Just when you think you've grasped all the jargon surrounding 3D graphics, new terms and technologies flood onto the market.
AMD has been aggressively shipping DirectX 11 GPUs in almost every price category, while cards based on Nvidia's new GTX 470 and GTX 480 DX11 parts are finally becoming available. Meanwhile, Windows 7's sales ramp has been extraordinary-the fastest-selling Microsoft OS in history. Given that Windows 7 is what Vista should have been, it's also arguable that DirectX 11 is what DX10 should have been.
When DirectX 10 games hit the streets, the new API gave users marginal improvements in image quality alongside huge performance decreases. The tiny gain in visual fidelity didn't really make up for the performance hit. On the other hand, DirectX 11 brings users some very cool potential eye-candy improvements, but also promises better performance-even if you don't have a DirectX 11 GPU.
Along with new graphics, APIs come with new buzzwords: tessellation, SSAO, HDAO, and postprocessing. That last buzzword being a catchphrase for many small but cool effects made possible with today's programmable graphics chips.
We'll take a closer look at these buzzwords to dissect what they actually deliver, plus discuss the performance impact of using high-end AMD and Nvidia GPUs.
After a break in streaming, Rush-Zone is pleased to confirm that we're back!
Monday 5th July at 1930BST is the time the actions kicks off, with the Russian side Trojan taking on the Ukrainians Nikolaev WildPark in the Clanbase BF2 Conquest 8v8 OpenCup Finals.
Our friends over at Pixel Prospector have compiled a video of 235 Free Indie Games,
Some of which look kinda cool, if you hover your mouse over the bottom of the player you will see the name of the game and a link to more footage,
There are some very intresting remakes of classic games in there and some new stuff thats totally insane, And they are all free, highlights for me so far have been, Crystal Cubes a very nice tetris clone and a very psychedelic remix of TrailBlazer called Igneous,
I am sure there are many more gems in the pack so please post a comment if you find anything really special. So check out the video and enjoy the 8bit music to..
The offer states that players who pre-order a copy of the game, will receive access to the long-awaited beta through a code that will be sent on the day it begins. The retailer also mentions that the testing period will end on July 17.
The full listing, which has since been removed, reads as follows:
E3 Starts today, I found a nice post over at Kotaku's site, Shooters dominate the modern video game landscape, as evidenced by the sheer number of them being shown off at this year's E3. Here are console and PC shooters we think are going to be the biggest ones on show.
They may be fresh in our minds, they may have been first unveiled at last year's show, it doesn't matter, if they're going to make an E3 appearance - hopefully in playable form - then we'll go take a look at them. This includes some of the biggest games of the year, like Halo: Reach and Black Ops, and some of the biggest games of next year, like Gears of War 3 and Portal 2.
Without further ado, then, here are the shooters that we expect to be making the most noise comes June 15 at the Los Angeles Convention Centre..
Prepare for the Onslaught
Battlefield: Bad Company 2 is bringing Battlefield's first co-op mode to consoles with Onslaught mode. Up to 4 players can tackle the new objective based missions posting your best times on the co-op leaderboards as well as the chance to obtain new achievements and trophies. Onslaught will be available from June 22nd on Xbox 360 for 800 MS Points and on the PlayStation Network in North America for $9.99 followed by the European PlayStation Network on June 23rd for 8.99â‚¬.
If you were to play Onslaught in picture form it would look something like this..
Playing video games before bedtime may give people an unusual level of awareness and control in their dreams, LiveScience has learned.
That ability to shape the alternate reality of dream worlds might not match mind-bending Hollywood films such as "The Matrix," but it could provide an edge when fighting nightmares or even mental trauma.
Dreams and video games both represent alternate realities, according to Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada. But she pointed out that dreams arise biologically from the human mind, while video games are technologically driven by computers and gaming consoles.
"If you're spending hours a day in a virtual reality, if nothing else it's practice," said Jayne Gackenbach, a psychologist at Grant MacEwan University in Canada. "Gamers are used to controlling their game environments, so that can translate into dreams."
"Battlefield: Bad Company 2 has officially exceeded 5 million units sold world wide. Thanks to everyone who has supported Battlefield and bought a copy. In other good news we can officially announce Onslaught mode coming to Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3". But what about us PC owners ?
The next release of the game client is currently in QA.
We will perform another synchronized client/server update. It is expected to take place early next week.
The client update will be roughly 500MB in size.
Well here is a cool looking racer from Disney studios of all people, Due out next month "Split/Second is a racing game, but you're racing through an adventure game." So says Jason Green, ambassador for Black Rock Studio, the developer of the upcoming action-packed racing game for the Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC...