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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Timegate Studios looks to Unreal 3 Tech   Discuss
TimeGate Studios, a leading developer of interactive entertainment software, today announced that it has licensed Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 3 for a next-generation title that it currently has in development.

TimeGate is developing a next-generation title that promises to bring fresh and innovative gameplay to help invigorate an already popular genre. The use of Unreal Engine 3 technology plays a critical part in helping its team create unique content quickly and efficiently, allowing them to realize their creative vision for the game.

Ram Latency and Performance   Discuss
Corsair Memory has published a new guide on how RAM latency affects overall performance:

"Memory modules are currently available which support a wide variety of different speeds and latency settings. Speed is easy to understand - in general, faster is better. But what do the latency settings mean? And, what impact do they have on memory performance? This paper will provide a brief background on latency settings and what they mean. Then, we will move to the lab, where we will run a suite of benchmarks over a wide variety of latency settings, and we will measure the impact of these settings on benchmark scores."

Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory Ships   Discuss
Ubisoft, announced that Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory is shipping for retail this week and will be available at North American retailers everywhere by March 31st in slightly different iterations for the Xbox video game system from Microsoft, PlayStation2 computer entertainment system, Nintendo GameCube and PC.

One of this spring’s most talked-about and best-reviewed titles (10/9.5/9.0 – Electronic Gaming Monthly; 9.9 – Official Xbox Magazine; 9.75/9.75 – Game Informer Magazine; 5 out of 5 – Official PlayStation Magazine), Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory delivers three amazing types of gaming experiences and stands as one of the biggest video games ever produced.

Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Chaos Theory includes a single-player campaign that follows gaming icon Sam Fisher on his latest mission to maintain world peace, a two-player co-op campaign that redefines collaborative gaming, and a completely updated Versus multiplayer campaign (which first appeared to critical acclaim in last year’s Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell Pandora Tomorrow) and offers gamers complete immersion in modern stealth action and endless hours of replayability. The co-op mode is available for split-screen and online play for Xbox and online for PC; both the Nintendo GameCube and PlayStation 2 versions offer co-op play through offline split-screen only. The Versus mode is available for online play with Xbox, PlayStation 2 and PC, and is not available on the Nintendo GameCube.

Daily Hardware Grind   Discuss

  • Gigabyte GA-K8VT890-9 Motherboard - Tech Report
  • Sony PSP - Ars Technica
  • Intro to high-end TVs - FiringSquad
  • EPoX EP-9NPA+ Ultra - HardOCP
  • HIS X850XT PE PCI-E - Bonafide Reviews

    Random Daily Grind   Discuss

  • Can't pay attention anymore?
  • MS Word's grammar check needs help
  • Teen forced to have obscenity on his forehead
  • Airlines cutting number of seats
  • Average gas prices jump 4-cents per gallon
  • Teachers in Hawaii to be "weighed for Obesity?
  • Can you spell Jail?
  • Burger King's new Breakfast Sandwhich - 730 Calories and 45 Grams of fat!

    Monday, March 28, 2005

    Carmack Speaks   Discuss
    id Software guru, John Carmack, has made another post on Armadillo Aerospace talking about new cell phone games he'd like to make:

    I’m not a cell phone guy. I resisted getting one at all for years, and even now I rarely carry it. To a first approximation, I don’t really like talking to most people, so I don’t go out of my way to enable people to call me. However, a little while ago I misplaced the old phone I usually take to Armadillo, and my wife picked up a more modern one for me. It had a nice color screen and a bunch of bad java game demos on it. The bad java games did it.

    Daily Hardware Grind   Discuss

  • Sony PSP - Design Technica
  • EPoX EP-9NPA+ ULTRA - HardOCP
  • Ultrasone HFI-650 headphones - Dans Data
  • High-end Memory Guide - SharyExtreme

    Daily Random Grind   Discuss

  • Another huge Earthquake in Indian Ocean
  • U.S. Soccer team assaulted in Mexico
  • Honey bees are disappearing - folks are worried
  • Battlefield surgery could be done by robots someday

    Friday, March 25, 2005

    Elite Warriors: Vietnam Ships   Discuss
    For years the country denied their existence, yet they undertook some of the most harrowing missions of the Vietnam War, and now consumers can experience this first-hand as Bold Games, a unit of Destineer, today announced that it has shipped its highly anticipated new PC title, Elite Warriors: Vietnam, to major retailers nationwide.

    Based on the authentic missions experienced by former Studies and Observations Group (SOG) team leader and best-selling author, Maj. John L. Plaster (USA-Ret), Elite Warriors: Vietnam is an intensely realistic first-person shooter that lets players experience the unforgiving ferocity of a covert war where one wrong step could be their last.

