Overwatch Halloween Event!

 

Blizzard is known to always be in the festive spirit, in World of Warcraft they have events for nearly every season and event. It is not surprising that they will be bringing these additions to Overwatch. For the October, we will be getting a new patch that is a little creepy. There are new skins, boxes and even an updated Hollywood map. Here is a quick look at some of the skins and items that we will be seeing. There will be over 100 new cosmetics to collect!

 

 

Make sure you guys hop on the game and check out the new features before the month is over! The items you get during the event will be added to your account indefinitely but once it is over, you will no longer have the chance to obtain these items!

 

 

There will also be a new Co-op game mode where you can team up with friends and fight off hordes of enemies. It is based off the comic, "Junkenstein's Revenge". You will have 4 teammates, the characters you can choose from are Ana, McCree, Soldier 76 and Hanzo. 

Check out the Blizzard site for extensive details!

 

Oculus Touch Pre-Orders Available Now!

 

Oculus has their new controllers out and you can place your pre-orders right now! These will be rivaling the HTC Vive's VR set which really did not have much competition until now. These VR controllers should be shipping December 6th! If you have purchased a Oculus device on the website previously you will be moved to the front of the queue for accessories. 

These rift controllers are suppose to be naturally intuitive and fluid in motion, "as natural as using your real hands". Along with the release of the controllers will be 35 new games. 

Here is the pricing:

  • Rift: $599
  • Touch: $199
  • Rift + Touch: $798

You can place your pre-order here!

 

 

Gear Up w/ EVGA: "Dark Dragonblade" Build by Kazuma16

The "Gear Up with EVGA" case modding program is in full effect with our sponsored builds well under way.  Awesome and unique updates from our already featured builds and now we are back to share another featured case modder!

From Canada, I'd like to introduce to you, Jonathan Garlit also known as Kazuma16 on the EVGA Forums.  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of February 2016, his build is titled "Dark Dragonblade"

Genji, a character from the game "Overwatch". In the game, Genji has a ability called "Dragon Blade" which is his ultimate ability. I played the game a few times and got inspired to make a project based on Genji after seeing his armor. - Jonathan

Jonathan has been working on his case mod for a few months now.  Having him share his concept designs, changes and his final design project via his Build log on the EVGA Forums is very exciting.  Its amazing to see what someone can think of and actually put into effect,  it takes some awesome skill and ability.  

To fully appreciate Jonathan's design and all the hard work he's put into his project, you definitely have to check out the "Dark Dragonblade" build log  Below are just a few of the images from the build log where you can see the attention to detail and precision that has gone into the "Dark Dragonblade" build.  

I asked Jonathan for some background info on what inspired him and how he got starting into case modding.  

Around mid 2013, I built my first ever PC, a mini itx system. Got it up and running, I put in a few fans with LED's, but whenever I was looking at it, it just felt that something was still missing. I googled "Green PC Case" and saw a very interesting, custom, mini ITX case called "Nvidia Ion Cube" by Cheapskate and Bill Owen. After seeing that, I got inspired to try out and do a scratch build. And the rest was history.- Jonathan

Looking at the updates on his build log, I asked Jonathan what type of tools and machines he used to do all his work...

My main arsenal of tools for the "Dark DragonBlade" Project consists of a Jigsaw,  a set of hand files and needle files, a Dremel Motosaw,  a Hand drill,  Sand Paper of varying grits (a LOT of them), and some Acrylic Polish - Jonathan

The custom acrylic work, with the lettering and icons are done to perfection.  Being able to do this type of work by hand requires lots of skill.  This is quality work you would see from precise machinery.  Jonathan does have a CNC machine as well,  although its not always very reliable....

I partially used my CNC (Shapeoko 3) for cutting out a few small details but I immediately went back to my main tools because the CNC needs more tweaking and calibration for it since most of the times, it will stop while in the middle of a job which will lead me back to using my trusty jigsaw and hand file to finish the job.  And most of all...A LOT OF PATIENCE!

 As with each of our "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored builds, we sent Jonathan out some awesome EVGA hardware.  Jonathan graciously took some amazing photos and shared them with everyone via his build log:  

Jonathan has been hard at work with small details and his custom work is coming along very nicely.  The images below are just a few of our favorites that stood out which you can see in detail in the "Dark Dragonblade" build log.  Check out the awesome use of the EVGA logo!!!

