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Watch LotR's Helms Deep battle recreated in Fallout 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Fallout 4 battles never cease to amaze me, and this newest clip from Cosmic Contrarian is no exception: it's a 14-minute rendition of The Lord of the Rings' epic Helms Deep battle sequence set in Fallout 4.



At the behest of his fans, YouTuber has reenacted the Battle of Helms Deep in Fallout 4...and it's pretty epic.To ensure the battle maintained its authenticity, Cosmic Contrarian built his own version of Helms Deep with the game's settlement system, then proceeded to unleash a torrent of havoc and earth-quaking war on upon its walls.


The massive-scale battle sees tens of thousands of bloodthirsty Super Mutants up against a desperate division of Minutemen and Power-Armor-clad Brotherhood of Steel patriots. The horde of greenbacked Super Mutants eventually break into Helms Deep and bring head-smashing death to the humans, but the BoS paladins stand fast with their laser turrets at the ready. The carnage is so absolutely entertaining that it has a way of just mesmerizing viewers, just encapsulating you with fiery death-laden lasers.

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Full 'Angry Birds Movie' trailer hatched

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

You might have stopped playing the Angry Birds game four years ago, but that hasn't stopped Rovio and Sony Pictures from trying to exploit the franchise on the big screen. Today, the studios have released the full theatrical trailer ahead of the film's May release. If you like pee-pee jokes - you're in for a real treat!



Whether or not it's able to reboot the franchise remains to be seen, but with an all cast of Jason Sudeikis, Danny McBride, Josh Gad, Bill Hader, Maya Rudolph, Peter Dinklage, Kate McKinnon and directed by former Disney animator Clay Kaytis and storyboard artist Fergal Reilly, it's certainly not short of talent.


The 'Angry Birds Movie' will be released in 3D and 2D on May 12 in Australia, and May 20 in the United States.

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Bill Gates tops richest person alive list once more

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Research firm Wealth-X tracks data on the world's richest people, and their latest says Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is on top of the pile yet again. What's more, it's not even close: he stands tall at $87.4bn, with fashion businessman Amancio Ortega in at 2nd with $66.8bn. Other familiar names include Warren Buffett (3rd with $60.7bn) and Mark Zuckerberg (8th with $42.8bn).




To put things in broader perspective, Gates was recently ranked #9 on a list of the richest people of all time. Those ahead of him held claim to hundreds of billions of dollars or more; Augustus Caesar possessed $4.6 trillion, and Mansa Musa, the King of Timbuktu, is believed to be far beyond even that.

Shovel Knight amiibo listed as a best seller at Walmart garden dept

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Apparently an error in Walmart's website has led to the Shovel Knight Wii U and 3DS amiibo being categorized under gardening for some reason. At least it was temporarily.




Pixel Dynamo reported that the amiibo was supposedly categorized under Gardening & Tools in the Walmart directory, where it held the honor of being one of the best selling items in that category. Looking through the various categories, however, reveals that there is no "Gardening & Tools" category, and that the Shovel Knight amiibo is actually put under the correct category, Video Games.


Maybe this is a case of mistaken identity. And the search engine employed by Walmart might match the "shovel" in the name of the amiibo to any search for tools, so searching for "tools" could make it appear, though doesn't appear to be actually associated to any category other than video games. Curiouser and curiouser.

GeForce 361.75 drivers prepare you for Tomb Raider, The Division

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

NVIDIA has released its 361.75 WHQL certified driver today. You'll want it if you're planning on playing Rise of the Tomb Raider or getting on Ubisoft's The Division beta, as it contains optimizations and SLI profiles for both. In the case of the former, both 2-way and 3-way SLI profiles are included.




Tomb Raider launches tomorrow, January 28; the beta starts this Friday, January 29 at 12 PM GMT.


Grab the driver at the source or via GeForce Experience.

NVIDIA's new $40 video card is '10x better than integrated graphics'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

NVIDIA has just launched its new GeForce GT 710 video card, a cheap $40 GPU that the company claims can deliver "up to 10x the performance of integrated graphics", and gaming up to "80% faster" than traditional iGPUs.




