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July 28, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:06AM PST by ClayMeow

As I stated last week, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is shaping up to be the very best LEGO game yet. Part of that is no doubt helped by an amazing voice-over cast, which includes the return of Troy Baker and Travis Willingham as Batman and Superman, respectively. While their return surely pleases many fans, the one that has everyone buzzing is the addition of Adam West, voicing himself as well as 1960's Batman. To celebrate West's return to the iconic role that made him a household name, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) and TT Games has released a new behind-the-scenes Cast Trailer, featuring Baker, Willingham, West, and more. One thing that is immediately noticeable is how much each cast member enjoys this job, which definitely comes out in their work.

In addition to the video above, WBIE also released a whopping 80 new images (73 screenshots and 7 voice-over side-by-sides), which show off several characters, including multiple suits for Batman, Robin, Cyborg, Joker, and Lex Luthor. All the images are attached below.

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 06:41AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Waste heat is a problem for many systems, including car engines, power plants, and even solar cells. With solar cells the problem is not just the loss of energy as heat, but that increased temperatures decrease performance. As reported in the Optical Society's new Optica journal, researchers have found a new way to significantly cool solar cells, passively.

Sunlight is comprised of much more than just the visible light we see, and that solar cells convert to electricity. It also contains infrared light, which efficiently carries heat, and it will dump that heat onto solar panels, causing them to heat up to as much as 55 ºC (130 ºF). As even a single degree Celsius can drop the efficiency of a solar cell by half a percent, and 18 ºF can double the aging rate of a cell, such high temperatures are a problem. To address this, the researchers turned to silica glass, which is transparent to visible light, but can be shaped to manipulate infrared light. They tested both a flat layer of silica on a solar panel and a surface covered in cones and pyramids just microns in size. The more complicated surface performed significantly better than the flat surface, and nearly as well as the ideal design would.

What the complex design does is refract and redirect the infrared radiation away from the solar cell, keeping it cool. The researchers are now doing more experiments on the design and will be demonstrating their cooling scheme in an outdoor environment next.

Source: The Optical Society



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:51AM PST by bp9801

The final week of July has arrived, and with it comes several items for you to check out on this Monday. We have a look at the Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD, which comes in at a pretty friendly price that most people should be pleased with. There's also the Crucial M550 series of SSDs, with the entire lineup getting tested to see how performance scales across the various capacities. Sticking with storage, but going a little more portable, is a review on the Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB memory card. Wrapping things up today is the Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Android tablet, featuring a unique design that sets it apart from the crowd.

Storage/Hard Drives
Corsair Force LX 256GB SSD @ Madshrimps
Crucial M550 2.5" SATA SSD Full Capacity Roundup @ PC Perspective
Silicon Power Superior SDXC UHS-1 64GB @ Madshrimps

Laptops/Tablets
Lenovo Yoga 10 HD+ Android Tablet @ Benchmark Reviews



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:05AM PST by gebraset
Tt eSPORTS Releases CHALLENGER GO Membrane Gaming Keyboard

The leading expert in professional e-Sports gaming peripherals, Tt eSPORTS, has just released its latest input device, the CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard. The keyboard is unique, offering plenty of features like a sleek profile coupled with a membrane switch design for short travel distance to actuation, a removable cable design, dedicated multimedia keys, and a two port USB hub. The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER GO also comes with blue LED backlighting, which features five adjustable brightness levels and a pulse lighting effect, as well as two side panel lighting accents. Macro support has been included too, with the keyboard sporting five dedicated macros keys on each side along with four profiles, for a total of 40 programmable macros.

The Tt eSPORTS CHALLENGER GO membrane gaming keyboard carries an MSRP of $59.99 and will be available globally next month.

Source: Press Release



July 25, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 08:36PM PST by ClayMeow
New Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor Story Trailer Exposes the Mysterious Wraith

Back in April, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) released a Story Trailer for Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor that explained what happened to protagonist Talion and his motivation in the game, yet it kept the wraith that unites with his body a complete mystery. I thought for sure the identity of said wraith would remain a mystery until the game released, but clearly I thought wrong. Today, WBIE released a brand new Story Trailer, entitled "The Bright Lord", which provides the rather shocking revelation. The trailer below is completely badass, but it also provides a major spoiler – one that I kind of wish I didn't learn – so I'm warning you now, if you already have the game pre-ordered, just don't watch.

