BlizzCon 2015: Ticket Sale Dates Announced

BlizzCon 2015 may still be months away, the actual ticket sales date is fast approaching!  Usually split into two separate days of sale,  the first day is set as Wednesday, April 15th @ 7:00 PM PST and the second day will be Saturday, April 18th @ 10:00 AM PST.  Make sure to mark your calenders and set up your reminders!

Guaranteed to sell out and sell out fast, it best to be prepared!  The folks over at Blizzard released some helpful information located on their blog:  2015 Ticket Purchasing Guide.    You can also get an overview of the event, and ticket prices on their Event Information page.

You can also head over to the Evenbrite page where you will use to purchase your BlizzCon 2015 tickets and set up a reminder for the Event and check out prices as well:  BlizzCon Ticket Purchase Page.

Hope everyone is able to purchase their tickets and is able to attend.  You never know, you might even see some EVGA Techs there as well!!

For Science! How G-Sync and FreeSync are Different

Nvidia's G-Sync technology has reigned supreme for the past couple of years.  Now with the official release of FreeSync, the gloves are off and we are seeing more and more comparison reviews and videos.  Set to become another Standards battle to see who will come out on top, like the mini-disc vs CD's or HD DVD vs BluRay.  

Both technologies have their pro's and con's, and have their own set of rules like: you can only use an Nvidia based graphics card for G-Sync and a Radeon graphics card for FreeSync.  

The guys over at PC Perspective, Allyn Malventano and Ryan Shrout, have gone a bit further in their review and investigation on how G-Sync and FreeSync differ from each other in their latest video, which you can see below.  Their findings are very interesting on how both technologies handle the bottom end of their advertised refresh rates, and you will be surprised at their findings!!  Their video be a bit on the long end, but the information provided and the use of their oscilloscope to test with, is worth watching!

Let us know what you think of their finding in the comments below.  Do you currently have a G-Sync monitor or are you planning on getting one?  

Battlefield: Hardline Battlefest!

Starting March 26th,  in commemoration of the Battlefield: Hardline launch and in celebration of the faithful Battlefield players,  the teams over at Visceral and Dice are proud to bring you:  Battlefield Battlefest event.  

March 25th-March 30th:  Battlefield Hardline will have a double XP weekend.  
Martch 27th,  Log into Battlefield Hardline and receive a free Gold Battlepack.

These are just a couple of the events that will take place during the next few days.  For more details and more events check out the Battlefield Hardline News post here!

Also don't forget to make sure you sign up and participate in our own gaming event ending soon, on March 31st:  EVGA's Pot o' Gold!! 

World of Warcraft: WoW Tokens

A few weeks ago, Blizzard announced the WoW Token.  For years, WoW has been the #1 MMORPG and has always been on the monthly subscription model for years.  With the introduction of the Wow Token players will now be able to trade gold for game time.  

A player will be able to purchase a WoW token in game with real money.  That player will then have an in-game Token available to sell on the auction house for in game gold.  When another player wins the in-game auction the token becomes soul bound and the player will have 30 days to redeem the in-game time.  

For a list of FAQs and further Details check out the WoW Blog here.  For an update on the Wow Token rollout and more check out the recent article here.  Launch of the WoW Token is expected to release after the March 24th release of Patch 6.1.2.

You can see an example of the transaction below:  
Want to buy a WoW Token for gold? Head to the new Game Time tab in the Auction House, and purchase one immediately for the current gold buyout price—there’s no bidding involved.

When you put a WoW Token up for sale, you’ll be quoted the amount of gold you’ll receive once someone buys it—you’re guaranteed to get that amount no matter how the market moves.

Win a Torq X10 Gaming Mouse!!!!

The EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse. Built with the highest quality materials, this mouse was designed from the ground up to satisfy the needs of the hardcore gamer with a high quality laser sensor that provides up to 8200 DPI, an adjustable weight system, nine programmable buttons and a unique sizing system that allows you to adjust the height of the body.

We didn't stop there though. The EVGA TORQ X10 features the highest quality Omron switches with a lifespan of over 20 million clicks. We also included a full metal base that provides solid construction, the latest Avago 9800 laser sensor providing up to 8200DPI with 1000Hz polling rate, a 6FT silver coated USB cable, and much more.

The EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse provides you with the precision and control you need for every day tasks and for those intense First Person Shooter gaming sessions to come out on top!  Five (5) lucky random winners will be able to WIN an EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse (non carbon).  Yes, that's right, for this contest we will be selecting Five (5) Winners! Thus the questions may require a little further research through the EVGA website!  

Wondering what the EVGA TORQ X10 gaming mouse looks like up close?  Check out some awesome beauty shots from one of our EVGA community members (Renovatio_Design) on the EVGA Forums >> Here!! <<

Contest Questions:
Question #1:  What type of Switch is used in the mouse and how many click is it rated for?
A.  Omron switches,  10 million click life-cycle.
B.  Orion switches,  7.5 million clicks life cycle.
C. Omron, switches, 20 million clicks life-cycle.
D. Omni switches, Over 9 thousand!!

Question #2:  The EVGA TORQ X10 has the option to add weights for a more personalized feel.  What are the three different weight options that come with the TORQ X10 mouse (in grams).
A.  Three cube weights:  1g, 3g, and 5g.
B.  Three barrel weights:  2g, 4g, and 6g.
C.  Three barrel weights:  1.5g, 3g, and 5.5g.
D.  Three triangle weights; 0.5g, 4g, and 5g.

Contest Rules:
1)  Post one comment about one of the questions above, 
2)  Multiple comments don’t qualify for extra entries,
3)  Entries will run for Six (6) days, starting March 25th, 2015 @ 6:00 PM PST and will end March 31st, 2015 @ 6: 00 PM PST
4)  Five (5) winners will be selected at random and announced on April 1st, 2015.

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Official Rules:
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2. You are at least Eighteen (18) years of age or older (and if below the age of 18 then you must have your parent/legal guardian's permission to enter should you be a minor in your state of residence).
3. ONE entry per person on the date of the event.
4. Winners outside of the United States are responsible for any duty and taxes imposed by their country.
5. Winner will be contacted by email and have 7 days to respond.
6. Odds of winning a prize are dependent upon number of eligible entries received at the time of the random drawing. Winner will be selected and posted to the website by April 1st, 2015 at 6:00PM (Pacific). All decisions are final and binding.

EVGA reserves the right to substitute an alternate prize of equal or greater value in the event all or part of a prize set forth above becomes unavailable. No cash substitute or transfer of prizes is available. Prizes are awarded without warranty of any kind from EVGA, express or implied, without limitation, except where this would be contrary to federal, state, provincial, or local laws or regulations. All federal, state, provincial and local laws and regulations apply. Decisions of EVGA and the Judging are final and binding on all matters pertaining to this event. Return of any prize/prize notification may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. Potential prize winner(s) and their parents/legal guardians may be required to sign and return an Affidavit or Declaration of Eligibility, a Liability/Publicity Release within 30 days following the date of first attempted notification. Failure to comply within this time period may result in disqualification and selection of an alternate winner. EVGA at its sole discretion shall reserves the right to disqualify any Participant.

SPONSOR: This event is sponsored by EVGA Corporation (EVGA), a California corporation with principal place of business at 2900 Saturn St Suite #B, Brea, CA 92821, USA

Dirty Bomb Beta Is Now LIVE!

UPDATED: I was mistaken. The Dirty Bomb beta is now LIVE. Go go! Don't have a beta key? No worries. You can still sign up for one or... $40 gets you assured access to the game via Steam Early Access. 

Previous post: I had a ton of fun with the previous beta test. Sadly it only lasted a single weekend. But that is all about to change come later this week when Splash Damage goes live with another wave of testing and beta key hand-outs.

The unique Britain-based dev team is best known for Quake Wars: Enemy Territory, Wolfenstein: Enemy Territory and the more recent, yet decidedly less popular BRINK which was published by Bethesda a few years back. Now the developers are back in the saddle with Dirty Bomb.

This is another class-based competitive multiplayer game focusing on completion or determent of objective completion, in a sequential order. The game is fast-paced and frenetic, so much so, hip-firing about 80-90% of time is more effective than iron-sighting a target. If it sounds a bit like Counter-Strike and ET:QW had a baby, then you're getting the idea. Additional long jumping and increased movement speed while holding smaller lighter weapons is also borrowed from older games like CS. The game also includes a few of the parkour maneuvers used in BRINK. This time though, they are not restricted to specific classes.

The Dirty Bomb closed beta test will spin up again, this Thursday/Mar 26. You need a beta key to gain access and download via Steam. To sign up you can skip over to the official website. This second video runs down some of the more advanced movement tactics. Study up and play DIRTY. 

Hey guys, if you have a key come play me and some other great EGC gamer on the TeamSpeak channel. See you there.

StarCraft II: Legacy of the Void Beta Preview

The Beta is near...

The StarCraft II Legacy of the Void Beta is on the way, and with only two weeks left until its launch we wanted to take a look at the goals and expectations around the multiplayer beta. As you are likely aware, we’ve been trying to be as open as possible with the status of our development, and strongly believe that the increased cooperation between developers and players is beneficial to StarCraft II. To be clear, our goal for this expansion is to work together with all of you to make Legacy of the Void as awesome as possible.

For this reason, we decided to start the beta sooner than we normally would have in the past. This should provide ample time for feedback and iteration. However, this naturally results in a few things:

Some things at the start of the beta will feel more rough than usual.
We will be missing some units, improvements, features, etc.
The beta will run for a longer period of time than usual.
We will need your play-testing support, as well as the feedback about your experiences in the beta, in order to really work together on this expansion.
Please focus your feedback with these points in mind. We are truly excited to get everyone more involved in the development process.....

Check out more details about the general changes and unit (race) changes here or check out the update video below!!  To make sure you increase your chances of being invited to the Legacy of the Void - Closed Beta, make sure to update your "Beta Profile Settings" on your account or create one today.  Closed Beta invites are set to be issued out starting March 31st!!!