16-yr old boy makes Stalker Chernobyl case-mod
See, now this shows that with dedication and effort you can make a lot of stuff happen. Excellent job this kid who it took a full year o put together from scratch, but a German PC modder going by the name "Froop" managed to build an elaborate PC casemod inspired by the Chernobyl theme in the game S.T.A.L.K.E.R.
The result is "Unit 4," a working PC model of Chernobyl complete with a flip-top that allows you to peer into the bowels of the destroyed power plant. The construction process is outlined in its entirety in the following links, but you can check out some pics of the early stages as well as the final product in the gallery.
Thanks James for pointing me to this news.
Point of View GeForce 9600 GSO 384 MB review
Point of View GeForce 9600 GSO 384 MB review
NVIDIA replaced the GeForce 8800 GS with the GeForce 9600 GSO. The 9600 GSO is still based on the same G92 core with 96 stream processors that the 8800 GS has, but NVIDIA gave card makers a bit more freedom in their designs in terms of own PCB design to and determine their own clocks.
This 'old' card will still have 384 MB of GDDR3 memory over a weird 192-bit memory interface. Cards like these will sell for less than 99 Euro, and considering the performance you get returned for that, you'll love it. Guru3D peeks at Point of View's offering.
Creative USB-enabled Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1
Being obsessed with gadgets doesn't equate to hardware handiness. In fact, some of us at Crave are loath to remove the back of a computer for fear of the havoc we might wreak--a sorry state for upgrades.
Creative Technology has a solution in at least one category, sound cards. It has just released its "Sound Blaster X-Fi Surround 5.1," which allows dolts like us to upgrade audio quality by just plugging the device into a USB port. The small box, which goes for $60, could be a good solution for casual gamers and music lovers who don't want to mess with the innards of their desktop or laptop.
Race Driver GRID PC Demo out
Codemasters has released a playable PC demo of Race Driver: GRID, offering 3 events to compete in. Word is: "Charge a Ford Mustang GTR muscle car through the iconic streets of San Francisco, race a BMW 320Si in the Jarama Touring Car Race and drift around the docks of Yokohama in a Nissan Silvia S15. Race against 11 friends on your favourite track and test your mettle online or prove yourself in the single player game."
The demo is 893MB.
GameTrailers compares PS3 GRID to 'PS3' GRID
Things went a bit off chart when popular video website gametralers started sparked a massive, internet-wide flame war with its PlayStation 3 vs. Xbox 360 comparison video of GRID ... but not quite.
GameTrailers.com has become infamous for their comparison videos of multiplatform titles spread across the PlayStation 3 and XBOX 360, but they've seemed to decide to take it one step further. After the entire Devil May Cry 4 debacle that left a lot of gamers displeased on both sides of the spectrum, one would expect a similar situation from not taking place later on. They've recently released their side-by-side comparison of the latest demo, GRiD, produced by Codemasters. We've included the video below.
Now, what you just saw was a straight comparison between both formats, but it leaves you wondering as to why GameTrailers decided to pull this comparison video from their website. You might be able to find the answer out as to why in the video below.
The question we're trying to have answered much like a lot of other gamers are is, "How many other times has this occured?" In a world where gaming journalism has become heavily influenced by money, free swag, free games and press kits, we find ourselves disconnecting with the love we once had for honest-to-god unbiased journalism and replacing it with a tinted view of the dollar. Leave your impressions below.
In the end, you should leave it up to your own opinions on which you feel looks better by viewing credible sources of media. Do this by visiting the official homepages of games or by just checking the title out side-by-side on your own.
Brothers In Arms - Hells Highway Trailer (HD) download
Ubisoft has sent out a trailer of the HD WMV version of Brothers In Arms: Hell's Highway. Take a look at the latest trailer of Brothers In Arms Hell's Highway, Gearbox's upcoming shooter.
This trailer is two weeks old, yet we now received the high-def version. The game was announced with a Holiday 2006 release date, which was later pushed back to Q1 2007 before being postponed to sometime this year. This trailer concludes by narrowing that release window to August 2008, generously allowing us to once again roll out our joke about release dates paving the highway to hell with good intentions. The WMV file is zipped.
NVIDIA ForceWare 175.70 download available
A new NVIDIA ForceWare driver appeared on the web which is being served on-line by one of NVIDIA's partners. This driver set is commonly distributed and it is receiving pretty good feedback.
Bare in mind this to be considered a beta driver, use it at your own risk.
There are several discussion open on these drivers in the Guru3D NVIDIA driver forums, check them here. Driver wise, pretty much any GeForce graphics card build in the last 3 years is supported. We have virus & pest checked these drivers and they are scanned as clean.
