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Test Chamber – 20 Minutes Of Gwent: The Witcher Card Game Beta

The Witcher 3's mini-game Gwent was a popular favorite for those seeking additional adventures amidst tavern mugs and tournament halls, and next year it will move into a full-fledged game experience as a competitive standalone card game.

The beta is available now and if you sign up it's likely you'll get an invite during the course of testing, tweaking, and balancing. Gwent: The Witcher Card game will hit major consoles as well as PC, with Xbox One and PS4 both on the platform list.

Join Daniel Tack and Wade Wojcik to get a glimpse of how the sidegame translates to the real game in this episode of Test Chamber!

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Pokémon Website Goes ’90s For New Trading Card Game Expansion

The Pokémon TCG is releasing a nostalgia fueled expansion called XY – Evolutions complete with reprints of cards from previous sets. It's only fitting that their website took a trip down memory lane as well.

The Evolutions set includes more than 100 cards and there will be two theme decks (Pikachu Power and Mewtwo Mayhem) available for purchase from Toys R Us and GameStop today. The decks will be available at other retailers on November 2. The expansion is also available in the digital edition of the TCG starting today.

The site itself contains a couple wonderful nods to the past when sites had guestbooks and silly music. You can visit it here or check out some images of it below.

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U.S. Residents Who Bought GTX 970 Graphics Card May Be Able To Claim $30 Settlement

Last year, some customers who bought an nVidia GTX 970 graphics card found it wasn't quite performing to standards. As it turns out, it was because the card had a dedicated 3.5GB of video ram instead of the advertised 4GB.

As a result of this false advertising, nVidia had to settle a lawsuit for lying to its customers, as Ars Technica reported. Part of the settlement involves paying out $ 30 to anyone who bought a GTX 970 from September 1, 2014 to August 24, 2016. Today nVidia set up a website, gtx970settlement.com, where users can submit their request to receive $ 30 as part of the lawsuit. The other part of the settlement involves paying out $ 1.3 million in legal and attorney fees.

As the Ars Technica report points out, the $ 30 number amounts to 8.6 percent of the price of each card (Which sold for around $ 350). The missing difference in horsepower (0.5GB of video ram) amounts to 12.5 percent, meaning customers would have had to receive about $ 44 dollars to have been fully compensated for the difference. The customers in the lawsuit claimed as much, but the eventually settlement came down to $ 30.

Anyone eligible for a settlement payout has until November 30 to file their request for a payout. They can also send a letter requesting to opt out and sue nVidia on their own, file a comment in support or against the settlement, or ask to appear in court about the settlement.

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Our Take
I know a couple people who bought 970s, though I don't think they noticed the difference in horsepower. It's a shame customers are only getting about 70 percent of what they're owed, as false advertising can have huge implications on unknowing consumers.

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U.S. Residents Who Bought GTX 970 Graphics Card May Be Able To Claim $30 Settlement

Last year, some customers who bought an nVidia GTX 970 graphics card found it wasn't quite performing to standards. As it turns out, it was because the card had a dedicated 3.5GB of video ram instead of the advertised 4GB.

As a result of this false advertising, nVidia had to settle a lawsuit for lying to its customers, as Ars Technica reported. Part of the settlement involves paying out $ 30 to anyone who bought a GTX 970 from September 1, 2014 to August 24, 2016. Today nVidia set up a website, gtx970settlement.com, where users can submit their request to receive $ 30 as part of the lawsuit. The other part of the settlement involves paying out $ 1.3 million in legal and attorney fees.

As the Ars Technica report points out, the $ 30 number amounts to 8.6 percent of the price of each card (Which sold for around $ 350). The missing difference in horsepower (0.5GB of video ram) amounts to 12.5 percent, meaning customers would have had to receive about $ 44 dollars to have been fully compensated for the difference. The customers in the lawsuit claimed as much, but the eventually settlement came down to $ 30.

Anyone eligible for a settlement payout has until November 30 to file their request for a payout. They can also send a letter requesting to opt out and sue nVidia on their own, file a comment in support or against the settlement, or ask to appear in court about the settlement.

[Source: gtx970settlement.com via NeoGAF]

 

Our Take
I know a couple people who bought 970s, though I don't think they noticed the difference in horsepower. It's a shame customers are only getting about 70 percent of what they're owed, as false advertising can have huge implications on unknowing consumers.

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Astro Boy Digital Card Game Takes Off With Kickstarter

The iconic legacy of Astro Boy heads to Kickstarter today in digital card game form, with Astro Boy: Edge of Time. Active Gaming Media, Tezuka Productions, and Macoto Tezka are aiming for a $ 50,000 goal to bring Astro Boy to the digital table.

The collectible card game is planned to launch on PC and Mac. Console releases are being considered as stretch goals.

Astro Boy: Edge of Time takes the characters from Osamu Tezuka's works and transports them to a completely new world. Players can build decks and play against other players or the AI in 1v1 matches. Gameplay takes a positional "row" approach where cards in the offensive lane can attack the enemy but are unable to defend, and cards in the defensive row can defend but not attack.

