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Do you know what happens when you sell millions upon millions of units with no signs of slowing down? A couple of things, really. First off, your investors rejoice. Secondly, the planet's most pervasive social networks wants everything to do with you. Starting this week, proud Nintendo DSi owners here in American and in Japan can access Facebook Connect right on their handheld, which is a definitely step forward in finally taking advantage of the Wi-Fi capabilities that Nintendo oftentimes downplays in its machines.Using an Internet-connected Nintendo DSi system and the Nintendo DSi Camera application, Facebook members can take pictures with either of the system’s two cameras and upload their... Read more...
Maybe it's the green push, or maybe it's the fact that it's easier than ever to find potent enough PCs that don't exactly resemble gaming PCs, but whatever the reasons, the big, burly gaming desktop seems to be dying. Aside from a few Alienware, iBUYPOWER, CyberPower, etc. rigs, you hardly see full-fledged gaming PCs introduced at the same frequency as those less daunting mini-towers.Just when you've started to digest the bad news, in comes Fujitsu to make it all feel like a distant memory. The company best known for its ultra-light notebooks is apparently hoping to make a sizable splash in the gaming desktop arena, and soon. Based on a new teaser website dedicated to freaking you out and eventually... Read more...
The M17x is Alienware's current flagship gaming notebook. It features an anodized aluminum shell that is available in a variety of colors, including silver, black, and red, and its 17" LCD sports a covering comprised of a shingle sheet of glass, that runs from edge-to-edge. The M17x also features 'BinaryGFX' technology which gives users have the ability to switch between discrete or integrated graphics and a 'Stealth Mode' in which the discrete graphics cards are turned off and other components throttle down to achieve a 65W power limit. We tested a high-end configuration, complete with an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB RAID 0 array,... Read more...
Synopsis: The M17x is Alienware's current flagship gaming notebook. It features an anodized aluminum shell that is available in a variety of colors, including silver, black, and red, and its 17" LCD sports a covering comprised of a single sheet of glass, that runs from edge-to-edge. The M17x also features 'BinaryGFX' technology which gives users have the ability to switch between discrete or integrated graphics and a 'Stealth Mode' in which the discrete graphics cards are turned off and other components throttle down to achieve a 65W power limit. We tested a high-end configuration, complete with an Intel Core 2 Extreme QX9300 processor, dual NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280M GPUs, 8GB of RAM, and 1TB RAID... Read more...
After years of delays (including one cancelation), developer change-ups, and a lot of hard work, Terminal Reality succeeded in bringing a Ghostbusters game to market for the PS3, XBox 360, Wii, and PC. Terminal Reality committed to building their own graphics engine—dubbed the Infernal Engine—to facilitate game development; we recently had a chance talk with them about the game, the new engine, and the future of multi-core gaming. The questions were answered by Mark Randel, President and Founder and Joe Kreiner, VP of Sales and Marketing...An Interview With Game Developer Terminal Reality ... Read more...
After years of delays (including one cancelation), developer change-ups, and a lot of hard work, Terminal Reality succeeded in bringing a Ghostbusters game to market for the PS3, XBox 360, Wii, and PC. Terminal Reality committed to building their own graphics engine—dubbed the Infernal Engine—to facilitate game development; we recently had a chance talk with them about the game, the new engine, and the future of multi-core gaming. The questions listed below were answered by Mark Randel, President and Founder and Joe Kreiner, VP of Sales and Marketing... Ghostbusters Game Trailer HotHardware: Implementing effective multi-core support in a video game has historically been a challenge,... Read more...
A few months back NVIDIA "released" the GeForce GTS 250 priced at just around $150. The reason behind the quotations in the previous statement is that the GTS 250 is not exactly something new. While a lot of NVIDIA's R&D dollars have gone into their higher-end products such as the GTX 285 and GTX 295, to satisfy their mid-level needs they turned to an old stand-by: rebranding a previously higher-end card. In the case of the GeForce GTS 250, we're pretty much looking at the same specifications that we saw with the GeForce 9800 GTX+, with a 1GB frame buffer being the only major difference (and even that isn't a meaningful differentiating factor as 9800 GTX+ cards with 1GB of onboard memory... Read more...
