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April 23, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:38AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Lasers are a pretty cool piece of technology, in large part because of their variety of applications. They can help annotate a presentation, measure distances, read codes, to give a few examples, but one day they may also affect the weather. One barrier to using lasers to trigger rain and lightning has been that intense lasers will dissipate quickly in air, but researchers at the University of Central Florida have made a discovery that may help with that.

It may seem odd that rain and lightning could be controlled with lasers, but this is actually something that has been known about for years. Lasers of the proper power and frequency can excite electrons, creating a plasma, and both water condensation for rain and lightning are linked to static charged particles. If a laser is used to excite more charged particles, rain and/or lightning can be produced. The catch is that such intense laser beams will actually dissipate over short distances forming filaments. This is caused by the beam naturally wanting to collapse, but the excited air molecules wanting to spread it out. What the Florida researchers discovered is that if another, low-intensity beam is wrapped around the primary one, it will keep the primary beam from dispersing, increasing its range.

When tested the researchers were able to extend a laser pulse from just 10 inches long to 7 feet, but in theory this technique could extend it to over 50 meters. Along with potentially triggering rain and lightning, this research could be applied to guide microwave signals over very long plasma channels.

Source: University of Central Florida

April 22, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 07:57PM PST by ClayMeow

Last week, Arc System Works launched a teaser site for a new BloodRayne game with the acronym BRCS. Well the timer has run out, the game has been revealed, and...it's likely not what you were hoping for. BRCS stands for BloodRayne: Crimson Slayer, but it's not a new game. Instead, it's simply a Japanese port of 2011's BloodRayne: Betrayal, which never saw a Japanese release.

Sorry to have gotten your hopes up. I guess I should have been suspicious that the teaser site only appeared on Arc System Works' Japanese portal, not the US one.

Source: Official Site via Polygon

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:25PM PST by ClayMeow
Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets Eleven New Screenshots

Earlier today, BioWare announced that the highly anticipated Dragon Age: Inquisition will be releasing October 7, unveiling the box art and official gameplay trailer. While unavailable at the time, Electronic Arts has since published eleven brand new screenshots, which you can see below. They are all great screenshots, but I particularly love the dragon in the first one!

Source: Press Release

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

Some day we may see quantum computers capable of running parallel algorithms unlike anything a modern computer can perform. Before that though, we may see the deployment of quantum networks, analogous to the Internet but with vastly superior security, thanks to quantum mechanics. Researchers at Harvard University have recently designed a switch that could be used in such networks, and can be toggled on and off with single photons.

In quantum mechanics, particles can be put into special states that are very sensitive to any kind of interference, and will even change when measured. This property can be exploited to secure communications, as the act of eavesdropping would interfere with the particles and alert the communicating parties. Building quantum networks though is also quite difficult because of this sensitivity, and so they are limited to just tens of kilometers. This new switch however could enable quantum cryptography over thousands of kilometers. The switch is essentially a miniaturized version of macroscopic switches built in labs, consisting of a single atom between two mirrors. Using lasers and microwaves, the atom is put into a quantum mechanical state, which can allow light to pass through it. Striking the atom with another photon can destroy that state though, and prevent light from passing through it, creating the switching effect.

While labs will build three or four of the large versions to create a simple network, the Harvard design could allow for ten thousand of these switches to be built into chips, like integrated circuits. The researchers doubt this switch will be used to build quantum computers, but believe we could see it in prototype quantum networks in just a decade.

Source: EurekAlert!

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:28PM PST by CheeseMan42
CRYORIG Announces C1 CPU Cooler

The C1 CPU cooler from CRYORIG has passed rigorous testing procedures and is now in production. The C1 will be used in ITX systems and is just 7.4cm tall. Six copper heatpipes run from the nickel plated base plate with a 140mm PWM fan providing the air circulation that produces only 28 to 30 dBA. CRYORIG Chief Manufacturing Engineer Alex Wang said, "ITX systems now are housing high performance, high TDP CPU’s and GPU’s. Cooling these crucial components is an even greater challenge in these tight spaces. What I think we achieved with the C1 is a solution that has outstanding performance for it’s size, and provides a great user experience thanks to its hassle free easy installation and robust accessories. Everything you need is in the box." The C1 will be available in Europe and North America in June and in May in Asia.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:58PM PST by CheeseMan42
NZXT Announces Phantom P240

NZXT has announced the latest addition to its Phantom line of cases, the Phantom P240. The P240 builds on the signature asymmetrical shape with a full side window. The case can accommodate two 120mm fans in the front, one 120mm in the back, and two 120mm or 140mm fans on the top, with two 120mm NZXT FN V2 fans included. A full sized graphics card can be installed by removing the hard drive cage. The P240 will be available in Phantom White at an MSRP of $69.99.

