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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,29 2016 - all 
Lionhead Closed - briefly
(hx) 03:30 PM EDT - Apr,29 2016 - Post a comment / read (2)
Microsoft is set to close the UK game development studio Lionhead and has canned its forthcoming title Fable Legends. Hanno Lemke, the general manager of Microsoft Studios Europe, announced the decision in a blog post on the Xbox news site. In the same article, posted to the site on Monday afternoon, Lemke announced that the Danish studio Press Play would also be closed.
Today, I have some difficult changes to announce that affect some of our Microsoft Studios teams and projects in the UK and Denmark.

After much consideration we have decided to cease development on Fable Legends, and are in discussions with employees about the proposed closure of Lionhead Studios in the UK. Additionally, we will close Press Play Studios in Denmark, and sunset development on Project Knoxville.

These have been tough decisions and we have not made them lightly, nor are they a reflection on these development teams – we are incredibly fortunate to have the talent, creativity and commitment of the people at these studios. The Lionhead Studios team has delighted millions of fans with the Fable series over the past decade. Press Play imbued the industry with a unique creative spirit behind games like Max: The Curse of Brotherhood and Kalimba, which both captured passionate fans. These changes are taking effect as Microsoft Studios continues to focus its investment and development on the games and franchises that fans find most exciting and want to play.

I speak for all of Xbox when I say that despite this news, we remain committed to the development communities in the UK and Europe, and Xbox will continue to support new IP and originality in the games we offer on our platforms, whether they’re AAA blockbusters like Quantum Break from Remedy, adventurous new IPs like Sea of Thieves from Rare, or unique new creations from independent developers like Moon Studios with Ori.

We have nothing but heart-felt thanks for the members of Lionhead and Press Play for their contributions to Xbox and gaming. We are committed to working closely with those affected by today’s news to find them new opportunities at Xbox, or partnering with the broader development community to help place them in jobs elsewhere in the games industry should they desire.
Co-founded by veteran British game designer Peter Molyneux in 1996, Lionhead is best known for the Fable series of role-playing adventures, which became hugely successful on the Xbox consoles. Microsoft purchased the studio in 2006, with Molyneux employed as creative director across Microsoft Game Studios. He departed in 2012 to found independent studio 22 Cans, just as work began on Fable: Legends, a spin-off from the Fable series, based around co-op play. The release date of this project was delayed several times, reportedly to allow the team to polish the game.

Due to UK employment law, Microsoft must begin a formal consultation period with the employees of Lionhead before the studio can be shut, but closure is all but certain. Other studios are already posting messages on social media and industry forums offering work to departing Lionhead staff members.
Call Of Duty 4 Remastered Confirmed - briefly
(hx) 04:04 AM EDT - Apr,29 2016 - Post a comment
Following yesterday's rumour that a Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare remaster would accompany the Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare Legacy Edition, fans of Modern Warfare were understandably excited.

"If I ever hear the words Call of Duty 4 PS4 remaster I will literally shit my pants with excitement," said one gentleman back at the end of 2014. The CoD Twitter account replied to the tweet yesterday with a poop emoji next to a pair of trousers :-) Could this cheeky tweet be confirmation of the remaster? We may get a more official comment next week during Activision's rumoured announcement. Is this enough to act as confirmation for you, or are you reserving judgement until Activision sends out the press release?

Windows 10 Update Interrupts Weather News - tech
(hx) 03:54 AM EDT - Apr,29 2016 - Post a comment / read (6)
Try not to laugh or grin while watching this Microsoft Windows 10 free download update interrupt weather news blooper.

Ghost in the Shell - Free Weekend - briefly
(hx) 03:49 AM EDT - Apr,29 2016 - Post a comment
Ghost in the Shell fans, here is something for you today. Nexon has launched a free weekend for its online tactical team-based first-person shooter, Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex – First Assault Online. This basically means that you can go ahead and download the game's Early Access build right now, and start playing for free until May 1st 1PM PST/ 4PM EST/ 10PM CEST. In its Early Access state, players can expect the core gameplay experience to be in place including several unique characters, three initial game modes (Team Deathmatch, Terminal Conquest, and Demolition), five maps based on iconic locations from the anime, many weapons, initial augment and weapon attachment systems and basic matchmaking and progression systems.

