Rockstar to release LA Noire 2nd gameplay footage on Wednesday


Rockstar to release LA Noire 2nd gameplay footage on Wednesday

Rockstar has officially announced that second gameplay video for their upcoming game title LA Noire will release on Wednesday (March 9). The publisher also revealed this new gameplay footage will mainly focus on Investigation and Interrogation.

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The video will release on Wednesday at 12pm EST (5pm UK GMT).

LA Noire is slated to release on May 17 in United States, and on May 20 in Europe. Check out the pre-order bonus details from various retailer here.

Ark: Survival Evolved mod contest and Survival of the Fittest game mode | ARK: Survival Evolved


Ark: Survival Evolved mod contest and Survival of the Fittest game mode | ARK: Survival Evolved

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Ark: Survival Evolved launches a mod competition after releasing a game mode called Survival of the Fittest.

Ark: Survival Evolved started out as just a Steam Early Access game this past June and has sky rocketed in popularity. Using a survival theme and including a heavy multiplayer base, Studio Wildcard developed a winning game that has generated tons of revenue, and has thus resulted in a modding competition for the public.

Letting your creativity flow

“creative souls can easily generate their own Ark items, weapons, creatures, maps and game modes to share with fellow survivors online.”

If you feel up to the challenge of creating a mod for Ark: Survival Evolved, they’ve released a version of their Unreal Engine 4 editor that they specifically used in creation of the game. To aid those who want to contribute, Studio Wildcard has also released a Dev Kit through Epic Games Launcher; using both tools you’ll be able to showcase your creations with fellow players online. 

The contest will feature a large prize pool of over $25,000 in cash and prizes, more specifically, a grand prize of $15,000 and an Alienware Area-51 and an Nvidia GeForceGTX 980 Ti. For such a large prize it’s expected that the mods that are produced are above par. 

Bringing Hunger Games to Ark: Survival Evolved

Developed strictly from Studio Wildcard, they’ve released a game mode called Survival of the Fittest, which includes a custom map and a dome-force that slowly shrinks the map as the match continues. Since the map will shrink while the game goes on, leveling, producing items, and taming creatures becomes a more difficult task. A new feature called Evolution Events occurs every 30 minutes that brings random events such as: crazy weather conditions, dinosaur stampedes, supply drops, day-to-night shifts, and player location reveal. Using Evolution Events, you’ll never know what to expect in Survival of the Fittest.The Ark: Survival Evolved game mode Survival of the Fittest might seem familiar because very recently a five-hour tournament took place on Twitch with over 70 live-streamers all aiming to win a $30,000 prize pool. 

If Survival of the Fittest seems like something you’d want to check out, it’s a free plug-in on steam through the Steam Workshop.

Have you tried Survival of the Fittest? Do you plan on downloading it?

Mac sales less than expected in lead up to new MacBook Pro – analyst


Mac sales less than expected in lead up to new MacBook Pro – analyst

Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster predicts that Apple’s upcoming earnings call could show lower Mac sales than originally expected by investors, due to the expected imminent arrival of a new MacBook lineup.

Munster came to this conclusion after the latest US data from NPD suggested that Mac sales were less than expected during the March quarter, up just five per cent, Apple Insider reports. Investors have said that they expect Apple to announce a 14 per cent increase year over year, with sales of 4.3 million units during the most recent quarter, but NPD’s latest sales data suggests they’ve over estimated. (More below)

The reason for this, Munster believes, is that Apple hasn’t yet launched its rumoured MacBook Pro and MacBook Air overhaul, meaning potential customers are holding off for a lineup refresh. Munster says that MacBooks account for 50 per cent of all Apple’s Mac sales.

Munster now predicts that Apple will announce sales of around 4.1 million to 4.4 million Macs, which is a nine to 17 per cent increase from the same quarter of 2011. He says that Apple will focus on strong iPhone and iPad sales at its earnings call on 24 June, as Mac sales are expected to account for just 15 per cent of Apple’s overall revenue for the March quarter.

If the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air and iMac are updated within the coming months, Munster thinks that Apple’s Mac sales will recover from any lower than expected sales figures reported at the earnings call.

It is widely believed that Apple is set to refresh its MacBook line-up before the end of April, with a thinner, MacBook Air-like pro expected to make an arrival alongside Intel’s latest Ivy Bridge processors.

Set up custom iPhone email alerts with Boxcar and Gmail

Set up custom iPhone email alerts with Boxcar and Gmail

Sure, you can set your iPhone to chime when you get new mail. But if you get a lot of mail, like I do, it’s not very helpful. What you really want is a notification when you get important mail from important people. So that’s just what I created, using a few Gmail filters and an iPhone app called Boxcar.

I like to get an immediate notification when certain emails from certain important people hit my inbox. In order to do that, I use an iPhone app called Boxcar, and a filter on my mail account, which in this case is Gmail. Let me show you how I do it.

