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 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,14 2017 - all 
Vikings - Wolves of Midgard Launches on March 28 - briefly
(hx) 05:19 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
Today, developer Games Farm and publisher Kalypso Media announced that their Viking-themed action RPG, Vikings – Wolves of Midgard, is set to arrive on PS4, Xbox One, Mac, and PC, on March 28, 2017. Nagby also confirmed that the game will include two player online co-op, as well as a New Game+ mode. Additionally, there is also The Trials of the Gods, 'a mode where you can earn extra special rewards like new equipment and runes by surviving against waves of monsters and bosses.'

Hob Coming Sometime in 2017 - movie
(hx) 05:18 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
Ppublisher Sony and developer Runic Games (the team behind Torchlight and Torchlight II) announced that adventure game Hob is set to arrive on PS4 and PC sometime this year.

Injustice 2 - Here Come The Girls - console
(hx) 05:16 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
Developer NetherRealm Studios and publisher Warner Bros. confirmed that three new characters will all be playable in the upcoming Injustice 2: Cheetah, Catwoman, and Poison Ivy. Injustice 2 is set to release for PS4 and Xbox One on May 16, 2017

Dead or Alive 5: Last Round Customes Video - movie
(hx) 05:14 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
Koei Tecmo has released February's DLC costume package for Dead or Alive 5: Last Round, titled 'Alluring Mandarin Dress'. The dresses differ in their color, embriodery and the length of the skirt. On top of that, there is also a difference in the cut of the chest area. They will be available across the day for PS4, Xbox One and PC.

Battlefield 1's Big Winter Update Live - patch
(hx) 05:07 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
After showcasing it yesterday, today, DICE rolled out the next major update for Battlefield 1, The Winter Update, onto PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Notably, the update brings the return of ribbons from past Battlefield games, and a jump in class rank caps from 10 to 50. You can see all the changes, additions, and improvements via the patch notes.
You will now be able to collect Ribbons as you play. There are 20 different Ribbons to collect, and each time you get a Ribbon you also receive a 300XP. The Ribbons are designed to promote good teamplay and playing the objective. If you have suggestions for other Ribbons you’d like us to add, we’re always listening! This is just the beginning.

MAJOR UPDATE: ELITE CODICES

    It is now possible to unlock an Elite Codex for eight of the available primary weapons in the game. All you need to do is get 500 more kills per applicable weapon. Not only will you get a shiny Elite Codex, but you will also be awarded 25,000 bonus XP. Not bad when you’re chasing those new Class Ranks.

MAJOR UPDATE: CLASS MAX RANKS

    The new max Class Rank will now be 50. At every 10 new Class Ranks you’ll receive a Battlepack, and when you hit 50, you will be granted some extra nice Class flair in the kill card to taunt your fallen foes. There will also be Dog Tags that you can unlock as you progress towards max Class Rank 50.

MAJOR UPDATE: SERVERS

With the Winter Update we’re releasing some highly anticipated rent-a-server features. RSP admins will now be able to kick players from their server using the in-game UI, or swing a mighty ban hammer if someone is misbehaving. RSP admins will now also have prioritized access to their server.

    On top of this, we’ve added the feature to vote for the next map after a match is over. Players on the server will get two options to vote for, and whichever alternative gets the most votes will be the next map. The options will be randomly selected from the server’s map rotation. This is done during the end of round screen, so no extra time between rounds has been added.

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Snake Pass Announced - briefly
(hx) 04:59 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
Today, developer Sumo Digital announced that its puzzle platforming game, Snake Pass, is set to launch on PS4, Xbox One, PC, and Switch on March 29, 2017. For those that don’t know, Snake Pass is being developed in Unreal Engine 4, and is Sumo Digital’s very first original title.

