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April 24, 2014

Historical Article: Action off the Komandorski Islands, March 1943

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 17:08:16 in category: Military History [ Print ]

One of the last decisive daylight gunfire naval battles in history

By John Dudek @ The Wargamer

In the cold, predawn hours of 3 June 1942, dozens of Japanese Diahatsu landing craft made landfall along the wave tossed, rock strewn shore. Hundreds of armed, grim faced, Imperial Japanese infantry splashed through the chilly breaker waters in this, the first enemy invasion of sovereign US territory since the War of 1812. Their troops fanned out from the landing beaches, moving quickly inland to take possession of the nearly uninhabited island. This was but one of two scheduled Japanese amphibious invasion operations. As a result, the American islands of Attu and Kiska along Alaska's Aleutian most westerly chain of islands were now firmly in Japanese hands.

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Call of Duty: Ghosts Update Adds 'Chaos Mode' for Extinction

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 16:33:01 in category: First-Person Shooter News [ Print ]

By Chris Scullion, Games Editor, CVG UK

Infinity Ward has released a new Call Of Duty: Ghosts title update on Xbox 360, Xbox One and PC. As well as the usual array of bug fixes and tweaks, the latest patch adds a new Chaos variant to Extinction.

Chaos was originally introduced as a variant to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3's Spec Ops mode. In it, players face off against a never-ending deluge of enemies and must chain together kills to earn power-ups that will help them stem the tide.

It has yet to be confirmed when these changes will be implemented to the PS3 and PS4 versions of the game. Click here for the full list of changes.

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New Arma 3 Video Guide Explores Zeus DLC

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 16:17:39 in category: First-Person Shooter News [ Print ]

Bohemia Interactive today deployed a brand new episode in official Community Guide video series for Arma 3™. Taking a closer look at the recently released Arma 3 Zeus DLC, Andrew Gluck (better known as Dslyecxi) from Shack Tactical provides some practical tips for both Game Masters and players.

In Arma 3 Zeus, which is now available as free DLC for Arma 3, players can take on the role of Game Master, and curate the multiplayer experience of other players – much similar to the concept of popular tabletop games such as ‘Dungeons & Dragons’. The new Community Guide explores Arma 3 Zeus’ potential, while highlighting some of the core capabilities of a Game Master, and alternative uses for the Zeus module.

"Zeus represents a significant step forward in the Arma series' development. By making it possible for any player - even those without previous mission-making experience - to design and evolve a scenario in real-time through a robust 3D editor, Zeus lays the tremendous sandbox potential of the game out in easy reach, ready to be used as a tool to craft dynamic, engaging, and memorable experiences for all involved", said Andrew Gluck, former servicemember and leader of the popular Arma community group Shack Tactical.

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For more game information please visit the official Arma 3 Zeus DLC Webpage.

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Panzer Tactics HD Closed Beta Goes Live

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 16:10:10 in category: Strategy and Wargaming News [ Print ]

Today, Panzer Tactics HD is entering Closed Beta. The raffles on Twitter and Facebook have ended. However, those of you who haven’t gotten a key still have the chance to enter Beta! Simply send an email with the subject line “Panzer Tactics HD Closed Beta” to PanzerTactics-Beta@bitcomposer.com. From today on until April 30th we will be giving out a limited amount of keys to interested tacticians.

There is a varied range of tanks available in Panzer Tactics HD. With the second “Intelligence Report” proven hardcore strategists and rookies of Panzer Tactics HD today will get useful insights and information about the Russian heavy machinery units that you will lead into battle in the second campaign. The following “Intelligence Report” will provide more useful information about the allied forces and their air combat units.

Panzer Tactics HD lets you experience intense battles in three extensive campaigns with more than 150 units and countless tactical options, offering hours of gaming fun. In 2008, Panzer Tactics for the Nintendo DS won the German Developer Award for the best console game. Panzer Tactics HD offers all the tactical depth and the hard-hitting gameplay of the original with progressive levels of difficulty and three single-player campaigns. Panzer Tactics HD is coming to PC and iOS in Q2 of this year.

More game information is available at the official Panzer Tactics HD Website.

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Review: ROCCAT Kave XTD 5.1 Digital Gaming Headset

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 15:55:04 in category: Sound Cards and Speakers [ Print ]

By Joe Kershner @ PureOC

There’s a new audio product on the market from someone you just might be familiar with. ROCCAT has released the Kave XTD 5.1 headset. The XTD 5.1 model features 40mm rear and front drivers, thick padded ear cushions and an adjustable headband. The 40mm drivers are complimented by a detachable flexible microphone and the headset is compatible with PCs.

