Gaming, VR World

Destiny's New Live Action Trailer Shows You How To Become A Legend

After teasing that “something big” is coming, Bungie unleashed a brand new live-action trailer for Destiny that’s filled to the brim with hype-inducing visuals. The live-action trailer chronicles a fireteam of three Guardians–a Titan, Hunter and Warlock–as they travel the solar system to dispatch hordes of baddies across a number of different planets. From the searing dunes of Mars, to the lush fertile tropics of Venus and the cold dust-ridden Moon, the trailer shows off the environs of some of the areas gamers can visit in their intergalactic journey. The trailer is filled with skirmishes and battles that show off the deadly grace of each class.

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Buyout Rumors Cause Surge in GTA Publisher's Stock

The rumor mill has recently been busy belting out the latest bit of video games industry speculation: Call of Duty publisher Activision (NASDAQ: ATVI) might be planning to buy Take-Two Interactive (NASDAQ: TTWO). The rumors have tapered off over the last few days, but the supposed acquisition caused a surge in Take-Two Interactive’s stock. The publisher’s shares went up 4.14 percent (at a high of $23.66) in afternoon trades following the rumors. This is just short of its six-year high of $23.67 back in June. At time of press Take-Two’s shares are currently at $23.47 (down by 0.8%). According to Benchmark Analyst Mike Hickey, Activision buying out

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New Destiny Video Tours PlayStation Exclusive Map Exodus Blue

Destiny is less than a week away, and PlayStation has just detailed the exclusive map Exodus Blue in a new video. The PlayStation exclusive multiplayer map is optimized for 3-on-3 and 6-on-6 matches in Destiny‘s Crucible PVP mode. It supports five gametypes including Skirmish, Control, Salvage, Clash and Rumble. Skirmish, a 4-on-4 team deathmatch mode, is shown during the footage. In terms of aesthetics, Blue Exodus heralds a return to Old Russia, a region scattered with broken buildings and breathtaking sun-lit vistas that all beta players will remember. The map itself is built around an old colony ship called Exodus Blue that served Earth during the Golden Age of expansion brought on by

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Nvidia Announces Global 24-Hour PC Gaming Celebration

Hardware-maker Nvidia (NASDAQ: NVDA) is planning a massive celebration for PC gaming that will span the entire globe, and they want you to be a part of it. Nvidia’s global event is called Game24, and will feature 24-hours of uninterrupted content including dev interviews, game reveals, eSports competitions, giveaways and of course a whole ‘lotta gaming. The “PC gaming holiday” launches on Thursday, Sept. 18 at 6PM PST, and will be held in select cities across the world such as Los Angeles, Shanghai, Stockholm and London. Attendance and registration for the show are free of charge, and you can sign-up here. Below you can find a list of show locations in the United States:

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PS4 and PS Vita to Get Interactive Themes

The PlayStation 4 and PS Vita handheld are getting customizable themes, Sony has confirmed in their pre-Tokyo Game Show press conference. The long-awaited features are planned to roll out with system update 2.0 on PS4 and 3.30 on the PS Vita, and will feature dynamic semi-interactive animations. Along with re-creating virtual environments from various games, the themes will have customized homescreen layouts for a distinct style and look. Much to the delight of the audience, SCEJA President Atsushi Morita showcased the PS4’s new interactive dashboards with a Kuro and Toro theme. As players swipe through their system apps and games library, Toro sits with a virtual

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'Firewatch' Might Be the New 'Twin Peaks' of Gaming

I think we’ve all seen those giant fire towers while passing down a forest-side road. The towers stretch above the ceiling of trees like an airborne sanctuary, and there Forest Rangers sit in their endless watch. We wonder who they are, how they cope with that seclusion, and what it’s like to be broken away from society to stay sentinel against a raw force of nature. What sacrifices do those brave men and women make for their vigil? What have they experienced in their toilsome journeys? With Firewatch, Campo Santo is telling that story. And they’re even marrying it with what appears to be suspenseful mystery worthy of Twin

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Game Reviews, Gaming, Reviews