GeForce version 378.66 WHQL - tech
(hx) 03:50 PM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
Nvidia today released a new Game Ready driver package containing performance tweaks and optimizations for three games: Sniper Elite 4, For Honor, and Halo Wars 2. The new driver, version 378.66, is WHQL certified and not a beta release. It's a relatively minor update in that it doesn't introduce any SLI profiles that weren't already included in prior 378 drivers, though it did add 3D compatibility mode profiles for Sniper Elite 4 and For Honor, both listed as "excellent." As for bug fixes, there are nearly a dozen of them. They are as follows:
  • [Surround]: Surround cannot be enabled on the XGPU.
  • [G-Sync]: With G-Sync and V-Sync both enabled, there is a long delay when switching a game from full-screen mode to windowed mode.
  • [Second Life 64-bit]: World view is tinted blue after disabling Advanced Lighting Model.
  • [The Division]: Shadows flicker after enabling PCSS.
  • [Kepler GPUs][Battlefield 1]: There is flickering in the game when using TAA.
  • [SLI][Surround][GeForce GTX 1080]: The system crashes when launching games in SLI Surround using HDMI 2.0 connections.
  • [GeForce GTX 1080][Heroes of Storm]: The game crashes when launched.
  • [GeForce 860M][Notebook]: Direct X games crash.
  • [Minecraft]: Java SE Binary crashes pointing to nvinitx.dll.
  • [GeForce GTX 980 Ti]: The driver is unable to detect multiple TV models.
Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux Gaming Performance - tech
(hx) 03:42 AM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment / read (1)
The chaps overa t Phoronix have posted an article comparing gaming performance between Windows 10 and Ubuntu Linux on Nvidia's GeForce GTX 1060 and 1080 GPU's. It seems like not so long ago we were hearing from Valve, that they anticipated their Source engine based games to, in many cases, perform better under Linux than they do in Windows. The results today, however, show that performance under Linux in modern titles has not lived up to this promise. Here's an excerpt:
Overall, these NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060/1080 Windows 10 vs. Ubuntu Linux gaming benchmarks ended up being quite interesting. In many of the higher-profile games ported to Linux by independent studios, the performance under Linux was only 60~70% of the Windows 10 performance. That's even for games that were released for Linux more than one year ago and has seen driver optimizations, post-release patches, etc. Most Linux gamers who dual-boot complain of newer Linux games performing slower than Windows and this is largely confirmed by our results.

But not all hope is lost. As shown with some tests like Total War: WARHAMMER and Metro Last Light Redux, there are also good ports that perform very close to the Windows numbers. Our tests like Unigine and OpenArena also show that Linux's OpenGL performance can meet/exceed the OpenGL performance offered on Windows.

The Talos Principle results were also interesting perspective and show hope for the future with the Vulkan performance coming out ahead of the OpenGL renderer. Additionally, the Vulkan Windows vs. Linux results were very close.
Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1 - tech
(hx) 03:39 AM EST - Feb,14 2017 - Post a comment
AMD has released Radeon Software Crimson ReLive Edition 17.2.1. This driver release has a 4% boost to performance in For Honor and a 5% boost in Sniper Elite 4. It also enables a multi-GPU for both games under DX11. AMD has discovered some bugs related to FreeSync, mGPU, and others. So make sure that you read the patch notes and report them to their support team.
Fixed Issues

- For Honor may experience an application crash when switching to fullscreen or menus in gameplay on Multi GPU configurations

- AMD FreeSync technology mode may fail to enable itself on some fullscreen applications.

- On some Radeon GCN products DXVA H.264 encoded video may experience corruption when fast forwarding or seeking through content

- Counter-Strike: Global Offensive has incorrect default slider values with Radeon Chill enabled.

- Graphics processor information may be missing from system information overlay on Radeon ReLive captured videos.

- Replay/Recording is active or the feature may not work as expected.

- Memory clocks may become locked at low states on Radeon R9 380 series products.

- AMD Radeon HD 7900 series products may experience shadow corruption when shadows are disabled in Civilization VI.
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,13 2017 - all
X-Morph: Defense announced - briefly
(hx) 01:18 PM EST - Feb,13 2017 - Post a comment
XOR Studios announced X-Morph: Defense, an upcoming unique twin-stick shooter, tower defense hybrid for PC. According to the press release, the game will feature unprecedented destruction of fully dynamic environments that will provide a never seen before level of tower defense freedom, and below you can check its first 4K screenshots. In X-Morph: Defense, players take the role of X-Morph – an alien species that invades Earth to harvest its resources and terraform the surface. Players will have to strategize in the build mode by carefully selecting various types of alien towers or throw themselves right into heat of the battle. Players will be able to build mazes for incoming enemies in an environment that provides exceptional planning freedom, tear down buildings and collapse bridges to support their defense or to simply indulge in a spectacle of unprecedented destruction.

