Posted October 11, 2013

The Game Times: 10/11

Why the NCAA Games (shouldn't have) ended, the Future of 'Xbone,' and Morgan Freeman on GTA5

Game Room

Legal war never aimed at NCAA cancellation

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Opposing lawyers say EA was in no way forced to stop making NCAA games, in spite of an arduous lawsuit.

Electronic Arts has been fighting a legal battle centered around the allegedly unlawful use of athlete likenesses in their NCAA football series for months now, and only recently reached a conclusion with the abandoning of the intellectual property entirely, canceling the release of this year’s game. However, despite the legal issues suggested by the series’ abrupt cancellation, it seems EA was not required to stop making the games.

“We would’ve been happy to have the game go forward,” Leonard Aragon, partner at Hagens Berman Sobol Shapiro LLP, told Polygon. “It was never our intent to not have this game [continue].”

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Game News

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Behold the massive power of Valve’s console … and its massive price

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After a 3-part reveal, consisting of a new operating system, gamepad, and set-top gaming box, Valve has now revealed the long-awaited technical specs for the initial (prototype) round of Steam Machines. The more prominent hardware points, which vary between systems and will all be fully customizable post-release, are as follows:

  • GPU (video card): NVidia Titan, GTX780, GTX760, GTX 660
  • CPU (processor): Intel i7-4770, i5-4570, i3
  • RAM (memory): 16GB DDR3 @ 1600hz (CPU), 3GB GDDR5 (GPU)
  • Storage: 1TB/8GB Hybrid SSHD (solid-state hard disc drive)
  • PSU (power supply): 450w 80Plus Gold Certified
  • Product dimensions: 12 x 12.4 x 2.9in.

These specs put the beta Steam Machines a far cry above next-gen consoles in terms of raw performance, but also create an equally radical price gap. The listed video cards alone, particularly Titan and 780 units, come in at an average of $999 to $659 respectively, ruling out any sort of monetary advantage over PlayStation 4 or Xbox one.

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The part with the videos 

See the female lead of Beyond: Two Souls in the game’s official launch trailer

WWE 2K14‘s newest gameplay trailer includes many beloved wrestlers 

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Final Boss

It’s no grand secret that there’s plenty to do in Grand Theft Auto V. But what if one character’s—say, Franklin’s—escapades were narrated … by Morgan Freeman? Thanks to the voice talent of Jason Stephens over at Machinima, we now know the answer to that exact question (or at least got close enough). It’s hysterical.

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