The Last of Us: Remastered PS4 Review

Developer: Naughty Dog Publisher: Sony Computer Entertainment Release Date: July 29, 2014 Platform: PlayStation 4 Genre: Survival Horror, Action MSRP: $49.99   Author’s Note: This is my first time playing The Last of Us, and the review will reflect my experiences as someone who has no prior knowledge of the game. Although this is a review on the HD re-mastered version, I will discuss the merits of the game for both new and old players of the series. Where do we start when discussing The Last of Us? Do we talk about dynamic personable characters like Joel and Ellie that make players actually care about their future? Can we start with

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Republicans Mix Gaming With Politics in New Browser Game

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) released a browser-based platformer game that dramatizes their political battle against Democrats, GameSpot reported. The game is called Giopi 2014: Mission Majority and puts players in the shoes of Giopi, a pixellated elephant who “dodges everything that Democrats can throw at him”. “People say DC is full of games, but none are quite like this one”. In the game Giopi “finds the keys to help win back the Senate” for Republicans while trouncing on pesky enemies like Taxers and Mudslingers who stand in the way of the “path to victory.” It’s also said that these baddies do the bidding of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority

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Republicans Mix Gaming With Politics in New Browser Game

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) released a browser-based platformer game that dramatizes their political battle against Democrats, GameSpot reported. The game is called Giopi 2014: Mission Majority and puts players in the shoes of Giopi, a pixellated elephant who “dodges everything that Democrats can throw at him”. “People say DC is full of games, but none are quite like this one”. In the game Giopi “finds the keys to help win back the Senate” for Republicans while trouncing on pesky enemies like Taxers and Mudslingers who stand in the way of the “path to victory.” It’s also said that these baddies do the bidding of President Barack Obama and Senate Majority

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VR World

Report: Amazon Buying Out Twitch TV (Update)

Update: In a new blog post, Twitch CEO Emmett Shear revealed that Amazon has indeed acquired the game-streaming service. “Today, I’m pleased to announce we’ve been acquired by Amazon. We chose Amazon because they believe in our community, they share our values and long-term vision, and they want to help us get there faster. “We’re keeping most everything the same: our office, our employees, our brand, and most importantly our independence. But with Amazon’s support we’ll have the resources to bring you an even better Twitch.” A month ago Google was ready to buy up Twitch TV for the tune of $1 billion. Now it appears that

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VR World

Back to School 2014 Buying Guide: Tablets

Classrooms at schools of all types are filling up across the nation this week, as students once again return for another year of classes. As students prepare for another year of learning, retailers  slashing prices on the tools and toys that students will need to get through another school year. To help guide your back to school purchases, VR World and Bright Side of News contributors have put together a back to school guide for 2014 to help you buy the top tablets, smartphones, dorm room TVs, premium notebooks, low cost notebooks, and gaming systems for your 2014 back to school shopping. Top Five Back

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Analysis, VR World

Gamers Revolt: Another Take on The Zoe Quinn Scandal

The gaming industry is at a crossroads, with clearly defined heroes on one side nefarious shadowy villains on the other. Yet another scandal has riven the community, sending shockwaves felt throughout the industry. Unlike many scandals in the past, key gaming publications have remained almost silent on this conflict due to its controversial and sensitive nature. This new battle, dubbed “Quinngate”, has indie devs, journalists and gamers themselves brawling it out across social networks and forums across the internet. So far what little reporting on the scandal has been decidedly one-sided. No one is looking at the other side to see why gamers are up-in-arms, and why they want to strike out. To

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PSN and Xbox LIVE Hacked, Alleged Culprits Step Forward (Updated)

Update 2: The PlayStation Network is now online, but Xbox LIVE support is still reporting that “gaming and social” features are limited. Xbox One and Xbox 360 owners are still unable to play games online and communicate over party chat, and the support team says that it’s “working alongside our partner to get these issues fixed ASAP”. Update: As promised by both hacking groups, Xbox LIVE has been compromised. This affects both the Xbox 360 and Xbox One platforms, cutting off services like social chatting and online gaming. Gamers can still buy and play owned content, view the website, and watch media across a host of different apps,

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Back to School 2014 Buying Guide: Game Consoles

