Netflix Isn’t Against Offline Viewing

Netflix is a huge company, with price increases to help cover the increased traffic that people use with the HD streaming experience. In a recent call though Netflix may look at helping you watch those movies on the go while avoiding the data usage costs that come with offline viewing.

CEO Reed Hastings responded to questions about the possibility of letting its subscribers watch shows offline by saying that they would “keep an open mind on all this”. Part of the reason Hastings gives for this open approach is the “uneven set of networks” that Netflix is noticing as they expand to new areas of the world.

With Netflix’s Chief Product Officer, Neil Hunt, stating last year that they wouldn’t add the feature thanks to the “complexity [it brings] to your life”, directly followed by “with Amazon Prime”. Amazon Prime lets you download and stream shows, and with a new pricing model offering monthly subscriptions, Netflix may be changing their tone to help fight off the competition in the media streaming market.

With services like Sky Go, Amazon Prime and even BBC’s iPlayer letting you watch content offline, Netflix is one of the few services that doesn’t offer offline viewing, something that can often put people on or off services when their internet cuts out mid-show.

UK Company Gives Employees Time Off To Watch Game Of Thrones

So that new TV series has come out, be it the latest season of a show or an entirely new show and you end up at work or school just counting down the minutes hoping that no one spoils the episode for you. Well if you work for +rehabstudios, a UK-based company, you might get to avoid this trouble by giving employees time off to watch the Game of Thrones when it comes out.

Posting to Facebook to share the news, the document which appears to be screenshotted in the post seems to be a contract, with a little extra added in. The exact paragraph reads:

“All +rehabstudio UK staff (London and Belfast offices) will also receive an additional half day (morning) holiday following the first episode for each new season of Game Of Thrones when simulaunched with the US. US staff are reminded not to share spoilers on the intranet until after the show has aired in the UK 24 hours later.”

According to founding partner, Tim Rodgers, the perk’s been very well received, with hundreds of people supporting it while others have gone so far as to ask if it can be transferred to other shows like The Walking Dead, something he replied to with “that’s fine with us too”. Explaining that the company wanted to add an “extra perk” to the handbook, they decided that given the companies link to the show, having started in Belfast where the show is filmed, the company are always welcome to new suggestions for the little extra perk next year.

Whats Worse Than Aliens and Predators? Welcome The Judge

When the two iconic worlds of Aliens and Predators first joined up in the Alien Vs Predator movies, people were worried about how two complete series could keep to their roots. Sufficed to say the series worked and fans were overjoyed as mankind ran in fear from two of the greatest hunters in the universe. How else could mankind fight back then with their own hunters, a judge by the name of Judge Dredd!

Revealed as part of their Comic-Con panel, writer John Layman and artist Chris Mooneyham will bring their worlds together in Predator vs Judge Dredd vs Aliens. With the famous Judge and his partner Anderson hunting down a rogue scientist you can expect the law to be ready, that is until the scientist starts looking to create his own breed of xenomorphs, an action that will gather the attention of a Predator, looking to hunt both Judge and Xenomorph alike.

When asked why he believed the Xenomorph and Predators work so well together in mash-up stories, Layman replied saying that:

“They are modern monsters, kinda the 21st Century equivalent of story of vampires and werewolves. They are vehicles to tell different types of stories, and I don’t think the story possibilities will ever be exhausted, any more than stories of vampires are. There’s always a fresh take to be found. In the case of this story, I’m just shooting for crazy fun and adrenaline-fuelled escapism madness.”

With the first of four issues coming on July 27th, we’ve got a while to wait to see how this fight ends.

Sony To Offer 4K Streaming Service ‘Ultra’ From April

Rumours have recently been spreading saying that Sony would be working on a 4K variation of their PS4. Sadly it would seem those rumours were overblown but you could soon be watching 4K Videos on demand with Sony offering its streaming service from April.

The 4K films featured as part of ‘Ultra’, their streaming service, will retail at $30, including a selection of special features and will be available through Sony’s new 4K screens. Alongside their new films, people will be able to upgrade films they’ve purchased from Sony’s online store 4K versions at a “discounted” price.

Those with Ultraviolet movies will be able to enjoy them alongside their new films with the ability to link to their UV collections meaning that all those UV codes you’ve been adding to that account may finally see some use.

With 4K players costing upwards of hundreds of powers on their own, $30 a movie doesn’t seem that bad when you compare the prices. The limited collection of movies that will include the likes of The Walk, Concussion and Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon, may put people off but with it building upon Ultraviolet and other systems people may decide to skip the discs altogether and stick to streaming 4K content in order enjoy the latest quality in movie experiences.

