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 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,26 2014 - all 
Stronghold Crusader 2 - DLC Q&A Video - interview
(hx) 02:54 AM EST - Nov,26 2014 - Post a comment
A new Q&A video has been released for Stronghold Crusader 2, answering questions on downloadable content and other post-release feature updates. Firefly answers questions put to them by players on new single player content, multiplayer modes, forthcoming updates and Steam Workshop.

The latest release in Firefly's series of question and answer videos, made possible by the developer's successful move to self-publishing on Steam and other indie-friendly platforms, aims to answer the biggest questions from fans on the future of Stronghold Crusader 2. Since its move to self-publishing Firefly has enjoyed an open and transparent relationship with players, from social media and forums to public game shows and community nights. These improved player-developer relations helped massively in the development of Stronghold Crusader 2 and continues to be a source of inspiration and fun for the Anglo-American developer.

What new game modes will be introduced post-release? Will these updates be free? When can players expect new AI characters? What features and characters will return from Crusader 1? Will there be new Crusader Trail missions? The freedom of self-publishing has allowed Firefly to be completely honest with fans of the franchise, answering these questions and revealing more detail about the future of the franchise.
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,25 2014 - all
Assassin's Creed: Unity Patch 3 coming to PC soon - briefly
(hx) 05:08 PM EST - Nov,25 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
Ubisoft has just announced that its third title update for Assassin's Creed: Unity will be released tomorrow on consoles and later this week on the PC.
Thanks to your collaboration and support via our Customer Support channels and this Live Update blog, we have assembled Patch 3 and are preparing to deploy it on console and PC this week. The rollout itself will begin tomorrow (Wednesday November 26) on PS4 and Xbox One and later this week on PC.

Patch 3 includes over three hundred fixes designed to improve your Assassinís Creed Unity experience. While you might notice some improvements to framerate as a result of Patch 3, we still have a future patch planned to further address framerate concerns.
Project HON Full Movie - movie
(hx) 11:01 AM EST - Nov,25 2014 - Post a comment
NCSoft has released a 25-minute video for its upcoming Unreal Engine 4-powered mecha game, Project HON.

Tales from the Borderlands Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 10:59 AM EST - Nov,25 2014 - Post a comment
elltale Games, in collaboration with developer Gearbox Software and publisher 2K, today announced the release of "Zer0 Sum," the first of five episodes of Tales from the Borderlands: A Telltale Games Series. The season premiere episode is available today on PC from the Telltale Online Store, Steam, and other digital distribution services, with availability on Mac to follow on Thursday, November 27th.

