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Swedish CS:GO pro Fifflaren is keeping busy - joins American team

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 11:04 am

After we reported on ex-Ninjas in Pyjamas CS:GO pro Robin "Fifflaren" Johansson being signed by Twitch to help promote CS:GO as an eSport, we've now received word from HLTVorg that he's joined an American CS:GO side named Anonymous5.

 

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According to a short discussion with HLTVorg staff, this new recruitment won't be a full-time gig and is set as something casual to keep him busy between various employment opportunities he is currently engaged. Fifflaren further added that he won't necessarily be competing in all tournament games, depending on work duties.

 

Fifflaren's team boasts another ex-star in the form of Team3D's Kyle "Ksharp" Miller.

ESL announce $100,000 EVOLVE Xbox One competition

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 9:52 am

If you've been playing a little too much EVOLVE since its recent release, the hours toiling away on your console may prove to be of financial benefit. ESL has recently announced it will be hosting a $100,000 Xbox One tournament with online qualifiers and paid-for live finals in two stages.

 

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Set to begin on April the 26th, this will see teams fight for the right to move on to the next stage at both ESL Cologne and ESL Burbank studios with the eventual winners taking on each other head to head at a grand final series in Los Angeles, June 15th.

 

This 4v1 tournament will be streamed live on http://www.twitch.tv/EvolveGame and you can find out more information through their official website.

UberX gets unbanned from Portland, now with a new $1 Safe Rides Fee

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Business, Financial & Legal | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 9:06 am

It wasn't long ago that Uber was banned in Portland, but the US city has just unbanend the ridesharing company's operations, after months of talks between civic and community leaders.

 

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Uber has now relaunched in Portland with a "safer and more reliable" version of its UberX in Rose City, with the new agreement seeing Uber drivers having to pass background and driving history checks. Their cars must also pass a vehicle safety inspection which needs to be done by a certified mechanic.

 

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Each UberX fare will also feature a $1 Safe Rides Fee, which you can see in the table above.

Call of Duty: Black Ops III should be due on November 6, 2015

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 7:39 am

According to some leaked details, we should expect Call of Duty: Black Ops III to be released on November 6, 2015. This year's version of Call of Duty is being developed by Treyarch, after Sledgehammer Games took the reigns last year with Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare.

 

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Right now, we're seeing that it will deploy onto the Xbox One, PS4 and PC - with no sign of the last-gen consoles getting some COD action just yet. The fine print on the photo above says "actual platform availability and launch date(s) to be determined".

 

Kotaku's "tipster" has said that we should see GameStop stores with these pre-order cards sometime today.

The latest screenshots of The Witcher 3 tease impressive visuals

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 6:48 am

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is less than one month from release, so what better way to continue cranking the last-minute marketing campaign than with new screenshots that show off the sheer beauty of what CD Projekt Red has created.

 

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Level Designer on the game Miles Tost has posted some impressive new screenshots to Twitter, adding that the life bar fades out from the UI when it's not needed. In fact, most of the UI itself can be permanently disabled, which is a nice touch. Community & Website Coordinator, Marcin Momot, has also said that the screenshots we have here were taken on the PC, with a combination of high and ultra settings.

 

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We know that there are over 100 hours of game time for The Witcher 3, with speedruns by internal testers taking over 25 hours to complete. Death can also be permanent in the game, if you want to play on the Dark side of things. The full game has a launch date of May 19, 2015 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

Red Dead Redemption style saloon recreated in Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 5:33 am

We know that Red Dead Redemption 2 should be unveiled at E3 2015 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, but this recreation in Unreal Engine 4 is looking seriously nice. Check out some screenshots below.

 

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The screenshots are courtesy of Polycount member 'Matt_Billeci', with a Red Dead Redemption inspired look at a saloon environment using Unreal Engine 4. He explains: "For a while now I have been working on a saloon interior that is inspired by the Red Dead series. I am going for a bit of a high-end saloon and I still have loads of work left to do. With this project, I really wanted to dive into the PBR workflow and UE4. Probably around 60 % of the textures in here have place holder textures. I had used some of Unreal's textures just to make sure that my lighting would bake out correctly. Most of everything is UVed/Lightmap UVed. The goal is to finish the rest of the those and get to texturing and creating a more dynamically lit scene. Any comments or critiques would be much appreciated!"

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Google send mystery device through FCC, the next version of Glass?

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 4:44 am

Google might not be pushing along with the first generation of its Glass product, but it looks like the company is still working on something Glass-like, by sending in a new "smart BLE" device through to the FCC for approval.

 

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The A4R-CAP1 device has a few things that let us know it's a new wearable, such as the digital FCC label below looking just like the Glass interface cards, something that you see when you swipe across. This shows us that we should expect a touchstrip of some kind, just as Google Glass featured.

 

We could see another device that uses Glass-like navigation, but I think we're going to see the next iteration of Glass shown off at Google I/O in a couple of months time, what do you think?

Gabe Newell says "our goal is to make modding better" through Steam

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 3:22 am

Gabe Newell has taken to Reddit to talk about Valve's new modding policy, where our Lord and Savior took many questions regarding the controversial paid mod subject. Newell said that Valve's goal is now to make modding better for both creators, and gamers.

 

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Newell said: "Our goal is to make modding better for the authors and gamers. If something doesn't help with that, it will get dumped. Right now I'm more optimistic that this will be a win for authors and gamers, but we are always going to be data driven". The boss of Valve also explained why the company used Skyrim as their first title under the new policy, where he said: "Skyrim is a great example of a game that has benefitted enormously from the MODs. The option for paid MODs is supposed to increase the investment in quality modding, not hurt it".

 

He continued: "About half of Valve came straight out of the MOD world. John Cook and Robin Walker made Team Fortress as a Quake mod. Ice frog made DOTA as a Warcraft 3 mod. Dave Riller and Dario Casali we Doom and Quake mappers. John Guthrie and Steve Bond came to Valve because John Carmack thought they were doing the best Quake C development. All of them were liberated to just do game development once they started getting paid. Working at Waffle House does not help you make a better game".

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Samsung's refreshed Gear VR for the Galaxy S6, S6 edge on sale May 8

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Apr 26, 2015 1:56 am

With the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets now on the market, Samsung is preparing the release of its new Gear VR Innovator Edition headset.

 

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The new Gear VR will work with the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge handsets, with pre-orders now open. Samsung will be releasing it as the "Gear VR Innovator Edition for S6" and will be made available through Samsung's own website, and through Best Buy in the United States starting on May 8.

 

The previous iteration of Gear VR worked only on the larger Galaxy Note 4 smartphone, and retailed for $199. The new Gear VR will be priced at $199, too.

Project Cars 2 is rumored to already be in development

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 25, 2015 5:54 am

Project Cars has been delayed a few times now, but it will be released on May 8 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC, with news floating out already that Slightly Mad Studios is already working on a sequel to the driving game. We already know that Project Cars will be one of the best looking games on the market, with support for virtual reality headsets, and up to triple 4K monitor setups.

 

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The news is coming from Slightly Mad Studios' boss, Ian Bell, where he referred to Project Cars as a 'Destiny-like' experience. He took to the World of Mass Development forums, where he said: "A very short update for now as I'm jet-lagged to hell and back but the good news is that we will be continuing the WMD setup for pCARS2. We will open new forum sections when the game (pCARS1) ships to support the new users and you WMD experts will all have access and we'd greatly appreciate your assistance advising new users".

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