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Take-Two kills OpenIV GTA IV mod with cease and desist

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 10:27 am

Take-Two has killed off yet another high-profile Grand Theft Auto mod, and the community has responded with an uproar.




Rockstar parent company Take-Two Interactive has sent a cease and desist letter to the developers of OpenIV to stop development at once. Open IV is a massively ambitious Grand Theft Auto IV mod tool that served as an editor and archive manager for PC versions of the game, allowing modders to craft game files and gamers to easily sort their mods. The OpenIV team had been developing the tool for nearly 10 years before Take-Two's random cease and desist.


In the letter issued to OpenIV developers, Take-Two claims the mod tool allows "third parties to defeat security features of its software and modify that software in violation Take-Two's rights." As such, the OpenIV modding tool has been declared as illegal. In response the team has decided to follow Take-Two's order and and stop distributing OpenIV altogether.

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Dell unveils 37.5-inch UltraWide 21:9 display for $1499

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 5:17 am

If you're in the market for a high-end 21:9 UltraWide display, Dell might just have what you're after with their new UltraSharp 38 Curved Monitor, the U3818DW.




Dell's new U3818DW is the world's first 37.5-inch curved UltraWide monitor, with a native 3440x1440 resolution and because of the 37.5-inch panel it has 25% more viewing space than a 34-inch 21:9 panel. It features 99% of the sRGB range with factory calibration out of the box, as well as a powerful USB Type-C connector that has up to 100W of power ready for your devices.


The new Dell U3818DW will cost $1499, and will be available on Dell's website starting on June 23.

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Middle-earth: Shadow of War 30-minute gameplay video out

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 4:00 am

Middle-earth: Shadow of War had some gameplay footage love from E3 2017, with GameSpot sharing a huge 30-minute gameplay video from the E3 2017 build of the game. If you don't want to be spoiled, don't watch it.



If you haven't heard about Shadow of War, it's an open-world action RPG that continues down the path of its predecessor in Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor. Shadow of War will throw gamers into a more personal, and much larger world filled with heroes, villains, and battles. There are original enemies in Shadow of War, more personalities, and a new cast of characters.


Middle-earth: Shadow of War will be released on October 10.

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ARK: Survival Evolved will be fully released on August 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 2:46 am

After two years as a Steam Early Access title, ARK: Survival Evolved will be released as a finished game on August 8, says developer Studio Wildcard.



The developer added: "The past two years have been one heck of a journey! Millions of ARK players worldwide have built gigantic bases, captured and trained armies of dinosaurs, crafted armories full of weapons and eaten billion of pounds of berries. With your help, we're now about to reach the completion of core content for ARK: Survival Evolved and release the full game to the world! That was just the beginning; now we'll be entering the next phase of our journey. Players who have been with us throughout this early access program and were excited with the launch of each update, have even more reason to be excited! ARK is going to become even more fun with surprise new content at launch and beyond, as we continue to have a massive amount of additional gameplay, creatures, and story elements in the works".


The world of ARK: Survival Evolved is already huge, but the game's first official mod is now here for Steam gamers - with Ragnarok featuring a massive 144sq kilometer map, designed to be explored in the many ways you can traverse the land. The ocean has its own ecosystem, with distinct variations of the former ARK creatures... as well as a new creature exclusive to Ragnarok.

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Original Xbox emulation might happen on the PC soon

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 1:32 am

I still remember buying the original Xbox when it came out, and spending hundreds of hours inside of the world of Halo. It was a system seller, and even games like Project Gotham Racing kept me entertained for months and months.




But now the Xbox is dead and buried, with the successor in the Xbox 360 being a phenomenal success - and then into the world of the Xbox One. Microsoft quickly released the Xbox One S with a 4K-capable Blu-ray player, and then just announced the 4K-capable Xbox One X console coming on November 7 for $499. However, Microsoft might have another trick up its sleeve in its dash for complete console domination: Xbox emulation for the PC.


Xbox boss Phil Spencer told PC Gamer: "I want people to be able to play games! [Emulation] is hard. [Xbox] 360 specifically is a PowerPC chip, emulated to x86, which is difficult. It's a little bit easier when you have a fixed spec, when you think about Xbox, Xbox One S, and Xbox One X. And you think of the variable specs of the PC space, so you're taking a fixed-spec PowerPC emulator and then moving it over to run on PC, so there's a lot of work there".


He continued: "The original Xbox, OG Xbox, is a little bit easier, because that was an x86 chip it was running on. Obviously when we think about UWP and the ability for games to run across console and PC, we're getting closer. I want developers to be able to build portable applications, which is why we've been focusing on UWP for games and even apps that want to run on multiple devices. So I think we've got work to go do there, but I think it's in our future".

