Battlefield 3 isn’t The Sims; no matter how you decide on approaching the game, a ton of virtual people are going to die gory virtual deaths. That doesn’t faze the German arm of People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, though. No, what really grinds PETA’s gears is a scene in the game in which a rat is stabbed and then tossed into a trashcan, and the organization has written a press release to let the world know of its outrage. OUTRAGE!
Video games, like movies, are more about entertainment than realism. Yet game developers spend an inordinate amount of time modeling weapons, recording the sound from actual weapon systems and calculating how much damage a bullet should do. Since firearms are such a big part of first person shooters, we wanted to get the low down on the current state of firearms in video games and how they rate in real life.
What's wrong with this picture? If you guessed, where's my rear sight, you guessed right. In real life, not having a rear sight would greatly diminish your ability to hit anything beyond 30 feet. There's no one to blame though, this Marine probably just hasn't unlocked his sights or bullets yet.
To get the view of an expert, Maximum PC magazine spoke with Craig “Sawman” Sawyer. Sawyer started his tactical life with the Marine Corp before moving to the Navy SEALS with SEAL Team One and DEVGRU. Sawyer has fired everything from pistols, to belt-fed weapons and rockets. He regularly appears on the History Channel show, Top Shot, as an expert to advise the contestants and is consulted by the news media to comment on operations by the Navy SEALs.
Pardon us if we keep talking games, but we’re just as caught up in Skyrim fever as the rest of the world. While we’re talking Tamriel, is your PC primed and ready for fighting dragons in the Nordic mountains? Yesterday, Nvidia released a new Geforce 285.79 beta driver that included, amongst other things, improved SLI and 3D Vision support for – you guessed it – Skyrim (which now garners an “Excellent” 3D Vision rating by Nvidia, by the way).
Is it that time already? Gordon, Alex, and Nathan gather in our once-again-functional podcasting studio to discuss HP, LSI buying SandForce, Battlefield 3, Diablo III, and more! All this, plus suggestions from the peanut gallery and more in Episode 180 of the No BS Podcast! Unfortunately, the MacBook in the podcasting studio cut off the last 20 minutes of the podcast for unknown reasons, so we don't have a rant. Rest assured that this will become fodder for next week's rant.
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Can’t wait for the October 25th launch of Battlefield 3? Neither can a lot of other people – and some of them aren’t waiting. As can only be expected for such a high-profile title, a leaked copy of the PC version of the game has worked its way onto the Internet in the form of – you guessed it – a torrent. Aspiring pirates shouldn’t rush out to download the torrent, though. You still won’t be able to play Battlefield 3 even with those illegal disc images in hand thanks to EA’s always-on DRM.
Yeah, some of EA’s recent actions might have some of us scratching our heads, but c’mon – Battlefield 3 is Battlefield 3. You can’t deny that it’s going to be huge. To commemorate the game’s launch on October 25th, Bill Owen and the crew at MNPCTech – the very same folks who made the super-spiffy Star Trek PC earlier this year – slapped together a badass BF3 case mod.
When life hands PC gamers lemons – like news that the massive $1.6m Battlefield 3 tourney is console-only – they figure out a way to hack the lemons to bits and make lemonade. In this case, gamers have gained access to 128-player support for the “Operation Metro” map available in the BF3 beta, which isn't offered on the official servers. Don’t necessarily go rushing out to find the action, though; DICE, the makers of the game, thinks the lemonade tastes mighty bitter and they’re threatening to swing the banhammer at anyone who participates in the unsanctioned fun.
It’s fairly safe to say that PC gamers are getting SUPER MEGA PUMPED over the release of the upcoming Battlefield 3. Battlefield’s one of those games that was born on the PC and thrives on the PC; both AMD and Nvidia have released drivers in the past few days to let PC gamers get in on shooting fun. To get folks even more excited, EA and Virgin Gaming have teamed up to unleash a massive BF3 contest with over $1.6 million in cash and prizes. Better start warming up that mouse! …Oh, wait. It’s console only.
Can you tell that GPU makers are totally stoked about the release of Battlefield 3? Both Nvidia and AMD have made available pre-release graphics card drivers for the Battle 3 beta, the former of which we detailed yesterday (catch a recap of Nvidia's GeForce 285.38 beta release here), and the latter we'll break down after the jump.
If you're planning to participate in the Battlefield 3 beta that goes live tomorrow and own an Nvidia graphics card, there's a new set of drivers you should know about. Nvidia's just released R285.38 drivers, which are also in beta, supposedly boost performance in Battlefield 3 by up to 38 percent. The drivers are also supposed to help with stability and improve image quality in the game.