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Submission + - Microsoft Xbox One restrictive game resale, offline play rules revealed (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Microsoft has come clear on game resales on the Xbox One with new rules under which gamers will only be able to share games with people who have been on their friend list for atleast 30 days. Further each game can only be shared once. Microsoft is certainly not demanding that gamers stay online or keep the Xbox One connected to the internet constantly but, gamers can only play offline games for a maximum of 24 hours on a primary console or an hour if they log on to a separate console and access their library of titles.

Submission + - Wii U Won't Run Battlefield 4 Engine Frostbite 3 (techwalls.com) 1

ricky86 writes: The general belief that Wii U doesn’t perform well is strengthened following a revelation from DICE Technical Director Johan Andersson that Wii U isn’t powerful enough to run Frostbite 3 which is the Battlefield 4 engine. Andersson tweeted “FB3 has never been running on WiiU. We did some tests with not too promising results with FB2 & chose not to go down that path.” This clearly indicates that DICE didn’t go ahead with testing of Frostbite 3 after not so promising results of Frostbite 2. The tweet from Andersson was in response to a reader’s concern that the newly announced Star Wars games will not be available on Wii U.

Submission + - Nintendo Confirms Wii U Mod Chip WiiKeÜ Claims (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: A company known for selling hacking kits for Wii claimed earlier today that they had managed to bypass the protection offered by Wii U thereby allowing gamers to play games through a USB drive. The hacking kit dubbed WiiKeÜ doesn't need soldering at all and can be plugged into the USB port of the Wii U allowing users to play media from USB media. Nintendo has confirmed that they are "aware that a hacking group claims to have compromised Wii U security; however, we have no reports of illegal Wii U games nor unauthorized applications playable on the system while in Wii U mode."

Submission + - GameStick Dev Units Shipped, Early-backer Consoles Delayed to June (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Developer units of Android based gaming console on a stick – GameStick have already been shipped but, the units meant for early Kickstarter backers have been delayed by two months and will now ship by late June, PlayJam has revealed. The reason according to PlayJam is that the consoles would require stronger tooling as compared to silicon based moulds of the dev consoles which would finish sometime by June 10. Further, because of the sheer increase in the number of units, PlayJam has said that it won't be able to afford the air freight and will be going for sea freight instead which will delay the shipments to June
Games

Submission + - Mojang Releases Minecraft:Pi Edition for the Raspberry Pi

hypnosec writes: Mojang has officially released Minecraft:Pi Edition for the credit card sized Raspberry Pi. Back in November last year Minecraft was ported onto the Raspberry Pi and it was revealed at the time that Mojang would release a free version of the game soon. The game is completely free and is now available for download. Even though the game will carry only a limited set of features, the cost of building and hosting a Minecraft lan-party has definitely dropped ten folds.
Open Source

Submission + - OpenArena now Playable on Raspberry Pi (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The Raspberry Pi Foundation has released OpenArena – a multiplayer first person shooter (FPS) game based on Quake III, for the Raspberry Pi. Available as a free download the game has been rated ‘Adults Only’ because of the blood and guns. The open-source game is powered by the ‘ioquake3’ fork of the engine that Quake III runs on – id tech 3 engine. Modifications have been made to the gameplay by removing the copyrighted material and adding new free content.
Nintendo

Submission + - Wii U Jailbroken, Homebrewers Claim (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Nintendo made its next-gen Wii U console available just before a few days and homebrewers are already claiming that they have hacked their way through anti-piracy measures implemented by Nintendo to jailbreak the gaming console. The hack allows users to play pirated copies of games as well as run unauthorized software on the Wii U. The hack is the one that worked on old Wii systems and is claimed to be working on the Wii U when it is run in legacy Wii mode.
Microsoft

Submission + - Microsoft Prohibits Gamers from Profiting from in-Game Video, Other Content (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Microsoft has revised its game content usage rules prohibiting content creators from cashing in on their in-game clips by posting them on online video sharing sites like YouTube, Vimeo and others. The new set of rules explicitly prohibits anyone from using in-game videos or other material to make money if the content in question is produced through a game that was published by Microsoft Studios. The Game Content Usage Rules restrict gamers from generating revenue through games like Halo, Fable, and Age of Empires.
Games

