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Jason Clement posted a article in PCIf you're a Batman fan and in the market for a new graphics card, you might want to consider going with Nvidia since they've got a new promotion where if you buy any GeForce GTX 660, 660 Ti, 670, 680, 760, 770 or 780 Nvidia graphics cards, you'll also get Batman: Arkham Origins bundled along with it (via download code when the game launches). This deal is ongoing right now, but be careful to note whether the retailer you buy from (or e-tailer) is participating in the promotion; Nvidia cautions that they cannot supply codes for graphics cards bought from non-participating retailers, so be on the lookout. Batman: Arkham Origins is scheduled for release on October 25 for PC, Xbox 360, PS3, and Wii U. Does this Nvidia deal appeal to you?
The NVIDIA Shield is an interesting gaming handheld which attempts to bring a console-style controller to Android-based games. There are existing devices made with this same goal in mind, but of course, that's not all the Shield has to offer. Perhaps the most exciting feature is the promise of streaming play of your PC games (equipped with NVIDIA card) onto the handheld. The device was initially given the release date of June 27th, which is tomorrow. However, interested parties won't be able to find it for sale then as NVIDIA announced a delay. They've said that an internal component of the system was causing an issue. Not wanting to ship a faulty product to customers is why the Shield won't be available for a while longer. As of now, they have stated the launch is now positioned sometime in July. Will that be enough time to rectify the issue? In any case, when the Shield does launch it will be to the tune of $300.
I was lucky enough to grab tickets in time to go to PAX East once again. That“s 2 years in a row! Unfortunately, I was only able to go on Sunday this year, which meant I was a bit more time pressed compared to last year. The first stop was the exhibition hall, because that“s where all the action is. Despite being told that it would be less crowded than Friday or Saturday, it was still PACKED. â€œLess crowdedâ€ is a VERY subjective term. The panel I was attending was not for some time, so the first major area I stopped at was Nvidia. They were showcasing their new handheld console, which is project shield. It allows one to play a game that could be played from the computer as well. I played The Conduit (on a tablet), and Blood Sword (on the console itself), while I was able to catch others playing Assassin“s Creed III, and Sonic 4. Blood Sword played well with buttons, but touchscreen play was available as well. As a console gamer, buttons just worked out much better for me. As far as Conduit is concerned, the controls weren“t difficult to get used to, and they were creative. Standing still had you reload, and there was auto fire, but you had to aim at an object that could be shot at. Double tapping allowed you to throw grenades, and tapping your secondary gun, switched guns. The only hard part was getting used to touchscreen movement. After playing, I left with a free tshirt. Project Shield From there I just walked around snapping a few pictures and watching others play, as many lines were incredibly long. I watched some Mark of the Ninja, The Last of Us, and caught a glimpse of Remember Me. Watching Mark of the Ninja, was fun. I have yet to play at the moment, but it looks like a great stealth game. Being a Naughty Dog fan, I am definitely looking forward to The Last of Us. The wait to play was incredibly long, but I managed to see someone stealth kill a zombie, which was pretty cool. Other than that I saw a lot of people exploring, as the area was deserted. This is a game I will certainly be looking out for. There were also very long lines to play Assassin“s Creed IV, and Gears of War Judgment. At one time the Gears line shortened, but I didn“t jump in line, and then found it extended considerably after a few minutes. Chance to play lost. After some walking around, I found the Nintendo area. There were lots of people playing Wii U and 3DS, as expected. Nintendo, as promised, is celebrating Luigi, so there was a book for Luigi“s anniversary that the fans could sign! I signed it saying that he“s player 2 for life. He“s one of the best player 2“s out there! You don“t have to be player 1 to be a hero. Then it was off to Merman theater for the panel, â€œHow to Turn Your Gaming Passion into Profitsâ€. The panelists were: Anthony Frasier founder of TheKoalition.com, Alexis Hebert, community manager at Microsoft, CJ Peters, founder and CEO of KonsoleKingz.com, and Gerard Williams who created and founded HipHopGamerShow.com. Gerard Williams was carrying his giant belt. Advice from all of them was that there are