  A few months back NVIDIA "released" the GeForce GTS 250 priced at just around $150.  The reason behind the quotations in the previous statement is that the GTS 250 is not exactly something new.  While a lot of NVIDIA's R&D dollars have gone into their higher-end products such as the GTX 285 and GTX 295, to satisfy their mid-level needs they turned to an old stand-by: rebranding a previously higher-end card.  In the case of the GeForce GTS 250, we're pretty much looking at the same specifications that we saw with the GeForce 9800 GTX+, with a 1GB frame buffer being the only major difference (and even that isn't a meaningful differentiating factor as 9800 GTX+ cards... Read more...
In an attempt to arrest MySpace's ever-faster decline into irrelevance, News Corp. is transforming the social network into an online gaming destination.The company, owned by media mogul Rupert Murdoch, had to do something, after all, once MySpace lost major ground to Facebook in June, posting smaller U.S. numbers than the latter — Comscore reported MySpace had 68 million compared with Facebook's 74 million uniques (just from the U.S. Internet audience, the gap is even wider when looking at worldwide figures).News Corp owns the Fox empire — the cable news network and the film and television studio — but hasn't entered into the video gaming industry. News Corp digital chief Jonathan Miller said... Read more...
Without a doubt, the gaming mouse sector is getting pretty stuffed. With outfits like GIGABYTE and Razer producing some pretty nimble critters catering to the needs of hardcore snipers the world over, it's tough to make a mouse that can stand out. SteelSeries is a lesser known company in the mouse arena, but it's definitely not new company. The outfit has just introduced its newest duo of mice: the SteelSeries Xai Laser Mouse and SteelSeries Kinzu Optical Mouse. The former promises 12000 frames per second at movement speeds of up to 150 inches per second, and it's fully configurable via an LCD menu system on the device's rear. The ambidextrous mouse also packs a 10.8MP sensor and allows for advanced... Read more...
AVADirect.com is now offering what it is calling the “world’s most powerful gaming notebook.” The Clevo M980NU supports quad-core mobile processors, two GTX 280m video cards, up to 8GB of 1333 MHz DDR3 memory, and features a 1080P 18.4-inch screen. Read on for additional details and full specifications in the press release below. AVADirect.com Starts Selling World's Most Powerful Gaming NotebookAVADirect.com starts selling the Clevo M980NU Gaming Notebook, most powerful notebook for gamers (MMD Newswire) July 24, 2009 -- AVADirect.com, a leading custom computer manufacturer, has announced that they are now selling the world's most powerful gaming notebook, the Clevo M980NU. AVADirect started... Read more...
NZXT Announces M59 Gaming ChassisNew case brings optimal airflow, maximum expandability, sleek aesthetics, and clean wire management El Monte, CA – July 21st, 2009 – NZXT, a company built on realizing the dreams of gamers worldwide, is proud to announce the M59 gaming chassis. M59 delivers optimal airflow with 5 powerful fans with the option to station two fans on the top(side 120mm LED fan and rear 120mm exhaust included), side intake for GPU cooling, a mesh front panel and a bottom mounted PSU draws cooler air from the bottom of the case. The sleek aesthetics are highlighted by an all black interior and smoked clear window along with a 5.25” stealth bay gives a clean, but powerful presence.... Read more...
Alienware's M17x didn't need much help on the outside to be impressive when it launched in June. After all, any notebook with three NVIDIA GPUs is fine by us, design be darned. That said, the machine is still rather handsome, if not a touch bulky, and it just got even hotter when the addition of a new Nebula Red color scheme. Starting today, the All Powerful M17x can be ordered with the "Special Edition" hue, which is actually a tinted coat of anodized aluminum. The cost for the upgrade? $99. Yeah, that's pretty steep for a paint job, but it sure does look good. Dell's full take on the new color is below.Is it any surprise that Alienware, the company that brought you the All Powerful M17x is... Read more...
Not feeling up to shelling out to attend BlizzCon this year? Eager to try your luck at yet another contest? Just days after NVIDIA announced a contest that required you to actually purchase a GPU before you could enter, Razer is looking out for those with little to nothing with a wicked new giveaway. The company, famous for churning out high-end computer peripherals, has just announced its Razer BlizzCon Contest, which allows hardcore fanatics to enter to win an all-expense-paid trip for two to the show. The only catch? You've got to complete two quests over at the Razer contest page, and you've got to spell your name and address correctly. Not bad, huh? The contest runs from now until July 31st... Read more...