After I open Boxcar, I tap on Add a Service. And then tap Email Account, because in this case what I want is a notification sent to Boxcar from an email address. Then I give this notification a name and I choose a custom sound–in this case I’ll choose one called Space.

When I press Save, the Boxcar app on my iPhone will say that it’s emailed instructions to my email account, that I can use to set up this push notification. And indeed when I go back to my Mac and check my email, there, I’ve got it–a custom Boxcar forwarding address. This is the email address any message that I want to trigger this alert must be forwarded to. Now I need to create a filter in Gmail to forward special kinds of mail to this address.

So here I am in Gmail and I’m going to click on Create a Filter, and start to create a filter that will hit a very particular thing–in this case, one From address that I’m going to get email from. When I click Create a Filter, what I want to do is choose Forward It To, and put in my new email address from Boxcar, but I actually can’t do that from here. I have to click Manage Your Forwarding Addresses. This is something that Gmail makes you do to verify you’re allowed to forward messages to a particular account.

So in the settings, I’m going to click Add a Forwarding Address and I’m going to paste in the email address I just got from Boxcar.

When I click Next, Gmail will tell me that it’s sent a secret code to that account. Now, if I have access to that account, I’ll know the code number, I can put it in, and then everything’s good. And of course the address that that confirmation code is being sent to is already wired to push a notification to my iPhone. Which I’m about to get.

And now that that code’s been sent to my iPhone, I can type it into Gmail for verification. And once that’s done I can finally create a filter with the special address, mark it as being Forward To the Boxcar address, and that’s it.

So let’s test it out. I’m going to send an email message that should trigger my iPhone’s alarm. And we’ll see what happens.

And it worked! Pretty much anything you can trigger with a mail filter and forward to a specific address will work here, and Boxcar has a lot of other options too, like for Twitter Direct Messages or Twitter replies, there’s a great one that interfaces with Growl, so if you’re using the Growl utility on the Mac, you can actually have certain events on your Mac send a push notification to your iPhone.

It’s pretty cool–I hope you check it out.

 

Konami Comments On MGS V: The Phantom Pain Release Date Is Feb 24 Rumor, says "PlaceHolder/Wrong Date"


Konami Comments On MGS V: The Phantom Pain Release Date Is Feb 24 Rumor, says “PlaceHolder/Wrong Date”

Last week, multiple retailers and Microsoft Store listed “February 24, 2015” as release date of upcoming MGS game, Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain. The date spread like a wild fire (as the date falls on Tuesday i.e. the day when most games releases in North America) and Metal Gear Solid series fans were took it a legit and expected Hideo Kojima to make an official announcement pretty soon. Sadly, this “February 24” has been confirmed to be as a “Placeholder”, according to Konami’s ToraShiro.

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ToraShiro made the announcement via NeoGaf. Here is the exact quote of ToraShiro:

“When I woke up this morning I certainly didn’t want to come in and smash people’s dreams. That’s not why I’m here. But I’m also trying to fulfill my duty (heh) of being honest and as straightforward as possible with fans. “

He further added:

“Wish they hadn’t posted a date (especially a wrong date), but here we are.  If anything I hope people realize that they should be wary when a retailer posts an unverified date unless corroborated by a publisher.”

So there you have it Metal Gear Solid series fans, the long wait of Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain exact release date announcement continues.

John Lewis offers Wi-Fi for in-store price comparison


John Lewis offers Wi-Fi for in-store price comparison

Britain’s biggest department store John Lewis is to offer customers free in-store Wi-Fi so they can compare its ticket prices with rivals, the employee-owned partnership has announced.

The company will install the access in all its stores by Christmas with partner BT OpenZone, which will require customers to hand over their email address to access the service.

Far from being a simple convenience, the company has decided to embrace what it sees as a new age of m-commerce, price matching competitors under its famous ‘never knowingly undersold’ catchphrase on condition that they are also bricks and mortar outfits.

John Lewis reckons that 60 percent of its customers research products online before making purchases, “accessing product information and viewing ratings and reviews to influence their purchase.” In the near future there will be also a free iPhone app to aid this process.

“We recognise that mobile phones have become a crucial part of people’s shopping habits,” said Simon Russell of John Lewis. “The roll-out of Wi-Fi in our shops is a big step forward in helping customers to have all of the information they need at their fingertips to make an informed purchase.”

John Lewis will become the first UK retail enterprise to offer free Wi-Fi, and the move will be seen as part of an inevitable shift in high-street shopping. Online retail holds huge dangers for high-street companies, many of which are struggling to compete with Internet-based firms.

Some have opted to sell online in parallel to their bricks and mortar presence but that has tended to undermine sales; if they offer lower prices people never visit the shop but if they don’t customers go elsewhere.

John Lewis’s hope is that it can mix the two worlds up, offering high levels of customer service – still a major worry for some when buying certain items from faceless online vendors – with sometimes slightly higher prices.

Orthodoxy says they will fail but there is plenty of evidence that many consumers will pay more if they feel they are insuring themselves against a retailer’s indifference should the product not perform as expected.

