"A recent project here at the Laboratoire de Chimie de la Matière Condensée de Paris (LCMCP) wants to make high-performance scientific computing cheaper by finding new ways to squeeze performance from consumer-grade "gamer" hardware. The idea is nothing less than building the equivalent of a $400,000 custom high performance computing setup for only $40,000.
"The maps in the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 versions of Battlefield 3 will be a bit smaller and more compact then their PC counter parts. This compromise was necessary in order to yield the best possible experience on the console systems. While the console versions of the maps will be smaller, it is said that the size is roughly 75% to 80% of the original map size. By way of comparison, it has been suggested that the Battlefield Bad Company 2 maps are a good point of reference; and those maps didn’t seem that small at all."
"Just like video was supposed to have killed the radio star, EA Sports vice president Andrew Wilson is predicting the end of an era in how gamers shop for videogames. The future, he says, is in digital downloads, leaving brick-and-mortar storefronts like GameStop to either adapt and exist solely on the Web, or whither away and die."
A technology CEO sees game artificial intelligence as the key to a revolution in education, predicting a synergy where games create smarter humans who then create smarter games.
"Return to Paris for an extended look at the multiple award-winning Battlefield 3 Operation Metro map!"
"Futuremark Games Studio presents Unstoppable Gorg, a thrilling new space defense game coming to PC, Xbox LIVE Arcade and iPad. In Unstoppable Gorg you defend our solar system from the relentless march of a fearsome alien race by sending satellites into orbit around planets, moons and space stations. Unlike other tower defense style games, in Unstoppable Gorg you can move your satellites even after you have placed them.
"AMD is telling the world+dog that Microsoft’s next generation console will pack speedy graphics capable of delivering movie-like quality. AMD exec Neal Robinson says the new Xbox 720 will feature graphics on a par with James Cameron’s blockbuster Avatar, all powered by AMD."
"Three weeks ago, it was reported that Electronic Arts had stepped up to the plate to buy mobile/casual gaming publisher PopCap for a cool $1 billion. Today, Electronic Arts has confirmed that it has purchased PopCap for a final sum of $650 million and $100 million in shares of EA common stock. There's also the possibility for up to $550 million in earn-outs for hitting 2013 financial milestones."
"Valve issued a challenge to Left 4 Dead 2 players: if the community could earn the Stream Cross achievement 20,000 times, Valve would release the Cold Stream DLC pack for L4D2 early. The company was apparently surprised, but the L4D2 community was able to earn this achievement 20,000 times in about 4 hours. In fact, in 24 hours they passed 60,000+ and locked in the early release."
"Battlefield fans that were hopeful that DICE would provide mod tools for its upcoming release of Battlefield 3 are going to be sad to learn that, at least for right now, it isn’t in the cards. In an interview with German site GameStar EA Europe, VP Patrick Solderlund claims that the Frostbite 3 engine would “present too much of a challenge for people.”"
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