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 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,23 2014 - all 
M&M Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars Trailer - console
(hx) 06:22 PM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment
Ubisoft today released Might & Magic Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars, a strategy card game available for download on the Xbox 360 and PS3. Choose a hero from six time-tested factions from the Might & Magic universe and battle through the single-player campaign, against friends in local multiplayer or online against ranked opponents. Players will explore the story of the Forgotten Wars through the single-player campaign of more than 30 missions. They will choose a hero and assemble an army of creatures to battle against fierce opponents while playing spells, fortunes, buildings and events wisely to unleash combinations to defeat opponents on the battlefield. In the online multiplayer mode, users will face off in ranked matches against opponents of similar skill level and battle for a spot atop the leaderboards. Local multiplayer mode will allow friends to duel on the same console. Four additional card sets are also available to help reinforce ranks and build out card decks, which will give players more than 650 cards to collect.

Might & Magic Duel of Champions: Forgotten Wars can be downloaded for £7.99 starting today from the Xbox Games Store for Xbox 360 and from the PlayStation Network for PS3.

Areal Fundraising Resumes In-House - briefly
(hx) 04:09 PM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment / read (7)
The Facebook page for Areal explains that the Areal website has resumed fundraising for West Games' proposed S.T.A.L.K.E.R.-inspired first-person shooter after their Kickstarter was suspended. In discussing the suspension, they say they got no warning, and continue to make their case that much of the criticism of their project is disinformation from a "lot of companies that make their livelihood on STALKER."
Our Kickstarter was suspended without any warning. As per Kickstarter's policy, we cannot contact them to find out why. Areal is the spiritual successor to STALKER, in terms of our vision for it and in terms of the team that we have (which includes Alexey Sytyanov, the lead game designer and screenwriter for STALKER). You can find out more about us and our team on our website: http://areal.west-games.com/

From the very beginning, we showed what we have accomplished, and showed the atmosphere for what we want to accomplish (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xTMtpViPhhc&list=UU7j5-kx3Mk4rtG6q_SfsOYQ).

The fact is that there are a lot of companies that make their livelihood on STALKER, so when we showed up on the scene, they saw us as a threat and did everything that they could to stop us.

People also need to take into account that Ukrainians and Russians are in an information war right now, and as a Ukrainian developer, we were subject to constant hostility from Russian Kickstarter accounts (we even got death threats). There are over 16,000 comments on our Kickstarter, which is unprecedented for the amount of supporters that we have, and a lot of our comments are hate filled. Some sites, in light of this, chose to report based on sources from direct competitors or from the myriad of comments based on lies. Others chose a neutral ground, because of the confusing situation around us, and still others wrote positively about us. All in all, more than a 1,000 news results come up when you type in "Areal Kickstarter" on Google.

After vice news wrote an article about us, people started contributing every minute, but Kickstarter was afraid of the controversy surrounding our project, so they suspended funding. We set our base goal at 50K; even with 2 days left, we raised more than 64 thousand dollars, and our competitors were doing everything that they could to stop that. Kickstarter is a business, and that was their decision. We were not warned, we do not have a say in the matter, we cannot notify our backers, we cannot message our backers, and we can't post updates anymore. That is how Kickstarter chose to act.

We are the creators of STALKER, and we know that we can make Areal even better than that series, because of advances in technology, gameplay mechanics, and story. We need your support to make that happen, so we have opened up a website wherein we will continue to raise funds. We ask all supporters of Areal who read this, to please head over to our site and contribute there. PayPal is used for safe checkout, but you do not need a PayPal account to donate. Thank you for your understanding.
Risen 3 - "Back to the Roots" Video - movie
(hx) 12:34 PM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
German-based RPG developer Piranha Bytes and published Deep Silver have released a new trailer for Risen 3: Titan Lords, in which they take the player to the various locations of the game and show how favorite elements of the previous Piranha Bytes games are coming back. Risen 3: Titan Lords is currently planned for an August 12th release on PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

Firefall - Kanaloa Titan Battle Trailer - movie
(hx) 12:31 PM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment
Fundamentally built to be a completely Free-to-Play AAA MMO Shooter, Firefall delivers an engaging gameplay experience like no other. With a constantly changing world, deep narrative, endless customization, and rewarding player progression, Firefall will consistently deliver spectacular content that will please both PvE and PvP players.

