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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,23 2014 - all 
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 06:57 AM EDT - Aug,23 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals:
  • Borderlands 2 GOTY Edition [Steam] - $9.99 (75% off)
  • Borderlands GOTY Edition [Steam] - $7.49 (75% off)
  • SimCity 4 Deluxe Edition - $7.99 (60% off)
  • Dungeon Keeper Gold - $2.39 (60% off)
  • Sid Meier's Alpha Centauri - $2.39 (60% off)
  • Other games in GOG's Electrifying EA Classics promo, including Ultima and Wing Commander games, can be found here.
  • Dishonored - $4.99 (75% off) (FREE WEEKEND until Sunday at 1PM PDT)
  • Sabotage (Blu-ray + DVD + DIGITAL HD with UltraViolet) - $19.99 (43% off)
  • HP Pavilion TouchSmart 14-b109wm 14-Inch Laptop PC (1.4 GHz Intel Celeron Processor B877, 4 GB DDR3 SDRAM, 500 GB 5400 rpm, Windows 8 64-bit) - $364
TechNews - AMD A10-7800 APU Tested - tech
(hx) 06:24 AM EDT - Aug,23 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
  • AMD A10-7800 APU Review - Is this just another APU from AMD? Not quite. The A10-7800 has a different purpose than the flagship -7850K, and that's good news. AMD found the right spot between moderate performance and modest power consumption. As a result, the A10-7800 is a winner if you're building a well-balanced, low-cost PC where price, performance, and efficiency are well-balanced. Yes, you could easily build a faster system using a CPU and discrete graphics card, but it'd almost certainly pull more power from the wall, and would probably be pricier, too.
  • Haswell-E Core i7-5820K Will Only Have 28 PCI-Express Lanes - As it turns out, and as we already suspected, not all of the Haswell-E CPUs will have the same number of PCI-Express lanes. Both the Core i7-5960X and the Core i7-5930K will be able to address 40 PCI-Express lanes, but the cheapest Core i7-5820K will only have access to 28 lanes. TechPowerUp forum member "623" has seemingly confirmed this through leaked manuals of Gigabyte's X99 motherboards.
  • Samsung PN51F8500 Review: A 51-Inch Plasma HDTV With SmartHub - It boasts 3D, SmartHub 2.0, and superb image quality.
  • Microsoft pulls its August Windows update after users report crashes - Microsoft has pulled its August Update for Windows after users reported crashes and issues restarting their systems. The company is currently recommending users uninstall the update. Microsoft said that it discovered issues relating to four individual updates associated with the August Update: 2982791, 2970228, 2975719, and 297533. The updates addressed security and features, and began rolling out on August 2.
  • Hacking Gmail With 92 Percent Success - Researchers have identified a weakness in Android, Windows and iOS mobile operating systems that can be hacked 82% to 92% of the time. The researchers tested the method and found it was successful between 82 percent and 92 percent of the time on six of the seven popular apps they tested. Among the apps they easily hacked were Gmail, CHASE Bank and H&R Block. Amazon, with a 48 percent success rate, was the only app they tested that was difficult to penetrate.
    Over 75000 jailbroken iOS devices fall prey to AdThief malware - A security researcher has revealed that over 75000 iOS devices have been infected by a malware known as AdThief or "Spad." iOS device users are often quick to jailbreak their devices, ignoring the security risks that come with exposing the system, in order to get more functionality out of their device. However, once again, a security risk associated with such devices has been exposed by a security researcher. According to the researcher, Axelle Apvrille, the malware targets various advertising SDKs and modifies the developer or promotion ID to match that of the hacker. Using this technique, the malware allows the hacker to gather all the revenue generated from the infected devices through advertisements. 15 advertising SDKs or adkits, including Google Mobile Ads and Weibo have been found to be affected by the AdThief malware. The researcher has managed to track down the author of AdThief online through some of the debugging information from the malware's source code. The developer, currently known by his online aliases "rover12421" and "zerofile," is revealed to be an Android developer who admitted creating the malware which he has now discontinued. The developer has said that he created only the basic ID replacement functionality and someone else might have continued the development. He has further denied spreading the malware that has affected a large number of devices and grabbed revenue from 22 million ads.
  • iPhone 6 rumored to include 128GB storage option and parked car locator - If the most recent rumors on the upcoming iPhone 6 are to be believed, then we can expect a 128Gb storage option for the new device. It's unclear if this will be limited to the iPhone 6L (the 5.5-inch version) or both, which includes a smaller variant at 4.7-inches. It's also believed that Apple will continue not to offer a microSD slot option, thus having to boost storage in this manner.
  • Sprint Intros $60 Unlimited Plan with Hardware Hitch - Sprint has announced a new unlimited plan that it says undercuts the competition. The plan, which will be available beginning August 22, provides a single line of service with unlimited talk, text, and data for $60 per month. Sprint claims the offering beats T-Mobile's best price by $20 per month, and that similar options aren't available from AT&T or Verizon Wireless. There is a catch. In order to qualify for the plan, customers need to either bring their own device, pay full retail for a device, or sign up for Sprint's Easy Pay financing plan. The Sprint $60 Unlimited Plan for single lines follows a complete overhaul of Sprint's family share plans, which offer savings to four or more lines of service.
