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Fable Legends might not be dead, development could actually finish

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 4:06 pm

Fable Legends might not be dead after all. It seems that the supposedly cancelled project might live on as an indie project from some of the employees once their contracts with Microsoft proper are up.




MCVUK says that there are three different sources within the former Xbox studio that want to spin-off and actually finish the game, which had been in development for almost three years. They've been told that some of the employees have proposed creating an independent studio and taking the IP in order to finish it. It's not a jump to conclude that those passionate from the project want to finish what they started. MCV noted that there's no offer to purchase the game or the studio itself, but that the staff are being asked if they'd like to continue working on it, or accept a redundancy package so that they can simply leave at the end of April.


The online multiplayer free-to-play game was one of the first to utilize DirectX 12 tech, and had a press-only demo that showed a distinct increase in performance as a result of those advancements. It would be nice for the game in it's multiplayer RPG guise to be finished. It had a lot of promise. When I had a chance to play it last year at E3 and the mechanics were sound, with the cooperative play very engaging. It was fun, it would be a waste for it to just be completely discarded.

Deadly Chaos Warriors destroy the Empire in Total War: Warhammer

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 3:15 pm

The newest gameplay video for Total War: Warhammer is all about Chaos and showing off the extraordinary abilities of the Chaos Warriors as they fight against the Empire, lead by the Emperor, Karl Franz.



This is a first look at the Chaos Warriors that'll be available in-game. We get to see a range of the different Chaos units, from core infantry such as Chaos Marauders and Warriors, to higher-tier monstrosities such as the Chaos Giant and the brutal Hellcannon, which is a horrid instrument of evil which transmutes souls into flesh-searing bolts of arcane energy and hurls them into the enemy ranks.


It's all very well done showcase of not only the differentiation that can be found within the various factions and with the different units, but also once again of the massive battles that we can expect to take part in. There are hundreds of units swarming around on-screen, and though the detail isn't quite the highest in this case, it runs at a smooth 1080P at 60FPS. The ability to zoom in and see the Chaos Marauders smoothly envelope the Empire forces is quite fun to see.

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GameStop brings HTC Vive VR demos to their store, gives everyone a try

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 2:03 pm

Virtual Reality might look very appealing on paper and when reading, or even watching videos, about the technology, but living vicariously through the lives of others isn't a replacement for getting to test something for yourself. In this case that's a very large issue, because, in order to truly appreciate the value proposition and how wonderful VR actually is, you have to actually experience.




GameStop wants to fix that issues, and is partnering with HTC in order to let those that aren't able to travel to player-focused events play with VR right in their store. Most of the public, the people who might need a bit of convincing, haven't quite had the chance to actually take a look, so this could serve as a crucial means for helping gamers understand the experience and potentially helping to sell the idea to more people.


They're also partnering with Microsoft and plan on having the tech available in their physical stores as well. The first stores that'll have the VR demos available are the New York City flagship store, one in Bellevue Square in Washington State and one in City Creek Center located in Utah. There are plans to have the demo available in 30 stores this year. GameStop will have the demo available in 10 different locations by the middle of April. You should be able to go to the HTC Vive website and check availability of said demos. This is a big push for VR by HTC, to help cover the development costs and to simply help you see why it's such a large deal now.

Uncharted 5 could be a reality if a new developer takes it up

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 1:03 pm

Uncharted 4: A Thief's End isn't even fully out just yet, but we're hearing ruminations from the director of the series that we could see a return of Drake, or a continuation of the series at the hands of another developer.




Naughty Dog does want to make clear that Nathan Drake wouldn't be returning to take center-stage, which would inevitably be considered the end of the series, as he is the series and part of the reason why the franchise became as great as it did. Without the main character, would it be Uncharted? Or just some other game with a similar yet slightly related story?


A movie is already in development, despite seeing some setbacks, and there also appears to be a distinct opportunity to continue with Uncharted 5, and the director fo A Thief's End, Neil Druckman, does mention that he'd be very happy if another studio wanted to take over, but only if they were able to actually capture the essence of what makes Uncharted what it is. And without Drake, that essence is harder to emulate. And of course, Naughty Dog would want to play a big part in it's creation to ensure it follows the dictates of the universe they created.

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Butt Pose replacement revealed for Overwatch, pretty much the same

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 12:02 pm

Overwatch has been caught in the midst of some controversy regarding a victory pose that's made by one of the characters, Tracer, late last month. In a bid to better represent the character, as well as appease the angry fans, Blizzard has announced the new victory pose animation, which is pretty much the same thing, with only slight differences.




