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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,15 2014 - all 
Outcast Reboot HD - New In-Engine Video - movie
(hx) 03:41 PM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment
Fresh3D has released a new video for the upcoming remake of Outcast, showing the tech powering it:

Blood Bowl 2 - First Match Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:40 PM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment
Blood Bowl 2, published by Focus Home Interactive, is the sequel to Blood Bowl, the video game developed by Cyanide studios based on the famous board game created by Games Workshop that combines American football with the fantasy world of Warhammer. The latest series of screenshots unveiled the first game stadiums, but we can now present the frenetic action of the very first ingame match of Blood Bowl 2 on video!

War of the Vikings - Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:39 PM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment
Developed by Fatshark, War of The Vikings is the next generation of close-quarter combat games as players design and customize a personalized warrior and take them in to glorious battle online with other warriors from all over the world. Choose from the Standard Edition ($24.99), the Blood Eagle Edition ($34.99) or the mythic Valhalla Edition ($174.99) that includes the lifetime Viking pass where all future content released for the game is automatically unlocked, a digital art book, digital strategy guide, deluxe soundtrack, and the brand new 'Berserker King' digital novel.

Moebius: Empire Rising Released - briefly
(hx) 03:33 PM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment
Phoenix Online Publishing has released today the critically acclaimed paranormal mystery adventure game Moebius: Empire Rising for PC and Mac. Players can enjoy this all-new tale by Jane Jensen, creator of the Gabriel Knight series, for just $29.99.

Plants vs. Zombies Zomboss Down Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:30 PM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment
Take your battle to the wild west with the new Zomboss Down downloadable Game Pack -- available starting today, April 15, for FREE! The plants just blasted down the Zomboss blimp! The zombies are now roaming the desert and battling their way to a local golf course, which may just be a secret facility housing a Cactus army. It can all be found in the free Zomboss Down downloadable game pack, featuring the new Cactus Canyon Gardens & Graveyards Map, 8 new playable characters, over 200 wild customization items, an increased Level cap for each character, and all-new challenges to accomplish. Available for both Xbox One and Xbox 360.

Watch_Dogs - 4 Minutes Gameplay Footage - preview
(hx) 03:29 PM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment
TheAireaidLord has captured 4 minutes of gameplay footage from the PAX East demo of Watch Dog.

