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Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday

Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday

This year's League of Legends Oceanic Pro League kicks off this weekend live from a new world-class broadcast studio in Sydney, Australia.

For the first time in Oceania, shoutcasters, analysts, players and coaches will all be under one roof for broadcasts, and outside of competition, all teams will be living in gaming houses.

The new studio features a broadcast quality set design that includes LED feature walls in the two team rooms and shoutcasting studio. Tech additions include enhanced graphic and replay potential, 10 full-HD player cameras, 1080p 60fps streaming capability, and a wireless communication network for teams, referees, broadcast and live operations.

"We believe that these changes will fuel a more competitive league and an unparalleled esports viewing experience for fans,” said Riot Games head of esports and competitive Daniel Ringland.

All teams will now compete in-studio on Saturday and Sunday from 3pm AEDT (5pm NZT), and the action will be streamed live on Riot Games Oceania’s Twitch and YouTube. Midweek games have been dropped altogether.

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Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion

Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion

Capcom has licenced a Resident Evil scented candle for those who wish the game to be an assault on yet another of their senses.

Capcom partnered with gaming merch company Numskull for the Resident Evil 4D candle, which it calls "the perfect way to set the scene when playing Resident Evil 7: Biohazard".

The candle has a burn time of around 25 hours.

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Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne

Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne

Australasia's only chipmusic festival is returning to Melbourne for its fifth anniversary.

Square Sounds Melbourne is a four day microfestival held locations in and around inner Melbourne, with its core base being one of Melbourne’s best known and most beloved live music venues, The Evelyn Hotel.

The focus of Square Sounds Festival is on chiptunes – music made with or inspired by video game consoles. With old consoles scavenged from toy boxes and op shops in hand, this year’s line up runs the gamut from Game boys to Amigas, smashing preconceived notions of video game music with featured genres as varied as the performers themselves.

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Game Mode to boost performance on Windows

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Game Mode to boost performance on Windows

Microsoft is adding a mode to Windows that it says will improve game performance.

Game Mode is coming as part of the Windows 10 Creators Update later this year, and promises to boost game performance across Win32 and Universal Windows Platform titles.

It is suspected that the mode suspends background processes, it's still not clear what the mode actually does or how it does it.

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What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?

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What are Switch hands-on impressions saying?

Immediately following the Switch conference on Friday evening, Nintendo held hands-on events for press and fans around the world.

While impressions have predictably been all over the map, some same points have been raised by many writers, some of which are collected below:

Hardware-wise, it's an interest concept

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Switch is more expensive than PS4 and Xbox One

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Nintendo's Switch is more expensive than PS4 and Xbox One

Nintendo's Switch console will launch on Friday March 3 at a suggested retail price of NZ$548 (AU$470), Nintendo announced over the weekend.

For comparison's sake, you can pick up a PS4 Slim 1TB Premium Bundle for NZ$528, a PS4 Slim 1TB Watch Dogs 2 Bundle for NZ$478, a PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console for NZ$638, a PS4 Slim 500GB Console for NZ$448, an Xbox One 1TB Elite Console for NZ$548, and an Xbox One S 1TB Gears of War 4 Console Bundle for NZ$528.

The Switch won't feature StreetPass or Miiverse, Nintendo has revealed. Instead, it will support "existing social media platforms" (think: Facebook and Twitter) with its share button.

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PS VR support coming to Dirt Rally via paid DLC

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PS VR support coming to Dirt Rally via paid DLC

Dirt Rally is getting PS VR support soon via a paid DLC pack.

The PS VR DLC is coming to the PlayStation Store in the coming weeks, and will also be available from retail via a new boxed version of Dirt Rally,

It supports every car, route and discipline within the game, but also allows a second player to take on the role of co-driver and send calls to the driver using the using a DualShock 4.

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League of Legends finally has a single player practice mode

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League of Legends finally has a single player practice mode

After much flip-flopping on the subject, Riot has finally announced that League of Legends is getting a practice tool.

The tool, creatively called 'Practice Tool', is a place where anyone can go to brush up on the game's systems.

Riot describes it as a simple, straight forward, single player environment that lets you test out things without wasting hours in Custom Games.

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Sony shutters MediEvil and Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge

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Sony shutters MediEvil and Rigs studio Guerrilla Cambridge

Sony is closing Rigs: Mechanized Combat League developer Guerrilla Cambridge, a studio that's been around since the PlayStation 1.

All employees will be laid off, although Sony is attempting to move people onto other projects.

It has also pledged to speak with other developers in Cambridge about employment opportunities – the English town is host to many game studios including Ninja Theory ( Hellblade), Jagex (RuneScape), and Frontier Developments (Elite: Dangerous, Planet Coaster).

Tuesday 17 January

Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion
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Resident Evil 7 scented candle promises deep VR immersion
Ably covers soiled pants smell.
Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne
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Australasia's only chipmusic festival returns to Melbourne
Bust out your air gAtari.
Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday
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Revamped LoL Oceanic Pro League kicks off Saturday
New studio, payment model.

Monday 16 January