Though gaming is a hobby that holds different meanings for everyone, you can't deny it has a certain cathartic quality about it, especially when it comes to blowing off steam after a particularly hectic day. For some gamers, that means frantically blowing heads off of Nazi zombies, and for others it means exploring pixelated landscapes or managing a fictional city in a stress-free environment. For those looking to unwind with the latter group, we've compiled 15 of the most relaxing PC games we could find. The titles cover a wide variety of genres and interests. So put those chainsaws and shotguns away for a minute and try to relax with these awesome, non-violent games.
Microsoft has already received a bunch of negative press over various aspects of the Xbox One, much of which has been addressed to gamers' satisfaction (such as removing the requirement to dial home every 24 hours). However, there remains a point of possible contention that you'll find on Microsoft's Xbox One Pre-Order Production Information website. Among the list of requirements to use the Xbox One, gamers must waive their right to participate in a class action lawsuit against Microsoft.
When it comes to gaming, we've always held firm that you could pry our discrete graphics cards from our cold, dead hands, and for the most part, we feel the same way today. However, we have to give props where they're due, and right now Intel deserves kudos for its Iris Pro 5200 graphics, the embedded graphics found on select 4th Generation Core processors (Haswell).
For a brief time yesterday, we noticed that Newegg had the MSI Radeon HD 7990 (R7990-6GD5) dual-GPU graphics card on sale for $550 after a $30 rebate card. The price has since gone back up to $890, but there are still a few deals to be found, and perhaps more on the way. That's pretty impressive when you consider these cards were hovering around $1,000 just a little while ago.
Archos on Monday unveiled its GamePad 2, the company's second generation handheld tablet made for gamers. The Archos 2 features a 7-inch HD (1280x800) In-Plane Switching (IPS) display powered by an A9 generation quad-core processor built on a 28nm manufacturing process and clocked at 1.6GHz. The CPU is coupled with a quad-core Mali 400 graphics processor and 2GB of system RAM.
Valve is serving up something a little different via Steam, its digital distribution platform for games. The "Daily Deal" on Steam is for the latest version of Futuremark's 3DMark benchmark, which you can snag for $8.49. That's a 66 percent discount over its normal selling price of $24.95. The cool thing about the latest 3DMark release is that it's a cross-platform benchmark for Windows, Android, iOS, and Windows RT (coming soon), allowing you to compare scores from two totally different devices.
Best Buy becomes first U.S. retailer to sell Razer systems
Computer savvy users have little fear about shopping online, especially if doing so translates into a lower price, but there's something to be said for being able to try something out before you commit. If you happen to live close to a Best Buy (and/or are willing to make the trip), you may be able to sneak a peek at the Razer Blade 14-inch gaming laptop and Razer Blade tablet for gamers, as both are now available in approximately 100 Best Buy locations nationwide.
Is third-person too formal for you when it comes to Saints Row IV? Do you need to get up close and personal when blowing away your enemies with your dubstep gun? We've got the perfect solution for you: it's a first-person mod for PC players that allows you to see Steelport in all its wretched glory through brand new eyes.
ASRock and BMW Group DesignworksUSA collaborated on a small form factor (SFF) system called M8 that offers "unstoppable gaming" and lots of other hyperbole, though before we get into the nuts and bolts of the machine, a little background is in order. ASRock, as you probably already know, is a player in the PC space and was originally formed as a subsidiary of Asus. It's now a part of Pegatron, which itself was spun off from Asus.
New beta drivers arrive just in time for the Battlefield 4 beta
For those of you eligible for early access, the beta for Battlefield 4 on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and PC went live yesterday. If you're not eligible for early access, you only have to wait a couple more days until the open beta, which is scheduled for Friday, October 4th. Either way, AMD has a new set of beta drivers available for Radeon graphics card owners, and among the additions are game profiles for single GPU and CrossFire setups for BF4.