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Categories : Games I Reviewed For Unreality.com, Gaming, Hardware and Software, Newsflash, PC Games, Personal, Team Fortress 2, Technology, Valve, Xbox 360
Oh cool. They’ve given me Portal 2. I’m finalising my Steam install as I type this. VALVe seem to taken on-board my major criticism and updated the game to include hats from Team Fortress 2. I suspect they were kidding when they first said “No hats”. Then again, I thought the cross-platform gaming part was a joke. However it is true PC gamers can play Portal 2 with their PS3 and Xbox 360 owning buddies. Is that a gaming first? I think so…
Anyway, Portal 2 is a Thinking-Person’s-First-Person-Shooter. I should be getting a trademark on that new genre, but no. Instead I’m going to persuade you that Portal 2 is worth a look. For the visually stimulated ones present, here’s a convincing video.
Why don’t you download the game and we’ll race to see who is playing first!
Please visit the Portal 2 official website for more information.
Hmm how is that download getting on? Oh Portal 2 – 100% complete.
End of newsflash.
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Tags: Creative Sound Card, daniel_k, Nintendo 3DS, Pilot Wings Resort, Street Fighter IV 3D
Categories : daniel_k, Gaming, Nintendo, Street Fighter IV, Technology, Wi-Fi, X-Fi
Well it’s been ages since the last NMGS update. Old followers know it’s quite traditional to take a blogging break from Christmas to Springtime. I hope you’re all doing well and your sound cards are all behaving well.
Over the next few weeks you can expect to see quite a few updates. Firstly, the Creative Support Forum is humming with excitement over 2011’s version of the daniel_k support packs. Many of you (myself included) are interested as to the software’s content. When asked “Where are you daniel_k?” he replied:
NOT GONE, YET.
I’m busy with my personal life.
Expect some updates in 2 weeks or so.
Great! I suspect there will be changes to the Auto Mode Changer, Dolby and dts encoders and of course that awful Creative Audio Console. daniel_k usually manages to tweak memory usage to improve performance too. The huge amounts of problems with microphone and system memory issues meant daniel_k had a herculean task ahead of him.
As soon as it’s available – it will be posted! Please stop filling up my inbox with requests. I AM STILL NOT daniel_k!!! All bets are off. Especially the guy that bet $10 that corporate-ninjas from Singapore had finally found him.
We’ll also adding features to the site to cater for hand held browser users. In the 21st century – not everyone uses Internet Explorer. Expect some major changes in design, content and layout. Watch this space.
…and finally the Nintendo 3DS. Where do I start with that? Have you tried one yet? I am just in love with that little gizmo. I’ll try to finish off the hardware review over the weekend. Until then, I’ll be playing Pilot Wings Resort and Street Figher IV 3D. This 2D screen is making my eyes go funny.
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Categories : ATi, Creative Labs, Gaming, Hardware and Software, Microsoft, Technology, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Update, X-Fi
An updated version of Guru3D Driver Sweeper is available for download. It offers many improvements on cleaning and removal. There’s also new documentation available. Great job Phyxion. Go grab it from Guru3D
Guru3D Driver Sweeper 2.5.0 Download Released
Driver Sweeper is very easy to use. You only have to select the drivers you want to clean up.
The best way to clean drivers is to first uninstall the drivers using the official uninstallers, reboot in Safe Mode and run Guru3D – Driver Sweeper. However, rebooting and not going into Safe Mode also works, but can cause some files not to be cleaned.
What can it be used for ?
The current supported drivers are NVIDIA (Display and Chipset), ATI (Display), Creative (Sound), Ageia (PhysX), MMouse and Realtek (Sound).
All the settings are saved in an ini file. Nothing is created in the registry, so it’s possible to use it as a portable program. Log files can be saved to the harddisk and viewed as well. You can find the logs under the Tools menu.
The Guru3D – Driver Sweeper is fully tested on Windows 2000, XP, Vista and Windows & 7 RC. Both 32-bit and 64-bit versions are supported.
More info and revision history can be found here:
New in this release:
- Replaced cog icon with a new icon.
- Character to seperate registry keys from registry values in the analyse list.
- Some layout changes.
- Increased default window size.
- Update notifications, auto update has been removed.
- Directory wildcard search for custom filters.
- Added Norwegian translation. Thanks to Magnus Granås.
- Added Arabic translation. Thanks to Awadh.
- Improved registry cleaning methods.
- Improved directory cleaning methods.
