Project Alpha 31 – The Video Game Made Without A Programmer

When it comes to making things on computers many will tell you that if you don’t know a programming language like the back of your hand, you will struggle. These day’s that isn’t always true as Adrian Lazar found out when he was making Planet Alpha 31, a video game that was made without a programmer.

Lazar isn’t new to the video game market having been a professional game artist at AAA studios for a while but wanted to try making something a little different. Back in 2013, he started using Unity to make what would eventually become Planet Alpha 31, but his lack of experience with programming meant the game went on a hiatus. That was until he learned about Unreal Engine 4’s Blueprint visual scripting system. The system allows you to set up gameplay using nodes, connecting them together to create game rules, camera settings and even the very weapons and environmental effects that change the games very world.

The end result was Planet Alpha 31 becoming a full-time project, rather than a side project. Designed as a 2.5D game, played on a 2D plane but with 3D graphics, the graphical style of the game is like that of clay, with smooth dough looking graphics covering the landscape.

While the game may seem simple, it features rich and graphically diverse effects, with dynamic lighting really shown off when lasers rip across the screen. The game is set for release in 2017 on Xbox One, Playstation 4 and PC and I for one cannot wait to try it out.

https://youtu.be/Y9fpvjOJbJc

ASUS Surprises with XG-D2008 10Gbps Switch for Home Users

This one came quite as a surprise for me, but it is a very positive surprise as ASUS unveiled one of the first, if not the first, 10 Gigabit Ethernet switches designed for home users. We have long moved away from the slow mechanical storage drives and some people like me even moved on to something as crazy as NVMe drives in RAID setup. With that in mind, a Gigabit Ethernet connection becomes the biggest bottleneck in your system with a speed of around 120-125MB/s max. Even when you use link aggregation, you won’t be able to support these kinds of speeds.

ASUS’s new 10Gbps Switch is called the XG-D2008 and now that we’re starting to see the entry of 10 Gigabit Ethernet for home users, although mostly enthusiast users for now, it comes a little bit as a surprise to me that it is ASUS leading the front here. When we saw the NAS manufacturer Synology enter the router market last year, I figured that it just was a matter of time until they expanded into switches too. ASUS does however have a big experience in pretty much any field, so it doesn’t come as that big of a surprise after all, that they release a product like this.

Right now the information about the switch is very limited, but I really do like what I see. The design of the XG-D2008 is beautiful in what appears to be a unibody structure of aluminium with a brushed finish. The device is very simple and will blend well into any environment. While the port amount wasn’t revealed as such, we see the 8 in the name and can count 8 LEDs for LAN ports on the image, making it an 8-port switch.

The plug-and-play description points towards an unmanaged switch, although there still could be a user interface at the same time. We will make sure to update you with more information as they become available and hopefully also be able to bring you a review of this new 10 Gigabit Ethernet Switch with an enterprise-level performance yet a mainstream price tag.

Here’s Why We Won’t See DirectX 12 in Action This Year

Thinking of upgrading your graphics card for the new Windows 10 and DirectX 12? Well, I think you should wait a bit longer. While everyone is hyped to see what devs can do with the latest DirectX version, we are forgetting the most important thing, which is the platform.

What this means is that DirectX 12 is locked to Windows 10 exclusively, which limits the platform and titles released for it. I mean sure, I am a PC gamer myself, but don’t expect everyone to switch to a PC or Xbox One just because there’s a new version of DirectX rolling out. Statistics also proved that most gamers are happy with their PlayStation 4 right now, so devs don’t really have a reason to switch their development and focus on DirectX 12, at least not until next year.

Also, another thing to take into account is that most people haven’t even upgraded to DirectX 12 compatible hardware, meaning that it will take some time until we see a lot of consumers ready for DirectX 12 games. But let’s see why it will take time to switch from the current version of DirectX to the new one, because I know most of you are wondering why it will take this long and maybe even argue that DirectX 11 was adopted faster.

When taking a look at DirectX 11, the main reason it was adopted so fast by consumers as well as developers is the next-gen platforms and native development tools. DirectX 11 got released in the same year as the Xbox One and PS4, while we also had Epic and other developers release Unreal Engine 4 with native DirectX 11 support. This meant that the tools and hardware have been out there for everyone, from big to small, to use and explore the new tech.

In contrast, DirectX 12 currently looks like the old DirectX 10. We see a new thing added, but there’s hardly enough support for it both for development as well as hardware to run it. This is why DirectX 10 failed to deliver such a hype in the gaming industry and why developers focused more on DirectX 9 back in the day. However, we won’t see the same fate bestowed on DirectX 12 as we saw for DirectX 10, but we will see the same slow movement towards the new tech.

