Life is about the little pleasures. You know, things like ice cream on a hot summer day, cold beer at a ball game, and scoring big with the Humble Bundles. Yep, that sweet program that allows you to donate to charity (or developers) whatever amount you wish in exchange for some sweet games. The latest Humble Jumbo Bundle consists of Natural Selection 2, Sanctum 2, and Magicka with two packs of DLC, but as always, there's potentially more.
There's a reason your wallet is cowering in the corner in the fetal position, it knows it's about to be gutted. That's the inevitable fate that befalls the funds of gamers each and every time Valve decide to hold a major sale on Steam, and today marks the beginning of Steam's autumn sale. Big discounts ensure you'll lighten your load of cash while you beef up your games collection with titles you may have missed out on.
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When AMD originally announced its expanded game bundles for the holiday season, there was a bit of confusion surrounding which Radeon R9 Series product owners would receive a free copy of Battlefield 4. The original wording made it sound like anyone who purchased an R9 Series card starting on November 13th would be eligible, as long as it was from a participating vendor, but AMD later clarified that it would be up to each individual hardware partner and retailer to decide which SKUs qualify. To make up for the miscommunication, and also as a 'Thank You' to gamers who purchased a card prior to November 13th, AMD said it would be giving away 1,000 free copies of Battlefield 4. Here's how you can toss your name into AMD's hat for a shot at getting one.
New WHQL-certified GPU drivers from Nvidia now available
Want to speed up your Nvidia graphics card without overclocking? Lucky for you, Nvidia today released new WHQL-certified drivers -- GeForce 331.82 -- that the GPU maker claims will increase performance by up to 50 percent for GeForce 400, 500, 600, and 700 Series graphics cards in "several PC games." One of those titles is Metro: Last Light, though beyond that specific game, Nvidia didn't say which others receive such a generous boost.
Not all Radeon R9 Series cards come with Battlefield 4
There's been quite a bit of confusion over AMD's updated game bundle for the holiday season. The Sunnyvale chip designer laid out the details earlier this week, and the way it was worded, it sounded like all customers who purchased a Radeon R9 Series graphics card on or after November 13, 2013, would receive a complimentary copy of Battlefield 4. Unfortunately that's not the case -- retailers and add-in board partners ultimately decide which Radeon R9 SKUs will come with a copy of BF4, AMD says.
A year later, AMD is still giving away games with graphics cards
AMD's been helping gamers add to their collection of titles with Never Settle game bundles since October 22 of last year, and lest you think the Sunnyvale chip designer has plans of slowing down, you can expect more game promotions heading in the holiday season. What comes next? Well, to start with, any gamer who purchases an AMD Radeon R9 Series product starting on November 13 will get a copy of Battlefield 4 a qualifying AMD Radeon R9 Series product starting on November 13 will get a copy of Battlefield 4 (it will be up to each individual retailer and add-in board partner to decide which SKUs qualify).
Score great deals and good will whenever the urge strikes
Here's a dose of awesome to start off your work week. The good hearted folks behind the popular Humble Bundle launched the Humble Store today. What is the Humble Store, you ask? It's a virtual market with new, fixed-priced titles arriving each day. Similar to the Humble Bundles you may have participated in, part of the proceeds goes to charity -- in this case, ten percent to select charities including the American Red Cross, Child's Play, and the Electronic Frontier Foundation.
Valve has been quite the busy developer as of late. Following the recent unveiling of its Steam Machine, Steam OS, and Steam Controller, Valve has now opened up beta registrations for Steam's upcoming In-Home Streaming service. For your chance to participate, you need to head over to the service's group on the Steam Community website and click the Join Group button.
If you happen to be free next Wednesday, November 13th and are in the San Jose area, you may want to consider participating in AMD's Fan Day at the San Jose Convention Center. The Fan Day celebration is a full day of tournaments, contests, and raffles starting at 9 AM in the morning and going all the way until 8 PM at night. The mid-week event will also feature the world's first Battlefield 4 tournament consisting of 16 teams of 5 players each.
Monaco: What’s Yours Is Mine could really just be called Monaco: What You Make of It.
It’s not that Monaco’s gameplay is overly complicated. At its core, this is one of the more simplified crime-themed titles you’ll likely ever get your hands on. You need to master all of three buttons or so in this top-down, pixilated “heist game” that developer Pocketwatch Game has released via Valve’s Steam platform.
Note: This review was originally featured in the August 2013 issue of the magazine.