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Doom beta lacking key PC features

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 11:08 pm

The Doom closed beta is out and so PC players have weighed in how it fares port-wise. Unfortunately, not so good: user reports state the game features a 60 FPS lock, motion blur and mouse acceleration that can't be turned off, and aim assist when using the mouse if you simply plug in a controller. As well, there's no FOV slider, server browser, or pre-game lobby text chat, rebinding keys doesn't work, and multi-GPU optimization doesn't seem to be present at all.




This is just a beta build and some things will change (FOV is said to be in the final version and some say the launch command +set g_fov X works in the meantime), but regardless, it's not encouraging, particularly given how little betas tend to change for launch these days and how little time there is between now and launch (Doom releases May 13).

Star Citizen goes to the future(ama), announces Food Delivery career

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 10:02 pm

Despite it being April First, the time-honored day in which we trick our fellow humans into believing ridiculous tales of unimaginable and phenomenal things, Cloud Imperium Games has released a video that, while in that spirit, will likely turn into a real in-game career; Food Service Deliver.



That video is only in jest, but can you imagine the kind of attention it received and how the many people in the 'verse are now going to want that as a legitimate job or even as a secondary occupation in the game? It could be fun, a mini-game in its own right. Deliver the space pizza as fast as possible, within that 30-minute window when on a planet, and within 12 hours when delivering with that 20-parsec radius. It could even evolve into a racing event that could potentially be more entertaining than the already stimulating Murray Cup.


Or it could even evolve into an in-game series that follows the life of Fry as he tries to make sense of the 31st Century that he suddenly finds himself in, working from the ground up to create his own delivery company in the midst of a chaotic and changed world.


It was supposed to be an April Fools joke, but it's going to end up one of the most wanted career paths in the game. The power of an open universe will allow for it anyway, even if the pizza becomes something more valuable to players.

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New Action Center will sync Win10 PC, Win10 mobile, and Android

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Operating Systems | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 9:27 pm

Microsoft's new Action Center UI is official and sounding more exciting than ever.




(Image credit: WinBeta)


Coming not just to Windows 10 PCs but to Windows 10 Mobile, as well as Android, it will sync all devices, so dismissing a notification on your PC -- whether for a text or something else -- will also dismiss it on your phone. You can do the inverse too on Android, either the old-fashioned way or through the Cortana app -- no Windows 10 Mobile handset required.

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Tesla Model 3 will launch next year, price set at $35,000

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Technology in Vehicles | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 8:04 pm

The wait is finally over as the Tesla Model 3 has been revealed. Said to offer at least 215 miles of range and priced at a more than reasonable $35,000, the electric car should launch by the end of 2017.



Feature-wise, it comes in rear-wheel drive and all-wheel drive versions, seats five adults comfortably, and includes a 15'' landscape touchscreen, autopilot hardware, front and rear trunks, and automatic safety measures. And of course, it supports Tesla's Supercharging network. As for acceleration, it can do 0-60mph is under six seconds.

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Escape from Tarkov video shows off intricate weapon modding ability

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 7:05 pm

Weapon modding is a mechanism that helps to differentiate different MMO's and adds a level of interactivity and fun to the game. Escape from Tarkov has an incredibly deep weapon customization mechanism, one that lets you take thousands, and possibly even millions of different combinations and put it all together for a truly unique amalgamations of destructive power.



The new video that Battlestate games has released shows off just a tiny fraction of the possibilities that'll be available when it's finally available for us to dive into. From the looks of it, you'll be able to change nearly anything, from the muzzle, the barrel, stock, sites, magazines and the paint job. Check it out above, and see how it's done. If other games and their player-made economies are anything to go by, then the vast array of things that you can swap out to change your weapons might make for a very fun and lucrative way to make money in-game.


Escape from Tarkov is a hardcore story-driven MMO that combines elements of FPS' and RPG's for a unique expereince. The events take place in the Russian city of Tarkov, which has been sealed of by roadblocks and sunk into the chaos of local warfare between private military companies. Escape from Tarkov's Hazardous Environment Combat Simulator employs a number of custom system modules to create incredibly immersive gameplay and make you feel more connected to the events that are happening in the game.

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The Final Fantasy 15 Platinum demo is extremely lacking

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 5:49 pm

If it weren't for the exclusive carbuncle unlock, the new Final Fantasy 15 demo would be completely pointless.



After Square Enix revealed the new Final Fantasy 15 Platinum Demo, I was super excited to try it out. After all, the demo represents a chunk of the finalized game, mirroring the combat scheme and optimized graphics we'll see in the finished product this September. My excited quickly evaporated when I started playing the demo, which is essentially a lackluster attempt at catering to casual gamers, totally betraying the very essence of the enthralling action-packed adventure we'd seen in the trailers.