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YouTube Is Getting Ready to Launch Its Own Twitch Rival This Summer

Twitch has been the most appreciated games streaming service available on the market lately. It now has over 35 million unique visitors a month and more than 1.5 million broadcasters. Now YouTube wants to get in on the streaming action by announcing that it will launch a new service dedicated to gamers in the US and UK this summer.

YouTube has announced its own YouTube Gaming app and website, where people can visit to watch, broadcast streams and even search for what they want to find out in games. Google’s video streaming service plans to use its existing YouTube features, such as 60FPS streaming and DVR, along with new features like allowing steamers to share all their streams with one link.

“YouTube Gaming is built to be all about your favorite games and gamers, with more videos than anywhere else. From “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” more than 25,000 games will each have their own page, a single place for all the best videos and live streams about that title. You’ll also find channels from a wide array of game publishers and YouTube creators.” YouTube wrote on their blog.

YouTube Gaming is said to launch this summer in the US and UK and YouTube plans on promoting its new service at E3 next week too. If you’ll be at the event, be sure to check out what YouTube has planned for its Gaming service! If not, head on over to YouTube’s E3 streaming page to find out more.

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The Pirate Bay’s Fredrik Neij Not Allowed to Play on His Nintendo in Prison

Fredrik Neij, one of The Pirate Bay’s operators and so-called co-founders, is not only a ‘pirate’, but a gamer too. This is why he requested to have his Nintendo 8-bit console brought to him in prison. However, the request got denied because the console cannot be opened to check for concealed items. Bummer, huh?

Neij avoided a prison sentence back in 2010, but eventually got trialled and sentenced to a prison in Skänninge, Sweden, last November. All fine and dandy up until now, but like every other human being, life got boring when living behind four walls (and some metal bars in his case).

He eventually filed a request to have his Nintendo 8-bit console brought in to kill some time on it, but his request got denied by the prison administration. Why? Well, it’s not because gaming is banned in prison of course, but because there is “no way to open the box to check it for concealed items”.

“The console is sealed in such a way that it can not be opened without the machine being destroyed,” the prison wrote in a reply. In light of this, the institution can’t implement the necessary control of the game console and it is therefore impossible to ensure that it does not contain prohibited items.”

The administration may have denied his request, but that won’t stop Neij. He is now appealing the administration’s decision and told them that a simple screwdriver can open console. A simple “How to repair…” search on the Web reveals the same thing, so what is going on here? Does the administration lack the IT skills to do a simple Google or YouTube search, or do they have other reasons to deny Neij’s request?

Thank you TorrentFreak for providing us with this information.

GTA V for PC Delayed Again!

Rockstar Games has announced that the release of Grand Theft Auto V for the PC will be delayed again, this time until April 14th. The developer also announced today that Online Heists will now be coming to the console versions on March 10th.

This news marks the third delay to the PC port of the game, sparking anger amongst many PC gamers who have been holding out for it. It’s especially annoying considering the fact that the game was released for consoles back in September 2013 – 17 months ago.

GTAV for PC will be arriving on April 14th at retail and as a digital download. Our apologies to PC gamers worldwide who have been counting down the days until the launch of the game, but a bit more time is needed to ensure that the game is as polished as possible, and to make certain that both Heists and the GTA Online experience are ready to roll out on day one for PC. As a gesture of thanks for your understanding, we will grant anyone who has pre-ordered the game an additional $200,000 in-game cash for use in GTA Online. Rockstar Games

The question now of course, will this be the last delay?

Source: Polygon

American Gamer Who Flew to UK to Kill Woman Receives Life Sentence


Shane Coffey, a 20-year-old American gamer who attacked a British woman in a chaotic knife attack, has been sentenced to a life sentence. After pleading guilty for attempted murder and grievous bodily harm, the American will have to serve at least eight-and-half-years.

Coffey was from Boston, Massachusetts, and broke into the 19-year-old woman, Farha Dowlut’s, home in Epsom, Surrey, on April 18, and then attacked her with a hunting knife. The victim’s 23-year-old brother was able to intervene to stop the attack before local police arrived.

Coffey and the victim first began communicating online when she was 14-years-old, and the blossoming relationship began to fizzle out after Coffey reportedly hacked her computer. He had her address because they exchanged several Christmas gifts with one another, and began chatting again in November 2013.

