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Warning: Spoilers ahead for The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. If you have not played the game yet, be warned that this will discuss one of the major side quests of the game.

The following is a theory I have had for some time about something in The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. The Silver Hand are a group of werewolf hunters who are enemies of the companions, but we don’t really know much about them. But there are some hints from the game’s lore that may point to a backstory that explains their actions much more.

The Companions were the group led by Ysgramor in his conquest of Skyrim from the Falmer. They became established soon after as the warrior’s guild. They had strong anti elven sentiments for a long time, and did not allow elves to join as full companions In fact, they had issues with most non Nords, although they accepted non Nord Humans into their ranks and eventually grew to respect them after Cirroc The Lofty joined. He was of Redguard descent and changed how the companions treated human outsiders, when he was made Harbinger, especially since that was the time period when the Nords became obsessed with Nordic identity after being Atmorans culturally. The elves however, were still discriminated against until Henantier the Outsider joined. He was made a servant but slowly earned his way up over the years.  He became respected by the new members and after one of his pupils was made harbinger, he gained some level of respect. When the harbinger died of old age, he shocked the companions by appointing Henantier as the new harbinger. This led to fierce arguments and many left the companions over this, although most remained and the tradition of tolerance and acceptance became part of the companions.

But what does this have to do with the Silver Hand? One thing that always stuck out was how the Silver Hand actively targeted the companions and stole the fragments of Wuuthrad, the Axe of Ysgramor. Then the idea hit me. What if the Silver Hand were originally a group made from those who left the companions? They seem to have existed for many centuries, and this could mean they have had many incarnations. As the companions’ curse of lycanthropy is relatively recent, it is possible the Silver Hand as a group took on that identity because they have a grudge against the companions. They felt the companions lost their way, and that their new group are the true heirs of Ysgramor.

However, the Silver Hand also are pretty diverse in their membership, which would seem to work against this idea. But that isn’t so. It could easily be explained that over the years, their whole identity became defined less by the ideas of Ysgramor and more by being enemies of the companions. In fact, it could be argues that by the time period Skyrim is set in, the original reasons are long forgotten and all the group knows is that the companions are their enemies.

Of course this is only a  theory, but I present this to you all to get your opinion. What do you think?

By Jonathan Balofsky On 5 Apr, 2017 At 12:14 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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Atlus has released a launch trailer for Persona 5.  Most of the necessary details are known now, but the trailer does show us some interesting things.

Persona 5 has been long awaited and is finally here, we will have a review in the coming days. In the meantime, please share with us your thoughts on the game so far.

 

 

 

 

By Jonathan Balofsky On 3 Apr, 2017 At 11:59 AM | Categorized As News, News, News, NINTENDO, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarOver the Moon Games sent out the following

 

 

Over The Moon’s The Fall Part 2: Unbound aims to bring the tradition of the mind-bending sci-fi classics to the Nintendo Switch

Releasing in 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, PC, Mac and Linux, indie developer Over the Moon Games, today announced that The Fall Part 2: Unbound will also be coming to Nintendo Switch.

Is Artificial Intelligence a Threat to Humanity?

Can it be Bound? What Binds You?

We’ve all heard the adage: the best science fiction stories are the ones that, while being great entertainment, also point to something more philosophical, inviting players (or readers, traditionally) to think. Over The Moon aims to join that fine tradition with their highly anticipated upcoming sequel, The Fall Part 2: Unbound, in which players take on the role of A.R.I.D, an abandoned and broken AI who struggles to survive a collapse in her operating parameters. ARID must re-establish her boundaries by attempting to build her own rules before a dark, mysterious, and invasive process snuffs her out for good.

 

How then, does ARID do this? Over The Moon draws inspiration from contemporary issues, says John Warner, The Fall’s director: “There’s a growing debate about the looming threat of artificial intelligence. Can we build an AI that serves us?  One that we can control?  Or at the very least, one that is psychologically healthy and isn’t a threat to us?  For that matter, what is ‘health’? Can it be defined for the sake of building an AI, and do humans even have a good definition for that? How do you know that you’re healthy?”  

The key, of course, is to keep the game exciting and fun, allowing gameplay to carry much of the story-telling. ARID will invade other robots in a desperate attempt to get their help, and will be forced to work within their personal quirks and operating parameters, creating an opportunity for a truly unique set of challenges. Furthermore, as ARID begins understanding her hosts on a deeper level, she will be able to take perceptual mechanics from one robot into another. Players will solve puzzles by perceiving the environment from different perspectives and comparing the information they find in creative ways… served up with a helping of The Fall’s signature dark humour.

