A Quick Update from Gaming Reinvented

As you may have noticed, updates have been pretty slow here on Gaming Reinvented.

But don’t panic, there is a reason for this.

Namely, I’m redesigning the entire website. Why? Well to be honest, there are two reasons.

Firstly, the existing site doesn’t really work for its purpose at the moment. It’s meant to be a service, yet currently feels more like a traditional blog. And that’s fine if you’re running a blog.

But I’m not running one. I’m running a service where people are meant to post their own content. It’s basically a social media type site for writers, in the guise of a news site.

And the current design means people don’t understand this. They don’t realise they can post their own articles or content, they keep asking me to post them as if guest blogs were still relevant and gaming sites require professional staff.

So that’s one reason I’m redesigning the site. To encourage people to use it in the way it’s meant to be used, not as yet another blog they have to send messages to about guest posts and staff writer positions.

Reason number 2 on the other hand… well that’s a bit philosophical. Basically, as I realised a few months or so ago, traditional content sites don’t really work anymore. Why is this? Because society has moved on. Instead of using traditional desktop computers, people use smartphones to access the internet through most of their day.

However, most existing sites don’t get this, and as a result, they’re stuck in the desktop era.

And that’s a huge issue. Put simply, the workflow required for old school news sites and platforms doesn’t work in this new world.

Think about it. How convenient is it to post an article on mobile?
On like, any CMS you can think of?

Not very. This means sites like Medium (and traditional CMS systems like WordPress and Drupal) lose out whenever audiences on their phones.

Yet it’s not just limited to them either. No, the same goes for news reporting too. Want to cover a Nintendo Direct? Yeah, good luck doing that on an iPad, since taking and uploading screenshots is hell and videos are even worse. Add glacial upload speeds, fiddly buttons in website interfaces and awkward plugins telling you how hard to read your work is, and things just become a complete nightmare.

But we want to fix this. We want a world where reporting the news is super simple, lightning fast and convenient for everyone. One where authors can write a beautiful story on the bus back from work without worrying that their 3G connection will fail while they’re doing so. Where users can read articles even while offline. Where modern, futuristic looking articles can be written and posted without the backing of a high-tech development team and thousands of dollars in media production skills.

Hence that’s why we’re redesigning Gaming Reinvented right now. Because in today’s smartphone era, the competition just isn’t good enough.

Full stop.

The Champion’s Ballad Expansion is Now Available for Zelda Breath of the Wild

Well, it’s finally here. After all that uncertainty and all those rumours, the Champion’s Ballad DLC has been released for the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. It’s a very surprising release, especially given the lack of build-up (they literally announced it straight after the game won Game of the Year at the 2017 Game Awards), but it’s a welcome one none the less.

So, here’s a trailer for the expansion:

As well as a few pages explaining more of what’s included. Yeah, the content online about it is a tad brief, but hey. It’s early days yet, and our own walkthrough/FAQ dealio is still being written. When that’s done, you’ll know far more about this content than ever.

For now, though, check out the trailer and download the update! It’s well worth it, and a million miles better than the first DLC pack released this year. Go get it Zelda fans!


Zelda Breath of the Wild DLC Details (official site)

Is the Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild Getting More DLC Packs?

As you likely know, two DLC packs have been confirmed for The Legend of Zelda Breath of the Wild. There’s the Master Trials pack, which was released earlier this year and included a new difficulty mode, the Trial of the Sword and various new bits of armour. And then there’s the Champion’s Ballad one, which will include a new dungeon, extra story content and more armour among other things, with its release date being set to sometime in the next month.

But while these are impressive bits of DLC for the game, it seems like they may not be the last. Why?
Because as it turns out, the Explorer Edition of the title includes a very interesting line of the text in the game. Namely, one that says:

Consider purchasing the expansion pass, which includes the first two DLC packs

Yeah, you read that right. It talks about the ‘first two’ DLC packs, clearly hinting that additional ones may follow the first two.

Which isn’t really much of a surprise when you think about it. Zelda Breath of the Wild is an enormous game, with a ton of interesting possibilities for new content in the form of armour, items, areas and enemies among others. It’s a world that’s incredibly easy for Nintendo to bolt new areas onto or to expand with extra items and mechanics.

So, it would only make sense for them to continue with the DLC into year 2 and beyond. The engine supports it and the demand is there, so why not take advantage of it? More Breath of the Wild DLC is just good business for Nintendo.

But still, what do you think? Are you happy that Breath of the Wild may be getting more DLC in the future? What kind of content are you hoping for in future DLC packs anyway?

Tell us what you think here in the comments or on the Gaming Latest forums today!


Zelda Breath of the Wild – More DLC Packs Incoming (HMK on YouTube)

LEGO Dimensions is Now Finished

It’s been rumoured for a few days now, but after a bit of waiting, LEGO have finally confirmed it:
LEGO Dimensions is over. From here on out there will be no more expansion packs for the game, and thus another Toys to Life franchise bites the dust.

Here’s the tweet confirming it from the official LEGO Dimensions account:

As you can tell, there’s no reason given here. Presumably the game just wasn’t selling any more, and the people behind it thought there was no reason to continue releasing packs as a result.

So yeah, it’s done. But what do you think about the news? Are you disappointed that LEGO Dimensions is now dead? Did you hope it’d last a bit longer than Skylanders and Disney Infinity?

Post your opinion on the game and its fate in the comments below or on the Gaming Latest forums today!


LEGO Dimensions on Twitter

New Mod Adds Playable Princess Zelda to Zelda Breath of the Wild

Back when Breath of the Wild was in development, there were a few people asking about a female Link. Or at least, the possibility of playing as a female character in general.

Now, this obviously didn’t happen in the actual game. There, not only can Link not be customised in any (real) way, but no other characters like Zelda are unlockable either. It’s not a bad thing, but it’s disappointed a few people none the less.

However, it seems these folks may finally have just the mod for them! Why? Because an all new project in development does exactly what it says on the tin. It replaces Link with Zelda.

Here’s a video showing this mod in action:

As you can obviously see, it’s pretty early in its development. Indeed, it’s so in fact that we don’t actually get to see Zelda do much of anything in the video. Just walk forward in a straight line, as proof the mod has been inserted into the game.

But hey, just because it’s in the early stages doesn’t mean it’s a bad idea. It’s got the perfect model for Zelda (the one used in the cutscenes in the game itself), and it’s been implemented in a way that looks absolutely perfect so far.

So, if you’re interested in playing Breath of the Wild with Zelda as a main character, check it out. It may not be official (or released yet), but it’ll be a neat option for anyone wanting to play the game with someone new none the less.