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.
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.
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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.
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.
It looks like it's going to be a good year for gaming fans! As I walked into the entrance of the Los Angeles Convention Center, I saw games being advertised everywhere. I'm not talking a small poster here or there; I'm talking massive banners draped from the the ceilings and clung to every surface.
There's some big money being spent here and some big name titles coming out. The show doesn't start for another 3 hours, but I've already managed to catch glimpses of Nintendo's booth babes who just happen to be wearing WiiU shirts. You can be sure of where I am heading first when the doors open!
Make sure that you are following TweakTown on Facebook, as I will likely be putting up pictures on there from the show floor and only writing these during down time. That's enough for now, time for me to go hunt down some exclusives!
Like overclocking? Are you going to be at Computex Taipei 2012? If so, let me recommend that you head on over to GSkill's booth where 8 professional overclockers will be waiting. There will be several professional overclockers from various manufacturers at the booth doing 4 days on non-stop overclocking on 4 different motherboard manufacturers every day.
If you are going to be in Taipei for Computex, this really cool event will be going on in GSkill's booth which is located at .Computex Taipei 2012, Nangang Exhibition Hall, Booth I0118. It's going to be awesome to watch these professionals overclock everything in sight. You might even pick up an overclocking trick or two.
With under two weeks to the start of E3 in Los Angeles, it's time to see just what you, the reader, want covered the most. A little bit of background on the Electronic Entertainment Expo straight from the horse's mouth: "E3 is the world's premier trade show for computer and video games and related products."
What upcoming products have you heard about that you would like to know more about? Are you interested in games themselves or the hardware that runs the games? Want videos of the games running? Have specific questions for different game studios or manufacturers? E-mail me your requests or post them in the comments.
You have to hurry as the show starts June 5!
Patiently waiting for tickets to Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC)? Well, sorry, they're sold out. The quick sellout happened in the span of an insane two hours, and it still sold out after Apple had imposed new restrictions this year limiting sales to registered iOS and Mac developers.
Apple also limited the amount of passes available per developer group, but that didn't stop the tickets from selling out. Has WWDC sold out this quick before? Nope. In 2010 it took eight days, and in under 12 hours last year. 2 hours, however, is insanely quick.
WWDC is being held between June 11-15 at the Moscone West convention center in San Francisco. We should expect some exciting news from this conference.
Our latest poll had almost 2,000 people who answered, What was the hottest new product at CES 2012?
Our previous poll was pretty close, but this was probably the closest poll we have ran to date. Just taking out first spot with 13% of the votes was "Intel Ivy Bridge motherboards" and in a very close second place with 11% of the votes was the LG 55EM9600 55-inch OLED TV and in third place with 10% of the votes was the LG 84-inch 4K TV.
So, if you combine second and third place, LG was most popular.
For our final piece from the Taipei Game Show we leave you with our video of the lovely Taiwanese booth babes from the show.
We managed to squeeze a bit of gaming in, but are you even going to pay attention to it?
Enjoy! There are a bunch of pictures in the gallery if you go to the full version of this story.
This was the last year for a Microsoft keynote and booth at CES, but while they're winding down CES operations, they're building up its investment in the biggest European technology show: CeBit. Microsoft is reportedly planning an even bigger presence than last year at CeBit, which is held in Hannover, Germany.
Microsoft VP, Achim Berg, spoke at a CeBit even in Las Vegas, where he said that the event provides a good place to reach key customers. At CeBit, Berg said that Microsoft is able to meet with 10,000 chief information officer-types in just a few days, where they can get quite a lot of business done.
On top of this, they don't waste valuable time in cabs like they do in Vegas. Berg said at the event "There is no need to wait for taxis, this is a well-organised German fair."
CeBit has had its downfalls though, a few years ago they lost some big boys like Nokia and HP, but with a continued Microsoft push, this may change the look of CeBit.
CES 2012 - Earlier on today we visited the Sapphire hotel suite at the MGM Grand here at CES in Las Vegas where we met up with Bill who was kind enough to give us an introduction to some of the new toys they had on display.
First up we got a quick look at Sapphire's X79 motherboard along with their Radeon HD 7970 video card where Bill mentioned they are seeing good performance since both products are able to support PCI-E 3.0.
