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For the uneducated, professional gamers are the type of people who sit in their mothers' basement all day staring into a CRT monitor and eating Doritos. However, an outside threat has had a real impact on eSports today, with French team EnVyUs cancelling their flights to the Intel Extreme Masters in San Jose amid safety concerns.
Marked as one of the best teams on the globe this is certainly a hit for the global competitive scene, but things will carry on nonetheless. Counter Logic Gaming has been asked to step up in place of this French team, allowing them a spot at the title.
In clarification, it seems that decision wasn't solely made by the gaming team's management either. Reports state that EnVyUs was on the way to the airport when the facility was being evacuated and flights were diverted.
After the devastating news of Axiom coming to a close and it's owner TotalBiscuit announcing his terminal cancer, the wake of this shutdown has had a further effect on players, seeing StarCraft II professional 'Heart' now announce his retirement.
Telling fans that he doesn't "feel the hear anymore," Heart decided that the closure of Axiom was the right time for him to call it quits. While Heart stated that he's extremely thankful for everything that Axiom had to offer, there has been no mention as to if he will stick around the casual or streaming scenes whatsoever.
"Thank you all so much for all the great memories," closed this Korean StarCraft II professional. You can wish him well on Twitter, here.
With the release of Just Cause 3 right around the corner, Square Enix along with developer Avalanche Studios have released the latest trailer for the game, in 4K.
Just Cause 3 is powered by the Avalanche Engine, with the 4K trailer showing off just how gorgeous the open-world game is. If you've got a 4K display, definitely check it out in 4K, as it truly does look gorgeous. The in-game destruction looks absolutely incredible. The trailer looks like the 4K gameplay is hitting 60FPS, so I can't wait to try it out myself and get some chaos going.
Ubisoft is hosting an open beta for its upcoming first-person shooter Rainbow Six: Siege, with the open beta taking place on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC between November 25-29.
The open beta will allow Ubisoft to do some last minute tweaks to Rainbow Six: Siege before it launches on December 1. In the latest TV advertisement for Rainbow Six: Siege, Idris Elba stars to push the game a little further before it drops on December 1.
The next premium DLC pack for Rocket League will be released next month, with Chaos Run including a new arena that will be free for all Rocket League players.
The new arena is called Wasteland and is a map based on Rocket League's predecessor Supersonic Acrobatic Rocket-Powered Battle-Cars. Wasteland will be the first "nonstandard" arena for Rocket League, where it will feature a banked perimeter, a wider pitch, and different boost placements. The Chaos Run DLC will cost $3.99, and will include two new cars.
The two new cars are known as Ripper and Grog, with the Chaos Run DLC including new decals, paint types, wheels and more to customize them and other competitors in the fleet. Here we have a full list of what's included with the Chaos Run DLC:
- 2 New Battle-Cars, Ripper and Grog
- 12 New Decals (six for each new Battle-Car)
- 2 New Paint Types (Camo and Sun-Damaged)
- 2 New Wheels (Ripper and Grog)
- 2 New Rocket Trails (Sandstorm, Nuts and Bolts)
- 3 New Toppers (Boombox, Cow Skull, Mohawk)
- 3 New Antennas (Bomb Pole, Radioactive, Retro Ball - Wasteland)
- 5 New Trophies
Star Wars: Battlefront is finally here, and while gamers might be torn on the first-person shooter from EA and DICE, the PR boss of Remedy had some choice words to add. Remedy Entertainment is the developer behind huge hits like Max Payne, Alan Wake and the upcoming Xbox One exclusive Quantum Break.
Remedy PR boss Thomas Puha posted on his Twitter account some of his thoughts on Battlefront, where he said: "[I'm] really glad #StarWarsBattlefront is simple and has less modes and stuff. I don't get into many games anymore since they have so much stuff". Now, while I understand that in a way, we don't want watered down games because some people are too busy, or find it hard to get a handle on the game.
Puha added: "Having a lot of features and 'stuff' in a game doesn't mean it's giving lotto value for my money. Less is more". Now this is a quote to keep... "less is more". We should remember that for Quantum Break, as it will most likely be a play once and forget it game, so maybe this is why Puha hints towards this type of mantra. To finish it off, Puha said it's fine to "complain Battlefront does not have a lot of features, but don't be surprised. Game had to be made in about two years". He added: "Its stunningly good considering that".
I still remember when Crysis came out, I upgraded my entire system at the time to an Extreme Edition processor from Intel, and the latest GeForce 8800 GTX from NVIDIA. Man were those the days.
Well, that was 8 years ago and now we're here in 2015 with most games being made for consoles and pushed out far worse quality when they reach the PC. But, a modded version of Crysis (heck, even stock Crysis) looks better than most games out today by a long shot. There are some modded screenshots from 'Unreal' which look, well, unreal. Check them out below.
Microsoft has made good on its promise to bring customized button-mapping to all Xbox One controllers, adding a new level of interaction to the platform. The Xbox community requested the feature as part of the feedback program, and Redmond decided to cater to its fans and roll it out to the console. But as most Xbox fans already know, any good Xbox One news is accompanied by the inevitable bad news disappointments.
The button mapping appears to be universal for all Xbox One games; rather than having different control schemes on a game-by-game basis, it's a hard preset that games will recognize, meaning you won't have to reconfigure anything in-game. Being able to map your control scheme is a nice addition as it lets players change things up and universally tune up their controls to funky settings. The mapping feature also returns functionality to those controllers with broken buttons. Thankfully, we can now swap out the horrible analog-breaking sprinting control for games like Destiny and assign it to something less destructive.
Unfortunately, this feature has a caveat, just like nearly every functionality on the Xbox One. You can customize every in-game button but the left and right triggers, which can only be swapped. Games like Halo 5 already let you swap out different controller presets, but if you were hoping to use the left or right triggers to do something different, then you're out of luck.
As part of its huge holiday push, Microsoft is hosting its own Black Friday sale on Xbox LIVE that promises huge price cuts of up to 70% off across 150 different games.
Microsoft is really breaking out the big guns for the holiday season, and is actively trying to sway users over to Team Lime-Green's court. The Redmond tech giant knows that a ton of people are going to snag the $299 Xbox One bundles on Black Friday, so its slashing prices on more than 150 digital games so users can fill out their library.
From November 20-23, Xbox LIVE Gold subscribers will get early access to the Black Friday sale with savings up to 40-60% off select games. Major Nelson was quick to note that Gold members will also get an extra 10% off, so you might want to re-up your subscription to take part. If you've let your subscription lapse, Microsoft will let you get a full month of Gold for just $1 if you re-up from your Xbox 360, but we're not sure if this price counts towards renewed or brand new subs.
Intel has launched a new promotion that bundles three free games with purchases of select Skylake and Haswell Core i7 CPU's, including the anticipated Just Cause 3.
The Intel Enthusiast Game bundle emphasizes chaos and action, with over $100 of free games including Avalanche's upcoming open-world Just Cause 3, a copy of Valve's immortal shooter CS: GO, and premium credit for the free-to-play World of Warships game. After buying a qualifying Haswell or Skylake CPU, users can redeem their voucher at Intel's promo site. We're not sure if the keys are for Steam versions of the games, but likely so.
Qualifying purchases include the full range of Intel Core i7 Haswell CPU's from the Core i7-4770 S to the expensive Core i7-5960X, as well as the new Skylake Core i7-6700 and Core i7-6700K processors. Newegg notes that all keys must be used and redeemed by February 16, 2016.