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We've lowered the price of our monthly Google Drive storage plans to $1.99 for 100GB (previously $4.99), $9.99 for 1TB (previously $49.99), and $99.99 for 10TB, with even more storage available if you need it. Like before, storage continues to work across Google DriveGmail, and Google+ Photos. And, of course, the 15GB plan remains free. Sign up for a plan now at www.google.com/settings/storage.

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The Most (and Least) Reliable Hard Drive Brands
Jan 21, 2014

People always ask me what hard drive to get, I say Western Digital over Seagate everytime because of reliability and lower failure rate.

Backblaze uses 25,000 hard drives for its online backup service. This has provided some interesting information, such as how long hard drives are likely to last and the difference in reliability between enterprise and consumer drives. Today, Backblaze has spilled the beans on which drive manufacturers are the most reliable. source




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Merry Christmas
Dec 25, 2013

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year! from Reveal Tech and the Reveal Force gaming community.



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Nexus 5
Oct 17, 2013

Google "accidentally" reveals the Nexus 5 price on the Play Store which starts at $349 for 16GB. I will be picking up one of these to replace my well worn out Galaxy Nexus. Hoping the rumoured release for the month of October is real.

1080p 4.95-inch display, 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 CPU, LTE and storage capacity that tops out at 32GB. These screenshots show the Hangouts app where we'd usually expect our SMS icon to be, which is among the software changes we're expecting when this new device arrives with Android 4.4 KitKat some time in the future -- possibly around October 28th. source




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Assassin's Creed IV
Oct 17, 2013

I love seeing how different game engines work.

Out November 19th, Assassin’s Creed IV Black Flag boasts stunning next-gen graphics and effects on PC, and includes NVIDIA technology like enhanced DirectX 11 Tessellation, NVIDIA HBAO+ Ambient Occlusion, NVIDIA Percentage-Closer Soft Shadows, NVIDIA-enhanced light rays, and NVIDIA TXAA anti-aliasing. For a preview, check out this demonstration of the game's next-gen graphics




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Batman Arkham Origins
Sept 11, 2013

I'm looking forward to this game, but DLC that is not cosmetic needs to die... Season Pass? No. Just no.

You probably saw it coming already but Warner Bros. Games Montreal just announced yesterday that there will be a Season Pass available for Batman Arkham: Origins and the pass includes five upcoming DLCs.

Here's where things go full retard: most of the Season Pass DLC consists of SKIN PACKS (full list at VG 24/7). The Season Pass will run for $19.99 and essentially you're buying one story expansion, one challenge mission/map, and a crapload of skins (two of them being exclusives). Gee thanks.

Anyhow, Batman: Arkham Origins will hit the stores on Oct 25th next month and if you're so incline, the Steam key pre-order is on sale for $37.50 at GMG. Not too shabby of a price, crappy Season Pass or not. Pre-ordering will also get you the Deathstroke DLC for free.
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New Mod: Falskaar Adds Land and 26 Quests to Skyrim
July 18, 2013

Impressive that he completed such a project and I love the voice acting in the trailer. I'm tempted to reinstall Skyrim now and try out Falskaar. I never finished all the side quests of the main game, but installed large amount of mods and put in over 130+ hours before completing the main storyline.

"If you thought it took a long time to play The Elder Scrolls V then you should consider the man-hours required for its development. Alexander J. Velicky, a hobbyist hoping to secure a job at Bethesda, spent 2000 hours of his last year creating an entire total conversion for Skyrim. If you then include the 100 contributors, Falskaar has quite a lot of care invested in its development. You can check out its trailer below."

In short, Falskaar is a total conversion of Skyrim, notable for:

  • 26 new quests, 9 of which comprising its main story arc
  • A large, a quarter to a third of Skyrim's area, new environment to explore
  • Two new spells, a new shout, and many new items and equipment
  • An original 14-piece soundtrack and full voice-over
  • Compatible with just an up-to-date base install of Skyrim: no extra mods and no DLC required. source
Have a listen to the original soundtrack pieces that play after the trailer simply amazing!




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Xbox Go Home
May 21, 2013

It's like they are trying to tell us something? TV/sports, Call of Duty and a dog really? nothing of interest here...




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'Terminator' False Arm Doing Everyday Tasks
Mar 13, 2013

This is a pretty cool advanced prosthetic limb.




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AMD TressFX
Mar 8, 2013

Finally a cure for those short haircuts and blocky unrealistic.. what is that! hair? Yes thankfully, I can say about time "the world’s first real-time hair rendering technology in a playable game" and it looks amazing. Click the source link to find some side by side comparisons.

