Square Enix has stopped working on 'Go' mobile games

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Square Enix has stopped working on 'Go' mobile games

In many ways, Square Enix' Go titles were textbook examples of how to make good mobile games: for a little cash up front, you'd receive a truly mobile-friendly experience that felt like it received just as much attention as a blockbuster console release. However, that strategy has apparently run out of steam. Square Enix Montreal head Patrick Naud told PCGamesInsider.biz in an interview that his studio has stopped working on the Go series. The premium mobile game market is "diminishing," Naud said -- there are too many genuinely high-quality free games for many people to pour money into games unless they're riveted by the concept. While Hitman Go, Lara Croft Go and Deus Ex Go had strong reviews and "great revenue," only a small number of people played them.

Ben Heck's Yobo NES portable

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Ben Heck's Yobo NES portable

Every console should be portable, even the replicated ones. This is why Ben is taking apart a "Yobo NES" and designing an enclosure to see how small he can make it and still be able to play Nintendo Entertainment System games. The fun starts with Autodesk's Fusion 360, a laser cutter and a bit of 3D-modeling design. What other hardware would you make portable? How has your computer aided your design work? Let us know on the element14 Community.

Recommended Reading: An NBA exec and some mysterious Twitter accounts

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Recommended Reading: An NBA exec and some mysterious Twitter accounts

Even though he won't admit it, one of the NBA's biggest stars, Kevin Durant, almost certainly used a burner Twitter account to clap back at the haters. That's relatively harmless, but what happens when a team president is accused of using a group of accounts that disclosed sensitive team info? The Ringer has the detailed story of Philadelphia 76ers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and some rather curious connections, including one account he's already admitted to using.

PS4's 'Detroit' doesn't take place in the Motor City I know

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PS4's 'Detroit' doesn't take place in the Motor City I know

When Sony debuted Detroit: Become Human at E3 two years ago, writer-director David Cage said he and his team were taking great care to respect Motown's heritage, its people and what they've been through. "When you set your story in a specific city, it's a very sensitive thing to do," he told me. "You don't want to do it if you're not respectful of the place, of the people living there." I've seen how games like Persona 5 and the Yakuza series have faithfully reproduced their Japanese settings, and I was excited to explore his digital Detroit. Unfortunately, my expectations were set too high.

The debut 'Sea of Thieves' campaign almost makes it fun again

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The debut 'Sea of Thieves' campaign almost makes it fun again

Sea of Thieves was an opportunity for Microsoft and studio Rare to do something completely new. The multiplayer pirate simulator promised endless hours of entertainment. A sandbox world steeped in lore in which you make your own adventures. But upon the game's release in March this year, the internet was befuddled, asking the question: Is this really it? There just didn't seem to be that much to do, but Sea of Thieves was always supposed to follow the "game as a service" model of trickling in new content. That starts with The Hungering Deep campaign that beached earlier this week in a flawed but potentially important step in re-injecting some semblance of fun into the game.

All signs point to 'Fortnite' launching on the Switch

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All signs point to 'Fortnite' launching on the Switch

Since its launch last September, Fortnite has already appeared on PS4, PC, Xbox and your iPhone, but it's not stopping there. Rumors suggest a NintendoSwitch release, soon — which would go nicely alongside that Android port we've been promised this summer. First up, a leaked E3 document from 4chan yesterday outlined a showroom display for Nintendo's hybrid console lineup that includes Fortnite (alongside Mario Tennis Aces, Dragonball FighterZ and several more titles). Kotaku sources backed up the claims, and then hours ago Fortnite made another appearance, this time on the Korean game ratings board (GRAC), headed for the Switch once again. The filing doesn't give that much away, yes there's cartoon violence and in-game purchases, but you knew all that already, right?