Software

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, http://store.steampowered.com/about/, 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 pimpmasterf@thegamersblog.com.

 

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.

March 24, 2011

AND THE WINNER IIIIISSS!!!!

THE PROMOTION FOR THE METRO 2033 GAME ENDED LAST NIGHT AND THE DRAWING HAS BEEN DONE.

I WOULD LIKE TO THANK EVERYONE WHO PARTICIPATED AND FOR CONTRIBUTING TO THE SITE, WE CONTINUE TO GROW AND ITS BECAUSE OF OUR MEMBERS AND CONTRIBUTORS THAT WE DO SO 😀

THE WINNER IS IFINNERS

IFINNERS WHERE DID YOU HEAR ABOUT OR COME ACROSS THEGAMERSBLOG.COM?

THE NEXT STEP IS FOR IFINNERS TO SEND ME HIS/HER EMAIL SO I CAN DELIVER THE GAME, IF YOU DONT WANT TO MAKE YOUR EMAIL PUBLIC YOU CAN SEND IT TO gamersblg@gmail.com, IT IS A STEAM GAME SO IF YOU DONT HAVE STEAM YOU WILL NEED TO DOWNLOAD AND INSTALL IT TO RECEIVE AND PLAY THE GAME. YOU CAN DOWNLOAD STEAM HERE

http://store.steampowered.com/about/

AGAIN CONGRATULATIONS, IM HOPING WE CAN DO THIS AGAIN IN THE NEAR FUTURE 😀

March 10, 2011

!!!!!FREE GAME GIVEAWAY!!!!!METRO 2033!!!!!

Dont have Metro 2033? Well now is your chance to score a copy of the PC version.

ENTER TO WIN A FREE STEAM COPY OF METRO 2033!!!

SIMPLY POST A COMMENT TO AN ARTICLE IN THE PROMOTION SECTION OR WRITE AN ARTICLE IN THE PROMOTION SECTION. EASY RIGHT!!! (ALL posts must be in promotion section so I can keep track of entries, articles will be moved to appropriate section by the admin once credit has been given)

Articles are worth 2 entries and comments are worth 1 entry, there is no limit so start commenting or writing!!!!

This promotion ends on Wednesday 3/23 and the drawing will be held Thursday

The game will be delivered through steam and to streamline that process please include your email address associated with your steam acct with your first post/comment.

OH AND JUST FOR CLARITY, THE COMMENTS IN THIS POST ARE ELIGIBLE FOR ENTRIES, JUST CUZ ITS THE ANNOUNCMENT POST DOESNT MEAN ITS INVALID.

ANYONE WHO WANTS TO SUBMIT AN ARTICLE BUT DOESNT HAVE THE PERMISSIONS TO SUBMIT THEM ON THE SITE CAN WRITE THE ARTICLE THEN SEND IT TO gamersblg@gmail.com.

October 25, 2010

Steam Surpasses 30 Million Account Mark

Steam announced a week ago that they had passed the 30 million account mark for their service.  Steam logs a massive 6 million unique login’s a day.  These are pretty impressive numbers from a platform that is supposedly on it’s death knell.   Steams account mark surpasses xbox live with a current user base of 23 million.  You can read the rest of the statement below:

“Leading Platform for PC & Mac Games Continues Massive Growth

October 18, 2010 – Valve® today announced the latest growth data for Steam, a leading platform for PC & Mac games and digital entertainment, revealing new account growth of 178%, sales growth of over 200%, over 200 Steamworks games shipped to date, and more.

During the past 12 months the platform had year-over-year new user growth of 178%, pushing the total number of active accounts to over 30 million, with over 1,200 games now offered. Peak simultaneous player numbers were also up to over three million, with over six million unique gamers accessing Steam each day.

In addition to new user growth, Steam sales during the trailing 12 months increased by more than 200%, putting it on track for a sixth straight year of realizing over 100% year-over-year growth in unit sales. To meet this demand, the Steam infrastructure has been increased and now has ability to run at 400Gps, enough bandwidth to ship a digitized version of the Oxford English Dictionary 92.6 times per second.

The period also realized continued adoption of the Steamworks suite of publishing services in tangible and electronic versions of today’s popular games. Included in many of the year’s biggest releases — such as Sid Meier’s Civilization V, Just Cause 2, and R.U.S.E., with more to come during the holiday season — Steamworks has now shipped in over 200 since the suite of services was released two years ago. In addition, the Steam Cloud (introduced in Spring 2008) has surpassed the 100 million files saved milestone.

