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Monday, Nov 30, 2015

Star Wars Battlefront 40-Player Battle Shown

This video captures a livestream earlier today showing off the Battle of Jakku in Star Wars Battlefront, the Force-powered action game. This page has more details on this battle, and here's word on the live session: "Among the 40 player set up at Star Wars Battefront [sic] – Battle of Jakku: Live from London will be Ali-A, Vikkstar123 and JackFrags who will do battle on two maps set on Jakku as well as the debut of a new mode, Turning Point, a vast Star Wars Battlefront game mode for 40 players."

Mighty No. 9 Trailer

This "bring it" trailer from Mighty No. 9 shows off gameplay from the upcoming mega-man-inspired platformer. Word is: "Get ready to prove your might in all of Mighty No. 9's game modes! Face off against all the Mighties back to back in Boss Rush, test your 2D side-scrolling skills in the challenge mode, or overcome all the odds in the one-hit death maniac mode! Team up or face off against a friend online in Co-op challenges and fierce races through the main levels." Continue here to read the full story.

GeForce 860M Hotfix Coming

This forum thread has posts from owners of laptops with GeForce 860M graphics cards frustrated over issues with the past few driver releases that made some games unplayable. A campaign began today to inform sites like ours about the problem, which was quickly followed by a post from NVIDIA saying help is on the way: "Just a quick update. We believe we have identified the root cause and are in the process of creating a hotfix driver. As soon as the hotfix driver is available for download, we will make an announcement on this forum." Thanks Joshua.

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

FINAL FANTASY VI PC Listing

The Pan European Game Information website now has a listing for a PC edition of FINAL FANTASY VI, the VIth installment in the role-playing series that's never been as final as its titles suggest (thanks Blend Games). The listing is new of last Thursday, and offers a PEGI 12 rating for the game, which was originally released SNES in 1994. Here's a description of the game from Wikipedia:
Final Fantasy VI (ファイナルファンタジーVI Fainaru Fantajī Shikkusu?, also known as Final Fantasy III for the US-SNES version) is a role-playing video game developed and published by Square (now Square Enix) for the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (SNES) platform. Released in 1994, it is the sixth title in the mainline Final Fantasy series. Set in a fantasy world with a technology level equivalent to that of the Second Industrial Revolution, the game's story focuses on a group of rebels as they seek to overthrow an imperial dictatorship. The game features fourteen permanent playable characters, the most of any game in the main series.

AMD Crimson Drivers Issue

AMD's new reference drivers are presumably not named "Crimson" because they make cards red hot, but there are lots of users reporting overheating problems using them. There are even some saying this has killed their GPUs outright, as shown in this reddit thread, which says the drivers are locking fan speeds on some systems at 20% of maximum. A tweet from AMD acknowledges the issue, saying a hotfix is coming today: "We are aware of low fan speed reports on select GPUs with Radeon Software Crimson Edition. We intend to publish a hotfix on Monday." In the meantime, this reddit post (thanks Softpedia) offers a workaround on how to perk up your fans. Thanks HARDOCP.

Rocket League Adding Portal Content Tomorrow

A Steam Community Group Announcement tells us to expect a free update tomorrow for Rocket League to add new Portal-themed content to the hard-driving racing game (thanks MCV). This does not involve any of the signature portals from Valve's puzzle series, but will offer the chance to pick up a number of cosmetic items, and apparently the cake sticker is no lie. Here's word:
Yes, dear friends, in an amazing display of professional badassery, the fantastic folks at Valve Software have given Rocket League players one of the coolest things they'll ever see in our game -- officially-licensed Portal customization items that are absolutely FREE!

Obtainable by playing a full game of Rocket League, the official Portal items are potentially rewarded at the end of every match, win or lose. All you have to do is keep playing until the match ends and your chance to earn a new Aperture-themed goodie of your very own.

What kind of Aperture-themed goodies, you ask? These ones!

  • Cake (Topper)
  • Conversion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Propulsion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Repulsion Gel (Rocket Trail)
  • Aperture Laboratories (Antenna)
  • Cake Sticker (Antenna)
  • Companion Cube (Antenna)
  • Personality Core (Antenna)
  • PotatOS (Antenna)
  • Pretty awesome aren't they? You can start getting yours, FOR FREE, December 1

Morning Mobilization

  • Amazon Prime Air. "Jeremy Clarkson Introduces Amazon's New Delivery Drones." Thanks HARDOCP.
  • Worch. "Worch is a fresh and dynamic word search puzzle with tons of levels, handmade graphics and several game types (shuffle board, countdown timer...)."

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Happy Cyber Monday. Because that's totally a thing, right? Actually I noticed PayPal was completely unresponsive for a while this morning, so maybe it is a thing after all. At least nobody is going to get trampled sitting at their web-browser. At least one would hope.

Cyber Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Flakboy Lab Escape.
Survivor: Mission D.
Link: "Force Awakens" Lightsaber Battle Differences.
Story: Asteroid mining made legal. Thanks HARDOCP.
Media: FailArmy's Most Expensive Fails Compilation.
PORTAL (Teens React- Gaming) - YouTube
Dolphin Encounter.
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