However, in March 2014, Dowlut told Coffey to “get out of her life,” and that is when the online relationship took a sinister turn – Coffeey already had a ticket booked for the UK, and passed through customs with cable ties, tape, and a hunting knife. Shortly thereafter, the attack took place, and the victim sustained cuts to her arms, legs and chest, along with post-traumatic stress from the incident.

A Surrey Police spokesman noted:

“This case was extremely complex and involved a set of unusual circumstances which could never have been foreseen by the victims. Coffeey had previously been in contact with the two victims through online gaming. He persisted in harassing them even after they tried to break off communication and in April travelled to their address from America without their knowledge or invitation.”

(Thank you to Daily Mail for providing us with this information. Image courtesy of YourLocalGuardian)

Chaintech Announces Colorful iGame Z97 Motherboard

Chaintech was brought back to life as a motherboard brand with the help and partnership of Colorful after a couple of years away from that market. This cooperation has resulted in a new motherboard that doesn’t really know if it wants to be in the overclocker or gaming category, so the iGame Z97 just covers them both.

The first thing that strikes us is the full-cover water cooling setup ranging from the chipset and southbridge all the way up over the VRM. Speaking of the VRM, Chaintech used a 16-phase VRM around the LGA 1150 socket.

It has three PCI-Express x16 Gen. 3 and four PCI-Express x1 Gen 2 slots, six SATA3 ports and a combo mSATA port. Network connection is provided by the Atheros KillerNIC E2200 Gigabit Ethernet controller and the onboard sound is an 8 channel 7.1 surround sound setup with Voice Gamer and solid capacitors. For iGPU users it has a DVI, D-Sub and HDMI connector although I doubt anyone with a motherboard like this would use the iGPU.

The new motherboard features a dual-BIOS with a “feature-rich” setup program. The board is planned for launch on the European and APAC markets, but no other word on pricing and availability yet.

Thanks to TechPowerUp for providing us with this information

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PlanetSide 2 Creative Director Calls PS4 Audience “Console Peasants”

There has been much talk about PlanetSide 2 coming to the PS4, so it was no surprise that there was a PlanetSide 2 Keynote which also had a nice section for the PS4 Version.

Whilst the Creative Director, Matthew Higby, was mentioning some of the fixes that are coming to the PC due to the work they have been doing on the PS4 he says:

“We’re all getting a ton of benefit. Even if you’re not a console peasant you’ll appreciate what you get out of the console game.”

This can be seen right at the end of this video, around the 3.25 mark.

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This seems very unprofessional from someone who is trying to promote a product to a large audience, especially as they still didn’t give a release date which PS4 users have been waiting on for some time. I personally would try and keep the elitism down when trying to push games that are meant to be for multi platforms.

You can’t be too harsh on them though, after all PlanetSide 2 is a free game and it looks to be very good. The PS4 version is running quite well, it visually looks very good and gameplay wise is nearly finished too, it needs a bit of fine-tuning. Due to this, the general feeling is that the beta should be just around the corner, then again, this is said after every event PlanetSide 2 is mentioned.

Thanks to Game Zone for supplying us with this information.

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Ubisoft Developers Real Live Watch Goat Sacrifice for Far Cry 4 Research

It looks like the Far Cry 4 title aims to be fitted with as much real-life experience as possible. Two Ubisoft developers are said to have journeyed to Nepal in order to get inspiration for Kyrat, the fictional Himalayan setting for the game.

Mark Thompson, the game’s narrative director, and Phil Fournier, the associate producer, made the journey with Vice Media’s Krishna Andavolu to Kathmadu. Once there, they apparently heard a rumor that there was an animal sacrifice about to happen and went to find the ‘event’. The sacrifice is said to have been made by a man who was performing it on behalf of his family to Kali, the Hindu goddess of change and destruction.

[youtube]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTDlX52WxgU[/youtube]

The video is said to be the first of a three-part series aimed at gathering source material and inspiration for Far Cry 4. Alex Hutchinson, the creative director, said that another Vice documentary entitled “The Vice Guide to Liberia” acted as another inspiration, this one for the game’s deranged villain, Pagan Min. In it, “General Butt Naked”‘s (Liberia’s Joshua Milton Blahyi) name was constantly present in the African nation torn apart by civil war in the ’90s. The name given to Blahyi came from making his army fight nude.

“It was this idea that there were these extreme characters who, in their universe, they seem sane,” Hutchinson said, “but if you take them out of context, and put them in our world, they seem very insane.”