“Steam is on track to record the biggest year in its six year history,” said Gabe Newell, president of Valve. “The year has marked major development advances to the platform with the introduction of support for Mac titles, the Steam Wallet and in-game item buying support, and more. We believe the growth in accounts, sales, and player numbers is completely tied to this work and we plan to continue to develop the platform to offer more marketing, sales, and design tools for developers and publishers of games and digital entertainment” “

July 13, 2010

Boxee Beta – A New Face to Home Theater

For those of you who keep up with the home theater world “Boxee” is most likely a concept that you have heard about before.  Boxee is a formal media center application that was built based on the xbmc open-source project.  Boxee is a software front end that displays media from your computer and other network connected devices.  Boxee also has the ability to connect to various internet sources, and stream media directly from the net.

Around 6 months ago Boxee finally moved into the Beta phase and has a download that is available for major Operating Systems (Windows, Linux and Apple).  Create a new account on boxee.tv and reap the many features that Boxee has to offer.

User Interface:  8 out of 10

The user interface on Boxee beta is unbeatable.  It is clear and concise without too much eye candy.  The top of the UI focuses on media and media libraries, where the bottom focuses on social networks and feeds.  The UI is extremely easy to navigate and even easier to get around using any MCE remote.  The reason I gave Boxee’s UI an eight out of ten was due to the inability to customize most of the skin and color scheme.  I definitely love the way it looks as it is, but others might enjoy a different feel.

Media Setup:  6 out of 10

Pointing Boxee to your stored media is a fairly simple task in itself.  The problem lies in Boxee’s ability to match your media to its database.  Boxee uses IMDB and other resources to match your media with the covers, correct titles, and summary.  If your media is named in the proper naming convention, Boxee has little to no problems identifying all your media and categorizing it correctly.  Personally I am a stickler for naming conventions and can’t stand a messy library so Boxee’s media setup was a breeze.

More Info:  The proper naming convention for Boxee is:

TV:  ShowTitle.S##E##.extension – where ## is season number and episode number

Movies:   MovieTitle_(year).extension

Movies and TV:                  10 out of 10

Boxee has a wonderful UI in the way of tv and movies go.  It lists all the episodes from each of your tv shows and marks the ones that you have watched and leaves the ones yet to be watched highlighted.  This is a very handy feature for people like me who get attached to too many shows at the same time and forget what episode they are currently on.  Subtitles are but a click away and every aspect of the payback can be controlled with a remote or mouse.  I couldn’t find a flaw in the way their tv and movie section runs, I love it.

Music:  10 out of 10

Boxee music setup was simple and it works flawlessly.  It groups your music collection by artist and album.  It also has filters that allow you to sort by year, genre, recently added, or alphabetically.  I personally leave Boxee’s music section running on my home theater pc constantly.

Boxee Apps:  8 out of 10

To be perfectly honest I haven’t spent too much time working with the applications that can be added to Boxee.  I have Pandora, World Cup: South Africa, and Netflix.  Each of those apps work perfectly and as you would expect.  There are many apps that can be found in the Boxee repository such as Digg, Clicker, YouTube, CNN and so much more.  I gave the apps an eight out of ten due to the time it takes to load the repository and the wasted time to find the app you are looking for.

Summary and Final Score:  8.4 out of 10

Overall I have to say that Boxee Beta is a big leap forward from the previous alpha version. The user interface is well thought out, and navigating throughout the ecosystem was a breeze. There is still some work that can be done in the App Library.  I would also like to see some more views added to the Media Library and more thought but into the movie details page. For someone who likes to be able to customize and have more control over the experience Boxee just might not quite do it.  However for the person who just wants something simple that is easy to navigate and not have to worry about some of the complexities involved with other media center applications, Boxee might just be the answer.  Since Boxee cleaned up its stability issues combined with the Boxee Box, could make for an excellent product that could finally bring the media center concept into the mainstream, something AppleTV failed to do.

June 3, 2010

The Linux Project

I am currently in the process of learning how to setup a linux box to do everything from hosting to playing games to hosting files, DHCP, DNS and SAMBA.  I am currently documenting everything I am doing within our forums.  While this is not related to gaming directly I think those of you who game and are in the IT field will enjoy this.  For those of you who have been looking for a good tutorial on a simple linux box this should be an interesting read for you.   In this project I am going to be attempting the following things:

  1. build a dns server (bind or named)
  2. build a sql/apache server
  3. build a gateway/router server (iptables)
  4. compile a kernel to include all drivers into the kernel
  5. compile a kernel to exclude drivers (build and use kernel modules instead)
  6. build a fileserver and incorporate it with windows (samba)

As I do the following things I will link them to our forums.  If you guys like what you see please feel free to comment or give suggestions!  Thanks guys!

April 19, 2010

Moving your WordPress Domain on Godaddy

After having to migrate my domain from .net to .com I wanted to say something about the process.  Having never done this before it was a lot harder then it had to be.  That being said I’m going to show you how to do this the easy way.  First off lets start with a couple of assumptions.  I am assuming that both your domains are both hosted on the SAME account.  Second assumption that I am making is that your domains are hosted on Godaddy.  If both these are true please continue.   One other thing to note is that you DO NOT need to get Deluxe hosting on both domains you only need it on one.  In my case I had Deluxe hosting on www.thegamersblog.net but not on www.thegamersblog.com.

