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 Gameguru Mania News - May,31 2016 - all 
Fable Fortune announced - briefly
(hx) 11:11 PM EDT - May,31 2016 - Post a comment
Flaming Fowl Studios, a new studio run by three Lionhead veterans, announced the Kickstarter for Fable Fortune, a Fable themed free-to-play Collectible Card Game (CCG) that combines the franchise's most cherished gameplay systems and lore with an array of pioneering CCG game modes whilst smothering everything in an unhealthy dollop of Fable humour. Players battle opponents in locations around Albion, both in Player vs Player matches and for the first time in a digital CCG, in Co-operative matches against dangerous AI-controlled Bosses. The game will feature a strong event system, meaning that there will be something for everyone within Fable Fortune, whatever a player's skill level actually is. The team is seeking to raise funds to bring the game to Closed Beta on PC (Steam & Windows Store) later this year.

Hitman Episode 3 Marrakesh Launch Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:01 PM EDT - May,31 2016 - Post a comment
Hitman Episode 3: Marrakesh Launches Today

Microsoft drops Xbox One price to $299 - console
(hx) 03:28 PM EDT - May,31 2016 - Post a comment
Microsoft has reduced the price of nearly all of its Xbox One bundles by $50, with the lowest-priced consoles now available for as little as $299. The discount is only available "for a limited time" according to the Xbox site, but the timing is certainly interesting. Microsoft has previously reduced the Xbox One to $299 during promotional periods such as Black Friday, or over the Christmas shopping season. But the unexpected timing of its latest discount lends credence to recent rumors that the company is preparing to announce a new 'Xbox One Slim' at the E3 gaming expo in two weeks' time.
Payday 3 Confirmed - briefly
(hx) 03:03 AM EDT - May,31 2016 - Post a comment
Swedish publisher Starbreeze has announced that it has fully acquired the rights to crime game franchise Payday, paying around $30 million for it. Additionally, Payday 3 has been confirmed as part of the announcement.
Starbreeze AB, an independent creator, publisher and distributor of high quality entertainment products, today announced its agreement with 505 Games to acquire the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise. The consideration for the acquisition amounts to 10.9 million B-shares in Starbreeze, equivalent to 30 MUSD (approx. 249 MSEK).

After the transaction Starbreeze will own the full rights to the PAYDAY-franchise for any future developments or commercialization, including PAYDAY 2 and PAYDAY for mobile platforms. Starbreeze will retain full net revenue from PAYDAY 2 on the Steam platform starting retroactively from May 1st, 2016. Revenue generated by the console game PAYDAY 2: Crimewave Edition will continue to be split between the companies as before, and 505 Games will continue to publish the title.

Furthermore, 505 Games will retain a 33% revenue share of Starbreeze’s net revenues from future sales of PAYDAY 3 capped at 40 MUSD, and after Starbreeze has fully recouped its development and marketing costs.

It’s Starbreeze assessment that the price of 30 MUSD will be matched by corresponding revenues on the Payday franchise until such time Payday 3 is released in the future. Given the strategic value for Starbreeze to control its hit franchise it is both in the short and long term a sound investment.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,30 2016 - all
ELEX - New Pre-alpha trailer - movie
(hx) 04:46 PM EDT - May,30 2016 - Post a comment
Piranha Bytes has released a new trailer for its upcoming open world action RPG, ELEX. The game will feature raptors, mechs, mutants and jetbacks.

