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Activision 'significantly changed' the story arc of Destiny

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 10:52 am

Court documents gleaned from Halo composer Martin O'Donnell's case against Bungie and Activision reveal that Destiny's story arc was "significantly changed" from the original, and strongly hints that Activision is responsible.




When the first chapter of Destiny's five-part franchise launched in 2014, gamers found that it wasn't the intergalactic opera they were expecting. The story elements were (and still are) very light and players finally understood what kind of series Activision and Bungie have created--the kind of piecemeal bits that can be strewn out over a decade of releases. But Destiny wasn't always like this.


The court papers of Martin O'Donnell's lawsuit against Bungie show that the game went through a phase of "substantial revision" which led to the first year-long delay. "Although Destiny as planned for release in September 2013, the story was substantially revised beginning August 2013, requiring a new release date of March 2014 and edits to much of the work previously completed," the documents read. "After a brief vacation/sabbatical in early fall, o'Donnell returned, worked on the story and recorded dialogue, but wrote no additional music. For reasons unrelated to O'Donnell's performance, the release date was again moved, to September 2014."

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Steam wins over another title as SMITE joins its catalog

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 10:32 am

Currently boasting 10 million players globally and a world championship tournament with over $2 million in cash prizes, SMITE has been kicking goals recently. Adding to this good news is the announcement of Steam support, beginning immediately.



This free to play third-person MOBA style game can be downloaded directly to your steam client and comes with the option to buy a special "Ultimate God Pack" at 33% off until September 13.


There's going to be no difference to players who already have accounts or who will be signing up through steam for the first time. Players with existing accounts may download and play the game through Steam with their profiles without any account migration. In addition, players may continue to use the original client as they wish, still able to battle with or against Steam users.

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Fujitsu's new wireless receiver can transmit 8K videos instantly

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Connectivity & Communications | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 10:15 am

Fujitsu has announced that it has developed a new wireless communications receiver, which is capable of massive transfer rates of up to 20 gigabits per second. The receiver is tiny enough that it will fit into a smartphone, super-powering data transfer rates.




The new chip would make smartphones and tablets capable of transferring 4K or even 8K video virtually instantly, with 8K resolution videos featuring 16x the resolution of 1080p. Fujitsu is calling its new chip the world's first compact 300GHz receiver, thanks to its insanely fast wireless communication abilities.


Fujitsu's new chip is smaller than 1 cubic centimeter, where it combines both a receiver-amplifier chip as well as a terahertz-band antenna. Because the chip has high sensitivity, transmissions ranges are much shorter - just 1m away. A Fujitsu spokesperson said: "It is the first time such a highly sensitive terahertz band receiver has been made small enough to fit into a current-generation cellular phone". The company hopes to have the chip being built commercially in 2020.

Cooler Master CM Storm announces 'de-badged' compact mechanical

By: Chris Smith | More News: Peripherals | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 9:31 am

The Cooler Master CM Storm Quick Fire XTi is "a minimalistic mechanical gaming keyboard with multi-color backlighting for gamers built with 100% authentic Cherry MX switches" as stated in a recently issued press release. The announcement further explained that this compact keyboard has been specifically designed to offer minimal "button clutter" and offer a clean design through the removal of all company logos.




The XTi further features UV coated keys for protection and can be purchased with Cherry MX red, brown or blue switches. If more features are what you are looking for, this board also offers a detachable braided USB cable for data transmission, complete anti-ghosting and three cable tracks for you to ensure a neat workstation.


Available in stores now, this keyboard is set at a recommended price of $167 (149.99 Euro).

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Can you hear that? Be Quiet adds to its Dark Power Pro 11 series

By: Chris Smith | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 8:29 am

With a major focus on whisper-quiet operation through self-designed fans, Be quiet! has added to its Dark Power Pro 11 series of power supplies. These new additions come in the form of 550W, 650W and 750W units, adding to the current 850W, 1000W and 1200W models available.




With the original series being announced in May, this September update further carries the 94% 80PLUS Platinum efficiency rating and once again utilizes Be quiet! SilentWings 3 135mm fans for cooling. Also included are high-quality Japanese capacitors and a five-year warranty.


Available in stores today, expect to pay $149, $164 or $179 for the 550W, 650W and 750W models respectively.

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Giveaway Alert! Win a MacBook Air

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Laptops | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 8:02 am



Mac fans don't need us to tell you how awesome the MacBook Air is. You already know it's got a great display, a lightweight design that's ultra-portable yet durable enough to bring everywhere, an impressive nine-hour battery life per charge, and a suite of awesome included apps like GarageBand and iMovie. What you didn't know? It can be yours completely free. That's right-it's giveaway time and we're giving away a MacBook Air at TweakTown Deals!


Entering for a chance to win the MacBook Air couldn't be easier. Just go to TweakTown Deals by September 23rd and submit your email address. Yeah, that's it. Unless you want to increase your odds of winning-in that case, it's as simple as sharing your unique referral link to the giveaway with friends, coworkers, frenemies, Tinder matches, whoever. Every time someone enters using your link, you'll get bonus entries.


Now what are you still doing here? Go enter the MacBook Air giveaway at TweakTown Deals!

Samsung's new LPDDR4 will see 6GB of RAM in our smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: RAM | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:57 am

Samsung has just announced that they have started mass production of the industry's first 12Gb LPDDR4 RAM on their 20nm process, something that features 50% greater density than their previous 8Gb chips.




The new 12Gb chips will usher in new smartphones with 6GB of RAM using a four 12Gb chip DRAM package, as well as 3GB using two chips in a single package. The new 6GB package would take up the same amount of physical space as an existing 3GB package, thanks to the 6Gb chips. But these new 12Gb chips will be 30% faster than their 8Gb predecessors, with a per-pin speed of 4266Mbps, providing 34Gbps of bandwidth over its 64-bit bus.


The South Korean giant will begin mass production of this RAM in the near future, as we start seeing smartphones with 4GB of RAM as we move into a world of 6GB of RAM on our smartphones.

GoPro shows off 16-camera VR camera for Google Jump, costs $15,000

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 7:16 am

If you've got $15,000 burning a hole in your pocket, why not grab the new GoPro Odyssey, a 16-camera rig that was developed alongside Google for their VR platform; Google Jump.



The new Odyssey rig is available in a very limited quantity, where it includes 16 GoPro cameras, connectivity mounts for each camera, memory cards, a pelican case, and the beautiful Odyssey panoramic capture rig itself. Once constructed, the GoPro Odyssey will shoot 2.7K video in the 4:3 aspect ratio, for beautiful 360-degree/3D/VR video.


The Google Jump platform itself includes a video "assembler" that will stitch all of the videos together into a seamless globe, when then you can playback through YouTube with support for watching it through Google Cardboard in stereoscopic/3D, or in normal "flat" viewing through the traditional YouTube app or desktop. GoPro says that the 16 cameras output at 2K x 2K panoramic MPEG4 video at 150Mbit/s, or 8K x 8K at 600Mbit/s.


The Odyssey will be available through an early access program for now, as long as you're based in the US, Canada, UK, the EU, Japan or Brazil.

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'Spectre' Bond theme song artist announced

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 5:09 am

The prize of singing the latest James Bond theme tune has always been a highly coveted award, and one which rockets the artist to a five-decade legacy alongside the likes of musical legends such as Shirley Bassey, Tom Jones, Paul McCartney and Louis Armstrong. Now, the artist behind the theme tune to the upcoming release 'Spectre' has been announced, and unless you're hip or under 25, you might not even know who he is.




Grammy award winning artist Sam Smith has been announced as the voice behind 'Writing's On The Wall' which follows up from Adele's Oscar winning 'Skyfall' in 2012 and will be released later in the month. Smith recorded the song in January this year, giving composer Thomas Newman plenty of time to weave it around the theatrical soundtrack.



The 'Spectre' world premiere on October 26th will kick off the film's worldwide release schedule, which hits Australia a little later on November 12th.

DICE announces new Drop Zone mode for Star Wars Battlefront

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Sep 9, 2015 5:05 am

DICE has just announced a new game mode for Star Wars Battlefront, which will be a new take on the classic king of the hill gameplay that we've all known and loved for years now.




The new mode is called Drop Zone, where you will play as either the Rebel Alliance or Empire, where players will "defend familiar-looking pods that drop from the sky in 16-player battles", reports Polygon. DICE took to the official website of Star Wars Battlefront to announce the news, adding that players will need to stay close to the location of the drop pods if they want to win the game.


The first team that secures five of the pods, or the team who holds the most drop pods after 10 minutes, will be the winner. DICE added that Drop Zone is "all about action and quick thinking". Star Wars Battlefront's Lead Level Designer, Dennis Brännvall explains: "We're promoting the idea of a fast, action-packed game where you need to be mobile and think on your feet. Camping doesn't really pay off".

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