Rumor: New Apple TV Takes Aim At Home Gaming

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Rumor: New Apple TV Takes Aim At Home Gaming

Enthusiast site 9to5Mac reports that sources with knowledge of the product have told them that the new fourth-generation Apple TV is looking to compete in the TV gaming world, which would put it into more active competition against the likes of Microsoft’s Xbox and Sony’s PlayStation systems.

The site says Apple’s plan is to focus on the convenience of downloading games directly from the Apple store, and that the new Apple TV will support Bluetooth game controllers with pressure-sensitive buttons and joysticks. We’re likely to find out soon about the alleged details, as Apple has an event planned for September 9th, at which time we expect new Apple TV details as well as information on the iPhone 6S.

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Call Of Duty: Black Ops III Gets Nuk3town Pre-Order Bonus, But Only On New-Gen Platforms

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Activision today revealed plans to once again revive the Nuketown multiplayer map, with the slighly tweaked name of Nuk3town. The Nuketown map showed up first in the original Black Ops, and again in Black Ops II (Nuketown 2025 pictured above). Treyarch appears to be shooting for a hat trick, as they’ve redesigned the map yet again, and are including it in Black Ops III as a pre-order bonus for those playing on newer platforms.

"We carefully adapted the design of the map to make sure that it fit with our new movement system, but to also make sure that we retained the spirit and the fun that made fans fall in love with it in the first place,” says Treyarch studio head Mark Lamia. 

The bonus map will be included as an in-box download code for players who preorder Call of Duty: Black Ops III prior to launch. The Nuk3town map is available only to players who preorder on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or PC. We’ve reached out to Activision to ask about why PS3 and Xbox 360 players won’t have access to this pre-order opportunity.

E.T. Cartridges Bring In Big Bucks For New Mexico City

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E.T. Cartridges Bring In Big Bucks For New Mexico City

Last year, the urban legend was finally put to rest; Atari dumped a large number of unsold Atari cartridges in the New Mexico desert, including hundreds of E.T. cartridges, a game often cited as one of the worst of all time. A recent excavation uncovered the trove of lost games, along with the help of a film documentary crew. The city of Alamogordo, New Mexico, has now sold off many of these cartridges over eBay, and brought in $107,930.15.

The announcement came via a city commission meeting in Alamogordo, in which operational consultant Joe Lewandowski reported the sale. The money will be split up, with $65,037.78 going to the city, $16,259.44 going to the Tularosa Bason Historical Society, and an additional $26,632.93 going towards expenses, including shipping fees for the purchased games. Shipping included buyers in 45 states and 14 countries. 

Of the hundreds of unearthed games, 881 were sold, 100 went to the film company that made last year’s documentary, and 23 headed off to museums, but Lewandowski is holding on to 297 cartridges in an archive for later sale “if a second movie comes out.”

Destiny King’s Fall Raid Launching After The Taken King Release

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Destiny King’s Fall Raid Launching After The Taken King Release

In a recent interview with IGN, The Taken King creative director Luke Smith offered clarification regarding the upcoming King’s Fall raid, making it clear that players won’t have access to the raid on day one. "But I promise for people who are excited about the raid will know when it's time to take time off work. We’ll give em’ a heads up,” Smith continued.

When we first announced the King’s Fall raid in our cover story a few weeks ago, Smith had already declared that it would be “objectively and emphatically the our biggest raid yet.”  

For context, when the original Destiny launched last September, the first raid, Vault of Glass, didn’t launch until a week later.

Xbox One Elite Bundle Includes Solid-State Hybrid Drive, Elite Controller

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Microsoft announced a new hardware bundle today, which is aimed at players who are looking for the highest possible performance. The Xbox One Elite Bundle includes an Xbox One kitted out with a 1TB solid-state hybrid drive and the console's new Elite Controller.

Microsoft says that because the hybrid drive stores the most frequently used files on a solid-state partition, it's up to 20-percent faster working from energy-saving mode than traditional drives. That faster drive is underneath a matte-black finish, which is a nice contrast from the usual glossy style that Microsoft has stuck with – especially if you were born with fingerprints.

The bundle will be available for $499 starting this November. During the first month, the Elite Bundle will only be available at Microsoft Stores and GameStop, which is Game Informer's parent company. 

Deus Ex: Mankind Divided Release Date Announced

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Square Enix has announced the release date for Deus Ex: Mankind Divided, and along with it an interesting pre-order campaign.

The game comes out on February 23 on PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC, and the pre-order structure lets you choose which bonuses you want based on multiple tiers.

Furthermore, the more people pre-order the game, the more tiers and free items open up. For example, the first tier lets you choose from the Intruder (stealth), Enforcer (aggressive), or Classic packs. Each comes with a custom skin for Adam Jensen, as well as bonuses such as accuracy and weapon upgrades. Later tiers include a pre-order mission, a comic book, and a soundtrack. The fifth and final tier releases the game four days early.

Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PS4 Update Lets You Upload Your Save For Transfer To Phantom Pain

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Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes PS4 Update Lets You Upload Your Save For Transfer To Phantom Pain

An update has released for Metal Gear Solid V: Ground Zeroes which adds the ability to upload your save file for transfer into The Phantom Pain, which releases Tuesday.

It's still unclear exactly what your Ground Zeroes save will unlock in The Phantom Pain, but you can go ahead and get things ready if you're playing on PlayStation 4 and plan on picking up The Phantom Pain. The update doesn't appear to have released on Xbox One yet.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain releases Tuesday, September 1 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC. You can read our review of the game here. For our review of The Phantom Pain's prologue, Ground Zeroes, head here.

Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releases Tuesday, Don't Forget About Our Hub

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Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain Releases Tuesday, Don't Forget About Our Hub

We put Metal Gear Solid V: The Phantom Pain and Ground Zeroes on our cover back in March 2014. Now's the perfect time to catch up on all of the features that resulted from our coverage.

You can click here, or on the banner below, to read features and watch videos all about what may be the final Hideo Kojima-helmed entry in the series. We have interviews with Kojima himself and artist Yoji Shinkawa, take a look at impressive technology of the game, ask Kojima about his favorite movies, as well as many other features.

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Jackbox Games Announces Fibbage 2 As Part Of The Party Pack 2

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Jackbox Games, known primarily for its You Don't Know Jack series, announced a sequel to its Party Pack at PAX today.

The original Party Pack (pictured above) included party games Fibbage XL, Drawful, Word Spud, Lie Swatter, and the main attraction, You Don't Know Jack 2015. The sequel, Jackbox Party Pack 2, will be another collection of party games, with the main attraction being Fibbage 2.

Fibbage 2 as part of the Party Pack 2 will include a streaming mode and is coming to PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC this fall.

Learn About The Films, Literature, And Television That Influenced Metal Gear Solid V

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Learn About The Films, Literature, And Television That Influenced Metal Gear Solid V

Did You Know Gaming usually tackles released games, but a recent video looks at what we know about Metal Gear Solid V so far – without Phantom Pain spoilers. There are, however, a few spoilers for Ground Zeroes, so look out if you haven't played that one quite yet.

In the video, Did You Know Gaming looks at how director Alfred Hitchcock, books like 1984 and Moby Dick, and TV shows like Breaking Bad have all helped to mold Metal Gear Solid V into the game we be playing on Tuesday.

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