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Modern Times Group has recently gathered an $84 million, 74 percent stake in the Electronic Sports League, but were apparently looking at further gaming domination, just announcing a 100 percent buyout of DreamHack for a cool $28 million.
Known as the largest LAN party in the world, DreamHack further runs eSports events in-house and around the world, recently focusing on world-class CS:GO tournaments. This announcement follows news that this Swedish buyer will be able to run the DreamHack name in other countries in the near future.
The current DreamHack admin team will still run day-to-day operations, with MTG there to offer advice and assistance.
Razer has reiterated their commitment to Android, even after the Android TV-powered Forge being pulled from Google. During a recent chat with Engadget, the future of Android TV with Razer is clear.
According to a Razer representative, the company is "doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room and looking forward to producing the world's largest library of Android TV games". Razer thinks that the Forge TV could become a "spiritial successor" to the Ouya platform, which the company acquired earlier this year.
Razer said: "Following our acquisition of OUYA, we've been focused on integrating the content we inherited and building a spiritual successor to OUYA with the Forge TV. We're doubling-down on Android gaming in the living room and looking forward to producing the world's largest library of Android TV games, from AAA to indie. Concurrently, we are working to ramp-up production to address present demand and should have more news to share soon".
System Shock, and its even better sequel were two of my favorite games as a young gamer. But now there's news that there's a remake of System Shock coming out, thanks to Night Dive.
During an interview with Night Dive for Fast Company, PCWorld has reported that a "full-fledged remake" of System Shock is on the way. From the interview: "With most of its current catalog, Night Dive merely licenses the rights for a rerelease, and splits the sales revenue with the rights holder. Night Dive is becoming more interested in acquiring rights in their entirety, as this gives the company much more flexibility".
They continued: "One example: Night Dive is developing a full remake of the original System Shock, going well beyond the basic rerelease that launched a couple months ago. Night Dive has acquired the full rights to the franchise, and Kick says he's been working with Robert Waters, the game's original concept artist, to reimagine his designs from the early 1990s".
Sony will most likely take a bigger lead on Microsoft in December, thanks to its PlayStation Experience 2015 event in San Francisco between December 5-6.
The event will see Sony showing off both current and upcoming titles for their various platforms, including the PS4 and PlayStation VR. Personally, I think this could be the time that Sony takes a huge lead over Microsoft, and goes for the big push of its PlayStation VR headset, at a totally Sony-centric event. You can be sure we'll be reporting on it all as soon as it happens.
The operating system powering the new wave of Steam Machines, Valve's newborn SteamOS, might be in trouble. It looks like the Linux-fueled SteamOS is underwhelming in actual real-time gameplay when compared with today's Windows 10 standard, showing a possible grim future for the fledgling living room PC market.
Ars Technica has published a new tech demo that saw Windows 10 go head-to-head with Valve's SteamOS. The results showed SteamOS somewhat holding its own in GeekBench tests, but Windows 10 completely dominated over the Linux newcomer in gaming benchmarks. Ars notes that SteamOs dropped frame-rates up to 58% lower than Windows 10.
With Shadows of Mordor running on Ultra settings at 1792x1120 resolution, SteamOS maintained a paltry 14.6 FPS, with Windows 10 pegged at 34.5 FPS. On Low settings for the same game, SteamOS runs at 61 FPS whereas Windows 10 hits 95.5 FPS. Benchmarks for Metro: Last Light were more of the same. With Metro running at 2560x1600 resolution with minimum presets, SteamOS hit 40 FPS with Windows 10 at 50.5 FPS.
During the weeks before Fallout 4 came out just about everyone was joking that the game would consume their lives; millions of people would call in sick using a note from Dr. Pete Hines, wives and girlfriends would be neglected, and bomb shelters would be built to house Fallout 4 addicts everywhere. Interestingly enough, Fallout 4 has indeed disrupted people's lives in many ways, including their daily consumption of porn.
