October 10, 2012

Risen 2: Dark Waters Giveaway

To coincide with our interview with Björn Pankratz, Project Director at Piranha Bytes, our friends at Koch Media have given us 5 Xbox and PS3 promo copies of Risen 2: Dark Waters to giveaway!

Now you’ve earned command of your very own pirate ship, the question is, what are you going to call her? All you have to do is tell us what you would call your pirate ship in the comments section below. Winners will be announced on Wednesday 31st October. Won a prize from us before? No problem! You can play and win as many times as you like! To qualify for the contest do the following:

1. Register for an account (if you’ve already done so go to step 2)

2. Like us on Facebook (if you’ve already done so go to step 3)

3. Tell us your pirate ship name and your preferred platform, Xbox or PS3

That’s it! You’ve qualified!

Good luck and game on!

May 19, 2011

Dont miss out on your chance to save the galaxy with your FREE STEAM COPY OF MASS EFFECT.

Do you feel down about the state of the galaxy? Do you wish you had the commanding authority of a super badass bent on eradicating evil while at the same time being dashingly awesome or terrifyingly douchy? Well wish no more!!! Now is your chance to win a FREE steam copy of MASS EFFECT. Its your turn to travel the galaxy kickin in doors and nut sacks, saving the day and getting the freakishly hot alien chick.

Ill keep it simple. All you have to do is share your thoughts with TGB. You MUST post 1 comment under this article and then post 5 comments under any article (all 5 comments do not have to be under the same article) and let us know whats on your mind. Posting 1 comment here and then 5 comments anywhere else will enter you into this contest, and you must be a registered user to participate. The promotion will run for a week and end next Thursday 5/26/2011 at 12pm (noon). TGB staff are not eligible for the promotion.

This is a Steam game and will require steam to download and play, if you dont have steam heres a link to get it,, its free and quick and easy to set up. Whoever wins the game will either have to add me as a friend in steam or give me their email address so that I can deliver the game to you. If there are any questions feel free to post them here or contact me at


System Requirements:

Supported OS: Microsoft Windows® XP with SP2 or Windows Vista*
Processor: Intel P4 2.4 Ghz or faster / AMD 2.0 Ghz
Memory: 1.0 GB RAM or more (2.0 GB for Vista)
Graphics: DirectX 9.0c compatible, ATI X1300 XT or greater (ATI X1300, X1300 Pro, X1600 Pro, Radeon 2600 HD, and HD 2400 are below minimum system requirements); NVidia GeForce 6800 or greater (7300, 7600 GS, 8500 are below minimum system requirements)
Hard Drive: 12.0 GB or more free hard drive space
Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible
DirectX®: 9.0c

* WINDOWS VISTA OR WINDOWS 7 USERS: Launching “Mass Effect” from Steam requires the setting “Run as Administrator”. If the User Account Control feature of Windows Vista is enabled, launching “Mass Effect” from Steam will result in failure. For users with User Account Control enabled, launch Steam using the “Run as Administrator” option or launch from the windows shortcut.

May 2, 2011

I Heart Zombies…..

Zombies have been around for decades, hunting down human flesh in movies and video games in light of drama and for laughs. Zombies have brought people together in front of movie screens, video game controllers, and haunted houses. Zombies have peeked an interest in a casual gamer and brought her more into the great light of gaming.

When in doubt, know your way out…..

Zombieland, was a hit. It was a great zombie satire on a small budget with a great cast. But this movie would peak the interest of a casual gamer, for more of the hoard. Insert Left 4 Dead. A game developed by Turtle Rock Studios before Valve purchased them, you would play as one of four survivors making your way through the zombie hoard from safe house to safe house. Only to grab a controller on occasion, the casual gamer would more enjoy watching the game from a spectators view. With its B-movie atmosphere, griping characters, its ingenious A.I. director, the game would become a hit spawning DLC and a sequel. This casual gamer would continue to watch from the sidelines and enjoy the slaughter of the zombie hoard, until as of late.

Ellis and Keith did everything together….

