RuneScape Relaunched With New Game Engine

Many will remember playing RuneScape, the game being a popular favourite way back before large multiplayer online games flooded the video game market. From the village of Lumbridge to the battlegrounds of Castle Wars, players levelled and traded all within their browser for the past fifteen years, but that is all to change with the games relaunch, featuring new game engine and all.

Using a new visual engine and game client, RuneScape will no longer be played in your browser, instead sitting on your computer awaiting your adventures. The new adventure isn’t going to just change its location with a wide range of technical improvements including support for DirectX12 and Windows 10.

The graphics are clearly on a whole different level to the pixels and blocks that once strained your eyes as you mined for copper and tin, with new draw distances, water effects and dynamic lighting and shadows now welcoming you into the world on a whole new level.

Jagex isn’t stopping with the new game client, with Jagex promising further enhancements to the game’s visuals, including the inclusion of volumetric lighting, improved animations, and higher-resolution textures.

I remember starting back on RuneScape many years ago, and the new graphics definitely look to bring the urge to boot it up again to the surface. If you’re interested you can download the new game client here.

Facebook is Testing a Super-Speed Wi-Fi System

When it comes to technology, Facebook wants to be standing at the front of innovation with creating tools to help blind people make sense of their news feeds and their free internet service being used around the globe, but if you really want to see something then you should check out their super-speed wi-fi system they have installed at their campus.

Facebook’s campus in Menlo Park, California has a super wi-fi. What do we mean by a super wi-fi? Well, anything that servers speeds of over one gigabit per second would count as super. This means its more than 100 times the average speed of a typical house’s internet speed in the US!

Facebook doesn’t want to stop there, looking to expand the test to a large scale system in downtown San Jose later this year and then in other areas around the world. Jay Parikh, head of infrastructure and engineering at Facebook says that rolling over other high-speed options, such as Google Fiber, can prove to be difficult in urban areas, so creating a wireless infrastructure would be both cheaper and easier to deploy.

The problems title is named Terragraph and is based on the technology known as WiGig. By placing WiGig hubs on light poles and common street furnishings, Facebook hopes to create a fast wireless network that anyone can use to send and receive information on the 60 GHz radio waves the systems designed around.

Microsoft Releases Roadmap for Windows 10

When Microsoft released Windows 10 there were mixed opinions, with many saying that the unstable and unsupported features it presented meant that upgrading came at a risk. People then raised issues when they found that there were no Windows 10 update notes, a decision they eventually changed. Most recently they’ve come under fire due to the UWP, a system that’s been used in both their current releases and has even raised a developer to question their commitment to gamers. In order to help ease our questions, Microsoft has now released a roadmap showing what has, and what is to come.

In development is the ability to use a Windows or Android phone to store remote credentials to unlock your Windows 10 PC’s and use an app to unlock anything that runs Microsoft’s passport or Windows Hello systems. This will then be expanded with companion devices like the Microsoft Band 2 being used in two-factor authentication to unlock your PC’s.

Enjoy viewing your screen somewhere else? Microsoft is currently working on streaming Continuum-compatible devices to any screen connected to a Windows 10 PC while another feature they list is the ability to stream your entire PC experience to another PC. With Picture in Picture mode and the remote display experience also in the works, a key focus seems to be sharing the Windows 10 experience on a variety of devices.

With nothing achieved or cancelled at the moment, it will be interesting to see how these projects go and which ones come alive in the future. You can check out the roadmap here  to see the long list of potential and upcoming features for yourself.

Telstra Tested Its Mobile Internet With Terabytes of Downloads

When it comes to the internet, people in Australia are often plagued with bad internet. When they debuted in the speed index almost a year ago now, Australia was placed 18 out of 29 countries. Then back in February mobile internet provider, Telstra offered a day of free internet to say sorry for an outage, resulting in terabytes of downloads and the internet within Australia being affected all over. Now to prove their network can handle it they offered another free data day, and this time, Telstra’s customers met the demand with terabytes of downloads.

When we say terabytes of downloads, we mean quite a few. 2686 terabytes were downloaded, equating to 3.4 million HD movies, and some people took advantage of the deal more than offers. Sydney resident John Szaszvari downloaded a staggering 994GB from his LG G4 Wi-Fi hotspot, reaching download speeds of up to 180Mbps. While downloading Szaszvari also made sure to upload and back up photos, files and videos to the cloud, a clever use of the free data day.

Chief Operations officer Kate McKenzie took notice of this and decided that it actually equates to 40 years worth of a typical users downloads. So what did he download? 24 seasons of the Simpsons, 14 seasons of MythBusters, a “lot of random other stuff” and finished it off with the COMPLETE Wikipedia database.

