Fallout 4 Pip-Boy Craze Knocks Retailer Pre-Order Page Offline

Fallout 4 fans across the UK have been gripped by a fever of interest in the coveted Pip-Boy edition, with a surge of traffic knocking one retailer’s pre-order page offline.

On Friday morning, the British retailer GAME announced that it would open pre-orders for the £100 Pip-Boy bundle, which packages a copy of Fallout 4 along with real-life replica of the game’s famous personal computer. In the UK, GAME has won rights to be the exclusive retailer of this deluxe edition.

However, the moment when it was scheduled to go live, GAME’s Pip-Boy pre-order page could not be accessed due to high traffic affecting its servers.

The retailer explained on Twitter: “Due to increased number of dwellers trying to access Vault 111 we are experiencing some issues. Please bear with us.”

Due to increased number of Dwellers trying to access Vault 111 we are experiencing some issues. Please bare with us.

— GAME.co.uk (@GAMEdigital) July 3, 2015

At the time of going to press, the website’s Pip-Boy pre-order page has remained inaccessible.

We are working hard to get Vault 111 back to full capacity as soon as possible. We will keep you updated.

— GAME.co.uk (@GAMEdigital) July 3, 2015

Earlier in the week, one inventive Fallout 4 fan created his own custom Pip-Boy edition using a 3D printer and a hand-assembled circuit.

Fallout 4 launches on November 10 for Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC.

Check out a few images of the Pip-Boy and its companion app below.

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Author: Rob Crossley

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Uber suspends low-cost service in France following government crackdown

Uber today announced the suspension of its low-cost UberPop service in France, amid heightening tensions with taxi unions and French authorities. In a blog post published today, the company said the service will be officially suspended in France Friday evening, with the option disappearing from the app by 8PM local time.

UberPop, which connects users with non-professional drivers, has come under increased scrutiny from French regulators and taxi unions, who say it gives the San Francisco-based company an unfair competitive advantage. A law passed late last year requires all chauffeurs to hold costly professional licenses and insurance, which UberPop drivers are not obligated to obtain. French authorities have repeatedly called for a ban…

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Author: Amar Toor

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Robin Williams now has a tunnel named after him

A rainbow-arched tunnel in the San Francisco Bay Area has been named after the late actor Robin Williams, after the California state legislature approved the change this week. Known as the Rainbow Tunnel or Waldo Tunnel, the channel connected Marin County and the Golden Gate Bridge. Williams, who took his own life last August, was a longtime resident of Tiburon, California, in Marin County. A woman from Marin County started a Change.org petition to rename the tunnel in his honor last year.

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Author: Amar Toor

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Aphex Twin returns again, this time as AFX

Pioneering electronic musician Richard D. James goes by a lot of pseudonyms, most famously Aphex Twin and next most famously AFX. And, following a successful Aphex Twin comeback last year with the engrossing, accessible Syro, James is now dusting off the AFX name for the first time since his 2005 Analord series of EPs.

Warp will release eight-track EP Orphaned Deejay Selek (2006-2008) on August 21st, and you can listen to the stomping, glitchy opener “Serge Fenix Rendered 2” below.

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Author: Sam Byford

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Huge chunks of Reddit are locked after AMA co-ordinator fired

Reddit moderators have shut down several of the site’s most popular sections in response to the company’s dismissal of Victoria Taylor. Acting as the main facilitator for its “Ask Me Anything” question-and-answer sessions, Taylor was one of Reddit’s most visible employees when she was fired, a corporate decision that moderators say will make securing and executing the site’s signature AMAs much more difficult. In addition to the r/IAMA subreddit, huge default subreddits that appear on the site’s frontpage have temporarily switched to private mode, including r/videos, r/gaming, r/AskReddit, r/science, r/history, and r/movies.

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Author: Rich McCormick

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Facebook's Zuckerberg: VR is "the Next Major Computing and Communication Platform"

The Oculus Rift virtual reality headset had a big presence at E3 this year, and Oculus VR recently announced its retail iteration and its controllers. Recently, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Oculus’ parent company Facebook, said that the Rift is only the beginning of VR tech. He claims that virtual reality will grow to be a huge part of everyday communication.

In a Q and A on Facebook, Zuckerberg took a question about his views of how the world will look in 10 years. In response, he stated that Facebook’s acquisition of Oculus VR came about because he is convinced that VR will change the way we talk and compute.

“We’re working on VR because I think it’s the next major computing and communication platform after phones,” he said. “In the future we’ll probably still carry phones in our pockets, but I think we’ll also have glasses on our faces that can help us out throughout the day and give us the ability to share our experiences with those we love in completely immersive and new ways that aren’t possible today.”

Additionally, Zuckerberg talked about his company’s research into artificial intelligence, mentioning how Facebook is focusing on language and image interpretation to make personalized internet experiences more possible and more effective.

Facebook bought Oculus VR for $2 billion back in March 2014. Oculus recently announced that the Rift will launch in the first quarter of 2016, and you can read all about Oculus’ pre-E3 announcements here.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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Here's Why Your Destiny-Themed Red Bull Code Might Not Work

Recently, publisher Activision announced a Destiny promotion in conjunction with Red Bull. Specially marked cans of Red Bull have codes which unlock an XP boost and an exclusive quest in the upcoming Taken King expansion. The cans went on sale yesterday, but if you go out and buy one right now, it’s quite possible the code has already been used.

It was discovered today that the codes on the Red Bulls are very easy to guess, and subsequently a significant number of people on the internet entered and claimed codes that they had made up. These codes are linked to cans of Red Bull, so dozens of codes on different cans are being used up.

One Neogaf user has already reported buying a can with an invalid code, and instances of this will almost certainly increase in the coming days.

The Red Bull-Destiny promo site has been sluggish and, sometimes, inaccessible throughout the day, most likely a result of the high volume of fans trying to redeem a code without buying a drink.

Developer Bungie and Activision have yet to comment on this occurrence. Earlier today, Destiny was affected by a PlayStation Network problem, although the problems have since been resolved.

This information comes via NeoGaf, but since use of the codes is technically a form of theft, we’re not providing a direct link. We’ll update this story with any comments from Activision, Bungie, or Red Bull when they become available.

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Author: Alex Newhouse

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