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Cryptocurrency round-up: Free Bitcoins initiative takes off and ChangeTip bans Isis donations

5 Mar
Bitcoin price surge stutters following a week of sustained market growth.

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Snowden Archive online: NSA and GCHQ spying revelations catalogued in searchable database

5 Mar
The Snowden Archive, a database of leaked NSA documents, has been created to show the bigger picture

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Mr. Holmes Trailer Shows Ian McKellen as an Aged Version of Sherlock

5 Mar

Mr. Holmes’ first trailer released earlier this week shows one last mystery to be solved as he is nearing the end of his life.

After a lifetime of detective work, there is only one mystery left to be solved and that is ‘his own’. The trailer revealed that Sir Ian McKellen would be playing the legendary character of Sherlock Holmes in Bill Condon’s upcoming Mr. Holmes.

The interesting part is that the trailer is telling a story which has not been shown on the big screen. An unidentified mystery of his own, something we have not yet seen on TV series.

Mr. Kellen’s occurrence in the movie adds a definite spark to it. We have seen him transform iron as Magneto, surf a magical stuff as Gandalf, and now he is performing the most iconic detective of all time. Ian McKellen is the older, loveable version of Sherlock Holmes.

What’s fascinating is that Mr. Holmes is produced in two different periods and Mr. McKellen used makeup and aesthetics to show the older Holmes. The Sherlock Holmes charisma sincerely has come across a great reawakening on the fiction scene in the previous few years.

It has been on TV that Arthur Conan Doyle’s most prominent protagonist has truly grown. Benedict Cumberbatch keeps on getting rave appraisals for his turn in Sherlock, which will be commencing its fourth arrangement towards the end of the year.

However, America has its own on-going version of Sherlock Holmes as Jonny Lee Miller plays a prodigious detective in Elementary.

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Microsoft looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One

5 Mar

With Windows 10, Xbox One users will soon be able to stream their games to PC. Microsoft is also looking into streaming PC games to Xbox One, according to news out of GDC.

Speaking with Polygon at GDC 2015, Xbox program director Mike Ybarra said the company is also looking into the ability to stream Xbox One games to a user’s PC or tablet via a network other than their home network.

This would allow Xbox One owners to log into Xbox Live and stream their games over a wired or wireless network while they were out of town.

Also, the streaming option only works on one device at one time via a local network.

Polygon noted there weren’t any issues with lag when it tried the streaming functionality at GDC, however, Sunset Overdrive was being streamed to a tablet on a wired network.

Ybarra said this was due to wireless connections not being reliable at such a large convention, which anyone who has ever tried to get online at GDC during a live blog can attest.

Microsoft revealed more details on the Windows 10 and Xbox One streaming service yesterday, and also discussed cross-buy and cross-play options among other features.

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Free! Vindictus Lann Revamp codes worth €25

5 Mar

We have 400 Lann Revamp codes worth €25 to giveaway for free to VG247 readers.

All you need to do is enter your details in the box below and you’ll be given a code to redeem in game.

The codes are for warrior character Lann and offer a 7 day unlimited Inner Armour pass, battle EXP capsule, Novice Badge, 10 Marketplace coupons a Limited Critical Epaulet and much more.

You can download RPG Vindictus for free right here if you want to try it out. Please note these codes only work for European players.

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Romour: Conker Reboot Cancelled as Developers Couldn’t Rush it Out

5 Mar

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According to a post by a redditor, who supposedly is an ex-Microsoft employee and is verified by Reddit/r/gaming, Conker reboot has been canned. His or her post suggested that Microsoft was in a hurry to release the game, but developers at Rare couldn’t meet the deadline.

Microsoft wanted the game to be released by the end of 2015 which was a daunting task. Later on, Microsoft turned to Insomniac who is handling some third-party development for the company, but the studio also turned the project down.

Once again, the reason was cited to be a short deadline. Microsoft was content on rushing the project, but failed to find someone who will conquer the deadline.

According to the post:

Insomniac refused because of the short dev cycle. MS wanted Conker out the door really quickly, because they wanted to reintroduce audiences to a bunch of older IPs that MS were planning on rebooting for 2016-17, like Perfect Dark and Banjo.

Furthermore:

The Conker project has been pretty much canned. No one wants to make it, because MS wants to rush it out. I’m not sure if those other reboots will continue as planned, or if they wanna wait for someone to tackle Conker, like I said, I no longer work for MS and have been out of the loop for a little while, but as is, don’t hold your breath for a new Conker game.

The person who posted the information, reached out to Kotaku earlier. However, he failed to provide any solid evidence of his ties with Microsoft. This raises questions over the authenticity of the information.

You can also see some emails he shared between him and another MS employee:

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Microsoft on the other hand is yet to confirm or deny the story. We’ll let you know of any new developments.