  • Sprint announces attractive $100 Family Share Pack - Starting last Friday, customers will be able to sign up for Sprint's new Family Share Pack. This shared data plan offers 20GB of data - twice as much as AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon - for up to 10 lines for just $100 per month. And as an added bonus, Sprint is throwing in an extra 2GB per line for a limited time. Assuming you sign up with 10 lines, that's just $10 per month per line, each with 4GB of data and unlimited talk and text. Sprint is also offering up to $350 to entice families to break their existing contracts, a move popularized by rival T-Mobile not all that long ago. It certainly sounds like a great deal but there are a wealth of conditions that must be met in order to get the best pricing. By reading the fine print, we learn that the $100 per month offer is only available from August 22 through September 30, 2014. What's more, it only applies to customers switching to Sprint from a competing carrier. Additionally, all devices must be purchased through Sprint Easy Pay to qualify. Even if you do meet all of the above mentioned criteria, the $100 rate will expire at the end of 2015 at which time customers will be charged an access fee of $15 per month, per line. Ouch. Sprint promises more news is coming later this week regarding changes to plans for individuals.
  • Sprint Formally Debuts Sharp Aquos Crystal - Sprint today announced the Sharp Aquos Crystal, a mid-range handset that it will sell later this year. The Sharp Aquos features a nearly bezel-less design, with narrow edges running along the top and sides of the phone. The screen measures 5 inches and offers 720p HD resolution.
  • Most People Wouldn't Pay $235 A Year For An Ad-Free Web - I am shocked that no one wants to pay an extra $235 a year for an ad-free internet. :D
  • The Worst Product: Unpoppable Bubble Wrap - Fun time is over. Forever :(
  • Real-Time Face Projection Mapping - This is one way to do your makeup in the morning, but I'd probably use it to scare kids on Halloween :D
  • The World's First All-Electric Supercar - The Renovo coupe is pretty. And fast. And it doesn't use a drop of gasoline.
  • The Only Way To Steal This Bike Is To Break It - Yerka Project is a bicycle that can't be stolen without breaking it and is currently being developed by 3 Chilean students. This is their first fully functional prototype.
  • Pierce Brosnan Plays GoldenEye 007 With Jimmy Fallon - Skea is the world's first smart device that helps women train their pelvic muscles in a fun way!
  • The Primary Instrument Of This Song Is A Car - Jonathan Kluth gets kudos for an interesting idea, and for pulling it off with flying colors. Maybe for the sake of it we could get him to cover "License and Registration."
  • Intelevator Intelligent Voice Activated Elevator - Funny Prank - What would you do if you were trapped in an "Intelevator" (Intelligent voice-activated elevator)?
  • Mark Ronson TED Remixed - Let's be honest: some TED talks can be tediously long and boring. Thankfully a catchy beat helps hold our attention.
  • The Equalizer Trailer - In The Equalizer, Denzel Washington plays McCall, a man who believes he has put his mysterious past behind him and dedicated himself to beginning a new, quiet life. But when McCall meets Teri (Chloe Grace Moretz), a young girl under the control of ultra-violent Russian gangsters, he can't stand idly by -- he has to help her. Armed with hidden skills that allow him to serve vengeance against anyone who would brutalize the helpless, McCall comes out of his self-imposed retirement and finds his desire for justice reawakened. If someone has a problem, if the odds are stacked against them, if they have nowhere else to turn, McCall will help. He is The Equalizer.
  • Automata Trailer - This looks like an interesting twist on Bladerunner and A.I!
  • Leaked: The Trailer For Tarantino's 'Hateful Eight' - Some intrepid hero (see: pirate) decided to film the trailer for this much-buzzed upcoming movie. There's no actual scenes from the film in this trailer, but the title cards are admittedly cool, and remind us of "Seven Samurai," which is probably the point.
  • Every Death Scene In Quentin Tarantino's Movies - In case you needed definitive proof that Tarantino is the king of gore.
  • The Best Possible Ending To A Motorcycle Accident - In this week's insane Russian dash cam video, a man makes the most bonkers recovery from a motorcycle accident I have ever seen.
  • How Long Can You Balance A Pencil? - How many times will you ever see something like this?
  • Baby Got Class - A back to school parody - "Mom, dad... what possessed you to do this? I can feel myself being shoved into lockers already. 'Hush money' is such an ugly term, but you're going to need to raise my allowance."
  • Baby Groot Dancing (For 10 Hours) - I'm not sure why this exists, but it does, so here it is ;-)
  • Skea, Smart Kegel Exercise Aid - Swimsuits - Skea is the world's first smart device that helps women train their pelvic muscles in a fun way!
  • Erin Heatherton Poses For Ocean Drive July August 2014 - Ocean Drive Magazine taps none other than Victoria's Secret model Erin Heatherton for a shoot that exudes pure summer.
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #44 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
  • The best pics on the Internet #91 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
Hideo Kojima talks PT teaser - interview
(hx) 03:22 AM EDT - Aug,23 2014 - Post a comment
Kojima actually went on record with a new video piece, talking about one of the particular secrets behind the game. In this case, he talks more in detail about 7780s, the name of the fake developer behind the teaser, and what it's really all about. Silent Hills doesn't have a release date, but more information is expected in the weeks ahead, maybe even at Tokyo Game Show next month.

