Author - Jerry Paxton

World of Warcraft: Landfall Patch 5.1 Live

Blizzard Entertainment has announced the release of World of Warcraft: Landfall Patch 5.1, which includes a host of new features which you can read about below – enjoy!

Patch Features

Horde vs. Alliance Storyline

  • Horde vs. Alliance conflict ramps up with a new series of daily quests in Krasarang Wilds
    • ·           Players will defend their outpost and attack the opposing faction’s outpost
    • ·           Slaying rival NPCs and opposing faction players earns commendations that can be used for  base upgrades, such as additional guards, buffs, and more
  • Players will learn more of the Pandaren lore and learn more about the Horde vs. Alliance conflict that will be continued in future content updates

Two new actions offering cool new rewards

  • Operation: Shieldwall (Alliance)
  • Dominance Offensive (Horde)

New Scenarios will expand the Mists of Pandaria storyline

  • 5 new Scenarios (2 unique scenarios for each faction; 1 playable by either faction)
  • Assault on Zan’Vess (Horde and Alliance)
  • Lion’s Landing and A Little Patience (Alliance)
  • Domination Point and Dagger in the Dark (Horde)

Pet Battles System Upgrades

  • ·           Enhancements to the Pet Battles System UI that players have been asking for, such as improved sorting, pet levels revealed on the map, and more
  • ·           Battle-stones now available to upgrade quality of pets
  • ·           New rare pets drop from vanilla raid bosses: Molten Core, Blackwing Lair, Temple of Ahn’Qiraj, and Naxxramas

Brawler’s Guild

  • Very exclusive solo PvE “underground” fighting that’s invitation only
  • Gladiator-style fights against Azeroth’s toughest creatures
  • Fights get progressively more difficult — and prestige increases — as battles progress

Legendary Quest Line Continued

  • Next step in the Mists of Pandaria Black Prince legendary quest line opens up to players

Raids

  • Raid groups are no longer necessary to enter pre-Mists of Pandaria raid dungeons

Patch Screenshots

New Screens and Info on DARK

Ridgewood, NJ, November 27, 2012 – Publisher Kalypso Media and developer Realmforge Studios are pleased to show off a selection of exciting new screenshots from DARK, the upcoming action-RPG for console and Windows PC.  The captivating new screenshots will give gamers a deeper look into the characters and environments found in DARK, as well as showcasing the game’s unique 3D cel-shaded art style.  DARK is a supernatural third-person stealth action game where players will explore the shadowy world of a vampire anti-hero as he fights against the forces of the GeoForge Corporation in an attempt to shed light to their dark secrets.  DARK is scheduled for release Q2 2013.

DARK is a stealth action game with RPG elements that lets you slip into the role of the ultimate killer… a vampire. Stalk your enemies from the shadows then use powerful vampire abilities to attack and silently dispatch them! The exciting story of DARK immerses you in a world full of blood and darkness in which the hunter can become the hunted at any time.   As you unravel the mystery behind the omnipresent and powerful global conglomerate, Geoforge, you must continually improve your character by developing powerful skills to aid you in remaining unobserved, or silence those unfortunate enough to take too keen an interest in you.

Features of DARK:

  •  Stealth and action combine as players walk the world in darkness and silence, attacking their unsuspecting foes with supernatural fury
  • Use powerful vampire abilities and hard-hitting melee attacks to defeat dangerous enemies — turn into a puff of smoke and disappear, or close with your foes in an instant!
  • Powerful and intelligently controlled AI enemies mix the fantastic with the real-world. Battle police and elite special forces along with ghouls and other vampires
  • Castles, museums, skyscrapers, nightclubs and more are rendered in stunning 3D cel-shaded graphics, beckoning the player to explore — but beware, powerful enemies hide everywhere
  • RPG element mix with a compelling story – players will build up their skills through successful evasion and combat, while advancing the story through conversations with NPCs

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Word of Tanks Championship to be Held at World Cyber Games 2012

27 November, 2012 – Wargaming today announced details of the World of Tanks championship at the World Cyber Games 2012 Grand Finals. Marking the game’s debut as an official eSports discipline, this year`s challenge will be held in Kunshan, China from November 29th to December 2nd.

Fifteen top professional and competitive teams from across Europe, North America, and Asia battled their way through online qualifiers and national finals to compete for the coveted title of World of Tanks World Champion and prize purses going to the best three teams.

The tournament will begin with two groups of eight and seven teams that will see the top two competitors in each group advance to the single elimination best-of-three bracket.

“We are focused on expanding World of Tanks as a world-wide eSport discipline,”- said Victor Kislyi, CEO of Wargaming. “Events like the World Cyber Games spur growth in it as a cyber sport by encouraging pro gamers to pump more hours into improvement and helping us find what needs to be changed to enhance the gaming experience.”