WH40k: Inquisitor - Martyr public alpha - briefly
(hx) 12:56 PM EST - Feb,13 2017 - Post a comment
Neocore Games has announced that the Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr public alpha is out now on PC. Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr is an action RPG and according to the press release, from this day all the way to the release date, Neocore Games will be working side by side with its players to realize its vision for it. In order to gain access to the game's public alpha, players will have to purchase the game via its Founders' Campaign.

New Final Fantasy XV Trailer for GDC - movie
(hx) 02:21 AM EST - Feb,13 2017 - Post a comment
Game Developers Conference is drawing close, and its organizers posted a teaser trailer for one of its main panels on Final Fantasy XV. Starring Audio Programmer Sho Iwamoto, the talk will explain how the game’s soundtrack was made interactive thanks to a tool named "MAGI," but also remained epic. Game Developers Conference will open its doors on February 27th at the Moscone Center in San Francisco.

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 02:17 AM EST - Feb,13 2017 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
Conan Exiles
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
H1Z1: King of the Kill
Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Year 2 Pass
ARK: Survival Evolved
Grand Theft Auto V
FOR HONOR
FOR HONOR
RESIDENT EVIL 7 biohazard / BIOHAZARD 7 resident evil
 Gameguru Mania News - Feb,12 2017 - all
TechNews - NSA Adds Windows 10 for Classified Use - tech
(hx) 01:05 PM EST - Feb,12 2017 - Post a comment / read (4)
  • AMD Ryzen pricing leaks, to start at $317 - Ahead of the official launch early next month, US pricing for AMD Ryzen processors has been leaked early, courtesy of online retailer ShopBLT. All three SKUs will be 8-core processors with 16 threads. The flagship AMD Ryzen SKU will be the R7-1800X, with the manufacturing part number 'YD180XBCAEWOF'. The 8-core processor will be priced at $490.29, which is very promising as the chip is expected to be a beast of a performer. Unlike older flagship AMD processors, the R7-1800X will deliver high performance while being highly efficient at the same time. With a TDP of 'just' 95W, the processor is said to be capable of reaching 4.0 GHz out of the box. Its Intel rival, the Core i7 6900K, has a higher 140W TDP and is also a lot more expensive at over $1100. Positioned below the R7-1800X will be the R7-1700X. It too will be an 8-core chip with the same 95W TDP rating as the flagship R7-1800X. The retailer has listed the R7-1700X (YD170XBCAEWOF) at $381.72, which is fantastic value. The third SKU is the R7-1700 (YD1700BBAEBOX), which is an 8-core processor with a 65W TDP rating priced at $316.59.
  • AMD Zen Shrinks x86 Area and Power - Recently at the ISCC, International Solid-State Circuits Conference, it was revealed that the upcoming AMD Zen cores are more compact than Intel's current 14nm x86 core technology. Intel engineers and analysts agreed that the Zen core is clearly competitive, but there are other variables to account for. AMD's decision to use a metal-insulator-metal capacitor has led to a 15% reduction in switching capacitance. This gives Zen an edge with lower operating voltages, greater per-core voltage, and frequency control. Also of note is that there are two eight-core designs running at 3.4GHz with simultaneous multithreading enabled.
  • Intel to Invest $7Billion in Arizona Fab - Intel Corporation today announced plans to invest more than $7 billion to complete Fab 42, which is expected to be the most advanced semiconductor factory in the world. The high-volume factory is in Chandler, Ariz., and is targeted to use the 7 nanometer (nm) manufacturing process. It will produce microprocessors to power data centers and hundreds of millions of smart and connected devices worldwide. The announcement was made by U.S. President Donald Trump and Intel CEO Brian Krzanich at the White House.
  • EVGA iCX Technology - Adding Thermal Sensors and Improved Cooling - EVGA found themselves highly motivated by last years thermal issues that they encountered on many GeForce GTX 1070 and 1080 models. The enthusiast community was alleging that many EVGA branded GeForce GTX 1070 and GTX 1080 cards were exploding due to improper VRM cooling. Catastrophic failures on luxury high-end graphics cards is something that is taken very seriously by everyone and it was determined by EVGA that VRM (Voltage Regulator Modules) temperatures exceeding 110C during stress loading.