    Developed by nFusion Interactive, Elite Warriors: Vietnam has a suggested retail price of $29.99 and is rated T. More information can be found online at www.boldgames.com.

    Jurassic Park?   Discuss
    This story on MSNBC is too cool to pass up. Scientists have found tissue from a T-Rex:

    A 70-million-year-old Tyrannosaurus rex fossil dug out of a hunk of sandstone has yielded soft tissue, including blood vessels and perhaps even whole cells, U.S. researchers reported on Thursday.

    Paleontologists forced to break the creature's massive thighbone to get it on a helicopter found not a solid piece of fossilized bone, but instead something looking a bit less like a rock.

    Thursday, March 24, 2005

    Daily Random Grind   Discuss

  • Radio Shack Robot Kits
  • Thunderbird 1.0.2 Email Client
  • Airlines to raise ticket prices due to higher-priced Oil
  • Sexiest Woman in the World
  • Easter Bunny - very mad
  • Kmart Sears Merger okay'd
  • Man rewarded $165k for plastic football injury
  • Women fight to go topless

    Daily Hardware Grind   Discuss

  • SLI - Getting Better - HardOCP
  • P4 6xx Series - Overclockers
  • DFI 855GME-MGF Pentium M Combo - PcPerspective
  • Gigabyte GV-RX80L256V X800XL - PCStats
  • Albatron GeForce 6600 - HotHardware
  • 64bit Computing - is it all that? - Tech Report

    DFI Cleans up in Motherboard Round-up   Discuss
    DFI, maker of the innovative LANParty and LANPartyUT series of motherboards, today is pleased to announce receipt of the top award in a recent four-way SLI motherboard shoot out review.

    Gamers-Depot.com, a leading gaming-focused hardware review site, took a detailed look at the four SLI motherboards that are currently available in the market: DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR, ASUS A8N-SLI Deluxe, MSI K8N Neo4 Platinum, and Gigabyte GA-K8NXP-SLI.

    Throughout series of benchmarks and overclocking tests, the DFI SLI solution was the only motherboard that flew over the competition with absolute ease. Performance difference between what the DFI solution delivered and that from the three competitors was staggering. As Duane Pemberton from Gamers-Depot summarized, “DFI absolutely kicked ass”!

    BFG Hits the 512MB Mark   Discuss
    BFG Technologies announced today that they will offer an overclocked 512MB PCI Express version of their award-winning BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC graphics card.

    The BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC 512MB PCI Express graphics card provides faster frame rates at higher resolutions and color depths, and twice the memory for geometry data and texture processing than does its 256MB predecessor. This card is overclocked out-of-the-box (core clock speed is 425MHz vs. 400MHz standard) for extra speed and performance, and is fully supported by BFG Tech’s Lifetime Warranty and 24/7 Free Technical Support. This top-of-the-line card also features NVIDIA SLI technology to deliver an ultimate gaming supercomputer for the extreme gamer.

    Included in the retail box along with the BFG GeForce 6800 Ultra OC 512MB are these free extras with a total retail value of $60.00.

    Expected Availability

    Late April, 2005 from www.chumbo.com/bfg and many other premium on-line retailers and system builders.

    Wednesday, March 23, 2005

    LEGO Star Wars: Gone Gold   Discuss
    LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game has Gone Gold. On April 2, 2005, the people of North America will experience the alignment of Earth’s most fantastic epic movie series, Star Wars, with the greatest children’s toy of all time, the LEGO, for the ultimate video game experience.

    Rated E for everyone, LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game defies the generational gap to be enjoyed by all ages. Children and adults alike will play their favorite Star Wars movie scenes from Episodes I, II, and the upcoming final chapter, Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, while laughter will erupt from experiencing LEGO constructed characters and environments. With over 40 of your favorite Star Wars characters to play and over a dozen starships to collect, LEGO Star Wars will take the imagination of players to new heights. For those good enough to unlock all the starships, there is a bonus level with more surprises that lay ahead.

    The Light Side and the Dark Side of the Force are now brushing up on their LEGO knowledge and abilities, preparing to meet face to face and fight for control of the galaxy. Get ready for a battle like no other in the history of the universe. LEGO Star Wars: The Video Game for PS2, PC, and GBA will be available in stores across North America on April 2, 2005 with the Xbox version soon to follow.

