Mechs V Kaijus has an awesome tower defence theme
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2018, 8:17 am
I’m a Pacific Rim apologist. I describe it to people as “the best throwaway film I’ve ever seen”, largely because there’s a point in the middle where you can tell the writers said: “Ah, screw it” and embraced how ridiculous the whole thing is. It’s this bit, in case you were wondering. Anyway! I’ve fantasised […]

The Morning After: 'Black Panther', modernizing old B&O speakers
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2018, 6:41 am

Friday morning. Almost as good as Saturday. Today, we're talking discounted PlayStation VR headsets (down to $200), our thoughts on Marvel's Black Panther and a very convoluted way to upgrade your old B&O speakers for the modern age.

Tim Schafer to headline EGX Rezzed this April
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2018, 4:46 am
You’re already attending this year’s EGX Rezzed, of course. But if you haven’t yet booked your ticket to That London so you can play all them lovely games, here’s a piece of news that should cause you to get on that, post-haste. Double Fine’s Tim Schafer – he of the simian islands and the tentacular […]

Farming Simulator 19 announced, with shiny new horses
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2018, 5:19 am
Skipping a whole number for this year’s iteration of the popular farm-’em-up, Giants Software is looking to the future with Farming Simulator 19, which has just been announced for release this Autumn/Fall. By the sounds of it, it should be a  comprehensive update, with a “complete overhaul” of the graphics engine, new crops and farming […]

Best PC gaming deals of the week
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2018, 5:33 am
Valentine’s Day has come and gone, now comes the time to gorge on discounted chocolate. In addition to entire supermarket shops dedicated to picking up half-price Milk Trays, it just so happens that you can pick up a few gaming bargains, too. Everything from beat ’em ups to CPU coolers. Here’s a batch of the […]

Ring in the Lunar New Year with Steam’s latest sale
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 16 February 2018, 6:18 am
If you go on Twitter, where every second image is of a dog being cuddled, rated, or dressed up as a Star Wars character, it’s a reasonable assumption that every year is the year of the dog – however Valve, not to mention the ancient Chinese zodiac, are here to tell you that’s not the […]

I am shocked! Just Shocked!
Posted by No Prisoners, No Mercy [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 11:40 pm
Rick: How can you close me up? On what grounds? Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here! [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money] Croupier: Your winnings, sir. Renault: Oh, thank you very much. - From the movie “Casablanca”   So it seems the same chairman of the...

Shroud of the Avatar leaves early access March 27th
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 6:37 pm
The past few years have been dense with reboots, remakes and Kickstarter-funded drives to return old franchises to life. When it was first announced, Shroud of The Avatar seemed like a relatively safe bet; the original mind behind the Ultima series, returning to not only dust off the singleplayer and story-driven side of the franchise, but […]

Fear Effect returns next month, now isometric & tactical
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 4:40 pm
For those who grew up through the PlayStation 1 era, it was hard not to at least be vaguely aware of the Fear Effect series. Despite their genre roots lying in survival horror, awkward camera angles and all, their mix of stylish comic-style visuals, cornball sci-fi/supernatural espionage stories (with zombies, sometimes) and famously tacky ad […]

Secret of Mana’s 3D remake is out now on Steam
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 5:35 pm
Aah, Secret of Mana, middle game in one of the most confusingly named trilogies in gaming. Known in Japan as Seiken Densetsu 2 and barely known as anything in Europe due to a very small PAL print run. For those who could get it, it’s a fondly remembered if slightly awkward SNES action-RPG that skews a […]

Episode 278, "Meat II Pet"
Posted by World of Warcast: A World of Warcraft Podcast [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 4:53 pm


Life invasions: thank you Cara - did not touch Love is in the Air
Naked & Afraid monk: level 95, 3 days 22 hours, 46k gold
Northrend: Leveling time slow, money amazing
Pandaria: Leveling time medium-fast, money good
Draenor: Leveling time medium-fast, money bad

Life invasion

This Week in WoW
Lunar Festival starts 2/17, runs to 3/3
Love is In the Air ends tomorrow
Battleground bonus event starts Tuesday
Ulduar Timewalking

