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 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,26 2014 - all 
F1 2014 - Spa Hot Lap Video - movie
(hx) 12:35 PM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Feel the power of new turbocharged FORMULA ONE cars in the most accessible FORMULA 1 video game yet, including a new driver evaluation system to adjust the game to your level, shorter career options and new Very Easy mode. F1 2014 features all the cars, drivers and circuits from the 2014 FIA FORMULA ONE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP including new tracks in Russia and Austria.

Depth Hunter 2: Deep Dive Released - briefly
(hx) 01:17 AM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment
Depth Hunter 2 offers 25 exciting missions in 3 huge locations around the world. Players will hunt different fish species and face the difficulties of breath-holding spearfishing, an ancient fishing method. Players will also have to find treasures and get the possibility to take underwater photos to capture the beauty of the simulated, detailed and lively underwater worlds theyíre exploring also in an exploration mode. Depth Hunter 2 is now available for $12.74 USD and can be ordered from the Steam store.

The Crew Will Support 5760*1080 Resolutions On PC - briefly
(hx) 01:14 AM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment
The second closed beta phase of The Crew is currently under way and some new information about the PC version of the game has surfaced. According to Ubisoft, the development team targets a 1080p+30fps experience on all platforms (PC, Xbox One and PS4), though the PC will also support 5760*1080 for triple screen set-ups.
The final game will run in 1080p with 30 frames per second on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, and will support up to 5760*1080p on PC for triple screen set-ups. Right now the team is focusing on providing an optimal experience for all players. You can unlock it in the file you've found, but it may affect the game's performances. Your call.
Note: In order to increase the framerate lock to 60fps, PC gamers will have to edit the "PCScalability.xml" file that is located inside the "C:\Users\Documents\The Crew" folder. Just search for the framerate option and change it from 30 to 60. Changing that option to anything higher than that will not work as that option will reset itself to 60.
NBA 2K15 Gameplay Trailer "Yakkem" - movie
(hx) 01:09 AM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment
2K Games has released the first in-engine trailer for its upcoming basketball game, NBA 2K15.

Assassin's Creed: Unity - New Leaked Beta Video - preview
(hx) 01:06 AM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment
nivek elia has leaked a new video from the closed beta phase of Assassin's Creed: Unity, showing 10 minutes of gameplay footage.

Titan Souls - New 2D Retro Isometric Action Adventure - briefly
(hx) 01:04 AM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment
Devolver has released a new set of screenshots and a trailer for its upcoming 2D retro action adventure, Titan Souls. The game is coming in early 2015 on PC, PS4, PS Vita, Mac, and Linux, and will feature colossal titans to fight, a simple combat system and lots of secret areas to explore

Don't Buy SimCity 4 from Origin - briefly
(hx) 12:30 AM EDT - Aug,26 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
The maker of the Network Addon Mod for SimCity 4 has warned gamers against buying the game from Origin. Turns out that the unpatched version sold on Origin cannot be updated because of changes to its copy protection. PC Gamer has the story.
SimCity 4 is more than ten years old, but given the relative dearth of SimCity games since it came out, it remains a popular way for fans of the franchise to get their fix. But the maker of the Network Addon Mod says gamers should be careful about where they buy it: The version of the game being offered by Origin is the unpatched retail release, and because of changes to its copy protection it cannot be updated, nor can it take full advantage of custom content and mods.

As explained on the SimCity 4 site SimTarkus, the Network Addon Mod (NAM) requires a minimum of SimCity 4 version 1.1.638, the version that results from applying the EP1 Update 1 to the retail version of the game. But the a href="https://www.origin.com/en-ca/store/buy/56334/pc-download/base-game/deluxe-edition">Origin is not capable of being updated because it modified the unpatched version of the game, 1.1.610, to replace the SafeDisc copy protection with Origin's online DRM.

"This modification, however, changes the checksum of the executable, just as the NoCD hacks did, which not only causes it to be rejected by the NAM installer, it also prevents the EP1 Update 1 patch and the BAT Nightlight patch from being installed, as well as the official first-party content creation tools, like the Lot Editor and the Building Architect Tool (BAT). In effect, this forces the user to remain at Version 1.1.610, deprived not only of the full function of the wide array of custom content available for the game, but of basic fixes to the game that have been available for 10 years," NAM developer Tarkus wrote. "Originís digital version of SimCity 4 Deluxe is not just unpatched, itís unpatchable."

Tarkus also linked to a SimTropolis forum post from earlier this month in which an EA support rep acknowledged the limitations of the Origin version of the game, but insisted that it's behaving as it's supposed to.

"The game that you bought from us is working as intended and it is not broken," the rep explained. "The reason why mods are not working on your copy is because we do not support mods for the title. And we do not support the upgrades that you want to do in game."
 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,25 2014 - all
Diablo Trilogy Gets Honest Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:18 PM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment
Smosh Games has posted a new Honest trailer for the entire Diablo franchise:

Civilization: Beyond Earth Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:32 PM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment
Civilization is the juggernaut of the turn based strategy world, and has been for quite some time now. The formula remained mostly the same since the first Civ game was released in 1991. However, the Civilization series is about to take a departure from the familiar by custom seeding many different aspects for each new game, with a possible 15,000 outcomes, not including advanced world settings.

