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Free Reign Entertainment Announces MMO Shooter Shattered Skies

Publisher Free Reign Entertainment announced Shattered Skies today, a new open-world MMO set in an alien-infested post-apocalyptic world. The game is scheduled to enter open beta this summer, with a full release planned before the end of the year.

Shattered Skies will pit players against aliens, mutated humans, and other survivors in an open-world sandbox environment. Gameplay will focus on third- and first-person shooting, with an emphasis on looting for precious and rare gear. 

Fans of the genre may recognize Free Reign Entertainment from last year’s zombie survival horror MMO Romero’s Aftermath

Shattered Skies will go into closed alpha by the end of the month. You can take a look at some of the first screens in the gallery below. 

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The Lab Is Valve’s Free VR Training And Introduction Suite For Vive

Before Valve handed over its GDC booth to developers showing Vive games, it gave us an introduction to its free suite of VR experiences. The Lab takes users to an Aperture Science pocket universe that shows off a variety of different ways you can use the Vive.

One of the biggest unknowns for me before using the Vive for the first time today was about moving around the room. Two years ago at GDC, I demoed a Holodeck-like experience that simply didn't deliver and made me feel completely unsafe using it.

HTC and Valve have solved that problem by putting up superimposed grids that gently warn users as they are approaching a real-world wall. The solution for movement is a teleporting mechanism that lets players move around environments seamlessly without constantly adjusting for space limitations.

The Lab instructs users on that and more. The first experience was a photogrammetric mountaintop with a tiny, fetch-playing robot dog. Without being told, I instinctively leaned down to pick up a stick with the Vive wand's trigger. After a few tosses, I move to another setting. 

This is handled by a portal sphere appearing in mid air. Lifting it and bringing it closer to your face initiates the transition.

The second setting is a warehouse. There, I fling a new assortment of Portal personality cores with a huge slingshot. Think first-person Angry Birds and you get the concept. The idea here is to get a feel for interacting with more complex objects.

From there, Valve introduces the second wand. In a twist on tower defense, players use a bow and arrow to attack incoming invaders. The mechanism works at any orientation, and the Vive wands perfectly track my hands.

Finally, I was able to test out a bullet hell game in 3D space. I control the ship with my right wand and use the trigger to fire. This allows users to understand VR from a third-person perspective, putting emphasis on maneuvering the ship out of the bullets' path. This subtle training teaches users that they aren't necessarily the focus, helping create an understanding of relationships between the player and the world in games that don't use the player's perspective as the primary agent.

Valve says other experiences will be included, and The Lab will be platform agnostic. This hints that perhaps later in the year when Oculus Touch launches we'll be able to visit The Lab in the Rift. For more, check out a list of games coming in the Vive's early months.

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Artists Allegedly Use Kinect To Scan Bust of Nefertiti, Release Data For Free Online

Last October, a pair of German artists covertly scanned the bust of Queen Nefertiti in Berlin's Neues Museum and released the collected dataset online, causing a wave of controversy in the art world over the idea of ownership. The device allegedly used to scan the priceless piece of art? An Xbox 360 Kinect.  

Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles, the two artists responsible for scanning the priceless bust, feel its rightful home is in Cairo. Using the data collected, they recreated the work and used a 3D printer to make a copy now known as The Other Nefertiti, which currently resides in the American University of Cairo. 

The video below shows Al-Badri discreetly carrying the Kinect sensor behind a scarf. The scanning was done without the Neues Museum’s permission, which closely guards the bust and refuses to share its own scan data of the prized piece of art.

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Since the data’s release, however, some have called the authenticity of the scanning into question. A Kinect scanner requires an outside power source, and scanning through glass presents a major problem as it distorts incoming light. Some have suggested that the data of the bust was actually leaked to
the artists by a museum insider, and the Kinect story was fabricated in order
to protect the source’s identity.

Whatever the case, it’s nice to see a controversy surrounding the Kinect that isn’t about its alleged lack of functionality.  

[Source: Hyperallergic]

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Valve preps free VR demo reel of Portal-inspired experiences

Valve is building a demo reel of room-scale virtual reality experiences set inside a ‘pocket universe’ of Portal’s Aperture Science, which it plans to distribute on Steam free of charge this spring. …


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Play Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Multiplayer Free This Weekend On Steam

If you’ve got an itchy trigger finger and an empty wallet this weekend, you can still have a bit of fun. Activision is opening the gates for Call of Duty: Black Ops III multiplayer on Steam.

You can jump in now through Sunday, February 28 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern. Through Monday, February 29 at 10 a.m. Pacific / 1 p.m. Eastern, the game is discounted.

You might recall there’s an inexpensive starter edition that was recently released. That is still available through the end of February. However, playing Black Ops III for free and then purchasing the game won’t confer the upgrade discount.

For more on Black Ops III, check out our review.

[Source: Steam]

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Free PC gameplay capture service, Forge, enters public beta

San Francisco-based start-up Forge, Inc. has unveiled Forge, a free HD video capture service that offers PC players a simple, streamlined way to record and share gameplay clips instantaneously.  …


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Forge Is A Free App That Lets You Record And Share Your PC Gaming Moments

If you’ve played games on either Xbox One or PlayStation 4, you might have dabbled with gameplay capture. Both consoles have the feature baked-in, meaning you don’t need an external capture device to share your best (or worst) moments.

Today, there’s a solution that works similarly on PC. Forge is a free app (now in beta) that runs in the background while you play. 

