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Enter our 'Shin Godzilla' Blu-ray giveaway

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Jul 17, 2017 3:42 am

To celebrate this upcoming release of 'Shin Godzilla' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have five Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends at Madman Home Entertainment.

 

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A God Incarnate. A City Doomed. From Hideaki Anno, the mind behind 'Evangelion'. The King of Monsters receives a terrifying resurgence.

 

It's a peaceful day in Japan when a strange fountain of water erupts in the bay, causing panic to spread among government officials. At first, they suspect only volcanic activity, but one young executive dares to wonder if it may be something different - something alive. His worst nightmare comes to life when a massive, gilled monster emerges from the deep and begins tearing through the city, leaving nothing but destruction in its wake. As the government scrambles to save the citizens, a rag-tag team of volunteers cuts through a web of red tape to uncover the monster's weakness and its mysterious ties to a foreign superpower. But time is not on their side, and the greatest catastrophe to ever befall the world is about to evolve right before their very eyes.

 

To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

 

In what year did the original 'Gojira' hit Japanese cinemas?

 

To enter, simply post this article to your social media profiles and send your answers, along with your postal address, to ben at TweakTown dot com before the competition closes on July 20.

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Suspected AlphaBay co-founder found dead in Thai prison

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Jul 16, 2017 9:29 pm

Alexandre Cazes, believed to be behind the dark web marketplace that mysteriously went offline couple of days ago, has been found dead in Thai jail.

 

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The 26-year-old Canadian was found dead an hour before he was supposed to meet with public prosecutors regarding his extradition to the United States.

 

The US Embassy in Bangkok stated that Cazes was detained at the request of the US "with a view toward extradition to face federal criminal charges." The police arrested Cazes on July 5th on charges of drug trafficking and money laundering.

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AMD Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid: $1499 and available now

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jul 16, 2017 4:44 am

AMD now has its new Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition graphics card available, with SabrePC selling the new card for $1489.99, and it's currently in-stock and ships within 24 hours.

 

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Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition rocks the same impressive specs as the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier Edition, except it draws up to 375W, up from the 300W TDP on the air-cooled Radeon Vega Frontier. The watercooling and 375W TDP allow Radeon Vega Frontier Liquid Edition to get closer to the 1.6GHz GPU clock.

 

AMD will be launching their consumer Radeon RX Vega in early August, and we'll be there for the launch at SIGGRAPH 2017 in LA later this month.

AMD goes for Intel's throat: quad-core Ryzen for $109

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Jul 16, 2017 4:05 am

AMD is battling Intel all over the place with its Zen-based processors, with Ryzen 7 kicking things off earlier this year, the impending threat of Ryzen ThreadRipper in the HEDT market, and now the new threat of Ryzen 3 in the low/mid-range markets.

 

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AMD is reportedly getting down and dirty with Ryzen 3, with the Ryzen 3 1300X rumored to hit a price of just $129... but the Ryzen 3 1200 processor will be found as low as $109... not bad considering they're both quad-core CPUs. Ryzen 3 1300X is a 4C/4T processor at 3.5/3.7GHz for base/boost, respectively while the Ryzen 3 1200 is a 4C/4T processor at 3.1/3.4GHz for base/boost, respectively.

 

Intel has had the low/mid-range markets in its hands for years with the Celeron/Pentium and Core i3/Core i5 families of processors, but AMD is looking to disrupt this market in a massive way if it gets the prices of its upcoming Ryzen 3 processors at less than $130. Considering Ryzen-capable motherboards are also cheaper than their Intel-capable counterparts, AMD could be in for one heck of a ride with Ryzen 3.

Kingdom Hearts 3 release date confirmed for 2018 launch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2017 9:15 pm

Kingdom Hearts III will release in 2018, Square Enix has confirmed.

 

 

Square Enix and Disney have confirmed a hard 2018 launch for perhaps the most anticipated release in the last five years--Kingdom Hearts III. We originally thought Kingdom Hearts III may not release until 2019, but Disney's D23 event shared the great news along with a brand new in-game trailer.

 

As per reveals during the event, Kingdom Hearts III will feature all new worlds including Toy Story, seeing Square Enix and Pixar working in tandem for the first time. The Toy Story segment won't follow the movies and will instead feature a "brand new story" that can "only be found" in KH3.

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Disney's new mobile AR headset plays Star Wars games

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 15, 2017 8:43 pm

Soon you'll be able to play Holochess and swing Luke Skyalker's lightsaber in AR.

 

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Disney today revealed at its D23 event that it's making a smartphone-powered Augmented Reality (AR) headset that plays Star Wars games. The headset is being developed in conjunction with tech-maker Lenovo, who has built its AR skillset up while working alongside Microsoft on its fleet of Windows 10-powered Mixed Reality headsets, and works just like Samsung's best-selling Gear VR headset. Users will download games and apps to their smartphone, and slot in their mobile phone into the headset.

