• Throwback Thursday: The Neverhood

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ASRock X99 Killer

Intel’s Haswell-E platform is almost ready to launch and a lot of manufacturers and component producers are gearing up for the biggest switch in the PC landscape since the launch of DDR3 back in 2007. Haswell-E will launch with the brand new X99 chipset and the reworked LGA2011-3 socket, designed to house the massive six, eight and eventually twelve-core chips that Intel will be peddling to enthusiasts, gamers and professionals looking for the ultimate in speed and power. Although most board manufacturers have managed to now have their final designs leak, ASRock forgot all about their need to keep secrets and revealed their boards a little early during a special conference in Taiwan.

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It’s safe to say that Crytek has been in a spot of bother throughout the last couple of weeks. We’ve had reports of UK-based staff members not being paid, developers walking out, and their Shanghai offices also taking strain. Throughout all of this, however, there’s been a wall of silence from Crytek itself. As with most things in the gaming industry, where there’s smoke there’s fire, and in the case of Crytek, there was most definitely fire.

The company has finally broken its silence and has provided a statement on the financial and staffing issues that have been experienced of late. Crytek has indeed been sourcing additional funds to aid them as they transition from “a development studio to an Online-Publisher”. That funding has been secured, but during the interim, many of the staff members throughout Crytek’s global company have been the ones who have suffered the most.

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Welcome to the last episode of this week’s Laptop Buyer’s guide. We’re into the part where most people would consider this price category to be ludicrously insane. You can buy a decent, mid 1990′s second-hand car for this kind of money and that would arguably enable you to do more than just play games. You can drift with a rear-wheel drive Ford Escort, you can’t do the same on a laptop. But still, a lot of people do buy laptops in this price range and for the most part, they’re worth the extra expense because the build quality is generally better than average and the hardware lasts you a lot longer. Most of the time it’ll take a bit more punishment as well. So without further ado, commence the drooling!

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While we were all sleeping, some very fortunate people in Santa Monica got to attend a live performance of scenes from Naughty Dog’s The Last of Us. With The Last of us: Remastered Edition releasing on PlayStation 4 this Friday, the game is once again at the forefront of the industry’s hype machines. This live performance, entitled The Las of Us: One Night Live, couldn’t have happened at a better time.

The gist of the show is this: writers and directors Neil Druckmann and Bruce Straley rounded up the game’s musicians and voice actors to perform iconic scenes from the game live on stage. The evening was billed as an experiment, which turned out to be a huge success.

You can find a recording of the show after the jump; it starts around 30 minutes in. If you haven’t played The Last of Us (perhaps you’re picking up the Remastered Edition on Friday) then I strongly recommend you DON’T watch this until you’ve played through at least once. Spoilers ahead.

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Monolith Games has a tough crowd to please when it comes to storyline. Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor is bravely forging a new narrative path in Tolkien’s much-loved universe. That gives it the either the honour of adding to a rich legacy (albeit in a non-canonical way) or the potential to crash and burn among of long-time Tolkien fans. It’s a risky concept, but the potential is definitely there.

If you’ve been feeling a little sceptical about what’s in store for us as we carve our way through Shadow of Mordor, then perhaps this latest story trailer is what you need to alleviate some of your misgivings? In it we learn that the wraith aiding player character Talion is none other than Celebrimbor: the elf who appears in the book The Silmarillion and the one who forges the rings of power that were gifted to the races of Middle-earth.

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The header image for this article is enough to make any CPU enthusiast cry salty, salty tears. Over the years AMD and Intel have dipped in and out of the practice of using a lead-based solder to connect the CPU die to the integrated heatspreader on the top of the chip. Solder is a more effective transfer material for heat than regular thermal paste, as metal typically conducts heat much better. Although Intel is currently using regular thermal paste underneath its heatsinks, it will be moving back to using something more permanent for their high-end chips and it won’t be metallic either. 

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The internet is chock-full of terrible memes, terrible rumors and terrible click-baiting articles designed to be as sensational as possible in order to attract advertising revenue. Out of those three, the rumors are the ones that spread the fastest. Hoaxes get propogated through e-mail and social networks, websites pick up on rumors with little fact-checking being done and some websites put up these rumors with headlines that not only convince you that it must be real, but that it’s also completely true. One Overclock.net forum poster set out to see how far he cold spread a rumor on his own and the results, although hilarious, do highlight a trend that’s being going on for years on the internet.

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During a recent panel held over the weekend at the San Diego Comic-Con, developers BioWare unveiled a prototype of the Mako as it will appear in the new Mass Effect game. Yes, that lovable land vehicle with the ridiculous physics engine (that resulted in equal parts hysteria and rage during the original 2007 title) is making a return.

According to the game’s producer, Mike Gamble, exploration is forming one of the primary focuses in the next Mass Effect game. As such we’re going to need a vehicle to drive around on unexplored planets. It sounds like we’re going to be spending a lot of time in the Mako, and to make sure that time is more enjoyable, BioWare has stated that we’ll be able to customise the vehicle.

