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Link Revs Up In Mario Kart 8 This November

Link is a playable character in Mario Kart 8 with the “Legend of Zelda X Mario Kart 8” DLC pack, due out in the UK in November for £7. We’re waiting on news from Nintendo of America for more information about a stateside release.The pack includes Tanooki Mario, Cat Peach and Link as new playable characters, plus four vehicles and eight courses (that’s two new cups with four courses each).A second DLC pack for Mario Kart 8 is due out in May 2015, called “Animal Crossing X Mario Kart 8.” It includes new playable characters in Isabelle, Villager and Dry Bowser, plus four vehicles...

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Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel – Claptrap Action Skill Revealed

One of the most requested pieces of information by Borderlands players about the upcoming Borderlands: The Pre-Sequel has been information on the infamous Claptrap’s action skill. Andrew Goldfarb, Content Editor over at Gearbox Software took to the PlayStation Blog earlier today to shed some light on Claptrap’s abilities. Claptrap’s Action Skill is called Vaulthunter.exe, and according to Goldfarb: “… when he uses it he’s granted one of several random abilities for a short time. If you’re lucky and Claptrap’s programming is working properly, you might get a brief opportunity to use a version of another Vault Hunter’s skill, like becoming a Gunzerker (In Claptrap’s...

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Sierra Games – New King’s Quest And Geometry Wars Titles

If you’re a PC gamer of a certain age, the name Sierra On-Line (or Sierra Entertainment) revives memories of some of the most classic point-and-click adventures of the late 20th century. New corporate owner Activision is set to reactivate those memories today, reviving the brand as “Sierra Games” and promising new games in the King’s Quest and Geometry Wars franchises. The new Sierra name will apparently serve as an umbrella for a number of independent studios to reinterpret some classic gaming franchises. The newest King’s Quest entry is being developed for 2015 by The Odd Gentlemen, best known for esoteric puzzle platform game The Misadventures of PB Winterbottom. Geometry...

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Play Battlefield 4 free through Origin for one week

Origin is offering Battlefield 4 for free on a limited basis as part of its Game Time program. Players who want to dive into the PC game have until next Thursday, August 14 to add it to their libraries on the game distribution platform. The one-week, full game trial won’t begin until players download the game for the first time, so there’s no rush to play it immediately before next Thursday.EA first announced the Origin Game Time program in June. It kicked the free trial service off with Titanfall, which was free to play for 48 hours. Battlefield 4 isn’t the only game that’s free for Origin...

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You Can Play The Next ‘Smash Bros’ With a GameCube Controller

The Wii U offers plenty of different control options, from the Gamepad to a Wii Remote, and with the upcoming release of Super Smash Bros. that list is getting even bigger. Nintendo just announced that you’ll be able to play the game with a GameCube controller — a favorite among hardcore fans — thanks to a new adapter. The company didn’t provide any other details, like when the adapter will be available or how much it’ll cost, but you’ll be able to see it in action very soon; GameCube controllers will be used in the upcoming Smash Bros. invitational tournament taking place at E3...

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Google Is Building A Hardware Empire And This Is What It Looks Like

Google began the 21st century as a small but growing search engine. 14 years later, the California-based company has built smartphones, mapped the globe, purchased a firm that makes advanced smoke detectors, and obtained a veritable army of robots. It’s sometimes tempting to still think of Google as a search engine, but the strides the company has made into a huge range of hardware markets show that Google’s search history won’t define its future. At yesterday’s Code Conference, co-founder Sergey Brin showed off Google’s prototype self-driving car. The vehicle has no steering wheel and no pedals, but perhaps the strangest thing...

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SingStar For PS4 Turns Your Phone Into A Microphone

The developer of venerable PlayStation singalong series SingStar — which turns 10 years old today — has found an inventive way to lower the barrier to entry to enjoy karaoke at home. With the upcoming PlayStation 4 version, Sony is ditching the need for dedicated microphones. Now you can just use your mobile phone. SingStar for PS4 will let players pair their iOS and Android phones with the game and use the built-in microphone in their mobile device to capture audio. Current smartphone mics are surprisingly capable, says Sony Computer Entertainment Europe London Studio director Dave Ranyard, which he demonstrated when...

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Behind The Wheel: A Look Inside Google Self-Driving Cars

Google’s vision of the future not only involves sticking tiny displays in front of your eyeballs, but also cars that can drive themselves around with you safely inside. If that sounds like something that’s too far off, Google is trying to show the world otherwise. This week, the company invited press for a test drive inside the current development version of its driverless cars, which can maneuver through both backroads and freeways, sensing what’s around them and automatically adjusting. Even with numerous legal and technological hurdles still ahead, Google hopes to eventually make the GPS and sensor-equipped vehicles something available to...

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Company Gets Kicked Off Amazon After Threatening To Sue A Reviewer

Let this be a lesson to any company selling products on Amazon: going after a customer for a negative review can get you booted from the store entirely. A company called Mediabridge Products has had its Amazon selling privileges revoked after aggressively intimidating and harassing a user for posting a harsh review on one of its routers. Unfortunately for Mediabridge, that Amazon customer also frequents Reddit and chronicled the entire saga there. The original overview has since seemingly been removed, but Ars Technica has been following the story closely. After discovering the negative review — which quickly rose to become the “most helpful” negative feedback —...

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