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As the economy here in America creeps back into gear, the online gaming industry is reaping the benefits. According to a new survey, video game addicts who aren't already turning their attention to the tube (or even a subset of those who are) are looking to low-cost online games to pass the time.Industry tracker ComScore found that around 87 million US Internet users visited online video game sites in May, which is a 22% increase from the same month last year. We'd heard that the economy was forcing more users to remain planted at home, but wow--22% percent! According to ComScore, the "continuing surge in online game play was attributed, in part, to people opting for cheaper entertainment alternatives... Read more...
Packard Bell never has been a major name in the gaming PC arena, but the company is refusing to sit idly by while companies such as Alienware, IBuyPower, Maingear, etc. pump out gaming machine after gaming machine. This week, the outfit has introduced the latest in its small but growing line of gamer-centric rigs, the ixtreme.The highly customizable rig can be equipped with Intel's Core i7 or Core 2 Quad, and if you're not much on supporting the giant that is Intel, you can opt for AMD's Phenom II X4. Further specs include up to 12GB of DDR3 RAM, 3TB of hard drive space, an optional Blu-ray combo drive, NVIDIA's newest GeForce GPUs and a new exterior that exudes confidence.Users will also notice... Read more...
Dig Star Wars? Need a new case for your next gaming rig? Hold your horses, 'cause In Win looks to have just the thing. Announced this week, the X-Fighter ATX mid-tower chassis is said to be inspired by some of the greatest vessels ever to grace the big screen, namely crafts from the heralded Star Wars series. You'll notice a foursome of triangular feet, hard steel, silver/aluminum lines and a futuristic feel. There are also a pair of 12cm ceramic fans at the front and rear along with a VGA Turbo Cooling System with dual 8cm ceramic fans there. There's even support for a water-cooling system should you find that necessary. Crazier still is the telescopic duct that extends outward and shifts side-to-side... Read more...
Interested in attending Blizzcon 2009? Interested in attending Blizzcon 2009 for free? Now that we've got your attention, here's the red tape and fine print. NVIDIA is offering gamers a shot at securing an ll-expenses paid trip to Blizzcon 2009 for two and receive World of Warcraft Classic for free. The catch? You'll need to buy yourself a new NVIDIA GeForce GPU and enter your name into the drawing.The contest is open until August 1st, and the trip is valued at $2400. For all the specifics, have a peek at the full press release posted below.NVIDIA ANNOUNCES GEFORCE CONTEST PROMOTION THAT WILL HAVE GAMERS SAYING “WOW!”Buy a GeForce GPU today and enter for a chance to win an all-expenses paid trip... Read more...
Ever since this so-called "recession" thingy got the media all hot and bothered a few months back, we'd been hearing that more and more individuals were finding ways to stay entertained at home. Now, we finally know what they've been doing at the domicile: gaming.A new research report published this week by the Nielsen Company shows a sharp uptick in hours spent in front of a game console since the economy as a whole took a turn for the worse. Said stat has been on the rise since 2007, but here lately is has especially shot up. Of course, this totally makes sense--with more people curbing their spending on "going out," it makes sense that dusty consoles are seeing more usage.The other finding... Read more...
Some game companies have already made the statement that the iPhone is the future of gaming.  With the addition of a PowerVR chip to the new iPhone 3GS, we are bound to see more, and better games come to Apple's hot device.  Here's an example of a game that will work decently with any version of the iPhone, and any version of the OS 2.0 or higher.It's called Raving Manor.  Yes, it's an adventure game. No, it's not text-based (a la Zork), nor is it as complex as say Myst.  Rather, this game sort of combines a comic book or graphic novel feel with an adventure game, in which you have to puzzle your way out of situations, try things you might not ordinarily think of, etc. etc. ... Read more...
A Playstation on your cell phone?  The notion might not be so far-fetched. The latest news out of the Japanese electronics and gaming giant is that it's "considering developing a cellphone-game gear hybrid" on Sony Ericsson phones.Once the superpower in portable music - the Walkman, launched about 30 years ago, was revolutionary and became one of the best-known brands of its time. Anyone who didn't own a Walkman owned a knockoff. The Discman, which, as it sounds, played compact discs wasn't as huge a hit, but primarily because it wasn't as huge a change as the Walkman was and because, after all, it was only recently that you could make your own CDs. Who didn't listen to a mix tape at some... Read more...
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