He's a hobbyist who's concerned with capturing the beauty of Crysis, Wolfenstein, Bioshock, and more
For some people, screenshots are just a way to capture a moment of hilarity, success, or good lighting. For others, screenshots are an emerging art form. K-putt falls into the second category and has built up a huge body of work that spans games of all genres. This month’s installment of Graphics Porn delves into the expansive archives of the 23-year-old German moonlighting as a screenshot artist.
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The Maximum PC No BS Podcast is back for episode #223! We begin by introducing new Managing Editor Alaina Yee, and learn of her transition from OXM to Maximum PC. We then discuss Wolfenstein's crazy demanding system requirements, from an i7 CPU to eating up 50GB of storage, and what it may indicate for the future of PC gaming. Afterwards, we discuss new hardware features on the 9 series motherboards as manufacturers prepare for the upcoming Haswell refresh. We eventually touch on the future of enterprise storage in the wake of San Disk's new 4TB enterprise drive, and how SSD technology is rapidly advancing compared to traditional HDDs. Finally, we answer your questions, give you our picks, and sign off with tales from tech support in Gordon's rant.
Is there anything better than cranking up the settings and sitting down to play an amazing PC game? 2013 was a great year for PC gamers, but 2014 looks to be even better. Games like Watch Dogs, The Division, and The Witcher 3 are looking amazing so far. With that said, we've compiled a list of 20 games you should get excited about.
The excitement of E3 2013 is heating up and this year is poised to have shocking reveals, next-generation surprises, and amazing PC games. Maximum PC will be at the Los Angeles expo covering the event next week, but we couldn't wait to talk about some of the top-notch games that will surely be there. While we can't preview every PC game at the show, because we're still not 100% sure what's going to be there, we thought we'd select 13 of our most anticipated PC games from the 2013 event.
Is there a PC game that you thought we should have included in our gallery below? Let us know in the comments!
Long before there was Battlefield 3, there was Call of Duty, and before that, there was Quake and Doom. All those games can trace their lineage back even further, to Wolfenstein 3D, iD's awesomely innovative Nazi-hunting FPS adventure. Today marks a milestone for the classic franchise: B.J. Blazkowicz has been blasting SS guards and chaingun-wielding robo-Hitlers for a whopping 20 years. Even better, rather than just tooting its own horn, iD's showering gamers with freebie gifts to celebrate the anniversary.
One of my favorite zombie movies is Revenge Of The Zombies, made in 1943. It stars John Carradine as the mad scientist and Gale Storm as the female ingénue. It’s not a great movie, in fact it’s not even a very good one, but it has an ending that still disturbs me to this day. John Carradine has turned his beautiful wife into a zombie. He’s also trying to breed a race of zombies for Hitler. But his wife still has some free will. She takes control of the growing army of zombies (well, only four or five) and they take Carradine down to the spooky swamp, where she faces him, holds him by the shoulders so he can’t escape, and they both sink down into the quicksand. He struggles, she doesn’t. The rest of the zombies sink down with them. What’s disturbing about this ending is the thought that if zombies never die, then they’re all still down there, waiting, brooding…and maybe some night will come oozing and squelching out of the swamp…?
Id Software didn’t develop the latest Wolfenstein, but the sequel to its genre-founding 1991 classic Wolfenstein 3D absolutely captures the meaning of the studio’s name: an impulsive, stimulating shooter full of gory, colorful, mindless gunplay.
Wolfenstein embraces over-the-top action like a summer blockbuster movie. As U.S. super-operative B.J. Blazkowicz, you’re tasked with foiling the Nazis’ latest evil archaeology: They’ve dug up ancient medallions and energy crystals to build some scary sci-fi weaponry. The medallions let their holders access a shadow dimension called the Veil, and when B.J. gets his hands on one, it grants him a set of powers that augment his gunfightin’—slow-mo, a personal shield, enhanced damage, and turquoise-colored “Veil sight” that lets him see in the dark.
Though these Veil abilities operate similarly to BioShock’s plasmids, they aren’t the focus of Wolfenstein. Nor is B.J. himself. Instead, it’s the arsenal: Nazi-melters like the particle cannon, a Ghostbusters-like hose that sprays gallons of disintegrating blue-green energy. Or the Tesla gun, a spinning iron coil that feels like an exposed power transformer and sends deadly jolts through anyone you point it at. Basic firearms like the MP40 and KAR 98 are also available, ready to pop the limbs off endless identical Nazi privates.
Pick your battles? What does that even mean? Raven Software certainly doesn’t seem to know, as it’s challenged EA’s Madden football franchise to a popularity contest. And let’s be honest here: While Wolf may be a big dog among hardcore gamers, Madden traditionally ranks as one of the top five best-selling games each and every year. If Wolfenstein does manage to pull off an upset, though, the spoils of war will be great, and – even better – Raven plans on spreading the wealth.
See, Raven Software designer Manveer Heir claims that, if Wolfenstein outsells Madden 10 in August and you’re following him on Twitter, he’ll personally pay you back the money you spent on his game. Will Wolfenstein actually score an underdog victory? Almost certainly not – but Manveer’s bold proclamation is easily one of the most interesting “marketing” techniques we’ve ever seen.
And hey, if you were struggling to decide which of the two August releases would pocket your hard-earned money, just look at it this way: If you help Wolfenstein outsell Madden, you can then use your newly refunded cash to nab Madden. So get to it, people! At the cost of one overly daring man’s livelihood, we can get two games for the price of one! Everybody (except Mr. Heir) wins!
Wolfenstein 3D—yes, that Wolfenstein 3D—has been a member of the open-source community since programmer and visionary John Carmack tossed the code out into the open in 1995.That’s not news.What is news is his successful attempt at converting the first-person-shooter, practically old enough to have run on punch cards, onto a next-generation mobile platform.The evil Nazis are now Apple-friendly, and you can get the iPhone version of Wolfenstein 3D for a mere $5 from Apple’s application store.
And how did he do it?Carmack didn’t just go back and start hacking into the Borland C and TASM code of the original title.In a sense, he branched his own game: turning to an open-source variant called Wolfenstein 3D Redux, Carmack used this Wolfenstein OpenGL retrofit as the graphical basis for his mobile release.
Click the jump to find out where you can get Wolfenstein 3D Classic… mobile... for free!
We just got our hands on some gritty new screenshots from the next Wolfenstein game, which is being shown at this year's QuakeCon. Published by Activision and developed by Raven Software, Wolfenstein once again sends soldier BJ Blazkowicz to fight Nazis and supernatural demons in an alternate World War II. The screens show Nazi troops assembled in the dark, resistance fighters huddled in demolished buildings, and most interestingly, new map locations that have been transformed with a supernatural green tint of destruction. We don't know how these environmental shifts will occur, or how it ties with the story, but it sure looks cool!
Click through for our full gallery of full-resolution screens.