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Netflix + Nintendo’s New Legend of Zelda Digital TV Series In The Early Stages of Development

The unfortunate part of doing business with Nintendo is that it may take a very, very long time before it becomes clear to fans whether this project became cancelled or was fully realized by a staff with a creative vision worthy of the Nintendo Seal of Approval. The Wall Street Journal and large, well known video games publications are reporting on this as if it is pure fact, which typically means that there is more known about this behind the scenes which may currently be protected by NDA contracts (Non-Disclosure Agreements) signed by the press. There’s also the chance that this is just a very early business discussion which hasn’t fostered into a full production yet.

Given that the Film and Game Industry are melding together more and more with Assassin’s Creed, Ratchet & Clank, and many others all getting their own film re-incarnations, it’s safe to say that this is a 50 / 50. Even though many are asking “is it real?” it’s clear that some form of business arrangement is being made even if Nintendo + Netflix would later deny such claims. Editor’s Note: Fact or Media Spin Fiction Day? A Netflix spokeswoman declined to comment. A Nintendo spokeswoman did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Filed Under: Film / Television, Nintendo, Rumors

[Some Info Sourced: The Wall Street Journal]

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MegaRan The Philadelphia Way – New Song Released As Netflix Documentary Kickstarter 153% Funded

WOW! We have surpassed the goal in under a week! Thank you so much! I’ve set up TWO stretch goals and even dropped some new music to celebrate. read on for that.

So here’s the deal: I’d like to get vinyl going for the new album next year, and so with a stretch goal of $8000, we can do that.

THANK YOU for $7000 on Kickstarter!!

Music Arrangement of “Gonna Fly Now” from the Rocky (1976) Film
Lyrics Written and Performed by Mega Ran
Trumpet Performed by David Cholley
Artwork by Chris Flocco (flocco.deviantart.com)
PRODUCED BY MUSTIN™

As anyone who’s lived in Philly long enough knows, life as a fan of Philadelphia sports teams is full of ups and downs, and mostly downs. With the 76ers tanking, the Phillies and Flyers going nowhere for a while, and recent key injuries to a few Eagles, despite a great start, this season may shape up to be similar to most.

Philly born former teacher Raheem Jarbo, who records hip-hop under the name Mega Ran, perhaps best known for his “Jeremy Lin Rap” that hit scored viral success plus ESPN, USA Today coverage in 2012, is back with a new track that’s less celebratory, but just as heartfelt.

With references to The Curse of Billy Penn, Allen Iverson’s famous “Practice” rant, the demolition of Veterans Stadium and the 2008 Phillies World Series team, and a backing beat comprised of Bill Conti’s famous “Gonna Fly Now,” this rap song is sure to make the average Philly sports fan feel good, or maybe want to fight.

I ALSO have plans to release a new MEGAMAN album on Christmas Day for you guys, if and only if we hit $9000!

Mega Ran’s Director’s Cut DVD and a New Album for 2015

Hit up the kickstarter and either back, or share, I appreciate it greatly!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/megaran/mega-lo-mania-directors-cut-dvd-and-a-new-album-fo

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MegaRan Announces Kickstarter to get Mega-Lo-Mania: Director’s Cut on Netflix + Redbox #RealGamerMusic

Mega-Lo-Mania (our review coming soon) is a documentary from Random AKA MegaRan which was debuted by Glasswork Media at FilmBar the award winning wine bar and movie theater in Phoenix, AZ where a snapshot of the heavily touring indie musician’s life and what it’s like to be MegaRan for a few crazy shows hitting Arizona, Cali, and Vegas with a few unexpected turns of events causing Ran to think on the fly in order to give the fans what they want as he’s done worldwide now with albums covering everything from MegaMan to Final Fantasy and also speaks on life experiences growing up in this modern society us gamers know about all too well.

