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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 3:30 pm



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Super Mario Bros. themed watch costs $27,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 3:28 pm

Super Mario Bros. fans might want to look away at this news, or your credit card might hurt in the morning. Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome has teased its new Super Mario Bros. themed watch, something that will cost a huge $27,000.




Jerome's new Super Mario Bros. themed watch will be available at Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi for the department store's 19th World Watch Fair. I don't know if I'd spend $27,000 on a Super Mario Bros. themed watch, even if I was ridiculously rich, but there are some rather large Super Mario Bros. fans out there.


Prepare your credit card, or handing over your soul, at the 19th World Watch Fair.ros. fans out there.

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Cerebral sci-fi FPS Get Even launches early 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 2:27 pm

Gamescom 2016 - The Farm 51's cerebral sci-fi survival game Get Even finally comes out of hiding with a cryptic new trailer and a 2017 release date.



Do you remember Get Even, that bizarre and enigmatic cyber-shooter from The Farm 51? Back in early 2014, Get Even's debut trailer mystified gamers and left us wanting more. Then the game kinda fell off the map for two years. Now The Farm 51 is back, showing a new glimpse of footage at Gamescom and revealing a "Spring 2017" release window for the survival FPS. The trailer still doesn't do much to shed light on what Get Even actually is, but luckily I interviewed the dev team back in 2014.


"Get Even is a story driven game where we allow other humans to invade your world and become a threat (or sometimes help) during their own quests. But there's no frag score, leaderboards, no counter for matches won and failed, it's always you and your story, sometimes interacted with other humans, sometimes with AI bots," said The Farm 51's development director Wojciech Pazdur.

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Titanfall 2 isn't just a sequel, it's like a 'new IP'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 1:19 pm

Gamescom 2016 - Now that Titanfall 2 is launching on PS4 for the first time, Respawn is keen on making a lasting impression on its new audience--almost to the point where the game becomes a brand new IP within itself.



"Titanfall 2 is really a new IP at launch if you think about it. The Xbox One install base is two or three times what it was when Titanfall launched, the PC audience continues to grow. Then there's the PS4 install base, which is enormous. It has a '2' next to its name, but that signifies the dual elements of Titan and Pilot, and the single player and multiplayer," Respawn's art director Joel Emslie told MCV at Gamescom 2016.


"We have to consider that there's a whole community that haven't played Titanfall before. That was a challenge for us - how do we make sure that Titanfall 2 is something that anyone could pick up and you don't need to have a played the original? For fans of the first game, we've added a lot of story elements and secrets that they'll appreciate. But it's a game that stands alone. It can reach out to that new community and they can enjoy it for the first time."

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Blizzard tugs heart strings with new Overwatch video

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 12:28 pm

If you're an Overwatch fan, you're going to want to grab a box of tissues for the new Bastion-centric short video that Blizzard has released.



Blizzard made the video dedicated to Yvain Gnarbo, a Blizzard animator who died in a motorcycle accident last June. The short has Bastion choosing between a new friend, and his old life of being on the battlefield. It's a cute video, with a very Pixar-like vibe to it.

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Ubisoft will launch its three major VR titles this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 10:33 am

Ubisoft has three major VR games coming out this year, with the company hitting all three major VR headsets: the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. At least it's not unleashing its fart shooting headset, which is actually real.




Eagle Flight will be released on the Oculus Rift and PSVR headsets on November 8, and a few weeks later on December 20 for the HTC Vive. Star Trek: Bridge Crew will debut on November 29 on all three VR headsets, while Werewolves Within will also hit all three VR headsets on December 6.


Out of all of the games, I have my eyes planted on Eagle Flight, which I played at the Game Developers Conference earlier this year. It has an unbelievable amount of immersion, where you actually feel like you're flying through the environment... as an eagle, of course. Star Trek: Bridge Crew looks great, but I'm not a Trekkie - although, for Star Trek fans it should be a super-immersive experience in the Star Trek universe.

Facebook teases off its Steam-like PC gaming platform

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 8:27 am

Facebook has announced that it's working with Unity on a new "dedicated, immersive experience [built] solely for gamers" that would see the Oculus owner and social networking giant competing directly against the likes of Steam.




With over 650 million users who play games through Facebook every month, we can see the allure of Facebook jumping into support PC gamers in a bigger, and better way. Facebook unveiled its desktop platform in May, where it was at the time, known as Facebook Games Arcade. Now, it's known as the "new Facebook PC gaming platform".


Facebook and Unity representatives told TechCrunch that the new platform will be "distraction free", but didn't elaborate on how much Facebook's influence in terms of the News Feed would find its way into the PC gaming platform. There will be support for casual games, but immersive games will also be there - and why wouldn't they, Facebook does own Oculus after all - this feels like a good push in the right direction for the company.

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No Man's Sky v1.04 patch lands on the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 6:30 am

No Man's Sky continues to hit the headlines, with Hello Games pushing out a new patch that is now live on the PS4 version of the game.




The new v1.04 patch has already reached the PC, but the PS4 version of No Man's Sky is now updated, with a new patch promised for next week. There are no official patch notes, but designer Sean Murray has said that the v1.04 patch "improves stability", and will have some improvements that haven't been detailed just yet.


Murray took to Twitter saying "even though less than one per cent of players have raised support issues, we're going to resolve roughly 70% of them this week", following that tweet, he said: "Patch notes incoming but PC build adds support for more hardware + improves frame rate at low spec. PS4 improves stability + lots more".

AMD's new Zen CPU beats Intel's latest Core i7-6900K

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 4:31 am

Intel might want to be worried about what AMD is cooking with its upcoming Zen architecture, with AMD unveiling a bunch of details on the next-gen architecture being made on the 14nm process.




Zen has been built from the ground up, with integrated SMT (simultaneous multi-threading), which is a first for AMD and will "take efficient advantage of a longer pipeline", reports PC Perspective. AMD will be doubling the CPU thread count, stepping up against Intel's HyperThreading technology with the new Zen-based range of processors. There's also a high bandwidth and low latency caching system that will be used to "feed the beast", thanks to the 14nm process we're looking at greater power efficiency and a nice speed boost of 40% more instructions per clock (IPC).


If you don't think the 40% increase in IPC is real, Ryan Shrout from PCPer says "AMD proved to me today that the claims are real and that we will see the immediate impact of that architecture bump from day one". I've been hearing internal rumblings that Zen is underpromised right now, and will have even more performance - and now that Shrout has had AMD prove the performance of Zen to him, my excitement meter has just shifted further into 'please, can I have it now'.

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$270 version of Final Fantasy 15 has no season pass

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 19, 2016 2:09 am

If you've got $270 burning a hole in your pocket, pick up the Ultimate Collector's Edition of Final Fantasy 15, which comes with a massive amount of physical and digital goods.




But, the $270 version of Final Fantasy 15 will be an extremely limited release, it won't include the $35 season pass. For $270, you'll get the game itself, a 192-page hardcover artbook, an action figure, steelbook case, soundtrack CDs, and digital content - but no season pass - because, reasons. FF15 director Hajime Tabata took to Twitter, when someone asked about whether the Ultimate Collector's Edition would include the season pass, and it was a big fat no.


Tabata tweeted: "Will the Ultimate collectors edition contain the season pass? - sadly no & we look into making more UCE but we were told we still can't".