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Google has uploaded their annual April Fools day joke a day early this year by providing us with an exciting (but fake!) look at a Google Maps update. In the video posted below, Google shows off a Pokemon update which allows anyone with a android or iDevice product to catch Pokemon depending on location. If you are one of the best and catch em all, you can even nail yourself a job at google with the title, “Pokemon Master”.

Pokemon trainers must search far and wide to locate Pokemon hidden around the world, from climbing on rooftops to exploring deserts and everything else the world has to offer. This looks to be an exciting challenge… if it were real.

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Facebook Purchases Oculus VR

by Skyler Edgar on March 25, 2014

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Facebook’s founder, Mark Zuckerberg has just revealed that they have acquired Oculus VR, the company responsible for developing the Oculus Rift. According to Facebook, Oculus VR was acquired for $2 billion in U.S. currency, and the transaction should be happening by the end of July.

Oculus VR Founder, Palmer Lucky has even stated that this will be a great opportunity for the Oculus Rift:

“A few months ago, Mark, Chris, and Cory from the Facebook team came down to visit our office, see the latest demos, and discuss how we could work together to bring our vision to millions of people. As we talked more, we discovered the two teams shared an even deeper vision of creating a new platform for interaction that allows billions of people to connect in a way never before possible.

It’s rumored that the next generation of entertainment will be Virtual Reality, what with Sony just unveiling Project Morpheus and the Oculus Rift seeing lots of media attention as of lately. With Facebook acquiring this technology, it will be interesting to see where it goes.

“We’re going to focus on helping Oculus build out their product and develop partnerships to support more games. Oculus will continue operating independently within Facebook to achieve this.” Mark Zuckerberg stated on Facebook.

What is your opinion of the news? Does this seem like an excellent growth opportunity for Oculus VR or will it harm them? Feel free to let us know in the comments below!

Source: OculusVR.com and Facebook.com

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Gaming Bits From Around The Web

by Skyler Edgar on March 24, 2014

in General Gaming News Bits

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From time to time, we will be posting a article called, “Gaming Bits From Around The Web”. This article will feature any smaller, news stories to help keep you informed! If you have any comments of suggestions for this article, please feel free to let us know in the comments below!

Nintendo
Rarest 3DSXL Given Away In Tournament – Nintendo likes to host tournaments, especially for Pokemon. A Pokemon Tournament will be held in Japan and will feature a very limited edition prize. As seen in the pictures above, players will have a chance at winning on of these mega charizard 3DSXL’s with their name printed on them.

Microsoft
Diablo 3 in development for Xbox One – Yes, it seems Blizzard has not forgotten about the Xbox has it has been reported that the game is in development for the Xbox One. However, it has still yet to be confirmed if the game will be released on that platform.

Sony
Hotline Miami for PS4 – It seems the popular indie game, Hotline Miami, will soon be launching on the PS4. This game will also feature Playstation’s Cross-buy program, where if you purchase the game on the Vita, PS3 or PS4, you will unlock it for all respective platforms.

PC
Diablo 3 will be released at midnight tonight! Are you looking forward to playing the new Crusader class or beating Act V? Let us know in the comments below!

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Following multiple rumors floating around the web, Ubisoft has officially unveiled the next game in the Assassin’s Creed series, Assassin’s Creed Unity. This game focuses on the beautiful city of Paris, where you play a completely different assassin with the same gameplay you know and love. Ubisoft has even given us a small peek at some Alpha footage of the game which you can see below

Assassin’s Creed Unity will be released on the Xbox One, PS4 and PC later this holiday season for an MSRP of $69.99. It is rumored that a seperate Assassin’s Creed game called Assassin’s Creed Comet will be available for the Xbox 360 and PS3 later this fall, but unfortunately this is still a rumor.

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During the Game Developers Conference later last night, Sony held a press conference to show off Project Morpheus, a new Virtual Reality headset set to be released for the PS4 in the near future. Project Morpheus’ prototype already utilizes 360 degree positional tracking, 1080p resolution, low latency and wireless connectivity which means we could see even better specs as the device nears official release.

Yoshida said at the GDC Press Conference, “We believe Morpheus will further enhance the world of PlayStation 4 with seamless integration with PlayStation Camera, DualShock 4, and Playstation Move. we will continue to improve on this prototype by gathering feedback from developers. That’s why we unveiled it at GDC,”

It was also announced that developers will start receiving prototypes ‘soon’ to start developing games on the Project Morpheus. Sony has already hinted that previous games such as Thief and Eve Valkyrie will be playable on Project Morpheus and that game developers such as Epic Games and Crytek are already on-board with the idea.

How easy is it to use though? According to the press conference, all you need to do is connect it wirelessly to the Ps4, turn it on and put it over your eyes. Unfortunately there is no release date or launch window on when Project Morpheus will be released however I am guessing we can’t be far off if developers will soon have it in their hands.

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