HP now available:Mini-Note PCs with Windows XP as a downgrade
One note: Genuine Windows Vista Business installed but downgraded to
Genuine Windows XP Professional.
Arctic Cooling RC memory cooler announced
I'm just not sure how much amrket there is for this product but still. Arctic Cooling has released a new aluminum memory cooler called Arctic RC.
'High clock speeds and raised voltage lead to increasing temperatures
Xbox 360 Gator Mod
Stolen laptop leads victim to thieves by webcam
A tech-savvy White Plains woman whose apartment was burglarized solved the crime herself after she was able to log on to her stolen laptop, photograph one of the suspects with it and get photos of another, police said. Edmon Shahikian, 23, of 13 Cobbling Rock Road, Katonah, and Ian Frias, 20, of 1609 E. 174th St., the Bronx, were picked up at their homes Wednesday night after the victim turned the pictures over to police. The police said they recovered most of the $5,000 worth of electronics stolen in the burglary.
"Our victim did a phenomenal job," said Lt. Eric Fischer, commander of the Detective Division. "She knew her computer, and she let us know as soon as she obtained the information. We rolled on it immediately, and the result is the arrest of two burglary suspects and the recovery of most of the stolen property."
The burglary was reported April 27, when three roommates returned to their Ridgeview Avenue apartment about 10 p.m. to discover that it had been ransacked.
Among the items taken were two laptops, two flat-screen televisions, two iPods, gaming consoles, DVDs and computer games. Police found no sign of force.
On Tuesday, police said, one of the victims, who works at The Apple Store in The Westchester mall, received a call from a friend asking her if she was online.
The victim said no, and was told by the friend that his computer showed her as being logged onto the Internet.
At that point, police said, the victim signed onto another computer and used the "Back to My Mac" program to determine that her stolen MacIntosh laptop indeed was signed onto the Web and that someone was using it to shop online. She then activated the stolen computer's camera, allowing her to "see" what was in front of the laptop.
At first, police said, she saw only an empty chair. But a short time later, they said, she was able to photograph a man, Shahikian, sitting in front of her stolen laptop. The victim then was able to find photos of Frias using the computer after it had been stolen, police said.
Fischer said the victim did not know either man but showed the photos to one of her roommates, who recognized them as having attended a get-together at the apartment a few weeks before the burglary.
Police said Shahikian and Frias apparently are friends of a friend of the victims.The computer-savvy victim contacted police, gave them the tell-tale photos, and the arrests were made a short time later. Shahikian and Frias are charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies.
Bail and court information were unavailable. Frias and Shahikian were arrested last year on charges of criminal possession of marijuana, a felony, after police recovered 3 pounds of marijuana worth about $7,500 in a Jeep they were in. The dispositions of their cases were not immediately available.
nHancer 2.4.1 (NVIDIA Profile Editor) download
nVidia's own control panel is not always very intuitive to use. Especially the 3D rendering settings are very cryptic and difficult to navigate. Even the new control panel introduced with the 9x.xx line of Forceware drivers isn't a real improvements for these problems. nHancer is a tool to improve the usage of these features.
New features in version 2.4.1:
- New graphical design for the logos, the splash window and the about window, made by Eberhard Klauke.
- Completely redesigned user interface for the profile management:
- Search for profiles by their name (just enter a part of the game's or the application's name while nHancer's window is active)
- Filter the list of profiles with the new filter menu (the icon on the top right corner of the profile list) using their type or properties. Most useful is the filter that shows only the profiles for actually installed programs
- Support for all GeForce 9x00 cards and all GeForce (formerly Forceware) drivers up to 175.x
- Even the fixed settings in nVidia's predefined profiles can now be altered, including the "forbidden" flag used in some profiles to disallow anti-aliasing. All profiles can also be reverted to their original state just by clicking on the "delete" button.
- Added additional anti-aliasing modes for GeForce 8x00 and 9x00 cards. The mode "8xSQ" is especially interesting, it gives 2x2 supersampling and 2x multisampling
- Added new SLI modes for triple and quad SLI
- Added support for Hybrid-SLI
- Added anti-aliasing compatibility flags for DirectX 10
- Added OpenGL multi monitor and multi GPU options
- If nHancer is started with full administration privileges, it runs fine even without the nHancer support service. It's possible to deny the installation of the service altogether during nHancer's installation procedure.