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“The time is near. They are watching. Your power is rising. Cologne, Germany. You’ve Been Chosen.”

As Chris Kemp says in his most recent This Week in Gaming post, BioWare and Electronic Arts have released a “Nightmare Teaser” trailer (and website) for the studio’s new IP ahead of Gamescom next month. Needless to say a proper announcement with actual details relating to the game will follow at the event, but for now gamers can watch the trailer after the jump and ask themselves, “What really happens when we sleep?” Hopefully we don’t all turn into the smoke monster from Lost like the poor man above.

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Hello once again NAGukks, and thanks for coming back for This Week In Gaming (especially after that last one, amirite?). This week we have some sexy new Xbox Ones (that you can never have), a little Hearthstone discussion, The Witcher 3 guys talk sex in video games, Bioware teases a new game and a burglar gets done in by a console. There’s also an interesting new addition to Titanfall that isn’t what you think, and another big FPS release is pushed back to next year. All that and the usual stuff, after the jump.

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Director Ridley Scott is producing the live-action series Halo: Nightfall. It’s meant to bridge the gap between the events of Halo 4 and upcoming Halo 5, which releases in 2015. Because the San Diego Comic-Con is currently underway and is billowing voluminous amounts of unadulterated geekery into the atmosphere, we get this first trailer for Scott’s Halo series.

Halo: Nightfall takes place on a colony world where the discovery of a shard from the original Halo structure is causing all sorts of political tension. That shard of the Halo will eventually take on a “dark and malevolent” vibe as the series continues. Nightfall’s main character is Jameson Locke (played by Mike Colter), and the miniseries will double as his origin story. Locke, 343 Industries has confirmed, will be a playable character in Halo 5.

Halo: Nightfall will be made available to Xbox LIVE members on 11 November. It’ll also be bundled with the Halo: The Master Chief Collection when it ships for Xbox One on the same date. Hit the jump for the trailer.

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If you’re familiar with Youtube at all, you might have noticed that many of the famous Youtubers producing daily content do so with video games. There are heaps upon heaps of people doing Let’s Plays, game analysis and reviews and a lot of personalities use Youtube to air their views on the gaming industry and some people, like TotalBiscuit or FrankieonPC, simply play new games for the fun of it to give the developers of indie titles more media exposure. By contrast, Twitch was a competitor to Youtube insofar as it provided an arguably better place on the internet for Let’s Plays and video streaming of gameplay. It was independently owned and run, it did not bow down to pressure from publishers only looking out for their reputations and it is one of the better places that people turn to for live coverage of gaming events such as The International.

Well, Twitch fans and content producers had better read this piece today because it directly affects you. Google and by extension Youtube now owns their largest video streaming competitor. Twitch is no longer independent.

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Half-Life isn’t among the titles, but c’mon, how can the Combine fight against this?

Desktop Linux is generally regarded as anathema to gaming, but over the past few years it has gotten considerably more attention from companies and developers alike. Steam has been available for the platform for a while, and now the ever-lovable folks at GOG.com have thrown their hats into the ring with the big announcement that they now officially support Linux too, with no less than 50 titles up for grabs, predominantly for the Ubuntu and Linux Mint distributions.

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It’s the second-last episode of the Laptop Buyer’s guide for this month and we’re settling into the mid-range market here, hoping to hit some of the sweeter spots that would make picking up a laptop instead of a desktop a realistic choice. Although it’s true that a desktop rig for the same price usually nets you about twice the performance, mid-range laptops usually have fantastic build quality to them and aren’t very likely to give up the ghost a year into the warranty. Hit the jump to see what your month buys you this week.

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Well, everyone except for you, Glorious Master Race – you lot can go back to your gigaflops and specular-full-screened-anti-aliased-bump-mapping-terabits or whatever. I’m kidding, I love my PC I really do, it just doesn’t have Destiny. Yet.

Anyway, for the rest of you console peasants, Bungie’s Destiny beta has had its gates thrown wide open. From 1AM local South African time, the beta should have started showing up in your various consoles as a download option. You might want to get on that download as soon as possible because the beta is scheduled to be shut down at the end of this weekend.

If you’re unsure about trying the game out, then you can give my alpha impressions a read. The beta plays identically to the alpha, save for a few extra story missions that have been added.

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About that Doug TenNapel guy… you know who I’m talking about, right? The same dude who brought the world Earthworm Jim? Yeah, him. He’s a fellow with some strange ideas, isn’t he? Oddball characters and offbeat humour are his specialties, so it’s not too surprising that a few of his works flew under the radar of mainstream appeal. Today we’ll be looking at The Neverhood, one of TenNapel’s efforts which graced the world way back in the Windows 95 era in the form of a point-’n’-click adventure game.

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