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TweakTown goes hands-on with Battlefield 4 at E3 2013

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 8:15 pm

E3 2013 - TweakTown got a chance to capture some extended in-game action of the upcoming FPS Battlefield 4 at E3 2013. Before watching the video, let me add a disclaimer that I am not much of a Battlefield player, preferring the older classic Unreal Tournament 2004. The graphics and "levelution" make Battlefield 4 an excellent game and I will soon become a seasoned veteran.

 

 

With that said, this is still an early build. I noticed various graphical glitches throughout the game that should end up being fixed by the time BF4 launches in October. I didn't get a good chance to experience the Commander mode, but it does look to be a nice addition to the game, especially since it allows the Battlefield 4 experience to be taken to tablets and mobile devices.

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Samsung's Android-based 'Galaxy NX' camera gets caught on, er, camera

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cameras | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 5:25 pm

Samsung will be holding an event on June 20, where they should hopefully announce the Android-based, professional-class camera, the Galaxy NX. Ahead of that, though, is a leak, which we all know and love here at TweakTown.

 

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The mirrorless camera looks beautiful and rocking Android for an internal OS is just going to be awesome, something I'm quite excited to see. Let's talk specs now, shall we? We should expect the Galaxy NX to feature a 20.3-megapixel APS-C sensor, 1080p video recording support, max ISO of 25,600 and either a dual- or quad-core Exynos processor. The 4.3-inch touchscreen on the back should be gorgeous and sports a "high resolution".

 

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We should know more on June 20, and you can check back with us here at TweakTown about it then.

Microsoft feel generous, will be giving away 10,000 Surface RT slates to ITSE attendees

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 3:30 pm

Gotta have some good marketing after getting beaten with sticks at E3, right? Well, Microsoft have announced with the International Society for Technology in Education (ITSE) that they will be giving 10,000 ITSE conference attendees a Surface RT tablet.

 

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Brian Lewis, CEO of ISTE said in a statement:

 

Access to meaningful technology for all learners is at the core of ISTE's mission, so there's tremendous synergy between our goals and Microsoft's generous investment in our 2013 conference attendees. This bold move is illustrative of Microsoft's commitment to the effective use of technology in education. It'll be fantastic to watch attendees take their conference learning experience to the next level through the power of their new Surfaces and to hear about the ways they use them with their students.

Kanye West has called himself the new Steve Jobs ahead of his new album release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 2:29 pm

I don't mind Kanye West's work, but he has taken it a step too far this time stating in an interview with the New York Times that he is the successor to the late Steve Jobs, saying:

 

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I think what Kanye West is going to mean is something similar to what Steve Jobs means. I am undoubtedly, you know, Steve of internet, downtown, fashion, culture. Period. By a long jump. I honestly feel that because Steve has passed, you know, it's like when Biggie passed and Jay-Z was allowed to become Jay-Z.

 

He was asked if his instinct ever led him astray, for you know, storming on the stage of the MTV Video awards to push Taylor Swift out of the way, where he adds:

 

It's only led me to complete awesomeness at all times. It's only led me to awesome truth and awesomeness. Beauty, truth, awesomeness. That's all it is. I'm assuming I have the most Grammys of anyone my age, but I haven't won one against a white person.

 

West's six solo album, Yeezus is released later today.

CliffyB weighs in on the used games debacle, says that Sony is 'playing us'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 1:22 pm

The next-gen consoles aren't even here yet and boy are they creating some serious controversy, we here at TweakTown have been on the bleeding edge of all of it, delivering you up-to-date news on every subject and now we have CliffyB of Epic Games' fame weighing in on the used game debate.

 

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We've seen Microsoft pull out all the stops to slow down pre-order sales of their Xbox One (seriously, what are they thinking) and now we have CliffyB not impressed with Sony's ways, either. CliffyB said: "You cannot have game and marketing budgets this high while also having used and rental games existing. The numbers do NOT work people." CliffyB continued, saying that games have reached the point of being so big that there is no way that the next generation of games can survive if the used game and rental game markets continue to get hit.

