GAME to host its own UK gaming tournament in stores
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It's not quite Evo or The International, but today British video game retailer GAME has taken its first tentative steps into the eSports scene. The company is holding a gaming competition called "The Great UK Game Off," which will culminate in a tournament at the Insomnia gaming festival this November. Players can roll up to more than 30 stores next month and take part in six challenges based around FIFA 15, Forza Motorsport 5, Super Smash Bros, Trials HD, Mario Kart 7 and LEGO Jurassic World. The top scorers in each region will be put forward for the North and South quarter finals, with the eventual winners competing for the "ultimate champion" title and a £5,000 gift card at Insomnia.

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Tags: competition, esports, game, insomnia




Microsoft has a trick for making holograms from live video
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 7:55 am

We've seen Microsoft's HoloLens do an awful lot of different things so far, but Halo, Minecraft and even medical applications are just scratching the surface of what the augmented reality headset is capable of. In a new research paper, Redmond outlines how it plans to grab live video that'd work as fodder for the device's holographic capabilities. Perhaps most importantly these holographic video feeds would be streamable over the internet, as Road to VR points out. By taking advantage of some 106 RGB and infrared cameras and a green screen, Microsoft says that it's able to capture, compress and recreate pretty lifelike results.

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Tags: augmentedreality, compression, gaming, hd, hololens, microsoft, mpeg, polygons, rgbcamera, streamingvideo, video




Xbox One will eventually stream your PC games
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 9:20 am

Xbox One streaming on Windows 10 is nice and all, but how about getting the power of your PC on the console? Xbox head Phil Spencer has confirmed to the Verge that Microsoft is working on Windows 10 streaming to the Xbox One. He already hinted that such a feature would happen after tweeting that Microsoft would support mice on the Xbox One. He said that "it's actually a little more challenging doing the encoding on the PC side to Xbox," since PC hardware varies widely from user to user, unlike the Xbox One. He added, however, that "challenge is good."

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Source: The Verge

Tags: Microsoft, PC, PC to XboxOne streaming, streaming, Windows 10, Xbox One




Dear Veronica: Is this the end of portable gaming devices?
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 3:00 pm
Dear Veronica: Is This the End of Portable Gaming Devices?

First things first, I wanted to let you guys know that you can now subscribe to Dear Veronica on iTunes! We'll have an RSS feed up soon for you non-iTunes people, so don't think we forgot about you. These things just take time.

Episode-wise, I'm excited to welcome onto the show my friend and my former Tekzilla co-host Patrick Norton of TekThing! He's going to set you straight on the best home automation setup. Plus, we talk about following (or not) awkward acquaintances on Instagram.

Keep sending in those questions to me via email, or on Twitter using the hashtag #DearVeronica. See you next time!

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'Titanfall' is going free-to-play in Asia
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 4:24 pm

Free-to-play games are big business outside of America and Titanfall is the next big shooter joining the ranks of Halo and Call of Duty in taking that route. Publisher Electronic Arts is working with Nexon (the company behind Maple Story and FIFA Online 3) to take developer Respawn Entertainment's mech-based shooter to China, Japan, Korea, Macau and regions of Southeast Asia including Cambodia and Thailand. Naturally, it'll only be a PC version of the game since that plays well in internet cafes, but any other details aren't known at this point. However, the F2P model could actually translate pretty easily considering the game's Burn Card system that rewards players with single-use power-ups is similar to how existing microtransaction-based games function. Stand by for Titanfall, Asia.

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'Five Nights at Freddy's' movie lands the director of 'Poltergeist'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 5:08 pm
'Five Nights at Freddy's'

If you're hoping that the movie adaptation of the Five Nights at Freddy's games will get the director it deserves... well, we have mixed news. Deadline understands that Gil Kenan, best known for helming Monster House and the Poltergeist remake, will both direct and co-write the big-screen tale of animatronics gone very, very wrong. Kenan is definitely in the right genre and might be well-suited to Five Nights' fondness for jump scares and suspense, but his critical track record suggests that you aren't going to get a horror master on the level of John Carpenter or Wes Craven. With that said, the man mostly needs to capture the spirit of the titles -- the movie doesn't have to be a tour de force to reward loyal fans.

