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 Gameguru Mania News - May,24 2015 - all 
TechNews - GeForce GTX 980 Ti benchmarks - tech
(hx) 06:33 PM EDT - May,24 2015 - Post a comment
  • Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti performance benchmarks - GeForce GTX980Ti is the newest card to join GeForce 900 series. According to our information GTX 980 Ti is using GM200-310 GPU. Card is equipped with 6GB GDDR5 memory and 384-bit interface. The base clock is reportedly at the same frequency as TITAN-X, same goes for memory clock (no surprises here).
  • Apple updates 15-inch MacBook Pro, adds Force Touch - Apple has refreshed its 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display, while also dropping the price of its top-of-the-line iMac with Retina 5K Display. The new 15-inch MacBook Pro comes with the pressure-sensitive Force Touch trackpad that debuted in the new MacBook and updated 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina Display along with some user interface enhancements. The upgrades don't stop there as Apple has also included faster flash storage that adds an extra hour of battery life and AMD's new graphics hardware. The iMac with Retina 5K Display has had a price drop and now starts at just $1,999 with the top-end model just $300 more at $2,299. The new lower starting price was achieved by dropping the Fusion Drive, which combined a traditional 1TB hard drive with a 128GB SSD and automatically moved applications between the two depending on which were in use at the time, but it's worth noting that the higher priced iMac with Retina 5K Display still comes with a Fusion Drive.
  • Microsoft has updated the icons in Windows 10 build 10125 - If you need any proof that Microsoft does listen to feedback from Insiders, the company has updated the icons in the latest build of Windows 10.
  • Microsoft Making Outlook.Com Prettier - If you use and like Microsoft Outlook, but feel it could use a bit of sprucing up and modernization? Microsoft has heard your feedback and has updated and upgraded Outlook.com to be more functional and pleasing to the eye
  • Office apps for Android phones are now available - Microsoft has already released Office for Android tablets and today they are taking it one step further with Office apps for the phone as well. If you want to try these apps out, you will need to join the Microsoft Office for Android preview program which you can do here. After you join the program, hit the download links, but be aware that it may take up to four hours for the permissions to be applied to your account to enable the apps. The new apps will replace the current Office Mobile app for Android and offer the same touch-optimized Office experience currently available for Android tablets but for a smaller screen.
  • Using a mouse with Windows 10 mobile - As briefly noted in the video, only the left click functionality works at this time. Windows 10 mobile did not respond to right mouse clicks or the scroll wheel....yet(?)
  • Asus Zenfone 2 Goes On Sale May 19 for $299 - Asus today announced it will sell its 2015 flagship smartphone, the Zenfone 2, in the U.S. beginning May 19. Asus first revealed the Zenfone 2 at CES in January. The device has a 5.5-inch full HD screen and relies on a 64-bit Intel processor. The Intel Atom Z3580 chip has four cores clocked at 2.3 GHz, and is paired with a 533 MHz GPU, and 4 GB of dual-channel RAM
  • Factory reset might not remove all data from Android phones - The factory reset feature, which is assumed to be the final step before selling off an old device, has been found to be flawed by the researchers who tested it on 21 devices from five manufacturers. The devices used for the research were rather old and ran builds of Android lower than version 4.4 but the researchers are confident that these issues might still persist in the newer versions of the OS. According to the research paper, the devices that were tested retained data SMS data, emails, contacts, authorized accounts and information from various apps such as Facebook and WhatsApp. Digging deep into retained data, the researchers were able to obtain Google's master token used for authenticating apps such as Calendar and Contacts on the device, as well. It is said that the drivers required for completely wiping the device might not be included by the manufacturers, who generally tend to customize the standard functioning of the operating system, making it not just Google's problem.
  • Adult FriendFinder experiences data breach exposing 3.5M users - This week, a popular adult website, Adult FriendFinder, has been exposed as having had a data breach. For those unfamiliar, Adult FriendFinder is a social website for adults. The website caters to those looking for casual and sexual encounters. According to CNN, although the data breach was initially reported by Tek Security last month, Adult FriendFinder wasn't directly named until the story was reported by Channel 4 this week. The data breach has resulted in 3.5 million email addresses, usernames, passwords, birthdays, zip codes and users sexual preferences being exposed. Luckily, credit card information and financial details appear to remain safe. Naturally, the exposed information could be damaging and have dramatic and life altering consequences for some.