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Japan: Crocs pop-up shop takes flight with help of helicopter drones delivering shoes

5 Mar
The shoe brand experimented with drones delivering shoes to customers at a pop-up shop.

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Unboxing a burner phone sent as promo for some new Ryan Reynolds movie

5 Mar

A marketing team sent us an LG burner smartphone so that we would write about a trailer for some new sci-fi movie. We diligently posted the trailer yesterday; but now it's time to review the real star here: the phone itself.

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Tekken 7 is Indeed Coming to Xbox One & PS4, Unreal Engine 4 Promotional Video Confirms

5 Mar

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Not entirely surprising, but Epic Games has unknowingly confirmed that Tekken 7 is slated to launch for Xbox One and Playstation 4.

While announcing removal of subscription fee for Unreal Engine 4, EG showed off a promotional video detailing upcoming games powered by Unreal Engine 4.

Though unintentional, the promotional video showed Tekken 7 as being developed by Bandai Namco Entertainment and mentioned Arcade, Xbox One, and PS4 under platforms.

As for Xbox 360, PS3, Wii U; none of these consoles support UE4, but interestingly we did not see any mention of PC.

During past year, we saw multiple online listings suggesting that the game may eventually land on PC as well. Even Katsuhiro Harada stated that he might provide PC support in some countries.

With a host of fighting games such as Mortal Kombat X, Street Fighter V, Dead or Alive 5: Last Round already announced for PC, it seems highly unlikely that Tekken 7 will be left behind.

In other Tekken 7 news, Bandai Namco Entertainment has announced that the Arcade-version of Tekken 7 will soon be getting a major visual upgrade.

Furthermore, currently the game is being played without the signature character of Jin Kazama. Harada even refuted some rumors circulating about the exclusion of Jin Kazama from the game’s roster.

What is your take on this? Let us know in the discussion box below.

Source: GenEnemy.

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10 New iPhone and iPad Games Worth Playing This Week

5 Mar
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If you haven’t gotten your fill of snowboarding on the App Store this year, RAD Boarding is here to fix that. Amazing puzzling in Blockwick 2, forensic investigation in Criminel — it’s a very cool week to be a gamer on the App Store.

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The puzzling geniuses at Kieffer Bros’ are back, and this time they’re delivering a follow-up to their 2011 mobile puzzler Blockwick. But we’re a long way from 2011, and this sequel shows all the wisdom and polish that those intervening years has provided. Expect our full review later today.

RAD Boarding

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A little bit Tiny Wings, a little bit Ski Safari, and a little bit Olli Olli, RAD Boarding is a game about snowboarding your way through the apocalypse.

Spring Ninja

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Another week, another Ketchapp release on the App Store. This week’s two second time waster is about putting *just* the right amount of bounce in a ninja’s step.

Criminel

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Travel back to the early days of photography to document crime scenes and solve cases in this unique approach to detective work.

Real Steel Champions

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Can a movie that came out in 2011 still draw in gamers in 2015? If that movie is Real Steel, the answer seems to be a resounding yes. This is the third release from Reliance Games based on the franchise in as many years.

Vietnam… ’65

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The latest strategy war game from Slitherine takes players to the early days of the Vietnam War, tasking players with winning the hearts and minds of the locals (in addition to strategic battles).

Twilight’s Last Gleaming

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If Vietnam ’65 doesn’t go back far enough for your liking, get ready for a double-dose of military history this week. Hex-based strategic battles set during the War of 1812. Can you force the British out of Canada? (Spoiler: no, you can’t).

Pixel Heroes: Byte & Magic

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A roguelike RPG with a sense of humor, Pixel Heroes saw some love when it launched on desktops earlier this year. Now mobile, you’ll be able to take the adventure with you wherever your life may go.

Lastronaut

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An endless runner with big explosions and a Contra-style weapons selection? YES PLEASE.

Warhammer: Snotling Fling

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Because sometimes you just want to watch the world burn (after flinging a goblin into it with a big catapult). Warhammer meets Boom Blox? In the sometimes serious, sometimes silly world of Warhammer, this actually seems like a logical next step for the franchise.

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Rock Band 4: Harmonix announces full compatibility with old songs and instruments

5 Mar
Harmonix finally announces the return of Rock Band, and PS4 and Xbox One versions will be backwards compatible.

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Rock Band 4 Finally Officially Announced – News

5 Mar

A new Rock Band title has been rumoured for months now, but Harmonix has finally officially announced the title. Rock Band 4 will be released on the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One, and will be compatible with all previous generation instruments and 2,168 tracks from past titles in the series.

For those who are new to the series and therefore do not own any instruments as of yet, a new guitar and drum set will be available for purchase as well.

No news yet on the tracklist for this new title, nor on any potential new game features.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Rock Band 4 Finally Officially Announced - News

US eShop update: Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli, more

5 Mar

Nintendo has updated the North American end of the eShop with Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars, OlliOlli and a demo version of Azure Striker GUNVOL.

