AMD have launched their super-value AMD Radeon HD 6790 today and it looks to eye off NVIDIA's green-powered GeForce GTX 550 Ti. The card seems to be getting its fair share of positive reactions from reviewers with our resident VGA goddess (meow) Shane Baxtor leading our review list with his take on the HD 6790.
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The National Broadband Network Company's (NBN Co's) head of construction Patrick Flannigan has resigned in the middle of the controversy surrounding the company's decision to halt the bidding process for the network construction tender.
With the NBN hitting roadblock after roadblock, this is yet another set back for the delayed network. With the company saying:
NBN Co is disappointed that Patrick Flannigan, head of construction, has decided to resign. He made a valuable contribution to the leadership team and we wish him all the best in the future.
Max Payne 3 details, includes fat and balding Max, bullet-time and will most likely be a console port for PC gamers
Max Payne 3 information is finally being released, with some snippets of information now available. Max Payne is now residing in São Paulo, Brazil - balding, hairy and fat. Max has retired from the police department and is now working for politicians and property moguls.
It's reported that Max Payne 3 will feature flashbacks to bridge the gap from the last two Max Payne games. Painkillers are still Max's requirement for health, but the comic book frames are not being featured, in their plac will be "an animated collage of action footage" - but Rockstar still maintains there will be a comic book approach.
Bit of a random video here, but very interesting nonetheless. "engineerguyvideo" (aka Bill) tears an LCD monitor apart and shows how it works behind the scenes. He explains how it uses liquid crystals, thin film transistors and polarizers to display information.
The video runs for around 5 minutes but should show you how an LCD monitor works, it's quite amazing once you watch it being taken apart (and back together again) piece by piece!
Anonymous has stepped up to the plate and has targeted Sony's PlayStation Store today by using a distributed denial of service (DDoS) attack which temporarily took down playstation.com - Anonymous strikes again.
Sony is being attacked by Anonymous because of the lawsuits Sony have against PS3 jailbreakers George Hotz (GeoHot) and Graf_Chokolo. This time Anonymous aren't just attacking online, they're also asking gamers to support them by gathering at their local Sony stores to complain in person.
Has EA's Download Manager slipped Battlefield 3's release date? If so, it looks as thought the upcoming Frostbite 2-powered first person shooter will be released on November 2nd, one week before the next Call of Duty.
Although I think the next Call of Duty will be the end of the raping Activision has done to the franchise, Battlefield 3 will most likely be the FPS of 2011. The various trailers and teasers over the last month have caused quite the stir in the community and now that we have a possible release date, everyone has something to look forward to!
This gem is brought to you by my Kinect hashtag search on Twitter- I sincerely recommend all of you institute the same on your Twitter client, people do cool things with Kinect every day.
This doesn't look like a "hack" so much as some sort of partnership (I don't know if you're allowed to sell Kinect-based software). Win&I allegedly gives the user manual, sensory-based control over Windows 7, Safari, Firefox, Chrome, Windows Media Center- and evidently, "Thousands of Applications".
What? Really? C'mon. Thousands? Microsoft Office? What about typing? This sounds suspiciously like an April Fool's Prank.
Anyway, dubious as I am to its implementation possibilities, it is available for only 20 euros- which is pretty decent for the ability to turn your desktop into a pseudo Minority Report work-station.
The process still looks a bit...awkward. And there's that guy shouting WIN AND I at you the entire time. But this could be the real beginning of professional uses of motion-recognition. Check out the video, and tell us what you think:
Youtube user agwawaf has succeeded in "beating" Super Mario Bros., Super Mario Bros. 2, Super Mario Bros. 3 AND Super Mario Bros. The Lost Levels at the same damn time.
How is this possible? agwawaf's run-through(s) is tool assisted, meaning that he used 4 different emulators running simultaneously to play all four games with only one device, be it a keyboard or controller. The emulator(s) allowed him to slow down the gameplay to frame-by-frame and/or rewind the action of all or each game individually, thus preventing little Mario from meeting any fateful demise, regardless of which game.
What you're watching is essentially 4 NES games being played to completion with the same list of commands. Pretty impressive, but be warned that this thing wreaks havoc on one's ADD. I think I started frothing from the mouth around minute 5.
Basically, agwawaf clearly had way too much time on his hands and this task would have been impossible to duplicate without emulators, macros, and other tools. But there's nothing wrong with absorbing 13 minutes of pure nostalgia. On crack.
Sega announced today on their blog that Spiral Knights is finally available for free download and play on pretty much everything, including Windows, Mac OS and Linux (Yay!- Linux users got something to play besides Super Tux!) The game was developed by San Francisco-based Three Rings of Puzzle Pirates fame, and features impressive visuals as well as immediate accessibility. Whether you're a longtime MMORPG gamer or just new to internet gaming altogether, you'll still very much enjoy Spiral Knights.
I briefly took it out for a spin (download was fast, 2-3 min) to check out the visuals and familiarize myself with the gameplay.
Definitely going to revisit this one in the wee hours of the evening.
Earth Defense Force: Insect Armageddon will be available for the PS3 for the first time July 5th of this year. Hopefully you're not squeamish at all around bugs, especially gruesomely detailed ones rendered as large as your television- otherwise this might be one to skip.
Vicious Cycles released screenshots of the upcoming game introducing six very ugly giant insect classes: Wolf Spider, Tick (ew), Black Ant, Wasp, Daddy Long Legs, Bomber Spider, and Mantis. Despite what campy horror movies and the Japanese would have us believe, science and physics preclude building-sized insects from existing- but some of these screen shots made me shudder in revulsion, especially the ticks:
Evidently they try to run at you so they can explode all over you with corrosive acid. Ew ew. EDF: Insect Armageddon boasts the chance to destroy swarms of alien insect creature and classy arcade-style action, with online multiplayer available too! Even if you're an arachnophobe, here's your chance to get back at those creatures that have been tormenting you for years.
EDF in 3 different titles enjoyed a fair amount of success in Japan, but will now be available in non-import form in a brand-new title for America, and more importantly, PlayStation.
The game will be available for the PS3 for the surprisingly not-wallet-busting price of 39.95. Thanks, Vicious...