ROCCAT didn’t stop there though; they went beyond gamers expectations by integrating the ability of pairing your headset with your mobile device via Bluetooth Technology as well as the ability to transfer sound to a normal speaker system for media meant to be heard by everybody. Continue reading to find out if this headset is packed with all the features gamers have been waiting for.

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Review: OCZ RevoDrive 350 PCIe SSD 480GB

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 15:42:51 in category: Drives & Storage News [ Print ]

By Steven Walton @ TechSpot

Back when OCZ released the RevoDrive 3 X2 in 2011, it was the fastest SSD for desktop users we'd seen. Using PCI Express, it eliminated the SATA bottleneck that most SSDs still face today. Three years later, the RevoDrive 350 is being touted as the new ultimate storage solution for intensive workstation applications, with x8 PCIe 2.0 support and read/write speeds of 1.8/1.7GBps.

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Review: Corsair RM1000 Power Supply

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 15:33:08 in category: Power Supply News [ Print ]

By E. Fylladitakis @ AnandTech

Corsair has created a good reputation for their branded PSUs, and today they are among the most popular choices for gamers and enthusiasts. The first PSU from Corsair to find its way into our new testing lab is the RM1000, an 80 Plus Gold Certified unit with a rated output of 1000W at 40°C ambient. Given the rated power output and retail price of $169.99 after rebate, the RM1000 is understandably targeted at advanced users and gamers, and very few PCs require so much power. The target audience can be quite demanding, however, and a simple 80 Plus Gold certification is not enough to entice such users, so let's see what else Corsair has up their sleeves.

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Just Announced Hardware for 24 April 2014

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-24 15:25:47 in category: Hardware News [ Print ]

Check out these latest hardware announcements for today from around the web. Also included are some hardware news bits, and on some days, a few rumors tossed in for good measure. Click on the links below to read the official press release, visit the products web page, or to an independent news source.

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April 22, 2014

Call of Duty 2014: First Image Revealed

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-22 18:56:18 in category: First-Person Shooter News [ Print ]

By Mitch Dyer @ IGN

During its Game Developers Conference 2014 panel, Quest for Quality: Maximizing the Relationship Between Creative and Production, Sledgehammer Games revealed an image showing in-game character models for the next Call of Duty.

Sledgehammer's Call of Duty, which will release this fall, has been in development for nearly three years as part of the new development cycle for the series.

The unannounced title will be "next-gen first," according to publisher Activision.

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Rising Storm - Game of the Year Edition Released

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-22 18:44:48 in category: Game News [ Print ]

Today, Tripwire Interactive and Anti Matter Games are pleased to announce the release of the Rising Storm “Game of the Year Edition.” Already awarded “Multiplayer Game of the Year” by PC Gamer for 2013, the Game of the Year Edition is bursting with new content for both Rising Storm and Red Orchestra 2 (Red Orchestra 2 Multiplayer is included in Rising Storm). Transports for the German and Russian factions, a new Tripwire map (Maggot Hill), 3 community maps now official and the new Search & Destroy gameplay mode, with 10 maps configured for it. That is a full 17 maps either new or with additional gameplay! We’d like to give a special thanks to the vehicle mod team whose work inspired and helped us implement transports into the update.

The Rising Storm Game of the Year Edition is available NOW on Steam as well as many other digital outlets. Rising Storm will be on sale later this week on Steam, as well as available to play for free at the same time. Watch for the launch of this offer – and another special one – on Steam!

To celebrate the new Game of the Year Edition we’ve put together an action packed new trailer for the game so be sure to check that out as well and share it with your friends!

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King's Bounty: Dark Side Announced

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-22 18:37:26 in category: RPG News [ Print ]

1C Company is excited to announce the upcoming release of King's Bounty: Dark Side, the next chapter in the award-winning King's Bounty saga.

Time has come to join the Dark Journey to the other side of Teana and visit a mysterious part of the world never before seen by royal bounty hunters.

For the first time in King's Bounty series, players will be able to choose their hero’s race as well as class. Become a fearless Orcs warrior, lead and heal your troops as a Demoness, or use dark magic as a fearsome Vampire.

The world is in turmoil. After winning the battle of Tristrem, arrogant elves plunder Orcish villages, desecrate holy shrines, and massacre the innocents. Orc-Baghyr, the greatest living Orc warrior, is forced to flee with a handful of loyal followers. He vows to return with a stronger force and retake his homeland!

