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Star Citizen's crowdfunding a huge success, over $15 million raised

Star Citizen is from the great mind of Chris Roberts, and it has passed over $15 million in crowdfunding through its official website. Now that Star Citizen has passed this huge milestone, players can now find an escort carrier ship in the game.

 

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Not only that, but all backers will receive a 42-page digital upgrade manual that has details on the ship customization and overclocking process. With Star Citizen reaching $15 million in crowdfunding, this represents an average of $36,249 per day in the last five days, according to Roberts Space Industries representatives.

Call of Duty: Ghosts multiplayer reveal to take place on August 14

Infinity Ward and Activision have just set a date for the first reveal of Call of Duty: Ghost's multiplayer, which will happen on August 14. The multiplayer reveal will happen during an event in LA, which will be livestreamed on the game's website, as well as Xbox Live starting at 1:30pm EDT.

 

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We should find out all sorts of detail on the day, and I'm sure our own Trace Hagan is wetting his pants to see what you can do with the in-game dogs. I'm sure his Xbox 360 is ready to go for some Call of Duty: Ghosts. The next iteration in the Call of Duty series, Call of Duty: Ghosts, reaches the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC and Nintendo Wii U on November 5.

 

Later in the year, Call of Duty: Ghosts will become available on the next-gen Xbox One and PlayStation 4. Hopefully Infinity Ward have fixed up their lighting system, which was faked for the "in-game" footage we saw earlier in the year.

The Humble Deep Silver Bundle includes Saints Row and Dead Island

The pay-what-you-want compilation is back, with Humble Bundle launching The Humble Deep Silver Bundle, which includes Steam codes for big titles such as Saints Row: The Third and Dead Island.

 

 

Gamers can pay just $1 (or more) for the Steam codes to Saints Row 2 and Saints Row: The Third, as well as Risen 2: Dark Waters and the Gold Edition of Sacret 2. If you pay more than the average, which is around $5, then you can get the Game of the Year Edition of Dead Island and Saints Row: The Third's Full Package DLC collection.

 

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You could consider spending $25, which will see you receive the Steam copy of Dead Island: Riptide, too. The Humble Deep Silver Bundle will be available through to August 13, so jump in now!

Return to Rapture in the next BioShock Infinite DLC

Gamers who miss navigating their way through Rapture in BioShock Infinite will soon see a return to their favorite underwater utopian city. In the upcoming BioShock Infinite DLC, gamers will once again return to Rapture with the storyline set on New Year's Eve, 1958. This time frame takes place just before the bombing that lead to the events of the first BioShock game.

 

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Both Booker and Elizabeth take on the roles of a private investigator and a femme fatale, with Elizabeth apparently tricking Booker into thinking that she has a way for him to leave Rapture. The DLC, titled Buried at Sea, will be split into two parts with the Booker storyline being released first at some point this fall, while Elizabeth's story will be told next year when part two is released.

 

 

Irrational Games, the developer of BioShock Infinite, says that Buried at Sea's gameplay has been adjusted to give gamers "an original BioShock combat experience that merges the best parts of BioShock and BioShock Infinite. A combination that will involve new weapons, new Plasmids and Vigors, Tears, Sky-Lines, and Big Daddies."

Zynga sheds three top executives in less than a month

A new report from Bloomberg this morning is shedding some light on the state of Zynga, the once king of social gaming. According to the report, three of the company's top executives have left the company including: John Osvald, SVP of games; Jesse Janosov, a Zynga VP who ran Zynga's casino department; and Nathan Etter, Vice President of games.

 

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These departures come hot on the heels of Zynga switching out CEO Mark Pincus with former president of Microsoft's Interactive Entertainment, Don Mattrick, at the beginning of July. It is still unclear if these departures are a direct result of the new CEO or if they decided to leave the sinking ship before anyone else did.

US Army will use Unreal Engine 3 for training simulations

Intelligent Decisions is a company that creates virtual training simulations for the US Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, and they've just acquired a license to use Epic Games' Unreal Engine 3.

 

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VP of Simulation and Training, Clarence Pape, said that the company will use the graphics engine to improve the movements of autonomous avatars in its Dismounted Soldier Training System, as well as adding haptic feedback for incoming fire, full skeletal controls and environmental variation.

