Most Boring Video Game of All Time Comes to Steam

We are living in the unbridled age of technology. Video games are more elaborate, beautiful and effective than ever before. You can completely immerse yourself in any number of titles on any number of consoles. Along with this technological innovation, we have seen gamers turn to the dull with a bizarre fascination. Gamers having an affinity for bizarre titles is nothing new, look at Goat Simulator as an example, but the latest craze in gaming simply leaves us shrugging our shoulders. The latest bizarre craze that has gamers spending money is called Desert Bus VR. Desert Bus VR is exactly what the title implies with no surprises. Let’s dig into one of the most bizarre titles in the entire Steam library.

Desert Bus VR is an existential crisis that masquerades as a video game, all wrapped within an actual good cause — a charity called the Desert Bus for Hope. All of that is beside the fact, however, as what you do in the game is what is making headlines. In Desert Bus VR you get on board of a bus, in the desert, and drive from Arizona to Nevada. Well, we say drive but we don’t mean that. We mean that you are a passenger. On a bus. Driving from Arizona to Nevada. That is it. There is no real gameplay. There isn’t any goal. You are along for the ride. The sheer ludicrous concept was initially released through a mini-game pack from Penn & Teller (yes, the Vegas stars) and it has since been re-packaged and ‘updated’ for release in virtual reality.

The VR remake of Desert Bus gives you the chance to experience the long journey from Arizona to Nevada in the first person. A few of the ‘big updates’ include the ability to play a radio, honk the bus horn, and even ride on the bus with a few other friends in the multiplayer mode. Purchases of Desert Bus VR go toward the charity Child’s Play and thus far sales have raised more than $650,000 for the charitable cause.

Battlefront 2 Found to Have Cosmetic Customization Days After EA Claims it Does Not

PC Gamer reports on further dishonesty coming from Electronic Arts, as datamining has now revealed that Star Wars: Battlefront 2 has an unused cosmetic customization feature within the game’s files, a revelation that comes just days after the company’s CEO said that no such feature currently exists within the game.

In an interview given on November 28, EA CEO Blake Jorgensen specifically stated that Battlefront 2, at least at this point in time, did not have any form of cosmetic customization. As this was a feature in EA’s first Battlefront game in 2014, many fans had been justifiably confused and upset at its absence in the new installment.

Jorgensen gave the reasoning behind this change, saying that the company did not want to “violate canon”, citing an absurd example of a pink Darth Vader as justification. Though many were quick to point out the illogical reasoning behind this answer, given that the first game had this feature and that the Battlefront games themselves are essentially a “violation of canon” simply by existing, many were shocked to find out just a day later that this feature had been in the game’s files the entire time.

In a YouTube video posted by Redditor uninspired_zebra, the user showcases a cosmetic customization menu with numerous options contained within the PC version of the game. And, rather than simply wait to release the feature in the full game, EA’s statements on the matter seem to suggest that this form of customization was never meant to see the light of day at some point in the future.

Caught in what can only be described as a deliberate lie, this newest bit of controversy comes right on the heels of Battlefront 2’s massive loot box scandal, leading countries like Belgium to call for a ban on loot boxes in all games released in Europe and the stock value of multiple video game publishers to plummet, EA’s in particular losing the company over $3 billion in value.

The company had first taken flack upon the Battlefront 2’s beta release, with players finding the absurd costs necessary to play competitively with other players using the randomize loot boxes matched only by the time investment it would take to do so without spending extra money (approximately 40 hours to unlock characters like Darth Vader or Luke Skywalker). With things only getting worse from there – and quickly – EA and the rest of the games industry has seen massive backlash over what many describe as simulated gambling aimed at children (in the form of the loot box) and dishonesty on the part of the company.

With this newest revelation managing to anger all but the most ardent of EA’s fans, it remains to be seen whether the company can find a way out of this latest PR nightmare.

Organo Gold Employees Open Their Hearts To Children Around The World

A lot of children will be getting a happy surprise this holiday season in the form of a shoebox full of goodies, thanks to a bunch of kind-hearted employees at a popular coffee company.

The staff of Organo Gold calls it their “Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Collection.” They say it’s best of think of their shoeboxes as a “much roomier Christmas stocking.”

