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Test Chamber – The New Yu-Gi-Oh! Mobile Card Game Looks Promising

If you had told me 2017 was the year I'd play Yu-Gi-Oh! again, I wouldn't have believed you. But with the number of digital card games hitting the market recently, I guess it was only a matter of time before the card game with the best-dressed and most stylish characters saw a good mobile entry.

To see how the anime-based card game has adapted to mobile, Daniel Tack, Javy Gwaltney and I sat down to see how the free-to-play Yu-Gi-Oh!: Duel Links speeds up the classic card game, throws in some interesting progression hooks, and does its best to relive the nostalgia of the first Yu-Gi-Oh! anime series.

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Top Digital Card Games Of 2016

The world of digital trading card games sees plenty of entries each year, so there are many options to pick from. 2016 had many options to pick from – whether they were released in prior years, or in some form of alpha or beta, you have plenty of great choices. Here are some of the best.

Hearthstone
Blizzard’s entry into the card game world still has it, and with the recent Mean Streets of Gadgetzan expansion you can get into the mix with new strategies without having to track down old cards. With weekly tavern brawls and daily quests, getting your collection going is much easier than when the game initially launched. We’ll probably continue to see Hearthstone imitators for years and years to come. Check out the review for the original game here.

Shadowverse
This stylized anime-infused brawl shares some similarities with Hearthstone, but featyures aspects that make it interesting and different as well. With an evolution system that makes timing your plays a critical part of the strategy and a wealth of classes each with unique cards and mechanics, Shadowverse has lots to offer. You can watch us play a few games in this episode of Test Chamber.

Duelyst
Duelyst offers a more tactical take on things than many digital card games with a board to move your units around and a leader that must be protected in the playspace. If you’re looking for something closer to a “miniatures battle” experience rooted in cards, Duelyst might be the right choice.

Gwent: The Witcher Card Game
The classic mini-game from The Witcher 3 works surprisingly well as a standalone card game, with a few necessary tweaks to make it work. Watch us play a few matches in this episode of Test Chamber!

HEX: Shards of Fate
With heaps of single-player campaign content to go along with all the standard drafting and competitive play that most digital card games offer, HEX continues to get great updates and additional cards.

The Elder Scrolls: Legends
While it’s not quite the same as traveling around Skyrim and completing quests, Bethesda’s big IP does a great job at serving up card-slinging action. Watch us work the arena in this episode of Test Chamber!

Eternal
Featuring five factions and cool mechanics that take advantage of the digital backdrop, Eternal’s mix of gunslinging and magic is compelling. With dual-faction cards and a resource system that hearkens back to Magic:  The Gathering instead of Hearthstone, card game enthusiasts will find a lot to love here.

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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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