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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,19 2014 - all 
Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Shots - media
(hx) 03:32 PM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment
Hideo Kojima has released a new set of screenshots for Metal Gear Solid V today, showcasing some new level environments, wildlife and other bits of scenery.
Metal Gear Fan Remake Cancelled - briefly
(hx) 12:23 PM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment
A fan-made remake of Metal Gear was being developed and Konami has decided to send the team a C&D letter. In short, this project has been cancelled and won't be released. What's really interesting is that a lot of industry professionals were involved with this project.

Sacred 3 Should Be Named Differently - briefly
(hx) 12:20 PM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment / read (2)
Sacred 3's former dev that revealed all the juicy new information about this latest Sacred game was no other than Sascha Wagentrotz, who has provided proof of his identity. As Sascha said, he was a Junior Game Designer at Keen Games and wanted to rename the game to something different than Sacred 3. Sascha claimed that a different title would be more appropriate, but Deep Silver decided to use Sacred 3 because "the 3 obviously sells better."
Hi,

I was a Junior Game Designer at keen games and worked on Sacred 3. I joined the development team in May 2013. Overall development was a bit longer, as you may know.
My main tasks where design, implementation and maintenance of the enemies and the bosses.

I'm sorry for the die-hard sacred fans, that didn't get the game they wanted to have. As a developer I received a free steam key for Sacred 3, which I would like to give to a disappointed fan, who did not purchase the game already. It's not much, just a gesture.

Here the key: 3TRHM-F088L-55HJC

I've read a lot of hate against my former employer keen games, that they destroyed the franchise (on purpose)... All I can say is, that you should not overestimate the power of a developer in a "work for hire" constellation with a big publisher.

I could answer some questions but I would appreciate to not receive the full hatred package on a personal level.

- Sascha
Madden NFL 15 EA Access trial limited to six hours - console
(hx) 12:13 PM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment
The early access to Madden NFL 15 under EA Access will be limited to six hours. The company announced the limitation on Twitter, stating: "EA Access memebers will have six gameplay hours with the full Madden NFL 15 game." The announcement wasn't clear just how it will determine "gameplay hours," but it seems likely the system can't differentiate between gameplay and menus. EA has talked about limitations on the EA Access pre-release games before, but this is the first game to get a specific timeframe. Though it's time-gated, you will be playing the full version of Madden complete with achievements. You can also carry over any progress to the full game if you purchase it once it comes out. This is likely a harbinger for the other games that will get early trials via EA Access, since the company wouldn't want players to rush through Dragon Age: Inquisition during the five-day period. EA Access is exclusive to Xbox One.
Metro 2033/Last Light Original Versus Redux - movie
(hx) 11:04 AM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment
Metro Redux's embargo has just been lifted and people have already started sharing comparison screenshots and videos between the original versions of Metro 2033/Metro: Last Light and Metro 2033 Redux/Metro: Last Light Redux. According to early reports, a number of effects are missing from the Redux version of Metro 2033. A number of smoke clouds illuminated by lights have been replaced by billboard imposters, volumetric lights have been reduced, and the whole lighting system changes feel "weird".

Official Destiny Gameplay Trailer: Venus - movie
(hx) 03:22 AM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment
Following their Mars gameplay trailer last week, Activision and Bungie have revealed another new video for their upcoming title Destiny which shows off the jungles and ruins of our solar system's second planet, Venus. Check it out in the player below! In the game, everything changed with the arrival of the Traveler. It sparked a Golden Age when our civilization spanned the solar system, but it didn't last. Something hit us, knocked us down. The survivors built a city beneath the Traveler, and have begun to explore our old worlds, only to find them filled with deadly foes.

GTA Online - San Andreas Flight School Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:18 AM EDT - Aug,19 2014 - Post a comment
This new update features a collection of new air and land vehicles, aerial solo challenges, and much more. This update also introduces a host of gameplay changes to GTA Online - these include increased payouts for harder to complete missions and GTA$ bonuses for playing missions with others.

