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Xbox leverages titanic flying screen to livestream Halo 5 gameplay

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 3:18 pm

Xbox Australia plans to show off live Halo 5 gameplay footage on the world's most gigantic aerial screen in a bid to promote 343i's new shooter.



Microsoft really wants the world to know about Halo 5, and the Redmond-based tech giant is pulling out all the stops in one of the most memorable promotional showcases in gaming. At 7:30PM on the eve of Halo 5's launch, October 26, Xbox's Australia division will broadcast live Halo 5 gameplay onto a massive floating screen 2,000 feet in the air.


The huge floating screen has a projected path down the coastline from Curl Curl to Coogee, where it will fly back and forth a single time. The team boasts that the screen can be seen from over 3 kilometers (9842 feet) away. Plus Xbox affirms that the broadcast won't be sent from the ground: a fan will be picked to play the game remotely via helicopter, hinting that the player will be able to use the giant floating viewscreen. "A lucky fan in Australia will play "Halo 5: Guardians" from a helicopter flying over Sydney, as gameplay is broadcasted via a screen suspended from a second helicopter," reads the official announcement on Major Nelson's website.

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DICE LA might be working on its own games, not just Battlefield titles

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 10:40 am

DICE LA is the studio's LA branch that helps out with developing Battlefield titles, but it looks like DICE LA might be branching out on its own, and making new games.




According to EA Studios boss Patrick Soderlund, it's "highly likely" that we'll see DICE LA being the lead developer on its own projects soon. What projects would they be? Well, that's the exciting part. DICE LA opened up in 2013 where it worked on many Frostbite 3.0-powered games, including Battlefield 4.


DICE LA is run by core DICE veterans, with a chunk of staff from Danger Close, the studio that worked on Medal of Honor: Warfighter, working at the studio.

Australian Dota 2 and CS:GO servers are down and no one knows why

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:38 am

If you're looking to get your fix of Dota 2 or CS:GO after school or work today, you might just be out of luck. For the most part of this fine Back to the future appreciation day, the CS:GO and Dota 2 servers have been completely dysfunctional down under, not allowing for local matchmaking in either game.




While the Dota 2 client states that the servers are "offline for maintenence," there was no official warning set by Valve for this occurrence, with gamers taking to Reddit in order to voice their concerns and frustration. In addition to this, the official Dota 2 blog has nothing either.


As far as CS:GO is concerned, the 'CSGO_dev' Twitter is completely quiet, with its last Tweet being way back on August 24.

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Halo 5 will require 9GB day one patch, as well as 46GB installation

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 6:30 am

Halo 5: Guardians will not only require a massive 46GB installation on the Xbox One, chewing up a huge 13% of your Xbox One HDD, but it will require a rather large 9GB day one patch.




343 Industries boss Josh Holmes announced the news through Twitter, with the 9GB patch for Halo 5 filled with multiplayer content. Holmes added that the 9GB patch includes map content for Halo 5, but the question remains: why isn't this data on the Blu-ray for Halo 5: Guardians - were 343 Industries not finished with the game when it went gold or what?


Not only will there be a 9GB day one patch, but 343 Industries will be pushing out some post-launch content. The post-launch content for Halo 5 will include 18 new maps that will join the 21 maps included in the game at launch, as well as a new Forge game mode that will launch in December.

Ubisoft joins OGA, says 'PC gamers are important' to the company

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 21, 2015 12:24 am

In case you didn't know, Ubisoft has joined the Open Gaming Alliance, where it has proclaimed that PC gaming is important to the French gaming giant. The company has said its committed to PC gamers, and that it wants to address PC gamers' needs.




During a statement from Ubisoft's Consumer and Marketing Director, Sandrine Caloiaro said: "PC gamers are important to Ubisoft, and we're committed to better understanding and addressing their needs and to continually improving our relationship with them. By joining the OGA, we're able to glean gamer insights from their research, learn from best practices in our industry, and contribute to the group's upcoming initiatives".


