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Samsung's new Quantum Dot display rocks 144Hz FreeSync

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Displays & Projectors | Posted: Oct 18, 2016 6:16 am

Samsung first teased its new Quantum Dot-based monitor at Gamescom and IFA earlier this year, with the CFG70 being the world's first curved gaming monitor with Quantum Dot technology, and a super-quick 144Hz refresh rate, backed by AMD's FreeSync technology.



How does Quantum Dot technology work? It's used to increase brightness, improve color accuracy, and reach higher color saturations - all good things for monitors. It uses nanoparticles that filter light from LEDs into primary colors for LCDs, which provides a much larger range of colors to display. Samsung has been using Quantum Dot technology inside of TVs for a while, but now we have the 24-inch and 27-inch gaming monitors that are the first to use Quantum Dot tech.




Samsung has used a 1920x1080 native resolution on both displays, with 125% sRGB, 3000:1 contrast ratio, and a massive 144Hz refresh rate that's backed by AMD's FreeSync technology. We also have an 1800R curved VA panel with 178-degree viewing angles, and something Samsung calls Eye Saver mode and Flicker Free technology that removes the blue light that as PC Gamer says "throws your body clock out of line when you're on your PC at night".

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Civilization VI scores 20% off as preload takes flight

By: TweakTown Dealzon | More News: Deals | Posted: Oct 18, 2016 2:17 am

With the pre-load going live today on Friday's big release Civilization VI so has a pre-order discount at GMG. A few weeks back all discounts were wiped out in North America by 2K, but GMG has brought back the price break now that you can start the download. Keys are sent out instantly after purchase at GMG, so you can start downloading right away.




To see the discount at GMG requires you to add the game to cart. In the past, GMG has pushed for users to login or create an account to view their discounts, now you'll need to actually add the game to cart before any price break shows up. Update: Discount is now 15% off.



With keys being sent out you can begin downloading ASAP. After unpacking, the game will take up about 12GB of hard drive space, which is slightly more than Civilization V's 8GB, but small in comparison to games like DOOM 2016 at 55GB.


Prices in the UK and EU are similar at GMG. There you'll pay £39.99 for the standard edition (£49.99 list price) or £55.99 for the deluxe (£69.99 list price). The discounts in Europe and UK can be seen before logging in. Keep in mind that Civilization VI is a region locked title, so buying a key in Europe will not allow you to access the game in North America or vice versa. While this isn't an issue at GMG as they redirect you to the proper store before purchasing, if you buy elsewhere, make sure you check region support before you plop over your cash on Firaxi's latest.

Scary items revealed for Rocket League on October 18

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2016 1:29 am

The spookiest night of the year is just around the corner and to celebrate game developer, Psyonix have brought back their awesome 2015 Halloween special free in-game items set to release on Rocket League next week!




On October 18, gamers will be able to access the new 'Bone King Topper' and 'Ghost Topper', a fuzzy skull antenna that scares off opponents. The 'Netherworld Rocket Boost' has also been added to the Halloween featurettes as the extra boost will stream behind floating green skulls as you leave everyone in the ghoulish dust.


The items will be available to unlock until November 1, giving gamers just on two weeks to enjoy the ghostly themed perks exclusive to the game. Rocket Leauge is available on PS4, Xbox One, and PC. Don't miss your chance to gain this creepy addition for Halloween 2016!

Sleeping Dogs dev United Front Games shutting down

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2016 12:38 am

The Vancover-based indie studio United Front Games, the devs behind Sleeping Dogs, is shutting down.




Although United Front Games just put out their most recent Early Access game Smash+Grab this month, the studio is apparently shutting down as per NeoGAF reports.


The dev team hasn't posted anything to Twitter or Facebook just yet, but you can no longer purchase Smash+Grab on Steam, so it's likely true. Best known for making the excellent open-world uncover yakuza game Sleeping Dogs, United Front Games was one of Canda's largest games studios. They opened shop in 2007, and it's sad to see them go--especially since this pretty much destroys all hope of a bonafide Sleeping Dogs sequel.

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Friday 13th gets a bitter-sweet delay scheduled for 2017

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2016 12:13 am

A bitter-sweet finish is coming to the frightening and suspense filled 'Friday the 13th' game. Developer Gun Media has announced that they will be delaying the game's release as the company will be adding a single player experience in addition to the multiplayer mode.




The studio stated: "While the addition of single player and AI bots means a bigger game for all, they also mean a delay from a fall 2016 release window to a new launch window scheduled for spring 2017."


The single player feature will include online and offline play that will allow gamers to complete missions that come direct from the films. Character Tommy Jarvis, known for killing the infamous 'Jason' will join team line-up as a new playable map, 'Packanack Lodge' will now be featured in the exclusive content. Customers who backed via Kickstarter or pre-ordered the game will be given access to beta at the end of 2016, whilst the multiplayer game release has now been scheduled for 2017, with the single-player (including AI bots) version planned not far behind.