  • Federal Reserve Suffers DNS Breach  - The Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis has been made aware that on April 24, 2015, computer hackers manipulated routing settings at a domain name service (DNS) vendor used by the St. Louis Fed so that they could automatically redirect some of the Bank's web traffic that day to rogue webpages they created to simulate the look of the St. Louis Fed's research.stlouisfed.org website, including webpages for FRED, FRASER, GeoFRED and ALFRED.
  • Millions Of Routers Vulnerable To Attacks Due To NetUSB Bug - A serious vulnerability affecting the NetUSB kernel driver developed by Taiwan-based tech company KCodes exposes millions of routers to hack attacks, researchers have warned. According to its website, KCodes is one of the leading developers and suppliers of USB over IP solutions. The company says over 20% of world's networking devices include KCodes technology.
  • Multi-Part Shot Glass Is No Match For A Red Hot Ball Of Nickel - A red hot nickel ball on the dual chambered shot glass. It is made from a co-polyester plastic, called Tritan. Drink responsibly :)
  • Fun With Powdered Alcohol: You Can Stop Being Scared Now - People are stupid about shit when they have zero knowledge about it.
  • A 3D Visualization Of The Anatomy Of A Tornado - For a look that goes beyond blurry news footage or two-dimensional diagrams.
  • How The Navy's New Gigantic Railgun Works - There's no propellant of any kind, and yet this huge gun can still send a projectile through six plates of steel with ease.
  • Cooties Trailer (2015) Elijah Wood, Rainn Wilson Zombie Kids Movie - check it out
  • Black Mass Trailer - The true story of Whitey Bulger, the brother of a state senator and the most infamous violent criminal in the history of South Boston, who became an FBI informant to take down a Mafia family invading his turf.
  • STEVE JOBS Trailer Reveals Michael Fassbender as Apple Innovator - The first Steve Jobs movie trailer trailer has landed online. The film has only three scenes, each one the unveiling of a product Jobs created.
  • Pixels - Official Trailer #2 - Columbia Pictures unleashed a new trailer for Pixels, an upcoming American 3D science fiction action comedy film directed by Chris Columbus from a screenplay written by Tim Herlihy and Timothy Dowling. The story was penned by Tim Herlihy, based on Patrick Jean's 2010 Internet short film of the same name. It stars Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Josh Gad, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Monaghan, Brian Cox, Ashley Benson, and Jane Krakowski. Pixels is scheduled to be released on July 24, 2015.
  • 7 Minutes Official TRAILER (HD) Jason Ritter Thriller 2015 - In Theaters June 26th, 2015.
  • Arnold Schwarzenegger's Guide to Blowing Sh*t Up - Crates of explosives, a rocket launcher, and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Boom goes the dynamite! Enter here for the chance to blow stuff up with Arnold!
  • Bloodsport Mentos Commercial - By far one of the greatest Mentos commercials ever!
  • Old Lady Gets Down With Beatboxer - If you like watching old ladies who look like they're having seizures, then this video is right up your alley.
  • Predator Blades (Alien vs. Predator) - MAN AT ARMS: REFORGED - That's awesome, you guys should do predators adjustable spear staff!
  • Bulldog meets bull! - Manfred the Swedish bulldog makes new friends!
  • Dog Thinks Through A Problem - This is what happens when you've got a giant stick, a narrow bridge, and no thumbs!
  • Timelapse: Aurora borealis - Still images taken by ESA astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti on the International Space Station were joined together to create this timelapse.
  • Time-lapse Mining from Internet Photos - Creating automatic timelapse videos from random photos on the internet.
  • This Is The Worst Cramp Of All Time - This has to be some viral marketing for a new "Alien" movie right?
  • What Fred Astaire Was To Feet, This Guy Is To Hands - What he's doing is called finger tutting. How he's doing it is anybody's guess.
  • Taylor Swift - Bad Blood ft. Kendrick Lamar - Count the celebrities! Just kidding, there are way too many :D
  • The best pics on the Internet #133 - All pictures are carefully handpicked
  • The best pics on the Internet #134 - All pictures are carefully handpicked
  • Spains Songfestival Entry Chick Edurne - Edurne Garcia Almagro (born on December 22, 1985), known professionally as Edurne, is a Spanish dance-pop, vocalist, actressand TV presenter.
  • Shanina Shaik For Free People Lingerie - Australian beauty Shanina Shaik is another Free People model who can often be seen wearing the brand's lingerie looks.
Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 04:42 PM EDT - May,24 2015 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
2.Grand Theft Auto V
3.The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game + Expansion Pass
4.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
5.Dying Light
6.Galactic Civilizations III
7.Elite: Dangerous
8.Cities: Skylines
9.The Witcher Trilogy Pack
10.Project CARS
Umbra Tech Prototype - Gameplay Video - preview
(hx) 11:18 AM EDT - May,24 2015 - Post a comment
SolarFall Games has provided us access to Umbra's Tech Prototype Demo, and below you can find a video showing 8 minutes of gameplay mayhem. Umbra is an isometric action RPG powered by CRYENGINE.