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,18 2014 - all
AMD Catalyst 14.7 RC3 Driver Released - tech
(hx) 04:54 PM EDT - Aug,18 2014 - Post a comment
AMD has today made available an updated Release Candidate of its Catalust 14.7 graphics driver for Windows 7 and 8.1 (32 and 64-bit). This new build, RC3, features all the goodies from the previous non-WHQL driver (14.7 RC) and adds performance improvements for Xaviant's Lichdom: Battlemage, tweaks enabling 'smoother gameplay' on Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, a CrossFire profile for Carbine Studios' WildStar, and 'display interface enhancements to improve 4k monitor performance and reduce flickering'.

Feature Highlights of the AMD Catalyst 14.7 RC3 Driver for Windows

  • Includes all improvements found in the AMD Catalyst 14.7 RC driver
  • Display interface enhancements to improve 4k monitor performance and reduce flickering.
    • Improvements apply to the following products:
      • AMD Radeon R9 290 Series
      • AMD Radeon R9 270 Series
      • AMD Radeon HD 7800 Series
    • Even with these improvements, cable quality and other system variables can affect 4k performance.  AMD recommends using DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2 certified cables with a length of 2m (~6 ft) or less when driving 4K monitors.
  • Wildstar:  AMD Crossfire profile support
  • Lichdom:  Single GPU and Multi-GPU performance enhancements
  • Watch Dogs:   Smoother gameplay on single GPU and Multi-GPU configurations
Lords of the Fallen Gameplay Video - movie
(hx) 04:40 PM EDT - Aug,18 2014 - Post a comment
MKIceAndFire has shared a new video showing 20 minutes of new gameplay footage from Lords of the Fallen. Lords of the Fallen is planned for release later this year. The game's PC specs were recently revealed and are pretty high, and you can view them here.

The Evil Within - Gameplay Footage - preview
(hx) 04:30 PM EDT - Aug,18 2014 - Post a comment
SPOILER ALERT!!! Bethesda has released a new video for its upcoming horror game, The Evil Within, showing one hour of gameplay footage. The game is planned for an October 14th release.

Ryse: Son of Rome PC 4k Footage - movie
(hx) 04:21 PM EDT - Aug,18 2014 - Post a comment
During this year's Gamescom, Crytek showcased the PC version of Ryse: Son of Rome running at 4K:

Dead Island 2 - First Gameplay Footage - preview
(hx) 04:20 PM EDT - Aug,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Deep Silver showcased its upcoming zombie FPS, Dead Island 2, at this year's Gamescom and IGN has shared the first gameplay video from it. Dead Island 2 is being developed by Yager - the team behind Spec Ops: The Line - and is currently planned for a Spring 2015 release on PC, PS4 and Xbox One.

Oculus Rift + Xbox Kinect = The Future - tech
(hx) 12:23 AM EDT - Aug,18 2014 - Post a comment / read (5)
So you want to video chat with someone on the other side of the country, in a cool cyberspace room, and have it all in 3D? Now you can!

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,17 2014 - all
Strike Suit Zero Interview (NVIDIA SHIELD) - interview
(hx) 04:58 PM EDT - Aug,17 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
We spoke with James Brooksby about an all new game for NVIDIA SHIELD tablet Strike Suit Zero. Learn more about this exciting mash-up of space combat and anime style story telling.

The Witcher 3:Wild Hunt Xbox One CE Unboxing - briefly
(hx) 12:58 PM EDT - Aug,17 2014 - Post a comment
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is a story-driven, next-generation open world role-playing game, set in a fantasy universe full of meaningful choices and impactful consequences. In The Witcher 3, you play as Geralt of Rivia, one of a dying caste of monster hunters, and embark on an epic journey in a war-ravaged world that will inevitably lead you to confront a foe darker than anything humanity has faced so far—the Wild Hunt.