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Riot Games drop a Sandbox scoop for League of Legends

By: Emma Tucker | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2016 10:45 pm

It was thought that after Riot Games spoke to audiences earlier this year, the idea of a sandbox mode for hit game 'League of Legends' was certainly out of the question, the news created much talk between players as the vibe wasn't pleasant. Though recent announcements made by the company, comes bearing good news! Riot has been making headlines with their change of heart towards the sandbox mode.




Riot's post announcing the Practice Tool teased: "We are doing our best to make this tool inclusive to people at every level. Everyone from Bronze to Challenger should see value in a single-player training mode to practice mechanics and map movement, but we're currently not looking to develop a multiplayer training tool for organized team drills or pro-play specifically. Once we get the first version out, we'll pay close attention to see if we missed anything in terms of how to become better by yourself."


With this announcement made it means that the practice tool is very much in the works. The feature will allow gamers to be able obtain the following:


  • Unlimited gold
  • Instant cooldown resets
  • Level locking
  • Minion freezing

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Swing a free Blu-ray in our 'Legend of Tarzan' giveaway!

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Contests & Giveaways | Posted: Oct 17, 2016 9:45 pm

To celebrate this week's release of 'The Legend of Tarzan' on Blu-ray and DVD, we have 10 Blu-rays to give away thanks to our friends a Roadshow Home Entertainment.




It has been years since the man once known as Tarzan (Alexander Skarsgård) left the jungles of Africa behind for a gentrified life as John Clayton III, Lord Greystoke, with his beloved wife, Jane (Margot Robbie) at his side. Now, he has been invited back to the Congo to serve as a trade emissary of Parliament, unaware that he is a pawn in a deadly convergence of greed and revenge, masterminded by the Belgian, Captain Leon Rom (Christoph Waltz). But those behind the murderous plot have no idea what they are about to unleash.


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

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Diablo alum David Brevik isn't working on Diablo 4

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2016 9:33 pm

David Brevik, one of the original founders of Blizzard North and the Diablo series, has officially confirmed he isn't working on Diablo IV.




If you've followed our past Diablo coverage, you already know that Diablo IV is almost assuredly in the works. Now there's a rumor going around that Diablo IV could be unveiled at Blizzcon 2016, as per a cryptic teaser Blizzard may have put on a D4 dice found in a Blizzcon goodie bag.


Other rumors say that David Brevik was recently seen at Blizzard's offices, possibly working on the new Diablo game. Speculation was further fueled when Tweeted about being "proud to be the adviser for the game that pushes this genre to new heights," and everyone thought this meant Brevik was working on Diablo again. Sadly, the dev has officially debunked these rumors: he's not working on Diablo IV or any future Diablo games.


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Diablo 4 could be revealed at Blizzcon 2016

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 17, 2016 8:31 pm

We know that Blizzard is working on a new Diablo project, and I recently predicted that the project would be unveiled at Blizzcon 2016. It could be Diablo IV, or maybe even the Diablo II HD remaster, but now we have even more evidence of a major Diablo-related reveal at the event next month.




There's quite a bit of evidence that Blizzard is making Diablo IV, and most of it is official: Blizzard originally posted a listing for a Diablo game director for a "new unannounced game" that will "lead the Diablo series into the future," and the studio is also hiring other positions like a senior concept artist that will help tell the "countless stories left to tell in the Diablo universe."


Now it looks like Blizzard has hidden a little cryptic teaser in its Blizzcon 2016 goodie bags, hinting we could see Diablo IV unveiled at the event. According to YouTuber Rhykker, Blizzard put something special on the four-sided "D4" dice found in the Blizzcon 2016 goodie bag: 11 4, which could mean November 4. Blizzcon is being held from November 4-5, and gamers are thinking the dates printed on a D4 dice means Diablo IV will be announced during Blizzcon's first day on November 4.

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Life on ISS in 1 minute: How do they wash laundry, sleep

By: Lana Jelic | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Oct 17, 2016 7:31 pm

Astronaut Reid Wiseman spent 165 days in space, on the International Space Station. Wiseman took part in his first spaceflight as part of the crew of Expedition 40/41, which launched to the International Space Station on May 28, 2014, and returned on November 10, 2014.




In the latest video, published by NASA, Wiseman responded to numerous questions about his experience in space. The video lasts only one minute, but in it Wiseman answers some very interesting questions about life 400 kilometers above Earth.


Weisman discovered where astronauts go to the toilet, how much they exercise, wash their laundry and what was his favorite food. Check the full video below.

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