The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Patch 1.20 - patch
(hx) 04:39 PM EDT - May,30 2016 - Post a comment
CD Projekt RED has just released patch 1.20 for The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt. Update version 1.20 brings a wealth of improvements to Geralt's adventure, including a completely revamped inventory menu. If you want to take a look at everything that the patch alters, adds, and fixes, be sure to click through here. This massive 2.7GB patch is currently available on Steam, GOG and Origin.
    Adds book titled ‘A Miraculous Guide to Gwent’ which displays number of gwent cards missing from player’s base-game collection and information on where to find them, thus facilitating completion of achievement titled Collect ‘Em All. Tome in question can be obtained either from gwent playing scholar in Prologue or from merchant near St. Gregory’s Bridge in Gildorf district of Novigrad.
    Adds option to display herb names above available interactions.
    Adds option in Options/Gameplay to enable enemy level upscaling. If foes are too easy to defeat due to level difference, upscaling will render them a challenge. Change will not affect experience point gain, loot, or quest rewards. Option can be enabled or disabled at any time, even during combat (however, Vitality/Essence of foes is then fully restored).
    Adds option in Options/Gameplay to disable automatic drawing and sheathing of sword.
    Increases incidence of, and thus chances of finding, several monster-based ingredients required for crafting high level alchemy formulae.
    Improves Player Statistics panel, adding maneuverable Geralt model. Improves visuals in panel for better readability.
    Adds new functionality to books and scrolls. When first collected, they can be read immediately using single button without need of navigating to Inventory panel. All found but not yet read books and scrolls are stored in Quest Items and Other categories. Once read, books and scrolls can be sold as their content is saved in Books section of Glossary.
    Improves overall visuals in Character Development panel.
    Improves Inventory whereby items are divided into additional subcategories within their grids: weapons and armor; oils, potions and bombs; quest items and others; food and equestrian gear; crafting and alchemy. Additionally, introduces redesign of
    tooltips enabling their resizing with single button. Also, item comparison is easier than ever given addition of summary of changes in stats.
    Improves Inventory navigation when using gamepad. Slots are divided into sections and right stick can be used to jump between them.
    Improves Crafting panel in merchant shops. Adds option to purchase missing diagram components directly from Crafting panel when talking to merchant, as well as clearer descriptions and option to resize item descriptions.
    Introduces redesign of Repair panel in merchant shops. Adds single button enabling players to repair all equipped items.
    Improves Remove Upgrade panel in merchant shops.
    Improves Quick Access Menu whereby it can be accessed in one of two modes, with action either paused or slowed depending on button used.
    Adds functionality whereby crossbow bolts can be switched via Quick Access Menu rather than being equipped from Inventory.
    Adds counter for bombs and crossbow bolts to Quick Access Menu.
    Improves region maps by adding pin filtering, more intuitive quest tracking, and a region overview for faster navigation.
    Adds three new custom pins allowing players to mark areas for future reference.
    Improves Adrenaline Bar which better displays number of stored Adrenaline Points and their status.
    Improves display and behavior of Buffs, displayed in more intuitive manner showing time left, strength percentage, stacks, charges, or permanence where applicable. Buff icons now blink for approx. 10 seconds before expiration. For improved visibility,
    names and exact expiration times for all effects are only visible when Quick Access menu is active.
    Changes icons for decoctions, rendering them recognizable at first glance.
    Changes icons for oils, rendering them recognizable at first glance.
    Changes gwent card icons in shops, rendering factions recognizable at first glance.
    Changes icons for mutagens.
    Adds feature whereby equipment exceeding player character level can be previewed on character.
    Improves sorting in Journal whereby active quest tab is always open and tracked quest is at top of quest list.
    Improves quest item visuals so that Hearts of Stone and Blood and Wine quest items are now tagged with blue and red exclamation points, respectively
Final Fantasy X/X-2 HD Remaster PC vs PS2 vs PS4 - briefly
(hx) 11:54 AM EDT - May,30 2016 - Post a comment
John investigates the 4K support and new modes in Final Fantasy X and X-2's brand new PC edition, pit against PS2, PS3, PS4 and Vita.

