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Blocksworld: build your own game without any programming knowledge

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 5:05 am

A new game from Boldai aims to make game programming accessible to everyone by allowing users to design and program games without any sort of technical knowledge. Blocksworld allows players to drag and drop blocks and then program them to do things through a drag-and-drop interface. The graphics are simple and so is what you can do, but I imagine the game could be fun.

 

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There are currently 938 open free beta slots, so if you would like to check it out, sign up on Blockworld's website. The game features 4 main parts: build, play, share, and remix. First, players build an object, or anything really, by dragging different LEGO-like blocks into place. Once the blocks are in place, colors, textures, and custom behaviors can be added.

 

Once a player is content with the design, they then press play and watch the object or simulation come alive. The creations are basically endless in variety. Once happy with a design, the user can share it on Blocksworld.com, Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks so that everyone can marvel at your creativity.

 

Finally, the game features something called Remix. This feature allows users to download other people's creations and "trash it, tweak it, improve it and share your remix." The cool part is that the system keeps track of the remix history. I haven't gotten a chance to play with it aside from a 5 minute demo at E3, but I will be signing up for the beta. Check out the trailer below.

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Patriot Wildfire Pro SSD sees 28% over provisioning at consumer prices

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Software | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:34 am

Computex 2012 - Patriot had Wildfire Pro back on display at Computex 2012. This time we saw a working model, unlike at CES where a mock up was on display. Wildfire Pro brings back 28% over provisioning, just like many very expensive SandForce based enterprise SSDs. The catch is, Wildfire Pro isn't going to cost more than a standard Wildfire with 7% over provisioning.

 

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Over the last year, we've read several reports and white papers about data centers using consumer SSDs since they offer very good performance and the pricing is very attractive. The Wildfire Pro is a good fit for those already entertaining the idea of low cost, high performance solid-state drives in their critical environments.

 

The 28% over provisioning will give the enterprise a consumer product that is closer to the specs of the enterprise class SandForce 2500 based drives.

Micron Client Side Media Blackout - What does it tell us?

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:30 am

Computex 2012 - Half of the normal cast and crew from Micron are here in Taipei, but two of our favorite contacts were no shows. We met up with a handful of Micron / Crucial team members in Tokyo, but business was off the table, a full media blackout is taking place on the consumer side of things.

 

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On the enterprise side Micron is set to swing for the fences. Our own Paul Alcorn just met with Micron hours ago and had a nice conversation about the already announced P320h, an enterprise class PCIe SSD that is sure to take the enterprise world over with PCIe version 2 8 lane interface.

 

So where does that leave Micron and Crucial on the client side of things? Well to be honest we really don't know. No amount of intoxicant could break the wall of silence and that might be just as telling. This could go two ways. The first is Micron is just relying on their m4 product line, which is doing very well in the market right now. The Crucial m4 512GB model is now selling for less than 400 USD.

 

Maybe Micron is having some issues with the new Marvell controller. Then there is a complete flip in controller architecture. We've already seen two new controllers here at Computex 2012, one in a Corsair client SSD and one in a Biwin Enterprise SSD...

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Corsair demos two new flagship SSDs using a Link-A-Media Controller at Computex

By: Chris Ramseyer | More News: Storage | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:26 am

Computex 2012 - Corsair threw a curve ball to us this morning with a new SATA 6Gbps controller. The new Neutron GTX was up and running with 24nm Toshiba Toggle Mode Flash and delivering class leading performance in ATTO. Two models are already on the road map, the flagship Neutron GTX with Toggle Flash and a Neutron with 25nm synchronous IMFT flash.

 

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We're told pricing should be in line with current SandForce based models like the Force GT and Force 3.

 

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ATTO is not a very good way to measure real world performance but we'll work on that on our own soon enough. The demo systems were running the drives as the OS boot drive so we didn't get a chance to rock Vantage or our Fill Test.

 

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Another system was up and running with two drives in RAID 0 on an Intel PHY. The Neutron GTX scales very well but as you can imagine we have many questions since this is a new controller. For now, enjoy the image art and we'll make sure to bring you the performance information as soon as we can.

Nintendo press conference coverage

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 4:25 am

Sitting in the media lounge on an unreliable internet connection, I managed to catch bits and pieces of Nintendo's press conference. What I gathered is that Nintendo is really relying on the new WiiU to make a resurgence into the market. But, from what I saw, the WiiU isn't shaping up to be a system for hardcore gamers.

 

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I know that Nintendo has never targeted the hardcore gamer market and I think that is why they are faltering. True, the new tablet controller offers interesting uses that will be able to find a niche market like the original Wii did, but I'm not quite sure how easy it will be to manipulate the controller and pay attention to two screens will be.

 

Additionally, the press conference seemed staged. I realize that almost all conferences are planned in advance, but that doesn't mean they have to seem like it. I was disappointed with the portions I managed to catch. Furthermore, there were no really interesting pieces of news, other than the WiiU. I will be going hands on the WiiU tomorrow once the show floor opens again.

Best and worst of E3: Day 1

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 3:45 am

I'm going to hand out some awards that are based solely on my opinion from what I have seen over the show. Some of them will be serious, some not so much, so without further ado, I shall begin.