  • 11-Drive DRAMless SSD Round Up -  For most of us enthusiasts, we shouldn't even consider DRAMless SSDs with planar NAND. It's true that the drives are faster than a hard disk drive, but when you lean on them with a slightly elevated workload, they can stall, stutter, and deliver a worse user experience than you would get with a spinning mechanical disk.
  • The Patriot Hellfire M.2 480GB Review: Phison NVMe Tested - This is not representative of most real-world workloads and is not reason to disqualify the 960 EVO. In our lightest test of real-world I/O, even the 250GB 960 EVO outperforms the 480GB Patriot Hellfire. For all but the most intense workloads, Samsung's SLC caching will provide better real-world performance than the MLC+Phison combination. And the Samsung drive will draw less power and run cooler while outperforming the Patriot Hellfire.
  • NSA Adds Windows 10 and Surface to List for Classified Use - The company has announced that Windows 10 has been added to the list of NSA's Commercial Solutions for Classified Programs (CSfC). Similarly, the Surface Pro 3, Pro 4, and Book are the only hardware devices running Windows 10 that meet the "high security requirements". Microsoft also says that it has added another layer of hardware security for Surface devices called Surface Enterprise Management Mode (SEMM). This enhanced layer of security allows IT managers in organizations to take ownership, lock down, and modify hardware configurations, networking capabilities and application access within the device firmware. SEMM can be deployed on Surface Pro 4, Book, and Studio. Additionally, the company is also extending device management in Windows 10 by bringing more security settings to MDM solutions with the upcoming Creators Update. 
  • YouTube Live Streaming from Mobile Devices Coming Soon - YouTube has said users will soon be able to stream video live from their mobile phones. The video site already supports live streaming from PCs, and YouTube first promised to bring live streaming to phones last summer. The company has been testing live streaming with select content creators for months to tweak quality, controls, and social interactions when live. YouTube says the feature will first reach accounts that have 10,000 or more subscribers. The feature is simple to use, people need only begin capturing video directly through the YouTube app to go live. YouTube is also introducing Super Chat, a way for viewers and fans to make their comments stand out to content creators. Viewers will have to pay for this added visibility, allowing creators to earn some extra cash. Google says mobile live streaming will reach regular users over time.
  • Russian Police Arrest Lurk Malware Gang Suspects - Russian police just completed their second wave of arrests in a coordinated action to move on the Lurk malware gang, allegedly responsible for using a botnet to target corporate accounts at financial institutions and make off with 1.7 billion roubles (approximately $25 million). Reportedly of 50 previously arrested, 19 have already been jailed. Isn't it amazing how quickly the legal process can work without due process?
  • Google Drive Uses Hash Matching to Detect Pirated Content - Google seems to be okay with you stashing stolen content in your account, so long as you don't share it: "merely storing the file in a private Drive account doesn't raise any red flags." One of TorrentFreak's readers admitted that s/he was unable to share a link to a movie screener-hmm, sharing pirated content using a Google service...what could go wrong?
  • Google Launches Android Wear 2.0 - Google has officially made Android Wear 2.0 available to device makers and the public. The wearable platform has been in preview status since May 2016 and its release has been delayed for several months. Android Wear 2.0 includes a handful of key improvements over earlier versions of the operating system. First, Android Wear apps can now run directly on wearables without a nearby smartphone. Standalone apps will make Android-based wearables more useful on their own. This goes hand-in-hand with added support for LTE data connections built directly into the OS, allowing users to install watch apps directly to their wearable via WiFi or cellular connections. Android Wear 2.0 also adds the Google Play Store, where smartwatch owners will be able to browse for apps via keyword and voice search directly from their wrist. Other features include a circular user interface with swipe-to-dismiss