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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,20 2014 - all 
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 06:23 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment
Wolfenstein: The New Order Pre-Order Now on Steam - briefly
(hx) 05:47 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment
Looking forward to the release of Wolfstein: The New Order? That time is here and Steam is now taking pre-orders.

Star Wars Rebels - WonderCon 2014 Clip - movie
(hx) 05:19 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment
This special Star Wars Rebels preview clip, which premiered at WonderCon 2014, features an introduction from voice actress Vanessa Marshall and an exciting sequence from the upcoming animated series. Hera, captain of the Ghost, pilots her starship during a battle with two TIE fighters. Chopper delivers a message from Kanan, currently engaging the TIEs in the top turret. The Jedi is apparently displeased with Hera's maneuvering. In response, she takes matters into her own hands...

Final Fantasy 14 PS4 vs PC Comparison - briefly
(hx) 05:04 AM EDT - Apr,20 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
an impressive port that comes close to delivering a PC-quality experience on a console. The PC version is still the best option overall, but the crisp 1080p visuals, more detailed artwork, longer draw distances and the possibility of having hundreds of characters on-screen at once without that big a dip in performance are all fantastic achievements for this next-gen console release, and people who simply prefer doing their gaming on console will get a good deal out of this version - while still getting to play along with their friends on PC.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,19 2014 - all
TechNews - GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up - tech
(hx) 06:03 AM EDT - Apr,19 2014 - Post a comment
  • GeForce GTX 780 Ti Round Up: EVGA, Gigabyte, MSI - All three cards get kudos for running near silent throughout the majority of testing. This is a testament to each company's custom cooling solution and we'd be hard pressed to pick a favorite among the three. If forced to pick a winner, MSI would get the nod by a hair. Not only did it run quiet, but it was far slower to heat up than the other two cards when running a 100 percent GPU load. This might be due to the semi-open air design of the cooler's minimalistic shroud.
  • 13-Way Low-End GPU Comparison - The alternative OS gurus over at Phoronix have posted a 13-way low-end GPU comparison on Linux.
  • Microsoft fixes issue that caused some Windows XP PCs not to boot up - Microsoft won't be issuing any more patches or updates to Windows XP, at least to the general public, but this week the company ended up fixing a problem that was causing some PCs with the 12-year-old OS not to boot up. The problem wasn't with Windows XP itself, but with new antivirus definitions that were made available for the free Microsoft Security Essentials program. The fix is quite simple. Boot into safe mode and disable inside Msconfig from both the services and the startup. Then reboot into regular mode and uninstall it.
  • What Heartbleed Looks Like When Running Its Code - We look at and run the code that exploits the Heartbleed bug.
  • Snowden asks Putin LIVE: Does Russia intercept or store comms? - Russian special services are using special media for tapping and spying only on the decision of the court, says Vladimir Putin answering the question by former NSA agent Edward Snowden on how Russian government spies online.
  • Android Smartphones Given Remote Access to PCs - Google has announced the availability of Chrome Remote Desktop app for Android, a tool that allows Android devices to remotely access Windows and Mac computers. In order to gain remote PC access, users will need to download and install software on their PC as well as the Chrome Remote Desktop app on their Android device. Once configured, users should be able to access PC-based files from their Android device. The service is free to set up and use. Google said an iOS version of the Chrome Remote Desktop app us due later this year.
  • AT&T Doesn't Like 600MHz Auction Rules, May Skip It - AT&T indicated to the Federal Communications Commission this week that it disapproves of proposed rules for the upcoming incentive auction for 600MHz spectrum. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has floated a plan that would reserve spectrum in each market for companies that don't already have low-band spectrum. Thanks to its 700MHz spectrum holdings, AT&T would be restricted from bidding in about 70% of U.S. markets for the 600MHz spectrum. Wheeler's proposal has yet to be officially implemented, but AT&T's Joan Marsh said, "If the restrictions as proposed are adopted, AT&T will need to seriously consider whether its capital and resources are directed toward other spectrum opportunities that will better enable AT&T to continue to support high-quality LTE network deployments to serve its customers." If AT&T doesn't participate in the auction, it could hinder the FCC's goal of generating money to build a public safety network. The FCC is scheduled to vote on the incentive auction rules by May.
  • Facebook Announces Optional 'Nearby Friends' Feature  - Facebook has just announced an optional feature called Nearby Friends.