With Telstra having issues and offering free data days as their way of apologising for the lack of calls or online access but with the data days showing that their network can hold up to the demand (even with some slowing thanks to certain people managing to push the boundaries of downloads), I think their reputation is starting to recover.

Expansions Back Then and DLCs Now

Steam’s holiday promotion was the perfect time to buy a present for my brother. He is a 45 year old father, passionate for first person shooters. Borderlands has been his favorite for years – not the Pre-Sequel which, although fun to play, somehow failed to deliver. I gave him a gift of Borderlands (the one with all the DLCs included) and Borderlands 2 with a handful (not all) of the expansion packs included. But there are still a series of DLCs that I can give him. This makes it easier for me to decide what to give him for his upcoming birthday, but pisses me off at the same time. Why do game developers expect me to constantly pump more and more cash into their franchise?

I see downloadable content packs the desktop equivalent of in-app purchases. No matter if you play online slots, crush candy or blow up a flower garden, you’ll always be presented with special offers on infinite lives for a time, gold coins or other in-game benefits. They cost you a tiny amount, and will make your gameplay easier. And offer you a money-bought advantage over players who don’t spend on such games due to a variety of reasons.

Back in the day, during the “golden era” of gaming (and by this I refer to the time when today’s most successful franchises were at their humble beginnings), an expansion to a game meant not just a handful of new character models and items, but a complete new story. I refer to StarCraft’s Brood War, with a complete set of three new single player campaigns. I refer to Quake’s mission packs, the Scourge of Armagon and Dissolutions of Eternity. I refer to Doom 3’s Resurrection of Evil. These were all complete packages of content and story that stood their ground as individual games.

Compare these to the Borderlands DLCs I recently purchased – Headhunter 1, 2, 3 and 4. I don’t say they cost a lot (I bought them for a “holiday special” price, with a 60% discount), but they cost too much for the extra content they delivered. I played through each of them in one day. One. Day. OK, my Mechromancer is now at level 40, which is pretty advanced, but still… one day? I expected much more from four (!) downloadable content packs.

OK, I know, my expectations are high. I can’t help it – I was raised in different times. Back in my time expansions added whole new worlds to the original game, not just a few extra weapons, skins (which are useless, since I never even see my character) and other useless things. Expansions were about added value, while today’s DLCs feel much more like just ways to ensure a continuous revenue stream for developers. Which might be indirectly good for me, as a gamer, but still annoys the hell out of me.

You Can Now Download Steam Controllers Designs For Free

Companies are normally quite protective over their property and designs. This often leads to people creating modifications and designs that are often a little rough around the edges. If you are a fan of the Steam controller then you won’t have this problem as you can now download the Stream Controllers designs for free on Steam.

The Steam controller was released in October last year and provides support for select games and lets you customise it a little. The difference here though is that you can download the computer-aided design (CAD) files to help you in creating your own custom controllers.

People were modifying the controller way before these files were released, with a Reddit thread featuring some of the mods people have made (a thread that is sure to explode thanks to 3D printers and the CAD files).

With two variations of the battery door already created and shared by valve on the download page (both can store and carry your wireless receiver for you), the ideas will surely just keep coming as players change the shape and design to increase comfort and add more features.

What would you add to your favourite controller? A drinks holder or maybe you’d like to try out a different button layout? Can this be anything but a good move for gamers and the creators of the Steam Controller alike? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below

Microsoft Wants to Know If You’ll Sell Back Your Digital Games

With the internet as fast as it is, and people gaining access to bigger and bigger storage options at cheaper prices, it comes as no surprise that people prefer the method of digital delivery for games. Being able to click a button and play a new release only minutes afterwards removes the need to travel to a store, collect a copy (if there is even one in the store) and then return home and wait for it to install. The problem being is returning or selling the copy, something Microsoft is keen to know about for your digital games.

The problem with digital games is that because they have nothing to physically return, companies are often hesitant to offer refunds or returns. Steam, one of the world’s leading digital distribution software’s, only recently updated its terms and conditions to offer returns on a wider scale than the previously accepted “paid and unplayed” model.

As part of their customer survey, Microsoft has recently been asking their users would they sell back their digital games for store credit?

In the question, they give (as an example) that the “sold back” games would give you 10% of their paid value as store credit. Meaning that £50 game would nab you £5 store credit to spend on your next game. Many would argue that 10% is barely anything of the original price while others would argue that it’s better than the games currently filling up your collections collecting digital dust.

What do you think? Would you take the offer and trade in some old games if you were offered 10% store credit?