It captures games from a variety of services, stores your footage, and allows you to make short, looping clips. The process is fast, with sharing to both Forge and Twitter instantaneous.

I spent a bit of time with the app while I was playing Diablo III. The hour of footage it captured while I was completing season bounties was waiting for me when I left the game.

In total, it took me about two minutes to create each of the clips you see on this page. Had I used the bookmarking feature (a single button press while playing), I could have reduced that even more by knowing exactly where these two clips were in the 67-minute video.

Forge is still in beta, and there are features I’d like to see added. Chief among them is a one-button screenshot feature. If you’re using Steam, you already have that across the service. However, if you drift over to Battle.net, GOG, Origin, or Uplay, you might suddenly find yourself without your trusty F12 button at the ready.

At this time there also is no support for camera or custom overlays. That means that you won’t be able to include reaction shots as they occurred in real-time or personal branding. However, both are mentioned in the Forge FAQ, so there’s hope.

In my brief time with the service, I was impressed by what Forge (official website) has to offer. It’s still clearly a work in progress, but the groundwork is there to give PC users the ease of use of Xbox One’s “Record That” or the PS4’s Share button.

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New Port Of Oddworld: Munch’s Oddysee Coming To Steam, Free To Owners Of Original Version

Oddworld: Munch's Oddysee was a launch title for the original Xbox that was ported to PC and released on Steam back in 2010 in reportedly rather buggy condition. A few days ago developer Oddworld Inhabitants announced that a replacement port would be hitting Steam sometime in the future, with it being given as a free update to anyone who owns the original port.

Here's the announcement in full:

Hi all.



Firstly, thank you for your patience.



We are now approaching the testing phase for a new port of the
original Munch's Oddysee that we plan to push out soon. The new port
will replace the existing version of Munch's Oddysee on Steam and will
be free to all existing users.



We'll have details on how you can join the beta test if you wish,
and in due course, we'll have details on the port replacement as it
launches.



Rest assured we are committed to ensuring that all Oddworld fans get
the experience they rightly deserve with our games. We will ensure that
this version of Munch's Oddysee is fully supported and any bugs that
arise are addressed.



Thanks.

The port that's currently available on Steam has many negative reviews with users claiming the game crashes to the desktop and that it has graphical issues as well as issues with gamepad functionality.

[Source: Steam via PC Gamer]

 

Our Take
It's unfortunate that it's taken years for Oddworld Inhabitants to ready a replacement port for what appears to be a pretty broken game. However, at least people who already own the thing will get the new version for free.

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PES 2016 Euro 2016 DLC Free, Some Official Kits Missing

Konami has announced that it is offering Euro 2016 content for free to existing PES 2016 owners as DLC, as well as creating a standalone release on PS4 and PS3 featuring the tournament and the full PES 2016 title. This summer's tournament may feature 24 international squads competing against each other – and Konami has the official license for the event – but not all of the teams' official kits will be in the game.

Twenty-four countries play in the tournament, but the game itself only features the official kits, players, and faces for 15 of the countries (in bold below). The rest of the teams will be outfitted in generic uniforms.

Albania
Austria
Belgium
Croatia
Czech Republic
England
France
Germany
Hungary
Iceland
Italy
Northern Ireland
Poland
Portugal
Republic of Ireland
Romania
Russia
Slovakia
Spain
Sweden
Switzerland
Turkey
Ukraine
Wales 

In fairness to Konami and its Euro 2016 content, rival title FIFA 16 from EA Sports has a similar problem with some of the countries above. FIFA 16 has generic kits and crests for all of the teams above except Sweden, Ireland, Poland, and Austria. Albania, Croatia, Iceland, and Ukraine are not in FIFA 16 but are included in PES 2016's Euro 2016 DLC.

The Euro 2016 content for PES 2016 will go out as free DLC for existing owners on March 24 (surfacing on the dashboard along with the other modes) and appear as a digital game and receive a physical copy on the PlayStation systems on April 21.

To coincide with the content and the tournament (which takes place in France starting on June 10th), Konami will run online competitions as well as promote special myClub offers. If you buy the standalone game you'll get exclusive myClub rewards such as a Ambassador Agent and seven Euro agents representing seven players in Euro 2016.

For more on the base game, take a look at my review.

[Source: Official Konami Blog]

 

Our Take
It's unfortunate that not all the FAs cooperated for this endeavor, but it's possible the PES community will produce authentic-looking kits for the missing teams and use the PlayStation-only option files feature

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Help Leonardo DiCaprio Grab His First Oscar In This Hilarious Free Game

It’s a tragedy that Leonardo DiCaprio, one of the most respected and revered actors of our time, has never actually won an Oscar. Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage addresses this travesty by letting you control Leo as he vaults over paparazzi to snatch the Oscar he deserves.

There are many obstacles in DiCaprio’s way as he lunges for his glimmering Oscar, which is so close, yet so far away. The player steps over the heads of press photographers, bounds over icebergs, and even has to dodge Lady Gaga after an awkward encounter at this year’s Academy Awards. 

You can collect as many Golden Globe and Emmy’s as you want, but the Oscar is still just out of reach. There are even hilarious minigames interspersed between levels to break them up. You can type up Leo’s acceptance speech, crawl to your car a la The Wolf of Wall Street, or “find the black nominee” in the audience of the ceremony (spoiler alert: you automatically lose because there are none).

Leo’s Red Carpet Rampage takes more satirical jabs at the award-show institution, but it’s best experienced for yourself. If you want to see another person get their hopes shattered, watch Tim endure the horrific Martian Gothic in Super Replay

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