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NRA, an organization that stands for the Second Amendment, recently spoke out against violent video games, using them to explain recent school shootings. However, the NRA has released an iPhone game, which involves shooting targets, albeit non-human targets. The app also offers safety tips, such as "Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction."
The game comes with handguns and rifles, which players use to shoot at targets. Gamers can pay extra money to use an AK-47 or MK11 sniper rifle. The game itself is a free download from iTunes and is more about spreading safety information than anything, but the release timing is certainly not the best choice the NRA could have made.
I really have my fingers crossed for Gearbox Software's upcoming Aliens: Colonial Marines. The sci-fi, first-person shooter set in the Aliens world is shaping up quite nicely, and now we have some PC system requirements to look over:
Minimum Specs: Operating System: Windows XP SP3. Processor: 2 GHz Intel Dual Core Processor. RAM: 2GB RAM (XP),2GB RAM (Vista). HD: 20GB free hard disk space. Optical Drive: DVD. Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible. Video Card:NVIDIA GeForce 8500/ATI Radeon HD 2600 (256 minimum).
Recommended Specs: Operating System: Windows XP SP3/Vista/Windows 7. Processor: 2.3 GHz Intel Quad Core Processor. RAM: 2GB RAM. HD: 20GB free hard disk space. Optical Drive: DVD. Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible. VideoCard: NVIDIA GeForce GTX560/ATI Radeon HD 5850 (512 minimum).
Other Requirements: Initial installation requires one-time internet connection for Steam authentication; software installations required (included with the game) include Steam Client, DirectX 9, Microsoft .NET 4 Framework, Visual C++ Redistributable 2005, Visual C++ Redistributable 2008, Visual C++ Redistributable 2010, and AMD CPU Drivers (XP Only/AMD Only).
The days of Total Annihilation ruled me, I played tens of hours per week and upgraded my system constantly to play it smoothly at a high resolution like 1600x1200 back in the CRT days. Well, the developer behind it, Gas Powered Games, are looking to release a new game and need your help to fund it. Gas Powered Games require $1.1 million in funding, which will wrap up on February 15.
Gas Powered Games' master and commander, Chris Taylor, is behind things again and below, you'll find the perfect explanation behind the game from their Kickstarter page:
Imagine a game where you control a single hero unit-the "Wildman" - in the middle of a raging battle between opposing forces in a specially designed War Zone. You engage the enemy and see your opponent switching tactics, forcing you to reconfigure your army to counter. You push the enemy back to their base before facing your opponent's champion. Over the course of this battle, you upgrade your armies with new technology, execute special abilities, construct defenses, change your army composition, and shape-shift into new forms that grant you new abilities. This is Wildman.
ReportTT: Prices for the Xbox 720, PlayStation 4 to be roughly $400 at launch, and use standard hardware
Colin Sebastian, an analyst for Baird Equity Research, has made a prediction that the upcoming PlayStation 4 and Xbox 720 will launch for a price of around $400. Along with a prediction of price, the company is also providing a prediction that the new consoles will use high-end computer hardware that is readily available from the likes of Intel and others.
This isn't the first time we've heard the second prediction. In fact, it's been a common occurrence for rumors to say that this is the case. There are several benefits to using standard PC hardware, the main of which is that programmers don't have to learn a new technology or architecture. It would also allow game developers to program only once for one architecture.
If standard components are used, it also leaves the door open to the possibility of upgrading the components at a later time. Sony and Microsoft should also be able to keep updating the console with refreshes that use Intel's, AMD's or NVIDIA's latest and greatest parts.
It's good to keep in mind that this is just a prediction and that there is no promise that anything this analyst is predicting will come true.
Leaked specifications on the next-generation Xbox are here thanks to a user on Chinese forum TGFC, this user 'BD' claims to be an ex-Ubisoft employee and has leaked specification on the upcoming next-gen console from Microsoft.
