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Death Stranding isn't a horror game, says Kojima

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 7:31 pm

Based on the cryptic and eerie teaser clips starring Mads Mikkelsen, Guillermo Del Toro and Norman Reedus it's easy to think Death Stranding will be some dark alter-reality story with horror themes. But Hideo Kojima says his new creation won't actually be a haunting journey in the darkness of his mind--in fact it'll have a little humor.




Death Stranding might be one of the most unique-looking games I've seen in a long time...but we haven't actually seen any real gameplay footage for it. Alas I'm intrigued, and I think a lot of people feel the same way. According to Hideo Kojima, who's new studio Kojima Productions has found a home at Sony Interactive Entertainment, the main reason for the teasers was to show us something that breaks the mold and makes us think. But don't expect it to be a horror game--it'll be a "different kind of game than we're used to" with action elements thrown into the mix.


"I don't have a dark mindset in particular. Death Stranding is not a horror game. I just wanted to make something that looks very unique, something you haven't seen before, something with a more artistic slant to it. I'm not pursuing a dark aspect to the game," Kojima said in a recent interview with Glixel.

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Zelda: Breath of the Wild is about doing things your way

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 6:31 pm

Zelda: Breath of the Wild isn't just open world, but open altogether. There's no set path or set road, or one way to do something. It won't have any one equation to solving puzzles, tackling quests, or besting baddies in battle: the game will offer tons of different ways to experiment, ensuring that players do things their own way.



Now that Breath of the Wild is finished and ready to be shipped alongside the Nintendo Switch on March 3, game director Hidemaro Fujibayashi has delivered some interesting answers in a recent Famitsu interview. We haven't heard anything from Fujibayashi on the project--likely because he's been busily working on the game for the past five years--so this is a rare treat, one that really highlights the core tenants of what Breath of the Wild actually is.


"There may have been a "single road" to the LoZ games so far. But this time there will be a lot of solutions for one question. Including some we didn't even imagine during the development. Every time one solution was discovered, it surprised even the developers that you could do it this way," Fujibayashi said in the interview.

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Nintendo's new mobile game makes $2.9 million in one day

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 5:48 pm

Nintendo's second mobile game Fire Emblem: Heroes is already swinging out of the gate, and has already raked in $2.9 million in its first day of availability.




Nintendo continues to make paradigm shifts towards a more profitable and open-ended business structure, and its budding smartphone gaming focus will be a big part of that. The company's second major mobile game, Fire Emblem Heroes, is proof that the once-ailing Japanese games-maker is keen on turning everything around. In just a few short months Nintendo learned from its mistakes with Super Mario Run and pulled a complete 180 reversal to enable a more traditional free-to-play microtransaction-laden "freemium" type of focus, and it's paid off in dividends.


While Fire Emblem Heroes only earned 1/4th of Super Mario Run's day one earnings, the former game is a much more lucrative long-term strategy. Nintendo listened to shareholders and investors and implemented the "gacha" business model, which is essentially built around gambling: players buy in-game "orb" currency priced at $1.99 to $74.99 and redeem orbs for packs without knowing what will be in them, counting on luck to unlock key characters. This system is responsible for the long-term success of most major smartphone games especially in Japan, where Fire Emblem Heroes is off to a roaring start.

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HTC 11 will rock Snapdragon 835 and 6GB of RAM?

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 4:32 pm

HTC unveiled their latest smartphones earlier this year, the U Play and U Ultra, but there is more to come.




HTC has yet to unveil a worthy successor of the HTC 10, and according to a new leak, the device will be named the HTC 11.


The leak shows that the phone will in fact rock Qualcomm's Snapdragon 835 and it will have 6GB of RAM. Other specs include 128GB of internal storage and a 1556x2550 pixel display.

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6.3 million VR headsets were shipped in 2016

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 3:24 pm

A new report from Super Data estimates that a total of 6.3 million VR headsets were shipped in 2016.




The big winner here is Samsung with 4.5 million Gear VR headsets sold through last year. The second headset on this list is PlayStation VR with 750,000 units sold, followed by HTC's Vive with 420,000. According to this report, HTC's Vive edged out Facebook's Rift selling "more than 400K at its $800 price point."


The report also says that "Oculus has shown a strong interest in gaming and social applications, so consumer penetration will be more important to the Rift. Meanwhile, HTC Vive is becoming the device of choice for enterprise developers..."