Assassin's Creed Unity Meets Parkour in Real Life - movie
(hx) 12:29 PM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment
devinsupertramp has shared a new live-action short film inspired by Ubisoft's upcoming AC title, Assassin's Creed: Unity. As you may have guessed, this live-action short film features four assassins showing off their parkour skills. It's pretty cool video.



Assassin's Creed Unity comes out on October 28 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.
Apocalypse Cow Announced - briefly
(hx) 08:35 AM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment
Monsters Games has informed us about its upcoming violent action parody platformer, Apocalypse Cow. In Apocalypse Cow, players take the role of Penny; a SHIELDD agent who is using the Anima Rift to bring peace to the VideoVerse. Apocalypse Cow is currently planned for a September 2014 release on the PC.

Mike Read has left Crytek (Crysis 3/Ryse Producer) - briefly
(hx) 08:34 AM EDT - Jul,23 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
Crysis 3 and Ryse producer Mike Read has left Crytek, following graphics engine designer Tiago Sousa and Homefront producer Hasit Zala out the door. The new was first revealed on Read's LinkedIn page, but he's also update his Twitter to reflect his new circumstances. Things are definitely not looking good for Crytek. The departure of Mike Read at Crytek seems like a huge blow for a studio that has been facing tough times. Hopefully Mike Read is able to find another position elsewhere. As for Crytek, hopefully things end up well for them during this rough period.
 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,22 2014 - all
Assassin's Creed Unity Trailer - movie
(hx) 08:12 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Ubisoft has released a new trailer for Assassin's Creed Unity that focuses on the new game engine (an evolution of AnvilNext) that will be powering it.

League of Legends Cinematic: A New Dawn - movie
(hx) 08:10 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Riot Games has released a new CGI trailer for its MOBA free-to-play title, League of Legends.

Stronghold Crusader 2 - Pre-Order Trailer - briefly
(hx) 08:04 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Stronghold Crusader 2 is now available for pre-order on Steam, the Humble Store, GetGames, Amazon and other online retailers. To sweeten the deal we have also lined up several pre-order bonuses, including two exclusive mini-campaigns, a 10% discount and more! Please enjoy this latest trailer which features new siege equipment, one very unfortunate castle and a brief glimpse at an old enemy...

$299 Nvidia Shield Tablet Coming July 29 - tech
(hx) 07:55 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Nvidia wasn't able to get its graphics chips into either the Xbox One or the PlayStation 4, so it's doing the next best thing by trying to obviate home consoles altogether. Today the company introduces its new $299 Shield Tablet: an 8-inch Android device designed to sate all your gaming needs at once. It's powered by the souped-up Tegra K1 processor that Nvidia debuted to much fanfare in January, and already has a number of major game titles optimized to make use of its extra power. It's also compatible with a new Shield wireless controller and the same game-streaming capability as its predecessor Shield - allowing you to remotely play a game running on your PC at home. With a mini-HDMI connection outputting 1080p content to the nearest HDTV, the Shield Tablet can be a jack of all trades by either playing Android games or streaming PC titles into the living room.



The SHIELD Tablet has some impressive specifications for a tablet. Starting with the Tegra K1 SoC, it includes a full 192 CUDA core Kepler SMX unit. This is basically, with only minor modifications, the same GPU architecture found in the GTX 780 and similar desktop GeForce cards. The frequency hits as high as 2.2 GHz, which is faster than the 1.9 GHz of the Tegra 4. Both a 16GB Wi-Fi (802.11n 2x2 MIMO in both 2.4 GHz and 5.0 GHz) and a 32GB LTE version will be available (pricing and availability on the next page). If you are looking for a 32GB Wi-Fi only model, you aren't going to find it. If you need more storage, there is a MicroSD card slot that supports up to 128 GB capacities. The display is a very sharp 8-in 1920x1200 IPS screen with multi-touch capability (of course) and the stylus technology is upgraded to DirectStylus 2 that claims improved sensitivity. The front facing speakers found on the Tegra Note 7 continue to exist here, which is a great move in my opinion; rear facing speakers just don't make sense anymore. The cameras (both front and rear) are 5MP.

