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Australia just landed its first high-performance centre for esports

Australia has opened its very first Esports High-Performance Centre in Sydney, a new home base for Oceania’s leading League of Legends team, the LG Dire Wolves. Australia's competitive presence on the international scene is developing, with the LG Dire Wolves becoming the first Australian team to compete at the League of Legends world championships in Beijing's Olympic Stadium earlier in 2017.

"Our OPL (Oceanic Pro League) teams have all grown a lot in the last past 12 months, but as far as dedicated training facilities like this, no other teams in the region have anything that comes close," he said. "It's really the first time that an esports team has partnered up with a traditional sporting body such as the SCG."

Plus, sharing is caring. International and domestic teams are invited to work with the facility and its technology too, when visiting the city.

See http://on.mash.to/2hMineH
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Australia just landed its first high-performance centre for esports

Australia has opened its very first Esports High-Performance Centre in Sydney, a new home base for Oceania’s leading League of Legends team, the LG Dire Wolves. Australia's competitive presence on the international scene is developing, with the LG Dire Wolves becoming the first Australian team to compete at the League of Legends world championships in Beijing's Olympic Stadium earlier in 2017.

"Our OPL (Oceanic Pro League) teams have all grown a lot in the last past 12 months, but as far as dedicated training facilities like this, no other teams in the region have anything that comes close," he said. "It's really the first time that an esports team has partnered up with a traditional sporting body such as the SCG."

Plus, sharing is caring. International and domestic teams are invited to work with the facility and its technology too, when visiting the city.

See http://on.mash.to/2jE69FM
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How to Get Rich Playing Video Games Online using Twitch

Garcia, known online as Towelliee, is a star broadcaster on Twitch, a streaming platform whose popularity has turned recreational gaming into an improbably viable career. Each month, a hundred million visitors watch their favorite personalities play video games on Twitch, spending an average of nearly two hours a day there. This audience is large enough to make the site one of the twenty most trafficked in the U.S., yet it’s perhaps more apt to measure Twitch against a different medium. With viewership numbers that rival those of MSNBC or CNN, Twitch is less like a conventional Web site than like a kaleidoscopic television network: thousands of channels at once, broadcasting live at every hour of the day.

Game streaming, Garcia discovered, required non-stop work. The only way to attract viewers, and to prevent the ones you had from straying to other broadcasters, was to be online constantly, so he routinely streamed for eighteen hours a day. “That’s what I had to do to grow the viewership,” he said. His ankles swelled from sitting at his computer. His weight grew to four hundred and twenty pounds.

The central mystery of Twitch, at least to newcomers, is why anyone would choose to watch such a thing, when he could play the game instead. Twitch’s spokesman, who goes only by Chase, argued, “That’s like saying to a chef, ‘Why are you watching the Food Network? Shouldn’t you be in the kitchen, cooking?’ Or to an athlete, ‘Why are you watching ESPN? Shouldn’t you be out shooting hoops?’ No. People enjoy watching others who are good at what they do.”

In the next few years, Dariani expects, the annual marketing expenditure on Twitch streamers will surpass a billion dollars. By his rough estimate, two thousand broadcasters are already making a middle-class income through Twitch; he has seen clients turn down fifty thousand dollars for a two-hour convention appearance because they didn’t want to deal with the travel.

See http://bit.ly/2jsJUCA
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The Razer Phone is official — 120Hz 'Ultramotion' display, Snapdragon 835, 8GB RAM, $699

Razer has announced its new Android device: the aptly named Razer Phone. It has the world's first 120Hz "Ultramotion" display, the first use of Qualcomm's QuickCharge 4+, and a great set of specs like 8GB of RAM, 64GB of storage (further expandable via microSD), and a 4,000 mAh battery. It will cost $699 and pre-orders will be live as soon as today, with general availability for North America and Europe on November 17th.

On paper, the Razer Phone sounds like most 2017 flagships, but there's definitely more to it. Most of this device's unique appeal is a result of the screen. The 120Hz 1440x2560 IGZO display takes advantage of Qualcomm's QSync — similar to Nvidia's G-SYNC or AMD's FreeSync — so if performance ever does start to become a problem, you shouldn't see much stutter when it does drop below 120fps. If the framerate drops below the refresh rate, the display will adjust to match, without having to worry about tearing or stuttering.

So yes one has to wonder what the battery life will be like on this device...

See http://bit.ly/2iUQUrz
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Top 10 Upcoming Realistic Job Simulator Games 2017 - 2018

The realism keeps getting better and better.

Watch the clip at https://youtu.be/IjGpaCCuO9M

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A Graphical Timeline of the History of Computer Graphics & Games

An interesting look at some key milestones from 1951 onwards around the development of gaming hardware and games over the years.

See http://bit.ly/2fOIUHw

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Battlegrounds Continues To Break Records On Steam

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to dominate Steam, dethroning Valve’s Dota 2 for highest concurrent player count of all-time.

It was only a month ago that the game reached over 800,000 active users, placing at the top of the digital platforms chart for what people are currently playing at any given time. Now it’s also displaced Dota 2, the previous record holder for highest simultaneous player count at 1.29 million, with just north of 1.3 million players online at the same time on 16 Sept 2017. Earlier this month, the game’s creator and director announced Battlegrounds had already sold over 10 million copies.

See https://kotaku.com/battlegrounds-continues-to-break-records-on-steam-1818473272

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'Dungeons & Dragons' levels up with a new 'D&D Reader' app that digitizes all the books

Plenty of ardent fans have picked up PDF versions of different books over the years. The Reader app is a bit more robust than that, however, to make hunting down a piece of information easier for the rules-heavy game.

Each book is broken up into different sections. So with, say, the Player's Handbook, you can tap on little thumbnails in your library to check out the introduction, a step-by-step guide to character creation, a rundown of races, individual sections for each character class, equipment, and all the other pieces that, together, form the D&D Player's Handbook.

The app lets you purchase any paywalled parts of each book piecemeal. If, for example, you'll only ever care about rolling a bard, you can just buy that. Prices for individual sections are $3 or $5 (depending on what you buy) and the three full rulebooks — Player's Handbook, Monster Manual, and Dungeon Master's Guide — are $30 apiece for everything.

D&D Reader hits Android and iOS app stores this fall (Northern Hemisphere).

See http://mashable.com/2017/09/21/dungeons-and-dragons-reader-app-details/

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Some screenshots from Train Sim World - Great Western Express

This game add-on (set running out of London Paddington station) was released on Thursday 14th Sept 2017 and I've completed the tutorials and one scenario which was a high-speed 125mph run from Paddington to Reading station.

The screenshots show the incredible detail outside as well as inside the trains, and the great AI passengers that walk to exits and enter the trains.

See my photo album at https://flic.kr/s/aHsm8Ps52H

Some good video features of this line also at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkTjRATO0bw and https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xNlDlU8JO6s

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PC Building Simulator coming to Steam Games - This is the Ultimate Nerdy Game

The game lets players simulate building a custom rig without risking money on components.

The team behind the simulator recently announced that NZXT has partnered with them to bring its catalogue to the game – starting with the S340 case and Kraken liquid coolers.

A demo of the simulator is available through itch.io for Windows, Mac, and Linux, but it does not feature many enhancements that have been made to the upcoming title.

See https://mybroadband.co.za/news/gaming/228055-pc-building-simulator-coming-to-steam.html
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