This causal gamer I speak of is my girlfriend Holly. I hate the use the term “casual” gamer, because it doesn’t matter if you play Farmville, or Halo, Bejeweled, or Battlefield, Mario Kart, or Need for Speed; we are all gamers, and should be proud that fact. She loves the DS, playing games such as Style Savvy, various Pop Cap games (Plants vs. Zombies, Bejeweled Twist, and Feeding Frenzy), and Professor Layton. She has tried her hand at Left for Dead and Halo but the twin stick controls are something she still hasn’t become accustomed to, but has the desire to learn. As many couples try to play games together and enjoy this great form of entertainment there are a few games that are great as starters, Left for Dead being one I would recommend. Borderlands and Portal are two other games that I would also recommend but we aren’t giving those away are we. So if this gives anyone the incentive besides we are giving away a great game, this could be a potential game to get someone that is not that involved with games into them. Go register, like the site, comment and win; or we will through some boomer bile on you and watch the running horde.

May 2, 2011

Gears of War 3 Beta News

The Gears of War 3 beta is in full swing now and on May 8th the guys at Epic Games are releasing the “Never Fight Alone” part of the beta. Now this will not be open to everyone. People who pre-ordered Gears 3 or have Bulletstorm will have access but they will also have a chance to get a friend access with a “buddy token”. These tokens will be emailed out to players on May 8th, however you gotta give a little to get a little. To earn the tokens you must complete a few things by May 4th. They are:

– Purchase any “Gears of War” content from Xbox Live Marketplace (including a “Gears of War” Game Add-on, a “Gears of War” Games on Demand title, or a “Gears of War” Avatar item)

– Play 20 or more hours of the “Gears of War 3” beta (any time already spent in the beta will count toward this challenge)

– Add a 12-month Xbox Live Gold subscription to your existing account (purchased from retail or online)

– Play more than 100 hours of any “Gears of War” title, lifetime to date

So time to get to work earning some tokens. Also check back here sometime this week because I will announce a chance to play the Gears of War 3 beta with a couple of our writers , myself included.

April 30, 2011

Dead Giveaway: Left 4 Dead 2 Giveaway

Hello fellow TGB readers. To thank you all for the support you have given us we are  giving away a free copy of Left 4 Dead 2 for the PC.  This is a Steam copy and you WILL need to have a Steam account to receive it.  This is a Steam purchased copy so you won’t have to worry about it disappearing of your list.  Staff and previous staff members DO NOT qualify for this contest.  The contest starts today April 30th 2011 and ends May 7th 2011 To qualify for the giveaway all you have to do is follow the steps below:

1. Register on the site here (if you’re already a member you don’t have to do this)

2. Like us on facebook

3. Comment on at least two articles over the course of the next week. 

At the end of the week we will pick a winner from the list of people who participated and we will post the winner up on the site on Sunday May 8th.  To claim your prize you must email me after the contest is complete with your steam account information and we will gift you the game.  The winner will also have the option to write an article about a topic of his choosing. 

If you are already a member of TGB fret not you can still qualify for the contest just like us on facebook and comment on two of the articles and you are set to go. 

If you already own Left 4 Dead 2 and you win the contest you can either take a second copy for yourself or we can gift it to a person of your choice.   

Please be sure to check the system requirements below to make sure your system can handle Left 4 Dead 2:


  • Supported OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
  • Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB, Shader model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better
  • Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card


  • Supported OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
  • Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz
  • Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista
  • Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with Shader model 3.0. NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better
  • Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space
  • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card


  • OS: MacOS X 10.6.4 or higher (Snow Leopard Graphics Update required)
  • Processor: Dual core Intel processor, 2GHz or better
  • Video Card: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
  • Not supported: OS X 10.5.x, ATI X1600 or X1900 graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 7 graphics or Intel graphics less than Intel HD 3000.

Haven’t played or heard of Left 4 Dead 2?  Check out some of the gameplay videos below.


Good luck to everyone and enjoy!

