2010 March

March 29, 2010

Star Wars: The Old Republic coming to Xbox?

Microsoft has sent mixed messages about bringing massively multiplayer role-playing games to the Xbox 360. Today bioware has shot down the rumors the the much famed MMO will be coming to consoles.  The developer in a interview said “Star Wars: The Old Republic is currently being developed for the personal computer (PC) using the Microsoft Windows operating system. While we recognize that there are other operating systems and platforms available for games today, our development is specific to the personal computer using the Windows operating system at this time.”  After the release of Champions online on the Xbox360 console gamers have been wondering what the next MMO on consoles would be????

March 29, 2010

Samsung to release 32GB DDR3 RAM

In June 2009 Samsung announced they had developed its first 32GB module.  Testing has been underway for a while now and they are set to have these beasts mass produced this April!!!  As quoted from the President of Samsung Electronics Memory Division, Soo-In Choo, “Our highly successful implementation of the 40nm-class technology is inductive of our determination to move toward the 30nm-class process node in the second half of this year.  Our 30nm-class technology will provide even more advanced memory solutions for high-end server and PC applications.”  They modules will run at 1066 MHz with a voltage of 1.35V and timings that have not been announced yet.  The cost will be more than most regular or even hardcore gamers will be able to stomach, but hopefully this will allow RAM already on the market to drop in price in the near future.

March 29, 2010

Top 20 Game Sales

Game Informer released in their April issue the top 20 sales in the gaming world; these are stats/sales from January 2010.  The top titles are surprising to me, is the Wii really this popular?

1.  New Super Mario Bros (Wii)

2.  Mass Effect 2 (360)

3.  Wii Fit Plus (Wii)

4.  COD MW 2 (360)

5.  Mario Kart (Wii)

6.  Wii Sports Resort (Wii)

7.  COD MW2 (PS3)

8.  Army of 2: The 40th Day (360)

9.  Just Dance (Wii)

10.  Darksliders (360)

11.  Army of 2: The 40th Day (PS3)

12.  Wii Play (Wii)

13.  MAG (PS3)

14.  Darksliders (PS3)

15.  EA Sports Active (Wii)

16.  Mario Kart DS (DS)

17.  Bayonetta (360)

18.  New Super Mario Bros (DS)

19.  Mario & Luigi: Browser’s Inside Story (DS)

20.  God of War Collections (PS3)

Geez, of all the negative thoughts I have about Nintendo and their place in the industry, they just shut me up with taking ½ of the Top 20 list.  Still would never trade in my PC or 360 for a Wii : )

March 28, 2010

I married a gamer…

So you have been married a few months… and noticed that slowly your husband or in some cases wife is now slowly reverting back to their bachelor or baccalaureate self and gaming… all the time.  To you, gaming is a complete waste of time, you feel that they could be using that spare time to go out and decorate the house, go shopping, go on a date or just go better yourself in some way, shape or form.   I’m writing about this because I’m one of those gamers.  I knew before I got married that my soul mate had absolutely no interest in video games.  In fact we are opposites in most regards except for religious beliefs.  These things can lead to challenges in your marriage and make it infinitely more complex.   Now am I an expert on psychology?  Relationships?  Sex?  Do I have a PHD with 10,000 published works?  No, I definitely do not.  What I am is a married man, who lives in this situation so I am going to give you my opinion from that vantage point and I think that gives me some authority on the subject.

