Batman: Arkham Knight Batgirl DLC Detailed, Screenshot Released

Details for the upcoming Batgirl-focused DLC for Batman: Arkham Knight have been revealed, along with the first in-game screen shot.

Delivered by Entertainment Weekly, the new information reveals Batgirl: A Matter of Family will be set before the events of 2009’s Batman: Arkham Asylum, and features a team-up with Robin.

The crime-fighting duo collaborate to rescue Batgirl’s father, Commissioner Gordon, who has been kidnapped by Joker.

The DLC has been created by Batman: Arkham Origins developer WB Montreal and is set in a new area called the Seagate Amusement Park. The environment features a nautical theme, but is built on top of an oil rig that–naturally–is rigged to be a death trap.

“We wanted to recreate the feeling of being trapped in a bizarre and unique environment playing a game of cat and mouse with the Joker,” explained Justin Vazquez, designer of the DLC.

“Hacking is really what separates her from the other characters. It’s a gameplay mechanic with which the player can create situations for Batgirl to really shine,” says Vasquez.

“Our intention was that Batgirl should be less powerful than Batman, but that Batgirl plus hacking could give her opportunities do things that not even Batman can pull off.”

The DLC is described by its designer as a “love letter to the original game that started this incredible franchise.”

Batgirl: A Matter of Family will be available from July 14 for season pass holders. It will be available for general purchase on July 21 for $6.99.

Warner Bros has only announced plans for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One editions of the DLC, and has not discussed a PC version.

The publisher has had a punishing two weeks, thanks to a litany of bugs discovered in the PC version. After apologising and announcing its intention extensively fix the numerous problems, Warner decided to pull the title from Steam.

Most recently, Warner Bros was accused to have known about Arkham Knight’s PC Problems “for months”, however these claims–purportedly from internal QA employees–are not proven.

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NBA forward blames bigger iPhones for wrecking his shooting percentage

Matt Bonner has achieved a 41.4 percentage on three-point shots during his 11-year NBA career, but during his last season with the San Antonio Spurs, he only managed to reach 36.5 percent. What happened? Well, Apple released bigger iPhones, and Bonner thinks this gave him tennis elbow.

“Everybody is going to find this hilarious, but here’s my theory on how I got it,” Bonner tells the Concord Monitor. “When the new iPhone came out it was way bigger than the last one, and I think because I got that new phone it was a strain to use it — you have to stretch further to hit the buttons — and I honestly think that’s how I ended up developing it.”

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Author: Sam Byford

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Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas is terrifying through the eyes of a computer

Google has spent the last few years teaching computers how to see, understand, and appreciate our world. It’s an important goal that the search giant hopes will allow programs to classify images just by “looking” at them, but there’s one problem — to computers, our world looks like a horrible nightmare. The first images from Google’s project, shown in June, reveal an organic hellscape inhabited by slug monsters and disembodied tentacles. The pictures show leaves that become two-headed birds, horses that grow dogs’ heads from every inch of their skin, and humans whose bodies erupt in furry growths. To Google’s computers, every surface of our world is covered in eyes.

The artificial neural networks used by Google work out what’s in an…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Apple Stores will begin selling the first HomeKit-connected thermostat today

Apple’s smart home platform is gaining another member: the Ecobee3 smart thermostat, the first connected thermostat to work with HomeKit. The Ecobee3 goes on sale today through Apple Stores across North America. It costs $249 and is essentially an alternative to Nest’s thermostat: it detects a home’s temperature and whether anyone is actually around and then adjusts heating and cooling accordingly, with the goal of saving homeowners some money. The thermostat can even be made a bit smarter by buying additional sensors (a pack of two costs $79) that can allow it to detect temperature and presence in other rooms of a house — one sensor is included with the thermostat itself.

A separate version of the Ecobee3 is already on sale, but this…

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Author: Jacob Kastrenakes

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Watch the Mars Opportunity rover run an 11-year marathon in this time-lapse

The Mars Curiosity rover has received much press for its dramatic landing and for unearthing evidence of water that it’s easy to forget that another rover still roams the red planet. (Younger siblings get all the attention.) But earlier this year we got word that the 11-year-old Opportunity rover completed an entire marathon’s worth of trekking across the surface of Mars. Now, NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has released an epic time-lapse video that chronicles the entire trip, from when Opportunity landed in late January of 2004 to when the rover passed the 26.2-mile mark in April of this year.

The images on the left were taken from the hazard-avoidance camera, or hazcam, and a map on the right shows Opportunity’s twisted path. While…

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Xbox Music Gets a New Name for Windows 10

Microsoft has announced a new name for its Xbox Music service, titled Groove. The service will be released with Windows 10 PCs from July 29. Groove costs $9.99 a month, or $99 for a yearly subscription, which grants access to “one of the largest catalogs on the planet” without advertisements. Songs can be streamed or downloaded for listening offline.

Xbox One owners can use the app to listen to music while playing a game, though this is currently only achievable using the Snap feature. This takes up some space on the screen, making it a less-than-ideal solution. Head of Xbox Phil Spencer has said in the past that a feature which allows for music to be played in the background will not be delivered until Windows 10 integration for the Xbox One is completed.

Meanwhile, competitor Sony currently has PlayStation Music, a service which was launched by Spotify in March this year. The Spotify-PlayStation app replaced Music Unlimited, and is available to download for free on the PlayStation 3, PlayStation 4, and Xperia mobile devices.

Groove can only be accessed with a paid subscription to the service; the free version of the app was axed in December last year. Users are still able to access a free 30-day trial to the service.

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Author: Zorine Te

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Twitter wants to know your birthday so it can shower you with balloons and ads

Twitter wants to know when your birthday is, so it can shower you with animated balloons (yay!), and better target you with ads (boo!). The social network today introduced the option for users to set their birthdate in its settings menu and have it appear on their profile. Twitter says the new feature will allow people to celebrate your birthday more effectively, sending you all-important #HBD tweets to commemorate the anniversary of your existence, but its introduction also has a less altruistic side — it will help the social network work out which ads it thinks you want to see.

Last week Twitter introduced new audience insights for brands that allowed them to choose groups of users — including millennials, seniors, college grads — at…

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Here's How You Can Play Assassin's Creed Syndicate at Comic-Con

San Diego Comic-Con starts on Thursday, and Ubisoft has announced today that Assassin’s Creed Syndicate will be playable for people in the area.

As a part of the Assassin’s Creed Syndicate Playtest Road Show, fans can go hands-on with the game on Saturday. Although in conjunction with Ubisoft’s presence at Comic-Con, it is not limited to attendees of the convention. Rather, people who wish to play can apply for an appointment to try it out.

If you email your name and age to [email protected], along with a 100-word summary of your experience with the Assassin’s Creed series, you’ll have the opportunity to go try the game. In addition to playing the demo, participants can discuss the game with members of the development team.

This event will take place this Sunday. Spots to play are limited, though, so email soon if you want the best chance to get in.

Ubisoft will also have another iteration of the “Assassin’s Creed Experience” at Comic-Con. This Assassin’s Creed-themed obstacle course is open to attendees to run through starting Thursday.

Keep an eye on GameSpot for all news that comes out of Comic-Con this week.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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