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'Star Wars' actor admitted to psychiatric facility

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Actor Jake Lloyd, best known for appearing as the young Anakin Skywalker in 1999's 'Star Wars Episode One: The Phantom Menace' has had a rough few years, which has seen the 27 year old admitted to a South Carolina psychiatric facility.

 

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According to TMZ, the former child actor was arrested last year after leading police on a high-speed chase, driving without a license and resisting arrest, and has been in jail since. But now his mother Lisa has revealed that Jake has since been moved to a psychiatric ward after developing schizophrenia.

 

Lloyd, who now goes by the last name Broadbant was last seen in the 2005 limited release feature 'Madison', but has reprised his role as Anakin Skywalker in a number of 'Star Wars' video games.

AdBlock Plus launches optional ad filtering system

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

AdBlock Plus has launched its new Acceptable Ads Platform, which acts as an optional filter of sorts to let advertisements show up on specific websites.

 

 

The Acceptable Ads Platform is now available in beta form, and is described as "an interactive platform that lets publishers and bloggers choose from a marketplace of pre-whitelisted ads that they can drag and drop onto their sites." According to info from AdBlock Plus, you'll be able to turn off the program at any time: "Users can still turn off the Acceptable Ads feature completely if they choose."

 

"The Acceptable Ads Platform contains ad placements that abide by the Acceptable Ads criteria for size and labeling; and it allows ads to be positioned only in spots deemed appropriate by the Acceptable Ads rules for ad placement. An intuitive drag-and-drop editor gives publishers the ability to place readymade ads directly onto their site in real-time, and be instantly viewable to millions of Adblock Plus users who have agreed to allow non-intrudisve ads to support their favorite websites," reads a recent ABP press release.

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Complete bundle deals: $16 Arkham Knight or MKX

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Today, $16.99 gets you either Batman: Arkham Knight + all DLC or everything Mortal Kombat X on PC. The packs showed up today at Bundle Stars in their brand new "Bundlefest sale" which features several bundles up to 98% off. While most of the bundles are on lesser known Indie titles, there are some AAA games in there, many from Warner Bros.

 

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In the case of Batman: Arkham Knight, the Bundle Stars pack is the identical content found on the Batman: Arkham Knight Premium bundle on Steam for $49.98. Instead, you're paying 66% less for the base game + Season Pass content (yep, that's everything Arkham Knight). If you're looking for earlier Arkham Knight series games, you can buy all three for $9.99 in Bundle Stars' Pick & Mix option.

 

Mortal Kombat X might even be a better value since the percentage savings is higher. In the MKX "Brutality Bundle", you get the base game + all 14 DLC for $16.99. You can go even one step further and get a final 15th DLC pack for an additional four bucks, making your total $19.99. Below, you'll see bundle deals sorted into specific genre/category. If you head over to the Bundlefest sales page and sort by best selling, you'll see that the most popular bundle being sold is the complete Arkham Knight Bundle for $16.99, followed by Indie Legends Bundle 4, and finally various pick and mix bundles from select publishers (Kalypso, kiss, etc.).

 

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Warcraft, Diablo co-creator Chris Metzen retires

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Co-creator of Blizzard Entertainment's Diablo, Warcraft, and Starcraft franchises Chris Metzen has retired at age 42. Starting his career as an animator and artist at the then-startup company, he rose the ranks and eventually found himself the senior vice president of story and franchise development.

 

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Metzen says his decision was motivated by a desire to spend more time with his family, including his newborn baby. In a farewell forum post on Battle.net, he speaks fondly of his 22-year history with Blizzard, describing it as "the time of my life" and says his fellow employees were a "second family" (complete with all the ups and downs).

Steam overhauls reviews system to combat fake reviews

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Valve is applying some major changes to Steam's review system in an effort to thwart fraudulent and misleading reviews, and everyday gamers will be affected.

 

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Steam's review system is being overhauled once again, this time to counter the rampant problem of fake reviews. Valve found that developers have been manipulating aggregate review scores of specific games by providing free copies of the games as incentive for favorable feedback--and some devs go so far as to make dummy accounts and redeem their own game codes to write fake positive reviews.

 

To counter this, Valve has taken a simple approach: if you buy a game outside of Steam or use a free product key provided by a dev, your review will no longer count towards that game's aggregate review score on Steam. "As of today, the recent and overall review scores we show at the top of a product page will no longer include reviews written by customers that activated the game through a Steam product key. Customers that received the game from a source outside of Steam (e.g. via a giveaway site, purchased from another digital or retail store, or received for testing purposes from the developer) will still be able to write a review of the game on Steam to share their experience. These reviews will still be visible on the store page, but they will no longer contribute to the score," reads the update.

