Trailer: Quantum Of Solace
A new Bond trailer is out dudes .. this is the Quantum of Solace trailer out and it's well le me do it Bond style, quite charming. This is what a James Bond trailer should look like.
Microsoft closing Ensemble Studios
Reports from Gamespot confirm that Ensemble Studios, famed throughout the industry for RTS games like the Age of Empires series is closing down. Kotaku reports that Microsoft corporate VP Shane Kim broke the news to employees at Ensemble today. That confirms rumors that have been swirling around the industry the past few days. Halo Wars, a strategy game based in the well-known universe of the Halo first-person shooters, will still release but Ensemble is reportedly done after that.
With the closure of Ensemble, the MGS portfolio now consists primarily of Lionhead, which is releasing Fable 2 shortly, and Rare - responsible for the Viva Pinata franchise among others, as well as work on the new Xbox Live avatars.
The full email from Phil Spencer to staff reads as follows:
"Today, we shared with our employees at Ensemble that we have plans to close the studio after Halo Wars RTM. Such a decision is never easy. Like any business, we
HIS Multi-View USB Adapter
HIS technology today launched their HIS Multi-View Adapter. A little USB based multi-monitor device that can come in handy in certain situations.
Imagine you can browse a webpage on your primary monitor, doing word processing on second monitor, while playing a DVD on the third screen. HIS Multi-View introduces that experience. You plug in the HIS Multi-View and after a few clicks, you get the multiplied workspace.
- Add-on monitor, LCD or projector through a
single USB 2.0 port
- Supports up to 6 Multi-View adapter to work
- Easy plug and display
- Add or remove monitor without system reboot
- Up to 1600 x 1200 or 1680 x 1050 resolution
- Windows Vista compatible
- Smooth DVD playback
Sony intros a 24.6-megapixel DSLR
Dang - that's nice. The Sony full-frame
Trailer: Pure - Crash Time Demo Gameplay
Here is a new video from Pure, an upcoming off-road racing title from developer Black Rock Studio. These days, it seems that if you've played one ATV racing game, you've played them all. That trend looks to be broken in a big way with the upcoming Pure from Brighton, UK-based Black Rock Studio (formerly known as Climax Racing, the folks responsible for the MotoGP series) and Disney Interactive. We recently sat down with Black Rock's Jason Avent, game director on Pure, to get a feel for how his team is bringing a slightly skewed approach to the typical ATV game.
The game will be released this fall for the PC, PS3 and Xbox 360.
Microsoft fixes eight flaws with four patches
MS08-052: Critical - Vulnerabilities in GDI+ Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954593) - this bulletin affects all supported editions of Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, Windows Vista, and Windows Server 2008, Microsoft Internet Explorer 6 Service Pack 1 when installed on Microsoft Windows 2000 Service Pack 4, Microsoft Digital Image Suite 2006, SQL Server 2000 Reporting Services Service Pack 2, all supported editions of SQL Server 2005, Microsoft Report Viewer 2005 Service Pack 1 Redistributable Package, and Microsoft Report Viewer 2008 Redistributable Package. It addresses the issues detailed in CVE-2008-5348, CVE-2008-3012, CVE-2008-3013, CVE-2008-3014, and CVE-2008-3015. Microsoft says these vulnerabilities "could allow remote code execution, if a user viewed a specially crafted image file using affected software or browsed a Web site that contains specially crafted content."
MS08-053: Critical - Vulnerability in Windows Media Encoder 9 Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954156) - this bulletin affects all supported and affected editions of Microsoft Windows 2000, Windows XP, and Windows Vista, as well as supported and affected versions of Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008. It addresses the vulnerability detailed in CVE-2008-3008. Microsoft says the vulnerability could "allow remote code execution, if a user viewed a specially crafted Web page. An attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system."
MS08-054: Critical - Vulnerability in Windows Media Player Could Allow Remote Code Execution (954154) - this bulletin affects all supported and affected editions of Windows Media Player 11. This bulletin addresses the issues detailed in CVE-2008-2253. Microsoft says there is a "vulnerability in Windows Media Player that could allow remote code execution when a specially crafted audio file is streamed from a Windows Media server. If a user is logged on with administrative user rights, an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system."
MS08-055: Critical - Vulnerability in Microsoft Office Could Allow Remote Code Execution (955047) - this bulletin affects supported editions of Microsoft Office OneNote 2007 and supported editions of Microsoft Office XP, Microsoft Office 2003, and 2007 Microsoft Office System. This bulletin addresses the vulnerability detailed in CVE-2008-3007. Microsoft says "if a user clicks a specially crafted OneNote URL...an attacker who successfully exploited this vulnerability could take complete control of an affected system."
ATI Radeon HD 4670 review [Guru3D]
AMD's ATI today unleashes the Radeon HD 4670. A nice little card that packs some decent punch in the value minded consumers. The Radeon HD 4680 will roughly offer you last year's mid-range performance at 79 USD.
