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Make a 'Killing Joke' in our 'Batman' Blu-ray giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 1:16 am

To celebrate this week's release of Batman: The Killing Joke on Blu-ray and DVD, we have ten Blu-ray copies to give away thanks to our friends at Roadshow Home Entertainment.

 

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What does it take for a person to snap? How much despair for a mind to fracture? These are the twisted questions that The Joker has set out to answer, to show Gotham that even an ordinary man like Commissioner Gordon is only one bad day away from sheer insanity. Based on the acclaimed DC Comics graphic novel, witness a journey into the dark psyche of the Clown Prince of Crime. Follow his humble beginnings as a struggling comic to his fateful encounter with the Dark Knight that changed everything.

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The new Titan X is up to 200% faster than the GeForce GTX Titan X

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Aug 1, 2016 12:25 am

While NVIDIA hasn't sent us the new Pascal-based Titan X, there are some reviewers who have received their GP102-powered graphics card and are throwing it into synthetic testing to see how fast it really is.

 

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The synthetic benchmark side of Titan X that was used was CuDNN, offering a huge 200% increase over the previous GeForce GTX Titan X (note, the new Titan X is just that 'Titan X' with the GeForce GTX branding dropped from the name). The new Titan X is using a new implementation of CuDNN, so the speedup is from both the software, and the improved hardware on Titan X.

 

Specifications wise, the new Titan X has 16% more CUDA cores and 42% higher GPU clocks - so in raw horsepower, we have a decent amount of hardware improvements. According to the benchmarks, we can expect the new Titan X to be 74% to 91% faster in Alexnet, 76% to 200% on OverFear, 74% to 84% on Inception and 91% to 98% in VGG.

 

All I want to know, is what type of improvement can the $1200 graphics card do for me in high-res, and multi-monitor gaming?

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Pope Francis doesn't want you sitting on your ass playing video games

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:40 pm

During a gathering of people in a Polish meadow, Pope Francis challenged hundreds of thousands of young people should not be a "couch potato" who plays video games and uses an electronic device like a PC, tablet or console - and instead, "social activism and politics to create a more just world", reports Mashable.

 

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The 79-year-old pope who has obviously never enjoyed a few games of Battlefield, CS:GO, Pokemon GO or League of Legends said: "Dear young people, we didn't come into this world to 'vegetate,' to take it easy, to make our lives a comfortable sofa to fall asleep on. No, we came for another reason: To leave a mark" to a crowd that Polish media said was over 1 million people.

 

Pope Francis came out bashing the escapism and consumerism that technology isolates people, with Francis saying Jesus is the "Lord of risk ... not the Lord of comfort, security and ease. Following Jesus demands a good dose of courage, a readiness to trade in the sofa for a pair of walking shoes and to set out on new and uncharted paths". Francis doesn't want you to play games, he wants you to sit on blankets and make their mark in the world by becoming engaged "politicians, thinkers, social activists" and to not help the world economy that is "inspired by solidarity".

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The latest details on the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:27 pm

Samsung is expected to unveil its larger Galaxy Note 7 smartphone on August 2, but what can we expect? Here's the skinny on Samsung's upcoming large smartphone, which will rock a 5.7-inch QHD display, an 8-core processor and 4GB of RAM.

 

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The 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display has a native resolution of 2560x1440, and will arrive with two processors - depending on the market you buy it in. In the US, there'll be the Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, while in European markets the Galaxy Note 7 will be powered by Samsung's own 8-core Exynos 8890 processor.

 

Samsung really killed it with the rear-facing camera on the Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, with the Galaxy Note 7 said to feature a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, but it's the front-facing camera that has our eyes widen with excitement. There will reportedly be two front-facing cameras on the Galaxy Note 7, with one of them being an iris scanner. The 4K-capable rear-facing camera will feature Dual Pixel technology with an aperture of f/1.7.

 

The Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will feature a microSD slot for expandable storage, a 3500mAh battery and it'll be 7.8mm thick. Network connectivity will include Cat. 9 LTE, and the latest Bluetooth technology. The pricing isn't set in stone yet, but we should expect somewhere near the $949 price. Samsung should unveil it on August 2, with a release into the world on August 19.

Nexus 6P price dropped by $100 for a limited time in the US

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 11:58 am

Newegg is running a special on the Nexus 6P smartphone, offering $100 discount on the various sizes, with the deal running until midnight tonight, July 31. The deal will be for a limited time, only available in the US, and drops $100 from the price of the 32GB/64GB and 128GB models.