Morning Reading - Far Cry 4 Patch 1.4 - briefly
(hx) 02:47 AM EST - Nov,25 2014 - Post a comment
  • Far Cry 4 Patch v1.4.0 - Steam News announces the release of a new patch for Far Cry 4, which updates the shooter sequel to version 1.4.0, addressing an issue that caused a black screen and another that triggered a gray screen. Disappointingly enough, this patch does not address the stuttering or the SLI "black shadows" issues that have already been reported.
  • SpellForce 3 Announced - After taking in the community's ideas for a threequel and apparently showcasing a prototype at this year's Gamescom, Nordic Games surprised gamers with a press release today announcing the formation of a new Munich-based studio called Grimlore Games, as well as their first title - SpellForce 3. Here's to hoping the best for the future of the new studio, as well as a triumphant return to the RTS/RPG series. There are no screenshots, artworks, or any ETA. All I know is that the game will be coming to the PC.
  • Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues Early Access - Early access to Shroud of the Avatar: Forsaken Virtues is now available through Steam, offering the chance to check out Richard Garriott's return to fantasy role-playing game design (and to Earth, for that matter). The game currently carries a 15% discount along with warnings that it is still in the pre-alpha stage of development.
  • Original Elite for Free - With the release of Elite: Dangerous nearing, the original 1984 version of Elite can be grabbed for free from the Elite: Dangerous Store, allowing the chance to see what the fuss is all about, or at least what it was all about back in a simpler, bygone time. 
  • Dark Souls 2 coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in 2015 - Dark Souls 2 is coming to PlayStation 4 and Xbox One next year in an enhanced version of the game called Dark Souls 2: Scholar of the First Sin, Namco Bandai and From Software announced today. The re-release of Dark Souls 2 will come with the game's three downloadable add-ons and new enhancements. The PS4 and Xbox One versions of Dark Souls 2 feature updated graphics as well as new game content, including "an expanded story featuring additional in-game events and NPC character along with new deadlier enemies and gameplay improvements." Those improvements will also be available for the PC release of Scholar of the First Sin, which takes advantage of DirectX 11 for Windows. Scholar of the First Sin will be released on April 7, 2015.
  • Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- demo PS4 - An exclusive demo for Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- is set to arrive on PlayStation 4 today and it will only be available to subscribers of PlayStation's premium service. The Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- demo will open up the Arcade Mode storylines for bounty hunting badass Sol Badguy and lightning king Ky Kyske. Training Mode will also be open for both characters, allowing players to familiarize themselves with their moves, as well as many of the latest Guilty Gear's new features. The demo will last until December 8. Guilty Gear Xrd -SIGN- will arrive on PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 on December 16.
  • Sony pulls PlayStation Vita ad filled with sexual innuendos from YouTube - The ad is still set to private, although I'm sure Sony is kicking themselves for publishing such an embarrassing video. See below:
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,24 2014 - all
Total War: Attila declares war on PC on February 17 - briefly
(hx) 05:01 PM EST - Nov,24 2014 - Post a comment
Sega and The Creative Assembly have announced a release date for Total War: Attila. They'll bring the conqueror to PC on February 17 and have lined up a slew of pre-order bonuses that includes a round of Day 1 DLC. Early adopters will get the Viking Forefathers Culture pack at no extra charge. This will add the Danes, Jutes, and Geats as playable factions. They'll, of course, bring their own various units, missions, and culture traits to the battlefield. There's also a retail special edition package that will add an Attila the Hun biography from author Nic Fields, a reference guide poster, and the aforementioned DLC.

Game of Thrones' Steam page confirms pricing - briefly
(hx) 05:00 PM EST - Nov,24 2014 - Post a comment
The game's official Steam listing confirms that Game of Thrones will consist of six episodes, with the first one expected to be released in December 2014. The complete season is priced at $29.99, but those who pre-purchase the game will receive a 10% discount, which results in a price of $26.99. The first season will see players assuming the role of a total of five members of House Forrester that span a number of locales fans of the TV series may recognize, such as King's Landing and The Wall. The events that take place in the game are said to take place between the end of the third season and the beginning of the fifth season of the television series.
Destiny Expansion I: The Dark Below Preview - preview
(hx) 04:57 PM EST - Nov,24 2014 - Post a comment
Activision and Bungie today released an extended, behind-the-scenes trailer for Destiny's first expansion, The Dark Below, which arrives for all platforms in two weeks on December 9.

The trailer introduces you to the wealth of content that awaits you in The Dark Below, including new weapons, armor, and gear, as well as new quests and missions. The expansion also includes three new competitive multiplayer maps (including Destiny's first truly symmetrical map), in addition to a new six-player raid. The Dark Below also raises Destiny's soft level cap to 32.

The Dark Below is included with the $35 Destiny DLC pass, or it can be purchased individually for $20 across Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4. Destiny's DLC pass also grants access to Destiny's second expansion, House of Wolves, which is coming sometime later.