    Daily Random Grind   Discuss

  • Skiing on Powder makes for a faster tan?
  • You won the lottery! .... Not!
  • Woman claims Jet Fuel dropped and burned her
  • Human corpses used as crash-test dummies
  • Ship full of gays and nudes barred from Carribean Island
  • Mom chases students after car is pelted with snowballs
  • Illegal Boarder hopping 101

    Vivendi Snatches Radical Entertainment   Discuss
    Vivendi Universal today announced that VU Games has completed the purchase of leading independent console developer, Radical Entertainment.

    Under the agreement, VU Games will retain Radical's team of more than 200 development professionals, as well as acquire the studio's exclusive game development technologies. Radical's founder Ian Wilkinson has been named President, Radical Entertainment, and the studio will remain in Vancouver, Canada. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

    "The purchase of Radical Entertainment reinforces our commitment to strengthening VU Games' creative talent and internal console development capabilities," said Bruce Hack, CEO of VU Games. "Radical's focus will remain on entertainment-based console games for current and next generation platforms."

    Tuesday, March 22, 2005

    Matrix Online Ships   Discuss
    Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and SEGA are pleased to announce that today, hundreds of thousands of players can now jack into The Matrix Online, a massively multi-player online game (MMOG), to participate in the continuing saga of the The Matrix franchise.

    Developed by Monolith Productions, directed by the Wachowski Brothers and co-published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment and SEGA, The Matrix Online is launching for the PC today in North America and April 8, 2005 in Europe.

    The Matrix Online's story continues after the third film, The Matrix Revolutions, ended with Zion and the Machines in an uneasy truce. Capturing the authenticity of the films, Laurence Fishburne (Morpheus), Monica Bellucci (Persephone), Mary Alice (The Oracle), Lambert Wilson (The Merovingian), Harold Perrineau, Jr. (Link), Harry Lennix (Lock), Nona Gaye (Zee), Collin Chou (Seraph) and Tanveer Atwal (Sati) have provided voice-over and character likenesses to the game. Don Davis, the film composer for The Matrix trilogy, is also providing the score for The Matrix Online.

    QuakeCon 2005 Details   Discuss
    In August 2005, QuakeCon, the largest video game festival and tournament in North America, will celebrate a decade of “peace, love, and rockets” with an event that promises video game fans the greatest four days of gaming and entertainment.

    The 10th Annual QuakeCon will once again draw thousands of people from around world to the Gaylord Texan Resort & Convention Center in Grapevine, Texas, from Aug. 11-14, and is open to video game fans worldwide free of charge.

    First-come, first-served online registration for QuakeCon 2005 will begin at 9 p.m. EST on Friday, April 15, 2005, at www.quakecon.org.

    QuakeCon 2005 will be a four-day, 96-hour bash with non-stop gaming, around-the-clock contests, exhibits, entertainment, giveaways, parties and white-knuckle tournament action. With a dedicated area for more than 3,200 BYOC (Bring Your Own Computer) LAN gamers, and over 150,000 square feet of total convention space for tournaments, exhibits, conferences and entertainment, QuakeCon 2005 attendance is expected to top last year’s record of nearly 6,000 attendees.

    Corsair - Official ACON Memory   Discuss
    Corsair Memory has been named the official memory of ACON:

    Corsair Memory, Inc., a global leader in ultra-performance DDR memory modules for PC gamers and enthusiasts, is excited to be announced as the Official Memory of ACON5. Corsair Memory, along with the other ACON5 partners, ABIT, Intel, ATi, LG and Creative expect that ACON5 will be the largest "open-to-everyone" gaming competition to be held in 2005.

    ACON5 will take place in more than 20 countries and territories worldwide. Gamers first participate in the Regional Finals. From there, the winners will be flown, all expenses paid, to the ACON5 Global Finals located in a yet undisclosed exotic location. Last year, Warcraft III: Frozen Throne was chosen to be the official game. For ACON5, organizers have added Counter-Strike, the world's number one online game.

    Monday, March 21, 2005

    Daily Hardware Grind   Discuss

  • Albatron GeForce TC6200Q - NV News
  • Altec Lansing inMotion iM4 - CoolTechZone
  • HIS Radeon X850 XT and Radeon X800 XL - IceQ II Turbo - Hot Hardware
  • Plextor PX-716UF 16x4x8 DVD RW DL - Bonafide Reviews
  • Vantec UV Reactive Slot Protector & EZ-Grip Molex Kit - Viper Lair
  • Thermaltake Shark Full Tower Case - 3DxTreme

    Daily Random Grind   Discuss

  • Fashionable Chastity clothes
  • Cell phones for kids raises concern
  • Easter Bunny Arrested
  • Japanese Gum said to enhance boosoms
  • Funnel Cloud rips over San Francisco
  • New Tech uses human body for broadband networking

    Friday, March 18, 2005

    Path of the Emperor Launches Today    Discuss
    Planetwide Games announced today, St. Patrick’s Day 2005, that RYL: Path of the Emperor will be the first Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game to offer a $1,000,000 Grand Prize to the winner of a Player vs. Player Skill-Based Tournament.