Your full update is below.

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  • Mario vs. Donkey Kong: Tipping Stars – Wii U, 3DS – Cross Buy
  • OlliOlli – Wii U, 3DS – Cross-Buy
  • Proun+ – Proun+ 3DS
  • Azure Striker GUNVOLT – updated version with demo available
  • SkyKid – Wii U Virtual Console
  • Best of Casual Games – 3DS
  • Hollywood Fame: Hidden Object Adventure – 3DS
  • Zombie Incident – 3DS

New 3DS themes

  • Kirby: Craft-Paper Party
  • Kirby: Sweet Gourmet Race
  • Kirby: Stripes and a Smile
  • Azure Stiker Gunvolt: Sumeragi 7

eShop sales on Wii U

  • Tengami is 50% off on Wii U until March 12.
  • Master Reboot is 50% off on Wii U until April 1.
  • Darts Up, Rock Zombie and Spy Chameleon from EnjoyUp are on sale until April 2.
  • PING 1.5+ is 40% off until April 2.
  • The Letter and Maze from Treefall Studios are on sale until March 13.

eShop sales on 3DS

  • Space Lift Danger Panic! is 33% until March 20.
  • Wakedas, Witch & Hero and World Conqueror 3D from Circle Entertainment are on sale until March 26.
  • Darts Up 3D is 50% off until April 2.
  • AeternoBlade is 66% off until March 27.

Special Mii Distribution

Stop by select Best Buy stores from 1 to 4pm (local time) on March 7 to try out the New Nintendo 3DS XL system with amiibo figures and select game. Bring along your 3DS for the chance to get a special Mii character of The Legend of Zelda: Majora’s Mask 3D producer, Eiji Aonuma, and collect Mii characters to fill puzzle panels in Puzzle Swap and help out in StreetPass Mii Plaza games.

Nintendo recently posted its preliminary eShop release schedule for March through June. If you missed it, click through the link.

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Downtown Abbey Star Dan Stevens Joins Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

5 Mar

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Downtown Abbey star Dan Stevens has joined the live action cast of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast along with Emma Watson.

Stevens landed the role of titular beast/ prince on Beauty and the Beast. Emma Watson confirmed via twitter that Dan Stevens would play the character of the Beast and Luke Evans of Gaston.

Revealing the news about Stevens joining the cast of Beauty and the Beast she tweeted:


The downtown Abbey star will be the third British to get on board, publicized The Hollywood Reporter. Bill Condon, American Academy Award Winner, who previously made Twilight, is directing beauty and the Beast live action version: Breaking Dawn part 1 and 2. It is expected to follow the classic fairy tale storyline.

After finishing his time on Downtown Abbey, Stevens landed quite a few attention-grabbing film opportunities. He gave several interesting movies to his fans last year, two of them being The Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb and The Cobbler.

Adam Wingard’s The Guest was without a doubt the best of his work until date. Disney has not given out any details regarding the appearance of the titular male lead.

So the question arises, are they going to make Stevens a fur loaded beast as it was seen in the 1991 animated version? Or a similar ugly creature created in Beastly (2011)? Or maybe Disney has something else in store for its audience.

Disney has not yet announced a confirmed release date for its live action Beauty and the Beast featuring Emma Watson as Belle, Dan Stevens as the Beast/prince and Luke Evans as Gaston.

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Xbox One Wireless Controller Adapters Coming for PC This Year

5 Mar

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If you are a PC gamer and you sort of like the way an Xbox One controller fits your hand when playing, this might be the news you have been looking for.

Microsoft has announced that they will soon be launching new wireless controller adapters so that the controllers can be connected with a PC for playing games!

The news came in from this year’s Game Developers Conference (GDC 2015) where the technology giant took to the stage with tons of their presentations and panels. While they were at it, they also made it easy for you to play games on your computer.

Before this, the only way to connect an Xbox One controller with a PC was through a USB Cable, which, many of us prefer not to use. Wireless controllers are going to be so much better.

Also, the announcement seems to have come in line with other future plans that Microsoft has for the Xbox fans. You would know that they are soon going to allow Xbox One games to be streamed onto Windows 10 through the Xbox app.

When that happens, you’d want to be as prepared as you can and that includes wireless controllers!

Xbox 360 users have had the feature on their controllers previously; just like this time, Microsoft had enabled wireless connectivity for Xbox 360 controllers too.

In parallel news, they had also presented on-stage, a demo Windows 10 app running on the Xbox One; which is another step forward to increased integration between Microsoft’s different products.

We don’t know the exact date when they will launch the adapters but Microsoft did confirm that they will be out later this year.

Hight five, cable clutter haters!

