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Dawn of War III PC Steam deals are up to 25% off

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 20 hours, 59 mins ago

The Open Beta for Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III is over but the discounts are just getting started. Several PC gaming retail sites are discounting the Thursday, April 27 release offering discounts as high as 25% off.

 

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The best deals online are from GMG, DLGamer, Bundle Stars, and GamesPlanet. Not all discounts are equal.

 

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GMG has the highest percentage discount. The $15 off offer is great for straight up savings, but GMG does not mention the Masters of War Skin Pack pre-order bonus, so it is unlikely you will get it.

 

Bundle Stars and DLGamer are authorized retailers and thus you get pre-load and the pre-ordre bonus. Both retailers are confirmed to already be sending out Steam keys for pre-load, and you get the same bonuses as if buying directly from Steam.

 

If you're in the UK a good option is GamesPlanet. There you'll find the game listed for £37.49 which slightly beats paying the £39.99 MSRP. That said, GamesPlanet sells worldwide, and if you were buying in the US that converts to about $47.95 (currency conversion fee may apply). GamesPlanet is also shipping keys out for pre-load and giving you the Masters of War Skin DLC pack.

 

While critics are not labeling the new Warhammer as the greatest RTS since Starcraft (or insert your classic favorite RTS here), but the early bird reviews are decent and positive. On Metacritic the compilation score is an 82/100 from the critics. If you're a Dawn of War fan, the deals above are a decent pick-up in terms of a release-week deal.

Colorful announces iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 21 hours, 41 mins ago

Colorful has just announced its huge triple-slot, triple-fan iGame GTX 1080 Ti Vulcan X OC graphics card, with the triple-fan cooler dubbed SWORIZER.

 

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It's an absolute beast, with its SWORIZER cooler, LED status monitor, full cover backplate, 16+2-phase power design and of course: overclocking on the GPU.

 

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Colorful has GPU clocks of 1620/1733MHz, but as usual GPU Boost 3.0 will throw it closer to 2GHz+, while the 11GB of GDDR5X stays at its stock 11Gbps frequency.

 

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If someone didn't warn me, and you took the logos off and marketing designs down - you'd think this was an ASUS ROG Strix graphics card...

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What Zelda: Breath of the Wild would look like on NES

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 6 mins ago

Zelda: Breath of the Wild's early development started out as a top-down 2D adventure game just like Nintendo's old-school NES classics. Now one fan has answered the age old question: what if that prototype was actually playable?

 

 

Zelda BOTW is absolutely one of the best games ever made, but lots of Zelda fans wonder what the open-world adventure would be like condensed into a classic 8-bit adventure. To answer that question, game dev WinterDrake is making Zelda: Breath of the NES, a fan-made game that combines Breath of the Wild with the original Legend of Zelda on NES.

 

Breath of the NES features a dynamic day-to-night cycle as well as a physics system, and has a slew of new items for Link's disposal. You can try the demo out right now on the itch.io page.

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Blizzard paves the way for Diablo II Remastered

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 23 hours, 57 mins ago

I have strong confidence that Blizzard won't mess up Diablo II: Remastered, and my worries have been allayed.

 

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When I first heard Blizzard plans to remaster classic games like Diablo II and StarCraft, I was very concerned. As a long-time D2 player, Blizzard's recent moves with Diablo III completely alienated me from the franchise. Gone were the best features that made Diablo II such a great game: chat screens, trading, 8-player co-op, and game room lobbies, all of which were facilitated via the original Battle.net framework. Of course, Diablo III uses the new revamped "Bnet 2.0" which gimps a lot of the features found in the classic service. I thought for sure Blizzard would completely change core Diablo II features if it ever remastered the game, simply because that's what it did with Diablo III.

 

But Blizzard has proven they understand how to remaster their old games without ruining them. StarCraft: Remastered uses the same Battle.net client as its original, and has cross-play with the classic PC RTS. The only thing Blizzard really changed was the graphics; everything else was left intact: lobbies, chat system, game rooms, it's all there. This gives me strong hope that Blizzard could do the same thing to Diablo II and revitalize one of the most compelling and enjoyable PC gaming experiences of my time.

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NASA astronaut sets a new record for time spent in space

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 1 day, 1 hour ago

NASA astronaut Peggy Whitson has set yet another record. After becoming the first woman to command the Space Station in 2008, and the first woman to command the Station twice (on April 9th, 2017), she has now set the record for cumulative time spent in space by a US astronaut.

