4C-B7X – Director Lars en Ramon, head of the Upwell Consortium's Department of Friendship and Mutual Assistance (DEFMA), is on a high profile tour of Upwell Consortium member installations in the Outer Ring and Syndicate regions, following further calls for assurances that Upwell security is sufficient in the face of threats from Serpentis Corporation and renegade capsuleers operating in the outer regions.
The inspection tour by Director en Ramon is the first real look that press and other observers have had at the Upwell security chief. DEFMA's director has a relatively brief public résumé, consisting of a period as a "Project Lead" with the Crux Special Tasks Group, preceded by service as an officer in the Federal Navy after a tour with the Federal Marines.
The appointment of Lars en Ramon as the head of Upwell's security apparatus caused some comment in Federation political circles given the history of antagonism between ORE and the Federation, even before the period of Serpentis control that came to an end with Upwell's seizure operations in Outer Ring. One source close to the Defence and Intelligence Committee of the Federal Senate has suggested to the Scope that en Ramon was a renegade officer who was quietly dismissed from service before his entry into the private sector. The Scope has not been able to substantiate this claim and his Federal service record remains confidential.
Concerns as to Upwell's security arrangements have come to the fore once more in light of what appears to be a major buildup and mobilization of capital ship forces by outer region outlaw groups such as the Angel Cartel and Serpentis Corporation, as reported in the Scope's last special report.
There's a special place in cinema hell for video game movies. From 1993's cringeworthy Super Mario Bros. -- a high-profile abomination that even Nintendo wants to forget -- to the basic-cable-worthy schlock that was Mortal Kombat and even the underwhelming Jake Gyllenhaal-vehicle Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time, games have failed to make the big screen translation. But that's precisely why director -- and son of the late, great David Bowie -- Duncan Jones (Moon, Source Code) agreed to tackle the theatrical debut of developer Blizzard's massively multiplayer online role-playing game Warcraft.
"There's been a rough track record of movies based on video games," says Jones. "I do like the challenge. I like the idea of maybe making a film which is way better than anyone expected it to be because I know the expectations are all over the place."
We are happy to annouce that the May release, 118.5, will be deployed tomorrow, 2016-05-31, during an extended downtime.
Downtime will begin at the usual time of 11:00 UTC, and will run for a total of 30 minutes, through until 11:30 UTC, when we expect Tranquility to be online and accepting connections.
118.5 brings a number of fixes after the deployment of EVE Online: Citadel, as well as new Multi-Use Analyzers, Upwell Consortium executive clothing rewards for those who took part in the event surrounding the construction of the first Astrahus class citadel, and Matigu "Seabeast" SKINs, which will initially form part of our promotional offers, before being released to the New Eden Store at a later date.
The Force Auxiliary skillpoint reimbursement will also occur during this extended downtime, as announced here.
You can check out more information about 118.5 and view the full patch notes via EVE Updates.
If you're a serious enough gamer, you've likely looked into building your own PC for the ultimate gaming experience. But the process can be a little tedious, especially if you're new to figuring out where all the different components fit. ASUS's ROG (short for Republic of Gaming) division has unveiled a new product called the Avalon that's designed to alleviate exactly that concern. Think of it as a semi-homemade approach to DIY PC building.
ROG, ASUS' well-respected gaming PC arm, likes to unveil a barrage of weird systems at Taipei's Computex -- and this year is no different. To start with, its insane liquid-cooled GX700 gaming laptop is coming back for another round. The GX800 still has the giant attachment at the rear, but will now be powered by an NVIDIA SLI GPU, along with Intel's K-series CPU -- there's two 330W power supplies to ensure all that liquid-cooled overclocking you'll be doing. If you're not planning to overclock, then you're possibly looking at the wrong gaming machine. We'll add more specifics when we hear them.
Come next year, ARM has one major theme in mind for its next batch of mobile processors: virtual reality. Its new Cortex-A73 chip and Mali-G71 GPU are, naturally, faster than its current lineup. But more so than the past few years, where incremental improvements were enough, ARM sees VR as the ideal goalpost for its chips. The new Mali chip, for example, will be able to push up 4K screens with refresh rates of up to 120Hz (90Hz is the bare minimum for decent VR). And both new processors will also be easier on battery life, which means you'll be able to stay jacked into virtual worlds for much longer.
It's no secret that the new Doom is chock-full of Easter eggs and other surprises, but the latest is one you wouldn't find just by wandering around the game's tortured halls. Intrepid fan TomButcher has noticed that at least one tune in the soundtrack, "Cyberdemon," shows both pentagrams and the number 666 when you visualize the music's frequencies through a spectrogram. Composer Mick Gordon recently teased that this hidden sinister imagery might be present in a video (below at the 3:29 mark), but there's no doubt about it now. Clearly, he remembers the days when the original Doom's hellish artwork had some parents in a frenzy.
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Smashing pots and vases as a rampaging virtual kitty sounds so much more fun if you can physically act it out, doesn't it? Good thing you can do just that if you have an HTC Vive. Catlateral Damage, that game that puts you in the body of a mischievous cat, now has a virtual reality version for the headset. Motion controllers serve as your paws and tools of destruction as you walk around houses and museums causing havoc. The VR version is available as a free DLC on Steam -- even better, the game itself is 50 percent off until May 31st. Of course, if you don't have a Vive, you can always unleash your inner feline on the PS4.