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ASUS next-gen Z270 motherboard lineup leaked

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 8:30 am

Intel is ramping up towards their release of Kaby Lake, led by the enthusiast Core i7-7700K processor (which runs at 100C under load) - and now, we have leaked details on the entire Z270-based line up from ASUS.




ASUS's next-gen Maximus, Strix, and TUF series products are on their way, and they look delicious. ASUS will be revealing 8 motherboards based on the Z270 chipset, but there will be other H170-based boards released, aimed at mid- and budget-minded consumers. All of the ASUS Z270-based boards will be enthusiast/overclocker/gaming boards, and we are beyond excited.




The best of the best from the Z270 series by ASUS will be the ROG Maximus IX Formula, with the usual upgrades over the Z170-based motherboards, but it rocks an awesome integrated I/O and backplate.

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Hitman November patch adds offline profile to the game

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 7:43 am

Back when Hitman was first released in March 2016, players were furious that they couldn't use their unlockable items, earned during when they were connected to the game server, in their offline sessions. After what seems to be an eternity of complaining and begging for a feature that should be in the game from the players, IO Interactive finally released the feature with its November patch.




What the developers essentially did was to create a offline profile and all the unlockables you unlock during your game server time is also saved there. So, when you play in Offline mode, you gonna have access to all the items you spend you hard time obtaining them. Eurogamer reports: "Items include all mastery items; including weapons, gear, starting/pickup locations as well as Elusive Target suit rewards and Challenge Pack unlocks".


Yet, there a quirk to that. If you want to get new unlocks, you gotta connect to the game servers again. The update release note also release the November content schedule: 3 elusive target, number 13-15, 10 featured contracts and 1 escalation contracts. Good hunt!

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Nintendo puts great effort into 3rd party Switch support

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 3:12 am

Nintendo has made one thing clear with its new Switch handheld console hybrid: it wants to embrace third-party games and completely turn around the Wii U's secular games library. To do so, the Japanese console-maker is making huge concessions and efforts to attract major third-party developers and publishers like Take-Two Interactive, Ubisoft, and Bethesda to name a few--and all of these companies are quite impressed with the Switch. It appears Nintendo's plan is working.




GTA V and Red Dead Redemption publisher Take-Two Interactive is the latest to praise Nintendo's strategy with the Switch, affirming that the company is making a "great effort" to ensure third-party support is properly ported, curated and maintained.


"The folks at Nintendo are making a great effort to support third-party developers, we're very optimistic on the Switch though we are not announcing anything specific today," Take-Two Interactive President Karl Slatoff said at the Credit Suisse 20th Annual Technology, Media & Telecom Conference IR conference.

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The Old Republic 5.0 update includes mountain of content

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 2:38 am

The 5.0 update for Star Wars: The Old Republic is live. One of the biggest updates for any game I've ever seen, it packs in a mountain of new content and overhauls seemingly every aspect of the game.



There's too much to list here, but the juiciest bits include the Knights of the Eternal Throne storyline spanning nine new chapters and two new planets, a level 70 cap for all classes, a Dark vs. Light alignment system, gear progression just for playing, repeatable, four-player group content known as "Uprisings", an advanced class option at character creation, and ranked Warzone Arena season 8.


Eternal Throne is exclusive to Early Access eligible players until December 2.

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Be a 'Family Guy' in our Season 16 DVD giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 2:28 am

xxTo celebrate this week's release of 'Family Guy: Season 16' on DVD, we have 5 complete season boxsets to give away thanks to our friends at Fox Home Entertainment.




Expose yourself to this titillating (giggity) collection of 20 uncensored Family Guy episodes, in which Peter reveals his sweet K-pop dance moves, Stewie lands a sticky gig as a peanut butter spokesbaby, Brian fetches true love in India, and the gang spends a terrifying night in a totally insane asylum. It's a haunting and hilarious complete season, featuring celebrity guest voices Ed O'Neill, Margaret Cho, Glenn Close, Simon Cowell and many more!


