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Amazon's New World MMORPG pops on Steam, set for 2020 release

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 2 hours, 14 mins ago

A listing for Amazon's new MMORPG New Worlds has popped on Steam, confirming a 2020 launch and a $39.99 price tag.

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Despite a big speed bump in June, Amazon's game development endeavors are still on track. New World, Amazon Game Studios' premiere flagship MMO game that's set in a 1600's fantasy world, is going strong and is apparently ready for release.

The Steam listing has tons of screenshots and info about New World, strongly hinting we'll see a big announcement tonight at The Game Awards 2019. New World costs $39.99 for the base version, and has all the traditional hooks any live MMO contains: microtransactions, crafting, PVP, co-op team play, questing, exploration, etc.

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Fallout 4's new workshop mode is great for settlement enthusiasts

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 4 hours, 50 mins ago

Fallout 4 is getting a new workshop mode that lets you build your ultimate settlement anywhere at any time with unlimited resources. There's just one catch: They're not actually real.

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Fallout 4's new virtual workshop mode is basically a holodeck simulation where you build crazy settlements in unique areas that aren't actually settle-able in the base game. The mode is part of the Creation Club, and lets you build a settlement in specific world zones like the GNR Building, in a radioative atomic crater, and even on a deserted island.

While PC modding absolutely annihilates vanilla Fallout 4 settlement management, this feature is great for anyone who wants to dabble in vanilla building before moving on to the main event. It's a great entry point and serves as a good alternative to PS4 players who don't get expansive mod support. The only downside is the settlements aren't real and you can't interact with them outside of the VR pod simulation--they're not technically part of your narrative experience.

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New Fallout 76 update glitch drops armor by up to 20%

By: Derek Strickland | Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 47 mins ago

A new Fallout 76 update introduces a glitch that lowers armor rating after reloading.

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Bethesda accidentally bugged legendary armor sets in Fallout 76 with Update 16, lowering their overall effectiveness. After reloading while wearing a full legendary armor set, some players report their overall damage resistance gets lowered despite the armor being at full durability. One video shows a sizable 20% DR drop from 519 DR to 414 DR while wearing the Vanguard Thorn armor set.

This forces users to un-equip and re-equip the armor every time to reset and get the full damage resistance. The stats aren't affected and the armor set bonuses are still intact. The glitch also doesn't happen every time to every armor set, and it's likely Bethesda is already working on a fix.

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The Witcher TV show final trailer released - prepare for a bloodbath

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 10 hours, 51 mins ago

Netflix has just released the final trailer for their upcoming Witcher TV show, and if you weren't excited for the show to release I bet you will be now.

The trailer was released onto the official Witcher Twitter account and it shows Geralt (Henry Cavill) facing off against some enemies. We also get a great top down shot of a massive battle occurring between two armies charging into each other. We also see some brutal combat scenes, and some teasers of Cirilla and how her story will tie into Geralts.

After watching this trailer you are no doubt hyped for the release of The Witcher. What you should know is that after the first season is finished a second season has already been greenlit by Netflix, more on that here. On another Witcher note, if you haven't seen the trailer where we see Henry Cavill in full combat, check that out here. Netflix will release The Witcher TV show on December 20th.

The Game Awards is turning into a global E3 with 'The Game Festival'

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 23 mins ago

The annual Game Awards event are about to get underway, and right before everything is about to kick off show-runner Geoff Keighley has announced The Game Festival.

The Game Festival is a new "digital consumer event concept" that will be apart of The Game Awards this year. According to the blog post, The Game Festival is a first-of-its-kind digital consumer event that will give gamers a hands-on experience with soon-to-be-released games through demos. For this year's award show, The Game Festival will launch a digital pilot program on Steam that will allow gamers to play a dozen demos of upcoming games.

The window if playable opportunity only lasts for 48 hours, but for those 48 hours, players will be able to download demos from some of the most highly anticipated games. Keighley says that The Game Festival is designed from the ground up to be an event without barriers as he says that he understands that not everyone can physically attend the award show. Keighley calls The Game Festival "a completely digital approach to the consumer event space". The full list of the game demos has been provided in the entirety of this post.

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NASA's TESS satellite accidentally caught a comet 'burp' on video

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 12 hours, 54 mins ago

Sometimes when you are observing space you run into things that you just don't expect, NASA recently experienced this when they pointed one of their satellites a comet.

