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Communication in the game industry is almost the most vital thing ever

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 6 days ago

Communication is a valuable commodity within the video game industry, something that's highly appreciated by the community itself. Being able to hear about the general status of the development of a game is certainly excited news and can help to alleviate pre-release fears if the various avenues are used correctly. We like to hear directly from the big, and little, publishers and developers as they explain the various challenges and fun things they're doing to make their game. Sometimes hearing why something was included, not included a feature or why a particular direction was chosen can help humanize an otherwise inaccessible industry.




How developers communicate with their fan base is as much a part of game development as anything. If you want to be successful, you'll need as wide an audience as possible, so communicating misinformation frequently or even outright lying can hurt a company's credibility to the point of affecting their bottom line.


Larger companies and franchises can weather such issues, though there is the potential for long-term effects not intended. Some companies do it better than others and have strict policies about either saying too much too early and certainly about releasing deceptive information. Peter Molyneux is almost famous for getting ahead of himself and the projects he's a part of. Features he's talked about sometimes never make it into the development pipeline, even.

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Remedy Entertainment already working on new game in wake of QB

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 2:05 pm

Remedy Entertainment, the developer of the critically acclaimed Alan Wake franchise as well as Quantum Break, isn't looking to take a break after they successfully released Quantum Break. It seems that according to an online resume for two employees there, an as-of-yet unannounced project has been underway for at least nine months already since August of 2015.




The claim comes from these LinkedIn profiles from the picture above, spotted by We've heard this year that Remedy is not against revisiting and possibly adding onto the Alan Wake franchise. Their creative director, Sam Lake, himself has even teased that a return could also include a bit of multiplayer as well. But nothing is quite certain, and there have only been quiet ruminations regarding that. And in general, after the gigantic story that encompassed Quantum Break, they seem to have quite a few great ideas running around through the office, of which one or two are bound to become their own game.


What could it be? It's more likely that it's a new IP completely, something that possibly visits one of the many different ideas that were thrown out in favor of the time-bending narrative we received. We'll keep you apprised of any rumors or other information that might inadvertently show up before any official announcements.

Intel Broadwell-E processors listed for pre-order ahead of schedule

By: Jeff Williams | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 1:11 pm

Intel's Broadwell-E processors have already been listed on NCIX, available for pre-order, just ahead of the official release. The prices that are shown, however, are actually somewhat higher than what we think the actual MSRP to be once they hit the streets. If you're an early adopter, then you can now be among some of the first to receive your CPU's if you pre-order now.




The server-oriented Broadwell-EP parts have been released in full already and have shown incremental, though significant, increases in performance over their Haswell-EP counterparts. The real gain is power-efficiency, however, where the smaller node and accumulative changes have led to far better performance/watt numbers.


The new processors will be compatible with the 2011 v3 socket physically and also be compatible with Intel's X99 motherboard chipset, though the latter will require a BIOS update to be able to support the new microcode. That makes it an easy upgrade, though, for those looking for either power savings or wanting to continue to have the absolute fastest processor available. All four new processors were spotted, and their prices are after the break. The top-end 10 core i7-6950X is listed at $2349.98.

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SEGA's official Mega Drive emulator has been announced for Steam

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 12:27 pm

Emulation is a touchy subject, both legally and socially. We love older games and when we can't play them natively, we emulate them with the plethora of different emulators that exist. SEGA is releasing an official emulator for the classic Mega Drive so as to take matters into their own hands, giving you official access to their library of games.



They already have reinvigorated a few games, via Steam and through various consoles, but here they're introducing their own hub that includes keyboard and mouse support and a number of different graphical enhancement filters that can be applied if they happen to suit you. Like other emulators, you'll be able to save at any point with a savestate system with probably the best emulation engine available, considering the official nature of it all. All games will also come with Steam Workshop support, so you can import mods and make your own.


The hub itself will be free, though games will naturally cost and you'll have to purchase a game to get access to the hub. Thus far it doesn't seem as if you can bring in your own ROMs, likely for very obvious legal reasons. The best part about the new hub? The interface is that of a super SEGA fan from the nineties, with a CRT and a wall full of merchandise from the era. The full list of games that grant access to it is below just after the break.

