Sega to Support Modding of Games via Steam Workshop

Steam used to hold a collection of games, both old and new, but with its constant updates and the ability to download the games on any internet connected PC, people love the new choices they’ve been given. This love only grows when you give them back a childhood classic, which for many are centered around the games that the Sega Mega Drive offered them, and Sega wants this to grow by supporting not just the games on Steam but also the modified versions that will be shared via Steam Workshop.

Steam Workshop is the user content sharing part of Steam, letting you add mods and tweaks that include the likes of replacing dragons with trains or a new map for your army to conquer. In this respect support for user-created content will be supported by Sega alongside the new Sega Mega Drive Classics Hub being released on Steam on April 28th.

Clearly designed for a VR generation, the hub will include the system being placed in a bedroom, much like the ones where you first encountered the games. With graphical enhancement filters, full controller and keyboard support and “spot-on emulation” listed in the release, you can replay Golden Axe, Altered Beast, Ecco and even Columns just like you did when you were younger.

Batman Arkham HD Collection Coming to Xbox One and PS4

When it comes to superhero video games, few did it as well as the Batman Arkham series, gripping fans as they explored the prison and then the city in the hopes of fighting crime in Gotham. If you enjoyed the games but miss being able to play them on your Xbox One or PS4 you may be in luck with leaked images showing the Batman Arkham HD Collection.

Leaked via an image sent by a reported GameStop employee, the images appear to show a release date of the 10th June, with preorders going live today (19th April). The collection will include both Arkham Asylum and Arkham City with “updated visuals optimised for Playstation 4 and Xbox One” while also letting you enjoy all the DLC that was previously released for both of the games.

With the last game in the Arkham series, Arkham Knight, giving you control over the Batmobile and a larger city, it didn’t take long before the technical problems scared people off of the game with many companies even offering refunds to anyone who had purchased it on PC. With the Arkham Knight being the last game made by Rocksteady for the dark hero, could this collection tide over fans while we await news about the next superhero series to grip our hearts?

More Hints Regarding Bioshock Collection on PS4 and Xbox One

We all have those games which you just feel like picking up every now and again to see how you can play it differently, or just to immerse yourself in their world again. One of those games series if the Bioshock series for many. A few months we reported on the fact that a “Bioshock Collection” could be coming to Xbox One and Playstation 4, it would now seem that more information is coming forward with a Brazillian rating board listing a similar title.

With the title of “BIOSHOCK: THE COLLECTION”, the games are listed for release on PC, Playstation 3, Xbox 360 and the latest generation of consoles in the form of a Playstation 4 and Xbox One release. With re-releases being the rage these days, bundling together games, their DLC’s and more often than not a graphics update, we could soon see you playing the games in a whole new light.

With games like Gears of War getting HD remakes  amongst a slew of gameplay features, is it really that surprising that 2K games are looking at one of their more famous franchises to kick some life into their company following 2K Australia closure.

Would you buy (or even re-buy) the Bioshock games? If you did what platform would you choose? Personally, I love the games but unless it featured something that the previous games didn’t, I would just replay the originals for their amazing storylines.

Revolution Announce 25th Anniversary Collection

Without trying to sound overly dramatic, Broken Sword is one of my favourite series of all-time and genuinely increased my appreciation for video games as a work of art. Created by Revolution, Broken Sword follows the adventures of an American tourist, George Stobbart. Along the way, you encounter fiendishly difficult puzzles, hilarious characters and a gorgeous aesthetic. I’ve probably completed the first two titles at least 10 times, and fallen in love with the setting. Although, the goat section did originally require me to contact a premium cheat hotline when the internet was first in its infancy. Even if you’re not overly fond of the point and click genre, it’s well worth checking out and managed to become an integral part of my childhood.

To mark the company’s 25th anniversary, Revolution has just announced a brand new collection including the entire Broken Sword line-up and Beneath a Steel Sky. Here’s a detailed explanation of what the package includes:

“To celebrate over a quarter of a century of creating adventure games, we’re proud to announce the forthcoming release of the Revolution: the 25th Anniversary Collection box set on 11th March 2016, exclusively for PC.

As well as featuring each of Revolution’s full roster of games, the box set will also contain comic books, posters, high quality audio tracks, a Broken Sword USB, a digital timeline with extensive behind- the-scenes materials, and two hours of video telling the Revolution story. The video footage features interviews with key team members and our creative partners such as Dave Gibbons, Rolf Saxon and Barrington Pheloung.

We hope you enjoy the box set as much as we enjoyed putting it together – here’s to another 25 years!”

