Friday, December 19, 2008
In any case, here's how Maximum PC's $800 rig stacks up in terms of gaming performance.
We went into our gaming benchmark with low expectations from our budget card, the Radeon HD 4850. Obviously, it is no match against the dual GeForce 8800 GTX setup in the Zero Point system. With settings cranked up to the max, our card was barely able to spit out 16 FPS in Crysis. While playing Crysis at the highest settings possible and a resolution of 1920x1200 simply isn’t an option, turning down the graphic settings to medium resulted in 43 FPS made the game much more playable. Unreal Tournament 3 managed to give us a stellar 78 FPS. If you’re running at typical 22-inch LCD resolutions, this machine should kick ass.
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
This is a great article for those like me who are looking for a new game to get as a gift but aren't sure where to look. The article gives a short synopsis of each game and gives a short opinion from two people who have played the game. Personally I think Mirrors Edge looks pretty cool and I'm sure the new Guitar Hero game would keep both of my younger siblings happy and occupied.
Thursday, November 13, 2008
To say the least, I was pleasantly surprised. No I didn't play the actual online versus multiplayer (and I doubt my opinion will change on that), but I did play the Co-op campaign mode and the zombie mode. I feel like my $60 was justified simply from playing these two modes with a few of my online buddies. The zombie mode was a blast with trying different strategies for surviving longer and there were some intense moments when we were getting swarmed. The Co-op singleplayer was also fun and none of the three other people I played with had yet tried the co-op. As expected from a Call of Duty series, there were some awesome cutscenes, insane fights, and lots of "wow" moments. The experience was even better when you're on vent talking with some of your buddies and it adds an element of team work not yet experienced in any of the previous Call of Duty series.
All in all, I'm glad I decided to purchase the game and it was the most fun I had in awhile. Games where meant to be played with other people and hope to see more of the co-op style campaign mode in future games.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
First of all, I am a PC Gamer and like to take pride in the frags I've made due to utilizing my mouse and movement better than the other players. While playing Call of Duty 5 I felt no such enjoyment. The game revolves around open sighted, running spraying with the Thompson as opposed to iron-sighting and attempting to aim at other players. Attempting to iron sight with any gun resulted in far less kills for me as opposed to simply spraying in their general direction. After awhile I gave up attempting to aim when I saw someone and instead just held down mouse1 until they were dead. Even watching the kill cams of how I died, every player seemed to reciprocate this style of play and I found it extremely annoying to have been killed like this.
Attempting to take the bolt and pick people only made me more frustrated with the game. The weapon is extremely underpowered and pales in comparison to any type of automatic gun. Players rarely died when hitting them with a bolt and afterwards I would have to shoot them 2-3 more time with a pistol to finish them off. The bolt action rifles were one of the things I was looking forward to in this game and was very underwhelmed after actually getting to use them. I was also upset with the way the tanks where made in the game. It seems to take 10 explosives before any visible damage is even done to that tank and by that time its already killed half your team. I suppose its another way to allow players easy kills and to have fun "dominating" in a tank.
When considering that Treyarch developed this game I guess I must say I'm not surprised. Call of Duty 5 was made for Xbox360 and PS3 players and easily identified as a port when you play the PC version of the game. Games for console are developed in easy mode to compensate for having to use a controller. This is why SMGs are very overpowered and the perk system lends itself to allow players to get easy kills in claymore, martyrdom, and grenades X 3.
Friday, October 10, 2008
In my personal computer at home, after the system boots up there are over 60 processes running in my task manager, many which have accumulated from various program installs over the course of two years. While none of these processes are necessarily causing my computer any harm, they are definitely eating up CPU resources while idling in the background. If you are interested in learning what exactly are all the processes running in the background, check ProcessLibrary.com which is a great site for searching up unknown processes.
The solution I use to getting rid of all these unwanted processes is a program called KillProcess which can terminate any process on a Windows machine in a matter of seconds. The program is able to use a "Kill List" in order to determine which processes are needed by windows and those which are unnecessary.
The program will execute the kill list in a matter of seconds and terminate all those bloat processes. I personally use a modified version "Clean XP.lst" kill list from Orange Lamp in which I have added a few processes I would like to keep to the list. All in all after using the KillProcess program I have about 19 processes running in the background, a huge difference from the 62 I have at boot up.
Thursday, September 25, 2008
The question I have to ask is WHY?
I recently wrote an article explaining that Call of Duty: World at War will be a CoD4 Mod and how you are going to be paying $50 for Call of Duty 4 with WW2 models. This new game will be using the Call of Duty 4 Engine (confirmed) and the majority of the perks are coming straight from its predecessor with only a few new additions. Sure they are adding vehicle warfare but one of the things I loved about the Call of Duty series was the intense, up-close and personal firefights that came with the relatively small maps. It just seems to me this game is trying to capitalize on us with anyway they can.