Fallout 4 DX11 Mod Aims to Improve Lighting System

Fallout 4 has been a big hit, especially on PC where the modding community has been ripping the game to shreds and building it back up again, better than ever each time. It’s already a great looking game, but that’s never enough for the PC community and we always look to push things to the next level. Modder ‘SirGreenThumb’ has just released his latest mod, a new DX11 adjustment that aims to improve Fallout 4’s lighting system.

TrueLighting is basically a method that corrects the washed out look of the default settings, adding greater realism without actually changing any core aspects of the game or the original artists intended visions; it’s just better in general.

” I tried to keep daytime looking its original brightness without being washed out, while darkening and lengthening the night to create a more realistic night time. Similar to an ENB preset but this plugin utilizes the Fallout 4 DirectX 11. “ said SirGreenThumb.

Here are the key features of this mod:

  • It tones down bloom and eye adapt overall to more reasonable levels.
  • It calibrates certain lights for more realism.
  • It calibrates image space settings for indoor areas for a less washed out look. (still under development, some areas have not been calibrated).
  • It calibrates the image space settings for an unprecedented night time look, as well as less washed out look for daytime while keeping daytime bright.
  • It calibrates night time directional ambient to achieve a realistically dark night without darkening other lights.
  • It calibrates image space settings for dawn and dusk transitions for a seamless day/night transitions.
  • it calibrates image space settings for all time frames, weather patterns and areas for more realism.
  • It alters brightness for sun, moon, stars, upper sky, lower sky, horizon, clouds, and effects lighting for more realism.
  • It alters cloud layers, clouds transparency, fog, mist, sun glare, and moon glare for more realism.

Want to check out the mod for yourself? Hit up the download page here.

Gears Of War: Ultimate Edition Releases Without A Word

The Gears Of War franchise has been known as a game for Xbox users for years, with them enjoying releases of the second and third game while PC users were stuck enjoying the small amount of content they gained in the first game. Finally, the series returns with a bang on the PC, okay maybe not a bang but more like a silent whisper as the Ultimate Edition releases without a word from anybody.

If you are a fan of the series you’ll be able to enjoy the remaster of the original trilogy on PC as of today. Already released on the Microsoft Store for Windows 10 users you can enjoy the new game as long as your PC feels brave enough to face its requirements. Surprisingly, the last we heard about the games release was the specification for your systems and rumours about an early 2016 release date.

Perhaps a reason for the release’s rather silent release and low price mark at just £22.79 is the lack of recommendations from users who are reporting difficulty with the games and bad performance on every hardware configuration imaginable. Typically a split between your graphics card manufacturers, both AMD and Nvidia users are reporting issues with the game and a user running an R9 Fury suffering from a frame rate of fewer than 10 frames per second almost consistently.

Given the bad performance, it’s no surprise that it is a known problem to Microsoft that you can’t even download the game anymore and with recommendations to download it again “in a few days”. Given it’s their first DX12 game and made by Microsoft for what is now their franchise, the few days could be a stall to try patch up the problems people have encountered before another Arkham Knight scenario happens.

Xbox Live Is Currently “Limited”

We all have our favourite way of playing online, and those that use Xbox Live may have a bit of trouble this morning when it comes to enjoying that quick game before work or school. Currently, the service is more struggling than it is managing as several parts of the service are listed as having difficulty.

The affected services include people’s ability to buying downloadable items and downloading any previously brought items. This means that if you are looking at downloading a game or treating yourself to a DLC, now might not be the best time. If you are one of the people who likes to stream some music or videos the Xbox Video and Music stores are also currently experiencing problems, joined by Blinkbox also having issues.  Finally, the only other area affected at the moment is account management, with people unable to create

Finally, the only other area affected at the moment is account management, with people unable to create accounts, managing any of their previous accounts or even removing accounts from devices.

The only areas that don’t seem affected are the Xbox One’s website and their matchmaking, so if you wanted to just play a game you should be okay, but beyond that you may experience some trouble. You can find out the latest on Xbox live’s status page located here.

Free Data Day Went Bad for Mobile Carrier

People use their mobile phones for a lot of things, from texting and playing games to browsing and downloading. The problem with using something like your mobile or even your computer is that when the networks go down, you lose everything. Not being able to watch your latest show can be troublesome and so Telstra, an Australian provider, offered a day of free data to say sorry for an outage only to find it had a bad impact on the more than just their network.

With no restrictions on what the data could be used for, the “Free Mobile Data Sunday” promotion showed everyone just how much restrictions make us hold back, with users going as far as using 1.8 thousand terabytes in less than 24 hours. If this wasn’t enough of a figure to startle you, it equates to someone downloading an episode of Games of Thrones 5.1 million times.