 

"We've been working on our own version of Augmented Reality. We teamed up with Lenovo and Lucasfilm to build our very own Augmented Reality headset. This device will let everyone experience their favorite moments from Star Wars like never before," said Mike Goslin, VP of Advanced Development for Disney.

 

"No you can play Holochess for real in your own living room. And you can bring epic battles to life, where X-wings and Imperial Walkers battle out in your living room. And we're just getting started."

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Faraday Future's own future is in question

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Jul 15, 2017 2:24 pm

According to the Las Vegas Review Journal, Faraday Future has said that they are walking away from their planned $1 billion electric car manufacturing facility in North Las Vegas. They will instead seek an existing building to build their vehicles in, instead.

 

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By starting production in an existing facility, the company can prove its own viability and now the company is looking for a place with 1 million square feet to build their cars in either California or Nevada.

 

The company had originally planned a 3 million square foot facility that was this year reduced to 650,000 square feet and now ultimately to zero. This announcement came with mixed reactions as the State of Nevada approved a package of tax incentives to bring Faraday Future to Nevada.

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Nintendo spent $527m on research & development last year

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 14, 2017 11:34 pm

Nintendo today released its 2017 Annual Report that highlights financial earnings and other interesting data, including total research and development costs for last fiscal year.

 

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According to the report, Nintendo spent $527 million on research and development costs in Fiscal Year 2017 (April 1, 2016 - March 31, 2017), down 13.06% year-over-year, for both hardware and software endeavors across its entire platform ecosystem. The Kyoto-based console-maker notes that this R&D spend was used to help launch the new Nintendo Switch handheld-console hybrid along with a library of titles including The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, as well as a number of accessories and peripherals.

 

This investment also brought 14 Nintendo 3DS games to market, including Pokemon Sun and Moon and Super Mario Maker, along with a number of new 3DS hardware variants. The company even confirmed a new Quality-of-Live (QoL) device is in the works.

 

To get a better idea of how much Nintendo typically spends on research and development, I took a look at previous annual reports and compared Nintendo's R&D spend over the last six fiscal years. You can find the data below, along with a breakdown of R&D spend for this six-year period, and a quick bullet list of the things Nintendo just spend $527 million to make.

 

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Permanent $499 Oculus Rift bundle price may spark sales

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 14, 2017 7:24 pm

Oculus has confirmed that its premium Rift VR headset is getting a permanent price drop in a bid to fill out the headset's install base and pull more gamers into the Oculus ecosystem.

 

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After the Oculus Rift's big $399 sale ends, the Facebook Inc.-accelerated headset and its accompanying Touch controllers will be sold in a bundle for $499. Oculus affirmed this price drop is permanent, and the bundle includes: Rift headset, two sensors, Touch controllers, cables, and six free titles when you activate Touch-Lucky's Tale, Medium, Toybox, Quill, Dead and Buried, and Robo Recall. We reached out to Anshel Sag, Associate Analyst at Moor Insights and Strategy, for further insight on the Rift's price drop.

 

"Dropping the price to $499 indicates that Facebook isn't happy with sales (and they shouldn't be). They also desperately need to reach at least 1 million users so they have a compelling user base size to attract more developers. They can't pay for all the content on oculus home, so they're going to need to attract unpaid developers," said Moor Insight's Mr. Sag, who analyzes key trends in the technology sphere such as VR and AR.

 

As we reported, the PC-powered Oculus Rift VR headset is the least-popular in terms of HMD sales and hardware revenues, and is fourth in line behind the HTC Vive, Sony's PS4-powered PlayStation VR, and the mobile titan Samsung VR.

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Jotun is free on GOG.com

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 14, 2017 4:00 pm

Jotun, the celebrated Norse-themed indie from Thunder Lotus Games, is now available 100% free on GOG.com.

 

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Today Thunder Lotus Games and GOG have teamed up to celebrate the pre-order debut of Sundered, the developer's new Lovecraftian Metroidvania scroller complete with hand-drawn animation just like Jotun. All GOG.com users can pick up a free copy of Jotun without any strings attached--just sign in and grab the game from the front page or the official title page.

 

All pre-orders for Sundered get 10% off as well as a free copy of the game's soundtrack. Sundered is slated to release July 28, 2017, and you can find more about the game below.

 

More about Sundered:

 

Sundered is a horrifying fight for survival and sanity, a hand­-drawn epic from the ​creators of ​​Jotun. You play Eshe, a wanderer in a ruined world, trapped in ever­changing caverns teeming with eldritch horrors. Harness the power of corrupted relics to defeat gigantic bosses, at the cost of your humanity. Resist or embrace.

 

  • Beautiful hand­-drawn art
  • Massive boss fights
  • Dynamic encounters against hordes of enemies
  • A mix of hand-crafted & procedural levels
  • Corruptible abilities
  • Multiple endings

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