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Gears of War 4 beta will start middle of next month, but only for some

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 4:01 pm

The Coalition have announced just that the first round of beta testing for Gears of War 4 will commence on April 18th, but only for those that have played Gears of War: Ultimate Edition on the Xbox One, or through the Windows Store.




If you did play the latest remaster of Gears of War, then you should start getting a beta token through the Xbox Live messaging system that you can redeem for the early access to the beta. The good news is that everyone that has an Xbox Live Gold membership and an Xbox One will be eligible to try out the beta just a bit later, on April 24th running through May 1st. They're extending the timeframe in which you have had to log in and play Gears of War: Ultimate Edition, moving the deadline from March 1st all the way until April 11th.


The beta will be all about the multiplayer aspect and should include some fun levels to romp around in. Just remember that it's a beta and isn't at all complete. There will be bugs and other glitches, and some things in some certain situations might not work as you'd expect. Don't be a stranger to reporting any bugs, so they can fix them before it's released.

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By: TweakTown Deals | More News: Deals | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 3:44 pm



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Battlezone VR is getting a procedural generated single-player campaign

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 3:02 pm

The new remake of the classic Battlezone is getting a very well done single-player campaign. But it isn't going to be entirely written and structured by humans, though. Instead, it'll have elements of procedural generation to keep thing unique for everyone. The new trailer gives us a glimpse inside the cockpit, as well as what that campaign might look like.



The dynamic nature of procedural generation means that there will be endless opportunities for replayability. You'll rarely get bored if this type of action is something you've been waiting for. The enemies, objectives and seemingly the levels can all change drastically, making for new and exciting experiences. If the AI is up to snuff, then that'll just be icing on the cake.


The game itself is looking really good. The cockpit is almost ergonomic, if it were real, and the windscreen doesn't seem to pose an issue with visibility at all. The remaster is looking splendid and really brings back memories of the original Atari classic. The sound effects alone are a pretty good homage to the original. I'm certainly excited to see how it actually plays out, is anyone else looking forward to this?

System Shock 1 remastered footage is as marvelous as it sounds

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 1:47 pm

The remastered version of System Shock 1 has finally been shown in full, working form for the first time since it was announced. The remake, they say, is going to stay true to the original, attempting to capture the same parts of our imagination that it originally did. so take a look below, see if it feels at all familiar.



Night Dive Studios is remaking System Shock 1 using the Unity game engine. The in-game trailer is a showcase of all the work they've done in translating the original into the new engine and in how they've remade the UI. The want to keep the classic System Shock, but update it and make it much more visually striking, allowing it to be a better representation of the original intent.


The remastered version is going to be available on the Xbox One and the PC starting sometime in 2017, so you'll be able to have your chance at reliving the nightmare very soon.

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Micrososft is using Minecraft to improve AI research

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 1:03 pm

Microsoft is turning to a very interesting platform to help improve research in artificial intelligence. Minecraft is being used by researchers at Microsoft, and by select academic researchers through a private beta program, in its unstructured mode, as a sort of testing ground for testing AI theories and programming.




Now how would they go about doing that? The AIX platform which is being developed by a Microsoft lab in Cambridge, U.K., that they're using can potentially be programmed to learn in a similar and, well, general way that humans do, to program the Minecraft avatar to go forth and do stuff. It's a closed environment where researchers can look easily observe what the character is doing, and in a safe environment. The constructible world allows for a number of different variables that let them test in a lot of different conditions. All without actually sacrificing real, and expensive, robots.


"Minecraft is the perfect platform for this kind of research because it's this very open world," Katja Hofmann, the platforms developer, said. "You can do survival mode, you can do 'build battles' with your friends, you can do courses, you can implement our own games. This is really exciting for artificial intelligence because it allows us to create games that stretch beyond current abilities." Even trying to get your character to do simple tasks, like walking, is very beneficial to AI research.

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Will there be an 'Iron Man 4'? Downey Jr. thinks not

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 7:14 am

Nearly two years on from telling Variety that there was "no plan for a fourth Iron Man", it seems not much has changed for Robert Downey Jr.




On the eve of the release of the Captain America/Iron Man grudge match in 'Captain America: Civil War', Downey Jr. was asked by USA Today whether he'll return for a fourth stand-alone film, responding "I don't think that's in the cards", likening the third Captain America to "my little Iron Man 4".


'Captain America: Civil War', which also gives the first look at the new Spider-Man, begins its 2D, 3D and IMAX worldwide release from April 28 in Australia.

20th anniversary 'Independence Day' Blu-ray brings extended cut

By: Ben Gourlay | More News: Celebrities & Entertainment | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 5:36 am

It's been 20 years since the blockbuster 'Independence Day' blew up screens across the world and in honor of the film, Twentieth Century Fox has set a new 20th anniversary Blu-ray edition for release in May which comes with the previously DVD-only extended cut.




According to IGN, the upcoming 2 disc edition will come with the 4K restored original theatrical cut and a 10 minute longer extended cut. It's being accompanied by a whole disc of bonus features, including the new 30 minute retrospective documentary 'A Legacy Surging Forward', probably joined by the previous DVD extra features including an alternate ending. Fox will also release an 'Attacker Edition' giftset in the United States, which comes with a limited edition alien ship replica and a collectible booklet.


The film's sequel, the eagerly anticipated 'Independence Day: Resurgence' hits 2D, 3D and IMAX cinemas worldwide from June 23.

Google says Starcraft likely next target for DeepMind AI

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Gaming | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 1:03 am

Google's DeepMind AI first set its sights on European Go champion Fan Hui, defeating it soundly before taking the crown from world champion Lee Sedol (while there's still one game to go in the series, it currently sits at 3-1, favoring DeepMind). With that achievement in its pocket, we're left to wonder what's next. Asked just that at the Structure Data event in San Francisco today, Google Senior Fellow Jeff Dean pointed to StarCraft, calling it their "likely next target."




StarCraft presents a different and possibly greater challenge for DeepMind, as a lot of information is hidden from it unlike with Go where the opponent's moves are laid out in front of it. Due to that and the more visually stimulating nature of video games, the prospect is very exciting. Of it, a Blizzard said to us, "We're reaching out to learn more about what Google has in mind. For now, let's just say... challenge accepted!"

Lee Sedol picks up a win versus DeepMind AI in Go tournament

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: Mar 15, 2016 12:02 am

After dominating the five-game Go tournament series 3-0 and looking invincible in the process, Google's DeepMind AI has finally fallen to its human opponent; world Go champion Lee Sedol made the series 3-1 over the weekend after seeing weaknesses in Deepmind's game and mounting a surprising comeback. The match was described as "long and complicated."



The fifth and final match will begin late tonight or early tomorrow morning depending where you live, and can be viewed here. It's highly anticipated, and for good reason.

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AMD launches its Radeon VR-Ready Premium badge program

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Virtual & Augmented Reality | Posted: Mar 14, 2016 11:00 pm

GDC 2016 - Oculus and NVIDIA have both got VR stamps to put on PCs, with AMD joining the club with its new Radeon VR-Ready Premium badge program.




AMD explains that its Radeon VR-Ready Premium badge program will be "making it easy for the consumer to choose the right platform for a perfectly seamless VR experience with VR Ready Premium".


Not only that, but AMD is pushing into the huge VR market in China - which is leading the way when it comes to converting i-Cafes and VRCafes across the country.