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Valve taking requests from developers to ban disruptive gamers

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: 41 mins ago

Valve has worked diligently to improve VAC so it's able to identify and remove cheaters, but trying to get rid of annoying and disruptive players is extremely difficult. However, Valve has given game studios the ability to identify and permanently ban players, including those found to be cheating.




"Playing games should be fun. In order to ensure the best possible online multiplayer experience, Valve allows developers to implement their own systems that detect and permanently ban any disruptive players, such as those using cheats," according to the Steam website.


Game developers must still inform Valve when they spot a disruptive player, but the developer is "solely responsible for the decision" - with Valve enforcing a game ban as needed. Banned players will have to speak directly with the developer if any problems arise, and Valve can remove a developer's ability to enforce their own systems.

Microsoft announces Sydney, Australia for its new flagship store

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 hour, 26 mins ago

Microsoft is continuing its retail takeover with Microsoft Stores throughout the United States, but the Redmond-based OS giant has just announced that its 'first Microsoft flagship store outside of North America' will be at Westfield Sydney, in Australia.




Rumors were circling that it would be built in the UK, but Microsoft has decided to take the retail experience Down Under. The company hasn't said when the store is opening, teasing that they "can't reveal too much now" but if you want to keep up with the new Microsoft Store that's headed to Sydney, you can follow Microsoft on Facebook.

Batman: Arkham Knight DLC lets you play as Batgirl

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 30 mins ago

With Batman: Arkham Knight inching closer to release, we're finding out more and more about what the DLC will include post-release. In one of the dedicated "story expansion" releases for the game, Batgirl will become a playable character.




The downloadable chapter will be called "Batgirl: A Matter of Family" and has been described by WB Games as "an all new prequel story expansion in an entirely new location". Batman won't be missing out with the DLC though, with new story missions that will be "featuring legendary super-villains" and "Gotham City Stories" that will provide "key allies" of The Batman "in narrative missions extending their storylines" before and after what takes place in Arkham Knight.


Batgirl and Batman won't be the only playable characters in Arkham Knight, with Robin, Catwoman and Nightwing to be all playable in the game as part of Arkham Knight's "dual play" character-switching feature that will let you switch between Batman and his various allies.


Batman: Arkham Knight drops on June 23 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Tesla begins selling used Model S vehicles online

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: 3 hours, 30 mins ago

If you've been waiting for the price on a Model S to drop, you might be waiting for a while, but if you wanted to grab a second hand electric vehicle from Tesla Motors, you can now buy one online.




Tesla has opened up an online pre-owned store where you can buy a used Model S electric car at a much cheaper price, but for the time being, it's limited to just a few cities in the United States and Canada. The cars still include a four-year, 50,000-mile warranty to ensure that you don't just buy a car that will break down in a few months time.


The 'entry' model Model S can be had for around $59,000 which isn't too bad at all.

'Force Awakens' set photos, video published by Vanity Fair

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 3 hours, 30 mins ago

In a tradition dating back to 'The Phantom Menace' Vanity Fair photographer Annie Leibovitz has visited the set for the upcoming 'Star Wars' sequel 'The Force Awakens' for a spread in the latest issue of Vanity Fair Accompanying the release is a very interesting behind the scenes video which unveils some new characters and locations that haven't been glimpsed in either of the two trailers released thus far.



SPOILER ALERT: Amongst other things, the video confirms that the mystery character being played by actor Adam Driver is the villainous Kylo Ren, glimpsed in both trailers.


The latest issue of Vanity Fair is hitting newsstands worldwide now. The film is of course released on December 17th.

Continue reading ''Force Awakens' set photos, video published by Vanity Fair' (full post)

Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning unveiled in Berlin

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: 4 hours, 7 mins ago

Depending on which part of the political spectrum you hail from, Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Bradley Manning are either dangerous leakers, or freedom fighting whistleblowers, but either way, the trip have been commemorated in a art project which has been unveiled in Germany, according to a report published by RT News.



The work of Italian sculptor Davide Dormino, the installation 'Anything to Say?' encourages members of the public to join the trio on the empty chair situated next to them, telling media that "the fourth chair is open to anyone here in Berlin who wants to get up and say anything they want. This chair is, I guess, a place of free speech".


Meanwhile, last month in the US, a bust of Edward Snowden was placed in New York's Fort Greene park, but removed within hours by parks department officials.