Pornhub revealed that site traffic dipped as much as 10% on the day of Fallout 4's launch, proving people were more interested in putting their hands on a controller than...well...you know. The spike was short-lived, though. Users soon came back for their naughty digital fix in a massive influx, showing that like war, porn never changes.
"Like watching a good Pornhub video, anticipation of the release had been building up, and once the moment arrived, dedicated gamers thought of little else - including visiting Pornhub," the site wrote on its metric update. If you're keen to see the full scope of how a huge game like Fallout 4 can interrupt daily habits--even those shameful and seedy online visits--drop on over to the site. Pornhub keeps a watchful eye over its visitors, and there are some pretty dynamic stats going on. Remember that console gamers can get in on the action, as Pornhub also supports play on both the Xbox One and PlayStation 4.
Fallout 4 might have been the most anticipated game in recent memory, and the newly released success reports pretty much prove this to be true. Despite the frame-rate controversy that fractured the gaming community, Bethesda's open-world magnum opus went on to become a smash hit across all platforms.
Bethsoft today announced concrete Fallout 4 sales metrics, revealing that the game amassed $750 million on its first day of availability. The open-world post-apocalyptic adventure also managed to completely smash the video game pre-order record, with the super rare Pip-Boy Edition being the "fastest-selling collector's edition in gaming history in retail stores."
While gamers argue that the PC version of Fallout 4 is the best (myself included), the game has made serious strides on Steam, with Bethesda touting that Fallout 4 was the number-one game played with over 470,000 concurrent Steam users. With the launch of such a high-profile game, a ton of gamers were curious to see it in action--and as a result more Twitch users tuned into Fallout 4 streams than any other game launch of 2015, including Halo 5.
If there's a system seller out there for the Wii U, and it's not a Mario or Mario Kart game, it's a new Zelda game. Well, during the Nintendo Direct live stream, the Japanese gaming giant announced The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD for the Wii U, which arrives next year.
The Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess HD will be released on March 4, 2016 exclusive to the Wii U. We've seen snippets of a next-gen Zelda game before, which looked absolutely incredible. I previously owned a Wii U, but I think that this could be enough to buy one again. What about you?
I have to say that playing around with Fallout 4's PC console commands is almost as much fun as the actual game. Bethesda basically gives us the tools to become gods over the Commonwealth, letting us do whatever we want. The phrase "the world is your oyster" comes to mind, and using console commands you can shuck it all you want.
In this tutorial we'll not only give you some basic console commands, but we'll arm you with the tools to find any item ID in the game. So that means no more scouting websites and digging through posts to see if your favorite gear is up yet. Instead we'll show you how to find out with a simple command. Information is power, after all, and we aim to fully empower you with everything you need to have a blast with your godly abilities.
First let's start out with the basic commands. ID's for items, enemies and characters are only half of the puzzle. Think of the ID as the answer, but you still need the equation to balance everything out. In this short Google Doc you'll find a number of easy commands. Be sure to check this list of item ID's as a quick way to spawn goods. Apart from being able to spawn any item, NPC or boss in the game, the console adds the extra benefit of being able to earn achievements with buffs and cheats are active.
Not so long ago, Nintendo revealed its first-ever smartphone game would be a free-to-play social Mii-hub called Miitomo. Like most free-to-play smartphone games, Miitomo is powered by freemium-style microtransactions built upon DeNA's market framework. However, it looks like every upcoming Nintendo-branded smartphone game will be riddled with paid content as the company makes an effort to fully tap the new platform.
"Games currently in the pipeline are all free to play," DeNA CEO Isao Moriyasu said during an earnings event, as reported by The Wall Street Journal. DeNA and Nintendo currently plan to release five different smartphone games up until March 2017, and all of them will be freemium-based experiences.
In a bid to tap the rich vein of mobile gaming and expand its presence, Nintendo partnered with the Japanese freemium moguls at DeNA, forming a union that is paced to inject Nintendo's quirky library onto the hugely popular mobile sector. The partnership came as a shock to many, as it was the first time Nintendo went outside of its first-party hardware pool to actively seek a widely accessible platform.