Power Drive 2000 Pre-Alpha Gameplay - movie
(hx) 11:16 AM EDT - May,24 2015 - Post a comment
A Kickstarter campaign was launched for Power Drive 2000, an 80's sci-fi inspired arcade racer with a talking car. Developed by Megacom Games, Power Drive 2000's Kickstarter campaign aims to raise $45K in total and has 10 days in order to meet that goal.

Dark Future: Blood Red States Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:21 AM EDT - May,24 2015 - Post a comment
Games Workshop announces Dark Future: Blood Red States, an upcoming video game based on their post-apocalyptic series, saying this is a reboot of the series.

 Gameguru Mania News - May,23 2015 - all
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 02:12 PM EDT - May,23 2015 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals.
Jason Voorhees is "Immortal" in Mortal Kombat - briefly
(hx) 06:15 AM EDT - May,23 2015 - Post a comment
This is so Hilarious and Accurate is so many ways :-)

 Gameguru Mania News - May,22 2015 - all
The Witcher 3 infinite money exploit - briefly
(hx) 05:00 PM EDT - May,22 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
WhatsMyGame found an infinite money exploit in The Witcher 3 that involves killing some of the most innocent creates in the game: cows. When you kill a cow, you can harvest their hide for a cool 27 gold. After slaughtering such an innocent creature, Geralt will need to meditate for at least two hours for the cows to respawn, which you can then kill them over and over and over again. There are a few drawbacks to this exploit, although they're not really deal breakers in the grand scheme of things. First, the cow corpses don't immediately vanish, which could very well make you look like a complete psychopath if anyone should catch you mid-slaughter. The other is the fact the shopkeepers will quickly run out of money if you continue to sell them hide, so be mindful of that so you aren't stuck with a ton of hides in your inventory.

Total War: ARENA - First Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:13 PM EDT - May,22 2015 - Post a comment
SEGA and The Creative Assembly today released the first gameplay trailer for Total War: ARENA, showing exclusive Alpha footage of this energetic and exciting new entry to the award-winning series. Total War: ARENA is a free-to-play, team-based strategy game, putting players in the middle of epic-scale battles.

The Witcher 3 Mods - SweetFX Preset by Powerplay - mod&map
(hx) 04:12 PM EDT - May,22 2015 - Post a comment
The first set of Witcher 3 graphical mods are already hitting the web!

Guilty Gear XX Accent Core Plus R Coming to Steam - briefly
(hx) 04:09 PM EDT - May,22 2015 - Post a comment / read (1)
Arc System Works announced that GUILTY GEAR XX ACCENT CORE PLUS R is coming to the PC on May 26th. The game will be available via Steam and in order to celebrate this announcement, Arc System Works has released a new trailer dedicated to the Steam release.