Dungeon XP hotfix to bug introduced in 7.3.5
Side effect to creature scaling broke awarded XP in some situations
Significantly increased XP awarded for queuing for random Normal dungeons, Classic through Draenor
Mobile Auction House has been restored
New mount: Shu-zen, The Divine Sentinel - $25 in Blizz store (6 months game time for Chinese servers) - and fixed a scaling bug

Battle for Azeroth: Alpha Build News
Tons of class changes but these tend to change a lot over alpha/beta

Allied races
New allied race? Orc based - either Mag’har or Frostwolf Orcs (brown orcs)
Datamined orc armor and a Mag’har Direwolf mount

Dark Iron Dwarf racials
Dungeon Delver: 4% increased indoor speed
Fireblood: Removes all poison, disease, curse, magic and bleed effects and increases primary stat by 100 for each removed. 2 min cooldown
Forged in Flames: 1% physical damage reduction
Mass Production: 2x speed creating blacksmithed items
Mole Machine: Summons a Mole Machine that tunnels through the earth (30 min cooldown)

Non-caster damage that used to be calculated on weapon damage is now based on a combo of weapon damage and attack power to help bring better balance between classes that rely heavily on weapons vs. those who do not

Return of Pepe: New Pepe costumes include a scuba costume and a Zandalari mask

Hunter pet specialization:
All pets will have equal damage, health and armor (all can tank or DPS equally well). Old designations Ferocity, Tenacity or Cunning will continue as categories, but as categories of pet families, not as descriptions of their utility
All pets will have Growl and Dash or Swoop
Pet families now each have a special ability - one active, one passive, depending on their category (examples: the passive for Ferocity is a 3% leech, for Tenacity, 10% max health, and for Cunning, 8% movement speed buff)
Each pet family will get one of six different abilities. Examples include a healing reduction debuff, reduced damage, increased dodge, etc.

Profession changes: (just noted things that are different or interesting) Major squish: Max profession skill cap going from 800 to 200
Alchemy preview:
Tinctures - trinkets with combat buffs based on the flask you’re currently using
Usual transmutes of changing one profession material to another. Also Fish to Gems and Meat to Pet.
Blacksmithing preview:
New stirrups for speed and interacting while mounted in the new zones
Khaz’gorian Hammer - blacksmithing hammer replacement that gives a chance to give crafted armor or weapons the Indestructible property
Cooking preview: Nothing special
Enchanting preview: Nothing special
Portable transmogger
Portable stable master
Herbalism: Nothing special
Contracts: Enter a contract with a faction that allows you to gain reputation with them every time you complete a world quest in the new zones
+5% experience gem
Scuba gear
Mining: Nothing special
Skinning: Nothing special
finally getting a bag upgrade - 1 30 slot bag (same as HW), 1 32 slot bag
Hot Air Baloon pet
First Aid getting at least a revamp - may be removed entirely and folded into Tailoring
First Aid achievements will become Legacy Feats of Strength
Now listed as “legacy”.

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Podcast: The toughest moral choices we’ve made
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 4:00 pm
All right, picture this. There’s five podcasts tied to a train track, and you’re on a train speeding toward them. On another track, there’s just one podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show. Do you swap tracks and kill one podcast to save the other five? Or do you forge ahead? Take your time, it’s a difficult […]

Whatever Happened to Kirith Kodachi?
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 3:36 pm
Ah man, I really meant to get back to blogging.I'm still playing EVE, still building ships... but my normal blogging time during work hours has been squeezed out of the schedule entirely the past month.Its all because of good news: at work in January I

It’s been a while since Capcom announced that the original Playstation 2 Devil May Cry trilogy would be making their way to PC, upscaled and polished up for modern machines. After going silent over the holidays, the Japanese publisher have finally piped up, and released a trailer for the updated bundle, along with a release date: March […]

Sea Of Thieves’ servers need plundering this weekend
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 2:36 pm
While I’ve not had the chance to find my sea legs yet, our Alec has greatly enjoyed his time thusfar with Rare’s upcoming co-op pirate sandbox adventure Sea of Thieves. Over the past month or two, beta testing events for the game have been stepping up, and now it’s in the final stretch of development. […]