If you read The Silmarillion, or simply keep up on your Middle-earth lore, the identity of the wraith may be quite the revelation. To avoid spoilers, I'm going to write the next quote from the press release in blue on a blue background, so if you watched the trailer and thus learned the identity, highlight the following to read it:

After being slaughtered alongside his family at the Black Gate, Middle-earth™: Shadow of Mordor’s™ protagonist, Talion awakes as if from a long slumber and must put the pieces together as to why he has been denied the peace of death.

Talion realises he is inhabited by a mysterious Wraith, who is revealed to be Celebrimbor, the greatest Elven Smith of the Second Age. Celebrimbor was deceived by Sauron into working with him to forge the Rings of Power. After they made the Rings, Sauron betrayed and murdered Celebrimbor as well as his family in circumstances that mirror the death of Talion and his family.  This connection unites the two heroes in their pursuit of the Dark Lord.

Who is Celebrimbor?

•    One of the most powerful elves of the Second Age
•    He was responsible for crafting the Rings of Power alongside Sauron
•    Celebrimbor was murdered by Sauron. The spirits of the Elves are immortal within Middle-earth, so Celebrimbor chose not to return to the Undying Lands after he was killed
•    Celebrimbor wants to destroy the Dark Lord; as Sauron does not have the One Ring, Celebrimbor can become powerful enough to challenge him within Mordor.
•    The power of Celebrimbor, as the maker of the Rings, is very closely tied with the power of the Rings

As announced earlier today, Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is releasing on September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe for Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 07:23PM PST by gebraset

Optiboost, an iBUYPOWER customization program that provides customers with upgraded hardware specifications for gaming computers, is now being offered on ASUS desktops. The program will allow iBUYPOWER customers to purchase an ASUS desktop and personalize it in ways never before offered, increasing performance and overall value. Examples of customization options that are available through Optiboost include upgraded processors, larger storage, and additional memory. Darren Su, Vice President of iBUYPOWER, noted that both companies together will bring trusted engineering, incredible customization, and tuning options to customers.

Multiple ASUS desktops are available immediately that support iBUYPOWER Optiboost, including the M11, M51, and G10.

Source: techPowerUp


Comments (0) | Posted at 07:20PM PST by gebraset

Verizon Wireless has revealed that it will soon be throttling a limited number of customers that are currently on an unlimited data plan through an effort known as "Network Optimization." Customers of the wireless carrier will be limited in terms of their data connection speeds only if certain criteria are met, which helps reduce the total number of people that will experience data speed reductions. This criteria includes being within the top five percent of data users, being enrolled in an unlimited data plan or feature, having fulfilled the minimum contract term, and attempting to use data on a cell site that is experiencing high demand.

Verizon Wireless customers who are apart of other tiered data plans are not affected.

Source: Droid Life



Comments (0) | Posted at 02:24PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Scientific discoveries that enhance and augment another are not limited to being discovered after the technology they will improve. As reported by Springer, researchers have found a new way to couple quantum dot triples, resulting in improved performance. This could easily translate to faster quantum computers, when those are created, assuming they use quantum dots.

Quantum dots are man-made semiconductor crystals that can have their properties tuned to match many situations. In this case, the situation is to couple three of them together, but not as is normally done. The three quantum dots still have inner electrons entangled, which protect the electrons from interference, but one of them is coupled with electrodes. Though it is inner electrons that are entangled, the electrical resistance of the conducting electrons can also be affected. By measuring changes in electrical conductance, it is possible to observe when the quantum dot shifts between an entangled and disentangled quantum phase; a transition they can induce.

The result of this research is a faster means to measure the change in the quantum dots, as previous methods required looking for a jump in entropy and spin susceptibility. Before one has even been built, quantum computers are already getting an upgrade.