Source: Press Release

Comments (1) | Posted at 01:19PM PST by ClayMeow
Codemasters Unveils GRID Autosport, Coming June 24 to PC, PS3, and 360

The next entry in Codemaster's highly popular racing series GRID has been officially unveiled today. Entitled GRID Autosport, it'll be releasing in the US on June 24 and Europe on June 27, for PC (via Steam), PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360 – sorry, no new-gen. According to Codemasters, "GRID Autosport's features and tone have been shaped through consultation with the GRID community, professional racing drivers and the experts from AUTOSPORT magazine."

GRID Autosport features over 100 routes across 22 locations with a huge catalog of cars from a variety of different classes, "including Touring Cars, Hypercars, Endurance GT Cars, Prototypes, Single-Seaters, Super Modified vehicles, Drift cars, and many, many more." Multiplayer is seeing a major expansion by Codemasters' online community portal RaceNet, which will deliver weekly challenges and support the creation of RaceNet Racing Clubs "for online, clan-style team competition." There will be Party modes, Demolition Derby, and competitive split-screen modes to go alongside the single-player career mode.

The video above features actual PC game footage, and PC gamers will be excited to learn that "GRID Autosport will also be Codemasters [sic] most scaleable game yet on PC," offering 4K textures and 4K output – or a stable 60 FPS experience at 1080p for those that haven't dropped the coin on 4K setups just yet.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:48PM PST by gebraset

Netflix has announced within its latest earnings report that the service will soon see price increases, which are expected to be a dollar or two. The price hike will initially affect new customers who join the service, as current customers will be grandfathered into the pricing structure that exists now for a generous time period. Netflix CEO, Reed Hastings, attributed rising content costs as the main reason why Netflix will soon be more expensive for customers. Quite a bit of original content has been brought to the streaming service, such as House of Cards and Orange is the New Black, along with new shows that are scheduled to be available in the future such as Marco Polo, Narcos, and Sense8.

Along with the pricing increase announcement, Netflix also revealed that it will be making its way to cable provided DVRs located in the United States in the near future. The venture into this market will first occur with providers that use TiVo DVRs however, with Netflix attempting to expand into the market even further afterwards.

Source: Engadget

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:37PM PST by gebraset

Although Sanyo just announced the DP65E34 yesterday, the company’s new 65-inch LCD television is now on sale. The DP65E34 features LED backlighting, a 120Hz refresh rate, three HDMI ports, and a USB photo viewer. The recently released television is a part of Sanyo’s new product line that includes televisions in sizes from 24 to 65-inches, which all feature MHL compatibility with Roku Ready branding. This means that the televisions within the new Sanyo product line are compatible with the older Roku MHL only streaming stick, though that may not matter to potential buyers as cheaper and newer alternatives are available such as Google Chromecast and the Roku HDMI Streaming Stick.

The new Sanyo DP65E34 is currently available for purchase at Walmart and Sam’s Club for $998.

Source: CNET

Comments (0) | Posted at 10:59AM PST by ClayMeow
Bandai Namco Announces Free-to-Play 3D Fighter Rise of Incarnates, Coming to PC This Year

Namco Bandai, the publisher behind free-to-play fighters Tekken Revolution and Soulcalibur: Lost Swords, is at it again, this time bringing a brand new free-to-play fighting game exclusively to PC. Entitled Rise of Incarnates, the game "features ground-breaking 2 vs. 2 gameplay, a multitude of characters and roles, and battlegrounds throughout shattered yet accurately rendered real-world cityscapes." The player controls the titular "Incarnates", who are "humans that command untold mythical powers," each with their own unique skills and powers.

Unlike most fighters, Rise of Incarnates appears to be a lot more open, featuring large 3D arenas that support both close-quarters combat and long-range assaults. It may speak to the power of PCs that the game isn't confined to a small circular arena or 2D plane prevalent in the fighter genre, and is likely why it's a PC exclusive.

