the rest set aside for various other products.

According to the original report in Bloomberg, Foxconn chairman Terry Gou has said that there are seven states up for consideration by Foxconn as factory locations, namely Ohio, Pennsylvania, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, and Texas.

“Our investment in the U.S. will focus on these states because they are the heart of the country’s manufacturing sector,” Gou told investors. “We are bringing the entire industrial chain back to the traditional manufacturing region of the U.S. That may include display-making, semiconductor packaging and cloud-related technologies.”

Gou said that the new plants could create “tens of thousands” of jobs in America. As far as timeframe is concerned, Foxconn will be announcing the location of the display plant in July.

Source: Foxconn narrowed US factory locations to seven states, will decide next month

Periscope broadcasts have become one of the best ways to stream and view live content on the web. So easy to use for both viewers and broadcasters, Periscope is about to get much, much bigger with the announcement from Twitter that you can now reward your favourite broadcasters with Super Hearts.

Before today, Periscope viewers could express their love for their favourite Periscoper by simply tapping the screen to send a heart during a broadcast. Now that love has just become monetised with the introduction of Super Hearts, which Twitter refers to as “a more meaningful way to celebrate your favourite broadcasters…virtual gifts you can give and receive during live broadcasts.”

Bigger, and more animated, Super Hearts can be enabled by tapping the Super Hearts icon during the broadcast to activate them, then simply tap away as usual to send them.

To fund the Super Hearts you must first tap “get coins” and then buy a coin package from the App Store. You can then send Super Hearts until your coins run out, and then rinse and repeat! By sending Super Hearts you’ll be added to a leaderboard that will show who has given each broadcaster the most support. In turn, the broadcaster will be able to easily view who are their most loyal supporters.

Super Hearts can only be sent during a live broadcast, and broadcasters don’t have to use them if they don’t want to, they can simply chose to keep the old style hearts.

Each Super Heart is worth a different star value, and counts towards a broadcaster’s star balance. Twitter says that it is also launching a Super Broadcaster Program today alongside Super Hearts, and will be inviting broadcasters into the program. Broadcasters that are invited into the program can exchange their star balance for cash. The program is currently US-only, but will roll out to other countries soon.

This seems like a genius move from Team Periscope just as the platform is really taking off in a big...

Niantic is today rolling out possibly the biggest and most significant Pokémon Go update since the game was first launched last summer. Just as announced by the company a couple of days ago, the update ushers in a massive overhaul of the Gym system, as well as paving the way for the new Raid Battles.

First up, here are the release notes and comments from the Pokémon Go team:
Also included in the update, as noted by Polygon, is a way of shaming cheaters, meaning that those Pokémon that have been obtained via cheating, i.e., what a Niantic rep referred to on Reddit today as “using third-party services that circumvent normal gameplay,” will be “marked with a slash in the inventory and may not behave as expected.” The Niantic rep did not reveal just how strangely the marked Pokémon might act, maybe it will even admonish the player in some way, which would be kind of cool to see! Polygon has asked Niantic for more confirmation about how differently Pokémon caught via cheating methods might behave.

Sources: 'Pokemon GO' Big Gym and Raid Update Going Live Now

Pokémon Go has a new way to shame cheaters

Niantic has today announced some exciting new features for Pokémon Go that include revamped Gyms and all-new Raid Battles.

Starting with the Gyms, Niantic says that the forthcoming “major facelift” will include being able to spin Photo Discs to acquire items at Gyms just as you already do at PokéStops. And in another major change, Gyms will no longer be based on Prestige and training, and instead will now comprise six permanent slots occupied by the Pokémon of the controlling team, each of which must be unique, i.e., you can’t have two Blisseys assigned to a Gym at the same time, for example. Also, opposing teams will now battle the Pokémon in the same order in which they were assigned to the Gym.

The new motivation system for Gyms is also very different. Now, when a Pokémon is assigned to a Gym, you’ll see a motivation meter, which will decrease over time, and when the Pokémon loses in battle. The more motivation a Pokémon loses, the more its CP will decrease temporarily, and the more easily it will be beaten by the opposition.

To help boost your Pokémon’s motivation, you can feed your Pokémon Berries. If it should happen to lose all motivation, it will exit the Gym and be returned to its Trainer as soon as it loses a battle.

It will also now be possible to earn Gym Badges when interacting with Gyms, which can be levelled up by battling, feeding Berries to the Pokémon, and spinning the Gym’s Photo Disc.

The new Raid Battle Feature is expected to roll out slowly over the next few weeks in beta form initially after the Gyms are first upgraded. Raid Battles are cooperative gameplay bouts where you get to work with other Trainers to defeat an incredibly powerful Raid Boss Pokémon. You can earn one free Raid Pass per day from visiting a Gym, and can only hold one at a time. Successfully defeat the Raid Boss within a 5-minute time limit and you can attempt to catch a super powerful Pokémon.

Source: Niantic

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