2014 April

April 30, 2014

Sharefactory hits the PlayStation 4 Today

 

The long awaited PlayStation 4 firmware update, 1.70, hit the console today, and in tow, SHAREfactory. SHAREfactory is a new application that lets you edit your gameplay recordings with ease and pizzazz. The app is free to all PlayStation 4 owners, though you will have to download the app. After you download the app you can take any of your previous gameplay captures and edit them into works of art. The interface , which is pictured above, feels a bit like Windows Movie Maker, which isn’t a bad thing since Movie Maker is extremely easy to use. You can edit the videos, music, transitions, the theme, and just about anything else. This is a tip I got from the Official PlayStation Blog about capturing video for the editor, take short clips like your editing. If you take short clips, it is worlds easier to string them together to make a more cohesive product. There is a simple way to do this. When you have set up what you want to accomplish with the clip simply double tap the share button to start recording, once you are finished tap the share button again to stop recording. Next it will take you a menu where you can simply press square to save that file for later use, and you are finished. SHAREfactory comes with sample music, which I used in my sample video below, or you can use your own simply by putting music on a USB drive and plugging it into the PS4. For that music to work, you need to have a folder on your USB drive labeled /sharefactory/music, with the music you want use in that folder. After you are finished editing your video simply hit options and then render video. Once the video is finished, you can then upload it to social media and grab it for your own use. Both next gen consoles now have video editing software, and we are all better off for it. Previous gen hardware required addition hardware that could be a bit pricey, now everything is simply built in. Having now tooled around in both Upload Studio on the Xbox One and SHAREfactory on the PlayStation 4, I do prefer SHAREfactory to Upload Studio. Upload, as a hub to share and watch videos is fantastic, it just needs some better editing tools. It feels a tad simplistic when you see what you can do with SHAREfactory. Now on the PlayStation 4, I wish there was a hub to upload and share videos, instead of posting them to Twitter or Facebook. Below is a quick video I made in SHAREfactory. The game clips are from Resogun, which I had to play through the first level twice to get the clips right. The audio is one of the standard tracks in SHAREfactory, the whole editing process took me about 15 minutes, so excuse the rough edges. If I took my time and utilized something like the photo mode in Infamous: Second Son, I could pull something much greater from my creative bones. If you have a PS4, I urge you to give SHAREfactory a go and hopefully create something special.

April 11, 2014

Diablo III Patch 2.0.4

On Tuesday Blizzard released a major patch for Diablo III. There have been a lot of changes to the classes as well as some fixes and tweaks, for the full release notes go to: http://www.battle.net/d3/en/blog/13532431/patch-204-now-live-08-04-2014.

The Big Changes

There is big news for pets in this patch with a boost to the damage that they can dish out, all pets, including Witch Doctor and Demon Hunter pets, now scale their damage with Critical Hit Damage.

Crusaders got buffed! They also now incur a 15% damage reduction. After the Crusader being so OP in the beta it came as a surprise that the class in live was so fragile, so this patch has brought the Crusader back to a level that is on an equal footing with the other classes.

Controversial change for Wizards, did it get nerfed? Frozen orb is apparently now ‘fixed’ because it was bugged before. Wizards were getting the maximum orb damage on every hit because the radius was too big and the time the orb lasted was too long. So although this will still be a good ability it’s affect will be reduced. In addition, Teleport has been changed to 3 teleports rather than 4, but the distance you can travel in any one teleport has been increased from 35 yards to 50 yards.

Crafting costs have been reduced, level 70 crafted sets no longer require Flawless Royal gems and instead now require Marquise gems which means that it’s not such a massive overhead and could reduce farming time for some items.

The drop rate of unique Legendary crafting materials has been significantly increased alongside ensuring that Nephalem Rifts are the best way to get legendary items. The number of chests and drops from monsters outside of rifts has been reduced with the drops you are getting in the rifts being tailored to your class now.

April 11, 2014

Blizzard at PAX East 2014

 

Visit east.paxsite.com for  the latest news from PAX East, schedules, forums, and more. You can also download the official PAX app for smart phones for free to your smart phone.

What’s happening at the Blizzard Booth at PAX East 2014

  • Warlords of Draenor hands-on demo featuring updated character models and the intro experience for the upcoming expansion.
  • Hands-on time with the in-development Diablo III: Ultimate Evil Edition for PlayStation 4.
  • The latest information on Hearthstone: Heroes of Warcraft, and a chance to play the mobile version on iPad.
  • A brand-new demo for Heroes of the Storm, featuring new Heroes playable for the first time anywhere outside of Blizzard.
  • Blizzard developers will be on-hand to chat about your favorite games.

 

Follow @Official_PAX on Twitter and you can also follow @PAX_lines for the latest from the main theatre.

April 8, 2014

Gaming in Stereo: Wedding Edition

 

 

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I know I have been away for some time, planning a wedding, even having a year in advance, can be a difficult time. The most difficult of these choices has clearly been what song I wanted played while dancing with my mother. My mother has been the most influential people in my life, pushing me to always do better and always taking an interest with the things I love. She is a constant reader on the site, always forwarding me articles on the good the gaming industry does, and when ever she visits, takes time to sit and watch me play. My love and appreciation for classical music stems from her pushing me in middle and high school. I started learning music when I was around 9 years old. I played the trumpet from then till I graduated high school and I can still read sheet music to this day. There had been several times I wanted to quit, with the reason either being some of my friends or a teacher had annoyed me to the point of no return; but, because of her I stayed. Now, as an adult, I see that it was for the better and I can now honestly say, thank you. When choosing the song to dance with my mother, I wanted it to incorporate all of the above. I wanted it to have emotion, be gaming related, and be an orchestrated piece with no lyrics what so ever. I am not a traditionalist by any means. I feel there is more emotion in music without lyrics. Lyrics can be an empty shell, devoid of meaning, and can be crafted by anyone. Real composition takes an artist, and I looked to one of my favorite game composers, who I deeply respect as an artist and composer, Nobuo Uematsu for a composition. I chose “Zanarkand” from the Final Fantasy X soundtrack. It is the version taken from Uematsu-sans “Distant Worlds II: More Music from Final Fantasy” album, it has a full orchestra playing the piece instead of the MIDI version from the game (the new HD Remaster has much better audio, Yay!). I wanted to say thank you for your hard work and dedication to me for the past 29 years. I have grown into a young man that appreciates the arts and well crafted music because of you. I try to pass that love of music and games with each Gaming in Stereo article I write. Mom, if you read this before you leave, I love you and hope you enjoy the music! To everyone else, I will be departing for a bit, but will return in force, with articles popping up, hopefully next week. I may have to blog a bit while the misses is out shopping on our trip, and don’t think I would go on a honeymoon and leave my handhelds!

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