    Players who purchase the pre-order RYL: Path of the Emperor video game either online or in retail stores such as EB Games and Gamestop will be qualified to participate in the tournament in which one player will win the $1,000,000 Grand Prize.

    The RYL qualifying tournament will start July 1, 2005 and will end April 30, 2006, culminating in a Final Tournament event to be broadcast live and to take place in conjunction with the E3 Video Game Expo in May 2006.

    Snowblind - PC - In stores now   Discuss
    EIDOS sends word that Project Snowblind for the PC is in stores now:

    Project: Snowblind for PC has shipped and is now in stores in North America. To celebrate this milestone in the Project: Snowblind saga, we've uploaded a new trailer on the Eidos.com site for all to download and use. Once again, Project: Snowblind for PC is in stores in North America. Now everyone that has wanted to experience the future of warfare will have their chance.

    ATI Lying about projected pricing?   Discuss
    Our friends at the Tech Report have just completed a comprehensive look at what appears to be ATI's lack of ability to properly predict its own pricing.

    Duane's Note: We also had similar concerns in our latest ASUS X800XL review.

    "As you know, we have been following the story of pricing and availability of the latest ATI cards for some time now. The story started with the introduction of the Radeon X800 series of graphics cards last spring and the subsequent availability problems with certain models, especially the Radeon X800 XT Platinum Edition. High-end cards from both NVIDIA and ATI were scarce for a good portion of 2004, especially in consumer retail and "e-tail" channels, causing consternation among would-be buyers. "Stunt cards" like the X800 Platinum Edition and GeForce 6800 Ultra "Extreme" caused reviewers and consumers further problems, because they essentially existed only to be benchmarked, not to be sold. In response, we extended a meaty middle digit toward this discouraging trend in our year-end wrap for 2004."

    DFI Dominates Top-20 3DMark Scores   Discuss
    DFI, maker of the award-winning LANParty and LANPartyUT series of motherboards, is pleased to announce that the company’s new nForce4 SLI chipset based motherboards overwhelm the Top 20 Systems in the 3DMark05 Hall of Fame.

    Chosen by the PC enthusiasts worldwide, the new LANParty NF4 SLI-DR and LANPartyUT NF4 SLI-D motherboards turbo charge 15 of the top 20 most powerful SLI configurations and 4 of the top 5 systems in the Hall of Fame!

    Scoring an incredible 12,280 in 3DMark05, the first place winning team selected DFI’s SLI motherboard as the foundation for their quest to be number one in the world.

    Daily Random Grind   Discuss

  • Not all blank discs are equal
  • Texas to outlaw "Sexy Cheerleading"
  • 5yr Old Hand-cuffed after school outburst
  • New Star Wars, a "Tear Jerker"?
  • Two DUI's In One Day For Police Chief

    Daily Hardware Grind   Discuss

  • Abit's Fatal1ty AN8 motherboard - Tech Report
  • AMD Dual Core Processor Plans - PC Perspective
  • ASUS A8V-E Deluxe Motherboard - XBit Labs
  • Club 3D Radeon X800XL PCI Express Video Card ViperLair
  • DFI LANParty NF4 SLI-DR nForce4 SLI Motherboard - Bjorn3D
  • Sapphire Toxic Radeon X700 Pro Video Card - Hot Hardware
  • Seagate Barracuda 7200.8 400GB SATA Hard Drive - Amd Gamer
  • HIS Radeon X800XL iTurbo IceQII PCI-E Video Card - Hard Avenue

    Thursday, March 17, 2005

    St. Patrick's Day   Discuss
    We'd be remiss if we didn't take time to wish everyone a happy St. Patrick's Day - Irish ethnicity is number 2 on the rank of what most European Americans have in them, so chances are most of us have a bit of the ol' charm in us.

    There are 34 million U.S. residents who claim Irish ancestry. This number is almost nine times the population of Ireland itself (3.9 million). Irish is the nation’s second most frequently reported ancestry, trailing only German.

    Today, St. Patrick's Day is celebrated by people of all backgrounds in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Although North America is home to the largest productions, St. Patrick's Day has been celebrated in other locations far from Ireland, including Japan, Singapore, and Russia.