 

I have to give Ubisoft the award for best press kit. No, it wasn't some amazing game or flash drive. Instead, it was a just a plain old business card with information on where to download it from. Well, why does it win? Because it is hilarious. Take a look for yourself:

 

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Crysis 3 undoubtedly wins best game of E3 Day 1. Even in pre-alpha stage, the game has a polished look that we have come to love from Crytek. I was not allowed any pictures or videos of the game, but did post my hands-on thoughts already. I may be partial to the Crysis series, but if you had played the demo, I'm sure you would agree with me.

 

Activision has won the my award for most annoying booth. Don't get me wrong, the booth was awesome, but they had the music up just a wee bit too much out front. The Activision booth had a massive display across its entirety which had to be worth a few million. Underneath, they had alcoves in which visitors could walk into to view and demo games.

 

These are just a few awards for day one and a way for you to gain some insight into the trade show world. I'll be back tomorrow with another awards post that

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Crytek and Trion team up to make Warface, uses CryEngine3

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 6, 2012 12:01 am

I got a chance to play Trion and Crytek's new game Warface. Warface is a new, online, free FPS that uses CryEngine3. The pitch from the creators is that Warface is all about bringing down barriers to Crytek games. The cost, often a major barrier, has been dropped to $0 which will allow almost anyone to play.

 

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Additionally, the controls are intuitive and easy to use and the graphics, stunning. The game has already launched in Russia and China to wide acclaim. Crytek has already seen 50,000 simultaneous users and have over 1.5 million registered. The game, currently in closed beta, should be coming to the United States soon.

 

The game is said to run on hardware as old as the 8600GT which means another barrier has been removed. Most everyone in the world has a graphics card that is as capable as the 8600GT was, so it shouldn't require upgrades like Crysis 3 will. It also has a nice system of introducing players to the game so they aren't losing right off the bat. This prevents users from raging and not coming back to the game.

 

The game features two modes: a co-op PvE and a free-for-all PvP. In PvE, teams compete against AI and work together to a common goal. This feature allows users to get used to the game before going into the more hardcore PvP. In PvP, players play against each other and this is where seasoned vets can show their ability.

 

Check out TweakTown's Facebook page for a trailer.

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Crysis 3 hands on, looks stunning, plays smooth

By: Trace Hagan | More News: Trade Shows | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 11:16 pm

Words will not do the new Crysis 3 game justice, but they will have to suffice as I was unable to take pictures or video of the demo that I was able to play. As previously reported, the game returns to the jungle by turning New York City into a jungle. The graphics, as we have come to expect from Crysis games, are stunning.

 

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Electronic Arts demoed what they were calling "pre-alpha code" but you couldn't tell that by looking at it, save for the message telling you such. Game play was absolutely fabulous except that I was used to Call of Duty. Once I returned to the PC-style gaming, the controls became intuitive and easy-to-use.

 

I did manage to break the game, however, and I was the first person at E3 to do so. I'm a bit proud of that achievement because it means I played the game in a different way then everybody else. That's the beauty of this upcoming Crysis: the world is incredibly open and the route to objectives is not nearly as defined as in other first-person shooters.

 

For those of you who enjoyed the original Crysis for the jungle scenery, the new jungle scenery present in New York City is sure to not disappoint. If you preferred the city landscape of Crysis 2, you will not be disappointed as their is still city landscape present in the new Crysis 3. The launch date for Crysis 3 is set to be sometime in February 2013.

OCZ's PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 1200-watt PSU shows up at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Cases, Cooling & PSU | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 5:44 pm

Computex 2012 - Yesterday on Day 1 of Computex we stopped by the OCZ suite at the TICC where naturally the American company was showing off its full range of consumer and enterprise solid state solutions. Chris is going to give you some updates on that department of products a little later on, but SSDs is not the only thing that OCZ sell.

 

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In the corner of the room we spotted the PC Power & Cooling Silencer MK III 1200-watt PSU. This is OCZ's most beefiest power supply solution currently and it looks the goods with a lot of the features we like to see in a PSU checked off. It's a 80 Plus Platinum rated unit with up to 1200 watts of power. It is a modular unit with PC Power & Cooling's unique modular system which is said to provide better and more stable electrical connectivity than regular plastic modular plugs.

 

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It impressed us enough to be one of the few products we've seen at Computex 2012 so far to receive our TweakTown Computex 2012 Recommended Award for products that we like and think will do well. We look forward to putting it through the paces in our full review a little later on.

MSI's brand new MPower Z77 and X79 motherboards get caught on video at Computex

By: Cameron Wilmot | More News: Motherboards | Posted: Jun 5, 2012 5:27 pm

Computex 2012 - On Monday we managed to get some video time with MSI's brand new MPower Big Bang motherboards, which claim to change the game of overclocking. They are said to offer higher performance, water cooling support and more stable power.

 

 

We saw two new boards that we haven't seen before and they are the Z77 MPower and the X79 MPower. As you can probably tell by the model names the first is based on the Intel Z77 Express chipset for Ivy Bridge processors and the second is based on the older X79 chipset for Sandy Bridge-E processors.

 

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Sadly at the time we didn't have many details on hand to give to you, but at least in the video above you get a good close up look at these two boards as well as the Big Bang XPower II which you may have already seen before now.

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