DSO Gaming asked Ubisoft if it would be interested in doing more tech interviews for its games, to which Ubisoft said: "We'll be doing fewer and more selective interviews this year". And of course they are, especially surrounding games like The Division due out in early 2016, they don't want to be prodded on questions about the PC version of the game.

Check out this kick ass Back to the Future tribute in GTA V

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 20, 2015 7:33 am

With Back to the Future Day happening on October 21, it's perfect timing to see a tribute video from GTA Series Videos using Grand Theft Auto V and mixing the worlds of GTA V and Back to the Future.



The video above was made using the Rockstar Editor, where Marty McFly and Doc Brown are recreated in the world of Grand Theft Auto V. The DeLorean has never looked better, I just wish there was a full mod for Grand Theft Auto V in the Back to the Future world. Now wouldn't that be awesome?

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Rock Band 4's DLC totals up to a whopping $3,926

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 1:37 pm

Although Harmonix's latest entry in the acclaimed Rock Band franchise has been met with much fanfare and applause, the game still pushes an incredibly massive library of individually-priced downloadable songs onto players.




Nowadays video games have been plagued with a huge assortment of tricks and tactics aimed at separating you from the cash in your wallet: microtransactions, season passes and DLC being the main breadwinners. One of the biggest moneymakers has been music games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero--and Rock Band 4 continues this trend in earnest.


Rock Band 4 has a total of 1973 DLC songs that are individually marketed at $1.99 a piece, and to buy all of them you'd rack up a tab of almost $4,000--or $3926 to be exact. That's a lot of money for any video game, let alone an interactive music simulator like Rock Band.

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Fallout 4 on PC will not include the entire game on the disc

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 19, 2015 3:31 am

The release of Fallout 4 is right around the corner, where we've now learned that the PC version of the game will still require gamers to download a large chunk of the game, even if they buy the physical retail version.




Fallout 4 on the PC will ship on DVDs, but Bethesda boss Pete Hines took some questions over Twitter where he said: "there is no data on the disc". The next question was "so I install Fallout 4 with the disc" with Hines replying with: "Yes, though you will still have to download from Steam. The disc doesn't contain the entire game".


The PC version will ship on multiple DVDs while the console versions of the game will be released on much bigger Blu-rays. Someone asked why the PC version of the game was being restricted this way, to which Hines replied with a single word: "piracy".

Valve removing Linux games from Steam if they don't work with SteamOS

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2015 9:00 am

Valve has reportedly been removing SteamOS icons from Linux titles on Steam, with the reason behind it being that these games don't meet the requirements of SteamOS, or they're experiencing compatibility issues.




Gaming on Linux reports that some of these games are no longer available on the Steam store, but if you own the game you can still download and play them. StarMade, one of the games in question, was removed from Steam due to a Java requirement. The developer has said that once the new launched is available, the issue will be resolved.


Valve most likely doesn't want to advertise a game as having SteamOS compatibility, if an "outside launcher/installer such as Adobe Air, Flash or the like", according to Gaming on Linux.

Blizzard rumored to release its new game 'Overwatch' on consoles, too

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Oct 18, 2015 6:51 am

Blizzard has been getting a bit more forward with its upcoming first-person shooter 'Overwatch', so much so that the European website for the game has the following in its source code:




"Overwatch is Blizzard's team-shooter for PC and consoles. Choose your hero from a huge roster of soldiers, scientists, adventurers, and oddities, each with their own unique set of abilities. Bend time, defy physics, and unleash a dizzying array of extraordinary powers in concert with your allies. Lead your team to victory in iconic locations across a near-future Earth. The world needs heroes!"


Considering Overwatch is set to be Blizzard's next big game, it would be naive to think it would be a PC exclusive. The closed beta kicked off on October 27 in the US, with Blizzard teasing the occasional open beta test.

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