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  1. The end seems nigh for Xbox Live Gold, the industry standard paid subscription service that motivated both Sony and Nintendo to offer their own paid offerings in the years after it debuted. It may be the end of an era, but the alternative may end up making Microsoft even more money. There are currently rumblings that Microsoft is going to kill off the concept of Xbox Live Gold entirely, the subscription service that usually retails for around $60 a year which gives players the simple ability to access access online multiplayer for Xbox games. This has been “accepted” by gamers at this point, but it’s always been a little weird, considering that you are already paying your internet company money to access the internet, then you’re paying Xbox to access online gameplay through that internet, while also paying for the games themselves, where as you don’t have to do both for say, PC or mobile games. While Microsoft would be loathe to give up an essentially standard $60 a year, every year, from consumers, the reason they’ll likely do so is because the alternative is going to make them even more money. The answer is of course, Game Pass. Game Pass is Microsoft’s $10 a month subscription service that gives players access to a host of ready to play Xbox games, including all new Microsoft releases across Xbox consoles and PC. But past that, Microsoft eventually came up with Game Pass Ultimate, which rolled up Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into one $15 a month subscription. Recently, they have also added its streaming service, Xcloud, on top of that, which allows you to stream games without hardware similar to Google Stadia. All of that bundled into $15. This is why Xbox Live Gold is effectively dead. This week, Microsoft confirmed that Halo Infinite would have free-to-play multiplayer, and yet it’s not really free if you still have to pay for Gold. So, here’s what is extremely likely to happen: “Free” games like Halo MP and Fortnite and such will be truly free to play across Xbox hardware without any sort of subscription, just an internet connection. Xbox Live Gold will go away entirely, and yet Game Pass will become the new standard instead. So instead of getting $60 a year from the majority of players, Microsoft will either be getting $120 a year from 12 month, $10 Game Pass subscriptions, or $180 a year from 12 month, $15 Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions which will still have the benefit of including Xcloud. Maybe knock that down to $100 and $150 respectively with some kind of deal or bundle, and lo and behold you still are making far, far more than when $60 a year XBL Gold subscriptions were the standard. You also have the added bonus of offering something of actual value. XBL Gold was an arbitrary paywall for something that everyone should have already been able to access in the first place. Game Pass and Ultimate are Netflix-like libraries of games you can play on your current hardware or anywhere, via Xcloud. That’s an actual product that feels worth paying for, and at the very least, Game Pass feels like a default purchase for anyone with an Xbox, given that two, $60 game purchases a year will essentially pay for it. Sony does not have anything to fully match this, and as far as we know, will still be having players pay $60 a year for PS Plus, which is required for online gameplay, but offers a couple free games a month. PS Now has a far, far lower adoption rate than Xbox Game Pass, as you won’t find new Sony exclusive releases on it, and Sony does not have a streaming service like Xcloud coming any time soon. They do have the advantage of…enormous console sales and a huge library of insta-buy exclusives, but Microsoft is trying to play the long game here. Article author: Paul Tassi
  2. The end seems nigh for Xbox Live Gold, the industry standard paid subscription service that motivated both Sony and Nintendo to offer their own paid offerings in the years after it debuted. It may be the end of an era, but the alternative may end up making Microsoft even more money. There are currently rumblings that Microsoft is going to kill off the concept of Xbox Live Gold entirely, the subscription service that usually retails for around $60 a year which gives players the simple ability to access access online multiplayer for Xbox games. This has been “accepted” by gamers at this point, but it’s always been a little weird, considering that you are already paying your internet company money to access the internet, then you’re paying Xbox to access online gameplay through that internet, while also paying for the games themselves, where as you don’t have to do both for say, PC or mobile games. While Microsoft would be loathe to give up an essentially standard $60 a year, every year, from consumers, the reason they’ll likely do so is because the alternative is going to make them even more money. The answer is of course, Game Pass. Game Pass is Microsoft’s $10 a month subscription service that gives players access to a host of ready to play Xbox games, including all new Microsoft releases across Xbox consoles and PC. But past that, Microsoft eventually came up with Game Pass Ultimate, which rolled up Game Pass and Xbox Live Gold into one $15 a month subscription. Recently, they have also added its streaming service, Xcloud, on top of that, which allows you to stream games without hardware similar to Google Stadia. All of that bundled into $15. This is why Xbox Live Gold is effectively dead. This week, Microsoft confirmed that Halo Infinite would have free-to-play multiplayer, and