Assassin's Creed: Origins doesnt have online multiplayer

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 12:33 am

E3 2017 - Ubisoft has confirmed that its new Assassin's Creed: Origins won't have an online multiplayer component, but that doesn't mean it won't have online features.




Ubisoft Montreal's massive sprawling open sandbox set in ancient Egypt won't have an interactive online co-op multiplayer component like Assassin's Creed: Brotherhood or Assasssin's Creed: Unity. "Assassin's Creed: Origins is primarily a singleplayer experience," Ubisoft Montreal game director Ashraf Ismail said in a recent E3 2017 Coliseum panel showcase.


E3 Coliseum host Geoff Keighley weighed in by iterating "not a full kind of separate multiplayer mode or anything?"


"No, we wanted to put all our effort and really nail this reinvention of Assassin's Creed and make sure we got it right," Ismail answered to Keighley. "In terms of scope, the game is absolutely massive. I don't think anyone will complain at all about the scope. We're super proud of what we have."

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NVIDIA crypto mining tuned GPUs could have MONSTER perf

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Jun 15, 2017 12:00 am

NVIDIA is working on some new crypto-focused graphics cards, with a new GP104-100 and GP106-100 cards that will be offered by NVIDIA's AIB partners, with variations. Note: all of these cards do NOT come with display outputs, so they cannot be used as traditional graphics cards - hence the concentration on cryptomining.





GTX 1080 @ $350: 60MH/s mining


The new GP104-100 card will be a GeForce GTX 1080 for all intents and purposes with 8GB of GDDR5X, with higher efficiency and they're fine tuned for the crazy cryptocurrency phase we're going through. They will ship with different GPU clock speeds with the base model hitting 1607/1733MHz for base/boost, respectively, with 8GB of GDDR5X @ 10Gbps on a 256-bit memory bus.


The upcoming GP104-100 card will have the same single 8-pin PCIe connector and TDP @ 180W, with a price of just $350 - compared to the average price of $470 or so for a GTX 1080. The best bit? These GTX 1080 variants will push a huge 60MH/s, up from the 23MH/s or so that my GTX 1080 is pushing in Ethereum mining right now.

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Assassin's Creed: Origins has deep RPG progression

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 11:31 pm

E3 2017 - Ubisoft has gone all out and re-invigorates the franchise with Assassin's Creed: Origins, adding in key action RPG elements with an emphasis on freedom, immersion, dynamism and action. Players will be able to customize Bayek as they see fit with a multitude of weapons and skillsets.




Assassin's Creed: Origins has a much deeper progression system than other Assassin's Creed games, and Ubisoft Montreal has infused the game with huge RPG elements. Not only can gamers collect a wide variety of weapons and armors that all have different properties, attributes, and rarities, but they can customize Bayek's abilities via a diverse and branching hybrid "ability graph" skill tree. Ubisoft opens up on what this ability graph offers, and touches upon the weapons that will be featured in their new ancient Egypt playground.




"This is the ability graph. On one side is the seer aspect of the graph is really about manipulation, manipulating your enemies and animals to get the job done. The center is about being a warrior. On the left side is the hunter path which is really about either being an archer or being a stealthy assassin," Ashraf Ismail, Game Director at Ubisoft Montreal said during the E3 Coliseum event panel.

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy J7 Pro and J7 Max

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 10:31 pm

A week after revealing the Galaxy J7 (2017), Samsung has announced the Galaxy J7 Pro and J7 Max.




The Galaxy J7 Pro is powered by an Exynos 7870 chipset (octa-core A53, Mali-T830) and comes with 3GB of RAM, and 64GB of internal storage. The device features a 5.5-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display.


The J7 Pro has a 13MP rear camera and a 13MP front shooter. Other features include a 3,600 mAh battery and a fingerprint sensor.

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Terry Crews is playable in Crackdown 3

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 14, 2017 9:25 pm

E3 2017 - Terry Crews' Crackdown 3 trailer cameo wasn't just for fun: you'll actually be able to play as the buff, mayhem-inducing building-smashing Crews within the game.




Sumo Digital has confirmed recent PCMR convert and all-around badass Terry Crews will be a playable character in Crackdown 3.


"Terry Crews is a playable character. I think I'm OK to tell you that. I probably shouldn't say any more," Crackdown 3 design director Garett Wilson told IGN. "He definitely is a playable character, and he's a character in the narrative, so he's in the opening cutscene and things like that."

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