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TMNT Game Revealed + Rise of the Tomb Raider Pre-Loading on Steam + MORE
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TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan Releasing this Summer


After teasing an "official leak" yesterday on Platinum Games' official Twitter, Activision has finally announced that Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Mutants in Manhattan will be available this Summer.

You can check out the official trailer here

YouTube™ Video: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles™: Mutants in Manhattan Announce Trailer 
Views: 860,106
Battle alongside your brothers through the sewers, subways, and streets of NYC to take down Shredder and Krang's evil organization, Foot by Foot.


 

Rise of the Tomb Raider now Pre-Loading on Steam


The acclaimed 2015 game Rise Of The Tomb Raider will be available for pre-loading, which means you'll be able to pre-load the game before its release on the 28th of January. Upon its official Steam release, you'll be able to launch the game immediately.

In case you're still clueless on the minimum PC requirements for the game, here's a complete list:
  • OS: Windows 7 64bit 
  • Processor: Intel Core i3-2100 or AMD equivalent 
  • Memory: 6 GB RAM 
  • Graphics: NVIDIA GTX 650 2GB or AMD HD7770 2GB 
  • DirectX: Version 11 
  • Storage: 25 GB available space

You can check out Rise Of The Tomb Raider's official Steam page here:



MORE Half-Life 3 Rumors?


Remember when we reported yesterday that I don't see any Half-Life 3 rumors coming anytime soon? A ton of rumors literally came flying a few hours after that. Yes, brace yourselves.

RUMOR HAS IT THAT Valve could be making Half-Life 3 a VR-supported game, according toChristian Today. The initial rumor goes on the lines of Valve planning to announce Half-Life 3together with an event showcasing the new Vive virtual reality headset, but Valve's writer, Chet Faliszek was quick to disregard the claims.
Originally posted by Faliszek:
"Just to clarify for everyone, the content showcase is about highlighting select 3rd party experiences. Valve is not showing content there."

Putting that aside, there are some other rumors as well. Half-Life 3 has been listed as available for preorder on Swedish game site Webhallen, which led to speculations of the game being released later this year. Webhallen doesn't even have a photo of the game's design though, and it's currently "out of stock".


Whether these rumors are accountable and legit, that's up to you experts to decide.


Five Nights at Freddy's World Removed from Steam


Just a few days after its release, Five Nights at Freddy's World has been removed entirely from Steam. FNAF's creator Scott Cawthon claims that its because of the terrible ratings and reviews the game had been getting, thus having this to say about the removal:
Originally posted by Cawthon:
"For that reason, I've decided to remove the game from Steam. I've also asked Valve to make it so that the game can be refunded regardless of the amount of the time it has been owned, meaning that anyone can get a refund at any time. It may take them a while to set that up, but it will be in place soon.”

Cawthon promises to continue to work on the game though, adding that once it's re-released, it will be free.
Originally posted by Cawthon:
"I appreciate your support, and I encourage you all to refund your Steam game (even if you enjoyed the game), and download the new version when it becomes available on GameJolt."


 

Gaming Hotel Opens in Amsterdam


Following the reports of the high school with eSports and gaming on it timetables, it looks like The Arcade Hotel, located in Amsterdam aims to make headlines with its entire building dedicated for gaming.


The Arcade Hotel is located in the city’s De Dijp area, consisting of 36 rooms complete with consoles and games. That isn't all the hotel offers though, there’s also a comic book library and handheld consoles for multiplayer games at the hotel bar.
Originally posted by Daniel Salmanovich, owner of The Arcade Hotel:
"[I've remodelled] this hotel into a special place for people who love gaming. I wanted to create a place where travellers and gamers feel like they are staying at a friend’s home."

Rooms start at €94.50 (£71.83), you can check out more info on their official website[www.arcadehotel.nl].


Video Game Catered for Children with ADHD


This decade has brought many pleasant surprises for the gaming community, and Project: EVO is one of those games that bring hope to humanity.

Akili Interactive Labs, Inc. has raised $30.5 million to fund for Project: EVO, a game catered for people with ADHD. Akili Interactive Labs, Inc. aims to release the game in 2017.
Originally posted by CBS News:
"The game can be played on phones or tablets, and it provides an interactive, virtual world for players. As they go through the game they are supposed to skirt around certain objects while choosing others. The idea is to condition the brain to sift through and organize information in real time, requiring a player to stay focused on the task at hand."

Akili claims that they have conducted more than 10 rounds of clinical trials on the game, and are currently testing the game on children with ADHD, autism spectrum disorder, depression, Alzheimer's, and traumatic brain injury.
Originally posted by Akili CEO, Eddie Martucci:
"We've developed a set of proprietary adaptive algorithms that allow the device to automatically personalize the treatment to a particular individual without the need for a doctor."

Good news came from the tests, as they appear to show improved cognition in children with ADHD.
Originally posted by Elliott Berkman, assistant professor the Department of Psychology at the University of Oregon:
"We don't really know how effective this kind of technology is. The clinical trial model in this case is very good -- that is exactly the kind of work that needs to be done right now.

The real test is to see if the practice of playing the game extends beyond the game into a new domain of life. It has to affect the person's other behaviors."

Regarding the future of games like these aiming to cure diseases and cater for disabilities, Berkman had this to say:
Originally posted by Betkman:
"The good news is that these games, regardless of how effective, don't appear to hurt anyone. You download these games and they are free, and certainly from a psychological side, if people believe they are working hard and improving they will feel better. It is a self-fulfilling prophecy, a self-fulfilling belief. The bad news is that I don't know if these things work, none of us do, yet, so people should always be skeptical."



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