yet it’s not really free if you still have to pay for Gold. So, here’s what is extremely likely to happen: “Free” games like Halo MP and Fortnite and such will be truly free to play across Xbox hardware without any sort of subscription, just an internet connection. Xbox Live Gold will go away entirely, and yet Game Pass will become the new standard instead. So instead of getting $60 a year from the majority of players, Microsoft will either be getting $120 a year from 12 month, $10 Game Pass subscriptions, or $180 a year from 12 month, $15 Game Pass Ultimate subscriptions which will still have the benefit of including Xcloud. Maybe knock that down to $100 and $150 respectively with some kind of deal or bundle, and lo and behold you still are making far, far more than when $60 a year XBL Gold subscriptions were the standard. You also have the added bonus of offering something of actual value. XBL Gold was an arbitrary paywall for something that everyone should have already been able to access in the first place. Game Pass and Ultimate are Netflix-like libraries of games you can play on your current hardware or anywhere, via Xcloud. That’s an actual product that feels worth paying for, and at the very least, Game Pass feels like a default purchase for anyone with an Xbox, given that two, $60 game purchases a year will essentially pay for it. Sony does not have anything to fully match this, and as far as we know, will still be having players pay $60 a year for PS Plus, which is required for online gameplay, but offers a couple free games a month. PS Now has a far, far lower adoption rate than Xbox Game Pass, as you won’t find new Sony exclusive releases on it, and Sony does not have a streaming service like Xcloud coming any time soon. They do have the advantage of…enormous console sales and a huge library of insta-buy exclusives, but Microsoft is trying to play the long game here. Article author: Paul Tassi View full article
  3. Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Pre-Order on Windows 10 and Pre-Install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta). Available August 18, 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next evolution of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. Travel the world and experience over 2 million cities and expansive environments from mountains to trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and even roads. From light planes to wide-body jets, test your piloting skills and experience the challenges of flying at night, real-time atmospheric simulation, and live weather in a dynamic and living world. Pre-Order on Windows 10 or Pre-Install with Xbox Game Pass for PC Now. Game version options: Aircrafts per version: Airports per version: FAQ Can I purchase the Standard edition and upgrade it later? - A: Yes but it will likely cost more so it would be best to get the version you'd like upfront. Will I still get the airports that are not included in the Deluxe or Deluxe Premium versions? - A: Yes, but the ones included with Deluxe and Deluxe Premium will be higher fidelity. Pre-Order Microsoft Flight Simulator Here!
  4. Microsoft Flight Simulator is now available for Pre-Order on Windows 10 and Pre-Install with Xbox Game Pass for PC (beta). Available August 18, 2020, Microsoft Flight Simulator is the next evolution of one of the most beloved simulation franchises. Travel the world and experience over 2 million cities and expansive environments from mountains to trees, rivers, animals, traffic, and even roads. From light planes to wide-body jets, test your piloting skills and experience the challenges of flying at night, real-time atmospheric simulation, and live weather in a dynamic and living world. Pre-Order on Windows 10 or Pre-Install with Xbox Game Pass for PC Now. Game version options: Aircrafts per version: Airports per version: FAQ Can I purchase the Standard edition and upgrade it later? - A: Yes but it will likely cost more so it would be best to get the version you'd like upfront. Will I still get the airports that are not included in the Deluxe or Deluxe Premium versions? - A: Yes, but the ones included with Deluxe and Deluxe Premium will be higher fidelity. Pre-Order Microsoft Flight Simulator Here! View full article
  5. Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and moving most of its streamers to Facebook Gaming as part of a strategic partnership it’s entering with the social media giant. The major streamers locked into exclusivity deals with Mixer — including stars like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Cory “King Gothalion” Michael, and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek — will be released from their contracts, and Microsoft says it’s up to them where they decide to go. Where streamers like Blevins and Grzesiek will now go is totally up in the air; Blevins only left Twitch last August, reportedly for a contract worth between $20 and $30 million. Facebook Gaming, for its part, will honor partner status for streamers coming from Mixer, though they will have to sign a new contract with Facebook. It’s also worth noting that Facebook Gaming hasn’t been emphasizing exclusivity when it signs new streamers. Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, Facebook Gaming’s most prominent American face, is still able to stream on Twitch. Since its birth in August 2017, Mixer has struggled to find a foothold in the live-streaming wars; it’s always been the smallest of the major streaming platforms, and in numerical terms, it hasn’t managed to draw the kind of audiences that would make the venture sustainable. Read the full article here.