The Climb: Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 03:46 AM EDT - Apr,29 2016 - Post a comment
Check out all three stunning environments in The Climb, out now for Oculus Rift. Scale new heights on VR as you race to the top of leaderboards, beat intense bouldering challenges, explore beautiful environments, and feel the vertigo and adrenaline of each and every ascent. The video reveals fresh gameplay footage and our third environment – Canyon. Inspired by the Grand Canyon, but drawing cultural and geographic cues from across the USA, the heat is on as you explore and compete in this unique environment. The Climb is available now at Oculus Home.

Game Industry Panel Cancelled - briefly
(revolt) 03:41 AM EDT - Apr,29 2016 - Post a comment
AlphaOmegaSin rants about the Legends of the Gaming Industry panel at USC being cancelled. USC cancelled All-Stars games industry panel because there were no female guests.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,28 2016 - all
Deus Ex: Mankind Divided - 101 Trailer - movie
(hx) 04:46 PM EDT - Apr,28 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
In Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, you become Adam Jensen, a counterterrorism agent working for an Interpol unit known as Task Force 29. On the surface, Jensen’s goal is to hunt down terrorists in a world that’s spinning out of control, where mechanically augmented humans live a life of complete and total segregation from the rest of society. But what he’s really after are the Illuminati: the men and women who are always pulling the strings. His investigation will take you around the world, with the decisions you make and the actions you take playing a crucial role in determining the game’s outcome. Choose between combat, stealth, social, and hacking approaches to achieve your objectives. Be mindful though, as there will be a meaningful consequence to every action and choice you make.

Tom Clancy's The Division Netcode Is a Mess - briefly
(hx) 12:43 AM EDT - Apr,28 2016 - Post a comment / read (2)
Glenn Fiedler, an experienced video game networking coder and long-time programmer, has issued a damning appraisal of The Division's problems with exploits and glitches. In an extensive blog post, Fiedler criticised Ubisoft for developing the game with what looks like a trusted client network model. Simply put, it trusts the job of tracking key gameplay information to individual players, rather than the server.

Because here we have a client-side cheat program that is poking memory locations and giving players infinite health, infinite ammo, and teleporting players around the level.

This indicates that The Division is most likely using a trusted client network model.

I sincerely hope this is not the case, because if it is true, my opinion of can this be fixed is basically no. Not on PC. Not without a complete rewrite. Possibly on consoles provided they fix all lag switch timing exploits and disable players moving and shooting while lag switch usage is detected (trusted client on console exclusive games is actually more common than you would think…), but not on PC unless they completely rewrite most of their netcode and game code around a server-authoritative network model.

When I present such a bleak outlook people often people ask: why can’t they just implement more server-side checks? In fact the developers prior to release seemed to say something along the lines of: Oh, don’t worry. We haven’t implemented server side checks yet. Everything will be fine. Don’t worry. We’ve got this! Hmm.

To me this displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how FPS games are networked. It’s actually a fairly common misunderstanding so I’m going to spend some time in this post debunking this myth.
Glenn Fiedler has an 18-year career in the game industry at developers such as BioShock and Tribes studio Irrational Games, LA Noire outfit Team Bondi, Mercenaries maker Pandemic, and Titanfall team Respawn. Fiedler also spent nearly five years as lead network programmer at Sony Computer Entertainment. His last five projects were Journey, PlayStation: All-Stars, God of War: Ascension, Titanfall and, most recently, this year's Titanfall 2. In short: he knows his stuff.
DOOM - Single-Player Preview Video - preview
(hx) 12:36 AM EDT - Apr,28 2016 - Post a comment
Join id Software's Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin as they provide an exclusive look at DOOM's single-player campaign -- highlighting never-before-seen content. DOOM releases on Friday, May 13th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and can be pre-ordered by heading to DOOM.com

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,26 2016 - all
Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Surfaces - preview
(hx) 04:37 PM EDT - Apr,26 2016 - Post a comment / read (5)
Devolver Digital has released a new trailer for Shadow Warrior 2, showcasing twelve minutes of pure gameplay action.

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines on GOG - briefly
(hx) 04:36 PM EDT - Apr,26 2016 - Post a comment / read (5)
Great news for all RPG fans as Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines is now available on GOG.com and is DRM-free. This basically means that you can get Troika's classic RPG for $19,99, and it comes with 1-month refund policy (so you can return it in case you did not like it).