While this may not seem like much, it was reported that the traffic was so high it even slowed down network speeds in parts of Australia.

Do you use your mobile phone for browsing the internet? How much do you use and would removing restrictions change how often you use it? Some users even used as much as 421 gigabytes, over 52 times the normal monthly cap of 8GB.

The “Political Machine” Lets You Run For President

The various campaigns from hopeful candidates aiming to be the next president of the United States feels as if it has been going on forever, from Donald trump and his controversial views to Hillary Clinton and her private email scandal, it really feels like Groundhog day. Hoping to harness the political interest is a games developer by the name of “Stardock Entertainment” who has both developed and also released a game by the name of “The Political Machine”.

Below is a summary of the key features of this game along with a selection of screenshots,

  • Mudslinging – Use your power and money to purchase ads and influence voters.
  • The game has over a dozen political candidates – Play as one of the several pre-made candidates like Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton.
  • Scandals – the game includes such real-life scandals as email hacking, affairs and also natural disasters.
  • Custom built candidates – Create your own custom front-runner and race for the White House.

Below is the first screenshot, as you can see, it’s not the most high-tech game in the world in terms of graphics, although it does capture Donald Trump.

The next screenshot is below and conveys how your chosen political figure will perform in terms of how many votes will be gained and also who will win each state.

Below is a trailer video to convey the style of this game,

The specifications for this game are below, if your thinking of running this title then it should be pretty straightforward.

  • Operating System – Windows 10 / 8 / 7 SP1 / Vista SP2
  • RAM –  1 GB RAM
  • Graphics – 64 MB DirectX 9.0c 3D Video Card with Pixel Shader 2.0 Support
  • CPU –  1 GHz Processor
  • Hard Drive Space – 1 GB HD space
  • Sound Card – DirectX 9.0c Compatible Sound card

The game is priced at $7.49 and is available through Steam, Stardock themselves and also a digital download.

Amazon Releases AAA Game Engine For Free

Game developers can choose from a huge array of tools including Unity, Unreal Engine 4, Game Maker Studio and more! The latest addition comes from Amazon and allows for complex visuals to create absolutely breathtaking AAA releases. The Lumberyard engine adopts an open source philosophy meaning it’s free to download, and features a comprehensive editor. Furthermore, the source code is deeply integrated with AWS and Twitch to provide unlimited possibilities. It’s important to note that the source code is fully customizable, and there’s no seat fees, subscription fees or requirements to share revenue. The only payment comes from the AWS services you choose to use.

In regards to Twitch functionality, Amazon claim the engine:

“…is integrated with Twitch so that you can build games that engage with the more than 1.7 million monthly broadcasters, and more than 100 million monthly viewers on Twitch. With Amazon Lumberyard’s Twitch ChatPlay, you can use a drag-and-drop visual scripting interface to create gameplay features in as little as minutes that let Twitch viewers use chat to directly impact the game they are watching in real-time. And, the Twitch JoinIn feature within Amazon Lumberyard helps you build games that let Twitch broadcasters to instantly invite their live audiences to join them side-by-side in the game, with a single click, while others continue to watch.”

The source code is native C++ used on over 90% of PC and console development projects. This should make the engine extremely easy to use to those with industry experience. On another note, Amazon’s Lumberyard includes an exclusive free version of Audiokinect’s advanced sound engine and authoring tool for PC games. This means you can create rich and professional soundscapes for a wide range of titles. Overall, this is a wonderful set of tools, and it’s great to see this being provided at zero cost. If you’re a professional developer, or wanting to hone your skills, it’s certainly worth a look!

The Last of Us GTA V Mods Look Incredible!

There’s no shortage of truly incredible Grand Theft Auto V mods, but every now and then, something really special comes along that kicks things up a few notches. The latest mods that caught our eye are the Last of Us Joel and Map Mods, which transform the vibrant cities of GTA V into a post-apocalyptic wasteland. The cities streets are quiet, the people are gone, the cars have all stopped and nature has slowly started to reclaim the streets and return it to the Earth.

What’s even more incredible about this mod is that it simply looks like The Last of Us. Those who’ve played the fantastic 3rd person adventure game on the PlayStation will certainly feel right at home watching this video.

As you could see in the video, the game lacks any kind of action at the moment, but there are so many mods already out there that it shouldn’t take much to combine this map and character mod with a few others. Add a few wild animals, throw in a few scavengers and murderers, and you’re good to go exploring a vast open world of urban jungle. I must admit, this would be a great setup to use in combination with a zombie mod, or as a multiplayer location. Of course, if you want to make things even weirder, why not add in these incredible Batmobile mods or cruise around the now desolate island in the Titanic?