  6. Microsoft is shutting down Mixer and moving most of its streamers to Facebook Gaming as part of a strategic partnership it’s entering with the social media giant. The major streamers locked into exclusivity deals with Mixer — including stars like Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, Cory “King Gothalion” Michael, and Michael “Shroud” Grzesiek — will be released from their contracts, and Microsoft says it’s up to them where they decide to go. Where streamers like Blevins and Grzesiek will now go is totally up in the air; Blevins only left Twitch last August, reportedly for a contract worth between $20 and $30 million. Facebook Gaming, for its part, will honor partner status for streamers coming from Mixer, though they will have to sign a new contract with Facebook. It’s also worth noting that Facebook Gaming hasn’t been emphasizing exclusivity when it signs new streamers. Jeremy “DisguisedToast” Wang, Facebook Gaming’s most prominent American face, is still able to stream on Twitch. Since its birth in August 2017, Mixer has struggled to find a foothold in the live-streaming wars; it’s always been the smallest of the major streaming platforms, and in numerical terms, it hasn’t managed to draw the kind of audiences that would make the venture sustainable. Read the full article here. View full article
  7. Buckle up, take full control of starfighters such as the X-wing and TIE fighter, and feel the adrenaline of strategic first-person 5v5 multiplayer dogfights alongside your squadron. In a fateful campaign set near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War, learn what it means to be a pilot in a thrilling STAR WARS™ single-player story. The New Republic fights for freedom. The Empire demands order. We need you to join the galaxy’s finest. STAR WARS™: Squadrons is available October 2, 2020 on PlayStation®4, Xbox One, Origin PC, Steam, Epic Games Store, and Virtual Reality (VR) on PlayStation 4 and PC with cross-play support. Tune in to EA Play on June 18, 4PM PT to watch the gameplay world premiere of STAR WARS™: Squadrons. Get briefed: https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/squ... Pre-order now: https://www.ea.com/games/starwars/squ... Follow EA Star Wars: https://twitter.com/EAStarWars https://www.instagram.com/eastarwars/ https://www.facebook.com/EAStarWars/ About STAR WARS™: Squadrons: ALL WINGS REPORT IN – Plan skirmishes with your squadron in the briefing room before taking off to the evolving battlefields across the galaxy. Compete in intense 5v5 multiplayer dogfights or unite with your squadron to tip the scales in monumental fleet battles. Together, you’re the galaxy’s finest. MASTER LEGENDARY STARFIGHTERS – Take control of different classes of starfighters from both the New Republic and Imperial fleets – including the agile A-wing and the devastating TIE bomber. Modify your ship, divert the power between its systems, and destroy your opponents in strategic space dogfights. GET IN THE COCKPIT – The cockpit is your home. Use its dashboards to your advantage and – with just a thin hull of metal and glass between you and the perils of space – feel the intensity of combat from a first-person perspective. Take off in thrilling multiplayer modes and a unique single-player Star Wars story, which covers a key campaign near the conclusion of the Galactic Civil War. Immerse yourself in the pilot’s seat completely with the option to play the entirety of Star Wars: Squadrons in Virtual Reality on PlayStation 4 and PC. THE MISSION IS CLEAR – Star Wars: Squadrons is a fully self-contained experience from day one, where you earn rewards through play. Climb the ranks and unlock new components like weapons, hulls, engines, shields, and cosmetic items in a clear path for progression that keeps gameplay fresh and engaging.
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  10. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remake Announced for PS4, Xbox One, PC Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is back, as Activision has announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2, a compilation remake of the first two THPS games developed by Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy studio Vicarious Visions, which has a long history with the series.THPS 1 and 2 will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Game Store on September 4, 2020, with preorders offering fans early access to a demo of the iconic Warehouse level. The game is a remake compiling the first two games in the beloved THPS franchise, including all levels (even the secret ones), and IGN spoke with Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal to learn more about what’s new and returning to THPS 1 and 2. Create-a-park and create-a-skater are also going to be features in this game including all the original game modes, singleplayer, and multiplayer. Talk about throw backs! How Will Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Gameplay Change? Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 will introduce some new moves not featured in the original games, like reverts, but VV hopes the muscle memory of the originals kicks in while playing. And that will in part be because VV employed the original handling code from THPS 1 devs Neversoft. “We started with Neversoft's original handling code. We started with that as a foundation and then layered on what we needed to do to modernize it,” Oneal said in an interview with IGN. “The other thing that we looked at was the geometry because we wanted to match inch by inch the geometry so that those lines feel exactly the same that they were before,” she continued.\ Read the full post here.