 

“Having a robust way of perceiving the world is a pretty good starting point to talk about psychological health” says Warner, “And by making gameplay around these mechanics, we can explore a lot of fun ideas without being overly cerebral or choking the game with philosophical dialogue.”

 

But that’s just the start, according to the team at Over The Moon. The Fall Part 2: Unbound aims to put players in perspectives that they’ve never experienced in a video game before. With a host of unusual characters, it explores themes of artificial intelligence, the value of personal boundaries and respecting others. Its gameplay and its story are specifically designed to make players reflect on these ideas, through the lens of a familiar Metroidvania meets Point and Click Adventure framework. The Fall Part 2: Unbound is made for players who have been waiting for the conceptual underpinning of games to catch up with their technological artistry.

 

Releasing in 2017 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, Nintendo Switch, PC, Mac and Linux, The Fall Part 2: Unbound is a bold leap forward for video game storytelling

The fall was an amazing indie game that brought a lot of innovation to the table. Its next chapter will no doubt increase the scope of the story and make things more intriguing.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Mar, 2017 At 09:50 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda sent out the following

 

 

In Prey, you’re mankind’s last – and only – hope. With the Typhon threatening to destroy humanity, you’ll need every edge you can get in order to fight the invasion. Check out the newly released video from the archives of the TranStar Research Team’s Neuromod Division for a look at some of the astonishing new powers you can “install” as part of your arsenal – along with how the entire system works.

 

 

Never mind the improvements to the Neural Modifier (or “Neuromod” for short) – including “smaller insertion points” on the rapid release needles that you literally jab into your eye. The real innovation is what this device can actually do: alter your neural circuitry in very potent ways. This isn’t just about enhancing your human abilities – like boosting you strength, speed, hacking skills and more – but also acquiring unique abilities that have been learned from the hostile Typhon aliens aboard Talos I. Armed with your wits, weapons and a host of incredible powers, it’s up to you to stop the alien invasion and save all of humanity.

 

For even more insight on the powers you can wield in Prey, be sure to check out the recently released ‘Weapon and Power Combos’ and ‘Playing with Powers’ videos.

 

Set to launch worldwide on Friday, May 5, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Prey is the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored series which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2.

 

Prey has been rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information about the game please visit prey.bethesda.net.

Prey looks to be one of the most innovative games Bethesda has released yet. This game just keep looking better and better. We hope to have a review up around launch.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Mar, 2017 At 08:32 AM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Uncategorized, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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WB Games and NetherRealm Studios have released a new Injustice 2 trailer. This one shows off villains Gorilla Grodd, Captain Cold, Bane and Scarecrow. Bane has gotten a redesign and Scarecrow legitimately looks like one of the best designed NetherRealm studios has ever come up with, and will no doubt be a popular pick for the game.

Injustice 2 is looking amazing and should be a blast to play. We will have a review up as soon as we can,

By Jonathan Balofsky On 30 Mar, 2017 At 07:48 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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CD Projekt Red sent out the following

 

CD PROJEKT RED, creators of The Witcher series of games, announce a weekend-long PlayStation 4 Technical Beta for GWENT: The Witcher Card Game.

Gamers wishing to check out GWENT on PlayStation 4 will have an opportunity to do so starting Friday, March 31st, 10 a.m. PST. The Technical Beta will end Sunday, April 2nd, 11 p.m. PST. The game will be available for download from the PlayStation Store.

More information about the Technical Beta is available in the official FAQ.

This is really cool to hear about, and it is great that CD Projekt Red is doing this to ensure the game will run well on PS4. Do you intend to check it out?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 01:36 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

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Bethesda sent out the following

 

In Prey you’ll need more than just your wits to take on the Typhon aliens that are threatening to destroy mankind. But why stop with the weapons and gadgets you’ll find aboard Talos I? Mankind’s last – and only – hope, Morgan Yu, also has the option of “installing” a wide range of human and alien abilities. Get a look at some of the powers you can use against the deadly Typhon – along with exclusive insights from the team at Arkane Studios in our latest video titled ‘Playing with Powers’

 

Whether you focus on just human powers – allowing you to run faster, jump higher, use firearms better and more – or if you instead branch off into the myriad Typhon abilities, one thing’s certain: Prey offers players a wide range of ways to annihilate aliens. From Superthermal to Psychoshock and beyond, these powers will make all the difference in your mission to fight the aliens and save the world.