Google's Daydream is also on the list with 260,000 units sold even while the Pixel was sold out most of 2016.

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Xiaomi Redmi Note 4X will be unveiled on February 14th

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 2:32 pm

Xiaomi is set to announce their Redmi Note 4X on February 14th, a new report is showing.




The Chinese company revealed the date in a post on the popular Chinese social media website Weibo saying that they are "preparing a special Valentine's Day gift."


As for the specs, we are expecting a Mediatek Helio X20 processor and a 5.5-inch full HD display. The phone should come in variants with 2GB, 3GB, and 4GB of RAM with options of 32GB or 64GB of internal storage.

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More images of the upcoming LG G6 emerged

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 1:27 pm

We've seen numerous images leaks of LG's upcoming flagship, and each revealed a bit more about the G6. The device, which is expected to be announced at MWC 2017, will come with a dual camera and a fingerprint sensor in the back.




The new leak gives us a bit different image about the phone. Unlike the previous image which showed a glossy back of the phone, the new images reveal a brushed metal design.


The same image confirms the dual camera and fingerprint sensor in the back.

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Overwatch boss wants mouse/KB play banned on console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 9:10 am

If it was up to Overwatch director Jeff Kaplan, mouse and keyboard players would be banned on consoles, Kaplan said: "We have contacted both first-party console manufacturers and expressed our concern about the use of mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices".




Kaplan added: "We have lobbied and will continue to lobby for first-party console manufacturers to either disallow mouse and keyboard and input conversion devices or openly and easily support mouse and keyboard for all players. I encourage you to reach out to the hardware manufacturers and express your concerns (but please do so in a productive and respectful way)".


The reason for the comments came from a thread that had posters saying that most high-end Overwatch players on both the PS4 and Xbox One are using a mouse and keyboard, and not the traditional controller, with some gamers asking if Blizzard thinks this is cheating or not, as a mouse and keyboard has much higher accuracy and speed over the controller. Should professional Overwatch matches be allowed to use the mouse and keyboard on consoles?

NVIDIA launches Quadro GP100, features 16GB of HBM2

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 8:30 am

NVIDIA has released its new GP100-based Quadro product, joining the Tesla P100 in the full-fat Pascal goodness for professional graphics. The new Quadro GP100 features 16GB of super-fast HBM2, and some huge performance numbers to match.




We're looking at FP64 calculations of 5.3TFLOPs, while FP32 performance hits 10.6TFLOPs, and FP16 with 20.7TFLOPs. The GP100 itself features 16GB of HBM2, 4 x DP 1.4 and a single DVI-D. NVLink makes an appearance, with the flashy new interconnect powering two of NVIDIA's new Quadro GP100 graphics cards.


Throwing two Quadro GP100s together over NVLink offers 32GB of HBM2 pooled, for serious workstation power. NVIDIA will be pushing out their Quadro GP100 graphics cards to HP and Dell customers for workstation configurations next month.

Cooler Master kicks off its Case Mod World Series 2017

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cloud Computing | Posted: Feb 6, 2017 7:17 am

Cooler Master has kicked off its Case Mod World Series 2017 event, with $40,000 worth of cash and prizes up for case modders - perfect timing with Cooler Master's 25th anniversary this year.




This is the 8th time the company has hosted its Case Mod World Series, which will take submissions of case mod designs from February 3 to May 3. There's a bonus category added this year, celebrating the 25th year that Cooler Master has been in operation. Raymen Wu, Marketing Director of Cooler Master explained: "We have created countless product innovations and design break-throughs which paved the way to the standard cases and cooling technology seen today. With this being the 25th year of our company, we wanted to pay tribute by inviting modders to participate in the biggest modding event in the community with a bonus category for $2500 in cash".


There will be regional workshops and local meet & greets in various countries throughout the world, bringing modders, enthusiasts and fans alike together under #MASTERBUILT, with t-shirts on offer. Modders can then share their designs and passion with the community, with World Series participants, PC enthusiasts and Cooler Master fans to meet one-on-one with Cooler Master, and others.


ASUS, NVIDIA, Hyper-X and Dremel are all co-sponsoring Cooler Master's Case Mod World Series 2017, with nearly $40,000 in cash and prizes up for grabs.

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