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E3 2016 Photo Gallery

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Another Electronic Entertainment Expo has come and gone. E3 2016 was a fun event where I got the chance to see a lot of upcoming titles from a variety of publishers and developers. Still, there was a strange sense of emptiness while on the show floor – and no matter how large booths became, that emptiness hung in the air like a bad smell. Was it the big companies that pulled out of the show that caused this or simply a lack of some “killer apps” on the horizon? I do not know. What I do know is that E3 is still the premiere industry gaming show in the United States and there is so much of the media spotlight to be had, I don’t see where it is going anywhere anytime soon. The big game houses seem to do this mass exodus every so many years – but history has shown that they always come back soon after.

Here is my photo gallery from around the expo, enjoy!

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Knott’s Berry Farm Ghost Town Alive Review

Running now through September 5, 2016 you will find that the newly-refurbished Ghost Town section of Knott’s Berry Farm is bristling with activity. “Ghost Town Alive” populates the Old West town with a cast of characters which interact with guests throughout the day. Furthering this immersion is an over-arching storyline which plays out and allows for guests to be a part of.

Think of it like an in-person MMO. Simply walk up to one of the many characters in Ghost Town and hail them (EverQuest fans, unite!). Strike up that conversation, as you might be sent on an errand for that person that leads you to another person – who also has a quest for you to undertake. Quest rewards? It’s got those too – but I don’t want to spoil them for you. There are the usual Old West town tropes – a doctor, sheriff, outlaw, etc as well as many others.

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What impressed me most was just how, unlike the characters at the “park down the street”, these folks interacted with each other in actual dialog. From what I gleaned, the cast of characters went through five weeks of training to learn all their mannerisms, dialog, etc with a great emphasis on improvisational techniques.

The refurbishment of Ghost Town went very well, and the park’s oldest themed area has never looked better. And, while these enhancements are a welcome thing from a guest perspective, what really sells the area are the previously-mentioned characters. The place simply looks fantastic and is a blast to walk around. We spent most of our time simply going from character to character and being a part of the Ghost Town Alive story.

Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant is open once again – this time, with all-new decor and interior construction. Check out the photos in the gallery below to see it for yourself. The food hasn’t changed much and is still an excellent experience. Dignitaries used to come to the restaurant from far and wide – now the park can be proud of how the restaurant looks. It was getting very dated before, and this breathes an amazing amount of new life into it.

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GhostRider, the park’s wooden roller-coaster, underwent a huge renovation, with the track being completely replaced. The results are exceptional – never before has that coaster felt so smooth to ride on. Riders of the previous incarnation of the coaster all know how jarring it was on one’s back and neck – fun, but jarring. Now, however, you won’t have to worry about that anymore. It still has that wooden coaster feel but with more of a steel coaster ride experience.

Overall, Ghost Town Alive, the new Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant, and the renovated GhostRider are all fantastic experiences and I highly recommend you check them out. Remember, the Ghost Town Alive events only occur until September 5th…. Then things start to get scary at Knott’s.

Link: Knott’s Bery Farm Official Website

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Universal Studios Teases June 21 Announcement

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Universal City, California, June 14, 2016 – Stop the presses. On Tuesday, June 21 at 10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PTUniversal Studios Hollywood will share exciting news as The Entertainment Capital of L.A. invites everyone to tune in for the latest happenings at the world-class theme park and adjacent Universal CityWalk.

 

WHEN:       Tuesday, June 21, 2016

TIME:                     10:30 a.m. ET / 7:30 a.m. PT

WHERE:     HERE

Attack on Titan E3 Trailer

Burlingame and Los Angeles, Calif.  June 14, 2016 — KOEI TECMO America revealed today an exciting and transformative feature of Attack on Titan, the epic action game based on the worldwide anime hit by the same name, alongside an explosive new trailer and screenshots. Scheduled for launch on August 30, 2016, the game will be released on the PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, and Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, as well as digital-only on the PlayStation®Vita handheld system, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system and PC via Steam®.

Following the plot-twisting events of the hugely successful anime series Attack on Titan, players will be able to takecontrol of protagonist Eren’s powerful Titan form and get up close and personal with the eerily human-like creatures! Transforming into this titanic beast replaces Eren’s ODM gear and blades with fists. A first English language demo featuring this game-changing ability will be present at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) 2016 in Los Angeles from June 14 – 16.

