Gaming News October 2005

Samsung HDTV & Gaming Interview @ Gaming Illustrated
Gaming Illustrated :: Saturday, October 29, 2005
Snippet : With Microsoft XBox already supporting 720p HDTV, and the announcement that XBox 360 will support 1080i HDTV along with the PS3 supporting 1080p, HDTVs are the hottest commodity in the gaming market. Gaming Illustrated caught up with Samsung’s senior marketing manager to discuss what technologies are best for gamers, and how Samsung sets are primed for HDTV gaming.

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Blizzard’s 2005 Blizzcon: Day 0 @ Legit Reviews
Legit Reviews :: Saturday, October 29, 2005
“Before Blizzcon has even started we bring you coverage from the day before to let you see the inner workings and give you a sneak peak for what you will see tomorrow. For those who attend the 2005 BlizzCon event will find out that they get a special gift from Blizzard that gives them a Murloc pet and access to a beta site for a FUTURE Blizzard title… ”

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How To Be A Game Developer
The Tech Zone :: Friday, October 28, 2005
In the good old days, back when the Internet had about 10 users and the web was a far off vision, PCs were called Home Computers and anyone could learn to write computer games. Three of us set up in business to write and sell our own games for the ZX Spectrum (Aka Timex/Sinclair) and Commodore 64. We didn’t sell many games but we were saved by getting into the game conversion business. A publisher would release a hit on the Commodore 64 and we’d write the Timex, Amstrad, MSX, CBM 16 etc versions. It took about 3 months for one person to produce a game.

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HEXUS.gaming Review :: Serious Sam 2
Hexus :: Friday, October 28, 2005
Just how much mindless blasting can you take before it’s too much? There’s certainly plenty of enjoyment in here, but just as being given the keys to the brewery will see you in hospital with a stomach pump going full chat… Serious Sam 2’s blasting is the digital equivalent of binge drinking… binge blasting perhaps?

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Dungeon Siege II @ Gaming Illustrated
Gaming Illustrated :: Friday, October 28, 2005
Snippet : Dungeon Siege II is the kind of game that’s a highly addictive and immersive title that you’ll find yourself playing through multiple times. The game has great diversity in characters (who you can be) and monsters (who you kill), and the storyline is rich enough to keep gamers guessing at what’s coming next, all backdropped by some gorgeous graphics.

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Gaming Brief Editorial at Gamer’s Hell
Gamer’s Hell :: Friday, October 28, 2005
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Sharkoon Silent Eagle 2000 Case Fan @ LAN Addict
LAN Addict :: Wednesday, October 26, 2005


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With acoustics and design becoming more and more important in the computer market, Sharkoon as a company has kept up with the curve. Sharkoon has been moving more and more toward \”noiseless\” operation, and their newest innovation the Silent Eagle Fan. This fan comes in 1000 and 2000 RPM Speeds, with the noise level rated very low for both. The one that they sent me was the 2000RPM but I will give the specs for both in this review.

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Quake 4 Console & Tweak Guide @ Viperlair
ViperLair :: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
The console and .cfg file have a host of tweaks and tricks ready for the user to explore. We outline some of the basics you should know.

“An autoexec.cfg file is a text file that you can edit with your settings and have those settings run every time Quake 4 starts without any interaction from you. You simply create a new text file in the Quake 4\q4base folder (the same location as the Quake4Config.cfg) and save it as autoexec.cfg.”

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Quake 4 Screenshot Walk-Through Gallery
uberw00t.com :: Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Pimprig’s sister site, uberw00t.com, which mainly focuses on gaming related topics and is still early in it’s development, has a new 750+ screenshot gallery which progresses throughout the entire game. Many spoilers inside.

bring in da w00t!

Securing Your Computer – Part 1 @ HardwareHell
Gamer’s Hell :: Tuesday, October 25, 2005
The first thing that you should ask yourself is, “What is this computer for?” For example, if this computer is only going to be used for surfing the web and writing documents, do you really need it to be able to run network games? After we have decided what we are going to use our computer for, we should begin locking out the features we don’t need. I will give a few useful examples related to networking here:

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EA Sports & XBox 360 : Exclusive Interview @ Gaming Illustrated
Gaming Illustrated :: Monday, October 24, 2005

Snippet : With the release of XBox 360 coming in little more than a month, gamers are dying to get inside information. Gaming Illustrated had the pleasure of discussing the new platform with Madden Xbox 360 Senior Producer Jeremy Strauser, discussing the new XBox 360 platform, new avenues for creativity, and the power of HDTV gaming.

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MediEvil Resurrection for PSP review
Gaming Illustrated :: Sunday, October 23, 2005

Snippet : MediEvil Resurrection is a solid title whose best features include the humor, story, and amount of modes the game offers. It’s pretty fun to play and the story was funny enough to keep gamers going until the finish. The downside of the title is that the graphics are lacklaster and fail to fully realize the PSP’s potential.

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HEXUS.gaming :: Quake 4 – The First 15
Hexus :: Sunday, October 23, 2005

The first thing that you’ll notice as soon as you get into the meat of Quake 4 is just how similar it looks to Doom 3. On the graphics front the original Quake was very brown, Quake 2 was brown and grey and now Quake 4 may well end up being known as Doom 3 under a new name. In fact, purely as a first impression, I couldn’t help but think that Quake 4 is the game Doom 3 should have been!

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The new review of Age of Empires III
Strategy Informer :: Friday, October 21, 2005
new review of Age of Empires III is up at:
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News Flash – Batman Begins Review for Xbox
Futurelooks :: Friday, October 21, 2005
They told me there was nothing out there, nothing to fear. And in the darkness, there was Batman Begins…for the Xbox. And this is what I found…


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Sunbeam Chromatic Windmill Fan Controller @ LAN Addict
LAN Addict :: Friday, October 21, 2005
The Chromatic Windmill is made by Sunbeamtech. It\’s packed with cool features and neat little things. When you open up the Chromatic Windmill\’s box you\’ll find the 5.25\” bay controller unit, fan leads, thermal sensors, and power cord. There are also two wafer batteries (to save settings when unit losses power) along w/ mounting screws and adhesive tape for the thermal leads. The cables are wrapped in EMI shielded cable that shrink wrapped at the ends to keep things tidy.

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Kingdom Under Fire : Heroes (XBox) Review @ Gaming Illustrated
Gaming Illustrated :: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Score: 94%

Snippet: Kingdom Under Fire: Heroes is an absolute winner for Xbox and one of the most original and engaging gameplay experiences ever for a console system. Rarely has a game for a console system so well incorporated the best aspects of RTS while integrating a fun and exciting “action” fighting mode.

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Serious Sam II Review
Techgage :: Thursday, October 20, 2005

Quote: Does your latest FPS lack the ‘kill kill kill’ feel? Well you may want to try out Serious Sam II, which will give you more than you will ever need! From Croteam comes the latest game in the Serious Sam series, with great graphics, powerful weapons and of course, creative creatures! Let’s see if this sequel was one worth waiting for.

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FEAR v1.01 Patch
Gamer’s Hell :: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
A brand new game and already a patch?

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Splinter Cell Chaos Theory v1.05 Patch and Pacific Fighters v4.02 Patch
Gamer’s Hell :: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Here’s the patch…. check it out

World of Warcraft news @ Gamer’s Hell
Gamer’s Hell :: Wednesday, October 19, 2005
the Burning Crusade Rumour

Yeah, I know I spelled rumor with an extra “u”! Live with it, unless you’re one of our British readers, in which case you never noticed! Bloody ‘ell!

New Games reviewed at Gamer’s Hell
Gamer’s Hell :: Tuesday, October 18, 2005
Gamer’s Hell has posted a review of Inuyasha: Feudal Combat

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One Piece: Grand Battle PS2 Review
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Frantix Review
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DH Review: Day of Defeat: Source
Driver Heaven :: Saturday, October 15, 2005
Day of Defeat is one of the most popular Half Life 1 mods available today, but with the release of Valve?s Source engine gamers everywhere could see that DoD was in great need of a makeover. Day of Defeat: Source is a remake of the hit HL1 mod, but this time around it has a completely new look while still delivering the intense close quarters combat that WWII fans fell in love with. With a price tag of only $20 for Half Life 2 owners, Day of Defeat: Source is the perfect title for anyone seeking WWII multiplayer mayhem.

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Madden 06 for PSP Review
Gaming Illustrated :: Friday, October 14, 2005
Snippet : The NFL licensed video game franchise comes for the first time to Sony’s Portable Playstation in the form of Madden 06. The game features all the fun, modes, and connectivity as its console edition, including a robust and impressive season mode. With some solid graphics, great action, tons of game modes, Madden 06 looks to be a solid title for PSP.

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QUAKE 4 VIDEOS FROM QUAKECON
LAN Party :: Friday, October 14, 2005
Sorry I had the wrong links. The correct links are listed below…

This past August, I was on hand at QuakeCon in Dallas, TX where I captured much of the happenings on video. Now I am pleased to present video coverage of Quake 4 from QuakeCon 2005! These two video segments show footage from both single and multiplayer versions of the game, the introduction by Todd Hollenshead, CEO of ID software, and responses to questions submitted by the audience. These videos utilize the H.264 video codec, so make sure you have QuickTime 7 installed which can be for free.

high quality movie
good quality movie
Quake 4 Intro

Mashie Design Visual Audio @ techPowerUp!
techPowerUp! :: Thursday, October 13, 2005
World-famous case modder Mashie has created this unique case modding accessory. It is a stereo 7-channel real-time spectrum analyzer which shows beautiful patterns on 112 LEDs. It goes into two 5.25″ drive bays and does not require any additional software because it comes with its own microprocessor on-board.

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World of Warcraft v1.8.0 US Patch
Gamer’s Hell :: Tuesday, October 11, 2005
– World of Warcraft v1.8.0 US Patch get the patch here

News: Kodak LS753 5.0MP Digital Camera
Gamer God :: Tuesday, October 11, 2005

“Usually, a digital camera should be fast in taking bigger pictures, should not have interpolated mega pixels (this is a very pretty marketing gimmick. Do not go for interpolated mega pixel cameras). Previously, I was using Microtek S3 Take IT 5MP camera, and if you’re looking for worst 5mp camera, S3 might cut out to be a likely candidate. Then I used Olympus C370. The picture quality results of that camera were reasonable and price was fine too. The camera cost aboutabout $150 and so. There was one good feature in C370 that I liked very much, which was the ability to shoot Super Close images, since in hardware reviewing, images speak louder thanthan words. However, the closer we got, the more sensitive the camera became and would blur the images over a period of time..”

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