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Staying safe: protect yourself when selling a game console

With the current generation of consoles, online play has become ubiquitous, leaving us with systems that are constantly connected to the Internet. This has led to many great things, like the advent of downloadable games, online multiplayer, and quick and easy game updates. But it's not without its drawbacks.

With the seemingly non-stop barrage of new hardware iterations, it's likely that at some point you'll decide to upgrade. But where does that leave your current console? There's all sorts of personal data tucked away that needs to be removed before it can be safely sold.

Crysis 2 Details Emerge: Aliens Invade New York

It's been a long wait for Crysis 2 details, but they're finally starting to trickle in. "Aliens invading NYC?

PC Perspective - NVIDIA GF100 - Far Cry 2 Performance


Looking for some quick performance previews of the GF100 architecture compared to GT200? Check out these two videos I recorded at the NVIDIA editor's day earlier in the month. One looks at Far Cry 2 and the other at NVIDIA's ray tracing engine.

Arrandale-based Core i5 runs Modern Warfare 2

One of the surprises of Intel's Core i5, Arrandale-based HD graphics solution is the fact that it can play Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and still achieve the 30 FPS performance mark.

However, we should point out that the resolution was not that great as the game was running at 640x480, but it still appeared to run smoothly with good quality. Naturally, most of the eye candy was disabled but it was still impressive to see one of the latest games running on Intel’s new 32nm dual-core with 45nm graphics sitting on the same socket.

Star Trek Online enters open beta

The open beta of Star Trek Online begins today and runs through January 26th, a week before the February 2nd launch date.

How about a Modern Warfare MMO?

Like its predecessor, Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 is an unstoppable cash cow for both Activision and Infinity Ward. With such amazing success, and a carrot made of solid gold dangling in front of it, it may surprise some to learn that Infinity Ward may not be behind what will eventually be Modern Warfare 3.

Although it's still all rumor at this point, VG247 cites a source saying that Infinity Ward isn't working on MW3, but instead something "completely new."

Microsoft's Game Room: The Arcade, Reborn?

With the Game Room, Microsoft's hoping to capture the old magic of video game arcades, minus the stale air, sugar highs, and wasted quarters.

I got some questions answered on service, which will be available on Windows and Xbox Live this spring. Here are the important details (if you're a retro game nerd):

-30 games will be available at launch, including Centipede, Lunar Lander, and Night Driver (full list here), from arcade systems as well as the Atari 2600 and Intellivision. Microsoft says it'll release 7 new games per week after launch.

Modern Warfare 2 DLC Packs Due in Spring

It seems that Modern Warfare 2 will receive more than one downloadable add-on this spring, based off Microsoft's Consumer Electronics Show 2010 keynote. "This spring, the first content packs for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 from Activision will be available, again, exclusively first on Xbox 360," stated Microsoft's Robbie Bach.

PlayStation 3 Sees Record Holiday Sales

A mid-year price cut and a strong lineup of software titles gave Sony's PlayStation 3 a record holiday season, the company said Wednesday. Sales of the console in the last five weeks of the year totaled 3.8 million units worldwide, a 76 percent jump on 2008.

"Last holiday season was the most successful holiday season in the history of PlayStation 3," said Kaz Hirai, CEO of Sony Computer Entertainment, during a news conference at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Why Sony is rethinking the Cell

Over the Christmas holidays the rumour mill started churning out a claim that Sony is considering ditching its Cell chip in favour of something more Intel flavoured. Several news sites picked up the story that Sony had a guts-full of the Cell and wanted to move to a multi-core chip from Intel.

However the move has left many scratching their heads. The Cell is still a good chip with many advantages in performance and creative research this generation. Its reliability has also seen the beast wired up to many DIY supercomputers.

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