F1 2015 Delayed to July 10th - briefly
(hx) 03:43 PM EDT - May,22 2015 - Post a comment
Codemasters announced that its upcoming F1 title, F1 2015, has been slightly delayed. Originally planned for a June release, this next installment in the F1 series will see the light of day on July 10th.

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Neverwinter: Strongholds - Announcement Trailer - movie
(hx) 07:10 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
Neverwinter: Strongholds - the seventh expansion for the action MMORPG set in the Dungeons & Dragons' Forgotten Realms universe from Wizards of the Coast - is coming to PC in summer 2015.

Reminiscent of early Dungeons & Dragons lore, Neverwinter: Strongholds empowers guilds to reclaim a keep and its surrounding areas that have been overrun by the wild. As the lands are cleared, guilds will build defenses both in and around their strongholds using structures like archer towers to fend off attackers, while building siege structures to increase their ability to wage war with enemy guilds. Once the keep has been secured, guilds will work to solidify their foothold along the ranges of the Sword Coast.

Neverwinter is a free-to-play action MMORPG that features fast-paced combat and epic dungeons. Players explore the vast city of Neverwinter and its surrounding countryside, learning the vivid history of the iconic city in the Forgotten Realms and battling its many enemies. Neverwinter is currently available on PC and digitally for Xbox One, available free-to-play with Gold* from the Xbox Games Store.

Torment: Tides of Numenera Gameplay Video - movie
(hx) 07:07 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
InXile Entertainment has released a new gameplay trailer for Torment: Tides of Numenera. According to its description, this video shows several scenes throughout the game and focuses on the second of the company's four pillars: A World Unlike Any Other.

Another Overwatch Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 07:02 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
There is a new Overwatch gameplay trailer out today featuring the outlaw McCree. According to the video description, this was recorded from a match on an early version of Overwatch and captured in 60fps on PC.

Carmageddon: Reincarnation Released - briefly
(hx) 07:00 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
Stainless Games announces availability of Carmageddon: Reincarnation as a full release on Steam, following a run on Early Access.

The Witcher 3 PC Patch v1.03 - patch
(hx) 04:58 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
The Witcher website announces the release of the version 1.03 patch for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt.
The patch 1.03 has just been released and is now available for all PC version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The update introduces a range of stability and performances ehancements as well as allows users to take advantage of some additional graphics settings. Please find the detailed list of fixes below:

Improves stability in gameplay and the UI
Improves performance especially in cutscenes and gameplay
Fixes grass and foliage popping that could occur after density parameters were changed
Improves Nvidia Hairworks performance
Boosted texture anisotropy sampling to 16x on Ultra preset
Sharpen Post-process settings extended from Off/On to Off/Low/High
Blood particles will now properly appear after killing enemies on the water
Corrects a bug where player was able to shoot bolts at friendly NPCs
Improves menu handling
Corrects an issue with Stamina regeneration while sprinting
Fixes a cursor lock issue that sometimes occcured when scrolling the map
Generally improves world map focus
Improves input responsiveness when using keyboard
Corrects some missing translations in the UI
Corrects an issue in dialogue selections
Rostan Muggs is back
Minor SFX improvements

The console version of the patch is coming and will be available very soon.
Game of Thrones-Episode 4:Sons of Winter Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:51 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
In Episode 4, the fate of the scattered Forresters hangs in the balance, and no one allied with the family is safe. An unexpected meeting offers Rodrik a new opportunity to free Ironrath from its Whitehill stranglehold, but with young Ryon Forrester still held prisoner, his next moves are critical. Gared must abandon Castle Black and venture beyond the Wall in search of the mysterious North Grove, risking encounters with Wildlings and worse. In King's Landing, the population is reeling from a recent royal death, and Mira must step carefully in an increasingly complex game of politics where secrets are traded as currency. Far away in Essos, Asher infiltrates the slave city of Meereen at the behest of Daenerys Targaryen, but will the friendship he holds dear break under the strain of a mission that raises memories best forgotten?