"Since the dawn of the 3D era, characters in your favorite games have largely featured totally unrealistic hair: blocky and jagged, often without animation that matches your character’s movements. Many games have attempted to disguise the problem with short haircuts, updos, or even unremovable helmets. But why? Simply: realistic hair is one of the most complex and challenging materials to accurately reproduce in real-time. Convincingly recreating a head of lively hair involves drawing tens of thousands of tiny and individual semi-transparent strands, each of which casts complex shadows and requires anti-aliasing. Even more challengingly, these calculations must be updated dozens of times per second to synchronize with the motion of a character." source




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Merry Christmas!
Dec 25, 2012

Merry Christmas from all of us here at Reveal Force gaming community and Happy New Year!



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THQ Files For Bankruptcy
Dec 19, 2012

Well most of us from the Reveal Force gaming community knew this was on the horizon.

"The sale and filing are necessary next steps to complete THQ's transformation and position the company for the future, as we remain confident in our existing pipeline of games, the strength of our studios and THQ's deep bench of talent," THQ CEO Brian Farrell said. "We are grateful to our outstanding team of employees, partners and suppliers who have worked with us through this transition. We are pleased to have attracted a strong financial partner for our business, and we hope to complete the sale swiftly to make the process as seamless as possible." source



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Microsoft Confirms Live Messenger Retirement
Nov 9, 2012

Say goodbye to the memories. I never really use Windows Live Messenger all that much anymore because of Google+ and Steam chat (both which connect to my cell).
Will be interesting to see transition take place as they will be allowing you to bring all your contacts over.

Microsoft updated the official Skype blog on Tuesday with confirmation that the Windows Live Messenger client will be retired. The news arrives just one day after unnamed sources revealed Microsoft's ... source




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Crysis 3 Multiplayer Introduction
October 10, 2012

Crytek posted a quick overview of Crysis 3 multiplayer. I like the new hunter mode its something different to regular modes of mainstream FPS. Some of you might remember if you've played "Hidden: Source Beta 4b" that it has a similar style of play and was tons of fun!




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Ubisoft Dropping Always-On DRM
September 5, 2012

Now some of you are going to be really glad about this, you'll be able to play your future Ubisoft games, that includes Assassin's Creed 3, even if your internet is down! (just like old times right?). The companies choice to always require an internet connection to play their games really damage the relationship with a lot of their customers and was perticularly annoying when it was required for singleplayer games. They're returning to a one time activation method and you'll be able to install on multiple computers.

Ubisoft, the pioneer of the much-hated always-on internet-based DRM for PC games has officially stated in an interview that it's killing the technology after receiving user feedback. Instead, it will be replaced by a one time activation, which will allow all games to be installed on any number of PCs, which seems much more reasonable.
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Valve opens up Steam Greenlight, asks gamers what content they want to see released on Steam
August 30, 2012

Now this is has to be one of the greatest ideas ever, soon as I heard about it little while ago I've been excited. I've seen indie games I've wanted to play not go on Steam until another well know developer came along and helped it get on... now Steam users have the voting power.

Valve have talked about this for a while now, but Steam's 'Greenlight' service has just gone live. Greenlight will allow gamers to help decide what content gets released onto Steam, marking a change in the way games reach the digital distribution software.




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CryEngine3 Tech Trailer
August 10, 2012

What you see is what you get, if you're on a PC able to run the game on max settings and not take a huge drop in frames. I'm really looking forward to Crysis 3's enviroment and story. Crysis 3 will be coming out the second quarter of 2013 for PC.




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A Different Kind of DX11 Demo
July 20, 2012

Here is something you wouldn't expect to see in DX11 demo.

Keilany Hayssam, of icEnhancer fame, has put out a rather elegant DX11 demo of something other than "spaceships, shooting, monsters and magical realms."




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Crytek To Embrace Free-To-Play Model For All Future Games
June 11, 2012

It's nice to see a company against riping customers off with money milking DLC and premium services going the free-to-play route. Crysis 3 will probably be the last big title we see from them and have to pay for to play. He's clearly no fan of the premium models adopted by the likes of Activision and EA. A great step in the right direction.

Crytek is to change its business model from the current packaged product with DLC, like the Crysis series, to the free-to-play (F2P) model. Speaking on the last day of E3, Crytek CEO Cevat Yerli said that they're doing this, because the current model "milks" players of their money - or in other words, rips them off. Yerli feels that a zero dollar entry point into a game and then paying for upgrades is a much fairer way to make money from their customers. The first Crytek game to be based on this business model is the new Warface multiplayer only shooter which is currently live in Russia and undergoing closed beta in China. It's not yet known when the game will come to the US & Europe, but it will be published by Trion Worlds. Legit Reviews




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Unreal Engine 4 Features Demonstration & Demo
June 8, 2012

Alan Willard, senior technical artist at Epic Games, gives you a ten minute walk through of Unreal Engine 4. Pretty cool stuff.
I included the actual Unreal Engine 4 real-time Elemental Demo for those of you who haven't seen it yet.



