2010 April

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…

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