Thank you Polygon for providing us with this information
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YouTuber Attempts to Raise Money for GeForce GTX 780 Ti By Taking It To Kickstarter

Gamers out there tend to do all sorts of crazy things to upgrade their rig it seems. The latest has YouTuber, Alex Schank, who has content on channels like ASTeretoypicalGamer or BasementPresentation.

He states that he lost his ‘love’ and has “nowhere to turn to”. Aside from a gamer, Schank apparently makes guides, challenges and skit videos.

“I am a YouTube video maker that has lost his love. My video card has bit the dust and I have no where else to turn :(.” Schank states on Kickstarter.

Schank says that his old GeForce GTX 570 “crapped out”, leaving him without any “backup plans”. He cannot buy a new graphics card because he has a little boy and puts his needs above everything else.

There have been no supporters up until now for Schank’s case, which does not come as a surprise. He stated that he wants to raise at least half the sum for a new GeForce GTX 780 Ti and start “making regular videos again and streaming on Twitch.tv once more” for his community.

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Competition Winner Leaks Gameloft’s Modern Combat 5 on Multiple Torrent Websites

Gameloft has apparently held a competition last week, offering fans a chance to grab a free, full copy of Modern Combat 5: Blackout which was ‘due’ to be released this Thursday. The company is now regretting its decision it seems.

One of the winners who received the game is said to have pirated and uploaded it to several torrent websites. The latest title of the developer’s mobile first-person shooting series is now up for grabs ahead of its release date. Thousands of people have apparently played it by now, having some of them even uploading videos of their gameplay on YouTube (but taken down shortly after).

“As you can imagine I am really pissed off,” was written by the company’s Facebook group community manager, Florian Weber. “To anybody who got MC5 already, shame on you! We are making games for you and all you can do is pirate them? Anybody which is talking to me and shows in some way that he already has MC5 will get an instant ban. Seriously, this is why we can’t have nice things.” he added.

Although some may justify his response, others will just giggle and play on, enjoying their gameplay and probably making some “Yaarrr… I’m a pirate!” faces. Even so, Gameloft has apparently made the game available to only 3 contestants through promo codes, meaning that the culprit will be easy to find. The company has stated that they have even turned on anti-piracy systems and disabled illegal copies.

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ASUS H97-Pro Gamer LGA1150 Motherboard Revealed

Asus are back with yet another gaming series motherboard in the form of their new H97-Pro Gamer. The new ATX motherboard brings with it features like 10 Gbit/s M.2 and SATA Express connectivity, Intel Gigabit Ethernet and GameFirst II networking technology; these features combined are great for boosting general performance and will certainly reap rewards for competitive gamers who need lighting fast performance. Also included in the hardware are features like SupremeFX and Sonic Radar II, both designed to improve and enhance in-game audio.

“H97-Pro Gamer’s networking is powered by Intel Gigabit Ethernet. This has the advantage of communicating directly with Intel processors to offer exceptionally-high Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and User Datagram Protocol (UDP) throughput, lowering overall processing demands and improving efficiency – releasing more power for games and gameplay. Using independent network-assessment tools, ASUS engineers calculated that Intel Gigabit Ethernet deals with the UDP data packets that are vital for responsive gaming up to two times (2X) faster than competing gaming-LAN technologies.”

As with any good quality motherboard these days, the H97-Pro Gamer is equipped with high quality and durable components; which Asus called “Gamer’s Guardian”. These include on-board resettable fuses that protect connection ports and DRAM from short-circuit damage, high-quality Japanese made 10K black-metallic capacitors and more.

The new board isn’t priced just yet, but expect it to be a sensible premium over standard H97 offerings. We’ll bring you more details as soon as we know them, but we do expect this board will be released in the very near future.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Warface Title Launched Amids Crytek Financial ‘Crysis’

Though Crytek is facing financial problems in the UK headquarters, having paid employees only £700 last month and staff leaving due to this, the company was able to at least release its long-awaited free-to-play title, Warface, the latest free-to-play title to hit Steam.

Crytek is counting on Warface to become a success, having promising daily content updates in order to keep players interested in the title. One way or the other, it may even be the company’s way out of the financial situation it currently faces at the UK headquarters. Steam has stated that the game is currently available in North America, Europe, Turkey, Australia and New Zealand.

“Bringing Warface to Steam paves the way for a new audience to discover the game’s engrossing cooperative and competitive action; completely for free. As well as putting the power of CryEngine to work, Warface draws on Crytek’s FPS expertise to ensure players are immersed in the heat of battle–whether they’re jumping in for a quick game with friends or dedicating more time to the game’s extensive multiplayer modes” Hasit Zala, Warface Franchise Director stated.