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Sony recommends 60-inch 4K HDR TVs for PS4 Pro

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Sony's new 4K-ready PS4 Pro may be a pretty impressive deal at only $399, but that's only half of the equation: to get the most out of the console, Sony wants you to annihilate your bank account with an expensive 60-inch+ 4K HDR UHDTV.

 

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I've been quite vocal on the new PlayStation 4 Pro over the past week or so. I think it represents a tremendous value for what it does, leveraging a Polaris GPU at 4.20 TeraFLOPs to hit up to 1080p 60FPS native gaming and 4K 30FPS with HDR and tons of other graphics/environment settings to boot, all for just $399. But you won't hit the console's full potential unless you grab a 4K TV that's equipped with High Dynamic Range (HDR), and as you'd expect, these TVs are pretty expensive. In fact, Sony wants you to get a 4K HDR TV that's at least 60-inches, so a $399 purchase just turned into a $1,500+ purchase.

 

"Unofficially, the staff of PlayStation.Blog has observed good results in average living rooms with 4K TVs sized 60'' and up. If you're in the market for a new 4K TV for PS4 Pro, we strongly recommend selecting a model with HDR10 compatibility, which will enable increased image vividness and contrast in HDR10-enabled games and movies," Sony wrote on its official PS4 Pro FAQ.

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Start building professional websites with 3 dev courses

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

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Whether you're building a brand or promoting a business, having a polished, scalable website is key for survival in the digital space. With the Microsoft Front-End Developer Training Bundle, you can get a beginner's look at the basics of web development, and it's on sale for just $39.

 

Using CSS, you'll learn how to design websites that are attractive and streamlined. You'll discover how to program in rollover buttons and popup menus, and you'll boost your SEO by coding in metadata and keywords. On top of that you'll learn how to make your website accessible for mobile users and boost your scalability through ASP.NET framework.

 

For a limited time, the Microsoft Front-End Developer Training Bundle is on sale for just $39, more than 90% off its $1,512 retail price.

Sonic Mania collector's edition is radically nostalgic

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

The collector's edition for Sonic Mania has been revealed, and it's an amazing throwback to Sega's golden days of 16-bit glory.

 

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Nowadays, video game collector's editions are quite dull: we get stickers, patches, artbooks, "lithographs", socks--you name it, and companies have likely thrown it in the box. But Sega's new Sonic Mania collector's edition is something new: it's a retro explosion of radical awesomeness that makes you feel like a kid again.

 

Following a leak just hours prior, Sega has announced the new Sonic Mania Collector's Edition on PS4, Xbox One and PC, which comes with a 12-inch Sonic replica standing on a Mega Drive that makes the infamous console siren song Sega fans know and love, a download code for the game, and a cartridge affixed with a golden ring that resembles those golden games of yore. And the best part? It only costs $69.99. The worst part? It's only available for North American fans, and won't be coming to Europe.

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Pokémon GO Buddy System, not only cute but useful

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Pokémon GO fans can now suit up and take their buddy along for the ride with the latest Pokémon system update, allowing users to assign a Pokemon as their buddy as they walk alongside your avatar.

 

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The new feature is available now for Apple and Android users with Niantic's latest update that lets the likes of Pikachu, stand on the ground beside the trainer avatar in the details screen. The cuteness overload factor comes into play after accumulating 10km, the little yellow mon hops onto your shoulder, replicating the bond and friendship that character Ash experienced in the original TV series.

 

Other Pokémon such as Jigglypuff, Charmander and Evee are amongst the available mon for the update. The advantage of having an active Buddy Pokémon while walking earns candy for that particular species, which can then be used to increase status.

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Dark Souls-like samurai slasher NiOh launches Feb 2017

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Team Ninja's hard-as-nails action survival game NiOh will launch in February of next year on PS4...but the studio has no plans to bring the game to PC.

 

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At Sony's pre-Tokyo Game Show 2016 extravaganza, Team Ninja finally revealed a concrete release date for their celebrated sadistic samurai slasher NiOh. Sadly the game won't be launching in 2016, and Koei Tecmo has announced that NiOh will instead launch on February 9, 2017 exclusively to the PS4.

 

The game itself incorporates elements from Ninja Gaiden and Dark Souls while mingling feudal Japan into the mix for some Japanese mythology and mysticism, providing an interesting--if not extremely difficult--mix of gameplay mechanics. After trying out NiOh's early alpha and demo test, I can say without a doubt the game has staggering potential to become one of strongest PS4 exclusives available today: the swordplay is extremely satisfying, and you have a huge array of RPG upgrades and weapons to choose from--all of which have different stances and functions in battle.

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