Dragon Age: Inquisition Benchmarked - tech
(hx) 04:46 PM EST - Nov,24 2014 - Post a comment
Dragon Age: Inquisition has been built with Frostbite 3, the same game engine used by Battlefield 4 except BioWare also integrated a vegetation engine called 'Speed Tree' that has been used in many games and movies, from Avatar to Star Trek. The result is a stunning world that scales surprisingly well on older gear, with the game having been designed for consoles as well as PCs. Folks with high-end rigs can look forward to higher resolutions along with better textures, lighting and characters models. As always, TechSpot used the latest AMD and Nvidia drivers for testing, which included 25 DirectX 11 graphics card configurations from both companies covering all prices. Here's an excerpt:
As always, it's loyal customers who lose with aggressive anti-piracy measures. Pirates don't care, either because their copy comes with less strings attached or simply because they will play something else they were never going to pay for. This subject has been beaten to death, but that's all the more reason for us to be disappointed in EA. Getting back to the results... gamers who want to play at 1920x1200 or 1080p with everything maxed will need a pretty serious graphics setup as even the GTX 980 fell short of 60fps, while you can write off more affordable cards such as the R9 270 and GTX 660. Ideally, you'll want at least an R9 270X/R9 285 or GTX 680/770. It was interesting to find that while the GTX 770 averaged just 38fps at 1920x1200, the aging HD 7970 carried on with 40fps. Also, if you can believe it, the GTX 780 was upstaged by the HD 7970 GHz and R9 280X.

We found that Dragon Age: Inquisition was predominantly GPU-limited when using 'realistic' quality settings. Playing at 1920x1200 on ultra-quality we found that the AMD FX range was able to deliver the same performance as Intel's Core i5 and Core i7. However, if you reduce the quality to 'unrealistic' levels and remove the GPU bottleneck caused by the GTX 980, then the AMD processors do get stomped by Intel's Core i5 and i7s. This might only be an issue for those gaming with multiple GPUs.
Batman: Arkham Knight - Gameplay Trailer - preview
(hx) 02:05 PM EST - Nov,24 2014 - Post a comment
Warner Bros has released a new gameplay trailer for Rocksteady's upcoming Batman title, giving us a look at a number of Batmobile abilities, as well as some of Batman's new abilities. Batman: Arkham Knight is currently planned for a June 2nd release.

 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,23 2014 - all
EVE Online - 'This is EVE' - Uncensored (2014) - briefly
(hx) 01:35 PM EST - Nov,23 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Created using player-submitted voice comms, "This is EVE" showcases the game's true multiplayer experience. Battle cries, calls to action, cheers of victory, panicked escapes and virtual high-fives... This is EVE Online. Start your 14-day free trial at http://trial.eveonline.com.

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 01:32 PM EST - Nov,23 2014 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.Far Cry 4
2.This War of Mine
3.Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare
4.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
5.Far Cry Franchise Pack
6.Football Manager 2015
7.Assassin's Creed Unity
8.The Binding of Isaac Rebirth
9.DayZ
10.Rise of Nations: Extended Edition
 Gameguru Mania News - Nov,22 2014 - all