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 11:52 AM EDT - May,30 2016 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
Total War: WARHAMMER
DOOM
Youtubers Life
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
METAL GEAR SOLID V: THE PHANTOM PAIN
ARK: Survival Evolved
The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt Game + Expansion Pass
Stellaris
Grand Theft Auto V
 Gameguru Mania News - May,29 2016 - all
TechNews - GeForce GTX 1080 lineup - tech
(hx) 01:41 PM EDT - May,29 2016 - Post a comment / read (10)
  • The Intel Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK mini-PC Review - One of the more impressive aspects of the Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK is the reappearance of Thunderbolt in a mini-PC.  Connecting the Thunderbolt ports on the two machines and allowing the PCs to talk to each other automatically creates a 10Gbps network adapter. For a setup with just two machines, it is enough to just set static IPs on the interfaces of both machines in the same subnet, and setting the network location to private so that the machines can talk to each other.
  • MSI GT80S Titan SLI Gaming Laptop First Look -  The MSI GT80S Titan SLI features an Intel Core i7-6920HQ, with four locked cores at a frequency of 2.9 GHz and a 3.8 GHz turbo clock. Although the Core i7-6920HQ is a heck of a mobile processor, some may question the choice of a locked CPU in a premium powerhouse PC. However, it all boils down to power, and the 330-watt power adapter is already exceeding its limits with the inclusion of two GTX 980 graphics modules, which eat up to 150 watts each. If the GPUs are on full blast (which is unlikely in real-world applications), this leaves roughly 30 watts to run the rest of the system, so it’s no surprise MSI paired the powerful desktop-grade GPU configuration with a locked mobile processor.
  • ZOTAC announces three new GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards - The first cards in the lineup include the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 Founders Edition, ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP and the ZOTAC GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme. The GeForce GTX 1080 AMP and GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme cards come with SPECTRA, a lighting system that lets you customize colors and mood lighting using the redesigned ZOTAC FireStorm utility. As far as cooling goes, the GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Edition features re-engineered dual fan IceStorm with tougher ExoArmor. The GeForce GTX 1080 AMP Extreme on the other hand is equipped with a triple fan IceStorm thermal system with EXO Fan performance claimed to deliver up to 30% higher airflow compared to traditional fans. Also MSI has unleashed its lineup of GeForce GTX 1080 graphics cards, with a total of six new cards. The cards announced by MSI include the GTX 1080 GAMING X 8G, GTX 1080 SEA HAWK, GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC, GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G, GTX 1080 AERO 8G OC, and the GTX 1080 AERO 8G. The GeForce GTX 1080 SEA HAWK is a result of a partnership between MSI and Corsair. The card integrates Corsair’s popular Hydro Series liquid cooler, allowing it to deliver extreme gaming performance thanks to increased clock speeds out of the box. MSI GeForce GTX 1080 ARMOR 8G OC comes in a Black & White design that has been inspired by advanced armor shielding. It includes the ARMOR 2X Thermal Design that uses patented TORX Fan technology and Advanced Airflow Control for improved cooling performance.
  • Microsoft accused of deceiving people into upgrading to Windows 10 with updated pop-up - Microsoft is in trouble yet again for its heavy-handed approach when 'encouraging' people to move to Windows 10. The GWX prompt was changed last week, introducing a small and quite easily-missed link that allows users to reschedule or cancel the upgrade. But when presented with this Window, many people missed the link and simply clicked on the corner X as usual, assuming they were canceling the installation; instead, they were consenting for the update to take place at the scheduled time.
  • Overwatch Benchmarked: Graphics & CPU Performance Tested - Making the game even more affordable are the surprisingly relaxed PC hardware requirements. Those playing at 1080p and wanting to enjoy the game on ultra-quality settings should be able to run it on just about anything within reason -- even the Radeon R7 260X cracked 60fps.
  • Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge Injustice Edition - Introducing the new Galaxy S7 edge Injustice Edition inspired by DC Super Hero Batman.
  • Samsung's Galaxy Note 6 might instead be called the Galaxy Note 7 - If you are waiting for Samsung to finally announce the Galaxy Note 6, you may well be surprised to find out that there might be no device under such a name in the near future. According to a source from Korea, Samsung has decided to skip the Galaxy Note 6, and instead name its upcoming Note handset as the 'Galaxy Note 7'. As for the reason for this unusual change, this was reportedly to eliminate inconsistencies when it comes to branding Samsung's products. Samsung has announced and launched the Galaxy S7 and S7 edge early this year, and such a move supposedly will help bring more parity with the company's handsets. 'When Galaxy Note 6 that has its model number lower than Galaxy S7, which is the newest model, is released, it can give out a feeling that it is an outdated phone,' according to a high-ranking official of a telecommunications company. Moreover, according to the source, Samsung is already referring to the next Note device as the Galaxy Note 7. Rumors are further stating that Samsung is also planning on using dual-edged screens for the Note series for the first time. However, it is still not known if this change will produce two variants, a Note 7, and a Note 7 edge, similar to the S flagships. As for the possible time of release, the new Note handset is seen to be launched around mid-August, which is at par with the Galaxy Note 5's announcement which was last August 13, 2015, and was made available to the public after just a week.
  • LGR - HDMI on a Black & White TV - Taking a 1984 Goldstar B&W television and using a string of adapters to let it use modern HDMI signals!
  • Foxconn Replaces 60,000 Factory Workers With Robots - A government official in China just announced that Foxconn has replaced 60,000 factory workers with robots. How long before other companies do the same? Robots are cheaper, work 24 hours a day, seven days a week with no overtime, can't call in sick....kinda like human employees in China, just less robotic. Former McDonald's chief executive Ed Rensi recently told the US's Fox Business programme a minimum-wage increase to $15 an hour would make companies consider robot workers. "It's cheaper to buy a $35,000 robotic arm than it is to hire an employee who is inefficient, making $15 an hour bagging French fries," he said.
  • Spotify family plan is now $14.99 - Spotify has offered Family Plans for some time now, but today the company is sweetening the deal while matching rival music streaming services from Apple and Google. The company has announced it is now allowing up to up to six listeners (they don't really need to be family) to grab a Premium subscription for $15 a month. Previously, Spotify charged $14.99 for two listeners and up to $29.99 for a family of five. The new pricing structure is rolling out globally starting today, except in Canada for some reason. Current Spotify family plan subscribers will automatically get upgraded to the new plan and should see a lower bill the next time they are charged.
  • Pebble Reveals Two New Watches and 3G Connected Button - Pebble today announced the Pebble 2 and Time 2 smartwatches, as well as the Core connected button. The two wearables target fitness users and include heart rate monitors for tracking workouts and monitoring sleep. Pebble recently updated its health tools, and the Pebble 2 and Time 2 are able to take advantage of the upgraded software. Both devices serve notifications, show the owner's schedule, control music, run some 13,000 apps, and perform simple tasks. Each has an e-paper display and is water resistant down to 30 meters. The Pebble 2 can run for seven days and costs $99, while the Time 2 can run for 10 days and costs $169. They work with Android an iOS smartphones. The Core is a 3G-enabled fob that Pebble says acts as a smartphone when on the go. The device has two buttons that can be programmed to do anything, such as start/stop streaming Spotify playlists. The Core has Bluetooth, WiFi, and GPS radios, and can act as a relay to the internet for Pebble smartwatches. It can be paired with Bluetooth headsets and accept voice commands, serve as a hotspot, and sync with select fitness apps. The Core costs $99. All three devices are available for pre-order via Kickstarter. The Pebble 2 ships in September, the Time 2 ships in November, and the Core ships in early 2017.