Homefront: The Revolution Opening Cinematic Trailer - briefly
(hx) 04:28 PM EDT - Apr,26 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Deep Silver has released a new trailer for Homefront: The Revolution, featuring the game's opening cinematic sequence. The game will be released on the PC on May 17th.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,25 2016 - all
TechNews - The Samsung 750 EVO - tech
(hx) 07:39 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment / read (8)
  • Intel Optane Demo - File Transfer at 2GB/s - It is great to see XPoint / Optane technology being demonstrated again, but as far as demos go, this was not the best / fairest example that Intel could have put together. First of all, the 'NAND SSD' they are using is a Thunderbolt 3 connected external, which was clearly bottlenecked badly somewhere else in the chain (when was the last time you saw a 6 Gbit SATA SSD limited to only 283 MB/s). Also, using SATA for the NAND example while using PCIe x4 NVMe for the Optane example seems a bit extreme to me.
  • AMD Polaris 10 Allegedly Performs Close To A GTX 980 Ti - The crew at WCCFTech have posted what they claim are leaked specs showing the upcoming AMD Polaris performing close to a GTX 980 Ti.
  • The Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review: A Return To Planar NAND -  The Samsung 750 EVO is a drive for a limited audience. It is intended for use as the primary boot drive of a system that will not be subjected to particularly intense storage workloads, and the limited capacity options preclude using it to hold a large game or multimedia library. Seen through this lens, the 750 EVO offers great performance for a budget drive. The peak performance of the 750 EVO is close to the Samsung 850 EVO and even the 850 Pro in many cases. On tests simulating lighter real-world usage the 750 EVO is generally the fastest budget TLC drive and also sometimes competes well against low-end MLC drives.
  • Acer's Liquid Zest Plus Packs 5,000mAh Battery - Acer has provided a preview of the Liquid Zest Plus, an Android phone that features a 5,000mAh battery with Quick Charge support that provides "days" of uptime. Other than the battery, the Liquid Zest Plus includes an average feature set, including a 5.5-inch HD screen, MediaTek processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. The phone's main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with laser-assisted and phase detection autofocus. The 5-megapixel selfie camera has a wide angle of view. The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Acer could not confirm pricing details, nor could it say if the phone will be sold in the U.S.
  • Gold Wires and Electrolyte Gel Improve Battery Longevity - Researchers at the University of California at Irvine say they've found a way to increase the number of charge cycles a battery has from a few thousand to more than 200,000. Their discovery could lead to batteries that can be recharged repeatedly for years without losing capacity, which his something that happens with today's lithium-ion batteries. The researchers coated gold nanowire with manganese oxide and a layer of electrolyte gel. The gel and manganese oxide prevent corrosion. The nanowire holds the charge. The longer the wire, the greater the charge contained within. Using gel, rather than liquid, is what provided the breakthrough in this case, but the researchers don't yet fully understand the mechanism behind their discovery. The researchers' next steps include making a true battery from the gold-and-gel combo, discerning the mechanism of action, and then testing if other materials can be substituted for the gold. Adding gold to batteries, even in small quantities, would add to their cost. The researchers did not say if or when their discovery might be commercialized in consumer products.
  • Verizon to Kick Off HTC 10 Preorders April 29 - Verizon Wireless has said it will begin accepting preorders for the HTC 10 on April 29. Verizon expects the phone to launch in early May and has not yet provided pricing details for the phone. Verizon is giving consumers the opportunity to test the HTC 10 in retail stores, also starting on April 29. Verizon says the 10 will include its HD Voice service and WiFi Calling. The phone includes several Verizon offers, such as three free months of HBO Now, credit for handset trade-ins, and ETF payoffs for customers who switch to Verizon. An unlocked version of the HTC 10 is already available for sale directly from HTC.com for $699.
  • Samsung and The Weather Channel Team Up for Galaxy App - Samsung and The Weather Channel have created an exclusive weather app only for owners of Galaxy-branded smartphones. The Weather Channel App for Samsung offers features the regular Weather Channel app does not include. For example, a tool called Smart Weather Wakeup will trigger users' alarm clocks a bit earlier than normal when bad weather may impact their routine. Another tool called Floating Shortcuts provides direct access to information such as current conditions or daily forecasts. The app includes new, dynamic weather backgrounds for Samsung phones, and targets Galaxy Edge models with customized alerts for the edge panel. The Weather Channel App for Samsung is available from the Galaxy Apps Store for the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7, and S7 Edge. Samsung said it plans to eventually expand the app's availability to other platforms, including the Gear S2 smartwatch and select Samsung Smart TVs.
  • Magic Leap's Real-Life Augmented Reality Demo -  check it out
  • Future of self-driving cars? - Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Note the car pauses at 0:07 while cameraman gets out of the way...
  • 4K View Of Planet Earth -  This view from the International Space Station is awe inspiring. NASA needs to start making these longer and more loop friendly so you can just kick back and relax while the video plays over and over. 
  • Total Internal Reflection (Laser Waterfall) - Place water in a glass bottle with a few drops of Dettol. By pointing a laser beam at an angle you can show Total Internal Reflection. In this case the incident ray will strike the water surface, bend and will be reflected back. You can also show that the beam bends towards the normal when it goes from air to water.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence - Official Trailer 2 -  In Theaters - June 24, 2016 Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward
  • Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode #2 Preview - New episodes of Game of Thrones air every Sunday at 9PM, only on HBO.
  • The best pics on the Internet #190 - All pictures are carefully handpicked
BLACKROOM, Revealed - briefly
(hx) 07:17 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment / read (2)
John Romero has just revealed the new first-person shooter he is making alongside Adrian Carmack, called BLACKROOM. BLACKROOM is described as a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS play with a mixture of exploration, speed, and intense, weaponized combat. The game will launch with unique multiplayer maps, as well as robust modding support for the community to make creations of their own design. Night Work Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for BLACKROOM and aims to raise $700K in the next 32 days.



