Take a nostalgia trip with the GameBud and 400 games — just $34.99

Gamebud Portable Gaming Console

We all miss our Game Boys. You can’t return to those heady days of youth, but you can somewhat replicate the gaming experience with the GameBud. This nostalgia-inducing device is better than half price right now.

The GameBud is preloaded with 400 games in the classic eight-bit style. It saves on your phone battery and has some lovely, big buttons.

It’s also much smaller than its ’90s predecessor. The Gameboy was actually a bit of a brick, while the GameBud is little bigger than your palm. That means it’ll fit into almost any pocket, and three hours of battery life makes it perfect for the commute.

The GameBud at a glance:

  • Play 400 classic video games on the go.
  • Game for up to three hours on a single charge.
  • Easily stow it inside your bag when you’re out and about.
  • Play the games on your own TV via the TV-out port and included AV cable.

The five-star-rated GameBud usually retails for $75, but right now, you can pick one up for just $34.99. If you want to gift one to a friend as well, you can save even more on a two-pack. You can pick up two in either red or black for only $54.99.

The clock is ticking on the deal, so if you want to revive your youth then head on over to Tech Deals via the link below.

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PUBG Mobile: How to change your name and appearance (Updated)

PUBG Mobile name change and appearance change explanation
Keen gamers are diving into PUBG Mobile on Android, as one of the most popular Battle Royale-style games makes an excellent cross-over from PC to mobile.

The game is great, but it’s not perfect. Take my experience with setting up my PUBG Mobile account, name, and appearance. No sooner had I signed up and logged in via Facebook, my gaming account name became my Facebook name: TristanRayner. Ouch.

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Who plays games with their real name? Nobody, that’s who. And what was I thinking when I didn’t customize my appearance?

If you’re like me, you’ll want to know how to change your name in PUBG Mobile, along with your appearance. Here’s how.

How to reset your appearance

The good news is that you can reset your appearance quite easily. Tencent Games knows that you’ll want to change up your look as you play to keep things fresh. The catch is that you have to first earn as much as 3,000BP – one of the in-game currencies or loot – to be able to do it.

If you have the money, just follow these instructions:

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  1. Open the app to the home screen (main menu).
  2. Select Inventory from the menu at the bottom.
  3. Tap the ‘Reset Appearance’ arrows that appear right next to your character.
  4. Make the changes you’d like to your character, then tap OK.
  5. Tap Purchase to confirm that you wish to spend the BP to make the change. The exact amount depends on the changes you desire.

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How to change your name

Back to my original problem: how do you change your name in PUBG Mobile, once you’ve set it?

For the longest time, you couldn’t. There was no method built into the game to change your name after you set it.

Fortunately, after a series of updates, they added a method to change your name once per day: Rename Cards! Here’s how they work:

  1. Open the app to the home screen (main menu).
  2. Select Inventory from the menu at the bottom.
  3. Tap the crate icon on the right-hand side.
  4. Tap the Rename Card (if you have any) and tap Use.
  5. Enter your new name and tap OK. You can only change your name once per day.

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How to get Rename Cards

So how exactly do you get Rename Cards? Well, you probably already have some! They are available as rewards when you level up, and some were given as free rewards when the feature was first implemented.

For those of you who aren’t so lucky, you’ll have to shell out 180UC to buy a single Rename Card in the store. That’s about 5 bucks, depending on where you are in the world. You can also earn a small amount of UC by moving up the ranks of the Royale Pass each season.

How to get more BP to pay for an appearance change

At the moment you can’t buy BP in the app, only earn it. Buying BP isn’t yet a ‘feature’ in the game, with the monetization around the in-game currency used for unlocking creates, which is similar to just about every free-to-play game that’s out there at the moment. The current purchasing options are a little strange.

In the meantime, if you need BP, there are lots of ways to do this in the game.

The biggest one we’ve found so far is linking your account to Facebook, which grants you 2000BP. Given the privacy concerns with Facebook right now, you might have some hesitations on hitting that one, but it’s up to you.

There are also many other small tasks to keep you busy that will unlock BP. For example, a feedback survey was offered via the mailbox to complete for 188BP. That’s an easy one.

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For most of the others, you’ll have to keep playing regularly. There are daily and weekly missions to complete which help you unlock crates, which have BP on offer. These can be as simple as playing a game for the day, all the way to managing to finish in the top 10. Some are easy, some will require a little more work and effort.

By playing the game you’ll unlock more crates, and get more loot and BP. There are also Events, which are often more time-based and quite generous. You can get 200BP just by playing three games in a squad, or logging in each day for a week. Several Royale Pass rewards are also flat amounts of BP or BP Cards, which double the amount of BP gained for one hour.

For top-tier players, there’s also a ranking system that lasts across a season, with skill tiers and unique cosmetic rewards for your rank. Seasons currently last about two months, and there’s plenty of time to make your way through the ranks.

