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BioShock 2 multiplayer lacking

No dedicated server and LAN play. The news that BioShock 2 would feature at least some multiplayer was received with more questions than answers. Now we are learning that at least in this release, the multiplayer will not feature any dedicated servers or LAN play.

As many already know, the first BioShock did not offer any multiplayer modes at all. Adding the multiplayer to the existing game was a significant undertaking as one can imagine.

Command & Conquer 4 Public Beta

Command & Conquer 4 allows C&C fans to finally experience the epic conclusion to one of gaming's most beloved and longest-running series, the 15-year Tiberium saga. Kane. GDI. Nod. Tiberium. How will it end? Find out in Command & Conquer 4, told through persistent player progression, trademark live-action cinematics, and a multitude of innovations to the classic fast and fluid Command & Conquer gameplay.

Now is your opportunity to be a part to the development of Command & Conquer 4 by participating in this exclusive Beta program!

ATI Catalyst 10.1 Driver Analysis

"Let's not kid ourselves. Just days before the end of the month comes to a close, ATI squeezes out a Catalyst driver, I think it's safe to say that this driver is more so to keep the flawless monthly release record than to bring massive improvements or new features.

The driver seems so rushed out that someone forgot to update the Catalyst Control Center to actually say 10.1. Instead it still says 9.12. Terry Makedon @ CatalystMaker even said on Twitter that this is just a standard release driver to fix some bugs."

God of War 3 Release Date

The ever-vengeful Kratos will continue his bloody campaign against mythological figures come March 16, as publisher Sony Computer Entertainment has confirmed that's when the PlayStation 3 exclusive hits North America.

As previously reported, God of War III will come in two flavors--the standard $59.99 edition, and a goodie-packed $99.99 "Ultimate Edition" that comes with its own special chest.

$30M for Internet research

So you want to build a better Internet? The National Science Foundation today said it would spread $30 million over 2-4 projects that radically transform the "Net through new security, reliability and collaborative applications.

The NSF said its Future Internet Architectures (FIA) program wants: "Technological innovations and the requirements of emerging and yet to be discovered applications, the Internet of the future is likely to be different from that of today.

Bad Company 2 Demo PC Beta

It's a busy day for Battlefield: Bad Company 2 as the shooter's demo has hit the Xbox Live Marketplace while the PC pre-order beta begins at "approximately 6pm CET, 12pm EST, and 9am PST"--all celebrated with a new trailer from the 'Port Valdez' map.

The Xbox 360 demo will expire on February 25, while sadly for PC gamers pre-ordering will be their only way to play before launch.

ATI Catalyst™ version 10.1

ATI Catalyst 10.1 is out!

Resolved Issues for the Windows 7 Operating System:

* [ATI Catalyst™ Control Center] Enabling LCD Overdrive will no longer cause
mouse cursor to magnify when moved overtop of the "Calibration Preview"
* DisplayPort™ "Lower Setting Applied" and "Link Failure" messages will no longer
appear after driver installation and reboot with DP displays connected to the mini DP
* Firefox now works properly and video no longer drop frames when playing Youtube
clips with Adobe Flash Player 10
* CrossFire™ logo now a

Ubisoft Unveils New PC DRM

Update: Ubisoft has sent over an FAQ with more details (below) including a promise that should the service be stopped, games would be patched to remain playable.

Original: Developer and publisher Ubisoft's new PC DRM solution will feature no CD checks or installation limits and pack support for 'cloud' online saved game storage but will require players be online to authenticate before playing, GameSpy reveals.

Players will be required to login to their account to authenticate each and every time they wish to play--and there will be no support at all for offline play.

BioWare Launches Mass Effect 2

Welcome back Commander Shepard. Prepare to fight for the lost! BioWare(TM), a division of Electronic Arts Inc. (NASDAQ:ERTS), announced today that Mass Effect(TM) 2, the sequel to the award-winning science-fiction phenomena Mass Effect, has begun shipping to retailers worldwide.

Nvidia’s 196.21 driver bug prevents overclocking

Nvidia’s latest Geforce drivers, now in version 196.21, might bring SLI and multi-GPU support to certain games but it seems to have brought another, somewhat unexpected gift from the company – disabled overclocking.

So, overclocking software such as RivaTuner V2.24C, EVGA Precision V1.9.0 and similar all had trouble in handling core, shader or memory clocks during overclocking.

Nvidia says that this is a bug that will be resolved in a timely fashion, but until then we’d advise overclockers to steer clear of the “new and improved” driver.

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