Scott Griffin

Scott Griffin

It's the end of an era. Glu Mobile has officially announced that they are shutting down GameSpy effective May 31, 2014.

For well over 15 years, GameSpy has worked with game publishers to ensure some form of multiplayer functionality. They have hosted servers, leaderboards, and “improved” online game play for well over 1,000 games, ranging from mobile platforms to consoles and computers. In some cases, they were the only way (short of LAN parties) to link up with  more than 1 person for multiplayer or to find new friends who played your favorite games. For an idea of how influential GameSpy is (or, rather, was) within the industry, this site shows a list of the titles that have used GameSpy from 2002 to 2010. The service that GameSpy has done is huge. If you were a gamer from 1996/1997 on, chances are good that you used it at some point and probably enjoyed seeing your name crawl up in the rankings. Chances are also high that you hated the service and longed for integrated server browsers.

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AMD announced yesterday that it is releasing the AM1 platform. The AM1 socket type and accompanying motherboards are scheduled to be released globally on April 9, the day after Windows XP officially ceases support. This will feature the AMD quad-core and dual-core “Kabini” APU with socketed FS1b motherboards in micro-ATX and mini-ITX sizes. Currently, ASRock, ASUS, BIOSTAR, ECS, Gigabyte, and MSI are planning to have something ready to go by the launch date. The Kabini APU consists of the Graphics Core Next (GCN) architecture-equipped HD 8000 series GPU and AMD's “Jaguar” CPU cores, as found in the PS4 and Xbox One.

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With the release of the new GTX 750, GTX 750 TI & Titan Black we also celebrate the ever-popular New Driver Day (not a worldwide holiday yet, but hope springs eternal). The NVIDIA GeForce 334.89 WHQL drivers are out and, at least according to NVIDIA’s in-house test machines, the performance boosts are quite impressive. As with all things done in-house, take the results they experience with a grain of salt. It is unlikely your system will perfectly match what they are using for their test machines. You should still notice an improvement once you get the update, especially if you were on the borderline for rising up to the next level of graphics quality.

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