TechNews - Bebop Drone Costs $500 - tech
(hx) 05:54 PM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (4)
  • AMD's Carrizo APU is coming in mid-2015, will share package with Beema successor - In the wake of a "Future of Computing" event held today in Singapore, John Byrne, senior VP and general manager of AMD's Computing and Graphics unit, has taken to YouTube to hype the firm's upcoming Carrizo APU. The Kaveri replacement targets "performance mobile" and all-in-one systems, and Byrne says Carrizo represents AMD's "biggest leap ever from an energy efficiency perspective." (PR)
  • Best Computer Monitors: November 2014 -  Price versus performance is certainly key in any display purchase decision. But it's also important to pick the right tool for the task. In related news, Samsung plans to release the "first-ever ultra-high-definition monitors" with support for the display technology in March 2015. Samsung's first FreeSync monitors will include the UD590, which will be available in 23.6" and 28" variants, as well as the UE850, which will come in 23.6", 27", and 31.5" flavors. The announcement doesn't outline specs, but "ultra-high-definition" usually means 4K, or 3840x2160. (2560x1440 is usually called QHD or WQHD.)
  • Apple Disables Trim Support On 3rd Party SSDs In OS X - One of the disadvantages to buying an Apple system is that it generally means less upgrade flexibility than a system from a traditional PC OEM. Over the last few years, Apple has introduced features and adopted standards that made using third-party hardware progressively more difficult. Now, with OS X 10.10 Yosemite, the company has taken another step down the path towards total vendor lock-in and effectively disabled support for third-party SSDs. We say "effectively" because while third-party SSDs will still work, they'll no longer perform the TRIM garbage collection command. Being able to perform TRIM and clean the SSD when its sitting idle is vital to keeping the drive at maximum performance. Without it, an SSD's real world performance will steadily degrade over time. What Apple did with OS X 10.10 is introduce KEXT (Kernel EXTension) driver signing. KEXT signing means that at boot, the OS checks to ensure that all drivers are approved and enabled by Apple. It's conceptually similar to the device driver checks that Windows performs at boot. However, with OS X, if a third-party SSD is detected, the OS will detect that a non-approved SSD is in use, and Yosemite will refuse to load the appropriate TRIM-enabled driver.
  • Microsoft confirms that Windows 10 kernel will be 10.0 - Developers preparing for Windows 10 should note that the Windows NT value in the UA string will change from 6.4 to 10.0 with the new release. If you have code that depends on the version number, we advise that you update to allow for the new value.
  • Snapchat Introduces Snapcash In This Terrible, Terrible Ad - It's got dancers, steps made of money, a Santa Claus-looking guy and teens, none of which anyone asked for.
  • The Nexus 6 video walkthrough  - The Nexus 6 is a big, big phone. In fact, we've got no problem calling it a big Moto X, minus a few choice features. That's not to say it's a bad phone, it's just big. And did we mention it's big?
  • Motorola to Replace Some AT&T Nexus 6 Phones - Motorola today said it will replace a few hundred Nexus 6 handsets sent to some AT&T customers. "We delivered a small number of Nexus 6 smartphones with incorrect software to AT&T customers who pre-ordered," said Motorola in a statement. "The incorrect software prevents the phone from starting up properly. We will provide replacements for consumers whose phones are affected. The problem has been corrected and the phones currently shipping are fine." When asked, Motorola denied that shipments were halted or recalled because of the bug. The issue appears to only affect the AT&T variant of the Nexus 6. "If a consumer sees the 'welcome' after the first time they turn on the phone, then their device isn't affected and they should use it as normal," said Motorola in an email to Phone Scoop. "People can call [Motorola's] customer service if they have questions."
  • Nokia Releases Android Launcher, Debuts Tablet - Nokia today announced wide availability of the Z Launcher for Android devices. Nokia first debuted the Z Launcher earlier this year, but as a limited alpha. It is now available in beta form directly from the Google Play Store.
  • Human tissue printing service now available to the public - Organovo has just made their human tissue 3D printing technology available to the public. Dubbed the exVive3D, the 3D printer capable of printing out human liver tissue is now available to researchers that want to test their drugs and chemicals. The printer itself, Organovo claims, eliminate the need to grow human tissues in vivo - that is, the tissues are "grown" in laboratory settings using things such as tests tubes and petri dishes.
  • Apple iPhone 6 Plus Camera Issue - Many users are reporting that their iPhone 6 Plus' camera is not working properly. And it seems that the optical image stabilizing tech is creating the issue. As you will see in the clip below, the video recorded by an iPhone 6 Plus is very, very wavy. The problem reportedly is not just with video recording. Many users are saying that their camera has become useless. But the good news is that the device's warranty has helped many iPhone 6 Plus users to get their devices or the camera module replaced. So Apple probably already knows about this problem.
  • Samsung Galaxy S6 And Galaxy S6 Edge Concepts (Video) - The concept version of the Galaxy S6 Edge features a curved screen on one of its sides, though it's only slightly curved.