behaviors, one-click Google sign-in, and improved complications. Watch faces, for example, will be able to show data from other apps, such as fitness info. The messaging app gains a significant update, too, thanks to better handwriting recognition, voice controls, and an on-device keyboard. Android Wear 2.0 also supports Apple's iOS so iPhone owners can use Android Wear watches. Last, Android Wear 2.0 brings the new Google Assistant to user's wrists, where people will be able to speak the "OK, Google" command to perform voice-based searches. Android Wear 2.0 will ship on the new LG Watch Sport and Watch Style, which were announced separately, beginning Feb. 10. Google says the platform will reach a number of existing supported devices in the weeks ahead. Some include the Asus ZenWatch 2 and 3; Casio Smart Outdoor and Pro Trek Smart; Fossil Q Found, Marshal, and Wander; Huawei Watch; LG G Watch R, Watch Urbane, Watch Urbane 2nd Ed; Moto 360 (2nd Gen and Sport); New Balance RunIQ; and the Tag Heuer Connected.
  • iPhone 8: Separate Wireless Charger, No Headphone Jack Adapter Included - In an unprecedented move, Apple has decided to give one of its upcoming iPhone models wireless charging capabilities - but be prepared to pay additional premiums, as the feature will only be available on the top model and require an additional accessory since the technology may not be built in. The company has also decided to stop including the Lightning to 3.5mm Headphone Jack Adapter, since nobody uses wired headsets anymore…
  • Microsoft Outlook for iOS Adds Support for Third-Party Apps  - Microsoft has updated its Outlook email application for iOS devices and gave the app the ability to support add-ins. Microsoft says add-ins let Outlook users do more with their email thanks to powers enabled by third-party applications. For example, adds-ins will negate the need to leave Outlook to perform certain tasks, such as translate text, insert GIFs, or save items for safekeeping. Some of the launch partners include Evernote, Giphy, Nimble, Trello, and Smartsheet. Microsoft says add-ins are only available when reading emails for now, but it plans to add support for add-ins to the email composing/replying screens before too long. Moreover, add-ins are being made available to Office 365 subscribers first, with Outlook.com users to follow. Add-ins will be added to Outlook for Android at a later date. Microsoft Outlook for iOS is free to download from the iTunes App Store.
  • Apple Makes New iOS and WatchOS Betas Available to Devs - Apple has made available a handful of new beta builds of its core operating systems. The new releases include iOS 10.3 beta 2, watchOS 3.2 beta 2, tvOS 10.2 beta 2, and Xcode 8.3 beta 2. The most notable new feature of iOS 10.3 is a tool called Find My AirPods, which helps people locate lost earbuds via an audio alert. iOS 10.3 also makes the jump to the Apple File System, refreshes the Apple ID profile, tweaks animations, and provides more details concerning iCloud storage use. WatchOS 3.2 includes two core additions to the platform: theater mode and SiriKit. Theater mode lets Watch owners disable sound and raise-to-wake functions while retaining haptic vibrations for notifications. SiriKit, available to iOS since last year, lets developers add Siri to their own watchOS apps. These new betas are meant for developers. Apple normally makes public beta builds available a day or two after it releases the developer betas.
  • LG Watch Sport Targets Fitness Buffs, Supports Android Pay - LG has announced the LG Watch Sport, which is among the first wearables to ship with Google's Android Wear 2.0 platform on board. The Watch Sport is a circular, fitness-focused smartwatch that can track workouts and health data, such as distance covered and heart rate. The P-OLED screen measures 1.38 inches across and boasts 480 by 480 pixels. The Watch Sport is powered by a 1.1 GHz Snapdragon 2100 processor with 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage. It includes Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS radios, as well as LTE for cellular connections. The watch is able to connect to LTE for calls, messaging, and downloading or accessing apps. The Watch Sport can be used in coordination with a smartphone, sharing the same number so users can always be reached, or on its own even when the associated smartphone is not turned on. Notably, the watch includes NFC and support for Android Pay, so it can be used for mobile payments. It packs a 430mAh battery. The LG Watch Sport costs $380. The LG Watch Style will be available at Best Buy and the Google Store, as well as from AT&T and Verizon Wireless starting on Feb. 10. It will be sold in Canada, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, South Korea, Taiwan, UAE, and the U.K. in the coming weeks.
