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No Man's Sky review copies go out same day embargo lifts

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 2:12 pm

Thanks to delayed review copies and an awkward embargo, No Man's Sky review scores likely won't be ready until days after the game launches. We'll have plenty of livestreams though.




Review embargoes for No Man's Sky don't lift until August 8 at 11PM EST, just an hour before its release on PSN and Steam, and publications won't be receiving their review copies until Monday, August 8.


So don't expect anyone to have their review ready by the time the embargo lifts, and it might be as long as two to four days after No Man's Sky launches before we get an official review. Before you get too disappointed, I'm sure we'll see an incredible volume of livestreams to showcase the game in action.

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$50 billion earned by iOS developers so far

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 1:32 pm

Apple has announced that App Store developers have earned $50 billion so far, with company CEO Tim Cook revealing the news on Twitter.




Cook added that July was a record-breaking month for the App Store, with the highest-ever monthly billings and money paid to iOS developers. Apple takes a nice cut of those profits, so the iPhone giant is laughing all the way to the bank. Apple reported a quarterly revenue of $42.4 billion, with a net income for the quarter of $7.8 billion.


Apple CFO Luca Maestri said: "Our Services business grew 19 percent year-over-year and App Store revenue was the highest ever, as our installed base continued to grow and transacting customers hit an all-time record".

StarCraft might get remastered in full HD

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 12:11 pm

Blizzard will reveal a remastered HD port of StarCraft this September, with details following at Blizzzcon in November, according to reports from Korean news site iNews24.




"Today, multiple sources with knowledge of Blizzard internal plans said that Blizzard will reveal StarCraft HD to the public this September. The StarCraft HD remastered version will retain the original gameplay and is said to have improved graphics resolution and user interface (UI)," says the Korean publication.


This isn't the first time we've heard about HD remasters of classic Blizzard games. An old Blizzard job listing strongly indicated that WarCraft III, StarCraft and Diablo II would be getting HD remasters: "Compelling stories. Intense multiplayer. Endless replayability. Qualities that made StarCraft, Warcraft III, and Diablo II the titans of their day. We're restoring them to glory, and we need your engineering talents, your passion, and your ability to get tough jobs done," reads the now defunct listing.

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GOG has 16-bit SNES classics The Lion King and Aladdin

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 11:19 am

I still remember pumping so many games into The Lion King and Aladdin on my SNES in the 90s, and now you can play these 16-bit classics again thanks to GOG.



GOG is offering The Jungle Book as well, with the 16-bit SNES classics costing $8.99 individually at launch, with the regular price of $9.99. If you want to grab all of them in a bundle, you can spend a little more at just $19.98 total, with all of the GOG versions of these games being DRM-free.


The Lion King, Aladdin and The Jungle Book will look better than they did back on your old CRT TV back in the 90s, but it's a great look into the early platformers that defined a generation.

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HTC Vive's room scale tracking tech goes open source

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 7:24 am

Good guy Valve has just announced SteamVR's room scale 3D tracking technology is now open source, with development kits including two HTC Vive base stations; a "full complement of EVM circuit boards to enable rapid prototyping of your own tracked object" and 40 sensors for tracked objects that can be anything from a VR golf club, an indoor drone, and so much more.




On Valve's FAQ page, the company says there's no catch when it comes to charging licensing fees, but you do need to get yourself to a $3000 in-person training session in Seattle as part of the process. The company hopes that with classes beginning in September, that new groups of industrial designers, and mechanical and electrical engineers attend the training session, instead of individuals.

Quake Champions first gameplay trailer is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 5:04 am

id Software made a big comeback with the reboot of DOOM, and now Quake Champions is on the way, a new PC-exclusive arena-based first-person shooter due out in 2017.



The company has released the first gameplay trailer to Quake Champions, which is above, and it has plenty of rocking jumping goodness. The gameplay trailer was unveiled by id Software Studio Director Tim Willits during QuakeCon 2016.