Netflix Reveals First Clips Of It’s Voltron Series

Who remembers videos? These days we use DVD, Blu-Ray and even just watch it straight to your phone or computer through a streaming service. With so many choices for delivery it, the content itself has to be pretty amazing. Well if new shows are your thing you may want to avoid this, the first clip of Netflix’s remake of Voltron.

Originally a series in 1984, Voltron sees several astronauts that pilot giant robots that can then combine, ring a bell anybody? The series was popular and spawned everything from comics, a one-hour tv special and even a video game in 2009, 25 years after its initial release.

As part of its attempt to add more “original” content to the service, Netflix has partnered up with Dreamworks to create and share Voltron: Legendary Defender. Set to release the first 13 episodes on June 10th and features a cast that’s filled with experience including Steven Yeun (Walking Dead), Rhys Darby (Yes Man), Kimberly Brooks (Bioshock Infinite) and Bex Taylor-Klaus (Arrow) to name but a few.

You can check out the trailer below which contains everything you could want from a Voltron show. Robots, check. Roars, check. Combination sequence, check. Explosions CHECK!!

With Netflix adding more content based on classics shows and the power rangers to receive a reboot, which other shows do you want to see brought back from when you were young?

Daisy Ridley Confirms Talks About Tomb Raider Movie

Video games and movies have tricky relationships. Some movies based on video games have been successful, others have been less than well accepted by the public. One series that has recently been rebooted in the video game world is the Tomb Raider franchise, and it looks like a reboot of the movies may also be in the wind with confirmation coming from none other than Daisy Ridley herself.

Daisy Ridley is known for her role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens as the leading lady of the new film. In recent talks with the Hollywood Reporter, Ridley confirmed that there “have been conversations” about the part of Lara Croft in a new Tomb Raider film. Ridley also mentioned that there wasn’t a script for the film yet, leading us to believe that the film is still in very early concept with people debating if the film would be successful.

If it goes ahead the film has big shoes to fill, with the previous Tomb Raider films featuring Angelina Jolie earning $274.7 million and $156.5 million respectively for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life.

There are some movies based on video games that do well, some are known as being failures and some you need to forget the game and enjoy the movie as a movie (yes DOOM we are looking at you). Would you like to see a new set of Tomb Raider movies? Would you pay to go see it or would you wait till it’s on DVD before checking out the series?

Steam Offers Great Deals On Borderlands And Dead Rising Series

Normally it gets to a weekend you have to find which games you need to complete to “tick” them off your list of purchased but not played games? I’m sorry to do this but I might be adding to that list as Steam is offering great deals on both the borderlands and dead rising series of games.

When I say great deals I am talking about up to 80% off Borderlands games and 70% off all Dead Rising games and DLC’s.

Are you a fan of the Borderlands games? Only managed to play one so far? With the originally only costing £2.49 and the sequel setting you back £4.99, you really have no excuse to not enjoy the games. Feel like you need more? Then get the Game of the year editions containing all their explosive DLC’s and then you can grab the pre-sequel. If you own both 1 and 2 and was waiting for a good time to get the pre-sequel, then wait no longer as you can get the triple pack (all three games) with the price discounted based on how many you already own (it cost me £3.49 to get the pre-sequel as I own both 1 and 2).

Feel like a little more mayhem then why not try out the dead rising pack? Featuring both Dead Rising 2 (and its many DLC’s) and Dead Rising 3 (Apocalypse Edition), you can now enjoy that Friday night zombie feeling with a friend. Costing you only £4,49 for Dead Rising 2 and £11.99 for Dead Rising 3, you can grab both and all the DLC available for Dead Rising 2 for just £20.99.

Treat yourself and enjoy the weekend.

Diablo 2 Gets A Patch 16 Years After Release

Blizzard has many game series in their name, with the Warcraft game series soon to get its own movie. Another popular series from the company is the Diablo series, featuring angels and demons fighting it out for years and years now. Now 16 years after its original release, and a sequel, Diablo 2 gets a patch.

Diablo 2 last received a patch back in 2011, but now five years later the game gets its next update. First released in 2000, those who want to sit back and enjoy the classic game will now find it easier to play on modern systems.

The patch addresses several things but the major points are the ability to play the game on windows 7, 8 and even 10 without the need for “XP mode”. If you are more of an OSX user, the game should now also work on your system.

If you still need another reason to play it, the game now features enhanced cheat-detection and hack-prevention capabilities. In the original post, the author makes it clear that this is but the first step and that “it does not end there”.