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The Elder Scrolls: Total War Created by a Modder

5 Mar

Thanks to mod support on PC titles, we have yet another amazing creation from a modder named LordNazgu1 – hopefully, that’s not his real name. The mod in question will let you live the greatest battles talked about in almost every The Elder Scrolls game.

The mod is released for Medieval II: Total War – Kingdoms and is called The Elder Scrolls: Total War. The mod features more than 20 factions including Aldmeri Dominion, Tamriel Empire, and Telvanni with over 250 unique units and a Lands of Tamriel inspired campaign map.

It covers the events between Morrowind and Oblivion. Meaning the happenings taking place from year 427 in third era and 45 from the fourth era are a part of the campaign.

According to the creator:

Each faction, anyway, has a number of regions, which depends on the historical background in the world of The Elder Scrolls. So, the Empire of Tamriel, the Kingdom of Skyrim and the Aldmeri Dominion are the biggest factions have controlled more than 15 territories. List of factions formed as 427th year 3E, which is the start of the campaign’s (final – the 45th year of the 4E).

Development of this mod started back in 2012 but the creator still insisted that the mod isn’t yet complete. You can check a trailer for the mod above and download it for yourself from Mod DB.

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Suprise! Rock Band 4 Announced for Xbox One and PS4, Coming Holidays 2015

5 Mar

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The longtime rumors of a new Rock Band title are finally put to rest – Rock Band is coming back. Better late than never…

Being developed by Harmonix and hardware manufacturer Mad Catz are all set to bring Rock Band 4 to Xbox One and Playstation 4 by the end of 2015, both the companies announced today.

Talking about the game, Harmonix said that previously purchased content and songs from previous Rock Band titles will also work in Rock Band 4 – from Xbox 360 to Xbox One and from PS3 to PS4.

The company also announced that the development team is hard at work with both Microsoft and Sony to allow fans to use their old peripherals with the latest iteration – despite all differences.

Lastly, the company has also shared a behind-the-scenes video which can be seen below:

Being developed and published by Harmonix, the game is expected to make an appearance this weekend at PAX East in Boston and E3 2015.

Kept you waiting, huh? What are you expecting from the title? Share your excitement with us in the discussion box below.

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New Rock Band 4 will support your DLC song library and (hopefully) most controllers

5 Mar

Rock Band is coming to next-generation consoles later this year, and while we don't know much else, Harmonix made it clear that (almost) all the songs you purchased for past Rock Band titles will carry over to Rock Band 4. That goes for your hardware, too — most of it, at any rate. Here's the relevant snippets from our talk with Harmonix project manager Daniel Sussman.

We are working very hard to port all of the songs that we have had in our library forward to the Xbox One and PS4, and that's a time intensive process, we're actually taking a library that took us 5+ years to accumulate and we're doing all of that work in a very compressed window in a matter of months.

How many songs is that?

It's over 2,000. It's a big number. So it's...

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Alien Isolation Would Have Been a Third-Person Game, Prototype Footage Revealed

5 Mar

Did you know Alien Isolation was prototyped as a third-person survival horror game? During a panel at GDC 2015, developer Creative Assembly revealed some pretty interesting details about Alien Isolation’s development process.

The title could have been very different from what it is now. The game was always going to be in first-person, but when developers looked at games like Resident Evil 4, Silent Hill 2, Dead Space and Clock Tower, they were worried about the game immediately not being recognized as survival horror.

It was genuine concern as some of the most popular survival horror games featured third-person perspective. To test things out and see how third-person camera will impact the game, Creative Assembly developed a prototype for Alien Isolation.

We now know that the prototype was scrapped, but how exactly did it look? During the GDC panel, creative director Alistair Hope shared footage from the prototype.

Captured off-screen, it shows how different the project would have been. The biggest difference is that this alternative view makes it a bit easier for the player to keep an eye on Xenomorph. This kind puts the horror down a notch don’t you think?

According to Hope: “The difference between first and third [person] was extraordinary. The third person felt like an Alien game, which is cool. But the first person felt like Alien.”

Exactly! Going with first-person on Alien Isolation added a lot to survival horror element.

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Rock Band 4 confirmed for Xbox One and PS4: supports old instruments and 2,168 songs

5 Mar

Harmonix has lifted the lid on the long-rumoured Rock Band 4, stating it will support 2,168 previously released tracks and last-gen instruments on PS4 and Xbox One.

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The game will be out this year. Harmonix has yet to reveal specific features for the game, but it has been built with a completely new engine.

As well as supporting Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 instruments on the Xbox One and PS4 consoles, Harmonix has also revealed a new guitar and drum kit for Rock Band 4 for those new to the series. New songs for the game have not yet been discussed.

In the video above the development team discuss its work on the title as an independent studio now that it is no longer part of the MTV Games collective. It’s worth a watch if you’re a fan.

Check out the new drumkit and guitar below.

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