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  • Jay 3:52 am on April 19, 2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: ancient arena, creation kit, Gaming, pinkie pie, workshop link   

    Skyrim Mod Downloads for this Week 

    Download this week’s mods:

     

    UFO – Ultimate Follower Overhaul by fLokii
    Skyrim Nexus Link

    Colossus – The Ancient Arena – Beta v.1.2 by ZedalisDesign
    Steam Workshop Link

    Spell Master The Time And Space by WarriorKeKe
    Skyrim Nexus Link

    Dovahkiin Relaxes Too by perplexmachine
    Steam Workshop Link or Skyrim Nexus Link

    Bonus Mod: Grim Reaper Hoods by Kempalot
    Steam Workshop Link

    Levelers Tower v13 by WillieSea
    Skyrim Nexus Link

    A lot of the instructions on how to make these mods work are on the links so please do take the time to read them before doing anything. The last thing I want you to do is mess up your games. Happy gaming!

     
  • Jay 11:12 pm on July 19, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Battalion Laptop, Central processing unit, DDR3 SDRAM, Gaming, GeForce, Hardware, Intel Core i7, Laptop, Radeon, Random-access memory, Universal Serial Bus   

    Best Gaming Laptop for 2011 

    Hardcore gaming has taken a new leap into the mobile world and can now be done anywhere. Gaming laptops have given gamers around the world a new way to destroy their friends online or work together to take down the next raid boss. Being able to play a game while on a plane or on the road is not only possible but has become very popular. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 from iBuypower gives the player an absolutely amazing gaming experience every time. The 2x Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire graphics card, 4GB of DDR3 memory and Intel Core i7 740QM processor give this computer plenty of power to handle most any game on the market. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 has the best hardware out of any gaming laptop we reviewed and has earned our TopTenREVIEWS Gold Award for its amazing performance.

    Video/Audio: 

    When looking into getting a gaming system of any kind the first thing to look at is the graphics card. You are going to want a card that will not only work for the current games out, but one that will be able to handle games for the next few years as well. It is even more important to look at what comes in a gaming laptop because it is very hard to replace parts on your own, so having something that is going to work for a long time is a must. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 has one of the best mobile ATI graphics cards on the market which means you are going to be able to run pretty much any game on the highest graphic settings. The 2x Mobility Radeon HD 5870 Crossfire has 1GB of memory which allows the card to display those very detailed images even better.

    A 3D premium surround sound onboard sound card is used for the audio on this laptop. Almost all laptops use simple sound cards and will not be able to produce the amazing sound you will find on a desktop computer. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 and all of the other gaming laptops we reviewed all have this same issue; the sound quality is far below that of standalone speakers. That being said, the Battalion does produce very good sound for a laptop and that is due to the size of this notebook. With a 18.4 inch screen and base they were able to fit a lot more into this gaming laptop.

    Processor: 

    The processor is basically the brain of your computer; it tells the computer what instructions to do and how to carry them out. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 gaming laptop has one of the best CPUs (Central processing unit) available for laptops. The Intel Core i7-740QM mobile processor will keep your computer and all of its programs running at top notch. This amazing little device has a clock speed of 1.72GHz, four cores and eight threads. What does all of that mean in terms of processing speed and how your gaming laptop will work? Basically, the clock speed is how fast information can be processed (speed limit); the threads and cores would be similar to freeways (four cores) and lanes (eight threads) on the freeway. There are four areas that have eight threads in which information can move to and from the processor. 1.73GHz is actually quite fast when compared to the best processors which run around 1.86GHz or really close to that speed.

    Memory/Storage: 

    If we take a step back and look at what games required to run at top performance 5 years ago and look at what they take now, it is easy to see why RAM (random access memory) is becoming even more important. If you are not running at least 4GB of ram in any gaming laptop or computer, odds are you are not having the best performance. Luckily for those who choose this top ranked gaming laptop you will have 4GB of DDR3 RAM which is about perfect for most games. There is an option to upgrade and if you are planning for the future it may be a good choice.

    That being said, almost all gaming laptops out right now use 4GB so the Battalion 101 X8100-U3 is right on track. The only place this laptop lacks is when we look at the amount of hard drive space it has, with only 320GB of RAM you will want to be careful about loading too many movies, music or other such extras. 320GB is more than enough for most gamers since some of the biggest games out only use about 30GB at most.

    Additional Features: 

    The first thing you are going to notice is that all of the high end gaming laptops use Windows 7 Home Premium. This is because all gaming companies are making games for this OS (operating system) because it works well and can handle multitasking. The Battalion 101 X8100-U3 is by far our largest gaming laptop coming in at 18.4 inches. Some may find this to be a huge plus because of the very large screen whiles others may not like the large size when it comes to portability. It does weigh a lot more than the 15 inch screens, but will provide a much better gaming experience. It also has a screen resolution of 1920×1080 pixels which is what we would expect from our number one gaming laptop.

