Saints Row 4 is already crazy enough, featuring some truly out-of-this-world content, but what about when modders have access to the innards of the game through the software development kit, or SDK? Well, lots and lots of fun.
Volition, the developer behind Saints Row, not only announced Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell at PAX Prime a couple of days ago, but it has released the official software development kit (SDK) for Saints Row 4 on PC. This will allow modders to play around with the game, creating whatever they want in the game.
It should be interesting to see how this fares, as the game already features some truly crazy fun concepts, but allowing modders to tweak it to any part of their imagination, and talents, we should expect some great content from modders in the near future for Saints Row 4.
Thanks to our friends at Universal Sony Home Entertainment, we have copies of this week's Blu-ray release of Seth MacFarlane's 'A Million Ways to Die in The West' up for grabs for ten lucky readers!
In Arizona 1882 nothing comes easy in the bitterly unforgiving Old West except dying. Albert (Seth MacFarlane), is a soft man in hard times who really doesn't fit in. Adding to Albert's distress and feelings of inadequacy, his girlfriend (Amanda Seyfried) leaves him for the towns moustache groomer (Neil Patrick-Harris). When a mysterious and beautiful woman (Charlize Theron) rides into town she helps him find his courage. However, when her husband (Liam Neeson), a notorious outlaw, arrives seeking revenge, the farmer must put his new found courage to the test.
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Name of the ten regular characters that Seth MacFarlane voices on 'Family Guy'
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'A Million Ways to Die in The West' is available on Blu-ray and UltraViolet Digital Copy combo pack, DVD and Digital Copy combo pack and Digital from Australian retailers on September 4th.
LG has already unveiled its new curved ultrawide monitor, but now it is Dell's turn with the new 34-inch Ultrasharp U3415W. Like LG's curved panel, Dell's new ultrawide monitor is also curved, with a 21:9 aspect ratio and 3440x1440 resolution.
Dell says that the wide field of view on its Ultrasharp U3415W, matches with its curves will help gamers play better when compared to flat monitors, with less eye movement required to soak in all of the player's peripheral vision. Dell will be shipping its new curved ultrawide monitors in December, so you'll be able to check that claim out in just a few months time - we will get one in the TweakTown labs to test, as I'd like to see how it goes against the likes of a 4K monitor, or G-SYNC powered display.
I'm sure you've heard of the ALS ice bucket challenge by now, but I'm sure you didn't hear that the ALS Association had filed trademarks on the phrases "ALS ice bucket challenge" and "ice bucket challenge" on August 22, which was met with controversy.
With over $94 million raised for the cause, greedy people could see the reasoning behind trying to trademark it, but after much criticism after filing the trademarks with the United States Patent & Trademark Office, the group removed its applications. Legal experts have said that trademarking both issues is not only in poor taste, but it is also hard to believe that two charity organizations would go after each other in court, especially over something that is raising money for the disease.
What do you think of ALS Association's attempt at trademarking the ice bucket challenge? Have you taken part in it?
Saints Row fans will be happy to know that Volition has announced the next entry in the Saints Row series, Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell. The new game will have players visiting the afterlife, which should be an interesting journey.
The story of Saints Row: Gat Out of Hell will see Johnny Gat and Kinzie being sucked into Hell through a ouija board where they will battle demons and some "prominent historical figures" where you will eventually meet Satan himself. The game will offer up online co-op play for up to two players, too.
There will be a few new weapons in Gat Out of Hell, where gamers can use the Arm Chairmageddon (a La-Z-Boy recliner with guns), the Energy Caster, a Locust Gun and a weapon that fires a plague of frogs. The game will be released for $19.95 on the PS3, PS4, PC, Xbox 360 and Xbox One on January 27, 2015. The developer will also release Saints Row 4: Re-Elected, which is a spruce up of Saints Row 4 for the PS4 and Xbox One.
