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Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 12:50 PM EDT - Aug,30 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals:
TechNews - Seagate to ship 8TB HDD - tech
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Mr. Burns explains freemium games = Free to play, pay to win!
  • Intel Core i7 5960X Extreme Edition Tested - When it comes to content creation and video editing, the Core i7 5960X is going to deliver that next level of performance when it is able to fully utilize all of its cores simultaneously. In my testing I found that when utilized, the eight core 5960X is by far the fastest solution when compared to a Core i7 4960X, Intel's Haswell quad core mainstream offerings, and the best that AMD currently has to offer. When it cannot utilize all that core compute power and run in single thread mode it is hampered by the low clock speed, and does not deliver the impact that I see when pushing all eight cores; this is pretty much the expected outcome.
  • Fake NVIDIA Graphics Cards Spotted In Germany - If you are shopping for a budget GPU, be warned that there are reportedly fake NVIDIA graphics cards floating around in Germany right now. Word is "Several fake NVIDIA cards - probably GeForce GT 440 - have had their BIOS reflashed to report themselves as GeForce GTX 660. They were sold under the brand 'GTX660 4096MB Nvidia Bulk' but only deliver 1/4 of the speed of a real GTX 660. Investigations are ongoing into who did the reflashing, but several hundred of them have already been sold and are now being recalled."
  • 30 Years of Graphics & Gaming Innovation: #AMD30Live - AMD has released a two hours video (in two parts) from its recent event that was held to celebrate the company's 30 years. During that event, AMD invited a number of game developers and showed a small demo from Civilization: Beyond Earth, talked a bit more about its new API, Mantle, and has overclocked an FX CPU at 8Ghz.
  • MSI Launches 5 New Mighty X99 Motherboards - MSI has announced the launch of the new MSI X99 motherboards line-up. Featuring 5 models, the X99S GAMING 9 AC, X99S GAMING 7, X99S XPOWER AC, X99S MPOWER and X99S SLI PLUS, MSI caters to everyone's needs.
  • Seagate becomes first to ship massive 8TB hard drive - Months after announcing the world's fastest 6TB hard drive, Seagate on Tuesday became the first in the world to ship an 8TB hard drive. In a press release on the matter, Seagate vice president of marketing, Scott Horn, pointed out that as our world becomes more mobile, the number of devices we use to create and consume data is driving an explosive growth in unstructured data. This places increased pressure on cloud builders to look for innovative ways to build cost-effective, high capacity storage for both private and cloud-based data centers, he added. The new 8TB solution aims to do just that with its massive amount of capacity stuffed inside a standard 3.5-inch drive. Seagate is shipping 8TB drives to select customers starting today with wide scale availability set for next quarter.
  • Windows XP Unofficial Service Pack 4 - harkaz has been working since September 2013 on the project, which aims to bring together all of Microsoft's official XP updates and patches into a single unified release. It is already available in its third beta.
  • Samsung's Latest Smartwatch Can Make Voice Calls - Samsung debuted a new smartwatch that can make and receive voice calls, as well as send and receive messages thanks to built-in 3G radios. The Gear S is based on Samsung's Tizen platform and features a 2-inch, curved Super AMOLED display with 360 x 480 pixels. In addition to 3G, the Gear S includes Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. Samsung says it can transition between cellular and Bluetooth connections seamlessly so it can function with and without a nearby smartphone. It includes Samsung's S Voice service for voice commands, and has an on-screen keyboard for composing messages. Other features include Samsung's S Health and fitness apps, music player and gallery apps, and the ability to receive notifications from a variety of services. The Gear S is powered by a dual-core 1.0GHz processor with 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. It has a 300mAh battery, which Samsung claims provides for two days of usage per charge. Samsung said the Gear S will be available in global markets beginning in October. Samsung didn't say how much the Gear S will cost.
  • Apple's iWatch will reportedly make its debut on September 9th - While the news has been scarce for the rumored iWatch, we now have a solid source saying that the iWatch will reportedly make its debut alongside the iPhone 6 at an event in September. According to Re/code, Apple's first wearable device will make its grand debut at a yet-to-be announced event on September 9th. The iWatch has been shrouded in secrecy with only a few clues leaking to the general public. It is highly likely that the wearable will work in conjunction with Apple's Healthkit and Homekit, two features that were unveiled for iOS8 at WWDC in June. Although there isn't a hint of what the device will look like, there has been speculation that there could be two models. Earlier reports suggest that iWatch could be produced in a standard and athletic model with reports that Apple is tapping professional athletes like Kobe Bryant, to test the highly secretive device. If the speculated release date is true, this could be one the best kept secrets Apple has had in years.