Natural Doctrine - Adapt to Survive Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:20 AM EDT - Aug,23 2014 - Post a comment
Check out the newest trailer for Natural Doctrine, dood! This trailer highlights some of the game's brutal difficulty and the ways you can adapt to survive it. Be sure to hone your skills, take advantage of your environment, and properly build your characters to survive this hardcore tactical RPG.

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,22 2014 - all
Assassin's Creed Unity - Paris Skyline Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:30 PM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
Paris, 1789 - The French Revolution turns a once-magnificent city into a place of terror and chaos. Its cobblestone streets run red with the blood of commoners who dared to rise up against the oppressive aristocracy. As the nation tears itself apart, a young man named Arno will embark on an extraordinary journey to expose the true powers behind the Revolution. His pursuit will throw him into the middle of a ruthless struggle for the fate of a nation, and transform him into a true Master Assassin.

Stronghold Crusader 2 Slightly Delayed - briefly
(hx) 01:08 PM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
Firefly Studios has announced that the release date for Stronghold Crusader 2, their upcoming RTS "castle sim" sequel, has been moved back from September 2nd to September 23rd.

Rainbow Six Siege - 35 Minutes of Gameplay - preview
(hx) 01:07 PM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
See the complete presentation for Rainbow Six Siege including the teams plan for the game, and over 35 minutes of gameplay.

Destiny - Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:22 AM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
Destiny is set for release on September 9th, 2014.

The Crew - World's Greatest Playground Video - movie
(hx) 01:21 AM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
The Crew's massive open world has something for every player, be it missions that can be played collectively as a crew of up to 4 players or skill challenges to level up and tune your ride for even better performances. Exploration, RPG and action driving all wrapped up in a huge and connected open world.

Doorways: The Underworld Release Date Announced - briefly
(hx) 01:19 AM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
Saibot Studios has announced its horror adventure Doorways: The Underworld will be released on September 17th.

AoW III: Golden Realms Expansion Announced - briefly
(hx) 01:17 AM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Triumph Studios has announced the Golden Realms expansion for Age of Wonders III. Golden Realms expands Age of Wonders III's empire building mechanics and introduces bucket loads of new content. These new features are used in random maps, new scenarios and a new story campaign, where Halfling survivors settle in a distant land filled with danger and treasures never seen before. The expansion is set for a September 18th 2014 release.

NBA 2K15 - PC Requirements - briefly
(hx) 01:15 AM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
The official Steam store page for NBA 2K15 has unveiled the game's PC system requirements. According to the listed specs, PC gamers will need a 64bit OS, at least a DirectX 10.1 compatible GPU and 50GB of free HDD. The game will hit Steam on October 10th.

Minimum:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core2 Duo or better
Memory: 2 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 10.1 compatible (512 MB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Keyboard or dual-analog gamepad

Recommended:
OS: Windows 7 64 bit or higher
Processor: Intel Core i7 or better
Memory: 4 or more GB RAM
Graphics: DirectX 11.0 compatible (2 GB) or better
DirectX: Version 11
Hard Drive: 50 or more GB available space
Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible
Additional Notes: Dual-analog gamepad

The Walking Dead S2E5 Releases August 26th - briefly
(hx) 12:42 AM EDT - Aug,22 2014 - Post a comment
The Walking Dead: Season Two Finale - Episode 5 is coming to the PC on August 26th and the following trailer includes a special all-new scene just for the trailer, as well as some MAJOR spoilers for previous episodes in the past two seasons.

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,21 2014 - all

The Vanishing of Ethan Carter Gameplay Video - preview
(hx) 05:29 PM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment
The Astronauts has released a new 13-minute gameplay video for The Vanishing of Ethan Carter. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter is a first-person story-driven mystery game focused on exploration and discovery. Players take the role of occult-minded private detective Paul Prospero who can communicate with the dead. Your mission is to discover the fate of a missing boy and the mystery behind a dark ancient force lurking in Red Creek Valley. The Vanishing of Ethan Carter releases on September 25th on the PC.

