BlizzCon 2014 marked the 8th annual event for Blizzard and it was arguably the company’s biggest one yet.
After 17 years, the company finally revealed an entirely new, original IP in multiplayer team-based shooter Overwatch. In addition to that, we got to see more from other upcoming titles such as StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void and Blizzard’s MOBA, Heroes of the Storm.
This is one of those cases where it's not okay to shoot the messenger (is it ever?), but in case you were wondering, a patch for Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare is coming soon. Developer Sledgehammer Games says so, as does Captain Obvious, who points out that post-release patches for major titles are as common as post-releases patches for major titles (he's a smart one, that Captain Obvious).
Nvidia releases its second GeForce WHQL driver in a week
While we're sitting at home playing video games, Nvidia's team of software engineers are toiling away on new driver releases, two of which have come in less than week. Yes, it was a mere six days ago that Nvidia gave gamers its GeForce 344.60 WHQL driver, a release that was intended to boost performance in Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare. Now you can download an incremental update to GeForce 344.60 WHQL, which is primed for Ubisoft's Assassin's Creed Unity title.
Hacker attack compromised data of over 800,000 postal workers
There are multiple reports that the United Stated Postal Service suffered a security breach into its computer networks, resulting in the possible theft of data affecting as many as 800,000 employees and retirees. Personal data such as Social Security numbers may have been stolen in the breach, and though officials aren't saying who they think is responsible, the general consensus is that China is behind the attacks.
As the Federal Communications Commission considers new rules for how to safeguard competition and user choice on the web, President Obama issued a lengthy statement urging for the "strongest possible rules to protect net neutrality." According to the President, the American economy is reliant on an open Internet. He also said that the principle of net neutrality is not one we can take for granted.
Can you spot a real product from a fake one simply by looking at its picture? In some instances, it's not as easy you think, and according to The Counterfeit Report, a consumer protection website, online auction site Ebay isn't doing enough to protect its buyers from falling victim to fake items being sold as the real deal. And that's not the least of the allegations.
Life is about choices, isn't it? Like whether to view the posted speed limit as a rule of law or a recommendation, and whether to call the next night like you promised you would. Some are less intense and not as prone to heavy consequences, like choosing whether or not to run your monitor in G-Sync mode. That is, when you're given the choice. BenQ claims its XL2420G is the market's first hybrid monitor to give gamers a choice between running G-Sync or Classic modes, and it's now shipping in the U.S.
Expected to hit the market sometime during Q1 2015
Among the many companies strutting their stuff at this year’s Blizzcon was computer peripheral maker Rosewill. Maximum PC Online Managing Editor Jimmy Thang visited the company’s booth at the Anaheim Convention Center to find out what exactly they were up to and found them parading a couple of upcoming products: the all new Viper ATX mid-tower chassis and the RGM 1100 gaming mouse, the successor to the RGM 1000 laser gaming rodent.
In April, Parametric Sound Corporation’s gaming audio brand Turtle Beach announced a multi-year licensing deal with Blizzard Entertainment around the gaming bellwether’s upcoming freemium MOBA (multiplayer online battle arena) title Heroes of the Storm. That partnership has led to the creation of the Turtle Beach Ear Force Heroes of the Storm Gaming headset, which the peripheral maker happily showed us during Blizzcon 2014.
It is not all fun and games at Blizzcon 2014 for Maximum PC online managing editor Jimmy Thang. He has been busy recording video of the various vendors who are on the show floor of the convention taking place in Anaheim, California. Aside from seeing products from Gigabyte, Jimmy also visited the Intel booth where he was able to see the HP Omen gaming laptop up close and personal.