  • Apple Offering to Replace Faulty iPhone 5 Batteries - Apple has launched an iPhone 5 battery replacement program. According to Apple, a limited number of iPhone 5s sold between September 2012 and January 2013 may experience a sudden decrease in battery life, requiring frequent recharges. Customers who believe their device may be affected can verify their device's eligibility through the serial number. Apple will replace the battery for free, or reimburse customers who paid to have the battery replaced on their own. Apple said the program is limited to batteries. iPhones with cracked screens or other problems will likely incur charges to have those separate issues resolved before the battery is replaced. The program launched in the U.S. and China on August 22, and will launch in other countries August 29.
  • Dropbox Pro now $9.99 a month for 1TB - Dropbox has announced that it is overhauling its paid service, Dropbox Pro, introducing a single flat-rate offering that replaces the various storage tiers that were previously available. Priced at $9.99 a month, Dropbox Pro now includes 1TB of storage - ten times the previous amount at that price
  • Amazon Acquires Twitch in $1 Billion Deal - Amazon and Twitch have officially announced the deal, which will see Amazon purchase all outstanding shares of Twitch for roughly $970 million in cash. The deal has been approved by Twitch's shareholders and should be completed sometime later this year. In a message addressed to the Twitch community, CEO Emmett Shear wrote, "We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. We're keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon's support we'll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch. "I personally want to thank you, each and every member of the Twitch community, for what you've created. Thank you for putting your faith in us. Thank you for sticking with us through growing pains and stumbles. Thank you for bringing your very best to us and sharing it with the world. Thank you, from a group of gamers who never dreamed they'd get to help shape the face of the industry that we love so much. It's dangerous to go alone. On behalf of myself and everyone else at Twitch, thank you for coming with us."
  • Man jailed for 33 months for pirating Fast & Furious - A computer programmer who filmed Fast and Furious 6 at a cinema and then uploaded it to the internet has been jailed for almost three years. Philip Danks, 25, used a camcorder to record Fast and Furious 6 at a cinema in Walsall, near Birmingham and then uploaded a copy to the internet the following day. The pirate copy was downloaded 779,000 times, costing Universal Pictures, one of Hollywood's biggest film-makers, almost £2.3m. Two days after his arrest on May 23, he posted on Facebook, "Seven billion people and I was the first. F*** you." On Thursday, he pleaded guilty to three charges of distributing pirate copies of films and was jailed for 33 months. The court heard that he made just £1,000 from selling copies of the film for £1.50 – while the cost to Universal was estimated at £2.3m. Danks is said to have uploaded the file to KickassTorrents and other torrenting sites.
  • 13 Year Old Kid: Linus Torvalds Is My Hero - How many 6th graders even know what Linux is let alone idolize Linus Torvalds?
  • Amityville: The Awakening Trailer - Belle, her little sister, and her comatose twin brother move into a new house with their single mother Joan in order to save money to help pay for her brother's expensive healthcare. But when strange phenomena begin to occur in the house including the miraculous recovery of her brother, Belle begins to suspect her Mother isn't telling her everything and soon realizes they just moved into the infamous Amityville house.
  • Everything Wrong With 'GoldenEye' In 14 Minutes Or Less - The movie, not the video game. Everyone knows there's nothing wrong with that.
  • What if Michael Bay Directed "UP"? - 7/10 not enough explosions :P
  • Seventh Son Trailer #2 (2015) Jeff Bridges, Ben Barnes Movie - Once slated for release last fall, and then pushed back to January of 2014, the fantasy adaptation The Seventh Son, based on The Last Apprentice (or The Wardstone Chronicles) book series by Joseph Delaney, is finally coming to theaters.
  • Exists Official Trailer 1 (2014) - Eduardo Sanchez Horror Movie - Exists is directed by Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project) and written by Jamie Nash (writer of a segment in V/H/S/2). For five friends, it was a chance for a summer getaway— a weekend of camping in the Texas Big Thicket. But visions of a carefree vacation are shattered with an accident on a dark and desolate country road. In the wake of the accident, a bloodcurdling force of nature is unleashed - something not exactly human, but not completely animal— an urban legend come to terrifying life and seeking murderous revenge. Dora Madison Burge, Samuel Davis, Roger Edwards, Chris Osborn, Brian Steele and Denise Williamson star in the film which Lionsgate releases on iTunes and in theaters this fall on October 24th.