Given the graphics update for Diablo III and now this, could the Diablo series be seeing new life soon? If you feel like trying out the game, check out the Blizzard store, where both Diablo 2 and the Lord Of Destruction expansion are only $9.99 each (£7).

Gears Of War 4 Featuring Marcus Fenix’s Son

Warning: this article will contain information regarding Gears of War 4. If you want to experience the game without any spoilered content, this may be an article you want to miss.

Now that we’ve done that, let’s get talking about what we really want to know. Details. Gears of War 4 looks to the be the latest in the series of Gears games, the first of which since Microsoft  purchased the series from Epic Games, its creators. The first bit of information we’ve received about the game is finally here, and that includes screen shots of the new cast and some details about them.

First up you have JD Fenix, featured in the middle above. The name should ring a bell as JD is actually the son of Marcus Fenix, the main character from the original Gears Of War games. Next up you have Delmond (Del) Walker, JD’s long time friend and fellow soldier, found on the left. Before the game took place, JD and Del go AWOL from COG (the military in the Gears of War series) only to find Kait Diaz (found on the right), an outsider who seems to have taken kindly to the former COG soldiers.

Set 25 years after Gears of War 3, the game looks to have a closer feel to the original Gears Of War game, rather than its sequels. With Liam McIntyre, known for playing the Weather Wizard on CW’s The Flash, voicing JD Fenix, the main character will be filled with the rich feeling a good actor brings to the game. Kait Diaz is being voiced by Laura Bailey, known for voicing Olympia Vale in Halo 5: Guardians and Jaina Proudmoore in Blizzard’s World of Warcraft. With Del being voiced by Eugene Byrd, known for his recurring roles on Bones and CW’s the Arrow.

With such a talented line up behind the game, we might even be able to look past the bad release of the previous Gears of War game in the Ultimate Edition on PC.

Lian Li Enters the Peripheral Market With a Giveaway


It isn’t often that we as the press get taken by surprise, but today is such a day as Lian Li revealed their entry into the peripheral market with their first ever mouse and keyboard. Usually, we already expected a launch, got hints, teasers, and heads-up notifications, but Lian Li chose to take us all with a surprise this time. To top it all off, Lian Li launched a giveaway for this at the same time.

Very little is known about the new Lian Li peripherals yet and there aren’t any official product pages online yet, but we do have eyes to spot some things based on the limited information. The new line of Mice and Keyboards is called the TerminAL series and comes in a total of 6 colour options: Black, Silver, Gold, Blue, Green, and Red.

The keyboard is a brushed aluminium keyboard with a flat design, but that’s about the information that we get now. There is no mention of switch types, whether it’s mechanical or membrane, and whether it has some extra and unique features.

The TerminAL mouse features two thumb buttons beside the normal left and right mouse button and a scroll wheel. Anything else is up to anyone’s guess right now.

 

We shouldn’t forget about the promotion either, the one where you can be the first one to own one of these new sets in the colour of your choice. The giveaway can be found via Facebook or Lian Li’s blog site. All you have to do to participate is to cast a vote on which colour option you like best.

“We will be giving away three of each color for a total of eighteen combos. Cast your vote anytime from today, March 1st to Friday, March 25th for a chance to win your preferred color! Winners for each color – one per color, six total winners – will be announced every seven days until the end of the event.”

Sword Art Online VR MMO Isn’t Coming Afterall

Last week the internet was awash with news that the popular series, Sword Art Online would be getting a VR MMO. We even reported on it here at eTeknix, but sadly it seems like the internet was once again a little too quick to come to terms with the news and instead spread a huge misunderstanding.

IBM is looking to advertise their new SoftLayer cloud service, something which would, of course, require marketing and in order to do this the creation of a Sword Art Online prototype was developed to demo at their latest marketing event. Sadly this means that you won’t be able to experience the game’s fictional world come alive and will instead have to settle for the 20-minute demo that is designed to be just that.

So it looks like Sword Art Online: The Beginning will be nothing more than a fancy tech demo to advertise the new service from IBM. Sadly there are no plans to make a full Sword Art Online MMO I have no doubt that people all over the world will be upset by this news and surely the outcry and support for a project (even if it was just a misunderstanding) would encourage a company to maybe follow up on the concept and bring it to live.

Pokémon Anniversery Celebrated in a Big Way

So today is the 20th anniversary of Pokémon, the little critters that went everything from an electric mouse to a three-headed ostrich. Since then we’ve seen everything from creatures of the night to gods take form and battle it out in cards, movies and video games. If that wasn’t enough though you can now celebrate the anniversaries announcement of a new generation of games amongst other celebrations.

