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1 million copies of StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void sold in 48 hours

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Blizzard finally released the third instalment of StarCraft II, on the same day as the release of Fallout 4, with StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void selling 1 million units in the first 48 hours.



It might not be the same $400 million that Halo 5 did in its first week or the huge $550 million that Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 did in its first 72 hours, but it's still big news for StarCraft II gamers. The official StarCraft Twitter page thanked its fans, saying "Thanks for making the launch of #LotV a success! We'll see you in the Koprulu Sector, Commanders!"


The week of gaming isn't over just yet, so while we might have StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void, Fallout 4, Halo 5, and Call of Duty: Black Ops 3, we're only days away from the release of Star Wars Battlefront and Assassin's Creed: Syndicate. Oh my.

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COD: Black Ops 3 needs 'high-end CPU and SLI' for consistent 120FPS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 2 days ago

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 might have made a huge $550 million in its first 72 hours on sale, but 91% of gamers in the UK decided to buy it for their consoles, instead of gaming PCs. But how's the PC performance side of things going?




According to DSOGaming's performance analysis of Black Ops 3 on the PC, the game scales well on older CPUs with the site simulating dual- and quad-core CPUs for their testing. The site said: "Call of Duty: Black Ops III scales amazingly well on more than four CPU cores, something that did impress us. However, the game was running with constant 60fps even on our simulated dual-core system. Truth be told, those seeking for constant a 120fps will have to rely on a really high-end CPU and an SLI configuration, but we're pretty sure that most will be happy with a constant 60fps experience".


DSOGaming notes that Black Ops 3 is described as a "GPU bound title" and in order to max out the in-game settings for 1080p with 100% resolution scaling, players will "need NVIDIA's top of the line GPU", the GeForce GTX 980 Ti. The site said in order to play the game maxed out at 1080p with their GTX 690 at a constant 60FPS, they needed to drop down most of the settings to High.

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Halo 5's first big update will deliver 16-player vehicle battles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

If you've been part of the huge $400 million in first-week sales of Halo 5, you're going to enjoy the news of the first big patch to arrive from 343 Industries.



The first patch is dropping next week and has been dubbed "Battle of Shadow and Light", which will introduce 16-player Big Team Battles where vehicles are a center point of the match. If you've wanted to smash your enemies and friends with a Warthog, while they come speeding towards you in one too, this patch is for you.


There will be new armor, weapons and vehicle sets with the patch for Halo 5: Guardians, so you shouldn't be bored of the Xbox One exclusive for a little while at least.

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Initial thoughts on Star Wars: Battlefront are less than lukewarm

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Some gamers have been playing Star Wars: Battlefront over the last few days, with Jason Evangelho from Forbes saying that after playing Battlefront, he "walked away disappointed and discontent".



After around 10 hours with the game, Evangelho said: "That sobering truth is that there simply isn't enough content or variety here to justify a $60 purchase". Now that's a huge statement for one of the biggest game releases of the year, but it seems like this is the word on the street for Star Wars Battlefront. After I saw Evangelho's comments, I dug a bit deeper and looked at the review on, which mirrored his thoughts on the game. says "Give it a few hours, however, and the allure of this spectacle begins to fade. Soon, you're left to reckon with the fact that while Battlefront excels in making real those dreams of fighting Darth Vader on Hoth, it doesn't nail the rather more prosaic elements of first person shooters".

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StarCraft II Korean coach Gerrard spent $48.7k on illegal gambling

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Following the announcement of StarCraft II's recent betting and match fixing scandal, Police information has now surfaced with a little more detail on exactly what went on behind the scenes.




Following the arrests of professional StarCraft II gamers 'BBoongBBoong' and 'YoDa', plus Team Prime head coach 'Gerrard', official information has pinpointed that this coach spent almost $50,000 on illegal betting and gambling ventures.


As pointed out by 'ZAiNs' on the Team Liquid forums, at some stage this man even streamed his online gambling live through Twitch TV, taking place on his official channel called 'GerrardPrime'.