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Tags: fivenightsatfreddys, gaming, gilkenan, hdpostcross, horror, movie, movies, survivalhorror, video, videogames




Here's how you stream Xbox One games on Windows 10
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 6:19 pm
Xbox One game streaming on Windows 10

Microsoft has made much ado about Windows 10's support for streaming Xbox One games to your PC, but how do you actually do it? There's a good chance that you can figure it out if you're reading this, but Microsoft has helpfully posted a full walkthrough in case you or your friends need some help. The gist? You'll need both an Xbox One controller and an Xbox Live account, of course, but you'll also need to make sure that the Xbox One is set to allow game streaming in the first place. We could see that easily becoming a stumbling block if you're rushing to get started. The guide is also a friendly reminder of what you can do once everything is working, such as voice chat (with a microphone) and controlling the Xbox One's menus. It's simple enough... let's just hope that PC-to-Xbox streaming isn't any more complex.

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Source: Xbox Wire

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'Guacamelee' studio's next game needs a few extra months
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 29 July 2015, 8:58 pm

Before you ask: No, it doesn't have an adorably perfect food pun for a name. Severed, the next stylish game from Guacamelee studio DrinkBox, won't launch in the summer as planned. The game needs "a few additional months," though the alpha version will definitely be done in a few days. DrinkBox is taking the extra time to go all-in on "play-testing and tuning," the studio says. "We also need sufficient time to add more memes and dumb jokes." In that case, please take all the time you need, DrinkBox.

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'Dropsy' the clown threatens to hug you in September
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 1:02 am

Dropsy, a new game from publisher Devolver Digital, is a pixelated acid trip disguised as a point-and-click adventure. It's stars a bald, nearly toothless clown covered in thick white face paint, bright red lipstick, too-small suspenders and high-water pants, who wanders around giving people hugs and going on adventures. It's a non-linear game emphasizing exploration and bright, oozing colors. Yeah, terrifying.

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Tags: devolver, DevolverDigital, dropsy, hdpostcross, Indie, STEAM




Razer's Android gamepad is now on Google Play for $80
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 2:29 am

If you're tired of having to pause games on your Android mobile device just to wipe finger grease off the screen, you are in luck. For $80, the Bluetooth-connected Razer Serval gamepad will ensure that you never touch that screen again (at least until playtime is over). Razer initially announced the Serval back at CES in January but it has finally hits Google Play's virtual store shelves.

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Source: Google Play

Tags: Android, bluetooth, Bluetooth3.0, Forge, google, mobilepostcross, Razer, Razer Serval, Serval, TV




PlayStation helps Sony to big profits, but mobile's struggling
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 3:27 am

Sony is actually doing all right despite a lot of turmoil, and it's got the PlayStation 4 to thank. This quarter, the company moved 3 million PS4s, bringing total sales of the console to 25.3 million units. Peripheral and software shipments also went up, boosting gaming revenue by 12.1 percent over last year. Despite lower PS3 sales, the division still hit 288.6 billion yen ($2.3 billion) and made around $160 million. Sony recently said that the PS4 is outselling the Xbox One in most of Europe by nearly double, and has outsold its rival considerably overall. It originally expected to sell 16 million PS4s in 2015, but has now bumped that forecast to 16.5 million.

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Tags: earnings, financials, Playstation, Playstation 4, PS4, Smartphone sales, sony




Former 'Dead Island 2' developer can't pay its bills
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 5:20 am

The situation with Dead Island 2 and developer Yager took another turn today as the company announced it's filing for insolvency. Yager Productions, the team formed to work on the zombie sequel, can't pay the money it owes to debtors. "At the moment, there are different options to be assessed while wages for employees have been secured for the upcoming months," a company statement reads. The filing is a direct result of being removed from Dead Island 2's development, managing director Timo Ullmann writes. Insolvency helps protect the company's staff and will allow "time to sort out the best options for reogranizing this entity," he says. The rest of Yager, including the team working on the sci-fi, ship-to-ship combat game Dreadnought are in the clear however and are "independent and remain unaffected" by today's news.