The final battles for the World of Tanks grand prize will be held on December 1, 2012. The semi-finals and the 3rd/4th place matches will be held on stage D, while the ultimate encounter will unfold on stage A.

All stage matches of the WCG 2012 Grand Finals will be broadcasted live by Korean Ongamenet, Twitch TV, Daum TV pot and Chinese NeoTV.

About World Cyber Games

First held in 2001, World Cyber Games is an international competitive cyber-gaming event operated by South Korean company World Cyber Games Inc. and sponsored by Samsung. The tournament encourages cyber athletes from all six continents compete for prizes and prestige, and is credited with launching the professional careers of many of the planet’s top video game competitors. The event has a yearlong tournament format, which begins with online, national and regional competitions around the world. Top national competitors then convene to compete in the ultimate global eSports tournament, the WCG Grand Final.

World Cyber Games 2012 will define best of the best in four titles: StarCraftВ® II: Wings of Libertyв„ў, FIFA 12, Cross FireВ®, and World of Tanks.

For more information: http://www.wcg.com/

Razer Updates its Orochi Notebook Gaming Mouse

CARLBAD, Calif. –Nov. 27, 2012– Razer™, the world leader in high-performance gaming hardware, announced its new Razer Orochi gaming mouse, an evolution of the company’s previous version of the highly successful mobile mouse.

The new Razer Orochi is outfitted with the most precise laser sensor ever outfitted in a mobile gaming mouse: Its 6400 dpi 4G sensor promises to take out the competition with deadly accuracy.

The Orochi connects wirelessly through Bluetooth 3.0 found in most laptops and also supports wired gameplay, performing equally well in both wired and wireless modes.   It is also powered by two AA batteries that are optimized for extended life, doubling the battery life of its predecessor with up to 30 hours of continuous gameplay or three months of conventional usage.

“We want our dedicated fans to keep the ability to game at the high level they demand when they leave their home,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff. “Companies including Razer make mobile gaming laptops for that and, with those, there needs to be a mobile mouse solution.  The Razer Orochi answers that need. We believe we’ve ushered in a new era of mobile gaming with the extreme performance and portability of our Blade laptop and Orochi gaming mouse.”

About the New Razer Orochi

The Razer Orochi is designed to be compact and portable and it is now outfitted with the most precise sensor in a mobile mouse. Get twice the performance with the Razer Orochi’s 6400 dpi 4G laser sensor. With wired or wireless Bluetooth functionality, you can experience the frenzy of fast gameplay or freedom of movement. The Razer Orochi’s extended battery life ensures double the gaming time from its predecessor.

Price:

U.S. $69.99 / EU €69.99

Availability:

Razerzone.com – Available Now

Worldwide – Available Now

Product features: 

Features:

  • ·         6400 dpi 4G laser sensor
  • ·         Gaming-optimized Bluetooth 3.0 wireless connectivity
  • ·         Synapse 2.0 enabled
  • ·         Ambidextrous form factor
  • ·         Powered by 2x AA batteries
  • ·         30 hrs. battery life for continuous use
  • ·         Power on/off switch
  • ·         LED on scroll wheel
  • ·         Additional low battery indicator

For more information about the Razer Orochi, please visit www.razerzone.com/orochi

Fray: Reloaded Edition PC Giveaway – Expired

UPDATE – The winners of our Fray: Reloaded Edition contest are….

BayouGrump (Website Comment)

WillGriesmer (Twitter post)

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Andrew Marsh (Facebook Comment)

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drpixl (Twitter Post)

Matslap (Twitter Post)

RichDMZ (Twitter Post)

We will be sending you each a PC/Steam code for the game. Thanks to everyone for entering the contest. This was our most successful one yet!

We are giving away ten PC/Steam codes for the multiplayer, turn-based strategy game: FRAY: Reloaded Edition. That is, ten winners – each getting one code for redemption on Steam. This contest will expire on December 14, 2012 @ 11:59PM pacific time. Winners will be randomly-selected upon the giveaway expiration.

Entries are limited to one per person, per method. This means that you have three times the chances to win if you enter via all the following ways! So – how do I enter?

Facebook

First, like our Facebook page – Then, post a comment on this thread telling us what the last video game you played was and if you liked it or not – and why! Come on people, work for it!  🙂

Twitter

Follow our twitter account then tweet this message and we will count that as one entry:

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Simply register an account with us and post a message below this thread telling us what the last video game you played was and if you liked it or not – and why!

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Antec Kuhler H20 920 CPU Liquid Cooler Review (Hardware)

We decided to upgrade one of our gaming rigs to a newer LGA 1366 chipset, Intel i7-3770K processor and, as one would expect, encountered some issues while trying to overclock it with the stock CPU cooler. The Ivy Bridge chips are running much hotter than the previous Sandy Bridge CPUs and we knew that the OEM heatsink would not be enough if we wanted to boost the power up some. We turned to an Antec solution, their Kuhler H20 920 all-in-one CPU liquid cooler. With a large, self-enclosed radiator and two 120mm fans, we had high hopes that the cooler would allow us to boost the CPUs performance without burning a hole through our floor, thermite-style.