  • UK Teachers Want Parents to Cut-Off Their Children's Internet - A group of UK teachers are urging parents to limit their children's time on tablets and other technology, as they claim a rising number of young students lack the motor skills needed to play with building blocks while older students are unable to take written exams with pen and paper. According to The Telegraph, the Association of Teachers and Lecturers wants parents to turn off the Wi-Fi at night before bed so students get a good night's sleep instead of playing on tablets all night. The association claims that younger students as young as three or four can swipe on an iPad screen, but have little or no dexterity in their fingers to use building blocks. As for the older students, the association said their attention spans are limited in the classroom due to overexposure to technology. They further claimed that these students can't implement the skills they read in their textbooks, but have exceptional technical skills when it comes to consumer electronics.
  • Scientists Find an 'Earth Twin' or Maybe a Cousin - It is a bit bigger and somewhat colder, but a planet circling a star 500 light-years away is otherwise the closest match of our home world discovered so far, astronomers announced on Thursday. The planet, known as Kepler 186f, named after NASA's Kepler planet-finding mission, which found it, has a diameter of 8,700 miles, 10 percent wider than Earth, and its orbit lies within the "Goldilocks zone" of its star, Kepler 186 - not too hot, not too cold, where temperatures could allow for liquid water to flow at the surface, making it potentially hospitable for life.
  • Scientists discover brain’s anti-distraction system - This is the first study to reveal our brains rely on an active suppression mechanism to avoid being distracted by salient irrelevant information when we want to focus on a particular item or task
  • Why Do These Female Bugs Have A Penis? - Evolution has done some crazy things in order to ensure the survival of certain species. In fact, some female insects have actually developed male genitals! Join Trace as he discusses why certain female bugs have a penis.
  • How The Blind See Beauty - Can you see beauty around you?
  • Music Sounds Better When It's On Fire - You may have heard of a Ruben's Tube. This is the same concept but with a whole extra dimension of coolness.
  • Magnetically Actuated Micro-Robots for Advanced Manipulation Apps - SRI is developing new technology to reliably control thousands of micro-robots for smart manufacturing of macro-scale products in compact, integrated systems.
  • Watch how technology allows an amputee to dance again - Technology has been instrumental in creating realistic and lifelike prosthetic limbs over the past several years. One of the most impressive examples yet comes from Hugh Herr, an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT. A double amputee himself, Herr has created a bionic ankle packing two microprocessors and six environmental sensors. The device is able to adjust ankle stiffness, power, position and damping thousands of times each second to provide the wearer with a more natural gait – something that could go a long way in helping to prevent osteoarthritis as a patient gets older.
  • What I Saw Running North Korea's Marathon - Here I am, a foreigner in North Korea, with high-end running gear, flourescent sneakers, and energy gels in my pockets. The local runners, meanwhile, sport antiquated uniforms and shoes that look like they might fall apart.
  • Orange Is The New Black - Jungle Trailer - US - Explicit -  The highly-anticipated second season of Netflix's ORANGE IS THE NEW BLACK goes back behind bars for another sentence with the fearless, funny and unforgettable inmates of Litchfield prison. The series' ensemble includes Taylor Schilling, Jason Biggs, Laura Prepon, Kate Mugrew, Danielle Brooks, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, Taryn Manning, Laverne Cox, Michael Harney, Samira Wiley, Yael Stone and more. Lorraine Toussaint joins the cast in season two as Yvonne "Vee" Parker. Season two is exclusively on Netflix in all territories on June 6, 2014.
  • Things Old Ladies Do That'd Be Creepy If You Did Them - Basically everything ;-)
  • If Slipknot Was On Radio Disney - A classic from Andy Rehfeldt.
  • Drive It Like You Stole It: 3 Wheel Mustang - Missing that front left tire? Don't worry, you'll be able to get where you need to be.
  • These Guys Are Better At Spinning Pens Than You Are At Most Things - That thing you did in middle school because you were bored? These guys perfected it.
  • This Man's Porsche Is A Total Disaster - Never have so many problems come from the same car ;-)
  • The 100 Peeps Challenge - Destroyed - One hundred is far too many of anything to be eating in one sitting.
  • Russian Firefighter Makes A 'Magic Carpet' - What else are you supposed to do with a trampoline and some high powered hoses?
  • Welcome To The Incredibly Sexist Legends Football League - The Legends Football League was formerly known as the Lingerie League and it was created... well you know why it was created. But then something interesting happened, these women started to play for real. And while their uniforms still leave little to the imagination, the level of competition on the field has improved dramatically - they hit, and they hit hard. And judging by the numbers of fans in attendance, Victoria's secret is out.
  • 138 Water gets model Vanessa Golub kind of wet - 138 Water has done it again. Really, is it any surprise anymore? :-)
  • Candice Swanepoel - Victoria's Secret Photoshoot 2014 - Take a look!
  • The best pics on the Internet #74 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
Wolfenstein: The New Order Gameplay Footage - preview
(hx) 03:43 AM EDT - Apr,19 2014 - Post a comment
This footage was captured during a livestream and according to Bethesda, the next stream will be on Thursday, April 24th at 2pm EST. Wolfenstein: The New Order is currently planned for a May 23rd release on PC, old-gen and current-gen consoles.

