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HoloGrid Monster Battle AR game

Once a dream of Star Wars fans, gamers and Wookies, playing with tabletop holographic animated monsters is finally getting real. Monster-chess augmented reality gaming is just about here with HoloGrid: Monster Battle. Thanks to veteran visionaries Phil Tippett, movie monster crafter, and HappyGiant, an indie game developer composed of former LucasArts, ILM, Hasbro and Pileated Pictures vets. Today Phil Tippett and HappyGiant announced the launch of a Kickstarter campaign for HoloGrid: Monster Battle. This new augmented reality collectible card game comes from the original source of the holochess gaming concept in Star Wars. How exciting is it that we have finally have made it to the point of possibly playing it and on virtual/augmented reality platforms such as PlayStation VR, HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and Magic Leap? Read on below for more details on HoloGrid: Monster Battle and how you can have a hand in making it real.

About HoloGrid:Monster Battle, from today’s announcement:
HoloGrid: Monster Battle’s gameplay is similar to Collectible Card Games (CCG’s) such as Magic: The Gathering or Hearthstone, but uses physical playing cards to trigger Augmented Reality creatures and a gameboard. Players will be able to play head-to-head, either locally or remotely, and offline, non digital play is possible as well through a physical board that will come with the product. A “Hybrid” Board Game, Collectible Card Game (CCG), and Digital Game in one, it delivers to players a new type of gaming experience.”

HoloGrid Monster Battle AR game

Creatures are designed from the hands and imagination of Phil Tippett, who has created many of the memorable fantasy characters seen in Star Wars films, Jurassic Park, Robocop, The Force Awakens, and more. Using a very cool sounding technique called Photogrammetry, Phil Tippett and HappyGiant digitally capture the hand crafted monsters. 

“We’d been doing experiments with Photogrammetry, but more on museum level artifacts,” said Mike Levine, President of HappyGiant. “At the same time we began exploring doing projects with Tippett, we had the idea, ‘What if we tried this on some creatures?’ The results blew us away. That’s really where this idea was born.” “And it’s the exact same technique we used on The Force Awakens,” added Tippett.

HoloGrid Monster Battle AR game

HoloGrid: Monster Battle pits players against each other with the goal of defeating Champion monsters. Unique spells and attacks enable monsters to unleash battle techniques. If you have played games collectible card strategy games such as Magic: The Gathering, Hearthstone, or Eye of Judgment, you may be familiar with some of the mechanics. Summoning monsters through the use of collectible AR cards, players will be able to take-on battles in local matches (and possibly online matches with Kickstarter goals reached). A boxed product containing cards, tabletop mat and phone/tablet stand help bridge the virtual reality space with the aid of your Android or iOS device.

HoloGrid Monsters

“We’re excited to be launching this Kickstarter with Phil Tippett and his studio, and bringing to life a game so many of us have always wanted to play,” said Levine, “This is our first step into a new world of AR gaming, and while we are launching it on mobile initially so everyone can play it, our long term vision is to bring it to emerging AR and VR platforms.”

HoloGrid: Monster Battle is being crafted for iOS and Android platforms, but with the Kickstarter campaign the developers hope to reach stretch goals to propel it to platforms such as PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, Magic Leap, PC and Mac.

Support HoloGrid: Monster Battle and visit the Kickstarter page here. Watch a trailer from HoloGrid: Monster Battle below. May the 4th be with HoloGrid: Monster Battle and make it happen!

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Ghostbusters 2016 game

With the Ghostbusters film set to release on July 15, Activision has two ghost-busting filled games to bring the experience home, or on the road. For PS4, Xbox One and PC gamers the Ghostbusters game will be a third-person action RPG, supporting up to four local co-op players. The unique abilities of each character will make for some Gauntlet-like ghost hunts. This current-gen console and PC release of Ghostbusters will be available starting July 12 and takes place after the events of the new film.

In Ghostbusters: Slime City, for iOS and Android gamers, Ghostbuster gamers team up for “asynchronous co-op.” Watch for proton pack crafting, HQ upgrades, rewards, leaderboard challenges and more. Ghostbusters: Slime City is targeting a July release for mobile devices. 

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Tatum Games Kickstarter is live!

by GamingBits Guest on April 4, 2016

in General Gaming News Bits

Tatum Games KickstarterDon’t be the last guy in line to back the world’s first collaborative collectible card game! Tatum Games Kickstarter is live and wants you to join forces against evil! Tatum Games Kickstarter is now live at http://kck.st/233DZU2 . Back Tatum Games now and be a part of a team to see the greatest Collectable Card Game come to life. More collaboration, improved game play and more strategic challenges to maximize fun and team effort!

