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California State Senator, Leland Yee, has very openly voiced his opinions on violent video games and gun ownership in the past, and has led several campaigns to ban both from his home state, but it appears that Mr. Yee was about as big of a hypocrite as they come. This morning news has came in that Yee has been arrested in California on charges of corruption and firearms trafficking.
The State Senator was caught when he introduced an undercover FBI agent to an international arms-trafficking ring, and then asked for a kickback if the undercover agent made a deal with the traffickers. The FBI says that Yee even offered to source rocket launchers and assault rifles for the undercover agent through a Filipino source. Yee is best known for heavily criticizing games like Grand Theft Auto, Call of Duty, and Battlefield, but he also was one of the leading proponents of gun control laws in California. The irony here is that Yee's actions more than likely caused more violence to occur than video games ever have.
Earlier this month, Blizzard started teasing us with details about the Reaper of Souls expansion for Diablo III. Along with some details of the game, Blizzard also unveiled a video. If you have been waiting to get your hands-on the expansion, the time is now.
Reaper of Souls is officially available for the PC and Mac platforms. The expansion is offered in two formats, one is a standard version for $39.99, and the other is a digital deluxe version for $59.99. Both versions have the same basic features.
Those features include a level cap bumped to 70, a new character class called Crusader, and a new act to play through. Adventure Mode has been added with the freedom to wander and kill whatever you want to. Bounties in the form of random awards are also offered for exploring the game.
If you think you have a good idea for a product, but no money to make it happen Kickstarter is the place to go. A litany of cool tech products have started there getting the funding needed to come to life. One of the cool products from a bit over a year ago was an Android gaming controller called the Phonejoy.
The company raised almost $70,000 in January of 2013 and has been working on its product ever sense. If you were a backer of the Phonejoy on Kickstarter, you will be glad to hear your controller is finally shipping. Early backers should get their units any time now.
If you didn't back the product, but need a good game controller for your Android smartphone, iCade, or PC, you will soon be able to order one. The Phonejoy will be available online on April 8 for $69.90.
Computer hardware company MSI today announced the GS60 Ghost and GS70 Stealth gaming notebooks, with 15-inch and 17-inch models available, as the gaming notebook market continues to heat up.
The GS60 Ghost uses the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 860M, while the GS70 Stealth ships with the GeForce GTX 870M. Powered by the Intel Core i7-4700HQ, 1920x1080 resolution, with 128GB mSATA HDD, plus either 750GB or 1TB of additional storage, with 12GB or 16GB DDR3L RAM. The machines run Microsoft Windows 8.1.
"The GS60 and GS70 Stealth answers portable gaming prayers by packing smoking speeds and deadly graphics into featherlike notebooks," said Andy Tung, MSI Pan America CEO, in a statement. "NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 800M Series graphics gives the GS Series incredible graphics processing ability, translating into an ultra-realistic and immersive gaming experience."
Sony has announced that a new software update for the PS Vita portable game console is available for download right now. The new update brings the portable console to software version 3.10. If you are wondering what new features the update adds, they are some good ones.
The new updates include the ability to get more than 100 apps on the home page of the console. Users will be able to get 500 apps on the home page after applying the update. Perhaps the biggest of the feature updates has to do with content management.
Users can browse content on the memory card by content type and delete content from the memory card. A new calendar application allows you to sync calendars with friend and with Google Calendar as well. The last of the new features is the ability to send and receive voice messages using the messages application on the portable console. Messages can be exchanged with other Vita users and PS4 users.
This morning at 6AM, DICE officially released the Naval Strike expansion for Battlefield Premium members, but the launch did not go as expected. Only those on consoles got the update, and DICE says that the PC launch has been delayed due to a major bug that was found shortly before launch. DICE did not give any indication what the bug was, and did not give a timeline on when PC gamers can expect the expansion.
"On March 25, Battlefield 4 Premium members on consoles will be able to experience the ultimate sea-to-sea warfare in the third expansion pack for Battlefield 4," DICE said in a statement. "Battlefield 4 Naval Strike takes the intense and dramatic water-based combat introduced in Battlefield 4 to four all-new maps set in the South China Sea while introducing a new game mode and vehicle."
"However, we are delaying the launch of Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC. We've detected an issue and it needs to be solved. Quality is our number one priority and we will not release Battlefield 4 Naval Strike on PC until we feel it meets the highest quality level possible," the release continued. "Once we have a confirmed date for PC, we'll be sure to update those players on our official channels. We appreciate your patience and look forward to seeing everyone on the Battlefield."
Crytek is a company that gamers know and are fond of. It is the developer behind the cool PC and console game Crysis. Crytek teamed up with DeNA to make a mobile game called The Collectables that was announced an awhile back.
That game has now landed for mobile gamers on the iPhone or iPad. The game will be coming later for Android gamers. Players are able to assemble a squad of mercenaries in the game and control the third-person tactical combat action through 3D environments.
The game is available for free on the App Store. There is no mention of it on the PR, but I would assume the game is supported by in-game purchases. Players will be able to upgrade their squad as the game progresses using a collecting card system unlocking new weapons and ways to kill the enemy.
There are a few companies out there that make racing wheels for game consoles and PCs. Some of them are very expensive and others are affordable. Thrustmaster has announced a new racing wheel for the Xbox One that falls into the affordable category.
The new racing wheel is called the Ferrari 458 Spider Racing Wheel and it is an officially licensed product from Ferrari. The racing wheel has a red rubberized grip and dual paddle shifters for changing gears.
The racing wheel is a nine-button device that includes a view and menu button. The engine start button is actually a d-pad. The racing wheel comes with a pedal set with adjustable travel and linear feedback. The wheel itself has a diameter of 11-inches.
Titanfall will soon be updated, where we will see the first-person shooter include the ability to be played at 4K. Not only that, but Titanfall will finally support multi-GPU setups with NVIDIA GeForce GPUs.
NVIDIA's Manager of Developer Content and Technology, Ashu Rege, said: "Respawn will also release updates to support high-definition 4K display, and our SLI multi-GPU technology, for a fantastic high-end PC experience." Respawn and NVIDIA are also working together to see NVIDIA's GameWorks technologies built into the mech shooter.
This will see Titanfall include PhysX for clothing and destruction simulation, and VisualFX for hair, fire and liquid simulation. Not only that, but we'll also see Temporal anti-aliasing (TXAA), which will reduce screen flickering, and Horizon Based Ambient Occlusion+ (HBAO+) which will provide Titanfall with "more lifelike shadows."
Gamers that have spent some time with Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO will be glad to hear that a new free to play expansion is coming soon. This expansion brings a new social feature for the game that allows players to design their own strongholds.
The stronghold is really just an apartment or dwelling for the player to invite their friends to for hangouts and chats. You can choose your own custom decorations and place them where you want in the stronghold.
As you fix up your stronghold, you will earn Prestige Score points and the chance to compete against other players in the Stronghold Directory. The update also brings with it Guild Flagships that can't participate in battles, but can be meeting places. Strongholds can be acquired in the game by earning credits or with Cartel Coins in the Cartel market.