Tabletop Simulator Steam Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:38 AM EDT - Apr,19 2014 - Post a comment
Tabletop Simulator is the only simulator where you can let your aggression out by flipping the table! There are no rules to follow: just you, a physics sandbox, and your friends. Make your own games and play how YOU want!

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,18 2014 - all

Crytek's Cevat Yerli On Mantle&RT Graphics - tech
(hx) 04:39 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
During this year's GDC, Crytek announced that CRYENGINE will support Mantle and Yerli claimed that with Mantle developers using CRYENGINE will be able to achieve CG quality graphics:

Skywind - Official Development Video #2 - mod&map
(hx) 04:34 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Skywind recreates the world of Morrowind using Skyrim's engine. According to the video's description, however, regions are not yet optimized and "the frame rate is apparent in many scenes." Skywind is currently in development by a team of more than 70. Creators aim to include full voice acting and more detailed environments in the mod. Skywind is currently NOT available for download. A release date and beta is not available yet.

Quo Vadis Berlin 2014 - CD Projekt RED - briefly
(hx) 04:31 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Biz Development Talk about: "Why it makes sense to be independent"

Unofficial Xbox One Gamepad Driver 2.0 - console
(hx) 04:30 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Lucas Assis has released a new version of the unofficial Xbox One gamepad driver. According to Lucas, this 2.0 version will make it easier to play games that use XInput.

H1Z1 Gameplay Livestream (4/17/14) - preview
(hx) 04:27 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Sony Online Entertainment has livestreamed H1Z1, and below you can find the video from that stream showing 40 minutes of gameplay footage. H1Z1 is a zombie MMO title that is inspired by Rust and DayZ, will feature an open persistent world and is based on Planetside 2's Forgelight Engine.

'Titanfall' Tops March Video Game Sales - briefly
(hx) 03:11 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Respawn Entertainment has a hit on their hands with the developer's mech shooter, Titanfall. According to NPD data for March of 2014, Titanfall was the number one selling game last month, beating out its biggest competitor, inFamous: Second Son. Notably, Titanfall released 10 days prior to Second Son, giving it a significant head-start on the competition. It's nice to see both South Park: The Stick of Truth and Dark Souls II on this list, even if the latter was beat out by the months-old Call of Duty: Ghosts. Hardware sales last month were up 78 percent from 2013, from $222 million to $395 million, largely driven by PS4 and Xbox One sales.
Here are last month's top ten best-selling games:

- Titanfall (XBO, PC)
- inFAMOUS Second Son (PS4)
- South Park: The Stick of Truth (360, PS3, PC)
- Call Of Duty: Ghosts (360, PS3, XBO, PS4, NWU, PC)
- Dark Souls II (PS3, 360)
- Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes (PS4, XBO, PS3, 360)
- NBA 2K14 (PS4, 360, XBO, PS3, PC)
- Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster (PS3, PSV)
- The LEGO Movie Videogame (360, PS3, 3DS, NWU, XBO, PS4, PSV)
- Minecraft (360)
Battlefield 1942 is free from Origin - Again! - briefly
(hx) 02:33 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
Last month, EA gave away free copies of Dead Space on Origin. Today, they've made Battlefield 1942 free. Like before, there's no catch. Simply add the game to your cart and checkout, and it'll be added to your digital library forever. According to the original announcement, the publisher plans on releasing full games, expansions, and more at no cost. They can "appear and disappear at any time." And once you've purchased the game for free, it's yours permanently.

