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Robin Williams’ Genie to be immortalized in World of Warcraft

by Danielle Riendeau Wowhead.com, a World of Warcraft database site, found an NPC called “Robin ,” in the data for the upcoming WOW expansion Warlords of Draenor. The NPC is associated with a 3D model that looks an awful lot like “Genie,” the chatty genie that Williams voiced in Disney’s popular animated film, Aladdin. The model appears to be a djinn. There are two other Robin NPCs, also coming in with patch 6.01. The character’s presence appears to confirm the story last week that the beloved actor (who died on Aug. 11) would be immortalized in the game. Genie is one of Williams’ most well-known performances, and Aladdin one of Disney’s highest grossing films of the 1990s. WOW super fan […]

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Tom Clancy’s The Division GamesCom Xbox One Demo Jaw Dropping, DX12 A Big Deal Especially For Next-Gen GPUs/CPUs

by Sehran Shaikh Ubisoft showcased Tom Clancy’s The Division at GamesCom 2014 but not to the general public. It was a behind-closed doors demonstration on Xbox One. How exactly was the demo? We finally have an impression and it is coming from an insider source—Justin Robey, Senior Producer on Sunset Overdrive, Ryse: Son of Rome and Scalebound. Justin Robey via Twitter stated: “Saw The Division running on Xbox One. Jaw dropping gorgeous. Steam and environments were unreal. Gameplay also looked to be solid. Sold!” He further clarified Tom Clancy’s: The Division demo was indeed running on Xbox One and it went from dashboard to in-game, and he is not circulating fake or made-up information: “Not messing with you at all. […]

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Sony’s Boring PS4 Is Winning The Console War Despite More Exciting Competition

by Erik Kain Sony’s rather boring new-gen video game console, the PlayStation 4, has sold through over 10 million units to consumers. This makes it the leader in the new-gen console race, which may come as a surprise to readers. After all, the competition has much more exciting and innovative video game consoles than the PS4. Even Sony is surprised by how fast their boring new console is selling. Microsoft’s Xbox One (originally) launched with the exciting and innovative Kinect sensor, all for just $499. (Now Microsoft offers a much less interesting Xbox One without the Kinect for $399, the same price as Sony’s rather boring PS4.) The Kinect allows users to navigate the Xbox One UI with voice commands […]

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1080p will come to Xbox One games, but at a cost

by Ben Kuchera Games displayed at 1080p, while running at a smooth 60 frames-per-second, has become part of the marketing for many new games. It’s a magical bullet point on a list of features that proves that your game is next-generation, and there are groups of players online who sneer at anything that can’t quite hit that goal. Diablo 3 on the Xbox One, for instance, couldn’t quite get there. The original response was to drop the resolution down to 900p and keep the frame rate. A smooth game, many would argue, is worth sacrificing a few lines of resolution. The problem is that this solution created a PR problem for Microsoft, a company that is scared of consumers seeing […]

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Resident Evil: Revelations 2 leaked

by ‘Brian’ Images discovered on the official Xbox website have revealed the existence of Resident Evil: Revelations 2. First, the Xbox website hosts the Revelations 2 box art above. There’s also a single screenshot located on the same “download.xbox” domain. The box art indicates that Resident Evil: Revelations 2 will be on the Xbox 360, but it’ll likely end up on the PlayStation 3 and PC as well. PS4 and Xbox One versions would not be at all surprising either. http://www.gamersoutpost.net/

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Sony Has A New Feature Coming For The PS4 That’s Going Bury The Xbox One

by Dave Smith Amid all the exciting announcements coming out of last week’s Gamescom trade show in Cologne, Germany, Sony announced a handful of new features coming in its 2.0 firmware for PlayStation 4. And while firmware is rarely anything to get excited about, this particular update is different — because it will effectively help Sony put distance between itself and Microsoft’s Xbox One. Sony’s PlayStation 4 has outsold the console competition for seven straight months now, with PS4 sales roughly double that of Xbox One sales worldwide, according to Metro. But with this new update, the PS4 is about to become a much more powerful and user-friendly gaming platform. The big reason? “Share Play,” which was promised when Sony […]

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Uncharted 4′s Nathan Drake Looks Different, Now Looks a Lot Like a Certain Actor

by Gaf Hussain With each iteration of Uncharted, Nathan Drake appears to looks slightly different. He originally was compared with Nathan Fillion, leading to rumors (or more like hopes) that the Firefly actor would eventually play the treasure hunter and adventurer Nathan Drake in a movie. However, in Uncharted 4, Nathan Drake looks like a different person yet again, and he looks more like a famous Hollywood actor. Could Naughty Dog have done the same thing they did with The Last of Us and accidentally create a main character that looks like a real life actor? Or are they doing this intentionally so when a film is announced, they already have an actor who slots right in? We couldn’t help […]