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 12:53 PM EDT - Aug,17 2014 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
2. DayZ
3. PAYDAY 2
4. Divinity: Original Sin
5. Risen 3: Titan Lords
6. ArcheAge
7. Arma III
8. Galactic Civilizations III
9. Garry's Mod
10. Insurgency
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,16 2014 - all
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 04:37 PM EDT - Aug,16 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals:
TechNews - Reversible USB Type-C connector - tech
(hx) 03:08 PM EDT - Aug,16 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
  • Reversible USB Type-C connector finally ready for production - A newly designed USB port and cable is about to make its way to upcoming PCs, Laptops and mobile devices. The USB 3.0 Promoter Group today announced the completion of the USB Type-C spec which will allow new devices to have far slimmer USB cables and connectors. The connector will also support SuperSpeed USB 10 Gbps (USB 3.1) and USB Power Delivery up to 100W.
  • Microsoft pulls security patch after reports of BSOD and system crashes - According to Microsoft's support website, the security update had various issues and it could cause Windows not to boot in some cases; the company has stopped distributing the update through Windows Update as well as its website. The kernel-mode security update KB2982791 has a total of three known issues according to Microsoft's security bulletin which includes the locking down of the fonts folder in Windows, incorrect rendering of system fonts on Windows 8, 8.1, 8.1 RT and Server 2012 R2 with August update and system crashes which have been reported by users. Microsoft has provided the steps to remove the update from the computer over at their support website and affected users should follow them if they are unable to boot to Windows successfully. The company has also provided the steps to gain access to the fonts folder which will be left locked even after removing the update manually.
  • Millions of PCs Affected by Mysterious Computrace Backdoor - Nearly every PC has an anti-theft product called Computrace embedded in its BIOS PCI Optional ROM or its unified extensible firmware interface (UEFI). Computrace is a legitimate, trusted application developed by Absolute Software. However, it often runs without user-consent, persistently activates itself at system boot, and can be exploited to perform various attacks and to take complete control of an affected machine
  • Microsoft Debuts Entry-Level Nokia 130 Handset - Microsoft today announced the Nokia 130, a simple, inexpensive handset meant for first-timers and emerging markets. The candybar-style phone runs the Series 30 platform and includes a 1.8-inch screen, stereo headphone jack, Bluetooth 3.0, and support for memory cards up to 32GB. According to Microsoft, the Nokia 130 supports both video and audio playback, and includes an FM radio. The phone has a flashlight, but no camera. The Nokia 130 will reach select markets this quarter. Pricing is expected to be about $25 and it will be sold in single- and dual-SIM variants.
  • Black Hat USA 2014 Videos Now Online - For those of you that couldn't attend Black Hat USA 2014, complete presentations and full videos from the event are now available online.
  • By 2020, You Could Be Using an Optical SuperComputer - According to researchers at the British tech firm Optalysys, you can be using a revolutionary optical supercomputer by 2020. Using light rather than customary electricity, the technology would literally operate at the speed of light.
  • Microsoft Introduces Hyperlapse Video - You guys really have to check out this video of Microsoft's new Hyperlapse video technology.
  • Comcast Put This Guy On Hold Until Their Offices Closed - Need more evidence that Comcast is terrible? No, you didn't. Because you're probably also on hold with them right now.
  • Third Person Driving with a Drone - A filming drone, video goggles, a Mazda MX-5 Miata and a disused airfield. Paul and Oli compete to answer the question: can you drive in a third person view?
  • CGP Grey Wants Us To Know We're Being Replaced By Robots - "It can't possibly replace my job," is a lie we keep telling ourselves. Robots are getting cheaper and faster every year, and we're not prepared for the implications.