TechNews - The Galaxy S5 costs $256 manufacture - tech
(hx) 09:45 AM EDT - Apr,15 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • Intel 'Haswell Refresh' processors quietly begin shipping - Intel has quietly begun shipping their 'Haswell Refresh' line of processors, ahead of an expected launch next month. The CPUs are essentially replacing existing 'Haswell' parts, featuring minor updates such as clock speed increases (typically 100 MHz) for no additional cost. At this stage Intel have launched 44 Haswell Refresh SKUs, 27 of which are desktop parts and 17 for mobile machines. Desktop CPUs range from the new non-K flagship - the 3.6 GHz quad-core Core i7-4790 for $303 - down to the dual-core 2.5 GHz Celeron G1840T for $42. For mobile devices, OEMs will be able to choose from the $378 Core i7-4712MQ to the $75 Celeron 2970M.
  • MS Posts, Then Pulls, Videos of Windows 8 Live Tiles  - Microsoft is playing a little game of hide and seek with some videos showing a future project for interactive Window 8 live tiles. OMFG! They still think 99% desktop users need to touch start menu by finger! :-)
  • This Is the End of Facebook as We Know It - Facebook, the company that makes billions from connecting people to each other, is about to make it harder to have a conversation. In the coming weeks, Facebook's mobile app will be losing its chat feature, a move that will no doubt annoy many regular users. But the gutting likely won't end there. According to many Facebook watchers, the end of chat is just the first cut in what could eventually lead to the end of Facebook as a single, unified app altogether.
  • Brightest Flashlight Android app disclosed location of 50M people - Even judging by the low standards of creepy data-mining apps, "Brightest Flashlight" did something pretty egregious. The free app, which was installed by at least 50 million Android users, transmitted users' real-time locations to ad networks and other third parties. It was, in other words, a stalking device disguised as a flashlight.
  • PayPal Launches Swipe Payment App Alongside Galaxy S5 - PayPal has made a new version of its mobile app available explicitly for the Samsung Galaxy S5. The app, first announced in February, lets GS5 owners make payments across the web by swiping their finger on the GS5's fingerprint sensor. PayPal says the feature can be used with most online merchants and mobile apps that accept PayPal, in addition to select retail stores. Further, PayPal launched a separate app for Samsung's Gear 2 and Gear Fit smartwatches. The watch-based app lets people save and redeem offers, check their balance, receive payment notifications, and check-in at local stores. Both the smartphone and smartwatch apps are free to download.
  • Google Purchases Drone Maker Titan Aerospace - Google has announced the acquisition of start-up drone manufacturer Titan Aerospace for an undisclosed amount. Google hopes to use the drone technology for "delivering Internet service to underserved areas, particularly in the developing world." The solar powered drones can stay airborne for up to five years and are currently used in applications such as search-and-rescue aid. Google said in a statement regarding the acquisition, "It's still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation."
  • iPhone 6 might cost up to $100 more than previous models - There has been no shortage of Apple rumors over the past few weeks, and for good reason. Last week an analyst hinted at some supposed features of the upcoming smartphone, including a larger 5.5 inch, 1920x1080 screen and a more efficient battery. But these features may come at a cost: If Jefferies analyst Peter Misek is to be believed, the iPhone 6 might cost up to $100 more than its predecessors.
  • The Galaxy S5 costs $256 manufacture according to teardown report - Samsung's latest handset costs $256 to manufacture, which is $30 more than last year’s Galaxy S4. A teardown analysis by market research firm IHS revealed that the cost of manufacturing for Samsung has been rising steadily over the course of the year.
  • Prototype Smartphone Battery Charges in Half a Minute - This new battery uses nanodots, which are bio-organic semiconductors made of peptides and have special electrochemical properties
  • Water Transfer Printing - Hydrographics - check it out
  • How to create the quietest place on Earth - To hear gravitational waves -- faint murmurs in the fabric of space-time -- requires a place quieter than quietness itself.
  • State of Surveillance: Police, Privacy and Technology - "State of Surveillance" examines new technologies police departments are using to fight crime and the civil liberties concerns raised by these tools. Law enforcement agencies say that many of the technologies make it easier to solve and, in some cases, even prevent crime. But privacy advocates warn that expanded databases could become dragnets that are increasingly populated with information about law-abiding citizens.
  • Gone Girl - Official Trailer 2014 (HD) - Directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn -- unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick's portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?
  • The Opening Battle From 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past' - The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in "X-Men: Days of Future Past." The beloved characters from the original "X-Men" film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from "X-Men: First Class," in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. Release Date: May 23, 2014.
  • Flight Attendant Gives Hilarious Safety Instructions - Even though this video's description shamelessly asks to get the stewardess on "Ellen" or "Jimmy Fallon," it's still worth watching.
  • Formula 1 Pit Stops 1950 & Today - What a difference!
  • How the border between India and Pakistan is closed, every day - This is like watching Mr Bean walk and run! :-)
  • This Bird Speaks Japanese - If you close your eyes, you'd probably have a hard time realizing this was a bird talking.
  • 14 Horrifying Confessions From Fast Food Workers - It's like : "My boss has told me to cook food off the floor." ...omg!
  • How to Cut Tomatoes Like a Ninja - Cooking Hack - How to cut tomatoes quickly and easily. Great cooking and kitchen tip, and a fun life hack. Perfect for small cherry tomatoes, and ideal if you need to cut a lot of them for a salad.
  • Girl Ages From 0 To 14-Years-Old In 4 Minutes - Well this pretty much kills all those one-photo-a-day videos!
  • Lake Bell Topless For Esquire - She has been touted as 'The Next Big Thing' for years but Lake Bell knows just how to grab people's attention. The 35-year-old actress/writer/director has posed almost naked for Esquire magazine, wearing just a pair of sheer stockings and with her arms strategically protecting her modesty.
  • Cameron Russell 4 Calzedonia Bikini - Cameron Russell for Calzedonia Summer 2014 Catalogue! Wow!
  • The best pics on the Internet #72 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,14 2014 - all
Watch Someone Beat 'Half-Life' In 20 Minutes - briefly
(hx) 05:55 PM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
Enjoy, Half-Life in 20 minutes, 41 seconds!

