CD Projekt Allegedly Suing The Witcher 2 Pirates
CD Projekt has been hard at work sending thousand of emails to gamers who downloaded hit RPG The Witcher 2, demanding as much as $1,200 and threatening legal action against those who don't pay. After digging up some personal info on the pirates with the help of a torrent monitoring company, the emails began to fly.
Although this initially sounded quite reasonable, away from the spotlight the company followed in the footsteps of so-called copyright trolls, by signing up for a so-called pay-up-or-else scheme. CD Projekt hired a law firm and torrent monitoring company to track those who illegally downloaded and shared the game, and has been sending them hefty cash settlement proposals.
The price CD Projekt is asking through their lawyers is slightly higher than what gamers have to pay in stores, to say the least. Over the past several months thousands of alleged BitTorrent users in Germany were asked to cough up 911,80 euros ($1230) to pay off their apparent debt to the company.
As is often the case, these mass settlement schemes do not exist without collateral damage. Aside from targeting many people who indeed downloaded and shared the game without paying, CD Projekts lawyers are also wrongfully accusing people who have never even heard of the game.
After all, an IP-address doesnt identify a person, and Wi-Fi piggybacking is not unusual. But CD Projekt, who dont want to bug legitimate consumers with DRM, apparently take this collateral damage for granted.
CoD: Modern Warfare 3 Patched
Hot Fix Updates (Released):
No Recoil glitch
Infinite Laptop killstreak glitch (Stealth Bomber Glitch)
Map Exploits (Getting into trucks, under maps) Fix
Prevent Slow-mo and Super Fast lobbies
Hot Fix Updates (Releasing Today 12/12/11):
Fire rate normalization for Assault Rifles with undermounts
FMG9 Re-balancing (Nerf)
Akimbo FMG9 Re-balancing (Nerf)
Type95 Re-balancing (Nerf) - Reduce hipspread.
Fix for ACR with Red Dot / Shotgun
Fix Type 95 bug related to dropping it.
Fix map exploits on Dome
Re-balancing and Updates currently in Development and/or Discussion:
Updates to the Spawn system
Further 'lag compensation' or 'host advantage / disadvantage' updates plus ability for on-going hot fixes based on feedback.
Fix for Shotgun's with Extended Mags (Prevents them from shooting more pellets than intended)
Default :30 Round Start timer for System Link only, while looking into adjustable timer for System Link games for Competitive Play.
Options to allow System Link players to 'unlock all' for competitive play in System Link only.
Duke Nukem Forever DLC Released
AMD Catalyst 11.12 WHQL download
Alienware Aurora R4 packs hexacore Core i7
Dell Dell has launched its latest gaming PC, the Alienware Aurora, a hexacore-based powerhouse with liquid-cooling as standard and eye-catching active vents running across the top. Running a choice of Intel 3000 Core i7 processors, paired with the X79 Express chipset, quad-channel DDR3 memory and dual-graphics options each with GDDR5 memory, the new Aurora even managers to look almost subtle with its matte black case and red LED highlights.
Easy access to the internal components is a given, with the whole side-panel slotting off easily. Four hard-drive bays side side-on, with a choice of HDD or SSD storage, while there
GeForce Kepler 104 and 100 GPU Specifications Surface
Well now, 3DCenter compiled a few specifications of the GK104 and GK100. Take it witha grain of salt, they go like this:
- 640 to 768 CUDA cores
- 80 to 96 TMUs (depending on what the CUDA core count ends up being)
- 384-bit GDDR5 memory interface, 48 ROPs
- Built on the 28 nm TSMC process
- Products based on this will launch in the first quarter of 2012
- 1024 CUDA cores
- 128 TMUs
- 512-bit GDDR5 memory interface, 64 ROPs
Um yeah, that's all folks :)
Point of View Android Tablet product line with 10 ProTab2XXL
The lads at Point of View are announcing a new Android based tablet device; the 10
G.Skill 64 GB Quad-Channel DDR3-2400 memory kit
If you need some memory supersized .. look no further. G.Skill has once again pushed the DDR3 memory performance to the boundary, and successfully developed the super sized & super speed DDR3 2400MHz CL10 64GB(8GBx8) kit, exclusively for Intel X79 platform.
