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Job Simulator developer raises $5 million for VR development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Aug 4, 2016 5:32 am

Job Simulator is one of the most fun games you can play in VR on the HTC Vive, with Owlchemy Labs kicking off their work back in 2013 with the original Oculus Rift DK1 headset.




Owlchemy continued working behind the scenes on its fundamental interaction and simulation algorithms over the last few years, something that has now paid off with a $5 million round of Series A investment led by Qualcomm Ventures. Owlchemy Labs started out as an indie game developer in 2010, but quickly changed tracks when VR headsets were announced - like the Oculus Rift hitting Kickstarter all those years ago.


The developer nailed its silly world in Job Simulator, turning you into a store clerk, chef, auto mechanic or office worker - with Owlchemy's impressive physics and simulation technologies really being shown off in a great way. These technologies and subsystems could power any number of VR titles, with Owlchemy teasing its latest VR project inspired by the infamous cartoon Rick and Morty, which will be built on the foundations of Job Simulator. Owlchemy CEO Alex Schwartz explains: "We were able to build this so much faster and easier because of everything we did in Job Simulator".

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EA expects to sell 15 million copies of Battlefield 1 in 12 months

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 4, 2016 2:11 am

We know that EA has two of the biggest games coming out shortly, with both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2 expected to sell tens of million of copies combined.




During EA's recent conference call for its Q1 earnings, company CEO Andrew Wilson said that there is gigantic excitement surrounding both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2. Wilson said: "Looking ahead, there is tremendous excitement for both Battlefield 1 and Titanfall 2, a combination that we believe will bring vitality and innovation to the huge first-person shooter audience. The community has been electrified by Battlefield 1's modern take on World War I, delivering strategy, team play, and epic scale in a completely new setting".


EA's Chief Financial Officer, Blake Jorgensen said that the company expects Battlefield 1's first year performance to be similar to other Battlefield titles, with around 15 million copies sold in 12 months. Jorgensen said: "So, on the guidance, we talked rough numbers with people. We told people that typically a Battlefield title is about [15 million] in a year. Our guidance is slightly under that. And we hope that that excitement builds and it will clearly go through that number, but for right now, it's slightly under that number".

200 million Yahoo accounts hit the digital black market for $1800

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Privacy & Rights | Posted: Aug 4, 2016 12:45 am

A hacker named Peace has their hands-on the login credentials of 200 million Yahoo accounts, throwing them onto a dark web marketplace 'The Real Deal' for just three Bitcoins, or around $1800 USD.




Yahoo said in a statement to Motherboard that they "are aware of a claim" that Yahoo login credentials were on The Real Deal, but Yahoo has said that while it's aware of the hack, it hasn't confirmed or denied its legitimacy. Motherboard got its hands-on a sampling of the data, which includes usernames, hashed passwords, birth dates and even some backup email addresses.


The data was reportedly stolen in 2012, with the hacker adding they have traded the data privately for a while, but only decided to put it on the market recently. Yahoo hasn't pushed out a mandatory password reset announcement, which is definitely strange.

Every issue of Nintendo Power has been published online

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 10:15 pm

UPDATE: Nintendo being its usual shrewd self has forcibly taken down the Nintendo Power archive. Sorry, folks, but Nintendo has a zero tolerance policy on any kind of fan service and they're still out of touch with reality.


Now you can experience that golden age of gaming splendor all over again.




Remember video game magazines? Yeah, they're all but extinct now. But back in the old nostalgic days of retro gaming, Nintendo Power ruled our childhood. Now that every single issue of Nintendo Power has been published online, you can cruise through all 11 years of iconic gaming awesomeness and timewarp back to those nostalgic days on a whim.


Nintendo's beloved subscription mag had it all: game tips, teasers for awesome new games and consoles, contests, and even a snazzy collectible poster with every issue. I was a late bloomer with Nintendo Power, and only started my subscription when the Nintendo 64 came out, so I missed out on a ton of golden age material. But now I can catch up on everything I missed, and you can too!

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Bitcoin stock takes dive after hackers steal $65 million

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 9:32 pm

After hackers stole approximately $65 million worth of Bitcoins this week, Bitfinex's price plunged 15 percent. Though the losses have since been erased, customers are still suffering.




"We will look at various options to address customer losses later in the investigation," Bitfinex wrote in a blog post. "We ask for the community's patience as we unravel the causes and consequences of this breach."


The US dollar is confirmed to have not been affected.