While we were given forewarning about the games yesterday, the Pokémon direct stream showed us the latest game concept art and the work Nintendo are doing to bring it to us this year in 6 different languages.

https://youtu.be/hmzDL1l3Fag

Sadly the video is more of an advertisement from the past rather than a teaser for the new games, but those of you who are seeking a craving a little too much can buy Pokémon Red, Blue and Yellow tomorrow. It’s also been confirmed that Pokémon X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Ruby will be able to trade over to Sun and Moon through the ‘game.

If this wasn’t enough then why not enjoy the fact that you can even buy a giant Snorlax cushion for only $460? If that’s not your cup of tea why not enjoy the “Pokémon Afternoon Soiree” to be honest by none other than actress Drew Barrymore. The event is invite only with everything from stylists to bloggers invited to receive Pokémon inspired nail art, get a photo with Pikachu (who is set to make an apperance) and even receive a gift bag (contents unknown at this point, but we bet it’s going to be some amazing stuff).

Infinity Ward to Release New Call of Duty

Video games come in all shapes and sizes, but few are larger than a release such as Call of Duty. The Call of Duty series is one that just keeps going and going, with new releases every year expanding on your weapons and abilities as you take the war from the past to the future. When it comes to producing the games, there is no one with more experience than Infinity Ward, a company who are proud to announce that this year, they will release their next Call of Duty game.

Like many Television shows, the series started a while ago, with the series going against the popular Medal of Honour series with its historic shooter, Call of Duty in 2003. Followed by Call of Duty 2, in 2005, the series kicked off to a whole new level with Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare in 2007. With games released every two years, Sledgehammer games became the third studio to be added to the rotor, making three different studios releasing Call of Duty games year after year.

This year it’s back to the originals with Infinity Ward, so what could we expect from the company? With the modern warfare series behind them, the latest focus seems to be on their last release, Call of Duty Ghosts. Could we see a Ghosts 2 released this year? Only time will tell as we eagerly await more details

Pokémon Starts Celebrations For 20th Anniversary With Legendary Giveaway

Pokémon has become Nintendo’s most well-known franchise, spanning generations of children and pocket monsters, the dream of children all over the world was to capture all the creatures and become the Pokémon master. This year marks the 20th Anniversary of the release of the first games and Nintendo wants to make it a big deal. Starting with their latest generation of games.

After announcing the re-release of classic trading cards, Nintendo wants you to celebrate a thousand different ways including new games and additions to some old ones. Every month between now and December you’ll be able to enjoy a new legendary Pokémon on X, Y, Alpha Sapphire and Omega Red.

In the month of February, you can add the first legendary Pokémon to your collection. Mew, the original legendary Pokémon, will join your party. If you want to add Mew to your collection you will need to visit Game in the UK, Gamestop in the US and EBGames in Canada. Ask at the counter for a code for Mew which you can then add via the Mystery gift option before you load into the game.

With everything from Mew and Celebi to the god Pokémon, Arceus, collecting the entire series will soon be possible, legends and all.

Lionsgate Is Working on a MacGyver Movie

MacGyver has been receiving quite a lot of attention lately, especially since CBS is actually planning to reboot the show. The American action-adventure television series was created by Lee David Zlotoff, and it had a very good run from 1985 to 1992. However, even though the series’ reboot is undoubtedly newsworthy, what’s arguably even more impressive is the fact that the show will soon receive its own movie courtesy of Lionsgate. That’s right, CEO Jon Feltheimer has recently revealed that the studio is actually working on a MacGyver movie that will be produced by Lee David Zlotoff and Neal Moritz; the man responsible for the Fast And The Furious franchise.

As for the show’s reboot, it looks like Furious 7 director James Wan will take on the role of executive producer. The plot will involve a prequel to the original series, and it will highlight MacGyver getting “recruited into a clandestine organization where he uses his knack for solving problems in unconventional ways to help prevent disasters from happening.” Interestingly enough, James Wan wanted to produce a MacGyver film back in 2012 but he had to scrap those plans in order to focus on Furious 7.

Are you excited about this upcoming MacGyver movie? I know I am.

Cooler Master Launched Case Mod World Series 2016

Case modding has become very popular again and it isn’t just something that a few select sponsored people do. A lot of people take it upon themselves to make their existing or new rigs just a little more fly. If you should be among those people, then you might want to pay attention to this as you could end up being one of the people walking away with 30,000 USD in cash and prizes. Cooler Master has launched the Case Mod World Series 2016 which is sponsored by ASUS, Avexir, Dremel, NVIDIA, and OCZ. Those are all some familiar names with some quality products.