Every single memory module of this 2400MHz 64GB kit is hand-tested, hand-picked by G.Skill's R&D team. All the chips are highly selected and tested with G.Skill rigorous internal validation process to ensure the maximum stability, while maintaining a decent overclocking headroom. The following screen shows the super kit under memtest burning test with ASUS Rampage 4 Extreme motherboard and Intel 3960K processor.
G.Skill's new quad-channel kit is backed by a lifetime warranty.
Hitachi Ultrastar C10K900 10,000 RPM Hard Drives
Hitachi Global Storage Technologies unveiled the Ultrastar C10K900 series. This new line includes 300 GB, 450 GB, 600 GB and 900 GB HDDs which feature a 2.5-inch form factor, a SAS (Serial attached SCSI) 6.0 Gbps interface, 64 MB of cache, an average seek times of 3.8 milliseconds, an average latency of 3.0 ms, and an operating/idle power draw of 5.8/3.0 W. A Bulk Data Encryption option will also be available on specific models.
According to Hitachi, its new enterprice Ultrastar drives deliver 18% higher sequential and up to 17% higher random performance than the nearest competitor, and are perfect for Tier 1 enterprise networked storage arrays, or for blades and other rack-mounted servers.
The Ultrastar C10K900 hard drives have begun shipping in small quantities and will go into volume production in Q1 2012.
AMD Catalyst 12.1 Preview Driver 32-64-bit driver
AMD would like to share a preview of AMD's 12.1 Catalyst driver. Not only does this driver raises the bar on performance and fixes a few issues, but it also introduces quite a few new features, as well as UI enhancements. You'll find the list of changes below.
AMD HD3D technology support enhancement
Enables support for AMD HD3D technology in conjunction with AMD CrossFireX configurations
Delivers a new Stereo 3D mode over HDMI 1.4a connections - 1080p at 30Hz is now enabled on supported displays.
AMD Catalyst Control Center / Vision Engine Control Center enhancements
Intel Core i5-2550K Unlocked Processor
Intel is now working on another multiplier-unlocked Sandy Bridge part, this time from the Core i5 series, namely the i5-2550K, which is expected to arrive at about the same time as AMD
35W Quad-Core Intel Ivy Bridge Intel CPUs for OEMs Detailed
These ones are aimed at OEMs, so they didn't make it onto Intel's official price list (and won't, since their kind usually doesn't), hence the mystery surrounding them.
That didn't stop people from snooping around, though, not with these being quad-core models with TDP (thermal design power) of 35W.
Intel hasn't confirmed any of this, of course, but signs do suggest these are the fabled 35W models.The items have the names of Core i7-3615QM, Core i7-3612QM and Core i7-3610QM. They are similar to the Core i7-2630QM
Intel Lowers Q4 Revenue Prospect, Hard Drive Shortages are cause
Intel issued a warning that its Q4 revenue will be lower than previously expected, mostly due to the hard drive supply problems brought on by the floods in Thailand.
The HDD shortages are forcing PC makers to reduce CPU inventories, and this, of course, is affecting its sales. The chip company expects the hard drive shortages to continue into Q1 but is hopeful that things will get back on track in the first half of 2012.
The updated Q4 guidance talks about a revenue of $13.7 billion, plus or minus $300 million. This is down from the $14.7 billion, plus or minus $500 million predicted in October.
January 9 for AMD Radeon HD 7900 launches
If you are on track for a graphics card upgrade, January 09, 2012 might be a date to remembe as it seems that it will be the day AMD will launch its next generation high-performance graphics cards in the Radeon HD 7900 series.
According to reliable market sources DonanimHaber spoke with that is. On the 9th, AMD is expected to unveil at least two new SKUs in the HD 7900 series, most likely, HD 7970 and HD 7950. These will be based on the new 28 nm "Tahiti" silicon that will use completely redesigned number-crunching machinery, and a very wide memory bus.
