Beyond Black Mesa is a short indie fan film based in the Half Life universe. It's quite action packed and centers around a few resistance fighters struggling to get out a warning about the impending invasion.
The short film had 2 years in the making and was done for $1200, the results are absolutely incredible. I was wishing for more. Even Valve "favorited" the film on YouTube - check it out, it's well worth the bandwidth!
A demo for Crysis 2 is hitting the Xbox 360 as an exclusive on January 25. The multiplayer demo will be available to any XBLA Gold Member and includes multiple game modes and a single map to play on.
The Crysis 2 Demo will feature two game modes, "Team Instant Action" and "Crash Site". Team Instant Action puts players into two teams fighting against each other to kill as many of the other team as possible to earn higher ranks. Where Crash Site pits the players against each other for control of alien drop pods, earning points by guarding the pods and keeping enemies away.
Shake it, baby. 2K Games and Gearbox Software have today announced that the vaporware-close-to-never-being-released Duke Nukem Forever is to be launched May 3, 2011 in North America with an international release on May 6th.
"The moment fans all over the world have been waiting for is almost here," declared Christoph Hartmann, president of 2K. "May 3, 2011 marks Duke's return as he unleashes his brash and brutally honest wit on the world. His return is going to be epic and one that will make video gaming history!"
When it comes to self-contained and no maintenance liquid cooling system Asetek is one of the biggest names out there. Anyone that has installed or messed with a custom liquid cooling system know that it can be a pain to get all the hoses into the chassis to the point that they are not crimped and you have to keep an eye on the system for leaks and to keep coolant inside the reservoir. You don't have to do any of that with the Asetek line of coolers. The trade off is they don't cool as well as the larger and more complex custom systems.
Asetek and Antec have teamed up to bring a new no maintenance liquid cooling system for the CPU to market. The system is called the Kuhler H2O 620, uses a low profile pump, and preserves airflow inside your chassis. The system is pre-connected with tubes that bend easily to prevent kinks.
The cooling plate is made from copper and the fans the system use have Antec Quiet Computing technology and come on depending on the temperature of the liquid inside the cooler. The goal is to keep the CPU up to 20% cooler than an air-cooled machine and still keep the noise under control. The 620 will ship at the end of the month and will sell for $69.95.
If you live in an area where the radio stations are not to your liking and you want to listen to something other than your own music collection internet radio is a good option. You can find just about any music genre you want on the web and stream those tracks all you want. Since you have to be web connected for internet radio most folks can only listen via their computer.
If you are a serious web radio fan, you may want a way to get your radio preferences in a room with no computer sitting around. Grace Digital Audio has a new internet radio system that is just what you want. The system is called the Micro System Wi-Fi Stereo Shelf system. It has integrated WiFi and can directly tune internet radio stations without a computer. The system has 15W of power and a pair of speakers with 3.5" mains and 1" tweeters.
The system supports Pandora, NPR, Rhapsody, and local stations via FM, AM, and HD tuners. The device also supports Sirius online so you can listen to your subscription service inside without having to get a new tuner. The system is also compatible with WEP and WPA wireless security and has an LCD on front for viewing stations and a remote for controlling from across the room.
Unless you live under a rock, you have heard that the Apple App Store is set to hit its 10 billionth download soon. The person who ends up downloading the 10 billionth app will get a seriously nice gift. That gift will be a $10,000 gift card that will keep the user in music and apps for a long time.
The MacPhun company has announced that it will give the person who downloads the 10 billionth app an extra $5,000 iTunes gift card if the 10 billionth app is its own FX Photo Studio. That's a blatant attempt to get folks to download its apps for sure and I would say the chance of that app being the big 10B is scant.
MacPhun did say that it would give the 10 billionth downloader a $1,000 gift card if the app is anything from the photo category. I wonder how long it will be before the magic download is made.
This rumor is very lean on anything resembling hard facts, but it bears repeating considering the source of the rumor was NVIDIA's own Tegra manager. It's been a bit more than a year now since NVIDIA outted Tegra 2 at CES 2010.
NVIDIA's GM for Tegra has stated that he plans to stick to a yearly refresh schedule. The manager has said in an interview, "I'm going to come pretty close to my cadence of a launch every year. It will be in production around the same time as my competitors' first dual-cores will."
That's certainly not a hard admission by NVIDIA that Tegra 3 will land at MWC, but considering CES came and went with no mention and Rayfield stating he wants to keep to a yearly update, a Tegra 3 debut in February sounds possible. Rumors claim that Tegra 3 will be a quad-core processor using the Cortex A9 architecture and mated to a GeForce 8 or 9 GPU. That will make for some impressive performance if accurate.
Razer has been one of the biggest names in mice and keyboards for PC gamers for a long time. I would bet that most gamers are aware of the brand and a bunch of you might be using Razer mice and keyboards right now. At CES 2011 earlier this month Razer unveiled its first Xbox 360 controller and the thing was really cool.
The controller is called the Onza and it comes in tournament and normal versions. The difference is that the tournament version has a rubberized non-slip covering, backlit buttons, and more adjustability for controls than the standard version. Both of the controllers share the same major features.
They both have two programmable buttons, a precision D-pad, hyperesonse buttons and enhanced ergonomics. The standard controller has a textured surface for better grip and both have a 15-foot long braided cable. The standard Onza is on pre-order for $39.99. The tournament edition is $49.99 and pre-orders on it are sold out right now.
Our Download of the Day today is Foxit Reader 4.3.1.0118.
Foxit Reader is a free PDF document viewer, with incredible small size, breezing-fast launch speed and rich feature set. Its core function is compatible with PDF Standard 1.7.
Incredibly small: The download size of Foxit Reader is just a fraction of Acrobat Reader 20 M size.
Breezing-fast: When you run Foxit Reader, it launches instantly without any delay. You are not forced to view an annoying splash window displaying company logo, author names, etc.
Annotation tool: Have you ever wished to annotate (or comment on) a PDF document when you are reading it? Foxit Reader allows you to draw graphics, highlight text, type text and make notes on a PDF document and then print out or save the annotated document.
Text converter: You may convert the whole PDF document into a simple text file.
High security and privacy: Foxit Reader highly respects the security and privacy of users and will never connect to the Internet without users' permission. While other PDF readers often silently connect to the Internet in the background. Foxit PDF Reader does not contain any spyware.
Deal of the Day: HP LaserJet Pro CP1525nw Wireless-N Color Laser Printer for $174.99 with FREE Shipping plus FREE $50 Gift Card!
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