With that amount of performance the card will allow you to flick on 4xAA and 16AF and still play modern games at 1280x1024 and maybe even 1600x1200. And for you as a gamer on a budget, is an immensely interesting fact for your feature and framerate budget.
We have a full review on this product. You can find this Guru3D article here:
ELSA slips info on GeForce GT 206 and GT 212
Thanks go out to our colleagues from Techpowerup for spotting this one on SanhaoStreet. Apparantly ELSA was showing some slides at a meeting in the headquarters in Shenzhen, China reveals what look like NVIDIA's future graphics processors (GPU).
During a press event where its consumer graphics plans were discussed, ELSA published a slide that shows two future GPUs from NVIDIA, codenamed GT206 (55nm) and GT212 (45nm). These GPUs are positioned to succeed current flagship GPUs GTX 260 and GTX 280 respectively. The slide shows a graph with launch time on the x-axis and performance projection on the y-axis.
Time scales show that GT206 comes out towards the very end of this year, and GT212 comes out sometime in Q1, 2009.
Well, we can't wait for sure, bring them on.
Download - Realtek HD Audio 2.03 driver
- Vista WHQL Supporting: ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262,ALC267, ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- Windows 2000/XP WHQL Supporting: ALC880, ALC882, ALC883, ALC885, ALC888, ALC889, ALC861VC, ALC861VD, ALC660, ALC662, ALC663, ALC260, ALC262, ALC267,ALC268, ALC269, ALC272
- HDMI Device WHQL Support: ATI HDMI Devices
- OS Supporting: Microsoft WindowsXP, Widnows2000, Vista x86/x64
- Pack with Microsoft High Definition Audio UAAV1.0a(5013)
- Fix the potential risk that audio driver can't be installed completely under Vista
Download - Click here.
Microsoft's first BlueTrack mice confirmed
Apart from size, both of the five-button mice differ only in their charging methods: the Explorer uses a lithium-ion pack and powers up through a charging cradle, while the portable Explorer mini uses a pair of AA batteries and a mini USB receiver that tucks into the base itself when on the road.
The company positions the BlueTrack mice as high-end devices and will sell them through Best Buy alone at prices of $100 for the desktop peripheral and $80 for the notebook version. The new models will be available in November.
NEC 22-inch MultiSync EA221WM LCD display
Nexus FLC-3000 HSF Nehalem CPU cooler
New Guitar Hero World Tour trailers
I find it unbelievable how popular this game is. Activision released a couple of new Guitar Hero World Tour trailers. This new music game will be released in late October for the PS3, Xbox 360, Wii, PS2 and DS platforms. Check out the Billy Corgan trailer.
Trailer: Lord of the Rings Online: Mines of Moria Flythrough
It is the original dungeon crawl: The Black Pit that inspired a million Dungeons & Dragons adventure modules and acted as the template for every party that ever trudged into the depths of an underground world, torches at the ready. It is Moria and while the perilous journey of Frodo and his friends through the ruins of Khazad-dum takes up only a small portion of The Fellowship of the Ring, Tolkien's tantalizing glimpse of forgotten chambers and mysterious caverns where nameless horrors and fabulous treasures wait has fired imaginations ever since.
AMD intros three new triple core processors
AMD has added three new processors to its desktop line-up, including AMD
ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI review [Guru3D]
Guru3D today published a review on the ECS GeForce 9800 GTX+ Hydra SLI. With this kit basically you'll receive two pre-modified GeForce 9800 GTX+ products and a water-cooling kit that is supplied by Thermaltake. It's in fact the Thermaltake big water series that you can slide into you 5.25"drive bay easily.
Pretty much the only thing you need to do is connect four tubing connections, fill her up, connect some wiring ... and you are good to go. That's 15 minutes tops to get a gaming performance level better than the GeForce GTX 280.
That is a pretty easy yet high performance SLI watercooling solution folks ... don't miss the article.
Read article: click here.
Download: SiSoftware Sandra 2009 (freeware version)
SiSoftware Sandra 2009 has been released and it includes remote analysis, benchmarking and diagnostic features for PCs, servers and networks.
SiSoft Sandra 2005 Guru3D.com edition - SiSoft Sandra (the System ANalyser, Diagnostic and Reporting Assistant) is an information & diagnostic utility.
It should provide most of the information (including undocumented) you need to know about your hardware, software and other devices whether hardware or software.
It works along the lines of other Windows utilities, however it tries to go beyond them and show you more of what's really going on. Giving the user the ability to draw comparisons at both a high and low-level. You can get information about the CPU, chipset, video adapter, ports, printers, sound card, memory, network, Windows internals, AGP, ODBC Connections, USB2, 1394/Firewire, etc.
New modules in SANDRA 2009
Graphics (GPGPU) Processing: Benchmark the graphics performance of the graphics processors (GPGPUs). Such operations are used by specialised software, e.g. scientific software, image manipulation, video decoders/encoders, games that make GPU performance pretty important.