MechRunner Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:12 PM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment
Today, Spark Plug Games announced MechRunner, a 3D transforming mech, action/endless runner title. Built in an arcade style, players will need to pilot their dual mode mech well in order to continue to unlock more environments, enemies, and bosses. In the game's alternate history, Russia has seized control fueled by technology built from a meteor excavation discovered in the 1940's. Fortunately, a lead engineer involved in the discovery has defected and developed the XP-41, which the player will pilot. The downloadable title is coming this summer to the PS4, Vita, and PC, and is looking for $25k in additional funds on Kickstarter. In addition to some veteran design talent from Spark Plug Games, which is also working on 'Firefly Online,' two Hollywood film talents are also contributing to the project. Grammy-nominated composer David Joseph Wesley is creating the soundtrack while the game's iconic mech and machine designs come from Marvel film regular Josh Nizzi.

Child of Light - Lemuria Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:06 PM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment
Ubisoft has released a new trailer for its upcoming JRPG, Child of Light, that welcomes us to the world of Lemuria. Child of Light is described as an RPG inspired by fairy tales, created by the talented team at Ubisoft Montreal using the UbiArt Framework. The game is currently scheduled for an April 30th release.

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: UNSR Is Coming To PC - briefly
(hx) 04:04 PM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment
According to Namco Bandai itself, NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution is planned for a September release on PC (via Valve's distribution service, Steam).

NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution will offer players a new experience in the deep & rich NARUTO environment. Tons of new techniques, enhanced mechanics, more than 100 characters and a brand new exclusive character (Mecha-Naruto) designed by Masashi Kishimoto.

CCP cancels vampire MMO World of Darkness - briefly
(hx) 03:59 PM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
World of Darkness, the MMO that was in development for what appeared to be an eternity, has been cancelled by CCP Games. The decision resulted in the loss of 56 jobs at the publisher's Atlanta studio. The following is CEO Hilmar Veigar Petursson's statement on the matter:
The decision to end the World of Darkness MMO project is one of the hardest I've ever had to make. I have always loved and valued the idea of a sandbox experience set in that universe, and over the years I've watched the team passionately strive to make that possible.

I would like to give special thanks to everyone who worked so hard to make the World of Darkness MMO a reality, especially the team members affected by this decision. Their considerable contribution to CCP will not be forgotten, and we wish them well.

To our current and former employees and fans of World of Darkness, I am truly sorry that we could not deliver the experience that we aspired to make. We dreamed of a game that would transport you completely into the sweeping fantasy of World of Darkness, but had to admit that our efforts were falling regretfully short. One day I hope we will make it up to you.

Although this was a tough decision that affects our friends and family, uniting the company behind the EVE Universe will put us in a stronger position moving forward, and we are more committed than ever to solidify EVE as the biggest gaming universe in the world
Watch_Dogs Will Require An Intel i7-4770K - briefly
(hx) 11:36 AM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
Watch Dogs' Creative Director, Jonathan Morin, has revealed the specs that will be required for the Ultra settings of the game. According to Morin, PC gamers will need an Intel i7-4770K with a GeForce 780Ti in order to run it with all its bells and whistles enabled. In addition, Morin revealed that the recently released PC trailer was captured on an Intel i7 3930-K with a GeForce Titan.
Some AMD users asked for info: The only feature not available to AMD is Nvidia TXAA. HBAO+, although developed by Nvidia, also works on AMD.

We expect a lot of different specs to run the game at a high. But here are the ultra specs for the few who have them and ask for it...

...Ultra specs : Intel Core i7-4770K with a GeForce 780. The PC video was recorded on an Intel Core i7-3930K with a GeForce Titan IIRC.
Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:59 AM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment
Sid Meier is currently working on Civilization Beyond Earth; a new Civilization game that will be the sequel - or rather a "what would happen after Civilization V" game - to Alpha Centauri. Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth will feature 3 types of planets from lush vegetation to airy decaying worlds. Players will start with an Outpost and their one and only goal will be to survive.

Homeworld Remastered Will Run at 4K - briefly
(hx) 04:57 AM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Gearbox announced at Pax East that they will be releasing a Homeworld Remastered Collection later this year. The collection comes with many improvements to Homeworld and Homeworld 2. Updated high resolution textures and models, new graphical effects and recreated HD cutscenes are just a few of them. The games are also said to be oriented towards high end systems and will be able to run in 4k resolution. The classic versions will also be included, along with a 12" replica of the Mothership from the original Homeworld.
While discussing the future of Borderlands 2 DLC as well as the newly-announced Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel, Pitchford also elaborated on how Gearbox's previous games had been influenced by Homeworld. He cited the player's ability in Brothers in Arms to stop time, zoom out, and have full control over moving the camera out to the take note of the battlefield was directly inspired by the original Homeworld.

