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Oddworld: Soulstorm on PC releases exclusively on the Epic Games Store

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 1 hour, 37 mins ago

The Oddworld community is patiently waiting for the next release in the series, Oddworld: Soulstorm. A recent announcement has revealed where fans will be able to access their game once its released.

 

 

In a recent post to the official Oddworld Twitter account, the series creator, Lorne Lanning addressed the entire Oddworld community, saying "Oddworld: Soulstorm will be coming to PC via the Epic Games Store." Lanning addressed why they decided to go to the Epic Games Store rather than Steam, saying that the decision was purely a financial one.

 

Here is the direct quote "Soulstorm is our most ambitious game ever and we are committed to creating a great game that meets the highest level of quality. But to create the version of Soulstorm we want, and you deserve, we needed additional financial assistance." The console release of the title will be released simultaneously with the PC version sometime during 2020.

The Joker director hints at sequel 'I would do anything with Joaquin'

By: Jak Connor | HT & Movies | Posted: 2 hours, 34 mins ago

For most comic book fans, seeing a comic book character hit the big screen is a massive deal. Even if the movie that they are seeing isn't based off the comic books at all.

 

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The upcoming Joker movie starring Joaquin Phoenix is one of these movies, and according to the director Todd Phillips, a sequel isn't that far out of the picture. Phillips spoke to Total Film magazine and said in response to a sequel that "One thing I will tell you: I would do anything with Joaquin, any day of the week."

 

He continued and said: "There's nobody like him. If he was willing to do it, and if people show up to this movie, and Warners came to us and said, 'You know what? If you guys could think of something...' Well, I have a feeling that he and I could think of something pretty cool." This is quite promising, as leading actor and director synergy is a great foundation for a movie to perform well, and it seems that Phillips and Phoenix have captured this. The Joker will be arriving in cinemas around the world on October 4th.

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GameStop lays off 120 staff members, 14% off total staff eliminated

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 3 hours, 40 mins ago

It wasn't too long ago that GameStop laid off more than 50 field leaders in their effort to reboot their entire franchise, now the company is at it again with the elimination hammer.

 

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GameStop has made some significant job cuts this time round, firing employee's from a range of different divisions throughout the company. GameStop wrote a statement saying "As part of the previously announced GameStop Reboot initiative to transform our business for the future and improve our financial performance, we can confirm a workforce reduction was implemented impacting more than 120 corporate staff positions, representing approximately 14% of our total associate base at our company headquarters as well as at some other offices."

 

Not only did staff members for the corporate side of the company get fired but also several members of the Game Informer journalist branch. Some of the names you have probably heard of before: managing editor Matt Bertz, senior editor Imran Khan, senior associate editor Kyle Hilliard, senior associate editor Jeff Marchiafava, associate editor Suriel Vazquez, associate editor Elise Favis, and associate editor Javy Gwaltney have been fired.

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Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord sticks a landing on Steam, March 2020

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 37 mins ago

Gamescom 2019 - Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord developers, TaleWorlds Entertainment have announced that their sequel title to the Mount & Blade franchise will be arriving on Steam in March of next year.

 

 

During their Gamescom 2019 presentation, TaleWorlds Entertainment announced that Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord would be arriving on Steam Early Access sometime during March of 2020. This is great news considering the extremely long development time the title endured, so hopefully the game arrives polished and ready for play. With that being said, do note that the title is coming to Steam Early Access which technically means it won't be completed when its playable.

 

Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord will be building upon the already fantastic battle system that was present in the previous game, Mount & Blade: Warband. Players will be able to establish secret criminal empires in cities, charge into the thick of battle on horse back, mount siege weaponry and conduct long-lasting sieges and much more. Players will also be introduced to the new bartering system that will give players flexibility when presented with a multitude of different choices. Currently there is no price attached to the title, but if you want more information check out the official Steam Store listing for it here.

The One Punch Man game forces players to stall until Saitama arrives

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 5 hours, 41 mins ago

Gamescom 2019 - Bandai Namco has shined a new light on their One Punch Man game 'A Hero Nobody Knows' and how combat will involved within the games story.

 

 

If you already know One Punch Man, you would understand that building a game purely around the premise of a character being able to one-shot any foe they encounter would be difficult. How do you overcome this problem without taking the key part of One Punch Man's greatness away? Introduce a mechanic that forces players to stall out fights until the hero arrives.

 

Bandai Namco will be rewarding players who achieve perfect blocks and combos with shaved off Saitama arrival time. Players will fight a range of different characters and they will also be able to enjoy the likes of 3v3 fights if they so choose to. Other characters that have been revealed are: Terrible Tornado, Silverfang, and Atomic Samurai. One Punch Man: A Hero Nobody Knows currently doesn't have a solid release date stuck to it yet, but we do know its headed to the Xbox One, PS4 and PC.

World's first real-world quantum network built with brand new protocol

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 6 hours, 45 mins ago

A team of researchers have made a break-through discovery in quantum internet networking, announcing they have developed the first quantum internet protocol.

 

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To understand the achievement that has been made here you must first understand current internet protocols. In classical computing and everyday use of the internet, a collection of software layers which are reffered to as a network stack enables devices to communicate with eachother, an example of this is HTTP. Professor Stephanie Wehner from the research team QuTech describes this by saying "All of us use classical link layer protocols in everyday life. One example is Wi-Fi, which allows an unreliable radio signal-suffering from interruptions and interference-to be used to transmit data reliably between compatible devices."

 

Quantum networking uses the same premise as traditional computing, but is still very different. Due to the differences between classical computing and quantum, the team developed a new "quantum network stack" that is the "world's first link-layer protocol". Since a quantum network uses quantum bits, or qubits to transfer information, a new network protocol had to be developed due to quantum bits not retaining data reliably. This newly developed protocol overcomes those hurdles that quantum level software development was encountering.

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Astronomers teach an AI to find cosmic collisions and ancient galaxies

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 7 hours, 43 mins ago

While it might seem that seeing a cosmic level collision such as a galaxy hitting head-on with another galaxy would be hard to miss, astronomers have found and easier way to minimize missing such an event.

 

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Astronomers have trouble defining which galaxies were a result of a past collision and which are just super-bright distant galaxies from the early universe. To assist with this task, astronomers have created an AI system that has been fed 1 million fake Hubble Space Telescope and James Webb Space Telescope images to help differentiate between galatic collisions and blurry super-bright star forming galaxies.

 

While the AI was being fed this data, astronomers already knew which ones where which, despite all images looking extremely similar at first glance. From this process astronomers managed to train the AI program to correctly differentiate between the two desired outcomes. The astronomers do say that for the system to be more accurate they must input more data from all different types/aged galaxies, this will enable wider range of detection for the AI to work with.

Secretlab becomes Dota 2 The International 2019 gaming chair partner

By: Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 16 mins ago

Secretlab continues to expand its reach in the gmaing world, offering some of the best gaming chairs your butt will ever have the joy of sitting on, including the players of this year's The International 2019 tournament.

 

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Secretlab's official Dota 2 gaming chairs will rock the Radiant and Fire faction logos from the game, and will be available in both the OMEGA and TITAN families of gaming chairs. The International 2019 has a huge $33 million prize pool for Dota 2 players up f or grabs, the largest prize pool in esports history.

 

Ian Alexander Ang, CEO and co-founder of Secretlab explains: "To provide our award-winning gaming chairs for The International 2019, and to support the rigours and standards of the world's most skilled Dota 2 professional players is the highest testament of the quality of our gaming seats and the team's continued efforts in creating a top-quality product made for the top professionals".

 

 

Better yet, you can WIN one of these exclusive Secretlab OMEGA (2020) TI9 Edition chairs.

Official government emails linked to exposed hentai porn site data

By: Jak Connor | Internet & Websites | Posted: 8 hours, 44 mins ago

Most people on the internet are ashamed of their porn searchers, and don't really want that information disclosed to the public. Well, Luscious users should be worried because their user data, searchers, email address and everything else that would be considered personal information was free to grab.

 

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According to the team at vpnMentor, Luscious' account holders had their usernames, email address, activity logs, locational data and much more free for the taking for all 1.195 million users. vpnMentor does say that the data hasn't been stolen as of yet but it was completely accessible, here is what they said "Our team was able to access this database because it was completely unsecured and unencrypted".

 

vpnMentor also says that they were able to access user accounts 'uploads' section meaning that people could possibly connect their already exposed email addresses, usernames with whatever videos the account has uploaded. This could result in a connection between the account holders real-life name and the video seen on the website, throw into the mix location data and we have a worrisome combination.

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Samsung's new 27-inch curved 240Hz gaming monitor now out for $400

By: Anthony Garreffa | Displays & Projectors | Posted: 9 hours, 1 min ago

Samsung unveiled two new gaming monitors today at Gamescom 2019 with the curved being the interesting Space Gaming Monitor, clamping to your desk without a stand... while the second is the CRG5 gaming monitor.

 

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Samsung's new CRG5 gaming monitor is the latest in Samsung's family of Curved Gaming Monitors, with the CRG5 unveiled at E3 2019, it has a native 1080p resolution and super-fast 240Hz refresh rate. The fastest refresh rate you can get on a consumer gaming monitor right now.

 

The 27-inch Samsung CRG5 has 240Hz "RapidCurve" technology and a 1500R curvature, with the 240Hz refresh assisted through NVIDIA G-Sync. So if you match up the new CRG5 with a high-end GeForce RTX 20 series graphics card or even a GTX 16 series card if you're playing something like League of Legends, Overwatch, CS:GO, or Apex Legends at 240FPS.

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