While the GeForce GT 710 gets beaten by Intel HD 530 integrated graphics found in Skylake chips, the card is an excellent option for budget gamers who have older rigs and want a cheap DirectX 12 card. As far as specs go, NVIDIA's inexpensive card uses DDR3 memory on a 64-bit bus with 14.4GB/s bandwidth, has a base clock of 954 MHz with 192 CUDA cores, and a memory clock speed of 1.8 Gbps.


The GeForce 710 supports a host of features including G-Sync adaptive sync, multi-monitor support for up to 3 displays, 3D Vision, NVIDIA's PhysX tech, and is OpenGL 4.5 and DirectX 12-ready out of the box. The card has a maximum resolution of 2560x1600 via HDMI and 2048x1536 on VGA, and features 1x Dual-Link DVI-D port, 1x HDMI and 1x VGA. It requires a minimum 300W power supply to function.

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Google Hangouts gets quick reply functionality

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

A fresh update for Google's chat app Hangouts adds in quick reply functionality. When a notification comes in for a call or message, so will a button that allows you to reply without entering an entirely new window. This is handy if you just want to shoot a quick message to someone, to tell them you're not available for a call or you'll be right back or whatever else.




The other key change in the update is conversation shortcuts, so now you can just click a button on the Home screen to talk to specific people.


You can find the APK at the source.

Hard Reset getting a gorgeous remake with a new graphics engine

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Flying Wild Hog, the studio that brought us the Shadow Warrior reboot, is working their same magic for Hard Reset, creating a remake of the over the top FPS.



They plan on using a completely new and upgraded graphics engine to better show off the gore and destruction that are the hallmark of the game. In addition, there'll be a re-balancing of the gameplay and plenty of new weapons to go forth and destroy the hive mind machines of The Sanctuary. There's talk of a cyber-katana for some close-in action too.


If you've never had a chance to play it, the original from 2011 is available on Steam and is still one of the most hilariously fantastic FPS games you can play. It's a little on the short side, but it's action packed with a very well done sci-fi story. You're a CLN soldier that's trudging through a vast, hostile wasteland decending the last human city, Bezoar, from gigantic robotic enemies.

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Apple's Tim Cook: 'VR is really cool, has interesting applications'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

With all the major players like Google, Samsung, HTC and Facebook entering the VR arena, everyone has been wondering when Apple will jump in to make their mark as well. Apple's CEO Tim Cook recently said a few words that could indicate that the Cupertino is indeed experimenting with VR, and recognizes the worth of the new platform.




In a quarterly earnings call, CEO Tim Cook was asked by analyst Gene Munster if Apple will tackle virtual reality. "In terms of VR, I don't think it's a niche. It's really cool and has some interesting applications," Cook said. Sure that's not a confirmation, but we should all note that Cook definitely understands the merits of VR, and how it'll fit into the future of tech.


While the tech titan hasn't revealed any concrete VR plans thus far, evidence says otherwise. Apple has recently hired Virginia Tech professor Doug Bowman, an expert in the field of virtual and augmented reality tech. Bowman has created some impressive 3D user interfaces for VR and AR tech, and will be a huge asset for Cupertino's secret projects.

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Guild Wars 2 update lets you glide like a boss over Tyria

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: 1 week, 3 days ago

Ever curious what Tyria looked like from above? Well now you can gently enjoy the landscape as you glide down towards the world in the latest Winder Update of 2016 for Guild Wars 2, which is live right now.




The major addition in this update is the addition of Gliding to the whole Tyria, something that was already available only in select parts of the world when Hearts of Thorns came out. So if you dare, you can enjoy a gorgeous view of Tyria and risk death as you speed towards the ground.


But that's not all in this substantial Winter update. The Lunar New Years is back and you can celebrate the year of the Monkey in Divinity's Reach, with all kinds of festivities and fireworks. Another great new addition is the Eldvin Monastery Brew of the Month Club, where you can collect 12 limited edition brews by visiting major cities. The reward for that is a unique title, a backpack skin and a guild decoration.

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