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The Solus Project: Developer Video #3 – The Story

February 11, 2016 – The Solus Project takes place in a rich sci-fi universe during the 22nd century. Our solar system was ripped apart by a rogue star and humanity survives on a fleet of spaceships called the Prolus colony. With little fuel left and starvation on the horizon, Prolus command organizes a final desperate mission to find a new home for humanity.

The operation is called The Solus Project. Five small scouting ships are sent to five solar systems that are suspected of having habitable planets. Your craft has travelled for more than a decade and just as you arrive, disaster strikes. Of the entire crew, only you survive. As the only one left, mankind’s survival depends on you.

Is the planet habitable? Is it safe? You quickly discover more than you expected – a legacy of an alien race. Their ancient structures and machinery. Why do these aliens look almost like humans? And most importantly… why did they die?

The Solus Project is a narrative-driven survival experience. It tells a rich, linear story, something rarely seen in survival games, while maintaining an open sandbox gameplay and survival mechanics.

The Solus Project releases on Steam Early access on February 18th and on Xbox Game Preview on February 26th.

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Official website: http://thesolusproject.com/
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Escape from Tarkov Video Dev Diary 1

February 8, 2016 – Battlestate Games, the creators of hardcore online shooter Escape from Tarkov, is on the brink of hitting its Alpha milestone. Today the team revealed the first in its ongoing series of developer diaries, this one providing insight into the procedural animation and character animation system including behind-the-scenes mo-cap views. The video features numerous elements of the weapon handling — shooting, misfiring, and several other components unique to the online game.

Did you miss Escape from Tarkov’s kickass announcement trailer? Watch it now: youtu.be/IPlnHe9l34E

Escape from Tarkov is a hardcore online game that combines FPS/TPS with RPG elements. The game events unfold in the sealed off Russian city of Tarkov, which has become a scene of a local conflict between two private military companies. As a hazardous environment combat simulator, the game uses multiple system modules for ultimately immersive gameplay and a complete feeling of reality. The closed beta-testing of Escape from Tarkov is planned for 2016. Interested in testing your mettle? Sign up now for the Beta on the official game Website at: www.escapefromtarkov.com.

To stay up to date on current development be sure to follow Battlestate Games on Twitter and “Like” the game on Facebook.

Logitech Unveils Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum Gaming Keyboard

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NEWARK, Calif. — Feb 4, 2016 — Logitech (SIX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today announced the Logitech® G810 Orion Spectrum, a full-size RGB mechanical gaming keyboard that integrates our industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design to deliver peak performance for a pure gaming experience. The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G™ mechanical switches, offering 25 percent faster actuation than standard mechanical keyboards, as well as customizable RGB lighting and dedicated media controls.

“We met with dozens of gamers over the last year and a half and asked them what they wanted in a gaming keyboard,” said Ujesh Desai, vice president and general manager of gaming at Logitech. “The result is the G810 Orion Spectrum, a clean, sophisticated design that’s focused on delivering pure performance.”

Pure Performance-Driven Design

Every aspect of the keyboard – from the simplest details, such as fingerprint-masking matte texture and a durable braided cable, to the most complex details, including advanced RGB lighting and ultra-fast, ultra-durable Romer-G mechanical switches – is precisely engineered. The result is industry-leading technology and quality of construction in a uniquely crafted design.

Ultra-Responsive Romer-G Key Switches

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum features Logitech’s exclusive Romer-G mechanical switches that deliver near-instant responsiveness, registering key presses up to 25 percent faster than standard mechanical switches. With an actuation point of 1.5 mm, Romer-G switches receive commands more quickly, helping to give you an edge in competitive games where every millisecond matters. With improved durability at 70 million keystrokes, up to 40 percent more keystroke operations than other standard key switches on the gaming peripheral market, you can play with confidence knowing that your keyboard can survive.

Customizable RGB Lighting

Using Logitech Gaming Software (LGS), select and personalize each individual key light from a spectrum of more than 16.8 million colors, and synchronize lighting effects with other Logitech G gaming gear. You can mark keys by color to keep track of spells and other commands, or change colors to match your setup. Central backlighting makes it easier to find the right keys in game and in the dark. And LGS comes pre-loaded with custom lighting profiles for over 300 games, so all the customization is done for you out of the box.

Easy-Access Media Controls

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum features dedicated media controls that can be used to play, pause and mute music and videos instantly, so you can control your background track without switching out of your game. Use the roller to adjust the volume, or skip to the next song with the touch of a button.

