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Roller Coaster madness, Planet Tycoon gets a sweet new dev diary

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 5:59 pm

Frontier Developments, the developer behind Elite: Dangerous, just released a new developer diary that gives a pretty nice inside look into Planet Coaster, the roller coaster theme park simulation game that they're working on. And the work they're doing seems to be pretty fantastic so far.

 

 

David Braben took the stage at the PC Gamer show at E3 last year to dropped a small nugget to an enthusiastic crowd. Roller coasters are fun in real-life, and who doesn't want to make their own theme-park in glorious 3D and use VR to explore it?

 

The new five minute dev diary shows off some of the tools that you can use to build your own personal nightmare machines.They also explain how you can share your creations with others by publishing them online. The game engine, Cobra, looks great, and is shared with Elite: Dangerous. It's nice to see how adaptive it is. The game itself looks like a lot of fun, with the way you can create nearly anything with real-world physics too. The shared underlying engine means that VR is a distinct possibility.

Final Fantasy Explorers probes its way onto the 3DS today

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 5:08 pm

Final Fantasy Explorers is finally out for the 3DS in the west, and it lets you take on some familiar roles while you quest for that blasted Grand Crystal that seems to always be needed.

 

 

The quest for the Grand Crystal, a recurring theme in Final Fantasy lore, is crucial for the stability of the world. And you certainly can't go it alone, so you'll be able to take up to four different players, other humans via the Nintendo Network or even locally. Connect, then go forth and explore the world.

 

There'll be 20 classic and highly customizable jobs that you can choose from. Be a Dragoon (like the legendary Kain), Black Mage, Paladin and much more. You'll be limited to eight skills that you'll be able to use, though. But those skills you use? They can be available in other jobs too, when you master them. And if you're feeling frisky and like a fight, you'll have the chance to turn into some legendary Final Fantasy heroes from other games, like Cloud and Tifa.

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PlayStation Network might be down for some across the world

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 4:13 pm

The PlayStation Network seems to be down for some users throughout the world. That means no pre-loading The Division, downloading themes or anything else really.

 

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Sony hasn't posted any official word or updated their status webpage, but a lot of users seem to be complaining about not being able to access the PSN on social media. There are problems with both strictly online features and with the ability to play single-player games as well. Especially those that rely on a server-connection to operate.

 

So if you have issues, don't hesitate to let us or Sony know via social media. The more points of reference they have, then the faster they can actually fix it. We'll be on the lookout for any updates to the service.

Microsoft's iPhone keyboard has unique one-handed mode

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 4:01 pm

Microsoft isn't holding back anything from their upcoming Word Flow iPhone keyboard app. The new app is going to be a replica of the Windows smartphone keyboard, but it'll feature a unique one-handed mode that's different and very usable compared even to the Windows 10 Mobile version of the same.

 

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Photo credit: The Verge

 

The one handed mode on the Windows 10 Mobile version has been an unbridled success for Microsoft. People love it and it's surprisingly useful. As phones become larger in size, one-handed convenience is sacrificed. The Windows version just makes a compact keyboard on either side, which is effective yet still somewhat limited.

 

The iPhone Word Flow app will morph into a fanned layout, that the developers have noticed is much easier to work with. You should be able to type one handed just as fast, if not faster, than when the iPhone enjoyed a 3.5" screen. And you'll be able to access word suggestions, emoji and, of course, swipe words all from the compact fan arrangement. What a unique way to solve a problem. It actually looks useful, but we'll see once we actually go hands-on.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 3:26 pm

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Homefront: The Revolution set for at least a years worth of DLC

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 3:01 pm

Homefront: The Revolution is going to be supported with new content for at least a year, the studio told Gamespot.

 

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Fasahat Salim, whose a game designer at Dambuster Studios, had a lot more to say, too. There's definite plans for DLC for at least a year, meaning deeply integrated story content that'll be well worth the the download. They have a unique way in which they'll introduce it too. When they're finished making new missions, they'll be released to the public to play. No waiting for a full DLC pack, and no paying for it either.

