Campo Santo has finally posted news that its upcoming adventure game Firewatch is coming out on all the major platforms February 9th. Those of you that like adventure games may want to check it out and add it to your Xmas list!
Firewatch is a mystery set in the Wyoming wilderness, where your only emotional lifeline is the person on the other end of a handheld radio.
In Firewatch you play as a man named Henry who has retreated from his messy life to work as a fire lookout in the Wyoming wilderness. Perched high atop a mountain, it’s your job to look for smoke and keep the wilderness safe. An especially hot, dry summer has everyone on edge. Your supervisor, a woman named Delilah, is available to you at all times over a small, handheld radio — and is your only contact with the world you've left behind.
But when something strange draws you out of your lookout tower and into the world, you’ll explore a wild and unknown environment, facing questions and making interpersonal choices that can build or destroy the only meaningful relationship you have.
If you're one of those who are looking for a good cloud online backup program then The Wirecutter may have the one for you. Most of my backups are done locally with a USB stick but if you don't want the hassle and have more information than will fit onto the nifty little sticks then you may want to check it out.
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For those of you that haven't heard already The Witcher 3's Wild Hunt expansion pack Heart of Stone has been released. GOG has the scoop as usual so hit the link for more details. I've also posted the IGN video review of the expansion pack but be forewarned it MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS.
Techspot has posted an article on their favorite computer cases for 2015. They seem to cover all the sizes in every category. Hit the link below to see if yours is one of them on the list!
There was a time when computer cases were seen as nothing more than the housing for your PC. People were happy to boast about their new processor or graphics card, but the humble chassis rarely got a look in. Then things started to get interesting; cases got better, flashier and more functional. They evolved beyond mere protective outer shells and into an integral component that could complement what resided inside.
Today, the sheer number of cases available can be a bit overwhelming. To help you choose we’ve gathered impressions from our own reviews, those of other top sites and from owners' feedback, explaining what features make them stand above the rest. Here are the highest regarded cases in every category: best overall, Mini-ITX, micro ATX, HTPC, budget and top concept case.
Apparently Treyarch is going to allow you COD fans to skip right to the end of the Black Ops 3 campaign for you impatient types as all campaign missions are unlocked at the start. you'll also be able to "lend" weapons to others in your group. Check out Eurogamer for the full scoop and since I don't play COD games anymore give us your thoughts in the forum whether you think the changes are good or bad for the series?
Treyarch is doing things a little differently for Call of Duty: Black Ops 3: all campaign missions are unlocked from the start.
It means you can play Black Ops 3's final mission as soon as you get the game going upon its 6th November release.
Jason Blundell, director of campaign and Zombies mode for Black Ops 3, told Eurogamer Treyarch made the decision to give players more choice.
"It gives them the flexibility to consume the content how they want," Blundell said.
"The unlocking level system is an archaic mentality we've had since we did bedroom development back in the day - you do this, then go on to the next one.
"Consumers and game players in general are far more mature these days. There are so many things vying for our interests today. It's about, how do they want to consume it? Maybe they put it down on level two, and then they're in work the next day, and some guy says, 'dude, you've got to check out level four!' And he's like, 'okay, I'll have a quick look.' That's totally fine. I think it's their choice."
Shacknews has the scoop on Battlefront season passes along with 3 new game play modes. This game seems to be highly anticipated and what I've read in the forums about the beta pretty fun to play. Check out the full details at the Shack to see what's new!
Anyone familiar with EA and DICE probably should have seen this one coming. Yes, Star Wars Battlefront will include a Season Pass, which will include four unrevealed expansion packs. The Season Pass will take Battlefront players across different corners of the Star Wars universe, as well as offer owners two weeks of early access to those packs.
EA and DICE also revealed the game's Ultimate Edition, which includes the Season Pass content. The price? A whopping $119.99. The beta is still running through tomorrow, so maybe try it out and determine for yourselves whether this will be worth such a costly expense.