One of the things that really helps make a marriage work is common interest, doing things together that are fun and exciting.   What tends to happens is we get into a lull of doing the things we did when we were single.  For me that has always been playing Video games in my spare time and for my wife that was traveling around the world.  The problem is that I can always play video games because I have all the things I need for that right here in my own home.  Once we got married my wife was no longer was able to just travel around and visit new countries.  So you really have three options in this situation.  One you can get a divorce… this won’t really solve anything because all this does is point out that you can’t resolve conflict.  Marriage is one big conflict resolution.    If you are able to resolve something like this you are more likely to strive through as a couple.  Second thing you can do is to choose to ignore the situation and just continue on being upset inside but yet never solving the problem.  I don’t recommend going down this path either.  While you may avoid the problem it’s eventually going to come out and the result will be far worse than if you had just talked about it in the beginning.  Bottling things up affects more than just the immediate problem, it also affects you daily life, sex drive and your overall mood.  The third option and much more preferable, is to sit down and discuss a resolution to the issue at hand.  I’ve jokingly said that marriage is just like politics, it’s a series of never ending negotiations, treaties and compromises that are ever changing.  While this may sound funny there is quite a bit of truth to it.

So what is the solution?  This entirely depends on the couple.  We are going to use the classic example of the male gamer.  Chances are your husband does not think he’s wasting time.  If he is like me he probably fulfills all his “household chores” and gets everything done that he needs to get done.  But when he’s done he just goes straight to the computer, Xbox, PS3 or Wii to play games.  He probably stays there till the end of the night maybe an hour before bed comes upstairs, wants some loving before he goes to bed and then afterword’s goes to sleep.  Rinse and Repeat.   This leaves you, the wife, feel unattended, alone and used in some cases.  In this particular case what simply needs to happen is a rearrangement of time.  Now before you go off and start setting restrictions on your husband/wife please read on.  I don’t recommend that you just go and set boundaries.  “You may play 1 hour a night then you must get off” approach will most likely fall on deaf, defensive ears.  What you should do, and need to do, is go and sit down with your husband and tell him how you are feeling.  Explain that you DON’T have a problem with him playing but that you need emotional fulfillment.

What my wife and I did was to just go somewhere straight after work, there were to many distractions at home so instead of going home we would just go to a coffee shop, store, whatever it may be before you go home and just talk.  We spend a couple hours at the end of the work day outside of the home and go out and look things, dream, talk, etc.  Once we get home we go off to our domains which for me is gaming and for her is HGTV or whatever not 😛  Another thing I might suggest is trying the hobbies of your spouse’s interest EVEN IF YOU DON’T LIKE THEM!  Sit down and play some games with your husband, even if you think it’s the dumbest thing in the world, or if you suck terribly.  He doesn’t care, all he cares is that you are doing something with that he likes.   Even if it’s only for one evening a week you will make his day and I promise you the next day he will be at work bragging about you until the ends of the earth.   This has to go both ways however, when your wife asks you to go out to pier one, Bed Bath and Beyond, or do arts and crafts with her you HAVE to sit down and do it and you need to at least look interested and not be whining about it the entire time.  You can’t expect your wife to spend time with your hobby if don’t with hers and you the wife can’t expect your husband to spend time doing your favorite things if you don’t try his.

Is there a one size fits all solution?  No, there isn’t, but you can come to one that meets the demands of your relationship.  Unless your one of those rare couples who both enjoys sitting down and blowing away zombies, squad based combat or otherwise venturing into Middle Earth together, you are going to have to come to some sort of arrangement that will leave you both feeling fulfilled.  The “My way or the Highway” mentality will not work…period.   You have to sit down, talk, and come to resolution.  There are cases however where would seek help.  If your spouse gets physically violent or verbally abusive when you ask him to spend time with you.  You may have some other underlying issues that need to be resolved.  In this case I would HIGHLY recommend seeing a professional marriage counselor.

This article is not meant to solve world hunger, bring world peace or solve everyone else’s problems.  But if I can help save or enhance even one couples marriage then it was worth the time it took to write it.  If you liked it please refer to a friend or family member.

