YouTube now has unreleased stand-up from Dave Chapelle, Louis CK and more

image Stand-up comedians don’t get to just walk onto the set of Saturday Night Live or The Daily Show and start telling jokes. Nope, like just about every other creative field they start small and work their way up — often for free at first. Yes, even the…

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DoomZ brings DayZ survival to the Doom engine

Nothing warms my cold cynical heart like the creativity of the Doom modding community. We saw Donkey Kong Country recreated in the engine earlier this week, but now cast your eyes across this work-in-progress attempt to adapt DayZ‘s core gameplay into a 20-year old engine. DoomZ is the work of a modder disenchanted with the limitations of DayZ in its current, Enfusion-powered iteration. While Zdoom obviously has limitations of its own, it looks like the mod is making steady progress.

The mod currently boasts a day and night cycle, a rather charming UI (see the image above), wildlife, fires and cooking, water, weapons, food, limb damage and much, much more. The goal is to make the game as close to the DayZ gameplay model as possible, though given the engine’s limitations there won’t be vehicles. Creator Robert Prest writes that the mod could move over to GZdoom, allowing for more flexibility in map design.

As for the video below, Prest provides pretty good commentary on what the project is now and where it’s headed. Alpha 11 can be downloaded right now. Cheers to Kotaku for the heads up.

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Final Fantasy IV makes a very quiet appearance on Steam

Final Fantasy IV debuted on the Nintendo Entertainment System in 1991, which means that if it was a human being it likely would have graduated college by now. But it’s not a person, it’s a videogame, and so instead of going to college, it’s gone to Steam.

The Steam release of Final Fantasy IV is apparently a remake of the much-more-recent Nintendo DS edition of the game, which came out in North America in 2008. It’s been “optimized” for the PC with support for controllers, Steam achievements and an “all-new system for charting dungeons and uncovering the secrets within.”

Beyond that, it’s hard to say what exactly is in store. The game literally just appeared on Steam without warning, and as far as I can tell neither Valve nor Square Enix have said a word about it. This may be the stealthiest game launch I’ve ever run into.

Odd though it may be, Final Fantasy IV is in fact live now on Steam and will set you back $ 16. And there may well be more to come; Final Fantasy III launched on Steam earlier this year and in February, Producer Yoshinori Kitase said the advent of Steam has made the PC a much more attractive proposition, and that Square Enix is now “very interested” in bringing more Final Fantasy games to the platform.

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What you need to know about the future of paying for stuff

image We’ve virtualized much of the rest of the modern life — why not payment? Plane tickets, banking, and many other aspects of our lives now live on our phones. Payments still exist in the world of paper and plastic.

Google has Google Wallet, Visa has…

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‘Goat Simulator’ is now ruining picnics and butting heads on iOS and Android

image Can’t wait for the Xbox One version of Goat Simulator’s absolute madness and have an iOS device? (Update: Or an Android one?) Well, then Coffee Stain Studios has you covered. The team’s not-at-all serious (or realistic) depiction of goat life is now…

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Verizon’s HD voice and video chat only works on two phones (for now)

image Verizon’s HD voice and video chat feature is now live, just like it promised back in August. The carrier officially calls it “Advanced Calling 1.0,” and it lets you make high-definition voice calls over LTE to other Verizon phones that also have the…

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FIFA 15 Ultimate Team loses trade offers as EA continues to combat cheating

Back in August, with the release of FIFA 15 growing closer, Electronic Arts promised to bring great vengeance and furious anger down upon those who dared to cheat in FIFA Ultimate Team. Now the publisher has gone one step further in its efforts to clamp down on bad behavior by eliminating trade offers from the game entirely.

EA acknowledged in a message posted yesterday on the FIFA Ultimate Team forums that some players use the trade offer feature to conduct legitimate trades, but said it’s also commonly used by coin sellers to sell and move coins. Account phishers make similar use of trade offers to clean out stolen accounts, and while the practice of “bid bumping,” used to force players into over-bidding for items, is probably more annoying than actually in violation of any specific rule, the elimination of trade offers will end that practice, too.

“It was a tough decision, but this is the right step towards improving security, showing cheaters the red card, and keeping FUT safe for all FIFA fans,” EA wrote.

To further secure FIFA Ultimate Team accounts, Origin Login Verification prior to accessing the Ultimate Team web app will be made mandatory in the near future. Details on how to set that up are available from the EA help site. FIFA 15 comes out on September 23, but if you want to get a feel for what’s cooking ahead of time, you can grab the demo now.

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Microsoft’s new accessories include a wired Xbox One controller for PC gaming

image If yesterday was Microsoft’s day for announcing big news (read: a $ 2.5 billion acquisition), today is the day it moves on to less pressing topics. The company’s hardware team just unveiled a few new accessories, including a wired Xbox One controller…

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Lockheed Martin’s 360-degree laser turret gets cleared for take-off

image Lockheed Martin has an affinity for lasers — that much is apparent. Not satisfied with simply having ground-based energy weapons, though, the outfit has recently tested its airplane-mounted death ray over the skies of America’s High Five, Michigan….

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Far Cry 4 video proves you should not mess with elephants

It’s been one of the major talking points concerning Far Cry 4: not only can you ride elephants, but you can use them to kill things. The nature doco voiceover guy in this trailer claims the humble elephant has “the destructive power of a true war machine,” which is not the way I imagine elephants would like to be seen. But you know, who cares what elephants think.

Far Cry 4 will release November 27 with a new Himayalan setting. For a more extended look at some gameplay footage check out this Gamescom video, or why not read an interview with creative director Alex Hutchinson.

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