Gaming

Playstation Plus Free Games for Grabs – July 2014

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On July 1st,  Sony went live with free games available to members of Playstation Plus for PS4, PS3, and PS Vita announced via their blog.  This month’s collection features some solid multiplayer fun and kicks off with Towerfall: Ascension and Strider on PS4 while PS3 gets an awesome game from previous gen with Dead Space 3.  Vita gets Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. 

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Leo’s Fortune Lands On Android July 10th

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Leo’s Fortune, the award winning iOS game, will be landing in the Google Play store this July 1oth so be ready Android users! I reviewed the game on the iOS platform here on Techaeris and it’s an absolutely fabulous piece of art! From the music and characters to the stunningly beautiful graphics you will want to buy this game. I’m not sure how they will offer the game up on Android but on iOS it’s a one time purchase with no in app purchases or any advertisement. Things may be a little different on Android but either way, the game is absolutely brilliant. Check out the Leo’s Fortune trailer after the break.

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Xbox Live Games with Gold: July Edition

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Xbox Live Games with Gold for July

Each month, Xbox releases two games for the Xbox 360 and two for the Xbox One as part of it’s Games with Gold program for gamers with an Xbox Live Gold subscription. Major Nelson recently announced the Xbox One and Xbox 360 games for July.

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E3 2014 in Review – Part 3: Sony

 

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Image Courtesy of Fansided.com

Sony has jumped out to a large lead in the video game market in this generation but we are not that far in yet. Did Sony capitalize on last year’s success and lay out the ground work for continued dominance? Some exclusives games, some co-marketed games, and a little hardware showed up for Sony at E3.

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LEGO Introduces Fusion: Turn Your Creations Into VR Games

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LEGO have been a staple form of play in many children’s lives.  I definitely built more than my share of LEGO castles, pirate ships, etc. back when I was a kid.  In the last few years, LEGO have branched out into movie themed video games, and even a LEGO themed movie, many of which have met with great success and excellent reviews.  Now, LEGO looks to blur some of the lines between their building blocks and their games with LEGO Fusion.  Read on for more information on the new way to LEGO.

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View All Your Xbox Achievements in One Location

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XBL Achievements Website Screenshot

It’s looking like July is Xbox Achievements Update month for Microsoft. Last week we took a look at the July Update Preview – part of which focuses on increasing the accessibility to Achievements while in-game.

Ever since the launch of the Xbox One last November, gamers have had to rely on the Xbox One SmartGlass app in order to view their achievement progress when not at their console as the achievements on the Xbox Live website are limited to Xbox 360 and Windows achievements – something that was somewhat puzzling to say the least.

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E3 2014 in Review – Part 1: Microsoft

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Xbox at E3 2014 (courtesy Xbox Wire)

In case you missed the annual Electronics Entertainment Expo, we have an “E3 2014 in review” series for you! First up, we take a look at what Microsoft had to offer for the Xbox One and 360 going forward.

Microsoft led the E3 press conferences on Monday morning with a few expected announcements, a couple of surprise announcements, and a focus on games. Microsoft’s strategy was completely different from E3 2013 which focused more on the entertainment side of Xbox Live and the (then) upcoming Xbox One.

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Xbox One July Update Preview

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Xbox One Achievement Snap Screenshot

Over the past few months, Microsoft has been updating the Xbox One on a monthly basis. It looks like July will be no exception as Xbox’s Larry Hryb, a.k.a. Major Nelson, recently previewed the Xbox One July Update. Each of these updates has proven to enhance the user experience and shows that Microsoft has been listening to its user base. With the July update, users can expect to see some interesting updates.

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Hangout Recap – Techaeris Chats With Zuul Labs

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Alex and I had the opportunity to speak with Rachel Valentine – Community Manager for ZUUL Labs.  ZUUL currently has their first game in Kickstarter, Tall Tails.  We posted a preview of Tall Tails last week, and it was great getting to talk to Rachel about the game’s progress.  As it stands right now, Tall Tails is 53% funded, with just over $80k of their requested $150k pledged with just under a week left.  We’d like to thank Rachel for chatting with us during what is a certainly a very busy time for her, and all of ZUUL Labs.