The US and Canada will get the Shield Tablet first, with a 16GB Wi-Fi-only variant costing $299 in the States and a 32GB LTE model priced at $399. To get the maxed-out Shield Tablet suite, you'd need an extra $59 for the Wi-Fi controller, $39 for the cover, and a few extra bucks to buy the mini-HDMI cable that's sadly absent from the retail box. Europe follows from the middle of August and availability in other regions will be announced in the fall.
Battlefield: Hardline Delayed Until 2015 - briefly
(hx) 05:39 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (1)
Electronic Arts announced today that Battlefield: Hardline and Dragon Age: Inquisition will be delayed. According to the big publisher, the new Battlefield game is now planned for an early 2015 release while Bioware's new RPG is now scheduled for a November release.
Today we are announcing that Battlefield Hardline will launch in early 2015. Obviously, this is big news, so Id like to address why we're making this change.

Back at E3, we launched a beta for Hardline - we wanted to not only show you the game, but to let you play it for yourselves. Millions of you jumped in and had a great time.  As a result, the Visceral Games team learned a lot from players about what they wanted in the game. We've been pouring over the data and feedback, and have already been putting a lot of it right into the game and sharing it directly with you.

This feedback also spurred us to start thinking about other possibilities and ways we could push Hardline innovation further and make the game even better. The more we thought about these ideas, the more we knew we had to get them into the game you will all be playing. However, there was only one problem. We would need more time. Time that we didn't have if we decided to move forward with launching in just a couple of months.

We decided that the right thing to do was to take more time to ensure Hardline is the best, most innovative Battlefield experience we can give to you, our fans.

Here are a few of the things the new timing will allow us to accomplish:

1. Multiplayer Innovation: Coming out of our E3 beta, internal focus tests, and work with our community, we have received a lot of great Multiplayer thinking. We're going to be adding some new feature ideas direct from the community that will evolve the cops and criminals fantasy into a truly unique Battlefield Multiplayer experience.

2. Single Player Story Depth: In order to ensure our Single Player experience delivers on player expectations, we're spending more time polishing our core features, as well as adding a few new ones that will support a deeper "crime revenge" story experience.

3. Stability: This has been a focus for our team since day one and we're going to be using the extra time to continue to optimize the game for a stable launch. We have learned a lot from Battlefield 4, are continuing to learn from our Community Test Environment and will learn more from another Hardline beta. More time allows us to surface issues that the team can attempt to fix prior to launch.

We are doing all of this for one reason. Because we want Battlefield Hardline to be the best game it can be, and so that we can create the best environment for a smooth launch for our players. We will give you updates on our progress and we'll regularly share updates along the way via Battlefield.com/Hardline as well as the Battlefield social channels.

In addition to the ongoing development of Hardline, it's important to note that the DICE teams continue to drive Battlefield 4. We continue to explore new opportunities for improvements and we are still releasing new content, including "Dragon's Teeth," the fourth expansion pack that launches worldwide on July 29, and "Final Stand" coming later this year.  We remain committed to giving you the best BF4 experience possible.

Karl Magnus Troedsson
DICE VP & Group GM<
Gods Will Be Watching - Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:04 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Devolver Digital has released the launch trailer for Deconstructeam's minimalistic point and click thriller, Gods Will Be Watching. The game releases on July 22nd.

Dark Souls 2 - Crown of the Sunken King DLC - briefly
(hx) 02:58 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Bandai Namco has released the first in a three-part series of Dark Souls 2 DLC episodes. Priced at £7.99, Crown of the Sunken King is available to download now on Xbox 360 and PC. The DLC will be released on PS3 when the PlayStation Store is updated today in the US and on Wednesday in Europe.

In this first DLC, players will find new environments, enemies, traps, and bosses to conquer as they embark on a journey to reclaim the crowns that Drangleic's King Vendrick once owned. Crown of the Sunken King features an entirely different world within the Dark Souls 2 universe, where stepped pyramids span a vast underground cavern and death lays in wait around every corner.

