Gaming News - Page 1607

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Microsoft reverses decision on selling mature games on the Windows Store

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Dec 13 2012 9:35 PM CST

Microsoft made a very weird, and foolish decision when they said they wouldn't sell, or support any game sporting a Mature rating in the US or 16+ PEGI rating in Europe through the Windows Store.

Microsoft reverses decision on selling mature games on the Windows Store | TweakTown.com

Considering the software giant sells plenty of Mature-rated games on their Xbox 360 console, as well as publishing many themselves, it truly was a weird decision. Customers have slammed this decision for a while, and thanks to their backlash as well as members from the gaming industry itself, Microsoft have announced that they've reversed this foolish decision.

The Redmond-based company confirmed this week that they will be expanding their commitment to the Windows Store games, and will now support PEGI 18-rated titles in Europe. Ted Dworkin, Director of Program Management for the Windows Store took to the company's blog, saying:

We recognize that people have come to expect and appreciate rich gaming experiences on Windows and this includes games rated PEGI 18. We also want to ensure that every customer using the Store can browse and acquire apps with confidence. The Windows Store allows parents to be in control of the kinds of apps their children can install. For this reason, even with the introduction of content intended for a more mature audience, the Store continues to be a safe and positive place for children to explore.

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Arduino Esplora, the first open source gaming pad!

Charles Gantt | Wed, Dec 12 2012 2:25 PM CST

Meet the Arduino Esplora, an open source Arduino Leonardo based gaming pad that can be used in DIY Gaming projects, to control robots or just about any other project where a hand held controller is needed. Sporting an Atmega32U4 AVR microcontroller with 16 MHz crystal oscillator and a micro USB connection capable of acting as a USB client device, like a mouse or a keyboard.

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With 32 KB of memory (with 4 KB used for the bootloader) and a 3 axis acceleration on board we are sure that there will be some awesome games configured to support this controller. The Esplora can appear as a generic keyboard and mouse, and can be programmed to control these input devices using the Arduino Keyboard and Mouse libraries.

"To facilitate writing sketches for the Esplora, there is a dedicated library that contains methods for reading the sensors and writing to the outputs on-board. The library offers high level methods which provide pre-processed data, like degrees Fahrenheit or Celsius from the temperature sensor. It also enables easy access to the outputs, like writing values to the RGB LED." We can't wait to see someone playing Angry Birds on their 10" tablet using the Arduino Esplora as the control device!

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Nintendo Wii U is the most energy-efficient of the current consoles

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Dec 11 2012 4:39 AM CST

The Nintendo Wii U has been out for a few weeks now, and there have been some more interesting tests run on Nintendo's next-gen console. With no increase in actual processing power over the current-gen Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, where can we see some improvements? Efficiency.

Nintendo Wii U is the most energy-efficient of the current consoles | TweakTown.com

Performance per watt numbers show Nintendo have the lead, where the Wii U offers some of the same graphical capabilities and gameplay experiences that the current Xbox 360 and PS3 offer, but at much lower power consumption numbers.

The Wii U is slimmer than the just-released PlayStation "Super Slim" model, but offers the same performance (and sometimes better) in terms of resolution support, and lower power consumption numbers by a decent amount. During the FIFA 13 Demo, the Wii U only consumes 32w of power compared to the Xbox 360S and PS3 Super Slim with 76.5w and 70w, respectively.

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Valve's Gabe Newell confirms they're working on a competitor to the next-gen consoles - hello, Steam Box

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Dec 9 2012 2:27 AM CST

I've just come back from a 2 hour drive with my family to see my niece for her 7th birthday, and between getting home and going out again to drop my wife off to a friends house so they can go to the J Lo concert (ugh), I thought I'd sneak in some weekend news - little did I know I'd stumble across this bad boy.

Valve's Gabe Newell confirms they're working on a competitor to the next-gen consoles - hello, Steam Box | TweakTown.com

As soon as I read the article, the inner-kid in me got incredibly excited, so here we go. At the VGA's on the weekend, Valve's Gabe Newell confirmed that you'll be able to buy a living-room-friendly PC package next year that will be a competitor to the next-gen consoles from Microsoft and Sony.

You might know I'm a little bit passionate about Valve, as I really think they're about the only company that can firstly, save PC gaming and secondly, change gaming in general. Gaming right now is stuck in this pathetic cycle where developers have all but abandoned high-end, or even now mid-range systems, and run off to the consoles. We see yearly releases of the same games (COD) and we don't really get anything exciting anymore.

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Crytek teams up with Albert Hughes for Crysis 3 video series that will set the scene

Trace Hagan | Thu, Dec 6 2012 8:31 PM CST

Crysis 3 is incoming in just a couple of months and to get ready for the release, Crytek has teamed up with filmmaker Albert Hughes. Hughes will produce an online video series that draws inspiration from the Seven Wonders of Crysis 3. The show is aptly named The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3.

Crytek teams up with Albert Hughes for Crysis 3 video series that will set the scene | TweakTown.com

The videos will help to set some background, as well as the setting, for the upcoming Crysis 3 game. Viewers will catch a glimpse of the game's graphics, weapons, enemies, and gameplay features. Hughes is known for directly films such as Dead Presidents, From Hell, and Book of Eli, but his roll in the Crysis 3 videos is a bit more expansive.

