Yes, FIFA 15 will have a Transfer Market

29 Jul

Don’t worry: FIFA 15 will have a Transfer Market, even though rumourmongers believe it eats into EA’s profit lines.

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FIFA 15 will continue to support player trades via a Transfer Market – despite recent rumours to the contrary.

FIFA community manager Robb Hodson confirmed the news in an EASports forum post, saying there will be a (working!) web app as well.

This post dates back to early June but was recently highlighted by YouTuber AJ3Fifa in a video discussing the pros and cons of the Transfer Market from EA Sports’ perspective.

The video presents strong arguments for why EA Sports would be mad to ruin player fun – and the revenue of its many, many hardcore fans – by closing the Transfer Market. Take a look below if you have doubts thank to persistent rumours to the contrary.

FIFA 15 is coming to PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in September.

Thanks, Gameranx.

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GTA 4 looks absolutely stunning at 4K

29 Jul

GTA 4 has a lot of life left in it on PC, with modders still unlocking the potential of Rockstar’s epic.

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Grand Theft Auto 4 is a good looking game but it’s nearly a whole generation older than GTA 5. Nevertheless, modders are still working to help the older game look as good as it can – and in some ways it does rival its younger sibling.

Take the video below, which recreates the game’s opening cinematic, but upscaled to 4K resolution. If you have a monitor or TV capable of displaying it, do up the resolution on the YouTube embed and see it in all its glory. GTA 5 can’t do that (yet; just wait for the PC release).

This video was created using the latest release of iCEnhancer, which has unfortunately been put on hold as its creator is 100% done with the poisonous fan community.

Thanks, CVG.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity is three times as big as AC4

29 Jul

The Paris of Assassin’s Creed: Unity is the biggest single map the franchise has ever seen.

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Assassin’s Creed: Unity has just one city – Paris – but that city is three times as large as all the land manss in Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag combined, Ubisoft has revealed.

The detail comes via one of Assassin’s Creed: Unity’s level design directors, unfortunately introduced only as “Nick” in a GeekyCastillo video interview from San Diego Comic Con.

The dev said you can probably power through the core campaign in 15 to 20 hours, but that with the franchise’s famous side content there’s about 100 hours of content in Paris.

Despite this increase in scale, the dev said there will be no load times before and after cut scenes. Thanks, next-gen.

You can watch the interview in full below, which also includes brief footage of Ubisoft’s amazing SDCC Assassin’s Creed promo event.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity releases at the end of October on PC, PS4 and Xbox One. We’re still waiting for conformation on Assassin’s Creed: Comet, the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 release.

Thanks, OnlySP.

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A grenade isn’t just a grenade in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

29 Jul

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have more interesting options for a budding grenadier than “explosion” and “flash bang”.

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In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you’ll be able to select from a variety of grenade types, apparently.

In an interview with GamingBolt, Sledgehammer Games creative director Brett Robbins said players use a “variable grenade”.

“Rather than just have your standard frag or flash bang you actually have grenades that can change different effects on the fly,” he said.

“From a heat-seeking grenade to a threat detection that lights up enemies behind walls, EMPs to take out drones.”

Robbins said this allows players to use the grenade as a tool rather than just a weapon, and is part of Sledgehammer’s decision to push player choice. That’s the beauty of a future setting, I guess.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare arrives on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in November.

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A grenade isn’t just a grenade in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare

29 Jul

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare will have more interesting options for a budding grenadier than “explosion” and “flash bang”.

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In Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, you’ll be able to select from a variety of grenade types, apparently.

In an interview with GamingBolt, Sledgehammer Games creative director Brett Robbins said players use a “variable grenade”.

“Rather than just have your standard frag or flash bang you actually have grenades that can change different effects on the fly,” he said.

“From a heat-seeking grenade to a threat detection that lights up enemies behind walls, EMPs to take out drones.”

Robbins said this allows players to use the grenade as a tool rather than just a weapon, and is part of Sledgehammer’s decision to push player choice. That’s the beauty of a future setting, I guess.

Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare arrives on PC, PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in November.

