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Castle smashing alpha testing begins for Crowfall's Castle Siege mode

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 4:18 pm

Castle defense just got a bit more serious, and realistic, with the latest alpha-test of Crowfall. ArtCraft has just announced that they're starting some external testing of their Castle Siege mode in their newest game, where you get the chance to topple castles.



Crowfall is an up and coming MMORPG that takes a bit of a different approach than some others. It's heavily focused on PvP and they even have a castle siege mode where you can literally destroy another persons castle, with real-time, server-side physics, to give one spectacular show of death, destruction and rubble. This is real castle defense, not that 2D isometric stuff that's popular, and addictive, with mobile games.


Right now the pre-alpha test 2.0 is a very closed test with only a few participats that get to square off as one of two factions that'll be in the final game, the Chaos or the Order. Right now they have five of Crowfall's eventual 13 archetypes will be available to players in this round of testing: Champion, Confessor, Knight, Legionnaire and the recently-added Ranger.

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Microsoft's BSOD gets more sophisticated, now has QR codes

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 3:04 pm

Microsoft is making some changes to the usual BSOD page, which itself has been updated with Windows 8 and now Windows 10. The information contained on it, and what can be gleaned through logs anyway, can already tell you what happened with a quick search on Google (or, dare we say, Bing?). But now they want to make it a little easier to ascertain what's wrong with your PC, with QR codes.



This new system isn't quite active yet, but when it does go live, presumably with the next big release planned this summer, it'll connect the QR code seen above with a page that that'll explain, hopefully in easy to read terms, what happened and why. This could make it much easier to pin down problems with your build because things do happen and go wrong unexpectedly. Right now the landing page is generic, however.


Microsoft is on to something here. The information that you usually get is not always easy to sift through or investigate for everyone. Information can always be found, it's definitely out there, but the ease of use demonstrated here could make for a much easier and more convenient troubleshooting time. Not to mention it'd be far easier for customer support.

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Win a Lenovo Gaming Laptop and a Turtle Beach Headset

By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 3:00 pm



Gamers, don't miss this one. We're kicking up game night a notch by giving you the chance to win a Lenovo Ideapad Y700 laptop and a Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 headset at TweakTown Deals.


Entering to win is easy-just head over to TweakTown Deals and enter your email address by May 10th. It only takes seconds, which will give you plenty of time to share the giveaway with friends. When they enter the giveaway using your referral link, you'll get an extra entry for yourself. If you're the chosen one, we'll send you the 15-inch Lenovo Ideapad Y700 laptop and the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 headset right to your door. The touchscreen gaming laptop offers amazing graphics, surround sound, and thermal cooling so you only pause when you want to. Use it with the Turtle Beach headset, which gives you 15 hours of play on a single charge, along with Bluetooth technology that allows you to answer phone calls without stopping your game.


Enter to win the Lenovo Ideapad Y700 laptop and the Turtle Beach Ear Force Z300 headset at TweakTown Deals.

Overwatch is getting another PC beta, new dates have been revealed

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 2:04 pm

A new Overwatch beta, a more inclusive one, will be kicking off this Friday, April 15th at 9AM PDT and running through Saturday, April 16th at 9PM PDT. A short test, to be sure, but one necessary to make sure the new pose works as stated and to further test the networking backend ready just in time for the full release. That's always the hardest part it seems.



Starting this Thursday Blizzard is going to scour through to start flagging accounts and giving them the permissions necessary to actually play. Around Thursday, when the start, you might end up receiving an email notification saying that you've been selected.


If you do happen to get in, you'll have access to the entire roster of 21 heroes available to you with three maps; Hanamura, Route 66 and Nepal. Due to the limited focus of the test, there's no Weekly Brawl or Competitive Play at all. Instead, this is all about getting as many people onto their hardware and stressing it to the absolute maximum. To that end, Blizzard has stated that for this test, you might see some unexpected downtime or even performance issues. But to not worry, that's the scope of this particular test. In other words, we'll hear plenty of complaining about it across the Interwebs, even though it's meant to happen.

No Mans Sky is so massive, 99% of planets won't be visited by anyone

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 12:40 pm

No Man's Sky is going to have a gargantuan galaxy to explore, one so big that they've had to build in-game probes to send out and explore it for them to ensure that the game is working as it should. It's so big, though, that Sean Murray, the founder of Hello Games, says that 99.9% of the planets won't even be discovered, let alone visited.



During a video interview with IGN, Murray was showing the progress of his game, he explained that there's likely to be no game guide sufficient enough to encompass absolutely everything. "When you land on a planet, like I said, no one has been there before. There is no YouTube video that you can look up, there is no FAQ, so you have to discover it for yourself. A big part of it is you can scan creatures, and when you scan them, you can name them" Sean Murray said. "It's actually a slightly sad but amazing thing that 99.9 percent of the planets in No Man's Sky I think will probably never be visited."


The galaxy is so massive due to the procedural generation technology that underlies it. They're able to generate an almost unlimited number of world's in the galaxy and even can spawn a whole ecosystem on each and every one of those world's. Infinite Kepler world's to explore, and almost literally no time to do it. There's infinite variety, though perhaps not infinite variety in stuff to do, which is always a concern in a space-sim that's so all-encompassing.

First Marvel 'Doctor Strange' trailer hits the web

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 13, 2016 6:56 am

While Disney and Marvel Studios gear up for the release of 'Captain America: Civil War' later this month, the studios have already begun pimping the next Marvel franchise in the making - 'Doctor Strange', which has released its first footage today.



Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Doctor Stephen Vincent Strange, aka Doctor Strange - a brilliant neurosurgeon who's crippled in a car accident, but goes on to become a powerful mystic. Also starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Mads Mikkelsen and Rachel McAdams, 'Doctor Strange' is directed by Marvel Cinematic Universe newcomer Scott Derrickson.


'Doctor Strange' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas from November 4 worldwide.

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Armored Warfare bringing tanks of the future in the next update

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 10:49 pm

Armored Warfare is still well into development and not nearly complete, but they're already adding new content like absolute mad. Update 0.15 has a lot of new things in store with new futuristic weapons of war, an overhaul of the Garage UI based on user feedback. There's also a lot more going on, too.



They keep on adding tiers to the garage, with Tier 10 being the latest. This tier is comprised completely of futuristic, theoretical and experimental vehicles that represent the future of what warfare might or will look like. They're planning on making models of the T-14 Armata, the PL-01, Leopard 2A7-140, SPHINX, XM1A3 and the Challenger 2B. Since these are going to be the most deadly vehicles in the game, they needed to be placed at the top, otherwise, it just wouldn't be fair. From the sounds of it, there is a chance that more super deadly vehicles will arrive alongside in the future, too.


They've also added in two new PvE missions that should be challenging. Operation Prometheus puts you racing towards a grounded cargo ship to secure the weapons that were being transported on it. Operation Meltdown has you defending a dam and an advanced nuclear reactor in a small snow-filled map. You'll be able to use the newly included Merkava 2B MBT, a premium Tier 7 tank, that they talked about some time ago.

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Former GTA 5 executive suing Take-Two for $150 million in royalties

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 9:30 pm

Lindsey Lohan isn't the only one suing in response to Grand Theft Auto 5. The former president of Rockstar North and lead producer for the Grand Theft Auto series, Leslie Benzies, is taking legal action against parent-company, Take-Two Interactive, for the sum of $150 million in alleged unpaid royalties from GTA5.




Benzies alleges that he was actually forced out of the company after being compelled into a sabbatical that he went on starting in September of 2014. While on the compelled vacation, he apparently was privy to some information that pointed to just what he suspected, his colleagues attempting to force him out of the company. His lawyer, Christopher Bakes, gave a statement to Polygon, saying that "while on sabbatical, Mr. Benzies discovered numerous deceptions on the part of Take-Two, Rockstar, Rockstar North Ltd, Sam Houser and Dan Houser, who sought to force him out of the company and terminate his portion of royalty payments based upon arbitrary actions by the company's royalty Allocation Committee, a committee that may or may not have actually ever met."


That said, those royalties that he alleges haven't been paid, amount to a staggering $150 million. Those profits were part of a long-term agreement that Rockstar North entered into with Take-Two Interactive for an incentive program for upper-level executives back in 2008. All well and good, except now Take-Two and Rockstar are filing a counter-suit that cites that Benzies breached his contract, left without good reason and thus is not entitled to those royalties at all.


The premise seems to center around how Benzies left the company and the reasons for being terminated or for quitting, if it's ruled that that action was taken. After the sabbatical, Benzies wanted to return to work, but found that he was unable to enter the building and was even asked to leave after being escorted inside. There seems to be some confusion as to how he left the company, when, and then whether he gets those royalties that he rightfully could be owed. The case is ongoing at the moment. The full counter-suit document is embedded after the break.

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Total War: Warhammer talks free DLC and content down the road

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 8:02 pm

The folks at Creative Assembly have announced their plans for continued support after they finally release Total War: Warhammer. They're putting a lot of effort into the main game but they also want you to keep coming back for me. For free, as is tradition.




They plan on having three different types of DLC that'll eventually be available so that they cover every facet of the Warhammer universe, which is quite extensive. The World of Warhammer Fantasy Battles is vast, even covering it in three games would leave certain races and characters out of the mix. With DLC we're able to expand the experience post-release and, much as with our previous games, there will be a range of sizes and types of DLC pack on offer. We'll eventually see different DLC packs for new Lords, Races and Campaigns that'll bring new interesting avenues. The full explanation of what's in these new packs is below, after the break, and these aren't insignificant additions either. They want to provide an immense experience before the second game hits shelves, and it looks like they'll provide it with the


They're definitely excited about the DLC, well ahead of the games launch. This will follow a similar DLC pattern to their previous games, too, which was very heavy with new content. We're already getting around 100+ hours of stuff to do in the main game. "With both Rome II and Attila we were able to release playable factions, new formats and even a free campaign expansion as a thanks to players for supporting Total War," said Rob Bartholomew, Brand Director at Creative Assembly. "The Warhammer Fantasy Battles World is gigantic, and we're looking forward to exploring it over the forthcoming trilogy. But that incredible cast of characters and monsters also provides us the chance to make lots of interesting Free DLC to support our games over time."

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Windows 10 Anniversary Update Preview expected to hit Xbox One soon

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 12, 2016 7:06 pm

Those in the Xbox One Preview Program are in for a treat soon: Xbox team member Mika Ybarra implied on Twitter that the Windows 10 Anniversary Update (also known as Redstone), will be made available for you as of late May or early June. Although it's not explicit, Ybarra also says Preview members will see Preview updates before the Anniversary Update, leading us to believe the updates are one and the same.




Once the Anniversary Update is released, the Insider Program and the Xbox One Preview Program will be combined to make this all a lot less confusing.

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