March 24, 2011








March 23, 2011

Game Rig Build­ing with lit­tle Scratch


This is will be a “short form” for find­ing all the pieces to build a gam­ing rig for around 600 bucks give or take, it all depends on you.
The easy part is putting one together; it looks hard but not really. Almost every piece is “keyed” mean­ing it will only fit into a spe­cific slot a spe­cific way and with all of the resources the inter­net has you should have no prob­lem.
Now the hard part…..figuring out what to buy, what will work with what, and get­ting the biggest bang for your buck! Per­son­ally I like AMD (proces­sor man­u­fac­turer) over INTEL (same), AMD has always been the under­dog but the per­for­mance as always gone back and forth between these two com­peti­tors. Last I checked INTEL is win­ning, BUT, you will pay for it! AMD has almost always has been cheaper which equals more bang for your buck!! You can get a high end dual core (black Ed. That can be over clocked into a four core) or a low to mid-range four core proces­sor for around 100 bucks, before you decide look around and ALWAYS do some research!
Now, the proces­sor is decided you need to match it to a moth­er­board, the back­bone of your whole sys­tem. See what mem­ory (you can find mem­ory for around 50 bucks for 4gigs) your proces­sor works best with and with that info you can decide on a good Mobo. That should fall in the 60 to 70 dol­lar price range and always try to think of upgrade abil­ity. Who knows you might what to pimp out the sys­tem in the future!
Most MoBo.’s come with pretty decent sur­round sound capa­bil­ity built in so for bud­get sake we will move on. Now the biggest and hard­est deci­sion to make, the video card! How ever much you are will­ing to spend you WILL find a card to eat up that bud­get! So, check the reviews!!!! Some older cards rate bet­ter than new mod­els and have bet­ter prices to boot! You can find nice cards in the $150 range that will run most games BUT not at full on graphic set­tings and just remem­ber while proces­sors can run with any video card man­u­fac­turer AMD is opti­mized for RADEON and INTEL is opti­mized for NVIDIA so match­ing your video with your proces­sor again will make a dif­fer­ence.
Now you have the meat and pota­toes next is the dress­ing…. First a hard drive prices per gig are really cheap and a one or two ter­abyte hard drive will run under 100 bucks! Sweet! CD/DVD dri­ves also are really cheap and will only cost you give or take 50 bucks for a nice DVD burner. Also upgrade your proces­sor fan, the stock fan (if pro­vided) usu­ally will do the bare min­i­mum at cool­ing so upgrade that bad­boy! You’ll drop around 30 to 50 bucks for a bitchen heat pipe that will pull the heat off your proces­sor nicely. Next get a power sup­ply, I would say no less than 550 watts depend­ing on how big of a power whore your video card is. You should be able to get a decent PSU for 50 bucks, with no flashi­ness; that will power your sys­tem pretty good.
Now, we have all the guts, we now need a body, or, a case to drop all these parts into. Remem­bers if you get a tall proces­sor fan try to buy a full tower for clear­ance, Mid-ranged tow­ers will run 50 to 75 bucks and all will do the same thing but the cool fac­tor will adjust the price and weather or not a power sup­ply is included (most included power sup­plies suck!).
Well that should do it; that should get you a tower of decent power for some gam­ing good­ness. I’ll leave all the periph­er­als up to you (mouse/keyboard, speak­ers, and a mon­i­tor plus any other do-dads you might want) they are above and beyond this budget!

Here is a short list of decent sites to start piec­ing your rig together: ~ HUGE sec­tion lots of deals decent prices ~ runs neck and neck with tiger! ~ great resource for all the parts you’re look­ing for has a great list­ing sys­tem show­ing prices from cheap­est to most expen­sive ~ you need cables that have cables! At super cheap prices ~ listed on price­watch but they have lots of cool nerd toys! ~ use to be decent prices.

Be gen­tle guys! This is my first piece since col­lege! Got any tips (I know you do!), bet­ter sites or what­ever drop a comment!

March 20, 2011 Review

If you are here you probably have run across and saw some of their insanely low prices.  If you were like me you immediately were concerned about the legitimacy of their products and if you would even get them at all.  I at the suggestion of several of my friends decided to give them at shot to purchase a copy of Homefront which they had for the really low price of $27.99.  I am very happy to say that I was extremely impressed with the level of professional service that I received there and the product that I received activated on steam and worked just fine.  I also received a copy/photograph of the product and cd key that I had purchased.  

After my purchase I had several questions about the product that I had bought from them and they answered my questions quickly and professionally.  Overall I was extremely satisfied not only with the game that I received there but with the customer service I received after my purchase.  It’s hard to find companies that treat you well after the purchase and take the time to assure you of their products. 

