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Friday June 24, 2016

Machine Games Made New Episode For Quake

In celebration of Quake's 20th anniversary, Machine Games, the developer behind the recent Wolfenstein The New Order and The Old Blood, has released a free expansion pack for Quake. It looks like Kyle was onto something back in December when he asked if anyone had played Quake lately?

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MSI Readies B150M Mortar Arctic And Bazooka Plus

MSI, world leading in gaming hardware design, is thrilled to announce two new M-ATX GAMING motherboards, the B150M BAZOOKA PLUS & B150M MORTAR ARCTIC. With Turbo M.2 (32 Gb/s, Gen3 x4) and USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C offering more connectivity options and a plethora of features improving your gameexperience, these new Micro-ATX motherboards are designed for gamers looking for a small gaming PC while getting the best performance & gaming experience. DDR4 Boost technology is available, providing maximum performance and stability while also offering improved memory compatibility. Audio Boost and GAMING LAN ensure you have upper hand on your enemies on the battlefield, ready to finish on top.

  • The B150M MORTAR ARCTIC is not only a better version of the regular MORTAR model, this special edition comes in a full white PCB design and features a stunning Arctic camouflage styled heatsink and IO cover design. With great attention to detail, the B150M MORTAR ARCTIC not only delivers in terms of specs & features, but manages to bring something truly unique to the B150 motherboard segment.

  • Featuring a new design with a stronger heatsink, more black & white colors, and upgraded specs such as Steel Armor, Turbo M.2 and USB 3.1 Gen1 Type-C, the new BAZOOKA PLUS motherboard is ready to set a new standard in the B150 Micro-ATX gaming motherboard segment. With Audio Boost & GAMING LAN offering dedicated gaming features tailored to the most demanding gamers, the BAZOOKA PLUS is sure to satisfy any gamer.


Gaming [H]eadlines

God Of War E3 Gameplay Demo @ VG24/7

Watch Dogs 2 Is All About The Hacks @ Shacknews

Whore of the Orient Cancelled? @ Blue's News

Xbox Exec Responds To Scorpio Concerns @ GameSpot

DX11 vs DX12 Intel 6700K vs 6950X Framerate Scaling

Our DX11 vs DX12 Intel 6700K vs 6950X Framerate Scaling article is now online for your viewing pleasure. For those of you following along at home, this is our fourth and final installment looking at the new DX12 API. Definitely recommended reading.

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This is our fourth and last installment of looking at the new DX12 API and how it works with a game such as Ashes of the Singularity. We have looked at how DX12 is better at distributing workloads across multiple CPU cores than DX11 in AotS when not GPU bound. This time we compare the latest Intel processors in GPU bound workloads.


Robot Pizza Company Wants To Be "Amazon Of Food"

Pizzas made by robots? What the?!? Since it is Friday, I think this company is going to have to send us a bunch of these pizzas (and beer) to see if they really do stand up to the company's claims. big grin

Zume co-founder Alex Garden, a former executive at mobile gaming giant Zynga, tells Bloomberg that once the vans are operational, the process will work by having the robots load each oven with different orders. At approximately three minutes and 15 seconds before arriving at the delivery destination, the oven will be turned on remotely from the Zume office, and "boom, the customer gets a fresh, out-of-the-oven pizza delivered to their door." "We want to be the Amazon of food," Garden says, noting that the new process, if used by other companies, could be "incredibly profitable."


Man Sues Valve Over ‘Illegal Gambling’ Surrounding CSGO

I don't know much about Counter-Strike: Global Offensive but this lawsuit sounds like it was filed by someone that bought skins, lost them gambling and is now suing. Would this lawsuit exist had the guy won?

A Counter-Strike: Global Offensive player filed suit against Valve today, accusing the game maker of allowing an "illegal online gambling market" to spring up and propagate around the popular online shooter. Valve Corporation, the suit says, "knowingly allowed ... and has been complicit in creating, sustaining and facilitating [a] market" where players and third-parties trade weapon skins like casino chips.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Enthoo Evolv Tempered Glass Edition @ Technology X

Cooling: CRYORIG A40 CPU Cooler @ pcGameware

Motherboards: Biostar Racing Z170GT7 @ Real Hardware Reviews

Storage: OCZ RD400 PCIe NVMe SSD @ Benchmark Reviews

Video: MSI GTX 1070 Gaming X 8G @ LanOC

A Bug in Chrome Makes It Easy to Pirate Movies

First of all, I'm not sure most people would consider this a bad bug (it's a feature!). Second of all, and I know I'm going to hell for this, I can't take a researcher serious when his name is Livshits.

