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Gamer builds DIY controller out of a potato to play Skyrim

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2016 7:06 am

A skilled DIY tecchie makes a working controller out of a potato--and you can too.



Gamers have done some amazing things over the years--we've seen hardcore players like gbbearzly smash Dark Souls bosses with Rock Band guitars, drums, and even his own voice--and even awesome inventions like a tiny SNES console that fits in your pocket, or a retro-themed GameBoy. But now it's time for potato controllers!


YouTuber BOOM exploits the natural electrical conductivity of a potato to rig up a makeshift controller out of potato slices to play Skyrim. And yes, it really works. Sure it doesn't work too well, but it definitely works. Each potato slice is hooked up to a Makey Makey logic board via simple wires, essentially creating corresponding buttons on a controller. BOOM has even created a step-by-step tutorial so you can make your own custom spud controller.

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Standalone Gwent card game to be announced at E3 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 11, 2016 5:54 am

E3 2016 - CD Projekt RED is set to show off a standalone Gwent card game at E3 2016.




Gwent is one of the best things about The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The simple-yet-infinitely-complex card game is arguably one of (if not the) most entertaining mini-games of all time, and even gives Final Fantasy VIII's epic Triple Triad a run for its money. Now it looks like CD Projekt RED is taking the epic Witcher past-time to the next level with its own game--but it won't be a physical trading card game, just a video game.


According to Nerd Leaks, the Polish developer has trademarked "Gwent: The Card Game" and an official logo, pretty much ensuring we'll see an E3 reveal. Remember that CD Projekt RED teased a new "experimental game" for 2016, and the Gwent card game is almost assuredly it. I expect to see the Gwent game released on mobiles devices, consoles, and PC, all with online cross-play, but hopefully CDPR won't take the freemium F2P microtransaction approach with the game.

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Amazon said to be launching Spotify, Apple Music competitor

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Apps | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 10:10 pm

Amazon is planning to launch a standalone music streaming subscription service late this summer or early autumn, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The service will cost $9.99 per month and will offer a competitive catalogue.




The online shopping giant already offers a limited streaming music service to its Prime customers, and recently offered a monthly fee Prime option, so a full catalogue standalone service based on the subscription model would be a natural leap. With the success of Spotify and Apple Music (which collectively serve about 43 million subscribers and many more non-subscribers), it makes even more sense.


Although Amazon would enter the game a bit late, it has the clout and financial power to significantly alleviate that disadvantage.

VR rhythm game prototype for HTC Vive reminds me of Elite Beat Agents

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 8:45 pm

A newly published video on YouTube by a developer known as Felix shows footage of a rhythm game prototype for the HTC Vive, and it reminds me a lot of one of my favorite Nintendo DS rhythm games, Elite Beat Agents.



I've always loved rhythm games, and playing the genre in virtual reality can also double as rather intense exercise (see: Audioshield). What's really interesting about the admittedly early gameplay mechanics here is that, depending on how the various phrases and dots are positioned in 3D space, movement could not just be sequenced to fit the music, but also to choreograph dances.

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Blizzard may nerf Overwatch's Widowmaker

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 7:05 pm

Earlier this week, Blizzard made it known Overwatch's McCree was due for a nerf and D.Va was due for a buff. Turns out the team is looking at the French femme fatale Widowmaker as well.




A forum post asking if the developer is considering toning her down reads, "In both pub matches and competitive play, she is by far the most dominant hero in the game. Multiple factors like too high bodyshot damage, shots that recharge too quickly, SMG that is almost as powerful as S:76's Pulse Rifle, an extremely powerful ultimate that is not clearly announced to the enemy team, etc."

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NVIDIA is giving away an insane $100,000 worth of prizes during E3

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 6:59 pm

If you couldn't stop drooling at TweakTown's recent NVIDIA giveaway, here's your chance to win more PC gaming goodness. Lots more. Obscene amounts, honestly. NVIDIA has gathered up $100,000 of loot to rain down upon us during the entire week of E3 2016, including an "Ultimate Gaming Battlestation" that comprises SLI GTX 1080s, a G-Sync Surround setup, an HTC Vive, and a Steam Wallet card that NVIDIA says will let you purchase every AAA game being released for the rest of the year.



All you guys have to do is jump on Twitter or Instagram and tell NVIDIA what games from E3 you're excited about, and why you'd love to play them on Team Green hardware. Tag them (@NVIDIA) and use the hashtag #GameReady. The full terms and conditions can be found here.

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VLC nightly build includes Chromecast support

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 5:55 pm

The latest nightly build for popular catch-all media player VLC bakes in Chromecast support. A long anticipated feature, it enables users to view virtually any kind of video content, live or recorded, on their TV. While such functionality has been possible through other avenues, none are as convenient as what VLC offers.




Head here for the latest nightly builds. The Chromecast-enabled version (3.0) may not be ready until later tonight (June 10/11), so keep checking back if necessary. Or if you're not the early release type, take this as news that public Chromecast support is not far away.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 3:30 pm



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PlayStation 4K: Everything you need to know

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 2:08 pm

E3 2016 - Sony explains exactly how the new upgraded PlayStation 4K will live alongside the PS4, confirming key features we've been reporting on for some time.




Now that Sony has officially confirmed the new upgraded 4K-ready PlayStation Neo is indeed coming, it's important to understand what the system is and how it'll affect current PS4 owners. The PS4K marks the first step towards the new iterative console cycle, meaning consoles will release every 2-3 years instead of every 5-7 years.


As such, the 4K-ready PS4 Neo will live alongside the existing PS4 instead of replacing it. This effectively means the PS4K will be an optional upgrade over the existing PS4, offering extra features like 4K Blu-ray playback, upscaling 1080p games to 4K, and more hardware to power the PlayStation VR headset. "[The PS4K] is intended to sit alongside and complement the standard PS4. We will be selling both [consoles] through the life cycle," Sony Interactive Entertainment President Andrew House told Financial Times.

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Uber pushes on-demand delivery service out of beta, debuts UberRush

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jun 10, 2016 12:38 pm

Uber just continues to expand into new markets, with the company pushing its on-demand delivery service out of beta and into the real-world. UberRush is a new on-demand courier program that is open for any company that wants it, but it's limited to just three cities right now: San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.




With Uber opening up the UberRush API to developers, it's the first step the company has taken towards expanding its courier service. Companies can easily add the UberRush service to their apps, with just a few lines of code. There have been a few companies that have been using UberRush when it was in beta, with Nordstorm and 1800flowers both taking good use of it, but Uber has said that there are more partnerships on the way. These new partnerships include Dryv, a Chicago-based dry cleaning service, and Up Sonder, a company that rents on-demand drones to aerial photographers.


If UberRush is a success in SF, Chicago and NY, we can expect the company to expand the on-demand delivery service into other towns, cities, and countries. I can't wait for that, as it's going to make me lazier than ever... thanks, Uber.