Intel’s 6-Core Processors Debut In A Handful of Laptops

Recently, Intel announced a lineup of hexa-core processors for its Core-i7 and new Core-i9 lineup. The new processors are designed for laptops and come with a notable performance increase over previous chips. A handful of new gaming laptops were announced alongside the processors as well. Without a doubt, such a revelation is exciting news for gamers, especially those that want to game on the go.

A Look At The New Gaming Laptops

Acer, Gigabyte, Samsung, and Asus announced gaming laptops featuring these 6-core processors. Most of the machines include Core-i7 processors and GTX 10-series GPUs. However, Asus unveiled a behemoth Core-i9 machine with a GTX 1080. The specs are eye-watering while the price tags are as high as expected. Each laptop will be released throughout the coming months and provide ample gaming performance.

Why All Of This Matters

By itself, the announcement of 6-core laptop processors isn’t too noteworthy. Laptops will receive expected performance gains and better energy efficiency. The real story here is that laptops continue to make noticeable strides in performance and capabilities. With a hexa-core processor and higher end Nvidia GPU, these machines can provide real performance not seen in laptops before.

It doesn’t hurt that gaming laptops continue to shrink in size and power usage. Manufacturers continue to shrink down hardware into more sleek packages. In the past, a gaming laptop might look like a stuffed briefcase. Now these machines are starting to look like somewhat slim machines hiding powerful capabilities. Gaming laptops in the near future may even start to resemble ultrabooks in some ways.

Either way, Intel’s hexa-core processors are an exciting development for laptops. These processors might even find their way into non-gaming laptops, too. More powerful laptops with less demanding power needs are good news for everyone. It’s an exciting period of time for CPUs, GPUs, and computer hardware in general.

PUBG’s New 4×4 Map Unveiled

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds rocketed into the spotlight in no time due to its fast paced battle arena-style free for all combat. While its wide open spaces and long match times are part of the appeal for most players, some might be turned off of the game because of these features, finding them too inhospitable or slow paced for newcomers. It appears that the developers have a solution in the works for these types of players, with a new game mode set to begin testing next month.

This new map will be a 4 kilometer-by-4 kilometer area, intended to make the game more fast paced and “intense”, remedying one of the major problems some have with the more traditional gameplay on the normal 8-by-8 maps (that being the large amount of waiting or wandering around looking for other players). At the same time it is released, another 8-by-8 map will seemingly be put out, as well.

Not much is currently known about the smaller map outside of the fact that it will be smaller than what players are used to. The developers have mentioned that it will be designed after locations in southeastern Asia, but not much else has been said about aesthetics beyond that.

Additionally, the devs are planning to allow users test the new map early in April, wanting to give players something fun as a way to celebrate the game’s one year anniversary. PUBG Corp.’s CEO, Chang Han Kim, has said this comes out of a desire to, essentially, get back to the game’s roots during development in Steam Early Access, giving players the chance to help in development through testing new features and giving feedback prior to official releases.

Dragon Ball FighterZ Attracts the Big Names of Fighting Games

Even before its launch, Namco Bandai’s newest venture Dragon Ball FighterZ was turning heads. Developed with Arc System Works (creators of the popular BlazBlue and Guilty Gear fighting games), this new entry into the storied Dragon Ball series of games looked to be like nothing fans had ever seen before.

Upon release, this hype proved to be more than just talk, as 2 million copies sold within just the week of release made it the quickest selling Dragon Ball game ever made. This momentum hasn’t slowed a month later, as the competitive scene is finally taking off at tournaments, with some interesting developments not commonly seen within the community.

With most fighting games, a certain niche of players is the goal of any developer. Rather than attract a wide variety of players, they try to court certain groups that like a particular franchise, combat system, or other feature that their game has that others don’t. As a result, many of the biggest names in fighting games stick to their particular title of choice for competition.

Not so for FighterZ, as it has somehow managed to draw in some of the most highly ranked gamers from other franchises, many of which do not typically stray from their game of choice. According to Steve Barthelemy, a longtime veteran of the anime fighting game genre using the name “Lord Knight” at competition, FighterZ has done what few games before it could and attracted a sustainable number of players post-launch.

In his experience, all four lobbies the game has at present are consistently packed with players, and offline spaces like Esports Arena in Santa Ana, California draw huge crowds wanting to compete in or watch the game being played. Others, too, like Dominique “SonicFox” McLean, champion of games like Skullgirls, Mortal Kombat, and many more, as well as his longtime rival William “Leffen” Hjelte, the undisputed “god” of Super Smash Bros. Melee, have both joined the fight in FighterZ.

It’s easy to see why, though. With so many people having grown up with the Dragon Ball franchise across the world, it makes sense many of those people would want to take a crack at the series’ newest venture into video games. And momentum doesn’t seem to be slowing down any time soon, meaning there might be more than just nostalgia attached to this game.

The Joys of PC Gaming

There are reasons that people get involved in PC gaming even with all of the available technology in gaming consoles. One of the reasons behind gaming with PCs is that PCs are known for their versatility more than consoles. The idea of consoles being used for more than video games is still relatively new. It is less than 5 generations ago that video game consoles were only able to play video games while PCs could do so much more.

When people use some of the older consoles, one thing they will notice is that it is not possible to download games onto the hard drive. PCs have been able to download games and update them. This is one thing that was missing from the older gaming consoles. If anyone wanted an update or a patch to their game, they would have to wait for an updated CD of their game. Even then, they would have to hope that the gaming console would release the product. Meanwhile, patches could be downloaded from the internet onto the PC. Therefore, if there are any errors in the game, they can be corrected without having to buy the game over again.

Video game consoles have recently caught up with the PCs. Gaming consoles have become so advanced that they might as well just be called consoles as opposed to video game consoles. While they can play video games with some of the most advanced graphics, they can do so much more for the user. This is one thing that makes the system like the PS4 compete with PCs like the new Zenbook 13 and other PCs that can be used for video games.

Blizzard Announces Updates to Long-Running Warcraft III

After 16 years, Warcraft III is still going strong. Although many Blizzard fans have moved onto other games like World of Warcraft, Overwatch or Starcraft II, Warcraft III has a dedicated fan base that refuses to abandon the beloved classic. Blizzard has taken notice and announced a slew of new features to update the game.

According to Kotaku, Blizzard is rebalancing the game and increasing the size of custom games from 12 to 24 players. Blizzard has also updated the in-game editor. Players can use this editor to create their own maps and challenge friends. Dota 2 and League of Legends were originally custom maps on Warcraft III and have now spun off to become full-fledged games of their own.

Fans are speculating about what the changes might mean. Is Blizzard planning to re-release the game or even develop a sequel? The company is famous for maximizing the value of its intellectual property. World of Warcraft continues to receive expansions over a decade after its original release. A few years ago, Blizzard updated the original Starcraft and released a popular sequel to the hit strategy game.

Revamping Warcraft III wouldn’t be a challenge for the mega-successful company. Blizzard could reuse its engine from Starcraft II, meaning the biggest change would be updated, high-definition character models. The company might even decide to update Warcraft I and II as a true reward for long-time fans. Of course, Blizzard is famously tight-lipped and hasn’t released concrete details of its plan for the series. For now, Warcraft III fans can only speculate about the potential changes coming to the Warcraft universe.

‘Papers, Please’ Short Film Adaption Goes Live Online

A short film has just been released based on Lucas Pope’s 2013 indie hit Papers, Please. Available now for free on both YouTube and Steam, it adapts the game’s story in a 10 minute run time, potentially turning out as the best video game film adaption to date.

The film, as well as the game, are told through the perspective of an inspector, guarding the border of the fictional fascist nation of Arstotzka and deciding who is allowed entry into the country as they present their papers. The inspector’s job is not as simple as presented, as he (and the player in the game version) must try to cope with the please of those trying to cross and their own conscience as they make the call on whether or not someone is allowed entry into the country.

Having to balance the emotional toll of the job, morality, and the threat to the inspector’s own life and the lives of his family, the game tells a complex narrative about the effects or authoritarian oppression and what it can feel like to be a worker drone on the lowest level of an unfathomable nightmare. For this reason, Papers, Please was nominated and received numerous awards at the time of its release, making a movie adaption all but inevitable.

However, the movie diverges somewhat from the original story of the game. Though changes are to be expected with any adaption, the way the film’s plot proceeds seems to be somewhat antithetical to the message and nuance of the game. It would be hard to say more without spoilers, so to fully understand the differences, one would need to watch the film for themselves. And at only ten minutes with incredible production values, that’s hardly a steep price to pay.

Portable Gaming PCs for Mobile Fun

One thing that people like more than video gaming on a PC is mobile gaming. One of the reasons that people like the ability of mobile gaming is that they like the idea of taking their games with them. As opposed to sitting in a gaming room, people like to be able to play a game from anywhere. Fortunately, there are a few devices that have been designed just for that. One of them is the Zenbook 13. This device has the power to render discrete graphics. This will bring about the best graphics that a game can offer.

Another good thing is the speed that can make the game easier to play. When a game is lacking in speed, this can increase the difficulty in a game. This is one of the reasons that it is important that work is done on the PC in order to make sure that it is working at optimal speed. One thing that can help the owner of the PC is to do some research on the products in order to find something that can be done in order to clean up the system so that it can run at a faster rate.

