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NOT TO BE REPRODUCED WITHOUT WRITTEN PERMISSION. http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/ en-gb Sun, 23 Sep 2018 14:20:37 GMT Copyright (c) 2018 Pocket Gamer Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vcdtm/413f5kp_jjl_1_.jpg" width="200" alt="Top 10 Best Finnish Hardware" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Finland celebrates its <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">100th Independence Day</a> today, and to join in with the celebrations, we've listed 10 of the best pieces of Finnish inventions and technology.<br><br>Finland has a strong history of creating hardware and technology that changes the world, as you’ll soon discover as you go through this list.<br><br>So many incredible pieces of tech, things that you can’t imagine the world without today. Let’s take a look at just ten…<br><br><strong>Nokia 1100<br><br></strong><br><br>When it comes to legendary pieces of tech, few things have the recognition that Nokia phones do, and the 1100 might be king among them all. The, at-the-time, tiny wonder was a revelation, and to top it off, Finland invented SMS messages too. Where would we be without them? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Nokia+N%2DGage+%281st+Generation%29/feature.asp?c=76115 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:53:00 GMT The 25 best Finnish characters <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-xlmp/ab_android_beta.jpg" width="200" alt="The 25 best Finnish characters" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> It's fair to say that Finland has a pretty intriguing history when it comes to the characters that it's created.<br><br>And since it's <a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Android/Nokia+news/feature.asp?c=76119">Finland's 100th independence day</a> today, we thought that was something worth celebrating.<br><br>In this list we're going to look at 25 of the best. Some of them you'll have heard of, some of them you won't, and at least one of them has a funny name.<br><br><strong>Red Bird</strong> - Angry Birds<br><br>Red Bird has become the Finnish pop culture export of recent times. From smash hit games to a blockbuster Hollywood movie, from novelty socks to kid's backpacks, it's hard to think of something that hasn't been branded with his cheery visage. I mean, his visage isn't actually that cheery. He's an Angry Bird after all. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Angry+Birds/feature.asp?c=76112 Wed, 6 Dec 2017 11:36:00 GMT Zenko Games brings RPG magic to life with Diamonst <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yskuum/app_icon_02.jpg" width="200" alt="Zenko Games brings RPG magic to life with Diamonst" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Zenko Games is taking <em>Pokemon GO</em> to the next level with their upcoming AR Game, <em>Diamonst</em>. It’s a full scale fantasy RPG whose story will unfurl in the real world.<br><br><em>Diamonst</em> takes its inspiration from classic RPGs like Chrono Trigger and Dragon Quest. Now, though, the action takes place in real life -- with your phone in hand, you’ll stumble across NPCs and vicious monsters in your own hometown. While the main story is single-player, you’ll be able to compete with other players in arena combat in the stylings of <em>Pokemon GO</em>, too.<br><br>At its core, <em>Diamonst</em> features team based combat that’s been inspired by other games like <em>Pokèmon</em> and <em>Yo-Kai Watc</em>h, but also card games like <em>Magic</em> and <em>Hearthstone</em>. You’ll have to make your <em>Diamonst </em>work together to ensure you can face off against the elemental types of opponent <em>Diamonst</em>. As you grow in power, you’ll be able to pull off impressive combos and increasingly complex strategies. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/DIAMONST/news.asp?c=75399'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/DIAMONST/news.asp?c=75399 Tue, 26 Sep 2017 17:01:25 GMT Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-mcb_coin_front-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Learn how to save £35 and win a VIP trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship in Paris" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> We didn’t host a giveaway in a while, but we have today an amazing one for our UK readers. And if you are a fan of Summoners War, you’re in for a treat. We have for you an all-expenses paid trip to the Summoners War World Arena Championship at Le Comedia in Paris on October 7th.<br><br>The Summoners War World Arena Championship pits devoted fans from around the globe against each other, with competitions happening in the U.S., Europe, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, South Korea, and China. The top 16 European players will be facing off in October’s event for $5,000 prize money. The top two competitors will then get a chance to compete in the World Finals in the United States!