Continue reading 'Statues of Assange, Snowden and Manning unveiled in Berlin' (full post)

Bitcoin fighting to gain widespread support, while challenges remain

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 4 hours, 46 mins ago

The bitcoin cryptocurrency remains an extremely volatile currency, with values sliding from $1,100 down to $200, as the demise of several bitcoin exchanges generate huge headlines. By midday Sunday, a single bitcoin was valued at $240, still showing a significant amount of volatility.




There are a growing number of bitcoin-related startups focused on helping foster a strong bitcoin community - with Goldman Sachs and IDG Capital Partners investing $50 million to help look at possible bitcoin investments.


Financial institutions, initially showing hesitancy to embrace bitcoins, are quietly trying to learn about the bitcoin ecosystem. Some European banks have opened up their checkbooks to support bitcoins, providing much-needed financial support to startups.

Continue reading 'Bitcoin fighting to gain widespread support, while challenges remain' (full post)

Square Enix put 'around three weeks' into their amazing DX12 demo

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 12 mins ago

We have been hearing about DirectX 12 all week thanks to Microsoft's Build Developer Conference, with Square Enix showing off one of the most visually impressive tech demos ever. We've heard that the adoption rate of DX12 has been the highest in a decade, and that with Multiadapter mode in DX12, discrete and integrated GPUs can work together for added performance.



Microsoft and Square Enix showed off the Luminous demo running on a Digital Storm PC powered by four NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X video cards, and to prove that it was pre-rendered footage, the presenter paused the demo and moved the camera around in the Luminous engine, in real time. The video above is an amazing tease of what's to come from Square Enix, their Luminous engine, and DirectX 12.


Square Enix teased their DX12 powered "Luminous" engine, with the developer adding that it wasn't hard to get Luminous working in Microsoft's next-gen API. Ivan from Square Enix was asked if the developer faced any issues getting DX12 to work under Luminous, to which he replied: "I think it took around three weeks to get the basic rendering working, and comparing this to my previous experience with implementing a new graphics API layer, I would say it was quite straight forward. However I have to mention that this wasn't a direct port and it wasn't using many of the unique of D3D12. Going forward I think we're going to adjust some of our systems in the engine to better match D3D12".

Continue reading 'Square Enix put 'around three weeks' into their amazing DX12 demo' (full post)

Enter our Studio Ghibli Blu-ray giveaway, thanks to Madman Films

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 5 hours, 18 mins ago

To celebrate this week's release of the beautiful Japanese animation 'The Tale of Princess Kaguya' from the renowned Studio Ghibli on Blu-ray HD, we have copies of the Blu-ray to give away to ten lucky readers.


Found inside a shining stalk of bamboo, a tiny girl grows into an exquisite young lady, raised by an old bamboo cutter and his wife. From the countryside to the grand capital city, she enthralls all who encounter her. Based on the classic Japanese folktale, The Tale of the Bamboo Cutter, 'The Tale of The Princess Kayuga' is the culmination of decades of contemplation by director and Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata.




To go into the running to take a Blu-ray home, simply correctly answer the following question:


Name the classic Japanese folktale that 'The Tale of The Princess Kayuga' is based on


To enter, simply 'like' this post and share via Facebook or Twitter and send your answers, along with your postal address to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on May 8th.


'The Tale of Pricess Kaguya' is available on Blu-ray HD from Australian retailers from May 6th, and on DVD now.

Microsoft says adoption rate of DirectX 12 is the fastest since DX9

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 30 mins ago

DirectX 12 is shaping up to be a real shift in PC gaming, with Microsoft talking more about its next-gen API at the Build Developer Conference last week.




The Redmond-based OS giant has said that adoption rate of DX12 is the fastest since DX9, with more and more developers jumping onto DX12 early. Microsoft's Principal DirectX Development Lead, Max McMulle, has said: "this [DX12] has been the fastest adoption of the Direct3D API we've seen since Direct3D 9. It's been the fastest adopted API in more than a decade".


We also reported yesterday on DirectX 12's Multiadapter technology, which joins integrated and discrete GPUs for increased performance. McMulle discussed that, where he explained: "This feature exposes direct control of two linked GPUs as well. So you might have known as Crossfire or SLI from AMD and NVIDIA, respectively, but you'll get direct control of both GPUs in DX12 if you so choose".

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