Need For Speed Reboot Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:19 PM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment
EA and Ghost Games have announced that a new Need for Speed title is heading to PC, PS4 and Xbox One in Fall 2015.
GOTHENBURG, Sweden--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Ghost Games, an Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ: EA) studio, announced today the return of Need for Speed in a full reboot of this storied franchise. The game delivers on what the fans want, and what Need for Speed stands for - deep customisation, authentic urban car culture, a nocturnal open world, and an immersive narrative that pulls you through the game.

"Need for Speed is one of the most iconic names in gaming, and we're returning it to greatness in this reboot," said Marcus Nilsson, Executive Producer at Ghost Games. "Pulling on our 20 years of history, and then taking a year out from releasing a game, we are making the game we’ve always wanted to. We're listening to the fans and delivering an experience that will capture their imagination and unleash their passion for cars and speed."

Fuelled by EA's own car culture community, Speedhunters (www.speedhunters.com), Need for Speed will deliver an experience that's grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene. This collaboration with Speedhunters in the research and development of the game means the level of detail and real-world authenticity will envelop gamers in an exciting world to discover and enjoy in a way that only Need for Speed can deliver.


CDPR: Smoke Effects Would Kill Any PC - briefly
(hx) 08:44 AM EDT - May,21 2015 - Post a comment / read (3)
CD Projekt RED has finally spoken the truth about the visual differences between the VGX trailer and the final version of The Witcher 3. As most of us have already guessed, the new rendering system is to be blamed for these less impressive visuals. Not only that, but CD Projekt RED acknowledged the fact that consoles held back the PC version.
Did the console versions restrict the PC version?
"If the consoles are not involved there is no Witcher 3 as it is," answers Marcin Iwinski, definitively. "We can lay it out that simply. We just cannot afford it, because consoles allow us to go higher in terms of the possible or achievable sales; have a higher budget for the game, and invest it all into developing this huge, gigantic world. "Developing only for the PC: yes, probably we could get more [in terms of graphics] as there would be nothing else - they would be so focused, like if we would develop only on Xbox One or PlayStation 4. But then we cannot afford such a game."

Why did the graphics change?
"If you're looking at the development process," Iwinski begins, "we do a certain build for a tradeshow and you pack it, it works, it looks amazing. And you are extremely far away from completing the game. Then you put it in the open-world, regardless of the platform, and it's like 'oh shit, it doesn't really work'. We've already showed it, now we have to make it work. And then we try to make it work on a huge scale. This is the nature of games development." It was captured PC footage, not pre-rendered, Badowski confirms, but a lot had to change. "I cannot argue - if people see changes, we cannot argue," Adam Badowski says, "but there are complex technical reasons behind it.

"Maybe it was our bad decision to change the rendering system," he mulls, "because the rendering system after VGX was changed." There were two possible rendering systems but one won out because it looked nicer across the whole world, in daytime and at night. The other would have required lots of dynamic lighting "and with such a huge world simply didn't work". It's a similar story for environments, and their texture sizes and incidental objects. It was a trade-off between keeping that aspect of them or their unique, handmade design. And the team chose the latter. The data-streaming system couldn't handle everything while Geralt galloped around.

The billowing smoke and roaring fire from the trailer? "It's a global system and it will kill PC because transparencies - without DirectX 12 it does't work good in every game." So he killed it for the greater good, and he focused on making sure the 5000 doors in Novigrad worked instead. "People are saying that 2013 was better but actually there's plenty of things that improved since 2013," Michal Platkow-Gilewski points out. "Size of the world, frames-per-second..." "Yes!" realises Adam Badowski. "The game's performance: people say the game is well optimised. This is the first time for this company!" It's the first smile I've seen from him all interview.

Marcin Iwinski picks it up: "Maybe we shouldn't have shown that [trailer], I don't know, but we didn't know that it wasn't going to work, so it's not a lie or a bad will - that's why we didn't comment actively. We don't agree there is a downgrade but it's our opinion, and gamers' feeling can be different. If they made their purchasing decision based on the 2013 materials, I'm deeply sorry for that, and we are discussing how we can make it up to them because that's not fair. "It's very important to stress: we are continuously working on the PC version, and we will be adding a lot of stuff, and there is more to come. We've proven it in the past that we support our games and we will be looking at the feedback and trying to make it better."
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