The original documentary has been released physically and is available digitally still HERE but would be much more accessible to all of MegaRan’s many, many fans around the world who use Netflix, iTunes, Redbox, Amazon, and more. In addition to breaking down the cost of distributing to all of these platforms, Big Ran let’s us know there will be an added bonus to fans getting this Kickstarter achieved. The entire project will be reworked as the longer, second polish release Mega Lo Mania Director’s Cut. Take a look at the following excerpt from the Kickstarter below:

Mega Lo Mania Director’s Cut DVD

“We put in the man-hours to create the content and put it out, out of our own pockets, but when it came time to figure out distribution and promotion, we were quite frankly out of money. Additionally, most retailers and festivals require a film to be 60 minutes, and ours is currently at 40. This requires reshooting, repackaging and re-releasing the video, as Mega Lo Mania: The Director’s Cut.

This Director’s Cut will feature:

  • more performance footage
  • interviews with legendary and influential musicians about me and our work
  • more history of chiptunes, VGM and hip-hop
  • much more!

Here’s a breakdown of costs:

  • Getting a movie on Netflix (HD)= $999
  • Getting a movie on iTunes= $1500 + yearly fees
  • Getting a movie into Redbox =$1395
  • Getting a movie into Amazon= $150
  • Getting your movie into just HALF of the hundreds of film festivals all over the world= over $1000 in submission fees

total= over $5000… to distribute a film…AFTER making it. Whoa.

So, here we are, back at Kickstarter to figure out how the heck to get the most out of the time and effort we’ve already put in. Tough stuff.”

There’s also a ton of great stuff for just pledging what you can towards this release!

Including:

  • Copies of the Director’s Cut DVD as well as MegaRan’s 2015 Album “Wouldn’t Miss It For The World”
  • Digi Packs of everything being released with Free Bonus Live MP3 for those cyber ballers out there.
  • USB Drives and/or CDs full of MegaRan tracks (retail + unreleased)
  • Signed 8 Bit Ties – Ran is literally selling the tie off his neck to make this happen! (3 available)
  • Video w/ MegaRan!!! Yup, this one will cost a bit but totally worth it and more in value. (3 available)
  • MegaRan’s Modded Famicom for playing your own chip tunes on stage!
  • Musical or Video Collaborations – but please, check yourself before you wreck yourself.
  • Much More, click the link below to see all pledge options and rewards listed by MegaRan:

Donate to MegaRan’s Mega-Lo-Mania: Director’s Cut DVD / Netflix Kickstarter HERE

Check out the Official Mega-Lo-Mania trailer below:

 

Update w/ Disclosure: I decided to back the Kickstarter for MegaRan’s Documentary to hit Netflix and other distributors. As according to our new RGN Public Ethics Policy, I will no longer be reporting on MegaRan’s work in an Evaluative Manner (i.e. Reviews) and will have another author Reviewing the work whereas I will be allowed to continue Informative Reporting (non-evaluative, i.e. News). If you have any feedback on this Ethics Policy, please comment on this article below or on our Policy itself and we’ll be sure to take your feedback into high regard. – Jon Ireson, Editor-In-Chief at RealGamerNewz.com

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Amazon Fire TV Review

The Amazon Fire TV introduces a new way to get your entertainment. This is the first micro-console that really gets it right in the history of the tech industry. Expect to see companies taking notes off of Amazon for generations to come after the Fire TV has successfully redefined consumer home electronics.

Starting out with the selection of viewing material available, at low-cost and in some cases for free, allow us to take you through the many ways we found Fire TV to be a useful product for a vary wide variety of people. After this initial section we will discuss the device with more big picture thinking providing Ease of Use and technology analysis, apps + performance evaluation, and a final verdict.

Amazon Voice Search has enabled the ability for owners of the Fire TV to simply say the name of any movie, television show, actor, genre, or app, and be taken directly to it. You can also use this to search for a list of results such as simply saying “zombies” to see an entire variety of zombie-based film, television shows, apps, games, and more. Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video provide the best and most direct option for purchasing and streaming video content, but there’s just about every alternative available on the Fire TV as well.

