"Linux gamers are used to being an afterthought when it comes to most major game releases, but Valve seems set to change that soon. The company announced a pending beta test for a long-awaited Linux version of its popular Steam distribution service. Valve is seeking to fill 1,000 spots for the closed beta through a Web survey for existing Steam users, asking them to detail their gaming system and experience with Linux.
"In a presentation at Ubuntu Developer Summit currently going on in Denmark, Drew Bliss from Valve said that Linux is more viable than Windows 8 for gaming. Windows 8 ships with its own app store and it is moving away from an open platform model. Some other points from the talk..."
FEATURE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA DRIVER:
This driver introduces significant performance improvements for many games across ALL 28nm AMD Radeon™ HD 7000 Series products: HD 7700, HD7800 and HD7900.
Performance Highlights of the AMD CATALYST 12.11 BETA Driver
"Facing worrying job cuts, investor downgrades, and potential irrelevance in the market, AMD is trying to attract attention to its line of gaming GPUs by expanding its "Never Settle" bundling program to include up to three new games. Consumers that purchase AMD's top-end Radeon 7900 series of GPUs will now get license codes to download Far Cry 3, Hitman: Absolution, and Sleeping Dogs. The lower-end 7700 or 7800 series cards come with a code for FarCry 3, but customers can add a license for Hitman: Absolution by buying two of the lower-end cards at once.
"Steve Jobs piqued consumer curiosity when he unveiled the iPad and declared "the post-PC era has begun." And now with the imminent release of Windows 8 RT tablets—low-powered slates running a touch-friendly version of Office—it might seem that perhaps the world actually can live without desktop computers.
"Doctors and government health officials should set limits, as they do for alcohol, on the amount of time children spend watching screens – and under-threes should be kept away from the television altogether, according to a paper in an influential medical journal published on Tuesday.
A review of the evidence in the Archives Of Disease in Childhood says children's obsession with TV, computers and screen games is causing developmental damage as well as long-term physical harm...
"Upcoming Assasin’s Creed 3 is among the latest games to dump XP for its shiny siblings. The game’s minimum requirements list Core 2 Duo E6700/Athlon 64 X2 6000+ and 512MB DirectX 9.0c-compliant card with Shader Model 4.0 but XP support is gone.
The Call of Duty: Black Ops 2 team has also decided against supporting old-man-XP and it appears as if it’s just a matter of time before actual inclusion of it becomes newsworthy. Naturally, both these games will support Vista, 7 and 8."
"The Dragon Age 2 website now features a post from BioWare veteran Mark Darrah that officially acknowledges the development of Dragon Age III: Inquisition.
Little is known about the new sequel thus far, and the studio is currently reluctant to cough up any details. However Darrah said the game is being made by a lot of the same team that has been working on the Dragon Age franchise since the first installment, Dragon Age: Origins, composed of both experienced BioWare veterans and talented new developers.
"As part of its financial website, Google allows users to compare search traffic of aggregated industries against the developing price of stock. The search traffic is normalized to the value of 1.0 and the search volume that occurred on January 1, 2004. Don't expect any dramatic revelations or search numbers or even a search volume pertaining to a single company. However, the selection of 27 industries and related search terms may cause some speculation of a changing way how we acquire information.
"Black Mesa, a fan-made remake of the original Half-Life, will finally be released to the public this month. The project has been in development since way back in 2004, so hopefully you like it.
Black Mesa converts Half-Life to the Source engine, the enhanced technology that launched with Half-Life 2. The entire campaign will be remade from the ground up. The deathmatch multiplayer from Half-Life is being revamped as well.
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