Here’s what they do: OG employees pack shoe boxes with what they call a “wow toy,” along with a variety of smaller toys and goodies, but also useful stuff like school supplies and basic hygiene products. Follow Organo Gold on Twitter.

Once the boxes are stuffed with goodies, they are delivered to an organization called Samaritan’s Purse, an international relief organization that provides a wide variety of aide and help to hurting people all over the world.

This is the second year the caring folks over at Organo Gold have organized their Shoebox holiday giveaway. Organo Gold finds partnering with Samaritan’s Purse an excellent way for their Shoebox care packages to get into the hands of children who are most in need of some holiday hope and cheer.

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Organo Gold is a premium coffee, tea and beverage company headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia. It also deals in personal care and body management products, such as soaps and toothpaste.

Giving back to people in need is a large part of the Organo Gold basic operational philosophy. The coffee company also has established a major foundation called the OG Care Foundation which works to help young people around the world, especially those who are living without adult supervision or the basic resources to grow into skilled members of their communities.

OG Cares currently provides aide to thousands of children around the world with the goal of reaching millions. From shoebox gifts to programs for youth, Organo Gold is a coffee company that cares. Organo Gold is available on eBay.

‘Secret World’ Made Great Again by Team at Funcom

In 2012 there was this little MMORPG that hit the internet. Released by Funcom as the third MMO that they developed, ‘Secret World’ hit the shelves one summer out of nowhere. Fans clamored after the game thanks to the exhaustive story details, interesting quests, and excellent voice acting. However, Secret World would head the direction that so many ambitious MMO’s end up in this day and age: complacency. The title never pushed to a higher level and the game leveled out, never really reaching the heights of its inaugural months. Five years later, fans should be ready to jump back in as Funcom recently re-launched, re-branded, and re-invigorated the title.

Now known as Secret World Legends, Funcom is focusing on giving fans everything that they had hoped for in the initial release. The title is no longer purchase/subscription based and now operates on a free-to-play model like so many other titles. Shifting to free-to-play (FTP) means that the game will see a larger influx of users as the developers try to hone in on what made their title so special, so long ago. Rui Casais, the CEO at Funcom, said, “We always felt that The Secret World was undiscovered.” This line of thinking brought Casais and his team to really analyze what had gone wrong with ‘Secret World’. They saw sales declining, players leaving the game, and the title slowly dying. It was time for a re-invention. Their focus this time was to put the game in as many hands as possible.

In the original Secret World gamers had to play characters without levels or any sort of class system. it was a completely free and open concept that never latched on with gamers. So the developers at Funcom brought levels back as an easy way to get gamers comfortably back into the game. There are also extensive additions to the core gameplay as well as extended quests and new storylines for gamers to check out.

2K Unveils ‘Rise and Fall’ Expansion for Civilization 6

If you are a fan of city-building and nation-fighting, then you are likely intimately familiar with the game Civilization 6. One of the most prolific real-time strategy games of all time, Civ 6 has continually fed its fans with updates and new DLC. Now, it looks like the team at 2K games are giving fans even more of what they want with an expansion pack that unlocks a massive amount of new content. The expansion pack is known as ‘Rise and Fall’ and it showcases more features than AI Gandhi could shake a nuclear bomb at.

Civilization 6 launched last year to critical and commercial acclaim and since then there has been a slew of updates hitting the title. Now, fans are getting locked in for the biggest update yet. 2K released a quote and a trailer showcasing what the ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion is to offer fans saying, “Rise triumphantly from the Dark Age and your next Golden Age will be even stronger — A Heroic age.” Of course, the slightly cheesy writing isn’t what brings people to Civilization, instead, it is the depth of tactics and strategy that the title offers.

With the ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion, fans will have access to an all-new loyalty system that turns your micro-management up another notch. Cities now can show individual loyalty levels to you and that means you have to pay more attention than ever to local politics, harvesting yields and more. Of course, that isn’t the only update. The ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion also brings to life nine unique and new leaders, eight new civilizations, a bevy of new units and wonders as well as all new buildings and districts.

