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343i dev wants to make a Halo game without shooting

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3:18 pm

As a longtime Halo fan, I've always wanted to see the series progress beyond the space-marine shooty-shoot mold that's kept it the same for so long. It's always been about pushing new FPS mechanics to the bar, and at its core Halo is a shooter, but the franchise is so much more...and 343 Industries' Frank O' Connor knows it.




Halo has a thriving, expansive universe of lore, characters and themes that haven't been explored in game form. Sure the Halo games all tell stories and tap this rich vein of possibility, but nothing really comes close to the Halo Legends collection or the books that go beyond the humanity's struggle. Halo is more than Spartans, more than Master Chief...why not explore the Forerunners more, or change up the points of view with different character perspectives?


In a recent interview with TIME, ex-Bungie dev and 343 Industries exec Frank O'Connor talked about what it'd be like to explore the stories that lay beyond Halo's traditional FPS style. "You asked me what I'd be excited about in the future, and certainly in terms of interactivity, I think games or methods of gameplay that aren't simply shooting interest me," O'Connor said, hinting that a new game could bridge gaps in the franchise. "I'd love to go do a xenoarcheological expedition to the original Halo ring. You know, take some scientists down, drive around, catch samples, do some detective work, maybe there's a mystery. And it wouldn't require shooting. It's the universe and environment that can still be exciting, even without action. So that's one of the things I'd love to see us invest more in."

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Google will unify Chrome OS and Android to make new operating system

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 2:42 pm

According to reports published by the Wall Street Journal, leading tech giant Google will unify Chrome OS and Android to build a new synergized operating system that will roll out sometime in 2017.




WSJ notes that Google has been planning to fuse Chrome OS and Android for "roughly two years", and have recently made significant progress in the merger. Google plans to showcase an early build of the unified OS next year.


As Android will consume Chrome OS, this means we'll likely see Android-powered PC's. Fusing the beleaguered and under-used Chrome OS with the widely-adopted Android makes a lot of sense, as the two operating systems each have their own strengths. Android has a huge app ecosystem but is pretty bad with a keyboard and mouse, and Chrome OS is optimized for a PC experience, but its "browser-only" approach is more closed off and lacking in software.

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Alienware go for the full Steam Machine push at PAX Australia 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 1:35 pm

PAX Australia 2015 - Alienware was making a big push this year at PAX Australia, where they had countless Steam Machines and even the new Steam Controllers.





Alienware teased the Area 51 system once again, but the cable management was atrocious.






One of the more impressive things at the Alienware booth were the Steam Controllers, and now that we've had some very brief hands-on with the Steam Controller, I can personally say I have faith. The touch pads were very responsive with our quick testing, but I need some more time with it to provide more thoughts on it.

Gamer proves Halo 5 has serious issues with multiplayer aiming

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 12:25 pm

As a long-time Halo fan, I'm quite disappointed in Halo 5, and honestly I could probably fill a book with reasons why I feel the game is pretty bad. One of those main reasons is how awkward the aiming system is, but it's not just me--gamers have proven that Halo 5's targeting is legitimately unbalanced.



A Redditor by the name of Z0oinks has proven that Halo 5's targeting is bugged with a simple video that shows the issue in action.


What's happening is that Halo 5's aiming system is faster for linear X and Y axis aiming than it is for diagonal 45-degree aiming, creating a very clear disadvantage across the board. The awkward aiming becomes obvious when the user moves in a full circle: instead of being smooth like other Halo games, moving the reticle in a circular motion is broken and jagged, meaning users will have to compensate quite a bit.

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Earthlight VR demo has everything, apart from George Clooney

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 11:32 am

PAX Australia 2015 - One of the most exciting things we tried at PAX Australia this year was from Opaque, a Melbourne-based studio that has been collaborating with NASA, along with a bunch of other companies including Valve, NVIDIA, HTC and more.




Earthlight pits you inside of the Steam VR-powered HTC Vive, where you're an astronaut in space and use the two controllers as your hands. The trigger on the back of the controller acts as your fingers, so if you press the trigger, your fingers in Earthlight close. Once you've orientated yourself, you're sent outside of the ISS capsule, and have to crawl along specific bars in the game that light up yellow.







It feels very Mirror's Edge like, where your navigation is highlighted by the yellow bars to hold onto. When looking down in the game, it is frightening as you're hovering thousands of miles above the Earth, looking down at your death. At the end of the demo there's an explosion and you let go of the railing, where you begin floating into space - it felt very Gravity-like, where I called out for George Clooney to come and help me.

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Creative come out blasting with new Sound Blaster products at PAX AU

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Audio, Sound & Speakers | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 9:37 am

PAX Australia 2015 - One of my oldest memories of Creative is using the Sound Blaster AWE 64 sound card back in the days of Wing Commander, but the company walked us through their booth at PAX Australia 2015 this year in Melbourne, impressing us with their latest headsets and audio products.







The company has launched its new Sound BlasterX range, with the highest end model in the H7. We tested out both the H7 and the more mid-range H5 model with some impressive results. The audio range and sound were great, with more than impressive bass levels. CS:GO was being played on the headset, and the explosions and gun fire sounded quite good for a pair of headsets priced at under $200.

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MSI teases custom gaming PCs, and Heroes of the Swarm gaming laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Computer Systems | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 8:00 am

PAX Australia 2015 - Not only were InWin showing off some great looking PCs, but MSI were in action at PAX Australia this year with some slick looking custom PCs.





The second image below, if you look in the top right, has an awesome looking dragon that really adds to the entire look of the PC.





A few different angles of the dragon PC.

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InWin show off some awesome looking cases at PAX AU 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 6:49 am

PAX Australia 2015 - One of our first stops at InWin, where we checked out a bunch of their cases that always impress. Stuart Tonks spent a huge amount of time on every build for InWin, but the end result is great.







If I had to have a favorite, it would definitely be the 909 case from InWin, which was powered by Bitspower, ASUS and Avexir - and it looks freakin' incredible.

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'Alien 5' on indefinite hold, director moving on

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Oct 30, 2015 3:28 am

Sad news today, with Director Neil Blomkamp taking to Twitter to reveal that his eagerly awaited 'Alien 5' is on indefinite hold at 20th Century Fox.



With Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus' sequel unexpectedly inching closer to the 'Alien' franchise, the studio has decided to put a halt to the competing project, with Blomkamp moving onto a yet-unannounced project.




Whilst it might not be game over for 'Alien 5', it's now most definitely in stasis.

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