Anandtech is on its second Build a Rig contest and this time its between Silverstone and Crucial building $800 back to school pc's. Check the link out to read the article and giveaway the entry rules are listed at the end of it. This is only for US residents, again...sorry but don't shoot the messenger as I don't make the rules!
Last quarter we introduced our new Build-A-Rig project. At a high level, we ask two or three companies in the PC industry each round to configure a system to a budget. Then, with our partners Newegg, we build and test each system in glorious battle, along with interviewing the participants about how they approach the industry. Regardless of the winner, all the systems built are given away to our lucky readers. Imagine Top Gear UK’s ‘Star In A Reasonably Priced Car’, but instead of celebrities racing around a track, we let the configured PCs do the racing where both style and performance count. In this round, given the timing as school is starting, we chose SilverStone and Crucial with a budget of $800 for a back-to-school system.
You Apple fans are in for a treat as Apple as updated its 27" imMAc to go all retinal display while updating to Intel SkyLake cpu goodness. We know how you all like to spend money so hit the link below to get the details and when they'll be available.
A year ago Apple introduced a new Retina 5K iMac at the high end of the lineup and left everything else alone. This year, the entire lineup is getting a refresh—not only is there a new 4K model of the 21.5-inch iMac, but all of the 27-inch non-Retina iMacs are being replaced by 5K Retina models. The 27-inch models are also getting some nice internal upgrades, including quad-core Intel Skylake CPUs, new dedicated AMD Radeon GPUs, and faster PCI Express SSDs and Fusion Drive configurations.
The new 5K iMacs start at $1,799, the same starting price as the previous-generation, non-Retina iMac—that model comes with a quad-core 3.2GHz (3.6GHz Turbo) Core i5-6500, 8GB of 1867MHz DDR3 RAM, a 1TB 7200 RPM hard drive, and an AMD Radeon R9 M380 with 2GB of GDDR5 memory. All of the new 27-inch iMacs also include Apple's redesigned Magic Keyboard and your choice of either a Magic Mouse 2 or Magic Trackpad 2.
According to sources at Polygon Humble Bundle had to cut about 20% of its employees due to overly ambitious goals. How many times have we heard that in the tech sector! Hit the link for further details.
Humble Bundle has laid off 12 people — about 20 percent of its staff — in a move that the company's CEO admitted reflected overly eager expansion.
The cuts affected various departments and took place late last week, according to a source who preferred to remain anonymous. Job losses hit people in creative, engineering, business development and communications departments.
For those of you that have been wondering what all the hoopla about is with the upcoming VR tech then Tom's Hardware has you covered with an article on VR basics. What do you think, will all the hype be worth it or will we end up with expensive vomit goggles?
Just a few short years ago, practical virtual reality was limited to the confines of an expensive academic lab or secret military installation. But with the discovery that dirt-cheap mobile panels could be repurposed for high-quality VR came a flurry of head-mounted displays (HMDs), smartphone-holding clamshells and controllers.
Before a single VR product has hit store shelves, consumers and content makers have been battered with innovation, specs, claims and perhaps a touch of witchcraft. Thanks to the multitude of announcements at the Game Developers Conference and, most recently, E3 Expo, things got even more confusing.
We're about to sort it all out for you with a quick summary of what's out there and how it all ties together. We'll define some of the terminology, and separate a little fact from fiction. And, in the end, hopefully you'll have a better idea of how to compare all of these offerings when they become, to borrow a phrase, a literal reality.
I was lurking over at Betanews and saw that Microsoft has updated its iphone/ipad IOS office sweet with new features for Word, Excel and Power Point. Do your "clicking thing" on the link at the bottom for the rest of the details.
Microsoft has released new versions for the three core apps in its iPad and iPhone Office suite. Word for iOS 1.14, Excel for iOS 1.14, and PowerPoint for iOS 1.14 all gain minor improvements and new features as part of the suite’s ongoing evolution.