Next up we got a look at Sapphire's first AMD based Mini-PC called the Edge-HD3 and it is based on the AMD APU E450 processor which is clocked at 1.6GHz and Radeon HD6320 graphics. It comes with 4GB of DDR3 memory, a 320GB HDD, USB 3.0 and more. Bill mentioned they are currently at pre-production level and they should be shipping around the middle of February and go on sale for around $300 USD.
Finally we got a look at the Vid-2X which is a new product from Sapphire that allows to take a Thunderbolt connector and output display to two monitors over DVI. It supports resolutions up to 1920 x 1080. Check out the video above for a full look.
CES 2012 - Newer Technology, part of the MAC Sales clan which includes OWC SSDs displayed a product I'm sure everyone reading this can appreciates. USB ports built into power sockets aren't anything new but all of them we've seen continually power the USB ports. This is a big waste of power since you don't have devices connected all of the time to the USB ports.
Phantom power draw is a big issue when you are paying the electric bill but Newer Technology has come up with a simple solution to turn the ports off when not in use. The USB ports provide up to 2 amps of power when the USB door opens. A micro switch gets activated and your iPad, iPod, cell phone or other device gets the juice.
So as Cameron and Chris talk me into running through CES Unveiled, I found myself packed in a room with hundreds of people, just after what should have been the biggest tip off of the night. As we passed through the doors, there was a lady handing out iPhone cases to everyone who wanted one. Once we passed through the doors you see food, a bar at each end of the hall, and what seemed to be an iHall.
With select few displays showing convection cook tops, some radar detectors, and the most impressive of the whole room was the ice block that chilled the Vodka for the Martini's that were given away to keep us in the room longer. I realize it was an open bar, and that is all fine and great for us who were in the room, but poor Cameron had to drink his Jack and Cokes with Coke Zero of all things, as regular Coke was something the bartender seemed to have no concept of!
After fighting your way through tons of people and getting slammed by bags from every angle as you try to squirm your way through the masses, I for one was left underwhelmed at what was actually being displayed to kick off the event. Most of my time speaking with others was spent looking at the nuances of the new convection cook tops, as it was seriously the biggest draw to me personally in the room, as I don't own any Apple products. For those that do, there were a couple of cool devices to mix with your iPhone and iPads, but again, enough is enough with the iGadgets.
CES 2012: One of the first things to report about CES, is one of the most important: Jersey Shore star, Nicole "Snooki" Polizzi will be attending. Not only that, but the hair-do boy himself, Justin Bieber will also be in attendance. Back in 2010, Lady Gaga herself made an appearance at CES, taking the role of creative director at Polaroid.
Bieber will appear at a booth for TOSY, a Vietnamese robotics company. Bieber won't be doing interviews, so Cam will be mad about that! (ha!) Now onto Snooki, she'll be there to build hype for iHip, a maker of audio accessories. She'll also be hosting a fist-pumping VIP party at the Planet Hollywood Hotel and Casino during the week, and will also be making appearances on the floor of the Last Vegas Convention Center.
NVIDIA will of course, be attending CES 2012 and they will have two booths to accommodate all the goodies they'll be showing off. On the list are Tegra, GeForce, 3DVision and automotice "goodness". The main booth located in the Las Vegas Convention Center's (LVCC's) South Hall will feature all of the gadget demos.
The second, ourdoors in the LVCC Central Plaza, will sport the automotive tech, including a "recently unveiled supercar that NVIDIA has never before shown to the public". NVIDIA haven't stopped there, they'll also be giving away a bunch of ASUS' recently launched NVIDIA Tegra 3-powered Eee Pad Transformer Prime tablets through their Facebook page.
NVIDIA CEO, Jen-Hsun Huang will also kick off NVIDIA's annual press conference, and if you want to catch a live webcast of the press conference, you'll need this link. Seven days after the webcast, a replay will be available.
With several of our meetings out of the way, Day 2 at I/ITSEC turned into a festival of weapons. Since we are talking about real simulators built to train military troops all over the world we are talking about real weapons. I don't mean tasers or those girly weapons either. M60s and M16s baby!