<br><br>One lucky reader from the UK will get two VIP passes, travel, and accommodation to the EU finals in Paris, with exclusive access to a private VIP area where they can meet and mingle with influencers and Summoners War developers. Most importantly, VIPs will also be treated to complimentary food and drink at the event. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Summoners+War/feature.asp?c=75347 Fri, 22 Sep 2017 18:04:00 GMT Review: Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-acpix/sennheiser-gsp-350.jpg" width="200" alt="Sennheiser GSP 350 - More than just a gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> If you're in the market for a decent set of headphones that don't cost you an arm and a leg, you can't really go wrong with Sennheiser.<br><br>Though prices do vary pretty drastically across their range of products, you can rest assured you'll not only find something to match your budget, but that it will be of solid quality.<br><br>It makes sense then, that the music-loving gamer might consider grabbing a Sennheiser headset to both chat with their friends and listen to music without compromise.<br><br>And Sennheiser claims to deliver just that with the GSP 350. Does the sound wizard succeed in its goal? Let's find out.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Sennheiser GSP 350 won't win awards for its design any time soon, but nor will you be embarrassed to whip it out and shove it on your head at a LAN party.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Sennheiser+GSP+350/hardware_review.asp?c=75084 Wed, 23 Aug 2017 15:06:00 GMT Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-vfkfi/play-nyc-twitter-2.jpg" width="200" alt="Be one of the first to experience Play NYC, New York City’s new premier games convention" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Calling all gamers and developers, this Summer will see a new dedicated gaming convention open its doors in New York City for the very first time. Simply dubbed Play NYC, the ambitious event will run from August 19-20th, and is organized by veteran gaming events company Playcrafting. Expected to play host to well over 5,000 attendees, Play NYC will intends to connect players and creators alike.<br><br>The venue for such an occasion? Manhattan’s prestigious Terminal 5, perhaps best known to people as a live concert venue that normally sees the likes of The Cranberries and Kasabian play to sell-out audiences. Play NYC however will see it teeming with passionate people from all corners of the gaming industry across 21,000 square feet of indoor Expo space, 3 floors, and a rooftop deck.<br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/feature.asp?c=74952'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/feature.asp?c=74952 Thu, 10 Aug 2017 15:34:32 GMT Review: Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-jciqi/razer-pro-kraken-v2-4.jpg" width="200" alt="Razer Kraken Pro V2 review - A worthwhile gaming headset?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> The Kraken Pro V2 is designed to be the only gaming headset you'll need. The focus is on comfort, durability, and clarity of sound in an affordable package.<br><br>And I'd say Razer has done a pretty good job of achieving that - particularly as it works across all of the devices you own.<br><br>But it does fall slightly short of the mark. At £79.99, you'd want this headset to be sufficient for every single purpose, and it doesn't quite reach that.<br><br><strong>Look<br><br></strong><br><br>The Kraken Pro V2 comes in three distinct colours: black, white, and Razer's signature green. The design is very minimal and stylish, and as long as you choose the right colour you'll feel pretty happy wearing them.<br><br>It also looks distinctly premium, thanks to a liberal use of quality and durable materials. It's mostly metal, rather than plastic, which is always a pleasure. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Razer+Kraken+Pro+V2/hardware_review.asp?c=74507 Thu, 29 Jun 2017 10:10:50 GMT Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan is Ubisoft's first Daydream experience <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dntlwc_rvr_announcement_logo_pr_170228_9am_cet_1488215853_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan is Ubisoft's first Daydream experience" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Mobile VR isn't a particularly celebrated genre, but Ubisoft is giving it a shot with <em>Virtual Rabbids: The Big Plan</em>, coming soon to Google Daydream.<br><br>In <em>Virtual Rabbids</em>, a few tricky Rabbids have stolen and scrambled up top-secret nuclear safety passwords. It's up to you to travel to different locations and uncover the missing digits. <br><br>The Daydream's controller will make interacting with the environment around you much more effective and natural, and with a bunch of different elements to mess around with you may have some entertaining situations and puzzles to look forward to. <br><br>Unfortunately there's not much information available on the game as of yet. Its teaser trailer doesn't reveal much, other than to let us know that the same style and humour will be present - oh, and that it'll be coming out in 'spring'. We'll keep you updated when we know more.   <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Virtual+Rabbids%3A+The+Big+Plan/news.asp?c=73144'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Virtual+Rabbids%3A+The+Big+Plan/news.asp?c=73144 Tue, 28 Feb 2017 11:28:30 GMT Shop over a thousand deals on games and more with Amazon Digital Day <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-mydf/digital_day_header.jpg" width="200" alt="Shop over a thousand deals on games and more with Amazon Digital Day" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <script type="text/javascript">window._rtbms = window._rtbms || [];window._rtbms.push({"id": "5A7CC3D5"});(function(r, s) {r = document.createElement('script'); r.type = 'text/javascript'; r.async = true;r.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? 'https://' : 'http://') + 'track.rtb-media.me/rtbm.js';s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(r, s);})();</script> <noscript></noscript> On December 30th, Amazon Digital Day will kick off with great deals on games, movies, music, eBooks and more. For one day only, Amazon will offer over a thousand deals on top items, including discounts of up to 50% off and a selection of Dollar Deals where every item is priced under a $1. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/news.asp?c=72559'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/news.asp?c=72559 Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:47:29 GMT The psychological horror Layers of Fear: Solitude is now available on Daydream VR <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dyci_screen_shot_2016-12-09_at_13_10_09_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="The psychological horror Layers of Fear: Solitude is now available on Daydream VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> For those of you PC gamers who haven't played <em>Layers of Fear</em> yet you're missing out. For those of you who own a Pixel phone and a Daydream, you can now get the VR version.<br><br>If you haven't heard of it before in <em>Layers of Fear: Solitude</em> you play as a psychologically disturbed painter in the Victorian era who tries to complete his work while battling with a very unstable psyche. Walls will change, corridors will continue in endless loops, and paintings will literally just melt off the wall.<br><br><em>Layers of Fear: Solitude</em> brings everything we loved about the PC version to Daydream and throws us straight into the world to experience things at a much more intimate level. This psychological horror is a match made in heaven for VR.  <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Layers+of+Fear%3A+Solitude/news.asp?c=72378'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Layers+of+Fear%3A+Solitude/news.asp?c=72378 Fri, 9 Dec 2016 13:09:57 GMT Daydream View VR: price points, release date, and where to find it <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-dboq_google-daydream-1_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="Daydream View VR: price points, release date, and where to find it" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> You'll remember from a few weeks ago that Google revealed the Pixel and Pixel XL, and they also gave us a look at their own VR headset, <a href="/r/Virtual+Reality/Daydream+VR/news.asp?c=71625&srch=google+daydream">Daydream VR</a>. Now we've finally got the low-down on all of the delicious details we've been waiting for.<br><br>The Daydream is Google's Gear VR, except slightly better according to them. Rather than building the structure out of hard plastic the body of the Daydream is made out of a very cushy combination of materials and foam padding, making it the cosiest of the lot. Plus, the neat little sensor/controller is a cracking edition to make VR games feel more interactive.<br><br>It looks like we don't have long to wait to get our hands on one as the Daydream is hitting stores next week, the 10th November. Get ready to delve into <em>YouTube VR</em>, <em>Google Play movies</em>, <em>Hulu VR</em>, and a ton of exciting apps and games built specifically for the headset. Oh, and you get to be a wizard in <em>Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them</em>. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Daydream+VR/news.asp?c=71956'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Daydream+VR/news.asp?c=71956 Wed, 2 Nov 2016 10:43:17 GMT VIRTUALLY YOURS: How To Reverse The Decline Of Pokemon GO <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-wmig_jwagstaff300_jpg_100.jpg" width="200" alt="VIRTUALLY YOURS: How To Reverse The Decline Of Pokemon GO" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <p><em>Go! Stop. Go? Every week we're taking a close look at the nascent VR and AR scene with an open letter from a figure working in the industry. This week the UK&IE Country Manager for research body </em><a href="https://www.contextworld.com/web/guest/about" target="_blank"><em>CONTEXT</em></a><em>, Jonathan Wagstaff, </em><a href="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Oculus/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=70887" target="_blank"><em>returns</em></a><em> to talk us through why Augmented Reality can't rely on </em>Pokemon GO<em>...