2010 January

January 31, 2010

Assassins Creed 2 for PC March 16th

Release back in November in the US for the 360 and the PS3, now the PC gets its chance at the Creed II.  Game prices expected to be 59.99 for the retail version, and the Black Edition which is digital content only, and including additional digital content will be 64.99.  K that’s a lot of fu**in doe.  I am not what one would consider a rich man.  And dropping over 60 bucks for a game that is not a multiplayer game, therefore losing its replayability status with me (with the exception of Fallout 3) putting up that much money is a hard pill to swallow, especially when I’ve just upgraded my PC and going to be spending about that much on Modern Warfare 2 in a month or so (birthday).  But I did play through the 1st one, and enjoyed it a lot.

This title comes improved from the original in many ways that good sequels come from good originals.  Upping the ante with recommended system requirements to at least a dual core at 2.6 GHz, GeForce 8800 GT (I have this one) ATI Radeon HD 4700 or better.  Besides awesome visuals (of course more stunning with a smoking computer) the story is set in 2 times, 2012 and the 15th Century Italy during the Italian Renaissance (rebirth of Science and humanism) a awesome timeframe filled with violence, advancement and kick ass cities.  And it doesn’t hurt to have a friend name Leonardo Da Vinci that will help you on your quest, giving you cool inventions that allow you to experience the landscape in many cool ways.   So if you haven’t checked this one out for the PS3 or Xbox, check it out for the PC, I know I will.

January 29, 2010

Apple releases 1GHz A4 CPU

Ohh wow, whoopty doo.  I must say that Apple does have some cool stuff, IPod, IPhone.  But when it comes to computers or this new Applet, I am less than impressed.  Last November I was in an Apple store within a swarm of red-shirted Apple salesmen, and I asked them some down and dirty questions about their hardware.  Yea it looks cool to have all the hardware in an oversized monitor, but what is the advantage to having an Apple over a conventional PC.  Well some may say Apple’s don’t get viruses.  Well, that’s just a load of BS.  I know a certain Soundman that claims he does see viruses on Apples as well as PC’s at his job.  When talking to the IT guy at my job, he states that Apples don’t get viruses as much because the ppl that are infecting PC’s don’t give a shit about Apples, they take up such a small portion of the computer market it’s really not worth their time.  So aside from looking slick, I am hard pressed to find justification in dropping 1500 on a computer when I can spend 400 and upgrade my PC’s Mobo, CPU, and ram, and basically get a new computer.  And if you look at the specs Apples offer for the prices, they are non impressive, not to mention the pain in the ass of installing a 2nd OS to run games through Windows on the Mac.  God, just talking about the limitations of Apples makes me mad.  And while I’m on it, WTF is with these mousse that have only 1 big button, and f***in eh, I don’t like pressing control and clicking to get the right click option that a “normal” mouse would give.  So besides being a lot more expensive and not offering anything cool, I cannot envision a true gamer ever using a MAC to own noobs.  Which is what it’s all about after all.

January 24, 2010

Let us Know…

If you guys (or girls) have any good ideas about what we should write about, let us know.  It’s nice to have suggestions from what interests you guys.  I’m thinking of posting a couple articles on how the PC came to be (like a PC history) and how games came to be incorporated into them.  Would be cool to know more about that shiz.  Let us know if you have any suggestions or would like to write a guest post, thanks and keep checking us out and don’t forget to register : )

January 24, 2010

Leave Game or get Rickets!!!!!! WTF

Even noobs need sunlight from time to time.  If you spend all winter slaying zombies and perfecting ur skills dominating the online game community, then according to some Brit doctors, you have a much higher chance of getting rickets.  This is basically a Vitamin D deficiency.  So it seems that any free thinking game addict would have no problem coming up with a cure to this problem… drugs.  Although a vitamin supplement may not equal the benefits of the sun, it sure beats the poo outta soft bones.  Another idea, open up the blinds, and not only at night please.  With these simple to follow suggestions there should be no more blaming getting owned on weak bones, or lag.  I hope this has been an informing health message from your department of health and game : )

January 22, 2010

How has AMD Up’d its game in the past 6 years?

There is an interesting discussion going on over at http://www.tomshardware.com/news/AMD-Intel-anti-competitive-Henri-Richard,9441.html , apparently a former AMD executive stated about 6 years ago that if he did not work for AMD he would not choose to use his own companies processors.  Wow, now in technology terms, 6 years ago is a hella long time.  And his intentions were not clear at the time, but it does bring up an interesting thought.  Has AMD come to its own now in a way that really rivals Intel?  How far have they come in the past 6 years, and if a gamer could buy a top of the line gaming rig with price not being factored, would they choose AMD or Intel?  This last Christmas I upgraded my rig, and put in an AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz Quad core, with a ddr3 compatible Mobo and 4 Gigs of DDR3 at 7-7-7 timing and my older NVidia 8800 GT.  And so far so sweet, screaming eagles on all the games I own and no problem to play at full throttle graphics : )  The processor I had before was a single core AMD chip that was donated to me by a certain soundman, and for its limitations it served me well.  But I would like to know what you think about how AMD has evolved and how far it has come since ummmm, about 6 years ago.

January 21, 2010

Halo Reach (4 ur Gun) Screenshots !!!!!!

Damn right.. Ahhh nice… Yup… Halo is cool, has been the game of choice for many for a long time.  The original Halo still sells for 20.00 in WallMart, so there is still a demand for even the original, and yes, the original is still fun.  So check out some of these screenshots from the new Halo, aka Halo Reach : )

January 20, 2010

Xbox 360 Modern Warfare 2 hack

A new hack has surfaced for the Xbox on Modern Warfare 2.  The hack involves giving the player negative XP for every kill they get.  A demonstration for the hack can be seen on youtube.  The hack will drop the players rank with the more players they kill.  The hack gives -5,000,000xp per kill the player gets.  This will bring your rank back down to one really quick.