The Case Mod World Series is designed to connect modders everywhere and 2016 is the seventh time it is being held where Cooler Master expanded the scope of the series to include local meet and greets, and modding sessions. The participants will be judged in four equally weighted areas that are complexity, design, originality, and overall look. The judgement will be done by the sponsoring companies as well as an international panel of judges: Ermanno Bonandini from Italy, Ronnie Hara from Brazil via Japan, Richard Keirsgieter from The Netherlands, Antony Leather from The UK, Richard Surroz and Brian Farrell from the USA.

“Modding has exploded in recent years and is taking root in every corner of the globe. The Case Mod World Series is about fuelling that growth. It’s about igniting the modding spirit – the maker spirit – on the web and right in your community,” said Michelle Wu, Global Community Manager. “This year, we will be running local events to involve modders everywhere. Together, with the generous support of our sponsors, we hope to enable the modding community the world over. ”

The registration is open now and will run until June the 12th, 2016. You need a Cooler Master Forum account to get going, but it is free and the Case Mod mini-site has all the details in that regard. The Info Hub will keep you updated with posts along the way and as previously mentioned, you can win a lot of prizes.

There are three categories with three places in each. The first place winner in the Tower Mod contest will walk away with $3000 USD in cash, any Cooler Master case of their choice, a V1200 PSU, MasterAir Maker 8 cooler, QuickFire Xti keyboard, Sentinel III mouse and Sirus headset. The motherboard is sponsored by Asus and is a Maximus VIII Formula while the GPU power comes from two GTX 980 Ti cards. Along with that, the first place winner gets OCZ SSD, Avexir Memory and a Dremel 8050 Micro tool. You can also see the full list of prizes for the different categories on the mini-site.

Cliff Bleszinski Optimistic About Gears of War 4

Gears of War was one of Microsoft’s biggest titles when the Xbox 360 was released. Featuring Co-op, multiplayer and modern graphics the game quickly became a flagship for the Xbox consoles, featuring not just one but two sequels carrying on a story that left people angry and in tears all at the same time. It’s no surprise then that Cliff Bleszinski, the creator of the franchise, has come out feeling rather happy with Gears of War 4.

The status posted on twitter, found below, makes it sound like he’s being kept in the loop regarding the series. Originally owned and created by Epic Games (the creator of the Unreal Tournament series and the Unreal Engine which Gears of War used), the franchise was purchased by Microsoft in 2014, with several games announced soon after.

https://twitter.com/therealcliffyb/status/690981133488672769?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw

With such a popular series Microsoft has unleashed Gears of War Ultimate, a modern update and remake of the original featuring not just the storyline but features and weapons from the more recent games. There has been no word though on the PC version which has still yet to be released, displeasing some who were looking forward to the game, one which has been confirmed as not being a port from the console version.

With great series of games, it’s always nice to know when the original creators are interested and exciting about remakes and new approaches to the series. Will be interesting to see how Gears of War 4 measures up to expectations when it releases.

Silverstone Tundra TD02-Slim AIO Cooler Review

Introduction


The design team at Silverstone are the masters of ergonomics, something we’ve seen time and time again with their revolutionary space-saving chassis designs. Not only have they created some masterful chassis, but they also have a great range of cooling products that are perfectly designed for tighter spaces, such as slim fans, low-profile air coolers and slim AIO radiators. Today, we’ll be taking a look at the Tundra TD02-Slim, a 240mm AIO water cooler with a total thickness of just 37mm, with the fans installed! This is going to be a great cooler for mini-ITX and Micro-ATX chassis designs where space is at a premium.

“Due to limited room in smaller cases, small form factor users are often left out of liquid cooling option, so SilverStone has released the Tundra TD02-Slim. Designed for small form factor PCs, this cooler has a radiator and fan combo of only 37mm thick, making it possible to fit into slimmer profile cases or giving more space in tight confines. By retaining many of the high-end features from SilverStone’s other liquid cooling models, the TD02-Slim also has great performance for the money and is a top choice for high performance but small PC builds.”

The cooler is well equipped, with a copper base plate, a 22mm aluminium radiator, high-performance pump, and two 15mm thick PWM fans. Of course, the cooler also comes with support for a massive range of socket types, ensuring compatibility with any modern system.

The packaging shows off a nice image of the cooler, as well as a quick rundown of the main spec, such as the slim form factor and the extensive socket support.

Around the back, much of the same information, just broken down into various international languages.

Virtually everything you need is included, such as a universal backplate, as well as a Y-split fan cable and a Molex adaptor should you not have any available fan headers on your motherboard.