If you want to take a look at these mods yourself, you can download After Us: Rodeo here. If you want to get Joel in on the action, you can download the mod for him here and complete the set.

What’s your favourite Grand Theft Auto V mod so far? Feel free to share your favourites in the comments section below.

Need For Speed: Most Wanted is Now Free For a Limited Time

EA has a poor reputation among the gaming community due to the implementation of DLC, microtransactions, pre-order bonuses and other anti-consumer initiatives. Furthermore, their behaviour resulted in the demise of various franchises including Dead Space and Medal of Honor. This is a crying shame because the Dead Space series originally evoked such a tense, atmospheric feel and eventually went onto become a generic third-person action game. On another note, EA decided to make their games exclusive to the Origin digital distribution service and gamers could no longer use their favourite client, Steam. Consumers are quite vocal in their distaste for the Origin system and prefer to have a huge catalogue of games in one client.

Arguably, there’s some logic in EA’s decision because they didn’t want to accept Valve’s cut for selling games on the Steam service. Although, I do wonder if the company would still be making more money on Steam due to the significantly higher user base. Whatever the case, Origin isn’t a terrible system and includes a number of interesting features such as the Great Game Guarantee. This allows the end-user to acquire a refund incase the game doesn’t meet their expectations or run properly. Every so often, EA also launches a promotion entitled, ‘On The House’ which grants access to a major release for FREE! The latest game to be added to the promotion is Need For Speed: Most Wanted.

While it’s technically part of the Need For Speed series, the game really is a modernized version of Burnout Paradise. This isn’t surprising as it’s made by Criterion Games, one of the most iconic racing developers ever created. Need For Speed: Most Wanted isn’t the best game I’ve played but it’s certainly a lot of fun hurtling around corners and avoiding oncoming traffic. Please be aware the promotion can end quite abruptly as shown by the recent Jade Empire deal.

Batmobile’s and Titanic Unleashed in GTA V

Grand Theft Auto is easily one of the greatest games in the series so far, the stories are fun, the graphics are great and the game world massive! However, no matter how much fun the game was at release, the PC modding community aren’t going to just take a day off and leave this one alone. While ripping around in the stock vehicles is a lot of fun, modded cars are where the real action is at, especially when those vehicles are eight of the most iconic Batmobiles!

This incredible mod adds the Batmobile 1966, Batmobile 1989, Batmobile MK2, The Tumbler, The Batwing, Batmobile 2016, The Batpod and the Batmobile Asylum; that’s a lot of potential Batman action right there! These are really detailed too, with interiors on the vehicles, weapons systems where appropriate and even the jet boosters for when you really need to get out there quickly and fight crime… or cause crime, no one said you had to be Batman.

Check out the videos below for a look at the new cars, as well as a flight in the Batwing. If that doesn’t have you reaching for the nearest mod download site, nothing will.

Just when you thought you had seen it all in terms of vehicle packs, there’s one that’s just a little bit bigger than the Batmobile, ok, it’s a LOT bigger. If you’ve ever dreamed about taking the Titanic on a cruise around the islands in GTA V, then today is your lucky day, as one modder has brought the iconic ship back for you to cruise around in.

I must admit, nothing says ultimate billionaire adventure pack like a luxury cruise ship and a Batmobile, so what are you waiting for. Download the Batman Vehicles mod here, and the Titanic mod here.

Which iconic vehicles would you like to see modded into GTA V?

Brutal Doom Developer Now Working on Brutal Doom 64!

Brutal Doom is quite possibly one of the greatest game modification projects we’ve ever seen. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s the same Doom we knew and loved from the early days of PC gaming, with the violence and action dialled up to 11. The guns have been made more powerful, the gore effects have been expanded, ragdoll physics have been added, the music improved, the sound tuned and so much more. Let’s take a quick look at the current form of Brutal Doom in the most recent trailer below.

OK, if that video didn’t get you in the mood for some hardcore FPS violence, nothing will. So what is the talented modder SGtMarkIV doing this time? He’s taking Doom 64, often regarded as one of the greatest Doom games of all time, and giving it the Brutal modification it deserves.

To celebrate this announcement, Sergeant_Mark_IV has released the first early alpha screenshots of the project. This may not be as exciting as the video above, but given that he’s quite an active modder and often updates on the progress of his mods regularly, we can no doubt expect to see a featured video in the very near future.

Brutal Doom 64 is expected to have new special effects, improved particles, new lighting, more detailed gore, upgraded sound, extra and improved weapons animations, new monsters and even stuff that was cut from the original Nintendo 64 version. Overall, it may turn out to be the greatest Doom game ever created. Sure, we know there are more modern ones, but they’re just nowhere near as fun as the older ones.