The new animation is mostly similar though the focus as changed from Tracer's backside to instead be put on her athletic skills as she stands on one leg, on her toes in fact. The original version was more a showcase of the derriere and was said to not accurately represent the character, so it was thus changed today.


The controversy around that victory animation started in a thread where a very astute individual laid their case out regarding why such a pose was not acceptable. It was not necessarily that it was a more overt sexuality-based gesture, but instead that it hadn't anything to do with the actual character. The games director, Jeff Kaplan, replied to that thread, stating that he actually agreed and that the team had another animation that would be better suited.

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Fans go crazy for first 'Star Wars: Rogue One' trailer

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 11:55 am

It's barely been 3 months since 'Star Wars' fans were treated to the first film in a decade in 'The Force Awakens', but now we have the December opening of the next film 'Rogue One' to look forward to. And based off this first look trailer, it's going to be a long, long wait.



Set just before the events of 'A New Hope', 'Rogue One' is set to follow the band of courageous Rebel troops who stole the plans for the first Death Star, which allowed the alliance to pinpoint its weakness. Starring Felicity Jones,

Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn and Donnie Yen, the film will serve as the first film outside of the numbered episodes which make up the Skywalker saga.


'Rogue One' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX screens worldwide on December 16th.

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Huawei reveals their new high-end phones, the P9 and P9 plus

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Mobile Devices, Tablets & Phones | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 1:52 am

Huawei might be a relative newcomer in the US given their presence is only just recently more popular due to their design-win with Google and the Nexus 6P, but they're actually one of the largest phone makers in the world and are making more waves with the announcement of their newest phones at an event in London, the P9 and P9 Plus.



These new phones are being targeted squarely at the high-end market, and have the specs to match. The P9 has a 5.2-inch screen, a Leica partnered 12-megapixel camera, 3,000mAh battery, USB-C port for connectivity, 3GB of RAM, and the company's own octa-core Kirin 995 processor inside of a very nice looking aluminum body. The P9 Plus has all of the above except has a much larger 3,400mAh battery, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch screen instead. Both of them will have a fingerprint sensor located on the back of the chassis.


The most interesting spec is the camera, even though the resolution is rather normal at 12-megapixels, it's the partnership with Leica that means it could potentially be a powerhouse of a secondary, or dare I say, primary photo-taking device. There's a second 12-megapixel monochrome sensor that's supposed to be able to improve contrast within photos, and likely add a few more levels of dynamic range by tripling the amount of light that the whole camera can take in.

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Lian Li PC-J60 is a case that helps you organize those pesky cables

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Apr 7, 2016 12:46 am

Lian Li just announced a new mid-tower case that's part of a new line of cases coming from them. The new aluminum case from them keeps the general classic lines that they're known for but modernizes it with a nice red accent on the side, a subtle but nice touch. It's designed around helping keep cable clutter under control in an easy to do fashion.




The J60 is a mid-tower chassis that can fit up to an ATX-sized motherboard inside. It has room inside for a full 210mm PSU's in the bottom and can accommodate seven 410mm (16.1-inches) GPU's, which means that there's no GPU too long to fit inside. To help with airflow and keeping things cool, the PSU and HDD's are contained in a compartment that's sectioned off below, with a 140mm fan that brings in air from the main case to be exhausted out of the PSU. That shroud is what's there to help any build look immaculate on the inside, even if it's a bit messy underneath that. The idea is that you can hide the PSU and the cables coming from it to have a much more clean look.


Two 120mm fans are on the front and the top panel can fit an additional three 120mm fans, or maybe even be a good place to put a radiator, up to 430mm in length. That flourish on the edge? It actually serves a purpose other than helping to look good, it's slotted to help bring in air from the outside. In the compartment below you can mount two HDD cages that can each hold five 3.5" drives and one 2.5" drive. The new case can be had with or without a window, though if you're going to great lengths to tidy up inside, why not show it off?

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'Star Wars' fan builds full scale AT-ST from 'Return of the Jedi'

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Apr 6, 2016 11:36 pm

I love 'Star Wars' just as much (if not) more than your average nerd, but my lack of any real life skills means I have to passively consume media, while some dedicated fans have the capacity to build. And that's what someone has done in building a full size replica of the Empire's AT-ST walker seen in 'Return of the Jedi'.



According to The Verge, the builder requested to remain anonymous, but allowed some video and photos to be taken of his impressive creation. Standing at over 8 metres tall and constructed from "timber, plastic, and bits of scrap metal" the walker has a ladder which leads to a cockpit built for two, its own movable turrets and, in a nice touch, movie quality sound effects.


The owner also doesn't seem to have any Ewoks on the premises - this AT-ST must have finished them off.

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