 

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With the discount applied, the Nexus 6P with 32GB drops from $499 to $399, a 20% discount. The 64GB version drops 18% from its $549 price to $449, while the 128GB model drops from its price of $649 to $549, a 15% discount. Newegg may be a Canadian company, but these prices are for US consumers only. The only color Newegg has available for all three Nexus smartphones is gold, so you'd better be a fan.

 

To make the deal even sweeter, Newegg is offering an additional $25 gift card, a selfie stick and a clear case - an additional $50 in value. If you want to take $100 off on the Nexus 6P, Google itself is running a larger selection of models in different colors - with free shipping on some Nexus models still on offer.

Valve threatens another 20 sites over CS:GO skin gambling

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 10:33 am

Valve is still in the process of pulling the CS:GO skin gambling websites into line, threatening another 20 websites with legal action if they don't end their "skin gambling" operations.

 

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Around two weeks ago, Valve finally starting taking CS:GO skin betting and gambling sites seriously, with some rather large sites closing immediately - without being issued a formal notice by Valve's lawyers. On July 20, Valve's general counsel threatened some 23 websites with legal action if they didn't close operations within 10 days.

 

The deadline for the first wave of sites that were sent cease-and-desist notes by Valve expires on Wednesday, with some of them still in operation. We should see them close soon, or feel the wrath of Lord GabeN.

Pokemon GO's new update has some huge fixes and improvements

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 8:39 am

If there's one thing Pokemon GO players have wanted since its release and rise to super stardom is for a more stable, better equipped Pokemon GO experience with more features and improved gameplay.

 

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Well, the new Pokemon GO update has been greatly improved, with an impressive list of fixes and improvements. If your game hasn't already updated, be sure to hit the iTunes store or Play Store to grab the latest version of Pokemon GO.

 

  • Trainer avatars can now be re-customized from the profile screen
  • Adjusted some Pokémon battle move damage values
  • Refined certain Gym animations
  • Improved memory issues
  • Removed footprints of nearby Pokémon
  • Adjusted battle damage calculation
  • Various bug fixes during wild Pokémon encounter
  • Updated Pokémon details UI
  • Updated achievement medals art
  • Fixed issues with displaying certain map features
  • Minor text fixes

DriveClub VR is reportedly launching alongside PlayStation VR headset

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 7:33 am

Sony will be launching its PlayStation VR headset in October, and one of the launch titles looks to be DriveClub VR - with the original development team from the now-closed Evolution Studios have worked on PSVR game.

 

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The news is coming from the Japanese PlayStation blog, and DriveClub director Paul Rustchynsky. The announcement has been removed, but the cached version of the page says DriveClub VR will launch on October 13, the launch date of PlayStation VR. Rustchynsky has said on NeoGAF that the original DriveClub team was bought into Codemasters, who picked up Evolution Studios, and then Rustchynsky said the original team was bought into the fold.

 

He said: "The same development team who made DRIVECLUB, also made DRIVECLUB VR". We should hopefully hear news on DriveClub VR in the coming weeks leading up to the launch of PlayStation VR.

Samsung Gear VR is used by over 1 million users per month

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 4:25 am

Samsung has been pushing the marketing for its Gear VR headset much more in the last 6-12 months, and selling them alongside - and even bundled sometimes for free, Samsung has been getting Gear VR headsets into more houses than ever.

 

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There are now over 1 million monthly active users on the Gear VR, according to Mark Zuckerberg during Facebook's recent earnings call. During the earnings call, Zuckerberg said: "1 million people a month are now using Oculus on mobile phones through our Gear VR partnership with Samsung".

 

The exact sales numbers on the Gear VR isn't clear, but Samsung did say back in June that it had sold 300,000 units in Europe alone. If we take into consideration the push in Europe and the massive push in the US and many other markets giving the Gear VR for free with Galaxy S7 and Galaxy S7 edge smartphones, which have been so successful for Samsung that they reported profits that have hit a two-year high.

Metal Gear Solid games have sold over 49 million copies worldwide

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jul 31, 2016 2:32 am

The Metal Gear Solid franchise is one of the most iconic game series, with creator Hideo Kojima becoming a household name thanks to the series - but according to Konami's financial report, the MGS franchise has sold over 49 million copies to date.

 

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In Konami's recent financial report, we now know that the Metal Gear Solid franchise has sold 49.2 million copies as of March 31, 2016. During the first quarter of this year, Konami reported $481 million in revenue - a 3.5% decline year-over-year. Konami's profits were $89 million, a decent 40% increase in the same amount of time.

 

Digital sales have become the cornerstone of most publishers, with $246 million in revenue for the quarter - up 5.6% year-over-year. Profits made from digital sales generated $85 million in profits for Konami over Q1 2016, up 34% year-over-year.

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