Graphics (GPGPU) Bandwidth: Benchmark the bandwidth of the memory of the graphics processors (GPGPUs) and the bandwidth of the bus that connects them to your computer. The speed at which the data can be sent to the GPGPUs, internally processed and the results sent back is as important as the processing power of the GPGPUs.
Video (GFX) Rendering: Benchmark the graphics performance of the video adapters (GFXs). Shows how your graphics processors handle rendering in comparison to other typical graphics processors. Such operations are used by all graphics software, image manipulation, video decoders/encoders, games and modern operating systems.
Video (GFX) Memory: Benchmark the bandwidth of the memory of the video adapters (GFXs) and the bandwidth of the bus that connects them to your computer.
Cryptographic Performance: Benchmark the cryptographic performance of modern processors that support hardware cryptographic engines. The most common algorithms, AES (AES128, AES256) for encryption/decryption and SHA (SHA1, SHA256) for hashing are supported.
Download - Click here
Spore is draconian DRM infested - Gamers Angry
The praised to heaven game Spore might be bothered by a lot of critisism after all, not from the reviewers this time yet from you guys, the people that spend the hard earned cash on. The game just started selling and at many e-tailers the overall review scores are extremely negative as Spore seems to have a draconian DRM (copy protection) enabled. If you like to read up or discuss this topic, we opened up a forum thread about it, click here and share your thoughts.
Here are some of the user feedbacks at Amazon:
See these older 5-star reviews from 2006 (two years before the game was released)? Well, they had a reason to be excited. Spore was supposed to be a revolutionary experience, combining multiple genres while concentrating on evolution and genetics.
Fast forward two years and here we have the finished product, ready to be installed on our hard drives.
First of all, the game incorporates a draconian DRM system that requires you to activate over the internet, and limits you to a grand total of 3 activations. If you reach that limit, then you'll have to call EA in order to add one extra activation. That's not as simple as it sounds, since when you reach that point EA will assume that you, the paying customer, are a filthy pirating thief. You will need to provide proof of purchase, reasons why the limit was reached, etc, etc (it has all happened before with another recent EA product, Mass Effect). EA, of course, is not obligated to grant you that extra activation or even provide that service. In a couple of years they might very well even shut down the general activation servers, because "it's not financially feasible" to keep them running. What you will be left with is a nice, colorful $50 coaster. And you will be required to pay for another copy/license if you want to continue playing.
This basically means that you are actually RENTING the game, instead of owning it. The game WILL stop to function in the future. That's inevitable, because even if EA keeps the activation servers going, there IS going to be a time when EA will simply cease to exist because of financial issues or federal laws (like most business eventually do).
Second, the game was dumbed down to oblivion. Evolution doesn't even matter anymore. You can add as many legs to a creature as you want, but it won't be any faster than a one legged creature with higher leg stats. "Creating" your creatures is pointless (cosmetic only, because everything is based on stats), and brings you about the same excitement as dressing up a plastic doll.
DRM is a show stopper. I doubt this game will work for me after a few years given my habit of new hardware purchases and system snapshots. Like others have said, this game is for rent not sale.
The EA Spore DRM is a bit reminiscent of the Sony root kit. It installs software that you definitely don't want or need. That software can work in superuser space, meaning it can do whatever it wants on your system. And there is no uninstall for it. In other words, by installing Spore, you install a piggy back Big Brother.
Please don't support this product. Great game. Lousy distributor.
I have long awaited purchasing this game. I have been slavering and drooling over videos since they were released. NOW I find out that there is simply no option to purchase this game, that it's a $50 rental or nothing else.
I won't rent my video games, EA.
The DRM on this thing is less friendly than my recent colonoscopy- You get three installs. That's it. No install returned for uninstallation, or anything else. You install it three times, then you're out $50.
No, thank you, EA.
I just got through a massive headache dealing with DRM for Adobe Photoshop CS3. I've dealt with massive headaches from DRM from Civ3 gold. All of this is on a very high end vista PC. Thanks, but no thanks. I was excited about the concept of this game for many months. That is until I found out about the DRM it uses. I will not buy software with DRM ever again, particularly if they limit the installs to something ridiculous like 3.
The DRM for the game utilizes securom which is essentially a virus that installs itself without warning when you install the game. There is no way to completely remove it without reformatting and it is constantly running in the background if not removed. Sucking up computer resources.
It also is overpriced. This is actually a RENTAL, not a bought game because it only lets you install 3 times. If you install over 3 times then you must call EA customer support and beg them to let you play the game you bought. Did I mention the call is not free? If you live outside the U.S. it will be a very expensive call.
DO NOT BUY THIS, and if you do buy it keep in mind that you are renting it. Not buying it. Whats really ironic about this is the DRM hasn't even stopped the pirates as it was pirated a few weeks ago. And the pirated version doesn't have Securom or install limits which makes it a better version. EA shouldn't treat its consumers like trash if they want my money.
These are just a few of the feedback comments on the game. It looks like EA has got a nasty problem to deal with. Meanwhile the game was cracked only a couple of hours after its release.
Will the industry never learn that they are scaring away their own customers ?