Instead of the rip-roaring mayhem and carnage, we're given a cutesy adventure that depicts Noctis' dreams. The idea sounds neat enough, but the execution was so lackadaisical and underwhelming that I earnestly wanted to quit mid-game. Luckily the demo isn't long--but isn't that a bad thing? It's a bad sign that you want the entire experience to be over as soon as possible, right?

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The Division's first free expansion drops April 12, adds new endgame

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 5:24 pm

Ubisoft will be unleashing the first free DLC for The Division on April 12, which will hit all three platforms at once: PS4, Xbox One and PC. It'll include two announced free Incursions, endgame activities that were designed with squad play in mind, and new features such as loot trading.




The first Incursion is called "Falcon Lost", which will see Division members visiting a new location: an underground water treatment facility that acts as a stronghold for a faction called The Last Man Battalion. Ubisoft explains it as: "Falcon Lost has two difficulties: Hard mode, which is recommended for players whose gear score is equivalent to level 31; and challenge mode, which is even tougher. Also, there aren't any checkpoints in Falcon Lost; if your team goes down, you'll have to restart from the beginning. Additionally, you can replay Falcon Lost and other upcoming Incursions as many times as you want and still be rewarded with new loot".


There'll also be four new gear sets: Sentry's Call, Striker's Battle Gear, Path of the Nomad and Technician's Authority - which are designed for specific play styles, according to Ubisoft. Once you've completed a set, the new gear will unlock a new talent for your character. Your agent's abilities will also sail past the current level cap of 30, which is another nice change.

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G.SKILL reveals 32GB DDR4 laptop memory clocked at 3000MHz

By: Derek Strickland | More News: RAM | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 4:34 pm

G.SKILL today revealed its latest high-performance memory kits aimed at the laptop and small form-factor PC crowd, bringing blazing-fast speeds and low voltage and low-latency timings to the SO-DIMM range.




G.SKILL's new Ripjaws memory kits pack up to 32GB (16GBx2) of SO-DIMM DDR4 RAM clocked at a rip-roaring 3000MHz, hitting a new maximum threshold for laptop/SFF builds. The modules only draw 1.2V as opposed to the usual 1.35V consumption for DDR4 RAM, making an ideal power-efficient memory solution for gaming laptops.


The new Ripjaws SO-DIMM RAM modules have CL-15-18-18-43 latency timings and come in 8GB, 16GB (8GBx2 or 16GBx1), and 32GB (16GBx2) configurations. The kits will be available later this month, and pricing has yet to be revealed.

More evidence of BioShock: The Collection surfaces, on ESRB this time

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 4:16 pm

There had already been ruminations of a BioShock compilation coming out courtesy of game rating organizations from other parts of the world, but now the US's own ESRB has rated the BioShock: The Collection game in anticipation of its release. Even though 2K hasn't said anything about it quite yet.




The rating simply describes the upcoming compendium as "...a collection of three first-person shooters in which players assume the role of characters uncovering the mysteries behind the dystopian societies of Rapture and Columbia." Due to the "large bloods-splatter effects" and other depictions of violence therein it receives Mature rating form the ESRB to reflect the more mature way that the three games seem to depict this fantastical 1912 setting.


We heard of the impending release, or announcement, of the collection in September when it was outed on a South African site, which published a listing for it. Then some more details popped up on a Taiwanese game rating site a little later on, though we've had no mention or comment from 2K about any new collection, remastered or not, of the BioShock games. This might be April 1st, but the ESRB rarely plays jokes at all, even if they mistakingly release info before they should.

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North Korea bans access to Facebook, YouTube and porn sites

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Current Affairs | Posted: Apr 1, 2016 3:30 pm

North Korea's Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has announced a nation-wide ban on social media networks like Twitter and Facebook, as well as YouTube and even porn sites.




The Associated Press reports that North Korea is tightening its grip on censorship by blocking access to major social media sites for "a certain period of time". The ban also includes several South Korean websites, as well as gambling and porn sites. The government warns that anyone who attempts to circumvent the ban or distribute "anti-republic data" will be punished.


As North Korean citizens are walled off from the outside web and only have access to a government-controlled intranet, the new restrictions are aimed at making it extremely difficult for visitors and foreign residents to share the country's current events with the outside world. Before now visitors were able to enjoy unrestricted access to the web. Interestingly enough, Instagram has been whitelisted and isn't banned by the new law.

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