The included fans look really nice, with a contrasting black and white theme. They’re obviously super slim, but with a large number of fins, they’re still going to be able to shift some serious airflow. The only minor gripe is the colour of the fan cables, but it’s hardly a deal breaker.

Doctors Notes Is What Happens When Doctor Who Meets Social Media

Doctor Who is a science fiction show that has spanned generations, with multiple actors coming and going as both supporting and main characters featuring some of the biggest names in their credits and having inspired more than a few minds. It recently celebrated the ending of the 9th series, the 35th season to air in total after a 16-year break split the series in two. So why not celebrate it by rewatching the 9th season with some added content?

Doctor Who has spread from being a show from the BBC to a show enjoyed by people all over the world. The show is set to re-air on BBC America with a small twist, that is you can watch the whole series again, week by week with a little extra content. Ranging from comments from Twitter or Tumbler, with artwork and images laid over top of the show you can enjoy the series with all the extra content you could ask for, including little pieces of trivia like you can see in the trailer below at 0:14. With the series starting on January 30th, you could soon find yourself rewatching the series in the meanwhile as you wait for the next series later this year.

Do you think shows should have extra content like this laid over top of the show or should they focus on the show and avoid distracting you from the show?

Fallout 4 Player Does the Almost Impossible Playthrough


Fallout 4 is without a doubt one of the biggest games of the year and most people should know the basics of the game by now. Basically, it is very simple, survive in a post-apocalyptic world by any means necessary. Thate includes a fair amount of bloodshed and it is very difficult to take a peaceful approach to the game compared to earlier titles in the series such as Fallout 3 and New Vegas. But what is difficult becomes a challenge instead and a guy named Kyle Hinckley actually did it. He completed the game on Survival mode with a zero kill rating.

The previous games in the series offered more abilities for peaceful solutions such as just sneaking around enemies by picking locks and similar tasks. However, such features aren’t present in Fallout 4. The game is designed for mayhem and it wants you to create it. The game actually wants it so much that weird bugs will happen when you don’t follow the obvious and blood filled route. Still, Kyle managed to complete the game and has presented the entire playthrough to YouTube where you can watch the 37-part series on his channel called The Weirdist.

Kyle Hinkley gave an interview with Kotaku after his amazing completion where he talks about his experiences with the no-kill playthrough. Okay, it isn’t really a no-kill playthrough at all, but Kyle doesn’t do any of the killing himself. The game’s missions simply don’t allow for a pacifist playthrough, but Kyle did the next best thing. He achieved zero kill count himself including his companion, robots, turrets, legendary enemies, synths, etc. He got zero on it all as it is revealed in the last episode.

The whole thing was a brute force approach to the game as it’s the only way to beat it this way. Save the game, try something and if it fails you’ll reload and try again until you succeed. Kyle also had to start over from scratch several times and spent quite a bit of time building random items in order to gain experience. Most experience point in Fallout 4 come from battle, of which he did none. Instead, he made NPCs attack each other or used his skills to calm everyone down where he could.

For the most part, it worked great. But it also broke the game a few times. NPCs wouldn’t continue the dialogue, random enemies spawned where they shouldn’t, and the sound also started to bug around. The entire series is available for your to watch, but keep in mind that it contains most of the gameplay and therefore also possible spoilers for those who haven’t completed it yet.

“I’m a little disappointed in the lack of diplomatic solutions in this game, it’s a lonely departure from the rest of the Fallout series,” Hinckley said. “My version of pacifism isn’t really diplomatic, it’s more exploitative of the game mechanics to achieve a zero-kill record. In other [Fallout] games, you had a lot of alternatives for bypassing the combat, whether it was with sneaking, speech checks, or a back door opened with lockpicking and hacking. In fact, in previous games (at least 3 and NV), your companion kills didn’t count towards your record either.”

Final Fantasy VII Remake Will be Episodic

The term masterpiece is used far too often these days, but in the case of Final Fantasy VII, it’s thoroughly deserved. As a huge fan of the JRPG genre, the likes of Secret of Mana, Chrono Trigger and more didn’t even come close to the mainstream impact of Final Fantasy VII. Unlike previous games in the series, Final Fantasy VII managed cater to the core JRPG audience and entice new players into the genre. The game’s magnificent story, awe-inspiring soundtrack and excellent battle system combined to produce an almost faultless experience. Many consider Final Fantasy VII to be the crowing achievement of the original PlayStation and showcased the future of detailed, story-driven titles.