The Kuhler H20 920 is compatible with a large array of Intel and AMD CPU sockets – even the Intel LGA 2011. So, we began the installation process and crossed our fingers. In the past, we have been left with sore digits after installing CPU coolers, so we were hopeful this would not happen with this model. Thankfully, the installation procedure was very straight forward. The retention ring and backplate were very easy to install and the pump and cooler installed without issue. The cables connecting the whole thing are a flexible rubber instead of corrugated plastic like some other units. Antec’s rubber cabling allows for a greater flexibility in placing the unit into your PC chassis.

One interesting thing about the Kuhler H20 920 is that you hook it up to one of your motherboard’s USB connections in order to use the Chill Control V software package. This software utility allows users to monitor and control their CPU coolers as well as do interesting things like change the color of the unit’s LED to whatever you like. Unlike other cooler control suites, Chill Control V should be commended for its low overhead. Chill Control V even monitors the sound level of your cooler. Speaking of which, the Kuhler H20 920 is pretty normal in that area, sounding a lot like Corsair’s H70 all-in-one liquid cooler. However, when set to its lowest fan speed setting, the cooler is very quiet (wouldn’t recommend this for high-end gaming).

After getting it all put back together and online, you can install Antec’s software control suite if you like (it is not a necessity). Some prefer to manually control their fans or rely on fan control units – but for our purposes, we decided to use Antec’s software for our fan control. Additionally, we used EVGA Frostbite Thermal Grease on our heatsinks. To actually test the CPU, we used Prime95 and RealTemp, running the PC under the test conditions until temperatures leveled off.

Test Rig

  • Intel i7-3770K CPU
  • ASUS  Sabertooth Z77 Motherboard
  • 16GB Corsair Vengeance RAM
  • CM Storm Sniper Black Chassis

Results

Stock CPU – OEM Heatsink (3.5 GHz)

  • Idle – 39C
  • Load – 85C

Stock CPU – Kuhler H20 920 (3.5 GHz)

  • Idle – 29C
  • Load – 48C

Overclocked CPU – Kuhler H20 920 (4.2 GHz)

  • Idle – 36C
  • Load – 62C
There is no doubt that the Kuhler H20 920 is keeping this CPU very cool. Even when slightly OC’d, the temperature never reached dangerous levels – even running cooler than the stock CPU settings with the OEM heatsink under load. I have no doubt that I could push the OC up a bit more without too much trouble. While it is never recommended to reach, the Tj. Max (max temperature) for the i7-3770K is 105C. Running under load (at 4.2GHz) at a temperature of 62c, we definitely have some headroom left before maxing it out.

Conclusions

Overall, the Antec Kuhler H20 920 all-in-one CPU liquid cooler has performed very well in keeping what has come to be known as a hotter-running processor cool. With average noise levels, smooth installation process, easy-to-use control software, and good performance I can easily recommend it to users wanting to cool their CPUs down. The Antec Kuhler H20 920 is available now at their official website.

*It should be noted that Antec has just released a newer model of this CPU cooler called the Kuhler H20 920 v4. We will work on reviewing that model when it is in stock.

Official Features

  • CPU Socket Compatibility:
    – Intel LGA 2011/ 1155 / 1156 / 1366
    – AMD AM2 / AM3 / AM2+ / AM3+ / FM1
  • Included software provides essential tools to control and monitor the KÜHLER H₂O 920
  • Non-corrugated easy-bend tubes for maximum flexibility in radiator positioning
  • Pulse Width Modulation (PWM) radiator fans generate the quietest high performance cooling
  • Customizable RGB LED creates brilliant illumination
  • Cooling Liquid – Safe, environmentally-friendly, anti-corrosive
  • Fan Speed: 700 – 2400 RPM (PWM controlled)
  • Tubing Length: 13.0″ / 330 mm
  • Radiator Dimensions:
    – 5.6″ (H) x 4.7″ (W) x 1.9″ (D) /
    – 151 mm (H) x 120 mm (W) x 49 mm (D)
  • Fan Dimensions:
    – 4.7″ x 1.0″ / 120 mm x 25 mm
  • Air Flow:
    – 110.0 CFM
  • Noise Level:
    – 43 dBA
  • Cold Plate + Pump Height:
    – 1.1″ / 29 mm
  • Net weight:
    – 2.4 lbs / 1.1 kg
  • Gross weight:
    – 3.5 lbs / 1.6 kg
  • AQ3 – Antec Quality 3 year limited warranty on parts and labor

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