KOEI TECMO America also released a new gameplay trailer showcasing the newly-revealed feature’s unique play-style! This action-packed new trailer features Eren’s explosive transformation, as well as the game’s main playable characters, and focuses on the fast-paced battles, towering Titans, and claustrophobic atmosphere of Attack on Titan. A variety of new screenshots were also released today, showcasing a selection of the stages where players will fight against the Titans; from the evacuated streets of the Stohess District to the open plains outside of the walls!

Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare E3 Gameplay Trailer

Get your first look at in-depth Call of Duty®: Infinite Warfare gameplay as Reyes and his crew infiltrate and take down an enemy SetDef destroyer. Launching from the UNSA Retribution, the SCAR team must engage in intense Jackal dogfighting and close-quarters combat through zero-g to accomplish a coordinated assault with the UNSA Tigris. Welcome to the deadly world of Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare.

Pre-order the Legacy Edition or Digital Deluxe Edition and get Call of Duty®: Modern Warfare® Remastered*, the return of one of the most critically-acclaimed games of all time.

*Call of Duty: Modern Warfare Remastered contains only 10 MP maps from the original Call of Duty: Modern Warfare game. For more information, please visit www.callofduty.com/MWR_FAQ

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Razer Unveils Razer Naga Hex V2

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LOS ANGELES (E3 2016) – Razer, a world leader in connected devices and software for gamers, today announced its latest gaming mouse, the Razer Naga Hex V2.

Designed for Multiplayer Online Battle Arena (MOBA) games, the Razer Naga Hex V2 buffs it to an OP level, with a 7 button mechanical thumb wheel optimized for MOBA gaming and pre-configured MOBA profiles for maximum in-game efficiency.

“This gaming mouse will help MOBA gamers achieve a better balance between keyboard and mouse commands, allowing you to react better to different situations,” says Lee “Faker” Sang-hyeok, mid-laner for Team SKT’s professional “League of Legends” team. “The placement of those extra buttons gives you accuracy without the worry of mis-clicking.”

The world’s most advanced mouse technology powers the Razer Naga Hex V2. A 5G, true 16,000 DPI laser sensor ensures that movements across any display setup register precisely, whether it is a multi-monitor battle station or a 4k screen.

“The MOBA scene has become the most watched genre of eSports in the world, making games like League of Legends and Dota 2 more popular in terms of audience than many professional sports leagues,” says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder and CEO. “We made the first mouse that was ever designed for these players and we’re happy to have improved upon an already great design.”

The Razer Naga Hex V2 follows Razer’s initial foray into mice designed specifically for MOBA players. Inventors of the original gaming mouse in 1998, Razer’s interest in advancing gaming has led to the company making mice specifically designed for MMO, mobile, ambidextrous and even left-handed gameplay.

Razer’s latest mouse will also exploit Powered by Razer Chroma™ technology, which unlocks customizable lighting features that can be synced across devices. Gamers can pick and choose from 16.8 million colors and a variety of effects. Custom settings can be created on the Razer Synapse software platform and shared with millions of other Razer software users via the Razer Chroma Workshop. In-game Razer Chroma lighting profiles are also integrated into popular game titles, including “Overwatch”, “Call of Duty®: Black Ops III”, “Blade and Soul” and more. These profiles can display tutorials, in-game actions and more.

Price:

U.S. $79.99 / EU €99.99

Availability:

USA: June 14, 2016 (Limited units available at BestBuy and Razerstore.com)

Worldwide: June 2016 

Product features:

  • 7-button mechanical thumb wheel
  • Total of 14 MOBA optimized programmable buttons
  • Rubberized thumb grip
  • True 16,000 DPI 5G laser sensor
  • Tilt click scroll wheel
  • Razer Chroma™ lighting with 16.8 million customizable color options
  • Inter-device color synchronization
  • Up to 210 inches per second / 50 G acceleration
  • 1000 Hz Ultrapolling / 1 ms response time
  • Zero-acoustic Ultraslick mouse feet
  • Razer Synapse enabled
  • 2.1 m / 7 ft braided fiber USB cable
  • Approximate size : 119 mm / 4.68 in. (Length) x 75 mm / 2.95 in. (Width) x 43 mm / 1.69 in. (Height)
  • Approximate weight: 135 g / 0.30 lbs. with cable