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THQ Increases forecast for the Quarter Ending March 31, 2012

29 Jul

THQ has increased its forecast for the quarter ending March 31, 2012, due to a higher than expected sales of Saints Row: The Third and UFC Undisputed 3. THQ expects sales of $160 million to $170 million, up from $130 million to $150 million. THQ also expects a net loss per share to be smaller than the original forecast. It was lowered to $0.10 to $0.20, down from a loss of $0.35 to $0.50.

THQ expects its year end cash balance to be $76 million at March 31, 2012, which is three times higher than was originally expected. The company also has no outstanding borrowings on its credit and did not borrow any extra money. THQ "expects to utilize a substantial portion of its cash and cash equivalents as well as its credit facility as it launches its slate for the 2013 fiscal year, beginning with Darksiders II."

THQ will report its fiscal year 2012 fourth quarter and full year results on May 15,2012. THQ will also provide an outlook for its fiscal year 2013.

The Destiny “beta was water wings”, months of “compelling content” in final game

29 Jul

Destiny developer Bungie has responded to furious debate over how much content the final game contains, promising the answer is lots and lots.

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The Destiny beta contained just a handful of story missions and – for the most part – one environment. It was pretty easy to speed through the content on offer, and that left many fans wondering how weighty the final game would be for those not interested in PvP.

Yesterday, we got a partial answer to that question. Bungie confirmed that it has revealed every destination in the game (Earth, the moon, Mars and Venus) and that each destination will only have one environment – so there’s nowhere to go on Earth except the cosmodrome, for example.

That doesn’t necessarily mean there won’t be plenty to do, of course. Data miners pulled out some idea of the game’s scope from the beta files, granting us a vague, likely to be updated vision of how many missions Destiny has.

Following this, Bungie community manager Eric “Urk” Osborne took to NeoGAF to address discussion of the leak and the number of destinations in the game.

“Destiny’s pretty big. It’s the biggest game we’ve ever made, by far, and we’re sort of known for making games you can play for months, years, and even decades if you’re a little bit dedicated,” he said.

“If we’re fortunate enough to have you playing months after launch, you still find lots of compelling stuff to do. That will manifest itself in a myriad of ways, from straight up content to cool activities we’ve yet to show off.”

“With Destiny, we’re looking to exceed what we’ve done before, not just in terms of scale – the Moon is our smallest destination – but in terms of scope and breadth of activities.”

Osborne said that’s “true for day one”, but that Bungie wants “Destiny to have super long legs”.

“If we’re fortunate enough to have you playing months after launch, you still find lots of compelling stuff to do,” he said.

“That will manifest itself in a myriad of ways, from straight up content to cool activities we’ve yet to show off.”

Osborne also said that Bungie was disappointed that it could only cater to competitive PvP players with post-launch support for the Halo series.

“We wanted to do better. So, Destiny is philosophically built support every type of player, and all modes with ongoing activities and events,” he said.

“We look at it quite a bit like television programming, as opposed to a singular film, as we had in the past.”

During beta, Bungie presented a range of content and did a lot of testing, Osborne added, but the full game will be a different beast indeed.

“Beta was water wings. Level 8 is nothing. You barely scratched the surface, and it seems like some folks had fun with what was there.

“If you did, good news. More soon,” he concluded.

Sweet; I’m excited. destiny arrives on PlayStation 3, PS4, Xbox 360 and Xbox One in September.

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Ellie discusses punching Joel and other The Last of Us secrets

29 Jul

The Last of Us’s lead cast members interview each other for this very special peek behind the scenes.

Ellie and Joel from The Last of Us were voiced by Ashley Johnson and the near-ubiquitous Troy Baker. The pair worked with Naughty Dog over the course of three years bringing the characters to life.

In the video below, Johnson and Baker discuss what it was like working on a game widely hailed as one of the PS3′s best – and now, with the imminent launch of the PS4 version, one of the best on that console, too – just check out these The Last of Us: Remastered reviews.

It’s pretty cool to see the dynamic between the pair, although one of the best bits, I think, is Johnson’s face when Baker mentions wanting to “take care of” her when they first met. Creepy, dude; she’s a grown-ass woman!

The two clearly love the game and have many anecdotes to share regarding its making. Tune in below.

The Last of Us Remastered arrives on July 29, which is probably today by the time you read this.