BD has claimed that the next-gen Xbox will sport an AMD 8-core processor, 8GB of RAM, an AMD Radeon HD 8000 Series GPU, Windows 8 kernel and a 640GB HDD. If these specs are true, we're looking at production specs and not a prototype - we're close enough to the unveiling which should be at this years' E3.
Microsoft are going to face some fierce competition this time round, and so will Sony and Nintendo. We have the smaller Ouya console, NVIDIA's recently announced Project Shield and the biggest competitor in my opinion - Valve's Steam Box.
CES 2013 - It looks like the early images of Valve's Steam box could have been fake or could have been one of Valve's partners leaking images of one of several "Steam box" designs. The Verge is reporting images of the actual device that is on display at Steams booth at the CES.
The company has stated that it came to the show specifically to meet with hardware partners, and has about 20 meetings lined up. Valve Representative Tom Giardino said in an interview.
It has been rumored that Valve will tap Linux for its own version of the Steam Box. The company says that any of its partners are open to introduce their own hardware and call it whatever they like - including the term "Steam Box" Valve CEO Gabe Newell told Kotaku in December, that he expects companies to start selling PCs designed for the living room in 2013.
CES 2013 - Razor has released it's ultra-high-end gaming tablet named Edge. Previously known as Project Fiona, the 10.1" Windows tablet has finally launched and carries a price to match its long anticipated release.
Evolving from a tablet with fixed side panel con rollers to a sleek tablet with 3 separate peripherals: Keyboard, Stand, and Gaming Case, the Razor Edge looks to be everything we were hoping for and even more. The device will come in two flavors that are sure to appeal to the hardcore gaming crowd as well as the causal gamer who just wants a nice Windows tablet.
The standard version uses an Intel Core i5 processor with 4GB of RAM and a 64GB or 128GB solid-state drive, and the Edge Pro comes with the i7, 8GB of RAM, and 128GB or 256GB of space. Both use an Nvidia GeForce GT 640M LE graphics chip, the less powerful cousin to the 640M.
CES 2013 - Yesterday I reported that we would be seeing Valve's entry into the console gaming world this year, and now we have our first look at the new Linux based console.
Dubbed the Piston, Valve's console is manufactured by Xi3 and is not a traditional console. The Piston is a little modular PC featuring a quad core CPU of unknown origin or specifications, and it supports storage up to 1TB. It is low power too, said to consume just 40w, but that is unknown if that is under load or at idle.
The coolest feature is that the whole unit is modular like a traditional PC. The motherboard can be swapped out if the official hardware is updated, and we think the GPU is upgrade-able as well. No images of the controller design have surfaced yet, but we are sure that it will be as sleek and awesome as the Piston itself.
2013 is set to become the battle of the small brand consoles. Nvidia and Ouya both have gaming consoles releasing this year and we have heard rumors and tiny tidbits of official information on Valve's entrance into the console gaming world.
A German website (Golem) is claiming to have information on Valve's "Steam Box" straight from Valve engineer Ben Krasnow. He is said to have confirmed that the Steam Box will not run on Windows like so many expected, but rather on a Linux based backbone.
This comes as no surprise as Valve has been making a major push into its Linux compatible software this past year, and with Valve CEO Gabe Newell lashing out publicly about how bad Windows 8 is. No word on an official release date but the we know it will most likely be released this year.
'Disney' and 'console' are not two words that I would've thought I'd be writing together about, but here we are. Disney all the way back in June 2011 filed an application for a patent, but it was only recently that the Patent and Trademark Office logged it.
Disney's patent suggests that the behemoth company are working on their own console that would sport 3D augmented reality, including a handheld device. The patent has teased that it is, or will be called 'Toy Box'. The description of Toy Box sound intriguing: "It's gameplay involves various Disney and Pixar characters interacting with each other".
Considering Disney have a plethora of characters under their name, including the Pixar name and now Star Wars - this could be truly game-changing news. It might not directly compete with the Xbox and PlayStation, but it wouldn't need to. Also remember that Pixar and Apple are BFFs... so this could be the work of Apple, or they've at least got their finger in the pie here.
What do you think of a possible Disney console?