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The Best Way To Play Call Of Duty Mobile Is On A PC

Call Of Duty: Mobile was released worldwide earlier this week for Android and iOS devices. It’s a strange mix of different maps, guns, and mechanics from various Call Of Duty games from the past. It also is developed by a company that is owned by Tencent. So I decided to load up CoD: Mobile on Tencent’s official Android emulator on PC and gave the game a spin with mouse and keyboard.

If you don’t know, back in July, Tencent launched GameLoop which is an official emulator on PC that allows players to download and play a select number of mobile games on their computer using a mouse and keyboard controls. It launched with support for mobile PUBG and has continued to get updated, with new games being added to the service as they launch.

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Because Tencent is involved in the development and release of Call Of Duty: Mobile I decided to see if GameLoop would support COD: Mobile. I had played a few matches on my phone and enjoyed it, but it felt like I would have more fun with better controls. (Although the touch controls are surprisingly good, some of the best I’ve come across in a mobile shooter.) So I downloaded GameLoop and discovered that, yes, COD: Mobile does indeed support the emulator.

Playing COD: Mobile on a PC is a very strange experience. Visually it doesn’t look as good as previous games in the franchise. Which makes sense. This was developed for phones. But it looks a lot better than I expected and it ran at 60fps. (Most of the time.) The mix of maps from different games also made the experience of playing COD: Mobile on PC feel strange. Like I was playing some weird combination of multiple Call Of Duty games rebuilt in Unity.

But COD: Mobile played with a mouse feels sooooo much better than with touch controls. That seems obvious, but Tencent has done a great job making it feel great on mouse and keyboard. It doesn’t feel like I’m playing some weird hacked together port of a mobile game. Instead, I often forgot I was playing what is really a free-to-play Android game. Well, that is until it asked me a dozen times to buy credits and battle pass XP. Then it became clear that this was indeed a big, free-to-play shooter.

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And to be clear, this is totally allowed. I’m not breaking any rules or cheating. This is an official way to play COD: Mobile on PC. It sometimes feels like cheating, however. You see, a mouse and keyboard are very accurate ways to control a game compared to a small touchscreen. So I would often dominate matches. Yes, the game has a lot of bots in its matches, but even when real players showed up I felt like I was doing much better than I usually do in Call Of Duty.

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The biggest advantage the mouse gives me over mobile players is the ability to turn around fast when I hear a gunshot or take damage from behind. Being able to whip around, line up a target and fire in a second makes it hard for mobile players to get the drop on me. I also found I could win long-distance fights better, possibly due to the mouse but also a larger screen with a higher resolution probably helped too.

Another nice thing is that my progress between mobile and PC is shared. So if you are playing or planning on playing COD: Mobile and you have a decent PC, you might want to grab the GameLoop emulator and play with a good mouse and keyboard. You’ll feel like a pro player and you can still play on mobile when you are away from your PC.

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Just remember, even though COD: Mobile is better on a PC, it is still filled with tons of microtransactions, loot crates, battle passes, and other annoying monetization options. Some of it feels unfair, like letting players unlock new attachments for guns with real money. And sadly, playing with a mouse won’t get rid of these parts of Call Of Duty: Mobile. They’ll just make it easier to close them when they pop-up.

Source: Kotaku.com

Call Of Duty: Mobile Is Live

After being in rigorous beta testing across multiple countries since July, Activision and Tencent’s Call of Duty: Mobile is go for iOS and Android devices everywhere but mainland China, Vietnam, and Belgium. Battle across recognizable maps, fight as iconic heroes like Ghost and Soap, and participate in a battle royale the likes of which you’ve probably seen before.

It’s free to play; it’s mobile; it’s what a console Call of Duty might look like if people weren’t so down on microtransactions and loot boxes. They really should have subtitled it “Mobile Warfare.” Beneath the icon in the iTunes search results it says “Visceral Multiplayer!” which sounds like a thing Call of Duty players are keen on.