  • Corning Says Gorilla Glass 4 Its Strongest Glass Yet - Gorilla Glass 4 can survive 80% of drops from one meter onto hard surfaces, such as asphalt or concrete.
  • This GoPro Video Will Show You How Hard Downhill Mountain Biking Is - If you feel like throwing up after watching this video, you better not get into downhill mountain biking.
  • Parrot Bebop Drone Will Be Available Next Month For $500 - The lightweight Parrot Bebop drone is coming equipped with a 14MP 1080p fisheye camera for capturing a 180-degree view and 8GB of storage. You will be able to control it with your smartphone or tablet (there are iOS and Android apps) and watch the recorded video in real time. You can also go for the optional Skycontroller that will help to extend the drone's range to 2 km and allow you to connect Bebop to VR headsets like Oculus Rift. The headset can be used to change the camera angles. Click here if you are interested to know more about Bebop. The Parrot Bebop drone will be available on sale in December at Apple and Best Buy stores starting at $500
  • This Laser Watch Can Burn Objects - The LaserWatch has an LED watch module, a metal body, a clear carbon coated cover, and a 1,500-milliwatt laser. You will be able to shoot the laser for 5 to 10 minutes before there is a need to recharge the large lithium-polymer battery that has been built into the strap. In the video below, Priebe can be seen using the laser to pop balloons, light matchsticks, burn a hole on a plastic CD case, and cut a duct tape
  • Something exploded in the sky over the Sverdlovsk region in Russia - On November 14th, a mysterious explosion rocked Russian skies leaving the world to wonder, "What the hell is going on over there?" While people were quick to think it was a meteor, video evidence reveals that the explosion likely started on the ground.
  • Is Your Police Force Wearing Body Cameras? - Vocativ reached out to police departments in the 100 biggest U.S. cities to determine who's using body cam technology. While the numbers are increasing, cops still have to turn on the cams for them to work.
  • Me, My Car, My Life  - KPMG presents a view of the future with Me, My Car, My Life.
  • Toyota Built A Hydrogen-Powered Car - Toyota took it upon themselves to build the first mass-market hydrogen-powered car, despite there being no real infrastructure to support it - and public opinion being that it's a pretty ugly vehicle
  • Someone Gave Ken Block An 845 HP Mustang And Set Him Loose On LA - In this, the seventh installation of Ken Block's Gymkhana series, we find our protagonist behind the wheel of a highly customized, 845 horsepower, all-wheel-drive 1965 Ford Mustang. Time to kill all tires.
  • Ford performance: the all-new Shelby GT350 Mustang - An all-new Mustang Shelby GT350, based on the all-new sixth-generation Mustang, is already here-ahead of its official debut later this week at the Los Angeles Auto Show! It looks to be a fine piece of work, this Mustang, with power coming from a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V8 that will produce "more than 500 horsepower" and "above 400" pound-feet of torque
  • Are You Here - Official UK Trailer - Lionsgate Films released an International trailer for Are You Here, an upcoming American film directed and written by Matthew Weiner. It stars Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, Jenna Fischer, Melissa Rauch, Laura Ramsey, Edward Herrman.
  • Project Almanac - Trailer - Paramount Pictures released a new trailer for Project Almanac (formerly Almanac, Welcome To Yesterday), an upcoming American sci-fi adventure film directed by Dean Israelite, written by Jason Harry Pagan and Andrew Deutschman.
  • Son of a Gun Official Trailer - Ewan McGregor Thriller - Son Of A Gun is set for a January 16, 2015 release in US.
  • Seventh Son - International Trailer - Universal Pictures released an International trailer for Seventh Son, an upcoming fantasy film directed by Sergei Bodrov, written by Charles Leavitt and Steve Knight. Based on the book series/novel The Spook's Apprentice (titled The Last Apprentice: Revenge of the Witch in America) by Joseph Delaney. Seventh Son is scheduled to be released in 3D and IMAX 3D on February 6, 2015.
  • New fan made trailer for The Empire Strikes Back - Cameron Arrigioni created this trailer for ESB the way it would probably be made nowadays.
  • Peanuts - Official Trailer - 20th Century Fox debuted the trailer for The Peanuts Movie, an upcoming American 3D computer-animated comedy film directed by Steve Martino, written by Bryan Schulz, Craig Schulz, and Cornelius Uliano. The fifth full-length feature film to be based on the Peanuts comic strip by Charles M. Schulz, and the first feature film based on the characters in 35 years. The Peanuts Movie is scheduled to be released on November 6, 2015.
  • The Imitation Game - Trailer #2 - The Weinstein Company released a new trailer for The Imitation Game, an upcoming historical drama film directed by Morten Tyldum with a screenplay by Graham Moore. Based on the biography Alan Turing: The Enigma by Andrew Hodges. The Imitation Game will be released on November 21 in US and November 14, 2014 in UK.
  • The Fantastic Mr. Foxcatcher (Official HD Trailer) - Wes Anderson has truly outdone himself. See the true story of Olympic Wrestling Champion Mark Schultz who decides to get justice after schizophrenic John duPont killed his brother, Olympic Champion Dave Schultz.
  • The Hole - Holes. Everyone's got one. Wait that came out wrong...
  • Escobar: Paradise Lost - Official Trailer - In Colombia, a young surfer meets the woman of his dreams - and then he meets her uncle, Pablo Escobar.