Farming Simulator 2015 Screenshots - media
(hx) 02:53 PM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Focus Home Interactive has released the first screenshots for Farming Simulator 2015, and has revealed some new details about the engine that will be powering it. Farming Simulator 2015 will be powered by a new graphics and physics engine, a new interface, new gameplay mechanics, new vehicles, and a new game environment. Farming Simulator 15 promises to offer the richest and most detailed farming experience ever on PC in October of this year, and early 2015 on consoles.
TechNews - Western Digital's $299 6TB WD Red - tech
(hx) 07:11 AM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment / read (3)
  • 6 TB NAS Drives: WD Red, Seagate Enterprise Capacity and HGST Ultrastar He6 Face-Off -  For home consumers who are interested in stashing their media collection / smartphone-captured photos and videos and expect only four or five clients to simultaneously access the NAS, the lower power consumption as well as the price of the WD Red 6 TB is hard to ignore. For users looking for absolute performance and those who need multiple iSCSI LUNs for virtual machines and other such applications would find the Seagate Enterprise Capacity v4 6 TB a good choice.
  • Western Digital's $299 6TB WD Red  -Western Digital is shipping two new 6TB hard drives as it tries to make its highest-capacity storage products more affordable. The WD Red hard drive is $299 and the WD Green will go for $279.
  • The Raspberry Pi B+ Is Here - Ever wonder what happened to the tiny computer phenomenon Raspberry Pi? Ever since it hit the scene several years ago, it has been quietly improving on the original and has just introduced an upgraded and final version of Model B as the B+.
  • How To Hijack A Chromecast - The Chromecast might be a really convenient way to stream video to your TV, but it's also a really easy way to make your TV hackable. Using an app built on top of a Rasberry Pi, the Rickmote Controller lets you take over any TV with a Chromecast.
  • Start menu showed off in leaked Windows 9 images - Screenshots from MyCE show build 9795 of what's currently still labeled as Windows 8.1. The most interesting thing in the screenshot is an early version of the Start menu, which is expected to return in Windows 9. The new Start menu shows both Modern apps and desktop apps in a hybrid pane, building on the last iteration of the Start menu we saw in Windows 7.
  • Windows 8.1 Update 2 coming August 12 - According to WinBeta, Windows 8.1 Update 2 is on track for an August 12 release. Word is: "Update 2 was originally going to include the new Start Menu, but Microsoft decided to pull the feature and save it for Threshold. Update 2 will include no new features, and will most likely be preparing for Threshold when it launches in 2015."
  • Russian government is looking to dump Microsoft for homegrown -  Thanks to political tension between the United States and Russia, along with newly announced sanctions by the US, Russia is looking to strike back at the US economy by limiting its use of Microsoft software. Only time will tell if Russia is able to successfully self-source replacements for these key applications and hardware. Seeing that enterprise-grade software is not built overnight, it could take time for this change in software procurement to have any significant impact on the bottom lines of US-based corporations. Russia and China always pirate software so I don't think this is a big deal :-) But A new OS would be nice!
  • Facebook Rolling Out 'Save' Feature - Facebook has announced a new feature that will allow users to save content for later viewing. The tool can be used to earmark links, places, movies, TV, and music. Facebook Save is headed to the web, as well as Android and iOS apps. Users will be able to save content on one platform and view it on another. Saved items will only be visible to the account holder unless they choose to share it with others. Facebook said it will periodically remind users about their saved content if it sits unread. Facebook Save is being rolled out slowly to all users over the next few days.
  • Amazon introduces Kindle Unlimited for $9.99 USD - Kindle Unlimited subscribers will have access to over 600,000 books from Amazon's current collection. This will include classics and best sellers like: The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit, and the Harry Potter series. Kindle Unlimited will be available for all mobile platforms including Windows Phone, Android, Blackberry and iOS. The service will also be available for Windows and Mac users. Most Kindle devices will also be supported, but the audiobooks portion will be limited to devices that offer that feature. Kindle Unlimited will be $9.99 USD a month and will also come with a three month trial of Audible.
  • Alleged iPhone 6 Screen Gets The Sandpaper Test  - Seems as though the screen isn't pure sapphire, but it's a great deal tougher than the 5S's screen.
  • Laid-off Microsoft employee explains how layoffs were announced - Last week, Microsoft announced that it would be laying off 18,000 employees. If you are wondering how the layoffs occurred, you can watch the video to gain a better perspective on the process. As with any layoff, the process is never easy, and the video adds a human aspect to the cuts that Microsoft made last week.
  • Ukrainian Su25 fighter detected in close approach to MH17 before -The Russian military detected a Ukrainian SU-25 fighter jet gaining height towards the MH17 Boeing on the day of the catastrophe. Kiev must explain why the military jet was tracking the passenger airplane, the Russian Defense Ministry said. The presence of the Ukrainian military jet can be confirmed by video shots made by the Rostov monitoring center, Kartopolov stated. At the moment of the MH17 crash an American satellite was flying over the area of eastern Ukraine, according to Russia's Defense Ministry. It urged the US to publish the space photos and data captured by it. In addition, MH17 crashed within the operating zone of the Ukrainian army's self-propelled, medium-range surface-to-air "Buk" missile systems, the Russian general said. "We have space images of certain places where the Ukraine's air defense was located in the southeast of the country," Kartapolov noted. The first three shots that were shown by the general are dated July 14. The images show Buk missile launch systems in about 8km northwest of the city of Lugansk - a self-propelled vehicle and two launchers, according to the military official. Another image shows a radar station near Donetsk.
  • Actor James Garner dead at 86 - Hollywood actor James Garner, known for his parts in the original Maverick, The Rockford Files and The Notebook has died, aged 86. Entertainment website TMZ reported that an ambulance was despatched to the actor's Los Angeles home on Sunday but he was dead when they arrived. Garner's career spanned more than five decades, in both television and movies. His TV roles included Bret Maverick in the 1950s western-comedy series, Maverick, and Jim Rockford in the 1970s detective drama, The Rockford Files.
  • X-Wing From 'Star Wars: Episode VII' Revealed - In an update to the Star Wars: A Force For Change campaign, J.J. Abrams has given us a full look at what an X-Wing will look like in the next Star Wars movie.
  • Predestination Trailer - PREDESTINATION hits Australian cinemas on 28 August, 2014.
  • The Imitation Game - Official UK Teaser Trailer - The Imitation Game is a nail-biting race against time following Alan Turing (pioneer of modern-day computing and credited with cracking the German Enigma code) and his brilliant team at Britain's top-secret code-breaking centre, Bletchley Park, during the darkest days of World War II. Turing, whose contributions and genius significantly shortened the war, saving thousands of lives, was the eventual victim of an unenlightened British establishment, but his work and legacy live on.
  • Sin City: A Dame To Kill For TV Spot - Outlaws Will Become Heroes - The town's most hard-boiled citizens cross paths with some of its more reviled inhabitants.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy IMAX Featurette - Director James Gunn talks about what makes IMAX the perfect format to enjoy Marvel's "Guardians of the Galaxy," in theaters August 1!
  • Fallon Plays Flip Cup Against Miranda Kerr - It's just like college, except none of your friends were professional anythings, let alone comedians or models.
  • A Demonstration Of How Gravity Actually Works - Gravity seems like a straightforward enough phenomenon, but it's demonstrations like this that remind us we know nothing.
  • The best pics on the Internet #87 - All pictures are carefully handpicked!
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #42 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
The Witcher 3 - Sorceress of Vengerberg - movie
(hx) 03:39 AM EDT - Jul,22 2014 - Post a comment
Sneaky Zebra has joined forces with Eve Beauregard and CD PROJEKT RED, and created the following live action teaser video for The Witcher 3. As he revealed, during this year's Comic-Con there will be a Witcher Cosplay contest.

