"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.
"That's where NeoGAF forum user Durante comes in. Mere minutes after the PC edition of the game was made available today, Durante had posted a downloadable DLL file that allows for higher internal resolutions by intercepting and altering the game's DirectX 9 API calls.
"Rockstar Games has been pretty tight lipped about releasing any information or media on Grand Theft Auto V. Luckily, it looks like some screenshots were able to escape high security and find some transportation. Three shots, showing off some what I can only assume to be three transportation classes -- bicycle-naut, car-mancer, and aeroplane-gineer -- have been release for your gratification. Err, that or Rockstar just wants to show off how you'll get around in GTA V, not to mention how great the game is looking."
"EA has had mixed results in recent periods as interest in consoles has dried up and free-access online games have taken their toll. Last month, EA reported fiscal first-quarter earnings fell 9 per cent. EA executives are thought to be considering selling the company for a $20 a share so that it can move into the free games market."
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