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Serious Sam VR is an exciting and energetic shooter

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 7:23 pm

Serious Sam has been around for quite some time, but the VR version made this game even more globally recognizable and popular. Created and developed by Croteam, Serious Sam is one of the best VR games I've tried.




I met with Croteam, the developer of Serious Sam, at this year's Reboot InfoGamer in Croatia and first thing I noticed were huge lines of people who wanted to try the game. And why not, Croteam had the most attractive booth at InfoGamer - a huge mixed reality display where you could watch gamers inside virtual reality.


Croteam developed the game for the HTC Vive, which is the headset I used while trying out the game. Once I put the headset on, I was able to choose between three difficulty modes - easy, normal or hard. Since this was my first time playing Serious Sam, I decided for the the easy mode, don't judge.

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Fog of War, Hardcore modes go live for Battlefield 1

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 6:25 pm

Yesterday's monster patch for Battlefield 1 (BF1) addressed all of the top complaints about the game and then some, with the exception of no Hardcore mode. Today that's addressed too, as the mode is live, as well as a new survivalist mode called Fog of War.




Hardcore, if you're not familiar with it from previous Battlefield games, disables niceties like spotting, HUD, nametags, killcam, and health regen, while doubling bullet damage and enabling friendly fire. Regarding BF1 specifically, elite classes are disabled. Suffice it to say, it's a very different game.


Fog of War, meanwhile, is similar to hardcore in that it disables minimap spotting, nametags, the HUD, elite classes, ,and health regen. However, it keeps 3D spotting, killcam, and friendly fire, and disables all vehicles and weapons, except for melee and handguns, while keeping fog always on. Also, it's Team Deathmatch on the Argonne Forest map only.

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NSFW - Ubisoft apologizes for Watch Dogs 2 nude NPCs

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 5:18 pm

The NPCs in Watch Dogs 2 are flamboyant, dynamic, and free...well, maybe a little too free: there's been sightings of explicitly naked male and female NPCs throughout the city that bare all.




In our Watch Dogs 2 first impressions article, I commented on how impressive the game's NPCs are, and how the AI makes you feel like you're in a living, breathing world. The characters are actually so realistic that they'll do hilariously human things like run around naked after a drunken night out, or even exercise in the nude. Sometimes, ladies will even walk around with crotchless panties on...and Ubisoft didn't censor their naughty bits out.


Ubisoft has since apologized for this oversight, and vows that explicit genitalia will be patched out despite the game being rated as M for Mature. "We're aware that one of the NPC models in Watch Dogs 2 is rendered in a way that is particularly explicit. While Watch Dogs 2 is a mature-rated game, we apologize and will update this NPC model to make it more consistent with other NPC models in the game in a patch to be released this week. We also are working with our first-party partners to ensure that players can continue to play and share all content from the game within the bounds of the first parties' respective codes of conduct."

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Nintendo Switch to let you play modded Skyrim on-the-go

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 4:11 pm

Ever wanted to play Skyrim with mods while on-the-go? Nintendo's new Switch console-and-handheld hybrid may make this dream a reality.




Despite Bethesda's warnings, Skyrim: Special Edition will reportedly launch as a Nintendo Switch launch game, with mod support coming to the platform at a later date.


Unnamed sources at Nintendo have told Laura Kate Dale at Lets Play Video Games that Skyrim: Special Edition is not only coming to the Nintendo Switch, but it'll be a day-one game. Sadly, mod support likely won't be available at the game's launch, and Switch's mods will be similar to the Skyrim's PS4 gimped mod support: limited to just 1GB and no new textures or models.

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EA only bringing a 'game or two' to Nintendo Switch

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 3:12 pm

Nintendo's new Switch handheld-and-console hybrid will have extensive third-party support from major publishers, but EA remains uncertain about the system, and only plans to bring "one or two" games over to the platform.




Nintendo President Tatsumi Kimishima has promised that the Switch will launch with a "full software library," and the company has revealed a huge list of third-party partners that includes the greatest names in the games industry. It's clear that the Switch will be very different than the Wii U's failed third-party support, and devs and publishers are keen on backing the device. EA, on the other hand, remains a bit skeptical on the Switch's success, and says they plan to bring as few as two games over to the new platform--but rest assured, they'll be a big AAA games.


"In terms of Nintendo, in their announcement they announced that we'll be supporting with a game or two on that new platform. We haven't yet announced what game, but you should assume that it's one of our bigger games we've been involved with," EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said at a UBS tech show.

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PS4 Pro owners have an edge in Battlefield 1 multiplayer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 1:13 pm

The Polaris-grade GPU in Sony's new 4K-ready PlayStation 4 Pro is giving owners a tangible advantage while playing online multiplayer games such as Battlefield 1.




Eurogamer reports that DICE's PS4 Pro enhancements for Battlefield 1 are pretty significant, actually boosting in-game frame rates by up to 47% percent over existing PS4 consoles. That means Battlefield 1 running on a PS4 Pro can have a frame rate boost of anywhere from 10-15 FPS, and this performance jump actually translates into online multiplayer.


