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Ubisoft patches Assassin's Creed: Unity, lowers image quality on PS4

Ubisoft has been springing leaks all over its Assassin's Creed franchise, with various reported problems in Assassin's Creed: Unity, but with Patch 3, the developer has simply watered down the graphics on the PS4 version at least.

 

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The news is coming from Reddit, and EXPreview, where Patch 3 has been pushed out to the PS4 version of the game, watering down the graphics to increase the performance. You can see the differences between the game before the patch was released, and after Patch 3 was deployed. You can see that most of the light is gone, with the texture detail dropping considerably.

 

I guess that's one way of increasing the performance of your obviously, still very broken (and possibly unfixable) game - disable things. Next stop, buildings?

Blizzard's Battle.net servers are experiencing major lag issues

Rumored to be due to either Black Friday sales, a DDoS attack succession or a combination of the two - Blizzard's Battle.net servers are reportedly experiencing major lag issues in several different forms.

 

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You may have noticed that by trying to log in to the Battle.net client will you experience a wait of up to 25 minutes. Once you have finally managed to connect to their service, you'll likely see that not only are you unable to connect to view or chat to your friends, but you're unable to launch any games within.

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Study: Girls better at making video games than male counterparts

After studying groups of 12-year-old and 13-year-old students, and how they develop 3D role playing games, it was discovered girls are able to create more complex programs, according to a study compiled by the University of Sussex. Using Neverwinter Nights 2, Flip translated all written script into plain English so they were able to understand what was programmed.

 

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Overall in the UK, there are more women than men gamers - especially with women between the ages of 25 and 44 downloading mobile puzzle and trivia games.

 

"Given that girls' attainment in literacy is higher than boys across all stages of the primary and secondary school curriculum, it may be that explicitly tying programming to an activity that they tend to do well in leads to a commensurate gain in their programming skills," said Dr. Kate Howland, Flip programming language developer. "In other words, if girls' stories are typically more complex and well developed, then when creating stories in games, their stories will also require more sophisticated programs in order for their games to work."

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Electronic Arts using Snapchat ads to promote Dragon Age: Inquisition

Snapchat wants to utilize advertising in its mobile messaging service, and it appears Electronic Arts will use the platform to promote Dragon Age: Inquisition. The ad is a 20-second promotion of the BioWare-released open-world role-playing game that was released on Nov. 18, available for the following platforms: PC, Sony PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Microsoft Xbox 360, and Xbox One.

 

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Although Snapchat wants to rake in advertising dollars, it remains a relatively non-intrusive method where users have to opt-in. "We want to see if we can deliver an experience that's fun and informative, the way ads used to be," Snapchat noted last month.

 

The video game industry is a multi-billion-dollar revenue machine, and advertising is an important aspect to promote sales and marketing of released - and upcoming - game titles.

Telltale's Game of Thrones game drops on December 2

Telltale Games' upcoming Game of Thrones game is nearly here, with the first episode arriving on December 2 for PC, Mac, and the PS4. The next day, on December 3, it will arrive for the Xbox One and Xbox 360, while on December 4 it will arrive on iOS. PlayStation 3 owners will have to wait until December 9.

 

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The game itself takes place toward the end of season three in the HBO show, and before the start of season five. Gamers will be propelled into House Forrester, a noble house from the Wolfswood in the north of Westeros. Players will be able to play through five different perspectives in the game, from servants to House members.

 

Some of the talent from the show are coming back to reprise their roles for Telltale's game, including Tyrion Lannister performed by Peter Dinklage, Cersei Lannister performed by Lena Headey, Margaery Tyrell performed by Natalie Dormer, and Ramsay Snow performed by Iwan Rheon.

Star Citizen edges close to $64 million, announces pet system

Star Citizen is edging close to $64 million in crowdfunding, with the CryEngine-powered title sitting at just under $63.5 million at the time of writing. Roberts Space Industries has now announced that there will be a pet system introduced once the game hits $64 million.

