World's First 4TB HDD Shipped by Hitachi

By Published December 09, 2011 at 4:58 pm

The days of 4MB drives being massive are long passed, thankfully, and now we're breaking into new hard drive capacity territory. Despite the HDD industry's slow recovery speed, Hitachi has shipped its most recent Deskstar 5K, a 4TB HDD that runs at 5900RPM (dubbed the 'CoolSpin' by Hitachi), 32MB of cache, and a SATA III interface (6Gb/s max bandwidth).


Skyrim Takes "Most Played Game of 2011"

By Published December 09, 2011 at 3:31 pm

In a recent gaming hours report put out by the gaming log website Raptr, we found that Skyrim beats out Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Gears 3, and Bulletstorm in terms of the longest average gaming session (continuous sittings) and nearly dethrones MW3 for total hours played. The stats below show the most played video games of 2011, broken down into a few key categories and by hours. Here are the stats (more after th jump):


Minecraft LEGO Set In Development

By Published December 05, 2011 at 8:45 pm

This news is a bit extra-technological, but related heavily with gamers and gaming nonetheless (especially with Notch's recent separation from Minecraft): many of us started on Legos, and apparently, so did the guys behind Minecraft over at Mojang. Mojang posted on a popular Lego idea sharing website that it is interested in collecting ideas from the user-base about a potential Minecraft Lego set. Mojang's official post stated the following:

lego-minecraft-2Builder/Image credited to Michael Thomas.

2GB BF3 Patch Nerfs Mortars, Tac. Lights, and More

By Published December 05, 2011 at 11:40 am

DICE has announced that it will be nerfing mortars, tactical lights, the IRNV, and plenty of other annoyances in Battlefield 3 with its upcoming patch. The full patch notes are below -- DICE has stated that it plans to launch the 2GB patch at AM tomorrow.

Budget Sith vs. Hardcore Jedi PC Builds for SWTOR

By Published December 04, 2011 at 5:00 pm

We posted up our newest two PC builds, and this time, they're themed to duel each other! In the spirit of SW:TOR's approach, FJ "GT" Ybarra and I have teamed up to do a "Sith vs. Jedi" thematic PC build, complete with cases that match the color scheme.


You can view our $430 Sith Rig here and the $717 Jedi Rig here. The Jedi rig will have a bit more longevity and upgrade options while the Sith build is more of a "I'm building a gaming PC just for SW:TOR" approach. Go ahead, check them out! Let us know on the forums if you need help or comment on the respective builds.

Our PC builds have been getting progressively better in spite of the recent announcement that Hard Drives will remain expensive; this build is spec'd out to steamroll the upcoming Star Wars: The Old Republic MMO at an impressive build price of $430. With its 6850 and 8GB of memory (and a reasonable 3.2GHz X3), this system can effortlessly handle SWTOR, will handle Skyrim on very high or ultra quite capably (granted, these graphics mods change that), and can even play Battlefield 3 without too many problems -- you'll probably be running BF3 on high or a hybrid of medium/high.


In the end, though, this build was made to duel with our alternative, the $717 SWTOR Jedi Build -- and an epic duel it shall be! If you've got the extra money to spend on a gaming rig or are a fan of the light side, we suggest you go check that system out immediately. If you're on a strict budget or are Vader's #1 fan, stay right where you are (though the case for the Jedi build is quite attractive... damn it, Yoda, stay back!).

So how did we get this thing down to $430? Here's your chart:

With the release of Star Wars: The Old Republic getting closer, here at GN we have decided to prepare two builds for our awesome readers: a Jedi-themed build and a $430 budget Sith-themed rig. This build is designed to run SW:TOR and other games, like Battlefield 3 and Skyrim, at max or near-max settings while still retaining future-proof options, a sleek exterior, and upgradability.


Come to the Light Side, we have the winning team. Forget Vader and his minions -- the third movie sort of ruined Anakin for us, anyway. Come chill with Luke and Obi. And Jar-Jar.

AMD Performance Driver Update 11.11c

By Published December 03, 2011 at 4:29 pm

AMD has released yet another driver update for their popular RADEON series video cards. This update focuses on improving overall performance, geometry artifacts, and intermittent crashes/black screens for the games Skyrim, Battlefield 3, Rage, Batman: Arkham City, and Assassin's Creed: Revelations. You can view a full list of changes below:

HDD Prices to Remain High Through Spring, says WD

By Published December 02, 2011 at 9:44 pm

As we warned in our recent budget gaming PC build, for the last month or two now, hard drive prices have skyrocketed as a result of the flooding in Thailand (again, our hearts to those affected). As an example, WD's Caviar Blue and Caviar Black series have both shot from around $40 to the $150 range; some drives are altogether unavailable now, especially most of the mid-high range drives, leaving only poorly performing hard drives at inflated prices.


Notch Steps Down as Lead Minecraft Dev

By Published December 02, 2011 at 6:54 pm

In another unexpected turn for the indie studio that produces Minecraft, Mojang's innovator and founding developer, Notch, has opted to step down from his leadership role in the studio. Notch released this statement on his official blog:


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