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Night Trap returns, with the FMV game hitting consoles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 13 hours ago

For those who are a little older, you might remember the full-motion video game Night Trap, something that was released on Sega CD back in the 90s, some 25 years ago now.

 

 

Night Trap was very controversial when it came out, with its 'violence' and 'adult themes' - something that seems tame in comparison to the Grand Theft Auto and DOOM's of today. Still, Limited Run Games will be handling the physical release of the game - but as Polygon reports, there's no mention of Sega CD on the physical packaging of the PS4 version of Night Trap... boo.

 

Now I want to see Double Switch, and Ground Zero Texas released from the Sega CD days!

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Vivendi could push for an Ubisoft takeover this year

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 14 hours ago

We all know Ubisoft have been pumping out mostly unfinished 'AAA' games over the last few years, but now it seems that Vivendi will be pushing for a majority takeover sometime this year.

 

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It's not just a small rumor from some random person in the industry, this is Reuters reporting on Vivendi expanding into both Ubisoft, and Havas, an advertising group. Vivendi chairman Vincent Bollore has been under shareholder pressure over mixed performance and stock prices that have been sliding.

 

Vivendi pushing into Ubisoft would make for a massive shift, with Vivendi owning 25% of Ubisoft, with Reuters adding: "Vivendi is moving into the second phase, everything will take place this year". It's not a signed deal yet, as Vivendi could find the takeover of Ubisoft costing too much - so it might look at acquiring a gaming giant in China.

 

What do you think? Would Vivendi find itself owning Ubisoft, but not really because they didn't get the Season Pass?

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds charity event: May 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds is one of the best releases of the year, at least IMO, and now creator Brendan "PlayerUnknown" Greene has announced that the first PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds charity invitational event will start next month.

 

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The charity invitational event kicks off on Thursday, May 4 at 10AM-1PM ET in Europe, and 2PM-5PM in the US. As for the event, there will be two sessions for both regions, with 128 streamers taking place in the event - each session will host 64 players in duos mode only, seeing 32 players per region. Each region will fight against each other in a set of three matches, with the winner being chosen from the highest overall placement.

 

Gamers Outreach, an organization that is dedicated towards providing "equipment, technology, and software" to children in hospitals, will receive all of the money raised during PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds' charity invitational.

 

Brendan Greene, the creator of PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds, said: "Ever since I started the Battle Royale game mode back in Arma 2, I have always wanted to use my game mode to help those in need when possible. Back in Arma 3 I held two charity events in support of Extra Life, and with the tremendous support of the community and streamers we raised over $70,000 for the kids!"

Jeff Goldblum joins 'Jurassic World 2' cast

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 15 hours ago

"Ooh aah, that's how it always starts. Then later there's running... and screaming!" It's been 20 years since he last played the part in 'The Lost Workd: Jurassic Park', but legendary character actor Jeff Goldblum has signed on to reprise the role of Dr. Ian Malcolm for the currently filming 'Jurassic World 2'.

 

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According to Slash Film, Goldblum will join 'Jurassic World' returning cast members for the sequel, which is set to hit cinemas next year. producer Frank Marshall told the outlet that he's "excited to have him back. The world has changed a lot since Ian Malcolm went to Jurassic Park and we need his point of view now more than ever. He told us about chaos theory, he was right."

 

The as-yet untitled 'Jurassic World' sequel is set to hit cinemas worldwide from 22 June 2018.

MSI bundles super-fast Optane M.2 with motherboards

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: 4 days, 16 hours ago

MSI has just unleashed 3 new motherboard bundles that include Intel's new Optane Memory pre-installed into the M.2 slot on the board, with the new bundles dubbed 'Opt Boost' variants of MSI's boards.

 

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MSI will be launching the Z270 Tomahawk Opt Boost, which will feature support for high-speed DDR4, USB 3.1 ports, and dual M.2 slots - with MSI using a 16GB Optane drive in the second M.2 slot on the board.