  • MediaTek's Helio P25 Processor Takes Aim At Dual-Camera Phones  - MediaTek has announced the Helio P25, a mobile processor for smartphones that boosts imaging and video capabilities. The P25 relies on a 16nm FinFET process and includes eight ARM Cortex A53 cores clocked at 2.5 GHz. MediaTek says the P25 is 25% more power efficient than the P20. The P25 is paired with an ARM Mali-T880 GPU clocked at 900 MHz, and boasts MediaTek's Imagiq 12-bit, dual image signal processor (ISP) technology. MediaTek claims the P25 and dual ISP can handle 24-megapixel single cameras or dual 13-megapixel cameras set in a color/mono configuration. This is typically put to use for capturing depth-of-field data to help generate bokeh and other effects. Moreover, the processor and ISP combo can allow smartphones to capture HDR video. Other features of the Helio P25 include support for 64QAM LTE-TDD for faster uploads and LPDDR4x RAM modules up to 6 GB for less-power-hungry multitasking. MediaTek expects the Helio P25 to ship in devices during the first quarter of the year.
  • Sony's Latest Camera Sensor Captures 1000fps Super Slow-Mo - Sony has announced a new camera sensor for smartphones that will make it possible top capture incredible slow-motion video. The dual-layer CMOS sensor includes 1 GB of DRAM, which Sony says allows the sensor to capture and read images much faster. Sony claims the sensor can read 19.3-megapixel images in 1/120 of a second, which is four times faster than most of today's sensors. This has two effects. First, the sensor can snag fast-moving subjects without introducing focal plane distortion, and second, the sensor can boost video capture speeds by a factor of eight. Many of today's smartphones capture slow-motion video at 120 frames per second. Sony's new sensor can capture distortion-free, full HD slow-motion at 1000 frames per second, which will greatly expand what filmmakers can do creatively. The sensor itself captures images up to 21.2 megapixels and 4K video. Sony didn't say when the sensor might be ready for production.
  • Samsung's Battery Blowup Makes Me More Likely to Buy the Next Note - Samsung now has a head start on safety standards that might have prevented this sort of battery blowup before it even started. With the pressure on to cram ever-larger batteries into ever-smaller compartments and no satisfactory standard for safety, you could even argue that battery explosions were inevitable. But Samsung got there first. Samsung will be the first to successfully pick up the pieces. I know Samsung has no choice but to do it right away. It could be a classic case of 'what doesn't kill you makes you stronger': Even though the company may lose $5 billion cleaning up the Note 7 mess, profits are actually up.
  • 'Instant Tethering' Makes Your Pixel A Hands-Free Hotspot - Google has added a feature to its Pixel and Nexus handsets that it hopes will help ease the process of using phones as mobile hotspots. Instant Tethering, as the feature is called, works because both the phone and secondary device (like a tablet) rely on the same Google account and can talk to one another via Bluetooth. "When you unlock a tablet such as the Pixel C, it will notice if there is no internet connection available, and will ask your Pixel phone if it has internet and battery life," explained Pixel Project Manager Omri Amarilio in a blog post. "If it does, we will give you an option to enable a secure hotspot and pair automagically, without even taking your phone out of your pocket." Once you stop using the tablet and lock the screen, Instant Tethering is smart enough to realize the hotspot is no longer needed and will turn it off on the phone in order to save battery life. Instant Tethering is limited to Google devices and works with the Pixel, Pixel XL, Nexus 5X, and Nexus 6P smartphones and the Nexus 9 and Pixel C tablets.
  • Ride Elon Musk's Hyperloop in Virtual Reality  - If you're expecting to see someone shooting down a tube at hundreds of miles an hour, you will be sorely disappointed. However, this video does give you an idea of how far the Hyperloop concept is coming along—and in 360/VR, no less. The footage was taken during a competition in which university students demonstrated their ideas for viable transportation pods.