  • How Deep Learning Can Paint Videos in the Style of Art's Great - Thanks to Instagram and Snapchat, adding filters to images and videos is pretty straight forward. But what if you could repaint your smartphone videos in the style of van Gogh's Starry Night or Munch's The Scream? A team of researchers from Germany's University of Freiburg has made significant strides toward this goal using an approach to artificial intelligence called deep learning. The team developed a method that uses a deep neural network to extract a specific artistic style from a source painting, and then synthesizes this information with the content of a separate video. NVIDIA GPUs make it possible to crunch through this computationally intensive work with striking results.
  • Finally, A Neodymium Magnet Defeats The Hydraulic Press - Pressing a Neodymium magnet with the hydraulic press.
  • Watch The Navy Fire Off A Swarm Of Autonomous Drones - The US Navy has been prototyping a launcher that can release dozens of drones in quick succession to "autonomously overwhelm an adversary."
  • Tesla Model X Beats A Supercar In A Race - Tesla's absurd acceleration tends to make drag races against other cars an unfair fight. So to make things a little bit more competitive, Motor Trend Channel strapped a trailer carrying an Alfa Romeo 4C to a Model X and raced it against another Alfa Romeo.
  • The Future Of Mass Transit - This high tech bus model was introduced at this year's China Beijing International High-Tech Expo. The engineers behind it claim that the vehicle would function similarly to a subway but would cost one fifth less to construct.
  • Professor Invents Device to Hear Crunchy Knees - You've injured your knee. A doctor straps a listening device to it, and the noises you hear coming out of it are cringe-worthy. Your knee isn't breaking; it's only bending, and in the future, those sounds could help doctors determine whether the convalescing joint is healthy yet, or if it needs more therapy. Research engineers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are developing a knee band with microphones and vibration sensors to listen to and measure the sounds inside the joint
  • Incredibly Lifelike Finger Puppet Can Dance,Talk,Point&Pick Things - This new puppet concept from Barnaby Dixon represents two months of hard work and superior craftsmanship.
  • Pixar Releases the new Finding Dory trailer - With the movie premiere of everyone's favorite forgetful fish just around the corner, the latest official "Finding Dory" trailer is here!
  • Here's The Trailer For Dystopian Gamer Film 'The Call Up' - This indie movie follows a group of online gamers invited to try a state-of-the-art virtual reality video game. Unsurprisingly, things take a turn for the worse.
  • What's Coming To Netflix US This Summer - You asked for it - here's a peek at some of the best movies coming to Netflix in the US this summer.
  • 11 Minutes Of The Trippiest Animation You'll See All Day - Just like a real drug-fueled experience: some of it's good, some of it's bad, all of it's weird.
  • Destroying An Indestructible USB Cable  - Did anyone really think a USB cable would last against cutting tools?
  • A Reminder That The Ocean Is A Big, Terrifying Place - The RNZN vessel HMNZS Otago sailing through a storm in the Southern Ocean. 20m swells with 80KMph winds.
  • Avoid Leafcutter Ants Unless You Want To Get Seriously Messed Up - Leafcutter ants are formidably strong creatures with fascinatingly complex societies. You'll also want to avoid them completely if you know what's good for you.
  • What Does Liquid Nitrogen Do To Meat? - This is what happens when I get asked to make dinner :P
  • Honk If You're Horny Prank  -  Hah, lots of fun :-)
  • Gravity Has No Meaning For These Extremely Athletic Guys - check it out
  • Sumo Vs Bug Adhesive - How to catch a sumo wrestler! :-)
  • The best pics on the Internet #195 -  All pictures are carefully handpicked
  • Hottest Babes on the Internet #83 - Which one is hottest? ;-)
 Gameguru Mania News - May,28 2016 - all
Destiny Recreated In Minecraft - briefly
(hx) 01:36 PM EDT - May,28 2016 - Post a comment / read (3)
It's mind numbing to think about how much time must have went into this.

