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Game Over for Graphics Cards?

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305w ago - Spare a thought for AMD and NVIDIA. They have been happily smacking each other upside the head for a decade. But at least they have been doing so safe in the knowledge that their GPUs are distinct from - and inherently superior in graphics processing terms - to CPUs.

At least, that used to be the case. Intel has now unveiled Larrabee, a co-processor based on an entirely new approach to graphics processing. If Intel has done its sums correctly, not only will the very definition of the GPU be unceremoniously defenestrated, but also AMD and NVIDIA's graphics chips could even be pummelled to the very brink of existence.

If that sounds like hubris, try this for size. Larrabee could also tear up the rulebook for CPUs, too. That's right, a single new architecture might just take over as ultimate all-round processor, eventually cannibalising sales of Intel's own conventional CPUs.

What exactly is this deathly destroyer, this harbinger of doom made manifest in 45nm silicon? Some sort of retro-engineered alien technology? Well, here's the really hilarious bit. In simple terms, it's just a metric crapload of old Pentium MMX processors crammed into a single processor die and mounted on a PCI Express board much like any other graphics card.

Exactly how many of these cores Larrabee contains...
 

Resistance 2 BETA Codes Now at Gamestop

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306w ago - Several gamers now currently reporting that if you head over to your local Gamestop you will in fact be able to get a BETA code for the Resistance 2 BETA.

If you were not fortunate to be invited by Sony or you chose not to purchase Qore, then you can use this as your alternative plan.

You can either head over to a retail store, or phone them up. If you have already pre-ordered the game you should receive your code via email or on the phone.

Currently the beta won't be open for another couple of weeks, but hey, at least you get a piece of the fight early! Hope to see you guys in the Resistance 2 BETA soon!
 

The PlayStation 3 Games of Fall 2008

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306w ago - Last week we posted an article detailing a limited list of PlayStation 3 titles scheduled to arrive this Holiday Season.

Today IGN (linked above) has posted their list of PS3 games slated for a Fall 2008 release, which include:

• BioShock
• Brothers in Arms
• Call of Duty: World at War
• Dead Space
• Fallout 3
• Far Cry 2
• Guitar Hero World Tour
• Lego Batman
• LittleBigPlanet
• Mega Man 9
• Midnight Club: LA
• Mirror's Edge
• MK Vs DC Universe
• Motorstorm: Pacific Rift
• Naruto
• NBA 09: The Inside
• NBA 2K9
• Prince of Persia
• Quantom of Solace
• Resistance 2
• Rock Band 2
• Saints Row 2
• Shaun White Snowboarding
• Silent Hill: Homecoming
• SingStar Vol 2

• SOCOM: Confrontation
• Sonic Unleashed
• Valkyria Chronicles
• Wipeout HD
• WWE SmackDown vs. RAW 2009

While the majority of these titles are multi-platform, there's a good handful of exclusive PS3 ones!
 

A New Metal Gear Solid Game 'Exists'

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306w ago - Update: Konami also registered "Existence" alone, without a link back to Metal Gear Solid in the USPTO on August 11. "Guns of the Patriots", Metal Gear Solid 4's subtitle, was also registered separately.

Siliconera reports: Solid Snake's story is finished, but that doesn't mean Konami is going to seal the Metal Gear Solid franchise in an early grave.

The first sign of a new Metal Gear Solid game comes from the Japanese Trademark database where Konami registered Metal Gear Existence with the boring image on the right. It's made to be used with video games so it's likely, very likely, the name of a future Metal Gear Solid game. Going by the title alone it sounds like we're going to visit the existence - or origins of the Metal Gear Solid franchise.

So, will this be another game starring Big Boss? Let the wild pre-Tokyo Game Show speculation begin!
 

GameStop: Game Trade-ins Accelerate Sales for New Games

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306w ago - The used games market has always been something of a problem for games publishers and developers as there is a certain belief that the respective market undervalues their work.

However, Bob McKenzie of GameStop has trashed such thoughts. He admits that used games are a very profitable part of GameStop's business, but there is a benefit for the publisher in what they call the "circle of life."

The reason being is that the trade-ins GameStop get help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well. To quote:

Multiplayer: Sales of used games are a big part of GameStop's business. What do you say to people who say that selling used games undermines the value of the work done by publishers and developers?

McKenzie: The used games, as reported in our financials, are a very profitable part of our business. The major benefit, not only for us but for the publishers as well, is what we call a "circle of life." The trade-ins we get from used games help to drive and accelerate sales for new games as well.

I've got an eight-year-old boy who's very much into gaming on all formats. [The used game trade-in option is] really neat. It's not just teaching him some economic lessons hopefully at a young age but it's really about having a broader assortment of...
 
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