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Nintendo says Zelda will be an 'immediate reason' to buy an NX console

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 23, 2016 4:57 am

Nintendo didn't tease its next-gen NX console at E3 2016, but it did tease gamers with a reveal of The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, and its official trailer.



People who have had hands-on time with Breath of the Wild have said that the game world is absolutely gigantic, and that the game mechanics and controls are top notch. Nintendo has huge hopes pinned on its next-gen Zelda game, which will hit both the current-gen Wii U and the next-gen NX console.


Nintendo believes that Zelda will be a system seller, especially for the new Nintendo NX console. Nintendo of America VP of Sales, Scott Moffitt, talked with The Financial Post about Nintendo NX and the new Legend of Zelda game recently. Moffitt said that Nintendo decided on focusing on Zelda at E3 this year, since that game deserved it. Moffitt said: "The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild is a game that deserves this level of focus. You're right, it is our primary game we're showing this year, and it's just spectacular. For a game that immense and exciting we thought it deserved this sort of stage, and, frankly, this level of focus".


According to our sources, and others throughout the industry, NVIDIA will provide a Pascal-based Tegra processor for Nintendo NX. We should hear about this more in the near future hopefully.



Mark Zuckerberg has tape over the webcam and microphone on his laptop

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Social Networking | Posted: Jun 23, 2016 4:27 am

Yesterday, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg posted an image celebrating 500 million users on Instagram, and if you look closely - Zuckerberg is a paranoid guy.




He has tape not only on the webcam of his MacBook Pro, but the audio jacks and microphone are also taped up.




FBI Director James Comey said back in April that he also has tape over his webcam, after he said someone "smarter than" he is say on TV they had tape over their webcam. The desk behind Zuckerberg in the photo is indeed his, with the same books, wooden Facebook sign and sunscreen on the desk.

Darth Vader confirmed for 'Rogue One' role

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Jun 23, 2016 3:41 am

Following the release of 'Return of the Jedi' in 1983, 'Star Wars' fans waited for nearly 30 years until 'Revenge of the Sith' for nother glimpse at Darth Vader, only to find a whiny bitch who screams "Nooooooooo!". This year's spin-off 'Rogue One' will hopefully clear that little mess up.




According to a spread in this week's Entertainment Weekly (via Collider) which teases more details on the much anticipated 'Star Wars' era spin-off, the Dark Lord of the Sith himself will make an appearance in 'Rogue One', although it's not entirely clear how big that will be. It's long been rumoured that voice artist James Earl Jones will reprise his role, just as he has done for the 'Star Wars Rebels' cartoon series, but this official confirmation is pretty exciting news.


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

YouTube happy with Red subscriptions so far

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Online Video | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 9:43 pm

YouTube launched its ad-free subscription service YouTube Red back in February. If you were wondering how it's doing, the company says it's still "early days" but that it's "happy" and "encouraged" by numbers so far. That said, it was never really about numbers, as VP of content partnerships Kelly Merryman explains.




"YouTube Red just launched in the US and really for us it's all about consumer choice," she says. "Ads continue to be our core business and we are really thrilled about the business of reaching over a billion users a month and with momentum continuing behind that business, so there's no shift in where our business focuses. But we believe in consumer choice. One of the nice things about YouTube Red is we have created a subscription product that allows consumers to have an offline experience or ad-free experience, but we've also chosen that's another way we can invest in our creators to allow for our creators to actually bring a different cost structure to the platform."

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Samsung Creators program launches to accelerate 360 video storytelling

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 9:24 pm

Samsung is launching a new program to encourage storytellers, game developers, and filmmakers of all types to explore the medium of virtual reality and 360 video. Dubbed the "Samsung Creators" program, it's an initiative that will reward 10 winners in as many different categories with $10,000 cash and an invitation only "masterclass" with professionals in the VR filmmaking space.




It sounds like a great opportunity to shine a light on aspiring content creators, and to bring VR that much closer to the mainstream spotlight. Wait, is 360 video actually VR though? We'll save that debate for another time...

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Watch Dogs 2 won't use towers to unlock new areas

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 8:12 pm

E3 2016 - Ubisoft has an obsession with towers. The studio uses tall, sky-piercing towers as a means to unlock new portions of in-game maps--if you've played any (god forbid all) Far Cry or Assassin's Creed game, you're all-too-familiar with this mechanic. Luckily our tower-climbing days are over--in Watch Dogs 2, at least.