Tons of apps are used to make Fire TV into more than just an Amazon box. Some noteworthy inclusions are Plex, Showtime Anytime, Twitch, WWE Network, Starz’s Manga, as well as the Smithsonian Channel, Bloomberg TV+, Vimeo, WatchESPN, HuffPost Live, AOL On, Pandora, VEVO,  iHeartRadio, DailyBurn, and FitYou. The predictable apps are here, and feel right at home as well. These include stuff like Netflix, Crackle, Hulu Plus, YouTube, Flixster, and more. But it doesn’t end here. We will do our best to mention as many apps as we find possible but please know that there are tons already on the Fire TV, many of which are very useful and free.

This Review will focus on the most interesting, unique, or useful and omit apps we haven’t had time to try out yet – but stay tuned to our Amazon Fire TV for more on those. One last thing, if you have kids Amazon has a parental control setting and a “FreeTime” mode that allows kids to enjoy the content you hand select for them (which there’s many kid shows / apps to choose from) and gives you the choice to disallow any item or time restrict them, etc. Now back to the fun stuff for us adults…

If you’re like me, you don’t really have that “one trusted source”  for information these days. You probably like to shop around and hear multiple sides to each story that hits the news – whether it be your tech news, politics, or more importantly your favorite video games news. Frequency is a pretty awesome app for the Fire TV that allows you to do just that. Watching news updates + Internet Video on your industry / category of choice or by source all in one app just seemed worthy of its own shout-out. This is great for those looking to spend more time gaming and watching movies, and less time remembering which app they were supposed to check for updates. Just stick them all into one and save time.

Fire TV provides the avenue for users to play content from virtually any provider they currently have subscriptions with. View Netflix, purchased / rented content on other major providers, or even from multimedia servers where you store bought content as digital hard drive files. The options seem to be endless as easily more apps could come out and expand this service. The most popular ways to view television and film content will likely end up being Amazon Prime (which now includes the exclusive rights to all HBO content such as all seasons of The Sopranos), Amazon Instant Video, Netflix, Hulu+, and Crackle for a number of reasons but there are also new emerging apps that people have never heard of expanding this market and what it’s capable of. This includes many niche offerings such as Starz’s Manga channel and more.

Beyond just renting and watching movies / television shows, apps are also available that allow the Fire TV to access your entire Google Drive performing actions, watching content, or even creating virtual scrapbook presentations based off of a photo album. At the least, this shows that Amazon is allowing the Fire TV app environment to be somewhat open-minded. While curated, Amazon Fire TV’s app service does not feel forced at all, and feels very much full of quality albeit quirky indie developer spirit and support.

Fire TV as a Gaming / Apps Service

Gamers should be happy to know that Amazon took the gaming aspects of the Fire TV extremely seriously and have turned the operating system into an integrated gaming machine OS. While in the middle of playing Sev Zero on the Amazon Game Controller, I was able to access my user profile (RealGamerNewz) on the Fire TV simply by hitting the GameCircle button on the Game Controller. This brought up my progress thus far on earning all of the game’s Achievements, as well as data on how long I’d been playing and what my fellow Fire TV owning friends were up to lately.

There’s a ton of free games and apps that can be downloaded, and In-Game Purchases are instantly shut off by a simple setting if you want to play it safe before deciding on investing. You must use your Amazon account and a primary payment option must exist for it (Bank Card or Credit Card), otherwise free games cannot be downloaded. Only a handful of designated apps can be downloaded without this primary function set up on your account, these were likely deemed essential to Fire TV (Netflix is among these). If you get the Amazon Game Controller – you can play Sev Zero for free without entering that banking information. This gives you something to play while waiting for your ATM replacements to arrive – which was the case for me, those things are ancient. Right?

After that you’ll be able to experience a great host of titles. Here are some of the top picks which you can expect Reviews for coming to RealGamerNewz.com very soon.

Ease of Use:

The Amazon Fire TV has the fastest and most intuitive interface I’ve seen from a metro-style navigational menu thus far. The fast and solid UI provided by the Fire TV in combination with the Video Search feature presents an experience with pretty much zero latency. Turning on a film is a snap as well, even over regular wifi connections this device takes only a few short seconds to start streaming then doesn’t stop to buffer at any point.