The question is, what other games could be given the brutal makeover? Let us know in the comments which games you would like to see given this extreme treatment.

If you want to play the original Brutal Doom, you can download it from Moddb here.

MSI Releases Fix For Skylake Bug Causing Instability

Intel’s Skylake architecture has received a barrage of negative publicity after reports suggested the CPUs could bend under the weight of high pressure coolers and now, a bug was discovered during intensive workloads which causes the system to freeze. The root cause of this is hyperthreading and the use of CPUsupportsFMA3. Intel responded to the claims with an official statement which reads:

“Intel has identified an issue that potentially affects the 6th Gen Intel® Core family of products.  This issue only occurs under certain complex workload conditions, like those that may be encountered when running applications like Prime95.  In those cases, the processor may hang or cause unpredictable system behavior.  Intel has identified and released a fix and is working with external business partners to get the fix deployed through BIOS.”

Thankfully, MSI has released a very swift BIOS update to eradicate the issue although this only covers the Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM and Z170A GAMING M7 so far. However, the rest of MSI’s Skylake line-up will receive a fix pretty soon and be avaliable via MSI’s website. Please note, if you desperately need to apply the latest BIOS now for either the Z170A XPOWER GAMING TITANIUM and Z170A GAMING M7, navigate to this page.

Clearly, Intel’s latest release hasn’t gone as smoothly as the company expected, and issues have arisen which could deter consumers from upgrading. Despite this, it’s great to see such a fast response to any technical problems and helps to reassure users that Skylake is a worthwhile investment. Customer service is key in the technology industry, and once again MSI is displaying their commitment to providing the best communication possible. It will be interesting to see if any other technical problems arise from Skylake, but it’s important to remember that the freezing bug only really comes into play during extreme stress workloads.

Valve Increasing Steam’s Speed With 100 Gbps Connections

Steam is a global name in video games. As a platform for everything from selling games to networking players, the service enables you to download a small client and regain access to a collection of thousands of games. Not surprising then that they’ve recruited Level 3 communications to increase their network speed.

Level 3 deliver a collection of high-speed connections all around the world, a service that Steam users will be able to enjoy soon as Valve has approached Level 3 to upgrade their network to include their “100 gigabits per second” connection. They state several good reasons for this upgrade, the first of which is the service’s growth year on year. With a 75% increase year on year, you can imagine how their servers must be with new games released causing massive spikes of downloads. 400-500 petabytes of data are downloaded worldwide per month with 4-5 exabytes being downloaded per year, a figure that will only increase with games increasing in average size year on year. With Steam games coming from MB’s to GB’s the “standard” for Steam is roughly 10-40 gigabytes per user download. This is quite hefty given the service has over 100 million users, with users often being online at peak times such as during sales in which it’s not uncommon for millions of users to be online at the same time.

During those busy times, you may quickly notice that your connection stays at peak performance with such an array of upgrades coming soon. Now if only we could all get stable, fast internet at homes it would help make that game time less stressful.

BioShock Mod Removes FPS Cap – Allows up to 144FPS

Bioshock, one of the most iconic FPS games of all time, is still just as great to play as it was when it was released, or is it? The PC game modding scene never ceases to amaze me and this time, the talented modder “Turtle [CPU Cool]” has released a mod that really brings BioShock into the modern age of PC gaming, again.

The games physics engine has a cap of 30FPS, or it did, as the new mod unlocks those already beautiful physics and kicks them up to 60, 120 and 144FPS targets, and if you think they looked great before, you haven’t seen anything yet!

The mod is available to download from GitHub, and if you’re looking for an excuse to replay this classic, this is the best one we’ve had in a long while. BioshockPhysicsUnlocker.exe is easy enough to install, just copy the file to your games directory, run the program, pick the FPS target you desire and you’re ready to rock.

For those of you with high refresh displays, the 144FPS mode is going to blow your mind. Check out the trailer for Phyiscs Unlocker below and be sure to check out the mod when you get a chance.

We love this mod, but what’s your favorite game mod?

New Characters Revealed For Super Smash Bros

The Super Smash Bros series is a fighting game made by Nintendo with a mix of their own characters and since the Wii version, characters from other game series. It would seem that Nintendo are keen to keep the sales going, and at Nintendo Direct, their own press event, they were keen to reveal the newest roster of characters for their game.

The initial roster was boosted by the likes of Roy, a character who has previously appeared within the series, Mewtwo and even Ryu from the street fighter series. The latest characters to be introduced to the series include Cloud Strife, the protagonist from the Final Fantasy series. Famous for his giant broad sword and lion emblem, Cloud won’t be joining the series alone.