BLACKROOM will be coming to the PC in Winter 2018, will feature a single-player campaign that will last around 10 Hours, will feature three Multiplayer modes (Co-op, 1-on-1 Deathmatch and Arena), will have support for both mods and dedicated servers, and will pack a new Soundtrack by acclaimed metal guitarist George Lynch.
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.2 - tech
(hx) 06:00 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment
AMD has released a new driver for its graphics cards. According to its release notes, this new driver features updated Crossfire profiles for Elite Dangerous and Need For Speed, and packs a number of bug fixes
Resolved Issues

        The Division may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        DOTA2 toggling between borderless fullscreen and exclusive fullscreen can sometimes cause flickering or corruption when in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Some DirectX 9 applications cannot disable AMD Crossfire technology mode through Radeon Settings.
        GPU clocks on some products may remain in high states after recovering from an application crash.
        A small subset of AMD Radeon R9 380 users may be experiencing slower than expected fan speeds.
        Power efficiency toggle in Radeon Settings is showing up for some unsupported products.
        The check for software updates feature in Radeon Settings may not find the latest available update.
        Some games may fail to show up in Radeon Settings gaming tab.
        The Radeon Settings option may sometimes disappear as a shortcut from the right-click context menu on desktop after a software upgrade.
        SteamVR Performance Test may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Stuttering or corruption observed while playing Fallout 4 on some graphics products in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Corruption in Hitman when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Stuttering or freezing in some loading scenes while playing Hitman using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Negative scaling seen on Hitman when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
Scandal Shows Cheating Still Undermines eSports - briefly
(hx) 12:38 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
I can understand someone cheating like this if they were a teenager but an adult in a pro league? :-)

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 12:08 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.DARK SOULS III
2.Rocket League
3.Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
4.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
5.DARK SOULS III Deluxe Edition
6.Grand Theft Auto V
7.Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
8.Stardew Valley
9.Factorio
10.FINAL FANTASY IX
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,24 2016 - all
LET IT DIE - Teaser Trailer - movie
(hx) 09:35 AM EDT - Apr,24 2016 - Post a comment
Published by GungHo Online Entertainment and developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, LET IT DIE is an upcoming free-to-play survival action game. Death cancels everything, except the truth.

Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay - movie
(hx) 02:12 AM EDT - Apr,24 2016 - Post a comment
Devolver Digital and Flying Wild Hog showcased their upcoming first-person shooter, Shadow Warrior 2, at this year's PAX East. The game is planned for a 2016 release on the PC.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,23 2016 - all
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 02:16 PM EDT - Apr,23 2016 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals.
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