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AVGN: The movie - Release on the 2th of September!

avgn the movie 
Yep, it's finally happening for real.
 
i honestly had to pinch my own arm twice. Because i just wanted to make sure that i wasn't dreaming. But yes, it´s true. AVGN: The Movie has been screened at several cinemas in America (and Canada for that matter).  And there will be a digital release of AVGN: The movie on the 2th of September this year.

There´s also plans for a DVD and Blu-ray release of the movie (James aims for a October or November release). I also heard that there will be a soundtrack release (done by Ben Mcgarry). So 2014 will become a really, really good AVGN year, that´s for sure.

And oh! The last screening of AVGN: The movie will be at PAX on the 29th of August. So if you plan to visit PAX, don´t miss your chance to watch the movie live on spot (James Rolfe will be there as well). Me, i´m just sad that i won´t be able to watch it in the cinemas.

But i will buy the movie (digitally) in September (and watch the movie with my family). I´m so happy for James sucess with the movie. Because he has been working so hard on it for so many years (it almost drove him insane irl).

And guess what? It seems like everyone (the fans and critics alike) really likes the movie. Even the Nostalgia Critic likes the movie (check out his AVGN: The movie review!). Hell, the movie even has a 8.9/10 average scoreon IMDB.

So congrats James, you made your movie dream come true. And he made it on a $325,000 budget (via Kickstarter). That alone deserves tons of respect. Anyhow, some of James fans asked him if there will be a sequal to AVGN: The movie.

James has some ideas for a new AVGN movie. But he needs to take some time off. I mean, he has a daughter that he wants to spend more time with. A marriage that´s coming up ect ect. But yes, there "might" be a AVGN: The Movie Part II in the future.

But it won´t be a "8 year in the making" kind of production. James also wants to return to his "normal" AVGN rutine. Which would be making episodes for Youtube. But enough of my rabbel. Check out the awesome "AVGN Movie Tour Montage" down below, and don´t miss out on the "AVGN Movie Update" video as well.

Because if they won´t make you wanna watch AVGN: The movie. Nothing will!

"This might seem really weird, but... right around the 3:30 mark... I started crying. Not for long, but... I've watched almost every single video he's ever made, and has watched a majority of his stuff on cinemassacre... and... it's awesome. To see him fulfill a dream that could seem almost impossible for some people. It's awesome..."Zach Parks



robin
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The Gaming Ground

Unite 2014 - The 2014 Unity Awards winners has been revealed

2014 unity awards 
Unity, because now you´re creating with power!

It's finally time to reveal who won what at the 2014 Unity Awards. Because there was quite a few candidates in each nominated category. Anyhow, you will find the complete list of winners down below. And congratulations to all the winners =) And better luck next time to those who didn't win.

Press release:
Seattle, WA – August 21, 2014 – Unity Technologies, the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance development platform used to make creative and intelligent interactive 3D and 2D experiences, announced the winners of the 2014 Unity Awards at the 2014 Unite Conference in Seattle, WA.

Unity Technologies began the Unity Awards to honor the developers creating the best video games and interactive 3D and 2D applications using the Unity development platform. This year's winners were chosen by a combined vote between Unity Technologies and the Unity community of developers. The winners are:

Best Student Project - The Rift: U.R.I.D.I.S. by URIDIS Team from ISART Digital
Best 3D Visual Experience - Monument Valley by ustwo
Best 2D Visual Experience - The Bridge by The Quantum Astrophysicists Guild
Best Gameplay - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment
Technical Achievement - Shader Forge by Joachim Holmér
Best VizSim Project - Minto Longbranch Visualization from NVYVE
Best Non-game Project - Art and Skin by Alexx Henry Studios
Community Choice - Monument Valley by ustwo
Golden Cube - Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft by Blizzard Entertainment

The Unity Technologies team was the judges for the awards. In spring 2015, open
nominations for the next Unity Awards will begin.

About Unite 2014
Taking place August 20 - 22, 2014 at the Marion Oliver McCaw Hall in Seattle, WA, Unite 2014 is an event for developers, publishers, enthusiasts and others interested in Unity to come together to learn more about the market-leading platform for creating high quality video games, training simulations, medical and architectural visualizations and other 3D and 2D interactive content—and how to get the most out of it. The conference
offers three days of learning including advanced hands-on class tutorials, technical sessions, previews of upcoming technology as well as the chance to network in a creative and energetic environment and attend awesome parties.