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Turtle Beach Announces Elite Series Headsets, Elite Membership

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On Friday, June 6th Turtle Beach announced an Elite membership program, to coincide with a new line of Elite headsets.  The headsets are to be officially unveiled during the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) taking place from June 10th – 12th in Los Angeles.  The Elite headsets have advanced features for professional and competitive gamers.  Today, details of the new headsets and the Elite membership program have started to emerge.  More info can be found after the break.

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NCAA Reaches $20 Million Settlement With Former Players Over Video Game Likenesses

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The NCAA on Monday announced that they’ve come to a $20 million settlement with former NCAA Basketball and Football players over their likenesses being used in video games.  This settlement will go to former players that could not receive compensation for their likeness while they were in school due to eligibility and amateurism rules in college sports.  This comes shortly after a similar settlement between Electronic Arts (EA) and former college players over the same issue.  The settlement in that case was $40 million.  The Associated Press breaks down how these damages will be awarded.

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Behind The Scenes, Making Assassin’s Creed Unity Part 1

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We’re no strangers to video games here at Techaeris HQ. Some of us are casual gamers and others are a little more hardcore. Whatever level gamer you are there is one thing we all have in common. We are geeks. And as geeks, we love to understand and see how the things we love work and how they came into being. Check out the video after the break and see how developers made Assassin’s Creed Unity. There is some amazing technology and amazing talent at work in this video.

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Kickstarter: Tall Tails By Zuul Labs

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You don’t necessarily think of game companies having a conscience, but Zuul Labs is looking to buck that trend. Zuul Labs is in the middle of a Kickstarter campaign for their new puzzle/adventure game: Tall Tails. Tall Tails is different from most other games and apps in that a portion of their proceeds from the game will be donated to help rescue dogs in need. Zuul certainly isn’t the first company to do something like this, but it’s definitely rare and refreshing to see. Read on to learn a little bit more about the team and their game.

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NVIDIA GeForce Experience Update

NVIDIA GeForce Experience Updates with Frame Rate Counter, Desktop Capture and More

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If you happen to sport an NVIDIA based graphics card inside your humble gaming PC, then you should be pretty familiar with the NVIDIA GeForce Experience app. It is an app that keeps the drivers for your card updated, allows you set up connection for a NVIDIA Shield, set all the graphic settings needed for your games and a whole lot more. Mostly, it is an amazing piece of software that allows you to record yourself gaming and even stream yourself gaming to Twitch.  While I have a GeForce GTX 760 OC card, and do a fair amount of gaming, I am still a bit of a noob in all the things the Experience app is capable of. However, I do know that the update that I was just prompted for is a rather interesting and important update. Here is what is new from the change log presented at update time.

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Origin’s On The House: Battlefield 3 And Plants Vs. Zombies Free!

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Photo courtesy of http://www.onlinegames.cat

Origin recently started an “On the House” promotion, where they offer a game (or sometimes two) for free.  So far they have been older games, but still quality titles for free.  This month that trend continues with Battlefield 3 and Plants Vs. Zombies – Game of the Year Edition for the low, low price of Free!

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Nintendo Lacks Focus – A Proposal

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Over the last few months analysts and consumers alike have realized that Nintendo has a potentially serious problem. Sales are faltering and brand recognition is being overtaken by other companies, namely Sony, Microsoft and, to a lesser degree, brands available on more mobile devices than Nintendo’s proprietary mobile hardware. Our own Justin Jelinek reported on this earlier last week.

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Xbox Live Gold No Longer Required For Netflix, Hulu?

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Ars Technica is reporting that multiple sources at Microsoft have been told of a plan to make a few adjustments to the Xbox Live Gold streaming video offerings.  Most notably, popular video streaming services Netflix and Hulu may no longer require Xbox Live Gold access.  Up until now, Xbox users would need to pay for an Xbox Live Gold account – in addition to paying for Netflix or Hulu subscriptions – just to stream these services from the Xbox.

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