Source: Springer



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:35PM PST by ClayMeow
Crytek Isn't in Financial Trouble, It's Just in a

You may have heard reports over the past month or so that Crytek was in financial trouble, failing to pay employees on time and on the verge of bankruptcy. Crytek denied those rumors, and I'm not one to participate in unfounded rumors and speculations, so I didn't feel it was worth posting about. But today, Crytek released an official statement to GamesIndustry.biz that addressed those rumors and explained the company's current situation, which should, hopefully, put it to bed once and for all. According to the statement, Crytek has been in a "transitional phase" as it evolves from a pure development studio into an "Online-Publisher." It goes on to say how such a transition required a refocus of strategies and brought with it an increased demand for capital, which the studio has secured. It does acknowledge that it should have been more open with its employees in regards to the transition, but makes no apologies for keeping it relatively hush with the public.

In any case, the statement says that, "Ultimately, with our organization, capitalization, portfolio and technologies we have now laid the foundations for securing Crytek's future - not just in the short term, but also long term. [...] We remain committed to doing what we are best known for and trying to develop the best interactive experiences and technology possible for everyone who loves gaming. We are confident that we will be able to share more positive news on Crytek's progress soon."

So hopefully that's the end of the controversy; especially considering Crytek stated it will not communicate any further on the matter. With Arena of Fate, HUNT: Horrors of the Gilded Age, and Homefront: The Revolution all looking exceptionally promising, it's nice to see that the rumored financial trouble was essentially just a misunderstanding. Here's wishing Crytek much luck and a bright future!

Source: GamesIndustry.biz



Comments (0) | Posted at 12:36PM PST by CheeseMan42
Thermaltake Launches Water 3.0 Ultimate

Thermaltake has announced its latest water cooling solution, the Water 3.0 Ultimate, an all-in-one liquid cooling system. The new cooler utilizes a 360mm radiator design to provide maximum heat dissipation. Three 120mm PWM fans are included with speeds that range from 1000-2000 RPM. A copper CPU block is compatible with all major sockets from Intel and AMD. A low evaporation tube design helps to minimize coolant loss to remove the need to refill the liquid.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:17AM PST by ClayMeow

Whether you look at the LEGO series as a whole or LEGO Batman as its own series, LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is shaping up to be the best one yet. Over 150 characters from across the DC universe, several characters with multiple suits (not just Batman and Robin this time around), and an all new setting – it's fun for all ages. With San Diego Comic-Con currently underway, it should be no surprise that a game steeped in comic tradition has received a brand new trailer:

LEGO Batman 3: Beyond Gotham is expected to arrive this Fall for PC (Windows and Mac), PlayStation 4, Xbox One, Wii U, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360, with a slightly smaller version coming to PlayStation Vita, Nintendo 3DS, and iOS. If you're attending San Diego Comic-Con, the game is actually playable at the LEGO booth, DC Comics booth, and the Microsoft Gaming Lounge.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:02AM PST by ClayMeow
Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is the Opposite of Delayed; It's Arriving a Week Early!

Today, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment (WBIE) announced that the highly anticipated open-world, action-RPG Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be arriving one week earlier than originally planned. Announced back in April as launching October 7, the game will now arrive September 30 in North America and October 3 in Europe. Sure it's only one week earlier, but in an industry full of delays upon delays, this is welcome news indeed.

Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor will be available on Windows PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:43AM PST by bp9801

It is Friday at long last, and we have a couple of items for you to check out today. There is a review on the SilverStone Raven RV05 case, the company's latest entry in the unique Raven series. This cases features absolutely no 5.25" bays, yet still has plenty of room inside for ATX motherboards, long video cards, and even water cooling. Our other item for the day is a new podcast covering the latest news and reviews of the past week.

Cases
SilverStone Raven RV05 @ Benchmark Reviews

Miscellany
Podcast #310 @ PC Perspective



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:15AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Lasers are among the more important technological discoveries of the twentieth century, and are one technology that may never stop having a use. Of course for that to continue to be the case, advances must be made to improve lasers, such as how high-frequency lasers enable denser optical data storage systems. Thanks to researchers at the MIT Lincoln Laboratory spinout TeraDiode, we have a new laser system that could increase industrial use of the technology.