League of Legends: Riot Drops the Hammer on TSM Bjergsen | League of Legends


League of Legends: Riot Drops the Hammer on TSM Bjergsen | League of Legends

Riot eSports manager Nick Allen drops a fine on TSM Bjersen for some shady business before he came across the pond.

While everyone on TSM is happy to have Bjergsen joining them this season, Riot has taken an issue with how he conducted himself just before he left Europe to come to America. The arrangement between TSM and Bjergsen’s former team, Ninjas in Pyjamas, required Bjergsen to talk to potential replacements for him on NiP’s behalf before he left. Below is the full summary of the incident, including the offense, by Riot’s own Nick Allen.

League of Legends Competition Ruling

Player: Søren Bjerg / Bjergsen
Region: North America
Date of Ruling: January 23rd, 2014
Subject: Fine; Violations of LCS Rules

Facts
In late October, Team SoloMid Ownership approached Ninjas in Pyjamas Ownership regarding signing Søren “Bjergsen” Bjerg. NiP Ownership granted TSM Ownership permission to speak to Bjergsen directly about the possibility of acquisition. TSM and NiP negotiated a transfer agreement that resulted in Bjergsen joining TSM. During this negotiation, NiP Ownership informed Bjergsen that one of the conditions for his transfer was that he must find a player to fill one of the multiple holes in their roster.

Bjergsen then directly approached another professional player on a different LCS team, Lemondogs, without consulting the team’s manager. He offered this player a significant sum of money to leave his team/contract and to join NiP. The Lemondogs player was interested in the offer, and informed his team of his desire to leave, which eventually resulted in he and two other additional teammates leaving the organization and going to NiP.

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The “culprit” of poaching.

His actions put him in direct violation in Riot’s anti-poaching rule between LCS teams. Directly soliciting a player to leave his old team for a large cash sum is not fair play in Riot’s book. Accordingly, they have fined Bjergsen $2,000 for his actions. TSM itself is not involved or penalized in any way for how he conducted himself.

Riot has not done enough to punish this behavior.

The amount of money that Riot has penalized Bjergsen, in all honesty, is insubstantial if they truly want to discourage the kind of behavior that he has displayed. While I don’t think he should be removed from the LCS or anything that serious, I feel like Riot has really missed a key chance to prove that they truly want people to act in a professional matter in their LCS. Maybe I’m just old-fashioned, but if you want people to be afraid of breaking your rules, you need to do a bit more than slapping them on their wrists. At the end of the day, it’s Riot’s decision, and I don’t fault them for not suspending him from games. He may have approached the situation wrongly, but as far as the evidence shows his actions had no intention of contempt or ill-will.

Skyforge Beta Client Now Available for Download 


Skyforge Beta Client Now Available for Download 

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If you were lucky enough to get a beta key (or purchased your way into beta) for My.com’s upcoming free-to-play MMORPG, Skyforge, you should probably pay the game’s site a visit right now. Closed Beta starts tomorrow (March 11th) at 7:00 AM Pacific and the game’s client can be downloaded now.

This round of testing will not include all aspects of the game so if you’re jumping into the world of Skyforge, here’s a list of what will be available for your right at the start of Closed Beta:

  • 5 Diverse classes to progress
  • 3 Open World areas to explore
  • 8 Solo adventures (which can also be completed with groups of your friends 1-3 players)
  • 2 Group (5 player) adventures
  • 2 PvP arenas

  • More may be added as beta progresses but this sounds like a fair amount of content to get your feet wet with considering that this beta test will only run until March 18th. This means you only have a week to check out Skyforge, then you’ll have to wait until the next Closed Beta test.

    If you were wondering about your connection, this test will have one North American server located in California and one European server located in Amsterdam. Language wise, Skyforge will be available in English, German, and French for this testing period.

    Get downloading now, it’s a pretty large file!

    Wasteland 2 heading to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this summer


    Wasteland 2 heading to Xbox One and PlayStation 4 this summer

    InXile Entertainment has announced an Xbox One and PlayStation 4 version of Wasteland 2 will be released this summer.

    The Xbox One and PS4 versions of Wasteland 2 will receive a number of enhancements and improvements, such as new voiceovers for key characters and moments within the game’s story. Wasteland 2 has been ported over to Unity 5, which will help provide upgraded visuals, improved character models, and upgraded environments.

    Wasteland 2 Game of the Year Edition will also feature improvements to existing gameplay as well as adding some new features. For example, you’ll now be able to customize your squad even more so with a new Perks and Quirks feature, which adds unique bonuses and characteristics. A new Precision Strike system will allow players to target individual body parts to either cripple or stun enemies, or even shatter their armor to make your follow up attacks more devastating.

    Wasteland 2 was named #10 in our 2014 Game of the Year countdown, and rightfully so as Steven really enjoyed his time with the game. Unfortunately for the rest of us, he took the game a little too seriously and has vowed to deliver more “wasteland justice” this year.