What is the easiest way to take an M60 to the battle? You mount it on an Hummer.
Our sponsor for this trip, AVADirect built the computers that run this simulator and several others like it. This system isn't just about shooting things with the big gun, the driver has to drive the Hummer in the virtual world. The passengers don't get a moment to relax either, they are armed with M16 rifles that also shoot a fast laser burst that registers on the computer. The most amazing thing is your shots fired are tracked and you have to change magazines and charge the weapons when you run out of virtual ammo.
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It's been a busy November with the LSI AIS trade show a couple of weeks ago and I/ITSEC going on now. I'm in Orlando preaching SSD technology to defense contractors and checking out some of the amazing systems from AVADirect. AVADirect has a large presence at this event, the largest simulation trade show in the world. I/ITSEC brings together all of the large defense contractors, accessory makers, global mapping and several other companies that feed into the real world of simulation. It's not uncommon to see a US Senator or general at I/ITSEC. If you every wondered what happened to all of the game developers that brought us such hits as Microsoft Flight Simulator or even the old Jane's collection they are here too.
AVADirect has several systems on the show floor, systems that were built for serious functions. Many of the systems we are not able to photograph due to the sensitive nature of the programs ran on them. We were able to take a few images of this system, running 14 monitors.
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Activision has demonstrated a somewhat hypocritical take on sex versus violence after inviting, then at the last minute uninviting Dutch porn star Kim Holland from a Call of Duty: MW3 VIP party in Amsterdam.
Activision said that it was (apparently) unaware of Holland's usual working role, by which time it made the prompt decision to revoke her invitation. In response via her blog (translated into English), Holland said :-
Unpleasant announcement. The American publisher of Modern Warfare 3 has indicated that they prefer no representatives of the adult entertainment industry at the party. And so there must be some women in Britain and the Netherlands who are also canceled. I know, a little hypocritical, but the U.S. is the U.S. and I'm just the messenger.
BlizzCon 2011 - Okay, it's another trade show, so there should be booth babes... right?! Well, no.
BlizzCon has its own special bread of 'booth babes'. They aren't barely dressed women from Taiwan, Germany or the US, but weird and wonderful people dressed up in some really spectacular costumes as Blizzard game characters. Check out the video below:
That about covers us for BlizzCon 2011. We'll be back at the show tomorrow for Day 2 and if we spot anything cool then, we'll report back. By the way, there are plenty of pictures below in the gallery for you to look at.
GamesCom 2011 - You usually see booth babe videos from us at Computex and CES, now we are in a new continent of Europe for GamesCom 2011, we bring you some girls from Germany with a mix of gaming focus, too.
The German ladies seemed a little shy on camera at times, but managed to give us a few smiles here and there!
We uploaded some photos too, which you can view in the gallery below. See you next time, GamesCom!
Yesterday Telstra opened the doors for the first time to the Telstra Experience Centre (TEC) in Melbourne. This comes after the first TEC was launched in Sydney in November 2007, which has seen triple growth in customer traffic numbers in its 3 years of operation with over 1000 customers visiting the centre last year.
The Melbourne centre was constructed over a 190 day period in which over $13 million was outlaid. The complex is Telstra'a largest customer facility yet covering a total of 3,055 square meters and features 16 demonstration areas used to showcase various active technologies as well as two user-testing laboratories and two product design areas.
The Experience and Collaboration zones alone cover 2,185 square meters, while the eight video conferencing demonstration rooms cover an additional 870 square meters. Over 40km of cabling was used during construction with 897 data points, and 8km worth of fibre optic cabling ran in the wall of the New Horizon room.
Alienware is putting on quite a song and dance in Australia at the moment with its world first Live Dimension Reality experience which took place in Melbourne on July 7th and its Area-52 tour which is scheduled to begin at Sydney's Circular Quay when it opens its doors on July 19, operating there until July 21.
As you can see from the piece of video coverage of the event last week, a great deal of effort has gone into this show, combining stunts, pyrotechnics, projection mapping and other special effects to demonstrate the power of Alienware. world renowned Melbourne based special effects studio, Boffswana were the powers that be to help reel the audience in to what was clearly quite an impressive performance indeed.