 

Be on the lookout tomorrow for a new video featuring fresh insight into Prey’s mind-altering Neruomod Division, and for more examples of how you can combine weapons and powers, be sure to check out yesterday’s ‘Power Combos’ video at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Aro7eB53q8.

 

Set to launch worldwide on Friday, May 5, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Prey is the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored series which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2.

 

Prey has been rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information about the game please visit prey.bethesda.net.

Prey just keeps looking amazing. This might just be the most innovative FPS in a long time. We hope to have a review around launch time.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 10:24 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, Playstation Vita, Portable/Mobile Gaming, ROG News | With 0 Comments

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The PS+ game lineup for this coming April has been revealed

Drawn To Death, and Lovers in a Dangerous Spacetime, will be available for PS4 owners PS4. Invizimals: the Lost Kingdom and Alien Rage – Extended Edition  are the PS3 free games this month.

For PlayStation Vita, 10 Second Ninja, PS Vita and Curses ‘n Chaos will both be made available and crossbuy with PlayStation 4, so you can get them there as well.

This is a pretty good month for PS+, with a decent mix of games. What will you be getting?

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 29 Mar, 2017 At 07:11 AM | Categorized As News, PlayStation, ROG News | With 0 Comments

No GravatarThe final DLC character for season 1 of KOF XIV has been revealed and it is one that fans have wanted for a long time. Yes, Rock Howard will make his main series KOF debut.

Rock Howard made his debut in the last chapter of the Fatal Fury series, Garou: Mark Of The Wolves, and this release will mark his first appearance in a mainline KOF title. He is the estranged son of crime lord Geese Howard, having been adopted and raised by Terry Bogard from a young age. His fighting style is a unique mix of both Terry and Geese’s styles and he even boasts his own variations on some of their iconic moves, such as Geese’s Raging Storm and Terry’s Buster Wolf. His Crack Counter, for example, combines the reversal techniques from Geese’s Aikijutsu moves with Terry’s Crack Shoot attack.

This melding of styles results in a well-rounded fighter. He sacrifices both Geese’s dominating power and Terry’s simple and direct style for speed and versatility, creating a unique approach that stands on its own despite borrowing heavily from two disparate fighters.

As you can see in the above trailer, Rock Howard and all of his techniques have been dutifully recreated in KOF XIV with some slight adjustments to fit the new battle system.
The development team aimed to make his transition as faithful as possible, including small details such as how his shirt and jacket animates during his idle animation!

All characters from the DLC will be available on April 5 2017. The BGM and Stage DLC will be free, while the characters will cost money.

Rock looks absolutely amazing and is a very welcome addition to the roster.

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By Jonathan Balofsky On 28 Mar, 2017 At 03:19 PM | Categorized As News, News, PC Games, PlayStation, ROG News, Xbox 360/Xbox One | With 0 Comments

No GravatarBethesda sent out the following

 

You might be mankind’s last hope aboard Talos I, but you’ve got a mighty arsenal to face down the Typhon threat. Armed with your wits, weapons and a host of incredible powers, it’s up to you to stop the alien invasion and save all of humanity. Piece of cake. With 24 human upgrades and 20 unique alien powers to choose from (plus all of their upgrades), no two Morgans will be the same, and no two players will have the same experiences in Prey.  Along with the human abilities like Hacking, Leverage, Repair, and Gunsmith – all of which enhance Morgan’s innate strengths – you will have access to three distinct trees of Typhon-based abilities. Of course, there’s some risk when rewarding yourself with these amazing alien abilities. As you install alien powers, the turrets on the station will view you as a hostile entity, and you will increasingly run the risk of being targeted and hunted by the massive Nightmare Typhon. But with (sometimes literally) mind-bending abilities like these, we’ve got to say the risk is definitely worth it. Check out the full list of alien powers at Bethesda.net and start thinking about who your Morgan will be, and how you plan to fight the invasion and save the world.

 

Be sure to look out tomorrow for a new video diving into Morgan’s armory as the development team discuss ‘Playing with Powers’, while Thursday will reveal fresh insight into Prey’s mind-altering Neruomod Division.

 

Set to launch worldwide on Friday, May 5, 2017 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and PC, Prey is the highly-anticipated first-person sci-fi action game from Arkane Studios – creators of the award-winning Dishonored series which includes the 2012 ‘Game of the Year’ and the critically-acclaimed follow-up, Dishonored 2.

 

Prey has been rated M for mature by the ESRB. For more information about the game please visit prey.bethesda.net.

Prey is looking truly amazing, and gets better with each trailer. It isn’t too long now until the game comes out. We are hoping to have a review of the game around launch.

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