To go into the running to win a prize, simply correctly answer the following question:

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Overwatch gamer plays 16-17 hours a day, hits level 1800

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 1:30 am

I've been playing Overwatch for what feels like forever (well, 60 hours or something like that) and I'm still not even at level 100 - while 'TaZzERK' has hit the unofficial level cap of Overwatch - at level 1800.



More impressively, the Overwatch player hit level 1800 without account sharing - something that a few gamers do in order to rank up in Overwatch quicker. TaZzeRK says that around 1700 hours were required to hit level 1800, which accounts to an average of 16-17 hours per day.


Holy hell, that's a lot of Overwatch.

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AT&T's new streaming service exempt from data caps

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Nov 30, 2016 12:27 am

AT&T launched its DirecTV Now streaming service this week, allowing customers to view cable channels online at will. That's all well and good except AT&T is offering data exemption for the service, giving it what some might call an unfair leg up over rival services like those from Dish and Sony.




Without net neutrality laws preventing it from doing so, the advantage -- known as "zero rating" -- could mean AT&T and potentially other ISP giants take over the cable streaming market, reducing competition and likely value as well.


At present, the FCC judges matters such as this as they come up, so it's possible it will change; already it's sent a letter to the company expressing its "serious concerns" over harming competition. Time will tell if anything more comes of it, but it seems less likely with President-elect Trump's appointment of two opponents to the FCC's current workings: economist and former telecom consultant Jeffrey Eisenach and professor and former Sprint lobbyist Mark Jamison.

Forza 3 'Blizzard Mountain' expansion adds winter

By: Ma Yong Kang | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 11:31 pm

Winter is already at our doors in North America and the Forza's newest expansion is going to remind you of that even in the game: with a multiple maps around a snowy mountain, 3 new race types and more sexy cars.




The "Blizzard Mountain" expansion pack for Forza Horizon 3 is either available separately or as a part of the expansion pass that grants you two expansion packs for $34.99 with players who own the Ultimate Edition can enjoy a 10 bucks discount on the pass.


This expansion pack will include 50 new events + challenges, new race types such as Hill Climb, Descent and Blizzard race. It will also include new bucket list Blueprint and Rival events + 28 new Xbox Live challenges that can earn 500 Gamerscore points.

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Nintendo shares vision for 'Nintendo World' theme park

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 10:23 pm

Nintendo and Universal are teaming up to make "a whole world of Nintendo" theme park attractions that make attendees feel as if they've "walked into their game platform."



Both Nintendo and Universal have been quite tight-lipped on the plans for these whimsical attractions, but that changed today as Shigeru Miyamoto and Universal's Mark Woodbury outlined some visions and promises for the upcoming theme park areas.


"We're going to be able to create an entire Nintendo world, and as we continue to develop it, that world became more immersive and more evolved and more colorful and more exciting...and more interactive," said Univesal Studios creative Mark Woodbury. "When you're transported in that world, you feel as if you've just walked into your game platform...and I think that's going to be a really exciting time."

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Intel's new Core i3 hits 4.2GHz, beats last-gen Core i5

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: CPU, APU & Chipsets | Posted: Nov 29, 2016 9:36 pm

While we've been distracted with news of AMD's upcoming Zen architecture changing up the CPU game in 2017, we're hearing more about Intel's next-gen Kaby Lake architecture and how its flagship Core i7-7700K hits 5GHz without much volts, but also reaches 100C under load.




Well, it looks like the Core i3-7350K processor could be the one to look for, with the unlocked Core i3 processor easily hitting 4.2GHz. In leaked benchmarks, the new Core i3-7350K scores 5137 in the single-core performance run of Geekbench, while it reaches 10,048 in multi-core testing. This might not sound like much, but it's Intel's new dual-core processor, beating the current-gen quad-core processor - and that's freakin' awesome.


Intel's upcoming unlocked Core i3 processor is something we've been wanting for a while, a cheaper CPU that overclocks well - giving me the feels of the Celeron 300A days. The new Core i3-7350K has a default clock of 4GHz, while it will boost up to 4.2GHz, sporting 4MB of cache and a 91W TDP.

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