The Fire TV Remote is streamlined as well, just like everything else about the Fire TV. Everything feels less than a click away as menus respond instantly to simplified controls. No overly complex riddles to figure out here. All of the apps on this device have been carefully crafted with mistakes of the past easily avoided and most major streaming providers giving a seamless experience to viewers on the Fire TV. Simply plug in and play. Amazon Fire TV tries it’s best not to be complicated, and it achieves that. All user interfaces move even faster than that of next-gen gaming consoles, and are intuitive so they don’t require any thinking. Streaming music from popular apps like Pandora or an Amazon MP3 collection and accessing photos and home-videos from Google Drive or Amazon Cloud Drive are instantaneous and look beautiful on-screen with creative ideas for presentation to those viewing.

Amazon FreeTime as mentioned earlier is an extremely easy way for parents to set kids up with a selection of apps, tv shows, games, and films that they deem appropriate – with time limits per day, per application / content which they also decide. Once this is all set up parents can throw the Fire TV into this mode and feel confident to walk away with kids only seeing what they should and only for as long as they should. Some of the kid stuff available includes Nickelodeon, Sesame Street, PBS Kids, and more but there’s also a lot of great stuff emerging for the younger market which can be found and allowed on your own as a parent. Everyone raises their kids differently, and Amazon did a great job for leaving it up to you but also giving you that power to do it quick, do it fast, and do it right.

Technology:

“ASAP (Advanced Streaming and Prediction)” might have sounded like a gimmick before opening up and plugging in the Amazon Fire TV – but it’s for real. Buffering a show whether using Amazon Instant Video or even an app like Netflix takes less than 4 seconds and doesn’t happen again during the middle of a Film or TV show – even if you’re on normal grade Internet and a standard WiFi connection. This device has 4x as much RAM as the Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast and a Quad Core Processor with 3x as much processing power with its own dedicated Adreno 320 graphics engine. This makes Fire TV far better than any micro-console on the market. Their services and store is set up in a curated yet open way with tons of useful apps and games which also perform with excellence. This is thanks to the high specs and great architecture of the Fire TV overall, making it easy for development teams to create software and games for.

Similar to Wii U and PS4’s remote play feature, owners of the Kindle Fire HDX are able to control the Fire TV’s entertainment, mirror it on the tablet, and even control their Fire TV with the tablet – during apps, during movies, and even as a game controller for certain titles. Kindle Fire HDX is also used to jump into “X-Ray” mode which gives viewers detailed information about a film from the IMDb database.

Simply put, the Amazon Fire TV is a luxurious value, provides a pleasurable experience with everything you expect and more, makes Roku look like a paperweight, makes Chromecast look like a child’s toy, and makes your Cable Box look like a ripoff.

Specific Specs and Extended Capabilities List:

    • Quad Core Processor (fastest available in a micro-console)
    • 2GB Ram (fastest available in a micro-console)
    • Certified Dolby Digital Plus Surround Sound (only available on Fire TV)
    • Voice Search (only available on Fire TV) (uses Bluetooth 2.1 Fire TV Remote which is included and has 2 digital microphones w/ noise suppression tech)
    • WiFi Capable (Dual Band / Dual Antenna / MIMO)
    • Ethernet Input (10 / 100 base)
    • HDMI Output (720P or 1080P HD @60hz or @50hz Frames Per Second)
    • Optical Audio Output
    • Gamers can flip the Fire TV Remote sideways and use it in a way similar to the Nintendo NES days (on certain games).
    • Amazon Game Controller is $39.99 add-on item that has L1, L2, R1, R2, X, Y, B, A buttons, two thumbsticks, an arrow pad, and more.
    • 8 GB Internal Storage
    • Future Expansion is a possibility through Cloud for high powered games / apps to eventually be streamed rather than downloaded and run locally.
    • 1 Year Limited Warranty included
    • Content Compatibility (not including app-expanded support): H.263, H.264, MPEG4-SP, VC1 (Video), AAC, AC-3, E-AC-3, HE-A, PCM, MP3 (Audio), JPG, PNG (Image)

Apps + Performance:

The Fire TV may not be here to compete with the PS4 and Xbox ONE for games, but it isn’t trying to. The Fire TV has a great library of existing games, many of which will never be released on those platforms. And the ability for Android developers to easily port games to the Fire ecosystem means this exclusive flavor of gaming won’t be slowing or stopping any time soon. The Amazon Game Controller for the Fire TV feels great, and Amazon Game Studios produced Sev Zero which feels a lot better than expected – and is actually pretty addicting even for a hardcore gaming veteran. This company was formed from industry developers who put together Xbox ONE titles and many others throughout their experience as veterans in the business. Many more unannounced titles are in the lineup from Amazon Game Studios which will likely never be released outside of this awesome Fire TV ecosystem. Other third party titles like Grand Theft Auto and Minecraft are also sure to keep those who came here for gaming quite happy, and for a fraction of the costs involved elsewhere.

As far as other apps, all of the ones we tested ran perfectly. This was better than expected, and from what we can gather Amazon is very firm on app development companies putting their best foot forward. The only app you won’t find is HBO Go and Amazon just purchased rights to HBO content so that will likely be remedied soon if not simply exclusive to Amazon Prime and Amazon Instant Video. Unlike the cable boxes that millions are tolerating these days, everything the Fire TV does it does instantly. ASAP tech means that there’s essentially no buffering other than 2-3 seconds before launching a Film / TV show. And yes, it actually works exactly the way it sounds.

Final Verdict:

Hands down, the Amazon Fire TV has destroyed its competition. Most of the set top boxes released have only been exciting to a small handful of people as the selection in viewing content just wasn’t there and the technology was just too slow and chunky. Fire TV introduces a new era in which it reigns supreme at this time. Google has recently announced the Android TV which is not out yet but is the only product that could hope to come close to this level of performance, selection, and ease of use. Unfortunately, I really don’t think Google can reach this level and by that time Amazon would have improved the Fire TV through updates and new app design anyways. The thing that makes the Fire TV so great is not simply the power it has or the apps it has though, and that’s why Google won’t surpass this anytime soon. What makes the Fire TV special is its focus on everything being fast and intuitive.
Apps on the Fire TV feel intuitive, menus feel organic, and not once did I stop and ask myself “How do I do this?”. It just flows. The fact that Android TV (which is not available yet) is the only thing remotely similar to the Fire TV, and it was announced immediately after Fire TV’s success was known, tells me that tech companies will be happy to simply copy the Fire TV from here on out.

If you’re going to get a Micro-console, there’s absolutely zero reason to choose anything besides the Fire TV. The only way that Amazon Fire TV could really improve is to have built-in DTS and to have its own HBO Go app (although it would be redundant since Amazon Prime now owns exclusive rights to much of HBO’s content). For $99 the value being offered is unmatched in the market. Overall, Amazon Fire TV gets a 9.9 out of 10 from RealGamerNewz.

Official Trailer:

Manufacturer: Amazon

Available Now: Amazon Fire TV $99.00 MSRP

Review Info: Amazon Fire TV and Amazon Game Controller were provided to RealGamerNewz by the manufacturer for the purpose of this review.

Disclosure: The author of this article worked for Amazon on a confidential project during a six-month contract which was completed as scheduled. ***That contract did not begin until 1 month after this article was posted.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 6 Trailer [HD 1080P]

The Season 6 Trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars is presented below in Full 1080P High Definition. This Television series season debuts on Netflix March 7, 2014 alongside Seasons 1 – 5 arriving on the streaming service.

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Cable Internet Providers Admit Data Limits Are Not Necessary

In addition to holding back download speeds perhaps to force you to get your streaming television / film content on their archaic hardware Cable Internet Providers also limit the upload abilities users have, causing them to be unable to do advanced tasks their hardware would otherwise handle easily – like host sophisticated servers for example.

Now Ex-FCC Boss Michael Powell has revealed to the world that Cable Internet Providers have admitted to the public there is no actual hardware limitation causing data caps to be placed on internet plans such as broadband and fiber. Instead, Powell explains, the reason data caps are being placed is for providers to decide how much to charge various types of users for what is essentially the same technology had it not been for the limits they themselves control. This opens up all kinds of discussion such as the merit of charging for faster internet or more bandwidth per month.