FOR YEARS HOLLYWOOD has waged a war on piracy, using digital rights management technologies to fight bootleggers who illegally copy movies and distribute them. For just as long, hackers have found ways to bypass these protections. Now two security researchers have found a new way, using a vulnerability in the system Google uses to stream media through its Chrome browser. They say people could exploit the flaw to save illegal copies of movies they stream on Chrome using sites like Netflix or Amazon Prime.


Should Autonomous Vehicles Kill Pedestrians Or Passengers?

It looks as though most people believe that it is okay to sacrifice passengers lives in order to save pedestrian lives...but only if they aren't in the car. I find it odd that the graphic below doesn't feature a "Mustang option" where the autonomous car just plows into the crowd. wink

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When it becomes possible to program decision-making based on moral principles into machines, will self-interest or the public good predominate? In a series of surveys, Bonnefon et al. found that even though participants approve of autonomous vehicles that might sacrifice passengers to save others, respondents would prefer not to ride in such vehicles (see the Perspective by Greene). Respondents would also not approve regulations mandating self-sacrifice, and such regulations would make them less willing to buy an autonomous vehicle.


AMD Gets An "F" On Pricing

Adele McLean, Vice President of Holden Advisers, explains why she gave AMD an F on pricing. While we expect the RX 480 to be the best performing GPU at the $200 price point, the author of the article outlines her reasons for AMD getting an F on pricing:

Why do I give them an F in pricing? Well for four reasons:

  • There are limited PC makers in the market who make VR PCs and these PC makers will open the markets by deciding on the value they deliver to the end customer and their end user pricing not by the reduction in the price of the chip; this is called derived demand, which means it’s not actually the price of the graphics chip that can grow the market but the overall price of the VR ready PC.

  • AMD’s products are ‘me too’ with no mentioned competitive differentiation. This article and other articles on the subject suggest that AMD is behind the market. Thus, AMD is simply signaling the rest of the market to lower their pricing and inciting a price war that we all know is futile. The real winners of the price war will be the PC makers and ‘maybe’ the consumer. We call this the ‘death spiral’ of pricing;

  • The VR market is just emerging and early adopters are going to be the least price sensitive. I believe AMD is misreading or mishandling the lifecycle of the VR market.

  • AMD is in no financial position to start a price war! The article mentions they are losing money and ‘expect to return to profitability in the second half of the year.’


Netflix Queues Up Video Downloads

According to the rumor mill, Netflix might actually have an offline video solution ready by the end of the year. The article doesn't cite any real sources, mostly industry "insiders" and such, but it's nice to think Netflix might actually be working on this.

Industry gossip from a technology vendor is one thing, but Frost & Sullivan Principal Analyst Dan Rayburn confirms that Netflix Inc. is developing a downloading solution and says that it's something of an open secret in the streaming video community. "It's a natural progression for Netflix to want to have some of their content available for consumers to watch offline, and we've been hearing for months now that they are in fact going to roll something out soon," says Rayburn.


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DARPA Virtual Eye Lets Emergency Responders ‘See’ What They Can’t See

The best thing to give first responders before they enter a smoky room or the site of a chemical spill, or to soldiers before they enter a hostile bunker, is a picture of what’s inside. Exploring an unsecured space in 3D from a safe distance could be a matter of life or death. A team at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is helping to make that possible by funding efforts to combine powerful 3D imaging software, GPUs and pretty much any camera to generate a VR view of a potentially dangerous environment.

The intention of the system, dubbed Virtual Eye, is to let soldiers, firefighters and search and rescue personnel walk around a room or other enclosed area — virtually — before entering, enabling them to scope out the situation while avoiding potential dangers. "The question for us is, can we do more with the information we have?" says Trung Tran, the program manager leading Virtual Eye’s development for DARPA’s Microsystems technology office. "Can we extract more information from the cameras we’re using today?" The answer is a resounding yes. Even more impressive: any camera will suffice. Tran says the system is "camera agnostic."


Intel’s Tiny Curie Reaches New Heights with Red Bull X-Fighters

Intel is bringing data analytics in real-time to summer action sports. At the X-Fighters 2016 in Madrid, Intel is teaming up with Red Bull Media House to offer competitors and fans unprecedented insights into the amazing athletic feats accomplished during the motocross competition. Thanks to the tiny, low-power Intel® Curie™-enabled device, it will be instantly known how high the athletes jump, how fast they take off the ramps, how long they spend off the ground and off their bike in mid-air. The data collected in real-time is received by anchors on the ground at the venue (powered by Intel® Edison) and transmitted for processing in real-time to an Intel-powered NUC (Next Unit of Computing) that acts as a server, crunching the data into vital statistics and usable, understandable metrics.

