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Nintendo favorites Star Fox and Donkey Kong teased in Unreal Engine 4

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 12, 2015 6:46 am

Unreal Engine 4 has been getting some serious love from CryZENx, who has now delivered two more Nintendo favorites into Epic Games' impressive graphics engine.

 

 

 

Star Fox and Donkey Kong have now reached Unreal Engine 4 in the open-world "A Boy and his Kite" demo. We've got both of the videos embedded above, but which is your favorite? I've got to say, the more I see of Unreal Engine 4 and some of my favorite characters from Nintendo's awesome library of memories, the more I want Nintendo to use Unreal Engine 4 and deliver some next-gen Donkey Kong, Mario, and Star Fox games.

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Grand Theft Auto V has sold over 54 million copies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2015 11:41 pm

We all know that the Grand Theft Auto games are one of the biggest selling franchises of all time, but did you know that there have been over 54 million copies of GTA V sold so far?

 

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With an average price of $60 per copy, Take-Two Interactive and Rockstar Games have pulled in an insane $3.24 billion from Grand Theft Auto V sales. The news of GTA V's huge sales come from Take-Two Interactive's earnings report, with the company reporting earnings per share of 31c on revenues of $366.4 million.

Nintendo believes it can no longer ignore the mobile gaming market

By: Michael Hatamoto | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2015 9:09 pm

Gaming company Nintendo announced earlier this year that it planned to enter the mobile gaming market - and at least five mobile games could be expected by March 2017.

 

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"We can't deny the massive install base of smartphones out there, and some fans that aren't old enough yet to afford their own gaming console, perhaps for those consumers they can start to appreciate some of our content and build a relationship with some of our characters and our franchises," said Scott Moffitt, executive of Nintendo of America, in a statement to the Examiner. "We feel it's going to be an additive to our console business."

 

Just because Nintendo is dabbling in the smartphone game market doesn't mean investors and supporters need to be worried about executives abandoning the company's core business: "Normally, we wouldn't have taken that step of telling people we are working on the next system, but we wanted people to know we remain committed to the dedicated game device business," he said while referring to the Nintendo NX.

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Steam Machines go portable with the Smach Zero, out in 2016 for $299

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 11, 2015 3:24 am

Smach has just surprised gamers by unveiling its new portable Steam Machine which will go on sale on November 10 for $299, the day that Valve begins selling its Steam Machines, but it won't begin shipping until late 2016.

 

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The company that will be building the portable Steam Machine is Smach, which has said it will begin shipping out units in Q4 2016. The $299 price is the pre-sale price only, so expect this to go up a little. What was known as the Steamboy is now known as the Smach Zero, claiming to be "the first handheld console to play Steam games on the go" and will play "more than 1000 games" from the Steam library upon launch.

 

When it comes to specs, Smach announced back in June:

 

  • AMD embedded G-Series SoC "Steppe Eagle" with Jaguar-based CPU and GCN-based Radeon graphics
  • 4 GB RAM memory
  • 32GB internal memory and SD Card Slot
  • USB OTG
  • 5-inch Touchscreen with 720p resolution
  • Configurable tactile gamepads
  • HDMI video output connection
  • Wi-Fi connectivity
  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • 4G mobile network connectivity (PRO model only)

Dark Souls 3 is a 'turning point for the series', says Miyazaki

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 1:53 pm

At Gamescom 2015 the renown master of macabre Hidetaka Miyazaki sat down with Gamespot to discuss Dark Souls 3, revealing some hints on what's next for the series.

 

 

"Dark Souls is my life's work. Everything I came up with for Dark Souls 3 is based on my personal preferences," Miyazaki said, his words offering huge relief for fans who preferred the "Miyzaki touch" that was present in the original game. "Dark Souls 3 is also actually the turning point for the franchise. This project was launched by the previous From Software management, before I was appointed president. In that sense, Dark Souls 3 is the turning point for the series. As president of From Software, I am planning to launch several new projects. I can't quite specify exactly what they are. Those could be something sci-fi, but you'll have to stay tuned for more about that in the future."

 

This isn't the first time Miyazaki echoed these words; at E3 2015 he squashed reports that Dark Souls 3 would be the final game in the series, but provided no concrete details on what's next. What we do know is that Miyazaki will have full creative control over the future of the franchise, meaning that Dark Souls 3 will act as a bridge towards Miyazaki's new grand scheme.

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CS:GO goes truly global with Africa receiving a World Champs qualifier

By: Chris Smith | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 12:32 pm

There has been a lot of talk about the rise of eSports recently, this has been partly thanks to things like the massive $16 million Dota2 tournament, ESL's great work with various LoL and CS:GO tournaments plus Riot Games' contribution to its massive tournament series named LCS. This is all well and good for the American and European nations concerned, but what about the rest?

 

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'The World Championships 2015' has announced its full support for 'the little guys' when it comes to eSports, announcing its African qualifier which includes South Africa, Egypt, Morocco, Libya, Algeria and Tunisia, as seen on HLTV.

 

This event is set as a best of one map series in a round robin format, with each country to put forward one team to compete over a four day period. The winning country will earn a spot at the global championship, set for Belgrade later in 2015.

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16-year-old gamer helps his team win $6.6 million in The International

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 8:45 am

Can you believe that The International is over already? The biggest Dota 2 competition has been won by American team Evil Geniuses, who took home a huge $6.6 million of the $18 million prize pool.

 

 

Evil Geniuses took down Chinese team CDEC, 3-1 in the best-of-five Grand Finals over the weekend. All five players in Evil Geniuses - Fear, PPD, AUI, Sumail, and Universe - are now millionaires. Better yet, they're all so young, including 16-year-old Pakistani champion 'Sumail' who sold his bike when he was young so he could play more Dota 2. Sumail is now the youngest millionaire in eSports.

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Xbox boss has pumped over 300 hours into Destiny

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 5:43 am

Phil Spencer, the chief of Xbox, has pumped some serious hours into Destiny. Another Xbox executive, Mike Ybarra, posted an image of Spencer's Xbox Live profile, showing that Spencer had played 346 hours of Destiny.

 

 

These 346 hours in Destiny were up to August 8, with Spencer using a level 34 Titan and level 13 Hunter. With Destiny launching not even a year ago, he's averaging an hour a day in Destiny, which is a considerable amount of time for someone as important and busy as the head of Xbox.

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NVIDIA's new 4K 60FPS trailer for Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 3:27 am

The release of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain is nearly here, so NVIDIA is teasing an impressive new trailer that runs at 4K at 60FPS. Quite insane, when you consider most trailers are released in 1080p, and only sometimes at 60FPS.

 

 

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain drops on November 1 rocking some special touches for the PC version including greater view distances, improved reflections and textures, more light sources and shadows, and much more.

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Ultra-low graphics mod transforms Skyrim into a Pixar wonderland

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: Aug 10, 2015 12:45 am

In an effort to dramatically improve performance, Skyrim modder UniqueUses created an ultra-low graphics overhaul that transformed the once-detailed continent into a majestic winter wonderland straight out of a Pixar movie.

 

 

The mod, officially called "Toon Skyrim", was showcased in a Reddit post that has seen some six-thousand upvotes, proving many gamers are eager to try it out. But UniqueUses still has a lot of work cut out for him before Toon Skyrim is ready for release--including fleshing out NPC's, fixing signs, and a number of tweaks across the board.

 

"I'm basically making my own potato texture mod, with an enb and weather that goes with it to help hide that ugly lod," the modder said in the post, using the term "potato textures" to describe low-def textures. "I like the potato texture style, but I think a lot of fixing up needs to be done for it to be playable. So I'm going to attempt to make things like signs and faces readable but still fit the potato style."

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