  • LIFE - Official Trailer #2 (HD) - Synopsis: Life is a terrifying sci-fi thriller about a team of scientists aboard the International Space Station whose mission of discovery turns to one of primal fear when they find a rapidly evolving life form that caused extinction on Mars, and now threatens the crew and all life on Earth.
  • Marvel's Iron Fist - Official Trailer - Fifteen years after being presumed dead in a plane crash, Danny Rand (Finn Jones) mysteriously returns to New York City determined to reclaim his birthright and family company. However, when a long-destined enemy rises in New York, this living weapon is forced to choose between his family's legacy and his duties as the Iron Fist. Marvel's Iron Fist premieres March 17, 2017 exclusively on Netflix.
  • Action...Avengers: Infinity War - Avengers: Infinity War is the culmination of the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe as started in May of 2008 with the release of Iron Man 1, and it really is an unprecedented culmination of a series of films interlinked together, which at the time had never been done before. And for us the important thing is making it all come together. We know they're gonna face Thanos; we've been setting that up since Avengers 1. How do you do that in a way that is unexpected, that pits the Avengers against somebody who is more powerful than anyone they've faced, and yet make them completely unprepared to face them? Well, tear them apart, which is why we did Civil War before Infinity War… Thanos shows us why he's the biggest, the best, the baddest villain that we've ever had, and the most frightening villain that the Avengers have ever faced.
  • How Magicians Trick Your Brain: The Psychology Of Magic - We know magic tricks aren't real, yet we continue to be fooled and impressed by them time after time. So how do magicians still manage to keep audiences on their toes? They mess with our brains of course!
  • Brilliant Roller Guardrail Makes Crashes Far Less Severe - If possible, don't crash into a guardrail at high speed. But if you do, try to crash into one of these nifty roller guardrails, which transfers energy from the crash into rotational energy.
  • What's the Scariest Experience You've Had on Mythbusters? - Adam's doing an AMA right now! This is his answer to Reddit user 1Patrick, who wanted to know: What's the scariest experience you've had on Mythbusters?
  • The boy who can jump rope faster than anyone in the world - Cen Xiaolin, a 15-year-old high-school student from Guangzhou, south China's Guangdong Province, completed an 'impossible challenge', jumping faster than a team of national rope-jumping champions. Alone against a five-person relay team, he wowed the audience with a jaw-dropping performance as he attempted 1,000 jumps at lightning speed.
  • Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials 2017 - Top 10 Super Bowl Commercials 2017 (Super Bowl LI)
  • Lady Gaga's Super Bowl 51 performance - By almost all accounts, Lady Gaga's halftime Super Bowl performance was astounding, the singer's stage antics wowing all those watching. 
  • Mya Dalbesio Will Blow You Away With Her Debut - American model and 2017 SI Swimsuit rookie Mya Dalbesio unwinds on the beach and shows off her tanlines.
  • Hannah Ferguson Returns With One Of Her Hottest Shoots Yet - Hannah Ferguson's teaser video for the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue is the greatest thing you're going to see now :P
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Valve Is Avoiding Developing Games on Consoles - briefly
(hx) 02:10 PM EST - Feb,11 2017 - Post a comment
It sounds like Valve has no interest in making console games. Gabe Newell stepped forward to answer that question. Speaking to the media in a press briefing, Newell was asked why they haven’t been developing for outside hardware. Put simply, Valve is sick and tired of jumping through hoops necessary for developing on other consoles. Using iOS development as an analogy to the process, Newell explained:
There have been cases where we’ve updated products 5-6 times in a day. When we did the original iOS of Steam App, right, we shipped it, we got a whole bunch of feedback and like the next day we’re ready to do an update. We weren’t able to get that update out for six months! And we couldn’t find out why they wouldn’t release it! They wouldn’t tell us. This is the life that you have in these environments. And finally they shipped it! And they wouldn’t tell us why they finally shipped it.

