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DICE spent 3 years on weather + Levolution tech for Battlefield 2042

Anthony Garreffa | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 7:06 PM CDT

Battlefield 2042 has some truly incredible dynamic weather effects that we've only had a glimpse at so far, but the time at DICE has been working on that technology for many years now.

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During a recent DICE devstream, we learned that the team spent over 3 years working on the dynamic weather and upgraded Levolution technologies. DICE General Manager Oskar Gabrielson explained that team spent over 3 years on it, with a single developer saying how cool it would be for there to be a tornado in the game, ripping the level to pieces.

DICE spent a year working on the dynamic weather technology, showing off a prototype and having some developers at DICE thinking it was pre-rendered and simply couldn't believe that they were seeing a real-time tornado rip through what would eventually become Battlefield 2042.

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Konami to release Game Boy Advance Castlevania games in new collection

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 6:43 PM CDT

Konami may release another collection of Castlevania games from the Game Boy Advance era.

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Ratings for a Castlevania Advance collection have popped up on the Australian Ratings Board. The collection, which has been rated M for fantasy violence, should include Game Boy Advance games like 2001's Circle of the Moon, 2002's Harmony of Dissonance, and 2003's Aria of Sorrow.

Konami has yet to make an official announcement just yet and the ratings take some thunder out of the collection's reveal. Konami has re-released a number of old-school Castlevania games in bundles including 2018's Requiem collection, which packs the excellent Symphony of the Night and Rondo of Blood, and 2019's Anniversary Collection that includes eight sidescrollers across NES, SNES, Genesis and Game Boy.

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FIFA lootboxes are no longer random, but only for a limited time

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 5:36 PM CDT

EA introduces new preview boxes in FIFA that let consumers view the contents before they buy...for a limited time.

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Today EA announced FIFA Preview Packs that allow players to open a pack and view its contents before committing to a purchase. These packs are part of the Festival of FUTball event and can be purchased with FUT Coins, which are earned in-game, and the premium FIFA Points currency.

"These packs will allow you to see all the specific Items contained within them before you need to make a decision on whether you want to buy the pack with FUT Coins or FIFA Points. Preview Packs will be the only pack type available in the FUT Store during this time, at the end of the campaign other pack types will return," EA said in an announcement post.

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Windows 10 is up to 35% off in CDKDEALS' Mid-Year Sale - just $14.27

Sponsored Content | Deals | Fri, Jun 18 2021 2:39 PM CDT

CDKDEALS is currently holding its amazing Mid-Year Sale where you can grab some hot deals on some of Microsoft's most popular products, such as Windows 10 (various versions), Office 2016, and Office 2019.

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You can opt for a bundle deal, such as Windows 10 Pro + Office 2016 Pro, for even more savings. Here's a highlight of some of the best deals available to you.

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Madden NFL 22: No free next-gen upgrade, next-gen exclusive tweaked AI

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 12:52 PM CDT

EA Sports recently announced Madden NFL 22 and confirms the game will be $69.99 on PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X consoles with no free upgrade.

Like Battlefield 2042, Madden NFL 22 will not support EA's Dual Entitlement program, which gave current-gen players a free next-gen upgrade. EA used this program in 2020 to ensure a smooth transition between platforms. Madden NFL 22 will not support Smart Delivery on Xbox platforms either.

Madden NFL 22 is listed for $69.99 on both Xbox Series X/S and PlayStation 5. EA is selling a cross-gen pack for $99.99, the same price as Battlefield 2042's dual-console SKU.

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George R.R. Martin's work in Elden Ring has been done for years now

Derek Strickland | Gaming | Fri, Jun 18 2021 10:29 AM CDT

Elden Ring is one of the most exciting games coming in 2022, but it took a while before the game was ready. A long while. In fact, George R.R. Martin's work on the project has been done for years now.