In terms of features, Warface is said to offer four player co-op missions and a ‘versus’ mode, having players work together or against each other in order to win. The title is said to have fairly low system requirements in order to attract a variety of gamers with different system specs. The minimum requirements are said to be an Intel or AMD Dual-Core 2 GHz CPU, 2 GB of Ram and NVIDIA 8600 or Radeon 3650.

The recommended system requirements for users who like to experience the true graphics of Warface is stated to be for users having an Intel or AMD Dual-Core 2.6 GHz or higher CPU, same 2 GB of Ram and NVIDIA 9600GT, AMD Radeon 3870 or higher end GPUs. The game can be found and downloaded from Steam.

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Titanfall Currently Free on Origin for 48 Hours

Steam Summer Sale has started and the craze has begun, drawing gamers and ‘wallets’ alike towards Steam’s Store for opportunities to buy everyone’s favourite game(s) or at least get a great deal for game(s). However, Electronic Arts has something up its sleeve to draw gamers away from Steam’s hypnotizing sale event.

The company has apparently added the Game Time, a feature which allows users to play game titles for a limited period time. Along with its latest addition, EA has made Titanfall free for everyone for a 48 hour timeframe. It is said that once the timer starts, it will start counting down even though you are not playing. Comparing the new promotion offer from EA with Steam, it looks and sounds somewhat similar to Steam’s Free Weekend offer.

“We’re launching Origin Game Time for Titanfall across the world over the next several hours, so if you don’t see it available yet in your territory, you will soon,” Electronic Arts stated on Origin’s blog. “Origin Game Time games will appear on our Free Games page when they’re available to download.”

Electronic Arts has also stated that this is just the beginning of Game Time, having more game titles in mind to add with Game Time. Also, achievements and progress for users who choose to play the 48h version can be carried over should users choose to buy the game at the end of the ‘preview’.

In addition to the new feature, the timing is also interesting, having Electronic Arts release the Game Time at the same time as the Steam Summer Sale. This move is without question an ‘offensive’ towards Steam’s deals and an attempt to ‘steal’ potential Steam clients and draw them towards EA’s Origin platform.

Thank you Eurogamer for providing us with this information

Project Flare To Render a World 17 Times Larger Than Skyrim

Bethesda has made a great job and eventually ended up with Skyrim’s huge map, having it be one of the largest ones out there ever found in a game. However, if users thought the Skyrim world was large, then Project Flare’s world capabilities could be deemed to be a gigantic one. Square Enix’s presentation of Project Flare at E3 2014 revealed that the game will have a map approximately 17 times larger than the one found in Skyrim.

For those who are unaware, Project Flare is said to use cloud gaming technology involving supercomputers to help render the gaming world due to the fact that a console or regular PC is not able to handle the immense world. In its presentation at E3 however, a 32 x 32 km forest world was rendered in full detail on a single machine, involving over 600,000 trees, hundreds of packs of creatures, hills, mountains and many other objects.

What really is impressive is the fact that Project Flare was created by only 2 programmers and one artist in just 6 months. Square Enix’s Director of Business, Jacob Navok, said that while other games are emerging gamers in a world full of smoke and mirrors, Project Flare is designed to take gamers into the real meaning of a ‘living world’. Also, Project Flare is said to allow each and every player to be on the same server compared to existing MMOs, where players are divided into multiple servers.

Square Enix also said that they are looking into licensing Project Flare to other developers and partners. The company stated that it wants its technology to be used with other studios in order to create and publish new types of games. In addition to that, Square Enix’s Japanese HQ is looking into using the new technology, having Tetsuji Iwasaki, the one who created the servers architecture for Final Fantasy 11, intrigued by Project Flare.

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EIZO Anounces the 6mm Ultra-Slim Frame 23.8″ FORIS FS2434 Gaming Monitor

EIZO has just announced its latest addition to its gaming monitor series, the FORIS FS2434, featuring a 6 mm Ultra-Slim frame, vivid display colours and EIZO’s “Smart” technologies for a more delightful gaming experience, having the monitor said to be ideal for RTS, MOBA and MMORPG genres in terms of PC gaming, as well as all genre types in terms of console gaming.

The 6 mm frame is said to consist of a 2 mm bezel and 4 mm border at the LCD panel edges, creating a smooth viewing when in a multi-monitor working environment, as well as providing an immersive gaming experience. Also, the FORIS FS2434’s IPS LCD panel along with its wide 178 degrees viewing angle is said to provide vibrant colors with few contrast changes, while the extremely low 0.05 frames input lag is said to provide no delay between signal input and image display on the screen.

