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SpaceX plans first launch since September's explosion

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 2:26 pm

After three and a half months, SpaceX could launch a new rocket this December. SpaceX grounded its rockets for more than three months after September's Falcon 9 explosion. The company struggled to determine the cause of the accident with Elon Musk stating that the explosion was caused by a "really surprising problem that's never been encountered before in the history of rocketry."

 

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Musk later said that the cause of the accident was "a combination of liquid helium, advanced carbon fiber composites, and solid oxygen." He also expressed his hope that SpaceX will launch their next Falcon 9 rocket in December.

 

It seems that might happen on December 16th when SpaceX should launch satellites for Iridium Communications, a company that provides communications services through a constellation of more than 60 satellites.

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Final Fantasy XV first impressions

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 12:49 pm

Final Fantasy XV is great, but it's also quite...weird, and makes a big transition from the traditional fantasy-based experiences that fans are used to. There is fantasy and magic in the game, but it mostly has a distinct modern feeling, but even this modernity is stylish and unique in its own way.

 

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FFXV is homely but also fantastically entertaining, with a story about male bonding but also an all-out world war that threatens to tear the world asunder. There's normal NPCs walking around, but there's also insane Magitek creations and monstrosities that can reap the entire world itself. It's a strange mash-up, but Square Enix somehow makes it feel normal--but the facade can break away at times.

 

When you fire the game up, it assures that the adventure is a "Final Fantasy for beginners and fans," making it out to be a great stepping point for new players. But it's really not...at least not in my opinion. I wouldn't tell anyone to start with Final Fantasy XV: not because it's a bad game, but because it's very confusing at the start.

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Watch Dogs 2 updated on the PC, long list of fixes

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 8:13 am

Watch Dogs 2 has been updated on the PC, with Ubisoft bringing the game up to v1.06.135.3 - fixing some of the biggest known issues that have plagued the game since launch.

 

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Gamers with AMD CrossFire setups will be happy, as Watch Dogs 2's new patch "fixes instability" on dual-GPU systems, while there are updates to the seamless online and matchmaking through the Multiplayer App. The full changelog is available below, and be sure to check out our official Watch Dogs 2 review to see what we thought about the game.

 

Watch_Dogs 2 - Update 1.06.135.3 Changelog:

 

  • Improved stability on AMD CrossFire systems - This patch fixes instability on CrossFire systems (AMD dual GPU systems).
  • Fixed Donut NPCs Glitch - After downloading this patch, PC players will no longer see hilarious hordes of Donut people roaming the streets. Only a regular number of Donut people should now be seen on the streets.

 

This patch also has the same fixes as the latest console patch:

 

Online Performance

 

  • [Performance] Game Crashing - This patch will have various crash fixes for a smoother gameplay experience.
  • [Online & Multiplayer] Seamless Online - Players should now experience improved reliability of seamless online and matchmaking through the Multiplayer App.
  • [Multiplayer] Activity Frequency - This patch fixes the issue of the cooldown resetting after a player dies while being the target of a hack during Online Invasions. Players should now experience regular cooldown times and a normal frequency of getting hacked during their gameplay.
  • [Online Invasions] Target Detecting Hackers through walls using NetHack - Some players reported being able to detect Hackers through walls using NetHack during Online Invasions. This bug is fixed in this patch.

Del Toro: F*ck Konami, killing Silent Hills was moronic

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 7:35 am

Renowned movie director and Kojima's longtime friend Guillermo Del Toro tells Konami off once and for all, exclaiming "F*ck Konami" on his Twitter feed.

 

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Last night at The Game Awards, Hideo Kojima, finally free of Konami's yoke, accepted the award on stage that Konami denied him a year ago. This inspired all kinds of feelings from Kojima, his friend Guillermo del Toro, and gamers everywhere, but most chiefly was ire at Konami for their treatment of Kojima.

 

In fact, Guillermo Del Toro, who was originally working alongside Hideo Kojima to make the cancelled Silent Hills, voiced what everyone was thinking: "F*ck Konami," he wrote on Twitter. "Konami cancelling SH after PT is one of the most moronic things I've ever witnessed."