Intel Core i7-3960X and 3930K to get C2 stepping in January
Intel's hexa-core Core i7-3960X (3.3 GHz) and Core i7-3930K (3.2 GHz) will be getting a C2 revision in January to fix Intel VT-d support.
As reported earlier, Intel's first wave of Sandy Bridge-E processors have VT-d (Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O) disabled due to an errata in the C1 stepping. That issue couldn't be resolved in time for the launch but it's getting fixed with the C2 stepping which is set to start rolling out to customers on January 20th, 2012 (samples have already been delivered).
Modern Warfare 3 Hits $1 Billion Mark in 16 Days
Activision has announced that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 has set a new entertainment release record, reaching the $1 billion sales milestone in 16 days, one day faster than the film Avatar.
Santa Monica, CA- December 12, 2011 - Activision Publishing, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Activision Blizzard, Inc. (Nasdaq: ATVI), announced today that Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 crossed the $1 billion mark in sales since its launch on November 8, 2011, according to Charttrack and retail customer sell-through information. Highlighting the trend of interactive entertainment gaining a greater hold of audiences worldwide, the game achieved this milestone in just 16 days, eclipsing the record set in 2009 by the feature film "Avatar," which reached the $1 billion milestone in 17 days.
While 2011 box office revenue is on the decline - down 4 percent this year at $9.4 billion, compared with $9.8 billion in 2010 -- the number of people purchasing and participating in gaming is on the rise, with no sign of slowing. With more than 30 million gamers, the Call of Duty community now exceeds the combined populations of the cities of New York, London, Tokyo, Paris and Madrid.
Mechwarrior Online Details
Piranha Games has published its first developer's blog for MechWarrior Online:
Players will be able to pledge allegiance to a particular faction, join a mercenary company, or remain neutral. This choice alters the effects of loyalty points (earned through dutiful service, winning matches, and generally destroying of enemy Mechs). Faction members gain ranks and privileges (skins, xp, membership in elite units) with their loyalty points. At the highest ranks, faction members will have a say in grand strategy, helping to determine which planets their faction targets. Mercenary companies work differently, with ranks divvied out by the mercenary leader. Loyalty points gained by mercenaries are shared by their company and collectively determine the type of contracts they may bid on. Loyalty points earned by lone wolves have no positive or negative effects.
As mentioned previously, there are planets to conquer. Here is a rundown of the types of worlds in the game.
- Core Worlds - Are managed by the dev team. These are worlds that necessary for future planning and part of major historical events.
- Faction Worlds - Are fought over by Faction players. These planets buffer core and border worlds, and do not play a significant role in major historical events. Rewards for controlling these planets are directly linked to global bonuses and abilities associated with a player's Faction.
- Border Worlds - Are fought over via a contract bidding system by player run Mercenary Corporations. These planets change hands on a regular basis, and have no impact on historical events. Rewards for controlling a boarder world are significant and go directly to the occupying Merc Corp.
Intel Core i7-3770 Benchmarked
Interesting, it seems that more and more people have their hands on a Intel Ivy Bridge engineering sample. A couple of these users made some banchmarks and posted them, the screenshots are courtesy of chiphell.
An Intel Core i7-3770 sample was the test candidate for stuff like 3DMark, Fritz Chess, and Cinebench test results.
This chip has all components and features available to Ivy Bridge LGA1155 enabled, including HyperThreading, a faster uncore, and the full 8 MB L3 cache. The chip was put through 3DMark 06 (to test its CPU and iGPU performance), Cinebench 11.5 (both single-thread and multi-threaded), and Fritz Chess Benchmark (again, both single and multiple threads).
CineBench scored 7.52 which is slightly faster then a Core i7 2600 at 6.51
Barein mind that this was tested using Alpha drivers and there's four months or so to go until launch. I wouldn't take these early benchmarks as more than that, a very early performance preview