GarageGames has released Torque X 2.0, the latest update to its Torque X game engine which is now compatible with Microsoft’s XNA 2.0 standards. Official Release:GarageGames, the leading technology provider for independent game developers, has announced the release of Torque X 2.0. This release updates the Torque X engine for compatibility with Microsoft’s XNA 2.0 Framework and improves the engine’s performance in 3D environments. Originally launched in the summer of 2007, Torque X has gone from a 2D-only engine to a full-featured 3D game engine. It now provides chunked LOD terrain with clip map texturing, DTS Mesh Support, XNA Model…
The Razer Lycosa is an excellent keyboard whether you are gaming or writing a report. The rubberized keys create comfort and the simple, sexy design is sure to turn heads.
The Saitek X52 Pro Flight Control System is one of the best peripherals us ‘simmers’ can purchase. It features a multitude of enhancements over its predecessor and is worth every penny if you are serious about your combat flight simulations.
Saitek has one very nice gamepad here that can not only instantly configure itself to play most FPS games (even those that dont normally use a gamepad) but also has the ability to temporarily decrese sensitivity in order to make those long distance sniper shots.
Microsoft has created a solid performer with the Sidewinder, and put gamers first in their minds, giving it a slew of customizable options.
The Logitech DriveFX racing wheel for the Xbox 360 is well-built, handles great, and the counter-torsion effect is incredible…Even if doesn’t have ‘true’ Force Feedback thanks to Microsoft’s greed.
Eidos was also at the Microsoft Games for Windows display area, and we got a chance to record a live demo of the upcoming Conflict: Denied Ops. The two-man coordination system seems to be a key element to the title ala Kane &amp; Lynch or Army of Two, and looks to work very well in ‘Conflict’. In addition, the game features a VERY useful destructible environment system where you can feasibly ‘make’ a covering location out of almost any wall just by shooting a hole in it.
Microsoft has officially released the Windows XP Service Pack 3 Release Candidate for download. Remember, the official SP3 wont be available until later on in 2008. SP3 is said to increase overall XP performance by 10% and include small upgrades like Network Access Protection, Black Hole Router Protection, and Enhanced Security for Administratot and Service Policy Entries. Download at your own risk, but it looks pretty good.
Microsoft has finally done it! The thing they originally said would never happen: SP1….Yes, the controversial Vista operating system is getting it’s first service pack today. The Service Pack, which is said to fix ‘hundreds of issues’ has been in beta for a month and now that it’s public, we can put it to the test. Expect a full report soon – hopefully it helps gaming performance, I am crossing my fingers on that one.
ComputerWorld is reporting that Microsoft has pulled the offer to get free software if users would sign up for the Windows Feedback Program, citing an exhaustion of free products to give out. Users emailing Microsoft regarding their free product will recieve this response: ‘Thank you for your interest in the feedback program. Due to high volume, we have reached our ‘while supplies last’ limit and have closed our free product incentive on 12/11/2007 at 2 p.m.’
Gamasutra reports that 42 Entertainment (I love bees), FASA (Battletech), and WizKids founder Jordan Weisman has reacquired the ‘electronic rights’ to his intellectual property from Microsoft – which recently shut down it’s FASA Game Studios. This means the original creator of Mechwarrior, Shadowrun, and Crimson Skies can begin to create any new game he wants to, based on his franchises. This is great news for fans of these franchises, as Microsoft’s closure of FASA Game Studios basically halted any further development from them and their recent production of Shadowrun was a critical flop.
Amazon is selling the Halo 3 Legendary edition (the one with the sweet Spartan helmet) for $60 dollars, today only! The package retails normally for double that cost.
Engadget reports that Microsoft has released SP1 of it’s Vista operating system to the it’s testers. According to the article, ‘Although there don’t appear to be many new features on top of what we’ve already seen, SP1 appears to be well-received, with testers reporting better laptop battery life, faster networking, and improved wake-from-sleep speeds. There’s still no word on when the final release of SP1 will hit, but if you’re in Microsoft’s tester program, SP1 RC1 is available online now.’
Joystiq is reporting that the Bioware RPG Mass Effect has been banned in Singapore for the option to have a lesbian love scene in the game. From the article:As reported by Reuters, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said, ‘the city-state should keep its conservative values and not allow special rights for homosexuals.’ The lesbian scene was posted on GameVideos earlier this week before Microsoft asked them to remove it. For your viewing ‘pleasure’, the scene: