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Cooler Master has launched the Scout Gaming Chassis, an all black enclosure designed in close cooperation with the world's leading professional gaming teams and eSports organizers.
The Scout is all black, inside and out. Inside the solid steel body, is a 140mm front intake fan, as well as 140mm top and 120mm rear exhaust fans which provide accurate airflow to efficiently manage heat. The tinted windowed side panel has froom for another two 120mm fans should you want them.
It also comes with the unique StormGuard PCI bracket which allows you to route cable through the inside of the case, thus ensuring that your peripherals never come up missing if attending a LAN.
On top of the Scout are reinforced carrying handles to make the chassis mobile friendly. There is also an I/O panel up front that features eSATA, FireWire, HD Audio four USB2.0 ports, as well as an integrated LED-switch, letting you decide exactly when to show off the red lights and the menacing all black interior.
The full press release is available here.
Taipei, Taiwan, March, 2009 - Today, CM Storm is celebrating the deployment of the Scout true gaming chassis, created in close cooperation with the world's leading professional gaming teams and eSports organizers, including Kode5, Team Fnatic and mousesports. Like all gear developed in the CM Storm Labs, the Scout has been heavily injected with Storm Tactics to ensure complete Strength, Security, and Control to the discerning gamer.
Developed with elite engineering skills, and reinforced by the highest grade materials, your Storm gear will perform and deliver with unfailing reliability, letting you focus on your game and worry less about your hardware.
The gang over at Gaming Heaven has been taking another look behind the curtain, this time they have a preview of DiRT2.
It seems that Codemasters has gone some length to improve the game. DiRT was very popular and was a fun game to play, however the driving physics was always annoying to me (and to many that I know). However Codemasters have finally put a realistic driving physics setup in place that aims to give players the most realistic driving experience yet.
On the Graphics side things have been improved and we good enough to impress John Erikson even at the alpha stage.
Read more here at Gaming Heaven.
Codemasters were keen to explain that a lot of the development time has revolved around getting the cars to handle as realistically as possible. Dirt 2 has seen further development on the physics side which means the cars will respond differently than before. There is now a realistic model in place to analyse the weight placement on all four wheels and adjust handling accordingly, including traction. We didn't spend enough time with the game to be in a position to accurately detail how this system works but it is certainly promising and is set to offer the end user a more realistic racing mechanic.
For those graphics buffs amongst you, the Ego engine in Dirt 2 has received a considerable overhaul with a new rendering and lighting system that is designed to give numerous depth to the environments and the terrain. We aren't allowed to really detail this yet as it is a pre-Alpha build and there is plenty that Codemasters isn't speaking about yet. The environments do show promise and are impressive already even though we were told they are missing texture detail and certain lighting effects. The crowd implementation is also yet to be finalised but they looked quite realistic already in their alpha state. Codemasters detailed the future with water effects and particles and we can assure you guys that if you are really into your rally games that this is certain to impress. The cars get progressively dirtier and the damage model is also impressive and the widescreen wipers are needed to make visibility improve !
Our Download of the Day today is the Necrovision Game Demo.
NecroVisioN is a first-person shooter that takes places in a varied range of locations, from the horrific and bloody trenches of World War One, to secret labs and underground caverns plagued by gruesome undead creatures. You must battle through legions of German soldiers and hideous monsters, as you venture future into this terrible underworld.
Inspired by infamous horror writer H. P. Lovecraft, the story blends historically accurate locations and weapons, with nightmarish creations. As a result, players fight enemies using authentic World World One-era weapons, supernatural but powerful demon artifacts, vampire technology and when the action gets too close for comfort, a range of visceral melee moves.
This game includes the following features:
- Intense and explosive fights
- Huge boss battles
- Combat System + Spell System
- Mix of realistic and fantasy weapons, enemies, levels
- Interactive elements and simple riddles adding depth to the overall gameplay experience
We are very pleased to announce that Smooth Creations will soon begin selling a special Limited Edition TweakTown gaming system called "The Reaper".
Also teaming up with Corsair for its memory and Western Digital for its hard drives, there will be a total of 50 systems produced, each being numbered. The system will be on sale for two months.
While the specifications are still being confirmed, at this stage the system will ship with an Intel Core i7 940 processor, 6GB DDR3 from Corsair and two GeForce 280 GTX cards in SLI. At this stage, the MSRP is looking to be around $2600 USD. Full details will be confirmed once the press release goes out.
Smooth Creations created a video presentation of the TweakTown Reaper gaming system which you can see below:
We will update you with more details as they come in.
Our Deal of the Day today is the Just Cause game for XBOX 360 - Just $9.99 Shipped Free from Buy.com!.
Offer: In Just Cause, you take on the role of the flamboyant Rico Rodriguez - a specialist in regime change. The island of San Esperito is suspected of stockpiling WMDs and it's your job to negate the threat to world peace.
This little tropical paradise is about to implode as various factions vie for power. Play the island's factions off against one another; incite a rebellion among the masses; or build alliances with rebel forces and drug cartels.
If you were a fan of Antec's Nine Hundred gaming chassis, you'll love the new Nine Hundred Two which the company has announced today.
With superior cooling characteristics being the main focus for improvement, the Nine Hundred two includes a perforated front bezel design for maximized air intake (assisted by two front mounted 120mm TriCool blue LEd fans) as well as a top-mounted 200mm Big Boy exhaust fan and rear mounted 120mm TriCool fan.
Other features of the chassis include nine 5.25" drive bays with six 3.5" brackets for HDDs, bottom-placed PSU mount, built-in washable air filters and via its front mounted I/O panel, 2x USB 2.0, 1 x eSATA and both audio in and outputs.
Another nice touch Antec has made with the Nine Hundred Two is the full black finish both outside and in. Dimensions of the case are 49.3 (H) x 21.8 (W) x 47.2 (D), with a weight of 13.1KG. Pricing is said to be around the ballpark of $160 USD.
For further information, you can find the official PR here.
Antec, the global leader in high-performance computer components and accessories for the gaming, PC upgrade and Do-It-Yourself markets, has announced that it is launching the Nine Hundred Two, the latest update to Antec's line of high-performance gaming cases. The Nine Hundred Two includes new enhancements designed specifically for hardcore gamers, such as increased cooling and maximized airflow. The Nine Hundred Two is designed to provide maximum cooling for gaming systems, which are known for exuding greater amounts of heat.
Razer has unleashed a real treat for gamers today; well, two treats. Now on display at CES is the new Razer Mamba gaming mouse and Carcharias headset.
Looking over the Mamba, this is decked out with a highly impressive feature-set that's sure to have most any gamer pleased. It sports a long detachable braided cord and can be operated wirelessly if desired. Either way, it's said to be completely lag free with a 1000Hz Ultrapolling / 1ms response rate, 5600DPI Razer Precision 3.5G laser sensor and boasts up to 200 inches per second / 50g acceleration.
While off the cord, the battery lasts around 14 hrs under continuous use or around 72 hours for average usage. Both battery life and DPI stage indicators reside on the mouse to keep you in the know.
The mouse is far from cheap, but a mouse of this calibre could never be expected to sell as a bargain. If you want one you'll need to pay around $130 US and it can be purchased now at the Razerzone website.
Shifting focus to the new Carcharias headset, Razer has ultimately designed this with comfort and audio clarity in mind. Interchangeable earpads allow for a better, custom fit and the head band is fully adjustable, whilst the circumaural shape of the cones provide full over the ear positioning.
For the audiophiles who can decipher the following, the drivers are 40mm with neodymium magnets, input power of 200 mW and run a frequency response of 20 - 20,000 Hz and impedance of 32 at 1KHz. The microphone has a signal-to-noise ratio of 50dB and the headset connects via a 3 meter cable with dual 3.5mm jacks for the headphones and mic.
Pricing on the Carcharias comes in at $80US and can also be purchased at the Razerzone website.
For further information, read the full announcement here folks.
