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The University of New South Wales housed competitive gamers and PC enthusiasts over the second weekend of July 2012. Nearly 300 gamers were competing against their friends to win a share of $20,000 AUD of cash and prizes. ESGN Winter had arrived!
Games that were featured at this event;
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 (XBOX360 & PS3)
FIFA 12: XBOX360 & PS3
Call of Duty 4 Promod v1.7 (PC)
League of Legends (PC)
Attendees were also treated with exhibitions from the various hardware and gaming sponsors. Hardware highlight of the show was definitely the Eyefinity table, powered by a tiny mITX computer housed in a sexy black BitFenix Prodigy case!
Specs of the PC:
CPU: Intel Core i7 2700K (overclocked to 4.6GHz)
CPU HSF: Corsair H100
Motherboard: ASRock Z77E-ITX
RAM: G.SKILL ARES 16GB (4x4GB) DDR3 2133MHz
Graphics Card: Gigabyte GTX680
SSD: 2x Patriot WildFire 240GB (RAID0)
PSU: Corsair HX850
Case: BitFenix Prodigy mITX case
Another interesting demo was a special enclosure for the XBOX360 and PlayStation 3 Slim, which included a 15.5" 60Hz screen inside a hard case for transporting your laptop interstate or overseas! The GAMES G155 is a self-contained unit; it looked like some sort of alien square egg when it was closed and is TSA Approved for travel...
Those great Steam Summer Sales are on right now, where you can pick up some seriously cheap games, either individually, or in packs. But, a Reddit user has revealed what looks to be the full list of the Summer Sales for this year.
The list is unconfirmed, but it looks like 55 games will be up on offer over a period of 11 days, but we have no idea of pricing or any other details. The data reportedly comes from the team behind the Open Steamworks Database, which is a site that provides a description record database for every Steam game and subscription offered by Valve.
Has Battlefield 4 just been outed? It might seem so according to the US Origin store popping up with an announcement that users who pre-order the upcoming Medal of Honor: Warfighter Digital Deluxe Edition would receive Battlefield 4 beta access.
Say. What. Battlefield 4 beta access being announced this early is a double-edged sword. One one hand, it's awesome that Battlefield 4 is close, on the other hand, half of the downloadable content for Battlefield 3 hasn't even been released yet. Battlefield 4 has been mentioned by EA before, by its President Frank Gibeau, but he only uttered the words "there is going to be a Battlefield 4".
EA hasn't made an official comment regarding the Battlefield 4 tease, but I'm sure we'll hear more about it in the coming days, and weeks. Let's hope that they've really polished up the Frostbite 2.0 engine, and made those maps bigger, catering to the ever-increasing GPU power us PC gamers have. What are your thoughts on the matter?
The latest trailer for Borderlands 2 is here, sans dupstep. It actually features some groovy music from The Lion King, and doesn't really show off much in-game footage, but its good enough to whet your appetite.
It looks as though Gearbox has most definitely no left the fun of the original Borderlands, the tongue-in-cheek is still there, in glorious amounts. Considering that Borderlands really stood out from the COD clones of late, Borderlands 2 looks like it continues on the successful formula that made the first such a success.
Borderlands 2 hits on September 18 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Owners of the original Borderlands who buy the sequel get rewarded with "exclusive" character skins if they supply one of their old saved games.
Valve has finally launched their Steam Summer Sale, where deals change each and every day. Today you can grab games like Terraria cheap, with 75-percent off, down from $9.99 to $2.49. Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 is down from $99.99 to $49.99, a respectable 50-percent off.
Portal 2 has 75-percent slashed off, bringing it down to $4.99 from its original $19.99 price. There are also some Pack Deals, with the id collection, Pop Cap collection, and the Star Wars collection all 50-percent off, and all $49.99 from their original $99.99 pricing.
Rockstar's collection has 48-percent off, down to $79.99, THQ collection is down a whopping 81-percent from $394.81 to just $74.99, and there's plenty, plenty more. Get in on the Steam Summer Sale!