The game runs in landscape mode instead of portrait (wide instead of tall), which was a great decision, Mario Kart Tour. The gameplay isn’t too shabby. It looks nice on my iPhone XR. It’s all aiming and auto-firing, but it works well on a small touchscreen

The focus is on progression, with new gear unlocked as players climb the ranks and access new loadout slots. Weapons have experience levels as well, with better mods and attachments unlocked at higher levels. There’s a store filled with cosmetic stuff to purchase and play with, daily login bonuses, special events—basically plenty of things to clutter up its nice-looking home screen.

Players can purchase in-game currency with real cash to help them make their soldier and weapons look all pretty. There’s a “Cash Back” event going on right now that involves getting bonuses for purchasing currency and makes me feel like I am trying to finance a car every time I load up the game. This is Activision and Tencent, so expect plenty of ridiculous things to buy and ways to buy them.

As for the Battle Royale, it supports up to 100 players, pulls together map locations from across many different Call of Duty games, and isn’t unlocked until level 7, which might take me a while. You’ll probably get there first. Let me know how it is.

Source: Kotaku.com

Japanese And Taiwanese Flags Removed From Maverick’s Jacket In New Top Gun

Screenshot: Paramount Pictures

Top Gun: Maverick takes place decades after the original film, but in the trailer (and promotional poster), Maverick dons his old leather jacket. It might look like it’s the same as the one in the original film, but it’s not.

As pointed out on Taiwan News and Toychan, a patch on Maverick’s leather jacket has been altered.

Screenshot: Paramount via Toychan

In the 1986 film, the patch read, “Far East Cruise 63-4 USS Galveston” and featured flags for the U.S., the United Nations, Japan, and Taiwan. According to Taiwan News, the patch references an actual U.S. Navy guided-missile cruiser that was deployed to the waters surrounding Taiwan and Japan.

For the sequel, the patch now reads “Indian Ocean Cruise 85-86 United States Navy” and no longer features the Japanese and Taiwanese flags. As noted on Military.com, it is unclear what these new flags refer to. The surrounding patches do not appear to have been altered.

China’s Tencent Pictures partnered with Paramount Pictures for Top Gun: Maverick, leading to speculation as to why this patch was changed. However, as reported on Livedoor, neither Tencent or Paramount have yet to comment.

Source: Kotaku.com

Riot Games To Make Mobile Version of League Of Legends With Tencent

League of Legends cinematic, “All”
Image: Riot Games (YouTube)

Riot Games is developing a mobile version of League of Legends alongside Chinese tech company Tencent, Reuters said today in a report confirmed by Kotaku.

A source with knowledge of the upcoming mobile game told Kotaku that it “plays differently” from League of Legends, although it retains the hit MOBA’s general appearance. “The game is not a 1-to-1 port,” the source said, adding that it has different items and runes and, potentially, fewer characters. “The gameplay is built for mobile.”

According to Reuters, Riot and Tencent have been working on the game for over a year. Riot and Tencent did not return Kotaku’s request for comment by press time.

Tencent has owned Riot since 2015, and around then, the behemoth Chinese company allegedly initiated talks with Riot about making a mobile adaptation of League of Legends. Riot reportedly ended up declining. In addition to preferring their in-house designers to Tencent’s, a report from The Information alleges, “Riot’s founders didn’t want to water down the PC-based ‘League’ for smartphones.”

Afterward, Tencent published mobile strategy game Honor of Kings, which is reminiscent of League of Legends. The game was huge in China, earning the company alleged billions. Yet it looks like the version of Honor of Kings that made its way to the US app store—Arena of Valor—flopped.

Riot has published one video game in its 13 years of existing. And although League of Legends is still enormously popular on PC, a well-regarded mobile game could help sustain its dominance for years to come if it proves appealing in markets like China.

Source: Kotaku.com

The Nintendo Switch Will Be Sold In China For The First Time

Photo: Drew Angerer (Getty Images)

Officials in the Chinese province of Guangdong have given investment conglomerate Tencent permission to begin distributing Nintendo Switches containing a special “test version” of New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe, according to a report by Reuters.