So far, Namco Bandai has unveiled four characters and their Incarnates. Dr. Gasper Watteau is a scientist who specialized in the field of Incarnate research, commanding an Incarnate called the Grim Reaper, along with an undead army. Terrence Blake is a young man who can summon Ares to augment his attacks. Mireia Valentin is a young arms dealer with an Incarnate that transforms her into Lilith, providing deadly attack and lightning speed. Jedrek Tyler was left severely wounded during a gang fight, but can now call upon his Incarnate, Mephistopheles, raging completely out of control and becoming highly destructive.

Namco Bandai seems to be pulling out all the stops for this game, not only creating a full backstory, but even publishing a comic, which you can see below. The studio also published a bunch of screenshots on the official Facebook page, and in one of them you can see a "121" in the top left corner, which is presumably an FPS reading accidentally left in and a good sign that the FPS won't be capped.

You can currently sign up for the Alpha test on the official site by simply supplying an email address. There is no word on when the Alpha will begin, nor do we know the free-to-play structure of the game just yet, but it certainly looks and sounds promising.

Source: Official Site via Polygon and Facebook

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:18AM PST by ClayMeow

Mr. Freeze was without a doubt the best boss battle in Batman: Arkham City and arguably the best boss battle in the whole series. Now he's back via the Cold, Cold Heart DLC for Batman: Arkham Origins, which releases today (hopefully soon!). The final piece of the Season Pass, Cold, Cold Heart is Origins' much-anticipated "Story DLC," adding new enemies, new weapons, new tactics, a surprise guest villain, and obviously an epic showdown between Batman and Freeze. Of course, no release would be complete without an official Launch Trailer:

While the video shows off Batman's new Extreme Environment (XE) suit, Thermocharged Batarangs, and Thermal Gloves, along with Mr. Freeze and his Cryo-thugs, Warner Bros. also published some sweet screenshots to provide us a closer look, which you can soak in below. You can read my review of Batman: Arkham Origins if you're curious whether you should pick up the game, though it was obviously reviewed sans DLC.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:47AM PST by ClayMeow
Dragon Age: Inquisition Gets a Gameplay Trailer and Official Launch Date of October 7, 2014

Last month, BioWare published a "Discover the Dragon Age" video that highlighted some of the locations players can visit in Dragon Age: Inquisition. Today, we get the first true taste of the game with the official Gameplay Trailer, entitled "The Inquisitor". The Inquisitor is the protagonist of this third iteration of the Dragon Age series and the lone survivor of a cataclysmic blast. As it's unknown why or how you survived, this leads to some mistrust, but also leads many to believe you're the only one who can stop the demons invading Thedas through The Breach.

Along with the new gameplay trailer, BioWare has also officially announced Inquisition's release date as October 7, 2014. In addition, the studio unveiled the badass box art for the game yesterday, which you can see in greater detail below. Inquisition will be available for PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Bioware

Comments (0) | Posted at 07:04AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

With the proper precautions, average computer users can protect themselves from most malware, but even the most vigilant user can still be attacked. Just as defenses have improved, so too have the attacks with some going as deep as targeting the system kernel. Researchers at the University of Texas at Dallas have recently been awarded a grant from the US Air Force to develop a new defense framework to protect against those attacks.

Kernels are one of the most fundamental and important parts of a computer, as they manage the input/output requests software makes of the hardware. It is somewhat obvious then why malicious code would try to attack it. The plan the researchers have is to create a holistic defense framework that will be able to analyze binary code and identify benign code sequences and behaviors. Specifically it will be hunting for invariants, as there are enough to indicate if a system has been compromised, based on if they have been violated. This will occur at the hypervisor later, which is deeper than most modern defense systems.

The Young Investigator Research Program, which is the grant's source, will provide up to $360,000 over three years. When the research is completed, because of the fundamental approach the researchers are using, the computer defense system should be able to run regardless of operating system.

Source: University of Texas at Dallas

Comments (0) | Posted at 05:50AM PST by bp9801

April keeps on moving towards its end, and we have a few items to help pass the time. There is a review on the Mionix Avior 7000 gaming mouse, which has a 7000 DPI optical sensor to help you control your games with utmost precision. We also have a look at the Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Pro water cooling system for those who want all their water cooling gear in one handy kit. Our final item for the day is a review on Gigabyte's BRIX Pro Mini-PC running an Intel i7-4770R CPU, so anyone short on space doesn't have to compromise performance.