 

Intelligent Decisions secured the license for Unreal Engine 3 from Applied Research Associates, Virtual Heroes and Epic through the Unreal Government Network. The Unreal Government Network, whilst sounding like a joke, is very real, and is a program that handles government contracts for the Unreal engine.

Gamers add $1 million to DotA 2's 'The International' prize pool

The world's largest DotA 2 championship tournament, The International, kicks off on Friday with group stage play and has quite the prize pool: over $2.7 million.

 

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An extra $1 million has been added thanks to the sales of virtual items within DotA 2 by fellow gamers, so the prize pool could increase in the coming days. The DotA 2 Interaction Compendium has been on sale for nearly three months now, and allows gamers to make predictions for the tournament, as well as create fantasy teams within DotA 2.

 

Each sale is worth $10, with $2.50 of each sale going toward the tournament's prize pool, which has now passed $2.7 million. Valve have helped out here, with stretch-goal incentives that have seen six of the seven teams claiming thus far. The latest provides Compendium owners a new immortal item, as well as the other five perks unlocked up until now.

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Saints Row IV has been refused classification in Australia

Australia has only just adopted a new R18+ classification for games, and at the first strike, they slam the ban hammer down on one game already: Saints Row IV.

 

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The Classification Board "unanimously determined that Saints Row IV is classified Refused Classification." In the full words of the Classification Board: "In the Review Board's opinion, Saints Row IV could not be accommodated within the R 18+ classification as drug use related to incentives and rewards is not permitted."

 

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The original case saw Saints Row IV being put under the microscope because of its "alien anal probe" weapon, which the Board considered too close to sexual assault. Deep Silver are submitting a "safe" version of Saints Row IV, with Deep Silver stating they were "reworking some of the code to create a version of the game for this territory by removing the content which could cause offence."

15 new screenshots from GTA V surface, shows off more in-game scenes

At the moment, it appears that the entire gaming world is waiting on Grand Theft Auto V to release, and if everything stays on schedule, the game will be in consumer's hands just 50 days from now on September 17. We have seen the action from the trailer, we have seen the official screenshots, and today we are getting a glimpse at 15 more official gameplay images.

 

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Interestingly enough, we see that the game is still promoting its fictional 80's band Love Fist which we first saw make an appearance in GTA Vice City and then in San Andreas. We also see that the main characters are still able to base jump from tall structures and that running from the cops on ATVs looks to still be as fun as it ever was. We also get a glimpse at some new military style helicopters that are most likely user controllable as well! RockStar, if you are listening, please port this game to PC, I do not want to have to buy a console just to play one game.

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Team Meat troll a scammer in epic hour long phone call about movie

I seriously hate to be the bearer of bad news, but it appears that there will not be a movie made around the vastly popular game Super Meat Boy... at least not from one director scammer. Last week, Team Meat, the guys behind Super Meat Boy, published an hour long conference call in which a "director" was wanting to discuss working up a script for Super Meat Boy the movie. The guys caught on pretty quick that the guy was a scammer and they played along over the course the next hour and hilarity ensued.

 

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During the conversation, Team Meat noticed that the so-called director had not even played the game as he had no clue on any aspect of Super Meat Boy. He asked them to hire him for 2 months so he could generate a "Blueprint" for the storyline at the cost of just $4,000. He then said that if everything went well, they would have to front $12k in "buddy money" for script production and if everyone was in agreement, then he would refund the $16k total that Team Meat had invested. The catch was, however, that if the director was not happy at any point, he could just take the $12k and call the whole project quits.

 

 

The video, embedded above and hosted on YouTube, is definitely worth a listen, if not for the lulz, then for the insight into how some of the true con artists in America attempt to scam possible victims. At one point, the scammer asks for sales figures and the guys reply that they are waiting on Microsoft to pay them $7 million in owed sales, and that Super Meat Boy's sales on a "small-time platform known as Steam" were eclipsed by sales on Direct to Drive. Team Meat held it together for the entire trolling session, and I must bow down to their expertise as trolling masters.

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