The Top Trends in the Gaming Industry for 2020

New consoles from Sony and Microsoft, more subscription services hitting the market, an increasing number of cloud offerings – the list goes on. The year 2020 is set to revolutionize the gaming industry and development such as these present new challenges and trends for the sector. Here are the leading trends that are set to shape the next decade of gaming. Read on! Cloud gaming Cloud gaming has the potential to become the next big thing in the video games industry. With the recent launch of Google’s cloud gaming service Stadia, and the scheduled launch of Microsoft’s xCloud this year, the era of the cloud gaming revolution can be one of the biggest trends of 2020. With cloud gaming, games will actually run on powerful cloud servers and the video of the gameplay will be streamed to the player. This means that your console, TV, PC or mobile phone will…

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The Best-Ever Star Wars™ Games

If you are interested in piloting an X-Wing Starfighter, wielding a lightsaber like a Jedi Knight, or just tackling the Empire on your own terms, you are going to need to get your hands on these games! Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast, 2002 This is the ultimate Jedi fantasy brought to life, a game that lets you roam the galaxy battling the Empire, severing stormtrooper limbs with your lightsaber, and using the Force to play and win. You are guaranteed to end up feeling like a member of the Order with Jedi Knight 2: Jedi Outcast and the developers, Aspyr, Lucasarts, Raven Software, Vicarious Visions, have managed to create every aspect of the experience superbly.  Knights of the Old Republic, 2003 Aspyr Media, BioWare, and Obsidian Entertainment deliver one of the most enthralling Star Wars™ narratives ever with Knights of the Old Republic, a Role-Playing Game. The Universe is set…

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The Most Valuable Star Wars™ Toys

Since the release of Episode IV – A New Hope in 1977, the Star Wars™ movie franchise has gone on to enjoy one of the largest fan bases in the history of cinema. And, as the popularity of the films grew, so did the demand for merchandise.  Everything from toys to magazines has gone on to become collector’s items, and some items fetch tens of thousands of dollars.  Jawa, 1977, $18,000 This Kenner Brand Action Figure from the 12-Back Original Collection’s major factor is its vinyl cape and you’ll need it in mint condition if you want to collect.  Kenner’s decision to change Jawa’s cape from vinyl to cloth due to the size of the figure is what makes this item so valuable. Since this alteration occurred so early on after the toy was released, there are only very few vinyl-caped figures in existence. The exact number isn’t known but…

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The Rarest, Most Valuable Star Wars™ Collectibles

In the 40+ years since the Star Wars™ universe was born, a lot of film-related merchandise has been released.  Their value today is related directly to how commonly they’re found, so if you spot any of the ones itemised here be sure and snap it up. The Camera Used to Film Star Wars™ How we all entered into the magic of this franchise is quite rightly the rarest and most valuable. The Panavision PR 33mm movie camera used by George Lucas when filming A New Hope in 1977 got auctioned off in 2011 for US$625 000.  A Miniature TIE Fighter From A New Hope This is not the toy but the actual movie prop, one of the miniatures used to film the Battle of Yavin, or Death Star Battle, that ended A New Hope. It sold for US$350 000 at auction, plus a buyer’s premium worth 15%, bringing the total…

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Star Wars™: Legion: An Overview

Warfare is an ineluctable element of the Star Wars™ universe, whether it’s a blow dispensed to the Rebel Alliance during the Battle of Hoth or Rebel Strike squads facing off against legions of stormtroopers on Endor. Star Wars™: Legion gives you the chance to become a part of it all in a miniatures game that brings exciting infantry battles to life! You can get involved in the overlooked conflicts of the Galactic Civil War, commanding a unique armed force made up of brave troopers, mighty ground or repulsor vehicles, and characters as iconic as Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. As innovative, compelling mechanics simulate the chaos of conflict and the fog of war, the unpainted, easy-to-assemble miniatures give you a blank canvas on which you can build the kind of army you’ve always dreamed of leading into battle.  Will you be fighting for the intractable, oppressive Galactic Empire or the…

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STAR WARS: THE HIGH REPUBLIC PUBLISHING CAMPAIGN Coming in 2020

Interesting news from StarWars.com this week: Later this year, Lucasfilm will launch an epic new era of Star Wars storytelling. Star Wars: The High Republic, which has previously been referred to as “Project Luminous”, will be set in an era when the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order are at their zenith, about 200 years before the events of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. The timeline of this will not overlap any of the films and the series currently planned for production. This means the creators and partners will have a lot of room to tell these Star Wars stories with new, original characters. These publications will include adult and young adult novels, children’s books, and comics from a wide variety of publishers, including Disney Lucasfilm Press, IDW Publishing, Marvel and Del Rey. There will be something for everyone! “We are so excited to be opening up such a rich, fertile…

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SWTOR: Eric will be absent from the office to train his new apprentice for a while

In other news, Community Manager for Star Wars: The old Republic, Erci Musco will be AFK for a while do to parental leave. Danie lSteed will fill his shoes while he is gone. Here is the news: Hey everyone, A couple of years ago I made a post just like this one where I let you know I was getting married and would be out of office for a few weeks. (Round 1, if you missed it). Well, I am back for round 2… In a few short weeks, my wife and I are expecting our first child! Between paternity leave and some paid time off that’s burning a hole in my pocket, I am going to be in and out of the office quite a bit over the next few months. To keep things consistent, even during the time I am in office, I will be focusing most of…

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SWTOR Game Update 6.1a

Here are the patch notes for Star Wars: The old republic – game update 6.1A The starting area of Korriban no longer has a floating platform. Republic players on the Mission “The Task at Hand” will find it much more clear where they need to find General Daeruun. Players who qualified for the 5-year Distinguished Veteran Reward: Galactic Alliance Statue will find a new make-good decoration in their mailbox. Corrected an issue which caused some items to have an Ossus Reputation requirement to equip. Corrected an issue where Operation broadcast messages would not display in some circumstances. Darth Malgus will no longer show up as “Darth Malgus Unhooded” in the subtitles of the final cinematic of Onslaught. Join the forum discussion on this post

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Must Have Original Star Wars Toys To Collect For Any Age

Cinema has significantly evolved over the years, with countless classics and films that reinvented the big screen as we know it. Yet, there are certain films that have just had a bigger impact than anyone could’ve imagined like Star Wars. This is the franchise that influenced the film industry and people for decades as it continues to do so 40 years later.  As we grew up with the protagonists and the villains, in which they were key figures in pop culture and are still relevant to this very day. One of the biggest ways the Star Wars saga has affected society is through its Star Wars Toys and collectibles, which has become a multi-million dollar industry today.  If you want to start buying some of these original, then there are a few that you should definitely get, regardless of your age. Kylo Ren lightsaber  You probably guessed that this would…

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Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes: State of the Galaxy – February 2020

Here is the newest Star Wars Galaxy of Heroes State of the Galaxy. This time for February – while this one is coming mid-month, the next installment is promissed to return us to a more regular schedule. The developers over at Capital Games like to cover in this month’s State of the Galaxy: Galactic Legends Event StructureWe’ve got a few details we’d like to share about the new Galactic Legends Event Structure. We’ll bring these to you regularly as we continue to develop and refine the design. First off, this event will require a new kind of event ticket, which will be earned via existing game modes. These tickets will become earnable once a player has met the prerequisites and unlocked the event. We are still working out the specifics of where the tickets will be earned, but we expect players to be able to earn these tickets every day….

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