He has helped with the scripts, storyboards, and shot plans. The nice thing about this is that the video will be using the game engine, so it will be exactly what players can expect when they hop in the game in February.

"When EA and Crytek approached me about being involved in creating 'The 7 Wonders of Crysis 3' video series, I liked the idea of creating emotional stories using only computer generated images," said Hughes. "The challenge of producing something intensely human without ever seeing a human on screen was incredibly compelling, and the technology of the CryENGINE that Crytek developed enabled me to do that and venture into a completely unique medium of storytelling."

Tune in on December 12 when the first episode goes live.

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TIME Magazine dons the Nintendo Wii U with #2 in their Top 10 Gadgets of 2012

Anthony Garreffa | Thu, Dec 6 2012 5:31 AM CST

TIME Magazine have done a "Top 10 Everything of 2012", and within this, is the "Top 10 Gadgets of 2012". Taking out the number two spot is the Nintendo Wii U, which has only been out for a couple of weeks.

TIME Magazine dons the Nintendo Wii U with #2 in their Top 10 Gadgets of 2012 | TweakTown.com

I find this great for Nintendo, but worrying for their credibility. Have TIME been using this for 6 months? Can you really don something with "second-best gadget of 2012" when there are only a handful of games, problems with updates, and more? I guess so. This is what they had to say:

The stakes are high for this $299.99 game console: It's the follow-up to 2006's phenomenally successful Wii, which changed gaming forever with its motion-sensing Wii Remote. The Wii U's key innovation is its GamePad, a game controller with a built-in 6.2" touchscreen. It interacts with your TV in different ways in different games, and has the potential to be a big deal if game developers make good use of it. Also potentially huge: TVii, which combines streaming video from sources such as Netflix with your cable lineup and TiVo recordings. It's the first time that the famously game-centric Nintendo has poured its heart and soul into a non-gaming feature.

Taking out the #1 spot was Apple's iPhone 5.

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Crysis 3 PC requirements unveiled

Anthony Garreffa | Tue, Dec 4 2012 3:30 AM CST

Crysis 3 is only months away, but what sort of PC will you require to run the new crossbow-sporting Crysis 3? Well, Crytek have revealed the minimum, recommended and high performance PC system requirements.

Crysis 3 PC requirements unveiled | TweakTown.com

Crytek's high performance recommendations don't seem all that bad - a single GeForce GTX 680 or Radeon HD 7870. I guess they're not pushing multi-monitor or high frame rates here - we'll definitely be doing our own testing when Crysis 3 is released. Anyway, here is the breakdown:

Minimum system operating requirements for PC:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
  • Dual core CPU
  • 2GB Memory (3GB on Vista)
  • Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel): Nvidia GTS 450, Intel Core2 Duo 2.4 Ghz (E6600)
  • Example 2 (AMD): AMD Radeon HD5770, AMD Athlon64 X2 2.7 Ghz (5200+)

Recommended system requirements for PC:

  • Windows Vista, Windows 7 or Windows 8
  • DirectX 11 graphics card with 1GB Video RAM
  • Quad core CPU
  • 4GB Memory
  • Example 1 (Nvidia/Intel): Nvidia GTX 560, Intel Core i3-530
  • Example 2 (AMD): AMD Radeon HD5870, AMD Phenom II X2 565

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Nyko has got the power with its five Wii U power accessories

Daniel Perez | Mon, Dec 3 2012 8:05 AM CST

Do you have a Wii U sitting under your tree just waiting for its recipient to open it up this holiday season to then spend hours updating the console? We're sure your new Wii U owner will be using their console a lot over the next few months, which means they're going to be sucking up a whole lot of juice out of their GamePad and Pro Controller. That's why you need to consider checking out Nyko's newly announced Wii U power accessories.

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Nyko has introduced five new power accessories that will help keep your Wii U GamePad and Pro Controller charged before and during use. Here's a rundown of the peripherals Nyko have made available for the Wii U:

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Mitsubishi to discontinue their last line of rear-projection TVs

Anthony Garreffa | Mon, Dec 3 2012 12:33 AM CST

The Verge has reported after seeing a memo that CEPro got their mits on, that Mitsubishi is to discontinue their line of rear-projections TVs. This is a huge move for Mitsubishi, as they went all-in with RPTVs last year.

Mitsubishi to discontinue their last line of rear-projection TVs | TweakTown.com

Last year, Mitsubishi stopped the production of LCD televisions and pushed forward with rear-projection sets - even after all of the other major players around them had left their RPTV technology in favor of LCD.

Sony left the market in 2007, and Samsung released their last RPTV in 2008. There will be those saddened by this news, but have you seen just how thin some of the Full HD TVs are now? RIP RPTV.

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Sony patents new controller, sports two move peripherals into a single controller

Anthony Garreffa | Sun, Dec 2 2012 8:29 AM CST

This might be nothing, this might end up as never seeing the light of day - but it's interesting nonetheless. Sony have applied for a new patent, which looks to be an interesting new form of controller for the company.

Sony patents new controller, sports two move peripherals into a single controller | TweakTown.com

The new controller combines the usual dual analogue stick we've all come to know and love, with two of their motion-based move peripherals. It appears the controller can be separated into two pieces, which if used in the right way - could end up being a very cool twist on the now stale controller market (if your name isn't Nintendo).

The controller can be separated when needed, for a specific game or a specific part within a game, and then clicked back together when needed. The patent calls this a "hybrid separable motion controller".

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