  • FAST & FURIOUS 7 Alternate Trailer #1 (2015) - Universal Pictures released an IMAX trailer for Furious 7 (previously known as Fast & Furious 7), an upcoming American action film directed by James Wan & written by Chris Morgan. It stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson, Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges, Elsa Pataky, Lucas Black, Djimon Hounsou, Tony Jaa, Ronda Rousey, Nathalie Emmanuel, with Kurt Russell and Jason Statham. Furious 7 is scheduled to release on April 3, 2015.
  • Jurassic World - Teaser Trailer - Universal Pictures released a teaser trailer announcement for Jurassic World, an upcoming American science fiction adventure film directed by Colin Trevorrow & co-written with Derek Connolly. It is the fourth installment in the Jurassic Park film series. Produced by Steven Spielberg, Patrick Crowley, Frank Marshall, & Thomas Tull. Starring Chris Pratt, Bryce Dallas Howard, Vincent D'Onofrio, Irrfan Khan, Judy Greer, Katie McGrath, Lauren Lapkus, Ty Simpkins, Nick Robinson, and Omar Sy. Jurassic World is scheduled to be released on June 12, 2015.
  • Pitch Perfect 2 - Trailer - Universal Pictures debuted the trailer for Pitch Perfect 2, an upcoming American musical comedy film directed by Elizabeth Banks and written by Kay Cannon. Sequel to the 2012 film Pitch Perfect, which was loosely adapted from Mickey Rapkin's non-fiction book, titled Pitch Perfect: The Quest for Collegiate A Cappella Glory. It stars Anna Kendrick, Rebel Wilson, Skylar Astin, Brittany Snow, Anna Camp, Alexis Knapp, Adam DeVine. Pitch Perfect 2 is slated for May 15, 2015 release.
  • Squirrel Steals GoPro, Carries It Up Tree - If you're into cute animal videos, here's another one to distract you from how sad life is.
  • Grandmas Smoke Weed For The First Time - check it out
  • The Case For Napping At Work - Most Americans don't get enough sleep. People are exhausted. It's time for a wake-up call. It's time to embrace the office nap.
  • Vladimir Klitschko vs Kubrat Pulev KO Full Fight 15/11/2014 - Vladimir Klitschko Looking Better Than Ever After KO Win vs. ... knockout win over previously undefeated contender Kubrat Pulev in Germany.
  • Celebrities Read Mean Tweets #8 - This is the 8th edition of Mean Tweets featuring Gwyneth Paltrow, Lena Dunham, Gerard Butler, Ty Burrell, Bob Newhart, Britney Spears, Geena Davis, Chris Pratt, Chloe Grace Moretz, Scott Foley, Michael Chiklis, Ted Danson, John Stamos, Lisa Kudrow and Adam Sandler.
  • Candice Swanepoel Shows More Victorias Secret - check it out!
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #51 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
  • The best pics on the Internet #106 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 04:32 PM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment
Next week is Black Friday and digital retailers are preparing to offer their best stuff. Of course, that means this week's deals aren't quite so hot! Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals:
  • GOG.com is in the middle of their 2014 DRM-Free Big Fall Sale! New bundles are being offered every 24 hours, while new flash deals are going up every 40 minutes. To see what's currently available, check out GOG.com.
  • RuneScape 30-day membership - $5.57 (30% off)
  • Medieval II: Total War Gold Edition - $14.75 (26% off)
  • ThinkFun Solitaire Chess - $12.49 (38% off)
  • Amazon's Samsung TV Black Friday Pre-Order Deals Now Live, 4K Sets as Low as $598 - Amazon's is now letting customers pre-order select Samsung HD and Ultra HD TV (up 45% off) under their Black Friday discounts. As part of the online retailer's Black Friday promotions, Amazon is allowing buyers to take advantage of their holiday pricing a little early. The company is now pre-selling several Samsung 1080p and 4K TVs under their Black Friday prices. Most of the displays purchased now under the discount pricing will be shipped on or after November 23. Other models will be shipped on or after November 27
  • Buy a Chromebook, get 1TB Google Drive storage free - If you were considering buying a Chromebook this holiday season , this is probably the perfect time to do so. Google is offering 1TB of Google Drive storage for two years, absolutely free of cost, on new eligible Chromebook devices. This massive amount of storage purchased separately would cost almost $240, but this amazing holiday promotion has you covered. Offer lasts until January 1, 2015.
Steam Updates Early Access Rules - briefly
(hx) 09:34 AM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment
Monetization of the development process has proven controversial. While Steam's Early Access program lets players participate in creation, it's led to confusion and anxiety when games go off the rails. Valve issued new documentation to developers about Early Access today, suggesting it knows it's an issue. Several developers confirmed the existence of these new guidelines to me this morning.
Steam Early Access is a way to invite customers to get involved with your game as you develop, so that you can get the feedback you need to make better informed product decisions and to ensure the best outcome for your customers and fans. When you launch a game in Steam Early Access, there is an expectation by customers that you will continue development to a point where you have what you consider a 'finished' game. We know that nobody can predict the future, and circumstances frequently change, which may result in a game failing to reach a 'finished' state, or may fail to meet customer expectations in some other way. We work hard to make sure this risk is communicated clearly to customers, but we also ask that developers follow a set of rules that are intended to help inform customers and set proper expectations when purchasing your game.