Mionix Avior 7000 Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps

CPU Cooling
Thermaltake Bigwater 760 Pro Water Cooling System @ ThinkComputers

Gigabyte BRIX Pro Mini-PC @ Madshrimps

April 21, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 06:15PM PST by ClayMeow
En Masse Entertainment's Zombies Monsters Robots Entering Closed Beta in May

Back in March, TERA publisher En Masse Entertainment announced that it was bringing free-to-play, third-person shooter Zombies Monsters Robots (ZMR) to PC this summer. The publisher has now announced that ZMR will be entering closed beta in May and has also released a Closed Beta Announce Trailer showing all new gameplay footage:

You can sign up for the ZMR Closed Beta at www.playzmr.com.

Source: YouTube

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:30PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Being able to securely connect two surfaces is fairly important in many situations, and in many other situations it is equally important to be able to disconnect the surfaces. Instead of using nails, screws, or chemical adhesives, scientists have been working to mimic the feet of geckos, which can naturally adhere to a wide variety of surfaces. Researchers at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst have already developed such an adhesive device, but by returning to the gecko for inspiration, have recently made it better.

For a long time biologists did not know how it was that geckos could grip as many surfaces as they can, including very smooth surfaces such as glass. Eventually it was confirmed that microscopic hairs on gecko toes exploit van der Waals forces to hold it to a surface. This force is a relatively weak bond between two adjacent molecules, but because of the number of hairs, it is enough to bear the weight of a gecko. Already the researchers mimicked these hairs with their Geckskin reusable adhesive device, but to improvement they are mimicking the gecko's skin-tendon-bone system.

This natural system allows the feet of geckos to conform to a surface, making maximum use of the hairs. By adding soft elastomers and ultra-stiff fabrics, the researchers have recreated the foot's ability to conform, while maintaining the stiffness required to stay pressed against the surface. When tested, one of the new Geckskin versions actually surpassed a gecko's ability to adhere to a surface.

Source: University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:46PM PST by CheeseMan42

Kingston is adding a pair of drives to its SSDNow line of drives with the mSATA form factor. Drives will now be available with capacities of 240GB and 480GB with read and write speeds up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s, respectively. Previously this line was limited to a maximum capacity of 120GB. The drives are controlled by the LSI SandForce 2241 controller and support Intel Smart Response Technology, TRIM, and S.M.A.R.T. drive monitoring. The mSATA drives have a standard PCB only design with no case and are targeted at small form factor systems including notebooks, tablets, and Ultrabooks.

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:38PM PST by CheeseMan42
G.SKILL Announces DDR3L SO-DIMM Memory

G.SKILL has announced its latest memory kit, the F3-2133C11Q-32GRSL, available as four 8GB sticks. The 32GB DDR3L SO-DIMM memory set operates at 2133MHz with timings of 11-11-11-31. Marketing Director at MSI Sam Chern proclaimed his excitement about the set, saying "This time, G.SKILL’s F3-2133C11Q-32GRSL DDR3L memory kit clearly raises the bar for high performance gaming laptops and proves to be unbelievably stable on the MSI GT70 2OC gaming laptop, one of the best performance gaming laptops from MSI."

Source: Press Release

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:12PM PST by gebraset

Although ASUS and Google have been good friends in regards to their partnership involving the first two generations of the Nexus 7, Google may be looking elsewhere for its new tablet. According to sources within the supply chain, Google is considering a partnership with HTC for its new Nexus 8 tablet that is rumored to be released during the third quarter of this year. The change in partners for Google is due to the technology giant considering a new design for the Nexus 8, along with ASUS not being as aggressive with the next generation Nexus tablet due to partnership restrictions put in place by Google.

According to the sources, Google approached HTC prior to its cooperation with ASUS in order to push the Nexus 7, but was denied partnership due to HTC attempting at the time to build its smartphone business.


Comments (0) | Posted at 02:09PM PST by gebraset

Samsung services, to include the Samsung website and Smart Hub service, were unavailable to users on Sunday due to a fire that broke out at a Samsung facility in South Korea. According to a Samsung SDS blog, the fire was the result of a power supply failure in which one person was injured in the blaze attributed to debris. The fire occurred at a subsidiary of Samsung Group, which provides consulting, outsourcing, and software services. Samsung SDS is transferring data services that were affected to other facilities and in the meantime is working with authorities to investigate the incident.