In terms of pricing, the boxset will cost £29.99 in the UK which is very reasonable given the huge array of extras. Furthermore, it’s great to see a physical collector’s edition for the PC in 2016. Hopefully, Broken Sword continues to be a successful franchise, and more games are produced in the near future.

Star Trek Anniversary Stamps Available In the US

Whenever a big event comes out, it is normal for us to celebrate. More and more we find ways of celebrating different events in different ways, but there are some ways which you have to keep using because they are, for lack of a better term, classic. One of these ways is to release limited edition stamps, a collection that Star trek fans will be able to enjoy in 2016.

In 1966, Star Trek premiered on people’s televisions and it’s been hard to miss its impact and references in everyday life and science fiction since. As a result, the US Postal service will be releasing not one but four different forever stamps, each with both a unique colour and image.

Featuring a yellow (or gold to some) background with a ship travelling at speed and a star fleet emblem in the background the first catches your eye, the second is a green stamp with our planet in the circle of a starey outline of the Enterprise. The third features a red planet and the Vulcan greeting, symbolising life long and prosper, with a blue background.

I’ve left my favourite to last, a starey outline of a figure on a red background. Those familiar with the old series will recognise the tribute to all those brave red shirts, who forever unnamed, led the dangerous expeditions only to never come back.

The four new forever stamps come in at 49 cents, converting to around 33p in the UK, a price that collectors and Star Trek fans will be rushing at warp speed to collect.

The Strong Museum Acquires Massive Atari Collection

It’s been about seven months since we last heard something from the Strong Museum and that was when they announced the first six titles to enter their World Video Game Hall of Fame, and now they are back with even better news for the game fanatics who love the origin of it all. The Strong Museum of Play in Rochester, New York has announced the acquisition of over 2,000 documents, drawings, photographs, mockups, proofs, and other materials that chronicle the design and creation of Atari game packaging and user manuals in the ’70s and ’80’s. from a pair of California collectors.

The new collection comes from a pair of California collectors, but whether it was sold or donated wasn’t really revealed. That doesn’t really matter anyway as everyone will be able to enjoy this collection now. It will be made available for professionals to study and review as well as be part of future displays.

The Cort and Barbara Allen Atari Packaging Design Collection (1976–1984), as it is called, includes packaging and manual design materials for the Atari 2600 home console (1982 version). There’s also unreleased Kee Games ( a company created by Joe Keenan, a friend of Atari co-founder Nolan Bushnell) version of the Atari 2600, the Touch Me (1977) handheld electronic game, as well as Atari 2600 and Atari 5200 personal computers. Included are also competitor’s consoles games, such as Mario Bros., Donkey Kong, Dig Dug, Pac-Man, Pole Position, Donkey Kong Jr., Jungle Hunt, Robotron 2084, Surround, Asteroids, and Real Sports Football. Besides the NTSC versions, the collection also includes PAL region and French language materials and artist Cliff Spohn’s original package cover artwork for the 1977 Atari Video Computer System launch title Surround.

30 Days Returns Now Law In The UK

We’ve all had it before, you’ve gone out and brought something new, something nice and shiny and you get it home, open the package like a child at Christmas and when you go to use it, you find it won’t work. Sometimes it takes a little longer, like that MP3 player you had which worked for about a week and then one day just stopped turning on. How about that phone screen which turned black after two weeks and yet still rings? We have even come across that with video games, when you buy that bit of software and then suddenly half way through the first level you find that it’s taken up all your RAM and your computer is slower than your calculator? Now you don’t have to worry about that, at least not for the first 30 days.

In the UK, on the 1st of October 2015, the Consumer Rights Act came into effect. This is the first time that your rights, or at least those outlining digital content, have been set in law. Previously the best you had was that you were entitled to a refund within a “reasonable time”, if it takes you a week to get around to playing a game and they said you should have played it on the first day, you were in trouble. Now you have one month to claim, and if a repair or replacement is impossible you are entitled to a refund. The refund must, I repeat MUST, arrive within 14 days of the acknowledgement of the claim by the retailer.

What about that game you download only to find it has come with a bunch of hidden bonus features, and not of the good kind. Well if their software has infected your PC with viruses, you could be liable for compensation (cue the automated phone calls).

Have you ever had to request a refund for a fault game? How about a piece of technology that broke just before/after the warrenty period ended?

Thank you Independent for the information.

Thank you Pc Gamer for the image.