 

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At the moment of breaking the record, Whitson spent 534 days, 2 hours, and 49 minutes in space. And with the recent extension of her stay at the International Space Station, she will accumulate even more time. When she returns to Earth, she'll have spent more than 650 days in space, and decades supporting spaceflight from the ground.

 

Until now, the record-holder, when talking about the US astronauts, was Jeff Williams with 534 days, 2 hours and 48 minutes of cumulative time in space.

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Alien Isolation 2 might be in development

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Rumor has it Creative Assembly might be developing a sequel to 2014's notorious thriller Alien Isolation.

 

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According to Official PlayStation Magazine the devs at Creative Assembly could start earnest work on Alien Isolation 2. ''Our sources tell us that after work is finished on Halo Wars 2, a new Alien game may start development over at Alien Isolation dev Creative Assembly," reads a page in next month's issue of OPM. Halo Wars 2 has since shipped on Xbox One and PC, and SEGA has expressed interest

 

Creative Assembly recently expanded to almost 400 people after acquiring Crytek's Black Sea studio, the bulk of which worked on Halo Wars 2. However it's all up to SEGA whether or not Alien: Isolation 2 happens or not. The first game sold 2.11 million units in six months, which SEGA described as "weak".

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Samsung and Qualcomm negotiating over Snapdragon 845?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: 1 day, 2 hours ago

Just as Samsung and Qualcomm have begun to ship the Galaxy S8 and S8+ which feature the Snapdragon 835, rumors have already begun to suggest a similar partnership for the Galaxy S9.

 

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The Snapdragon 845 is the next rumored SoC from Qualcomm that is expected to be announced this year and ship in devices next year.

 

While it is unknown whether Samsung will actually use the rumored Snapdragon 845, the two companies are reportedly in talks to determine exactly which models will ship with Snapdragon inside. Currently, the Snapdragon 835 is shipping in the Samsung Galaxy S8 in the United States, China, and Japan. Depending on how the talks go, we could see that existing relationship either expand or contract.

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Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 takes 5 minutes to load on PS4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 4 hours ago

Remember when Sony and Microsoft told us that installing game discs onto consoles would improve loading times? Well...that's only half true. Games like Bloodborne have poked holes in those assurances, and now the newly released Sniper Ghost Warrior 3 does the same. Even older ZX Spectrum games from the 80s loaded faster than Sniper Ghost Warrior 3.

 

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According to Eurogamer, Sniper Ghost Warrior 3's initial startup takes almost 5 minutes to load up on PS4. No, really. But there has to be a trade-off right? Certainly making gamers wait that long has some sort of positive effect on future loading times? Kind of...but the five-minute loading sequence triggers every time you cross one of the game's four main zones.

 

The devs at CI Games have issued a formal statement addressing the loading times. According to the devs, the huge starting load times allow for quicker fast-travel and checkpoint loading.

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Blizzard working on new mobile games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 day, 17 hours ago

Blizzard is currently planning to ramp up its mobile games offering, and is hiring new engineers to power the platform's dev toolset.

 

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The news was gleaned from a new Blizzard job listing that calls for a software engineer for its mobile initiative. "Blizzard Entertainment is seeking a talented and enthusiastic software engineer to contribute to Blizzard's mobile gaming efforts," reads the listing. "In this role, you will create tools that will empower our talented designers and artists. The ideal candidate will be self-directed, and have proficiency with developing powerful tools and content creation pipelines."

 

NeoGAF's Nirolak posits that the new game could be related to Overwatch, and that makes sense, as Blizzard typically ties in its key IPs with its mobile-based titles. Blizzard's mobile gaming arm has been quite stagnant, but interestingly enough it actually released a StarCraft mobile game called Supply Depot 2. If the mobile game isn't Overwatch related, it could be attached to Heroes of the Storm via a mobile-based spinoff. Expect these mobile games to feature the industry's lucrative microtransaction-based sales platform, and to tie into their respective IPs in some form.

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GALAX GTX 1080 Ti EXOC White: dual-slot GTX 1080 Ti

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 day, 19 hours ago

GALAX has just unleashed its awesomely styled GeForce GTX 1080 EXOC White Edition graphics card, with GALAX's custom GTX 1080 Ti arriving as a smaller dual-slot design.

 

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The company has opted for a dual-fan cooling solution with LEDs, with GALAX using two heat sinks and five copper heat pipes, as well as a full cover backplate.

 

GALAX overclocks the GTX 1080 Ti EXOC to 1531/1645MHz, but the company is using NVIDIA's own reference PCB, but you should be able to hit 2GHz without a problem.

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