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The 'Father of Pac-Man' Masaya Nakamura dies at 91

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 6:18 pm

Namco confirmed today that Masaya Nakamura, the so-called Father of Pac-Man and founder of one of Japan's and the gaming industry's most important companies, has died at age 91.



Masaya Nakamura's Namco was a transformative force in the massive arcade boom during the 80s during that golden age when gaming was starting to take shape. He was a major player in the games industry, and enjoyed massive success with immortal Pac-Man, which is forever known as the world's most popular arcade game. We can only imagine what gaming would be like had Mr. Nakamura not taking the initiative to start his business in 1955. If you grew up in the 80's, you no-doubt owe quite a bit of your childhood to Mr. Nakamura. He will be sorely missed.


Did you know? NAMCO is a shortened abridged version of the company's original name: Nakamura Amusement machine Manufacturing COmpany.

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Fallout 4 high-res texture pack requires a...RX 490?

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:12 pm

Bethesda will roll out a high resolution texture pack for Fallout 4 on PC, but the publisher affirms only higher-end rigs with beefy video cards and processors will be able to handle the update. In fact, Bethesda lists a GPU that doesn't even exist yet: AMD's Radeon RX 490.




Fallout 4 is getting spruced up on consoles with a new PS4 Pro patch enabling native 1440p and on PC, but the latter will enjoy the biggest and most enhanced upgrade. Everyday PC gamers apparently won't benefit as the high-res texture pack as Bethesda wants you to have an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1080 or an AMD RX 490 with 8GB of VRAM and an Intel Core i7-5820K or better to use the update.


While these are listed as recommended specs, the publisher says: "make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below."


Recommended PC Specs


  • Windows 7/8/10 (64-bit OS required)
  • Intel Core i7-5820K or better
  • GTX 1080 8GB/AMD Radeon RX 490 8GB
  • 8GB+ Ram


Note: To utilize the High-Resolution Texture Pack, make sure you have an additional 58 GB of available and that your system meets/exceeds the recommended specs below.

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Deus Ex franchise is now in limbo

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 3:34 pm

Deus Ex developer Eidos Montreal has apparently put Adam Jensen's dystopic future on hold so it can work on new high-profile projects with Marvel.




Square Enix recently signed a multi-year deal with Marvel for a batch of games based on key characters and series in the Marvel comic-book universe, and the publisher has enlisted its key development studios to create these games. This partnership is not unlike Disney giving EA exclusive access to make Star Wars games, and EA responded in kind by enlisting Respawn, Visceral, DICE, EA Motive and more to the cause. The first game in the Square Enix-Marvel alliance will be an all-original new Avengers game.


While Eidos Montreal won't be helming development of the new Avengers game--it will instead co-develop alongside Tomb Raider dev Crystal Dynamics--the Deus Ex devs are hard at work on the new Tomb Raider game, which is entitled Shadow of the Tomb Raider . After Tomb Raider is wrapped up, Eidos Montreal will focus on a Guardians of the Galaxy game, Eurogamer reports.

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Nintendo's official Switch SD cards are expensive

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 30, 2017 4:37 am

UPDATE: HORI's official Nintendo Switch SD cards aren't actually that expensive. According to HORI"s Japanese website, the 32GB Micro SDHC card will be sold for 3840 Yen, which is about $30. This is in line with the cost of most of the cards that deliver 80MB/sec read and 15MB/sec write speeds with Class 10 and UHS I speed ratings.


Apologies for the mix-up folks! Original story is as follows.


Nintendo will apparently release official Micro SDHC cards for the Nintendo Switch, but they'll be overpriced compared to other cards on the market.



Japanese accessory maker HORI will release the official Nintendo Switch micro SDHC cards in 16GB and 32GB capacities, and in all actuality these cards aren't bad spec-wise--they're just overpriced. According to the Amazon Japan listing the 32GB micro SDHC card features 80MB/sec read speeds and 15MB/sec write speeds.


While these specifications aren't amazing by any measure, they certainly aren't bad. But the price is: the 32GB model is priced at 5890 Yen, which equates to about $52 USD. That's a pretty steep price for this kind of memory, especially when you can buy a 32GB Samsung EVO Plus micro SDHC card for $20 that rocks 80MB/sec reads and 20MB/sec write speeds. That's more than half the price and more performance.

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Overwatch leaps over 25 million player milestone

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 2:27 am

Overwatch has swelled in its player base again, with Blizzard announcing there are now over 25 million gamers that are playing Overwatch.