The hack is currently only widespread on the Xbox360.  The clan who reported the hack (SC) said “Me and my clan (SC) went into a game of HxC SnD, we found a group of tenth prestiges, we thought they were merely boosters, we were very wrong,” one poster wrote.

“We knew something was wrong when they just waltzed out of their spawn in Highrise and let us kill them. After we won that round, they said ‘AWW look at the level 1s’ and we noticed…”

The problem has been reported to IW but there has yet to be a patch or any comment from them on the hack.  We will keep you updated with any new information.

January 19, 2010

Cost of Computers on the Rise

I recently upgraded my system.  Basically I transferred from my old system my nice ACER monitor, Logitech speakers, mouse, keyboard, case, power supply, hard drive, my video card, NVidia 8800 GT, and added an AMD Phenom II 3.2 GHz Quad core, with a ddr3 compatible Mobo and 4 Gigs of DDR3 at 7-7-7 timing.  I have had my case for like 5 years, it holds all my new hardware just fine, I have had the keyboard for the same amount of time and works fine.  The mouse is a 1 year old optical Microsoft (wired) and works like a charm.  So for the upgrade of the CPU, Mobo and Ram, I spent less than $350.00.  For basically a friggin’ new system!!  Guaranteed to out perform anything you can walk into Best Buy and find for over a grand.  This is a vague look at my upgrade and the total scope of what I’ve spent (relatively low), but considering that I am able to swap out parts when one becomes outdated for a relatively cheap price, is in itself priceless : )

So, back to the title of the article, it seems like the cost of computer hardware is on the rise.  For the past 6 years the average prices of computer component prices has been dropping by 7.8 %, but looking into 2010 it is likely we could very well see an estimated rise of 2.8 % , meaning more expensive upgrades or new computers.  One obvious way to see this rise in hardware going up is in memory, as possibly some of you may have experiences already.  The shortage in hardware, meaning higher prices, is directly related to the current recession.  One thing is for sure, with the average cost of Macs going up to $1,575 (dat be a ton of doe) the average price of PC’s is about half of that, I know what hardware I’ll continue to buy.

January 17, 2010

Fallout 3 = The Book of Eli… with a black dude

Ohh how I enjoyed, ney, loved Fallout 3.  The whole thing just kicked ass.  From the post nuclear atmosphere, to the gory head shots to the VATS system that allow the player to pick and choose the specific body part they would like to dismember.  Given the 1st hour of the game is a bit slow and a little annoying as far as finding out what needs to be done, but once past that part, its soooo too easy to get pulled into and absorbed with this one, as many of you may know.

So the game came out over a year ago, in October 2008, so why am I bringing up this now you may ask.  Well, last night I saw The Book of Eli, and this movie looks just like the post nuclear world created by the boys (and possibly girls) from Bethesda Game Studios.  The first 15 minutes of the movie I could not stop comparing the similarities between the two.  And even when the main character from The Book of Eli (Denzel Washington) when forced to kill road thugs, would rummage though their pockets and packs looking for upgraded equipment or money.  Humm, sounds a lot like the looting that goes on in Fallout 3, and yes in that environment and type of world, necessary.

So if you have not yet played Fallout 3 and are wondering if this game if worth your time, well it is worth all of the 80 + hours you will spend kicking ass in the wastelands.  And if you’re wondering if The Book of Eli is sweet, well if you like action and a good story with likeable characters, then yes as well.  But be aware there is one huge difference between the two story lines, and I’m not talking about Denzel Washington being black, but fyi if you haven’t already figured it out, Eli’s book is the Bible.

January 15, 2010

Xbox360 showing it’s age

So it’s been five years since the Xbox was released.  This has become ever apparent to me in the last couple of days.  I was at a clients house who needed me to set up a Xbox360 on xbox live.  I did this and then tried out left for dead 2 on his system.  For those who don’t know I own a copy for the PC and when I logged in to play the differences in graphical quality were apparent.  My client ran a 52″ 1080p LCD tv running the xbox at 1080p.  I run a AMD Phenom 9950, Radeon HD 4890 1gb, 4gb of ddr2 cl3 ram, on a Asus board.  I run all settings maxed at 1080p or 1920 x 1080 respectivly.

Some of the major differences I noticed were first and foremost were overall graphical quality.  The textures on everything seems much duller and the overall feel was far rougher. It didn’t have that clean, crisp and sharp look that I have been accustomed to on the PC.  The weapons did not show near as much detail as the PC version neither did the buildings, tree’s or the characters.  The characters were the most obvious graphic quality difference.   The faces were rough and under detailed compared to the PC.  I also felt the way the gore was presented within the game was far worse on the 360.  I noticed that whenever I blew away a zombie… the way they died seemed… unimpressive.

In essence the 360 is a small computer.  It has 3.2ghz TriCore xenon processor, with 512gb of ram, 20 – 120gb hard drive and has ATI Xenos graphics card with 16 processor cores running at 500 mhz with 10mb of GDDR3.  You can read up on the complete specs here.   The graphics card is where the system is starting to show it’s age.  It just cant handle graphic capabilities of newer graphics cards.   For comparison of specs we will take a look at the ATI radeon 4890 1gb graphics card.  The card runs at 800 processing cores at 900mhz a core on GDDR5 memory you can read the complete specs here.  The 16 stream processing cores vs the 800 stream processing cores shows how much more powerful newer graphics cards are alone.

Recently Microsoft said that it doesn’t plan to make a new console in the near future within the new 3 – 5 years it plans to release software and “hardware” upgrades for it’s console. So it will be interesting to see how PC vs Console war pans out.

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