Items tagged with game

Sony took a gamble with using Blu-ray as the Playstation 3's primary format, and at the moment, it doesn't seem to be paying off. Research group Cymfony surveyed 18,000 posts on blogs, discussion forums, and review sites, and found that a large number of folks aren't to happy about the new format being force upon them. A spokesman for the Blu-ray Disc Association sees things differently however, citing the Playstation 2 as proof that Sony understands how to push a new media format. ""Negative Blu-ray conversation indicated a lack of consumer trust in Sony, as well as gamer displeasure with selling Blu-ray in association with PlayStation... Read more...
This will probably sound absurd to most of you, and rightfully so, but there's some question as to whether items obtained in an online game can be taxed. Even if there is no real world financial gain, player to player item transfers may one day be taxable. You know the saying, the only assurances in life are death and taxes, and without some serious objection to this, you may one day be taxed to death in your favorite MMO. "Given growth rates of 10 to 15 percent a month, the question is when, not if, Congress and IRS start paying attention to these issues," said Dan Miller, a senior economist with the Congress' Joint Economic Committee,... Read more...
If you are in need of a little motivation to convince you to upgrade that aging graphics card of yours, this nugget of information will be of interest.  The folks at incrysis.com have a high-def video of in-game Crysis footage available for download.     Crysis As good as the video looks, it still doesn't do the graphics justice. We've seen multiple live demos of the game in action first hand, and have been thoroughly impressed each time. If you thought the crew at Crytek did a good job with the visuals in FarCry, wait until you check this out. Mirror One Mirror Two... Read more...
We can't help but offer this pathetic excuse for a human being up for your amusement and pity, perhaps.  Ol' Morty asks the folks at Slashdot what games he should play, if he had to pick and choose.  See ol' Morty, at the ripe old age of 44, is getting old and arthritic... (from too much gaming?) "I am an older man (44), an avid fan of video games, and I am faced with a problem; my hands are becoming arthritic as I get older. I fear I will soon have to completely give up the console games I have loved over the years. To that end, let me ask the Slashdot Nation - if you were going to give it up, what games would you insist on playing before you had to quit? I'm willing to... Read more...
Nintendo's latest gaming machine made its debut today as gamers packed store lines just to get their hands on one. The Nintendo Wii has caught the interest of gamers thanks to it's innovative motion sensing controller, and affordable price(when compared to Sony's PS3 and Microsoft's XBox 360). Unlike the Playstation 3 launch which happened earlier in the week, the Wii launch seems to be void of reports of violence. Nintendo has also made sure to have a much larger supply of units than their competitors provided at launch. ""I had to get it first," said Johnson, who was dressed in a black leather Nintendo coat and "Legend of Zelda"... Read more...
Sony Computer Entertainment wanted to make sure you could play your PS2 games on a PS3. So they put PS2 hardware right in it. That won't last, and an emulator will eventually replace it. So will all your PS2 games work on the PS3 emulator? Beats me. Beats them too: SCE has so far set out the principle to secure the PS3's compatibility with the PS2 using an emulator that works on the Cell. According to SCE, it decided to mount the EE and GS on the PS3 to guarantee operation of certain game titles, which do not use the library recommended by SCE. The company, however, said the EE and GS will be "removed before long" (Kutaragi), indicating... Read more...
If all you needed was a spreadsheet and Word, all computers would have an inch of dust on them and would have yellowed to the color of smoker's teeth. But computer gamers were never satisfied. They demanded ever more powerful GPUs to run their games. And now a funny thing has happened: GPUs are more powerful than CPUs. At the SuperComputing 2006 conference next week in Tampa, Florida, researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will release benchmark tests showing how specialized graphics processing units, or GPUs, developed for the games industry over the past few years compare with all-purpose central processing... Read more...