Tatum Games is overwhelmingly grateful for your donation, and appreciates you making your donation on the very first day of their Kickstarter campaign. Why is it so important that you donate today? Because the fate of the campaign lies in your hands! Kickstarter’s observer algorithms evaluate thousands of attributes of a campaign, from the pictures and language used to the rate of visitors and contribution size. If it meets certain criteria, the Kickstarter will be “featured” on Kickstarter’s homepage, increasing visibility and thus the likelihood that the campaign will be a success. Even if Tatum Games doesn’t meet the criteria to be featured via the algorithm, it may still get enough traction to be selected as an employee favorite because of your donations.

If you participate on day one of the Kickstarter campaign, you’ll get insider information, tips, and gifts that are exclusive to early donors. Furthermore, you’ll have the chance to be a part of the dialogue going into creating this revolutionary gaming application! Your hardened confidence in Tatum Games will inspire others to participate in their campaign, and the more fans and excited gamers Tatum Games have as followers and inspiration, the better the game will be. Your early support will drive the momentum of Tatum Games’s Kickstarter! Plus, your early donation also enables Tatum Games the opportunity to hear your opinions and feedback early on in the Kickstarter campaign, giving more time to implement change and brainstorm ideas.

Tatum Games Kickstarter is now live here at http://kck.st/233DZU2

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PlayStaiton VR Launch Bundle

Amazon’s pre-orders for the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle went out in a flash on Tuesday. If you were among the left out, you have another chance (and a few tips) on pre-ordering this afternoon. Amazon sent out emails and posted on its Amazon Games Twitter page that another set of PlayStation VR Launch Bundles will be available for sale at 2pm PST today. Below are the details sent from Amazon.com:

“Thank you for your continued interest in ordering PlayStation VR from Amazon.com! We understand that many customers were disappointed that we sold out so quickly, and we have good news for you. We’ve received additional allocation and the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle will become available to pre-order again starting today, Thursday March 24, at 2:00 PM PST.

Purchases are limited to 1 per customer. Please make sure you’ve updated your credit card and shipping information to help you move quickly through the checkout process.

Quantities are still very limited so please act quickly for your best chance at reserving your PlayStation VR.”

Besides having your credit card and shipping information ready to quickly check out, some customers reported they had quick access from the Amazon mobile app to purchase. So you may want to have that option ready too. Here is the link, so get your itchy gaming finger ready for 2pm PST (5pm EST!) today:

Pre-order the PlayStation VR Launch Bundle here from Amazon.com.

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Some of the Strangest Video Games Ever Made

by GamingBits Guest on February 22, 2016

in General Gaming News Bits

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When it comes to pop culture and entertainment, things definitely aren’t what they used to be. Nothing seems to stay one thing anymore. If a good movie or movie series comes out, it may make its way onto TV, like the recent Bates Motel or Fargo. The same is true the other way around, such as with Sex and the City and Entourage. In many cases, the second installment may even be better (those latter two examples not withstanding). The lines are getting blurrier all the time, and this is perhaps most evident in video games.

Video games used to be confined to your console or computer, but that is no longer the case. Nowadays, it seems as though you are just as likely to see a movie based on a video game as you are to see one with comic book characters. Over the years, there have been numerous films based on games, like Tomb Raider and Resident Evil. And, of course, this works conversely as well. For example, did you know that there are three games based on Attack of the Killer Tomatoes?

Believe it or not, there are also games based on the work of Monty Python, including Life of Brian and the Meaning of Life (more on those here). Beyond that, they’ve even turned Spamalot (aka The Quest for the Holy Grail) into a slots game. Crafted like a play in four acts and outlined , this game takes players on an adventure involving castles, killer rabbits, and, of course, the Knights who say Ni. Read more about that one on this page.

Speaking of a game you would probably never expect, there’s apparently one based on Grey’s Anatomy. Yup, the doctor show. It’s not a particularly exhilarating game, with the focus being on the personal lives of the doctors. Oh, and one of the goals is to “find comfort.” If you’re a big fan of the show, it may be worth a look, but as for anyone else? Nah.

Have you been known to get your goth gear out of your closet on certain Saturday nights in order to go down to your local theater to see The Rocky Horror Picture Show? If so, you will be thrilled to know that there are in fact video games based on the movie. The first one dates back to 1985 and was created for the Commodore 64 (youngsters, go ask your folks what that is). While the less said about that one the better, a (slightly) more improved version came out in 1999. It even had Christopher Lee (RIP) narrating!

Perhaps the weirdest example of inspiration for a video game comes from the movie Manos: The Hand of Fate. If you’ve ever heard of this flick, chances are it was because you saw it on one of those “worst ever” lists. The movie is notorious for having been filmed in some guy’s backyard, and for unknown reasons, that was good enough to base a video game on. But, surprisingly, the game isn’t all bad and by most accounts is much better than the big-screen version. You can see a trailer for it on this site, along with other many games you probably didn’t know existed.

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