    In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick's Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use St. Patrick's Day as an opportunity to drive tourism and showcase Ireland to the rest of the world. Last year, close to one million people took part in Ireland 's St. Patrick's Festival in Dublin, a multi-day celebration featuring parades, concerts, outdoor theater productions, and fireworks shows.

    Silent Hunter III Patches   Discuss
    The official Silent Hunter III website now has a 1.1 patch for this recently released game.

    During multiplayer, even if the SHIII version 1.0 is compatible with the SHIII version 1.1, we highly recommend to play the game with the same server version.

    Ubi's 2005 Line-up   Discuss
    Game publisher, Ubisoft, has unveiled its 05-06 line-up and financial hopes in a press release that went our this morning:

    - Settlers5 Nebelreich addon (English port)
    - 187 Ride or Die"
    - New chapter of Brothers In Arms
    - Far Cry add on
    - Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon 3
    - Peter Jackson's King Kong
    - Prince of Persia 3
    - Silent Hunter 4
    - Heroes of Might & Magic 5
    - Splinter Cell 4
    - The Settlers mission pack
    - Product with Might & Magic brand

    Wednesday, March 16, 2005

    Comcast to Tivo's Rescue   Discuss
    According to this story on Forbes, Comcast has entered into a new agreement with Tivo - the announcement made Tivo's stock jump 50-percent:

    TiVo Inc., the struggling pioneer of digital video recorders, will make a customized version for Comcast cable subscribers, the two companies announced Tuesday. TiVo's share price soared.

    The move will increase TiVo's presence in American homes as it faces competition from generic DVRs offered directly by leading cable companies. Comcast Corp. expects to begin marketing the new DVRs, which will carry the TiVo brand, by mid- to late 2006.

    Daily Hardware Grind   Discuss

  • Apple iPod Shuffle (512MB) - DesignTechnica
  • Astak Team Research 512MB (2x256MB) PC4000 - ExtremeOverclocking
  • ATI Radeon X850XT-Platinum Edition - Viper Lair
  • Gigabyte G-Max N203 Laptop - PC Stats
  • Gigabyte GV-3D1 Dual GeForce 6600GT - PC Stats
  • HIS X850 XT PE IceQ II - Bjorn3d
  • SilverStone Temjin SST-TJ02 - Mid-Tower - Trusted Reviews
  • ATI Mobility X700 - HardOCP
  • The Ultimate Motherboard - MBReview

    Daily Random Grind   Discuss

  • Worry over drivers obtaining traffic light changers
  • 3rd grader commutes to school on mule
  • PG movies bring in more money than R
  • Wrecking crews "Oops, wrong house"
  • Anti-cancer in Green Tea is identified
  • Training sled dogs
  • Dr. Who leaked on purpose?

    Tuesday, March 15, 2005

    Sacred Underworld - Gold   Discuss
    Ascaron have announced the completion of its highly anticipated expansion pack "Sacred Underworld". The expansion pack will be available from 24th March in Germany, and from 22nd April internationally.

    Players can look forward to a massive expansion containing a 40% larger gaming world, new quests, 2 stunning new characters, tons of new items, weapons, armor, and 30 new enemies.

    The 2 new characters are the Daemon and the Dwarf. Both characters offer new game play features and a host of new skills and abilities. For those who have not completed the Ancaria Quest, these two characters will be provided with the level needed to head straight into the Underworld.

    If you have existing characters saved from Sacred or Sacred Plus you can import these into the Underworld for a whole new Sacred experience!

    Silent Hunter III Ships   Discuss
    Ubisoft has announced that the WWII submarine simulation, Silent Hunter III, on DVD for Windows, has surfaced today in stores nationwide at the manufacturer’s suggested retail price of $39.99. The game is rated “T” (Teen) for Mild Violence.

    Submarine fans love to immerse themselves in the historical and compelling world of authentic WWII U-boat battles via books, movies and television programs. Silent Hunter III will blow this passive submarine experience out of the water with its all-new 3D engine, Dynamic Campaign system, detailed U-boat models and immersive battles thrusting players into the depths of intense stealth action.

    Brothers in Arms Patch   Discuss
    There's a patch for Brothers in Arms on the official website which is slated to hit stores today. As noted in the update, this is the official first patch for the game, and the version 1.01 patch that was inadvertently released is unsupported.

    VooDooExtreme Front-man, Billy Wilson - dead at 33   Discuss
    In what has come to a complete shock to the online gaming community is news that Billy Wilson has died at age of 33. He was the founder of Voodoo Extreme and certainly made it fun to read. He later went on to start up Gaming Groove. He'll forever be remembered by us at GD for his comments on certain things being "slower than a one-legged midget, running through 3-ft of jello" - RIP Billy, you'll be missed.


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