It looks like NVIDIA is preparing the GeForce GTX 900 series, with the company to reportedly skip the 800 series, according to VideoCards.com. The site is reporting that NVIDIA will launch the new second-generation Maxwell-based GPUs on September 9-10 at a press event, with the NDA lifting on the GeForce GTX 980 and GTX 970 on September 19.
There's not much known on the new GeForce GTX 980 (if that's what it arrives as) other than the fact that it should arrive with a 256-bit memory bus, and 4GB of RAM by default - up from the 3GB on the current GTX 780. With AMD only just announcing its Radeon R9 285 and R9 285X last week, the new GTX 970 could fight it in the mid-range, or NVIDIA could drop the price of its current GTX 770 and GTX 760 to better fight Red Team off.
Then we have the fact of AMD sitting on the unannounced Radeon R9 295X, something that the company should announce or unveil as soon as NVIDIA is done pulling the curtain off of its new Maxwell-based video cards.
Alienware has just unveiled its new Area 51 gaming PC, something that is making a comeback. The original design rewinds back to 2006, but there's now a new design, and it looks quite slick.
From top to bottom, the new Area 51 chassis has been redesigned, featuring a unique body which Alienware calls its "triad case." It's not just for good looks, but it's designed to better vent warm air upwards, and out of the case, when it's backed right up against a wall. When the Area 51 system is sitting flat, the sloped front bezel makes getting to the USB ports much easier.
There's also some LEDs to help you find the rear panel in the dark, which is good to see from Alienware - an actual useful reason for having LEDs instead of just vanity. There are built-in handles on each corner that make taking the Area 51 gaming PC a great case for lugging around to LANs, especially with its 45 pounds of heft to tote around - and while that's heavy, handles will at least make it easier. What about specs? We have Intel's latest Haswell-E CPUs, DDR4 support, 1500W PSU, and much more.
Cyanogen is definitely doing alright for themselves at the moment, with the company meeting with some of the biggest companies in the world recently. Microsoft, Samsung, Amazon, Yahoo and more have met with the company "to see whether it becomes a potential partner or acquisition target."
Microsoft's CEO, Satya Nadella, recently sat down with Cyanogen, which could be interesting for the company. Given that Cyanogen is a modified version of Android, which is owned by Google, Microsoft acquiring the guys and girls at Cyanogen could be something interesting for the future of Windows Phone.
Cyanogen is currently in search for a "big" Series C funding round, and with recent staff movements from EA and Facebook, it could get quite serious, quite quick for Cyanogen.
Microsoft Windows Live Messenger, previously known as MSN Messenger, will officially end later this year. The software giant is pulling the plug in October for Chinese users, ending 15 years of service to users. Microsoft's service will remain active until October 31, with Chinese users shifting to Skype later this year.
Microsoft purchased Skype and Windows Live was switched off to most of the world's users following the acquisition. Just five years ago Windows Live had more than 330 million users, but the user base fell as Skype became the go-to chat program - and had more than 300 million users in 2012.
MSN Messenger was launched in 1999 as a rival to ICQ and AOL's AIM chat services - with video calls, games, photo delivery, and other features added later. It didn't reach China until 2005, and faced challenges from QQ messenger and other rival domestic chat services.
Memory manufacturer G.SKILL has announced it reached 4004MHz frequency using its Ripjaws 4 Series DDR4 RAM on an ASUS ROG X99 Rampage V Extreme motherboard powered with the Intel Core i7-5930K CPU. The speed was verified by CPU-Z freeware system and hardware benchmarking software.
G.SKILL officially announced Ripjaws 4 just a week ago, with 32GB RAM kits available running at 2133, 2400, 2800, 3000MHz - 64GB kits include 2133, 2400, 2666 and 2800MHz. A separate 3200MHz kit will be available in 16GB only.
The launch of Intel X99 paired with DDR4 memory has excited PC enthusiasts and hardware manufacturers - as several gaming companies announced new PCs pushing impressive benchmarks. Expect RAM manufacturers to continue pushing DDR4 speeds even higher moving forward, while hardware will remain rather pricey in the foreseeable future.