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Monday, Sep 22, 2014

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PC GTA5 First-Person Support?

A post on the GTA Forums claims a confirmation of first-person support in next-gen editions of Grand Theft Auto V, discussing improvements to first-person driving and the addition of an on-foot first-person mode for the upcoming Windows, Xbox One, and PlayStation 4 editions of the open-world action game. They say the original posts were deleted, and link to a cached version, but that's blank as of this writing as well. They also have a screen capture of the page, though that obviously carries less weight, since it could be faked. The purported post also mentions an included video editor for "for advanced movie-making." Thanks nin.

Dark Souls II DLC Delay

Bandai Namco Games announces a six-day delay to Crown of the Ivory King, the culmination of the DLC trilogy for Dark Souls II, the action/RPG sequel. This is now due on September 30th, instead of Wednesday. Here's word:

Last chapter of Lost Crown’s Trilogy has been pushed back

Bandai Namco Games Europe and FromSoftware have announced that the release date for Crown of the Ivory King, the third chapter in its The Lost Crowns DLC trilogy for DARK SOULS II has been pushed back from September 24th to September 30th on STEAM® and Xbox Live Marketplace and on October 1st on the PlayStation®Network.

Each individual chapter of The Lost Crowns trilogy will be available for purchase in Europe and Australasia via the PlayStation®Network, Xbox Live Marketplace, and STEAM®. The STEAM® and PlayStation®Network. season passes encompassing all three chapters of The Lost Crowns trilogy are already available for purchase.

Dragon Ball Xenoverse PC Plans

Here's a new trailer for Dragon Ball Xenoverse with an extended version of a trailer released at the Tokyo Games Show. The Dragon Ball series has been a console standby, but it turns out there are plans to bring this installments to Windows via Steam. Here's word on the clip: "Today, BANDAI NAMCO Games America released a special, extended cut version of last week's DRAGON BALL XENOVERSE Tokyo Games Show trailer revealing 4 all-new characters joining the game's cast." There's not much to go by on the official website, so you may want to hit Wikipedia for details on the game. Continue here to read the full story.

U.K. Sales Charts

The Sims 4 holds off a challenge to the number one spot, as Pro Rugby Manager 2 debuts at number two on the GfK Chart-Track chart of the bestselling PC games in the U.K. for the week ending September 20th. Wasteland 2 joins the chart at number five while Rail Simulator 2015 pulls into the station in the 10 spot. On the all platforms chart Destiny is destined to retain the top spot as Disney Infinity 2.0 launches at number two and Hyrule Warriors debuts at number three. Here's the deal:

Several new releases make their debuts this week but it's Activision Blizzard’s ‘Destiny’ (-78%) that comfortably holds on to top spot for a second week.

The Bungie developed title also continues to give a strong boost to PS4 hardware sales with over 72% of the hardware format being the Destiny hard bundle. It means that ‘Disney Infinity 2.0’ has to settle for No2 in its first week although it's one place higher than the debut of its predecessor. The new Interactive Toys title is also 32% up on the week 1 performance of the original ‘Disney Infinity', which arrived just over a year ago. Wii U exclusive ‘Hyrule Warriors’ developed by Omega Force also arrives at No3.

The new arrivals push last week’s No3 ‘Watch Dogs’ (-23%) down a place to No4, while ‘The Sims 4’ (-41%) drops 3 places to No5. Familiar face ‘Minecraft: Xbox 360 Edition’ (+12%) holds its position at No6 while ‘Call of Duty: Ghosts’ (-17%) drops from No4 to No7. ‘Minecraft: PS3 Edition’ (+7%) sees a slight boost in sales that pushes it up a place to No8. ‘The Last of US: Remastered’ (-27%) and ‘Plants vs Zombies: Garden Warfare’ (-16%) both slip down the chart to No9 and No10. Another platform exclusive arrives from Square Enix this week as sequel ‘Theatrhythm Final Fantasy: Curtain Call’ makes its debut on 3DS at No17.

Tim Schaefer Addresses Spacebase DF-9 Questions

A post by Tim Schaefer follows up on the angry response to release plans for Spacebase DF-9, Double-Fine's space strategy game. Supporters are unhappy at what they consider broken promises, and Tim looks to address this discontent by explaining what happened, including the admission that they "finally had to change gears" when they realized the game was not selling as they hoped. Here are three of the five questions he addresses:

“What happened to the devplan? What happened to the beta stage? How can ANY game go from Alpha 6 to a “finished” 1.0?”

