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For those that are in the area of Maryland and DC (and Viriginia as well if you’re willing to make the trip).  On the campus of the University of Maryland, there lies a little gem known as the TerpZone.  It’s open for anyone to use, even those that aren’t students.  They welcome any and everyone.

So what does the TerpZone offer?  Well, they offer many things! They offer bowling, billiards, gaming, ping pong, arcade games, game nights (spades, etc.), and a lot more.

Most Fridays, the TerpZone offers video game tournaments for anyone to participate in for FREE! The games range from Call of Duty: Ghosts to Super Smash Bros. Brawl to NBA 2K14.  They have their sign ups for the tournaments at 6pm with it starting at 8pm.

The schedule for the rest of this semester (until early May) is as follows:

Mario Kart Wii : March 28th

FIFA 14 : April 4, April 11, April 18, April 25

Super Smash Bros. Brawl : May 2nd

For more information on the video game tournaments, the contact is Leonard Greene at lg7989@umd.edu. For any general questions about The TerpZone or to find out more, the contact is Kevin Alexander at kalexan4@umd.edu.

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TW vs EA

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Video game publisher Electronic Arts (EA) won’t threepeat “Worst company in America” this year by Consumerist. They were beat out by Time Warner Cable in the first round.

EA may have won this reader-based competition two years in a row, but did they ever really deserve it? They’re continually put up against companies that actually cheat people in some way, shape, or form and while you may argue that not making a game you wanted available offline or your continued troubles with Origin as having “harmed” you I’d ask you to be honest with yourself for at least one second.

They’ve never really deserved to be called “Worst Company in America” a fact shared by Peter Moore in his letter last year after they won. I loved it. He called out every major wrongdoing by other companies because those things really matter. Next to Ethan Albright’s letter to John Madden, it’s one of the most beautiful rants I’ve ever read.

Maybe that’s why they didn’t win this year. Maybe the internet for once thought about how they’re just a video game publishing company before they voted in this asinine competition. One can only hope that the internet actually put some rational thought into this one, but then again it doesn’t matter. If it did, maybe we wouldn’t see the same faces every year committing atrocities literally affecting the world.

Not Enough Space

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They’re coming. Wave upon wave of next-gen games and do you know what the best part about that is? Actually being able to play whatever game(s) you just came home with and one thing that may prevent you from doing so is not having enough space on your not-so-big 500GB hard drive.

Now I know that seems like a lot of space and on past consoles you’d be completely correct, however, with every game on each console requiring a full download you’ll see that space quickly disappear.

The problem is that the games are bigger. Like a lot bigger. 20GB big and that combined will all of your captures, shares and whosits and whatnots is a lot of space taken up. It doesn’t help either that people forget that a good amount of your hard drive will be taken up with firmware data so you’re not actually getting all 500 gigs. You’re getting 408GB on the PS4 and 362GB on the Xbox One.

Now, with the Xbox one you have two legal options. You can periodically check your remaining space or you can devote an external drive or USB to your games/saves to help out. Managing your data isn’t that big of a task either due to the helpful little graphic that displays your remaining space and percentage of space used and you can easily delete and item or see how much space it uses by pressing the menu button (formerly Start).

If neither of these choices for whatever reason don’t appeal to you and you’d just like to have more space that’s an option too. An illegal option.

Like the PS4 you can upgrade your hard drive to a new bigger Solid State drive, hybrid or just another hard drive, but doing so voids your warranty. For those of you interested, youtuber Brian Williams uploaded a video showing you exactly what you need to do. I’ll also talk more about replacing your drive later.

The kind people at Sony on the other hand give you the same options, but putting in a new drive is actually supported. They even allow you to update your firmware/software on the console. If the graphics don’t help there is also this video by CNET which should get you through it. If you would just like to manually manage your data to avoid the tech side of things it’s easy as well. Just go to “System Storage Management” on your console and it’ll display all the information you need.

Here’s the thing about replacing your hard drives, nobody is just giving you  a brand new shiny HDD or SSD for free. They cost. You can get a 1TB HDD for about $60-$80, but that’s on top of the expensive system you just bought and without any of the gains an SSD would bring and if you’re thinking about going the 1TB SSD route know that you’ll essentially be buying two consoles. They’re very expensive, but do offer faster load times on the consoles. Even if not by a lot the gains are still there.