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Planetary Annihilation hits Steam for $90, causes an outrage

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 12:27 pm

Planetary Annihilation is something I've been keeping my eye on, which went live on Steam this week. The problem is, you can buy it and play it now all ahead of the full launch, but it'll set you back an insane $90 for the privilege.

 

 

The $90 does also give you entry to the Planetary Annihilation beta as well as the finished and polished version which is due in December. The final game won't cost $90, which is a sigh of relief. So alpha players are kind of funding the game on top of its Kickstarter funding, which isn't cool of the developers. Some gamers are up in arms over it, with some messages from the Steam boards as proof:

 

There should be actual benefits for investing time and money into an alpha game (and is released on Steam, this is not on Kickstarter), not get financially slapped in thn the face for actually supporting a niche game from an unknown indie developer.

 

90$ For alpha? What are we doing, paying extra for the privilege of testing your game FOR you? There is literally no reason to defend this. You want people to buy in early, get some extra money? You offer it at a DISCOUNT, you don't charge MORE (substantially so) than the final product. What kinda are you guys smoking?

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Sony Pictures injects Smurfs 2 with millions of dollars in product placement

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 12:06 pm

Ever seen a movie full of obvious product placement? Perhaps it was the constant endorsement of Sony products in Casino Royale, a de-hydrated Pizza Hut Pizza in Back To The Future Part II, or Ray-Bans in Men In Black?

 

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Well it seems that Sony Pictures forthcoming theatrical release of The Smurfs 2 has upped the ante in the product placement stakes. According to a report on The Wrap, the internal Sony Pictures Consumer Marketing Group have inked deals worth $150 million to promote products during the film, including McDonalds, Toys R Us and Wal Mart - not least the fact the film will serve to promote The Smurfs 2 own line of merchandise which will no doubt saturate stores prior to release.

 

For a production budget expected to be around $110 million, it seems that Sony Pictures have a free motion picture on their hands. Coupled with the first film which grossed over $500 million worldwide, we can be sure that The Smurfs 2 won't be the last feature film adventure for the blue little... things.

 

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The Smurfs 2 hits cinemas in the United States on July 31st and Australia on 12th September.

Facebook to get rid of their Sponsored Results, hooray!

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 11:14 am

Something that has been itching at me for quite a few weeks now is Facebook's 'Sponsored Results', but it's almost as if the social networking giant was reading my mind - most likely with the help of the NSA - and are now going to removing them.

 

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Facebook will retract the annoying ads in July, and have been using them mostly for brands, groups and in searches since August of 2012. The social networking site decided to cut the ads after noticing that the marketers were using both the Sponsored Results and mobile app install ads in a similar fashion. Businesses will continue to use mobile app install ads, so don't expect too much of a de-clutter from your mobile social networking experience.

Xbox One might not work in unsupported countries, would stop imports

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 10:12 am

If you're living in a country where the Xbox One doesn't launch in at the end of the year and were thinking of importing, you might have to cancel those plans. It looks like Microsoft's next-gen console won't be supported in countries that it hasn't launched in yet, meaning imports are out of the question.

 

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The question was tackled through Xbox Support through Twitter, where Gregor Ivezic asked if the "Xbox One will block activation of games if outside of the IP range of a supported country" to which @XboxSupport2 answered with "You'll be able to play when you return home. I travel with an Xbox 360 for road gaming."

 

The problem is, Japan isn't even getting the console at the end of the year, which is going to piss off a lot of Japanese gamers. It looks like Sony are going to be winning a huge war on this front, with the PlayStation 4 being region-free and all. "

Elysium's latest trailer gives you a much better look at the movie

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Jun 14, 2013 8:54 am

I've finally landed back in Australia after being in Taiwan for two weeks for Computex and the first movie trailer I'm greeted to is Neill Blomkamp's sci-fi flick, Elysium. The first trailer gave us just a glimpse of the movie, but this new trailer is kicking all sorts of ass.

 

 

As you can see above, we're in for a treat, and what surprises me is that this is Blomkamp's second big movie - I hope he rises from here. The trailer doesn't give too much away, but if you want to stay spoiler free, I'd suggest you not watch the trailer - but that is a hard thing to do these days.

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