Being a FORIS FS monitor, the 23.8″ 6 mm frame FS 2434 display also comes with three of EIZO’s own Smart technologies in order to improve visibility and clarity during gameplay. The first is Smart Insight 2, available in the “Game” preset mode, having it identify and enhance dark areas of an image by increasing the brightness in order to make it easier to see enemies. The FS2434 also adds an extra feature to the Smart Insight 2, having it enhance saturation in addition to brightness in order to bring greater contrast between characters and the background in a game.

The second technology is Smart Resolution, having it analyse an image for noise and blur in order to correct the blur without accentuating the noise, having to adjust only the areas where it is most needed. The third is Smart Detection, where the technology identifies the designated area on the screen where a video or game is played and applies the Smart Ironsight 2 or Smart Resolution whenever required.

Other technologies included in the FORIS FS2434 consist of the LED backlit, having it be controlled by a hybrid direct current and high-frequency pulse-width modulation in order to grant a flicker-free viewing at all brightness levels, as well as having a remote control and the company’s G-Ignition utility software. The G-Ignition is said to grand gamers access tp download presets created by professional gamers from gaming.eizo.com or export the user’s own customised colour modes to other gamers who also own a similar display. The software can also be used to assign hotkeys in order to quickly turn the monitor’s power and mute to ON/OFF, adjust the colour mode and aspect ratio.

In terms of connectivity, the FORIS FS2434 comes with two HDMI and one DVI-D ports, having it be compatible with PCs, consoles, Blu-Ray players and cameras. In addition, a USB 3.0 hub featuring one upstream and two downstream ports grant users the ability to connect to USB 3.0 storage devices or even connect their keyboard and mouse directly to the monitor. Also, the line-out jack allows for external speakers to be connected directly to the monitor as well, while the headphone jack grants further audio functionality.

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Xbox One Controller Support for PC Might Be Coming “Very Soon”

Some games cannot be played without a controller to aid you. Whether it’s fighting games or even some RPG games out there are not meant to be played on a normal keyboard and mouse. There are multiple options in terms of controllers for PC users out there, but if users were expecting to connect an Xbox One controller, it might not be the end of the world since compatibility for it is said to be coming “very soon”.

Microsoft’s Larry Hyrb seems to have responded in a cryptic message to a gamer who was complaining about the lack of PC support for the Xbox One controller with the “Soon. Very soon.” message. Due to the lack of proper information, it is not yet quite clear when the support will arrive to PC users and some may speculate that it will be announced during E3 at Microsoft’s presentation. The truth is that we will only officially know about its existence and release date once Microsoft will decide to share the information.

Support for the Xbox One controller has been announced since 2013, when it was expected to be released this year. If the previous claims are to be true, along with Larry’s cryptic message, we might see the ‘official’ support for the Xbox One controller by the end of the year. It is ‘official’ because the Xbox One controller can be made compatible with unofficial workarounds. However, the method might not be fancied by all, especially non-technical users. To be added is its reliability, since it’s an unofficial workaround. Therefore, an official support release is eagerly awaited.

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Galaxy Launch Gamers Series Nvidia Graphics Cards

Galaxy has just launched their new “Gamer” series of graphics cards, targeted at the performance sector of the PC market. The first two cards from their range were first revealed back in December 2013, and the series currently only includes two models, but we expect more will follow shortly.

The first in the range is the Nvidia GeForce GTX 760 Gamer, followed by the more powerful GeForce GTX 770 Gamer. Both cards use a custom-design PCB, featuring a 7-phase VRM which draws power from a combination of 1 x 6-pin and 1 x 8-pin power connectors; that’s quite a solid amount of power for these cards, more that enough to provide the cards with juice for their 5 – 10% factory overclock. While cooling is handled by a dual-slot cooler, an aluminium fin-stack heatsink and a pair of 80mm fans.

The two cards are only launching in the Greater China region at this time, but imports and other markets are likely to follow should the cards prove successful, and we hope they do as while they’re not as crazy as some of the other cards launching right now, they look like they’ve got a lot of potential for the mid-market.

Thank you TechPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Irrational Games Release First Bioshok Infinite Burial at Sea: Episode Two Trailer

It seems that Irrational Games has released a new preview video of the upcoming Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea: Episode Two DLC. It is said to be a direct continuity of the first Brutal at Sea DCL, which saw a return to the original Bioshock underwater world of Rapture and a cliff hanger ending.