Armies of human knights invade the land of Atrixus. A young Demoness named Neoleene, still mourning the death of her royal father, and her small unit of devoted imps is all that stands in the way of the invading horde.

Castle of the ancient Morton clan is threatened by an army of vampire hunters. Young Daert leaves home to seek allies among the other Dark races. All must join him or perish.

Fates of the three heroes are sealed. They come together in the depths of the Black Cave, where many centuries ago races of Light imprisoned Ancient Evil. The heroes exchange vows and share antique artifacts, then gather their armies and march to fight for the very survival of their race. They must unite against the Light or face extinction!

For more information and to view the first available screenshots please visit the official King's Bounty: Dark Side Webpage.

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Russian Kubinka Tank Museum to Restore Maus Super-Heavy Tank with Wargaming

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-22 18:22:31 in category: Military History [ Print ]

Wargaming today unveiled its plans to join with its long-term partner, the Russian Kubinka Tank Museum, to reconstruct and put back to a running condition the only remaining Panzer VIII Maus tank.

“Wargaming closely cooperates with military museums around the world,” said Andrei Yarantsau, VP of Publishing at Wargaming. “We are excited to contribute to the Kubinka’s initiative and plan on supporting the museum in future. We’ll help it put together an exclusive collection of armored warfare, assisting it in lifting and reconstruction of legendary military vehicles and enriching its exhibition with renowned machines from private collections from across the world. A unique selection of legendary warfare will attract military enthusiasts from Russia and abroad, sparking interest towards military history and inspiring younger generations to learn more about their country’s past.”

Regarded as the epitome of excellent tank design, the colossal Panzerkampfwagen VIII Maus is the heaviest, fully enclosed armored fighting vehicle to see completion during World War II. Weighing 188 tonnes, only two prototypes were ever completed. The sole surviving tank is housed at the Kubinka Museum with an empty hull.

The museum and Wargaming intend to re-build its interior from scratch based on authentic diagrams. Missing parts will be restored in single quantities at a number of tank-building plants, with the entire process supervised by experienced warfare instaurators. The conserved Maus will be stored at the Kubinka Museum so that people from all over the world may come see the renowned vehicle with their own eyes.

Wargaming is involved in a number of socially significant projects that aid in the preservation of historic heritage. The company has launched a global campaign to assist in the search for and conservation of military warfare worldwide, including the support of the Soviet T-34-76 tank restoration in Belarus and the lifting and reconstruction of the KV-1 USSR tank in Voronezh, Russia. Other activities include the recovery of the world’s last remaining Dornier Do 17, now on display at the Royal Air Force Museum in Cosford, United Kingdom, the Wargaming Education Center at the Tank Museum at Bovington, United Kingdom, and the on-going sponsorship of the USS Iowa, docked in the Port of Los Angeles, California.

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Review: VisionTek CryoVenom R9 290

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-22 18:16:33 in category: Video Card News [ Print ]

By Sandy Bruce @ PureOC

It has been several months since AMD shook up the GPU market a bit with its R9 series of GPUs. Now that the dust has settled there has been time for AMD partners to design better cooling solutions for the Hawaii based GPUs at the top end of the R9 lineup. When the 290 and 290x first released there was a firestorm of complaints surrounding the massive amounts of heat generated and the lack of significant cooling solutions. Basically the reference design cooler was a major flop that actually caused performance loses. The 290 and 290x GPUs were known to throttle down to lower core speeds to stay within the thermal envelope. In some cases, this resulted in a 290 outperforming a 290x in benches or other counter intuitive results… OUCH!

AMD partners proved to be up to the challenge though, releasing GPUs with their custom cooling solutions that offered better heat dissipation without adding to the noise penalty suffered by the reference cooler. This is all fine and dandy, but where does any of this leave the hardcore water cooling enthusiast? It leaves many researching to see which GPU from each manufacturer is and is not compatible with certain water blocks and adding additional cost to an already costly product. One of those OEMs, VisionTek, wanted to lend a hand in this process by taking away all guess work, and even the installation. They are now offering a GPU which comes ready to be incorporated into a custom waco system out of the box. I am happy to introduce the CryoVenom R9 290 LiquidCooled series GPU.

Can this new water-cooling focused product from VisionTek hold its own in this segment of the market? Read on to find out!

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Just Announced Hardware for 22 April 2014

Posted by Donster on: 2014-04-22 16:55:02 in category: Hardware News [ Print ]

Check out these latest hardware announcements for today from around the web. Also included are some hardware news bits, and on some days, a few rumors tossed in for good measure. Click on the links below to read the official press release, visit the products web page, or to an independent news source.

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