Cable and Fiber remain the most sturdy and widespread networks in the United States while in some other countries Wireless still dominates and Wireless claims to have hardware limitations that explain the various tiers of pricing – but now that Cable doesn’t will users have any other choice but to continue paying for large companies to rake in massive profit margins? Also, as people begin to pull the plug on Cable TV for services like Netflix will we see Cable ISP’s aggressively going after people who pirate films / tv and refuse to lower prices / increase data rates citing loss of customer-base on the entertainment front? Pictured above is an example of how the internet’s network is mapped, time remains to tell the full story of this issue.

[Some Info Sourced: TechDirt]

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Micro Transactions; The Anaconda of The Industry

So the hot topic right now is Micro Transactions and I’m seeing a lot of back and forth going on in the comment threads (as usual) and just decided to put my two cents in on it as well.

This is kind of a hit or miss for me…

I find it acceptable for F2P game-types because you get out what you put in. Game development does take time and money so I don’t expect full games outright for free. If you like what you’ve played of the game you can decide what aspects to buy and how much you put in. Heck if you really enjoy the game and just want to support it you can even kind of think of it as a donation to the people who brought you an experience that you really enjoy.

What I don’t find acceptable is charging the full $60 price on a game and then incorporating this business model on top of it. If you’re going to do this then there should be a $30 – $40 price-tag on the title, because then at least it wouldn’t hurt so bad if you spent another $20 on in-game content. If you’re charging the full price then the in-game unlockables should only be available through some kind of in-game (fake) currency. I do understand that some of these transactions are available through in-game credits (or whatever they choose to call them), but they make them very hard to obtain, trying to lure the player into spending real money for the instant gratification rather than grinding for the in-game achievements. There needs to be a better balance.

This poses a very relevant question for the future of retail titles. Where do we go from here?

If it turns out that everybody buys into the little content on full retail titles this could very well turn into the norm. Oh, it’s just a buck here or $5 here, or $60 for ONE freaking car!? Where does it end? Subscriptions on retail games?

I was genuinely interested in Final Fantasy XIV until I found out it was a subscription based game. I have a bunch of subscriptions at the moment as it is via Netflix and what-not that are already milking my card on a monthly basis as it is, so I just couldn’t justify another monthly expense on a single videogame. At least it is an online only game and it does cost money to keep the servers running, but I can see businessmen seeing that this is a viable means of revenue and trying to implement it as well, just to see if it’ll work.

I’m not criticizing one company or the other on this topic, although one definitely is trying to push this right out of the gate. I just don’t want this to go over because if it turns out it works for one of them it’s just a matter of time before the other follows suit. Vote with your wallets on this one please, I don’t want this to be a standard practice for games that are already over-priced at $60 a pop.

I already have a problem with them charging full-price for digital games, there’s no reason for it at all. They don’t have to ship them, they don’t have to manufacture any of the materials that go along with physical titles, there’s absolutely no reason we should have to pay full retail price on digital games. Period.

NOTE:

I didn’t include DLC into this, because I feel that that is another topic in it’s own right. I also find DLC acceptable as long as it is an actual expansion of the game, not just small in-game items such as armor that should be available in the game in item chests or at item stores, not an actual real world marketplace using real world money.

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Sony Bravia Smart Stick Will Compete w/ Google Chromecast

If you’re a Film / TV show fanatic that prefers cheap streaming services over the heavily over-priced cable services out there, the Google Chromecast probably caught your attention when it released recently. Sony aims to compete with their own little plug-and-play device called the Sony Bravia Smart Stick. The concept behind both devices is that you 1) plug either into the HDMI port of your television set, 2) use any wireless device such as smartphones to pick what you want to watch on YouTube, Netflix, Google Play, etc., 3) sit back and watch on the TV. Hulu is also working on bringing support for their Hulu+ streaming service to the device as well. The main interest in the Chromecast was that it only costed $35 though, if Sony plans on charging anything more they better have a lot more features for their Bravia Smart Stick. The good thing is we will find out soon enough tech junkies! Sony is expected to reveal the device in full today and deliver even more details as the week goes forward.