Cloud will be joined by both Corrin, an armour clad warrior with a flaming serrated blade and a selection of dragon inspired moves and powers. Check out the video below if you want to see Corrin take on the “champions of smash”.

As if this wasn’t enough, Bayonetta is also joining the fight. With pistols strapped to her legs and the ability to summon demon’s limbs to smash her opponents off the screen,check out the video below to see just why you should avoid her in a fight.

Fallout 4 Pirate Learns Expensive Lesson as Bitcoins Go Missing

You should never pirate games or software in general, that is something that we all know. There are those who can’t resist that temptation now and the, but it can end very badly and end up costing you a lot more than just purchasing the game straight away. That was a lesson that was learned by Redditor arkanoah as he discovered that 4.88 BitCoin went missing from his wallet.

He took his problem to Reddit in order to try to figure out where his missing BitCoin were and how they got missing. Other Redditors were quick to notice the time of disappearance, November 11th, which coincides with the time that Fallout 4 was released. Asking the question if he had pirated that or another game was answered with yes and that’s most likely the way his BitCoin were stolen.

Cracked software is risky to download as it often contains malware in one form or another and it is the most likely scenario that this is the way that the 4.88 BitCoin went missing. The user originally scanned his download with antivirus software and later the system with Malwarebytes and GMER which both returned zero infections. So whether the attacker cleaned his tracks after downloading and cracking arkanoah’s BitCoin wallet or the mechanism used is so sophisticated that it isn’t being detected is up to everyone’s own guess, we most likely won’t find out. It is however most likely that the perpetrator cleaned his tracks before leaving the victim’s computer.

At the time, the 4.88 BitCoin were worth $1773, quite a bit more than the game would have cost him on Steam or other platforms. Lesson learned, I hope.

ShiftWear – Shoes With Built-in Displays That Change as You Walk!

So that collection of shoes you own? Those red, black, white, blue trainers? What if you only needed one pair? What if you could change your colour and style of your shoes as you walked? ShiftWear is an IndieGoGo project from David Coelho and it looks like you could quickly pass on the local shoe store.

With flexible HD screens, the concept is an ingenious one, being able to customise your footwear through an app, adding everything from a picture of your friends and family to lightning that sparks with every footstep.

30 days of battery life combined with walk to charge technology means that instead of plugging in your shoes you can just walk to see your art come to life, with a store to not only download and add images to your shoes but also to upload your own, sharing your artwork on canvases all around the world while people walk.

At $150 (£99.79 approximately) for the starting pair and another $50 (around £33) for shipping, you could be putting a lot of money into a single set of shoes. With them being machine washable and Kevlar fiber coated soles, they are built to last and with the screens you would never have to wear the same shoes twice.

If you have $1000 spare you can even get the limited edition ShiftWear, with a screen that covers the entire trainer. Who feels like a little artist today?

ISP’s in Germany Can be Ordered to Block Piracy Websites

ISP’s are the ones responsible for giving the public access to the world wide web and everything that you can find on it. The problem with the public having access to everything is that sometimes they give access to things which they shouldn’t, a game or a movie or sometimes just designs for things which haven’t even been created. Piracy online is the concept that you either host or copy something that you don’t own, have the rights to use or the permission to run. Germany has had enough though and its supreme court has said that maybe you shouldn’t be able to access that material online.

In a recent ruling, the supreme court has ruled that ISP’s can be required to block sites if they meet two conditions first. The first condition is that the person requesting the block must have explored alternative options, this can be anything from contacting the person that uploaded the material to contacting the site that hosts the material.

The second option is that the site can only be blocked if “on balance” they are deemed to have more illegal than legal content, this means that if someone uploads one bad file to your system the chance that your system will be blocked is small.

More and more countries are making moves like this, from tracking down illegal uploaders to blocking off people’s access to the materials, where do you stand on this question. Should we be given free reign of the internet and the people who are illegally uploading materials targeted or should the people who download and use the materials illegally be acceptable targets for legal action as well?

All Quake Games & DLC Now Available at Bundle Stars!

Quake, one of the most iconic shooters of all time, is now available at Bundle Stars. While that in its self isn’t the biggest news ever, what really stands out is that all games in the Quake franchise and all their respective DLC are bundled together for one amazing price.

From the original Quake, the legendary Quake II, and even my personal favourite Quake III Arena are all included. This is a huge amount of classic gaming for you to play through and even if you’re done with it, it’s not a bad stocking filler for those shopping for a few Christmas gifts this holiday season.

QUAKE – Stop the Alien invaders and take on 32 single player stages, and compete in 6 deathmatch stages. Experience the immersive world of Quake, a game still considered to be one of the most influential games of all time.

