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This GTA 5 trailer recreation is amazingly faithful

30 Jun

GTA 5′s famous first trailer has been painstakingly recreated in meat space by a team of dedicated fans, with spectacular results.

The video below is the real world recreation, shot in Madrid, but if you watch the box insert in the lower left corner you can see just how closely it follows the original GTA 5 trailer.

It’s incredible how accurate the recreation is; there are only a very few instances where the shot used deviates from the original – notably the oil wells.

This is probably how GTA 10 will look when graphics hit photo-realism post-singularity. The jump between last-gen and current-gen was already pretty amazing.

Thanks, Destructoid.

Here are some of the new places you’ll go in the Destiny beta

30 Jun

Destiny beta players will get to see more of Earth and beyond than were featured in the alpha, if we’re correctly interpreting a couple of teasing references from Bungie.

The Destiny beta will include a couple of locations, Bungie apparently confirmed in a tweet, showing off a screenshot of one such destination.

The screenshot had previously been published in the company’s weekly update along with a second unknown location. It doesn’t seem unreasonable to assume the two are a pair, and that both locations will be available in the beta. Take a look at the screens below.

Additionally, MP1st reports coordinates found on the Destiny Beta website point to the Moon. The Moon was available as a crucible map in the alpha, but was not explorable, unfortunately.

The Destiny Beta kicks off on PlayStation 3 and PS4 on July 17, and opens to Xbox 360 and Xbox One shortly thereafter. The only guaranteed mode of entry is via pre-ordering.

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Before there was Doom, there was this

30 Jun

Mullets, Genesis games, an unfinished copy of Doom and more feature in this half hour tour of id Software, circa 1993.

The footage was posted on Vimeo by John Romero, with the following description.

“In 1993, Dan Linton, owner of a hugely successful BBS called Software Creations, visited Texas and made his way to id Software. This is the footage he recorded one night in November 1993.

“Shown are several of id’s employees at the time: Jay Wilbur, Shawn Green, John Romero, Dave Taylor, Sandy Petersen and Adrian Carmack. Bobby Prince was visiting to finish the music and create the sound effects.

“This video has 21 minutes of me playing DOOM before the sound effects were put in as well as some early deathmatching with Shawn Green.”

Wow. What a delightful slice of gaming history. It’s bittersweet to see this team; more than twenty years on, many of the key players have moved on, and id is owned by Bethesda parent company Zenimax Media. Id, as I certainly hope you know, largely invented the first-person shooter, first with Wolfenstein, then Doom, then Quake.

A Visit to id Software from john romero on Vimeo.

Thanks, Destructoid.

‘Community’ getting sixth season on Yahoo

30 Jun

Community is getting its sixth season. This fall, it'll head to Yahoo Screen for a 13-episode run, saving the show after it was canceled by NBC in May. "I am very pleased that Community will be returning for its predestined sixth season on Yahoo," series creator Dan Harmon says in a statement. "I look forward to bringing our beloved NBC sitcom to a larger audience by moving it online." It appears as though the show will retain its half-hour format, and stars Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Alison Brie, Ken Jeong, Yvette Nicole Brown, and Jim Rash will all return.

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First Cross-Buy Game for Nintendo Platforms Arrives – News

30 Jun

When Nintendo made each Nintendo Network user create a new ID, it was to ensure cross-compatibility between all of their systems. It also had the added advantage of keeping all your purchased content on one account, rather than individual machines.

Now, another benefit has come to fruition, with the first cross-buy game for Nintendo platforms set to release on the 3DS and Wii U this July 3rd. 

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There are a few caveats, though; the offer is only available to Europeans and the purchase has to be made on the 3DS in order to get a free Wii U version, not the other way round.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - First Cross-Buy Game for Nintendo Platforms Arrives - News

Texts and Facebook messages blamed for bank run in Bulgaria

30 Jun

A coordinated effort to create panic about the health of Bulgaria's banking system has led the European Commission to extend a credit line of 3.3 billion lev ($2.3 billion). That money is being used to stabilize and safeguard the country's banks after customers received mysterious text messages last week urging them to withdraw funds quickly. Bugarian President Rosen Plevneliev and other government leaders have sought to avert a crisis by emphasizing that all money stored with the country's banking institutions is safe.

Corporate Commercial Bank was the first victim of last week's bank run, and withdrawals became so widespread that Bulgaria's fourth-largest lender was forced to shut down and cede control to the central bank. Just days...

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GE takes on Philips’ Hue with a lower-priced connected light bulb

30 Jun

GE has been stepping into the smart home market, and its newest entry is a connected LED light bulb called Link. Link bulbs are basic, single-color lights primarily meant to allow homeowners to control lighting straight through a smartphone app. But more importantly, Link bulbs are also some of the least expensive connected options out there. The bulbs will sell through Home Depot and are available from just below $15 to just below $25, depending on the type. Because of its lower pricing, GE is calling Link the "first commercially viable connected bulb."

