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Project Reality v0.85 Released!

Submitted by: DudeofDeath @ 11:23 AM | Friday, January 30, 2009 | (url: http://www.realit...)


I know Battlefield 2 is pretty much a dead horse, but this free mod can breathe some life into it once again. This Mod is not for the masses, due to the fact that it has a much higher learning curve then your classic arcade game. This is the real deal.


DRM Shuts Down PC Version of Gears of War

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 06:22 AM | Friday, January 30, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

It seems that the DRM on Gears of War came with a built-in shut off date: the digital certificate for the game was only good until January 28, 2009. Now that the game fails to work unless you adjust your system's clock, what's Epic's response? "We're working on it."

Did Epic assume no one would be playing the title once 2009 came around? It's hard to understand why there would be an end-date hard-coded into the title's DRM, especially one that came less than three years after the game was released. Many PC gamers are leery of any kind of DRM that must dial into a central server to authenticate, wondering what happens if those servers are shut down. Now we knowin this case, the game shipped with DRM that was essentially counting down until the game would cease to work.


Dual World Record for x86 Clock Speed and 3d Mark 05 Score

Submitted by: Beren @ 09:25 PM | Saturday, January 24, 2009 | (url: http://au.youtube...)

During CES there were two teams (one from AMD, one from Finland) using Helium basud cooling to set OC records. Using a Phenom 2 the highest clock speed for a x86 chip was set, along with the record score for 3d mark 05.

Category: Hardware | 2 Comments
Tags: overclocking

Cooler Master Sniper Case Review

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 07:33 PM | Thursday, January 22, 2009 | (url: http://www.bit-te...)

Were you looking for a PC case to fit in with your collection of FPS-style crates and exploding barrels? Well, look no further than the eXtremely well-named Cooler Master Sniper. Just make sure you don't let any space marines see your new possession, or they might try shooting it to get at the stim packs and ammo contained within.


Intel X25-M 80GB SSD Review

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 09:08 PM | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | (url: http://www.pcper....)

Intels new X25-M 80GB SSD is one of the fastest consumer solid state drives available - a technology that's commonly cited as being the future of storage technology. But at $600, this puppy isn't cheap. Is the technology actually worth it yet?

Alternate reviews at PaulStamatiou.com, Tweaktown, and Tbreak


Singularity HD Trailer - Interview

Submitted by: jamesjimmy @ 06:26 PM | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | (url: http://bittnews.c...)


A New HD Trailer/Interview From Activision's upcoming title Singularity


Metal Drift Announced

Submitted by: Twitch @ 12:43 AM | Tuesday, January 20, 2009 | (url: http://metaldrift...)

Black Jacket Studios announces Metal Drift, a post-cyberpunk vehicular combat game planned for release in the first half of this year. Some of the developers worked on the Tribes series.
The Metal Drift Website has some info and screenshots, and here's a bit from the press release: "Metal Drift features 56 different tank configurations with various weapon and upgrade selections to choose from. In addition, the drift-tanks have a unique energy system that allows the pilot to direct acquired energy into a speed boost or to power up weapons for extra damage. The game also features 5 different arenas, each with their own racing lines and boost tunnels."


Belkin caught paying for positive user reviews

Submitted by: Hurricane Harold @ 07:51 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://arstechnic...)

The Internet may have given everyone a voice, but that also means that anyone can have a voice... and it can be hard to figure out who is worth listening to when looking at product reviews. Belkin hasn't made that process any easier, as the company has been caught buying positive reviews for its routers. The price for a positive review? Under a dollar, and you better be calling "legit" reviews unhelpful before you ask for your paycheck.


PC Game Commander in Chief Lets Players Become President Obama

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 07:20 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Commander in Chief, a PC game that puts players in President Obama's shoes, launches tomorrow, Inauguration Day. Just like the President, players immediately face the same problems and challenges as in the real world - the economy, controlling the military, national security and terrorism, natural disasters, alternative energy sources, and many others - all with the persistent threat of a terrorist attack on a major U.S. city.


Empire Total War 'Multiplayer' trailer

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 12:48 PM | Monday, January 19, 2009 | (url: http://gamevideos...)

The Total War series moves into the 18th century in Sega's Empire Total War for PC. Along with their expansive single player experience, there will be new customizable game modes and multiplayer that fans of the series will enjoy.


ASUS ENGTX285 TOP GeForce GTX 285 Video Card Review

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 06:43 PM | Saturday, January 17, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

NVIDIA Continues to refine the GT200 GPU, and the latest 55nm version offers better efficiency and higher performance. In this article, Benchmark Reviews performance tests the ASUS GeForce GTX 285 against a wide range of video cards. With 1GB of GDDR3 video memory clocked to 1300MHz, and 240 cores working at 1550MHz, the ENGTX285 TOP pushes frame rates to a new high. Benchmarks will help set these video cards apart, but price will ultimately decide the products fate.


Steam Update Adds In-game Web Browsing

Submitted by: Beren @ 06:47 PM | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | (url: http://www.shackn...)

Now we can browse TW ingame within Steam games. This is kinda handy for a very low effort extension to the Steam platform as so much of the platform uses IE to load the content. There are a bunch of bug fixes in the update as well, but not much else.

Category: PC Gaming | 5 Comments
Tags: steam

Apple: Jobs to Take Medical Leave of Absence

Submitted by: KnightMare @ 05:09 PM | Wednesday, January 14, 2009 | (url: http://blogs.wsj....)

Apple CEO Steve Jobs today sent the following email to all Apple employees:

Team,

I am sure all of you saw my letter last week sharing something very personal
with the Apple community. Unfortunately, the curiosity over my personal health
continues to be a distraction not only for me and my family, but everyone else
at Apple as well. In addition, during the past week I have learned that my
health-related issues are more complex than I originally thought.

In order to take myself out of the limelight and focus on my health, and to
allow everyone at Apple to focus on delivering extraordinary products, I have
decided to take a medical leave of absence until the end of June.


Palit GeForce 9800 GTX+ Video Card NE/98TX+XT352

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 05:35 PM | Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Today Benchmark Reviews will take a close look at what I'll call a junior monster. Currently fourth in nvidias lineup of single GPU cards, the Geforce 9800 GTX+ is a card for the mainstream gamer and offers refinements on an already proven design, specifically the wildly popular and powerful G92 core. With a die shrink to 55nm speeds are up and temps are down. We will focus specifically on the PALiT non reference design Geforce 9800 GTX+ NE/98TX+XT352. With it's nearly silent cooler and slightly overclocked core this card should put up some good numbers.


Antec P1000 Computer Case Prototype

Submitted by: Das Capitolin @ 05:30 PM | Tuesday, January 13, 2009 | (url: http://benchmarkr...)

Antec has been the top choice for system builders and hardware enthusiasts for almost a decade now, which is quite surprising when you consider the competition. But the good old days of beige box computer cases with plenty of fans lining the inside are long gone. To achieve market dominance in 2009, you have to manufacturer a product that features everything more would consider desirable. While visiting with Mr. Han Liu, Antec's product development director present at the 2009 International CES, Benchmark Reviews discussed the Antec P1000 gaming chassis prototype.