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Red Dead Redemption 2 rumored to feature co-op play, with 2015 release

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2014 4:37 am

According to "an insider" at Rockstar Games, there is a sequel in production to Red Dead Redemption 2. What's so special about RDR 2? According to the rumor, it will have a heavy emphasis on cooperative play, which would be a very, very big change.

 

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The insider took to the NeoGAF forums, where they said: "So I spoke to an insider at Rockstar who confirmed that Rockstar is indeed developing a sequel to Red Dead Redemption for PS4/Xbox One. Don't have a lot of concrete details but expect co-op to be integrated and focused on".

 

We shouldn't be surprised that it is riding onto the Xbox One and PS4, but we should be surprised at the lack of a PC version. Considering the total craziness surrounding the PC version of Grand Theft Auto V, you'd think Rockstar would've learned by now, that the PC audience is huge. Hopefully this changes closer to Red Dead Redemption 2's announcement, and release.

Metal Gear Online debuts at The Game Awards, out in 2015 with MGS V

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2014 3:41 am

We knew it was coming, but today it's here: Metal Gear Online has been announced. Metal Gear Online is the online side of the upcoming Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain, and was unveiled today at The Game Awards.

 

 

Metal Gear Online is being developed by Kojima Production's new LA-based studio, with an MGS spin on the team deathmatch goodness, kind of. Within the team-based competitive shooter, players can tag enemy locations with their binoculars, teleport, leave toy dogs to distract their enemies, and shoot down fulton parachutes that could steal, or kidnap their friends. There's also an AT-ST style bipedal walking tank, but I'll let you check out the trailer for that one.

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Techland recommends 16GB of RAM for Dying Light

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2014 3:33 am

Update: Techland has reportedly updated the PC system requirements for Dying Light, which are much more tame than we reported. Instead of 8GB of RAM being required, and 16GB of RAM recommended, it is 4GB required and 8GB recommended. The GPU side of things is much better - with the required GeForce GTX 560 or Radeon HD 6870 versus the GTX 670 and Radeon HD 7870. The recommended GPU stays the same, with a GTX 780 or R9 290 recommended for Dying Light.

 

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Techland has revealed the PC requirements for its upcoming zombie shooter, Dying Light. Dying Light will have PC gamers needing, at a minimum, an Intel Core i5-2500 at 3.3GHz, or an AMD FX-8320 at 3.5GHz. Not only that, but you'll need 8GB of RAM, 40GB of free HDD space, and an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 670 or AMD Radeon HD 7870.

 

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If you want to run the game with Dying Light's recommended PC specifications, you'll need a Core i5-4670K at 3.4GHz, FX-8350 at 4GHz. Something that is surprising, is that Techland is recommending you have 16GB of RAM which isn't super crazy these days, but it's still a damn steep requirement for something that doesn't feature the most mind-blowing graphics. You'll still need 40GB of HDD space, with the GPU requirements scaling up to a GeForce GTX 780 or Radeon R9 290.

 

A 64-bit version of Windows is required as a minimum, with Windows 7, Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 all being supported.

Aussie gamers want the Bible banned after GTA V is pulled from shelves

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 6, 2014 3:09 am

After a hectic week of Grand Theft Auto V being pulled from Target shelves, and then Kmart Australia following through with the same action, Australian gamers are now petitioning to have the Bible banned. Yes, that Bible.

 

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The petition has reached Change.org, where it has secured itself over 35,070 votes, with 14,930 more required. The petition states that the Bible "encourages readers to murder women for entertainment" by "commit(ting) sexual violence against women, then abuse or kill them to proceed or get 'god' points".

 

It continues, adding: "Target, you pride yourself on being a family company, caring for local communities, and have a strong ethical sourcing policy. How can you do this while contributing to hostile and callous attitudes toward victims of violence and, more broadly, to all women?". The petition finishes by asking: "Please put ethics before profits and make a strong statement that you do not condone sexual violence, sexual exploitation or the abuse of women as 'entertainment'".

The Sony Pictures hack is much more in-depth than originally known

By: Chris Smith | More News: Hacking & Security | Posted: Dec 6, 2014 1:08 am

Remember the Sony Pictures hack that saw employee's computers compromised and in-cinemas movies be released to the public? Well, according to recent news - this hack is even more in depth that originally thought.