 

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RSI explains it as: "Pets - We have repair bots, we have fish... but we haven't implemented a traditional pet system in Star Citizen yet. At $64 million, that changes. From Jones the Cat in Alien to the Battlestar Galactica's Daggit, pets have a place onboard starships... and we want to give you that option in Star Citizen. Expect traditional terrestrial options, plus anything exotic we can dream up in the Star Citizen universe! (Those Torshu Grey crabs that keep escaping are just the start.) This stretch goal is in honor of Paddington, Strike Dog of the UEES Paul Steed. In one of our first videos Paddington helped us get to $4 million back in the initial campaign, and sadly passed away recently".

Blizzard rolls out Black Friday deals, with steep discounts offered

Blizzard Entertainment wants potential customers to enjoy its titles with prices for up to 75 percent off. The deals are available via the Battle.net Store and are good until Tuesday evening.

 

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Diablo 3- $20

Diablo 3: Reaper of Souls - $20

Diablo 3: reaper of Souls Digital Deluxe Edition - $40

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm - $10

StarCraft II: Heart of the Swarm Digital Deluxe Edition - $25

StarCraft II: Wings of Liberty - $10

World of Warcraft and all of its expansions - $5

 

This sale is a perfect time to update your Blizzard catalog and start playing some cheap games.

Valve announces Steam Exploration Sale, major discounts on big games

Valve has kicked off its latest gaming specials, with the Steam Exploration Sale, which runs from November 26 to December 2. The Steam Exploration Sale has a bunch of games on sale, including Civilization: Beyond Earth which is down 30% from $89.99 to $62.99.

 

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Watch Dogs is 50% off, reducing its $74.95 price to $37.47, The Evil Within has 66% taken off of its $79.95 price, reducing it to $27.17. For some randomness, the Goat MMO Simulator is down 50%, from $9.99 to just $4.99 while Company of Heroes has 75% off, reducing its original $49.99 price to $12.49.

 

Right now, there are 5633 games on sale across the entire Steam library, so get in there and start saving some money!

DayZ beta is coming late next year, is also arriving on consoles

After 12 months on Steam's Early Access, DayZ is getting some much needed updates, with its developer finally coming clean on what's going on with the open-world game next year.

 

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Bohemia Interactive have said that two very important things will happen for DayZ next year, with the first being it will reach beta in Q4 2015 - a year from now - and that the final version will launch in the first half of 2016. DayZ will continue to be $30 during the Steam Fall Sale, which starts today, but it will increase to $35, and then $44 when the launch of the beta kicks off. The final version of DayZ will be $50.

 

The developer is splitting the updates into quarterly released, where in Q1 2015, we will see DayZ updated with a new zombie AI, basic vehicles, diseases and more. Q2 will see advanced vehicles, advanced animals, a new UI, player stamina, and more. Q3 will have traps, barricading, aerial transport, and a console prototype. Then in Q4, we'll see the beta unleashed, as well as animal companions, base building and Steam community integration.

Ubisoft admits Assassin's Creed: Unity is broken, offers free DLC

The launch of Assassin's Creed: Unity didn't go too well at all, with the game still experiencing teething problems. Ubisoft has now come out and apologized to everyone, announcing it will be providing its upcoming "Dead Kings" expansion pack for free, to all AC:U players, as a way of saying sorry for shipping a clearly, very broken game.

 

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Ubisoft Montreal boss, Yannis Mallat, took to a blog writing: "Unfortunately, at launch, the overall quality of the game was diminished by bugs and unexpected technical issues. I want to sincerely apologise on behalf of Ubisoft and the entire Assassin's Creed team. These problems took away from your enjoyment of the game, and kept many of you from experiencing the game at its fullest potential".

 

For those who purchased the season pass or Gold edition of Assassin's Creed: Unity will get the DLC for 'free' anyway, so these people will be offered a free game. You can choose from Far Cry 4, The Crew, Watch Dogs, Assassin's Creed Black Flag, Rayman Legends, and Just Dance 2015.

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