Tuesday
Sep022014

Elysian Shadows Surpasses Funding Goal

So I know that I should have written this up a while ago, but I was so excited to keep seeing the numbers increase fopr this group that I forgot to write the simple fact that they reached their goal, actually they not only reached it they surpassed it by over $35,000. Congrats to the entire team, and hurray for all of those out there, like myself, who helped fund this game. I can't wait to get my hands on this game and get lost in awesomeness, but sadly the wait game is on, and the real struggle is now rolling for the developers as they have a release window of December 2015. Yes I know that that's a year away, but as a developer I also know that a year can go flying by. So once again awesome to see a project like this reach its goal, and I'm sure that we are going to be seeing a lot more of the progress as it starts to truly roll. 

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Tuesday
Sep022014

ArcheAge Release Date Announced

So the next Free-to-Play MMORPG, ArcheAge is ready to get out of the beta phase and into a release to the masses. So here's the deal, if you want to see if this is the game for you there is an open beta coming up really really soon, and you can get your feet wet between September 4 - 8. Now after that point there's going to be a lull until the official release on September 16th. Now I do have some good news for those who really like the game, the developers have the Founder's piece in place, where if you do shell out some money for some of the fun stuff you will get the head start on those who will play simply the free-to-play model. If you are willing to shell out $50, $100, or $150 the following video will be of some importance for you:

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Friday
Aug292014

MAINGEAR FORCE DESKTOP WITH NEW INTEL 8-CORE EXTREME PROCESSOR RAISES THE BAR FOR PC PERFORMANCE AND STYLE



MAINGEAR Upgrades Desktop Line with Powerful Intel Core I7-5960X Extreme Edition Processor for 8-Core Processing Power and DDR4 Memory Support

Kenilworth, New Jersey – August 29th, 2014 – MAINGEAR  – award-winning custom gaming PC builder of custom desktops, laptops, and workstations  – today significantly expanded its custom PC options by adding the new Intel® X99 Express chipset, offering improved performance and unlocking significantly enhanced potential, across all MAINGEAR desktops.
 


MAINGEAR desktops featuring the all-new 8-core 5960X Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor will provide up to a 45 percent performance increase over previous 4 core processor systems. It is also the first unlocked desktop processor that supports up to 4 channel DDR4-2133 memory, giving more overclock options for gamers and professional users for flawless gameplay and dramatically reduces editing time for RAW photos and HD videos.
 
The MAINGEAR FORCE is the most powerful member of the high performance EPIC line, offering a liquid cooling solution with Intel’s new chipset. It allows gamers and gaming PC enthusiasts to maximize all game settings and run multiple applications, while keeping their system running incredibly cool and quiet. The new SUPERSTOCK cooling system includes premium cooling blocks for all components, new chrome fittings, unbreakable PETG hard tubing, and parallel cooling loops. Every aspect of the FORCES’s liquid cooling was engineered to offer the highest overclocks and look incredible. Its unique BiTurbo dual pump system maximizes performance and offers redundancy that gives the reassurance that if one pump does happen to fail, the other pump will continue to run. Its low maintenance massive reservoir and an easily accessible detachable drain design eliminates the hassle of a typical liquid cooled machine. With up to one 480mm and one 420mm premium high performance radiators and quiet high airflow fans, this gaming PC system will stay constantly cool.

The MAINGEAR FORCE comes with plenty of space for customization with room for up to 4 graphics cards from AMD or NVIDIA. With up to 6 HDDs (or 12 SSDs) with numerous SSD and mechanical drive options, and up to 64GB of memory, the FORCE with the new Intel X99 chipset is perfect for those looking for the best of the best with extreme performance and upgradability.
 
The updated MAINGEAR FORCE doesn’t just perform at top level while staying extremely cool and quiet, it is also the most visually stunning custom PC that MAINGEAR has ever offered. The new SUPERSTOCK cooling system offers a beautiful hand crafted hard tubing design, customized pastel coolant options, and an expertly wired interior. A custom automotive paint finish option rounds out gamer's ability to truly customize their PC to their heart’s desire.
 
“MAINGEARs update to the FORCE and other desktops with the new 8-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processors, drives home the point that you can have it all and achieve top notch liquid cooled performance without skipping a beat.” said Laura Crone, Intel Vice President and General Manager, PC Client Group. “Utilizing DDR4 memory combined with Intel’s 8-cores of processing power, MAINGEAR desktops offers these great options for gamers looking for an advantage over their competition.  Also, creative professionals looking for faster speed and reduced times to compile photos or video edits, will love MAINGEARs new Core i7 Extreme Edition systems.”

“The MAINGEAR FORCE featuring Intel’s new X99 chipset showcases what a true top performance contender should be,” said Wallace Santos, CEO and Founder of MAINGEAR.  “With the unlocked Intel Core i7-5960X Extreme Edition processor, the MAINGEAR FORCE will effortlessly handle anything that gets throw at it, with plenty of power left over to outperform any task at any level.”
 
MAINGEAR will offer this updated chipset across their desktop and gaming PC lineup. For more information, please visit http://www.maingear.com/x99.

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Thursday
Aug282014

IGDA Releases Statement on Recent Harassment 

Alright folks it looks like the organization that is there for all developers has finally decided to make a stand when it comes to dealing with the recent threats, bashings, and belittling that has been going on as of late when it comes to developers and others within this industry. This is what they have to say on the subject:

The IGDA Board of Directors has released the following statement:

“Over the last several weeks, game developers and affiliates have been the subject of harassment and ‘doxxing’ attacks, including threats and posting of home addresses.  While we support diverse viewpoints and healthy debate on the issues within our industry, we condemn personal attacks such as these which are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal in many countries.  We call on the entire game community to stand together against this abhorrent behavior.”

Basically here's the deal folks, if you have something constructive to add to a debate then voice it and become an intrigal part to the conversation. If you really really have to make fun of, belittle, demoralize, etc someone because of what they do or say, perhaps you should just write it on a piece of paper and then burn it in a fireplace. We are all human, we make mistakes, some are bigger than others, but we have to understand that in the end we need to support one another so that we can build this industry, both from the inside and the outside.

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Thursday
Aug282014

Rare Opportunity for Those Interest in Game Dev in the Atlanta Area

Well it would look like we have a nice surprise for those out there who unfortunately won't be able to attend DragonCon this year. It turns out that there is going to be a panel being put on at Georgia Tech that might be of great interest to all those interested in the Development Scene:

"Video Game Development: Past, Present, and Future"
Richard Garriott and Starr Long, Portalarium
Georgia Tech, Clough Commons Room 152
Friday, August 29, 4:00-5:00 PM

The only thing that I can see being an issue with this is the fact that it does start at 4 which is probably around the time that the last of us are going to be leaving work, and so traffic will be insane, and of course this is probably going to draw a crowd. So my suggestion is to get their early, perhaps take MARTA. Though that too will be packed. Hell just make a day of visiting downtown Atlanta, and then get your ass over to Georgia Tech, and you should be fine. All I have to say is that anyone that gets the ability to attend are a bunch of lucky bastards. I don't think I'll be able to make this, and it kills me that I'm not going to be able to do so.

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