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Bethesda officially responds to Fallout 4 console mod piracy

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 11:25 pm

Bethesda officially responds to the big Fallout 4 console mod piracy fiasco that threatens to jeopardize the modding community.

 

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Earlier today we reported on the growing epidemic of Fallout 4 mod thievery and how it's ultimately dismantling the tight-knit modding community across consoles and PC. The good news is that Bethsoft is definitely aware of the situation, and the devs have officially responded to the problem by announcing a new way to report mod theft.

 

"A number of you have reported instances of users uploading Mod content that allegedly does not belong to the Mod creator. We take these reports seriously and want to protect copyright holders and authors of the Mod content shared on Bethesda.net," reads the recent forum post. Modders will have to file a DMCA claim to a specific email address, enabling a streamlined and direct method to thwart the pandemic. Although this isn't a catch-all solution, is a huge step in the right direction.

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Estranged Diablo 3 developer Jay Wilson leaves games industry

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 10:37 pm

Jay Wilson, one of the main Blizzard devs responsible for Diablo 3's awful Real Money Auction House, has left Blizzard (and gaming) for good.

 

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After spending 10 years with Blizzard, key developer Jay Wilson is leaving the games industry. Wilson was one of the main forces behind Diablo 3's Real Money Auction House, a system that almost transformed the Diablo franchise into a money-printing machine. Wilson's work with the RMAH largely alienated him from the core Diablo community, and eventually stepped down as Diablo 3's game director just a year after the game's release so that Blizzard could attempt to undo the damage.

 

As a Diablo fan that played D3 when it first came out, I can say that the RMAH was the worst kind of microtransaction-style peddling I've ever seen in a game. It not only crushed Diablo's soul into smithereens, but forced Blizzard into an intense damage control mode that ultimately lead to a complete re-working of the game itself. The RMAH ultimately tanked the game's reputation within the gaming sphere, and it wasn't really until Reaper of Souls and the Ultimate Evil Edition that Diablo 3 was able to recover.

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New Battlefield 1 trailer incoming, new info on weapons revealed

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 9:36 pm

EA has confirmed what everyone pretty much already knew: Battlefield 1 will get a new trailer ahead of its EA Play event on Sunday.

 

 

A new Battlefield 1 trailer will be released on Sunday, June 12 at EA's Play event in Los Angeles. The official Battlefield Twitter account revealed the timeline and also released a brand new "Weapons of Battlefield 1" teaser trailer (see above), accompanied with a lengthy post on pretty much everything you need to know about the WW1 game's weapons.

 

Battlefield 1 releases on October 21, 2016 on Xbox One, PS4 and PC. Check below for the huge Q&A session on the game's weapons, along with ten things you should know about Battlefield 1's weapons.

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Video for Morrowind mod 'Skywind' shows good progress, landscapes

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 8:05 pm

The now four year-old Skywind project -- which ports classic RPG Morrowing into the newer Skyrim engine -- is chugging along as ever. The latest trailer for the game -- seen below -- shows off the latest batch of texture work done, covering caves, the unique Telvanni architecture, various landscapes, and more.

 

 

What can't be seen in the video is all the work that's been done recently on voice acting, sound effects, and the implementation of quests, among other things.

 

There's still no release date or window as progress on mod projects are difficult to predict, but the video and news of the behind the scenes progress gives us hope it's sooner than later.

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Yooka-Laylee trailer brings back Banjo-Kazooie memories

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 7:18 pm

You may have caught word of Yooka-Laylee when it launched last year on Kickstarter. Either way, you can get the first good look at it today with the new E3 trailer below.

 

 

As you can see, Yooka-Laylee is extremely reminiscent of the Banjo-Kazooie series, and for good reason: it's developed by ex-Rare employees from the golden N64 era who worked on that very series, as well as Donkey Kong Country. If the music feels familiar, that's because it's the work of Grant Kirkhope, who composed both series'.

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Out now: Edge of Nowhere is Lovecraftian VR Horror by Insomniac Games

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 6:40 pm

Insomniac Games, the studio known most widely for console-centric games like Resistance and Ratchet & Clank, are straying well outside their comfort zone and releasing three virtual reality titles on the Oculus Rift this year. Their first is Lovecraftian horror adventure title Edge of Nowhere, available right now.

 

 

If there's two things Insomniac Games is known for, it's a witty sense of humor and imaginative weaponry. So when I previewed Edge of Nowhere at a press event earlier this year and discovered they'd traded in these hallmarks for psychological horror, I was initially skeptical. But as the 30 minute demo unfolded, I became convinced that Insomniac is as adept at telling a story rife with terror as they are telling one filled with laughs and wildly creative arsenals.

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Dead Rising 4 leaked, full reveal coming at E3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 6:04 pm

Dead Rising 4 has been outed by a new leak, heavily indicating we'll see an official reveal at E3 2016.

 

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According to leaked info from ThisGenGaming, Dead Rising 4 will "make fans of the series happy" be revealed at Microsoft's E3 2016 showcase, possibly indicating an exclusivity deal for the Xbox One and PC. The leaks show series alum Frank West in what could be the same snowy Colorado setting feature in the original Dead Rising game, hinting at a possible remake.

 

Capcom teased two major new games would release in their current fiscal year forecast, and we now know that Dead Rising 4 is one of those titles. Expect a major reveal at E3 along with gameplay footage and a release date.

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Sony announces 10 playable PlayStation VR games at E3 2016

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 5:57 pm

Sony is doing everything in their power to ensure PlayStation fans who can't physically get to this year's E3 don't feel left out, including broadcasting more than 18 hours of video content across Twitch, YouTube, and 85 theaters across North America. But what I keyed into from Sony's E3 announcement today is a list of 10 playable PlayStation VR demos on the show floor.

 

 

Note that's it not an exhaustive list (for example, RIGS is clearly MIA) , as Sony teases that these are only "some" of the playable games at the L.A. Convention Center. At the very least, we know we'll be able to get eyes on with the following 10 PlayStation VR titles: Battlezone, 100ft Robot Golf, Psychonauts in the Rhombus of Ruin, Wayward Sky, Thumper, Rez Infinite, Super Hypercube, Harmonix Music VR, EVE: Valkyrie, and Headmaster.

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Mark Zuckerberg's Twitter, Pinterest accounts hacked

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 5:42 pm

Even social media CEOs are susceptible to being hacked, it seems. Over the weekend, a couple of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's social media accounts were compromised by Saudi Arabian hacking group OurMine Team.

 

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OurMine is said to have found Zuckerberg's information in a recent LinkedIn dump, which they then used to gain control of his Twitter and Pinterest accounts. The group claims his password for both accounts was the surprisingly simple 'dadada', but there's reason to be skeptical of this as it also claimed it had overtaken his Instagram account, which Facebook has denied.

 

Both the Twitter and Pinterest account haven't been terribly active, at least not recently; Zuckerberg's Instagram account hasn't been too active either, although it has been used on a regular basis and multiple times in the last week.

Valve's 'The Lab' VR collection gets global leaderboards, more science

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 6, 2016 5:02 pm

If you own an HTC Vive, chances are incredibly high that you've played Valve's The Lab, an awesome collection of demos showcasing what roomscale VR is all about. Today The Lab gets even better, and even teaches Fetchbot a new trick.

 

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The "Appliance of Science" update is out now, and adds a few gameplay tweaks and fixes to various aspects of

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. The most important by far is the addition of global leaderboards for Xortex, Slingshot, and Longbow. While these are tragically short slices of what I can only hope will be developed into full game releases someday, they're still ridiculous amounts of fun and adding a layer of competition to the mix only increases their replayability.

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