 

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Thanks to Gizmodo we were able to learn some more information regarding the whole ordeal, including various issues that Sony may face in the near future. As according to BuzzFeed, the 40 gigabytes of data released by these hackers contained everything from medical records to unreleased movie scripts - being claimed as one of the worst corporate hacks in history.

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The world's largest telescope will be completed by 2024

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 5, 2014 9:43 am

The European Southern Observatory's Council has announced that it has approved plans to start construction of the world's largest telescope, which will be built-in Chile, and completed by 2024.

 

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Tim de Zeeuw, the Director General of the ESO said in a statement: "The decision taken by Council means that the telescope can now be built. Major industrial construction work for the E-ELT is now funded and can proceed according to plan". The ESO will build the massive telescope on top of a mountain in Chile called Cerro Armazones, in Chile's Atacama Desert.

 

Back in mid-2012, the telescope was approved, but construction could only start once 90% of the funding required had been secured. This has now obviously happened, with de Zeeuw adding: "the most powerful of all the extremely large telescope projects currently planned". How big will the telescope be? We should see it featuring a 39m aperture optical and infrared telescope, which means we should see scientists capable of seeing the details of Earth-sized exoplanets, and study star populations in nearby galaxies. de Zeeuw added: "the next few years will be very exciting".

Rovio lays off 110 staff from its Tampere, Finland studio

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Dec 5, 2014 8:27 am

Rovio has announced that it is laying off 110 staff from its Tampere, Finland-based studio, and then closing the studio itself down. The developer of Angry Birds previously said it would lay off around 130 employees, but it has been able to lay off a little less, as it is opening up a few new positions.

 

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This lay off of 110 employees represents around 16% of Rovio's global workforce, but the company isn't as powerful as it once was. Angry Birds was next to unstoppable, and while it might still be by branching out into different brands like Star Wars and Transformers, interest for the bird-flinging game is coming down.

 

Rovio's CEO, Mikael Hed, said in October: "We have been building our team on assumptions of faster growth than have materialized. It is never easy to consider changes like this, but it is better to do them sooner rather than later, when we are in a good place to reignite growth". Angry Birds still enjoys over 200 million active players every month (as of September), but this is down from the 263 million active players it had back in 2012.

OnePlus 2 rumors suggest Snapdragon 805, 16MP camera, 3300mAh battery

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Dec 5, 2014 7:30 am

It looks like the OnePlus 2 is shaping up behind closed doors, something that should feature a 5.5-inch display, either 1080p or QHD (2560x1440). It should also feature Qualcomm's Snapdragon 805 processor, backed up by Adreno 420 graphics.

 

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The OnePlus One handset featured a Snapdragon 801 processor, so it's a nice upgrade on its predecessor. Continuing with the internals, we should see the company plugging in a 16-megapixel rear-facing camera, 5-megapixel front-facing snapper, 32GB of on-board storage, and a 3300mAh battery. We should see it launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop, as most flagship handsets will next year.

Oculus Rift + STEM + StrikerVR = gaming nirvana

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Dec 5, 2014 6:35 am

There's just some things you need to use in order to understand, and I think the Oculus Rift is one of them. More so, the STEM system from Sixense is another, and so is the StrikerVR gun. OK, I'm done - just watch the video below.

 

 

Yeah, that's some next-gen gaming right there. A physical gun you hold in the real-world which has actual recoil, while the STEM is tracking all of its movements in real-time, while you're receiving everything visual through the VR world of the Oculus Rift. Sign. Me. Up. Also, give me Half-Life 3.

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Dell's commercial solutions December 2014 showcase revealed

By: Chris Smith | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Dec 5, 2014 6:04 am

We've just been made aware of Dell's commercial December showcase thanks to Techarp forums, showing us all of the latest corporate and consumer offerings that the large-scale company will release in the near future.

 

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The main products covered in this showcase include Dell's Venue tablets, their PowerEdge FX, updated Dell monitors and new product pricing and availability across the range. Dell have been one of the major players in the corporate structure for many years now, alongside other big names such as HP, IBM and Lenovo.

 

This showcase took place on the 3rd of December at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Kuala Lumpur, seeing multiple topics covered. Firstly was a report on their revolutionary next-generation converted architecture. Claimed to feature a highly modular design, this method is designed to remove the need for SAN storage. The point to this being much better performance capabilities because storage is now located locally to the server, removing any bottlenecks over your network infrastructure.

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