 

You read that right. There are no plans for a traditional season pass, or map packs do be bought later. Everything that's available in the game will be free. That doesn't mean you won't have to work for it though. But all content will be free. Even the microtransaction-based loot drops will only contain items that can be obtained in the game for free.

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Platinum's new TMNT game is the best Turtles game I've ever seen

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 2:31 pm

Platinum Games is making a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game--yes, really--and it looks absolutely incredible. In fact, I might go so far as to say that Mutants In Manhattan looks like the best TMNT game I've ever seen, and that's not something anyone should take lightly.

 

 

Activision has just officially announced TMNT: Mutants In Manhattan with a new reveal trailer, showing off some serious turtle power action. Platinum's distinct cell-shading graphics are carried over from their last Transformers venture, and the style is a perfect blend of classic Mirage and IDW comic styles.

 

What makes the footage so utterly captivating is the action-packed chaos that our shelled heroes inflict. Leo, Mike, Ralph and Mikey wreak some serious havoc on the streets of Manhattan, with a ton of fast-paced ninjutsu combos and attacks that dominate foes.

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Over 10,000 bugs were fixed in The Division before the upcoming beta

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 1:47 pm

Ubisoft is very proud of their creation, Tom Clancy's The Division and with how they've handled a more open development cycle this time around. They certainly don't want to repeat some of their past mistakes.

 

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To help bring back consumer confidence, they've posted the patch notes for the version we'll be playing in the upcoming closed beta. And Ubisoft tells us that they and their alpha testers have found and fixed nearly 10,000 different bugs and glitches. So the closed beta should be mostly a smooth experience. Or at least you won't find yourself suddenly floating over Manhattan.

 

They're turning a new leaf, it would seem, when it comes to development. Despite the negativity that persists due to historically buggy and "bad" releases of games, Ubisoft's corporate culture wants to change so that it can better support the developers and their actual goals of making awesome gaming experiences.

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Sony launches new PlayStation division, will focus on VR, PS5 and more

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 12:32 pm

Since Sony's PlayStation 4 is utterly dominating the current console market with tons of global sales, it's only natural for the Japanese console-maker to invest pretty heavily into the brand's future. To ensure the momentum keeps going, Sony has announced a new division that's totally dedicated to the PlayStation brand.

 

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The new division is called Sony Interactive Entertainment and it will serve as the headquarters for everything PlayStation, according to Sony President Shawn Layden. "We are announcing the formation of a new company called Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE) that will serve as the headquarters for everything PlayStation. This new company will power the next 20 years of PlayStation innovation. It will be headquartered out of the United States in San Mateo, California, joins the forces of both Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. and Sony Network Entertainment LLC, combining the strengths and talents of both companies."

 

Sony Interactive Entertainment will focus on the next two decades of PlayStation hardware and content, including PlayStation VR virtual reality gaming, the upcoming PlayStation 5 console, and expanded content offerings like Sony's TV-streaming-over-PS4 service PlayStation Vue.

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Sprint lays off 2500 employees, shutting down four call centers

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Jan 26, 2016 10:24 am

Sprint has just laid off a huge 2500 employees, with most of the job losses coming from customer service centers spread through the United States, according to Reuters.

 

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These layoffs will see Sprint closing four of its call centers, and scaling back two others. Customer service jobs are the most affected, with 2000 to be laid off from customer service rolls. The remaining 500 jobs will be cut from Sprint HQ. The company started off the year with 33,000 employees - but the layoffs have been expected for a while now, reports The Verge.

 

The company has fallen into fourth place in the wireless market, with Sprint trying to cut costs wherever it can - attempting to save $2.5 billion. Sprint's parent company said months ago that thousands of job cuts were in its immediate future, with the company set to notify employees by the end of the month.

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