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Real-world adaptation of Watch Dogs retains what's gross about games

Director Thomas Falcon created a short film inspired by Watch Dogs. Two notes before you watch: 1.) If you're like me and only speak English (and what remains of my high school-level French (and yes, I'm aware this video isn't in French)), you will want to turn on closed captions. 2.) Like Watch Dogs itself, the short is a mixed bag of good and bad ideas. Feel free to skip the pick-up artist opening. It's awkward and plays the manipulation of a woman's privacy as a meet-cute. The interesting section begins about halfway through, when the short becomes an action film, recreating the gang hideout side mission. That's kind of neat. But come on, how does this happen? How does this gamification of women — this idea that the female character is a winnable object, if you play your cards...

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Watch Dogs modder releases final version of his PC graphics overhaul, TheWorse Mod

The modder who's been tweaking the graphics of Ubisoft's Watch Dogs, Federico Rojas (aka TheWorse), released the final version of his mod that originally aimed to return the PC version to its original, E3 2012 demo glory. "This is the last release of my modification," Rojas wrote alongside the release of TheWorse Mod version 1.0. "I did my best to improve graphics and performance as much as I could without degrading the quality." The release comes in two flavors: one with a high-resolution texture pack from another modder MaLDo and one without. Users of the Guru3D forums, which is host to a handful of lengthy threads related to Rojas' work on the Windows PC version of Watch Dogs, are posting comparison pics of the latest version with adjustments of their own. Rojas' mod gained...

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Ubisoft touts Q1 2014 sales driven by Watch Dogs success

Ubisoft's sales increased significantly year over year, thanks in part to the success of Watch Dogs since its May 27 release, the company announced today. According to a report focused solely on sales during Q1 2015, which ended June 30, they totaled €360 million (approximately $490 million), an increase of 374 percent over the €76 million in sales reported for Q1 2014. Ubisoft also reported strong sales in its digital segment, whose performance increased 149 percent to €84 million ($114 million), thanks to games like Child of Light, Trials Fusion and Valiant Hearts: The Great War. "Although the financial year has only just started, our confidence for fiscal-year 2014-15 has been reinforced by our first-quarter performance and the keen anticipation for our upcoming games," said...

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The future of Assassin's Creed will be carved out by Ubisoft Quebec

Ubisoft Quebec is taking hold of the reigns on future developments in the Assassin's Creed franchise, the company announced on its official Ubisoft blog. The Canadian studio is seeing a major investment which includes an increase in the number of staff and new facilities in the around Quebec's St-Roch district. Additionally, the game studio will be using $4 million of a $28 million investment for a new workspace that is being developed for state-of-the-art AAA development. Likewise, the city of Quebec is contributing $500,000 in financial support. Ubisoft Quebec has been one of Ubisoft's umbrella companies since the development of Assassin's Creed Brotherhood in 2010 and played a key role in the development of Watch Dogs. "Since 2010, our understanding of the franchise has increased...

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Watch Dogs' single-player gets new missions and weapons today

New single-player missions are available for Watch Dogs, along with a handful of additional weapons, bonuses and perks for protagonist Aiden Pierce, Ubisoft announced today. Players can unlock new goodies in one of three additional challanges. In the Palace mission, players must break into the luxury home of an internet mogul who has dirt on Aiden and Dedsec and is slated for a police raid. Aiden must wipe his hard drive clean, escape before the raid occurs and take out the mogul. The Signature mission is a little less intricate, but involves stealing and taking ownership of a powerful biometrics weapon that only works for the first person to imprint his palm on the handle. The final mission, Breakthrough, requires Aiden to locate and destroy surveillance scramblers set up around a...

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Watch Dogs’ old render settings may deteriorate performance, Ubisoft says

Following a modder recently unlocking some graphical enhancements in the PC version of Watch Dogs, the development team has responded in a blog post stating that old render settings were deactivated due to possible deterioration of the gameplay experience. "The PC version does indeed contain some old, unused render settings that were deactivated for a variety of reasons, including possible impacts on visual fidelity, stability, performance and overall gameplay quality," the post reads. "Modders are usually creative and passionate players, and while we appreciate their enthusiasm, the mod in question (which uses those old settings) subjectively enhances the game's visual fidelity in certain situations but also can have various negative impacts." Earlier this week, a Watch Dogs tweak...

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How Nintendo plans to reignite Wii U sales

You need to have good games to sell lots of consoles. Typically that's not a problem. A console's launch is so steeped in media attention and gamer buzz, that attracting games and their creators is a breeze. But what happens when a console stalls? Then it's up to the console maker to find that buzz again, to bring back the sort of audience that makes shipping games for a platform worthwhile to other developers. "Well, software sells hardware; it is the truism of this industry," said Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime, "and for us, it's always about creating compelling content, making it available at the right time for the consumer to be motivated and buy the hardware." Sitting in a small office on the second floor of Nintendo's massive E3 booth, Fils-Aime has reason to be...

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Watch Dogs patch fixing corrupted saves, online issues rolling out this week

A patch that will "reconstruct" corrupted save files and rectify online issues is rolling out across all platforms for Watch Dogs this week, according to a post on the Ubisoft forums. The PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 3 patches are both available now, while the PC patch will launch in the coming days. Patches for Xbox 360 and Xbox One are taking a little longer and will be available within the week. In addition to fixing files broken by a loading bug — which had been preventing some users from booting the game up in the first place — the patch removes several mission-breaking bugs and improves issues preventing players from joining one another's sessions in online mode. Some collectibles from previously-broken safe files, however, may not be recoverable, according to the post. An...

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Watch Dogs mod recreates the visual flair from Ubisoft's E3 2012 demo

A Watch Dogs mod created by Guru3D forum user The Worse gives the Windows PC version of the game a makeover akin to its original appearance at E3 2012. The video above demonstrates the game's E3 appearance vs. what it looks like on PCs today. With the mod, many of the game's original E3 assets have been restored and reflections, lighting, lens flares and weather effects are altered. According to The Worse's post, the modder started searching for fixes to the game's stuttering problems after its launch. "After searching so much for the unpacker I found it, started playing with it and after a long time of testing I ended up getting the E3 Bloom from 2012 working," the post reads. The full list of features, some of which have not yet been implemented, are available in The Worse's...

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Tropes vs. Women in Video Games explores women as background decorations

The latest entry in the Tropes vs. Women in Video Games series from media critic and Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian examines how female characters are used as objects or background decorations. Dubbed "Women as Background Decoration: Part 1," the video highlights games such as BioShock Infinite, Deus Ex: Human Revolution, Fallout: New Vegas, Mass Effect 2 and Watch Dogs. According to Sarkeesian, the trope is defined by women who are used to "infuse edgy, gritty or racy flavoring into game worlds." "These sexually objectified female bodies are designed to function as environmental texture while titillating presumed straight male characters," the video's description reads. "Sometimes they're created to be glorified furniture, but they are frequently programmed as minimally...

Watch Dogs Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Xbox 360
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • PlayStation 3
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • Wii U
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
  • PlayStation 4
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
    • Score 8.0
  • Xbox One
    • Released 2014-05-27
    • Publisher Ubisoft
    • Developer Ubisoft Montreal
    • Score 8.0
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