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Monster Hunter World: Iceborne Expansion Has Been Announced

Capcom has announced a new Monster Hunter World expansion set for release in 2019. Monster Hunter World: Iceborne will come to the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One in the autumn of 2019 with the PC release to follow. The paid DLC will feature winter themes, but Capcom isn't willing to discuss more at this time. Some of the limited timed event monsters like Kulve Taroth are coming back to the game as a harder variant called arch-tempered monsters. Even Geralt of Rivia from the Witcher series has a cameo appearance in the game. A limited trial version of the game is coming to consoles.

So to reiterate, we're working on a massive expansion to MH:W, including new environments, new monsters, a new quest difficulty rank, new moves, and much more. This is a paid expansion and will be delivered as DLC, so you can seamlessly transition from Monster Hunter: World into Monster Hunter World: Iceborne. We'll have more details in spring 2019, but for now our target release window is set to autumn 2019 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Details on the release timeframe for the PC version are still in the works, but we'll be sure to let you know ASAP.

Posted by cageymaru December 10, 2018 11:05 AM (CST)

Fortnite Streamer Reportedly Arrested after Beating Wife on Stream

Fortnite streamer "MrDeadMoth" has allegedly been arrested and charged by police for slapping and attacking his wife, whose crying and screaming was overheard by viewers during a disturbing live broadcast. While he could have just paused the game and sat down for dinner, MrDeadMoth decided to engage in domestic violence instead. Fortnite is a new form of heroin, they say.

"Can you not? I said I’ll be out soon," MrDeadMoth says in the clip, before throwing down his keyboard and appearing to slap her off screen. "Don’t hit me in the face," she says as their child begins to cry. "How many times do I have to tell you guys, I’ll be out soon," MrDeadMoth says. The clips then descend into more screams and confusion, with his wife saying that she had cooked dinner an hour ago.

Posted by Megalith December 09, 2018 1:35 PM (CST)

Anthem Alpha Streamer Loses Entire EA Origin Library after Breaking NDA

Anthem fans who were lucky enough to get into the alpha, beware: EA is banning anyone who streams the game and is "publicly discussing issues" they may be having, as the closed test is under strict NDA. One gamer found out the hard way; his entire Origin game library has been deleted.

The streamer started the game while he was live streaming it all on Twitch. It was a rather quick job from EA who managed to push some buttons on their side that led to the crash of the Origin app on his PC. He forcefully closed it through Task Manager and then restarted it only to find out that his whole library is gone including Anthem.

Posted by Megalith December 08, 2018 4:00 PM (CST)

Streaming Is on a Collision Course with ISP Data Caps

Cisco’s latest study is showing that internet usage continues to rise, the majority of which comprises video: "75 percent of global internet traffic was video last year, up from 63 percent just two years earlier." Those figures are expected to grow with the increasing adoption of data-heavy services such as 4K Netflix streaming, but there’s a problem: ISPs will be unlikely to grow their caps in response, as UHD video could be a lucrative opportunity for overage fees.

Comcast didn’t respond to Motherboard’s request for comment on whether the company plans to relax usage limits to accommodate this growth. As it stands, Comcast imposes a terabyte usage cap on all of its service areas except the Northeast, where broadband competition is slightly more intense. Users can avoid such limits entirely if they pay an additional $50 per month.

Posted by Megalith December 02, 2018 9:20 PM (CST)

Official Nintendo Mario Kart 8 Livestream Features Cursing and Employees Getting Fired

Nintendo of Russia boss Yasha Haddaji might be in hot water after he lost his cool during an official Mario Kart 8 livestream. The poorly run event was being livestreamed when Yasha Haddaji enters the stage area to complain that it isn't being streamed to a particular Nintendo page. He starts calling employees derogatory names. Then he cursed some of them out and fired a few of the employees on the spot. When he finds out the stream is live, he continues to berate employees while the hosts play Mario Kart 8. Nintendo fans in Russia have launched a petition to have him fired.

The video's introduction states it has been made public now to demonstrate Yasha Haddaji's character and illustrate how Nintendo of Russia's management is a "shambles". An associated petition, "Save Nintendo Russia from its CEO", is nearing 1000 signatures at the time of writing. It calls for Nintendo of Europe to step in and replace Haddaji. We've asked Nintendo for comment.

Posted by cageymaru November 15, 2018 3:52 PM (CST)

Hunt: Showdown 3.0 Update is Live

Hunt: Showdown's 3.0 Update went live today. The headline feature of this patch is the new Lawson Delta map, which has officially entered beta status and should be available in the mission selection menu. Other highlights include a skill-based matchmaking system, a movement inertia system which should stop cheesy ADAD dodging, anti-teaming measures to make lobbies fair, weapon looting from dead players, and Nvidia Highlights support, along with a number of bug fixes and improvements. Crytek already uploaded a trailer for the new map last month, and they went into a little more detail in the dev diary below:

With this update, we are introducing a number of core changes to player movement to counter some of the more dominant strategies players have come up with to dodge bullets or make it easier to charge in for a melee attack. Some of the changes might feel a bit sluggish at first and will require players to get used to them over a couple of games. We have tried to strike a good balance between the necessity of adding inertia to player movement, while at the same time keeping the feeling and walking speeds the same. Players can still perform the same trick jumps, quickly peak out of cover, or dash around the world as they are used to. Tell us what you think and if you feel these changes work or what you would like to see changed!

Posted by alphaatlas November 15, 2018 8:06 AM (CST)

The DiRT Show Livestream Featuring DiRT Rally 2.0

Codemasters had two rally drivers on the DiRT Show and they demonstrated DiRT Rally 2.0. The first rally stage occurs at the 7:30 mark in the video and the second run is at the 22:00 mark in the video. Thanks @Colonel Sanders for the link!

We're lucky enough to have two rally drivers on the DiRT Show with us today! Watch as real life rally drivers Ryan and Jon discuss their involvement with DiRT Rally 2.0 - and they might even be taking the Ford Escort Mk II for a spin too...

Posted by cageymaru November 09, 2018 7:44 PM (CST)

Music Engineer Analyzes Music Streaming Service Quality to His Original Master

Wytse Gerichhausen from White Sea Studios has conducted a scientific analysis of the original master file for Hibshi - Missing U (feat. Rochelle), one of his music tracks that he personally mixed and mastered, to the same song on Apple Music, Spotify, Tidal and YouTube. He then recorded the song from each streaming service as a WAV file and normalized the levels because music services lower the volume of the music. Next he used a combination of A/B testing and phase swapping to compare the differences in the WAV files. The phase swapping allows the viewer to hear the "missing" information from the track that was either compressed or skipped over by the algorithms used by music streaming services. Tidal won by retaining 99.9% of the quality in the engineer's opinion. Spotify High and Low came next. Apple Music and YouTube came in dead last as both significantly altered the music. He then questioned why he can stream 4K video, but a simple audio file has to be compressed to the point where the quality is completely lost.

Isn't this a little bit over-exaggerated? Isn't this a bit too much like, like too much into the details? Yes, and no. So first of all if you compare them both with each other the details are pretty small. But our ears have a special feature built into them and that is that they can make up for mistakes in audio. Pretty easy. Pretty simple. The thing is that if your ears are correcting a lot for the audio that they are hearing, they are getting tired sooner. And this is bad news for listeners, but also for artists because we don't want people to get tired of our music. Or do we? That's what happening with streaming services.

Posted by cageymaru November 09, 2018 2:39 PM (CST)

Comcast is Allegedly Developing a Video Streaming Aggregator

Citing "people, who asked not to be named because the internal discussions are private," CNBC reports that Comcast is working on a new product that aggregates multiple streaming services like Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube together. That may sound like a Roku, Shield, or any number of existing streaming platforms, but apparently, the product isn't a "direct competitor" to devices like that. There's no word on when the device will come to market, or how much it will cost, but one has to appreciate the irony of a Comcast subsidiary breaking a Comcast leak.

The product isn't quite a direct competitor to Roku or Apple TV because it won't allow customers access to hundreds of apps, including streaming TV bundles like AT&T's DirecTV Now or Dish's Sling. Those services are direct competitors to Comcast's video bundle, and Comcast wouldn't be able to push its own video service to its broadband-only customers if it allowed them access to those bundled OTT services. Comcast hasn't decided the exact number of apps that will be accessible through the device, said the people. Rather, Comcast wants the device to be the hub to the connected home, they said. In addition to aggregating streaming apps, the device will also allow customers to control anything that's connected to the Internet, including thermostats and smart-locks. Comcast will be marketing the product to Internet-only customers, said the people.

Posted by alphaatlas November 08, 2018 9:29 AM (CST)

Watch the AMD Next Horizon Live Stream Here

Alex on Tech is streaming AMD's Next Horizon event live. Check it out below:
Posted by alphaatlas November 06, 2018 11:39 AM (CST)

FilmStruck Subscription-Streaming Service to Shut Down

Indie, arthouse, and classic film fans suffered a significant loss this week, as Turner and Warner Bros. Digital Networks announced FilmStruck would be shut down next month. The service was highbrow and featured careful curation, offering an impressive library of classic titles (e.g., Citizen Kane, Seven Samurai) that drew hardcore film buffs. "All current FilmStruck subscribers will receive an email with details about your account and the refund process as applicable."

FilmStruck offered a lineup of some 1,800 contemporary and classic arthouse, indie, foreign and cult films and also was the exclusive internet-streaming home to the Criterion Collection of movies. Earlier this year, it added Warner Bros.’ library of classic films; WB shut down the Warner Archive service and migrated customers over to FilmStruck. The service was priced at $10.99 per month with access to the Criterion Collection library, and $6.99 monthly without it.

Posted by Megalith October 28, 2018 3:10 PM (CDT)

Twitch Announces Multiple Exciting Features for Live- Streams at TwitchCon 2018

At TwitchCon 2018, Twitch announced several new features to make live-streaming more exciting for the audience. In turn it is expected that these new features will generate more traffic and revenue for streamers. The first feature called Squad Stream will allow up to 4 streamers to stream together in a single view that will be seen by viewers when they enter any of the 4 streamer's channels. The channel that the viewer chooses to highlight is the chat that the viewer will see and participate in. A simple click will allow trolls to hop channels seamlessly. Streamers will finally be able to give viewers that they appreciate VIP status which means that they will have all of the basic perks of a subscription to the channel. Streamers will also be able to give users roles such as editor, moderator, etc from the dashboard. Subscribers will be able to show their total number of months that they have subbed to a channel. Some Snapchat features have been integrated into Twitch. A new bounty board of sponsored opportunities will be available to streamers in November. Last of all, Twitch Sings is coming to the platform. This will allow streamers and viewers to collaborate on a karaoke like experience and request music.

To make it easier for streamers to find sponsored opportunities that feel authentic and align with their communities' interests we're opening Bounty Board to 30 more brands starting in November. Partners and select affiliates in the U.S. and Canada will be able to use Bounty Board to earn even more, and coming in 2019 and we'll open it to more affiliates and more countries beginning with the UK.

Posted by cageymaru October 26, 2018 5:48 PM (CDT)