There are many avenues to produce laser light, with early lasers stimulating gases and more modern lasers using diodes. While the diode lasers can be significantly more efficient that gas-based lasers, diodes typically do not offer the power gases do. This has kept diode lasers from being used to cut and weld metals, but TeraDiode has found a solution with their TeraBlade system. By using a transform lens, a diffraction grating, and an output lens, the system is able to take the light from bars of diode lasers, and superimpose the light into a single beam.

The TeraBlade beam approximately matches the power of other industrial lasers at 2600 megawatts per square centimeter per steradian, but at 40% efficiency. Other industrial lasers are only 20-30% efficient, and can take up more room, so it is not surprising that TeraDiode is already finding customers in Japan and Europe.

Source: MIT



July 24, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:01PM PST by gebraset

In recent years, Microsoft has been striving to make its Office suite available to as many users as possible, recognizing that the mobile market has continued to grow leaps and bounds. In an effort to capitalize on this, the technology giant has just made its OneNote application available on even more mobile devices than before, with the note-taking application now being offered on the Amazon Appstore for Android. While the latest available version of OneNote is not optimized for any specific Amazon devices, such as the Fire Phone, it is compatible with virtually all of Amazon’s mobile offerings since it is the same version that is currently available through the Google Play Store.

Source: ZDNet



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:59PM PST by gebraset

Chromecast has proved quite successful since its initial release, providing users of the device with media streaming capabilities for hundreds of available services. The device has been out for one year now, and Google is celebrating the anniversary by providing current and new Chromecast owners with 90 free days of Play Music All Access. The offer can be found by accessing the Chromecast offers page where owners of the device can use the website to generate a claim for the three months of free access to the Google music service. While current and new Chromecast owners are eligible for the offer, it does not apply to current subscribers of Play Music All Access.

Source: TechHive



Comments (2) | Posted at 05:24PM PST by ClayMeow
1987 Point-and-Click Adventure Shadowgate Re-imagined for Modern Audiences; Launching August 21 on PC

Reboots and remasters are all the rage these days. So are Kickstarter campaigns. Yet Virginia-based indie studio Zojoi decided to embark on both well before it was cool. Back in 2012, Zojoi launched a $120,000 Kickstarter campaign for a re-imagining of the classic first-person point-and-click adventure game Shadowgate. The campaign was successfully funded on November 25, 2012, bringing in $137,232. Zojoi is calling it a re-imagining because the team took the original game and built upon it in fresh ways. Now, nearly two years later, it's finally ready to unleash the final product unto the world. Here are the features of the re-imagined Shadowgate (straight from the press release):

  •     All-new and updated puzzles seamlessly expand on the original game
  •     Multiple difficulty levels enable players to play on Master, the renowned difficulty of the original, or scale back the brutality with Apprentice (Easy) or Journeyman (Medium)
  •     Players can take advantage of a bevy of objects, spells, an all-new mapping system and on-screen commands to aid them in their quest
  •     Tons of hand-painted illustrated rooms feature both new and familiar locations
  •     Gorgeous visuals complete with new environmental effects and unique animations offer an immersive experience
  •     Bonus Retro Mode enables players to experience the game like it’s 1989! Choose Hiroyuki Masuno’s original NES score, turn the graphics into 8-bit, and more
  •     Customize the experience with the classic or auto-hide control layout, tailored key binds for actions and objects, and/or lock commands for ease of use
  •     Updated storytelling features dramatic cut-scenes, plus all the same great storytelling you'd expect from a Shadowgate adventure
  •     A digitally-orchestrated, dynamic soundtrack and sound effects change based on gameplay
  •     50 in-game and Steam-based achievements to find and unlock

Shadowgate is launching August 21 for Windows and Mac on Steam and other digital outlets, while the iOS and Android versions will launch Fall 2014. You can pre-order a Steam copy from the official site for $14.99 (25% off), with additional options available with extra goodies.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:15PM PST by CheeseMan42

The first rumors of the acquisition of Internet live streaming service Twitch by Google were reported in May, and sources have now confirmed the $1 billion purchase with Venture Beat. Twitch "enables people to broadcast their own gameplay sessions on the PC, Xbox One, or PlayStation 4 to online viewers," with popular streamers carrying more than 10,000 viewers at times. Twitch is also home to many professional gaming events including the recently completed International 4 Dota 2 event and the League of Legends Championship Series. Twitch has seen a large increase in monthly users from the 3.2 million viewers when started in June 2011 to more than 50 million users now. The site was reported to account for 1.35% of all Internet traffic by Sandvine in March.