Watch Dogs 2 is Ubisoft's big-hitter for 2016, so it can't afford to make the same mistakes. The game has to not only look and feel new, it has to be new, and that means a fresh approach. So far the devs are done everything in their power to distance Watch Dogs 2 as far as possible from the original--other than the name, open-world setting, and the basic hacktvist premise, the two share almost nothing in common. Apart from all of its other massive improvements, Watch Dogs 2 won't be bound to the traditional stale "climb a tower and unlock areas" mechanic.


"There are no towers. You just explore the world. It's not a game where you open your map and everything's there," Watch Dogs creative Director Jonathan Morin told Eurogamer at E3. But if the entire world isn't unlocked all at once, and there's no towers, how does the map progression work? Ubisoft actually has a rather ingenious plan for this.

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Battlefield 1 will feature new interface, beta available to select few

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 7:22 pm

Battlefield 1 will feature a new interface for squading up with friends pre-game, finding maps and modes, and switching between Battlefield games a la Battlelog. Whether this will be an updated version of Battlelog or in-game or something else entirely we're not exactly sure yet.




A select few can try out the new look now in Battlefield 4 and shortly after Battlefield 1's launch in Battlefield Hardline. Developer DICE hasn't made it clear how to try it out, but likely you'll need to have signed up for Battlefield Insider, from which you'll have an e-mail providing instructions.

PS4K is a PS4, won't shorten original console's life-cycle, says Sony

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 7:07 pm

E3 2016 - Sony is keen on making one thing clear about its new PlayStation 4K console: it isn't going to replace existing PS4s, and is meant to co-exist with the current consoles. But what about the future? Is the PS4's lifespan on a countdown timer now that the PlayStation 4K aka PS4 Neo is on its way?




In a recent interview with Gameswelt, President of Sony Worldwide Studios Shuhei Yoshida was asked this very question. Is the generation gap of consoles shrinking? According to Yoshida, Sony will keep its iterative consoles in the same umbrella family--at least when it comes to the PS4 era. "No...PS4 is PS4. The new high-end PS4 is still PS4, so the life-cycle is not going to be shorter," Yoshida said.


This is an interesting answer that has a few implications. Yoshida's answer might hint that Sony has foresight planning with how they're going to proceed with the new console cycle roadmap. Sony's new PS4K and the Xbox One S (and, to a lesser extent due to its overwhelming power, Microsoft's Project Scorpio) signals a shift from the traditional 5-6 year console upgrade cycle to iterative, mid-cycle hardware upgrades/refreshes. So it stands to reason that Sony has laid out a timeline for its future consoles, and that the PS5 may follow a similar path by being an entire generational family of console hardware instead of being a single console.

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Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked now offered as digital codes

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 6:10 pm

Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked program can now be purchased and activated digitally, no longer requiring gamers to visit physical Best Buy stores.




Up until now if you wanted Gamers Club Unlocked, you had to visit brick and mortar Best Buy stores to get it. Now you can just purchase a one-time use code and apply it to your account, saving you a trip to the store--and for some that don't have local Best Buys, this is a pretty big deal. So no more having to drop into the store, or wait for your subscription card to come in the mail. Best Buy has likely expedited GCU to counter Amazon Prime's new 20% off games pre-order offering.


If you're a dedicated deal-hunter like myself and absolutely hate paying $64 retail prices for your games, then you know all about Cheap Ass Gamer and Best Buy's Gamers Club Unlocked program. Both Cheapy D's efforts and Best Buy's money-saving plan are absolute godsends to hardcore gamers; with GCU you get 20% off on all new game purchases, 10% bonus trade-in credit, 10% off used games, extra points earned when buying games (these stack up surprisingly fast), and more.

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Virtual Reality Developers Conference gets standalone event this year

By: Jason Evangelho | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Jun 22, 2016 5:47 pm

Earlier this year, the first annual Virtual Reality Developers Conference (VRDC) ran alongside the Game Developers Conference (GDC) and was quickly sold out. Beyond that, GDC basically felt like a VR party this year, with developers and companies from around the world showcasing their new products, software, games, and experiences. Its maiden voyage was so successful that the organizers have decided to host a standalone VRDC event in San Francisco this November.




"Now that VR platforms have hit the market, virtual experiences that entertain, inform, and provide entirely new ways to engage are increasingly in demand," explained Meggan Scavio, General Manager, VRDC and GDC. "We're thrilled to provide the highest quality content for VR developers, while exploring innovative applications for the technology across entertainment, healthcare, journalism, travel, manufacturing, retail, live events, real estate, training, and so much more."

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