Looking at the trailer, we see that the second episode will focus on the conclusion of this story and players will control Elizabeth. As the video warns at its start, it contains spoilers so don’t watch if you care about such things. There were some arguments about the first episode having just under two hours of gameplay despite the £11.99 price tag, however gamers are not likely to see a longer gameplay for this second episode as well.

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“In the second episode of Burial at Sea, you become Elizabeth as she seeks to bring closure to her story, and to BioShock Infinite’s. Like Episode 1, this DLC features Rapture as you’ve never seen it before and gameplay has been modified to give the player an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite.”

No official release date has been set for the upcoming second episode of Bioshock Infinite Burial at Sea, but the season pack states all game copies will be delivered by March 31st. That would be our best bet.

Thank you Bit-Tech and IGN for providing us with this information
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Torq X10 Carbon Gaming Mouse Announced By EVGA

EVGA has announced another addition to its gaming mouse series, the Torq X10 gaming mouse. Built with the highest quality materials including a real carbon fiber surface, this mouse was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the hardcore gamer with a high quality laser sensor that provides up to 8200 DPI, an adjustable weight system, nine programmable buttons and a unique sizing system that allows you to adjust the height and the length of the body.

This mouse was designed from the ground up to be unlike anything you have ever seen on the market. We used the ultimate in quality components including a REAL Carbon Fiber surface and the highest quality Omron switches with a lifespan of over 20 million clicks. We didn’t stop there though. We also included a full metal base that provides solid construction, an Avago 9800 laser sensor providing up to 8200DPI with 1000Hz polling rate, a 6FT silver coated USB cable, and much more.

EVGA TORQ X10 FEATURES:

  • Ambidextrous grip supporting left and right-handed gamers.
  • Moveable mechanism allows for proper support of various hand sizes.
  • Avago 9800 laser provides up to 8200 DPI with up to 1000Hz polling rate.
  • Highest quality Omron switches with a lifespan of over 20 million clicks.
  • Supports up to 9 programmable buttons.
  • Fully customizable RGB LED.
  • Built in 512KB memory for profile storage.
  • Metal base provides solid construction.
  • Weight control system allowing you to customize the weight to your liking.
  • 6ft silver coated USB cable with braided surface.

UNLEASH SOFTWARE FEATURES:

  • Allows full control of the EVGA TORQ X10.
  • Designed with usability in mind.
  • Heads up display shows key settings at a glance.
  • Flexible macro and profiling system.
  • Adjustable LED color and brightness.

Thank you EVGA for providing us with this information
Images courtesy of EVGA

Justin Carter Out On Bail After Anonymous Person Posted $500,000 Bail

When does your online life become your real life? Always, apparently. As a bonus anything you do in your life, especially any felony actions will stay to haunt you forever! Justin Carter, 19 and a gamer at heart was placed in jail and given a $500,000 bail for making a comment.

“Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head,” “I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” Making this comment on Facebook after a League of Legends match.

Not only is the comment considered a “Terroristic Threat” or “Criminal Threat” in some places, it can carry a 10 year prison sentence. Carter has already spent nearly four months in jail awaiting trial. Making a comment, sometimes even taking a single action could place the title of Felon over your name for the rest of your life in the United States, there are no second chances.

For those of you who are gamers, most likely know that what he said is just trash talk, and anyone in their right mind would likely know that he was not serious. After making the comments Carter supposedly followed the comment with “lol” and “JK”, which stand for Laugh Out Loud, and Just Kidding.

Much trash talk from gamers or anyone online for that matter, many times consist of homophobic, racist, threatening and sexist remarks. While many websites, and even games give you a feature to report said comments, or even posts, someone felt the need to report this comment to the police.

For those of you who have heard about this before, and are following the case, you might be interested in learning that Carter has been released from jail. According to Kotaku an anonymous person posted the $500,000 bail. If found guilty, Carter could spend up to 10 years in prison, and carry the lifetime title of felon, not a title that you earn from a video game, but a title you earn in real life. One that will likely haunt him for the rest of his life. If he does earn this title, he will likely be forced to work a dead end job, and be judged by everyone he meets for the rest of his life.

In the State of Texas a “Terrorist Threat” is a third-degree felony.

Do you feel that Carter deserves to earn the title of a felon, and serve a lengthy prison sentence. Or do you think he should be free?

Image courtesy of Christian Post.

Steam To Add Trading & Gifting To Client

If you use Steam as your primary gaming client it might be interesting to know that they have planned some major updates, at least according to Gamersbook.com.

