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.

 

 

Osiris: New Dawn

 

Ever wonder what No Man's Sky could have been if they met all their promises? I understand that we are all weary of sandbox space games now but this one could be the one. Osiris: New Dawn is the newest space, early access game that became available on Steam yesterday. This game won PAX West 2016's Best Survival Game and PAX's Best Indie MMO awards. These accomplishments alone bring a lot of promise for Fenix Fire Entertainment's new title. 

Let's start with the best feature of this game and that is.. online multiplayer. But wait! How can they have multiplayer when NMS could not? It appears that Origin: New Dawn will be sacrificing the procedural generation of 18.4 quinitillion planets in order to make room for your friends. I'd much rather prefer to explore a single solar system with a close group of friends than spend an eternity with disfigured dinosaurs. 

Players will be able to build a thriving colony alongside their friends and defend their structures from alien species, environmental dangers and assaults from other players' colonies.

 

 

Now I would once again like to restate that this game is in early access, meaning the developers acknowledge that it is not finished yet and you will definitely be running into some bugs and glitches. If you are fine with playing an unfinished game then this looks like a great pick up. If you are expecting a polished experience then you may want to wait a while before getting this. I'd like to think of this as Rust in space and Rust does have a huge payer base. 

 

 

In regards to graphics, it is claimed to have a "light-year visual difference" with qualities being compared to AAA titles which means you will need to have some good gear. Here are the minimum and recommended requirements:

MINIMUM:
    • OS: Windows 7 | 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel i5 | 3.2GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 680
    • Storage: 5 GB available space
RECOMMENDED:
    • OS: Windows 10 | 64-bit OS
    • Processor: Intel i7
    • Memory: 16 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 980
    • Storage: 5 GB available space

Check out the launch trailer:

 

Do you guys still have faith in these space exploration games? Let us know your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

GTA Online: Bikers Release Date Announced

 

The newest DLC for Grand Theft Auto V will be released on October 4th. There has been a surprising amount of content and updates for this latest rendition of GTA. Rockstar is definitely doing their best to keep this game alive and they are doing well. GTA V: Bikers will be available as a free automatic update for PC, Xbox One and PS4. 

The Los Santos and Blaine County will be now have underground motorcycle clubs and a ton of new content. There will be new vehicles, weapons and missions. We will now also be able to use melee attacks on bikes.

 

 

See you guys on the road!

 

EVGA Motherboards - Then and Now


In 2005 we released our first motherboard with the nForce3 chipset. From that day we have made a huge impact on the motherboard category, our boards are for the everyday gamer, enthusiast and content creators. We've come from a yellow theme to a slick combination of black and red. We began at Athlon 64 and now we're at Broadwell-E. Come take a close look development and design transformation of EVGA boards over the last 11 years. 

2005 nForce3

This is was the first board we revealed in our venture into the motherboard market. This board support Athon 64 (Yes we used to support AMD) and Single Channel Memory. The memory dimms were placed above the CPU socket so that users could put the memory in first and avoid and with it getting in the way of all the other connections. 

2006 nForce4

I think the person who designed this board was an UCLA Bruins fan. This board supported AM2, dual channel memory and SLI!2007 e-7150

Deemed the Ultimate GPU and Motherboard solution of its day, this board had a 7 series GPU built in and supported a whopping 1333mhz of ram. 

 

 

2006 680i

"A third PCI Express graphics expansion slot making your system ready for the future"

2008 790i FTW

When I built my first computer, this was the board of my dreams but at that time Intel was too expensive for me.. This had a 775 socket and support 3-Way SLI.

2008 X58 SLI

Black PCB's were always more aesthetically pleasing in my opinion. 2009 P55 FTW

The affordable successor the the LGA 775 socket which features support for LGA 1156 i5 & i7 processors.  Tons a features included over the previous mainstream generation at a price that made it available for everyone

 

 

2010 SR-2

The SR-2 was EVGA's first dual processor motherboard. This board supported 2 Xeon chips and DDR3 ram. 

2011 P67 FTW

Black and red glory! This P67 FTW had everything you need to overclock. It included triple BIOS support and 12 Phase PWM. 2012 SR-X

The SR-X was the successor to the SR-2.  The dual socket motherboard made great improvements, and introduced Mini SAS ports, 4-way SLI support, onboard Blue Tooth, and both PCI-e & Dimm disable switches.

