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Top 4 games we want to play in 2015: Justin’s picks

Batman: Arkham Knight

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Its been 2 years since I glided around Gotham as batman going from rooftop to rooftop silently taking down all my foes but now I return and this time I get the Batmobile.

Coming to PC, PS4 and Xbox One on the 2 June

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Oktoberfest

Yes, it was that time of the year again in Germany, from the end of September to mid October people from all over the world travel to Germany, particularly Munich and dress up in Dirndls and Lederhosen so that they can get pissed and look funny while doing it. Not only do tourists love this, but even Germans from other cities who don’t otherwise get a chance to dress up in this way.

In actuality, only a small group of people who live in Bavaria wear those clothes and they’re usually very expensive and high quality. However, this time of the year calls for everyone to suddenly adopt this appearance. Braids, Bavarian hats and a tonne of ‘bier’.

Dinkelacker Beer Tent

Dinkelacker Beer Tent

This year I headed into the Dinkelacker tent where some friends had reserved a table. I was pleasantly surprised to see that our table was upstairs and not in the main area with the rest of the drunken revellers. There was still a great atmosphere upstairs and enough drunken, happy people not causing problems to make it lots of fun.

But Oktoberfest is not only for adults over the legal drinking age of 18. Families with children love it because of the rides, candy and games.

A maß (litre) of beer

A maß (litre) of beer

I managed to drink one Maß (one litre) and pump up my arm muscles in the process. Those glasses alone are heavy, let alone with a litre of beer in them! I wouldn’t want to get into a fight with one of those barmaids…

Pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe)

Pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe)

Traditionally, you would go into a beer tent and drink many litres of beer and eat half a chicken. This time, with my one litre, I also had most of a pork knuckle (Schweinshaxe). Those things are amazing when made properly. This one was delicious with a crispy crust and plenty of meat.

Oktoberfest is first and foremost a Bavarian thing and the biggest one in Germany takes place in Munich, with the second-largest being in Stuttgart. The fireworks yesterday evening marked the end of Oktoberfest here in Stuttgart, but it happens twice a year (in Spring it’s called the Spring Fest) so it’ll come around again soon enough!

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Gaming News

Its been a while but the gaming news has been a bit stale and being capped is annoying. So lets get cracking.

Battlefield 4 Reveal

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As i and a few friends guessed Battlefield 4 will be coming out some time this year some time and will be revealed at GDC this year this news comes from Geoff Keighley.

The game has been demoed behind closed doors and it just a matter of waiting for the public test.

So far we can safely say that they will follow the battlefield code large maps, vehicular warfare and destruction

Saints Row IV

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Dead island Publisher Deep Silver announced the release of volition’s Saints Row IV will be heading to current-gen consoles and PC not the Wii U on August 20 in North America and 3 days later THE WORLD… muah hahaha sorry.

Announcement Teaser Here

yes the last game wasn’t particularly good but im going to give them the benefit of the doubt and hope its good.

Ron Gilbert leaves Double Fine

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The creator of Monkey island games and recently “The cave” recently he has announced that he will be leaving double fine.

The news came from his blog Grumpy Gamer in which he thanks the guys and girls at the studio and doesn’t really explain his departure.

“I want to thank all the amazing people at Double Fine for all their hard work on The Cave.  It was a true pleasure to work with every one of them over the past two years.  So much fun.  I will miss them all.  And of course to Tim [Schafer, Double Fine’s founder] for creating the opportunity to come there and make The Cave.

But hopefully where ever he goes he will be free to do anything he wants.

DONE. Justin out.

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Revealed next gen

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Yes this broke yesterday but im going to say it. The PlayStation 4 has been announced and will be released this holiday season no official dates or pricing but i am very excited.

Sony’s CEO Andrew House said their new console will create…

“experiences that surpass gamers’ wildest expectations.”

Followed up by the lead systems architect on the PS4, Mark Cerny said…

“the development of a next-gen platform started about five years ago.”

and that the goal is

“freeing developers from technological barriers.”

Now Cerny has had a very long history in the video game industry more than 30 years stretching many companies, he also states that platform is…

“By game creators for game creators”

                      And that its architecture is…

“like a PC, but supercharged”

This leads me to believe that game devs have had input in to the new console, the consoles innards were also shown off and the new console will ship with a custom 8-core AMD “Jaguar” x86-64 with integrated graphics APU and “next-generation” AMD Radeon graphics processor capable of driving 1.84 teraflops. As detailed at the event, it will come paired with 8GB of dedicated GDDR5 memory, making it competitive with most gaming-focused PCs on the market. As expected, the system will ship with a Blu-ray drive, built-in 80.211 b/g/n Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 2.1, as well as HDMI, Analog-AV, and optical digital output. Sony is giving I/O options a boost with the inclusion of USB 3.0 ports and a mysteriously vague “AUX” port. Each system will ship a “Mono Headset” for cross-game chat and other social features.

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yes that’s what it looks like.

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there will also be the PlayStation 4 Eye which will have a 1280×800 camera at 60 FPS, a significant gain over the kinect’s 640×480 30 FPS sensor but Sony has yet to go in to full detail.