Intkeys website is also laid out well and it was easy to find the game that I wanted to purchase.  The site was not full of questionable ads and numerous popups that I have run across in similar companies.    I was able to pay via paypal so this made me feel much better about purchasing from them. 

I’m giving TGB’s seal of approval and recommending them to anyone who is looking to get their games cheaply, legally and quickly.  If anyone has had a similar experience with intkeys please post it below.  If you would like to check them out you can visit them at their website here.

March 20, 2011

The Silent Protagonist: Immersion Creator or Killer


    Immersion is an important aspect of all entertainment, and video games in particular have to pay close attention to it. A film can be engrossing, you can empathise with a character or situation or perhaps be so moved or appalled that you become invested in the story. However games go further than this by granting you control of the protagonist and thus making them somewhat of a conduit between yourself and the world the character inhabits. Games utilising a first person perspective amplify this connection further, and this is why a slip into uncanny valley, a glitch or even something as simple as an incoherent plot is often far more jarring than problems in any other medium. To this end the job of the protagonist is a multi-faceted and difficult one; they must drive the main story arch whilst giving the illusion of absolute freedom, they must represent the player almost as much as they represent the game. And so, amidst the swathe of brutes spouting clichéd patriotism, the convoy of silent protagonist enter into the fray, with Gordan Freeman at the helm (for me at least), shouting there silent battle cry.

    There are characters that are so grandiose, so outlandishly crass that immersion is achieved in spite of them. The Duke Nukem games, including (and it feels strange writing this) the upcoming Duke Nukem Forever, are gloriously gratuitous in all aspects, and I would never have a silent protagonist replace the foul-mouthed Duke. However somewhat ironically (though it is closer to wordplay than true irony) there is a lot to be said for the silent protagonist. Metroid: Other M was hyped as being somewhat of a revival of a fantastic franchise, and the decision to grant the mysterious Samus Aran a voice hit the gaming world with equal measures of excitement and trepidation. As I am sure you are aware the game not only gave her a (terrible) voice, but also managed to turn her into a submissive character with the potential to de-emancipate women everywhere. Like so many other women she should have stayed silent (please read this comment for the pathetic excuse of satire that it is) but at least, if nothing else, giving her a voice has given me a fairly contemporary example of the potential ills of vocalisation. The problem, in cases less severe than Other M, stems from the fact that the characters thoughts rarely match your own. No game can truly encapsulate the breadth of human nature; even RPGs like the highly successful ( and enjoyable), Mass Effect games, that offer various dialogue options covering an array of emotions, are unable to truly compensate for the individuality of people and their idiolects. But can a silent protagonist really represent anyone? Surely if you were a theoretical physicist, who is surprisingly adept with weapons, you would have something to say whilst a headcrab cracked open you co-workers skull. Does a protagonist with no voice at all kill the immersive nature of a game for all but the mute?

    No. It does not. Rather it enhances it by allowing you to project your own opinions onto the character, to coalesce with their mind and become, to a certain extent, them. I did not find myself sitting silently when playing as Gordan Freeman or Issac Clarke or any of the other silent protagonists. I was mentally and, frequently enough that my sanity was brought into question, orally involved. With Gordan as my conduit I felt an array of emotions and even managed to developed a somewhat unnerving love of an inanimate object; my relationship with Gnome Chompski may have started out as an inevitable consequence of my completionist nature, but by the time I had placed him onto that rocket I cared not for the achievement notification currently gracing my screen but for Chompski himself. And whilst there are many examples of well voiced and immersive protagonists, a category that the aforementioned Issac Clarke may now have fallen into after recently finding his voice with some success in Dead Space 2, the silent protagonist is, for me at least, the epitome of immersion when done well. And whilst not all roles lend themselves to the silent treatment, as miming a rousing pre-battle speech or using semaphore to give detailed instructions is almost impossible; if you have a character who is able to say everything without uttering a word, and a plot and supporting characters that are robust enough to facilitate your silent presence then you have a truly fantastic game. And I for one will play episode three, should it ever arrive, with either a characteristically silent Gordan Freeman, or devoid of any sound whatsoever.

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