For more information about Unite 2014, please visit: http://unity3d.com/unite/unite2014

Follow #Unity2014 on Twitter for real-time news during the conference!

About Unity Technologies
Unity Technologies is the creator of Unity, a flexible and high-performance end-to-end development platform to create rich interactive 3D and 2D experiences.Unity’s powerful core engine and editor serve as the foundation for developers and designers to quickly build beautiful games or apps and easily bring them across multiple platforms: mobile devices, home entertainment systems, personal computers, and embedded systems.

At the heart of Unity’s democratization initiatives you will find solutions and services for building games and audiences. The Unity Asset Store digital content marketplace supports developer efforts by providing time and money saving solutions to tough production, design, and art challenges. New integrated services such as Unity
Cloud Build extend the platform for greater productivity in creating, testing and deploying while Unity Everyplay and Unity Ads help developers to connect with their audiences and acquire users through sharing of game replays on social network and offering a high quality advertising network.

Unity Technologies serves over 600,000 monthly active developers including large publishers, indie studios, students and hobbyists around the globe. For more information, visit: http://unity3d.com.



robin
/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Etherlords - A beautiful 3D strategy mobile game

etherlords
Etherlords are set for a release on the 4th of September (via the App Store).

Many, many years ago John Carmack said that the mobile games would play a big roll in the video game industry (in terms of both technology and games). John was right. Nowadays you can play really advance and beautiful games on your smartphone and tablet.

And thanks to the Unity engine (and todays powerful tablets and smartphones). Developers are able to push the limits for what´is humanly possible to do with a mobile game. Like Targem Games and Nival´s upcoming iOS 3D strategy game "Etherlords" for example. 

Etherlords are with no doubt (whatsoever) one of the most advanced and stunning mobile strategy games i´ve seen so far. So i really hope that i will get a chance to play it on my iPad 4 =)

What is Etherlords?

Etherlords is a 3D strategy game played in an isometric perspective. The game has a unique “world-building” gameplay mechanic inspired by Carcassonne: Players spend their resources to build tiles, which become living earth (terrain). The new land generates Ether and gives birth to Creatures that can be collected and deployed into battle.

 While Etherlords is free-to-play, there is no stamina mechanic. Players can stay in the game (and fight!) until the batteries on their iOS devices run out :)

 The game also includes a hefty multiplayer component with asynchronous PvP powered by user-generated worlds and creatures (which can be “fused” together with unpredictable results!).

There are more than 180 creatures in total—including Wolves, Dragons, Witchdoctors, Scorpion Kings, and even a mighty Colossus (see screenshots).

What is the story behind Etherlords?

A massive Cataclysm has destroyed the world as we know it—shattering mountains and streams into countless pieces. The player is an Etherlord—a powerful being who has the ability to create worlds, but who has no memory of the Cataclysm. When a strange new world is discovered—one that was recently rebuilt and somehow shattered again—the Etherlord must determine why this is happening. In the process, the player ends up learning the truth about the Cataclysm—and the dark secrets behind it. All players are Etherlords—battling each other for domination over multiple worlds (PvP).

What are some of the key features in Etherlords?
- Engage in breathtaking battles
- Collect and fuse stunningly detailed creatures and fight for your world—or conquer others
- Beat your opponent in just 60 seconds—faster than making a cup of coffee :)
- No need for a constant connection to play, and no more interruptions; enjoy PvE and
- PvP even when you’re offline
- Create entire worlds and feed them to your creatures
- Who needs “stamina” when you can keep on playing as long you want?
- Use unique combinations for each battle; sharpen your skills and become the
mightiest Etherlord!



robin
/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Star Wars: Commander - Out now for iOS

star wars commander ios 
Which side will you fight for?

It´s been quite a while since i saw (and played) any Star Wars related games at all. Especially a Star Wars strategy game. But i gave Star Wars: Commander a try on my iPad today (it´s a free-to-play iOS game). And it was actually better than i thought that it would be.

Sure, it´s not Dune II epic. But it´s at least a pretty decent mobile F2P strategy game. So if you like Star Wars and strategy games. Then you might wanna give this game a try. 