Here’s the other option. There’s always another option. You could just wait. Developers are still learning the new consoles and the games that truly push their potential won’t be out until later this year or next. So wait just wait. I’m assuming there will at least be another variation of the consoles released with bigger drives so if the space is really bumming you out hold off until you get what you want. No sense in settling.

By Tiffany Marshall On 19 Mar, 2014 At 04:28 PM | Categorized As International News, News, PC Games, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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Titanfall has arrived on the scene of gaming.. er.. at least for Xbox One and PC. Unfortunately, Titanfall for Xbox 360 has been delayed again.  This time, the game has been pushed back to April 8th for North America and April 11th for Europe.  Originally Titanfall was delayed til March 25th.

In the blog post, they went on to ensure gamers that are waiting that the Xbox 360 version won’t be any less than the Xbox One and PC versions:

The game will feature the same 6v6 gameplay, maps, modes, weapons and Burn Cards as the Xbox One and PC versions of the game.

I have to say this makes me very curious as to what else may be going on and what problems are occurring that there’s yet another delay with the 360 version coming out nearly a month after Titanfall’s launch on the Xbox One and PC.  What do you think is going on?  Are you waiting on the Xbox 360 version of Titanfall? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Titanfall Blog

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Starting March 26, Walmart will be accepting trade-ins for used games in over 3,100 store locations. The new trade program works much like GameStop’s – a customer brings in their pre-owned games and accessories and the cashier checks them for damage. The customer is given a trade-in value that they can choose to accept. Trade-in credit will be given in store credit only that can be used at Walmart and Sam’s Club stores.

Later in the year, once Walmart’s stock of pre-owned games grows, they plan to roll out used games to sell in stores. Unlike GameStop, all pre-owned merchandise will be refurbished before hitting the shelves. Also, unlike GameStop, Walmart is providing a game value calculator online so you can have an estimate on what your games are worth before you go to the store.

Walmart customers can already trade in tablets and smart phones towards new products. Online, you can trade in a larger variety of electronics.

Could Walmart give GameStop a run for their money? The vast majority of GameStop’s profit comes from buying used games off customers at a low price and selling them for over twice their trade-in value. When you trade your games in at GameStop, you’re really limited on what you can spend your store credit on. At Walmart, you could trade games towards groceries or even a new TV.

Would you trade in your games at Walmart? What would you get with your store credit?

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CD Projekt, the developers for The Witcher 3, announced that the game would be delayed until February 2015.  The game was set to come out for the Xbox One, PS4, and PC Fall 2014.

The board at CD Projekt SA stated:

“Ever since we started working on the third installment in The Witcher franchise, it has been our aim to produce a title that would take our 11 years of experience in creating RPGS and distill them into a quintessence, into a game that would effectively crown those years. At the same time, we have wanted The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt to expand creative boundaries, set new benchmarks, develop the genre as a whole. Ultimately, you, the players, must get an unforgettable adventure to experience in a vast, open world – and that’s most important. We’ve created a story that flows naturally, cinematically, rendered it in amazing sound and visuals, while preserving full freedom of choice – all for you. We knew this to be an ambitious plan, but believed we could achieve it by bringing together our team with its creative energies and current gaming platforms with their technical capabilities. A project this vast and complex would inevitably require special care in its final stages, manual fine-tuning of many details, thorough testing time and again.

We recently reexamined what we had achieved thus far, and faced a choice about the game’s final release date. The decision we made was difficult, thoroughly considered, and ultimately clear and obvious. We could have released the game towards the end of this year as we had initially planned. Yet we concluded that a few additional months will let us achieve the quality that will satisfy us, the quality gamers expect from us. Consequently, we have set the release of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt for February 2015.

Dear gamers – we know many of you would have liked to play The Witcher 3 sooner, as soon as possible, even. We’re sorry to make you wait longer than you, or we, initially assumed you would. At the same time, we believe the game will prove to be worth the wait and meet the expectations you have of us. We believe The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt will be an exceptional RPG, one of the best, providing many hours of wonderful entertainment.

Dear shareholders – we are aware of the responsibility that rests with us and thank you for the trust you have granted us thus far. We firmly believe that quality – more than any other factor – determines a game’s success, and that the decision we have made is thus equally valid in business terms.”

Although I understand the need to make sure the game is polished and ready for the masses, I can’t say I’m not a little disappointed. How do you feel about this delay? Let us know in the comments.

Sources:  Open Letter on The Witcher official website

8-Bit Salute Boxes Filled

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On May 17th and 18th from 9am to 9am, Naughty Dog, Wargaming America, Rooster Teeth, and ASTRO Gaming are teaming up for a great cause!  The charity they’ll be helping out is Operation Supply Drop.