Full Customization

Get full control of the Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum with LGS. Customize your favorite games with custom button macros on the F1-F12 keys. Control RGB lighting on individual keys and determine which keys are turned off when you turn on Game Mode.

Pricing and Availability

The Logitech G810 Orion Spectrum RGB Mechanical Gaming Keyboard is expected to be available in the U.S. and Europe beginning February 2016 for a suggested retail price of $159 and €189. For more information please visit gaming.logitech.com or our blog.

About Logitech
Logitech designs products that have an everyday place in people’s lives, connecting them to the digital experiences they care about. Over 30 years ago Logitech started connecting people through computers, and now it’s designing products that bring people together through music, gaming, video and computing. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company listed on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI). Find Logitech at www.logitech.com, the company blog or @Logitech.

Dying Light: The Following Presents 100 Years of Zombie Evolution Video

February 2nd, 2016 – Wroclaw, Poland – Today a unique time-lapse video showcasing the evolution of zombies in works of popular culture – from the classic movies of the 1930s to modern video games – has been released.

Techland is proud to share the video as it features, among many recognizable pop culture icons,  the Volatile – a trademark zombie from Techland’s game Dying Light. This is also the very first time the Volatile has been portrayed in real-life by an actor.

EA Play 2016 Save the Date Announced

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We’re excited to announce EA Play, an all-new event experience in Los Angeles and London this June built around our players and bringing our latest games to life.

Putting our players first is the driving force behind everything we do. We’re excited to announce EA Play, an all-new event experience in Los Angeles and London this June built around our players and bringing our latest games to life. Please visit ea.com/Play2016 to learn more about these events and how you can come to Play.

The Joker Hits Six Flags Great Adventure in Spring of This Year

JACKSON, N.J. ─ January 27, 2016Chaos reigns supreme at Six Flags Great Adventure in 2016 as one of the world’s most iconic DC Comics Super-Villains commandeers the park’s 14th and most unique scream machine in its history,The Joker.

Earlier this fall, the world’s largest theme park announced “Total Mayhem,” which quickly became one of the world’s most anticipated new coasters of 2016. But behind the scenes, criminal mastermind The Joker was secretly plotting to take over the new 4D, free-fly coaster and name it as his own.

“The Joker is undeniably one of the greatest DC Comics Super-Villains ever created. Only someone with his warped sense of humor could provide this level of insanity or spinsanity with a new, vertical coaster that delivers gravity-defying somersaults with utter unpredictability. It is the perfect addition to our dynamic line-up of award-winning roller coasters because this ride delivers total mayhem with its next-generation, cutting-edge thrills,” said Six Flags Great Adventure President John Fitzgerald.

After being lifted straight up a 12-story, 90-degree hill, this 4-D, free-fly coaster will wreak havoc as riders flip head-over-heels at least six times along the weightless journey. Thrill seekers will experience exhilarating leaps and dives along a horizontal plane, along with unexpected drops as they tumble from one level to the next. The wing seats amp up the pandemonium since riders will experience all of this chaos with no track above or below just the sky, ground and adjacent Great Lake churning around them.

The unique design of The Joker features:

  • Massive, imposing, floating and twisting I-box track frame in a unique two-tone design
  • One-of-a-kind onboard magnetic technology featuring smooth head-over-heels free-fly flips providing guests the feeling of weightlessness as they soar outside the confines of a traditional track
  • 4-D wing vehicles that seat up to 8 per vehicle with a total of 5 vehicles
  • Face-off seats that allow riders to face each other as they tumble head over heels
  • A 120-foot-tall, 90-degree hill that is ascended by an elevator-style, chain link lift
  • Two beyond 90-degree “raven” drops giving the sensation of free-falling

The Joker is expected to wreak total mayhem beginning in the spring of 2016, and join the ranks of all legendary roller coasters at Six Flags Great Adventure.

For more information about the 2016 season at Six Flags Great Adventure, visit www.sixflags.com/greatadventure

2016 SHOT Show Round-Up

The SHOT Show in Las Vegas is the country’s biggest industry-only trade show for the firearms industry – not to mention a great location for companies to show off new airsoft guns and gear. This year was not different with the 2016 SHOT Show being home to such airsoft-specific companies as PTS, KWA, Classic Army, Umarex / Elite Force, and a plethora more.