For a while there I ran the beta client of Steam, unfortunately there are so many updates, sometimes multiple updates in one day. When you’re busy doing something and steam wants to update, it doesn’t just update, and there doesn’t seem to be an option to just have it update. So once I was done with a fresh install, I decided it was probably best if I do not continue with the beta.

Valve Corporation, is an American Video Game Developer as well as Digital Distributor. Valve hosts their games on their game client called Steam, in which they also sell games from many other developers. Steam has become an integrated part of most gamers lives as many gamers look to steam for awesome deals, as well as for a way to play their games with their friends. At the same time Valve thrives to make the user experience better and better.

Steam has been placing updates in their system to make the gamers experience even better, unfortunately they have not released these new features just yet. They will be bringing two new and major features to the users.

Trade Offers: Which will give you the ability to send a trade offer to other steam users to trade from your inventory, people will then be able to accept, decline or counter your offer. Unfortunately this will only be limited to your friends at first, but hopefully they will soon let us send out offers to the entire Steam Community.

Item Gifting, currently you are able to give friends games, if you have an item in your inventory you can’t just give it away, you must open a trade. As well as give you the ability to gift an item to someone even if you are not friends with them! Item Gifting will allow you to send your in-game items and cosmetics as Gifts. The system will work the same as it currently works with the Games on Steam. So, the next time we are going to organize a giveaway, you probably won’t have to add them to your friends list and trade them but in fact, you will just send the reward as a gift!

Now as we have seen with recent news about Xbox and Playstation, it seems that Playstation is on board with letting friends trade and borrow games, while Xbox has decided to make trading games, and borrowing difficult. Steam does not offer to let you trade a game, and you certainly are not able to borrow a game from your friends. Though, Steam does offer many sales on games, which gives everyone the opportunity to purchase many newly released titles with a great discount.

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Thank you to Gamersbook.com for bringing us this great news about Steams upcoming features of trading and gifting.

Many Gamers Prefer A New Game To Having Sex, According To A Survey

GTA V Topped The Survey List

In a not-really-scientific-study conducted by VoucherCodesPro.co.uk of 1442 British people, they revealed some interesting results about gaming and sex. The study/survey spoke with 1442 British people with partners and asked them questions relating to the “trade-off” between gaming and sex. The survey results were quite amusing and as follows:

  • 49% would rather play a new video game than have sex with their partner
  • 32% would opt for sex with their partner instead of playing video games
  • 19% were undecided about picking between the two options because they say it depends on the game

So which new video games were the most popular for pulling people out of the bedroom? Well apparently GTA V was the best, with 71% of people choosing it over sex, FIFA 14 next with 67%, The Elder Scrolls Online with 55% and Splinter Cell Blacklist with 52%.

What can we make of this study then? Well naturally the results should be taken lightly as we know very little about the sampling methods, the kind of people asked and how they were asked these questions. However, the results are still an interesting reflection on Gamers, the state of society and perhaps British people. The question is, would you pick a new game over sex? If you would, which game would you pick? I request in advance that any comments that people write are kept as “clean” as possible! Thanks.

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AVerMedia Live Gamer Portable Capture Card Review

A few months ago I took a look at a product that entered a new line on to the list of different products that I’ve looked at over time. This is namely AVerMedia’s RECentral Live Gamer HD – a PCI Express based hardware encoder that takes the effort out of video capture with a simple plug and play installation and a instant record button that connects via USB.

Following on from this bit of kit that ticked all the boxes for me, AVerMedia’s R&D teams have been busy working away, thinking a little outside of the box and this brings us forward to what I’ve got to look at today.

Whilst the PCI-e based capture card is a great bit of kit, there is one slight downfall (if you was to see it as one) in that if you’re capturing footage from say a games console such as the Xbox 360 or PS3, you need to have your PC nearby in order to capture the footage. If you’re at a LAN event such as Multiplay’s Insomnia series or you’re popping round to your mates house for a gaming session, the prospect of having to lumbar an extra system around isn’t exactly going to rate well and the thought of having a compact portable alternative is music to the ears for many gamers. Fear not as this is exactly what AVerMedia have done.

Gearing the LGP for a whole heap of different sources, AVerMedia include quite an extensive set of cables with the device. These include (from left to right) component A/V, a short HDMI to HDMI, USB, 2.5mm to 3.5mm audio and a PS3 to A/V cable. On top of all this, there is a carry case for the recorder, which I have to say feels really nice with its suede texture and also a 3-month subscription to XSplit for live broadcasting. Drivers and software can be downloaded from the AVerMedia product page, meaning you will always have the latest set of drivers when you come to install.