2012 Z77 FTW

Introduced support for 3rd Generation Intel Core processors, with full PCI-e 3.0 and 4-way SLI support.  It also included the addition of a 6 pin PCI-e power connector on the board itself for multi-card stability.

2013 X79 Dark

The EVGA BIOS we know currently was first released with this board. It was a huge update to the design and functionality of our BIOS. 2014 Z97 FTW

Brand new design features and aesthetics, such as a GUI BIOS, new software interface for overclocking in the O.S., and M.2 Socket for storage.  The board also featured a new looking power delivery heatsink, in a Round barrel type design, which set it apart for its competitors.

2014 X99 Classified

The latest and greatest Enthusiast grade motherboard supporting the 2011-V3 processor, the X99 is at the top of its game.  All black PCB and neutral color scheme, with a touch of the EVGA red "E" logo for contrast.  DDR 4 Support and featuring a I/O cover for a clean looking motherboard in side any case.2015 X99 Micro2

This Micro ATX is next on my list. It has all the benefits of any top of the line X99 and comes in a compact form factor and a great price.  With many of the feature of a full size board and supports 3-way SLI with the single slot 980 Ti Kingpin graphics cards!2016 Z170 FTW

A clean and neutral looking board which would fit in any build and stand out with its features.  Has an update BIOS GUI interface and 4 DIMM sockets supporting up to 64GB of memory.  

2016 X99 FTW K

This is my favorite board because it was released on the first day I started working at EVGA.  Said to be a very reliable board, this X99 FTW K is one of the top rated boards both aesthetically and functionally. If you are looking for the crème de la crème then look no further. 

 

Our motherboards have come a long way from the yellow designs you saw in the first two pictures. These motherboards have become more reliable, more advanced and ultimately unique. EVGA is THE motherboard choice for enthusiast and overclockers. There are many improvements that can and will be made for the future. Our first motherboard was released in 2005 and within 11 years we have made many optimal enhancements, we hope to share our innovations with you guys for years to come!

 

Let us know what your thoughts are and what you would like to see in future designs in the comment section down below!

 

Gear Up w/ EVGA: "BULGAR " Build by MadMods PC Modding!

 

Case modders, PC enthusiast, PC Gamers and EVGA Fans all around; gather around as we present to you another "Gear Up with EVGA" sponsored build and featured case modder!

We would like to introduce you all to Mickee of MadMods PC Modding from the Philippines!  Selected as our "Gear up with EVGA" case mod/build for the month of April 2016 and his build named "Bulgar"

"I am from the Philippines and I have been modding for about 3 years.   It all started with a hand me down small form factor PC that I wanted to game with.  But I couldn't just simply put it in a bigger case and add a graphics card because of it's proprietary form factor.  That is when a friend told me to check out PC case modding and the rest is history!"- Mikee

 

"I named it BULGAR which is a Filipino urban word for revealing" - Mikee

Mickee's case mod/build "Bulgar is an open case modular test bench adventure" and will surely change you perception of a traditional test bench once we get to see the end result. A traditional case keeps all your components enclosed and worry free, but being able to add/remove a part requires some work. A traditional test bench allows the user to freely add/remove parts to expand to break down the system with ease. Mikee is taking that concept and bumping it up to the next level of awesome!

"I love PC Case modding because of the fusion between technology and art, my previous builds were not too extravagant but everything was made by hand because I do not have a CnC, 3d Printer or a laser cutter." - Mikee

 "On this mod with EVGA I am going to step out of my comfort zone, it's safe to say that it's a "semi scratch build" because I have taken out most parts of the case and that is going to make it challenging and fun at the same time." - Mikee

You can see Mikee's starting point which is his Thermaltake X71 case stripped down and currently looks nothing like what it did before.  Keeping things old school without the use of a CnC, 3D printer or laser cutter sure does sound like a challenge.  We at EVGA are excited to see the progress thus far and can't wait for the final result of "Bulgar".  

As part chosen for the "Gear Up with EVGA" program and to help along Mikee with his build,  we sent him out some of our enthusiast grade parts to assist in the creation of "Bulgar."  Check out the awesome shots taken by Mikee below:

This has just been a small insight into the "Bulgar" build log by Mikee of MadMods PC Modding!  To keep up to date with the build, make sure you check out the "Bulgar" build log on the Mod Rigs section of the EVGA Forums.  And make sure to follow Mikee and MadMods PC Modding via his FaceBook page.  

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"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 the the Gear Up with EVGA page to submit your entry for a chance to be sponsored!