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Star Citizen continues to rake money in, flies past $43 million

Cloud Imperium Games' Star Citizen continues to pull in serious amounts of money, which has now just surpassed $43 million in funding. This new milestone has just unlocked Omni Role Combat Armor for each backer.

 

 

This means that every person that backed the project up until this point will receive the set of marine combat armor, which will show up in their accounts. The ORC armor is better quality than the stock Army Ground Forces standard-issue infantry body armor, but isn't as protective as the Marines' proprietary Nail-armor, or the SpecOp variants.

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PC games generates more revenue than console games globally

According to the latest report by DFC, its now known that the PC games market generates more revenue in comparison with console games counterpart worldwide.

 

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DFC Intelligence's David Cole revealed this finding to PCR during an interview. He also added that PC gaming's dominance will still continue. He said,"On a global basis PC games have surpassed console games but the new console systems means consoles should show an increase."

 

He continued,"Among core gamers there is a heavy overlap with most console gamers also playing on a PC. The big difference is that consoles are now the luxury item and PCs are the necessity. Just a few years ago the reverse was true. This means PCs have the broader audience."

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Microsoft pushes forward with Xbox original programming efforts

Microsoft has outlined some of its online programming efforts for the Xbox One, and will include a wide variety of content: reality shows, documentaries, videogame-based shows, and scripted dramas for Xbox viewers. Even with its $5-per-month Xbox Live subscription, industry analysts believe it will be difficult to try and compete with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and other more-established competitors in an increasingly crowded market.

 

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"What we're interested in is giving subscribers a reason to stay on our platform," noted Nancy Tellem, Xbox Entertainment Studios President. "We're really focused on the fans of the Xbox, the millennials... many of whom are not subscribing to cable, and use a console as their entertainment device."

 

Both Microsoft and Sony hope to see their consoles turn into something more than just a game console - they want users powering up the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 for Web browsing, using Netflix, and watching other online content.

Pre-order Mario Kart 8, and receive $10 of pre-paid fuel in real-life

Mario Kart 8 is ready to race into your house, but Best Buy is running a very cool promotion for the upcoming cart racer from Nintendo. The retail giant is offering up a $10 pre-paid MasterCard for anyone who pre-orders Mario Kart 8.

 

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The card itself can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted, but Best Buy is pushing that you should buy fuel with it - because Mario Kart 8 is a kart racer... geddit? You have to pre-order Mario Kart 8 and register your code by June 30 to collect the $10 pre-paid MasterCard, with Mario Kart 8 sliding onto your system on May 29.

Buried copies of Atari video games found in New Mexico landfill

Hundreds of Atari video game cartridges, including "E.T.," were found in a landfill located in Alamogordo, New Mexico. All other discoveries will be recorded for a Microsoft-funded documentary that will be available for Xbox gamers before the end of 2014.

 

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In an effort to capitalize on the tremendous popularity of the "E.T." movie released in 1983, the video game was rushed out of production in less than six weeks. Most of the audience that stood by and watched a team search through the landfill left before the discovery was made, though it's expected there are thousands of Atari games scattered throughout the landfill.

 

"We found something," said Zak Penn, famed movie director, after a cache of video games was discovered. "For anybody who doubted, there's a whole heck of a lot of games down there. We just saw them!"

New 'high-performance' BF4 servers to stop rubber-banding issues

EA and DICE are finally getting around to solving the rubber-banding issues that have plagued Battlefield 4 since its launch. DICE said at the beginning of the month that it had plans to upgrade the BF4 servers as the developer was "unhappy" with the performance when rubber-banding came into play.

 

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When DICE released the latest Naval Strike DLC, the problem was even more apparent, where DICE said the issue stemmed from "a configuration of certain hardware types dedicated to 64-player matches". DICE has reportedly done considerable testing on the new hardware to make sure the rubber-banding issues were fixed, and that performance is already better on the new servers.

 

DICE's VIce President and General Manager, Karl Magnus Troedsson said: "While the process took longer than we would've liked, we wanted to be 100 percent sure it was done right and that the long-term solution was properly in place".

Unreal Engine 4 supports PS4 and Xbox One; will support Linux, SteamOS

Epic Games recently released its 4.1 update where it provided details of its plans that will help any independent game developers who wish to make a game using Unreal Engine 4.

 

 

Epic Games' Unreal Engine 4.1 is now available to the public and indie developers, provided they're signed up in its $19/mo subscription plan. The company also said that the designers could be eligible for some free tools for indie developers to make games.

 

They've also mentioned in its notes that it will be providing full support for SteamOS and Linux, therefore giving more choice and platform options for indie developers. This move made by Epic will provide easy options for those

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The entire country of Denmark is re-created in Minecraft

Two people from the Danish Geodata Agency have created a 1:1 model of Denmark in the most popular indie game, Minecraft.

 

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This project was made by the agency's Simon Kokkendoft and Thorbjørn Nielsen who built the entire country using virtual block. The two used the data from their Geodata Agency to make an accurate 'block' version of Denmark.

 

The duo planned this project keeping environment and education in mind. According to the news report by Danish's news agency, the duo hopes that this Minecraft version of Denmark will be introduced in local schools so that students can learn everything from urban planning to environment preservation.

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XCOM: Enemy Unknown lands on Google Play

One of the games that won many awards with reviewers over the last couple of years is the XCOM franchise. This game has players fighting against an alien invasion to save the world. Originally, the game launched for game consoles. Last year it landed for iOS gamers.

 

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Android fans that have wanted to get the game can now hit Google Play and get it. XCOM: Enemy Unknown sells for $9.99 and will work with select Android tablets and smartphones. Devices require Android 2.3 or higher and the game is a 2.6GB download.

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Skylanders Trap Team ships October 5, adds a new wrinkle to the series

Skylanders has been around for several years and was the first game to allow the player to take real-world action figures into the video game to play. The player could buy a number of Skylanders action figures, set them on a portal device, and play them in the video game. Activision has turned Skylanders into one of its most profitable franchises.

 

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A new Skylanders game will land this fall called Skylanders Trap Team. It will have the normal ability to let gamers place an action figure on the portal and play the character in the game. It will also have another interesting feature that is a first for the franchise.

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