Another big complaint I have with this game is how its mimicking Call of Duty 4, and anyone who has ever played the game knows how noob-friendly it is. From the super-fast weapon firing rates, perks like martyrdom and sonic boom, regen, lack of recoil, helicopters, and m203's, the game caters to the player in every possible way that my grandmother could consistently frag me. Call of Duty: WaW will be exactly like this but with more bushes and grass for idiots to hide in and now they can also drive tanks.
Who knows, maybe I'm just putting down the game because I was disappointed with how Call of Duty 4 turned out. I mean, the singleplayer was amazing, and sure I had a blast playing multiplayer when it first came out, but the more you play it the more you realize that CoD4 was only made for the masses of ps3 and xbox players, and can easily be identified as such when you look at how the game actually plays. How any joe-nobody can kill you regardless of whether you are a veteran of the series or he just picked up the game yesterday. That's just how the game was made and its also what makes me disappointed about it.
Thursday, September 4, 2008
1. Be a platform champion. Microsoft obviously isn’t doing it, so it’s up to us. Get educated about how your PC works, at least insomuch as it affects your upgrading schemes. As Dan Stapleton said recently, “If PC gaming is costing you ‘thousands’ per year, you’re doing it wrong.” Today, $700 will get you a new PC that’ll handle just about anything for the next two to three years, with maybe $500 a year spent on upgrades—but not everyone needs to drop that kind of money, which is why you should also…
2. Be a goodwill ambassador, especially to “casual” gamers. After all, they’re just hardcore PC gamers who don’t know it yet. If we want to grow our ranks, we need to make it easier for people to join them. Help new and casual players out when it comes to hardware questions—they can make the PC barrier to entry seem very high. Make people feel OK about learning to game on “easy.” Don’t grief away our future community—we want to bring people into the fold, not run them off.
3. Be honest—don’t contribute to the piracy problem. If you’re stealing games, then you cannot complain, ever, about the demise of PC gaming, because you are directly causing it. Besides, stealing is bad karma, and I don’t want to see you come back as a cockroach or a politician or a reality television contestant.
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The vast majority of PC's that have been downgraded to Windows XP are typically sold to small businesses and gamers. Although the operating system is 7 years old, it continues to upstage its successor at nearly every turn
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
See here for more information about Gaming Projectors.
Thursday, August 14, 2008
"The short story is that all the G84 and G86 parts are bad. Period. No exceptions. All of them, mobile and desktop, use the exact same ASIC, so expect them to go south in inordinate numbers as well.
While this may already sound bad enough as is, but now the Inquirer is reporting that "four board partners are seeing G92 and G94 chips going bad in the field at high rates.". This accusation would mean that every single GeForce 8800 GT, GTS, GS, all mobile 8800s, and nearly all of the 9600 and 9800 series cards are defective. The Inquirer has also gone on to claim that Nvidia is covering this entire fiasco up because of the costs associated with admitting the defect would be devastating for the company.
If Nvidia doesn't acknowledge a problem with the cards then the only thing to do is to watch what happens to the majority of the cards currently in use. Hopefully Inquirer is wrong, because thats a big bag of video cards.
Read Full Story at The Inquirer
Monday, August 11, 2008
A Microsoft Crew has disguised Windows Vista in a brand new box, called it Windows Mojave, and claimed it to be the latest Windows OS in development. In the Mojave Experiment volunteers were asked about their opinions and notions about Windows Vista, many of which said they hated it although personally never using the system. These volunteers, after viewing and using some of the features of Vista, became quite impressed with the Mojave features. One volunteer even said that it was "everything that they would need".
Spinning off the Mojave Experiment Windows has begun using the slogan see for yourself in order to convince people to give it a try. While Vista may look pretty and incredibly accessible and easy to use, I would like to see videos about these people actually installing the OS on their computers or notebooks and asking them about what they thought after a few weeks of use.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Just how well do these operating systems stack up against each other in the gaming performance department?
While Vista has a distinct advantage over XP, mainly due to DirectX10 compatibility, PC gamers have largely ignored this unique feature and have refused to switch to vista in favor of XP's more reliable system features. In order to test XP Service Pack 3 vs Upgraded Vista SP1 gaming performance, an average PC was built in order to test what most users would be likely to experience. The specs are as follows:
The testing was conducted through the use of two identical hard drives, one with each operating system, and physically interchanging the hard drive cable after each reboot. Two benchmark tests were used, PCMark05 and 3DMark06, as well as three games, Crysis, World in Conflict, and Supreme Commander. While testing each game DX9 was used as well as two presets. A low details preset at 1024x768 resolution, and a high details preset plus 4X anti-aliasing at 19200x1200 resolution. The results are as follows:
If you were expecting a huge performance drop between Windows XP and Windows Vista, sorry for the disappointment. As you can plainly see through the test results, Vista's gaming problems have largely been solved and the performance gap between XP and Vista has finally been closed.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Wedbush Morgan analyst Michael Pachter comments on how E3 is "headed for extinction, unless the publishers and console manufacturers wake up to the fact that nobody cares about the show anymore."
