If you saw our post last week about the rapidly expanding PC market, then you no doubt understand the large influence that PC gamers have over the future of video gaming. This dominance is empowered by our stellar $550 budget gaming PC build list, which has made it possible to enter into the realm of PC gaming without breaking the bank. One of the biggest questions in the comments for all of our builds lately has been simple: "Will it play Battlefield 3 on max settings?" or "Will my PC play Battlefield 3?"
From what we've learned through Steam's hardware survey, a stunning 84% of PC gamers currently do not meet the recommended specifications to play Battlefield 3 (DICE suggests that a GTX 460 or ATi 5830 is the lowest recommended card). Don't fret: these aren't absolute requirements, so you can still play it with an NVIDIA or ATi card that is lower than the recommendation; however, if you're focused on getting the best graphics quality, this may be of particular interest to you.
A look into how PCs will inevitably take control of the video gaming market, and how they currently rake in 42.5% of all global video game software sales.
Our review of 3D Vision PC gaming technology and our guide on how to build a $550 budget gaming PC have led us to understand that PC gaming's influence in the global video gaming market never waned, and -- in fact -- is growing, especially when the dichotomy between console and PC hardware is considered (believe it or not, GPUs will soon be 1000% more powerful than they currently are).
We recently examined data presented by DFC Intelligence to NVIDIA about global PC gaming software sales and found that PCs currently bring in an estimated 42.5%of total video game software revenue. That's right: almost half of all video game-related money goes solely toward PC video games, with the remainder getting apportioned between all major consoles (PS3, Xbox360, Wii, and so on).
It has been a very long time since I played a game that I absolutely regretted touching (Pam Anderson’s V.I.P, I’m still ashamed of this), and while Honor in Vengeance II, developed by Michael Arts, isn't shameful to play (as Faery: Legends of Avalon might be), neither is it something to be considered 'constructive.'
We reported on nVidia's GeForce LAN 6 event the other day (which will be hosted on the USS Hornet aircraft carrier), and within only two hours of opening registration, they've already run almost completely dry on open slots; nVidia told sent the following statement to us:
"Just two hours after opening registration, seats for the highly-anticipated bring-your-own computer (BYOC) gaming area sold out, as gamers reserved their spots to play in the highly anticipated 64-person LAN featuring Battlefield 3."
You know what's worse than orcs? Orcs made by robots.
The castle-defending action game Orcs Must Die! has finally been given a solid release date by Robot Entertainment; currently set for XBLA on October 5th and PC (Steam and other platforms) on October 12th, we're wholeheartedly looking forward to what many of the former Age of Empires devs can bring us. Robot Entertainment, which formed rapidly after the disbanding of Microsoft's Ensemble Studios (RIP), will be putting out Orcs Must Die! as their first major title -- though they did co-develop Age of Empires Online.
Players can expect the following elements to be present in Orcs Must Die!:
NVIDIA's expanding quest to conquer the competitive gaming market has taken another step forward today with the announcement of the GeForce LAN 6: the biggest party in LAN gaming. NVIDIA has made it clear that the event will take place on a boat (seriously) with around-the-clock tournaments, contests, and an exhibit area with cool stuff (likely including the 3D Vision tech we reviewed earlier). They want to be on a boat, sleep on a boat, eat on a boat, flip burgers on a boat, and even duke it out playing videogames... on a boat. Who can really blame them?
Every month we release a new "DIY" budget gaming PC build (here's the one from this month, a $550 beast with a Phenom II X4 and 6870), and we always struggle to find a niche case with a clean look and sufficient cooling -- companies like Cooler Master, NZXT, and Zalman are our typical choices; this is where Rosewill enters the arena.
Today Rosewill announced its RANGER, what they claim to be "the best mid-tower case in value." They informed us that the case "has all the features you have come to expect in a top rank mid-tower case, including USB 3.0, top, rear, and front fans." Considering this case is retailing for $80, 3 fans is sort of expected, but USB 3.0 is certainly a nice bonus.
Here are the specs; stick around for the following paragraph if you'd like a break-down of what it all means to you:
After the thrilling combination of parts we assembled in our previous $744 hardcore gaming rig (still an amazing option for those of you with some extra cash to spend) and the affordability of our prior $458 budget gaming build, we've decided to put together an "in-betweener" for you guys: this $550 budget-core gaming system. Yes, that's right -- a new category of gaming computers: the budget-core computers.
In essence, this rig is affordable - costing you only slightly more than an ultra-budget system - and powerful - consisting of a Phenom II X4 quad-core (with amazing L3 cache and cache per core ratios), an ATi 6870, and 8GB of beautifully heat-spread memory modules - clocking in at 1600MHz (PC3 12800 RAM). Oh, and there's more, too.
Our builds get better with each passing month, and although we at GN would like to attribute it to our god-like PC building ability, much of it can be acknowledged as consumer availability for newer products creating a decline in retail pricing trends for PC hardware.
We often -do- think with portals here at Gamers Nexus, and our interview with Erik Wolpaw encourages that. One day, for instance, I found Steve "Lelldorianx" Burke talking to himself and looking at a wall, then he jumped into the wall and broke his nose. The moral of the story, obviously, is that Portal is a good game. It also makes people break their noses -- but hey, we're gamers. We heal faster than normal people. Despite some of the repeated puzzles and trials, Portal 2 blew our minds, and we're happy to inform those of you who have gone portal-less for years that the original Portal is now available for free.
If you've already beaten Portal thoroughly into submisison, why not try out this Portal Prelude mod?
As a fan of the 2D platformer genre -- home to such great titles such as Sonic, Mario, and Splosion Man -- I was thrilled when asked to do a review of Slak Games’ Mechanic Infantry. It starts out extremely entertaining, but soon loses its appeal through curse of repetition, repetition, and repetition.
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