Gaming

A couple of weeks ago, UL (formerly Futuremark) released the latest test in its ongoing 3DMark gaming benchmark suite, CPU Profile. The premise behind this new CPU-specific test is a simulation to measure how processor performance scales with cores and threads. Normally 3DMark tests are designed to measure overall gaming performance – and thus are largely a GPU benchmark – however this one is a little different since it focuses more specifically on CPU performance. So we wanted to take a look at UL's latest test to get a better idea of what exactly it is testing, what exactly it is trying to accomplish, and just how useful it might be.

Freemium Sequel to Monday Night Combat Arriving In ‘Next Few Months’

With its upcoming sequel to its Defense of the Ancients-inspired shooter Monday Night Combat, Uber Entertainment is embracing another hallmark of the hero arena genre: a free-to-play business model. Instead...

3 by Craig Getting on 8/25/2011

GameStop Opening Boxed Copies of Deus Ex, Removing Free Game Coupons

PC gamers hoping to snag a free OnLive copy of Deus Ex: Human Revolution with their boxed copy should steer clear of GameStop. The retailing giant recently instructed its...

21 by Craig Getting on 8/24/2011

Ubisoft Removing DRM from PC Version of From Dust

From Dust, the much-hyped “God game” from Out of this World developer Eric Chahi, hasn’t had the smoothest launch on PC. It currently lacks graphics options, has an...

11 by Craig Getting on 8/23/2011

Penny Arcade Team to Debut "Pandora for games" App at PAX

The webcomic mavens over at Penny Arcade are teaming up with EEDAR, a games industry consultancy created by former game designer Geoff Zatkin, to create the Decide-o-tron app for...

7 by Craig Getting on 8/23/2011

The Sims Social Brings Storied Sims Franchise To Facebook

The Sims, the award-winning game from Will Wright and Maxis, has entered the world of social gaming with The Sims Social. "Officially" in open beta as of today, The...

5 by Craig Getting on 8/18/2011

Nintendo and Sony Announce Low-Cost Wii and PSP for Europe

Two strikingly similar announcements came out of Gamescom over the past two days. During a press conference yesterday, Sony unveiled the PSP-E1000, a discounted PlayStation Portable that can still...

3 by Craig Getting on 8/17/2011

All PS3 Models Receive $50 Price Cut

Sony's PS3 console is getting a price cut: in the US, the 160 GB model will now cost $249 instead of $299 and the 320GB model will now cost...

17 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/16/2011

Minecraft Now Available for Sony's Xperia Play

The first exclusive for the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play has arrived. Indie gaming sensation Minecraft, from Mojang, hit the Android Market today in the form of Minecraft: Pocket Edition...

14 by Craig Getting on 8/16/2011

Indie Space-Shooter Space Pirates and Zombies Now On Steam

Top-down shooting, upgradeable fleets, a galaxy-wide zombie infestation: MinMax Games’ Space Pirates and Zombies (officially abbreviated S.P.A.Z.) has it all for just $15. Released yesterday on Steam, S.P.A.Z. is...

0 by Craig Getting on 8/16/2011

Google Bringing Games to Google+

It was inevitable. Like Facebook before it, Google+ will have games. The online search leader recently announced their plans to “gradually roll out” gaming on their social network, which launched...

3 by Craig Getting on 8/12/2011

New Game from Super Meat Boy Dev Hits Steam Later This Month

Just a few weeks after its official announcement, The Binding of Isaac has taken up residence on Steam. Despite the store page saying September, its creator Edmund McMillen (one...

3 by Craig Getting on 8/11/2011

GameFly To Offer Downloadable Game Rentals This Fall

GameFly continues to impersonate Netflix. The videogame rental service, which has long followed the Netflix disc-by-mail delivery model, recently announced plans to emulate Netflix’s Instant Streaming service by offering...

11 by Craig Getting on 8/10/2011

Sony Announces PSN PLAY Program: Buy Four Select Games, Get One Free

With Microsoft’s Summer of Arcade promotion becoming an annual success, Sony’s prepared an answer: the PlayStation Network PLAY program. Pre-orders for the program begin today (August 9), and the...

2 by Craig Getting on 8/9/2011

Xbox Live Arcade Favorite Bastion Coming to PC Aug. 16

Supergiant Games’ Bastion, which kicked off Microsoft’s exclusive Summer of Arcade promotion on July 20th, will get its PC release on August 16th. It will cost $14.99 and is...

7 by Craig Getting on 8/9/2011

Electronic Arts Promotes EA Sports President Peter Moore to COO

Electronic Arts is “shifting from defense to offense,” says CEO John Riccitiello, and one integral part of that shift is the promotion of Peter Moore to Chief Operating Officer...

6 by Craig Getting on 8/5/2011

PlayStation Vita Bumped to Early 2012 in US, Europe

If you were hoping to pick up a PlayStation Vita this holiday season, you'd better live in Japan: Sony's Kaz Hirai dropped the bad news in a Japanese press...

9 by Andrew Cunningham on 8/4/2011

Qualcomm's March into the Gaming Market

We've mentioned before that the next-generation of mobile, particularly tablet, SoCs are supposed to give us performance equal to or greater than current generation gaming consoles (e.g. Xbox 360...

8 by Anand Lal Shimpi on 8/3/2011

Samsung to Manufacture PS Vita SoC

A report in the (Japanese-language) Semiconductor Industry News today revealed that the quad-core Cortex A9 ARM SoC for Sony's upcoming Playstation Vita handheld would be manufactured by Samsung on...

12 by Andrew Cunningham on 7/29/2011

Alienware's M17x R3: An Antidote to Clevo

We've had our hands on quite a few gaming notebooks here, but most of the time they're Clevo-based machines. These aren't necessarily bad notebooks; they're fast, typically have good...

84 by Dustin Sklavos on 6/20/2011

Sceptre X270W-1080P Review: A Value 27" That Delivers

If you’ve been in the market for a large or even midsize LCD display lately, chances are good you’ve seen relatively low-cost offerings from a relative newcomer to our...

61 by Brian Klug on 5/17/2010

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