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Final Fantasy Update + Fast & Forza

If you're a fan of Final Fantasy and enjoyed playing as a female character, you may want to reconsider the latest installment. Final Fantasy XV will be all about male champions and while some may consider this discriminatory at first, the creators are trying to get the "boys will be bad boys" thing going on and feel that a girl would compromise the 'bro' feeling the game is going for. You be the judge, but there are more details and more in-depth reasons below.

"Speaking honestly, an all-male party feels almost more approachable for players. Even the presence of one female in the group will change their behaviour, so that they'll act differently. So to give the most natural feeling, to make them feel sincere and honest, having them all the same gender made sense in that way," Tabata said. 

 

On the other side of the highway, the Fast & Furios Forza expansion is a stand-alone game that can be downloaded for free until April 10. If you've got an Xbox 360 or Xbox One, make sure you go and scoop up this game/expansion for free. Again, you don't need any other Forza game to play it. If you've got a console and a few GB of free space, you're good to go.

 

Source(s): GameSpot, Xbox Wire

Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Drop Test

The Galaxy S6 actually survives this crazy drop test. Enjoy.

 

Apple Might Be Releasing a New iPhone 6C

If you believe the rumor mill, it loks like Apple just may be releasing a successor to the iPhone 5C (which they cancelled). According to sources, a new "6C" could be coming and arrive in the 4-inch form factor. As much as this could make sense, I don't see Apple doing as they scrapped the 5C due to low sales volumes. Then again, if you bundle one of these with an Apple Watch Sport, it may just make a few extra sales.

According to Future Supplier, the obtained casing looks very similar to what is currently available on the iPhone 5C. The only notable differences that can be seen that suggests this could be the rear housing of a refresh model is the additional speaker perforations on the bottom and an update to the camera flash cutout.

Source: Neowin

Digital Storm @ CES 2013

We stopped at Digital Storm to check out their latest two products that they have refreshed and beefed up for this coming year.  The Aventum is a beast that has been developed entirely in house and offers exceptional performance.  The system will start at $5,000 and come with a single CPU and a single graphics card.  It will also come liquid cooled with some amazing thermal features.

As an upgrade option, you can get the liquid cooling built with nickel plated copper tubing for a completely custom look.  Digital Storm plans to start selling this system in March of this year and the upgrade options are almost endless.  If you want to spend $10,000 on a system, you’ll be able to drop in four graphics cards, dual Xeon CPUs and a lot more.

Digital Storm Aventum

 

Digital Storm has also recently upgraded their Bolt system as well.  We found the Bolt system to be very interesting.  It’s a “Micro Tower” that offers some pretty impressive features including full Core i7 CPU support as well as up to a GTX 670 graphics card from NVIDIA.  This is a tiny system that is big on performance and has a lot of upgrade options as well.  The Bolt will likely be available with custom paint in the near future as well.  You can see in the image below just how awesome this would be.

Digital Storm Bolt

It’s pretty amazing that this system has so many upgrade options for such a small system.  You don’t have to sacrifice performance for size here as it supports two 3.5” HDDs or a single 3.5” HDD and two 2.5” SSDs.  Make sure to check out the video below for all the details.

We have more pictures in the gallery link here.

Google Play Christmas Giveaway

Android App Pick has been a weekly feature here at BCCHardware.com since October 2011. We've looked at thousands of Apps over the years and brought you want we thought were some of the best applications and games for your favorite Android devices. As the holidays approach, we are feeling a little generous and want to give back a little bit more. To make your holidays a little less painful, we are giving away a $25 Google Play gift card to one of our readers. You can buy some Apps, rent or buy a movie, read a book or just about anything else your Android-loving heart desires.

$25 Gift Card

To enter the draw for the $25 Google Play Gift Card, simply comment or post in the forum. Yes, it's that simple. Each comment you make on one of the previous "App Pick of the Week" posts will gain you an entry into the giveaway. You can stuff the box if you are active in the forum. The little details are below.

  • Register and comment on any Android App Pick of the Week
  • Any (non-spam) post will count toward an entry into the draw bucket
  • $25 Gift Card is in Canadian Funds (winner must have a Canadian Google Play Account)
  • Winner will be drawn randomly from all eligible entries on December 25th, 2013 at 12:01am
  • Winner will be notified using the email address they used to register at BCCHardware.com
  • Winner will have one week to reply and claim his/her prize
  • Google Play Code will be emailed so prize receipt will be immediate.

 

If you have any questions, please post in the forum at the link below. Good luck and Merry Christmas!

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