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Tags: deadisland, deadisland2, deepsilver, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, insolvency, timoullmann, yager, yagerproductions, zombies




The thirteenth 'Angry Birds' game is 'Angry Birds 2'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 8:08 am

It might have the number two in its name, but don't be fooled: the new Angry Birds game is just the latest in a seemingly endless trickle of apps featuring Rovio's feathered friends. We've seen Angry Birds interpretations of Star Wars, Transformers and even Mario Kart -- but today the company is back with "the first sequel" to the original. You're still flinging colorful birds at pigs, but the gameplay has been tweaked with new multi-stage levels, spells and boss piggie battles. Rovio has been having a tough time of late, so it's no doubt hoping that this app is the one to recapture the first game's runaway success.

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'Fallout 4' won't support user mods this fall
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 10:37 am

One of the biggest surprises from E3 this year was that Fallout 4 would support user mods across PC and Xbox One. That's still in the cards, but it definitely won't happen at launch. Of course, that's because the tools that'd allow you to, say, replace the game's fearsome bear-like enemies the Yao Guai with 3D models of Yogi the Bear don't exist yet according to IGN. Publisher Bethesda Softworks' vice president of marketing Pete Hines says that the team's focus is on making sure the game ships on time. "Our entire focus is on finishing the game," he said. "Nobody cares about mods if the game sucks." Concise! Once Fallout 4 proper is done (and the team likely takes a bit of a break), work on The Creation Kit will begin; it'll take "clearly into next year," according to Hines.

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Tags: bethesdasoftworks, fallout, fallout4, gaming, hd, hdpostcross, mods, pc, pcgaming, petehines, playstation, playstation4, usermods, xbox, xboxone




Formula 1 driver joins video game racing team
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 12:51 pm

F1 Grand Prix of Hungary - Practice

Gran Turismo, Forza Motorsport, Project Cars and other racing games offer a surprisingly realistic depiction of motorsport. It should come as no surprise then to hear that professional drivers are starting to use these virtual depictions as training tools. Max Verstappen, a Formula 1 driver that placed fourth in last weekend's Hungarian Grand Prix, is joining the sim racers at Team Redline to hone his skills. The squad has been running for 15 years and competes using games such as iRacing, Assetto Corsa and rFactor 2. Verstappen isn't the first professional driver to make the leap to virtual racing though -- Richie Stanaway, Nick Catsburg and Kelvin van der Linde have all been snapped up by Team Redline too. It's effectively the reverse of GT Academy, a scheme run by Nissan and PlayStation which gives players the chance to compete in real-life motorsport.

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Via: Eurogamer

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'ZombiU' reborn for PS4, Xbox One and PC as 'Zombi'
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 2:45 pm

Ubisoft's undead-infested, survival-horror game ZombiU was exclusive to Wii U when it launched in 2012, and back then we called it a "wonderfully frightening experience" thick with tension, death and a brilliantly unforgiving atmosphere. Now, the game is dropping the "U" and heading to PlayStation 4, Xbox One and PC as Zombi on August 18th, complete with a few upgrades and changes. Since Zombi can't take advantage of the Wii U's second screen -- which displayed the mini-map, radar and gear -- these aspects have been moved to the main screen. "We maintain a minimal HUD as much as possible," Zombi producer Hélène Henry says. "It disappears when not required, giving the game a very lonely feeling."%Slideshow-308298%

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Tags: hdpostcross, pc, ps4, Ubisoft, WiiU, XboxOne, zombi, zombies, zombiu




JXE Streams: A piece of puzzle pie in 'The Talos Principle' DLC
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 4:40 pm

There's nothing about pies in The Talos Principle. We're probably just hungry. Either way, today we jump into The Road to Gehenna, a bit of DLC for The Talos Principle that features brand new puzzles, a fresh storyline and (most likely) philosophical questions about the meaning of life, humanity and the technological singularity. We're going deep, people. The Talos Principle is a truly incredible game, blending a rich story of gods and robots with mind-bending spatial puzzles in a gorgeous 3D environment. Join us at 5PM ET (2PM PT) on Twitch.tv/Joystiq, the Engadget Gaming homepage, or right here in this post. And, please, try not to laugh too hard when it takes forever to figure out some of these riddles. We can't all be puzzle gods.