- A load of minor improvements and corrections. More dertails can be found in the Readme file
Download - click-here
SoftTH - Software Triplehead 1.07 beta download
Cheers to James our server guru for spotting this one. Remember the Matrox TripleHead 2 Go we recently tested ?
SoftTH - Software Triplehead is a tool that allows allows using three monitor "triplehead" with Direct3D 8 and 9 games without special hardware. You need three monitors attached to PCI Express video cards. Only one card does all the rendering work, so secondary card can be a low end card, only Direct3D support is required. SoftTH works by rendering the whole scene on one display adapter, which then gets split into three parts to be displayed on each monitor. While it is technically possible to use it on a AGP/PCI card, only PCI Express has the required bandwidth to get good framerates.
For download & info: click here
World In Conflict: Soviet Assault trailer
Massive Entertainment released a new theatrical trailer of World In Conflict: Soviet Assault.
World in Conflict: Soviet Assault will feature a brand new campaign, new units (chronoplane), as well as the option to call the reinforcements or new units to the battlefiled by using the context menu or voice communication via the headset, same as in Tom Clancy's EndWar. World in Conflict: Soviet Assault for consoles is in the works at Swordfish Studios with Massive Entertainment supplying only new content.
This expansion pack will be released in Q4 2008.
CPU-Z 1.45 download release
CPU-Z is probably the best ever diagnostic tool that provides information on your CPU, including: processor name and vendor, core stepping and process, processor package, internal and external clocks, clock multiplier, partial overclock detection, processor features, supported instructions sets, L1 and L2 cache information, location, size, speed, and technology.
CPU-Z is a freeware that gathers information on some of the main devices of your system.
* Name and number.
* Core stepping and process.
* Core voltage.
* Internal and external clocks, clock multiplier.
* Supported instructions sets.
* Cache information.
* Vendor, model and revision.
* BIOS model and date.
* Chipset (northbridge and southbridge) and sensor.
* Graphic interface.
* Frequency and timings.
* Module(s) specification using SPD (Serial Presence Detect) : vendor, serial number, timings table.
* Windows and DirectX version.
News and corrections:
- Intel Atom Z500/Z510/Z520/Z530/Z540 processors.
- Intel Core 2 Duo E7x00 processor.
- AMD 45 nm Phenom (Dened & Shanghai) processors.
- Intel P45 chipset.
Download - click here.
Bioware backs down on 10 day checks
We posted earlier on in this article that Bioware claimed that the PC versions of both Mass Effect and Spore will make use of copy protection that will require online validation every ten days to continue working. They got a little freaked about the response and probably saw their cash-book being vaporized. Bioware has now confirmed they won't be going along with the ten day checking system.
There has been a lot of discussion in the past few days on how the security requirements for Mass Effect for PC will work. BioWare, a division of EA, wants to let fans know that Mass Effect will not require 10- day periodic re-authentication.
BioWare has always listened very closely to its fans and we made this decision to ensure we are delivering the best possible experience to them. To all the fans including our many friends in the armed services and internationally who expressed concerns that they would not be able re-authenticate as often as required, EA and BioWare want you to know that your feedback is important to us.
The solution being implemented for Mass Effect for the PC changes copy protection from being key disc based, which requires authentication every time you play the game by requiring a disc in the drive, to a one time online authentication.
This system has an added benefit of allowing players to seamlessly play the game without needing the DVD in the drive.
- This solution allows gamers to authenticate their game on three different computers with the purchase of one disc. EA Customer Service is on hand to supply any additional authorizations that are warranted. This will be done on a case-by-case basis by contacting customer support.
- Games are authorized to the machine when the player installs and launches the software for the first time.
BioShock Movie likely to be made
Sez the boss of Take 2:
"We are excited that 2K Games' vision for BioShock will be carried forward in a new medium," said Strauss Zelnick, Chairman of Take-Two. "BioShock has been hailed as one of the most highly cinematic and richly plotted titles in interactive entertainment, making it extremely well-suited to film. In partnering with Universal and Gore Verbinski, we have assembled a team that respects the uniqueness of BioShock and will translate it into a powerful movie experience."
Big news. But I still have to wonder if this BioShock flick will ever actually get made. Due to the problems with Halo and other big videogame properties, I'm sure not going to hold my breath. Although I am at least cautiously optimistic, given that this project has a director attached.
Check Take 2's website for more information.
Call of Duty 5 PC game in the works
Gosh did I like and still like Call of Duty 4. Anyway, During its fiscal Q4 2008 earnings call Activision shared some information about Call of Duty 5. The game will be available before April 2009 on the PC, PS2, PS3, Xbox 360, Wii and DS.
' For Call of Duty, we