Tuesday
Sep092014

Gabriel Knight Re-Make Coming Soon

Now this is some exciting news. It turns out that the 20th Anniversary remake of one of the Gabriel Knight games is soon going to be available to get and play. Now of course there's been some overhaul done to this game in the graphics department, and I'm sure that there's been some optimizations here and there, but the soul of the game will still be present. For those looking to see one of the great series of the past, you are going to want to keep this game on your radar. For more information I present to you the official press release:

GABRIEL KNIGHT® REMAKE PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE, RELEASES ON OCTOBER 15TH FOR PC AND MAC

 Jane Jensen’s Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers® 20th Anniversary EditionComing to Steam, GOG and Other Online Retailers for PC & Mac

Mount Joy, Penn. – September 9th, 2014 – Pinkerton Road Studio today announced that the highly-anticipated Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers® 20th Anniversary Edition, a modern remake of one of Sierra ‘s greatest adventure games of all-time, will be available for purchase on PC and Mac on October 15th, 2014. Licensed from Activision Publishing, Inc, overseen by original series creator Jane Jensen, and developed in partnership with leading indie team Phoenix Online Studios, this high-definition update of the adventure game classic Gabriel Knight adds brand new puzzles and scenes, gorgeous new high-res backgrounds, a remastered soundtrack, and more New Orleans flavor to the beloved original story, plus exclusive new behind-the-scenes material including original concept sketches, articles and brand new audio interviews with Jane Jensen and members of the original Sierra development team to provide a more complete view on the Gabriel Knight series than has ever been available before. Pre-orders are now available at Steam, GOG.com, the Phoenix Online Store and more at 15% off the $19.99 retail price, and include the pre-order exclusive soundtrack by Robert Holmes.

The game will also offer players never before seen behind-the-scenes special edition content on both the original and the remake. Extras include original concept art, magazine articles, interviews and brand new behind-the-scenes insight and one-on-one interviews with Jane Jensen and members of the original Sierra development team to provide a more complete view on the Gabriel Knight series than has ever been available before.

Hailed by Adventure Gamers as one of the most well-written games ever and given an Honorable Mention in the AV Club’s Top 100 Games of All Time, Gabriel Knight: Sins of the Fathers 20th Anniversary Edition invites players to relive the classic voodoo murder mystery that's captivated generations of game enthusiasts for two decades. In the game, players will take on the role of roguishly handsome Gabriel Knight, a struggling author and owner of a bookstore in New Orleans, who is investigating the Voodoo Murders for his new book: a series of savage ritual killings surrounded by voodoo trappings. But his search into the dark underbelly of New Orleans will reveal far more than who’s behind the killings, as Gabriel is drawn to the beautiful and aloof Malia Gedde, learns the secrets of his family history, and must comes to grips with his own destiny if he’s going to survive.

“It’s been a dream to be able to work on Gabriel Knight again, and I’m so exciting to bring it to a new audience. I think it looks amazing and it has all the classic gameplay,” said Jane Jensen, creator of the series.

“Gabriel Knight is the reason why I became a developer. It was a groundbreaking game that showed the power of Jane Jensen's storytelling,” added Cesar Bittar, CEO of Phoenix Online and producer of the project. “The honor of working alongside Jane in remaking one the most beloved adventure games of all times is definitely for me a golden opportunity, but also a huge responsibility, and we are doing our very best to ensure old fans and new will be thrilled by the results and ready to play as a Schattenjäger once again.”

More information is available at www.GabrielKnight20th.com.

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Tuesday
Sep092014

Ascii RPG Sure to Make You Lose Track of Time

Alright so I was approached by Black Shell Games to look at this ASCII Rogue-like RPG that they had created called SanctuaryRPG. I'm not going to lie, this is not going to be for everyone, but if you are looking for something a bit different, and challenging you need to look at this game. Now I could say more, but I'm going to have to make you wait until the review. So with that let me give you their description of the game, and then of course I hope that you check out the game while I try to continue to get through it myself.

SanctuaryRPG is a strategic turn-based monster slaying and dungeon crawling adventure set in a retro ASCII-art world. The game puts players in control of an adventurer in search of The Matron. The game does have a linear storyline, but players are free to adventure in the game as they wish. After customizing their character and choosing from several game modes, the player is thrust in the game world. While traveling, the player must defeat many different types of enemies, ranging from slimes, to skeletons and robots. The game has permadeath in Classic mode, so when the player dies in the game, there isn't an option to respawn.[1]

Players can select destinations via context menu in order to explore the game world, and will engage in battle with various beasts in these areas via a combo-based combat system. Winning battles grants the player gold, experience points, and sometimes, various items. In addition to the combat, players can also explore the world and talk to various non-player characters throughout the game. There is a crafting system in the game as well, which allows players to create their own weapons and armors. The game also contains humorous dialogue, and continually reminds players of its light-hearted nature.

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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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