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For Elden Ring, Hidetaka Miyazaki and FromSoftware wanted to create a new world set in an expansive dark fantasy mythos. So they hired one of the best worldmakers in the business: A Song of Ice and Fire's George R.R. Martin. This collaboration has been in the works for some time; Martin says he was hired to make a template for Elden Ring's setting. After he was done, FromSoft adapted it to fit their needs.

"It's actually considerably different [than writing a book]. I've played some video games, I'm not a big video gamer. The game is called Elden Ring. My work on it was actually done years ago. These games, they're like movies, they take a long time to develop," Martin said in a recent interview with PBS Chicago.

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Hubble lost its mind and shut down because of its 1980's computer

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Jun 18 2021 5:33 AM CDT

NASA's Hubble Space Telescope experienced a malfunction and shut down, according to a press release by the US space agency.

The press release found on the NASA website states that the issue has something to do with Hubble's payload computer, and on June 13, it shut down. NASA's team of researchers analyzed the data and are now investigating if the issue can be attributed to a "degrading memory module". Preparations are currently being made for a memory module switch to occur on June 16, and after the switch has been made and tests are run for around one day, the telescope will resume its normal duties.

NASA explains, "The purpose of the payload computer is to control and coordinate the science instruments onboard the spacecraft. After the halt occurred on Sunday, the main computer stopped receiving a "keep-alive" signal, which is a standard handshake between the payload and main spacecraft computers to indicate all is well."

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Mark Cuban get's 'hit' by a crypto coin crashing down to zero dollars

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Fri, Jun 18 2021 4:33 AM CDT

No one is safe from the unpredictable cryptocurrency market drops, not even people who are already billionaires and could be considered "whales".

Mark Cuban is one example, as a coin that he has personally backed saw a sharp decline in value as a massive sell-off wave occurred, reducing the value of the coin by 100%. The token in reference is Iron Titanium, and on Wednesday morning, the value begun to crash, driving the price from $64 on Wednesday to less than 0.01% of a penny by the time Thursday rolled around.

Large investors into the coin began to sell off their holding, causing the token's value to plummet, but Iron Titanium isn't the only coin to have done this. According to CoinMarketCap, around one-third of the world's top 100 most valuable cryptocurrencies on the market dropped by at least 40% in value over the past month and a bit. Additionally, twelve of the most valuable crypto's have reduced in value by more than 50% on average.

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NASCAR driver picks Bitcoin and Litecoin for sponsorship deal payment

Jak Connor | Cryptocurrency & Mining | Fri, Jun 18 2021 3:31 AM CDT

A professional NASCAR driver will be receiving at least part of his salary in cryptocurrencies, according to a new sponsorship deal that has been struck.

The professional NASCAR driver is Landon Cassill, who says he was already "very active" in the Litecoin market, and according to a report from Associated Press, Cassill will be receiving his entire sponsorship deal with Voyage in Bitcoin and Litecoin. The deal between Cassill and Voyage spans 19 years, and Cassill will receive a "portfolio of various digital assets" that contains Bitcoin and Litecoin.

Cassill states, "There are a handful of pilots who like crypto, but I am probably one of the ones who has been around long enough and I am quite comfortable with how it works. I can trade it right away before the market changes or hold on to it while the market goes up or down, take out a little, pay my bills with it and keep the rest."

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Here's what to know about UFO 'proof' ahead of US intelligence report

Jak Connor | Science, Space, Health & Robotics | Fri, Jun 18 2021 2:32 AM CDT

Unidentified flying objects (UFO) have been a topic that has stigma attached to it for quite a long time, but now a new report headed for the US Senate may shine some light on the topic.

The US Senate will be receiving a detailed report on UFOs, or what the government calls them unidentified aerial phenomena (UAP), on June 25, and it's expected that some unclassified information will be released that will explain some recently released videos. People have been waiting for this report for many months now, and before it's released, there are some videos/pieces of information you should know.

Politicians that have already been briefed on the report have said that the information the report contains isn't very exciting, but it did raise some serious concerns for national security. In a comment to the NY Post, D-NY Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney said that the main issue is the safety and security of US military personal, and knowing the capabilities of the object.

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