In The Fall of Oriath, you went to war with the gods themselves. In the Abyss, you fought ancient undead, led by a nameless lich-king and in the War For The Atlas, you set your sights on two almighty beings that create and destroy entire worlds on a whim. Now, Path of Exile‘s next league […]

Crowdfunded ‘Shaq-Fu’ revival game finally comes out this spring
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 1:44 pm

The early '90s made a bad habit out of terrible action games cashing in on brands and celebrities. One of the latter was Shaq Fu, which has become a punchline in Worst Games of All Time lists for franchising out NBA star Shaquille O'Neil into a bad fighter filled with a confusing mish-mash of myths. Instead of ruin, some saw kitschy promise, and a revival was successfully crowdfunded in 2014. Friends who collectively sunk over $450,000 into this dream, your time is coming. Shaq Fu: A Legend Reborn will arrive for PC and consoles (including the Switch) this spring.

Via: Niche Gamer

Source: Wired Productions

Sony drops PlayStation VR prices as low as $200
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 2:06 pm

Sony thinks its holiday PlayStation VR discounts were a success, so it's bringing them back now that it wants to clear some end-of-winter stock. The company is running a new promo that drops PSVR prices by $100 across the board between February 18th and March 3rd. The sweetest deal by far is the Gran Turismo Sport bundle -- you can get the racing game, a PSVR headset and the requisite camera for $200. You can also buy just the headset for $200, although that won't make much sense unless you just can't find the GTS pack.

Source: PlayStation Blog

Fortnite update adds new grenade type, lunar new year clobber
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 11:56 am
After a bit of a delay, Fortnite’s Save the World mode (that’s the original, non-Battle Royale one) has finally received its promised Valentine’s Day update. The patch adds a few love-themed quests, along with rather a lot more Lunar New Year content that doesn’t have a ton to do with Mandatory Romance Day. As detailed […]

Meet the man who runs the Origin Museum, collecting the history of Wing Commander and Ultima
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 12:00 pm
In the basement of an unassuming suburban home just outside Washington, D.C., you’ll find one of the largest collections of documents, data, images and props from Origin Systems, the company behind the Ultima and Wing Commander game series of the 80s and 90s. The Origin Museum is owned and curated by Joe Garrity, and has […]

Kingdom Come Deliverance mod adds unlimited saving
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 12:15 pm
Kingdom Come: Deliverance deliberately doesn’t allow you to save the game whenever you feel like it, insisting that you either buy or brew a bottle of something called Saviour Schnapps first. It’s a heady beverage that saves your game even as it gets you drunk, and by the sounds of things it doesn’t seem too […]

Stardew Valley’s multiplayer beta expected for spring
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 12:27 pm
My farm in Stardew Valley is a place of solace. It’s a shrine to quiet contemplation, a valuable retreat from the demands of sociability, a hidey-hole built just for me and my thoughts. Why would I want to invite someone in and spoil all that? Actually, none of that’s true. I’d love to romp around […]

BenQ GL2580HM review: Great looks undermined by terrible contrast
Posted by Rock, Paper, Shotgun [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 1:30 pm
What’s this? A screen that isn’t prefaced by the words ‘best monitor for Final Fantasy XII‘? Well, I never. Yes, I’m having a small break from my 21:9 test quest to take a look at something altogether more affordable: the BenQ GL2580HM. While not a ‘gaming monitor’ as such, this slimline 24.5in 1920×1080 TN display […]

One Hundred and Ninety Million Skill Points
Posted by [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 1:15 pm
That time has rolled around again.  Another meaningless skill point milestone, a new round number, made more meaningless by the advent of skill injectors, but at this point it is a tradition so I might as well carry on. The story so far, for those

Viveport VR subscriptions will cost $2 more starting March 22nd
Posted by Engadget RSS Feed [HTML][XML][PERM][FULL] on 15 February 2018, 12:15 pm

HTC launched a monthly subscription for VR apps last spring, allowing users to choose up to five titles per month for $6.99/£6.99. As of March 22nd though, the price of that Viveport plan is going up. The company announced today that beginning next month, a Viveport subscription will cost $8.99/£8.99. However, there are a few caveats. First, existing customers will stay with the original $6.99 price through "at least" the end of the year.

Source: Vive

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