FYI, they already had the game for free before (2012).
Octodad: Dadliest Catch Launch Announcement - console
(hx) 02:09 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Octodad: Dadliest Catch will be available April 22nd on PS4 for $14.99. Octodad: Dadliest Catch is about destruction, deception, and fatherhood. The player controls Octodad, a dapper octopus masquerading as a human, as he goes about daily life.

Evolve - 4v1 Teaser Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:07 PM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
On April 24th experience the hunt as the Hunters or the Monster in an interactive multi-channel trailer.

Risen 3: Titan Lords - CGI Teaser Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:27 AM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Developer Piranha Bytes is taking the Risen series back to its roots with Risen 3: Titan Lords, which moves away from the last game's pirate theme and returns to a more fantasy-oriented world. Publisher Deep Silver has released a new CGI teaser trailer, offering a glimpse of what to expect from the upcoming RPG.



Risen 3: Titan Lords will arrive in August on PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3.
Van Helsing II - Steam Pre-Order Trailer - briefly
(hx) 04:23 AM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Hunters in the darkest...and all other corners of the world! Get your swords and pistols ready, because The Incredible Adventures of Van Helsing II has just opened its pre-orders on Steam. Early adopters can purchase the game with 10% off the $14.99 price and get an exclusive in-game gift only available via pre-ordering the game. Created by NeocoreGames, this steampunk action RPG is coming to PC and Mac on May 22 and will challenge you to fight twisted monsters of weird science again in the gothic-noir world of Borgovia.

Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:14 AM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
Kalypso Media has announced the Limited Special Edition of Tropico 5 and the availability of pre-purchase on Steam.
If you want to forge your own rich and powerful empire just like El Presidente in Tropico 5, then you'll want to make sure you pre-order your copy of the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition. This edition of Tropico 5 is automatically available to anyone who pre-orders or buys the retail boxed version of the game at launch and includes a snazzy avatar costume for your El Presidente, as well as the unique 'Bayo del Olfato' map for Sandbox mode at no extra cost. In addition, the Tropico 5 Limited Special Edition contains an authentic Tropico passport and Tropico island postcard designed by master illustrator Penultimo himself all in the box.

If you prefer to get your games digitally, then Steam Pre-Purchase is available from today (April 17th) with a 10% discount. The Pre-Purchase deal will offer aspiring rulers a new alternative 'Businessman' avatar costume and 'Isla de Vapor' sandbox map available exclusively for digital players. Plus, there will be additional pre-order bonuses depending on the overall number of Steam pre-orders for Tropico 5 - check out the Steam store page for more details. You can also pre-purchase Tropico 5 via the Kalypso Launcher and get a 15% discount.


Tropico 5 will be available for PC globally on 23rd of May (US retail 3rd June). Xbox 360 and Mac will be available this summer - with a version for the PlayStation 4 platform following in autumn.
Life Goes On - Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:06 AM EDT - Apr,18 2014 - Post a comment
A comically morbid game about heroic knights, teamwork, and using dead bodies to solve puzzles, Life Goes On launches today for PC, Mac, and Linux.

Impale knights on spikes to create a safe path. Catch a knight on a saw blade (ouch!) to strategically land the body on a button. Freeze your knights into blocks of ice to reach new heights. The deaths of your allies will be many, but their sacrifices will not be in vain.

Life Goes On features 52 levels of deadly contraptions and hazards to overcome in the quest to collect the Cup of Life. The supply of knights is endless, but only the best players will manage to beat the time-challenges, minimize deaths, and find all the secrets.

Life Goes On began as a project for the 2012 Global Game Jam, received the Intel Level Up award for Best Character Design, and is the first commercial release from Infinite Monkeys Entertainment.
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