Classrooms at schools of all types are filling up across the nation this week, as students once again return for another year of classes. As students prepare for another year of learning, retailers  slashing prices on the tools and toys that students will need to get through another school year. To help guide your back to school purchases, VR World and Bright Side of News contributors have put together a back to school guide for 2014 to help you buy the top tablets, smartphones, dorm room TVs, premium notebooks, low cost notebooks, and game consoles for your 2014 back to school shopping. Microsoft’s Xbox One console is a

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Analysis, Gaming

Why Console Exclusivity is Fading

Exclusive games once defined the brands they were attached to and were major motivators in terms of console choice. In those days gamers chose the platform that aligned with their taste in gaming, and for the most part, these titles stayed within their selected exclusive boundaries. Even a quick cursory glance at the industry is enough to see that things have longed changed since those days where the Xbox and PlayStation 2 reigned supreme. And the definition of “exclusive” has shifted quite a bit. Now we have concepts like timed-exclusives, pre-loading and a slew of key AAA titles across all platforms–and the most glaring difference is

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Report: PS4's Share Play Limited to One-Hour Sessions

Sony has confirmed to GameSpot that Share Play will launch with a 60-minute time limit for each shared gaming session. While this may rankle a few gamers, Sony assures that there is no actual defined limit on how many times you can use Share Play. Once you hit the max one-hour play ceiling you can simply invite your friend and fire it up again. Even still, this bit of news does put Sony’s Gamescom announcement into perspective, where Share Play was touted as something that seemed too good to be true. Now that gamers know their “virtual couches” will need to be cleared out in hourly intervals

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PS4 Tops Sales Charts for Seventh Consecutive Month

July has proven to be lucky number seven for Sony, as the PlayStation 4 continues its lead over the Xbox One for the seventh month a row, analyst firm NPD Group reports. Earlier this week the Japanese gaming titan revealed that the PS4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide, and it continues to reign over the Xbox One despite Microsoft’s recent Kinect-less price cut. The figures revealed that U.S. shoppers spent $514.3 million on combined gaming hardware, software and accessories in July with around 38%, or $198.8 million, of that total making up console sales. Sony’s victory was actually two-fold across both hardware and software fronts, with The Last of

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PS4 Tops Sales Charts for Seventh Consecutive Month

July has proven to be lucky number seven for Sony, as the PlayStation 4 continues its lead over the Xbox One for the seventh month a row, analyst firm NPD Group reports. Earlier this week the Japanese gaming titan revealed that the PS4 has sold over 10 million units worldwide, and it continues to reign over the Xbox One despite Microsoft’s recent Kinect-less price cut. The figures revealed that U.S. shoppers spent $514.3 million on combined gaming hardware, software and accessories in July with around 38%, or $198.8 million, of that total making up console sales. Sony’s victory was actually two-fold across both hardware and software fronts, with The Last of

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Xbox One Will Soon be Able to Stream Pirated Video

To date both Sony’s PlayStation 4 and Microsoft’s Xbox One haven’t been able to contend with their yesteryear predecessors in terms of media playback. The lack of DLNA network streaming on next-gen consoles is sorely missed, effectively shrinking each system’s functionality and entertainment options. At Gamescom 2014 Microsoft unveiled a new plan to remedy this and make earnest on the Xbox One’s label as the “all-in-one entertainment” solution by way of expanding its media support. A new media player, which will be rolled out in an upcoming system update, will power this transition by letting users play digital content by way of a USB drive. DLNA streaming across

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The New 'Silent Hill' Game is the Stuff of Nightmares

There are some games that transport us to faraway worlds of myth and magic, but the new Silent Hill game opens a window to madness. The game is is playable now as a demo named P.T. on the PlayStation Store, and fair warning, it’s terrifying on a psychological level. It’s since been revealed that P.T. is the codename for  Konami’s new Silent Hill game entitled “Silent Hill”s. Sony showed off an illuminating trailer for the game during their Gamescom presentation. Silent Hills marks an interesting collaboration between renown film director Guillermo del Toro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Pacific Rim) and Metal Gear Solid creator Hideo Kojima, and so far both industry

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