  • The Pyramid Trailer - This looks pretty cool :-) In Theaters - December 5, 2014
  • This Video From Miley Cyrus' Visual Director Explains A Lot - This is director Geoffrey Lillemon's take on being a boy or a girl in 2014. And while it answers a lot of our questions about Miley Cyrus, it raises a thousand more about everything else.
  • Here's Beyonce's Incredible Performance From The 2014 VMAs - Most award shows are awkward, hammy and hopelessly bogged down with filler, but Beyonce's stellar medley may just have been the saving grace of this year's VMAs. Ladies and gentlemen, this is how a pop performance ought to be
  • Austin Beerworks - Peacemaker Anytime Ale - Campaign with Helms Workshop to reintroduce Austin Beerworks Peacemaker, renaming it "Anytime Ale." The term clarifies when the brew is best enjoyed: specifically, any time. With a beer that's great at any moment, you should always keep a few on hand- so a multi-pack made sense. But how many?
  • Mother Nature At Her Best, And Then Worst -  One minute you're filming a rainbow, and the next you're sh*tting your pants :D
  • This Sheep Hasn't Been Shorn In Six Years - In other news, this sheep has just been named CEO of the Burlington Coat Factory :P
  • GoPro Survives Rocket Engine Inferno - Okay, it's official: Nothing can kill these things.
  • Ants Form A Daisy Chain To Maximize Their Strength - Teamwork makes it dreamwork! All for one and one for all! Nice job everyone, you'll sleep well tonight.
  • The Iron Dome Intercepts 15 Rockets At The Same Time - Israel's Iron Dome defense system is well known across the world. This video is proof of its reputation.
  • Watch SpaceX's Falcon 9-R Dev1 Rocket Explode Over Texas - According to SpaceX an "anomaly" was detected during last Friday test launch of the private space company's latest three-engined Falcon 9-R Dev1, triggering the vehicle's "flight termination system."
  • TX officer allegedly lets 140-mph street racer go with a warning - Being pulled over by the police is one of the most nerve-racking situations that a driver can go through, and it's even worse when you know that the officer has you dead to rights for speeding well over the posted limit. In this video, the driver of a heavily modified Ford Mustang with a claimed 966 horsepower at the rear wheels could have easily lost his ride for doing triple-digit speeds and street racing, but a friendly Texas police officer appears to send him on his way with a simple warning.
  • Audi R8 X Kawasaki Ninja ZX10R X Suzuki GSXR1000 - check it out
  • Crazy Guy Runs Into Outback Tornado To Take Selfie - Lol and this guy is crazy.
  • How To Eat Sushi Properly, From A Sushi Chef - Coming to you straight from the sushi chef's mouth, Munchies presents the dos and dont's of eating sushi, as taught by Tokyo's Naomichi Yasuda. Be warned: You've been doing it wrong.
  • If Geek Girls Acted Like Geek Guys - When the tables turn, it's that much more apparently how terribly unbalanced the state of comic culture is.
  • Victoria's Secret New Simple Sexy TV Commercial - This 15-second spot for Victoria's Secret's most minimal collections debuted in July 2014 and features Behati Prinsloo, Candice Swanepoel and Martha Hunt. Music: "Move" by Little Mix.
  • Candice Swanepoel 4 Victoria's Secret - She looks great!
  • Martha Hunt Brings the Sexy to Toronto - Supermodel Martha Hunt introduced our new, simple, sexy collections to the press and fans in Toronto
  • Busty Alice Goodwin in ZOO Magazine 15 August 2014 UK - Some photos of busty babe Alice Goodwin wearing skimpy bikini for ZOO magazine.
  • The Exotic Side Of Russian Night Clubs - Russian night clubs have the perfect balance of strange and sexy all in the same place.
  • The best pics on the Internet #92 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #45 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
Nintendo unveils updated 3DS, 3DS XL Models - console
(hx) 11:06 AM EDT - Aug,30 2014 - Post a comment
New 3DS and 3DS XL handhelds were announced by Nintendo on Friday. More than just a simple refresh, they have larger screens, more buttons, better battery life, and NFC tech built-in. Alas, it appears they won't hit US shores this year. The new models launch in Japan on October 11, with the new 3DS priced 16,000 yen (around $154) and the new 3DS XL 18,800 yen ($181). The new 3DS XL will be available in Metallic Blue and Metallic Black, and the new 3DS in White and Black. A Nintendo press release notes: "As for the overseas markets, our local subsidiaries will separately confirm. However, there will be no U.S. and European launches this calendar year."
Shadow of Mordor - Ratbag Story Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:47 AM EDT - Aug,30 2014 - Post a comment
Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and Monolith Productions have released a new story trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor which introduces Ratbag. While Uruks are dynamically generated through the Nemesis System and unique to each player, Ratbag is a special Uruk who plays a critical role in the story as Talion goes on his journey to destroy Sauron's army.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will launch in the Americas on September 30, 2014 for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360; and on October 2, 2014 for PC and Steam.

