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Disney Pixar release short film 'Bao' - A Mother & Son story

By: Jak Connor | More News: HT & Movies | Posted: 5 hours, 30 mins ago

Disney Pixar has surprised us with a newly released short film revolving around the ups and down of a mother and son relationship.



The above short film is titled "Bao" and is directed by Domee Shi. From the video we get visual representations of the hardships of being a mother and watching her son grow up. Bao, which is the mother in this story, gets another shot at motherhood when magically one of her dumplings becomes alive. Instantly emotionally attached, Bao watches the little dumpling quickly grow up while at the same time protecting it as best she can from the threats of the outside world.


Eventually, Bao is forced to face the realization that her little dumpling cannot be little forever, and just like any mother and son relationship the mother must realize that the son has to grow up and live his own life. A tragic turn of events happens when Bao is confronted by the moment of "letting go" of her dumpling and decides to eat him instead, throwing her into pit of regret and remorse. Bao is then greeted by her human son who seems to be regretful of the way he previously treated his mother (the dumpling is a complete metaphor to the human son), he then makes an effort to mend the relationship between the two.

Warframe: Fortuna the Profit-Taker debuts to PC, out now

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 6 hours, 30 mins ago

Warframe PC players will be set some new challenges as Digital Extremes has issued out a new update to Fortuna. Introducing the opportunity to take down the FIRST Orb Mother, so there is more than one if this is the first?



The news comes from a recently released press release from Digital Extremes, as well as the above 'Warframe: Fortuna - The Profit-Taker' launch trailer. Players will be embarking on a mission to take down their first Orb Mother, according to the press release the Orb Mother is "perched atop the Enrichment Labs on the outskirts of Fortuna" and is "protected by Sentient overshield technology, making it invulnerable to weapons fire."


Players will have to discover the weak points of the Orb Mother before they will be able to battle her, this will be done by players working with Solaris United to gather intel and the other tools that will be needed for the fight. Obviously some kick-ass weapons will be needed to do some damage on the Orb Mother so, "with the Gravimag, upgrade your Archweapons - previously only available to equip in space - for use in any mission!" This is merely the beginning of the free update, to check out more of the content visit the official Warframe blog post here. Console gamers should note that this update is "coming soon to consoles"

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Steam Winter Sale starts Dec 20th, Award Nominees released

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 7 hours, 30 mins ago

Valve has revealed the start date for the coming Steam Winter Sale that will no doubt take advantage of most PC gamers wallets. To tie us over until the sales are live, Valve has debuted the Steam Award Nominees for each category.



According to the Steam Community announcement from Valve, gamers can expect the commencing of the Steam Winter Sale to start on December 20th, this coming Friday. For those that haven't been lucky enough to experience multiple Steam Winter Sales, it should be noted that each day the client will update with a new batch of sales ranging across a large selection of games. The sales will officially stop on the 3rd of January.


Moving onto the Steam Award Nominees, Valve has categorized each of their contestants into eight different categories, those categories are; Game of the Year, VR Game of the Year, Labor of Love, Best Environment, Better with Friends, Best Alternate History, Most Fun with a Machine and Best Developer. Valve has said that the voting will coincide with the beginning of the Steam Winter Sales (December 20th) and will finalize on January 3rd as well. The winners of each of the categories will be announced early February. For more information, please visit the official Steam Community post here.

Switch beats Xbox One/PS4 sales from: March 2017-Nov 2018

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 8 hours, 30 mins ago

Nintendo have announced that since the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Nintendo Switch has taken first place as the "fastest-selling US console."



The announcement is sourced from Destructoid, as well as the above Twitter post which comes from the Nintendo America Twitter page. According to communication between Nintendo and Destructoid, the Nintendo Switch from March 2017 to November 2018 has sold "more than 8.7 million units" making it the "fastest-selling US console."


Furthermore, Nintendo also say that the Nintendo Switch "outpaces US sales of all other current-generation systems at the same point in their life cycles." Judging by the sales Nintendo are putting out moving closer to the festive season, we can assume these numbers are only going to get better over the course of Christmas and the Boxing Day sales. My curiosity has been spiked with this question I gave to myself, "what first-party Nintendo games will push Switch sales in 2019 as much as Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has? "

Super Smash Bros. Ultimate: 3 million units sold in 11 days

By: Jak Connor | More News: Gaming | Posted: 9 hours, 30 mins ago

It seems that if you were to be working at Nintendo this time of year everything would be going incredibly smoothly, recent announcements from the company have reinforced its expected trajectory.




According to a recent announcement on the Nintendo America Twitter page, Nintendo can confidently say that the recently released Super Smash Bros. Ultimate has managed to move 3 million units just 11 days after being released. Going hand-in-hand with this announcement is Nintendo's "105% growth" in purchases from the Nintendo eShop.


It can be assumed that these numbers will only be going up as we move closer and closer to the festive season. Many gamers are still waiting to get their hands-on their new Nintendo Switch, and a copy of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate but are waiting for Christmas to arrive. Overall, this is quite an achievement for the Big N, they have had quite a successful 2018 and personally I'm excited to see the sales data released by Nintendo for the last quarter of the 2018.

Analyst: Cyberpunk 2077 out in Q4 2019, will sell 19m copies

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 12 hours, 5 mins ago

We are now just days away from 2019 so we can expect the hype train for Cyberpunk 2077 to only heat up as we enter the New Year, get closer to E3 2019 in the next 6 months, and then into the final months of hype before CD Projekt Red unleashes the game to us... all without an official release date, remember.