Mafia III Inside Look - Bringing a City to Life - preview
(hx) 05:09 AM EDT - May,28 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
The latest trailer for Mafia III has developers detailing the design process of New Bordeaux, the city in the game which is inspired by real life New Orleans. The game is set to release on October 7th, 2016 for PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One.

New Footage from The Last Guardian - interview
(hx) 05:08 AM EDT - May,28 2016 - Post a comment
Creative director Fumito Ueda on bringing believably to The Last Guardian's mythical creature.



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Shadow Warrior 2 - Gameplay video - movie
(hx) 05:05 AM EDT - May,28 2016 - Post a comment
PPE PL has released a video, showing 11 minutes of new gameplay footage from Shadow Warrior 2. The game will be released later this year on the PC.

Codemasters Announces F1 2016 - briefly
(hx) 05:03 AM EDT - May,28 2016 - Post a comment
Codemasters has announced F1 2016, the official video game of the 2016 FIA Formula One World Championship. Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
F1 2016 will include the most immersive career mode we've ever featured, and will release onto PlayStation 4, Xbox One and Windows PC (DVD and via Steam) this summer.

F1 2016's new career mode spans 10 seasons and will take you deeper into the world's most glamorous, exciting and prestigious motorsport, both on and off the track. The life-like recreation of the sport will be further enhanced by the addition of the sport's iconic Safety Car and Virtual Safety Car, which have been written from the ground up, as well as the introduction of the challenging new street circuit in Baku, Azerbaijan for the 2016 FORMULA 1 GRAND PRIX OF EUROPE.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,27 2016 - all
LawBreakers | Killer Verticality #1 - movie
(hx) 05:37 PM EDT - May,27 2016 - Post a comment
exon and Boss Key Productions have released a new gameplay video for their upcoming shooter, LawBreakers.

The Enforcer is all about run and gun gameplay. Watch the top kills from our dev play tests and a quick rundown of a few of the Enforcer’s abilities and the best way to nail the role's combos.
Space Run Galaxy: Gameplay Trailer - movie
(hx) 05:33 PM EDT - May,27 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Space Run Galaxy is the sequel to 2014's Space Run, the game from one-man studio Passtech, which attracted over hundreds of thousands of players with its dynamic and original gameplay. Today's Gameplay Trailer showcases all the main gameplay mechanics from the game. Buck Mann, one of the greatest runners in the galaxy, lets you in on some trade secrets. Players must defend their ship and its cargo as it travels the stars to deliver goods to their clients across an entire galaxy, with four solar systems and over 50 zones to visit. The brand new Gameplay Trailer shows the game's unique spin on tower defense with brand new features including a persistent online universe where you can trade and run for other players. Space Run Galaxy is due out in June for PC.

Escape from Tarkov Alpha Gameplay - preview
(hx) 06:25 AM EDT - May,27 2016 - Post a comment / read (4)
28 minutes video footage shot from alpha version of Escape from Tarkov on Customs location.

Mighty No. 9 Trailer: Masterclass - movie
(hx) 06:23 AM EDT - May,27 2016 - Post a comment
Mighty No. 9 is a side-scrolling action game that takes the best elements from 8- and 16-bit classics you know and love and transforms them with modern tech, fresh mechanics and fan input into something fresh and amazing! Launching 06.21.2016!

WRC 6 announced - briefly
(hx) 06:22 AM EDT - May,27 2016 - Post a comment
Bigben and Kylotonn Racing Games announced that WRC 6, the official 2016 video game of the FIA World Rally Championship (WRC), will be coming to Steam this Autumn. WRC 6 will include the 14 WRC events, all the official WRC drivers and teams, as well as a wide selection of WRC 2 and Junior WRC drivers. WRC 6 will feature all 14 rounds of the 2016 WRC season, including for the first time Rally China, all the star WRC drivers and also a wide selection of WRC 2 teams and competitors from the Junior WRC category. eSports WRC, the first international online competition of the WRC, which was launched in January 2016 with WRC 5, will continue in WRC 6 with amendments in terms of access, rules, and format which will be unveiled nearer the release of the game.
 Gameguru Mania News - May,26 2016 - all

Civilization VI (Six!) - Pre-Release Gameplay - preview
(hx) 04:13 PM EDT - May,26 2016 - Post a comment
Last week, 2K Games / Firaxis flew me out to California to speak with various members of their team and play the first 60 turns of Civilization VI.

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