 

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The second board is the B250M Bazooka, a micro-ATX motherboard on the mid-range B250 chipset, meaning it will not have overclocking support, with its single M.2 slot used up by the Optane drive.

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Director hoping for 'Guardians of the Galaxy' 4K Blu-ray

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

With all of the major Hollywood studios committing to the burgeoning 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray format with the exception of Disney, their ownership of the 'Star Wars' and Marvel franchises, not to mention the collection of animated classics leaves a huge hole in the format's catalogue. But Marvel director James Gunn is hoping he can convince Disney to join the format in time for the release of the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' sequel on home video.

 

On the red carpet for the 'Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol. 2' premiere, Gunn told BBC journalist Lizo Mzimba that a Dolby Vision enabled 4K release is on the cards, if he can first get the studio to agree to join the format.

 

 

'Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2' is scheduled to hit home sometime in the third quarter of the year.

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id Software: our next-gen engine has full Ryzen support

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 18 hours ago

id Software is at the peak of game engine technology, with DOOM being one of the hardest titles to run on the latest hardware - and something AMD proudly showed off running at 4K 60FPS+ on their upcoming Radeon RX Vega graphics card.

 

 

During a recent video with AMD, id Software CTO Robert Duffy explained that the developer is baking in full support for the 8C/16T processor from AMD in the form of the Ryzen 7 1800X into the next generation id Tech engine. While the upcoming Quake Champions has support for both Ryzen and the Radeon RX Vega family of graphics cards.

 

 

Duffy said: "We got Ryzen 7 PCs in and one of the first things we wanted to do was see how it ran. Out of the box, 1080P, it ran fantastic. Then we started to do 4K tests and soon in the future, we'll be doing 8K tests and we expect Ryzen to do really well".

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Xiaomi could launch in the US in two years

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 19 hours ago

Xiaomi phones are extremely popular in Asia, but they have yet to conquer the world. Their absence from certain markets, especially the US market, is preventing them from taking an even bigger share of the market and is affecting their global market share rank. And the thing is...Xiaomi doesn't lack the customer's interest. So why aren't they present in the US? And when will they be?

 

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Wang Xiang, Xiaomi's senior vice president who recently took over the role from Hugo Barra, helped answer those questions.

 

In an interview with CNET, Xiang said that the Chinese manufacturer's phone will launch in the US "in two years, if not sooner."

 

A while back, Hugo Barra, while still working for Xiaomi, said that the company's plan is to have their phones available in the US "by the end of 2017." However, he took back that statement at CES this year.

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ZTE launches Blade MAX 3: Available in the US for $200

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: 4 days, 20 hours ago

ZTE has launched a new smartphone - the Blade MAX 3. The phone features a 6-inch display with 1080 x 1920 pixels.

 

The device is powered by Qualcomm's Snapdragon 625, and it comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage expandable with a microSD card.

 

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The ZTE Blade MAX 3 features dual rear camera setup (13MP + 13MP) and a 5MP front shooter. Other features include a fingerprint sensor and a 4,000 mAh battery.

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Kingdom Hearts 3 may release in 2019

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 4 days, 23 hours ago

Kingdom Hearts III and Final Fantasy VII: Remake won't release in 2017, and have been adjusted to Square Enix's "beyond" Fiscal Year 2018.

 

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Surprising no one, a February Square Enix investor relations sheet reveals Kingdom Hearts III's actual release may be some time away. The publisher lists both Final Fantasy VII: Remake and Kingdom Hearts III as "FY2018 and beyond." At first the diagram gives hope of a 2017 release, as Square Enix's Fiscal Year 2018 calendar is from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2018, however both projects are lumped in with the publisher's new Marvel games which won't be announced until 2018.

 

Essentially this means we shouldn't see any Kingdom Hearts III or Final Fantasy VII: Remake announcements until after Square Enix's FY18 ends on March 2018 at the earliest. The Japanese publisher affirms it plans to release one or two big games every year, and 2018's big games should be Dragon Quest XI followed by Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age.

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