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Player vs. Everything: Choking on graphics

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325w ago - I managed to get my hands on an Age of Conan BETA key this morning, so off I went to excitedly download the client. I'm a big fan of Robert E. Howard's original pulps, and I've been looking forward to the grim and gritty world of Hyboria for a while now.

Most of what I've read about it so far has been very positive (with a few notable exceptions due to some of the design choices). Our own write-up of the overall BETA experience from Michael Zenke was very encouraging with regard to the combat, gameplay, and feel of the world. Overall, it seems like there's a lot to be excited about.

There's just one glaring issue that everyone seems to be having: the graphics are choking their machines.

This isn't a new phenomenon. It seems like every new game on the market in the last few years wants to beat our poor, 1-3 year old computers into lifeless heaps of rubbish with their outlandish and ridiculous system requirements. Even World of Warcraft, a game celebrated for its accessibility and ability to be run on older machines, wasn't that way at launch (though it was substantially better than its major competitors at the time, EverQuest 2 and City of Heroes).

However, this strategy of supercharged visuals has made things hard for a number of games. Vanguard in particular suffered a...
 

Three new Haze Multi-player Game Play Videos out!

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326w ago - Today three new Haze Multi-player Game Play videos are abailable courtesy of GameTrailers as follows:

Enjoy!

Sniping Multi-player Gameplay: Rockets are fun and knives are great, but is there anything more thrilling than sniping your opponent from hundreds of meters?





Death in All Directions Multiplayer Gameplay: Use these abandoned buildings to wreak havoc on your opponents.





Kill Style Multiplayer Game Play: Find new ways to kill your friends.




 

Video: CoD4 Invisible Player Cheaters in action!

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326w ago - Below is a video showing a CoD4 hack demonstrating someone being killed by invisible players.

It comes to us courtesy of excursel via YouTube..

Enjoy!




 

Circuit City Now Accepting HD-DVD Player Trade-Ins

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333w ago - Have an HD-DVD player laying around and want to get rid of it? Well, if you bought it at any Circuit City location, you can now trade it in towards a purchase of any Blu-ray disc player.

Don't want a Blu-ray player? That's okay! They'll hand you a gift card in the amount of the original purchase price instead.

According to customer reports, the trade-in deal is good towards a PlayStation 3 unit as well. Keep in mind this deal is in-store only. The full memo is detailed below:

HD DVD - The End. Toshiba stated in a press release that they will stop manufacturing and selling HD DVD players. The marketplace has spoken in favor of Blu-ray. We are delighted that consumers now will be able to invest with confidence in next-generation video disc players and titles. Based on Toshiba's announcement, we expect to phase out HD DVD players and movie titles in our stores and on our Web site in the near future. FAQs

Why will Circuit City continue to sell HD DVD players for the near future?

There are large numbers of HD DVD movie titles still in circulation and some customers will want to be able to view those titles.

Also, HD DVD players are very affordable and will continue to play and up-convert standard DVDs with improved quality. So, during the phase-out,...
 

Motorstorm 2 to be Four Player Split Screen Island Getaway

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334w ago - Darren Waters of the BBC has confirmed that Motorstorm 2 will feature a four player split screen option, thus fixing one of the key missing features in the first game.

Waters goes on to mention the game is months away from completion, but the engine looks superb and the graphics as you'd expect were very impressive.

To quote: Here's what I was shown:

Motorstorm 2 is due out in time for Christmas and moves the action away from the desert locale of the original. Gamers will be able to race around a lush island environment, full of interactive vegetation.

The game will feature four-player split-screen action, righting one of the obvious failings of the first game.

The title is some months away from completion but the game's engine looked rock solid and the graphics were as impressive as one would expect from one of the best-looking racing franchises.
 
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