 

For more information about the Razer Naga Hex V2, please visit: www.razerzone.com/gaming-mice/razer-naga-hex-v2

Chinese Tanks Roll Out in World of Tanks for PS4

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June 14, 2016 — Wargaming today announced that the Chinese line will be the newest addition to the ranks of World of Tanks on PlayStation®4. The update, titled “Tank Dynasty”, adds a host of new content to the game featuring 17 new armored vehicles along with three powerful new Chinese Premium tanks, including the Type 64, 112 Heavy and T-34-3.

The Tank Dynasty update strengthens the tank roster by adding a brand new nation to the game with 17 light, medium and heavy tanks. Some of the most notable vehicles include the versatile and quick Type T-34 alongside the mobile and powerful IS-2. The update also debuts Pearl River for PlayStation®4 map rotation. The new map draws its inspiration from the Asian highlands, with intense firefights taking place in a wide range of scenery around a remote city, set along the shores of the Pearl River.

To learn more about World of Tanks on PlayStation®4 and for a full list of new vehicles in the Tank Dynasty update, please visit:

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Robinson: The Journey E3 PlayStation VR Trailer

FRANKFURT, Germany – June 14, 2016 – Offering a glimpse into the backstory of its upcoming PlayStation® VR adventure, Robinson: The Journey, Crytek today released a new trailer for the game at E3 2016.

Shown from the player’s perspective, the trailer features dramatic flashes of the spaceship crash that leads to the game’s protagonist becoming cast away on a mysterious extrasolar planet. As the door of the stranded ship opens to reveal the world outside, prepare to witness a beguiling landscape peppered by meteor showers, populated by dinosaurs and featuring unexplored territory that stretches as far as the eye can see. An adventure begins.

Nyko Announces E3 2016 Peripherals Line-up

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LOS ANGELES – June 14, 2016 – Inventive video game accessories manufacturer Nyko Technologies today debuted its first ever line of virtual reality gaming products at the 2016 Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles. The new VR accessories include the VR Guardian, a Bluetooth-powered boundary system that creates a “safe zone” for floor-scale gameplay, and a VR Motion Band designed to reduce nausea. In addition, the company also unveiled new console gaming accessories for the Xbox One™ and PlayStation®4, including the Charge Block Solo featuring a modular design that can be used individually or combined to charge controllers for both consoles, and an Intercooler Grip and SpeakerCom for the PS4. All products are set to launch within the 2016 calendar year.

Hands on demos are available from Tuesday, June 14 to Thursday, June 16 at Nyko’s exhibition booth in the West Hall, #4500.

“VR gaming has achieved significant traction in the past year and presents greater opportunities for us to do what we do best – improve upon the overall gameplay experience through smart design and useful applications,” said Chris Arbogast, Nyko’s head of sales and marketing. “We spent a lot of time in the product research and development phase identifying the key issues facing gamers with VR. These new products address nausea and call for improved safety, especially with respect to not-so-imaginary walls and furniture, while playing in a virtual world.

Nyko’s VR Accessories Debut

VR Guardian
VR’s unparalleled immersion is incredible, but when a virtual space starts to feel like reality and the boundaries of your world feel entirely arbitrary, it can also be hazardous. VR Guardian is a complete VR boundary system that lets users designate a “safe zone” for floor-scale gameplay, using sensors and wristbands to alert you before you trip over a couch or run into a wall. The VR Guardian uses four Bluetooth sensors to form a user-defined grid. The sensors are paired with two adjustable wristbands that vibrate and alert the user when they begin to encroach on the designated boundary. When not in use, the sensors and wristbands can be neatly stacked together for easy storage and simultaneous charging. VR Guardian is compatible with all VR systems, and will begin shipping in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $99.99.

VR Motion Band
Designed to address the unfortunate pesky side effects of prolonged VR headwear use, the VR Motion Bands use an acupressure bead to stimulate the anterior surface of the forearm (a key pressure point) on both wrists to potentially reduce nausea, dizziness, and headaches. By applying pressure on this point, the wristbands help release muscular tension and stress, promote the circulation of blood, and enable the body to relax. The VR Motion Band is an adjustable one-size fits all band for an MSRP of $9.99. The product is expected to ship in fall 2016.