How about those custom made reservoir brackets!!  Again, this is just a small bit of the full build log which we wanted to share with everyone.  Definitely head on over to the EVGA Forums > Mods Rigs section and check out the "Dark DragonBlade" build log.  Make sure to leave some words of encouragement and let Jonathan know how awesome his build is coming along!!!

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 You may be wondering "What is the Gear Up program?" and "How do i submit my build idea?"

Well we have you covered on that end.  In our quest to see members of the EVGA community, EVGA customers and EVGA fans, bring their ideas and extreme builds to light, we started EVGA's custom case modding sponsorship program, which we like to call "Gear Up with EVGA"

Case Modders, builders, extreme enthusiasts and anyone with an awesome idea for a build that wants to take it to the next level is free to enter and submit your idea for a chance to be sponsored by EVGA via the "Gear Up with EVGA" program!

Have an awesome case mod or custom build in mind? Want a chance to be sponsored by EVGA? Well then, head on over to the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored!

Win a Game by Just Using GeForce Experience

 

October is the month for spooky things and spooky games. Nvidia will be giving away $200,000 worth of Dead by Daylight keys and to enter... all you have to do is use GeForce Experience! 

Dead by Daylight is an innovative survival/horror game where you play as the slasher or the victim. One player is selected as the killer and four other players have to either team up or save themselves. The game has been a huge hit on Steam and was fairly popular on Twitch for some time. 

Get your mask or your running shoes out and sign up!

To sign up just log into GeForce Experience.

 

Mafia III - October 7th

 

The third rendition of the Mafia series will be released in just a couple days from today. Hanger 13 and 2K will be bring us another action-filled, story-driven title. Mafia III has been of great anticipation for many who have played previous versions. Receiver of one of GameRant's Best of E3 awards we will be surely getting our money's worth for this singleplayer game. 

Mafia III will be set in 1968 after the Vietnam war and you will be playing as Lincoln Clay, war veteran and mafioso. When his street family is betrayed by the Italian Mafia, you will be sent out on a revenge mission that will include a brutal mix of shootouts, hand to hand combat and reckless driving. This will be an open world game and non-linear games will always have an exponential amount things to do. One of the new features is that you will be able to create your own crew from scratch and choose how you run it, who you keep and who has to sleep with the fishes. 

Personally I believe the Mafia II had one of the most immersive story lines in games such like these. It is really difficult nowadays for game developers to create a popular game and still have a good story line but this is something that he Mafia series has gotten down pretty well. This is certainly one game you do not want to miss out on. 

 

 

From what we know already this game will be really graphics intensive. Here are the minimum and recommend specs:

MINIMUM:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel I5-2500K, AMD FX-8120
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB of Video Memory & NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660, AMD Radeon HD7870
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compliant Sound card
RECOMMENDED:
    • OS: Windows 7 64-bit
    • Processor: Intel I7-3770, AMD FX 8350 4.0 Ghz
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4GB of Video Memory & NVIDIA Gefore GTX 780 or GeForce GTX 1060, AMD Radeon R9 290X
    • Storage: 50 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compliant Sound card

 

SpaceX Mars Mission Envisioned in a Video Game!

 

Last week SpaceX's CEO Elon Musk revealed his plan to make life multiplanetary. SpaceX intends to bring 1,000,000 people to Mars over the course of a few decades. If you have not heard of Elon Musk and his companies, he is deemed as the real-life Tony Stark and he's also a PC gamer!. Elon's goal is to bring humanity out of Earth and onto different planets, he states this is the only way our species will survive in the long run. At the International Astronautical Congress, Musk presented his plan that included an intricate render of the mission and it looked like a Sci-Fi movie trailer! Now what does this have to do with gaming? Well, in one of my first articles, I shared one of my favorite games with you guys and that is, Kerbal Space Program. Unlike most space games out there KSP is a game that is adored by NASA and Elon Musk. It is also one of the only games that is respected by real-life industries in the genre. 