March 28, 2010

LFD 2 DLC Delayed

Ahhh, who woulda thought that zombie slaying could be so fun, and only with 3 “friends” to help you through the campaign?  Well it turns out it is fun as hell, and replayability is friggin high.  Left 4 Dead 2 kicks ass, but there is something that is very obvious about this release from Valve, maps are very limited, and some new weapons would be nice too (more so with the 1st LFD, but with the 2nd one too).  So Valve will give us the goods, but a bit latter than expected, and of course for the 360 before the PC : (  The DLC titled “The Passing” was supposed to be released by the end of March, but now is being pushed back until sometime this Spring.  Some of the new weapons will be a Golf club, and a M60 for slaying with only the ammo that come with the weapon.  The DLC will run u $7.00 (or 560 Microsoft Points) less than half of what the DLC is going to cost ppl for MW 2.  And it is rumored to bring back the characters from the 1st Left 4 Dead, yea, stop staring at Zoey’s ass.

March 26, 2010

The wait is over, Nvidia Fermi finally released

As many of you may already know Nvidia’s new Fermi series card released today, Their only 6 months late to the party, was it worth the wait? First lets look at the specs:    ***Specs copy and pasted from Nvidia web site***

GTX 480:

CUDA Cores 480
Graphics Clock (MHz) 700 MHz
Processor Clock (MHz) 1401 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 42
Memory Clock (MHz) 1848
Standard Memory Config 1536 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 384-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 177.4
NVIDIA SLI®-ready* 2-way/3-Way
NVIDIA 3D Vision Ready yes
NVIDIA 3D Vision Surround Ready*** yes
NVIDIA PureVideo® Technology** HD
NVIDIA PhysX™-ready yes
NVIDIA CUDA™ Technology yes
Microsoft DirectX 11
OpenGL 3.2
Bus Support PCI-E 2.0 x 16
Certified for Windows 7 yes
Maximum Digital Resolution 2560×1600
Maximum VGA Resolution 2048×1536
Standard Display Connectors Mini HDMI
Two Dual Link DVI
Multi Monitor yes
HDCP yes
HDMI yes
Audio Input for HDMI Internal
Height 4.376 inches (111 mm)
Length 10.5 inches (267 mm)
Width Dual-slot
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 105  C
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 250  W
Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 600  W
Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin & 8-pin

GTX 470:  ***again specs copy and pasted from Nvidia website*** Also There is less info cuz Im only posting the differences, anything not posted is the same as the GTX  480

CUDA Cores 448
Graphics Clock (MHz) 607 MHz
Processor Clock (MHz) 1215 MHz
Texture Fill Rate (billion/sec) 34.0
Memory Clock (MHz) 1674
Standard Memory Config 1280 MB GDDR5
Memory Interface Width 320-bit
Memory Bandwidth (GB/sec) 133.9
Height 4.376 inches (111 mm)
Length 9.5 inches (241 mm)
Width Dual-slot
Maximum GPU Temperature (in C) 105  C
Maximum Graphics Card Power (W) 215  W
Minimum Recommended System Power (W) 550  W
Supplementary Power Connectors 6-pin x2

::SOURCE:: http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_480_us.html / http://www.nvidia.com/object/product_geforce_gtx_470_us.html

Now as I said Nvidia is roughly 6mo late to the party and unfortunately todays release was only a paper release and  it will be another 2 1/2 weeks before a physical card is actually available to the public, retailers are expected to get cards in during the week of April 12th. The good news is that the GTX 480 will cost $100 less than expected at $499-530 and the GTX 470 will be $350-380 ( priceing taken from Newegg.com) So the cost is fairly competative which is a plus and lastly Nvidia seems to have adressed the SLI scaling issues some people were having with an end result that is said to scale better than ATI Crossfire. Ill end it here with some bench screens. For the full review I skimmed over heres the link >>> http://www.anandtech.com/video/showdoc.aspx?i=3783&p=1

One thing I noticed looking over some bench results was that the GTX 480 really doesnt kick as much ass as I had expected and the HD 5870 remains the card with the best bang for buck. Another thing to note is the temps, the 480 idles at a reasonable 51c and under load gets up to a whopping 94c so be sure youve got decent cooling in your case should you pick one of these cards up, Also make sure you have a quality PSU as idle it draws 190w and under load draws up to 479w and up to 851w SLI, as of now it is the most power hungry card on the market.