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Holographic politicians could soon become a normal thing in the US

29 Jul


Earlier this year, India's prime minister Narendra Modi was campaigning for reelection and used a rather unusual method for being in many different places at once: he became a hologram. Not biologically, but with the help of a company called NChant3D that broadcast his nearly hour-long speech in 53 different locations. Now a US company called HologramUSA has the rights to use that technology in the US, and has just hired a lobbyist in Washington, DC to push the Democrats and Republicans into using holograms in the upcoming 2016 presidential election, reports Bloomberg BusinessWeek.

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Halo’s Zanzibar map sure has changed over the years

28 Jul

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes a remastered version of the classic Halo 2 map Zanzibar. See just how these map has evolved over the years in these side-by-side comparison images.

Halo’s Zanzibar map originally appeared in Halo 2 on Xbox, but was rejigged for 2007′s Halo 3 for Xbox 360 as Last Resort.

Zanzibar is now making its Xbox One debut in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and boy does it look pretty. You definitely want to open the image below in a new tab, and then zoom to blow up to full size, so you can admire the details.

The images were sourced from the GamingbyGamers YouTube channel and put together by reddit user JJAB91.

As you’ll see, the general shape and layout of assets hasn’t been altered too much, so what made the map great – its flow and tactical possibilities – hasn’t changed. But 343 Industries has done a great job updating the graphics.

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Zanzibar is the third of six revamped classic maps coming in The Master Chief Collection, with a fourth to be revealed at gamescom 2014 next month.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on Xbox One in November. It bundles Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition, Halo 3 and Halo 4 with graphics upgrades, all multiplayer modes and beta access to Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer.

Thanks, /r/gaming.

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Halo’s Zanzibar map sure has changed over the years

28 Jul

Halo: The Master Chief Collection includes a remastered version of the classic Halo 2 map Zanzibar. See just how these map has evolved over the years in these side-by-side comparison images.

Halo’s Zanzibar map originally appeared in Halo 2 on Xbox, but was rejigged for 2007′s Halo 3 for Xbox 360 as Last Resort.

Zanzibar is now making its Xbox One debut in Halo: The Master Chief Collection, and boy does it look pretty. You definitely want to open the image below in a new tab, and then zoom to blow up to full size, so you can admire the details.

The images were sourced from the GamingbyGamers YouTube channel and put together by reddit user JJAB91.

As you’ll see, the general shape and layout of assets hasn’t been altered too much, so what made the map great – its flow and tactical possibilities – hasn’t changed. But 343 Industries has done a great job updating the graphics.

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Zanzibar is the third of six revamped classic maps coming in The Master Chief Collection, with a fourth to be revealed at gamescom 2014 next month.

Halo: The Master Chief Collection arrives on Xbox One in November. It bundles Halo: Combat Evolved Anniversary, Halo 2: Anniversary Edition, Halo 3 and Halo 4 with graphics upgrades, all multiplayer modes and beta access to Halo 5: Guardians multiplayer.

Thanks, /r/gaming.

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Ancient Reddit prank Cat Facts is now a real app to troll your friends

28 Jul

Two and a half years ago, a Reddit user named frackyou decided to pull a prank on her teenage cousin, who had posted on Facebook that "he was bored" while offering up his phone number as a plea for entertainment. What proceeded is the stuff of internet trolling legend, with a series of texts purporting to be from an SMS service called "Cat Facts" that would deliver "fun daily facts about CATS!" every hour. Of course frackyou's cousin never signed up for such a thing; each text was being drummed up by frackyou, and the reactions and attempts to unsubscribe made for cringe-inducing entertainment.

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NES Remix 1+2 Will Get North American Retail Release

28 Jul

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Nintendo will release NES Remix and NES Remix 2 in a bundle package to retail stores in North America. This boxed version will arrive this holiday season.

Previously, the two games were only available separately through the Nintendo eShop. Japan already received this boxed version in April, titled the Famicom Remix 1+2.

Both NES Remix titles are exclusive to Nintendo Wii U. In the games, you tackle classics in a different take for unique objectives.

Having both games simultaneously does have its advantages, namely the addition of Championship Mode leaderboards.

