April 29, 2010
Ipod Touch 3rd Gen.
I know the Ipod Touch is nothing new and most of you probably already have one, but I just got one of these as a gift and wanted post a little something about it. I got the 8Gb model which is a tad slower than the 32/64Gb versions but not by much and its still smooth and pleasant to use. what I really like about the 3rd generation of the touch is that it has wifi so I connect to my home network or any wifi connection to get maps, apps, etc. The apps are freakin sweet for this, I got one called Pocket God and while its simple its highly entertaining and pretty damned hilarious, Another app I want to bring up is the e‑reader, I know it seems like reading ebooks on such a small screen would be nextRead more…
April 29, 2010
Will There Be A Homeworld III?
Ever since the release of Homeworld 2 back in September of 2003 fans have been salivating over the idea of a sequel. The Homeworld series is easily one of the best and most successful PC space strategy games to date. The detailed ships, excellent musical score, intelligent AI, balanced game play and intriguing story line set Homeworld up to be an instant classic. It was expected with the success of Homeworld II that the Homeworld series would be made into a trilogy. Unfortunately due to mounting legal troubles and that the fact that the copyright and intellectual property were owned by two different companies, Vivendi and THQ, a sequel seemed near impossible. In 2007 however rumors started to surface that the rights were being purchased back by THQ. This was later confirmed that year by Eurogamer and THQ stating “THQRead more…
April 27, 2010
Phenom II X6 Available on Newegg
For those of you who were waiting for the new Phenom II X6 processor you may now head over to newegg. Newegg currently how two versions of the chip available for purchase. I’ll list the details below with the price : AMD Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Price: 309.99 Core Thuban Multi-Core Six-Core Name Phenom II X6 1090T Black Edition Operating Frequency 3.2GHz Hyper Transports 4000MHz L2 Cache 6 x 512KB L3 Cache 6MB Manufacturing Tech 45 nm 64 bit Support Yes Hyper-Transport Support Yes Integrated Memory Controller Speed Dual Channel PC3-10667U (DDR3-1333) for 2 Module, Dual Channel PC3-8500U (DDR3-1066), Dual Channel PC2-8500U (DDR2-1066) Virtualization Technology Support Yes Multimedia Instruction MMX, 3DNow!, SSE, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4a, Advanced Bit Manipulation, AMD64 technology, AMD‑V (virtualization) technology, Enhanced Virus Protection, Dynamic Acceleration technology Thermal Design Power 125W AMD Phenom II X6 1055TRead more…
April 26, 2010
California Video Game Law Unconstitutional?
The Supreme Court said Monday it will be deciding if a Californian law passed last to prevent the sale and rental of “patently offensive” titles to minors is unconstitutional. Justices agreed to hear the appeal after a U.S . appeals court based in California struck down the law, which also imposes strict video game labeling requirements, as unconstitutional. The Supreme Court is expected to hear and rule on the arguments during it’s upcoming term which starts in October. It’s one of most important cases for the term so far. “In appealing to the Supreme Court, the state argued that the free-speech guarantees of the First Amendment do not bar a state from prohibiting the sale of violent video games to minors under 18.” The law was adopted in 2005, however it has never been put into effect because of the mounting legal troubles it has faced. “TheRead more…
April 25, 2010
TheGamersBlog gets… FORUMS!!!
Hey all! Just letting you know that after much pain and toiling I have finally gotten TheGamersBlog forums off the ground. With the growing number of visitors and users it only makes sense they we get them. You can visit the forums by clicking here. You can also go to the forums in the future by typing www.thegamersblog.com/forums or you can click the forums link at the top of the page. At the moment you need to create an account to access the forums. In the future this may change however right now they are separate. While creating an account on the blog is not required to post you will need to create an account on the forums to post there. We really hope all of you sign up there and look forward to talking with you all soon!
April 25, 2010
Steam Client Beta : It’s Just Better
Steam is working on a new version of it’s steam client. Beta participation is optional and currently anyone can join in. I had a chance to sit down and play with the new Steam Beta today and I have to say that I am pretty impressed. There are several new features or “reinventions of the wheel” that I am really enjoying. Instead of telling you everything that has changed I’m going to give you the major highlights of what I think makes this new steam release better. The first thing that really stood out to me in this beta is the changing of the color schemes and overall feel of the client. Most of the greens that were in the previous version are gone. The client it now predominantly black and gray. It looks sleeker, it feels more modern and it looksRead more…
April 24, 2010
2010–1950 Singularity looks to be a pretty sweet game set to release near the end of this coming June. The story takes place on an island near Soviet Russia called katorga-12 where a rare and undiscovered element was discovered by Stalin and his scientist in 1949/50. Upon further investigation and experimentation on the rare element named E99 (element 99) it was determined that it had some kind of time warping properties due to some researchers being chared and appearing to have died either much older or much younger than they actually were. After much experimentation and the chaos that resulted from said experimentation Stalin had the entire island quarntined just before his death. 60yrs later in 2010 strange activity is noticed on a remote atoll in the near Russia and a USAF pilot is sent to do recon and inRead more…
April 24, 2010
Assasins Creed II DRM Hacked!
Ubisoft in all of it’s wisdom in an effort to protect it’s workers and property decided to develop DRM that would require you to have a constant Internet connection to play Assassins Creed II online. This basically meant if your Internet connection dropped, even for a moment, the game would close. This has caused havoc for many gamers who live in areas with “less then stellar” Internet connections. This DRM has been a pain in the backside of legitimate players of the game. It even managed to keep hackers at bay for some time. Today hackers have cracked Ubisofts DRM and then left a rather humorous message for them which read, “Thank you Ubisoft, this was quite [sic] a challenge for us, but nothing stops the leading force from doing what we do. Next time focus on the game andRead more…
April 22, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2 “The Passing” Released Today
Left 4 Dead 2 “The Passing” was released today. Below are the details about the new addon. “The first game add-on for Left 4 Dead 2 brings the original Left 4 Dead (L4D1) Survivors down south for a meeting with the L4D2 cast, while delivering new single-player, multiplayer and co-operative gameplay for the PC and Xbox 360. The Passing also introduces a series of weekly game mode events dubbed “Mutations.” These week-long runs of new gameplay modes range from “Realism Versus” mode to “Chainsaw Massacre,” which gives all players chainsaws with an unlimited supply of gasoline. There are over 20 Mutations planned, each playable on all L4D2 Campaigns. Mutations are exclusively available to owners of “The Passing” DLC. In addition, “The Passing” offers a new co-operative challenge mode of play, support for infected bot play in Versus, a new “uncommon common” zombieRead more…
April 22, 2010
Printed Manuals No More?
No more manuals? Ubisoft announced this week that they will be ditching the trend of printing instruction manuals for new games under the “green” initiative. While no other publishers have jumped on that “green” train just yet it is likely that others will follow suit. Printed manuals have been part of gaming since you bought PC games in plastic bags. There have been many stand out eras for manuals such as the NES-era booklets to the manuals that accompanied Electronic Arts vinyl-sized game sleeves. Some may argue that the advancement in on screen contextual commands, first level tutorials have made the manual pointless but is this really the case? “It’s yet another example of the anti-consumer tendencies of big companies under the guise of fictional “green initiatives,” and I don’t want anyone to get it mixed up. Apart from theRead more…