With the Intel Curie module-enabled device, athletes and coaches will be able to receive feedback in real-time, enabling them to take quick action to improve performance. Combining this data with video replay, nutritional, sleep and other data available to them, will enable athletes to create a more complete picture of how to improve performance. For fans looking for new insights into their favorite sports and athletes, this additional information can create a new appreciation for the level at which these athletes compete. Broadcasters will also bring the data to life by adding context to their analysis of the athletes’ performance, helping to bring fans closer to the sport.


Thursday June 23, 2016

How Much Does Kyle Hate AMD?

So the hot topic of the day is "how much does Kyle hate AMD?" Well, the truth of the matter is that none of us at [H] hate AMD. I know, I know, that may be disappointing to anyone looking for controversy but that's just the way it is. In fact, not too long ago, we were accused of being "AMD fanboys" after the video below hit the internet. At the end of the day, we will do what we always do, evaluate hardware based on its merits, give you our thoughts and opinions and let you decide what is right for you. And yes, Kyle even writes scathing editorials from time to time that gets folks all riled up. I have been trying to get him to stop that but he can be a dick sometimes. big grin


[H]ardware Round-Up II

Cases: In Win 303 @ ocaholic

Mobile: Gigabyte P57W Gaming Laptop @ Tech Report

Storage: Crucial MX300 750GB @ ThinkComputers

Samsung Portable SSD T3 @ NikKTech

Silicon Power S55 TLC 240GB @ MadShrimps

Must See Video of the Day

Like most of you, I just naturally assumed all the cars you see in commercials are real. After you watch this video, you'll realize just how wrong we've been this whole time. This is some really cool stuff.


Kickstarter Game Has Four Hour Long Credits

How long does it take to thank 70,000 Kickstarter backers? Just short of 4 hours. While that may seem comical, and the game hasn't received very good reviews, at least it was finished and backers not only got the game, they were acknowledged in the credits.


Teen Gets Plea Deal For Murder Over PS4

If I lived in a state with the death penalty and I killed someone over a game console, I'd probably take a plea deal too. I can't imagine the courts being very lenient on someone that murders people for a PS4.

A Doraville teen will spend 40 years in prison after pleading guilty to killing a man during the Craigslist sale of his video gaming system. Kayla Dixon, now 18, took the plea on the same day her trial was to begin. Prosecutors say Dixon and her boyfriend, Nathaniel Vivien, responded to a Craigslist ad posted by Danny Zeitz in September 2014, intending to rob him. When Zeitz resisted, Dixon admits she took a gun out from between her legs and fired off a fatal shot.


Does The World Need Another First-Person, Team-Based Shooter?

I think there is plenty of room for another great first-person, team-based shooter. What we don't need is another mediocre "me too" shooter. So, as long as CliffyB and company put out a good game, there is plenty of room for LawBreakers. Am I right?

Bleszinski is talking about the market for online, first-person, team-based shooters -- a niche genre that, in mid-2016, is on the verge of over-saturation. Overwatch just came out and it's been a monstrous hit for Activision Blizzard. It dominates the front page of Twitch and there are already plans to transform it into a truly competitive, esports-focused title. Other similar games, such as Gearbox's Battleborn or Epic Games' Paragon, are also on the market but they can't compare in terms of player numbers or hype.


Oculus Defends Exclusives, Launch, And DRM Controversy

It seems like every time Oculus has to clean up after a big fat screw-up they roll out that cute chick and everyone just gives them a pass. Not that I blame them, it's working on me already. I forgot why I was mad now in the first place. wink

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At E3 last week, we got a chance to catch up with Oculus' Anna Sweet to discuss many of these hot-button issues. In our interview with the company's head of developer strategy, Sweet gives her take on the Rift's launch, the company's counter-modding measures, potential Oculus Touch fragmentation issues, exclusivity concerns, and much more.


Gaming [H]eadlines

Arma Series On Sale @ GameSpot

Overwatch Competitive Plans @ Blue's News

Street Fighter 5 June Update Details @ Shacknews

Watch Dogs 2 Hands-On @ VG24/7

Steam Summer Picnic Sale 2016

The Steam Summer Picnic Sale is now underway. The sale will last until the 4th of July at 10am PDT. The current crop of deals include the Assassin's Creed franchise, Call of Duty franchise, the ARMA franchise, LEGO games and more.

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MPAA: Europe’s Geo Unblocking Plans Threaten Movie Industry

Does anyone know what the hell this guy is talking about? How is geo-blocking in the best interests of consumers? Hell, how is it in the best interest of the film industry? Does anyone besides the MPAA benefit from geo-blocking?