various ways to get into the industry now compared to the past. If you want to start doing video playthroughs, start doing that. People love pictures and video. Peters and Frasier talked about the importance of learning to code, which Peters had to figure out in order to play games as a young child. Coding is what developers will do, and it is the job most needed for most game companies, so that is probably the most practical way to get in. Sound designers, concept artists, musicians, and writers all have a chance to break into the industry as well, it“s just harder. So don“t fret if that“s what you want to do! While all of them had interesting stories and came from different walks of life, I paid the most attention to Alexis Hebert, because she broke into the industry through writing and playing in tournaments. I was also able to speak with her after the panel, and she stressed that I should get out of my comfort zone and read articles on subjects I know nothing about, and figure out why I decided to read that entry, what worked, what didn“t work, what else helped you continue reading the article. Some sound advice. Thank you for the advice Alexis! Back in the exhibition hall, I found the Usagi Yojimbo mobile game (remember him?). After speaking with one of the exhibitors, he decided to start me on stage 10, which is pretty late in the game. There are two attack buttons, and one you can hold in order to block. It was rather chaotic for the first time playing, but it was fun. What was spectacular, however, was out easily the licensing to use the character worked out. I had the chance to speak with the main developer, and he said all it took was a quick phone call. However, in a normal case to use specific characters there“s a bunch of rules and contracting involved between the two parties. We didn“t get into much detail about all of that though. After leaving Usagi Yojimbo, I managed to catch a glimpse of (highly stylized fantasy violence watch at your own discretion), who was running around in bright red hair and something of a punk outfit. I did not snap a picture unfortunately. I did get to play Dungeons and Dragons: Chronicles of Mystara, which is an arcade beat em up from CAPCOM. There are a surprising number of playable characters in that game. It was fun, if not hectic. I played as the male magic user and the male fighter. The melee fighters can attack enemies that are down on the ground, and everyone can do a downward attack in the air. There are more attacks than one would think. There was an incredibly long line just to play DuckTales, and there was a broadcast of Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3. I don“t know who was playing but the person playing as Vergil, Spencer, and Hawkeye, was insane. Hawkeye wasn“t even used, and he won multiple matches. The t-shirts and other merchandise was fun to see. They tend to be humorous. My favorite thing there was a Chrono Trigger poster. There was stuff from Korra, and even Harry Potter, among other games and TV shows. That ends my PAX East 2013 Adventure. I thank you for reading, and here are more pictures for you to enjoy! "My name is Gato..." The Conduit tablet game A look at the tabletop area She was kind enough not to cast a spell on me Destructoid Head! Cammy and Juri invite a new challenger!
The annual Consumer Electronics Show is about to be underway in Las Vegas, Nevada but has already seen an announcement which may interest gamers. During Nvidia's press conference, they showed off a new device of theirs which is an android-based portable game system tentatively titled Project Shield. It has multiple features to distinguish itself from current Android devices. First, is the device itself. It is a controller which contains the new Tegra 4 processor. Attached to the controller is a 5" screen that apparently cannot be separated from the device. As you might expect, the small screen can be used for typical Android features such as watching video or using the Play store. What helps Shield stand out is that PC games can be played on it via wi-fi (provided your PC is equipped with at least a GeForce GTX 650). Some may argue that they wouldn't want to play PC games on a small screen. In that case, Nvidia also showcased the system being able to stream PC games to TV sets. It includes HDMI output and can run Steam Big Picture mode without much fuss. Some gamers have certainly already made their own Steam on TV setups, but this may be more convenient for those with less enthusiasm for setting something up themselves. Shield's batteries are said to last 5-10 hours and the device accepts MicroSD cards. No date was announced, just the window of Quarter 2. Finally, a price was also left out of the announcement. The cost will probably be what makes or breaks the Shield.