"We work really hard to make sure that customers understand what they are buying when they get an Early Access title on Steam. But we've seen that many of these titles are sold as keys on other websites where there is no explanation of what Early Access is or what the current state of your product is now versus what you hope to achieve."

"For example, there is no way you can know exactly when the game will be finished, that the game will be finished, or that planned future additions will definitely happen. Do not ask your customers to bet on the future of your game. Customers should be buying your game based on its current state, not on promises of a future that may or may not be realized."

"We expect Steam customers to get a price for the Early Access game no higher than they are offered on any other service or website. Please make sure thatís the case."
Valve now asks developers to specifically brand games as being in "Early Access" when Steam keys are being distributed off-site. This makes sense. Nobody should be buying a Steam key for a game without knowing it's not quite finished yet. Besides branding, Valve also asks developers to communicate the current status of the project. Interestingly, developers are now asked to avoid "specific promises about future events." This is likely to avoid developers bragging about how their game will eventually have co-op and other features that might be axed. Next, Valve requires developers to launch on Early Access as the same time it's unlocked on other storefronts or web sites. Furthermore, sales have to be consistent, and developers cannot charge more on Steam than they're charging elsewhere. Consistency is key.
DRAGON AGE: INQUISITION Gameplay Series - preview
(hx) 09:23 AM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment
Varric is a skilled marksman and storyteller. Blackwall is an experienced soldier who has seen the high cost of war. Meet them both in the first of our Followers Gameplay Series. Dragon Age: Inquisition available now on PC, Xbox One, Xbox 360, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3

