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From gamer to dealer, drug bust sees professional gamer arrested

Currently believed to be former Quake champion and current Shootmania player Maciej "av3k" Krzykowski, news has been published of a high-profile drug bust and arrest taking place recently.

 

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Spread across three apartments in Ostróda, northern Poland, police seized 3.3lb of amphetamines, 23lb of marijuana and thousands of ecstasy tablets alongside PLN 70,000 ($18,300 US) total in cash. This operation also saw the collection of two revolvers, 100 rounds of ammunition and two suspects.

 

Aged 24 and 30, the accused are facing prison sentences of up to 12 years if found guilty.

The damage system in Star Citizen is fully next-gen

We're three months into 2015 so it's about time that we get a deeper look at Star Citizen, with Cloud Imperium Games showing off the super impressive damage system, which you can check out in the YouTube clip below.

 

 

As you can see from the minigun shooting the spaceship, little parts of the ship become damaged. Once a heavier, or stronger weapon is shooting or blasting at the ship, the hull is breached and you can see parts of the ship underneath. It was something I didn't expect, and I actually raised an eyebrow when watching it. Impressive stuff to see happen in a game made for the PC only.

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Did you know that Steam chat now blocks most email addresses?

It's been causing some major confusion recently, did you know that Steam now blocks most major email address' in their chat program?

 

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After talking to a friend of mine and asking for his email, I received a message from him saying "http://gmail.com." At first I thought he was trying to troll me so I went along with it, later on after some more frustration we realized that Steam chat was actually blocking what we were sending to each other.

 

As you can see above, on the left I sent him a few different test emails to check exactly what is blocked. His result is on the right, showing that all of these email address' have been effectively turned into URL's. For those who don't keep up with Steam updates and patch notes, this little bit of news may cause you some headaches in the future.

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Battlefield Hardline will run at 720p on Xbox One, 900p on the PS4

Battlefield Hardline launches on March 17 for the Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS3, PS4 and PC but we're just hearing about what resolution it will be rendered at on the Xbox One and PS4.

 

 

The Xbox One version of Battlefield Hardline will run at 720p, while the PS4 version will run at 900p, according to Visceral Games and their recent tweet. The PC version will be able to play at 1080p, 1440p, 4K and beyond - but you didn't expect anything less, did you? "Next-gen" consoles and we're seeing games in 2015 run at 720p, resolutions that PC gamers used in the 90s.

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'World of Warcraft' gamer dies after 19 hours of uninterrupted play

While Blizzard recommend 15 minute breaks every hour of game play, anyone who has played 'World of Warcraft' knows that's sometimes difficult to abide by. Well, nigh impossible. Still, 19 hours is quite the lengthy stretch and for one gamer - it's cost his life.

 

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According to NG4M, 24 year old Chinese man Wu Tai was deeply immersed in the game at a Shanghai internet cafe for 19 hours, before he begun coughing up blood and collapsing in his seat. A fellow gamer seated next to him reports that he let out a groan and begun dabbing his mouth on a blood-stained handkerchief. When asked if he was OK, Wu Tai replied "He'd felt better, but that he would be OK". An ambulance was quickly called, but the man sadly died at the scene.

 

So next time you feel like taking a break - take a walk around, get a drink and go for a stretch. It might just save your life. Alternatively, limit those gaming sessions to just a few hours... if you can.

Blizzard will soon offer no subscriptions for World of Warcraft

Blizzard has announced its plans for non-subscription-based options for its time-sucking game World of Warcraft, something the company is calling "WoW Tokens".

 

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The way WoW Tokens work is that they can be purchased with real money, with players able to sell these Tokens within the World of Warcraft auction house. Other WoW players can then purchase these WoW Tokens from the auction house with their in-game gold, where they will have 30 days of game time attached to them.

 

Blizzard has developed a special formula to determine the price of these WoW Tokens in the store, where the developer will "take into account supply and demand for Tokens as well as other elements of the World of Warcraft economy in each region" reports Polygon. The Tokens are not resellable, because they are set at a gold price, so once you've purchased it from the auction house, the WoW Token is soulbound to your character, and must be redeemed by you, and you only.

Rock Band 4 announced, will hit the Xbox One and PS4 end of this year

We knew it was coming, but now it has been confirmed: Rock Band 4 is coming to the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 later this year. Harmonix has also said it teamed up with hardware manufacturer Mad Catz for the accessories side of things.

 

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This is great news, as the developer has said that Rock Band 4 will be backwards compatible with every single Rock Band guitar and drum et you have collected, all the way back to 2007. If you don't want to use your old instruments, the developer will be offering up some new instruments of course. But it's not just the instruments that will be backwards compatible, as all of the previous DLC will be carried over (platform dependant) which is great to see.

 

The backwards compatibility for both the hardware and DLC could be because Harmonix is no longer being published by EA, where Harmonix has partnered up with Mad Catz to manufacturer the new hardware, as well as distribute the new boxed game. Better yet, Rock Band 4 won't be superseded by another Rock Band game anytime soon, as Harmonix will be updating Rock Band 4 with new songs, modes and other community-driven content.

 

Rock Band 4 hits the Xbox One and PS4 toward the end of 2015.

Elite: Dangerous will be available for both Xbox One and PlayStation 4

[U][/U]Elite: Dangerous will be available for both the Microsoft Xbox One and Sony PlayStation 4 after all, but only after Xbox One Elite: Dangerous exclusivity expires. The title is already available for PC gamers, and will expand to Mac in the future.

 

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Frontier Developments chose to initially make Elite: Dangerous available for the Xbox One, which has greatly trailed PS4 shipments, because of the studio's relationship with Microsoft:

 

"We've had a long relationship with Microsoft," said David Braben, founder of Frontier Developments, in a statement published by GameSpot. "The Xbox audience has been very good to us. We've sold quite a few Xbox games with Microsoft. We also had a launch title for Xbox One, so our tools and technology has been battle-hardened on Xbox One already."

Bethesda announces Wolfenstein: The Old Blood for May 5, 2015

GDC 2015 - While the world thought that Bethesda would show off Fallout 4 at the Game Developers Conference, we didn't see it. Instead, they have just unveiled Wolfenstein: The Old Blood, with the first gameplay trailer available below.

 

 

Wolfenstein: The Old Blood is an "all-new standable prequel" to Wolfenstein: The New Order, and will be made available digitally on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC on May 5, for just $19.99. Wolfenstein: The Old Blood has players taking their hero BJ Blazkowicz "back to the year 1946 in an adventure that spans eight chapters and two interconnected stories (released together) that will lead into the events you know and love from The New Order".

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