QUAKE Mission Pack 1: Scourge of Armagon – Their leader Shub-Niggurath may have been defeated, but the QUAKE forces still roam Earth. Leap into the connecting portal and shut down the source of the evil for good.

QUAKE Mission Pack 2: Dissolution of Eternity – Your journey has led you down a path of no return. Save the entire universe and stop QUAKE for good, or die trying in the two concluding chapters in the original QUAKE story.

QUAKE II – Travel to Alien planet and fight to determine the fate of humanity. With your team reduced to but a few, and the odds stacked against you, will you be able to shut down the enemy’s war machine for good?

QUAKE II Mission Pack: Ground Zero – Taking out the Big Gun sounded simple enough, except the Strogg were waiting. You may have survived that, but The Gravity Well, the Strogg’s newest weapon in its arsenal against mankind, is now operational.

QUAKE II Mission Pack: The Reckoning – As part of an elite commando force, you must work to infiltrate a hostile Alien cite in order to stow away on an Alien spacecraft. Only then can you destroy their secret moon base, and complete your mission.

QUAKE III Arena – Welcome to the Arena, where high-ranking warriors are transformed into spineless mush. Take on Alien races with explosive weapons knowing that only the victor gets to walk out alive.

QUAKE III Team Arena – United by name and by cause, The Fallen, Pagans, Crusaders, Intruders, and Stroggs must channel their power into an allied operation, where teamwork is the only method of mass destruction.

QUAKE IV – Continuing on from Quake II’s conclusion, take the battle to the heart of the Strogg home planet and become earth’s only hope for victory. This time around, the only way to defeat the enemy is to become one of them.

There is one small catch, however, the bundle is region locked, so if you’re from Germany, Austria, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, Egypt or Lebanon, Steam will NOT active the codes for you.

So what are you waiting for? Head over to Bundle Stars where you’ll find the Quake Bundle for just $10.19 / £5.77 / 10.19 EUR.

New Trailer for Doom’s Total Conversion Mod – Resident Evil Code Name Hunk

Modding is by far one of the coolest features of PC gaming, but every now and them, a modder or even a team of modders come along that go far beyond the basics of HD textures, new armour (or no armour, if you know what I mean) and weapon mods. Modder “DooMero” has been working hard on a total conversion mod for id Software’s classic FPS, DOOM.

Resident Evil Code Name Hunk takes one iconic series and forces it right into the Doom engine, with all the stunning 2D visuals that we came to know and love about Doom. Featuring a new level that was based around Resident Evil Survivor, a third person camera to suit the Resident Evil gameplay style and a whole host of action and cut-scenes to give everything some pace.

This original, albeit heavily inspired story takes place in the year 2002.

“Before the end of Umbrella, the alpha team of U.S.S. and commanded by Hunk need to collect all the samples created by dr. Young and ex-umbrella scientist responsible of the creation of the TNB virus, a T-veronica variation. The events occur in a complex facility located in Mero city.” said DooMero

It’s certainly an interesting project and if you’re unsure what to make of it, check out the newly released 35-minute long play through video below. Want to play it? Sit tight, as the total conversion mod will be released just next week!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OldcJsMYDs0

 

 

Fallout 4 Beta Patch Now Available

Fallout 4 launched with more than a few bugs, although what game doesn’t these days! Bethesda has been working hard since the games release, tweaking and improving various aspects of the game and players will be pleased to hear that the first release is ready, well, almost. The first patch for Fallout 4 has been released in beta form, so keep in mind that there could even be bugs in the fixes.

Looking at the release notes, it all seems fairly straight forward, general memory and stability improvements, a few pesky bugs and minor tweaks. Overall, there’s very few fixes, but I’m sure some of you will be happy to see them regardless.

Here’s how to access the beta update:

  • Log into Steam
  • Right Click on Fallout 4 in your Library
  • Select Settings
  • Select Betas
  • A drop down menu will appear. Select Beta Update
  • Select OK.
  • Wait a few minutes and Fallout 4 should update.
  • When done, Fallout 4 should appear as Fallout 4 [beta] in your Library

Check out the full changelog below:

New Features

  • Number pad keys can now be used for remapping
  • Remapping Activate now works on Quick Container

Fixes

  • General memory and stability improvements
  • Fixed issue where equipped weapons become locked after completing Reunions
  • Fixed issue with When Freedom Calls where the quest would not complete
  • During Confidence Man, fixed issue where player’s health would continuously regenerate
  • Fixed crash related to jumping into water and reloading saved games
  • Fixed issue where Launcher would not save God Rays Quality setting properly

Are you having issues with Fallout 4? Let us know in the comments section below.