The company took to its official Twitter page announcing that "the world needs heroes, and over 25 MILLION have answered the call! The fight for the future isn't over yet, though... Are you with us?"


With a constant flow of content in the form of an eSports incubator, kick ass seasonal events, maps, characters and skins - Blizzard know how to keep their Overwatch fans happy.

Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta starts on Feb 3

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 28, 2017 12:34 am

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Wildlands will soon be thrown into a closed beta test, starting on February 3 and running through to February 6 - with pre-loading starting on February 1.



If you want to jump into the Ghost Recon Wildlands closed beta, check out the official website - and enjoy two new trailers that Ubisoft have just released. The first trailer shows how players can customize their tactical approach to missions, while the second trailer is a tease of the huge open world offered in Ghost Recon Wildlands.


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Windows 10 Game Mode may benefit UWP games the most

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 7:12 pm

Microsoft has affirmed that Windows Store UWP games may leverage the most out of Windows 10's new Game Mode feature, which re-allocates system resources to boost in-game frame rates. However, this rate won't be anything dramatic, and games will see as little as a 2% FPS boost.



Xbox program manager Kevin Gammill recently opened up to Ars Technica about the new Game Mode feature that will help optimized Windows 10 PCs for gaming. Gammill says that while Game Mode supports both Win32 and UWP games, the latter may see "slightly better" FPS boosts.


Game Mode can improve in-game frame rates for CPU and GPU-bound games from anywhere from 2% to 5%, so this may not be a dramatic boost depending on the game. Also it's interesting to note that the possible performance boost disparity is due to Win32 games being able to launch extra processes, whereas UWP games are more lightweight and this respect and can't install background services and whatnot.

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New Zelda is based on three words 'climb, live, protect'

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 1:17 pm

Beloved Nintendo exec and Zelda grandfather Eiji Aonuma has been working on Zelda: Breath of the Wild for the past four years. The game is a massive open-world expanse that represents tens of thousands of hours of work from countless developers, featuring a sprawling landmass filled with dynamic monsters and activities. But that doesn't mean it can't all be summed up in three simple words.



When asked to simplify the staggering behemoth that is the first real open-world Zelda game in a single sentence, Aonuma didn't hesitate. In fact, the internal dev team has been following three words as their core tenants when designing and building the game--in a sense, these three words are the very ethos of the land of Hyrule.


"Climb, live, protect. These are the three words used in advertising on the official Japanese website. It means exploring by climbing everywhere, living in harmony with the world around us and protecting something or someone to accomplish a mission. This is really the essence of this game," Zelda grandfather Eiji Aonuma said in a recent interview with French gaming site Gamekult.

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Resident Evil 7 ships 2.5 million copies globally

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 12:21 pm

Capcom Japan today announced that its latest smash-hit Biohazard horror Resident Evil 7 has shipped 2.5 million copies worldwide, and the company is optimistic about the game's total earnings.



If you haven't played Resident Evil 7 yet, I think you should rectify that immediately. It's a horror fan's dream game. Within the first hour of the game I had more fun than I've had in years--more true, visceral and grisly horror fun than most games can even accomplish. This chapter is a true return to Resident Evil's horror roots, and combines all kinds of themes and sensibilities that players will recognize. In the truest sense, this is the purest form of that hallowed terror that pulled us in some 20 years ago and hasn't let go since.


While Capcom hasn't officially release sales figures for Resident Evil 7, the publisher did ship 2.5 million copies, and the game has been buzzing left and right across the web. Gamers also downloaded the demo 7.15 million times, which is huge. It appears the gaming community feels the same way I do, and pledge that it's the killer app VR has needed since its inception. Capcom has to be happy about the buzz, and I'm confident the game will meet--or even exceed--the company's original projection of 4 million RE7 sales by the end of its fiscal year on March 31 2017.

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Kojima Productions new studio looks absolutely amazing

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Jan 27, 2017 8:18 am

Hideo Kojima is working on something quite magical with Death Stranding, with a few teases of the game so far - and now, the team is moving into the new offices, and they look swanky AF.




Kojima left Konami back in December 2015, and has said that he and his team were working in a "temporary workspace". But now, they've built something truly beautiful - I want to visit it, and breath in everything - now.






We can see a 360-degree camera setup in a large room, a massive table with a large screen TV for discussions and I'm sure, the daily footage on Death Stranding.

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