Ancient Space Announced - briefly
(hx) 05:27 PM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Paradox Interactive and CreativeForge Games sent out a press release announcing Ancient Space, an upcoming story-driven real-time strategy game.
Ancient Space is a single-player, real-time strategy title that puts the player in command of a fleet conducting a scientific mission on the edge of the known universe, charting what lies beyond in "The Black Zone." A rich and compelling story will guide the player as they build and upgrade their fleets and then survive overwhelming odds in deadly strategic missions.

Ancient Space mixes an engrossing single-player campaign story with time-honored RTS gameplay for a suspenseful experience. Mission objectives are many, varying from exploration to stealth, from assault to defense and more.

Ancient Space is host to a cast of characters voiced by fan-favorite actors from sci-fi television series and films, including:
    - John Billingsley (Star Trek: Enterprise, True Blood)
    - Aaron Douglas (Battlestar Galactica)
    - Ron Glass (Firefly)
    - Richard Gunn (Dark Angel)
    - Dina Meyer (Starship Troopers, Star Trek: Nemesis, Saw)
    - Dwight Schultz (Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Voyager)

Ancient Space Features:
    - New Frontiers, Classic Gameplay: Build, maintain, upgrade, and strategically command a multitude of ships in tactical battles and missions, facing aliens, pirates, and the unknown
    - An Explosive Space Opera: A compelling story, performed by a stellar cast, follows the player as the fleet tackles questions of humanity and science in an epic single-player campaign
     -Live with Your Choices: Each mission advances the plot, and introduces new challenges to be met by choosing the right crew and the right upgrades for the job
Kyn - Isometric Action RPG - Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:06 PM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment
Tangrin Entertainment today has released a new gameplay trailer for Kyn, highlighting a world where Viking mythology collides with magic. In Kyn players will be engulfed into a fast paced role-playing game that combines team based combat with exploration, puzzle solving and progression.

The Witcher 3 Probably Won't be 1080p on Consoles - interview
(hx) 04:25 PM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
In an interview with CD Projekt RED's Visual Effect Artist, Jose Teixeira, it was revealed that the console versions of The Witcher 3 probably won't hit that coveted 1080p mark.
Ideally, we're pushing for 30 frames per second. The resolution, honestly, it depends; we're working on it, we're trying to get it as high as possible. If we can make it at 1080P, sure, but I don't know if it's going to make it. To be honest, I really don't know. Probably not. But for sure, we need it to run at a smooth frame rate, so at least 30 FPS.

We're doing optimization right now and I have to say, it's actually running quite well. To be honest, we were expecting a lot worse. When we first started playing on PS4 and XB1, we expected the game not to work at all, because it was so heavy, so we were expeciting it to crash, but it's actually running. It's not quite there yet, but it's running. So I think that with a little more optimization, I think we'll get it running really well.
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain MP Video - preview
(hx) 10:47 AM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment
Konami has released a new 20-minute gameplay video for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, in which we get our first look on the game's Multiplayer. From the looks of it, multiplayer is mainly all about stealing resources from each other and as the video hints at the end, there might be PvP MP modes:

Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters Expansion Released - briefly
(hx) 10:24 AM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Grinding Gear Games today announced that Path of Exile: Forsaken Masters, an entirely new content expansion, is now live as of 3:00 PM PST as a free update to the game. The expansion offers both new and returning Path of Exile players a slew of new content and features related to the seven Masters.

Trials Fusion - Empire of the Sky Trailer - movie
(hx) 09:53 AM EDT - Aug,21 2014 - Post a comment
Today, Ubisoft released Empire of the Sky, the second of six planned downloadable content packs for Trials Fusion. Available now for Season Pass holders and $4.99 for players without the Season Pass, Empire of the Sky brings new tracks, challenges, editor objects and achievements to Trials Fusion.

After exploring the wastelands in Riders of the Rustlands, Empire of the Sky takes players to new heights. Ride through the floating islands of the privileged, who lead their lives blissfully unaware of the problems of the lands below. Sheltered in their dome of ultra-comfort, these citizens reside in a utopia that hides its own secrets to be unveiled.

Nine new tracks have been added, consisting of single player tracks, along with one Supercross track, one Skill Game, and one FMX track. In addition, there are 18 new Track Challenges, including secret locations and mini-games. Track editors also have dozens of new objects at their disposal including anti-gravity technology, force fields, and floating platforms to help create the track of their dreams.

The Season Pass is still available for purchase for $19.99. Players will receive Empire of the Sky and Riders of the Rustlands today and all future DLC at no additional cost. The final four pieces of DLC will be released by May 2015.

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