The first NES Remix has most classics on board of its collection of 16 titles. For instance, it features Super Mario Bros, The Legend of Zelda and Donkey Kong.

NES Remix 2 adds a few more well-known franchises. Additions include Kirby’s Adventure, Metroid and Punch-Out.

There has not been a price point announced for the bundle. Currently, both titles are available on the Nintendo eShop for €9.99 each, so hopefully it will be mildly priced.

Nintendo still has no plans to bring the NES Remix series to the 3DS handheld, unfortunately. Earlier on, the developer mentioned that the bundle of classic remakes needed more power than the pocket device could provide.

The move to put NES Remix 1+2 in retail stores is more than likely to encourage impulse buys from fans not that familiar with Nintendo’s eShop. To be honest, it’s not exactly the best online shopping experience out there in the first place.

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Ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer can buy the LA Clippers, judge rules

28 Jul

Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer is clear to move ahead with his $2 billion purchase of the LA Clippers today after a judge ruled against the current owner's objection to the salereports The New York Times. Ballmer brokered his deal for the team with owner Donald Sterling's wife, who was said at the time to have legal standing to sell the team, after her husband was banned for life from the NBA for making a series of racist statements. Sterling argued that his wife did not have legal permission to sell the team, but a judge determined today that she did.

The judge also ruled that the Clippers' sale to Ballmer could go through immediately, the Times reports. Ballmer's purchase of the Clippers comes very shortly after his departure...

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Facebook urges users to download Messenger before chat disappears from mobile app

28 Jul

In April, Facebook announced plans to pull messaging from its core mobile apps in favor of moving all chat activity to Messenger. And now the company is once again reminding users everywhere about the pending change and urging them to download Messenger. If you haven't yet installed the app, you'll likely see a notice resembling the one below over the coming days. Facebook isn't yet forcing anyone to make the switch; it says there will be several notices before messages are finally unbundled for good. But that step is fast approaching. Desktop users don't need to worry about this, since chat will remain there in the same place as always.

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Stackable cells allow you to sleep on top of your friends at music festivals

28 Jul

There may be a much more comfortable and stylish way to stay the night next time you head to a big music festival. Two Belgian design firms have created an efficient new type of campsite that stacks tiny sleeping pods together like a honeycomb. The pods look like they should provide a bit more comfort and space than the average tent — they even have power and a king-size bed — but the overall structure shouldn't take up dramatically more room because it's building vertically, using a short stairwell to provide access the upper levels.

The campsite is cleverly called B-and-Bee, and it began testing at a festival this summer. Specifications for the units will be finalized this fall, and the design firms, Compaan and Labeur, hope to have...

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Champion Sneak Peek – Gnar

28 Jul

Champion Sneak Peek - Gnar

Check out special promo site!

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FAA wants Southwest Airlines to pay $12 million penalty for sloppy maintenance

28 Jul

The FAA is seeking a $12 million fine against Southern Airlines after finding that the Dallas-based airline did a lackluster job overseeing repairs on Boeing 737 jetliners. Back in 2006, Southwest carried out "extreme makeover" alterations that were intended to "eliminate potential cracking of the aluminum skin on 44 jetliners," the FAA says.

But the contractor that handled the job, Aviation Technical Services, failed to follow proper procedures as mandated by the agency. Some of the problems — failing to properly place the airplanes on jacks during maintenance — weren't exactly catastrophic. But others could've led to real problems down the road.

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MMX Racing – How to get free cash and gold

28 Jul
MMX Racing is the iOS and Android platform’s new smash hit monster truck racing game. Your goal is to take your crappy old truck, race it, upgrade it gradually until it turns into an insane, giant-tired hot rod with enough horsepower to spin the earth backwards, and then continue racing it until you finally make […]

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From Ursula to Jon Snow: our favorite cosplay of Comic-Con 2014

28 Jul

Tens of thousands of people descend on San Diego for Comic-Con each year, making it the perfect place for cosplayers to show off some of their best outfits. It’s hard not to be almost-constantly wowed by the costume work while walking around the convention floor, but some outfits stood well above the rest in terms of accuracy, attention to detail, or just sheer awesomeness.

Want to know our favorite cosplayers of this year’s con? We asked a number of them to pose for us, and you can take a...

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