    One thing we really loved on this computer was the overall look and feel of the laptop; it feels very sturdy and the buttons don’t feel like they are going to fall off. You will find all of your basic volume and other touch screen controls along the top of the keyboard, along with a set of hotkey buttons on the left hand side of the keyboard. One of the most important connection types for a laptop would be USB ports and this computer offers four. These allow for connecting a mouse, external hard drive, Blu-ray player and just about anything else. When running games, media and other such software the Battalion 101 X8100-U3 will run for about two and half hours on a full charge. This is about average for a gaming laptop and plenty long for most people.

    Support/Warranty: 

    iBuyPower’s support and warranties page is very easy to navigate and you will find all of the different help options on one page. This is a huge plus since some sites send you from page to page just to view additional information. Drivers, FAQs, technical support and warranty services are all quick and simple to use and find the answers you seek. There is also a live chat option for those concerned about the purchase process. Overall, we were pleased with the one year warranty offered for this gaming laptop and found this site’s support and warranty section very inviting.

    Summary:

    Purchasing a gaming laptop can be a very scary thing but iBuyPower has made it very easy, the Battalion 101 X8100-U3 is by far one of the best gaming laptops on the market today. This amazing device allows you to take your gaming experience on the road and still run those graphic-intense games with ease. When it comes to top of the line hardware and large viewing experience, you will be hard-pressed to find anything better than the Battalion 101 X8100-U3.

    Specifications

    Case
    Battalion 101 X8100-U3 18.4″ Full HD 1920X1080 Widescreen LCD TFT Laptop w/8 Gaming Key, 2 HDMI ports, eSATA port, Fingerprint Security, Bluetooth, Li-Polymer battery, Universal AC Power Adapter – Original Metallic Black

    Processor
    Intel® Core™ i7-740QM Mobile Processor (4x 1.73GHz/6MB L3 Cache)

    Memory
    4GB [2GB x 2] 1333MHz DDR3 SDRAM [Laptop Memory] – Corsair or Major Brand

    Video Card
    2x ATI Mobility Radeon HD 5870 – 1GB [X8100] – CrossFire Mode

    Hard Drive
    320 GB 7200rpm Serial-ATA Super Slim Laptop Hard Drive

    Optical Drive
    8x Dual Format DVD±R/±RW + 16x CD-R/RW Combo Drive [X8100]

    Flash Media Reader/Writer
    Built-in 7-in-1 Media Card Reader/Writer [Laptop]

    Sound Card
    3D Premium Surround Sound Onboard

    Network Card
    Built-in 10/100/1000 Mbps LAN [Laptop]

    Fax Modem
    Built-in 56K V.92 Fax Modem [Laptop]

    IEEE 1394 FireWire Card
    Built-in 1x IEEE 1394 FireWire Port [Laptop]

    Internal Wireless Network Adapter
    Standard 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi

    Operating System
    Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium + Office Starter 2010 (Includes basic versions of Word and Excel) – 64-Bit

    USB Accessories
    Built-in 4x USB 2.0 Ports + 2x USB 3.0 Port [Laptop]

    Carrying Case
    Free Deluxe Carrying Case

    Video Camera
    Built-in 2.0 Mega Pixels Digital Web Video Camera

    Warranty
    Standard Warranty Service – Standard One(1) Year Limited Warranty + Lifetime

     
  • Jay 1:24 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: gamers, , Gaming, Jordan Wayne Long., long. wayne. jordan, mmorpg, pc gaming   

    Playing Online while being Shipped Cross Country!!! Top that!!!! 

    Jordan Wayne Long is preparing for his summer vacation- seven days, locked in a crate, traveling from Bald Knob, Arkansas to Portland, Oregon. Yes, you read that right.

    Long, a “performance and video artist” according to his website, plans to travel by crate for a week with no connection to the outside world, except for his Lord of the Rings Onlineaccount. He has said that this relates to his study of Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and coping mechanisms related to PTSD. Many sufferers of the disorder escape into online communities, where they can reinvent themselves and the society in which they live.

    While the concept is interesting, I fail to see why Long has to build himself a crate and ship himself across the country in order to do what millions of others do from the cold, clammy comfort of their mothers’ basement. Long keeps the public updated on his exploits via his twitter and personal blog. He has also created a blog for his in-game character, which he plans to update regularly from the road. He will be playing as “Townsfolk”, a level 40 Dwarf on the Meneldor server. No word yet on whether or not his mom will be delivering regular plates of cookies to his crate.