All three apps gain the ability to rename files, while there are improvements to font accessibility and a number of app-specific improvements too.
The rather basic (and essential) ability to rename files has finally been added to all three apps via their Open and Recent tabs -- just tap the share button to the right of a document and select Rename from the pop-up menu to make the change.
Anybody that likes to keep their Windows 10 build up to date are in luck as according to Anandtech build 10565 has been released into the wild on the fast ring. Hit the link for the juicy details on whats changed or been updated.
Microsoft’s Gabe Aul has announced this morning that they have just released the latest build of Windows 10 to Insiders on the fast ring, and this build brings some key components that were first demonstrated quite a while ago, but have finally made their way to people outside of Microsoft.
The first big change is that the integrated Skype messaging, calling, and video experiences are now available. These universal apps will be an optional replacement of the Skype client, which will remain for people who want one app that does it all. The new apps have already been made available as a Beta on Windows 10 Mobile, and just the other day Skype got integrated into the default messaging client on Mobile. This makes for a much more integrated experience on the platform similar to Google Hangouts and iMessage. For those wondering why Microsoft would be breaking the Skype client into pieces, it is to make it easier for people to use the part that they want to rather than having to fire up a big client that does everything. It will also feature quick replies in the Action Center which should really be nice since you won’t even have to leave your current app to reply. I found the Mobile version to be pretty buggy so hopefully the desktop version is more stable.
Those of you that like to use an Xbox controller with your pc games are in luck as Microsoft will be releasing a wireless Xbox One adapter for Windows 10 on October 20th. That will allow one less cable sprawled across your desk or living room floor!
With the Xbox Wireless Adapter, experience the advanced precision and comfort of your Xbox Wireless Controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets. Use it with PC games, and Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10, to elevate your game wherever you want to play.*
Play with your Xbox Wireless Controller on Windows 10 PCs, laptops, and tablets.
Use it with PC games, and Xbox One games streamed to Windows 10.
Simply bind the Adapter to your Wireless Controller to enable the same gaming experience you are used to on Xbox One, including in-game chat and high quality stereo audio.
Extend the USB connection to your Windows 10 PC, laptop, or tablet to enhance placement and accessibility to the Wireless Adapter with the included USB extender cable.
Techspot has the scoop on a couple new affordable laptops from Acer. The Aspire R 14 convertible notebook and the Aspire Z3-700 portable. Those of you looking for some portable goodness hit the link below to read the details.
Earlier today, Acer unveiled two new Windows 10 devices that will hit the market later this year. One is the Aspire R 14, a convertible notebook with a 360-degree hinge; and the other is the Aspire Z3-700, a 'portable' all-in-one with a built-in battery.
The Aspire R 14 is the more compelling of the two devices, as the convertible's design is similar to that of Lenovo's Yoga series. Like the Yoga series, the R 14 is built to be used as both a laptop and a tablet, with the 14.0-inch touchscreen display folding a full 360-degrees thanks to a "dual torque hinge".
For those of you that are into the Horror genre Luke over at IGN has a write up of the new forest environment coming to the Kickstarter game called Allison Road, developed by Lilith Studios. Looks fairly interesting so I might have to keep an eye on this one.
Gameplay we've already seen shows players exploring a house, examining objects and trying to uncover the mystery of what happened there - all of which may feel familiar if you've already walked P.T.'s corridors, too. But it's not just the setting that Allison Road shares with P.T.; there's also a Lisa, a ghost-like girl, and its photorealistic style courtesy of Unreal Engine 4.
But while the sad demise of P.T. means gamers will never know what twisted horrors Guillermo del Toro and Hideo Kojima dreamed of lurking beyond the walls of the house you got to explore, Allison Road is hopeful it'll get to explore a variety of twisted environments beyond the confines of the building. To that end, developer Lilith Studios has unveiled the second location you'll be traversing in your fright-filled exploration - a dark, twisted forest surrounded by marshland.