Corsair this week outed its new Gaming Series power supplies, leaving little doubt as to who these PSUs are targeted towards. So what exactly makes a power supply fit for gamers?
From Corsair's perspective, it's glitz and power. Available in 600W, 700W, and 800W models, each units boasts a single almighty +12V rail with up to 65A pumping through. Each one is also 80 Plus Certified. On the aesthetic front, the PSUs come with a tri-color fan to illuminate the blades blue, red, or white, or nothing at all with the press of a button.
"The matte black finish and illuminated fans make the Gaming Series PSUs the ideal complement for your gaming rig," stated Ruben Mookerjee, VP and General Manager of Components at Corsair. "Whether you choose the 600, 700, or 800 watt model, you'll have the clean, efficient power to create the best gaming PC -- yours."
The GS600, GS700, and GS800 will be available soon for around $100, $110, and $120, respectively.
Holy smokes, we can hardly believe it's already been 25 years since Super Mario Bros. first launched. The only plumber in the world more famous than Joe the Plumber, Super Mario was released in Japan on September 13, 1985.
Super Mario really needs no introduction. Even if you weren't born when Super Mario Bros. first shipped on the NES, you've probably either played a ROM version of the original (it runs 500 Wii points) or at least watched a speed run on YouTube. Since then, Super Mario has appeared in 473 million other titles, or so it seems.
Elvis had a pink Cadillac, the delicious treat known as cotton candy is traditionally pink, and come September 21, 2010, you can show that you're a real gamer with a pink PlayStation DualShock 3 wireless controller.
The rumored controller is all but confirmed thanks to a pre-order page on Gamestop's website. And in case you're wondering who would want such a thing, Gamestop says "the stylish Candy Pink Dual Shock 3 wireless controller is perfect for female gamers and households with kids." Or as a complimentary accessory to go with your "Real Men Wear Pink" T-shirt.
The Candy Pink controller costs $55, the same as every other official PS3-manufactured controller runs, including blue, black, white, silver, and red.
In a blog post on Thursday, Capcom announced that Dead Rising 2: Case Zero has claimed the crown as the fastest selling Xbox Live Arcade game of all time.
"Capcom is happy to announce that its recently released downloadable title, Dead Rising 2: Case Zero, has broken all records on Xbox Live with the best week one unit sales in the history of all content distributed through Xbox Live Arcade," Capcom said.
Capcom stopped short of disclosing hard numbers for its Dead Rising prequel, but unless someone's abacus is busted, it would have to be at least 200,000 copies, which is how many Epic Games' Shadow Complex sold in its first week when it broke the one-week sales record for a single player game.
Sony has been teasing PlayStation 3 console owners that a firmware update slated for September would inject support for Blu-ray movies in 3D, but now it appears users will have a wait just a little longer. Citing un-named sources, Fudzilla says Sony has decided to push the update back a month.
There's no word on why the update is being pushed back until October, only that it is. When it does come, however, it will open the door to a variety of 3D rendering-related content, including 3D YouTube videos and PlayTV broadcasts. It's expected that the 3D upgrade will also support the add-on HDTV/DVR device Sony offers for the PS3.
It's entirely up to you whether or not take advantage of Gran Turismo 5's hard drive installation for the PlayStation 3 when it ships in November. The upshot to doing so is that the game supposedly runs much faster, but at the cost of 10GB of potentially precious hard drive space.
In a question and answer session via his Twitter feed, Gran Turismo head Kazunori Yamauchi revealed that the game will only require 256MB of space to get up and running, but for those who want a "smooth play experience," it's going to cost 10GB of space.
How much smoother GT5 will run with a full install remains to be seen, but it's something to consider if you own an older generation PS3 with a measly 20GB hard drive attached.
Electronics chain Best Buy has been experimenting with the used game business by offering customers store credit for trading in their pre-owned titles, a service which just recently was expanded to include 600 stores across the nation.
"The expansion of our trade-in program reaffirms our commitment to consistently pursue new ways to bring a better gaming experience to consumers," said Chris Homeister, GM of the home entertainment group at Best Buy. "Fall marks the launch of several highly-anticipated gaming titles and new technology, and we're thrilled to provide gamers with innovative ways to connect with the games they love."
By October, Best Buy will have rolled the service out to the rest of its 1,089 stores, and while there haven't been any specifics yet, the company is also reportedly going to start selling used games at its stores soon.
THQ's Cory Ledesma didn't come out and say that used game buyers are the scum of the earth, but it's hard not to feel like you've just been given a verbal wedgie if you've ever shopped at Gamestop or bought a used game off of eBay.
"I don't think we really care whether used game buyers are upset because new game buyers get everything," Ledesma told Gamasutra. "So if used game buyers are upset they don't get the online feature set I don't really have much sympathy for them.
"That's a little blunt but we hope it doesn't disappoint people. We hope people understand that when the game's bought used we get cheated."
And therein lies the point of debate. While Ledesma and those who share his opinion feel that the used game business cheats publishers and game developers out of hard earned profits, it's based on the assumption that a used game sale is taking the place of a new game sale. To some extent that's probably true, but across the board? Not likely.
Ledesma's comments come on the heels of U.S. analyst Micheal Pachter claiming that DLC codes are having very little effect on Gamestop's bottom line. There's also been some talk that THQ plans to raise the price of online access to $10.
Zynga just can't help making a mess of things. Updates from games like Mafia Wars and Farmville nearly ruined the Facebook experience until the social networking site cleaned up the application spam. But out in the real world, cleaning up Zynga's mess is proving costly.
San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Herrera sent a letter to Zynga last week threatening to hit the company with a lawsuit over a messy guerrilla marketing campaign. Apparently Zynga thought it was a good idea to glue fake $25,000 bills to select sidewalks in five locations in Hayes Valley to promote the latest version of its Mafia Wars game.
According to the city's Department of Public Works (DPW), cleaning up the mess involves bringing in a steam cleaner and is a 45 minute affair, plus administration time.
"We don't have any staff to spare," said DWP spokeswoman Christine Falvey.
The city is demanding that Zynga fork over all its information about the marketing campaign, including "emails, work orders, scope of work, contracts, marketing plans, or other records -- that show when and where the graffiti in San Francisco was placed, and by whom." In addition, the city wants Zynga to come up with a "proposal to fully resolve the issue," one that goes beyond just paying for the cleanup.
It's no secret that game publishers aren't particularly fond of Gamestop, which thrives on pre-owned game sales. At the same time, publishers found a way to cash in on Gamestop's used game business, and that's by charging second hand buyers an additional fee to access online content. Some predicted that these DLC codes would cut into Gamestop's lucrative business, but according to U.S. analyst Michael Pachter, that hasn't been the case.
"The company has not seen a negative impact on used software sales from first-use codes or new competitors in the space," Pachter said in his post-financials report on Gamestop. "The company estimates that only 25 percent of used game buyers play online."
It should be noted that most of these DLC codes target multiplayer, and so far, there's only been a handful of titles from EA and THQ that have adopted them. With titles like Madden 2011 on the horizon, however, and other big names to follow, Pacther's assessment might prove a little premature.