Press release:
Nordic 22. August 2014 - Disney Interactive and Lucasfilm Ltd. just launched “Star Wars™: Commander”, a free-to-play combat strategy game exclusively for iOS first. In the game, fans will join either the Rebel Alliance or the Galactic Empire to recruit and lead an unstoppable force across the Star Wars™ galaxy in epic battles to claim ultimate victory for their side.

Star Wars: Commander features the full array of vehicles, weapons and technology from the Star Wars universe. Players who rally to the Rebellion will call upon iconic heroes such as Han Solo, Chewbacca and Princess Leia to support missions for justice and freedom, while leaders of the Imperial forces will command AT-ATs, TIE fighters and Stormtroopers to gain control of the galaxy.

Star Wars: Commander also offers an original Star Wars storyline set within the Galactic Civil War of Episodes IV - VI, where “commanders” determine if it’s the Empire’s strength and relentlessness or the Rebellion’s heroism and resourcefulness that will win the war.

In Star Wars: Commander players will:
- Choose a side: Command AT-ATs, TIE fighters and Stormtroopers as the Empire or
call on iconic heroes like Han Solo and Princess Leia as part of the Rebellion.
- Build and defend a base: Train unique troops specific to each faction, and
fortify a base with deflector shields, turrets, heavy artillery, and other defenses.
- Lead epic battles: Strategically deploy powerful armies, units, and vehicles
against enemies and other players around the galaxy.
- Travel to multiple planets and complete special missions: Play an all-new story
as a valiant leader on the front lines of the Galactic Civil War.
- Upgrade a strike team and its defenses: Strengthen forces with multiple levels
of upgrades for each unit.


robin
/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Microsoft gives back our start menu in Windows 9

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Microsoft will Showcase Windows 9 some time in September this year.

Windows 9, is ready to wash away the sins that Windows 8 has set upon us hallelujah! Finally Microsoft is ready to wash away those sins in the waters of code, and programming. According to ZDNet's veteran Microsoft reporter, a "technology preview" version of the OS is coming in late September or October, with the final release scheduled for spring 2015.

Hopefully we’ll get more details as we move forward. Codenamed "Threshold," The rumored changes in Threshold inspire hope that Windows 9 will be to Windows 8 what Windows 7 was to Vista. If this is true it will be the greatest form of customer feedback we have seen in almost 10 years from Microsoft.

windows 9 start menu
Yep, the Windows start menu are back in Win 8.1 and Win 9.

Yes, the Start menu is coming back. Microsoft showed off a prototype mini start menu back in April, which retains the Modern tile look while bringing back the Start program list. Some version of this Start menu will supposedly come to Windows 8.1 in a fall update as well. With this being confirmed we can all rest assured that it will reestablish the OS for what it used to be, back in 2010.

Are you excited for the Start Menu to return in Windows 8.1 and Windows 9? Let us know and share this with a friend!


tgg author avatar kenay peterson
/Kenay Peterson
The Gaming Ground

Nature Defenders - When mother nature strikes back

 nature defenders
Fight for mother nature and the animals.

Not to be a hippie or anything (or to start a mother natur rant for that matter). But let´s be honest. We (the humans) have caused a great deal of damage to our planet. And like they say, somethings gotta give. We have now polluted earth so bad that the Artic ice are melting. And a lot of animals dieing in different parts of the world due the climate change.

So imo, i think that´s a great concept to base a game on. And that just happens to be the case with Nordic Mist Games mobile game "Nature Defenders" (for Android). Because in Nature Defenders you play as animals that tries to defend their home (the forest) from humans (big corporate companies).

And by the looks of Nature Defenders. I have to say that it looks like a animal version of Plants Vs Zombies. So if that's any out of interest. Then you should give Nature Defenders a try.

About Nature Defenders:
Nature Defenders is a tower defense, in wich the players will command a group of animals that should prevent the advance of enemies within 5 lines. Insane waves of enemies to keep you on a live or die situation on every level fully in 3D environments to swap your camera view and plan strategies from different angles. The battles will be given through five different settings such as forest, rain forest, industry, desert and tundra.



robin
/Robin E
The Gaming Ground

Laptop buying guide for students

hp envy touchsmart 15
There´s a whole jungle of laptops out there. So which one will you pick?

You can take your Android or iPhone anywhere, and even use your tablet in bed. But what do you do when you need to type faster, and even multitask with a lot more efficiency? The answer is a Laptop computer. From presentations, to the latest battles on League of Legends, it can handle it all. We’re giving you, an in depth look at what to seek when finding a new computer, and how it will benefit you.