For RTS-degenerates who have fallen in love with Sid Meier’s work, the Civ 6 ‘Rise and Fall’ expansion could be the greatest expansion the genre has offered in recent years. With other companies struggling to balance launch-content and expansion-content, it is nice to see 2K Games get it right.

‘Black Desert Online’ Set for Mobile Release?

There are few gaming experiences more rewarding than logging into a massive sandbox MMORPG and completely setting yourself apart from the rest of the pack. Black Desert Online exploded onto the scene in the West just a year or so ago as one of the most prominent, deep, and exciting sandbox MMORPGs on the market. The genre itself had become stagnant before the release of BDO, thus breathing new life into the ‘sandbox gimmick’. Now, Black Desert Online is taking its deep gameplay mechanics, luscious graphics, and wonderful character progression system to the mobile market. Is it time to be worried or does Black Desert Online have a chance at succeeding in the platform crossover?

With a game like Black Desert Online, it is completely understandable to worry that the title won’t transfer well to handheld devices. With how deep and expansive Black Desert Online is, it makes sense that people would worry about what would actually make the cut into the mobile market. Fortunately, we do know that a few of the most important aspects of the title will be coming to the mobile systems that we game on. The deep character customization and progression system will be ported over to handheld devices along with guilds and guild wars as well as life skills. World bosses will be added but this will come at the cost of several other key aspects of the game. World fields will be ditched and the Awakening System looks like it is being tossed by the wayside.

What originally drew fans to Black Desert Online, to begin with, was the fact that it was a sandbox MMO that looked like a Triple-A title. With incredible graphics and a deep ‘life system’, gamers were able to make themselves whoever they wanted to be. There was no endless grinding for quests. Will the mobile version of the game still hold this same escapist allure? We can’t say yet, but South Korea will find out first when the mobile title releases in January of 2018.

Destiny 2 Continues to Struggle With Fans

If there is a gaming development company with built-in respect from the fanbase, it is Bungie. Bungie is the dev team behind the historic ‘Halo’ franchise and their work with Master Chief has become iconic and almost untouchable. Still, that hasn’t stopped Bungie from absolutely testing the patience of fans playing their new title, ‘Destiny 2’. The original Destiny game was released for consoles almost three years ago. It featured an amazing FPS system that was integrated with an almost RPG-like progression system. While the game certainly had its troubles and a fair share of detractors, fans still got in line for Destiny 2. Now, almost three years later, it seems like fans are at the limits of their patience. The reason? Bungie is bungling the core experience of the game: earning exp.

It was revealed almost a week ago that Bungie was rigging the player XP system. This came to light during the ‘Clarion Call’ event which supposedly gave bonus experience points to people playing the game during the specific time frame. Players were immediately wary of how slow their EXP bars seemed to fill and further analysis by a team of Reddit sleuths revealed that Bungie was, in fact, throttling EXP rates while still convincing players that they were actually earning their experience points. The response was immediate and the backlash was severe, with many fans of the title immediately calling out Bungie for being distrustful and exploiting their time.

Bungie didn’t even deny what they were doing, admitting to throttling the EXP almost immediately. To ‘calm fans down’ Bungie reset the EXP system back to normal before changing how much experience you needed to level up, doubling from 80K EXP to 160K EXP. Needless to say, fans were not especially happy. Still, Bungie is moving forward with their free trial and fans are probably going to keep playing. The free trial launches on November 28th and it remains to be seen how many players will actually be turned off by Bungie’s lack of transparency.

Paul Mampilly- Why you should invest?

Investment in the right sectors of the economy can be very profitable. Investment decisions are vital and they are to be made after following a clear process of analysis to determine an investment option that can work and one that cannot. A profitable investment is one that is made after analyzing a sector of the economy that is likely to grow over time. A sector that is driven by human consumption has a higher probability of growing than one that is not. Human consumption drives the growth of the sector. The sales that are made for a certain product will have a direct impact on the growth of the company.

When making investment decisions, it is good to look at opportunities that are available in the market then pick which one works the best. The best investment should be the one to bring profits for a long duration of time. One of the best investments that one can make is buying shares in company. The shares than one buys are equivalent to the value of the company. As the value of the company goes up, the share value also goes up. This creates a situation where one is earning money anytime the share value goes up.