Las Vegas, NV - January 8, 2009 - Today, at the Consumer Electronics Show, Razer unveiled a cutting edge of gaming peripherals including the Razer Mamba, a high precision wireless laser gaming mouse, and the Razer Carcharias, a circumaural audio headset. Product demonstrations will be held at the South Hall, meeting room 35166.
This new suite of Razer products will give gamers the competitive edge and allow for enhanced game play for longer periods of time. With an emphasis on product design and a focus on proprietary Razer technologies, these latest products will help gamers amplify performance levels with faster response times, increased precision and offer unique design features.
With Voodoo now under HP's wing we've been seeing some interesting gaming oriented systems introduced at the desktop and portable levels that continue to show what Voodoo does best, innovation. Another which is in the works and will be showcased in just a few days at CES (in prototype form); the HP/Voodoo Firefly, a gaming notebook that houses a rich feature-set with exclusive touches.
laptopmag have come through with the goods early on, getting some hands-on time with the notebook and sharing with us their thoughts along with plenty of pics.
Going over some of the main features, it comprises a 17" LCD running a native res of 1920x1200 and a smaller 4" screen (800x600) is also mounted underneath to serve the purpose of a HUD, secondary utility display or some such. There's a night vision webcam embedded, whilst the keyboard is illuminated and a track-pad is placed to the right side.
Deeper inside is a Core 2 Extreme QX series processor clocked at 2.4GHz, 4GB of memory and two ATI Mobility Radeon HD 3870 GPUs running in Crossfire. Storage wise, it comes equipped with two 250GB HDDs in RAID 0 and a Blu-ray drive is included. Audio comes in the form of Creative's SB X-Fi Xtreme Audio solution with Dolby Digital output.
The icing on the cake can be seen on the exterior with the use of light etching/imprints. Head over here to see what laptopmag thought of it as a whole.
After you have recovered a little from your New Year's Celebration You might want to head over to Theo Valich's Blog.
He has a very interesting read on the direction computer and peripheral companies are headed. He penned this as a sort of response to a Blog entry by Rahul Sood from Voodoo HP. Sood declaims (in his blog entry) that the high-end PC is dead while pitching Voodo's upcoming Blackbird 003 which is a small and neat little device.
Read Theo's article here.
Read Sood's Blog entry here.
Last night, I was preparing myself for departure into the world of dreams for couple of hours, when I got the nod that good friend Rahul Sood of Voodoo HP fame posted something interesting on his blog. I ventured to his site and read a good written article that delivers a fine and solid message. Wrong one, I am afraid.
Based on his article, which speaks about the death of high-end PC computers (neatly, some years after Rahul sold his own boutique PC manufacturer to HP for a large sum of dead presidents), the world is going to evolve into small and neat things. And that is a nice pitch to launch a product like the upcoming Blackbird 003, as insinuated in a follow-up post.
And this is where it hit me. The perception of human species is that we're an exclusive kind. One cannot co-exist with another, starting in kindergartens, throughout school, rivalry between brothers/sisters in a family or nations - does not matter, we all think of ourselves as God/Allah/Manitou-given right to exterminate the opponent because "we're better". However, when we look at the world in general, we see that everything is inclusive, even our position in the food chain. We cannot be different, because we would belong to a different position in the food chain, not on top of it. We are predators (Orca the killer whale is also a mammal, so don't pull that argument that we're cute as dolphins), we take all the best qualities, them being good or bad, and use them for our own interests. However, we do not cancel each other out. It is the competition that drives us to the best or worst of our potentials, and it does not matter who comes second, it is the matter of who makes the best product, that being your performance in a family, or a company.
BFG Tech has let us know it plans to showcase its first full system at CES early next year. This isn't your typical high-powered gaming system, either. BFG has gone all out with an innovative touch screen LCD interface along with maintainance-free liquid cooling and unprecedented in-home setup and maintainance servicing.
The new BFG rig is a high-performance gaming/home theater system that offers a refined, sophisticated appearance while still providing true enthusiast-level performance.
You will be able to see BFG's new system on display at the MGM Grand, beginning Thursday 01/08 through Saturday 01/10.