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The launch of Watch Dogs has been met with controversy - did you expect any less? - with
Useless Uplay causing some serious issues for PC gamers. Some PC gamers have been unable to access Watch Dogs, as they've been receiving authentication errors through Uplay.
Ubisoft has fired back, saying it is addressing the issue: "We are experiencing issues with the authentication services. Players may experience long delays when trying to login in-game. More to come. All the possible efforts are put into the resolution of this problem. We are currently monitoring the situation closely. The connection is rising and the issue still seems intermittent, the sign in system might work after several tries".
We've said it once, but we'll say it again - also watch out for that torrent of Watch Dogs that is installing Bitcoin miners onto gamers' PCs.
We heard rumors about a police-themed Battlefield game developed by the studio which made Dead Space, Visceral Games, but it looks like those rumors are finally materializing.
EA has just opened up a new site for Battlefield: Hardline, and from the imagery depicted, it looks like we can expect some serious cops vs. robber gameplay in the upcoming first-person shooter. The site says to expect a proper unveiling on June 9 at 12:00PDT, which is during E3. Visceral Games has a great track history, so I'm personally excited to see where it will take the Battlefield franchise - it can be worse than Battlefield 4, right?
If you are a PS3 owner with a PlayStation Plus membership, a trial of Battlefield 4 is kicking off for you today. The trial will last for 20 hours, which is much longer than the typical 1-hour trial that subscribers get for most games.
A trial that long will certainly give the player enough time to figure out if they want to purchase the entire game. The trial only includes content from the base game, but that is a lot of content. None of the content from any of the three expansion packs is included in the trial.
Fans of the Call of Duty franchise of video games are waiting in anticipation for the next entry into the franchise. The next game in the franchise is called Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. This game is being produced by Sledgehammer and is set to launch in November 4, 2014.
The game is set in 2054 and has high-tech futuristic weapons that players will get to use. One of the coolest of the weapons in the game is a slick assault rifle that is able to 3D print ammunition on-the-fly. That means it should have lots of ammo to use.
A kickstarter was started for 'A history of the Great Empires of Eve Online' written by Andrew Groen. The book is a narrative history book based on the politics, culture and warfare during the first decade of Eve Online.
He said,"The hardcover deluxe version did not exist prior to this Kickstarter campaign. Your pledges are entirely to thank for that, and I can't wait to get to work on creating the best book that I - and my new team - possibly can for you."
The Kickstarter turned out to be more than successful as the campaign raised $95,729 by May 25th with excess funding of $12,500 by 3,116 backers. Now, the author will be able to have a hardcover deluxe edition of the history book which was not originally planned. Groen hired an artist Daniel Warren for the illustrations. Many Eve online fans will be familiar that Johnson work on 'Eve: True Stories' graphic novels for Dark Horse comics.
GIGABYTE and ASUS are planning to aggressively push their gaming notebook businesses further, in order to compete against MSI which has a strong presence in the market.
As of now, much of GIGABYTE's profits comes from its motherboard business. But in 2014, the company launched its 'Aorus' gaming notebook brand, which was quite successful in the US market. It is also being rumored that GIGABYTE would be releasing its second generation gaming notebook at Computex, next week.
ASUS wants to strengthen its gaming notebook business using its Republic of Gamers brand. However, it is indicated that ASUS is not happy with its sales of its ROG notebooks, along with price and performance ratio along with functionality and design.
With Watch Dogs going on sale tomorrow, and some people already enjoying the open-world hacking title - but with Bitcoin miners attacking their system - NVIDIA GeForce owners are going to be enjoying increased performance, and better graphics.
NVIDIA worked closely with Ubisoft Montreal for Watch Dogs, as it fell under NVIDIA's Gameworks program. NVIDIA's Gameworks helps developers with a set of tools in order to fully utilize all of NVIDIA's technologies, something we saw in a video not too long ago. This is great for NVIDIA users, but AMD Radeon owners will not see these extra effects on PC, on top of reduced performance.
Forbes editor Jason Evangelho wrote a piece, benchmarking two cards against each other: the $500 Radeon R9 290X against the GeForce GTX 770 priced at $300. You can see in the image above that the $300 GPU does quite well for itself, keeping up with, and in one test beating the R9 290X which is $200 more. So, GeForce users - enjoy your increased performance and graphical bells and whistles enabled, but AMD fans - you're out of luck. It'll still run without a problem, but consider this like Mantle on Battlefield 4 - there are benefits on both sides of the GPU war.
When it comes to driving simulator games, Gran Turismo on the PlayStation platform is one of the best out there. We have seen several automakers over the years makers virtual cars just for inclusion in that game with some insane specifications.
VW is the latest firm to create a virtual supercar just for Gran Turismo racers. The car is called the GTI Roadster Vision Gran Turismo and it is based on the Golf GTI. Power for the virtual car comes from a 3.0L twin-turbo V6 engine making 503hp and 491 lb-ft of torque.
Kids love to play games on tablets and smartphones. The problem that some parents have is that many of the games available for the iPad and iPhone aren't exactly educational. Some would also prefer their kids to play with toys that aren't digital. A new series of games have surfaced from a company called Tangible Play that combines digital and real-world play for an interesting experience.
The game series has three games known collectively as Osmo for kids that are able to connect with physical toys that children can touch and feel in the real-world. The games include Newton, Words, and Tangram. The games come with a stand to hold the tablet at a specific angle and a clip that goes over the camera.
In a twist of fate, a game about hacking the world around you, has malware and hacks built into the illegal copy of it. The torrent of Ubisoft's upcoming open-world hacking game Watch Dogs is hiding some serious malware.
For those who are downloading Watch Dogs over torrents are finding themselves with some pretty serious malware, that makes the people who distributed the copy money through installing a Bitcoin miner onto gamers' PCs. Not only that, but the pirated copy of Watch Dogs is plagued with bugs, with it increasing CPU consumption by as much as 25% by running a process named "winlogin.exe" which shouldn't be confused with the legitimate "winlogon.exe".
We would suggest not downloading Watch Dogs illegally in the first place, grabbing it from the store or Steam, but if you have downloaded the torrent - the best and most thorough way of ridding your PC of the malware and Bitcoin miner associated would be to format your entire drive. Sure, you can run an anti-virus or anti-malware software, but a Bitcoin miner isn't a virus, so you might find yourself in a spot of trouble.