In this tweet Elon shows his enthusiasm for KSP after Marcus House shares his rendition of how SpaceX's Mars transport mission would fold out. We will not being going too in depth about this Mars mission but in summary it is a large, reusable rocket with an estimated cost of $560 million USD. It has an estimated capacity of about 100-200 people. If you are interested in going, SpaceX is hoping to make tickets somewhere in the range of $150,000 to $200,000 per person, (about the cost of a small house in some places but you get to live on a different planet instead!) if you really think about it, it's somewhat a reasonable cost for residency on a different planet. For those of you who have a tendency for cold feet, this is not a one-way trip as the vessel will have to make its way back to Earth. For the pioneers however, Elon estimates that it will take roughly 40-100 years for Mars to be fully self-sustaining. SpaceX hopes to send the first people to Mars by 2024. If you are interested in seeing the presentation you can find it here. During the presentation we get a short video of how the mission is suppose to go, alongside it you can see the exact same mission played in Kerbal Space Program. 

Here is SpaceX's video:

 

Now here is the same mission simulated in KSP:

 

Now in KSP the situation is more controlled as there is substantially less variables that could cause failures but I'd like to think of it as a great way for the community to experience something of this stature in their own homes. Marcus House's video is a great representation of how the game should be played, just a enthusiast simulating space flight. The game is likely the best game out if you want a realistic experience with orbital flight and vessel launching. 

This is not the first brush that the video game industry has had with ground breaking technology. NASA uses VR along with Unreal Engine to create an environment for their astronauts to train in. Also, a couple months ago Nvidia's CEO provided a DGX-1 supercomputer to OpenAI (a non-profit AI research company) to assist in democratizing artificial intelligence technology. 

 

 

Gone are the days of people saying that video games are counter-productive, now this does not apply if you play Call of Duty all day (unless you're going to 360 no scope your way to enlisting). The real-world application of these "gaming companies" is now increasingly productive. It's amazing that the same technology we use to play video games is used for the research and development in advancing our civilization.

 

Amazon Game Studios' New Titles

 

There have been many new announcements lately and a weird turn of events for companies. Nvidia is doing big things in the automotive industry, Blackberry is no longer manufacturing phones and now Amazon is developing their own games. Recently Amazon has been hiring people for their Amazon Game Studios located in Irvine, California (the same city as Blizzard HQ and UCI, the best gaming college). Detroit is known for cars, Manhattan for finance and Silicone Valley for technology. Will Irvine be the new mecca for the gaming industry? There are dozens of companies in the gaming industry for software and hardware, all over Southern California including us!

For a company as well backed as Amazon, it is hard to expect them to flop. They announced 3 games recently and these 3 games are the perfect entry games. Amazon will be tackling three popular genres: MOBAs, MMORPG and Survival. Let's take a brief look at what is coming.

 

 

Breakaway will be Amazon's take on an arena-style MOBA. It is a 4 on 4 action-packed battle featuring featuring warriors of old, myth and legend. If they have done their homework on MOBAs, they will know that it is a hard genre to compete in. Even Blizzard, who is technically the godfather of MOBAs had a rough time with Heroes of the Storm. A unique feature is that they state this game is built for live-streaming. My concern here is that many games have tried implementing built in streaming and have not been too successful. The only way for a game to be successful in live-streaming is if people actually want to watch your content. I am eager to see what kind of new features they will be implementing in conjunction with Twitch. 

 

 

This title will be of huge interest to MMO fans, not often do we get something new and exciting, trust me, everyone is always hoping and searching for the next "WoW-Killer". New World is an open world sand box MMO meaning you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, however you want. These games are great since there are no set goals/quests. Based on the picture of the game it seems a little dark which is great, many MMOs nowadays feel slightly too cartoon-y. In New World you can band together with friends to build civilizations or reclaim lands. On the other hand you can set out on your own and create your story. I am definitely looking forward to more news regarding New World. Again, they boast rich social feature and Twitch integration that allow broadcasters to lead their own events and give rewards. 

 

 

Crucible will be a battle royale style fight to be the last survivor on an alien world. Actually, this game will be more like hunger game due to the fact that there will be another player that can control the environment. I'm guessing Amazon is planning on going head to head with H1Z1's King of the Kill and games such as The Culling. The main difference here is that the game will be on an alien planet and will have futuristic weapons. Personally, I would like to hope this game is H1Z1 KotK but with Overwatch-style weapons and characters. 

 

There are no release dates announced for any of the 3 games but I expect that we will see many new videos including gameplay in the near future. As a long-time Prime Member, I am truly excited to see how Amazon's new venture will fold out. Maybe these games will be free for Prime Members.. who knows?

Let us know what you guys think about these games! Which one are you most excited about? Let us know in the comment section below.