Without trying to get overly nostalgic, Final Fantasy VII was an integral part of my childhood, and despite its age, I’ve still gone back and replayed it many times. As you can imagine, I could hardly contain my excitement when a proper remaster was first announced at E3 earlier this year. Only a few days ago, Square Enix unveiled a trailer showing the absolutely stunning remake which surpassed my wildest dreams. Unfortunately, Square Enix is planning to release the game via an episodic form according to a press release:

“During this past weekend’s PlayStation Experience in San Francisco, SQUARE ENIX® debuted a new trailer for FINAL FANTASY® VII REMAKE, the full remake of the award-winning role-playing game, FINAL FANTASY VII. The new trailer features the first CG scenes as well as gameplay footage.FINAL FANTASY VII REMAKE will be told across a multi-part series, with each entry providing its own unique experience.”

Recently, games like Life is Strange have shown the viability of an episodic business model. However, these revolve around dialogue choices and pretty simplified gameplay. In contrast to this, Final Fantasy VII relies on mini games, a battle system, and more advanced features. The idea of releasing a JRPG via episodic means is extremely silly and I’m pretty baffled about how it’s going to work. Hopefully, the game adopts a reasonable pricing model and doesn’t try to charge well above $60 once all the episodes have been released.

This is a worrying development, and bound to cause some apprehension from Final Fantasy’s adoring fanbase. The criticism of this decision is legitimate as the episodic model will probably restrict the story into sections and break up the game’s flow.

Peter Jackson to Direct Episode of Doctor Who

A year ago we released an article stating that Peter Jackson could direct a future episode of Doctor Who. The time is nigh.

Peter Jackson is very active with his facebook, posting snippets from behind the scenes and regarding causes he actively supports. While he is well known for his work on the J.R.R Tolkien films such as the Lords of the Rings and the Hobbit trilogies, Jackson is well known for supporting and looking out for anything that he could be creative with. Doctor Who is just one of those shows and as a video posted on his facebook shows, he is not one to shy away from announcing his activity in the show in the near future.

While there are no real details and this may be premature, there is hope that this could mean in the near future, maybe next season, we could see an episode with the Jackson touch. While famous for its big guest appearances there is rarely a guest producer or director, especially one known for his large films. As if that wasn’t mean enough for the Doctor Who fans, Tolkien fans may notice the Silmarillion (yet another one of Tolkien’s books set in Middle Earth) marked with post-it notes and an inserted page. Because teasing one fan base is just not enough.

Vin Diesel Announces Riddick Sequel Plans

Bounty Hunters, Unlikely Heroes, Escaping from Jails and Spaceships. The Riddick series has brought all of this and more to the screen, with actors such as Karl Urban and Dame Judi Dench starring in the film’s that at times seem to have been created by Vin Diesels determination to see the Riddick Universe expand. Riddick is an unlikely hero with a dark past, wanted around the universe for crimes and escaping prisons, one of which you can even play in Escape From Butchers Bay before having to escape yet again in the games sequel Assault on Dark Athena, both made by Tigon Studios, founded by (you guessed it) Vin Diesel himself. With his latest film, the Last Witch Hunter, being based on his D&D character and his love for the game, what’s next for Vin Diesel? The answer came in an Instagram post from the man himself.

In the pictures description, Vin Diesel states that “last night Our company had a party to launch Our TV division”. He then goes on to explain how Merc City, a new series, will follow the mercs and bounty hunters in the Riddick universe. He then ends the post by stating that next month “DT begins writing the next Chapter in the Chronicles of Riddick… FURIA”, DT standing for David Twohy, a screenwriter who has worked on every single Riddick film since Pitch Black started it all off.

Are you excited to see more from Riddick? Did you enjoy the Riddick games and do you want to see another one released for the new film or TV series?

Corsair Reveal Hydro Series HG10 N980 and N970 Cooling Brackets

Corsair has already proven a popular choice with system builders, offering a great range of coolers, power supplies, chassis and more. More recently, they’ve been toying around with the world of GPU cooling too and the latest addition to their range caters to the latest and greatest graphics cards from Nvidia.

the new Hydro Series HG10 GPU N980 and GH10 N970, as their names might suggest, are compatible cooling brackets from the Nvidia GeForce GTX 980 Ti, Titan X, GTX 980 and the GTX 970. The easy to install brackets allow you to take and compatible Corsair Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler, and mount them to your graphics card. This is great for those who don’t want to enter the world of custom loop water cooling, as it’s not only cheaper, but also provides you with an easy installation process and lower maintenance requirements.