Operation Supply Drop’s mission is:

“Operation Supply Drop (OSD) is a military gaming 501(c)(3) charity designed to build video game filled care packages for soldiers (America and Her Allies) both deployed forward to combat zones as well as those recovering in military hospitals.”

This event will be used to raise funds for video game care packages for soldiers in Afghanistan and recovery centers across the United States.  It will be a 24-hour non-stop gaming marathon which OSD dubs as an 8-Bit Salute.

It’s always great to see companies and people coming together for such a great cause.

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Operation Supply Drop was created by Captain Stephen Machuga in 2010 and has since raised approximately $700,000 and served 2,500 soldiers.

Here is a video to show what OSD is all about:

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To register or donate to this cause or just simply want to find out more about OSD, go here.

Source: Operation Supply Drop official website, The Bohle Company

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There have been internal discussions within BioWare of the possibility of remastering the Mass Effect trilogy for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One.

Aaryn Flynn, the General Manager for BioWare’s Edmonton and Montreal studios, revealed this via twitter at 11:16am on March 2, 2014 in response to an inquiry from @shinobi602.

“We have discussed that internally. If we can put solid plans together we’ll share.”

Mass Effect came out in 2007, Mass Effect 2 came out in 2010, and Mass Effect 3 came out in 2013.  I personally believe it’s a bit too soon to be making a remaster of the trilogy, but that’s not to say I wouldn’t buy it.  The trilogy is a personal favorite of mine and I very much enjoyed each installment in the series.

How do you feel about this? Let us know in the comments.

By Amy McGarey On 3 Mar, 2014 At 12:38 AM | Categorized As News, News, PlayStation 3/PlayStation 4, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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It’s that time again – If you are a Playstation Plus or Xbox Live subscriber, get ready to download your free games! A Playstation Plus membership will cost you $50 a year, but you get way more than that out of it. Every month you get one Playstation 4 game, 2-3 Playstation 3 games, and 2 Vita games all for free. On top of that, there’s always extra discounts you get in the Playstation Store.

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The free Playstation 4 game for March is Dead Nation: Apocolypse Edition. This is a game that makes me wish I had a PS4. It’s a top-down view game, like Diablo, but you have guns and kill hordes of zombies. The game also features a Broadcast+ mode, where people can watch your game and make choices for you that make your game harder. Viewers have 30 different effects they can choose to add to the game that can either make your life easier, or make the game a living hell.

Tomb Raider, Thomas Was Alone, and Lone Survivor: Director’s Cut are the free games for Playstation 3. Unit 13 and Monster Hunter: Freedom Unite are the the free games for the Playstation Vita.

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Xbox Live has some good games for free this month through Games for Gold. With an Xbox Live subscription, you get one free game every two weeks. For the first two weeks of March, the game Civilization Revolution is free. This has me excited because I’m a Sid Meier’s freak and I haven’t played this game in such a long time. Even though Games for Gold usually has older Xbox 360 games for free, every once in awhile you get one that has sentimental value to you. The second free game is always an Xbox Live Arcade game, and this month it’s Dungeon Defenders.

March is looking to be a great month for free games, but also a great month for new releases as well. Playstation Plus and Games for Gold have set me back in my gaming backlog once again!

By Amy McGarey On 27 Feb, 2014 At 05:32 PM | Categorized As News, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments
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twitch Good news for Xbox One owners – March 11 is not only bringing Titanfall, but a new Xbox One update as well. This update is finally going to bring us a complete Twitch app. So, not only can we watch people stream, but we can stream ourselves. Unlike the PlayStation 4′s Twitch app, the Xbox One’s Twitch is going to allow you to watch any stream you want. Twitch on PS4 is just limited to PS4 streams. You’ll be able to stream with voice commands, such as “Xbox, Broadcast.” You’ll be using your Kinect as a webcam. Also, if you’re up for it, your viewers can easily join your multiplayer games. New generation consoles are always trying to make gaming more social. Streaming and interacting with other gamers is much easier with Twitch on both the Xbox One and PS4. Streamers will no longer need an expensive PC setup with capture cards, webcams, and extra monitors. The new update couldn’t happen at a better time, with the release of Titanfall. I’m sure it will be one of the top streamed games on Twitch. Could it possibly beat out League of Legends? Alright, Xbox One gamers, now that you’ve heard the good news, you have less than a month to clean up your living rooms!

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