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After looking over our weekend sales round-up, it occurred to us that we always feature hardware, but that's only half of what this site is about. In light of this, we're going to start featuring games that are currently on unbeatable sales. Some of these will be newer games getting major sales for the first time, others will be older games with great deals that we want to let people know about. One of the major pushes of this is to find deals that are going to be out for a bit, so daily deals will typically not be listed. Let us know what you think of this feature and if there are specific games or genres you want us to keep an eye on. As usual, keep glued to our YouTube, facebook, and Twitter accounts for reviews, sales, and build tips as we release them.


This week, we're featuring Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag for $15, Wolfenstein: The New Order at $30, The Banner Saga for $10, and Sid Meier's Civilization V at only $10.

NVidia recently announced its (re-)commitment to shipping with Assassin's Creed IV: Black Flag, noting that the game will now be included for free with purchases of GeForce GTX 660 or higher SKU video cards.

Following our Assassin's Creed 4 graphics technology analysis, nVidia has announced their 2013 holiday season video card game bundles. From October 28th through the holiday season, GTX 660 & 760 purchasers receive a free copy of Splinter Cell: Blacklist, Assassin's Creed 4: Black Flag, and $50 off of the SHIELD. Any system builders purchasing a GTX 770, 780, or Titan video card will also receive Batman: Arkham Origins and $100 off of nVidia's SHIELD.


In a recent blog post by nVidia's Tony Tamasi and video blog by Assassin's Creed 4 Associate Producer Sylvain Trottier, we've been given deeper technical insight into AC4's driving technologies. From a hardware enthusiast perspective, such videos help us understand and visualize the many acronyms that plague PC graphics, "putting a face to the names," as it were.


In this detailed post, we'll explore the actual real-world meaning of Volumetric FX (fog, smoke), horizon-based ambient occlusion (HBAO), Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows (PCSS), new dynamic lighting FX, and graphics tech in AC4. First, let's start with the new AC4 video that showcases these technologies in action:

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