Gaming

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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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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Console Versions of Elder Scrolls Online Delayed 6 Months, Zenimax Promises Goodies

eso-xbox-one-playstation-4Playstation 4 and Xbox One owners will have to wait a little bit longer to explore the sprawling world of The Elder Scrolls Online (ESO) on their TV screens. Zenimax Online confirmed rumors today in a blog post that the console release of their popular massively multiplayer online role playing game (MMORPG) has been delayed for 6 months.

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Nintendo Quarterly Losses Greater Than Anticipated

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I’m not going to lie, seeing Nintendo floundering as they have recently makes me sad.  This is a company that was a part of so many of our childhoods that just can’t seem to figure out how to pull themselves together.  Bloomberg is reporting that Nintendo has posted an even greater 4th quarter loss than analysts forecast, even after slashing expectations significantly.

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[CONTEST CLOSED] The Dragons And Titans Hellfire Starter Pack Giveaway From WyrmByte And Techaeris

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Last week Drew Sanders brought you his review of Dragons and Titans the Steam powered game from WyrmByte, you can check out his full review HERE. This week WyrmByte is sweetening the pot by offering up 25 Hellfire Starter Packs to our readers here on Techaeris. Full details on what’s included after the break. 

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Take To The Skies: Dragons And Titans, A MOBA From WyrmByte

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First things first, this review is going to assume a certain level of knowledge of the MOBA genre. I am intentionally not getting mired down with the minutia that is shared between practically every title in the category. If you are unfamiliar with these types of games, I would recommend reading up here, before proceeding further into this review.

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Leo’s Fortune Review: Possibly The Most Beautiful iOS Game Ever

 

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Leo’s Fortune follows the story of Leo, a small little fur ball with a mustache and what seems like a Russian accent. You are Leo and you are hunting down the animal that decided he was going to steal your fortune. The game starts off with a short narration and overview of the game, the story and its objectives.

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Digital Shadow: Watch Dog‘s Stunt Outs Shoddy Facebook Privacy Settings

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I’ve certainly complained about Facebook in the past, and my feelings have largely remained the same.  It’s no secret that Facebook doesn’t seem to respect your privacy, and really wants to pry open and inspect all aspects of your life.  For the most part we seem to let them.  They roll out changes to their privacy settings, making you opt-out of updates that increasingly open up your data – if you can even find where to opt-out in their giant mess of settings.

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Gaming Aggression – Failure Versus Violence

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We’ve all seen the headlines – Violent Video games Cause Aggression!  But what if they didn’t?  Video games and gaming in general have grown significantly in a relatively short amount of time.  It’s easy to see how games, and the people that play them can be misunderstood.  The University of Rochester has conducted a study and found that the cause of most aggression in gamers stems from their failure and frustration during gameplay, not the violent content of the games they play.

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Review: Mobile Puzzle Game for Android/iOS

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I recently got my hands on the newest game from Itzy Interactive – Vex Puzzles.  Vex Puzzles is a match 4/block elimination puzzle game with a few twists.  Most notably, the way you actually have to twist your phone during some puzzles to move your blocks.  Not all of Vex’s 480 puzzles require your phone’s accelerometer, but enough do that I would be sure to have two hands available during gameplay.

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GameStop Growing Its Business Through Tech Not Gaming

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CNET is reporting that Gamestop will be opening another 300-400 stores over the next year. But these stores will be selling Apple products and other mobile devices. We all know GameStop as one of the biggest gaming retailers out there, they’re not hard to find. Well, the company is aiming for a broader growth footprint branching out from gaming products to technology products. GameStop’s “Technology Brands” division already operates 200 of these types of stores in the United States and they generate around $63 million dollars in annual revenue. And let’s face it, technology products, especially mobile, wearable and portable products, are just growing in popularity and demand so it seems a natural way to go.

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Kickstarter: Planets³, A Voxel-Based World Building Game

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I was recently told about a Kickstarter campaign for Planets³, a game that was described to me as Minecraft/Terraria/Starbound mixed with deeper RPG elements inspired by games such as Mass Effect, Skyrim, and Zelda.  Having played all of those games for more hours than I can count, my interest was certainly piqued.

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Google Facing Potential Class Action Suit Over In-App Purchases

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A mother has filed a class action complaint in California against Google over in-app purchases made by her son. The story begins with the mother buying a 99¢ game, Marvel Run Jump Smash, for her son. By buying the game, her Google account was left authenticated for 30-minutes (by design) so that in-app purchases would not require a password. In that 30-minute window, her son bought $65.95 in virtual in-game currency known as crystals.

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Microsoft Wants To Run Political Ads On Xbox Live Based On Your Data

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Microsoft wants to use their popular Xbox Live platform as well as Skype and MSN to run political ads targeted at their users based on the data collected from those services. The Washington Post is reporting that Microsoft was handing out promo materials at CPAC that outlined and presented the idea. There’s no question that there’s money to be had in political advertising, on both sides of the aisle, and the political season is upon us.

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