Epic Games have finally started releasing some information on their first Unreal Engine 4-powered game, which is being developed primarily for PC, with the potential to hit other platforms in the future. It may be released in time to hit next-generation consoles if the engine is good enough.
The game is called Fortnite, and is described as a combination of Minecraft, The Walking Dead, and Team Fortress 2. Sounds exciting, huh? Fortnite is set in a post-apocalyptic world with cartoony graphics, with the gameplay focusing on scavenging for survival. In Fortnite, you'll be searching for building materials, weapons and other useful items during the day, which you'll use to fend monsters off such as trolls that spawn at night.
Currently the day-night cycle is around one-hour, but this may change. Surviving throughout the game will be the player fortifying your holdup with the in-game construction mechanics that are said to be more complex with Minecraft's. Materials include axes, stones, and sledgehammers. These items can see you building many different things, with Epic striving for variety, but they've also said you won't require an engineering degree to build items in Fortnite.
Ouya is breaking all sorts of records here, with their Kickstarter-funded Android-based gaming console only requiring $950,000 worth of pledged money in order to get started. We reported on it a little over 24 hours ago, where they had $1.7 million in funding.
But now, they've reached an astounding $3.7 million, and with 27 days of fundraising to go, there seems to be no signs of it slowing down. The Tegra 3-powered console is set to truly revolutionize gaming, and with $950,000, they were able to deliver this. What will they do with over $3.7 million? At this rate, they could break $10 million without a sweat.
Ouya, in the great words of Rob Schneider and his many lines in Adam Sandler movies "you can do it!" I've also just noticed the $225 Kickstarter-exclusive pledge is back... with just over 900 remaining. This one includes two controllers with your username ETCHED into it, so they're unique to you. I've just pledged from $99 to $256 (my username includes those numbers). Excellent.
We all should know who Valve are, but a quick refresher: they're those awesome people behind Steam, Half-Life, the Source Engine, Counter-Strike, Team Fortress, and oh so much more. The company has today announced the open beta release of Source Filmmaker (SFM).
Source Filmmaker has been made available for free, for everyone. Source Filmmaker is a storytelling tool that Valve developed inside the Source Engine so that users can create short animated films. These are the types of films we've seen such as the "Meet the Team" series we've all come to love from Team Fortress 2.
Valve haven't released too much, after all, it's just an open beta for now. So firstly, the company has released all assets from Team Fortress 2, as well as assets to two of the "Meet the Team" flicks.
It looks like those pesky Angry Birds are coming back, with Angry Birds, Angry Birds Seasons and Angry Birds Rio being thrown together to form Angry Birds Trilogy. The Angry Birds Trilogy is forming and will arrive on the PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, and the Nintendo 3DS this "holiday" season.
PlayStation Move, Kinect and StreetPass features will be available for their respective platforms. Angry Birds Trilogy will be an Activision-published title, and has been completely "built from the ground up" for the new platforms it's flinging onto.
Rovio exec Petri Järvilehto told IGN:
You can think of the game as the ultimate collector's edition. There are new cinematics, extras and other entertaining content. In addition, all of the existing material has been uprezzed and re-treated for the high-resolution and big screen.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 may have been cancelled, but it seems from survival MMOFPS, Survarium, will definitely suffice. Considering Survarium is from the same developers, Vostok Games, and the fact that it's destined to be a free-to-play, massively multiplayer first-person shooter that's all about, er, surviving, it should be the goods.
Of course, it all takes place in a post-apocalyptic environment (what else, it is 2012 after all), the developers have teased the world with a bunch of screenshots, and a developer's diary video talking about the game. The video goes for a nice eight minutes, but unfortunately doesn't feature any in-game footage.
So, what is Survarium, what do you do? Well, players in the game have to complete missions for different factions in order to earn money and status, pretty much how S.T.A.L.K.E.R. was played. Players can also work together for co-op missions, form teams for player-versus-player action, or play in "free play mode", where they'll be able to enjoy the freedom of interacting with human counterparts in the game. RPG elements will also be at play, such as leveling up and skill specialization.