Dota 2 is one of the big-hitters in the global eSports scene, seeing millions of dollars of prize money distributed each year in a massive once-off event named "The International" and viewed live by hundreds of thousands of screaming fans across the globe.
As amazing as this sounds, you can't forget the small things. Dota is well known for keeping in constant contact with its community members, providing support through community generated tournaments being published in their in-game client, to model developers being able to sell their products officially through Valve services.
In comes the latest installment in Dota's lifespan - Snoop Dogg. If you're interested in a little variety of game play, Dota2 allows players to change up their 'announcer' voice pack, meaning that all in-game announcements will come through a different voice than the official standard one supplied. Thanks to Snoop Dogg's popular involvement in meme culture, some savvy Dota2 players had decided to create a partition to get the Dogg in on this project, linking it back to Reddit.om's Dota2 section.
Guess what, Snoop Dogg replied.
Just this week, iiNet's chief executive David Buckingham accused Telstra of failing to maintain its copper line networks, resulting in many customers experiencing connectivity and speed issues across Australia.
I know what you're thinking straight away - "copper, what the hell?". Unfortunately for Australians, Telstra owns almost all of the phone and internet infrastructure - so when another company like iiNet wants to provide these services to consumers, they must do so through Telstra's existing lines. The claim here is that iiNet is not to fault for their poor performance as of late, but it's Telstra's issue - basically 'passing the blame' onto the older brother.
Theories have emerged that Telstra are refusing to maintain their copper network because it is set to be sold to the government as plans ramp up for the 'National Broadband Network' (NBN) to be implemented - this is developed into either 'Fiber To The Node' (FTTN) or 'Fiber To The Home' (FTTH) depending on where you are located.
A post on the DOTA2 subreddit has shown the world that Valve has just sneaked in some form of in-game ad for DOTA2, which popped up onto a Redditor's game asking them if they'd like to buy a Charm of the Defender's Vision.
You can click 'No Thanks!' but this still doesn't take away from the fact that Valve just slipped in-game ads into their games. The title of the post in the DOTA2 subreddit is pretty harsh, and rightly so: "Valve has now introduced IN-GAME ADS, I hope nobody is ok with this."
What do you think about Valve introducing in-game ads to DOTA2?
In a comment made on an essay written by 'virtual godfather' Jaron Lanier, titled "The Myth of A.I." on Edge.org last week, SpaceX and Tesla founder Elon Musk the threats of AI might become real, and that he is worried that "the risk of something seriously dangerous happening is in the five year time frame. 10 years at most" according to CNET.
Musk posted his comments on the Edge.org, but they were quickly removed; not quick enough for some media outlets to pick it up, though. Musk talked about his involvement as an early investor in the British artificial intelligence company, DeepMind, which is now a cog in Google's ever-growing machine. He wrote: "The pace of progress in artificial intelligence (I'm not referring to narrow AI) is incredibly fast. Unless you have direct exposure to groups like DeepMind, you have no idea how fast-it is growing at a pace close to exponential".
The founder of SpaceX continued, saying that AI companies "recognize the danger" and are working toward controlling the "bad" superintelligences "from escaping the Internet". Well, that sounds safe enough.
The Nintendo Wii U game console has been available for two years, but with the upcoming launch of Super Smash Bros., Nintendo hopes to see a higher sales boost. Since launching Mario Kart 8 in May, there have been more than 1.1 million Wii U consoles sold - and as consumers have extra cash to spend ahead of Christmas, Nintendo wants shoppers to spend.
Nintendo has taken a few different public shots against Microsoft and Sony in recent weeks, trying to remind shoppers the company has products for them to consider. Nintendo of America President Reggie Fils-Aime shrugged off the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 game consoles, saying the two platforms have too much overlapping shared content.
He also said the Wii U provides a better value than both consoles, despite recent price cuts that have made the console gaming market extremely competitive.