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'League of Legends' pirate Gangplank is dead; long live Gangplank
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 8:14 pm

Gangplank is dead. Riot, the developer of League of Legends, took an unprecedented move this week and killed off one of its champions, the pirate Gangplank. He's completely unavailable in the game right now, even for people who have thrown down real money for skins. Gangplank's surprising death came as part of the Bilgewater event, which builds up the lore in League of Legends' more pirate-y champions, including Gangplank and his apparent assassin, Miss Fortune.

"We encourage all Gangplank fans to remain calm for a few days until we can fully assess the situation," Riot writes. "At this time we are not addressing refund requests for him or his skins but please know that over the next several days we'll do our best to make things right for everyone." The fact that Riot has killed a champion and isn't offering refunds to dedicated players suggests that a larger plot is afoot. What do you think Riot plans to do with Gangplank, now that he's taken a long walk off of his own, short plank?

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Here’s how to tell what features are on your EverQuest II account
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 5:30 pm
I recently returned to EverQuest II, and since it’s been over a year since I played it seriously, I figured I had better pony up and buy all of the expansion content that I missed. Trouble is, I couldn’t remember what I already owned, nor had I really kept up with all of the content released since I played last, [...]


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More double XP on tap for GTA Online this weekend
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 6:00 pm
Rockstar is throwing another bonus experience event in Grand Theft Auto Online this weekend. You can soak up double RP and GTA$ for each of the set up missions and the finale of the Series A Funding heist. Additionally, double RP payouts are available for gang attacks as well as survival, deathmatch, and capture minigame objectives. The bonuses are live [...]


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Heroes & Generals releases anniversary infographic, claims 5.5 million users
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 3:30 pm
A year ago this month, Heroes & Generals launched on Steam. To celebrate the anniversary, developer Reto-Moto has released a huge infographic featuring a boat load of stuff that’s been added to the World War II shooter over the past 12 months. When I say stuff, I mean combat badges, scopes, dozens of new weapons and vehicles, the forward airfield [...]


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Black Desert releases the Kunoichi class
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 4:00 pm
If you’re a fan of sneaking past enemies before exploding out of stealth with throat-stabbing fervor, you might be the ideal player for Black Desert‘s newest class, the Kunoichi. The class was held back slightly from the game’s last patch, but players can now make a new lady ninja and have her do whatever a lady ninja does, which is [...]


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Starr Long on story focus and Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 20
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 4:30 pm
Shroud of the Avatar’s Release 20 is accessible right now, assuming you’re a backer at the First Responder level and above, or that you attended the recent Classic Game Fest. Producer Starr Long has penned a lengthy instruction post that’s a good read for anyone new to the fantasy title’s community, which Long says “continues to be the most amazing [...]


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The Stream Team: Having fun hacking up H1Z1 zombies
Posted by Massively Overpowered [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 4:55 pm
There are many ways to release tension, and a favorite one for MassivelyOP’s MJ is hacking up H1Z1 zombies! Yes, swinging that ax and machete around with reckless abandon is simply therapeutic after a difficult day. Oh sure, headshots with bows and rifles are pretty neat too, but they just don’t have that super satisfying twack twack twack that comes with the [...]


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What began as a little blemish…
Posted by DDOcast - A DDO Podcast! [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 30 July 2015, 1:45 pm

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The Sun Elf, Witchway Anyway, pays a visit to her personal, on ship, Cosmetic Advisor: Miss Hagh Gale. The little discolouration that began last month has suddenly flared into an all out Glow-Stone tingling, buzzing eruption. “…and I know this sounds crazy but I swear on my Owlbear’s fluffy feather pillow that when I fall [...]


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