Submission + - Marvel Heroes Built 'from the Ground Up' to be 'Completely Free' (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Gazillion Entertainment’s next multiplayer online game, Marvel Heroes, will be completely free, it has been announced. David Brevik, President – Gazillion Entertainment, said in an interview that unlike other games Marvel Heroes has been made such that it is free ‘from the ground up’. "We designed this game as completely free-to-play from the ground up. We wanted to make the highest quality free-to-play game that had ever been made,” Brevik said. He went to describe the free-to-play market as confusing and said that even though all gaming companies say that their games are free to play, there are very few games that actually are.
IBM

Submission + - IBM: Wii U Has a Power-based CPU and not Power 7 (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: IBM has confirmed that the Wii U isn’t powered by a Power 7 CPU but it is powered by a Power-based microprocessor ending months of speculations. Nintendo announced the availability of its next-gen gaming console – the Wii U for North America, Europe and Japan a couple of weeks back. Reports have been flowing in that the CPU might just not be up to the mark and that games were slowing down at times when there were multiple characters coming in at the same time during game play. In a tweet, IBM said, “WiiU chip clarification: It's a ‘Power-based microprocessor’”
Games

Submission + - BioWare Founders Announce Retirement (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: BioWare founders and doctors, Ray Muzyka and Greg Zeschuk announced their retirement from the gaming company as well as the video game industry. In two separate blog posts, the founders who were awarded the 2011 Academy of Interactive Arts and Sciences Hall of Fame announced their decision and their future plans. Muzyka writes, "After nearly two decades in videogames, I’ve decided to move on to pursue an entirely different set of challenges." Zeschuk writes, "I’ve reached an unexpected point in my life where I no longer have the passion that I once did for the company, for the games, and for the challenge of creation."
Games

Submission + - Blizzard Adds 100 New Character levels to Diablo III with Paragon System (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: Blizzard has announced a new Paragon system in Diablo III that will add 100 levels of character advancement on top of the existing 60 allowing fans to get more out of this game. This should help those fans who have already reached the maximum possible level and should relieve game junkies, who have already gained the possible 60 levels of advancement, from boredom. Blizzard is going to release a patch that will enable all Diablo III level 60 characters to start earning experience, with each monster they kill, towards a new set of "Paragon levels". Each Paragon level will not only upgrade character statistics but, will also increase a character's ability to find gold and magical items by three percent.

Submission + - First Crysis 3 Video Relased, Shows off CryENGINE 3 Capabilities (paritynews.com)

hypnosec writes: The first Crysis 3 trailer has been released and it shows off in-game footage and the mind blowing capabilities of the CryENGINE 3 that now supports DirectX 11. The real-time rendering has been taken up a notch allowing gamers to experience some of the best visuals ever seen. CryENGINE3 delivers excellent graphics and it is more or less “what you see is what you play” thing thanks to the news tools that allows for tessellation in real-time, enhanced ocean and water rendering, improved character technology along with dynamic volumetric light beams and light shaft effects. The engine also delivers Composite 3D Lens Flares & FX along with Procedural HDR Flares and Shapes. “Crysis 3 is out February 2013 and is playable publicly for the first time at GamesCom 2012.”
Government

Submission + - SPAM: US Bill Claims Games Should Have Cigarette Style Warning Labels

hypnosec writes: A new bill known as the "Violence in Video Games Labeling Act" is arguing that video games should display cigarette-like warnings about in-game violence on their packaging. The two members responsible are Joe Baca and Frank Wolf, who both claim that there is growing evidence that the violence found in many a contemporary title has contributed to real world aggression.
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Games

Submission + - The Consoles Are Dying Says Developer (itproportal.com)

hypnosec writes: Whilst you might have often heard that PC gaming is dying — detractors have been claiming this for over a decade — one developer has a different take: that in fact it's the consoles that are on the way out. In a 26 minute presentation at GDC — available now as a voice over'd slideshow — Ben Cousins who heads mobile/tablet game maker ngmoco, uses some rather convincing statistics of electronic and gaming purchases along with market shares of developers and publishers from just a few years ago, that when compared with today, displays some surprising results. The old guard, including the three big console manufacturers — Sony, Nintendo and Microsoft — are losing out massively, compared with the new generation of gaming platform developers, Facebook, Apple and Google. With the new companies, the audience size is vastly increased thanks to more of a focus on tablet, mobile and browser based gaming. Facebook, iPhone and Android users weigh in at over a billion users. Compare that with the main consoles, the Xbox, Wii and PS3 and you have hardware that has only sold around (even when combined) a few hundred million units.

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