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NBA is being aired in 4K in the US this weekend

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 6:53 am

NBA fans might want to tune into the first 4K broadcast on Saturday night, but you'll require DirecTV and the proper package - and of course, the right equipment: Genie HR54 DVR, as AT&T is working with NBA TV on the 4K broadcast, reports Engadget.

 

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Last year, the NBA did some preliminary 4K broadcasts (of a Knicks game), and then experimented with the high-res broadcasts on UK and Canadian TV. More 4K broadcasts are planned, but this is one of the first after the testing - be sure to check it out if you're a DirecTV customer and have the right hardware to do the job.

Ubisoft: PC-like consoles was a 'good decision'

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 5:19 am

Ubisoft has had some good things to say about the Nintendo Switch console, but they've also come out praising the PS4 Pro and upcoming Xbox Scorpio.

 

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During a recent interview with Polygon, Ubisoft French Studios boss Xavier Poix said that the quicker development cycle of these consoles is a sign that Microsoft and Sony have moved into something Poix defines as evolutionary cycles, versus revolutionary cycles - something we've been doing until now. Well, except the Xbox One and PS4 were not that much better than the Xbox 360 and PS3 - whatever.

 

Poix said: "I think the way the home console industry is evolving is quite interesting.The main difference I'm seeing from the last generation to this new one is that the architecture has turned more into a PC architecture. No more of the PlayStation 3 being really, very specifically designed and quite hard to develop on from the start".

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8 minutes of new Prey gameplay footage released

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 3:27 am

I still remember Prey from the 90s, where the developers wanted to make - what sounded at the time, one of the scariest, and realistic shooters of all time. But, it was washed away and watered down and released a few years ago - and now, it has been rebooted again for release in 2017.

 

 

Well, during The Game Awards 2016, Bethesda showed off a new 8-minute gameplay trailer to Prey, along with a new super creepy cerebral trailer with some 2 minutes of footage.

 

Bethesda also released the official world premiere Prey trailer, which we posted about - and I'll embed above for your viewing pleasure. The trailer has Creative Director Raphael Colantonio and Lead Designer Ricardo Bare's narration.

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Titanfall 2 blog detailed the items of the in-game store

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 3, 2016 1:37 am

With the arrival of the first Titanfall 2 DLC, Respawn posted even more information about the history behind the map Angel City, the Elite Wingman Pistol and of course, what they will be selling in the in-game store.

 

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Angel City is an old fan favorite from the first Titanfall but do you know its history? According to the post : "When the IMC instituted martial law in Angel City, massive walls were built and a system of security checkpoints was created to divide the city into many smaller districts. "

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AMD performance issues in Darksiders Warmastered fixed

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 11:02 pm

The remastered version of Darksiders, known as Darksiders Warmastered, was released free to owners of the original PC game this week. AMD users were not able to enjoy it properly however due to performance problems, but those are said to be no more thanks to a new patch.

 

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A couple of other recent patches have also fixed up save importing, aspect ratio, FOV, and the mouse wheel, and the FPS cap has been increased from 100 to 330. In short, the game should be solid now.

 

If you haven't checked out Darksiders Warmastered yet, it features 4K support, doubled texture resolution, re-rendered cutscenes, rendering improvements, added post-processing effects, improved framerate, tons of new graphics options, and more.

Microsoft testing Gears of War 4 PC, console crossplay

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Dec 2, 2016 9:12 pm

Microsoft last tested PC and Xbox shooter crossplay back in 2007 with Shadowrun. It was a horrendous disaster that saw PC players consistently stomp all over console players due to the increased precision of a mouse over a controller, but the company thinks it could be different with Gears of War 4, and so it's trying again.

 

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Starting now through Monday, December 5, you can access a public Versus playlist with specific settings -- Social / TDM / Dodgeball / KOTH / All maps / Squad size 5 -- that allows you to frag it up with your gaming cousins.

 

Microsoft assures this is very much a test to see whether or not crossplay should be a permanent feature for the game. If the data says it's not, they'll abandon it. Either way, the company encourages as many people as possible to try it and help them find out.

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