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Saturday, Jun 21, 2014

  

MotoGP 14 Released

Milestone announces the release of MotoGP 14, the latest installment in this simulation of motorcycle racing. A new launch trailer offers a look at the game's high-speed action. MotoGP includes career, online, and offline play modes, the last of which includes three distinct modes, including the community requested feature of being able to drive tracks in the safety car. Word is: "A new wind of change is coming with the 2014 version of the MotoGP™ Official Videogame, thanks to 3 new offline game modes, 1 new online one, an enhanced Career and tons of new content such as Argentina’s Track." Continue here to read the full story.

Ubisoft's Newfound DRM Insight

Recent comments from Ubisoft VP of digital publishing Chris Early indicate Ubisoft has a newfound outlook on the impact of DRM on game sales, saying they understand that this can lead to punishing paying customers while failing to deter piracy as intended (thanks The Escapist). This is in stark contrast to their historical outlook, which led to the implementation of an onerous online DRM scheme several years ago that required a constant Internet connection before this was relaxed. Chris explains their changed outlook on this to GameSpot:

What becomes key for us is making sure we're delivering an experience to paying players that is quality. I don't want us in a position where we're punishing a paying player for what a pirate can get around. Anything is going to be able to be pirated given enough time and enough effort to get in there. So the question becomes, what do we create as services, or as benefits, and the quality of the game, that will just have people want to pay for it?

I think it's much more important for us to focus on making a great game and delivering good services. The reality is, the more service there is in a game, pirates don't get that," Early said. "So when it's a good game and there's good services around it, you're incentivized to not pirate the game to get the full experience.

Op Ed

Eurogamer.net - Ending the Minecraft fantasy.
Mojang has always been something else; the company that unlocked the gaming world's creativity, that regularly poked at big business. We routinely call Markus Persson "Notch" and for that and other reasons, he can't help but feel 'one of us' in a way that no other developer right now can claim - the guy who initially faced Bethesda's guns over the name "Scrolls" by suggesting the two companies fight it out in Quake 3, dropped plans to work with the Oculus Rift due to fears of what Facebook might to do it, and recently got the kind of coverage most developers can only dream of simply by spending two hours knocking out a dumb joke game about a horse. The same Notch talking about EULAs and lawyers doesn't fit that playful narrative. It's like being threatened with a restraining order by your teddy bear.

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Hardware Reviews

  • Aerocool Dead Silence Lüfter im Test on Technic3D. German.
  • ASUS Z97I-PLUS (LGA 1150) Motherboard on eTeknix.
  • Attitude One Tunguska 7.1 on ocaholic.
  • Biostar Hi-Fi Z97WE Motherboard on Modders-Inc.
  • Intel 730K 480GB 6-Drive SSD RAID on TweakTown.
  • Intel Core i7 4790K (Devil's Canyon) CPU on TweakTown.
  • Kingston HyperX Fury Red DDR3 1866MHz 16GB Memory on HardwareHeaven.com.
  • Leef Surge Copper 16GB USB 2.0 Pico Flash Drive on TweakTown.
  • Linksys WRT1900AC Dual-Band Wireless Router on eTeknix.
  • MSI Z97I GAMING AC on techPowerUp.
  • Noctua NH-D15 D-Type Premium CPU Cooler on eTeknix.
  • Poweradd Pilot X1 5200mAh Battery Charger on Testfreaks.
  • Thecus N2310 NAS on The SSD Review.
  • Thermaltake Commander G41 Mid Tower Case on Neoseeker.
  • Tt eSPORTS Poseidon Z Blue Switch Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Nikk Tech.

Out of the Blue

Today is the solstice, so happy summer to those of us in the northern hemisphere, and happy winter to those in the south. So break out the sunscreen and beer or the parkas and hot cocoa, as appropriate to your location. And be careful... as a wise man once said, there ain't no cure for the summertime blues.

Summertime Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Spiral Drive.
StrikeForce Kitty.
The Sun for the Vampire.
Story: Starbucks prices to increase beginning next week.
Media: Attack on Gaben.
Man Wearing A Mentos Suit Getting Dropped In A Diet Coke Dunk Tank.
Follow-up: Looper's Rian Johnson Is The Director Of Star Wars: Episode VIII. Thanks nin.



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