  11. Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Remake Announced for PS4, Xbox One, PC Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater is back, as Activision has announced Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2, a compilation remake of the first two THPS games developed by Crash Bandicoot N. Sane Trilogy studio Vicarious Visions, which has a long history with the series.THPS 1 and 2 will be released for PS4, Xbox One, and PC via the Epic Game Store on September 4, 2020, with preorders offering fans early access to a demo of the iconic Warehouse level. The game is a remake compiling the first two games in the beloved THPS franchise, including all levels (even the secret ones), and IGN spoke with Vicarious Visions studio head Jen Oneal to learn more about what’s new and returning to THPS 1 and 2. Create-a-park and create-a-skater are also going to be features in this game including all the original game modes, singleplayer, and multiplayer. Talk about throw backs! How Will Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 Gameplay Change? Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1 and 2 will introduce some new moves not featured in the original games, like reverts, but VV hopes the muscle memory of the originals kicks in while playing. And that will in part be because VV employed the original handling code from THPS 1 devs Neversoft. “We started with Neversoft's original handling code. We started with that as a foundation and then layered on what we needed to do to modernize it,” Oneal said in an interview with IGN. “The other thing that we looked at was the geometry because we wanted to match inch by inch the geometry so that those lines feel exactly the same that they were before,” she continued.\ Read the full post here. View full article
  12. Skype has rolled out Meet Now video meetings that are free and don't require downloads or signups. Meet Now allows you to host conference calls by generating a free unique link with one click. You then share that link with participants to enjoy unlimited meetings via Skype. According to Microsoft, which owns Skype, your meeting link does not expire and can be used at any time. Skype says that you'll be able to leverage its features during your video conferences. This includes the ability to record your call and save it for later. The company stores your recording for 30 days. You can also blur your background before entering the call, which is helpful for those of us are don't have the neatest home office or who have pets or children jumping in and out of the frame. With Skype Meet Now, you can also share your screen at any time, which makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues and share presentations with a group. Meet Now works on any device with the Skype app installed, and you don't even need a Skype account to join these calls. You can also use the Skype web client for making calls.
  13. Skype has rolled out Meet Now video meetings that are free and don't require downloads or signups. Meet Now allows you to host conference calls by generating a free unique link with one click. You then share that link with participants to enjoy unlimited meetings via Skype. According to Microsoft, which owns Skype, your meeting link does not expire and can be used at any time. Skype says that you'll be able to leverage its features during your video conferences. This includes the ability to record your call and save it for later. The company stores your recording for 30 days. You can also blur your background before entering the call, which is helpful for those of us are don't have the neatest home office or who have pets or children jumping in and out of the frame. With Skype Meet Now, you can also share your screen at any time, which makes it easier to collaborate with colleagues and share presentations with a group. Meet Now works on any device with the Skype app installed, and you don't even need a Skype account to join these calls. You can also use the Skype web client for making calls. View full article
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    Club Penguin is back

    Club Penguin is back and rewritten! Play Minigames! Play up to 20+ awesome minigames to earn coins! Adopt Pet Puffles There are 10+ different puffles to adopt — all with unique personalities! Create Your Style! Be whoever you want to be! Mix and match your very own styles. Decorate Your Own Igloo! Create your own igloo and invite all of your friends over to an epic igloo party! Hang Out With Friends! Hang out with your friends and use over 25 emotes to express yourself! What's the Game About? Welcome to Club Penguin Rewritten, a free to play virtual world based on Disney's Club Penguin. We offer weekly updates, free membership, and everything Club Penguin! If you're looking for fun, friends and minigames then look no further than Club Penguin Rewritten. https://cprewritten.net/
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    Hi My Name is Kyle Kinney

    Welcome, @kyle27k ! I would love to seem some of your Graphic Design work! That's awesome!!
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