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Why PS1 and PS2 discs on PS4 doesn’t sound so crazy

by Daniel Sims   Editor’s Note from Jason Wilson: Since rumors suggested Sony might bring PS1 and PS2 emulation to the PS4, some suggested even running old discs might be possible. It might sound impossible to many, but it really isn’t. Eurogamer’s January report about the possibility of Sony using software emulation to get original PlayStation and PlayStation 2 games playable on the PlayStation 4, instead of streaming through the PlayStation Now service, has had some people giddy all year. Some of these folk have been talking online about how Sony could make old PS1 and PS2 discs work on the PS4 — and while it might be easy to write this off as fanboys, it’s could happen. And depending on how the […]

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The Witcher 3′s PS4/Xbox One Optimization Going Better than Expected; Differences with PC Explained

by Giuseppe Nelva The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt is one of the most anticipated titles for the beginning of next year, and many are wondering how it’ll hold up on consoles compared to PC. We had a chance to chat with Viausl Effects Artists Jose Teixeira at Gamescom, and he gave us some more color on the issue. Teixeira explained that the screen space ambient occlusion (SSAO) will be slightly different, the water in the ocean won’t have the same advanced tassellation, and there are other “tiny little sacrifices” that “hopefully won’t make a huge visual impact” but will give a big performance advantage. He also mentioned that optimization on consoles is going a lot better than expected from the […]

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Nintendo Rises After Report Pokemon Game to Debut on IPad

by Grace Huang Nintendo Co. rose the most in almost five months after its new Mario Kart 8 video game surpassed 1 million units in sales in the U.S. Nintendo’s affiliate The Pokemon Co. also will make an online trading card game available as an application for Apple Inc’s iPad later this year, Engadget reported, citing the company without identifying anyone. Nintendo rose as much as 6.5 percent, the most since March 24 on an intraday basis, before trading 5.9 percent higher at 11,950 yen at 10:25 a.m. in Tokyo. Mario Kart 8 and a lineup of figurines that interact with games are part of the company’s strategy to revive flagging sales of its Wii U console and retain players […]

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PS4/Xbox One Are 10 Times More Powerful Than Last-Gen, 8GB Sufficient For New Graphical Benchmarks

by Rashid Sayed Popular middleware provider Geomerics have worked on AAA cross generation games like Battlefield 4 and Dragon Age Inquisition. But in the coming months they will be working exclusively on new generation hardware with games like Star Wars Battlefront and Mirrors Edge. This will have a big impact on how Geomerics works going forward. Speaking to Chris Doran who is the founder of Geomerics, GamingBolt asked how they plan to use utilize the full potential of the new consoles and modern gaming PCs, given that they are freed from the shackles of old hardware. “The big difference with the new consoles is where the power is located. Pretty much across the board the new consoles are a factor […]

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CD Projekt RED Comments on Xbox One Exclusive Collector’s Edition Items Following Heated Response from Consumers

by Nick Calandra CD Projekt RED has issued a statement following the less then desirable reaction to the Xbox One version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt obtaining some exclusive items in its version of the collectors edition. Nevermind the fact that Microsoft has heavily promoted The Witcher 3 at every event, including E3 and Gamescom. “Looking at the heated […]

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My Personal History of SEGA

by L.W. Barker The SEGA of my childhood was a great company and the single competitor to the “Big N” aka Nintendo. This is my personal history of SEGA in the years before Sony and when Nintendo ruled the World! 1986 I worked for the summer at Woolworth’s department store in Brooklyn, New York City (NYC) with one goal in mind—to acquire enough cash to buy the SEGA Master System. I worked that store for a few weeks, stocking merchandise and cutting up boxes on the sales floor and down in the basement level. It was hard work for a teenager, but I did it and quit after a few paychecks—walking out of Macy’s that year with my SEGA Master […]

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Bait and Switch: The Rise of Graphical Downgrades in Next Gen

by L.W. Barker Two games that have disappointed me in the past—Aliens: Colonial Marines; and Watch Dogs. One game may disappoint me in the future—Tom Clancy’s The Division. Recent insider rumblings have confirmed comments directly from the developers of the game which to put it bluntly: “We have already downgraded a few things.” Okay, let’s get a handle on this […]

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Lets Throw Resolution Out The Window And Focus On Gameplay!

by L.W. Barker Gameplay—what a concept. When did we lose our focus on it and let resolution take its place? We may never know, however, this concept of resolution is a waste of our hard earned time. I’m a so called “old school gamer”, and back in the day, games were played for their fun factor. In the 80s and 90s, Nintendo and Sega’s gaming machines dominated our living rooms as well as the Arcades, and it was the gameplay that made them great! Fast forward 20+ years—games are sadly bought and played not for their fun factor and overall gameplay, but for how they look. As long as a game has nice, 1080p graphics, and is running at a smooth 60fps, its […]

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes Price Reduced

by L.W. Barker Konami has reduced the retail price for ‘Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes’ to $46.54 USD/29.99 EUR for PS4, Xbox One, PS3, Xbox 360 as well as the digital download versions for the aforementioned platforms. Now, as of this writing, Konami has not commented on the reason behind the price reduction. However, this should come as exciting news for fans of the Metal Gear Solid series of games. Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes will released on March 18, 2014 in North America, and on March 20th in the U.K. http://www.gamersoutpost.net