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Chrome, Firefox extension plays random TV show episodes

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 8:04 pm

If you've ever wanted to sit down and rewatch your favourite TV show but don't want to watch in any particular order, now there's a browser extension that mostly solves the issue. Named Netflix Shuffle, it chooses a random episode of a random TV show and plays it for you.




The downside is not all shows are available: creator 'minervaheavyindustries' must add shows manually before they are supported. However, as of right now, the list is pretty hefty at nearly 100 titles, including tons of popular ones like Californication, Futurama, That 70s Show, X-Files, and Sons of Anarchy. If you'd like to see a show added, contact the creator via Reddit or leave a review on the Chrome or Firefox pages.

Final Fantasy XV's $25 season pass includes 6 DLC packs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 7:28 pm

Final Fantasy XV will have a season pass that unlocks access to six pieces of DLC content, three of which will be story-based.




According to Gematsu, who spotted a listing on the JP PlayStation Store, Final Fantasy XV's illustrious season pass will cost $25 includes three story-based episodes that possibly explore the backstory of the game's party members: Ignis, Prompto, and Gladiolus. Considering FF15 already tells the story of Noctis, the player character, it stands to reason Square Enix would love an opportunity to flesh out the other party members. Sony has since taken down the listing.


So far the season pass isn't available for purchase on its own; you have to buy the $84.99 Digital Premium Edition (DLC + main game) or grab the Season Pass Upgrade, which is only available to those who have already pre-ordered the game on PSN. The six DLC packs are as follows:


  • Booster Pack" (DLC #1)
  • "Episode Gladiolus" (DLC #2)
  • "Holiday Pack" (DLC #3)
  • "Episode Ignis" (DLC #4)
  • "Episode Prompto" (DLC #5)
  • "Expansion Pack" (DLC #6)

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Marvel Ultimate Alliance patch fixes some PC issues, free DLC coming

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 6:32 pm

Last week we reported the newly released Steam versions of Marvel Ultimate Alliance and Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 were poorly ported and missing DLC. Fortunately, Marvel Games and Activision aren't sweeping the issues under the rug, as a patch has just been released to address some of them, and its promised that the missing DLC is on the way.




Among the problems fixed: unresponsive Xbox One and Xbox 360 controllers, crackling audio, and multiplayer desync and disconnection issues. You also get improvements to player invites and the interface.


As for the DLC, that will launch in the next few weeks and of course will be free. We'll let you know when it goes live.

Leading CS:GO skin trade site applies for gambling license

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 5:05 pm

Rather than shutting down and ceasing all gambling activity as per Valve's orders, a major CS:GO gambling site is applying for a legal gambling license.




CSGO Lounge, one of the biggest players in the Counter-Strike GO skin trade, plans to apply for a legal gambling license so it can keep its lucrative business afloat. The site has put up an age gate to restrict betting to users 18 years or older, and you won't be able to bet unless eSports gambling is legal in your country.


"We have decided to acquire a license to legally operate in most of the countries and be able to accept the esports bets by our community, as if it would be real money," reads an update on CSGO Lounge's site.

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Xbox One S teardown reveals SATA III hard drive, 802.11ac, 6-pin PSU

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 3, 2016 4:05 pm

iFixit cleaves open the Xbox One S's small skin to reveal its inner guts, showing some decent hardware jumps over the original Xbox One.




We already know that Microsoft's new $299 Xbox One S packs the same GPU/CPU hardware as the original Xbox One, only better: the S model's GPU has been overclocked to 914MHz (from XO's 853MHz) and is now housed on a new ultra-efficient 16nm FinFET SoC chip. But a new Xbox One S teardown from iFixit reveals some other interesting component upgrades that the Xbox slim offers, namely a SATA III 6.0 Gbps hard drive, a 802.11ac wireless chip, and HDMI 2.0a connectivity. Plus it's quite easy to repair!


Here are the particulars:


  • Same 8-core Jaguar SoC found on Xbox One
  • 802.11ac wireless card
  • Philips DG-6M5S BD-ROM drive
  • Unique internal 6-pin power supply
  • Non-replaceable Seagate Spinpoint M9T ST2000LM003 2 TB 5400 RPM with 32 MB Cache SATA III 6.0 Gb/s hard drive
  • Xbox One S has 16nm FinFET SoC, GPU overclocked to 914MHz (from original's 853MHz)
  • 120mm case fan
  • Easy to repair - 8/10 repairability score

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