Cube World's been rapidly approaching its highly-anticipated alpha / beta stages, and after covering it in our very first episode of Saturday Heat Signature, where we previewed the game, we've followed its advancements closely. The last update was on new dungeons and caves, but this time Wollay's amped up the terrain and clouds of Cube World. You can view some of the newest screenshots below!
Gaming cases tend to follow iterative trends for each year: This year, that trend seems to be preferential toward bulky, boxy, edgy (literally), chiseled, fear-instilling exteriors. RAIDMAX took note of this, evidently, as their newest upper-range chassis takes the form of a Gundam mech on its exterior (perhaps a good case for a Hawken build?).
Our recent budget gaming PC build featured RAIDMAX's preeminent "Blackstorm" mid-range case, and as we've learned from that build, the company can pack a punch with the sheer amount of features included in their products.
Following up with their rumble-pack headset, Genius has now announced their "Imperator Pro" gaming keyboard that's spec'd primarily for MMO and RTS gamers; as a new add-on to their existing GX series keyboard, the newest keyboard includes three gaming profiles, six programmable macro keys, and this is the cool part, has a fully customizable RGB backlight system that has varying levels of brightness and color coordination. Although primarily meant for looks, these color selections could certainly aid visually when you fall off your primary keyset.
Samsung continues to branch into the many different electronics fields and has opted to update its line of SD cards with new, shiny models.
Ranging from 2GB to 32GB, the new Class 7 (7MB/s write; 24MB/s read) SDHC and Micro SD cards will be available with brushed metal aesthetics to bring a bit of pizzazz to your mobile memory needs. Granted, SD cards are normally tucked away and out of sight.
Dubbed a "smart notebook crossover PC," Samsung is showing off a new form factor in the PC/ultrabook market, the "slate form factor," and says they will target educators as well as business-to-business communications with this device.
After decades of being the lesser-liked child of gaming, the RTS genre has recently exploded in popularity with the emergence of games like StarCraft 2 and League of Legends, both of which redefined e-sports as we know it. Luckily for those of us that have been fans of RTS games since the early days of Command & Conquer -- the DOS one -- the genre is still experiencing an influx of innovation and creativity, as Pixel Foundry boasts for their upcoming game, BlackSpace. Alongside Fray, the cyberpunk/dystopian game we posted about earlier today, this year's shaping up to look awesome for the indie market.
Cyberpunk and dystopian settings have long been a favorite of mine, ever simulating a Tron-like (the original, not the other one), high-stakes, all-out cyber warfare between factions which have been cybernetically altered or otherwise digitized. With the existing contenders in this market aging, like the Source mod Dystopia, independent game developers Brain Candy have jumped into the, err, fray with their upcoming "simultaneous turn-based strategy" game, Fray. Damn puns.
The sci-fi title has an intriguing backstory to any lover of computers: It's the year 2098 and, as we should hope, human interaction has been entirely limited to the Internet - or whatever it becomes in the future. Fulfilling the cyberpunk requirements of being a world dominated by malevolent companies, the world of Fray is dominated by three mega-corporations, in true 1984 fashion, with each fighting over the remaining supplies on earth. This is where the "virtual reality modules" come into play: There are multiple variations of 'modules' in the world of Fray, each serving as an escape to the definitely-going-to-happen reality of megacorporation combat -- the module we care about, though, is the combat one.
Coming to the market from Taiwan is a new budget-minded tower from the company Lancool. The PC-K56N is part of Lancool's Dragonlord series and is a full ATX tower supporting some competent features for a case of this class.
Having gone through dozens of headsets over the past years -- each iteration an exploratory phase on what makes headsets so hit-or-miss -- I can honestly say that I've never seen a headset with what is effectively a "rumble pack" built-in.
Mgame USA has released new information on its new free-to-play MMOG, Rise of the Dragonian (or RODE). A recent press release scheduled their second beta test for this weekend, February 11th and 12th, from 8am to 8pm PST. This will be the final beta test before the game's official release. To encourage gamers to try out their game, Mgame has put large giveaway opportunities on the table.
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