Quentin Tarantino Dislikes Netflix And Still Records Films To VHS

I do enjoy a Quentin Tarantino film, from the stylised Kill Bill volume 1 – 2 to From Dusk Till Dawn. Streaming may be the way forward for many consumers and industries, but not according to Mr Tarantino, who voices his disgruntlement for the format within a new book entitled “I lost it at the video store.

Tarantino says: “I am not excited about streaming at all. I like something hard and tangible in my hand. And I can’t watch a movie on a laptop. I don’t use Netflix at all.” I agree with him to a point. My view is this, if you pay for Netflix you receive a vast array of content at a reasonable price, this is all well and good until one day you might decide to stop paying the subscription price, at which point all the content you enjoyed is gone and you’re left with nothing tangible

You could counter argue and state that Netflix is cheaper than buying a collection of DVDs, and that consumers have evolved to watch a particular film once before moving onto the next one. Hence the reason why there might not be any need to purchase the DVD in question; it might all depend on the tech generation which a person grew up with and therefore remember.

The next comments by Mr Tarantino are certainly interesting “I don’t have any sort of delivery system. I have the videos from Video Archives. They went out of business, and I bought their inventory. Probably close to eight thousand tapes and DVDs”. Imagine owning 8000 tapes and DVDs, the rewinding would drive many people crazy not to mention the lens cleaning equipment. Tarantino also states that he has “a bunch of DVDs and a bunch of videos, and I still tape movies off of television on video so I can keep my collection going.” I draw the line using a VHS tape, which never really liked me, considering I often receive a black bar which flickered across the top of the screen.

Quentin Tarantino is a purest in terms of producing film. Digital formats do not enter his realm and it depends on your point of view. Kids of today will only know music in terms of an MP3 download or even streaming only while others remember CD, tapes and Vinyl. Nostalgia brings back memories associated with an individual’s life which is intertwined with fond experiences they had, i.e. buying their first album. Streaming is the future and many people will love it, it just depends on the viewpoint of that individual.

Thank you independent for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of blackfilm

Microsoft Listed the Features You Won’t See in Windows 10

As the release of Microsoft’s latest distribution of Windows approaches, we all need to be informed on what changes to expect from the company. This is why the company listed a few deprecated features for users to know what the final build will miss compared to previous versions.

Of course, we will see some driver compatibility issues at first with older hardware, but we are more interested in what features are not included compared to Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1. From what we can see, Microsoft is stripping out the Media Center completely, along with Windows 7’s gadgets.

Solitaire, Minesweeper and Hearts Games will be removed as soon as users upgrade to Windows 10, but the latest distribution is said to come with a new version of the latter games named Microsoft Solitaire Collection and Microsoft Minesweeper. Also, I don’t think anyone is using a Floppy Disk nowadays, but it’s nice to see you can still get support for it through additional drivers. The full list of deprecated features can be viewed below:

Feature deprecation section

  • If you have Windows 7 Home Premium, Windows 7 Professional, Windows 7 Ultimate, Windows 8 Pro with Media Center, or Windows 8.1 Pro with Media Center and you install Windows 10, Windows Media Center will be removed.
  • Watching DVDs requires separate playback software
  • Windows 7 desktop gadgets will be removed as part of installing Windows 10.
  • Windows 10 Home users will have updates from Windows Update automatically available. Windows 10 Pro and Windows 10 Enterprise users will have the ability to defer updates.
  • Solitaire, Minesweeper, and Hearts Games that come pre-installed on Windows 7 will be removed as part of installing the Windows 10 upgrade. Microsoft has released our version of Solitaire and Minesweeper called the “Microsoft Solitaire Collection” and “Microsoft Minesweeper.”
  • If you have a USB floppy drive, you will need to download the latest driver from Windows Update or from the manufacturer’s website.
  • If you have Windows Live Essentials installed on your system, the OneDrive application is removed and replaced with the inbox version of OneDrive.

Thank you Gizmodo for providing us with this information

PlayStation 4 Might Get Uncharted Remastered Collection this Summer

You might have bought a PlayStation 4 but haven’t had a chance to play the Uncharted series since they were for the older PS3. Well, you might be happy to know that Tamaki, a well known leaker, just confirmed that the PlayStation 4 will get the Uncharted Remastered Collection and it will be announced at E3.

He tells us that the move to release the Remastered Collection on the PlayStation 4 is a way for Sony to make up to Uncharted fans for the Uncharted 4 delay. But are you really still mad at Sony for the constant delay of the latest Uncharted title after you know you can play the collection on the PlayStation 4 this summer? I don’t think so.

