Mad Catz Supports Virtual Farmers With New Hardware

Mad Catz recently branded out into the Music games with their Rock Band deals, but there are more simulation genres to be conquered; the next on is farming. The Farming Simulator game has become quite popular and had many versions up until now.

Mad Catz now brings the exclusive hardware specially designed for farming. The Tractor Steering Wheel, the pedals and the side panel you need to play Farming Simulator 15 the best way possible. If you would couple this hardware with an Oculus Rift, then you truly get close to the real experience.

Pre-orders can be placed now and the actual hardware is scheduled to be available this fall. The hardware is officially licensed and compatible with Farming Simulator 2013 and 2015 as well as the upcoming Faming Simulator 2015 Gold Edition and future GIANTS Software titles in the series.

The highly realistic Tractor Wheel & Pedal Set provides enthusiasts with a center-sprung, properly tilted wheel, complete with turn-knob providing 900 degrees of rotation.

The Vehicle Side Panel has over 25 programmable buttons for total control. The realistic front loader control stick finishes the sensation of true mastery over heavy machinery.

You can pre-order the new hardware now at the official Saitek Mad Catz Farming Simulator page. The new hardware will already be on display at the E3 expo.

“Our Saitek brand of simulation products strive for authenticity, quality and attention to detail and we believe that Farming Simulator enthusiasts will be impressed with our forthcoming range of hardware,” said Darren Richardson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mad Catz. “We are pleased to offer fans the opportunity to pre-order the range of products and look forward to them contributing to our growth in 2015 and beyond.”

As for the price, the Wheel and pedals set will cost you $149.99 and the same goes for the Side panel. A complete pack with all three items will also be available for $299.99, which actually is a cent more than buying the individual packs.

Blizzard Kills Over 100,000 WoW Accounts With Six Month Bans

World Of Warcraft can claim to be the start of the MMO craze. Allowing thousands of players to take part in events that shaped Azeroth. With legendary weapons and characters alike to help and hinder players as Mages and Warriors fighting anything from Dragons to Undead Kings. So you can understand when they find that over a hundred thousand are botting, they want to remove them.

Botting is the process of automating an action, anything from killing low-level creatures to gather the resources they drop to taking place in large player based battles to be used as cannon fodder. Normally Blizzard has a particular way to combat these, study their behaviour then block accounts which are using the same behaviour pattern. This process can take months to complete though, all the while players are finding the in-game markets flooded by both items and players with a lot of money and experience earned the easy way.

With six-month bans stopping accounts who are found to be botting players are happy that their game is now cheater-free, but they are also worried. A lot of players use Macro’s, pre-programmed sets of keys used at the press of a single button. In response Bashiok, a community manager, posted a reply to a worried gamer stating that unless your actions are automated you should be ok.

When I started playing online games years ago I quickly found that I had plenty of competition when it came to taking down creatures or harvesting rare materials, all because of plain characters with random names doing the same task over and over again. Have you ever had a game you liked ruined by bots? What do you think about players who use bots to get resources and experience?

Thanks to PCGamesn for providing us with information.

Thanks to pichostp for the image.

Farming Simulator 15 Trailer Released

Best flock to the shop as soon as possible, farming Simulator 15 for consoles is on its way.

The launch is on the 19th of may for the PS4, X-box One,PS3 and the X-Box 360. The release means good news for console gamers; they will get all of the features that the PC edition has. Mainly the online co-op feature.

This allows you to be able to share your land and farm with other online players and team up to create your own wonder farm. Most people, however just descend into madness and set up a mass game of tractor racing across one of the maps.

The PS4 and Xbox One versions are available for pre-order at the fine-grained price of £35 and the Xbox 360 version is a little cheaper at £27

The Farming Simulator Creators (Giants Software) have released that there are over 100 vehicles and tools available in the game; there are 40 licensed brands of equipment too so you can ensure that you have the exact tractor for the job.

“Farming Simulator 15 invites you into the challenging world of a modern-day farmer. Take on all the challenges of farming life, including working with animals (cows, chicken and sheep), cultivating your land and harvesting crops.”

Sounds truly riveting!

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Image courtesy of dsogaming.com

Elon Musk Is Hiring a Farmer

Elon Musk’s space project – SpaceX, is after a farmer. The announcement came via a job posting this week.

Now hold your horses, just like many of us, you may well have become intrigued by the possibility that Musk and Co. were investigating the possibility of farming on Mars. It turns out that this is probably not the case.

The posting itself is quite earth-related –

  • Perform practical farm activities, e.g. driving tractors, operating machinery, spraying fields, etc.

  • Procure equipment and supplies, e.g. tractors, implements, fertilizer and seed

  • Perform or arrange for the maintenance and repair of machinery and equipment

  • Maintain, monitor, and perform actions as necessary to increase the quality of crop yield

Agriculture.com (via The Verge) says that the posting is probably to do with SpaceX’s finances rather than Martian exploration. They suggest that it’s all down to the tax exemptions that can be brought by declaring land as farm land, as well as the purchase of farming equipment.

Anyway, if you are a farmer in McGregor, Texas and you’re interested in space, this job could be a nice fit.

Source: The Verge

Steam Weekend Sale 12-4-13

Steam are at it again! This time they are bringing some insane options to the table that couldn’t be any different from one another, in my opinion at least. As some might be aware, Steam do love a good barging for the weekend and this time they are offering a huge Half Price deal on two rather successful games, and if you have been eyeing up one of these games for a while, now is the time to buy them!

First off we have a very unique simulator game – Farming Simulator 2013, the name pretty much is a dead give away for what it is and that is being a Farmer, I won’t lie – I haven’t played the game at all so wouldn’t feel just in talking about it or even commenting on it but if you enjoy something a bit different they you can get this game for under £10 which ain’t to bad a price for a game that came out this year.

The other one is something that has had huge ravings and people love it in general, I didn’t though. But hey, I know I am among the minority when I say that as the game known as Dishonoured received nothing, but raving reviews before it even hit the shelves, slapping it squarely at just under £15 it is pretty much a steal to anyone who would be remotely interested in a fantasy, steam punk stealth game. So what are you waiting for people? IT’S GAME TIME!