Quake Champions has infused the old-school Quake games, while keeping load outs away from Quake Champions. Willits explained: "No loadouts, no limit to the amount of guns you can carry. Time the weapon pickups, or kill your opponents. That's how you get weapons in a Quake game".

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Tesla working on tech that will 'blow people's minds'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 3:34 am

Tesla founder Elon Musk has said that the company is working on some exciting stuff in its autonomous technology sector, with Musk saying: "Full autonomy is going to come a lot faster than anyone thinks it will. And what we've got coming is going to blow people's minds. I mean, it blows my mind".




The company has increased the production of electric vehicles to 2000 per week, with the company making 14,402 vehicles in Q2 2016, an increase of 43% over the same three-month period of 2015. Around 2/3 of those vehicles were the Model S vehicles, while 4638 of those sales were the higher-end Model X SUV models. For the whole of 2016, Tesla has made 18,345 electric vehicles, short of their 20,000 goal by the first half of the year.


Tesla's upcoming Model 3 is planned to hit the production line on July 1, 2017 but it might get pushed back a few weeks or a month through issues with suppliers.

Christopher Nolan's WWII epic 'Dunkirk' releases teaser

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 2:12 am

After delivering over a decade of blockbusters including the 'Dark Knight Trilogy', 'Interstellar', 'Inception' and 'The Prestige', director Christopher Nolan has turned his eye to a real life WWII story for his next feature film, which has just released its first teaser trailer.



Focusing on the evacuation of Allied soldiers from Belgium, Britain and France after they found themselves surrounded by the German army during a fierce battle in World War II, the Battle of Dunkirk became a defining moment in the World War II after Allied strategists initially considered surrendering to Germany forces.


With a cast including Tom Hardy, Cillian Murphy, and Mark Rylance, 'Dunkirk' hits cinemas on July 21 next year.

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Aussie scientists make T-1000 liquid metal breakthrough

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 12:39 am

While the shape shifting, liquid metal villain T-1000 from James Cameron's 1991 blockbuster 'Terminator 2: Judgment Day' has wowed audiences for over two decades (it still looks seriously good), it's thankfully been relegated to the realms of science fiction. Until some Aussie scientists started working on it. Damn them.




According to The Independent, a team of engineers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia have made a breakthrough which could one day lead to bad news for humanity. Lead Professor Kourosh Kalantar-zadeh told media: "We adjusted the concentrations of acid, base and salt components in the water and investigated the effect. Simply tweaking the water's chemistry made the liquid metal droplets move and change shape, without any need for external mechanical, electronic or optical stimulants. Using this discovery, we were able to create moving objects, switches and pumps that could operate autonomously - self-propelling liquid metals driven by the composition of the surrounding fluid." Spelling out their discovery a little more simply, Kalantar-zadeh continued "Eventually, using the fundamentals of this discovery, it may be possible to build a 3D liquid metal humanoid on demand - like the T-1000 Terminator."


Don't mind me. I'm off to build an underground bunker.

Prey gets new psychologically creepy gameplay trailer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 5, 2016 12:23 am

Bethesda has launched a new gameplay trailer for Arkane's new re-imagined Prey game, and boy is it creepy.



The new Prey game isn't what you think it is: it's not a reboot, it's not a sequel. It's a total re-imagining of the series from the minds that brought us Dishonored. It's still technically an FPS, but this time around the game takes on a more cerebral bent; Arkane wants to get inside your head and make you question your own identity. I mean listen to the opening line: "I keep having this dream. I'm staring at the black between the stars. There's something there. I know there is. I can't see it, but it sees me. It sees...everything." Just...creepy.


"Prey is not a sequel, it's not a remake, it has no tie with the original. You have to look at it as a re-imagining of the IP," says Raphael Colantonio, president of Arkane Studios and creative director of Prey. "Prey isn't just about shooting aliens. It's more of a hybrid game where narratives mix with action and a little bit of an RPG layer. So you have some weapons, but you have lots of other things too, including powers you can learn from the aliens themselves.

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