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,29 2014 - all
Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell Announced - briefly
(hx) 03:30 PM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
At its PAX panel, Volition announced a new Saints Row, a standalone expansion of Saints Row IV called Gat Out of Hell (PC, PS3, Xbox 360, PS4, Xbox One). It has you travelling to Hell, is half the size of Steelport, and features two player co-op and biblical weapons (locust gun, etc). It'll run you $20 and is releasing January 27, 2015. Volition also announced a PS4 and Xbox One port of Saints Row IV called Saints Row IV: Re-elected, which will include all of the DLC up to that point. It will also be released January 27, 2015 and is priced at a moderate $30.

Rumour: GTA 5 next-gen delayed to 2015 - briefly
(hx) 02:55 PM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
VG247.com reports that GTA V may very well slip to 2015. During this year's Gamescom, YouTube's HalcyonDeathSquad (who has also interviewed the Vice President of Sony Worldwide Europe for VG247) heard from a lot of publishers that the current-gen version of GTA V will be delayed to 2015.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:53 PM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is currently planned for an October 2nd release on the PC, and looks kind of interesting.

Dying Light - Dev Diary #1 - Natural Movement - preview
(hx) 02:52 PM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
Techland is still hard at work looking to bring its latest zombie-filled world to life. To get an idea of how that's coming along, the studio has released a new developer diary for Dying Light, detailing much of the game's progress to this point. Dying Light is set to arrive in 2015.

Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:50 PM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
Focus Home Interactive has released a new trailer for its upcoming Unreal Engine 3-powered adventure game, Sherlock Holmes: Crimes & Punishments. The game is coming to the PC on September 30th.

Deep Down Gameplay Trailer - console
(hx) 02:47 PM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
Check out some brand-new gameplay action from Capcom's free-to-play PS4 dungeon-crawler Deep Down. The footage appears inside a new developer update video and includes details on two and four-player co-op. A release outside of Japan has yet to be confirmed, whilst a Japanese open beta will take place in 2015.

Watch_Dogs Mod For GTA IV Released - mod&map
(hx) 05:54 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
A couple of days ago I informed you about a mod that will merge Watch_Dogs and GTA IV together. Well, modder JulioNIB has finally released it, and it looks phenomenal!

The Crew - 5 Minutes Of Crazy Driving - preview
(hx) 05:38 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
DSOGaming has posted five minutes of driving video taken from the closed beta phase of The Crew.

Assassin's Creed: Unity Delayed To November 11th - briefly
(hx) 05:34 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
Assassin's Creed Unity will launch on November 11 in North America and on November 13 in Europe, a delay from the previously announced release date of October 28 in the US. Ubisoft says the extra two weeks will be spent bringing the game up to fans' and the team's expectations.
This being a fully next-gen game, it requires a lot of work, a lot of production, and a lot of learning, It's always hard to be precise and to quantify exactly how much work is involved. So as we get close to the finish we often realize we’re near the target but we're not quite there yet
World of Speed Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:13 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
My.com and Slightly Mad Studios have released a new trailer for their upcoming free racer, World of Speed.

Gauntlet - Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:12 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
Warner Bros has announced that the remake for Gauntlet is now scheduled for a September 23rd release.