My Highlights of the Show Included:

  • KWA had a great showing with their prototype airsoft revolver as well as Thomson Sub-Machine Gun models – not to mention the upcoming gas blowback MP40 Sub-Machine Gun and keymod rail ERGs (Electric Recoil Guns).
  • Out of all the airsoft companies at SHOT Show, the PTS booth featured the most realistic and functional-looking airsoft rifles, from Centurion Arms rail-equipped M4 ERGs to their upcoming Masada ERG (Electric Recoil Gun). They also had a ton of accessories on display like their Bad-Ass Selector Switch, Fortis Shift vertical grips, and Enhanced PTW gearbox shells.
  • Umarex / Elite Force came to play with their prototype airsoft revolver and H&K VP9 gas blowback pistol. Also, they were showing off their highly-acclaimed G28 designated marksman rifle as well as new editions of their IWI licensed Tavor airsoft rifle.
  • Classic Army USA was the airsoft breakout hit of the show with a huge lineup of new products – all of which look very promising. Their most secret announcement came in the form of the Scarab PDW style airsoft gun, but the company had a plethora of guns on display. From their line of AKs to the new M110 and even their epic minigun!
  • Also worth noting was that Condor Outdoor, a favorite gear-maker among airsofters, showed of its upcoming Vanquish Armor System (VAS) which allows from front panel swap outs via Velcro and clips.

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Wargaming.net League 2016 Grand Finals Announced

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January 21, 2016 — Wargaming is excited to announce the 2016 Grand Finals will be taking place on April 8–9 in Torwar Hall, Warsaw, Poland. This giant, international tournament is the crowning achievement for any Wargaming.net League team and signifies which World of Tanks players stand out from the rest.

Twelve elite eSports teams will take to the stage with the top two teams from North America, Europe, CIS, and Asia—plus three wildcards—and one team from China all competing over the $300,000 prize pool. With the new Tier X format rolling out, audiences can expect to see the biggest and best tanks in an intense event that’s not to be missed. Throwing in a maximum number of 68 Tier points to play with and an increased match time of 10 minutes (previously seven), teams will have to go back to the drawing board to reinvent their game plans.

“The Wargaming.net League Grand Finals represents the pinnacle of World of Tanks eSports,” said Mohammed Fadl, Head of Global Competitive Gaming, Wargaming. “During the 2015–2016 season, the WGL has given out over $3 million in prizes. For this year’s Grand Finals, we are putting up another impressive cash prize. We’ll see the best teams, taking to our biggest stage, with their reputations on the line.”

Last year’s Grand Finals, hosted at the EXPO XXI arena in Warsaw, drew more than 15,000 Wargaming fans to the venue and 2.6 million unique viewers online—all there to be a part of the Wargaming.net League’s biggest tournament to date. The winners of the event, HellRaisers, battled it out with EL Gaming to claim the crown. While they may be the current world champions, all bets are off on who will take home the coveted title in 2016.

The 2016 Grand Finals will be free to the public, with a variety of activities and exclusive prizes for attendees.

For more information on the Wargaming.net League Grand Finals, please visit:

Pathfinder Adventures Release Date

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IRVINE, CA – Jan. 21, 2016 – Obsidian Entertainment and Paizo, Inc announced today their highly-anticipated genre-bending adventure card game, Pathfinder Adventures will arrive on Apple iPad and Android tablets on March 29th, with other platforms to follow. Based on Paizo’s award winning Pathfinder Adventure Card Game, Pathfinder Adventures offers players a fast, approachable introduction to the fantasy world ofPathfinder through the digital medium, resulting in a deeply strategic role-playing inspired co-operative experience while streamlining the setup of the tabletop game.

Pathfinder Adventures invites players to build a party of iconic Pathfinder heroes as they tackle the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path. Each hero draws from their own unique deck of cards representing their powers and abilities using them to overcome obstacles, slay monsters and ultimately defeat the sinister villains of each adventure. Success depends on matching the right champion to the right challenge, pairing your party members’ powers together, and playing your cards wisely.

Heroes level up with each adventure, gaining new abilities, and building out their inventory of powerful spells, weapons and companions. No adventure plays the same way twice letting both solo players and multiplayer groups return to Pathfinder Adventures again and again for completely new experiences. Obsidian is also dedicated to supporting Pathfinder Adventures with the regular release of new adventure decks for purchase that will take the Rise of the Runelords Adventure Path to its climactic final encounter.

“Obsidian has a history of working with deep, richly-textured fantasy worlds, from Star Wars to Fallout. We’re thrilled to play in Paizo’s sandbox and adapt it for both the fan of the tabletop game and a brand new audience of digital gamers,” said CEO Feargus Urquhart. “It’s fitting that we will start with the first Pathfinder adventure ever written, the classic and well-loved Rise of the Runelords.”

