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    by Published on 09-27-2013 08:41 PM     Number of Views: 16693 
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    So recently Valve has been trying to make big waves with a series of announcements related to its new line of “Steam Machines,” consoles that are running the company’s very own Linux-based STEAM Operating System. The latest announcement, released today Friday September 27, 2013 is simply this:

    That’s Right! Valve today decided to round out their vision for the future of what they envision for PC gaming in the living room. The controller is a specially designed wireless device that has dual touchpads which act as Valve’s interpretation of translating the PC’s mouse and keyboard feel to a handheld controller in your living room.

    "We realized early on that our goals required a new kind of input technology -- one that could bridge the gap from the desk to the living room without compromises. So we spent a year experimenting with new approaches to input," Valve said in a statement on its Web site. The device was designed using a new generation of haptic feedback, the technology that allows for motion input and vibration in standard controllers.

    That means, according to Valve, that its controllers will provide a wider range of more precise vibration and force through which game developers can deliver new modes of information to players "about speed, boundaries, thresholds, textures, action confirmations, or any other events about which game designers want players to be aware."

    "It is a higher-bandwidth haptic information channel than exists in any other consumer product that we know of. As a parlor trick they can even play audio waveforms and function as speakers," Valve added.

    Valve let information slip in the Steam Machine beta test agreement form which unveiled the device was in the works, however the design remained a secret until today. NoobGalore brings you the exclusive preview!

    This goes to show that Valve is indeed making a serious push to dive into the market dominated by Nintendo, Microsoft, and Sony. Will they survive?? Valve most certainly thinks so!

    "Steam gamers, who are used to the input associated with PCs, will appreciate that the Steam Controller's resolution approaches that of a desktop mouse," the company goes on to claim. The two high-resolution trackpads are clickable, allowing the entire surface to act as a button. "Games like first-person shooters that are designed around precise aiming within a large visual field now benefit from the trackpads' high resolution and absolute position control," it adds.

    The controller is completely hackable and customizable, this according to Valve. They say the prototypes and eventual final products will also include a large touch screen in the center equipped with a high-resolution display that can show everything from a scrolling menu to secondary screen info like game maps. Perhaps CS:GO radar? Or maybe team-cams?

    In addition, the screen will be entirely clickable for even more control and customization. The screen when touched will also overlay its display on top of the game you’re playing! This is where it heats up!! Envision the possibilities! And if they allow the same scripting that’s allowed throughout the engine, we can envision new sourcemod addons to complement these features! Will they only be available to console players though, or will Valve begin updating the games with similar features for PC, or maybe even PC controller?

    The closed beta test of Steam Machines will involve about 300 users and they will begin receiving their machines later this year. Valve is currently working with a number of hardware partners for the final consoles. Expected shelf stocking time is in 2014, but still unclear.

    What’s your thoughts??
    by Published on 04-16-2013 06:40 PM     Number of Views: 12447 
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    NoobGalore CS:S servers have been pushed to the Steampipe update released by valve today at 3pm EST.

    All servers are running well, with most plugins working. Only plugin that doesn't appear to be working is quake sounds which we will fix shortly.

    Please let the appropriate admins or server managers know of any issues.

    More information about the Steam pipe update can be found at the link below:

    NoobGalore Management
    by Published on 04-09-2013 06:03 PM     Number of Views: 12214 
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    So the news was spinning, as yesterday sources revealed Microsoft's next-gen platform will mirror PS4; The newest format means Xbox 360 discs won't be compatible with the Xbox 720.

    Check out the GameTrailers video below.

    According to sources, Microsoft's still-unannounced Xbox 720 will use an AMD x86 processor. AMD is also providing chips for the Playstation4.

    A shift to the x86 format means Xbox 360 discs won't be supported and backwards compatibility would be possible only through software emulation.

    The AMD processor in the Xbox 720 reportedly combines "Jaguar" central processing units with graphics chips, according to one of the sources, who wished not to be named because Microsoft's plans have not yet been made public.

    A Microsoft representative told GameSpot, an online game news source "We do not comment on rumors or speculation. We are always thinking about what is next for our platform, but we don’t have anything further to share at this time."

    Microsoft has not announced its future platform, though the company is reportedly preparing to do just that during an event on May 21 2013. According to Windows blogger Paul Thurrott, the xbox 720 will sell for about $500.
    by Published on 04-02-2013 08:34 PM
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    "Game of Thrones," is a wildy popular fantasy drama that is currently runing on the Home Box Office (HBO) Network. The series has recently set an all-time record number of concurrent downloads via torrent, according to data that was collected by Torrent Freak, a Torrent tracking consortium.

    Torrent Freak, was tracking uploads and downloads of the first episode of the newest season of "Game of Thrones" recently and it was found that just a few hours after the torrent was initially shared over 160,000 people were involved in its distrubition of its pieces. The "swarm" of people sharing the torrent far outpaced "Heroes," which was the previous title holder according to Torrent Freak. Another 11,000 people were sharing the complete season of Thrones, with over 50k downloading at that time of this publication.

    It is now believed that just two days from the airing of the episide, over one million leechers have grabbed the file, and it has quickly become the most popular show ever downloaded, and one of the most popular shows on television. If you live in a box, the show follows the fantasy novel series "A song of Ice and Fire" which is written by George R Martin, and is now running in its third season.

    The United States appeared to be the top place for all downloads, followed by the UK and Australia. What does that have to say about continued piracy and the MPAA and RIAA?

    Now that the major ISP's are all contributing to the 6-strikes pact, has the death of the torrent arrived? These statistics seem to say otherwise, however I personally recommend any who are torrenting to stop. Unless you have loads of additional cash for a lawyer, or extremely forgiving wealthy parents, it isn't worth the bullshit it could bring. Years ago the ISP's used to protect the individuals, however after the Patriout Act that is no longer the case. Loads of information is turned over immediately. Do you trust them? I don't!

    Game on!
    by Published on 03-31-2013 08:05 AM
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    It has been some time since we have had to make any adjustments to hardware, however as we strive daily to continue to bring you an uninterrupted and enjoyable experience we found these steps necessary to take at this time, due to the cost effective solutions we have been provided. This solutions will increase our capacity with no monthly change in price. How can we go wrong?

    Eventually, every machine will go through a phase of hardware based upgrades in the near term. We began the process last night, on Dallas2, culminating with a full new build out, inclusion of a raid controller, more ram, newer SATA drives with 8x the Cache as the previous drives, and new to our buildout are brand new SSD drives. The gameservers will now be running solely on the SSD drives. This will result in a significant improvement in disk access times over the slower SATAII drives we previously used. This in turn will greatly improve the game engines ability to quickly calculate positions, entity placement times, and maintain that delicate balance to produce the best shot registration in the gaming community.

    While many communities stuff there hardware to the max, we don't fill any hardware past 50% capacity @ MAX PLAYERS, and these new upgrades will further lower those numbers not seen anywhere else.

    We hope our continued effort to provide the best for you is as exciting for you as it is for us.

    Stay tuned for more upgrade news as we build our platform for tomorrows games! We will be prepared! Will you be ready?

    NoobGalore Managmeent
    -be sure to comment and let us know how it is running!
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