There are numerous online sites that talk about hacks and cheats to get BP – we’d suggest that this will likely lead to losing your account in the end. Remember when everyone who wall-hacked Fortnite was banned? Good times.

Up next: Tencent Gaming Buddy: The best way to play PUBG Mobile on PC

10 best new Android games from March 2019!

Android gaming is getting bigger and better every month it seems and there is always a slew of new titles coming to Google Play. Whether you’re a casual gamer or you want something with a bit more meat on its bones, there’s usually a game coming out to suit everyone’s taste. Some months are better than others, but there is usually at least one great new game on mobile every month. Let’s take a look at the best new Android games from the last month! You can watch the videos on YouTube from previous months by clicking here! You can also check out our picks for the best new Android games for 2018 in the video above!


AxE: Alliance vs Empire

Price: Freemium
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AxE: Alliance vs Empie is an MMORPG with some decent graphics and a fun premise. You choose between two factions. Those two factions battle it out for domination. The game features various types of online PvP, co-op raid battles, a bunch of missions and quests, a large world to explore, and six total character classes. The game plays like a typical MMORPG. You learn a bunch of skills and go on a bunch of quests. The competitive nature and the freemium price tag leads to some mismatches in the PvP and that’s not cool. However, those who enjoy MMORPG mechanics may enjoy this one for a while. There is a lot of stuff to do.
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Brown Dust

Price: Freemium
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Brown Dust is a strategy RPG with anime styling. The game features over 300 characters, each with their own skills. In addition, the game features the usual assortment of PvP and co-op game play opportunities. The co-op stuff is mostly social, though. The game has a staggering 1,200 levels so you won’t finish this one over a long weekend. In addition, there are various ways to upgrade all of your various mercenaries. It’s not the best SRPG on the Play Store. However, those who like long games will certainly get a kick out of this one. It’s a freemium game with gacha elements. Those who don’t like those types of mobile RPGs should steer clear.
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Era of Legends

Price: Freemium
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Era of Legends is another newer MMORPG. It has the usual fantasy setting with dragons and such. The game also features an absolute ton of missions and quests along with online PvP, an open world to explore, tons of loot to collect, and a variety of social elements like clans. You can explore various dungeons or participate with other players in raid bosses. There is an auto battle and auto movement (auto path) system that sucks a bit of the joy out of the game early on. However, players praise the game’s story line and that’s a rarity for an MMORPG. It has freemium elements but you probably already guessed that.
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LifeAfter

Price: Freemium
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LifeAfter is the latest game from Netease. It’s a post-apocalyptic style game with survival, simulation, and adventure elements. A virus wiped out most of humankind. You have to survive on whatever you can find. Players can encounter other survivors, build homes, and fend off the hordes of infected zombies. Some players criticize the controls and the game’s difficulty. However, a survival game should be pretty hard. Regardless, this is a surprisingly engaging game and it played well during our testing. The freemium elements also don’t get too much in the way of having a good time.
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RBI Baseball 19

Price: $6.99
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RBI Baseball 19 is the MLB’s official baseball game of 2019. It launches almost every year in March these days. The game features updated rosters, weekly roster updates, a franchise mode with simulation elements, and all 30 baseball parks. The graphics are decent and the controls are better than previous years, although they still take some time to get used to. In addition, players can collect over 165 MLB legends. The price is fairly reasonable at $6.99. However, those who enjoy a simpler, more arcade experience may balk at the more difficult, more granular controls and mechanics. The game has no additional in-app purchases or ads.
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RuneScape

Price: Free
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RuneScape is a mobile port of the actual RuneScape game. It features cross-platform play with the PC version along with basically all of the game play elements of the actual game. The graphics are definitely on par with the PC version and there exists no major differences aside from the touch screen controls. The game is in beta and it’s only available to current RuneScape players. Thus, we didn’t get to test the game ourselves. However, the developers keep a list of known bugs in the Google Play description and players have been posting about how good the port is for a beta release. You probably can’t get this right now, but keep it on your radar for when it officially launches. It’ll be one of the best MMORPGs on Android when it does along with OSRS.
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Shieldwall Chronicles: Swords of the North

Price: $5.99
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Shieldwall Chronicles is a tactical RPG similar in scope to games like The Banner Saga, although we think The Banner Saga has better storytelling. Anyway, this game has you leading a group of heroes against a bunch of enemies. Your party is customizable with up to 16 different character classes. The combat is your standard turn-by-turn strategy RPG combat, but this one includes a morale system for a bit of extra complexity. The developers boast over 40 hours of total game play. It’s not bad for a $5.99 game with no freemium elements to get in the way.
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes

Price: Freemium
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Skylanders Ring of Heroes is the latest game from Com2uS, developers of the popular Summoners War. We mention that because this is a very similar game. You can collect over 80 different characters across ten different elements. The elements all have weaknesses and strengths to help out in certain battles. The game has a story mode, a PvP arena, and a fairly complex character development system. We’re not big fans of the energy. You can run through it very quickly and it takes forever to fill up again. It’s good for quick plays over a long period of time, but those who like to spend time with their games will be annoyed at how little you can actually play this game per session.
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Stardew Valley

Price: $7.99
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Stardew Valley is a farming simulator. It had a very successful launch on PC some time ago and the mobile version hopes to continue that trend. There is a metric ton of things to do. That includes grow crops, go fishing, engage in social events with the NPCs, and there are even some exploration and adventure elements. This feels like a full gaming experience. Plus, the developers added multiple control schemes for some customization there along with auto-saving. There is even external controller support. It’s easily one of the best games of 2019 so far and it’s not a freemium game. We like that. Of course, those who don’t like sims or farming probably won’t like this one either.
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World of Legends

Price: Freemium
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March 2019 had a lot of MMORPG releases and we finish off our list with one more. World of Legends is an open world MMORPG with a non-linear story line. That means you can do basically whatever you want whenever you want. The game lets you recruit various sidekicks to help with various missions. You can also play with friends and join guilds. Of course, you get mainstays in the genre like PvP combat as well. It’s definitely something a little bit different. The graphics and controls give it a more arcade feel and that’s not a bad thing. The developers even have a dedicated Discord server for players to chat, deliver feedback, and play the game together. We like that kind of forward thinking in a video game.
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If we missed any great new Android games, tell us about them in the comments! You can also click here to check out our latest Android apps and games lists!

Google is working to bring Nintendo Switch controller support to Chrome

It should come as no surprise that Google is diving deep into gaming. Between Project Stream and leaked information about Project Yeti, it’s clear that the search giant is trying to change the future of gaming. As we quickly approach Google’s Game Developers Conference (GDC) announcement, ChromeUnboxed discovered signs that the company might soon add Nintendo Switch support to Chrome.

Several days ago, before the teaser trailer was released, ChromeUnboxed found commits to Chromium that mentioned adding Switch controller support over Bluetooth and USB to Chrome. The list of controllers includes the Switch Pro (USB and Bluetooth), Joy-Con L & R (Bluetooth), and the Charging Grip (USB).

Looking through the documentation, it looks like the implementation is still a bit buggy. Below is a snippet of the Chrome bug report:

The Nintendo Switch Pro Controller can be paired over Bluetooth and used as a standard gamepad on desktop OSes. It is currently enumerated in Chrome but is unusable due to incorrect mappings for the D-pad and analog axes. Chrome should add a mapping for this popular device.

The Switch Pro controller is usable when connected by USB or Bluetooth,
but defaults to a Bluetooth-only mode. This CL adds methods for
recognizing Switch Pro controllers, sending the vendor-specific packets
used for USB initialization and haptics, and reading controller data
reports.

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There’s still a lot of unknowns. We know that “Yeti” was referenced in Chromium so there’s a good chance that the console will run Chrome. By adding Switch controller support to Chrome, it would most likely allow users to play with their pre-existing gaming accessories.

We will likely learn the answer to this question and more at GDC. Google’s event is set to take place live from the Gaming Developer Conference on March 19.

Prepare for harvest season, because Stardew Valley is finally coming to Android

Stardew Valley on mobile. ConcernedApe

  • Popular farming game Stardew Valley is making its way to Android and iOS.
  • The iOS version launches on October 24, but there’s no launch date for the Android port right now.
  • The mobile version lacks mod support and multiplayer content, but adds touch-related tweaks.

Stardew Valley is one of the most popular indie titles in recent memory, considered by many to be a spiritual successor to the Harvest Moon series. We’re a little surprised it isn’t available on mobile though, but you won’t have to wait too long to farm on your smartphone.

The game will land on iOS on October 24, according to a blog post by developer Eric Barone (h/t: Polygon). Stardew Valley will also arrive on Android, Barone confirmed, but there’s no exact launch date just yet.

The developer says this is indeed the full game (with content up to version 1.3), albeit with touch controls and touch-focused tweaks (e.g. new UI). Unfortunately, mod support and multiplayer content isn’t available in the mobile version.

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The developer adds that the iOS version will be available for $7.99 and won’t offer in-app purchases. It’s unclear whether the Android version will take the same approach or deliver a free-to-play solution.

Barone also says iOS players can transfer their PC saves to mobile via iTunes — hopefully Android players can transfer their saves too.

News of a mobile release means you can soon play Stardew Valley practically anywhere. The game was originally released on PC in 2016, making its way to Xbox One and PS4 shortly thereafter. It’s since landed on PlayStation Vita and Nintendo Switch. Now, about a Dreamcast release…

NEXT: 15 best non-Freemium Android games