  • Eurobot rover under astronaut control - ESA's Eurobot rover roving at Estec on 7 August under live control by astronaut Alexander Gerst on board the ISS. The demonstration helped test a new fault-tolerant telecommunication network that could support a future mission to Mars or an asteroid.
  • DyE ft. Egyptian Lover - She's Bad (Official Video) - All the chroma keying for this looks like it was a massive pain - luckily it paid off and "She's Bad" is one of the coolest music videos we've seen in a long time.
  • A Montage Tribute To Robin Williams's Greatest Movie Moments - We lost a legend. Let's celebrate his life through the body of incredible work he left behind.
  • Nascar driver Tony Stewart hits and kills racer in sprint-car race - A driver has died after being struck by a NASCAR star's car following a collision on a race track in New York state. Veteran NASCAR driver Tony Stewart hit young racer Kevin Ward Jr, who was walking on the track after they collided on the previous lap. Ontario County Sheriff Philip Povero said his department's investigation is not criminal and that Stewart was 'fully co-operative' and appeared 'very upset' by what had happened. A video of the incident posted on YouTube shows 20-year-old Ward, wearing a black helmet and firesuit on the dimly lit track, leave his vehicle, which had spun into the wall at the side of the track, apparently to protest with Stewart. Ward is shown pointing in the direction of Stewart as he completes his next lap, gesticulating angrily as other racers pass him. The racer then steps into the oncoming traffic before he is suddenly struck and flung 50ft along the track. The video showed Ward standing to the right of Stewart's familiar No 14 car, which seemed to kick out from the rear and hit him.
  • Meet India's Amazing Monkey King - What began as a means to commit suicide for Jyoti Raj became a lifelong passion, one which he is now sharing with those around him by training them to climb like him.
  • This Man Can Blow Perfect Underwater Rings -  David Helder can do something absolutely amazing. The funny thing is, he didn't think it was anything special until a freediving veteran saw him doing it and was dumbfounded not only by the feat itself, but by the way David seemed to do it so effortlessly.
  • Sharks Try To Eat Google's Underwater Cables - Just in time for Shark Week, here's a video showing sharks repeatedly trying to eat Google's underwater cables.
  • Shocking FedEx Delivery Fails [Super Cut Compilation]  - With this level of wanton destruction and complete disregard for what their job entails, any one of these FedEx workers would fit right in at Congress.
  • The Stig Goes Bungee Jumping In An F1 Car - If Lotus handed us one of their F1 cars we'd just take off at top speed and hope that they never catch us. But "Top Gear" had another idea.
  • How Far Can A Heavyweight Boxer Punch A Soccer Ball? - Robert Helenius is a big dude who punches things for a living. Watch him send this soccer ball into space.
  • First 10,000 Digits of Pi Dialed on a Rotary Phone - They should use this on terrorists and bad politicians! ;-)
  • How the sun sees you - Everyone looks eerie through a UV camera, and even creepier with sunscreen on.
  • I Can't Explain The Audience Of This Twerk Competition - You Will Sh*t Bricks When You See Who's In The Crowd Watching These Hotties Twerk On Stage ;)
  • Irina Shayk 4 Aqua Bendi - Irina Shayk for Aqua Bendi
  • Super Sexy Issue of FHM Magazine August 2014 Philippines - check it out
  • The best pics on the Internet #90 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
9 Gaming Predictions for 2015 - briefly
(hx) 01:59 PM EDT - Aug,16 2014 - Post a comment
The chaps over at TGN have posted nine gaming predictions for 2015:
#1 - In-game advertising will become the key source of revenue for developers
It took many years until developers found a way to actually earn money from the game apps they release on mobile, but the introduction in-game purchases have brought a much needed boost to the industry which triggered an unprecedented in the quantity and quality of gaming apps available on the market. However, in-game purchases seem to be a temporary expedient and in-game advertising, including sponsored in-game accomplishments and video ads, is expected to surpass the former as the key driver of revenues in 2015.