At one point, video game consoles were banned in China, but that policy was reversed in 2015. After that, Sony and Xbox One began selling their latest consoles there through joint ventures with local companies, and Nintendo is now poised to do the same. Tencent had previously requested permission from officials in Guangdong, the province where the firm is registered. They received the approval today, according to a statement posted on the Guangdong Provincial Department of Culture and Tourism’s website that was translated by Reuters. Two unnamed sources familiar with the matter told the wire news service that this approval will allow Tencent to sell the Switch throughout the rest of the country as well.

A spokesperson for Nintendo confirmed to the Wall Street Journal that it was partnering with Tencent to distribute the Switch in China but did not say how soon it would become available. [Update – 6:31 p.m.]: “We will explain this matter further when we are at the stage where we can talk about it,” a spokesperson for Nintendo told Kotaku in an email.

The news comes after the end of a period in which approvals to sell new games in the country were halted following a bureaucratic shakeup last summer. That freeze was announced to have ended at the beginning of the year, but according to a report by the South China Morning Post in February, the backlog of requests that had built up during the interim was still causing massive delays.

That could be part of the reason that plans to sell the Switch in China are only beginning to move ahead just now, two years after the console first launched in March 2017. In an April 2018 Q&A with investors, then-President of Nintendo Tatsumi Kimishima said the company was looking to get the Switch to China but needed to find the right business partner first. We now know it’s chosen Tencent.

The largest video game company in the world by revenue, Tencent has spent recent years investing in several of the industry’s biggest players. It currently has a 40 percent stake in Epic Games, makers of Fortnite, and a minority stake in Bluehole, which developed PUBG. It also owns Supercell, makers of Clash of Clans, and Riot Games, makers of League of Legends. Now it’s responsible for bringing one of the hottest consoles currently on the emarket to the biggest audience in the world.

Tecncent did not immediately respond to a request by Kotaku for comment.

Source: Kotaku.com

Model Says A Tencent Game Used Her Image Without Permission

Chinese studio Tencent is using model Mei Yan’s likeness without her permission for a character in its game Ring of Elysium, the model says. Since Yan posted about it online, Tencent has removed images of the character from its social media, but she’s not satisfied.

Mei Yan is a Chinese-American model who has been modeling since around 2014, when she was around 17. Since then, she’s also started a beauty-oriented YouTube channel with over 400,000 subscribers. She’s not a gamer by any means, so about a month ago when a follower of hers reached out to tell her that her likeness was being used in the game Rings of Elysium, she was surprised, and a little concerned.

“He found that people were talking about it on a subreddit forum about the game,” Yan told Kotaku over the phone. “I guess a few of these people there noticed the similarity.” She said that people initially assumed it must be a collaboration between her and Tencent. Yan said that no collaboration between them had taken place. The image, she said, was taken from her first professional photoshoot, with the brand Omocat.

The character, Lynn, is extremely popular among Rings of Elysium players, to the point that Tencent has posted images of a fan-made mural of the character on its Twitter account.

“This is basically the most iconic character in the game, and I can see why, because her character design is very cute,” Yan said. “People love her.”

Since then, Yan has gotten in touch with people involved in Ring of Elysium. She did also say that some images of her, including the advertisement for an “Adventurer Pass,” which is a $10 season pass that included skins for Lynn, have been removed since she started talking about this publicly this week. The story was originally reported by USGamer.

Kotaku reached out to Tencent for comment, but it did not reply in time for publication.

Yan said that she isn’t sure what she’d like have happen to resolve this issue. She said that while she is no stranger to people stealing her content, “this is really the weirdest situation that has ever happened to me.” A cosplayer reached out to Yan once she was made aware of the situation to say that she’d cosplayed the character.

“She was like, ‘Oh my god, this is so weird, I’m so sorry this happened to you, but I cosplayed you, like, your body and your face,’” Yan said. “And she sent me photos and I was like, this is so bizarre.”

“My original goal was to just bring some awareness. If more people can know about this, I guess that’s all I can really ask for in this situation,” Yan said. “People have been paying for this Adventurer Pass, and are therefore paying to have access to this skin. I feel like, in a way, people have been deceived, and that’s really, really not okay.”

Source: Kotaku.com