Large-Scale DDoS Attacks Continue - briefly
(cube) 07:59 AM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (4)
Currently we are still experiencing DDoS attacks from an anonymous third-party targeting our servers. Due to this attack, our servers, network equipment and network connection are being hit with heavy load at an extensive level, which is causing slow loading of website. We are taking every possible measure to address this issue but the attack is still continuing to take place by changing their methods at every moment. We will continue to monitor and work on full recovery from every possible angle. Thanks for your continuing patience.
Play Sunset Overdrive for free this Saturday - console
(hx) 01:24 AM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment
In case you weren't exactly sure what to do this Saturday, Microsoft might have a solution as it's inviting all Xbox Live Gold members to play Sunset Overdrive for free. This event is happening to celebrate one year of Xbox One and it's one more little perk that Microsoft is offering to its customers this weekend. The great news is that this isn't some puny demo with limited access, this is the full Sunset Overdrive campaign, and even includes Chaos Squad, the 8-player coop experience, once you unlock it of course. Players will also be able to earn achievements and the game will save wherever you stop playing. If you decide to purchase youíll be able to continue right from that point on. The game will become available starting November 22nd at 12:01 Eastern Time (5 AM GMT) and folks will be able to enjoy it for exactly 24 hours.
How to fix Dragon Age: Inquisition Graphic Issues - briefly
(hx) 01:11 AM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment
Many players are facing issues like Mouse issues, DLL Errors along with Graphic Issues and more. Here is a guide where you will get quick and easy solutions for Dragon Age: Inquisition.
How to fix Dragon Age: Inquisition Issues and Errors:

Errors: 1603, 997 and more
when you see an issue with these kind of numbers, they mean that there is a problem with DirectX, graphics drivers or reditributables. All you need to do is update your drivers to the latest versions.

Graphic Issues
All the graphical settings are saved at C > Users> "user name" > Documents > BioWare > Dragon Age Inquisition > Save At this location find the ProfileOptions_profile and open it as a text file. Here in set each value to 1 if it is greater than 1. Also try to tun the game on lower settings.

Mouse issues
All you need to do is, turn off the Origin Overlay and your issues will be sorted.

DLL Errors
If you are getting an error message like "Invalid Cypher" or "Missing DLL", you will have to download the desired file. But be absolutely sure that you download your file from a trusted source.
Meanwhile Bioware is already working on upcoming fixes that will address issues that are being reported by its fanbase. As Bioware's Mark Darrah noted, the company has been hearing a number of concerns from members of its PC community, and is currently working on patches that will address some of them.
With the release of Dragon Age: Inquisition, we've been hearing a number of concerns from members of our PC community, including:

    Driver support
    Hitching and frame rate issues in cutscenes
    Feedback on keyboard and mouse controls
    General user interface optimizations for PC

We've been following these issues closely and are looking into them.

Player experience is a top priority for us. Our goal is to address as many of these as possible in our upcoming patches, including some in our next patch, which is underway. Weíll release further details in the coming days and will continue to monitor your concerns.

Your feedback is important to us, and we appreciate your contribution to making Dragon Age: Inquisition a better overall experience.

UPDATE: If you are having DirectX issues and you have an AMD Radeon graphics card, please update to the AMD Catalyst 14.11.2 beta driver.

We are aware of issues with certain NVidia graphic cards and we are working with NVIDIA for a solution.
Far Cry 4 Patch 1.4 Delayed - briefly
(hx) 01:02 AM EST - Nov,22 2014 - Post a comment
Ubisoft was planning to release new patch Far Cry 4 today, however due to unforeseen circumstances this patch was pushed to sometime early next week. This update will fix, among other things, the black screen issue that some PC gamers have been experiencing.
We've heard the community and are pleased to say that we have been able to remedy the issue (identified in our Known Issues[far-cry.ubi.com] list yesterday) causing some PC versions of Far Cry 4 to go directly to a black screen due to the presence of external USB devices. Some have been able to temporarily fix this problem by disabling USB devices and certain drivers, but we realize this is in no way ideal. For that reason, this Friday, November 21st, we'll be releasing Patch 1.4.0 for PC that should remedy the problem and allow PC players to enjoy the game as normal.

Though Patch 1.4.0 will contain additional fixes on release, we wanted to let users know that the black screen issue has been tackled. An update containing the full list of fixes will be posted to the blog prior to the patch being released on Friday.

If you have any further concerns, please contact Customer Support.

Please Note: This is unrelated to the Game Update that some players were able to download earlier.

Update: November 21st, 3:30PM Due to a minor delay this patch may be pushed to sometime early next week. We apologize for the inconvenience, and will update you if we have a new ETA.
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