#2 - As the game app marketplace becomes more crowded, major developers will join forces or drop out
Although 2014 has gifted gamers with a few gems, it seems that overall there is less innovation in the casual gaming marketplace as many developers simply release ‘me-too’ offerings that mimic the latest fad. A notable example of this was Flappy Bird, which spawned off countless knock-offs that flooded the marketplace and contributed very little in terms of stretching the boundaries of mobile gaming. This being said, it seems that one solution to the dearth of creativity is having big and small developing team collaborate together and jointly release games that benefit from the originality of perspective of a smaller outfit coupled with the financial backing of a much bigger software development house.

#3 – Social casino app will continue to be the most popular genre of social games
Social casino games have made huge inroads in the market and managed to capture a broad audience that is devoted to the thrills and excitement of try one’s luck without the attendant risk of losing money at real gambling. As a lucrative genre, social casino could be the next mobile gaming frontier and the source of future innovation in the industry.

Real money online casino games will also register a growth in popularity even though these will remain largely the domain of hardcore gamers, whereas social casino games will be the mainstream in this genre. However, casual gamers will also have the opportunity to try their hand at micro-stakes gambling, enjoying the same thrills of challenging the odds at a smaller risk to one’s bankroll. Online casino operators (as shown here) have cottoned on to the winning strategy of offering generous welcome bonuses and cash promotions to new players, a strategy which will be central to their operations in 2015 as well.

#4 – Understanding individual gamers’ preferences and acquiring new users through targeted marketing will be a top concern from companies
As every category of the app market becomes more saturated, companies will find it increasingly difficult to convince users to download their offerings over that of the competition. Using Big Data techniques and collaborating more closely with social media networks, companies will have to target their consumers’ preferences more closely and invest more money in strong analytics and marketing teams to connect with gamers. The expenses involved will drastically raise the entry barrier for smaller companies, who will be forced into looking more merger and acquisition opportunities by their larger counterparts.

#5 – Smartphones and tablets will match revenues from console sales
As prices drop and the variety of smartphone and tablet models in every price bracket increases, the mobile gaming industry is expected to command over a quarter of the global games market by the end of 2014, yielding revenues in excess of $21 billion, and keep on growing over the following year. This rate of expansion means that monthly mobile game revenues will surpass those yielded by TV and handheld consoles, and nearly equal that generated from traditional game consoles. By the end of 2015, smartphone and tablet gaming is expected to pull in a total of $26.3 billion compared to the $26.4 billion raked in by consoles.

#6 – Physical game sales dwindle as digital-only release become the norm
The US physical games market dropped to a little over 30% in 2013 and, if the downward trend persists, in 2015 physical game sales could account to less than 20% of the total market. This decline will be even more dramatic should more publishers decide to embrace the financial advantages of digital-only game releases. Microsoft and Sony will remain the undisputed heavyweights in the industry. Physical retail will still be important but the product offering will shift from selling exclusively game titles to released merchandise, game credits and other tie-ins that enhance the gamers’ experience of the actual game.

#7 – As game developers jostle for market space, users will congregate ever closer together
Real-time multiplayer games that add the benefits of social with the excitement of real-time gameplay can be one of the most significant trends to characterise the mobile scene during the next year. The wild success of Clan Wars by SuperCell, an update to their smash hit Clash of Clans proves the popularity of real-time multiplayer gaming and other developers will jump onto this bandwagon to fulfil the demands of players for this type of gameplay.

#8 – Gamers will continue to queue for a freemium lunch
Although paid apps are heavily promoted by Apple and Google, the vast majority of players will continue to opt for freemium downloads. This economic model accounts for more than 90% of revenue from mobile games, thanks to in-app purchases or advertising, however developers may try to experiment with a hybrid model which offers a variety of in-app monthly or yearly subscriptions for extra content, bonuses and rewards to complement the gaming experience on free apps.

#9 – Companion apps burst into the scene
A big trend which is set to become bigger in 2015 is the release of companion apps or second-screen apps which provide a complement the gaming experience on a tradition console like PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. This innovation points towards a convergence of mobile and home gaming devices, an ‘if-you-can’t-beat-them-join-them’ approach which sees established home console manufacturers take mobile under their wing and use it to connect users to their primary consoles, offering more features and options, and manage their gaming life remotely.
Life is Strange Gameplay Footage - movie
(hx) 01:32 PM EDT - Aug,16 2014 - Post a comment
Dontnod and Square Enix released a new gameplay trailer and some new screenshots for their upcoming episodic adventure, Life is Strange.

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