One thing that the Zenbook shows is that the best graphics and most powerful gaming experience can be brought forth from a thin and portable system. Therefore, there is no need for anything that is big and bulky in order to provide the most immersive and impressive experience. Such an experience can be brought forth from the Zenbook 13. It not only has all of the specs but also uses it to full capacity so that people can see how well it works.

Gaming PCs Compared With Gaming Consoles

There was a time when PCs were a lot more powerful than consoles for gaming. As a matter of fact, if people wanted to get the best versions of some games, they had to look for the PC versions. For one thing, the PC had better graphics than the consoles of the 80s and early 90s. This is one of the reasons that people have considered PCs to be the best versions other than the arcade. However, as time would pass, the gaming consoles would catch up with the gaming PCs, especially as consoles started including some of the features of PCs.

It was only a matter of time, before the gaming consoles were considered better than the PCs. After all, the gaming consoles would be the first to get the next generation data limit. Game consoles like PS4 and the Xbox One would come out a considerable amount of time before the PC can catch up to the power that the console has. While there are cases of multi-platform games being released for the consoles, the PC versions are considered inferior to the console versions. As a matter of fact, PCs are having to work very hard to keep from being replaced by game consoles given that consoles allow people to download games as well as buy physical copies.

Now, there is a new PC being created that has power that puts it in the same vein as gaming consoles. This new PC is called the Corsair One. One thing that makes it stand out from all of the other PCs is that it will work without any further tweaking. This makes it simpler to use and play as well as other activities.

Steam’s Lunar New Year Sale Begins

PC gaming powerhouse Steam has officially launched their Lunar New Year sale, running from February 15th through the end of the 19th. With thousands of games on sale from 10% off up to as much as 90% off, this is a great time to grab that game you’ve been eyeing or gift your friends a copy of your favorite multiplayer game!

Steam’s Lunar New Year sale includes hot games such as Tekken 7 and The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt at a staggering 50% off, as well as cult favorites including Stardew Valley and Undertale at 20% and 50% off, respectively.

This is a great opportunity to branch out and try genres of gaming you’re unfamiliar with, or really dig deep in your gaming style of choice! Whatever your interests are, Steam has you covered this New Lunar Year. Here are three suggestions to start of the Lunar New Year right!

1: They Are Billions

They Are Billions is a trending game from developer Numantian Games that showcases the ever popular zombie survival setting with spectacular strategy gameplay.

2: Nioh: The Complete Edition

Nioh: The Complete Edition is a brutal action game that contains the full game, it’s three expansions, and three additional story chapters. This is for the hardcore among us.

3: This War of Mine

This War of Mine is a beautiful game dripping with meaningful narrative. You play the roles of a group of survivors in a besieged city, and shows a side of war often left untold.

The company’s extensive sales help both consumers and developers. Consumers get access to games that may have originally been out of their budget or wildcards they were uncertain of. Developers, on the other hand, gain increased exposure and revenue due to the aforementioned consumer benefits. It’s a win-win situation and with so many great titles discounted, you can’t go wrong taking advantage of this great sale!

EA Releases ‘Dead Space’ on Origin For Free — A Mea Culpa for Past Problems?

PC Gamers have had precious few nice things to say about EA over the past six months, but things might start turning around here shortly. EA just announced a free release of the hit 2008 title, ‘Dead Space’. The game, developed by the dismantled Visceral Games, was released to almost universal critical acclaim and it has helped to reinvigorate the science fiction/horror genre that has so often been woefully overlooked. For fans that didn’t get a chance to play ‘Dead Space’ the first time around, now might be the perfect opportunity. All you need in order to download the free release is an Origin account.

The story of ‘Dead Space’ pulls from several of the greatest works of science fiction horror around, from ‘Alien’ to ‘The Thing’ and everything in between. The title follows Isaac Clarke, yes a pretty deliberate reference, in his journey aboard the USG Ishimura. Clarke is an engineer aboard the massive ship, known in-game as a Planet Cracker, and he is there when horrors are unleashed thanks to a relic possessed by the Unitology. The title follows Clarke as he seeks to right the very horrific wrongs that have begun to pile up aboard the ship all while he suffers from a hallucinogenic breakdown of his own. Yeah, it’s a pretty heavy title.

Fans of horror and science fiction titles owe it to themselves to get their hands on ‘Dead Space’ in order to get involved with one of the better PC single-player titles in recent memory. With that said, the game won’t be for everyone and if you are claustrophobic or tend to be filled with nightmares you might be better off turning away from this one.

EA is doing their best to try and fix their reputation after a disastrous period surrounding the release of their latest ‘Star Wars’ arena brawler, ‘Battlefront 2’ where they were heavily criticized for microtransactions and other predatory financial practices. A few great tiles being released might sway fans to be a little easier on the legendary company.