So for us, while we’re spending all of our time trying to be as tunnel-vision in this loop with our customers, to all of a sudden have this complete uncertainty about doing updates… Like we don’t know how to operate.

We’re just too stupid to know how to be a successful iOS developer. Cause for us, everything that we do, is to make our lives easier and build tools to make other software developer’s lives easier. We don’t know how to do what we do.

I’m sure that other people are wildly successful in those environments, but sort of our DNA tend to not work well when someone is trying to insert a lot of process between us and our customers.
FTL Developer Subset Games Announces New Game - briefly
(hx) 02:06 PM EST - Feb,11 2017 - Post a comment / read (1)
Subset Games, the two-man developer behind the critically acclaimed 2012 space rogulike hit game FTL: Faster Than Light, has announced its new game: Into The Breach. Into The Breach is a single-player turn-based stratgey game where you control powerful mechs on a tile-based map, and similarly to FTL, these maps are randomly generated.

Into The Breach currently has no release date or release window. It’s planned to come to PC, Mac, and Linux, though Subset Games has said it will not arrive on all these platforms simultaneously.
NieR: Automata - Glory to Mankind Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:00 PM EST - Feb,11 2017 - Post a comment
Square Enix has released a new trailer for NieR: Automata. NieR Automata is a third-person action RPG - featuring also some 2.5D sections - that tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms. The game is developed by PlatinumGames and will be coming to the PC in 2017

For Honor: Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 06:10 AM EST - Feb,11 2017 - Post a comment
Choose from 12 Heroes among the three legendary Knights, Vikings, and Samurai factions. Battle in visceral action-combat across five multiplayer modes where you’ll fight to control territory or win epic duels against your friends. In the memorable story mode, storm castles, conquer territories, and defend your people against the wrath of the warlord Apollyon solo or in online co-op. For Honor is available Valentine’s Day, February 14, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 system, and Windows PC.

Valve Ending Steam Greenlight - briefly
(hx) 04:01 AM EST - Feb,11 2017 - Post a comment
Valve has sent out a Press Release announcing that they are ending the Steam Greenlight program and evolving it into a more retail quality program called Steam Direct
When we consider any new features or changes for Steam, our primary goal is to make customers happy. We measure that happiness by how well we are able to connect customers with great content. We’ve come to realize that in order to serve this goal we needed to move away from a small group of people here at Valve trying to predict which games would appeal to vastly different groups of customers.

Thus, over Steam's 13-year history, we have gradually moved from a tightly curated store to a more direct distribution model. In the coming months, we are planning to take the next step in this process by removing the largest remaining obstacle to having a direct path, Greenlight. Our goal is to provide developers and publishers with a more direct publishing path and ultimately connect gamers with even more great content.
Valve talks about how this evolution will address a couple of the shortcomings of Greenlight as it will improve the pipeline for bringing new content to Steam and provide more ways to connect customers with the content they want. Here's more on Steam Direct and the future of the service
A better path for digital distribution
The next step in these improvements is to establish a new direct sign-up system for developers to put their games on Steam. This new path, which we’re calling "Steam Direct," is targeted for Spring 2017 and will replace Steam Greenlight. We will ask new developers to complete a set of digital paperwork, personal or company verification, and tax documents similar to the process of applying for a bank account. Once set up, developers will pay a recoupable application fee for each new title they wish to distribute, which is intended to decrease the noise in the submission pipeline.

While we have invested heavily in our content pipeline and personalized store, we’re still debating the publishing fee for Steam Direct. We talked to several developers and studios about an appropriate fee, and they gave us a range of responses from as low as $100 to as high as $5,000. There are pros and cons at either end of the spectrum, so we’d like to gather more feedback before settling on a number.

Just the beginning
We want to make sure Steam is a welcoming environment for all developers who are serious about treating customers fairly and making quality gaming experiences. The updates we’ve made over the past few years have been paving the way for improvements to how new titles get on to Steam, and Steam Direct represents just one more step in our ongoing process of making Steam better.

We intend to keep iterating on Steam’s shopping experience, the content pipeline and everything in between.

As we prepare to make these changes, we welcome your feedback and input on this and any other Steam issues. As always, we'll continue to read the community's discussions throughout the Steam forums and the web at large, and we look forward to hearing your thoughts.
Who Killed PC Audio - interview
(hx) 03:53 AM EST - Feb,11 2017 - Post a comment / read (5)
In the latest episode of PC World's The Full Nerd Gordon Ung interviews Ryan Schleiper from Creative Labs, and tackle the rather controversial topic of who killed PC Gaming audio, and what its future might look like. If you enjoy a walk down memory lane when it comes to old school PC tech, and would like a Creative employee's inside perspective on it, I think you guys will enjoy this one.

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