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French CS:GO tournament taken to online finals due to terror concerns

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 12:29 pm

Due to a low number of ticket sales, OGamingTV has announced that it has cancelled a booking at the Olympia music hall in Paris, moving its January 12 LAN (live) finals to a completely online event.




The competition is called The Red Dot Invitational and organisers have blamed terror attacks for the low attendance, explaining that the recent French attacks "had a deep impact on the Parisian entertainment industry, especially for venues, thus generating a massive loss of attendance at the French cultural sites, show rooms and concerts." This isn't the first time that terror has disrupted eSports, with French team EnVyUs forced to withdraw from an event due to grounded aircraft.


Anyone currently holding a ticket will receive a full personal refund, with the $50,000 tournament to still continue online. With two local French teams, EnVyUs and Titan playing off against Denmark squads dignitas and questionmark, the games should still be spectacular either way.

Adam Sandler works with Netflix because it 'rhymes with Wet Chicks'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 11:44 am

With the debut of Adam Sandler's first show on Netflix, 'Ridiculous 6', the comedian is back in the headlines in a very big way. Something we seemed to have missed when the deal went through between Sandler and Netflix, is the reason why he signed with the content streaming giant.




Back in October 2014, Sandler said that when Netflix called him up with the deal, he "immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only. Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks". Interesting reason, Mr. Sandler. The full statement from Sandler was "When these fine people came to me with an offer to make four movies for them, I immediately said yes for one reason and one reason only. Netflix rhymes with Wet Chicks. Let the streaming begin!!!!"


Netflix Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos, said "People love Adam's films on Netflix and often watch them again and again. His appeal spans across viewers of all ages - everybody has a favorite movie, everyone has a favourite line - not just in the US but all over the world. Sandler also reportedly makes $80 million per movie in Hollywood, and Netflix has pockets deep enough to keep handing over servers full of money to the creator of huge hits like Billy Madison and Happy Gilmore.

One dedicated Star Wars fan sat through The Force Awakens nine times

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 10:23 am

While The Force Awakens has made $610 million worldwide so far, there is one fan that would be the biggest Star Wars fan of all time. Jim Barden from Austin, Texas enjoyed a 30-hour Star Wars marathon, afterwhich he was named the biggest Star Wars fan.




The Alamo Drafthouse declared Bardin the biggest Star Wars fan after they invited nine people from around the United States to sit through the original Star Wars trilogy, the prequel trilogy and then various screenings of The Force Awakens. Barden has now seen The Force Awakens nine times, taking out the award of the biggest Star Wars fan ever.


The Hollywood Reporter spoke with Barden, asking how he managed to stay away, and to not go crazy after the huge Star Wars marathon. Barden said: "I guess I took a sort of scientific approach. I planned accordingly". Barden snacked on peppermint chewing gum and smelling lime wedges to keep himself awake, instead of chowing down on energy drinks and heavy meals that can push you into a food coma.

James Cameron confirms Christmas 2017 as the Avatar 2 release window

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 8:27 am

With all of the news headlines glued to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which has just passed $610 million worldwide breaking countless records in its process, James Cameron has come out talking about his Avatar sequels.




Cameron said in an interview with the Montreal Gazette that Avatar 2 will be released in Christmas 2017, he said: "Christmas of '17 is the target... At least, that's what we've announced. But I don't consider that to be as important as the fact that when we get all three films done, we drop them a year apart. I call it a meta-narrative that runs across the three movies. Each film stands alone, but it also tells one much larger story".


Until now, Avatar 2's release date had been rumored for 2014, 2015 and even 2016 - waiting another two years shouldn't hurt too much. As for whether Cameron and his team will reach the promised Christmas 2017 window, he said: "We have design more or less finished, which is an enormous task. It's been about a two-year task. [We've finished] all the creatures and the landscapes, and the new world's within the world of Pandora that you see. The writing is ongoing, but almost finished. Technical development is done. Stages are done. Infrastructure. So we're really poised to start after the first of the year".

ASUS AU builds a kick-ass gaming PC for 16-year-old disabled gamer

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 7:22 am

The holiday season is here, and ASUS Australia has really struck a chord with us here at TweakTown by having their handover event for a new gaming PC for a disabled Australian gamer.




16-year-old Kieren Watts has Congenital Muscular Dystrophy, which is a general term for a group of genetic muscle diseases that occur at birth (congenital) or early during infancy. ASUS Australia teamed up with the Australian departments of Cooler Master, NVIDIA, Intel as well as community members like Good Gaming Fun (GGF, run by Stuart Tonks), Simple Modz (run by Alex Ciobanu), Mods by ACS (Drew Lawrence), IMFACEROLL Gaming (Corey Gregory) and members of the "Australian PC Gaming and Enthusiasts", and the "Australian PC Modders and Enthusiasts" Facebook groups.