Source: Venture Beat



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:07PM PST by CheeseMan42
ADATA Announces XPG V3 Memory

ADATA has launched its latest memory kit, the XPG V3 DDR3 overclocking memory. The dual channel set runs at speeds up to 3100MHz and is compatible with the latest fourth and fifth generation Intel Core processors on the Z97 platform. The memory supports Extreme Memory Profile version 1.3 and Thermal Conductive Technology to help get the best performance without high temperatures. The fin heat sinks are detachable and can replaced and screwed down to improve durability.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:53PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Anyone who has tried to look at a phone, tablet, or laptop screen in Sunlight knows just how frustrating the glare and reflections of the screen can be. This makes it rather unsurprising that so many products exist to counter the problems, but some do not work well with glass. Researchers at the Institute of Photonic Sciences and Corning Incorporated though have developed a new method to make glass surfaces anti-glare, anti-reflective, and even hydrophobic.

Today you can go out and get anti-glare filters and films for your devices, and some have nanostructures on top of them, to add anti-reflective properties. These structures do not work well on glass, so the researchers worked on the glass directly. By roughening the surface of glass at a very fine scale, it can be made anti-glare without sacrificing transparency. Etching in nano-sized teeth makes it anti-reflective, and as it turns out, the resulting surface features made the glass water repellent, like a lotus leaf.

This method to affect the properties of the glass is inexpensive and can be scaled up for industry use. Before that will happen though, more research needs to be done, in part to determine how well the features endure touchscreen use.

Source: American Chemical Society



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:56AM PST by bp9801

Another weekend is almost here, but before it arrives we have some reviews for you to check out. There is a look at the ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 KIller motherboard, which features a Killer E2200 Intelligent Network Platform and three free months of Xsplit to stream your gaming sessions to everyone who wants to watch. We also have the MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Assassin's Creed Edition motherboard that runs on the AMD FM2+ socket and comes with a free copy of Assassin's Creed Liberation HD. There's a review on the Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition CPU and just how well it can overclock. For those needing a new case, perhaps the Thermaltake Urban T81 full tower will be to your liking. If all you need is storage, then the Western Digital Red 6TB and Red Pro 4TB should suit your needs nicely. Lastly there is a look at GPU-accelerated virtual desktops and whether or not they are the future of computing.

CPUs
Intel Pentium Anniversary Edition & Overclocking Build Guide @ TechSpot

Motherboards
ASRock Fatal1ty Z97 Killer @ ThinkComputers
MSI A88X-G45 Gaming Assassin's Creed Edition @ PC Perspective

Cases
Thermaltake Urban T81 @ ThinkComputers

Storage/Hard Drives
Western Digital Red 6TB and Red Pro 4TB @ PC Perspective

Miscellany
GPU-Accelerated Virtual Desktops: The Future of Computing? @ TechSpot



Comments (0) | Posted at 10:15AM PST by ClayMeow
Trine Enchanted Edition Now Available on PC

Last month, Frozenbyte announced that it was porting the original Trine to the Trine 2 engine, providing improved visuals, improved gameplay, and additional features such as online multiplayer. Entitled Trine Enchanted Edition, it has now launched today on Steam, GOG.com, and Humble Store; free for existing Trine owners. "We've sold over 6 million copies of the Trine series so far, and we just passed the five year anniversary mark of the original Trine's release" says Frozenbyte CEO Mr. Lauri Hyvärinen. "So we wanted to give something back to our fans with this update by improving the game, and finally bringing it to Linux as well. We've also heard a lot of requests for Trine from console owners, so we're happy to announce that we’re bringing Trine Enchanted Edition also to Wii U and PS4."

