Toshiba pulls out of the HD race.

As some of you may know at this time Toshiba has officially announced that it will be pulling out of the next gen HD disk format war. This news comes as a shock and a relieve as Blu-ray backers, Sony, Philips, Panasonic, and Warner Bros now have effectively won the format war. Toshiba will no longer produce HD DVD movies or players and WAL*MART is now switching to carrying only Blu-ray. This is such an exciting time for those of us who can remember the old betamax/VHS war. betamax was the superior product at the time but because of the cheap production ability and the backers at the time VHS won and became the standard.

Blu-ray and HD DVD

Sony now has the golden opportunity to make a golden comeback in the video game console war as well. The lose of HD DVD means that Sony with the playstation 3 now has the ability to make a good push in the market to sell more playstation 3’s as both their legendary gaming system and the home entertainment system guaranteed to last through the decade.

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Nvidia 8800 GT, a humble review.

I’ve got to admit I have been very pleased with my new 8800. I have not encountered anything that this card could not handle. I run COD4 on max settings with anti-aliasing 4x and still get around 60 fps. Unreal 3 with max settings and fps remains the same, about 60. Even Crysis runs smoothly with settings maxed out. For only $300, this card is absolutely amazing, and for any serious gamer, I wouldn’t recommend anything less.

Putting performance aside there is one thing that anyone purchasing this card should be aware of. This card is a beast, but with all that power comes heat, so you need to make sure your case has adequate airflow. I have an Antec Sonata III case, and the video card itself is so large (extending almost the entire length of the motherboard) that I can’t get adequate airflow around it. The card heats up and eventually shuts down running Unreal 3 and Crysis on max settings, but surprisingly I can run COD4 indefinitely. So my immediate solution is to open my case and put a little desktop fan near the case blowing onto the video card just to make sure the heat is blown out and the card works fine.

The Sonata III that I bought only came with a single 120mm fan in the back, to suck heat out. It’s simply not enough cooling for the 8800 when its running Unreal 3 or Crysis maxed out. I don’t have the time to test out a number of different cases or fan layouts for this specific case to tell which is best but I do recommend having as much cooling and airflow as possible. Don’t let it deter you though; the problem is with my case not nvidia’s card. Buy one of these bad boys and watch all your gaming buddies get green with envy. *Pats Hunter on his green back*

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Eve-Online gamers take the fall.

Eve-Online the space biased mmo last week released it’s new graphics engion in the form of a major patch code named “Trinity”.

Trinity brings alot to the tables as far as the mmo world goes. Trinity is the new free expantion bringing 4 new ship classes and a total of 20 new ships to the table I believe ranging from small tactical electronic warfare frigits to large non combat jump frighters. Eve-Online brought new graphic and art content to the mmo tables that resembles some of the high end games of today thus pushing Eve-Online to back to the top of the good mmo graphics list once again. I fully expect that Eve-Online will be on the top of some of the great games 07 lists.

With this great new expansion there was a horrible coding problem that was released with it’s new graphic content. a file called boot.ini was created in the new expansion that happened to in windows 2000 or xp replace the root boot.ini effectively hosing your system if you restarted without fixing the problem. 12 hours after the incident was reported there where at least 750 affected users according to the eve-online forms. with an estimate of $100,000 + in estimated in damages.

Please if you think your are effected by this problem read the eve site below and fix yourself before it’s too late


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Call Of Duty 4

If you guys want the scoop come and get it. Call of Duty 4 otherwise known as CoD4 has taken on a more modern roll when compared to it’s predisesors. biased in modern time Call of Duty 4 story is biased on 2 different teams, the U.S. Marine Core(USMC) and the British special air service (S.A.S.). But I don’t want to spoil anything for you guys so lets get down to the real review.

Call of Duty 4

Graphics – With the new graphics engin out the door CoD4 is looking more beautifull then ever. every model, every tank, every weapon, building has been maticulously detailed down to the tiny cracks in the wall. I cant imagine how many man hours they put into the details of their models. 10 out of 10

Call of Duty 4 picture 2 Call of Duty 4 picture 1

Sound – As with the whole series of CoD games all the typical sounds of the guns, bombs, voices, units, sound great this edition is no different. These sounds just add to the realism and builds upon what they already have. noticeable throughout the game there is a soundtrack tht starts to play, the music is a type of hype music that seems to do its job rather well propelling your emotions into a frenzy that will eventually end with alot of dead hostiles. 9 out of 10

Gameplay – Gameplay with typical FPS single player story lines are usually 1 of two things, you follow your team around and complete tasks and objectives to eventually complete your ultimate goal or your a solo killing machine and you take on the entire world. This game doesn’t break any originality records in this field but then it doesn’t need to. The implementation of the typical squad style gameplay of CoD4 has been done to perfection. Constant communication between your squad, yourself and the mission analyst makes the whole squad experience seem a bit fuller and more lifelike. With the addition of shooting through walls and some specialized sniping missions this game has a very high replay value and if thats not enough for you the leveling system in multipayer is sure to keep you playing for hours on in. 9.5 out of 10

Overview – With the current CoD standards that are out there im not sure how anyone could come up with a better or more well played game, but Infinity Ward’s Cod team has pulled it off again. Blazing new graphics, realistic high definition audio, and deep storyline will make this game a best seller, and one of my personal favorites for years to come. it is my recommendation that anyone who has skipped out on this game check out the demo that can be found here or go out and get yourself a copy!!9.5 out of 10!

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The Orange Box – Five Games in one box!

The Orange Box five games one box. the orange box is the latest release from VALVe software focusing mainly on the Half-Life story. lets first cover what’s in the box how they relate then finally on to the reviews.

The Orange Box

  1. Half-Life 2
  2. HL2: Episode One
  3. HL2: Episode Two
  4. Portal
  5. Team Fortress 2

The Orange Box - Five Games in one box!

So theres your lineup right there and as you can see three of the five games there are actually half-life games themselves moving the story along. The first three games are in sequential order as you play through them you learn that our scientist friend Gordon Freedman takes on the hero roll as the world falls apart around him. Moving throughout the series you can meet some devastating enemies, walk around and explore lush environments, and interact with the multitude of deep characters that are introduced throughout.

Portal our #4 game on the list is somewhat different from all the rest. Portal it’s self is a standalone in terms of game play but makes several hints into the half-life world suggesting that throughout possible episode 3 the two games stories will become intertwined. Portal is a game about just that PORTALS. early in the game you pick up your only weapon throughout the game a two-way portal generating gun. While most of the first levels of portal are obviously and specifically designed to get the player accustom to how the rest of the game will be played there is a constant testing of creativity and critical thinking skills to finish the game up which essentially is a puzzle game.

The 5th game in the lineup is Team Fortress 2 a classic rewrite of the old team fortress. Filled with all the same characters the main difference is the cell shading world with a new fast paced game style

the orange Box is for sale in the stores or available for download on steam for $49.99

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