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E3 2013: PlayStation Apps Coming Soon for PS3 / PS Vita / PS4

PlayStation 4 got detailed for its PlayStation Apps today at E3 2013. There are also app updates coming to PlayStation 3 and PS Vita. Check out the following apps detailed below:

PlayStation Apps Coming Soon

– RedBox Instant by Verizon – Coming to PS3 / PS Vita and PlayStation 4

– Live Events Viewer – best live sporting music and entertainment events and pay per view events live or on demand

PlayStation 4 will also feature:

– Flixster

– Music Unlimited

– Video Unlimited

– Netflix – (PlayStation format is #1 experience in the world for Netflix)

– Hulu Plus

– MLB TV

– NHL Game Center

– CrunchyRoll

– Laugh Beta

– Vudu HD Movies

– Amazon Instant Video

– Neon Alley

– Facebook

– Crackle

– Best Buy CinemaNow

– Epix

– PlayStation Plus

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RealGamerNewz Podcast: Episode #953 – April 5, 2013

In this week’s episode of RealGamerNewz Podcast we discuss the world’s largest hack which took place recently against Netflix. We also go over topics such as the next generation PlayStation 4’s DualShock 4 controller and possible unannounced features that may be waiting to be revealed in the title. Battlefield 3 versus Battlefield 4 reveal footage are discussed and the state of graphics in the game industry at large as well.

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Largest DDoS In History Reaches 300 Billion Bits Per Second

An anonymous reader writes

“The NYT is reporting that the Largest DDoS in history reached 300 Gbps. The dispute started when the spam-fighting group Spamhaus added the Dutch company Cyberbunker to its blacklist, which is used by e-mail providers to weed out spam. Millions of ordinary Internet users have experienced delays in services like Netflix or could not reach a particular Web site for a short time. Dutch authorities and the police have made several attempts to enter the bunker by force but failed to do so. The attacks were first mentioned publicly last week by Cloudflare, an Internet security firm in Silicon Valley that was trying to defend against the attacks and as a result became a target.”

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Nex Gen PlayStation 4 & Xbox 720 Games Could Be Rented Digitally

Nex Gen games might be rented digitally. One example of this that exists today came with a revisit to a beloved franchise. The free demo released for Battlefield 1942 dropped players in the middle of the full multiplayer game with active matches taking place and streamlined action gaurunteed. After a certain amount of time, the demo was locked and a gamer would have to purchase the title digitally to continue playing. If they didn’t enjoy themselves, they could simply delete the demo and forget about it.

PlayStation Plus turned this into a new standard for digital entertainment. With their 1 hour trials that exist today, we may be seeing a sneak peak into the future of the video game rental industry. Dueling with used games sales and rental services, next generation hardware like PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will likely provide at least a little resistance against such traditional game business formats. The digital option is one that gives power back to the game publishers and developers, without having to sacrifice the age old tradition of taking a video game for a test drive before purchase.

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Microsoft Buys Video Search Company for Upcoming Xbox 360 On-Demand Video Service

Like how your cable box glitches and struggles to change channels without latency? Oh. Well Microsoft doesn’t either apparently. They are working with integration on their newly purchased company VideoSurf (rumored to have cost them $100 million) to enable a Bing video search to work over their newly announced Internet Protocol Television solution. To translate that into english: your Xbox 360 can become your cable box with this new service, hypothetically.

GamaSutra also identifies a number of “40 major entertainment partners, including Comcast, Verizon, HBO, Syfy and Bravo.”

We will find out when Microsoft brings out their next dashboard update and entertainment service upgrades what this is really going to be like. For now we wait and watch Netflix teetering on a crash and burn if Microsoft can knock this out of the park for Xbox Live.

It was only a matter of time for some one to approach the cable companies for programming in a streaming, on-demand fashion, but will it be enough to compete with the industry-leading Blu-Ray standard and the PlayStation Store’s superior number of major hollywood film publishers?

via GamaSutra

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