Stock markets offer some of the best opportunities to make money while still engaged in other activities.it is some sought of a long term investment where you place your money and then wait for the economy to pay. Investment requires one to make a clear decision on the future of an industry. If you want to invest in a company that produces product A, then you must ask yourself, what is the future of that product? What is likely to drive the consumption of that product? These are pertinent questions that one need to ask before placing their hard-earned capital in such investments.

About Paul Mampilly.

Paul Mampilly is an investor in America. He is a former hedge fund as a winner of the prestigious Templeton Foundation. Paul Mampliiy is one of the leading brilliant minds in the investment sector. He has been in this industry for more than two decades. He knows what is needed to analyze a market that will grow and one that will not. He has worked very hard to be at this level. He is now considered an authority in predicting the future of stock markets. Paul Mampilly holds an MBA from the university if Fordham.

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EA in Hot Water over Battlefront 2 Mess

If you love video games and have access to the internet then you know that the team at Electronic Arts has had a rough couple of weeks. Electronic Arts came under fire from fans around the world for their work on Star Wars Battlefront 2. The reason? The game catered to DLC and microtransactions with their loot box system. Fans were up in arms by the complete betrayal that the game represented, especially in comparison to the last iteration in the series. A worldwide boycott saw EA stumbling to make amends with their customers, walking back their decision to lean so heavily on loot boxes. That wasn’t enough to calm investors, however, as EA saw a catastrophic dip in their stock price.

When Electronic Arts signed a one-to-one deal with Disney in order to be the exclusive developers of their Star Wars video games the company thought that things would probably be easy. Things, however, have been anything but. Over the course of the entire Battlefront 2 debacle, EA has shed nearly $3 billion in stock value. The fallout from the debacle could continue going forward with backlash only mounting, especially because many fans fully expect EA to walk back their minimization of their loot boxes. EA tried to make amends to fans who had problems with the loot box problem, however, EA was only willing to ‘temporarily turn them off’ until they figured out a better solution.

According to reports, Disney is apparently very displeased with how EA has handled the entire thing. EA’s CFO, Blake Jorgensen, has made it clear that he didn’t see anything wrong with the loot box inclusion. Jorgensen said that it was their commitment to ‘realism’ that brought such a prevalence of loot boxes to the title. Jorgensen said, “The one thing we’re very focused on, and they are extremely focused on, is not violating the canon of Star Wars.” Jorgensen went on to say that they would consider walking back the loot box impact items in exchange for more cosmetic, non-gameplay altering items.

World of Warcraft Brings Back the Fun With New Races

World of Warcraft revolutionized the MMO genre when it released back in 2001. Now, 16 years later, the franchise is still going strong and fans are getting hyped up for the next expansion: Battle for Azeroth. Blizzard has been busy getting World of Warcraft fans ready for more content with both the Classic announcement and the Battle for Azeroth expansion. We think that 2017 and 2018 could be incredible years for the longest-running active MMO on the planet and it has a lot to do with how credible the new playable races are.

Playable race expansions are as part of World of Warcraft as quests are for the rest of the genre. With Battle for Azeroth, Blizzard will be releasing six completely new races: Lightforged Draenei, Dark Iron Dwarves, Void Elves for the Alliance and Nightborne Elves, Zandalari Trolls and Highmountain Tauren for the Horde. While WoW fans have some trouble getting into new race releasees, it appears that we have more than just some newly skinned races coming into the game.

While the resemblances between the new races and old races in the game are strong, particularly between the elf classes, there is something special about this expansion. The biggest thing about the new races is that they are more than just a graphical update, they are setting the stage for the lore going into the future. WoW used to have a problem with races becoming quickly outdated and left by the wayside, but that isn’t the case. Blizzard has already gone on the record as stating that these races will be heavily involved in future storylines and that should get fans more than a little bit excited.

In any event, we also appreciate the fact that the new characters have a ton of customization available to them. WoW has always been known for its unique take on the fantasy aesthetic and that will continue here. It looks like there will be complete character customization options for the new races, including tattoos, fur, antlers and different hairstyles.