 Gameguru Mania News - Jul,21 2014 - all
Watch_Dogs - TheWorse Mod V1.0 Final - mod&map
(hx) 09:04 PM EDT - Jul,21 2014 - Post a comment
Here's the final version v1.0 (local mirror ~ 130MB) of TheWorse's graphical mod for Watch_Dogs. This final version of TheWorse mod comes with several changes and adjustments to the rain, speed, intensity, as well as some other minor changes. Here is the complete changelog for Watch_Dogs TheWose V1.0 Final:
-Several changes and adjustments to the rain, speed, intensity, etc.
-Normal, aiming and sprint camera dof distance increased.
-Bloom for storms changed.
-Colorgrading settings adjusted.
-Complete black bug fixed.
-Other small changes.
Destiny's First-Ever 1080p Xbox One Footage - movie
(hx) 08:18 PM EDT - Jul,21 2014 - Post a comment
Despite the beta not running at 1080p for Xbox One gamers, Bungie did say they were working to ensure that all current platforms would run Destiny at 1080p and 30fps. The latest footage on the Xbox One version of the game running at the promised 1080p resolution.

The Last of Us: One Night Live - movie
(hx) 08:10 PM EDT - Jul,21 2014 - Post a comment
To celebrate the launch of the PS4 version of The Last of Us, Naughty Dog brings last year's Game of the Year to life in front of hundreds of fans in Santa Monica. This special one night only event will celebrate the artistry behind the game with a performance of the score, plus a "live read" of key scenes featuring the principal actors, as directed by Neil Druckmann. The creative team will also participate in a live audience Q&A.

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