In traditional development, “Beta” refers to a time when no new features are added but bugs are fixed. Things are different in early access where the game is in players’ hands at an earlier state, so the team has been fixing bugs all along as features are added. In the remaining dev time, there will be both bug fixes and new features so it’s true—calling it “beta” is a little inaccurate. But the amount of time fixing bugs is comparable to that of a traditionally-developed game.

“I thought you said you weren’t going to silently pull the plug?”

We are not silently pulling the plug. We are announcing our finishing features and v1.0 plan. I know it’s not a lot of advance notice, but we’re still here telling you our plan instead of vanishing quietly in the night.

“If you were going to end development, why didn’t you tell us sooner?”

One of the biggest lessons we have learned in this, our first early access title, is about communication. There should have been more communication to the players about the state of the game, and we apologize for that. But for us, it was never clear whether development was going to end because we always hoped that the next update would turn it around and allow us to extend development. So I suppose, ultimately, the answer was we always had hope we weren’t going to end it, until the end.

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Out of the Blue

Saw a funny reference to those fake female Twitter accounts that are out there for some presumably nefarious purpose: Fem-bots. Pretty perfect.

Bot Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Red Remover Blast.
Empire Business.
Science: New technique gets pure hydrogen out of splitting water.
Free Will Exists, Even Though Our Brains Know What We're Going To Do Before We Do It.
Media: LEGO car. Thanks The Flying Penguin.
FIVE NIGHTS AT FREDDY'S (Teens React- Gaming).
Follow-up: Longer distance quantum teleportation achieved.
The Funnies: iWear - FoxTrot.

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Sunday, Sep 21, 2014

New Oculus VR Unit; Carmack's VR Talk

Oculus Rift held an Oculus Connect conference in Los Angeles yesterday, unveiling a new virtual reality headset prototype dubbed "Crescent Bay," because codenames. Ars Technica has details on the new units, which include improved optics, higher resolution, a higher refresh rate, and 360 degree head tracking (keeping our dreams of an exorcism simulation alive). Also, this trailer shows off John Carmack's keynote address at the gathering, where the Oculus VR CTO fills us in on the state of their virtual reality headsets and video gaming in general. The clip runs over 90 minutes, and will leave you with an undeniable nostalgia for cargo pants. Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Here's Valve's report of the 10 bestselling games for last week on Steam:

  1. Wasteland 2
  2. The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - Legendary Edition
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Left 4 Dead 2
  5. Life is Feudal
  6. DayZ
  7. NARUTO SHIPPUDEN: Ultimate Ninja STORM Revolution on Steam
  8. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor
  9. Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel
  10. Dead Rising 3: Apocalypse Edition

Sunday Interviews

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Andromedia Supersonic-X Bluetooth Vibration Speaker on TweakTown.
  • Apotop Wi-Copy Multi-Function Wireless Storage Router and Power Bank on Testfreaks.
  • Asus GL551JM on Gaming Blend.
  • Corsair Force LX 256GB Solid State Drive on eTeknix.
  • Enermax EMK3201 Dual-Bay 2.5-inch HDD-SSD Internal Enclosure on TweakTown.
  • Kingston HyperX Predator 16GB 3000MHz Quad Channel DDR4 Kit on eTeknix.
  • MSI GeForce GTX 970 4GB Twin Frozr V Gaming OC Video Card on TweakTown.
  • [M] QNAP TS-251 High Performance NAS for SOHO and Home Users on Mad Shrimps.


Out of the Blue

Anyone else watching The Knick? The throwback hospital drama has quickly become one of my favorite shows. The subject matter is interesting, and the setting even more so... There have been countless movies and shows set around the turn of the 20th century, but they are almost always obsessed with the dwindling western frontier, rather than the progress in urban centers behind that dynamic, and I find the depiction of the transition from gaslight to electricity fascinating to see.

Electric Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Lazy Thief.
Idle Woodcutting.
Media: ZELDA: OCARINA OF TIME (Honest Game Trailers).
Best Fails of the Week 3 June 2014.
This Is The Best Oculus Rift Reaction You'll Ever See.

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