</em></p><br><br><p>What goes up must come down; a chart showing <em>Pokemon GO</em>'s total active users since the start of 2016 now looks like the perfect graphical representation of this aphorism. Having gushed with excitement over the early days of the game's release, many journalists and analysts are now predicting its rapid decline and even that current trends could seal the fate of augmented reality gaming. For those of us who approached the app with more gaming experience than one evening of <em>Mario Kart 64</em> back in college it was glaringly obvious that <em>Pokemon GO</em> relies heavily on the novelty of seeing fictional creatures on your screen.</p> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Pokemon+GO/feature.asp?c=71505'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Pokemon+GO/feature.asp?c=71505 Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:00:00 GMT PGC Helsinki 2016: All the entries from the first ever VR Indie Pitch <img src="http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/thumbs/na-cgwen_vrip-logo-onlight-800x800_png_100.jpg" width="200" alt="PGC Helsinki 2016: All the entries from the first ever VR Indie Pitch" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> Virtual Reality is becoming more and more important to the global gaming industry. As is putting a spotlight on the talent behind these unique and amazing experiences.<br><br>As such, for the first time ever, at this year's Pocket Gamer Connects Helsinki 2016 Steel Media launched the VR Indie Pitch, bringing together 12 of the most exciting indie VR projects in development.<br><br>From stepping into the shoes of a giant monster, to exploring the Moon from the cockpit of a giant mech, and even as far as a spot of calming ice fishing, there was an awful lot to get excited about.<br><br>Let's take a look at all of the games that battled it out this week for the chance to be crowned the first ever VR Indie Pitch winner...<br><br><strong><em>Nemesis Perspective</em> - NemPers</strong><br><br> <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/VR+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=71318'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/VR+Indie+Pitch/feature.asp?c=71318 Thu, 8 Sep 2016 18:17:00 GMT VIRTUALLY YOURS: Using 360 experiences to introduce the idea of VR <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-guxx/tonylittlstar457.jpg" width="200" alt="VIRTUALLY YOURS: Using 360 experiences to introduce the idea of VR" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Every week we're digging deeper into modern virtual reality with an open letter from a figure working in the industry. This week, Tony Mugavero (founder and CEO of Littlstar) talks about mobile VR and immerse video experiences can help ease people into new behaviours.</em><br><br><span style="font-size: 10pt;">Virtual Reality is an absolutely crazy and exciting space right now. The basic technology has been around for decades and has come in many forms, yet it seems like right now is the first time anyone has really seen it, a modern movement that feels "once in a generation".<br><br>Let me start by saying: if you haven't experienced anything in VR yet, it's mind blowing. It's not like 3D TVs, it's not like the Virtual Boy from the '90s, it's not a corny gimmick. It's the real deal. It will fundamentally change the way we interact with computers and each other, and will touch every industry in the world, making it better. With all this greatness comes many challenges, and it's on us as an industry to tackle those challenges, listen to consumers, and build the future together. <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=71125'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=71125 Mon, 22 Aug 2016 22:15:00 GMT VIRTUALLY YOURS: So where are we REALLY at with virtual reality? <img src="http://images.pocketgamer.co.uk/artwork/imgthumbs/na-yvqkbar/jonwagstaff.jpg" width="200" alt="VIRTUALLY YOURS: So where are we REALLY at with virtual reality?" border="0" align="left" style="margin:5px 10px 10px 0px;"> <em>Every week we’re digging deeper into modern virtual reality with an open letter from a figure working in the industry. This week, Jonathan Wagstaff (Country Manager UK&IE of <a href="https://www.contextworld.com/web/guest/about">CONTEXT</a>) reveals some of the latest market findings...<br><br></em>Since the launch of the major consumer head-mounted displays earlier this year, very little research has been conducted into what the general public and gamers think about VR and what sort of intentions to purchase they might have. We've all read time and time again that VR is going to forever change entertainment, and make Oculus Rift's <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palmer_Luckey">Palmer Luckey</a> truly live up to his name as the world's most fortunate man. But are we getting ahead of ourselves? <br><br><strong><a href='http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=70887'>[read more]</a></strong> http://www.pocketgamer.co.uk/r/Google+Daydream/Oculus+Rift/feature.asp?c=70887 Mon, 1 Aug 2016 17:00:00 GMT