1.  First thing you should do, if you haven’t already, make a full backup of all your files.  In reality there are only a few core files that you need but I would suggest you get everything.  It’s better to have to much in this case then to little.  You’ll much rather waste 10 min uploading extra files then loosing your website all together.

2.  Log into your Godaddy account and go to the Hosting

3.  Click on Manage Account for your current domain *not the one you want to change to*

4.  Click on settings and then Domain Management. 

5.  Click add domain and type the name of your domain without the www. and add it.  In my case I typed thegamersblog.com.  I also choose to put it in the root directory by default.  So you would leave the / that it puts there by default.  After doing this you may have to wait a little while.  Once it’s done setting up you should be able to access the website from both domains.  So you should be able to type www.yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.net and they should both go to the same site. 

6.  Once you can go to your WordPress blog from both domains log into WordPress and go to settings -> General.  Change the Web Address (URL) and Blog Address (URL) to your NEW domain. 

7.  Close your browser and test.  When you click on links from the new domain they should all show .com.  If this is so we have one final step.

8.  Log in to Godaddy and go to the domain manager and forward your old domain to your new domain.  So in my case I forwarded www.thegamersblog.net -> www.thegamersblog.com.  This just redirects anyone going to the old domain to the new one.  

9.  Grab a beer or soda *if you don’t drink*  and pat yourself on the back for successfully moving your website. 

I hope this is helpful for someone out there.  If any of you come across this and have questions please feel free to leave a comment and I or someone here will try to answer it for you.

April 12, 2010

Fake Facebook Ad

“A malicious advertisement has been found within an application for Facebook that redirects users to fake antivirus software, according to a security researcher.  The banner advertisement for greeting cards is intermittently displayed with an application called Farm Town, which has more than 9 million monthly users according to information published on Facebook. If the bad Shockwave Flash advertisement is displayed, the user is redirected from Facebook through several domains and ends up on a Web site selling fake antivirus software, said Sandi Hardmeier, who studies malicious advertisements and blogged about the issue.(See also “How to Remove Fake AV Software.“)” Says PC World.  You can read the full artcile here

The Ad itself is said to be harmless but it is highly recommended that users NOT click on any of the ads claiming to clean their system.  It’s sort of funny that they have to inform people not to click on malicious content. 

Hackers and Malicious code writers have been getting more and more insidious for years.  I have worked in the IT field for a little over five years now and I can honestly say that the methods used by hackers to dupe unsuspecting people into installing their malicious software are incredibly clever.  The most prevalent cases I see are people who believe the popups that show up.  “The message said I was infected so I installed the software and paid for it.”   said customer.  The sad thing is most people who pay for the software never get their money back.  The most amusing case I saw was a lady who brought her Mac in.  She said “I think I have a virus can you check it out?”  I of course said yes and sat down and studied the laptop and went straight for her “documents directory.  Inside I found 18 copies of antivirus2009.exe.  The lady had tried to install a windows virus on her machine 18 consecutive times.  This just goes to show how little attention people pay to what pops up in front of them.

I think if you posted a pop that said “If you click here you will DIE!”  in big red letters and sent it out to 100 people that 75 of them would be dead.  It never ceases to amaze me to how little attention people pay to their surroundings.

February 21, 2010

Arrrggg, Pirates be Among us

Antipiratgruppen (yea, u guessed it, an anti pirate company) notice a Pirate Bay user (millions) was uploading from a Danish IP, or more specifically uploading new content.  Meaning contributing to the site, not just leaching, (u know who u are).  The anti-piracy agency, along with some cops and a warrant raided this dude’s house; they found several hard drives, and a web server.  This did not happen in the States, but has.  It seems that record companies have started to realize that arresting a single mother for downloading some of their copyrighted songs is just bad publicity.  As it would be if Ubisoft decided to sue a 20yr old kid a million bucks for downloading a copy of Assassins Creed II from Thepiratebay.com or Btjunkie.com because he thinks online authentication every time he wants to play his game is shit, and it is.

So are these companies, specifically game development companies and their associates really saving themselves money by implementing this type of authentication that Ubisoft seek, DRM (Digital rights management)?  Or are they just giving “crackers” something fun and interesting to do with their time?  One thing is for sure, their DRM wanna be money saving tactics sure are making a lot of good customers pissed and helping the booming pirate community.  If you’d like a laugh and to see how companies have tried to threaten and shut down sites like thepiratebay.com and btjunkie.com check this out :  http://thepiratebay.org/legal .  This is a hilarious list of emails and faxes between company lawyers (Microsoft, EA, Sega, to name a few) and the good folks at the Pirate Bay literally saying, ur a dip shit, I live in Sweden, not in the States, go f*** urself.  They are entertaining, lol

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