Samsung Electronics noted that the company did indeed detect and experience a brief service disruption that lasted roughly four and a half hours.

Source: PCWorld

Comments (0) | Posted at 08:06AM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Sometimes when you put two things together you can get something greater than the sum of its parts, because of how the two pieces interact. In materials science the interface of two materials can actually have completely different properties from those of the component materials. Curiously though these properties can be significantly different than theory predicts, but researchers at Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron have finally found out why that may be.

For this research, the researchers examined strontium titanate and lanthanum aluminate, which are insulators on their own, but the interface between them is conductive. This comes from the materials affecting each other when in close proximity, actually causing some rearrangement. The problem is that it is only a tenth as conductive as it should be, according to Maxwell's theory. By using the DORIS III synchrotron radiation source, the DESY researchers used ultraviolet light to find why this is. It turns out the problem has been that only a tenth of the expected electrons actually came to the interface to form a conductive layer. How many come depends on the number of unit cells within the crystal lattice of the lanthanum aluminate, which means that by altering the structure of the material, the conductance can also be controlled.

Though the research was only done with a specific pairing of materials, it could be applied to any interface between different materials. Eventually that could give us a way to produce and control special properties for use in solar panels, hard drives, superconductors, and more.

Source: Deutsches Elektronen-Synchrotron

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

It is the start of another week, and we have a couple of items to help kick it off. We have a review on the In Win 901 case, which is a Mini-ITX case that is a rather unique and stlyish mix of aluminum and tempered glass. It all works together to make a stunning case, and hopefully one that keeps the components just as cool. Our other item for the day is a look at the Thermaltake POSEIDON mechanical keyboard, with its LED backlighting and Cherry MX Brown switches. It does have an atractive price point, so be sure to check out the review to see how it all comes together.

In Win 901 @ LanOC Reviews

Thermaltake POSEIDON Mechanical Keyboard @ Benchmark Reviews

April 20, 2014
Comments (2) | Posted at 03:44PM PST by ClayMeow

Creative Assembly has released a new developer diary for its upcoming survival horror game, Alien: Isolation, after four previous videos: "Origins", "Creating The Alien", "Behind the Terror", and "The Sound Of Alien: Isolation". Entitled "Lo-fi Sci-fi", the new video discusses what went into creating the retro-futuristic look of the game and keeping it faithful to the original film. Creative Lead Al Hope explains how Ridley Scott's Alien had a very "grounded view of the future." There were no holograms and touchscreens like you find in many sci-fi films, just chunky, analog, push-button technology equipped with CRTs rather than LCDs.

As the video explains, Creative Assembly studied Ron Cobb's concept art for the original film to get a feeling for the process, which allowed the studio to expand upon the universe while remaining faithful to the original source. In addition, the designers stood by a simple rule – everything put into the game had to be able to be built back on the original set in 1979. To further drive home the "lo-fi" feel, gameplay footage was recorded on VHS, distorted, and then put back into the game.

Alien: Isolation is coming October 7, 2014, to PC, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360.

Source: Official Site

Comments (0) | Posted at 03:07PM PST by ClayMeow
Turtle Rock's Evolve Getting an Interactive, Multi-channel Gameplay Video on April 24

This Thursday, 2K and Turtle Rock will be releasing an "interactive, multi-channel trailer" wherein you can select the perspective you want to watch of a full 4v1 match in Evolve. For a game where each player has a unique role, it's a great way for viewers to get taste of how the game plays as each of the four unveiled hunters, and of course the Goliath. In addition to seeing how a full match of Evolve plays out from different perspectives, there will also be commentary from Dota broadcaster Aaron "Ayesee" Chambers and Turtle Rock's Chris Ashton.

Source: Facebook

April 18, 2014
Comments (0) | Posted at 04:44PM PST by gebraset

LinkedIn has reached a milestone of its own today, announcing that it now has 300 million members across the globe. Of these users more than half are located outside of the United States, which shows the global presence that LinkedIn currently has. As the service continues to grow, it is focusing heavily on the mobile market. Each day, LinkedIn says that it processes 15 million profile views and 1.45 million job views through mobile alone. Later this year the company is projecting to reach another important milestone, where more than 50 percent of all global traffic will come from mobile devices.

Although LinkedIn is celebrating its member landmark, it has a long way to go in its efforts to connect the global workforce, which is comprised of roughly 3.3 billion people.