Starting things off, we look at the Laptop, the oldest portable computer in the game today. We’re going to guide you in the direction you need, so you can figure out which computer is perfect for you. Let’s get started, by looking at what’s most important first.

 

What will it do for you?

This is the first and most important question that needs to be answered when you’re looking for a computer so make a list. From the most common thing you’ll use it for, to the lowest on the totem pole, you need to know it all. Here are some less common price points, and uses you’ll seek.

Being a student, you’ll certainly need an abundance of: CPU power, Ram, storage space, and 10-key keyboard layout, and battery life.

CPU Power

CPU power is one of the most important aspects to your computer as a student. Cheaper isn’t always better, as the most inexpensive laptops on the market will be running AMD E series or Intel Pentium/Celeron CPU’s. These will struggle to handle extreme productivity, and multitasking.

However if you can find a computer with a Intel Core series processor, be sure to look for a “Haswell model.” This will give you the best battery, performance combination needed for tasking. To find this, the model number will begin with: (ex: Intel Core i5-4200U).

RAM

Random access memory, ah our old friend. You’ll need at the minimum 3GB of RAM nowadays, but luckily most come with 4GB standard. What RAM does is allow your computer to start up faster, and access certain types of files better. Students will need this for saving word files, notes, and even recorded lectures.

Hard Disk Space

Having enough storage space is necessary for obvious reasons. In addition to doing school work, you may occasionally want to play the Sims 4, or even League of Legends. The lowest size of HDD you should take as a student is 250GB of memory. You can always have this upgraded yourself later on, but if you plan on putting music, movies, or even photo’s you’ll want at the minimum 500GB.

This will ensure you have enough Hard disk space throughout the semester to keep your work done, and have enough space just in case anything comes up.

Keyboard

They keyboard is one of the most essential features, since you can’t use a computer without one. If your computer has bad ergonomics, you can’t really expect those previous specs to back it, and make it shine. You should test the haptic feedback on the laptop you plan to buy. Test how your fingers feel on the keys, how it handles your typing speed, and overall how the depression feels when you type.

You should be able to answer the following questions as well:

Does the mouse feel clicky, or mushy when i click it?

How does the feedback feel to me, compared to previous computers?

Can the zoom technology move quickly, or do they not zoom well?

Once you answer these three questions you’ll be ok to move onto the next step.

Battery life

This is very crucial to finding a new computer, because if it dies too quickly it’s not worth the investment. Typically on a 15” Notebook, you can expect at least 4 hours of battery life, and should always consider buying an extended battery. If you plan on being a lot more mobile student than others look for 6 hours + battery life, with 7 hours being ideal. The ThinkPad X240 can last up to 20 hours.

Brand Preference

This is something that only you can decide, especially because this will come down to pure preference. HP is known for its speedy processors, and fantastic hard drive space. Apple is on the other side of the lake with its sleek designs, and very impressive in house OS. Depending upon what you decide, you can find all the qualities you seek inside a specific brand, and if you negotiate you’ll get a fantastic deal. Maybe even a bundle package.

Some of the most popular times to search for laptops, is during the back to school phase, as well as the holiday phase. A lot of retailers will put last season models on sale. This doesn’t mean these laptops aren’t good enough; obviously the newer models are coming out. Quality over quantity is your goal, so look for at the best deal to make sure you maximize your investment.

tgg author avatar kenay peterson
/Kenay Peterson
The Gaming Ground

Silent Hills - The day Norman Reedus visited Silent Hill

silent hills norman reedus 
Yes, that´s Norman Reedus (minus the zombies and the crossbow).

I´m going to be brutally honest with you guys now. The best Silent Hill games were part I to III. And every thing after Silent Hill 3 was not even close to the original three SH titles. I did however have a good time with Silent Hill: Shattered Memories for the Wii.

But i´m not the only SH fan that have started to lose hope (and trust) in the SH series. So i don´t know what i´m supposed to feel about "Silent Hills"(there´s a teaser trailer for the game when you finish "P.T."). I have to admit that i like the fact that Norman Reedus (The Walking Dead) seems to star in "SIlent Hills" though.

But other than that. I don´t know. The last Silent Hill games (and movies for that matter) have sucked pretty hard. So i would love to hear what you guy´s think about Silent Hills so far?


robin
/Robin E
The Gaming Ground
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