Unlike previous Civilization games - which give a list of nations, each with a unique unit or two as well as a unique bonus set - Beyond Earth gives players five sets of choices to customize. The first set is called sponsors, of which there are eight. This is intentionally the very first step, as the developers thought it to be the most important thanks to having the most far reaching and long lasting effects. After that, players are given five choices for colonists to further diversify each play through, each one specializing in one of the classic aspects of the game. Will you further buff your strongest skill, or play it safe and spread out the bonuses? Next, players are given five options for their starting spacecraft perks. This is a crucial step, as - unlike in previous Civ games with mobile settlers - your first turn is an immediate settling of your first city. The penultimate option in regards to your civilization in particular: the cargo within that colonizing spaceship. Again, you're given five options to choose from, each one with a small bonus for your initial colony. Will you take another citizen, worker unit, soldier, tech, or clinic? Lastly, your choices end with the planet you will land on. You are given three types of worlds: Terran, Protean, and Atlantean. Terran is the most familiar and Earth-like, and Protean and Atlantean are extremes with more or less land, respectively. There will be quite a few options in regards to map customization as well, which is reminiscent of previous Civilization games.

Also announced were the details of Firaxicon, Firaxis' new convention. Billed as an official fan event for all games put out by Firaxis, it is scheduled for September 27th and 28th at an Embassy Suites in Baltimore, Maryland. The event will include tournaments, multiple presentations - including one by Sid Meier - Firaxis "swag," and a "Firaxis Feast." Tickets are $40, but are strictly limited.

Beyond Earth is scheduled to release on October 24th.

The Sims 4 - Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 01:29 PM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment
Create your own weirder stories in The Sims 4 on September 2nd, 2014. Control the mind, body, and heart of your Sims in The Sims 4. The Sims you create are full of life, defined by their unique personalities and new emotions.

The Double-Barreled Shotgun In Video Games - briefly
(hx) 01:28 PM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment
I think we can all agree that double the barrels means double the fun :-D

Sony: No Personal Information Was Accessed - console
(hx) 02:49 AM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Alongside several other gaming networks, the PSN has been under DDoS (Distributed Denial of Service) attack yesterday. Sony Computer Entertainment provided an update, mentioning that no personal information was accessed.

UPDATE: The PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network are back online and people can now enjoy the services on their PlayStation devices. The networks were taken offline due to a distributed denial of service attack. We have seen no evidence of any intrusion to the network and no evidence of any unauthorized access to usersí personal information.

In light of todayís issue, the networks will not undergo the regularly scheduled maintenance, which was planned for Monday, August 25. We will provide an update shortly for when the maintenance will be rescheduled.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience caused by this issue. Thanks for your patience and support.

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Like other major networks around the world, the PlayStation Network and Sony Entertainment Network have been impacted by an attempt to overwhelm our network with artificially high traffic.

Although this has impacted your ability to access our network and enjoy our services, no personal information has been accessed.

We will continue to work towards fixing this issue and hope to have our services up and running as soon as possible.

We regret any inconvenience this may have caused.

Star Citizen's Latest Ship has 100,000 Polygons - interview
(hx) 02:42 AM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment / read (5)
Cloud Imperium Games Technical Designer and resident CryEngine expert Dan Tracy explains the technology behind the stunning Origin M-50, which is the latest ship released for the game and an agile racer. Tracy revealed that the M-50's incredibly realistic details are displayed thanks to twelve 4096 x 4096 textures layered on top of each other, while the model is made by 100,000 polygons. Further details are provided by normal maps which are also 4096 in resolution.

Breaking Bad Cabin Environment Recreated In UE4 - briefly
(hx) 02:39 AM EDT - Aug,25 2014 - Post a comment
This environment was created by Edvinas Petrauskas, and you can view below a flythrough video, showcasing the incredible level of detail that Edvinas has achieved with Epic's engine.

 Gameguru Mania News - Aug,24 2014 - all
A Brief History Of 'Dungeons & Dragons' - briefly
(hx) 05:22 PM EDT - Aug,24 2014 - Post a comment
In its 40 year history, there have been a lot of changes to the world's most popular role playing game. Here's why the fifth edition is a big deal.

Half-Life 2 Oculus Rift Video - tech
(hx) 01:53 PM EDT - Aug,24 2014 - Post a comment
Here's a video showing off a modified version of Valve's Half-Life 2 being played with an Oculus Rift headset and Razer's Hydra motion controllers for a demonstration of a first-person shooter with a virtual reality interface.

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 01:50 PM EDT - Aug,24 2014 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.Borderlands 2: Game of the Year Edition
2.Sid Meier's Civilization V: The Complete Edition
3.Borderlands 2: The Pre-Sequel
4.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
5. Sid Meier's Civilization Beyond Earth
6.DayZ
7.BioShock Triple Pack
8.Metro Complete Edition
9.Divinity: Original Sin
10.Portal 2
Dying Light Interview - interview
(hx) 04:33 AM EDT - Aug,24 2014 - Post a comment
We've gone hands-on with the co-op gameplay from Techland's PS4 free-running zombie survival game, Dying Light. Hollie talks to Techland about co-op, competitive multiplayer, weapon damage, free-run.

 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 (2)
  • 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!
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