Source: Official LinkedIn Blog

Comments (0) | Posted at 04:27PM PST by gebraset

Facebook just recently announced its Nearby Friends feature, allowing users of the social networking service to find friends that are located around them. At this point in time, location data that will be collected from the feature will not be used for advertising, but it has been confirmed by a Facebook spokesperson that it will be in the future. The information may be used in the future to deliver advertisements for nearby brick and mortar stores to users. However, Facebook has not confirmed exactly how the location data will be utilized when it uses it for marketing purposes down the line.

Luckily, Facebook is stating that the information it collects based on location data gathered from Nearby Friends can be deleted by users. One the data is deleted from the user interface, the company notes that it then begins permanently deleting it from its own systems, eliminating the possibility of the data being used by advertisers.

Source: TechCrunch

Comments (0) | Posted at 02:19PM PST by Guest_Jim_*

Computer technology has changed rapidly over the past decades, and while current hardware may not much resemble its predecessors, it is still using some of the same systems. Those systems may still work, but they were designed for a very different situation, and now what enabled performance in the past may be hindering it now. As reported by the National Science Foundation, the paging system for mapping data in memory is one such legacy system, and changing it could have large impacts on large tech companies.

Paging algorithms were created to allow programs to be addressed in memory in a noncontiguous way. When you have a limited amount of memory this is very valuable, but as RAM has increased in size, it has become less important. Its ability to address data and processes now adds complexity to computers that is not always necessary, and that takes up some resources. For a personal computer, those lost resources may not be enough to be noticed, but for large companies running server banks, the nanoseconds lost could be worth millions of dollars.

The researchers have already developed a new system that is more selective, so it will only use paging when needed. This could potentially return not only those nanoseconds but could also allow for increased performance for virtual memory and GPUs.

Source: National Science Foundation

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:44PM PST by CheeseMan42

An "Easy Unlock" feature has been discovered for the Chrome OS that would allow users to login to their Chromebooks simply by having a registered phone nearby. The feature is currently found on the Chrome OS dev channel and has no functionality other than a graphical interface. Users will be able to find their phone and register with the OS to ease the login process. As an owner of a Chromebook I am very intrigued by this feature and would definitely like to see it included at some point in the future.

Source: Android Police

Comments (0) | Posted at 12:23PM PST by CheeseMan42

Google is extending a try-on program to select potential customers for its Google Glass devices. Users that wish to test the glasses before spending $1,500 to own a pair can receive a try-on kit that includes Google Glass devices in multiple colors with the caveat that the devices are non-functional. The kit is purely to evaluate how the glasses will look and feel. Google will place a $50 hold on your credit card that will be returned when the units are returned within 10 days.

Source: 9 to 5 Google

Comments (4) | Posted at 09:54AM PST by ClayMeow
Beat Hazard: Shadow Operations Unit DLC Adds New Ships and the Ability to Create Your Own

It's not often that a four-year-old game gets new DLC, but that's exactly the case with the music-fueled arcade shooter Beat Hazard. Beat Hazard already had endless replayability thanks to a plethora of modes and each song providing a different experience, but the new Shadow Operations Unit DLC takes it even further. Not only does the DLC add nine new ships, each with different firing patterns and abilities, but it also adds the ability to import your own designs! Simply import any .png file for the ship art and then use the in-game editor to craft your ship, even setting up "Shadow Missions" to challenge friends. Using Steam Workshop, you can upload your creation for others to use or download new ships that others have uploaded.

Even if you don't feel like creating your own or downloading other creations, the nine new ships offer a slew of new gameplay styles to try out. Detailed in the images below, the nine ships are Razorburn, Dragon Fire, Speedy, Star Runner, Mosquito, Juggernaut, The Collector, Slick, and Death Blossom. Aside from each one playing differently, they also each have three Shadow Missions to complete and their own separate leaderboards.

Beat Hazard: Shadow Operations Unit has already released on Steam with a special promotional 10% discount through April 24, making it just $4.49 instead of the usual $4.99. The Beat Hazard Mega Bundle, which contains the base game, Ultra DLC, iTunes & m4a file support, and the new Special Operations Unit DLC is currently a Daily Deal, going for $8.49 (50% Off). If you have any interest in twin-stick shooters, I highly recommend you pick it up.

Source: Press Release and Steam

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