"Battlefield 1 running on PlayStation 4 Pro offers a tangible performance advantage over standard PS4 owners, potentially offering a gameplay advantage to owners of Sony's upgraded console hardware. In our tests, there's anything up to a 47 per cent frame-rate advantage in scenarios where the Frostbite engine is under the greatest stress," Eurogamer's Richard Leadbetter writes.

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Overwatch played on a microwave, will blow your mind

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 10:24 am

Look... I'm addicted to Overwatch, so much - so, so much - but playing it on a microwave? Awesome.



Twitch streamer Rudeism who "plays games wrong", has tweaked his microwave to play Overwatch. A follower in the chat asked "Is this Microwatch or Overwave", and while Rudeism notes that it was a good question, he didn't have an answer.


All this makes me want to do is see Overwatch played on a microwave in front of me, it almost seems unbelievable - so kudos, Dylan/Rudeism.

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Chinese company busted adding backdoor to US smartphones

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 8:37 am

Well now... security researchers have discovered many models of Android smartphones that feature a secret backdoor that is sending all of your data to servers in China.




The authorities aren't 100% clear on whether this is another attempt at mining data for advertising purposes, or if the Chinese government is scooping up as much information for its own intelligence or not. But never fear, security firm Kryptowire discovered multiple models of smartphones that had firmware that collected "sensitive personal data about their users and transmitted this sensitive data to third-party servers without disclosure or the users' consent".


A company named Shanghai Adups Technology Co Ltd used a pre-installed firmware over-the-air (OTA) update that was monitoring these devices without detection. Adups was able to secure the users' location, who they talk to, contact lists, and the content of text messages, as well as countless amounts of personal data. The International Mobile Subscriber Identity (IMSI) and the International Mobile Equipment Identity (IMEI) were also part of the data that Adups was taking, which was being sent every 72 hours.


Kryptowire said: "The firmware also collected and transmitted information about the use of applications installed on the monitored device, bypassed the Android permission model, executed remote commands with escalated (system) privileges, and was able to remotely reprogram the devices".

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MMO Guild Wars 2 Heart of Thorns halves price for a week

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 7:54 am

Never got around to trying out Guild Wars 2 even after it went free to play last August? New low prices await from ArenaNet this week with a 50% drop. That grants you everything you need to get started for $25, or if you want a few in-game extras the Deluxe is actually cheaper than the Standard normally costs.




This deal is valid at the official Guild Wars 2 store for a full week. That gives you now through November 22 to pick the game up on the cheap. When not on a big sale, the game is typically around $38, or about 25% off.



Since the Deluxe Edition is well below the $50 you'd normally pay for the Standard Edition of Guild Wars 2: Heart of Thorns, some MMO (or past Guild Wars fans) may wonder which they should be picking up. While the answer to this is quite subjective, we'll break down the differences below so you can make a quick decision. If you think you'll fully immerse yourself into Guild Wars 2, go nuts with Deluxe with the main benefit being an extra character slot. However, if you're just looking to get in on the popular MMO for cheap, we'd suggest sticking with Standard.


Heart of Thorns Deluxe Edition includes:


  • Additional Character Slot
  • Miniature Revenant Rytlock
  • Revenant Finisher move
  • Mordremoth's Bane Guild Hall Decoration
  • Heart of Thorns Glider Skin


Both editions of the game come with all the Guild Wars 2 experience and feature a paid user gets. Plus, you'll also receive a "Max-Level Boost", which will level one of your characters to 80. Max level boost comes with various high level gears and gold, so you're not left naked when entering Tyria at a high level.

HP's new super-small PC packs Intel Xeon, M.2 SSD, more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Nov 16, 2016 6:30 am

HP has just unveiled its new mini PC that features workstation-class hardware, with the new Z2 Mini packing an Intel Xeon CPU, NVIDIA Quadro mobile M620 graphics, and M.2 SSD - which all fits into a 2.3-inch-high case, that HP says is "90 percent smaller than a traditional business-class tower".




With the maxed out configuration, HP's new Z2 Mini is twice as powerful as any competing mini PC on the market, and will work with six displays in its stock form. HP is aiming for CAD, design, graphics and 3D users - but gamers shouldn't be swayed away from it, either.


HP's new Z2 Mini is 63% quieter than their own business-class mini PCs, thanks to the company deploying a custom cooling system. HP explains that the engineering of the Z2 Mini as "the octagon form of the Z2 Mini is the most uniquely designed workstation in HP's 35 years of workstation history".




As for the specs, we're looking at up to 32GB of DDR4 RAM, and an HP Z Turbo Drive which slots into the M.2 port and offers up to 1.5TB of storage with over 1GB/sec of read speeds. You can configure the HP Z2 Mini with an Intel Core i3, Core i5, Core i7 or even an Intel Xeon E3-1200v5 family processor, something that's normally reserved for workstations and servers.

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