"Gabe Newell's already expressed his less-than-positive sentiments on the Windows 8 ecosystem. So it's really not much of a surprise that the Steam Box, Valve's own take on the game console, is going to be Linux-based.
"Nvidia managed to pull out a big surprise and announced its own portable gaming console based on the new Tegra 4 chip, the Nvidia Project Shield. The new Shield is pretty much a standard sized controller with a flip-up 5-inch 1280x720 294dpi Retina-class touchscreen with Nvidia DirectTouch tech. It features rechargeable batteries capable to keep up with up to 38 hours of gaming and up to 24 hours of HD video playback, great integrated audio system with custom bass reflex and integrated console-grade game controller.
"A five year old kid was delivered some hardcore porn this Christmas and apparently his parents have written a stiff letter to Santa. While it does not surprise us that a geriatric bloke with a beard who likes small children sitting on his knee might try and groom a five year old, according to 9News the kids parents were not impressed. The kid found photos of porn on his 3DS console he received for his Christmas present this year. Without killing the illusion that Santa delivered the toy to the kid, it appears that the console was purchased from Gamestop and was pre-owned..."
The Steam for Linux beta program is now open to the public! In order to participate in the beta, you must download the latest Steam Linux client (found here) or upgrade your existing Steam for Linux client to the latest version.
"Police in SeaTac, Wash., are asking for help in tracking down thieves who they said stole $2 million worth of Nintendo Wii gaming consoles.
The thieves managed to get away with 7,000 portable Wii gaming consoles after raiding a warehouse at SeaTac’s Seattle Air Cargo. “I’ve been a cop for 28 years, and I’ve never seen anything like this,” said Sgt. Cindy West. “This has come straight out of the movies.”
This video features a quick look at Cloud Gate, one of three new tests in 3DMark. Cloud Gate is designed for testing for DirectX 10 compatible notebooks and typical home PCs.
Max Payne 3 Game for $14.99 is a steal. It gets a metascore of 87/100. If you were holding out before, now's the time to pull the trigger! Here are a few reviews of the game: http://www.metacritic.com/game/pc/max-payne-3
"Feature-packed driver improves performance by up to 26%, adds improved TXAA anti-aliasing support to Black Ops II and Assassin’s Creed III, enhances SGSSAA, and adds new SLI profiles." Read More >
"The subject is Synapse 2.0, a "cloud-based unified driver for gamers" offered by Razer that saves gaming preferences online, including the user-defined settings and configuration of gaming mice. This lets gamers log in from anywhere in the world, or switch to a new mouse and play with their personal settings intact. The activation server for Synapse 2.0 went down a couple of times recently due to Hurricane Sandy and some server usage spikes that the system couldn't handle.
"NVIDIA today announced the latest NVIDIA(R) GeForce(R) drivers -- R310 -- double the performance(1) and dramatically reduce game loading times for those gaming on the Linux operating system.
The result of almost a year of development by NVIDIA, Valve and other game developers, the new GeForce R310 drivers are designed to give GeForce customers the best possible Linux-based PC gaming experience -- and showcase the enormous potential of the world's biggest open-source operating system.
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