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Rumor: Game Arena For Xbox One Allows You to Create Challenges

30 Jun

Xbox One - Game Arena Rumor

Game Arena is supposedly a brand new feature that is said to be coming to the Xbox One soon.

According to Xboxmad.net, who was sent an off-screen photograph of the application by a tipster, Game Arena will be a way for players to set up their own challenges for their friends.

“Welcome to the Game Arena, where you and your friends can battle it out for distinction of being the ultimate gamer,” reads the description in the image. “Create and invite your friends to personalized battles and the Game Arena will determine the rightful winner by tracking key game statistics. With objectives available from your favourite games, you can play to your strengths and crush your opponents. Good luck warrior, the weak will be culled!”

Game statistics are already tracked by Xbox and you can browse through or compare them with your friends at your leisure. Game Arena looks to expand on that by allowing you to create your own trophies, and hence challenging your friends to achieve the task set.

The blurry image also leaks a new game called “Wildfire”, with a challenge set up to tally “Total trees put out”. Steam Greenlight currently has a game called Wildfire Worlds but there’s no confirmation if this is the same one or not.

Microsoft has yet to officially announce the said feature. Until they do, consider this a rumor at best.

Recently the company announced that they plan to bring Xbox One profiles and achievements, as well as other details of the respective users, on the official Xbox website by next week.

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Two Fingers, One Brain – Tips and Cheats: The Strategy Guide

30 Jun
Two Fingers, One Brain (known currently on iOS as Two Fingers, But Only One Brain) is an insanely difficult new speed-puzzle game for the iOS and Android platforms. Think of the “Dumb Ways To Die” app, yet you’re playing two of them at once, at the same time. It’s insanely difficult, and insanely addicting. Read […]
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Are these the new modes coming to Titanfall next?

30 Jun

Titanfall update four was released last week, and some fans have started mining the update for interesting data. One user has found a list of unannounced game modes that are possibly coming to the shooter next.

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The user, named RazorUK, has dug up the details from mining the update. The data include mention of the Marked For Death gamemode, which is already included in the patch, along with Wingman Last Titan Standing, which Respawn has confirmed would be making its way to the game next.

The list below are the ones discovered in the code but have yet to be announced by the developer. It’s worth noting that these could very well be modes that were being tested internally, and may not see the light of day.

  • Capture the Titan – Capture the Titan and bring it to your base
  • Big Brother – Attack and defend the control panel
  • Titan Tag – No description
  • Bodyguard (TITAN_ESCORT) – No description

Interestingly, Big Brother sounds like it could be similar to Headquarters from the Call of Duty series, in which an object spawns at a random location and you have to attack or defend it for a limited time, before it resets to another location.

Thanks, MP1st.

Emojli is a chat app that only lets you send emoji

30 Jun

Emoji is the true language of the internet, spanning all borders and allowing any dispute to be resolved through a series of tiny, bizarre, and occasionally incomprehensible glyphs. That makes it, perhaps, the prefect way to communicate over the internet too, and so the upcoming app Emojli intends to make it the only way to talk. On Emojli, your username and messages will consist entirely of emoji. As its creators put it, that means no hashtags, memes, or trolls — just pure, fun, weird communication.

At first, Emojli will only be an instant messaging app in the vein of Yo or Snapchat, but its creators tell us that Emojli could go elsewhere from there. They plan to launch in late July or early August, and you can already head over to E...

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Some dude just completed Fallout 3 in 24 minutes

30 Jun

Fallout 3 is the latest game to get the speed-run treatment. YouTube user BubblesDelFuego has finished the game in under 24 minutes, beating his previous time, which was just over 24 minutes.

Obviously there are various tactics at play here, some of them are well-documented glitches, like clipping through objects and skipping the dialogue. Though the feat is impressive nonetheless.

Thanks, Kotaku. YouTuber user BubblesDelFuego.

Some dude just completed Fallout 3 in 24 minutes

30 Jun

Fallout 3 is the latest game to get the speed-run treatment. YouTube user BubblesDelFuego has finished the game in under 24 minutes, beating his previous time, which was just over 24 minutes.

Obviously there are various tactics at play here, some of them are well-documented glitches, like clipping through objects and skipping the dialogue. Though the feat is impressive nonetheless.

Thanks, Kotaku. YouTuber user BubblesDelFuego.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Announced For 3DS

30 Jun

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Activision has announced a ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’ game for Nintendo 3DS that will be based on the upcoming movie being produced by Michael Bay.

The game is being developed by Magic Pockets, the studio behind last year’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles games for Xbox 360, Wii, and 3DS, that were based on the Nickelodeon CG series.