- Rewritten the readme file.
- Rewritten the help file.
- Internal libraries.
- Improved Creative – Sound cleaning.
- Thanks to Karol C. Improved ATi – Display cleaning.
- Thanks to several people for supplying additional entries.
- Improved NVIDIA – Display cleaning. Thanks to theGryphon.
- Rare crash using backup.
- %WinDir% variable not working properly.
- Command Prompt after reboot in rare circumstances. Potential crash. Special thanks fly out to TwL for making this release possible.
Download – Click here
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Tags: Games For Windows, Xbox 360
Categories : Gaming, Hardware and Software, Microsoft, PC Games, Personal, Technology, Windows 7, Xbox 360
Ok, over a year ago we purchased a Microsoft Wireless Receiver for Windows. This device allows you to use Xbox 360 wireless controllers on Windows PC. It’s a fantastic piece of kit, and has seen action on many Games For Windows titles.
It’s a great way to play games. Games For Windows titles contain preset gamepad profiles. The game will be configured as the developers intended. That makes things really simple compared to other HID, which usually require manual configuration to achieve the optimum ease of use.
Another bonus are the Microsoft button icons. Take Kung-Fu Panda for example; there’s several parts of the game that require you to press an ordered sequence of buttons at the correct moment. With a standard controller, it would just say “Button 9” or something. With a Xbox 360 controller, it would draw a simple button icon to indicate exactly where the button is. It’s far less complicated for small children – and much more console-like.
Anyway… ours died. The light no longer lit up, and Windows Device manager couldn’t find it in any USB socket. I was about to throw it away, when I thought I’d google the fault. I’m sure glad I did. A new one would have been expensive, and would have the same issue eventually.
It seems we’re not the first people to have this problem. It almost seems like it’s an intentional fault. A tiny under-rated fuse seems to blow when exposed to heat. If you leave it anywhere slightly warm – there’s a good chance the feeble fuse will break. I guess it wasn’t a good idea leaving it on the amplifier.
I found this post, which contained several quality photos and instructions on how to fix. Sure enough Grandpa-Goat put a blob of solder on “Fuse F1” and it fixed it totally.
For your pleasure, here are some photos and a video. Enjoy!
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Categories : ATi, Borderlands, Gaming, Hardware and Software, nvidia, PC Games, Technology
Mrs nomoregoatsoup bought me a lovely copy of Borderlands from Christmas. It’s a fantastic game, with lots of action. Several things annoy me about it though. Firstly, that stupid Gamespy rubbish. Losing connection to Gamespy servers quite happily murdered my single player extravaganza. Secondly, the game features no options for enabling vsync in the game menu.
Vsync improves image quality in game, by syncing your monitor’s refresh rate with the video adapter. Some people (like me) can notice strange horizontal lines every few seconds. This is caused by lack of vsync, and is known to most people as “tearing”. Imagine you have a 60Hz monitor. If your adapter is drawing 80 frames per second, you’ll end up with a difference of 20 frames being overdrawn. This creates hiccups in perfomance and looks nasty. With vsync enabled, your video adapter will draw 60 frames a second to match the monitor – drawing 60 frames a second.
Anyway, Borderlands uses the Unreal engine, so we can enable vsync to cure this.
- First navigate to to the WillowEngine.ini
C:\Users\YOUR USERNAME\My Documents\My Games\Borderlands\WillowGame\Config\WillowEngine.ini
- Next we need to find the following values. Press CTRL + F to search quickly. Change the False to True
Save the WillowEngine.ini file and restart Borderlands. Now you will notice improved image quality and performance. That is providing your graphics card can keep up with your refresh rate.
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Categories : Gaming, Hardware and Software, PC Games, Street Fighter IV, Technology, Utilities, Windows 7
The release of Street Fighter IV is only a couple of weeks away, on 3rd July 2009. I’m so excited about this game FINALLY making it to PC. Thankfully the release is part of the “Games For Windows” range. For anyone in the know, that means your (up to 4) XBOX 360 controller(s) will work beautifully. I have a wireless XBOX 360 controller hooked up to our Windows 7 media rig… so this game is going to be a real bonus in our house.
Anyway, Capcom have released a handy little benchmark tool to see if your PC is fast enough to run it.
Street Fighter IV Benchmark Link 1
Street Fighter IV Benchmark Link 2
Our rig scored Rank A @ 1366×768 – 8xAA – 16x AF details & models at high and soft shadows at highest. Serious eye candy!