Well, now we have Polish analyst firm StockWatch commenting on Cyberpunk 2077 and that they think it will be released in Q4 2019 and will sell 19 million copies in the three months post-launch. Reddit user 'dr4kun' translated the Polish analyst and his comments on Cyberpunk 2077, where he said: "Cyberpunk 2077 vs Red Dead Redemption 2: We're keeping to the estimate of a debut in Q4 of 2019, with sales of 19 million copies in Q4 alone, and income of 1.9 billion PLN (about 525 million USD). During a conference call, the Board has confirmed that quality remains the absolute highest priority for CD Projekt, and Cyberpunk 2077 will be no less elaborate and polished than Red Dead Redemption 2".


The analyst continued: "For comparison, the sales of Red Dead Redemption 2 (gross) was 725 million USD within the first three days after it shipped, 15 million copies within the first eight days, and 17 million copies within the first twelve days (data from Take Two). The game was released only on PlayStation 4 and Xbox One consoles. With that in mind, our forecasts for Cyberpunk 2077 seem very reserved - remember the game will be simultaneously both on the consoles [PS4 and XBO] and PC. We also believe that the world of Cyberpunk/sci-fi should be more popular among gamers than the Wild West".

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HBM standard updated: 24GB per stack, 96GB HBM2 per card

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Video Cards | Posted: 13 hours, 15 mins ago

It's funny... when I was in Hawaii covering the Snapdragon Summit that Qualcomm hosted, we noticed that JEDEC was hosting a meeting there. We didn't know what JEDEC were announcing, but now we know: an update to the HBM standard.




The first consumer graphics card to launch with HBM technology was from AMD in the form of the Radeon R9 Fury X, followed by the HBM2-based Radoen RX Vega family of cards. AMD and NVIDIA continue to use HBM2 today with AMD deploying it on their consumer level Radeon RX Vega 56 and 64 cards but also their Radeon Pro family with various Vega GPUs and even the world's first 7nm GPU with Vega 20 rolling out with 32GB of HBM2. NVIDIA's current flock of Tesla V100 graphics cards are powered by up to 32GB of HBM2 memory, while the new Quadro RTX 5000/6000/8000 cards are all using GDDR6 memory.


JEDEC has since updated the HBM standard to 24GB per stack with 307GB/sec memory bandwidth per stack, giving AMD and NVIDIA the option of using 4-Hi and 8-Hi stacks of HBM2 that would pave the way for up to 96GB of memory on a single card. If we had a card with a 4096-bit memory bus (like the Radeon RX Vega 64 for example) and used the updated HBM2 standard, we're looking at 1.2TB/sec of memory bandwidth.

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PUBG mobile: 200m downloads, 30m daily active users

By: Anthony Garreffa | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 21 mins ago

Fortnite is in all of the headlines these days because of its phenomenal success, even in legal battles over ripping the Carlton dance from The Fresh Price of Bel-Air and the game recently hitting 8.3 million concurrent players.



But in the mix of this some people have forgotten PUBG is still here and it's kicking ass and taking names on mobile, with news that the game has now amassed over 200 million downloads across iOS and Android. PUBG recently won Best Game, Fan Favorite, and Most Competitive Game at the Google Play Awards. PUBG Corp said in a press release: "The game was included in Apple's 'Game Trend of the Year' category representing the explosive battle royale genre and in its 'Top Games Charts of 2018' as one of the most downloaded games".


With over 200 million downloads for PUBG mobile, 100 million of them are on Android and there are 30 million daily active players across PUBG mobile which is huge. Fortnite is home to just 8.3 million players per day and that is huge, PUBG with over 30 million is mind boggling. These numbers are all without China thrown into the mix, but PUBG mobile was made available to 105 countries in its first week alone.

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Of course Anthem is more rewarding with friends

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 14 hours, 57 mins ago

BioWare's new IP is tailor-made to tap the billion-dollar games-as-a-service market, and that means it'll follow a specific predictable gameplan.




As Bethesda's current blunders with Fallout 76 prove, live service games may be hard to master but they're not exceptionally complicated to understand. Every live game has a specific pattern, a sequence, a cycle that it must follow in order to spin the engagement wheel. Many of these steps are heavily reliant on the online infrastructures of multiplayer and don't play like traditional story-driven singleplayer games. Live games have a strong emphasis on keeping gamers fully engaged and active with new events, content, and customization, all of which are tied deeply into the interactivity of online gaming.


So this ultimately means games like Anthem will be more rewarding when you play with friends or other people, especially given its PVE-only focus. This is by design and is a necessary part of the game's core business model. A recent article from WCCFTech brought up this point, but not in a direct way that expresses what kind of game Anthem is. We thought we'd clarify things a bit, but first we need to take a look at BioWare's quote.

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Switch is fastest selling current-gen console in U.S.

By: Derek Strickland | More News: Gaming | Posted: 15 hours, 45 mins ago

The Nintendo Switch is the fastest-selling current-gen console in the United States, the NPD Group today confirmed.




Nintendo's latest handheld-console hybrid continues making waves across the globe, and its success in the United States is a key driver for hardware sales and growth. From its launch in March 2017, the system has sold over 8.7 million units in the U.S., making it the fastest-selling current generation system in its first 11 month cycle. As of September 30 the Switch has sold 22.86 million units worldwide, meaning the U.S. represents about 38% of total global sales.


The NPD Group also notes the Switch was the best-selling system in November, likely driven by popular games like Super Smash Bros. Ultimate and the Pokemon Let's Go Evee and Pikachu duo. This is good news for the company as it banks strongly on holiday revenues for its fiscal year earnings.

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