Far Cry 2

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Published September 11, 2009 at 1:55 pm

The fact that the designers wanted to show us trees growing more than the actual gameplay doesn't bode well at all for Far Cry 2.

Modern Warfare 2 Uncut MP Gameplay Trailer

By Published September 11, 2009 at 12:41 am

We're a bit late on this one - but better late than never.  Infinity Ward has released a sick new video detailing the multiplayer gameplay session. 

RIP FourTwoZero!



Gears of War 2

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Published September 09, 2009 at 12:06 am

Do you want to be a part of the Gears of War, another cog in the machine? Working for the Man? Yeah? Well screw you then!!

KotOR for $10!

By Published September 08, 2009 at 11:09 pm

Great news for the Star Wars fans! Knights of the Old Republic, one of Bioware's name-making RPGs, is now going for $9.99 on Steam. For a game released in 2003, KotOR still packs decent graphics and a hell of story. $10 for a classic RPG. Seeing as it is not a sale, Steam will most likely not raise the price again so there's plenty of time to get it.


Star Wars: The Force Unleashed

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Published September 07, 2009 at 10:56 pm

It's as if a million geeks all cried out in nerd rage, and then were silenced - 'cos it's actually good!

Mirror's Edge

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Published September 06, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Oh brother to brother, all the blood runs red. Don't roll over, don't play dead. We're all livin' on the Mirror's Edge.

Seven Games of Sin

By Published September 05, 2009 at 3:13 pm

With gaming consistently being targeted as a medium that can cause people to do strange and wrong things, I was thinking one day about the fact that gaming could be considered an eighth sin in the minds of most of the governments of the world. Are we really there? Is shooting computer generated monsters and enemies so bad that people consider it wrong to do? I'm half expecting people to start chanting “Guns don't kill people, Halo does!” or something along those lines. I'm afraid if it gets much worse, I’ll be abandoning all hope in mankind.

Rant over. As I sat there contemplating whether gaming could be considered a sin, I was thinking about if there are games that I have played recently that could fit the other sins – Sloth, Envy, Wrath, Pride, Greed, Gluttony, Lust – funny enough, recent releases work quite well.

September, 09 - Budget Gamer PC - $610

By Published August 30, 2009 at 12:27 am

After a short hiatus from Newegg, Hardware Reviewer Brant "THE_BOB" Armstrong has scoured the intarweb for powerful-but-lean components for your budget box.  While Editor-in-Chief "Lell" may like his Monthly Monsters, those of us living in a place called reality can't afford them.  After all, the more money we save on a PC, the more money we can spend on games (as seen below)!

The Macro:


ASUS P43 ATX Motherboard
EVGA GTX260 Superclocked
Intel E6300 Wolfdale
4GB OCZ PC2 8500
Raidmax Hybrid 530W PSU


Samsung 22x CD/DVD Burner
Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7200rpm


XION Armor X

The Micro:


ASUS P43 ATX Motherboard Link


Sticking to the budget, GN went shopping for a bare essentials motherboard. Packed with six USB 2.0 slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x16, 6 SATA ports, and support for 16GB of RAM at 1066MHz, this $87 motherboard earns a spot in our build.

Video Card:

EVGA GTX260 SuperClocked Link


For this build we picked an updated version of the famed 8800. The GTX 260 will tear up any game out at highest graphics for the price of $190, making this card a no-brainer.  Since it ships "superclocked," expect to see higher memory, core, and shader clock speeds than other comparable video cards.  896MB GDDR3 complimented by a 448-bit memory interface means you'll be gaming for at least 2-3 years on this one.


Intel E6300 Wolfdale Link


With the recent price drops on almost all of AMD's hardware, Intel has competetively lowered their prices on some of the stronger processors, such as the E6300. Clocking in at 2.8GHz, the Wolfdale dual-core processor will keep you from bottlenecking your powerful GTX 260, meaning more programs at once, quicker response times overall, and a happier you.  Quad-core is great, but for gaming, dual-core is still as strong as ever.


4GB OCZ PC2 8500 Link


As with all builds these days, GN's minimum requirement of 4GB's of RAM stands strong.  This is why it should be no surprise that OCZ's 4GB memory running at 1066MHz, backed by 5-6-6-18 timings, and covered with some durable stock heatsinks at the price of $60 guaranteed this memory a spot on our build.

Power Supply:

Raidmax Hybrid 530W PSU Link


Call us lame, but we went with old faithful on this one.  We decided to go with the same PSU as our last budget build considering its performance simply cannot be beaten for $50.

Optical Drive:

Samsung 22x CD/DVD Burner Link


With above average speeds at the price of a below average optical drive, this Samsung drive fit nicely into our build.

Write: DVD+R=22x,DVD+RW=8x
Read: DVD=16x, CD=48x

Hard Drive:

Western Digital Caviar 320GB 7200RPM Link


A 320GB capacity will handle all the games a budget gamer needs to worry about and some.  WD's Caviar retains a strong average operating speed of 7200 RPM, and has 16MB of cache. Your cash won't be so bad either, because at $50, this HDD easily beats out the competition to make it onto our over-glorified budget build.


XION Armor X Link


Looking fresh in blue, XION's Armor lives up to its name.  Your PC will have a protective home to live inside of, but unlike a real Tank, this one has AC.  Well, assuming real tanks don't have two front USB slots, a trio of 120mm fans, and fly LED's, that's also unlike a tank.  If you are worried that the stock two 120mm fans won't cover your needs, we highly recommend that you drop another $8 on a 120mm fan for the rear (where an expansion slot is present).

Grand Total:

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~Brant "The_Bob" Armstrong

New Demigod General Unveiled

By Published August 28, 2009 at 2:13 am

As promised by Gas Powered Games and Stardock, the newest addition to the Demigod arena has been revealed. They call him Oculus is a general-type Demigod favoring ranged abilities and focusing on teamplay and minion use.  Under the banner of the forces of light, Oculus will mainly be an offensive general using his lightning skills to do damage and boasts the ability to replenish teammates' mana. He can also heal his allies when he takes damage, though these other abilities are powerful in themselves Oculus' real strength lies in his synergy with the minions he summons. Each different type gives him certain boosts making him a threat to be reckoned with.  Click read more to see Oculus' specific abilities.

StarCraft II: Third-Person Shooting?

By Published August 24, 2009 at 9:28 am


The press has hit the shelves, or rather YouTube, and StarCraft II's map-making will allow many new features (unknown to StarCraft), such as Third Person Shooting!  Think Ghost isn't coming out?  Well here's their version of it. 

Oh, also Galaga is built-in to StarCraft II, so uhh, buy it?

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