Telltale Games has teased the debut trailer to their upcoming Game of Thrones game, revealing that many of the show's popular actors will reprise their roles in the game.
These include Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister, Lena Heady as Cersei Lannister, Natalie Dormer as Margaery Tyrell, and Iwan Rheon as Ramsay Snow. This news right here, has me instantly interested, especially as I haven't played any of Telltale Games' previous titles. Telltale's take on the game takes place between season three and season five of the show, with Telltale's six episode series following the lives of five playable characters from House Forrester.
The Forresters are sworn to the Starks, who believe that the wintry conditions from which they were raised has only made them stronger. Their family motto is "iron from ice". We will see the first episode of Game of Thrones on the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, PC, Mac and iOS later this year.
Activision has announced that Call of Duty has generated over $10 billion in sales worldwide, with the company saying that Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is the "biggest entertainment launch of the year".
It had been previously reported by analysts that the Call of Duty franchise was in decline, but Activision Publishing CEO Eric Hirshberg has said that "Preorders are a good barometer for day one, but I don't think they reflect the overall demand for the product". During the announcement earlier today, Hirshberg said: "Sales and engagement are up through the first week compared to last year. Season Pass sales are up, as well. The game has been very positively reviewed and the response from fans has been tremendous".
Activision also added that the new Call of Duty is the highest-selling digital launch in console history, too.
SpotCam has just announced its first home monitoring Wi-Fi video solution, with the cloud-based video startup offering 24-hour cloud-based HD playback, for free.
The camera itself captures 720p, or 1280x720, in low bandwidth, with clear night vision thanks to its 12 IR LEDs. It has a 110-degree wide angle view, motion/audio/disconnection event detection, 256-bit SSL encryption, can have its video playback done over the web, or through it's mobile app, and has two-way communication. The SpotCam camera sells for $149, with 24-hour recording for free. As for 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day recording, the following prices apply:
- 3-day recording - $3.95/month or $39/year
- 7-day recording - $5.95/month or $59/year
- 30 day recording - $19.95/month or $199/year
It looks like Apple has requested Foxconn, which is the largest device manufacturer in the world, to build a new $2.6 billion facility just for the production of displays for its various iDevices.
Apple reportedly wants to have its hands-on an Innolux factory, the display portion of Foxconn, to only make displays for its iPhone, iPad and other popular-selling products. Innolux has been a company that Apple has reportedly been tapping to make the 4.7-inch displays for the iPhone 6. Sophia Cheng, a Public Relations representative for Foxconn's Display Unit, Innolux Corp., said: "Equipment installation will commence next month with mass production of panels to start by the end of 2015 after an urgent request for exclusive capacity".
Cheng wasn't aware if the deal had been signed or not, and Apple is keeping its mouth firmly shut about the deal. Considering Foxconn already has a couple of Apple-dedicated facilities in China, this would still be a first for the company; to have a factory making components exclusively for products for a single company.
Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions comes out next week, with the developer teasing pre-order DLC and platform-exclusive levels for PC, Xbox and PlayStation.
On PC the game launches on November 25, while the PS3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One find themselves beginning to get addicted to the new puzzle shooter on November 26. Pre-ordering on PC secures you two bonus levels; the triangle-shaped Secret Eye, and the doughnut-shaped Blood Count. The Xbox One version receiving Blood Count for free if you pre-order. The Xbox 360 on the other hand, has no pre-order option, so Blood Count is provided for free for those who purchase the game between November 26 and December 2.
Both Xbox versions of the game include the exclusive cube-shaped Titan Box, which is colored in the sexy Xbox green. Moving onto the PS3 and PS4 versions of Geometry Wars 3: Dimensions, where Sony users in the US being the only ones able to pre-order. US-based PlayStation owners will receive the Secret Eye level. Both Sony consoles also include the exclusive Symbolic level, where enemies spawn in clusters shaped like the PlayStation control buttons.