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2K Australia shuts its doors, costs of operating Down Under to blame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: BREAKING STORY | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 6:41 am

The studio behind Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has shut down, with 2K Australia closing its doors and blaming the huge cost of developing games Down Under for its closure.

 

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2K Australia told Kotaku: "We can confirm we have taken steps to begin the studio closure process for 2K Australia in order to better manage ongoing development costs while improving the working proximity of our creative teams. We are very grateful for the team's valuable contributions to numerous 2K projects, and are working with affected staff to explore reassignment opportunities where possible".

 

All staff working at 2K Australia have lost their jobs, with a source close to Kotaku saying "All hands are gone". Kotaku reports that at one stage, the studio thought of moving to Melbourne, which caused multiple high level members of the team to leave the studio, which might have ended up in the total closure of the studio.

'Rockstar Games' adds Bill Paxton as anti GTA lawyer Jack Thompson

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 5:46 am

Last week we revealed the surprising news that the BBC was working on a telemovie drama based on the 2003 legal wranglings between activist lawyer Jack Thompson and Rockstar Games over the release 'Grand Theft Auto III', with 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe in the lead role. Now it seems they've also found their lawyer.

 

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James Cameron regular and 'Titanic' star Bill Paxton has stepped into the role as Jack Thompson, according to Deadline Hollywood. The eccentric lawyer became the butt of jokes in the gaming community for his increasingly outlandish commentary, which ultimately saw him disbarred in 2008.

 

The same report confirms that 'Harry Potter' star Daniel Radcliffe has been cast in the role of Rockstar Games founder Sam Houser. The feature is due to start filming later this month.

Our first look at Intel's sixth generation Core processor: Skylake

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 5:38 am

The first few details of Intel's upcoming sixth generation Core processor have arrived, with Skylake shaping up nicely so far. Skylake is coming this year, but we haven't known many details on the new architecture until now.

 

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WCCFTech has found some slides, with PC Perspective going over them and showing us that Intel's codename Skylake will arrive as the LGA 1151 socket. We will be greeted with three new chipsets, the Z170, H170 and H110, too. Intel has built Skylake on its 14nm process, which is the same node that Broadwell was made on, but it will feature a new microarchitecture for both the IA cores, and the graphics system.

 

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Skylake will have support for both DDR3L and DDR4 RAM, with enthusiast systems pushing toward the latter. We should see an enthusiast focused 95W quad-core SKUs that will be capable of overclocking, as well as "enhanced" BCLK overclocking with Intel using the term "full range" which means we might not see a wall of 125MHz.

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French powerhouse organization 3DMAX closes its doors

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 4:46 am

Founded in December 2009 and seeing one world championship title, two CS:GO major tournament entries and over 100 awards won online and offline, the French powerhouse eSports organization 3DMAX has announced that their doors are closing as of the first of May, 2015.

 

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Known for their prowess in the Counter Strike 1.6 and Global Offensive scenes, 3DMAX has been a staple at the top since their inception and has played a major part in assisting the rise of many world-class players such as Ladislav "GuardiaN" Kovács and Jacob "Pimp" Winneche.

 

This means that their Finnish CS:GO team is now homeless, asking any potential organizations or direct sponsors to contact them via email at mikko.sohlman@gmail.com.

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Zack Snyder teases a few seconds of Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 4:07 am

Zack Snyder: if you're reading this, please stop. Snyder, the director of Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, has just released a few seconds of the trailer to one of the biggest movies of 2016.

 

 

Snyder has confirmed we're to receive the official trailer to Batman v Superman next week, but before then there's a 15-minute "Batman v Superman IMAX Trailer Event" happening at particular IMAX theaters on Monday, April 20. But at 9am tomorrow morning on Twitter, there will be five seconds of footage from the movie - so prepare yourselves, and set an alarm on your phone.

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Apple rumors fly as DSLR-quality iPhone camera is on the horizon

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 3:03 am

Thanks to a recent acquisition of LinX Computational Imaging Ltd., Apple has been strongly rumored to begin producing DSRL-quality iPhone cameras for their next releases. This Israeli-based firm focuses on depth-sensing camera technology and has been picked out by Apple as important enough for a $20 million buyout as pointed out by The Wall Street Journal.

 

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LinX utilizes an array of sensors in order to take many images at the same time, using this information to produce better imagery.

 

However, Apple has claimed that they will purchase companies every now and then but chooses not disclose why it has taken place - making the DSLR-quality camera claim simply a rumor at this stage.

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Apple's Rusian Siri deemed homophobic

By: Chris Smith | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 2:37 am

A country that is historically known to be fairly hostile against anyone who identifies as being part of the LGBT community, Russia hasn't always stood in the best light when it comes to equality as seen by the outer world.

 

 

In recent news, Alex, a London-based man fluent in Russian, tested out Apple's digital assistant (Siri) with some LGBT related questions - receiving some interesting responses. The most prolific being when he asked "is gay marriage normal?" to which Siri replied "I believe this emotion should be considered negative."

 

These answers have now been patched out by Apple after the BBC's exposure of the issue, with Apple claiming that these responses "were part of a bug that has been fixed."

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The end of a CS:GO season is here, player shuffling commences

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:54 am

What worked this season, what didn't work? Can we shed any dead weight and can we poach some of the best? All questions that many CS:GO teams ask within themselves at the end of a season in order to improve their performance.

 

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With the end of the CyberGamer Premier league here and Team Streamline taking the title (securing $2670 into their back pockets), the team shuffling has commenced.

 

  • Karlo "USTILO" Pivac from Streamline joins Team Immunity
  • Kyran "dizzy" Crombie joins Vox Eminor as a substitute
  • Yaman "Yam" Ergenekon rumored to be leaving Team Immunity for Vox Eminor

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Netflix wishes they didn't give Aussie ISP quote-free deals

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 16, 2015 12:33 am

If you're on a contract with Optus or iiNet there's a possibility that you've been enjoying watching quota-free Netflix content in recent times, thanks to the online streaming giant signing deals with these ISP's in order to secure unlimited viewership for their customers down under.

 

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In a recent statement, Netflix reflected on these past signing and have commented that "we should have avoided that and will avoid it going forward."

 

According to an interview with Gizmodo, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings is a strong believer in data cap abolishment worldwide. Claiming "there's no reason for data caps. We want to make the internet unmetered. Period. The capped model is antiquated: we want to make it about speed."

 

There has also been no comment as of yet on how many customers Netflix actually holds in Australia, but we're very interested to see the results.

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Video footage of Project Cars for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 available

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 15, 2015 6:40 pm

Slightly Mad Studios is close to releasing Project Cars, and has recently posted game footage for the Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One.

 

Project Cars for the PS4 (1080p):

 

 

Previous images and videos from the game have looked extremely appealing, so PS4 and Xbox One gamers appear to be in for quite a treat.

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