According to a press release, the new TMNT is being built “around fast-moving hack-and-slash gameplay.” Rather than playing through a single turtle, players will have the freedom to quickly swap between all four ninjas on the fly. This will help in utilizing the unique set of skills of each turtle during combat.

Magic Pockets revealed that Raphael is the more powerful of the bunch, while Michelangelo is faster than the others. I’m assuming that Leonardo is able to absorb more damage and Donatello is quick with his gadgets, if there are any.

All four turtles will gain experience and earn new abilities upon leveling up over time. Furthermore players can head to the Turtle’s Lair to craft more powerful weapons through “raw materials collected throughout the adventure.”

The game will follow the events of the movie where “mad genius Baxter Stockman’s mutant and robotic horrors have teamed up with the shadowy armies of the Foot Clan to terrorize New York City.”

TMNT is scheduled for release later this summer for the 3DS, while the live-action film hits theaters on August 8.

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‘Into the Storm’ trailer shows what happens when a tornado drill is for real

30 Jun

It's been a while since Hollywood offered us a good tornado movie (Sharknado doesn't count, really). But that appears to be changing with Into the Storm. The found-footage disaster pic, which hits theaters in the US on August 8th, follows a pack of storm chasers and ordinary citizens trying to survive a series of tornadoes in the small town of Silverton. Whereas the first teaser focused on quick shots of harrowing tornado (and fire tornado) destruction scenes, the new full-length trailer takes more time to set up the narrative, showing a high school graduation interrupted by tornado sirens and then... more destruction. So much of it. The film stars Richard Armitage (The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey & Desolation of Smaug, Cinemax's S...

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Pokémon: Symphonic Evolutions US orchestral concert tour announced: Live concerts to feature …

30 Jun
The Pokémon Company International recently announced a special live orchestral concert that will be touring the United States later this year.

Pokémon the Series: XY Volumes 1 and 2 now available on iTunes: Each volume costs £19.99/$21. …

30 Jun
Episodes of Pokémon the Series: XY are now available in the iTunes stores in the UK and the US within two volumes called Pokémon the Series: XY Volumes 1 and 2. Each episode costs £2.49/$2.99 in HD and £1.89/$1.99 in SD while each volume costs £19.99/$21.99 in HD or £18.99/$19.99 in SD.

Assassin’s Creed: Unity Has Been Built “From Scratch” For Consoles

30 Jun

Assassin’s Creed Unity

The Assassin’s Creed franchise has been much debated on the lines of the Call of Duty series, where yearly iterations of the same offerings have now gone stale and monotonous. With the upcoming Assassin’s Creed: Unity, Ubisoft is looking to change all of that.

The studio has highlighted the fact that the game’s four-year development cycle has helped them make a fresh start. Unity has been made “from scratch” for the new-generation consoles that involves the game’s engine, and several new features.

“Keep in mind, this game has had almost a four year development,” said Creative Director Alexandre Amancio. “Before we even started the content or anything it was almost a year of development of technology and features and stuff like that.”

Rather than simply overhauling the technology, Ubisoft is going for a fresh beginning. The game’s AI is being improved, support for parkour will bring a new flavor, mission types will see to an expansion, and of course the new-age visuals will be damn impressive.

“So for this game, because it’s the first from the ground up next-gen title, we essentially had to do most of the systems from scratch. Which meant that ‘now we have to re-do that, we might as well do this’ – it was that sort of thing.”

Assassin’s Creed: Unity will release on October 28 for the PS4, Xbox One and PC.

via TotalXbox

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Cliff Bleszinski Announces he is Coming out of Retirement – News

30 Jun

Cliff Bleszinski, the video game designer and director most well-known for his work on the Gears of War series, has announced via Twitter that he is coming out his unofficial retirement today. 

By retirement, Cliff actually means a long-term hiatus after leaving Epic Games. He's already teased an upcoming non-disc based game twice (see images below). We can expect more details regarding his current project in the next week.

This is an excerpt from the full story which was originally featured on gamrReview, read the full version here - Cliff Bleszinski Announces he is Coming out of Retirement - News

US book publishers are making more through online sales than physical stores

30 Jun

US book publishers are now seeing more net revenue come in through online sales than through brick-and-mortar stores, a joint report from two publishing trade groups said last week. The online sales figure represents last year's sales of both printed books and ebooks, including those sold through the websites of companies that maintain physical stores. The report also estimates that, in 2013, online retail accounted for 35.4 percent of total publisher revenue from general consumer fiction and non-fiction titles.

The report was released last Thursday by the Association of American Publishers and the Book Industry Study Group. It is their fourth annual BookStats report. The report also found that ebooks hit a record sales high in 2013,...

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