Y2K didn't wreak the kind of havoc many people were worried about leading up to the new millennium (or simply the year 2000, if you want to get all technical about it), but we're not out of the woods yet, folks. This month alone has seen the release of Battlefield 3 and Batman: Arkham City, and in just over two weeks (November 11, 2011), The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim will wipe out any remaining semblance of productivity that still exists in the workforce. That is, if your PC is ready.
Samsung is offering a deal that helps take the sting out of investing in a solid state drive. For a limited time, buyers of Samsung's new 830 SSD series in 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB capacities will receive download codes for the full versions of Batman: Arkham City and Norton Ghost. There's also a 64GB model available that comes with Norton Ghost, but not the Batman game.
Whether your stayed up late and stood in line at your local Gamestop at midnight last night to pick up your pre-ordered copy of Battlefield 3 or plan to grab it on the way home from work today, there's a good chance your evening will be filled with some FPS fun. Will you also be recording your in-game exploits? That's certainly an option with FRAPS.
Like it or not, everything's trending toward the cloud, from music and movies to simple file backups, and now you can even store all your gaming peripheral settings on a far away server. Now accepting beta signups, Razer Synapse 2.0 is "the world's first application for storing your personalized peripheral settings in the cloud, making your settings for gaming available anytime, anywhere," Razer says.
Try chanting, "At least it's not Duke Nukem Forever" the next time you fire up Rage and notice any graphical glitches. Screen tearing, popping, texture corruption, and other ugly problems have plagued Rage's release on the PC, but hey, it's more fun to play than DNF, has prettier graphics, and you didn't sit around a decade-and-a-half waiting for it, so there all that going for it. There are also driver updates that are supposed to smooth things out, including AMD's new Catalyst 11.10 Version 3 Preview Driver.
NBA Commissioner David Stern, Executive Director of the National Basketball Player's Union Billy Hunter, and everyone else entrenched in negotiations with the NBA's next collective bargaining agreement should take note. After a lockout that lasted 136 days, the NFL approved a new deal and saved football's season, ensuring fan fallout would be kept to a minimum. As a result, Madden NFL 12 shot to the top of The NPD Group's list of best selling videogames in the month of September.
At the rate the gaming population is growing among kids ages 2-17, it won't be long before there will be more child and teen gamers than there are children and teens. Wait, that can't be right. But what is right, according to The NPD Group, is that the population growth of kids ages 2-17 increased 1.54 percent in the U.S. since 2009, while the gaming population of that same age group grew 12.68 percent.
After Freddy Got Fingered, we really shouldn't be surprised at the junk Hollywood will cast on the silver screen. Yet somehow we're still a little shocked that Farmville is making the move from Facebook to the local cinema, or at least that's what IGN was able to extrapolate from a recent interview with Toy Story writers Alec Sokolow and Joel Cohen.
As much as we hate to admit it, we'll never live out our dream of being a professional Formula race car driver. Life simply took us down a different path, but why sulk about it? The cool thing about PCs is being able to enter other worlds on a whim, or in the case of Thrustmaster's Ferrari F1 Wheel Add-On, a whim and 200 smackers.
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.