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Daikatana creator will unveil his new first-person shooter on April 25

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 9:21 am

Most people won't even know who John Romero, but he was a co-founder of id Software, the developers behind games like Doom and Quake.



Well, Romero is working on a new first-person shooter, something we teased a couple of days ago, but now we know Romero will be unveiling his new FPS on April 25. Adrian Carmack, the co-creator of Doom and Quake and John Carmack (who is now the CTO of Oculus), is involved with the project.


That teaser trailer though, is incredibly cheesy - but I love it!

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NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1060 might not even require PCIe power connectors

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 7:08 am

We keep reporting on the GeForce GTX 1080 and GTX 1070, based on the GP104 GPU, but what about the successor to the insanely popular GTX 950 and GTX 960? The GP106 will be released sometime later this year, and it might be a surprisingly powerful, yet power efficient video card.




According to the new reports, GP106 cards won't require any additional PCIe power connectors, so it'll be a slot-and-forget deal. We should expect the GeForce GTX 1060 to use less than 75W of power, which will be insane given that it should deliver a nice 30-50% bump in performance over the current GM206-based GTX 960. The 16nm FinFET process at its finest.


Right now, the GTX 950 and GTX 960 are still doing incredibly well in the market, so there's no need for NVIDIA to pump out a GM206-based successor just yet. But, the GTX 970 and GTX 980 cards have been out for nearly two years now, so bring on the GTX 1070/GTX 1080!

'Deadpool' Blu-ray and 4K releases announced, detailed

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 6:09 am

Undoubtedly the hero of the cinematic year thus far, the runaway success 'Deadpool' is coming to the home next month - and Twentieth Century Fox aren't skimping on the features.




Releasing on Blu-ray, 4K UltraHD Blu-ray and DVD next month, the former two editions are confirmed to include two audio commentaries, one with director Tim Miller and Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld, while a second features star Ryan Reynolds alongside writers Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese, deleted and extended scenes with optional director commentary, a gag reel, the 'From Comics to Screen... to Screen' documentary, picture galleries including concept art, storyboards and costumes, along with the promise of some more surprises.


'Deadpool' will be available to purchase in the United States on May the 10th, and in Australia on May 25th.

Colorful's new iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN features insane power delivery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 5:40 am

It might be late in the GTX 980 Ti game to make that much of a splash, but Colorful Technology Company Limited, a Chinese manufacturer of some very special video cards, has just unveiled its latest creation - the iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN.




The iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN features not just a unique custom-cooler, but powerful heat sinks packing an integrated watercooling loop that will provide some insane cooling. Five heat pipes are responsible for taking heat away from the GPU, dispersing it throughout densely packed fins and the watercooling loop, which spools up when extra cooling is required.




Colorful has deployed full-time GPU thermal monitoring which provides smart control over the integrated watercooling system, which can be configured with a custom watercooling loop if you want. The iGame GTX 980 Ti KUDAN also has an Overclocking Key, which when pressed, boosts the GPU up to a huge 1304MHz Boost clock.


Other than that, we have the same 2816 CUDA cores, 1000/1076 Core/Boost clock or the OC mode kicking it up to 1203/1304MHz. 6GB of GDDR5 is here, with 2 x 8-pin PCIe power connectors, 3 x DP/1 x HDMI 2.0/1 x DVI output, and a 250W TDP.

'Blade Runner' sequel shifts up its release date

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 21, 2016 4:28 am

It's not often we see release dates shifted forward, but that's exactly what's just happened with the eagerly antincipated sequel to the 1982 sci-fi watershed 'Blade Runner', which returns Harrison Ford as replicant hunter Rick Deckard.




According to Variety, the sequel which was originally scheduled to hit screens in January 2018, has been shifted forward by three months and will now release worldwide in October 2017. Hot of the success of last year's 'Sicario', Denis Villeneuve will step behind the camera, while Ridley Scott will serve as the executive director. Those worried by the potential to screw-up one of the best films of the 20th century shouldn't be overly alarmed - the script written by Hampton Fancher and Michael Green has been described by Ford as "the best thing he's ever read".


The film will also star Ryan Gosling and Robin Wright in leading roles.