If you don't already own the gorgeous 2.5D puzzle platformer, Trine Enchanted Edition is currently on sale at Steam for a mere $2.99 (80% off), or you can grab Trine Complete (which contains the sequel as well) for a mere $4.99 (also 80% off). Both sale prices are available until August 5. The Wii U and PlayStation 4 versions are planned to arrive later this year, but no specific date has been stated.

Source: Press Release



Comments (0) | Posted at 05:57AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Information can be stored in many ways, and for many systems the density it is stored at is very important. There can be limits to the density though, such as with the wavelength of light. By using a plasmonic film though, researchers at the University of Illinois have recorded optical information at sub-wavelength scale, and in real time.

The plasmonic film is actually an array of gold, pillar-bowtie nanoantennas (pBNAs) that reacts to laser light. The reaction is analogous to how photographic film behaves when exposed to light, but the effect occurs in real time, and does more than store an image. When exposed to laser light, the pBNAs actually create optofluidic channels without walls, allowing the researchers to affect the trajectory of particles in a solution. Other optofluidic systems have been made that achieve the same goal, but do have physical walls.

When the researchers tested it, the bit size was around 425 nm, which is directly related to the spacing of the antennas. If this were applied to an optical disc that would be around 28.6 GB of data, but by modifying the spacing of the array and the antennas, it could be scaled up to 75 GB a disk. That is of course only considering data storage applications, but this discovery could have many other photonic uses.

 

 

Source: University of Illinois, College of Engineering



July 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:49PM PST by ClayMeow
Risen 3: Titan Lords is Going 'Back to The Roots' to Combine the Best Parts of the Gothic and Risen Series

Back in May, Deep Silver and Piranha Bytes released an Official CGI Trailer for the upcoming RPG Risen 3: Titan Lords. It looked awesome, but most cinematic trailers do. Today, we now get our first look at some actual gameplay in a rather lengthy (nearly twelve-minute) trailer entitled "Back to The Roots". Aside from providing us with a look at some gameplay, it also provides a ton of in-depth information about the game, broken down into ten categories: Handcrafted World, Exploration, Attitude, Combat, Skills, Three Factions, Return of Crystal Magic, Hundreds of Quests, Crafting, and The Living World. You can skip to any section via the navigation bar at the top of the video.

Risen 3: Titan Lords launches on Windows PC, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 on August 12 in North America and August 15 in Europe. Pre-ordering grants you three pieces of bonus content: Fog Island, Uprising of the Little Guys, and Adventure Garb. See the image below for details on each.

Source: Facebook and Steam



Comments (2) | Posted at 06:31PM PST by ClayMeow
Act Fast and Grab Your Free Copy of The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection on Origin

Free games are always nice. When it's the best-selling PC game of all-time, even better. Earlier in the month, Electronic Arts announced that The Sims 2 was being "retired," but anyone who owned the game on Origin would get a free upgrade to The Sims 2 Ultimate Collection containing all the expansion packs and DLC. Well, considering The Sims 2 was originally sold well before Origin existed, maybe there were some people that complained they couldn't get a copy, so EA made it a bit easier to do so – simply launch Origin, select "Redeem Product Code" from the "Origin" menu dropdown, enter "I-LOVE-THE-SIMS" (minus the quotes), and voila! I did it myself and it worked!

According to the official EA Help page, "This code will [be] available for redemption until July 31st, 2014 at 10AM PDT." But, since the wording implies this was supposed to be for "passionate The Sims 2 players" and not leaked to everyone, you may want to jump on the deal ASAP just to be safe. That being said, The Sims 2 is no longer being sold, so I doubt EA will mind, even if that wasn't the original intention. Besides, maybe a few people will like The Sims 2 so much, they'll go out and pre-order The Sims 4. Win win!

Source: EA Help via PC Gamer



Comments (0) | Posted at 04:25PM PST by CheeseMan42

Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella revealed in the fourth quarter earnings meeting this week that the company is hoping to combine Windows for PCs and tablets, Windows Phone, and Xbox One to "enable apps that span all types of devices and that are available in a single Microsoft store." More information is planned to be revealed in the coming months, though no set date was mentioned. Support for applications across all three OS versions could be a great advantage to both developers and consumers that have multiple Microsoft devices. Nadella added, "We will streamline the next version of Windows from three operating systems into one single converged operating system for screens of all sizes."