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JPR's latest data still sees NVIDIA with 81.1% of the GPU market

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The latest time we saw the discrete GPU market share numbers, NVIDIA was dominating with 82% of the market. We thought with the release of the Radeon R9 390X and the hyped to hell Radeon R9 Fury X (as well as the Fury, and R9 Nano) that AMD would win back a considerable chunk of the dGPU market in the last three months... well, they didn't.




AMD only took back 0.9% of the dGPU market, leaving NVIDIA with 81.1%, according to the latest data from analyst firm JPR. Back in February of this year, NVIDIA had 76% of the market leaving AMD with 24% of the market. But, we should hopefully begin to see a change in these numbers now that AMD is finally doing something about it, splitting its GPU division off recently into Radeon Technologies Group.


The biggest GPU fight is about to happen, with the shift from 28nm to 14/16nm set to happen next year. Not only that, but HBM2 will be used by both sides, versus just AMD using HBM right now. If that wasn't exciting enough, Windows 10 delivered DirectX 12 to the world, so we should begin to see some truly interesting things begin to happen early next year.

France terrorists allegedly used PS4 Network to co-ordinate attacks

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

The appalling loss of life following this weekend's terrorist attacks in France have led many to question how such an attack can be co-ordinated in a time of unparalleled access to communications by security organisations and authorities across the world. According to news reports, the PlayStation Network might have played a role in allowing the ISIS followers to discuss their plans.




Authorities have reportedly taken PS4 consoles away as evidence in investigations to the weekend's attacks, which took the lives of 129 people. With over 20 million units sold worldwide, the system is apparently lacking in security monitoring by both Sony Computer Entertainment and authorities. With the precedent set by the Edward Snowden revelations which showed that security organisations such as the NSA and CIA embedded themselves into MMORPG's such as World of Warcraft to breakup virtual terrorist meetings in the past, it looks like the XBLA and Sony messaging systems are about to get a huge crack down in future.

USB ChargeDoubler V2.0 claims to offer a 200% increased charging speed

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Funded as a successful Kickstarter campaign in the past, the USB ChargeDoubler is back with version 2.0, sporting what it calls a "Xmas-bundle."




A backing of around $17 will earn you a single Xmas-bundle, featuring the Apple iPhone or Micro-USB charger and a matching keychain. If you're keen on something a little more fancy, you can chose to have a motif attached, designed to set your keys apart from the rest with a Christmas twist.


The USB ChargeDoubler 2.0 claims to offer a 200% increase in charging speeds through your general computer USB port and currently sits at $1838 of its $2153 goal with 15 days remaining.

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Fresh off defeat, Ronda Rousey to feature on EA SPORTS UFC 2's cover

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Announced just before her loss in a ring down under, EA SPORTS issued a press release stating that Ronda Rousey will be featured on the front cover of UFC 2, set for release in spring 2016.




Rousey stated that "EA Sports is a cultural barometer to know what's going on in sports at the moment." Mentioning that she is a gamer herself, Rousey added that "it's pretty surreal to be on the cover of the game and to have a woman on the cover of a UFC game shows a lot of progress. I'm really happy to be involved with it."


Featuring five new games modes which include KO Mode, UFC Ultimate Team and more, more information on this game and its purchase information can be found here.

Intel CEO to play eSports match for Charity in San Jose

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Brian Krzanich will be taking some time out of his busy schedule to play a little League of Legends "ARAM" game mode at the SAP Center in San Jose, happening as part of a charity side-event being held at the Intel Extreme Masters tournament.




Said to be kicking off in front of 7,500 live spectators, Michal Blicharz, VP of Pro Gaming at ESL, has labeled this as a brave move. He said in a recent press release that Krzanich will be going on stage and is "willing to showcase his skills to a very demanding audience of over a hundred thousand people," commenting on the fact that it will also be live streamed.


The money donated to charity will be based on completing in-game objectives and tasks, set to happen from 6 p.m PT on Saturday, November 21.

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