IN GAME PERFORMANCE

POWER, HEAT & NOISE

HOT

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March 26, 2010

GameCrush, Game With a Girl for Money?

All ppl that have little hope of actually having a real relationship, now is ur chance to get it on and destroy a girl in a fsp.  But if they own u, u should live the rest of ur days in shame, lol, jk.  I wrote about it at AirborneGamer and thought it was interesting enough to give it a new look here.  This will run u about $50 bucks an hour (8.25 per 10 minutes) and will allow gamers to play  head to head or co-op with a “willing” female.  Now for the 360 and said to be released for the PSN in the future, this will prove to all of us doubters once again, not matter how “far fetched” an idea may seem, sex sells.  Just don’t go breaking the Xbox LIVE Online Policy now…

  • **Don’t distribute, post, publish, upload, disseminate or discuss defamatory, infringing, obscene, sexual or unlawful materials.
  • **Don’t give out information that personally identifies you (such as your real name, address, phone number, credit card number, etc.) while you’re playing.
  • **Don’t use the Xbox LIVE Service for commercial purposes

March 24, 2010

Radeon 5850!

So after doing much debating and pondering I decided today to finally bite the bullet and get a Direct X 11 card.  DX11 add’s alot to the game.  I’ve been playing bad company 2 for awhile now so I know what it looks like in DX10.  I must say the upgrade from DX10 to DX11 IS astounding.  The sunset locals on the water are amazing.  The water actually looks like real water.  I found myself wanting to swim in it… scary huh.  I’ve only had about and hour of game play on the card but from what I can tell it’s  a large step forward.

Now coming from a 4890 which I ran maxed I can definatly tell a difference… things feel far smoother… the maps look crisper.  Everything feels better.  I even think some of my images look better.  This could be me glorifying the card but so far I like what I see.    I’ll keep you posted on what I find.

The card sports 1gb of GDDR5 memory and has 1440 steam processors, 1000mhz memory clock, 725 mhz core clock with a 256bit memory interface.  The card also supports DX11.  I dropped 300 even on this card here locally at a shop called DIT.  It was actually 33 dollars below the newegg price so I figured I couldn’t go wrong.  If you have been on the fence about getting a 5800 series card but don’t want to drop the $420 the $300 5850 is a sure bet to boost your gaming experience.  So far I love this card.  Well have more to follow soon!

March 24, 2010

Modern Warfare 2 : The Stimulus Package DLC

The Real Stimulus Package for ppl that are not Bank Dick CEO’s.  No matter ur feeling about this franchise, or the “special” AI enemies have in the campaign (walking in open to get shot) or any of the Infinity Ward, Activision BS, u cannot deny the great success of this game.  [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS0A3NgyJBc]

To quote my best friends at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modern_warfare_2 “On March 16, 2010, Activision confirmed that the game had sold over 14 million copies worldwide, making it the second best-selling game of all time in the UK, and third best-selling game of all time in the U.S.”  Yea, take that…

[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MS0A3NgyJBc]

This sums it up:

Downloadable content

“Activision has announced that two downloadable map packs will be released for Modern Warfare 2. At E3 2009, Microsoft stated that these map packs would first be made available for the Xbox 360 via Xbox Live before they would be released for other platforms. Robert Bowling has stated that the community response to the game and the first two downloadable map packs would be used in designing other potential map packs. The first map pack, the “Stimulus Package”, is set to release on March 30, 2010 for Xbox Live at a cost of 1200 MSP. It will then be available for the PlayStation 3 and PC later on in the year. The pack contains five maps: reincarnations of the Crash and Overgrown maps from Call of Duty 4, and three new maps: Bailout, a multi-level apartment complex; Storm, an industrial park littered with heavy machinery; and Salvage, an abandoned car junkyard in the middle of the snow.”

*thanks again for that brilliant quote from everyone’s favorite online encyclopedia.

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