Everyone came together to build a rather kick ass gaming PC, which consists of the following components:


  • Intel Core i5 6600K processor
  • ASUS ROG Maximus VIII Ranger motherboard
  • ASUS ROG Matrix GTX 980 video card
  • Intel 730-series SSD (x2)
  • Cooler Master Master Case 5 Pro
  • Cooler Master Nepton 280L
  • Cooler Master V850 PSU
  • Cooler Master JetFlo LED Fans

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Winter is coming: Valve kicks off its Steam Winter Sale

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 6:52 am

It's that time of the year again folks: Valve has just kicked off its Steam Winter Sale, offering gamers huge discounts on a massive variety of games. The Steam Winter Sale ends on January 4, 2016 at 10AM PST.




Valve's new Steam Winter Sale is nearly identical to their previous sales, with the gaming giant offering daily deals and flash sales, with all of the discounts on the Steam Store remaining the same until the end of the sales. The highlighted deals on the front page will change, but the discounted deals won't.


The Steam Winter Sale has some unique traits however, as you'll be able to collect Steam trading cards by just browsing yoru Discovery Queue. The cards are delivered to your Steam inventory every time you browse through an entire queue, where you'll receive a maximum of three cards per day. You'll also receive a card for every $10 you spend throughout the Steam Winter Sale. Something else that Valve is doing is offering a comic called Gingerbread Jame in "Northpole Noir" which will be updated everyday with a new page.

Just Cause 3's latest patch for the PC improves memory management

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 5:22 am

The latest v1.021 patch for Just Cause 3 on the PC offers improved memory management, as well as fixing up the stability when you exit to the desktop from the game. The new patch is just 99MB in size.




Avalanche Studios only just released the v1.02 patch for the PC and consoles last week, with the PC patch weighing in at 132MB - but the consoles were slapped with a huge 3GB patch. The v1.02 patch offered improved loading times, performance improvements and more. Avalanche explains the improved stability when exiting to the desktop: "As some of you will be aware, there was an issue that would sometimes cause the game to crash when exiting to desktop. The cause of this issue has been identified and addressed with this update".


The studio explains the memory management improvements: "In addition to fixing the exit to desktop crash, this update also improves Just Cause 3's memory management across a variety of hardware configurations. Some systems will feel this beneficial impact more than others".

Kim Dotcom faces U.S. extradition following court loss

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Business, Politics & Money | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 4:36 am

A New Zealand court ruled today that Kim Dotcom, along with three co-accused can be extradited to the United States to face four year old charges of copyright infringement stemming from the Mega Upload file sharing platform. In handing down his ruling backing the case that Dotcom should face the United States legal system, Judge Nevin Dawson relayed that the U.S. government had an "overwhelming" amount of evidence proving guilt in millions of lost revenue for copyright holder.




Dotcom's team plan has immediately filed an appeal, ensuring the long-running saga has a way to go just yet.


Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already pulled $610 million worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 4:07 am

Star Wars: The Force Awakens continues to print money, with Disney's latest blockbuster flying past $610 million in worldwide ticket sales. In the US alone, it has become the fastest movie to hit $250 million.




The Force Awakens has outperformed Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2 for Saturday sales, in a big way. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has broken pretty much every record possible: largest Thursday preview, global IMAX opening record, largest Friday, largest Saturday, largest Sunday, largest Monday, largest 4-day gross, biggest domestic opening, biggest worldwide opening and so many more records.


The latest news is that The Force Awakens will beat the current #1 box office champion: Avatar. Considering Avatar pulled in $580 in its first week, The Force Awakens is definitely doing a good job towards its battle to the #1 grossing movie of all time. Avatar sits at the top of the worldwide gross of $2.78 billion, which I think The Force Awakens will beat in the end.


The next big movie that will shatter records, in my opinion, will be Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice in March 2016 - two months later we'll also have Captain America: Civil War to enjoy.

Oculus says the Rift is still on target for Q1 2016 launch

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Dec 23, 2015 2:39 am

We know that the Oculus Rift would be released in early 2016, with pre-orders opening up "soon after New Year", but now the Oculus founder himself, Palmer Luckey, is providing more concrete details on the VR headset.




Luckey took to Twitter, where he said that preorders "are coming soon after new year. Enjoy a stress-free holiday, we won't launch preorders without warning!" Luckey said in another tweet "thrilled to share some news: Manufacturing continues to go well, and we are still on-target for an awesome Rift launch in Q1!"




The first Oculus Rift rolled off of the production line earlier this year during the Oculus Connect developer conference in September, which you can see in the above image. Oculus Hardware Project Manager, Stephanie Lue, said on stage at Oculus Connect: "We set a date out for ourselves for when we wanted to build the first product and we hit that date on the nose. Our hardware teams are pouring our hearts and souls to get it just right for the experience and for manufacturability so that we can get this out to as many people as possible. It's definitely worth the wait".

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