Metro Redux - First Update Adds Volumetric Lights - patch
(hx) 05:10 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
4A Games and Deep Silver released a 1.2GB patch for the PC version of Metro: Redux that adds Volumetric Lights. Volumetric Lights gives a game the ominous light effect which makes the visuals much more lively. Volumetric lights are bright rays of light that adds life to the entire light effects of any any game. Still, this effect is not limited to sun's rays as all other light sources can cast such rays, and Metro 2033 had lots of them. This first update brings some of them back to Metro: Redux, though there are still places in which volumetric lights have not been added/used. Do note also that this graphical feature is exclusive to the PC version as both the Xbox One and the PS4 versions lack it.
Xbox One September Update Trailer - console
(hx) 01:35 AM EDT - Aug,29 2014 - Post a comment
The September update for Xbox One is out now. Larry Hryb, Xbox Live's Major Nelson walks through the updates for Xbox One in the new September Update, including Media Player support, Party Leader support, SmartGlass updates and more.

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,28 2014 - all

The Creatures (Kootra) got SWAT Raided (SWATTED) - briefly
(hx) 02:52 PM EDT - Aug,28 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
This practice - called "swatting" - is shockingly common, and usually done by untraceable means. You'd think SWAT members would catch on by now that if the person they're sent to arrest is playing Counter-Strike, it was probably a false tip.

Lords of the Fallen - World Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:27 PM EDT - Aug,28 2014 - Post a comment
The dark and mysterious world of Lords of the Fallen awaits you. Become Harkyn, a convicted outcast from society and now.. humanity's best hope of defeating a demonic invasion.

Dragon Age: Inquisition - MP Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:10 PM EDT - Aug,28 2014 - Post a comment
Dragon Age: Inquisition releases on November 21, 2014.



In related news, PC Gamer has posted a hands-on preview of the game. Here's a bit:
"Big levels obviously can't narrate themselves; that's impossible. The scope of that is too big. They need to give the player opportunities to tell their own stories and ultimately that's what comes from exploring this open-world gameplay." I get a feel for what Darrah's talking about in an area called the Dales Highlands, a zone that ends up being my favorite in Inquisition. The intro to the Dales is incredibly light. An arcane, malicious blizzard has grasped the area's rough, typically-thawed cliffs, icing the river that nearby Sarhnia depends on for food and trade. What I notice throughout this area, and appreciate, is the lack of heavy-handed exposition about who, what, where, and why: the theme of the Highlands, as I discover simply by fighting through it, is driving out an invader and advancing the frontline.

The Red Templars (a faction of rebel, overzealous Templars) are to blame for the magic winter, and I see their signature pocking the cliffs as I climb: red lyrium. This potent, dangerous anti-magic substance is the source of the corruption that's tainted these Templars, and huge crystalline shards of it are piercing the Highlands. I cleave and shield-bash through a fourth pack of the misguided knights in an ice tunnel; the whole screen is a glow of blue light filtered through pristine ice and unnatural, saturated red emanating from the lyrium. These colors tell the story as well as any dialogue.

Further up, I fight a Red Templar Behemoth, less a soldier and more a 15-foot-tall, faceless lump of bipedal lyrium. For the first time I have to toggle-on Dragon Age's tactical camera, renovated for Inquisition, to kite the monster and deliberately spend my party's abilities. It's here that I realize how comfortable Inquisition feels when played as a real-time action-RPG; even more than it did in DA2. Broadly, the combat isn't as demanding as a conventional action game—there's auto-attack—but it also never drifts into, say, over-generous hit detection or the disconnected ‘combat dancing' of some MMOs.

"We're going for a hybrid of Origins and Dragon Age 2 stuff," Dragon Age creative director Mike Laidlaw says of the combat. "We want the responsiveness of DA2, that's a biggie, but the influences of Origins are undeniable. We did want to find that balance." Although I played Inquisition on PC, unfortunately I wasn't able to do so on a mouse and keyboard. Still, it was strangely reassuring how well the tactical approach to combat handled on a controller, of all things. Plotting commands was simple, clean, and helped by an interface that mostly mirrors what we had in Origins. Unlike that game, though, Inquisition uses highlights and color to make that visual information more interesting and readable. The camera behaved well throughout. Automated AI settings are preserved, too, like how much mana a mage should keep in reserve, or at what HP threshold a character should down a potion.
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