Ranked and unranked online competitive modes will be available. You can check out the Kickstarter campaign for more.

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Our Take
We've seen a deluge of digital card games come rushing to replicate the success of titles like Hearthstone, and as with many others, it remains to be seen whether this will be a powerful addition to the congested DCG market or a forgettable replica riding on the back of a somewhat obscure IP for this day and age, at least in Western circles. I'm going to hope for the best and see what happens with the Kickstarter.

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Astro Boy Digital Card Game Takes Off With Kickstarter

The iconic legacy of Astro Boy heads to Kickstarter today in digital card game form, with Astro Boy: Edge of Time. Active Gaming Media, Tezuka Productions, and Macoto Tezka are aiming for a $ 50,000 goal to bring Astro Boy to the digital table.

The collectible card game is planned to launch on PC and Mac. Console releases are being considered as stretch goals.

Astro Boy: Edge of Time takes the characters from Osamu Tezuka's works and transports them to a completely new world. Players can build decks and play against other players or the AI in 1v1 matches. Gameplay takes a positional "row" approach where cards in the offensive lane can attack the enemy but are unable to defend, and cards in the defensive row can defend but not attack.

Ranked and unranked online competitive modes will be available. You can check out the Kickstarter campaign for more.

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Our Take
We've seen a deluge of digital card games come rushing to replicate the success of titles like Hearthstone, and as with many others, it remains to be seen whether this will be a powerful addition to the congested DCG market or a forgettable replica riding on the back of a somewhat obscure IP for this day and age, at least in Western circles. I'm going to hope for the best and see what happens with the Kickstarter.

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Superhot To Receive Card Game Adaptation

Ready for weird news? Slow-mo first-person shooter/puzzler SuperHot is getting a card game adaptation, according to developer SUPERHOT Team.

Details are scant for now but the site for the card game notes that it's being designed by Manuel Correia, the author of the deck-building game Agent Decker, and that there will be a Kickstarter campaign for the card game in December. You can find out more by visiting the official website.

Editor Ben Reeves reviewed Superhot back in February and said that "Superhot is a short-but-sweet experience. Its basic mechanics don’t evolve much after the first few levels, but the unique brand of bullet-time proves that games don’t have to be fast to feel action-packed."

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Don’t Die Of Dysentery In Newly Released The Oregon Trail Card Game

Pack up the ox cart yet again, because The Oregon Trail is making its way to the board game market.

In The Oregon Trail Card Game, players work together to keep at least one member of the party alive during a trip from Independence, MO to the Willamette Valley in Oregon. There are three decks which include trail cards, calamity cards, and supply cards. You create you wagon party of 2-6 travelers by writing the names of the players on a whiteboard, but as they meet their demise you can flip the board to write them a personal epitaph on a tombstone. 

The game comes with:

  • 58 trail cards
  • 32 calamity cards
  • 26 supply cards
  • 1 laminated, two-sided wagon party roster
  • 1 erasable marker
  • 1 die
  • Illustrated instructions  

Click here for a detailed instruction video on how to play The Oregon Trail Card Game, which is available now for $ 12.99 at Target. 

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Magic: The Gathering Eldritch Moon Preview Card And More

Magic: The Gathering's Eldritch Moon set hits on July 22, and today we have an exclusive card reveal to share with you – along with some cool art! The upcoming set features terrifying Eldrazi, cool transformations, and even a few cards that meld together to create new, twisted aberrations (Check out a great rundown of the mechanics on the official site here).

To kick things off, take a peek at Turn Aside, a cheap little counterspell that protects your assets on the board. Turn Aside originally made an appearance in the Scars of Mirrodin expansion, but we'll have to see how it resonates this time around.

 

We also have the full art from Tamiyo, Field Researcher to share! The card itself was revealed yesterday at GatheringMagic!


Artist: Tianhua X

We also have some artwork from a card that has yet to be unveiled that also features Tamiyo!


Artist: Jaime Jones

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Animation Throwdown Card Game Mashes Up Fox’s Cartoon Lineup

Fox has found great success in its adult-oriented cartoon lineup. From The Simpsons to Family Guy to Bob’s Burgers, the network has found a niche in embracing animated absurdity.

The network. along with Kongregate (Disclosure: Kongregate is owned by GameStop, Game Informer’s parent company), is bringing five of its cartoons together this fall in a mobile card game. Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards combines American Dad!, Bob’s Burgers, Family Guy, Futurama, and King of the Hill.

Players will create decks, with cards themed around each of the shows. No gameplay details are available yet, so it’s not clear if this is a card battler like WWE Supercard or something more intricate like Hearthstone.

Animation Throwdown: The Quest for Cards is being developed by Synapse Games (Tyrant Unleashed, Spellstone) and Chinzilla Games (Little Alchemist). It’ll be available first on iOS and Android devices this fall.  

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Our Take
The collectible card game genre is getting crowded, but unique games with popular themes can find an audience no matter what. Provided this plays well and gets the kind of support we’ve come to expect from games like Hearthstone, Fox could make a killing.

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