Pathfinder Adventures will initially launch as a single-player or pass-and-play experience with online multiplayer support being added in the coming months. The game will be available to download for free on March 29 and includes a tutorial as well as the adventure, Perils of the Lost Coast.  Additional adventure decks will be available for purchase at launch, and regular intervals thereafter.

Mountain High Media Day January 2016 Travelblog

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From E3 to ScareLA to CES, to a variety of theme park-related events, we have certainly had our fair share of traveling adventures for GamingShogun.com. But, when the opportunity to attend the recent media day at the Mountain High resort presented itself, I couldn’t pass it up. I had never been skiing before and, up until the media day, I was under the impression that I would careen down the slopes wearing only one ski to show up Ski Patrol bully “Blaine” and win the heart of the beautiful “Beth” only to realize that I truly belonged with “Monique” all along. Yes, I am referring to the venerable John Cusack classic, Better Off Dead.

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Back to Reality

With these 80’s film-inspired ski fantasies living in my brain, I knew that I had a lot to learn about real world skiing. So we packed up the GamingShogun family truckster and headed off for the resort in the early morning hours. That was a good thing too, as it didn’t take long for the entrance road to the Mountain High resort to get backed up with cars trying to get to its three parking lots. The best advice I can give anyone wanting to have fun at Mountain High is to get there as early as humanly possible. This is one popular resort and skiers and snowboarders arrive in droves – the earlier you arrive, the better. You will get a better parking spot as well as place in line for any equipment rentals you need to do. As we waited in line for our equipment rentals, the nerves started in as this was actually going to happen. We were going to be sliding across a field of snow on a couple of “flimsy” sticks!

Resort Amenities

Mountain High is also home to three “lodges” were you can rest, chat with other resort guests, browse the pro shop, and grab a quick snack. However, Mountain High also has a great grill up the hill a bit on the West Resort called the Bullwheel Grill. I highly recommend taking some time out of your visit to dine here and enjoy the sights of the mountain – plus, the food is very good! Aside from that, Mountain High is also home to “North Pole Tubing”! This attraction is, as you would expect, a tubing ride down their special tracks located in the North Resort. We were unable to get to this attraction on the media day as it had already sold out by time we arrived. Again, if you want to do this stuff be sure to arrive early! From the looks of it, however, North Pole Tubing is a lot of fun.

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The First Lesson

So, we got our ski boots and skis and duck walked up to the West Resort’s “moving carpet”, which is a slow conveyor belt to take you up to the bunny slopes/training area. Our instructor lined us all up and provided us with the necessary pre-lesson safety briefing and we began. The lesson started with the basics of how to fasten your boots and, after about an hour of training, we were slowly making our way down the bunny slope practicing our “pizza” and “french fry” ski configurations.

Unfortunately, I am not the most agile or coordinated of individuals and it took me quite a bit of time to get the hang of this. By the end of a two our session, I had gotten fairly good at going down the bunny slope at slow speed, still doing my pizza and french fries. I was feeling a lot more confident about it after that and think that, with some more practice time, I could be ready for hitting actual slopes in the future. Above all else, it was a lot of fun to do!

Additionally, it was a killer workout! I wore some heavy snow gear thinking that with the low temperatures, I would be a human Popsicle. With all the movement and maneuvering of the skis, I was warm and toasty – a little too much, actually. I would highly suggest wearing layers of light garments so that you can remove them if/when you start heating up.

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Pricing

An 8 hour lift ticket will put you back $69 dollars on most Saturdays, which works out to around $8.60 per hour of enjoyment – not too shabby! You can also purchase a 4 hour lift ticket for a little cheaper, but the 8 hour is definitely the best value. Mountain High has also introduced an online Express Pass purchasing method which allows customers to purchase and print out their passes. This will help customers avoid waiting in lines at the ticket window!

You can also rent the “Complete Ski Package” equipment set, consisting of skis, poles, and boots for only $30 dollars! Helmets are a separate rental, but can be donned for the low price of $5 dollars.

Overall

Mountain High was a lot of fun and something I would highly recommend everyone who lives in Southern California do, if physically able. It is right in our own backyard, located just off the 138 in Wrightwood, CA. While I never encountered Blaine or zoomed down the mountain on just one ski, the whole event was a blast and I can officially claim to have caught the ski-bug. I simply can’t wait to go back up and try it again. The snowfall this season has been really good thus far, and they estimate the end of season date to be sometime in March, so you have plenty of time to get on out there.

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