    The actual travel will take place from July 1 to July 7, concluding in a presentation at one of Fourteen30’s Portland art galleries. A friend of Long’s, Bradi Roberts, will be shipping the crate with Long inside on her truck. Follow Long’s twitter here and his personal blog here.

     
  • Jay 12:40 am on July 6, 2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Female, Gaming, Ladies, Tomb Raider,   

    This One Goes Out to All the Ladies 

    Reader Bondage_Zombie has spent over a decade in video game drag. He’d like this option in more games, but not just for his sake. He thinks that there aren’t enough female gamers out there and it could be the developers’ faults. So what can devs do to bring in the elusive audience?

    It seems like a lot of people have been talking about courting female gamers, so here’s my 2 cents.

    Every gamer has their own ‘flavor’; a genre addiction that constantly calls out. All you have to do is look at the games you own to find out exactly what scratches your itch; for me, bullets do the trick.

    When Quake II came out I tore through it in no time, and quickly learned to use Gamespy and other clients to ferret out competitive servers for my burgeoning addiction. One-shot railgun kills and grappling hooks changed the game into a caffeine-fueled-eye-straining-gibfest. My favorite part of the entire experience was the angry waves of text as my female avatar soared through each level, pumping depleted uranium slugs into the face of her ham-necked counterparts.

    That’s right, female. A presence that is almost always conspicuously absent from games that involve unloading a few clips into the faces of a diverse range of assailants. The loving developers at Id gave me a choice that forever changed my view of shooters by allowing me the preference of a strong female lead in my blood-streaked after school playground.

    I am male; at least I was the last time I checked. In most games that give me the option, I play a female because it almost always seems like a novelty. The main characters in games like Quake II, Call of Duty and many others are overwhelmingly male

    This is not by accident. Roleplaying has always relied on story to drive the action and choice to give characters more involvement in growth, appearance and even gender; helping to bridge the gap between sexes, even if that sex isn’t what you live day-to-day. Big developers like Activision have even come under fire by claiming that female leads “don’t sell games”, even generating as much focus group data (in delightfully skewed ways) to support their claims, according to articles popping up at industry-focused sites like Gamasutra [url][www.gamasutra.com]
    This would explain why their female leads tend to be Barbie and Dora the Explorer; not exactly reaching out to the female community.

    Activision even seemed close to hitting the mark when their Black Ops commercial “There is a Soldier in all of us” featured women, in a variety of dress, duking it out with their male counterparts. Unfortunately, females are wholly absent from the multiplayer and single-player campaign, even though the game offers many degrees of customization it seems strange that they would fall short in this area, despite many online community forums consistently raising the issue with developers of First Person Shooters.

    The developers that break stale tradition, like Valve’s Portal franchise, strike gold with the female set seemingly without effort. It takes aim at puzzles instead of wanton bloodshed, narrating the single-player campaign with witty dialogue and continuing narrative. Hell, there aren’t even any faeries, horses or shades of pink anywhere on the box! Other genres, particularly RPGs, have often given the option to play as a female character in some way while including an overall narrative that appeals more to women.

    So, what are companies like Valve doing that is so right while other companies let a growing market slip through their fingers?

    Interpret, a marketing research firm, released a new report “Games and Girls: Video Gaming’s Ignored Audience”, which examined behaviours of female gamers. It found that the market is growing and not just in casual(facebook), music and exercise games. They are only putting numbers to what developers like Bioware(makers of Dragon Age, Mass Effect, Baldur’s Gate) Lionhead (Fable) and Valve (Team Fortress 2, Half-Life, Left For Dead) have known for years: A good story and the availability of strong female leads help their games appeal to women, even if they exist in gaming domains people consider to be dominated by males. Not only that, but these numbers are GROWING—according to the report recently released, by 50 percent in just the past two years. This time frame saw the releases of 2 Mass Effect and Dragon Age games as well as Fable III and Left For Dead 2.

    It’s no surprise then, that the story-heavy games like Mass Effect and Dragon Age try to further their appeal by allowing characters to use even simple tools to modify the faces of their characters, helping them feel more emotionally invested as they make decisions and occasionally engage in visceral combat. The research lends more weight to this approach. Courtney Johnson, an analyst for Interpret notes “they[women] are much more likely to prefer to play solo than men, and play games for less competitive and more narrative- and character-driven reasons.”

    When I think about it, it seems like the simplest thing in the world: inclusion. Games have had narrative and female characters for years, but many developers have been wildly successful making games where women are only present as eye-candy or impractical beings better suited to burlesque than serious protagonists (not that there isn’t a time and place for these things).

    It’s no silver bullet, but it’s a start.

     
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