"The show was small in scope, and the spectacle of E3 is dead. The Los Angeles Convention Center concourse was as quiet as a college library during summer, with little to attract media attention. The main game display area was similar in size to a school cafeteria (as compared to filling the entire convention center), and the "fireworks effect" of past shows was reserved for the evening parties."
"The lack of a spectacle will likely keep media away in the future, the lack of surprises will keep retailers away, and the lack of interaction with management will likely keep investors away. Without these three constituencies, the show will likely lose its relevance. We strongly believe that E3 should be held no later than early June (when companies can meet with investors and when some “secrets” have yet to be revealed), and believe that the spectacle should be restored by increasing the size of the show space."
Thursday, July 17, 2008
With Sony being one of the largest television manufacturers in the world, the adoption of Tru2Way will encourage many other companies to embrace the technology. Currently technologies such as TiVo use cablecards to decode the video and thus the, Tru2Way technology is currently incompatible with the TiVo technology. However, TiVo has expressed its interest into looking into the Tru2Way technology.
Friday, June 27, 2008
I will personally be in attendance at this event for the GeForce LAN and the 5v5 Call of Duty 4 tournament that will be held. The turnout for this LAN is already looking to be larger than the previous NERV LAN in Pennsylvania which had 26 teams attend. There are already 16 teams confirmed for this event with many more interested in signing up.
Where: San Jose McEnery Convention Center
150 West San Carlos St., San Jose, CA 95113
When: Monday, August 25–Wednesday, August 27, 2008
How much: $50.00 on or Before June 1 (Early Bird Ticket)
$65.00 June 2 through August 27 (Standard Ticket)
Monday, June 16, 2008
"We figured out early that the Imperial Japanese fought in a different way that was full of suspense," creative lead Rich Farrelly tells OXM. "From that point we started to skew the game in that direction."
To boot, Treyarch has had a full extra year in development compared to their last title of COD3, which from many viewpoints felt rushed despite the good reviews it got. Expect a very successful game that will live up to all the previous installments in the franchise.
Thursday, June 5, 2008
Current Frag Dominant CoD4 Roster:
Brett "brett" Crick
Alexander "MasterAlex" Solis
Chad "jestlolk" Hansen
Alec "s1refrosty" Zurek
Zach "Holt" Holt
Mark "Benn1tt" Bennitt
Ray "rayZer" Sheehan
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
If you look properly you'll find that PC game sales are even, if not bigger, than all of the next-gen consoles. "We sort of laugh at it," says Valve's Doug Lombardi. "Because we've been wildly successful--we're very fortunate, you know. Our games have all done really, really well, Steam has taken off and become this whole other business for us, Valve has never been in better shape--and yet everybody is talking about how in the PC world, the sky is falling."
For me, console gaming will be nothing more than clumsy joystick controls, toned down graphics at 25 frames per second, and 13 year old kids playing Call of Duty 4 on their xbox live screaming at the top of their lungs. These reasons are why I will always stick to PC gaming, and I will consider the console a red headed step child.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Currently there is no way to play DirectX 10 on Windows XP, and the only way to get the best possible gaming experience would be to upgrade to Vista If you are unfamiliar with the differences between DX9 and DX10, see here for a video comparing the two. However, this difference hasn't been a big enough to push many gamers into upgrading to Vista. The statistics from Valve show that less than 15% of users are using Windows Vista, with over 80% of users running Windows XP.
Another poll shows the exact same information, that many users don't see the need to upgrade to Vista right now. Perhaps once a truly great game comes out that is compatible with DX10, we will see the market shift towards Vista.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
For those of you who never saw, The CTF Incursion has finally been uploaded by Max Reiger and is now streaming. Both Myself and Max edited and directed this Call of Duty 2 frag movie and made it for the CAL CTF community in hopes that it would draw more attention to the gametype. Unfortunately, CTF was not included in Activisions Latest addition to the Franchise, but instead, made a new gametype called Sabatoge which has about as big of a following as CTF did for CoD2.
For those of you who would like to watch, here is the stream for the CTF Incursion. Hope you enjoy.
Friday, April 18, 2008
Charly "BUNz" Bun
Ryan "twmbly" Twombley
Casey "CaseMan" Garber
Alex "MasterAlex" Solis
Chad "jestlolk" Hansen
Friday, April 11, 2008
nVidia has created a PC balancing website to help users calculate just how much they should spend on upgrading their computers. With intensive graphics beginning to play a larger part in everyday applications such as Google Earth, a stronger graphics card may make a bigger difference than a stronger processor.
Thursday, March 20, 2008
This card excels at high resolutions and it is a big improvement from the 8800 series. But for those of you who run 20 inches or less, you may be somewhat disappointed as the improvements aren't as noticeable. All in all this card will have your rig easily set for the next year or so without the need for an upgrade, and as new drivers come out the card can do nothing but get better.
Here is some consolidated information about the GeForce 9800 GX2 for those that wish to learn more.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
As always the site will also have the latest information on popular convention centers. The site should be coming along over the next few months and we expect big things out of it.