MPAA Chairman and CEO Chris Dodd fears that Europe's plans to limit geo-blocking will "cause great harm" to the movie industry. In a keynote address at the CineEurope convention, Dodd warned that broad access to movies and TV-shows will result in fewer films and higher prices for consumers.


Robot Dog Can Fetch Drinks, Do Dishes

Robots will eventually KILL US ALL! But, in the mean time, this robot dog is pretty damn handy around the house...when it's not wiping out on banana peels. big grin


'Vampyr' And The Gender Politics Of 1918 London

Can this be real? Someone is making a historically accurate game that isn't trying to rewrite history under the guise of diversity? I don't care if they have made games with female leads in the past, these guys need to be burned at the stake for this blasphemy!

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Vampyr, the next game from Dontnod Entertainment features a white, male protagonist. For any other studio, this is de rigueur, something dictated by the gaming industry's presumed demographic. But for the team behind Life is Strange and Remember Me, it's the first time they've delved into the male mindset. And it wasn't the result of market research either: It's because Vampyr's story wouldn't have worked any other way.


[H]ardware Round-Up

Cases: Lian Li PC-X510 @ Technic3D

ETC.: E3 Booth Babe, Cosplay @ Legit Reviews

Input.: Thermaltake Poseidon Z RGB @ Modders Inc.

Video: GeForce GTX 1070 2x SLI @ Guru3D

Radeon R9 380 vs. GeForce GTX 960 @ Hardware Secrets

Quake Turns 20

If Quake turning 20 doesn't make you feel old, I don't know what will. Remember the badass 166MHz Pentium Overdrive powered, 24MB RAM, Diamond Monster 3dfx, 3D surround sound system you used to play all night on? Those were the days. cool

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CORSAIR Lights Up DDR4 with New Vengeance LED Performance Memory

CORSAIR®, a world leader in enthusiast memory, PC components and high-performance gaming hardware today announced the immediate release of its new Vengeance LED series of performance DDR4 memory. Unmistakable thanks to its brilliant LED-lit top bar and aggressively styled aluminum industrial design, Vengeance LED is optimized for maximum performance on the latest Intel® X99 and 100 series motherboards. Available in both red LED and white LED variants, Vengeance LED lights up performance PC builds with bright integrated lighting designed to make your PC look as good as it runs, alongside blistering performance at frequencies up to 4,333MHz. Vengeance LED’s stunning LED-lit top bar sets it immediately apart, providing the perfect mix of eye-catching brightness and aggressive styling. Available with either red or white LED lighting, each Vengeance LED DIMM’s LED top bar pulses to create an eye catching display. The result is a fantastic aesthetic designed to complement a wide variety of mid-range and high-end motherboards, graphics cards, and CORSAIR’s full range of cases, liquid CPU coolers, fans and power supplies.

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Beneath the LED lighting Vengeance LED is the culmination of CORSAIR’s 20 years of DRAM experience. Each module is built using a ten-layer PCB for better signaling and uses carefully screened ICs for superior overclocking and reliability on the latest Intel® X99 and 100 series motherboards. Vengeance LED’s signature aluminum heat spreader ensures rapid heat dissipation to ensure cool and stable performance and each kit is fully XMP 2.0 compatible, allowing users to instantly set their memory to its specified speed and achieve the best possible performance and stability. CORSAIR Vengeance LED launches today with a wide variety of capacities and speeds to provide users with a wealth of upgrade and PC building options. Available in 16GB 2 x 8GB module, 32GB 4 x 8GB/2 x 16GB module and 64GB 4 x 16GB module capacities, and frequencies from 2,666MHz to an astonishing 4,333MHz, Vengeance LED is ready to power everything from high-end content creation and 3D rendering work stations to the most ambitious of gaming systems. Kits running at 2,600MHz and 2,666MHz run at 1.2V, while kits at frequencies of 3,000MHz and higher run at 1.35V. All Vengeance LED memory is backed by CORSAIR’s lifetime DRAM warranty.


Chicago Knuckles Under In Uber Fingerprint Fight

That was easy. Apparently all you have to do to avoid fingerprints for background checks in Chicago is threaten to leave the city. Texas doesn't give a crap if Uber / Lyft pull out, it requires fingerprints for background checks regardless.

Former U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder even got into the fracas, writing to Chicago city leaders, making the argument that fingerprinting may unfairly discriminate against people of color. However, Holder’s current law firm just happens to represent Uber. Uber and Lyft dangled the threat of exit (Ubxit?wink from Chicago, and the city flinched, reaching a compromise that removes the fingerprint requirement from the new rules, but gives Chicago six months to "study" the issue before revisiting it.


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