However, don’t be excited just yet as Tamaki may have good inside information, but it won’t be official until Sony says so. However, the Uncharted series really was a big hit on the PS3, so it would be a shame for Sony to miss out on releasing a Remastered Collection of the series on their latest console, along with Uncharted 4 (eventually).

All we can do now is wait and see if Tamaki is right and it gets unveiled at E3. Are you excited? Let us know!

Thank you VGS for providing us with this information
Image courtesy of MeriStation ZonaForo

How to Delete All Information Google Knows About You

Does the fact google knows more about you than you do yourself worry you?

Many members of the global community are irritated by the vast amount of information that Google collects about their searches.

Yahoo News have released an article with a guide on how to remove the information the internet giant collects:

First, here’s how to download your history:

1. Navigate to Google’s Web and App Activity page.

2. Next, click the gear icon in the top-right corner of the screen.

3. Then select Download from the drop-down menu.

You’ll then receive a pop-up window warning you not to download your search history to a public computer, as it contains a large amount of sensitive information.

4. If you want to continue, click CreateArchive.

Once your history is downloaded, you’ll receive a link in a few seconds that lets you view your data.

If you don’t want to download your data, and would rather get rid of it, you can do that as well. Of course, there are some reasons to let Google keep your search data. For one thing, it guarantees faster search results. It also ensures that Google Now has all of the latest relevant information about you. If you delete your data, your searches won’t be as tailored to your habits.

Still want to get rid of your search history? Here’s how!

Before we get started, it’s worth pointing out that if you want to keep your information hidden, you can use your browser’s privacy option, which keeps Google from saving your data — though it can still be seen by your service provider or employer.

Simply deleting you browser history won’t clear the data saved by Google, as you’re only deleting the information stored by your browser and not what’s on Google’s servers. To do that, you’ll have to:

1. Navigate to the Web and App Activity Page and click the gear iconin the top-right corner.

2. Select Remove Items and choose the beginning of time from the drop-down menu.

3.Click Remove and kiss your data goodbye.

That’s it. All of your search history will be deleted, and you’ll never have to worry about Google knowing about the time you looked for tickets to a Justin Bieber concert.

Thank you to Yahoo News and Venturebeat for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Yahoo News

Halo: MMC Xbox One Revealed, Shipping Worldwide This Month

If you are a Halo fan and haven’t had the chance to upgrade your Xbox 360 to the new Xbox One, then waiting a little longer won’t hurt. The Xbox One bundle with Halo: The Master Chief Collection has recently been announced and it will be available worldwide for $350.

The bundle contains the Xbox One console, along with a digital copy of The Master Chief Collection, which is comprised of the remastered versions of Halo 1 through 4 and some extra content such as Halo: Nightfall; the bundle does not include a Kinect device.

Though the Halo: MMC Xbox One bundle is said to be available in-stores this month, Microsoft stated that customers should check with their local retailers to find out exactly when it will be available in their area.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information

Guiness World Record For 8000 Nintendo Games

33-year-old Ahmed bin Fahad from the United Arab Emirates has been given a Guiness World Record for the “largest collection of Nintendo Entertainment System paraphernalia”.

Even though his record only fits his NES collection, he claims to have over 8000 games, covering Nintendo’s ancient arcade cabinets, the Famicom, NES, SNES, N64, GameCube, Wii and Wii U. He also has a giant collection of Game Boy and Nintendo DS games.

Fahad, who is a police officer by day, estimates to have spent over £260,000 on his collection.

“It is a very expensive hobby, but I wanted to set this record to give a message to the world that Arabs are not only interested in speeding cars and flashy things”. 

I guess this puts my paltry N64 collection to shame.

Source: Eurogamer

Amazon to Drop Off at UK Local Post Offices

Royal Mail and Amazon have joined forces to allow Amazon customers to pick-up parcels from UK Post Offices. This will bring the number of Amazon’s drop-off points to 16,000 in the UK.

The news has lead a number of experts to believe that this is Royal Mail’s way of keeping relevant after it was suggested that Amazon using its own delivery services could damage Royal Mail’s business by 2%. Amazon has increasingly been less reliant on third-party couriers and delivery services, as it has been building its own logistics infrastructure. This keeps Amazon’s costs down while enabling them to deliver more quickly, allowing for services like Amazon Prime and its next-day delivery.

The UK’s Royal Mail was privatised last year amid claims that its business is losing out to online services. A big proportion of Royal Mail’s business, the delivery of letters, has been in decline for a number years due to the rise of paperless communications.

Source: BBC News

Angry Birds On NSA’s ‘Most Wanted’, Privacy Snoops Revealed

Latest news puts NSA and British counterpart GCHQ in the spotlight for spying on people using mobile games, such as the popular Angry Birds mobile game. It is reported that the agencies have used this tactic since 2007, as recent information from NSA’s former contractor Edward Snowden reveals. The scope of the ‘snooping’ is to determine key factors about a person, such as age, sex, location, and other sensitive information. The documents were published by three news organisations, namely New York Times, The Guardian and ProPublica.

“The data pouring onto communication networks from the new generation of iPhone and Android apps ranges from phone model and screen size to personal details such as age, gender and location. Some apps, the documents state, can share users’ most sensitive information such as sexual orientation – and one app recorded in the material even sends specific sexual preferences such as whether or not the user may be a swinger.” as The Guardian reports on the story at hand.

However, the reports don’t disclose the exact numbers and type of data collected and stored, though it was stated that the ‘perfect scenario’ for the agencies is when a user uploads a photo from a mobile device to a social media site. The documents point out that they can cross-reference information gathered from apps with another project called XKeyscore, which basically ‘knows’ everything you do online. Afterwards, with the help of the two sets of information gathered, NSA agents without prior authorization can search a huge database of information spanning from browser history, to e-mails and online chats.

When president Obama gave his speech about the reforms looking to be done inside NSA, he failed to address other ‘bulk data collection’ projects. Are we to expect more to surface? Only time will tell.

Thank you Mashable for providing us with this information

New York Man Holds World Record For Largest Personal Video Games Collection

Michael Thomasson has an incredibly large video game collection, so much so that he has recently earned himself the world record for largest personal collection of video games! With a staggering 10,607 titles in his collection there is likely to be plenty to pick from in Michaels house, although I imagine the argument of what to play is frequent.

The collection is actually thought to be more since he found even more titles tucked away in his house after he set the record, but with a total estimated price of around $700,000 to $800,000. Michael has no intention of selling his collection any time soon, a very impressive feat in its self.

“I have games on cartridge, laser disc. I have VHS-based games, cassette-based games,” Said Thomasson .

he set this record despite starting over twice, first in 1989 when he sold his collection to raise money for a new Sega Genesis, then again in 1998 to pay for his wedding (that’s right, he’s married). Michael is growing his collection exponentially, purchasing around two games per day with an annual budget of $3000.

So, how many games do you have in your collection? Personally I’m rocking about 500, a small collection compared to this one.

Thank you Gamespot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Gamespot.

Batman Arkham Collection Edition Revealed

Batman: Arkham Collection Edition unites Batman: Arkham Asylum, Batman: Arkham City and Batman: Arkham Origins in one seriously awesome trilogy boxset of gaming goodness. Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment announced the Batman: Arkham Collection Edition this week and The blockbuster Batman: Arkham videogame franchise has been united into one staggering package. The new bundle will be made available on PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and of course PC.

The Batman: Arkham Collection Edition will be available in the UK from 22nd November 2013. Developed by WB Games Montréal and Rocksteady Studios, Batman: Arkham Collection Edition brings together the full collection of Arkham Games:

  •  Batman: Arkham Asylum
  •  Batman: Arkham City
  •  Batman: Arkham Origins

Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be available as digital downloads, while the latest game, Batman: Arkham Origins is obtainable as a physical disc. So I guess it would be fair to call this a special release of Arkham Origins rather than a true trilogy boxset as you only get one physical copy, but it still marks a great value for money collection none the less and it is perfect for those who have yet to dive into the series.

The Windows PC versions of Batman: Arkham Asylum and Batman: Arkham City will be Game of the Year editions. Included in the PS3 version of Batman: Arkham Origins will be the Knightfall DLC pack.

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Thank you WB for providing us with this information.

Smithsonian X 3D Collection Allows You To 3D Print Your Own Models

The Smithsonian is looking to put history into the hands of many more people around the world. Already on a mission to scan, digitise and create 3D models of nearly anything and everything they have, the Smithsonian is now also allowing you to download the 3D models and print them yourself.

3D printing can’t go more than a day recently without something cool being said about it, and being able to print your own models from their collection is another great addition for the 3D printing community.

The collection is already pretty vast and can be browsed using an in browser 3D viewer, with everything from fossils, historical artefacts and even the Wright Flyer.

It seems then that people and organisations around the world who really need to take a look at the shape and form of a Mammoth skeleton could always just print one of their own, and while that maybe impractical, it’s certainly easier than trying to find a real one of your own.

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Thank you Smithsonian for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of Smithsonian.