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NASA pointed their Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or better known as TESS at comet 46P/Wirtanen in an effort to merely test their systems. To their surprise the comet ejected an estimated 2.2 million pounds of materials (ice, dust and gas) in what looks very similar to that of a 'burp'. Scientists said that the 'burp' lasted for about one hour and occurred on September 26th, 2018.

This isn't the very first time astronomers have spotted a comet ejecting materials, but it is the first time that a satellite has observed the entire thing like TESS has done. According to the paper's lead author, astronomer Tony Farnham of the University of Maryland, "We can't predict when comet outbursts will happen. But even if we somehow had the opportunity to schedule these observations, we couldn't have done any better in terms of timing. The outburst happened mere days after the observations started."

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This AI-powered 10,000 piece LEGO sorting machine is a world's first

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 13 hours, 33 mins ago

I don't know about you, but when I was kid I had boxes and boxes of LEGO that my parents bought me to keep me out of their hair. This LEGO wasn't sorted in the slightest, in fact it probably couldn't of been more jumbled if you tried.

That's when I needed Daniel West's creation, or what he called the "Universal LEGO Sorting Machine". Let's call it the ULSM for sort. The ULSM is comprised of over 10,000 individual pieces of LEGO (yes, that does means LEGO is sorting LEGO) and uses AI to sort LEGO into one of 18 different buckets at a rate of about "about one brick every two seconds".

So how does it work? West explains in his video (above) that he trained the AI to sort bricks by feeding it realistic 3D images of LEGO parts, and then programmed it to learn which bucket to drop the observed brick into. This AI technique is called a convolutional neural network, and since this technique was used the machine is able to detect any LEGO piece ever created and even ones that it hasn't seen before.

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This Goose game is one of the reasons why you should love the internet

By: Jak Connor | Gaming | Posted: 13 hours, 56 mins ago

Back in the early 2000's people were just starting to become connected, it wasn't like it was today in terms of push notifications, easily accessible trailers, and the massive library of video games at your fingertips.

So this is where gratitude comes into play, we really have to appreciate that if it were twenty years ago, we would have never seen games made like Untitled Goose Game, or at least we would have never heard about them. Untitled Goose Game is made by House House and is one of the reasons why you should love the internet because if it wasn't for the internet, then you would have never heard about this puzzle-stealth title.

Of course, this is a joke. You can love or hate the internet for whatever reason you deem reasonable. But if you want to look at something that might make your smile appear because of its creativity, then check out the above trailer. In short, Untitled Goose Game lets players torment NPC's as a Goose. Players can pick up objects that NPC's require and run away with them, stalk NPC's, quack at them, check off torture missions, and so on. Untitled Goose Game is releasing on PS4 on December 17th.

There's water on space exoplanets, but just not a lot of it out there

By: Jak Connor | Science, Space & Robotics | Posted: 14 hours, 31 mins ago

Scientists assume that one of the main building blocks of life is water, which is why astronomers and scientists alike have been searching planets for it.

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The main searches are in the "goldilocks zone" which is the area around a star where the temperatures are close that of Earth's or fall under the potentially habitable category. A team of scientists from the University of Cambridge looked into the atmospheric observation data of nineteen exoplanets in an attempt to try and figure out if their atmospheres could lead to the planet containing water.

The exoplanets ranged hugely in size, some being as big as six-hundred Earth masses on the higher side, and some being around ten Earth masses on the lower side. What was found was that water is much more common on these exoplanets than previously thought, but not in high quantities. Dr. Nikku Madhusudhan, who led the research, said, "We are seeing the first signs of chemical patterns in extra-terrestrial worlds, and we're seeing just how diverse they can be in terms of their chemical compositions. It is incredible to see such low water abundances in the atmospheres of a broad range of planets orbiting a variety of stars."

Mortal Kombat reboot movie release date moved up by two months

By: Jak Connor | TV, Movies & Home Theatre | Posted: 15 hours ago

If you are a Mortal Kombat fan, you are no doubt waiting for Warner Bros to release the upcoming R-rated movie based on the video games.

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Luckily, you won't be having to wait very much longer at all as the publisher has decided to bring the movie's release date up closer to the start of the year. Originally fans were expected the launch to take place on March 5th, 2021, but now Warner Bros. has said that the Mortal Kombat movie will release on January 15th, 2021.

If you have been unaware of the Mortal Kombat movie that's currently in production, check out where the movie is being shot here. The Mortal Kombat movie reboot is being produced by Aquaman director James Wan, more on that here. Not too long ago, news surfaced about Joe Taslim stepping into the shoes of the legendary Sub-Zero, check that out here.