Gearbox also showcased the Homeworld Remastered Collector's Edition, which will come with an incredibly detailed 12-inch model of the ship from the original game. Only a few thousand of these will be available, so keep an eye out for news of when the Collector’s Edition will be available for preorder before its release later this fall. Thanks to our friends at Polygon for capturing the image below.
Homeworld Remastered Collection is estimated to be released this Fall on the PC
Super Mario 64 Oculus Rift in First Person - briefly
(hx) 04:53 AM EDT - Apr,14 2014 - Post a comment
Chadtronic has managed to run Super Mario 64 via the Dolphin emulator - in first person mode with Oculus Rift support. Alongside Dolphin, Chadtronic used TriDef3D and XPadder. What's really great is that there are no major issues or bugs while playing Super Mario 64 in FP with Oculus Rift.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,13 2014 - all
Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 05:44 PM EDT - Apr,13 2014 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1. DayZ
2. Watch Dogs
3. Goat Simulator
4. Space Engineers
5. Rust
6. Dark Souls II
7. Age of Wonders III
8. The Wolf Among Us
9. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
10. South Park: The Stick of Truth
PC Gaming Alive and Dominant - briefly
(hx) 11:55 AM EDT - Apr,13 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
ArsTechnica reports on a panel at PAX East which delved into the strength of the PC as a platform for games, and what its future looks like. The outlook is positive.
Robert expanded on Higby's point: the PC has always been the biggest and best platform for developers and for gamers-it just hasn't always grabbed the biggest headlines. The "PC as a platform"—a phrase echoed by Petersen-is an absolutely massive market, but it's not always realized as such because it's fragmented between different OEMs and home-built rigs without a singular marketing effort.

Higby also spoke extremely candidly about game piracy, saying things I've heard echoed on forums before but never out of the mouth of a developer. Piracy, he said, is an availability and distribution problem. The more games are crowdfunded and digitally delivered and the less a "store" figures into buying games, the less of a problem piracy becomes. Roberts was quick to agree, and he noted that the shift to digital distribution also helps the developers make more money—they ostensibly don't have everyone along the way from retailers to publishers to distributors taking their cut from the sale.

Oculus' Palmer Lucky agreed that piracy is a problem that can be solved not through more restrictions, but through fewer—the way to kill piracy is to make it more convenient to simply download a game legitimately than to go through the rigamarole of pirating it. Higby chimed in to agree—it's more annoying to download a pirated version of a game than to download via a trusted digital delivery service.

Petersen said that the total yearly industry-wide revenue for PC games (not video games in general, but PC games specifically) is $24 billion—a number that includes initial sales, in-game transactions, free-to-play microtransactions, digital downloads, and everything else. That's a huge amount of revenue to chase, and the panel members all agreed that the money will go to the developers and publishers and makers who produce what PC gamers want, as long as they let players buy games however they want to buy them.
Titanfall 'Expedition' DLC Announced - briefly
(hx) 11:01 AM EDT - Apr,13 2014 - Post a comment
Respawn Entertainment has announced the first 3-map pack for Titanfall, the $DLC$ coming out in May for a whopping $9.99.
Today during our panel at PAX East, we revealed details on Expedition, the first DLC map pack for Titanfall. Coming this May, Expedition will introduce three new maps to the Frontier including Runoff, Swamplands and Wargames.

In the wake of the Battle of Demeter, IMC Expeditionary Forces travel deep into Frontier space to recover from their recent defeat. On an uncharted world, the IMC begin construction of a new fleet operations base, using newly acquired water collection and filtration plants to support the new base. When drainage operations reveal ancient ruins and artifacts of an unknown origin in a nearby swamp, Spyglass activates an archaeological team to investigate the site. To maintain battle readiness at the new base, IMC Pilots use simulation pods to train for anticipated Militia raids, based on lessons learned in Angel City and IMC Airbase Sierra.

Titanfall Expedition is the first of three new content packs with each pack available for $9.99. For fans looking to get all three content packs while saving a few bucks, the Titanfall Season Pass is the way to go. Available for a one-time price of $24.99, the Titanfall Season Pass is available for Xbox One, Xbox 360 and PC and delivers all three content packs as soon as they become available.
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,12 2014 - all

Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 01:28 PM EDT - Apr,12 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals:
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