Console Customization

Charge Block Solo for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The Charge Block Solo is a versatile solution for quick, easy controller charging – it can plug into any wall outlet, USB port, or even another charge block for simultaneous charging. The power cable can also disconnect for separate charging–it’s a standard micro USB that can be used to charge a controller while playing or with any other USB device like a cell phone, allowing you full control and flexibility for your charging needs. The Charge Block Solo for PlayStation 4 (MSRP of $14.99) comes with Nyko’s patented micro-USB dongles for charging, and will be available for pre-order online on GameStop and Amazon. The Charge Block Solo for Xbox One (MSRP of $19.99) includes a 1200 mAh battery and will be available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon. Both products will begin shipping September 2016.

Charge Block Duo for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The Charge Block Duo is designed for easy, rapid dual controller charging. Like the Charge Block Solo, it can draw power from a wall outlet, USB port, or other charge blocks, and can be split into two separate charge blocks per user convenience. The Charge Blog Duo for PlayStation 4 (MSRP of $24.99) comes with Nyko’s patented micro-USB dongles for charging, and will be available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon. The Charge Blog Duo for Xbox One (MSRP of $29.99) includes two 1200 mAh batteries, and will also be available for pre-order online at GameStop and Amazon. Both products will begin shipping September 2016.

Intercooler Grip for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The Intercooler Grip is a controller attachment designed to deliver cool air to your hands using multiple integrated fans, perfect for avoiding the discomfort of sweaty palms and the tactical disadvantage of slippery trigger fingers during summertime gaming marathons. Intercooler Grip for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One will both begin shipping in fall 2016 for an MSRP of $19.99, and are now available for pre-order online. Intercooler Grip for PlayStation 4 will be available for pre-order on GameStop and Amazon. The Intercooler Grip for Xbox One will also be found online at both GameStop and Amazon for pre-order.

SpeakerCom for PlayStation®4 and Xbox One™
The SpeakerCom is a high quality speaker and microphone attachment for your controller. This patented technology lets you strategize with your team or goad your opponents without having to deal with clunky headwear. The SpeakerCom for both the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One are now available for pre-order online for an MSRP of $24.99, and will begin shipping in fall 2016. The SpeakerCom for PlayStation 4 will be available online on GameStop and Amazon for pre-order, and the SpeakerCom for Xbox One will also be available online at both GameStop and Amazon.

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Batman Arkham VR Announced for PS4

Burbank, Calif. – June 13, 2016 – Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and DC Entertainment today announced Batman™: Arkham VR, the very first virtual reality experience that allows fans to Be the Batman like never before.  Developed by Rocksteady Studios, creators of the critically acclaimed Batman™: Arkham trilogy, Batman: Arkham VR is based on DC’s core Batman license and will be available exclusively for the PlayStation®4computer entertainment system with PlayStation®VR in October 2016.

Batman: Arkham VR immerses players into the Dark Knight’s universe as they experience Gotham City through the eyes of the World’s Greatest Detective.  Delving deep into an all-new Batman: Arkham mystery, those who enter this virtual reality world must think like Batman and utilize his legendary gadgets to unravel a plot that threatens the lives of his closest allies.

“Virtual reality is expanding the video game space and entertainment overall, so it is extremely exciting to have our incredible team at Rocksteady Studios dive into this new storytelling medium with the Batman Arkham franchise,” said David Haddad, President, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment.  “Rocksteady is one of the best at creating story-driven content, and Batman: Arkham VR will deliver a more immersive experience than anyone could have imagined only a few years ago.”

“Rocksteady is always looking for new ways to further engross players into the worlds we create and Batman: Arkham VR is an example of how we’re taking advantage of the latest technology to do that,” said Sefton Hill, Game Director, Rocksteady Studios.  “The team is committed to delivering a Batman experience that stays true to the character and allows players to fully immerse themselves in the role of the World’s Greatest Detective.”

For more information or to join the Batman: Arkham VR conversation, please visit www.batmanarkhamvr.com or find us @BatmanArkham on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.