Source: Network World



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:52PM PST by CheeseMan42

An updated image of the Steam Controller was found by Steam Database in the latest Steam client beta and it carries a significant new feature, an analog stick. The analog stick replaces the left side buttons and is found on the left side of the controller, a look comparable to many available game controllers. PC Gamer Editor-in-chief Evan Lahti commented on the Steam Controller design available at GDC 2014 saying that he "didn’t once feel comfortable, in control, or that Valve’s hardware configuration was in any way an upgrade over a controller with analog sticks."

Source: PC Gamer



Comments (0) | Posted at 01:24PM PST by ClayMeow
Lara Croft and the Temple of Osiris Tomb-raiding on December 9

While the official site still lacks any release date information, IGN is reporting that Lara Coft and the Temple of Osiris is launching on December 9 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One. The game is a follow-up to 2010's surprisingly excellent Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light, bringing the isometric platforming action to new-gen, upping the ante to support up to four-player co-op. Check out the Announcement Trailer from E3 2014, along with two screenshots below:

If you've never played Guardian of Light, it's currently available in the $14.99 tier of the Humble Square Enix Bundle, currently going on for roughly thirteen more days, alongside some other great titles. It may not be the classic Tomb Raider we know and love, but trust me, this spin-off series is quite fun, especially if you have a buddy to play it with.

Source: IGN



Comments (0) | Posted at 08:22AM PST by ClayMeow
Dead Rising 3 on Steam Upgraded to Apocalypse Edition; Includes Four Story DLC

Former Xbox One exclusive Dead Rising 3 is set to arrive on PC via Steam on September 5, and whether you've already pre-ordered the game or have been holding off, I have good news for you. Last night, Capcom announced that the Steam version has received a permanent free upgrade and is now called Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition. The Apocalypse Edition contains the four DLC that was part of the "Untold Stories of Los Perdidos" pack: Operation Broken Eagle, Fallen Angel, Chaos Rising, and The Last Agent. "Each add-on chapter focuses on a different protagonist that ties into the main DR3 storyline and gives players access to crazy new weapons and vehicles that carry over to the main game."

While not directly related to this announcement, I just wanted to take a moment to address another issue some people may be worried about. Dead Rising 3 runs at 30 FPS on Xbox One, which made many PC gamers a bit wary. There is an excellent post in the Steam forum by Capcom's "wbacon" that goes into great detail on how the game runs uncapped. That's right, there is no FPS cap! The post also discusses what settings are "intended" for minimum and recommended specs – something I wish more studios would mention.

Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition will arrive on Steam on September 5 and can be pre-ordered at a 10% discount, bringing the price down to $44.99. Now if only Capcom would include Super Ultra Dead Rising 3' Arcade Remix Hyper Edition EX + α to the mix, the PC version would truly be the definitive one. But either way, Capcom has received a lot of flak in the past for its DLC policies, so this is certainly a step in the right direction!

Source: Steam [1] and [2]



July 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 09:53PM PST by ClayMeow

AMC released a cinematic trailer today for a new The Walking Dead mobile game based on the popular AMC television series. Entitled The Walking Dead: No Man's Land, "the game will feature themes familiar to the TV series, where characters fight for survival in a post-apocalyptic, walker-infested world. A recurring theme of choosing the right survival strategy and making the most human choices possible is at the heart of the first-of-its-kind game."

The game is being developed by Next Games, a brand new studio "founded in 2013 by design veterans from Rovio, Supercell and Disney," and headquartered in Helsinki, Finland. The Walking Dead: No Man's Land is one of two games the studio is currently working on (the other is unannounced), with the studio "focused on crafting majestic narrative-driven games with engaging free-to-play mechanics." That seems like a lot of PR talk, so it'll be interesting to see how the game actually plays; the trailer certainly didn't show much.

The global launch of the game will coincide with the mid-season premiere of The Walking Dead Season 5, early next year. It's being developed exclusively for smartphones and tablets, but exact platforms were not stated.

Source: AMC and Press Release


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