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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Antec Launches Budget Case Dubbed the "One"

By Published February 09, 2012 at 3:29 am

Antec has proven to be a trusted company when it comes to quality gaming cases for years running now. With the recent arrival of their newest case, dubbed the "One," Antec is venturing into the budget arena with this new case (Have more money? Check NZXT's larger Switch 810). The One looks very familiar to the popular Three Hundred Two case, just a bit smaller and more affordable.

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Coming in just under the $60 dollar mark, this case should be a good fit for anyone looking to build a custom PC on a tight budget. If that's new territory to you, check out our how-to guide for building gaming PCs.

For those having trouble cramming massive heatsinks into small boards - particularly MicroATX boards - G.Skill (and a few others) have a solution: "Low Profile RAM," which stands at only 1.26 inches high, is designed to slide unnoticeably under aftermarket CPU heatsinks that are too big and would otherwise collide with RAM.

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Game developers and designers are running rampant with technology of late, and whether it's real-time ray-tracing or simply designing the most complex, over-the-top games possible, strong systems have become a necessity more than ever. Rendering, encoding, and compiling times can be unbearably slow with the wrong hardware (often taking an entire night for a single, complex scene), thankfully though, this game development PC build does its best to relieve some of that time requirement.

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We've designed this rig to be ultra-customizable: the price is scalable all the way from $2000 to ~$3200, making it a sound starting point for resource-hungry game designers and developers everywhere. If you're just planning to play games and aren't very interested in any professional tools, you may want to consider our $679 i5-2500 build instead (or follow our guide to build your own). But hey, if you have money to throw around, enjoy it!

NZXT Switch 810 Case Released

By Published February 05, 2012 at 10:57 pm

We've recommended NZXT on occasion in our budget PC guides, but there's something different about this one: It's large, has room for up to 6 fans (almost all of which are 140mm), and is $170 MSRP. The NZXT Switch 810 follows a new trend in gaming case design (like the Thermaltake Snow) that brings a slick, white/black combination as an alternative to an otherwise dark selection of cases.

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NZXT's Switch 810 feels like it's straight out of a Clone Trooper's bedroom -- it's clean-cut and very straightforward. You get what you see (there is a black variation, though). Here's the spec break-down:

Building a gaming computer is exceedingly easy: If you can use a screwdriver, have at least one thumb and a couple of bucks, and can read, you're already off to a great start. It can be intimidating when looking at all the options for gaming PCs and figuring out if X is compatible with Y, if you should get an SSD, the differences between a 7950 and 7970, NVIDIA vs. AMD/ATI, and so forth, but it's actually quite simple once we define our requirements in this first part of our multi-part First PC Build Guide for Noobs.

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Future installments of this guide will look at "where to start" when shopping, if you'd like to build budget PCs in the manner that we do, how to pick a CPU, video card differences, and anything else that gets asked of us. Write a comment below or post on our hardware forums if you have questions!

Run from Zombies. . . In Real Life!

By Published January 30, 2012 at 10:24 pm

zombies-runSix to Start has come up with a way to get gamers on their feet and moving that doesn't involve gimmicky, uninteresting sports "simulators." Zombies, Run! tasks the player - as elusive Runner 5 - with rebuilding a base for survivors in a zombie apocalypse. You can run anywhere, at any time, all while being chased by Zombies. Creative, right?

Here's the originality: Everything in Zombies, Run! is based off of how much you run, and I don't mean holding down 'X,' I mean you go outside of your house, strap on your nikes or fives, and move! Indeed, it is unique in that as you are moving, you are playing the game.

You can run anywhere at any time, but the only way to get those precious medical supplies or ammo caches and save others is to literally run through zombie infested territories. In real life.

PAX East 2012 Nerdcore Concert Line-up Announced!

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Published January 27, 2012 at 2:50 pm

The GN team had an incredible time at PAX East 2011. There's nothing quite like walking around for 20 hours in a day, writing dozens of articles to keep up with new hardware and games, and then laying down in a massive auditorium to watch Paul and Storm to finish the day.

If you're planning on attending PAX East 2012 (and if you aren't, you should go sign up NOW!), here's the list of bands playing throughout the weekend, as announced by Gabe:

Vampire MMO Coming to Mobile Platforms: Dark Legends

By Published January 27, 2012 at 1:46 pm

Spacetime Studios, creators of the Legends franchise which include such titles as Pocket Legends and the cross-platform MMO, Star Legends: The Blackstar Chronicles, stated in a press release that the company is taking on a challenge many have been waiting for: a vampire-based MMO.

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Dark Legends is a horror-themed, "end times" MMO app where humans have begun taking action against vampire society. The vampires, however, will not just stand by and die out -- so the conflict begins. Not many details have been released quite yet, but the game (exclusive to Android, iOS, and Google Chrome) has already raised a few eyebrows in interest. Sharpen your fangs and prepare a crimson beverage, this game is slated for release in the first quarter of 2012.

When you really start getting elbow-deep into PC building and specs -- much deeper than our recent budget PC builds have gone -- it's easy to get overwhelmed by all the acronyms and terminology used by white papers and specification sheets. Our previous video card guide looked at the pros and cons of AMD vs. NVIDIA for gaming, but this one is (relatively) universal and can be applied to almost all aspects of graphics processing technology. This "GPU Dictionary" explains the difference between memory clocks and core clocks, shader specs, what a ROP is, and some other basic (and fun) GPU phrases.

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Similar to our surprisingly in-depth case fan guide, this GPU dictionary is outlined in such a way that it will retain relevance through time, so - for the most part - you won't have to worry about re-learning anything.

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