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Did you know that Steam chat now blocks most email addresses?

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 1:37 am

It's been causing some major confusion recently, did you know that Steam now blocks most major email address' in their chat program?




After talking to a friend of mine and asking for his email, I received a message from him saying "" At first I thought he was trying to troll me so I went along with it, later on after some more frustration we realized that Steam chat was actually blocking what we were sending to each other.


As you can see above, on the left I sent him a few different test emails to check exactly what is blocked. His result is on the right, showing that all of these email address' have been effectively turned into URL's. For those who don't keep up with Steam updates and patch notes, this little bit of news may cause you some headaches in the future.

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Battlefield Hardline will run at 720p on Xbox One, 900p on the PS4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 12:47 am

Battlefield Hardline launches on March 17 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC but we're just hearing about what resolution it will be rendered at on the Xbox One and PS4.



The Xbox One version of Battlefield Hardline will run at 720p, while the PS4 version will run at 900p, according to Visceral Games and their recent tweet. The PC version will be able to play at 1080p, 1440p, 4K and beyond - but you didn't expect anything less, did you? "Next-gen" consoles and we're seeing games in 2015 run at 720p, resolutions that PC gamers used in the 90s.

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The Witcher 3 receives a 7-minute gameplay clip from PAX East

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 9, 2015 12:08 am

Witcher fans, you will be in for a treat with a new 7-minute gameplay video of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. The video came courtesy of PAX East that took place during the week, which you can check out below.



The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be released on May 19 for the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

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PS4 firmware v2.50 should include suspend mode, and more

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming Consoles | Posted: Mar 8, 2015 5:09 am

Sony is reporting letting its most precious PlayStation 4 owners to beta test its latest version 2.50 firmware, something that will reportedly provide the ability of putting the PS4 into a rest state, without turning off games and applications.




The news is coming from someone who has leaked out the email that Sony sent to its PlayStation MVPs, that they can opt-in to the new v2.50 firmware if they wanted to. Select PlayStation MVPs received a message through the PlayStation Network, where they received a voucher to download the new v2.50 firmware beta, but they have to install it before March 9.

AMD to release FreeSync-capable drivers on March 19

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Software | Posted: Mar 8, 2015 3:00 am

NVIDIA's GeForce GTX Titan X is right around the corner, so it's time for AMD to come stomping on its parade with a new FreeSync-capable driver. We're sad it's not the Radeon R9 390X, but this will do until then.




AMD is seeing FreeSync monitors in multiple regions so far, with the company talking about its FreeSync drivers coming on March 19 recently. AMD said: "AMD is very excited that monitors compatible with AMD FreeSync technology are now available in select regions in EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). We know gamers are excited to bring home an incredibly smooth and tearing-free PC gaming experience powered by AMD Radeon GPUs and AMD A-Series APUs. We're pleased to announce that a compatible AMD Catalyst graphics driver to enable AMD FreeSync technology for single-GPU configurations will be publicly available on starting March 19, 2015. Support for AMD CrossFire configurations will be available the following month in April 2015".


This is great to see, as it means that NVIDIA has competition against its G-Sync module and G-Sync powered monitors that are on the market. AMD has plenty of monitors coming out this year with FreeSync baked in, with sizes between a 34-inch ultrawide monitor from LG (which we have on the way), right up to 4K, and back down to 1440p and 1080p, giving gamers and consumers plenty to choose from.

Google rumored to be working on Android VR

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Wearable Computing | Posted: Mar 8, 2015 1:06 am

With the VR game really heating up over the Game Developers Conference, does it come as any surprise that Google is reportedly working on something that mixes the world of VR with its Android operating system? Probably not.




The report is coming from The Wall Street Journal and its "two unnamed sources" who say that the Mountain View-based search giant is working on a version of Android that can power VR applications. The Journal reports that "tens of engineers" are working on the Android VR project, which should end up being free like Android is for tablets, smartphones and wearables.


The WSJ reports that Android VR has Clay Bavor and Jeremy Doig leading the project, where Bavor was "partly responsible for Google Cardboard" reports The Verge.

The closest look at the NVIDIA GeForce GTX Titan X is here

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: Mar 7, 2015 11:03 pm

When NVIDIA's founder and CEO Jen-Hsun Huang tease the world with the first GeForce GTX Titan X during the Epic Games GDC 2015 event, the world went crazy. We kind of knew it was coming, but were expecting it to be unveiled at NVIDIA's own GTC 2015 event starting on March 17.




Well, media samples are now spreading across the world with TechGage receiving their sample and taking some up close and personal shots. There's nothing new to tell you here, but we do have a much better look at the card itself. Sitting next to a GeForce GTX 980, we can see in the above shot that the Titan X looks virtually identical from the front (or top in the case of this photo), with the only difference being "GTX 980" and "TITAN" and of course the color scheme has been changed from silver, to a blackish color.




The Titan X has had its backplate removed, which I'm sure is because the GM200 GPU powering the Titan X and its 12GB of VRAM runs much hotter than the GTX 980. The GTX 980's backplate gets ridiculously hot as it is, so I think this is a great move by NVIDIA and something that needed to be done in order to keep the card from getting too hot.

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Stallone's 'Expendables' franchise heads to small screen

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 7, 2015 5:30 am

Despite the pre-release leak and the confessed mistake of PG-13 sanitisation which contributed to the financial disappointment of 'Expendables 3' last year, Sylvester Stallone and LionsGate Entertainment are reportedly developing a small screen series, in addition to a fourth instalment and an all-female spin off 'Expendabelles'.




According to Deadline Hollywood, the Fox Network and LionsGate TV have joined forces to develop the series, which will be overseen by producers Sylvester Stallone and Avi Lerner, with Shane Brennan assisting as showrunner.


There's currently no word on cast, but I wouldn't be surprised if franchise leads Stallone, Jason Statham and Terry Crews at least make a cameo appearance.

'The dress' used for good, now in women's violence awareness campaign

By: Chris Smith | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Mar 6, 2015 11:33 pm

The Salvation Army (The Salvos) has taken this highly controversial dress and used it for something other than Facebook arguments with their new campaign that asks the question "Why is it so hard to see black and blue?" Further stating "The only illusion is if you think it was her choice. One in six women are victims of abuse. Stop abuse against women."




This has been shared around on various social networks along with almost 5,000 re-tweets on their Twitter feed, showing that the The Salvos have some extremely savvy people working behind the scenes. Viral messages with a purpose have begun to pop up in recent times, bringing the ALS ice bucket challenge first to mind.


If you haven't kept up with what exactly 'the dress' is, it's a Roman Originals model that looked blue and black to some and white and gold to others. Striking massive debate throughout the internet a few days ago.

'World of Warcraft' gamer dies after 19 hours of uninterrupted play

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 6, 2015 11:29 pm

While Blizzard recommend 15 minute breaks every hour of game play, anyone who has played 'World of Warcraft' knows that's sometimes difficult to abide by. Well, nigh impossible. Still, 19 hours is quite the lengthy stretch and for one gamer - it's cost his life.




According to NG4M, 24 year old Chinese man Wu Tai was deeply immersed in the game at a Shanghai internet cafe for 19 hours, before he begun coughing up blood and collapsing in his seat. A fellow gamer seated next to him reports that he let out a groan and begun dabbing his mouth on a blood-stained handkerchief. When asked if he was OK, Wu Tai replied "He'd felt better, but that he would be OK". An ambulance was quickly called, but the man sadly died at the scene.


So next time you feel like taking a break - take a walk around, get a drink and go for a stretch. It might just save your life. Alternatively, limit those gaming sessions to just a few hours... if you can.

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