Disney has announced that it's going to develop its own games for the Nintendo's Wii console gaming platform. Why not just license their characters to other developers? There's money in them there pixels, and Disney wants to mine it all. Disney CEO Robert Iger said last September that the company can earn more by developing its own games rather than licensing characters and content to other developers. The company wants to make 80 percent of its games internally, and have 80 percent of these titles based on Disney movies, TV shows, or other content. The company has been buying out other game development studios, such as Avalanche... Read more...
OCZ Technology Enhances the Award-Winning GameXStream Family with the Addition of the Ultra-Powerful 850 Watt Configuration Sunnyvale, CA - November 1, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory and components, today announced the addition of an 850W power supply to the GameXStream family. Building on the acclaimed performance and features of the OCZ NVIDIA SLITM-Ready GameXStream series, the new 850W configuration offers a more powerful solution for today's advanced PC systems in the same compact form factor that is a necessity to many gamers and system builders.  READ MORE...... Read more...
OCZ Technology Announces the PC2-6400 Gold Rev. 2 GX for Gamers Sunnyvale, CA - October 17th, 2006 - OCZ Technology Group, a worldwide leader in innovative, ultra-high performance and high reliability memory, today announced the addition of PC2-6400 Gold Rev.2 GX DDR2 to the popular gaming oriented Gold XTC series. OCZ Technology now offers a complete line of gamer-grade XTC DDR2 solutions ranging from DDR2-533 to DDR2-1100 to pair perfectly with the latest high performance AMD and Intel based motherboards.  READ MORE...... Read more...
Currently, games are rated by the ESRB after they're sent a video showing the most graphic parts of a game. However, Republican Senator Sam Brownback is proposing that the ESRB play each and every game before slapping a rating on it. While it may seem like a good idea, to fully examine a game's content before making a decision on it, many of todays games contain hours upon hours of gameplay, which could dramatically increase the time it takes for a game to be released. Is it really necessary, or just overkill? "The thing that bothers me about all this noise (and it is noise) is that the ESRB is already doing a good job. There has been... Read more...
  As computer enthusiasts, we all love to see PC components get more and more powerful. Unfortunately, with this increasing power often comes an increase in power demands. This is especially true of video cards. In fact, it can be reasonably argued that if it weren't for the high-end video card market, power supplies probably wouldn't be anywhere near the 600W or more that we see in typical enthusiast-level PSUs these days. When you begin to crave high-end dual or quad GPU configurations, you must realize that a high quality and high capacity power supply is probably in your future. Fortunately, both NVIDIA and ATI make your search for an acceptable PSU a little easier as both companies... Read more...
Earlier this year, ASUS announced their new enthusiast motherboard line, aimed at gamers and modders. Dubbed 'Republic of Gamers', the series will compete directly with Abit's Fatal1ty and DFI's LANParty products. PC Perspective took a look at the first member of the new product line, the ASUS Crosshair. Is the Crosshair just a gimmicky factory modded M2N32-SLI DeLuxe? Read the article and find out. "The LCD post display on the motherboard is a nice touch as well, and was handy to have and fun to play around with. I question the usefulness of it along the back of the motherboard as when its in the case you won't be seeing it very easily. The EL-lighted back panel... Read more...
A company named TransGaming Technologies is boasting about a new type of engine they've built that, as they claim, will allow PC Games to be easily ported to a Mac. Of course you'll need an Intel Mac for it to work, but TransGaming seems confident that their engine will bridge the gap between PC and Mac gaming with quick and easy ports of the hottest games. "Cider is a sophisticated portability engine that allows Windows games to be run on Intel Macs without any modifications to the original game source code. Cider works by directly loading a Windows program into memory on an Intel-Mac and linking it to an optimized version of the... Read more...
GamePC has an interesting article on-line detailing their experience testing a Quad-SLI setup. Some of the numbers look absolutely fantastic, while others will leave you scratching your head. There is no doubt that Quad-SLI is the most powerful graphics configuration currently available. But is it worth your hard-earned cash?  That's the question GamePC tries to answer.  If you'd like a second opinion, Dave took a Quad-SLI rig for a spin as well.  His thoughts are in this article from a few weeks back. "Today at GamePC, we've taken a look at nVidia's "consumer-level" Quad SLI solution, consisting of dual GeForce 7950 GX2 1 GB graphics cards and their newly released Forceware... Read more...
