Links from around the internet are only a short click away. We have stories about tips and tricks for Windows 8 as well as Windows 8 upgrade paths. Also, a few gaming keyboard and mouse reviews, Radeon 7950 review, a review of Team Fortress 2 after 857 hours of game time, Qbeh Indie Impressions and more.
Microsoft made many drastic user interface changes in Windows 8. The Start menu we’ve all gotten accustomed to over the past one and half decades is completely gone. They’ve given us what they call a Start screen, charms, and mouse and touch gestures, but Window 8 will require quite a learning curve for new users to figure out how to get around and be productive. Based on our experience thus far with the public Windows 8 Release Preview we offer these efficiency tips.
One of the most impressive laptops at CES 2012 was the HP Envy Spectre. It was a sleek, attractive laptop that seemed to indicate that HP was really starting to understand what the Envy brand could be about. It’s been a long time since a PC OEM was able to challenge Apple in the arena of design. The Spectre indicated that might change.
When AMD launched the first series 7900 graphics cards based on the Tahiti XT GPU, the Radeon HD 7970 series was received positively in the market, a product that competes well with the GeForce GTX 580 and it can even keep up with the GeForce GTX 670.
Today Neoseeker will be taking a look at the CM Storm Sentinel Advance II gaming mouse and the CM Storm Speed-RXL gaming mouse pad from Cooler Master. The manufacturer is always looking to take its game one step further, and the Sentinel Advance II aims to do just that with a long list of features including 200-8200 DPI tracking resolution, 128 KB Sentinel-X memory for profiles and macros and customizable multi-color LED light system, to name just a few.
Genius introduced a strong lineup of gaming peripherals this year and today we will take a look at the GX-Gaming Imperator Pro MMORPG/RTS Gaming Keyboard. This is based on the Imperator baseline model except with extra features that you may want in a premium keyboard. Benchmark Reviews takes a look at this product today to see how well it stands against competition.
Microsoft has shared with select partners some specifics about what those upgrading to Windows 8 can expect when moving from Windows XP, Windows Vista and Windows 7.
I must say, I was more than just impressed when taking a look at the case for the first time. Corsair has truly managed to take the military look, tone it down and apply it to a chassis. If they would have added stripes or military text to the case, things would have been completely different. Instead the Vengeance C70 manages to hit the golden middle in terms of design, while still remaining appealing for the masses.
The Source Filmmaker (SFM) is the movie-making tool built and used by us here at Valve to make movies inside the Source game engine. Because the SFM uses the same assets as the game, anything that exists in the game can be used in the movie, and vice versa. By utilizing the hardware rendering power of a modern gaming PC, the SFM allows storytellers to work in a what-you-see-is-what-you-get environment so they can iterate in the context of what it will feel like for the final audience.
Steam Greenlight is a new system that enlists the community’s help in picking some of the next games to be released on Steam. Developers post information, screenshots, and videos for their game and seek a critical mass of community support in order to get selected for distribution. Steam Greenlight also helps developers get feedback from potential customers and start creating an active community around their game as early in the development process as they like.
When the gentlemen of RPS asked me Wot I Thought about Valve’s now-free team-based FPS, Team Fortress 2, I was busy playing the game, and completely failed to notice their entreaties. They tried shouting and waving over my swearing at a pyro, but my ‘enjoyment exhalations’ – which sound a lot swearing practice and slamming a mouse on a desk – drowned them out. In the end, they had to go into the game and buy me a special ring, a novel item that sends a message through the game, and got my attention.
Platforming and puzzles await as you figure the best way to get through the islands in the sky. The jumping is definitely a tad on the difficult side, but I was reassured by the developer that they are working on addressing this in a future patch.
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