CSGO: Inferno Update!

 

Just the other day Counter-Strike received a huge update that fixed many bugs but more importantly, we received an updated Inferno! Inferno has been a veteran map throughout the years for this game. Although, this map has had some of its faults previously, this update is definitely a change for the better. In a matchmaking standpoint, this map was very CT sided because it was very difficult for terrorist to move around. The choke points on this map were very tight, allowing the counter-terrorists to easily defend from pushes. Inferno now feels more balanced and open, allowing for a more diverse experience. 

The new map has opened up a lot of possibilities for a push on the T side. Banana has been widened substantially and a wall has been built just before corner. This allows for the terrorist to jump peak and spot anyone holding that angle. Previously CT always had the upper hand on this corner, they had the option to nade stack or a hold with an AWP. Now, there are more possibilities for a balanced push. 

A huge thing to note is that the terrorist exit has now become 2 exits! No longer can two trolls keep your team stuck in the spawn area. Thanks Valve! There has definitely been more positive responses to this update as compared to negative so I think this was indeed a successful update.

Overall the visual upgrade for this map has been a huge improvement and I do hope they update many more of the maps in the competitive pool. 

Click here to check out the new Inferno!

 

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Bandai Namco Humble Bundle!

 

Humble Bundle is having a great weekend sale on a handful of Bandai Namco games. It is a good time to pick up the Dark Souls games if you haven't tried it before. Dark Souls 1 and 2 are at ridiculous prices and so is the latest Dark Souls 3. If you love a challenge, this trilogy is something you definitely want to give a go. You don't necessarily need to play these in order but some people do recommend it, I started at DS3 and enjoyed it!

 

 

Another good pick up is Project Cars which has amazing graphics for a racing game and VR support. Definitely a great game to look in to if you are a car guy! 

 

 

Here's a sneak peak of what they have, click the picture to head over there now!

 

Civilization VI Coming October 21st !

 

World leaders come and gather! Civilization VI will be releasing next week with a ton of new content for us to explore. Pick your world leader and dominate the planet with your friends or by yourself. This game has won many awards such as Gamescom's Best Strategy Game to GameInformer's Best in Show: PC Exclusive (Hopefully 2K won't mess up this one since it's not a port). If you are not familiar with Sid Meier's games then you are in for a treat. Civilization is one of the best turn-based strategy games available. The possibilities and outcomes of each game are endless. Get ready for 5+ hour sessions where you can control your own civilization and dictate the outcome of your future. Play as a war-driven tyrant or build your economy and advance new technologies. 

 

 

Cities can now physically expand across the map for better visuals. World leaders will also have their own agendas based on their historical traits. With Civilization VI we will be getting the option to combine units into one tile. These units will form to become a "Corps" unit. In addition, the game boasts an enhanced multiplayer mode, which will allow us to easily connect and play with friends. This new online mode will now have an objective which would help in keeping the multiplayer from lasting forever. I believe this is one thing they really needed to work on. If the online mode is coherent and fluid this should excite many players, I would love to see Civilization develop a competitive feature. 

 

The low spec requirements means almost anyone can get into this game. 

MINIMUM:
    • OS: Windows 7x64 / Windows 8.1x64 / Windows 10x64
    • Processor: Intel Core i3 2.5 Ghz or AMD Phenom II 2.6 Ghz or greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 1 GB & AMD 5570 or nVidia 450
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device 
RECOMMENDED:
    • OS: Windows 7x64 / Windows 8.1x64 / Windows 10x64
    • Processor: Fourth Generation Intel Core i5 2.5 Ghz or AMD FX8350 4.0 Ghz or greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2GB & AMD 7970 or nVidia 770 or greater
    • DirectX: Version 11
    • Storage: 12 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX Compatible Sound Device

 

 

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.