Would Microsoft ever forget about it's core set of free games like Minesweeper, Solitaire, and Hearts? Of course not. But they have given them a bit of a touch-up job, which is no surprise considering the emphasis their putting on the OS' looks. In one of their latest articles, GameSpot checks out Vista's version of the Window classics, and also covers some new games(Finally, Chess). "Windows Vista's updated DirectX 10 API promises to give us better-looking and better-playing games by allowing game developers to get more performance out of the PC system, but Vista isn't only going to help improve those $50 games. Microsoft... Read more...
ASUS Announces Inaugural Motherboard for Republic of Gamers Series Crosshair Motherboard Incorporates Easy System Tweaking Features for Building Powerful Gaming Machines Fremont, CA: July 10, 2006 - ASUS Computer International (ASUS), the worldwide motherboard leader, today released an all-new product series, Republic of Gamers (R.O.G). As the name suggests, all R.O.G products will be made to provide the best performing solutions for serious gamers and overclockers. The inaugural R.O.G series product is the Crosshair motherboard, which implements convenient features for system tweaking to provide players and overclockers with an ideal platform on which to build their power gaming systems. LCD... Read more...
Confused about effects physics vs. gameplay physics? [H] has asked ATI, NVIDIA, Havok, and Ageia about the two. They received in-depth responses providing great detail regarding effects and gameplay physics, what they mean for gameplay, and current hardware physics abilities. "After digesting all of these great replies from the players in the physics market, here is what we come up with. There are big definitional differences between effects physics and gameplay physics as you might have expected, but much of the forum banter you have seen people prop up as fact, is just simply bad information at best, and lies at worst."... Read more...
"Hi, my name's Matt, and I'm a gamer." While it may sound a bit funny at first, video game addiction isn't a joke for some people. Like gambling, playing games can become an obsession that controls your life. As with any addiction though, there's a detox process, and CBS news has the story. "Unlike with substance abuse, the biological aspect of video game addiction is uncertain. "Research suggests gambling elevates dopamine," Young says, and gaming is in the same category. But there's more to addiction than brain chemistry. "Even with alcohol, it's not just physical. There's a psychological component to the addiction, knowing 'I can escape or feel good about my... Read more...
Good Evening All!   Tonight we seriously have a HOT one for ya.  Voodoo PC's new OMEN CrossFire is on the test bench and we're poppin' the hood down on Sunset Strip for all to see.  2.95GHz of Athlon 64 power, coupled with a pair of Radeon X1900 XTs, expertly liquid-cooled throughout.  It's drool time people. ... Read more...
It almost goes without saying that we'd all love to have enough disposable income to be able to afford the best-of-the-best, top-shelf, ultra-high-end, no compromise products, whether it be a 36 foot Chris Craft Corsair with 840hp of Mercruiser under its decks (in the aft section, by the way, the wet bar and mini fridge are in the bow) or perhaps the fastest Gaming Rig money can buy.  Fortunately for many of you, the technically elite members of our audience, an ultra-high-end Gaming Rig can be built with your own hands and a few key off-the-shelf components.  However, semi-custom pre-built systems can offer features and build quality that the average enthusiast... Read more...
Have you ever gotten fragged in your favorite game because your response time wasn't good enough to avoid enemy fire?  You swear you saw the shot coming, but just couldn't move your hand fast enough to get out of the way.  Perhaps some new technology in the works will help in these situations by linking the game action directly to the player's thoughts.  I know, it sounds like science fiction, but it's not.  If you don't want to take our word for it, take a look at this article from Mercury News. "Someday soon, video gamers may be able to use their heads, literally, to get better scores in their games.... Read more...
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