NBA 2K16 Lets You Fully Design a Team, Go Online for 5-on-5 Matches

NBA 2K16 features a new mode where you can design a team and then take it online to compete in 5-on-5 matches against other players.

Known as 2K Pro-Am, this is an extension of the existing MyPlayer mode. Beyond being able to simply create your own player, you can now craft a team from scratch, including its logo, jersey, and arena. As the trailer below demonstrates, you can do everything from recreate the Seattle Sonics to designing a terrifying tribute to Stephen Curry. Presumably this flexibility will also result in plenty of inappropriate logos, too.

With a team created, you can head online to take part in 5-on-5 games, either on your own or with friends. 2K16 has support for up to 40 players playing at the same time, for a total of four games that can be taking place alongside each other in a huge gym, as seen in the trailer.

2K says this is “NBA-style basketball” (meaning there are things like timeouts and fouls) on full-sized courts. “Instant matchmaking” allows you to jump right into games without any waits, and leaderboards are available for daily, weekly, and monthly periods.

2K16 is due out for Xbox One, PS4, Xbox 360, PS3, and PC on September 29. It’ll feature one of three NBA players on the cover: the aforementioned Steph Curry, Anthony Davis, or James Harden. Covers will be randomized, though each copy comes with inserts featuring the other two players so that you can choose which of the three you want on your shelf.

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Author: Chris Pereira

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Mozilla blasts Microsoft for making it harder to switch to Firefox in Windows 10

Microsoft has altered Windows 10 so that users have to explicitly set a default app for applications like mail, calendar, or web browsers. The change means the setup installers for Chrome and Firefox can no longer set themselves as the default browser during the install process. Mozilla isn’t happy with this change, and the company is calling on Microsoft to reverse what it calls an “aggressive move to override user choice on Windows 10.”

In a blog post and open letter to Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Mozilla CEO Chris Beard outlines the company’s concerns. “It now takes more than twice the number of mouse clicks, scrolling through content and some technical sophistication for people to reassert the choices they had previously made in…

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Author: Tom Warren

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Top Gear Trio's New Show Heads to Amazon for $250 Million

Today, Amazon announced that it had made a deal with the trio to make a new automobile show, and it’s reportedly worth quite a bit of money. The news was revealed on Amazon Instant Video UK’s website.

The online retail giant, which has been trying in recent years to compete with Netflix as a web streaming service, reportedly signed the three men for $250 million over 36 episodes of the new show, according to Business Insider. The show will premiere in 2016 for Amazon Prime subscribers.

The TV show will be produced by Andrew Wilman, who was the executive producer of Top Gear for many years. Wilman left Top Gear and the BBC after Clarkson was dismissed.

Back in March, the BBC stated that it would not renew its contract with popular Top Gear host Jeremy Clarkson after he punched a producer in the face. Clarkson’s co-presenters James May and Richard Hammond then quit the show following Clarkson’s dismissal.

Speaking about the deal, Jeremy Clarkson said, “I feel like I’ve climbed out of a bi-plane and into a spaceship.” He also posted on Twitter, “Amazon Instant Video now saying I can’t be their chief drone pilot. Apparently they want us to make a car show.”

This deal follows months of rumors that the trio would be picked up by Netflix or BBC competitor ITV. In addition, Top Gear is going forward this year with a new cast. In June, the BBC announced that British producer and presenter Chris Evans would be leading the next season of Top Gear.

Amazon Prime costs $99 a year. It includes free two-day shipping, access to Amazon Instant Video, Prime’s music streaming service, and other perks. Amazon hasn’t yet announced the name or structure of the Top Gear trio’s new show.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Exploding Kittens, the most-funded game in Kickstarter history, is now shipping

Exploding Kittens holds the record for the most backers in Kickstarter history (219,382 — a record is still reportedly holds, at least according to whatkickstarterprojecthasthemostbackers.com). It’s also the #1 most funded game and #4 most funded project of all time with $8.78 million (just above Ouya and just below the original Pebble). The game was scheduled for release in July, and with just one day to go, Exploding Kittens is now shipping.

Subtitled “A card game for people who are into kittens and explosions and laser beams and sometimes goats,” Exploding Kittens is card game illustrated by web cartoonist Matthew Inman aka The Oatmeal, who’s credited as co-creator along with Elan Lee and Shane Small.. Deliveries for both the…

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Author: Ross Miller

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GTA 5 Becomes an RPG With This New Mod

Grand Theft Auto V is a huge, sprawling, entertaining action game, but it does not have very many RPG elements. One modder has decided to change that, and is creating a mod that turns GTA V into a role-playing game.

User LogicSpawn is working the mod, which is called GTA V: RPG, and the modder’s adding skill trees, looting systems, and a whole bunch of other tweaks to the game. This includes a system of relationships with characters in the game. You’ll be able to talk to and befriend NPCs, who can affect the way the game plays out. You can watch the trailer for the mod below (warning: some strong language).

LogicSpawn has also dramatically overhauled GTA V’s skills. In the normal game, you build up better driving, flying, or shooting abilities simply by playing the game. You don’t have any choice over what skills you have. LogicSpawn is adding a full ability tree, complete with different skills for your character and your vehicles.

The modder is working on making this mod compatible with traditional GTA V so that you can play through the normal story mode with all of the mod’s changes and features.

I immediately appreciated LogicSpawn’s addition of XP and loot pop-ups in the HUD. It’s nice seeing more clearly when you’re increasing levels and picking up ammo or money.

GTA V: RPG is available now to download from the modder’s website. As always, be cautious downloading, as other mods have been reported as containing malware.

It’s the latest in an increasing number of awesome mods, including a mod that lets you drive around the car from the Knight Rider TV series. The original game was pretty good, too–you can read our review of normal GTA V, which GameSpot critic Carolyn Petit thought was terrific.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Jeremy Clarkson Fled the South Long Before He Fled the BBC

Jeremy Clarkson Fled the South Long Before He Fled the BBC

Years before the BBC gave Jeremy Clarkson the boot, denizens of the great state of Alabama kicked the Top Gear co-hosts out of the Heart of Dixie. On a road trip through the deep South (episode first aired February 2007), Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May competed to get each other shot or arrested. They […]

The post Jeremy Clarkson Fled the South Long Before He Fled the BBC appeared first on WIRED.

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Author: Charley Locke

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Apple TV with Siri and App Store could finally arrive in September

A new Apple TV may finally be on the way. According to BuzzFeed News, Apple plans to announce an overhauled Apple TV in September, likely during the same event that it’ll unveil new iPhones. The new Apple TV is supposed to bring some major changes to the device, including an App Store, voice control with Siri, and an improved remote with a touch pad on it. The box itself is supposed to be slimmer, and it should have some speed improvements on the inside. It would mark the first update to the Apple TV since 2012.

If all those expected new features sound familiar, it’s because BuzzFeed News reported most of them back in the spring. At the time, Apple was reportedly planning to unveil the new Apple TV in June, but those plans were…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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