 

“Designed to work with any stock PCB layout NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, Titan X, GTX 980 or GTX 9701, the HG10 N970 and HG10 N980 replace the existing air cooling of the graphics card with a precision engineered aluminium bracket, allowing users to them fit a Corsair Hydro Series liquid CPU cooler directly to the GPU. With modern graphics cards outputting over 250W of heat, a liquid cooling system is a more efficient and powerful way to keep your graphics card cool. Lower temperatures mean users can overclock their GPU with fewer thermal limitations, allowing for improved performance and higher frame rates, all while running quieter than a standard air-cooler.” said Corsair.

The HG10 N980 and N970’s aluminium bracket and integrated 70mm low-noise blower fan, this helps provide cooling for additional GPU hardware such as the VRMs, and offers greatly reduced noise and temperatures for your GPU. This is perfect for building a quieter gaming system, as well as overclocking your cards.

Compatibility and Availability

The HG10 N980 is compatible with any stock PCB layout NVIDIA GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX Titan X or GTX 980, while the HG10 N970 is compatible only with stock NVIDIA GeForce GTX 970 GPUs. Both are fully compatible with Corsair’s complete range of Hydro Series Liquid coolers and are available immediately from Corsair’s world-wide network of authorized distributors and resellers. Both are backed with a limited 2-year warranty and Corsair’s excellent customer service and technical support.

Check the full list of compatible GeForce GTX 980 Ti, GTX Titan X and GTX 980 here and the full list of compatible GeForce GTX 970 here.

The Witcher Movie Release Date Released

Written by Andrzej Sapkowski, the Witcher series started as a collection of short stories and novels revolving around the world of Geralt of Rivia. Set in a fantasy world where monsters and magic are commonplace, Geralt is a Witcher, a monster hunter who gained magical abilities to help combat the creatures he hunts. After its success at a series of video games, creating several large open world RPG games following the character, it would now seem that his world will come to the big screen in the near future.

The Witcher movie has been picked up by none other than the Sean Daniel Company (SOC), a company well known for their work on “The Mummy” franchise. As if that wasn’t enough to excite you about the movie, the film is planned to just introduce us to the world which will soon become a series and is being written by Thania St John, known for working on shows such as “Grimm” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer”.

With an international release planned for 2017 it could soon be gracing both our PC and big screens.

Are you a fan of the Witcher series? Do you like the idea of a fantasy series with such a deep background of knowledge and lore created ready for use within the movie or would you prefer if the show introduced you to some new lore?

Chieftec A-135 APS-600SB Series 600W Power Supply Review

Introduction & Packaging


Chieftec may not be the best-known name in the business, but they’re certainly going strong and have done a lot of work in the B2B market, with a growing presence in the consumer market over the last few years. They’re back on eTeknix again today with one of their latest power supplies, the APS-600SB, a 600W unit with an 80 Plus Bronze efficiency rating. It may not be anything fancy, but its core focus is to get the job done without spending any more than you have to for the level of performance and reliability you need.

In terms of spec, the APS-600SB features a 14cm fan, as well as multiple +12v rails with more than enough power for some dual GPU configurations. The non-modular design isn’t going to win over many perfectionists, but you’ll certainly find all the connectors you’re likely to need.

The packaging is pretty straight forward, with a stylish picture of the product on the front. If I’m honest, I know this isn’t the best-looking unit in the world and looking at the darkened image on the box, Chieftec know it; not knocking that, this is a practical unit first and foremost.

In the box, you’ll find the owner’s manual, an AC power cable and the fitting screws.

Netflix and More Comes to VR

Virtual reality is heralded as the next step for your home entertainment. One of the biggest competitors for virtual reality is the Oculus Rift, a headset designed to let you play your PC without being distracted by the room or the world as a whole. So why not enjoy those Netflix and chill nights while blocking out the whole world?

Oculus Connect 2 was an event organised to advertise the concept of virtual reality to the masses while talking about how it would go forward. Amongst the news that came to the crowd was the announcement of several video content services for virtual reality headsets, including the Samsung Gear VR headset which is set for release later this year in November.

The Samsung Gear is set to sell at around $99 (approximately £65) and is intended to be compatible with Samsung phones, meaning anyone with a Samsung phone could soon experience the benefits of virtual reality soon.

Included in the companies that are bringing their video content to the systems are Netflix, Hulu, 20th Century Fox, Twitch, Facebook and Lionsgate.

With a large catalogue of movies and television shows coming to virtual reality, and film companies like 20th Century and Lionsgate backing, could show that the old days of trying to watch your movies on your tiny phone screens could soon become as immersive as losing yourself at the cinema.

Thank you Gigaom for the information.

Image courtesy of Netflix.