The most world-class game engine to date, Unreal Engine 4 gives you the power to do more than ever before. Unreal Engine 4's architecture offers fully dynamic lighting features, cutting down on development time and ensuring less iteration on creative ideas. Artists and designers can bring their creative visions to life directly in game without programmer assistance via the new Unreal Kismet. This offers programmers the freedom to focus on core gameplay features and sophisticated systems. With significant new visual features, Unreal Engine 4 enables you to achieve high-end visuals, while remaining both scalable and accessible to make games for low-spec PCs. Legit Reviews




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Counter-Strike: GO to Be Released August 21, 2012 for $15
June 4, 2012

Looking forward to this release along with bunch of other Reveal Force members are too, glad to see they are going to sell it for similar cheap price as Counter-Strike: Source. Probably gonna be my favourite game over the winter months :)

Valve today announced Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) is targeted for release on August 21, 2012. According to Valve, CS: GO will be sold for approximately $15 on all platforms. The Counter-Strike franchise has sold more than 25 million units in a little over 12 years and hopes that this release will bring back some of the original players and open the door to a new generation of gamers.

Counter-Srtinke Global Offensive



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Crysis 2 Suddenly Reappears On Steam as Maximum Edition
May 29, 2012

Origin is also offering same maximum edition version with all the extras at the same time giving gamers who held off from buying it a choice now. I bought a physical copy of this game to avoid having to use Origin and wasn't pleased about it being pulled from Steam and the fact it only supported DX9 at launch date. Making PC gamer enthusiasts wait for a High-Res texture and DX11 patch to be released by then I'd already beaten the game.

Thankfully it appears they've learned from their stupid mistake and Crysis 3 is intended to have DirectX 11 support on PC from day one.

Without warning, Crysis 2 is suddenly back on Steam! Surprisingly, there have been no leaks and no promotion of the game beforehand. This comes after the bitter spat with Electronic Arts over the co-publishing of Crysis 2 on Origin last June, which was against their contract with Valve and saw the game unceremoniously pulled from the Steam gaming platform. As this release has obviously been made as a result of a resolution of this disagreement, it probably explains the low key release. Note that Crysis 2 is actually being promoted on the Steam website's front page however, so they're not exactly hiding it. Legit Reviews



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Clean Your Computer
May 25, 2012

I've seen some pretty dirty computer cases before, but this is just disgusting...




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"GameStop Throws In The Towel, Begins Selling Steam Vouchers"
May 13, 2012

Questionable buisness stragey you got there GameStop, but guess if you can't beat them join them?

A source talking to Kotaku has said that GameStop has admitted defeat in its digital war with Valve. GameStop, which acquired Impulse from Stardock back in 2011, has failed to push into online PC sales via digital distribution. So instead of trying to compete with Steam directly, GameStop will start selling vouchers in its brick-and-morter stores. These vouchers which will go on sale starting May 15th are apparently "kind of a sensitive issue" between GameStop and Valve. Considering how awkward the situation has become between both companies, I do have to wonder how this will work out; GameStop will be selling Steam vouchers while still operating Impulse, which could end up cannibalizing their own digital sales or it could end up becoming another revenue source.




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Unreal Engine 4 Too Advanced for Current Platforms
May 10, 2012

I think the Epic's CEO should be fired for his stupidity. "consoles define the high-end gaming experience..." I feel like I should be bashing my head against a wall.
This is truely worthy of a facepalm* just read the article for yourself and the direct quote from an interview below.

Epic's CEO Tim Sweeney believes that consoles are the target platform to develop for, since they have the most processing power and best-looking games. Yes really, see the quote below. Apparently, PCs with over ten times the processing power of a console by using enormously powerful graphics cards such as the GTX 680 and fast CPUs don't exist. Anyway, in an interview with Gamasutra, he said that Unreal Engine 4 is going to be aimed at future consoles and that behind-closed-doors demos to developers are now being made as part of their very early ramp-up cycle. So, if the console hardware doesn't exist, then how do they develop the engine? On a PC?

"Number two is raw performance. The thing that separates consoles from FarmVille is the fact that consoles define the high-end gaming experience. When you look for the best graphics available in the whole game industry today, you look at Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3, and those games are the best out there, bar none. And so the big opportunities for future consoles is to bring that to an entirely new level by delivering a dramatic increase in raw computing power."



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Windows XP Still The Dominant OS
May 1, 2012

I can't believe this, XP should have been gone long time ago, but it's true every computer I've worked on lately has been XP.

Another month, another report saying Windows XP is still the most dominant OS. Windows 7 looks like it might even catch Windows XP before the launch of Windows 8.




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Crysis 3 Formally Announced
Apr 16, 2012

Well after a series of leaks publisher Electronic Arts was forced to confirm the game's existence. I saw it on Origin pre-order this morning (which is orginally where some box art got leaked briefly) The game is scheduled to come out in Spring 2013.

EA let the cat out of the bag a little early with Crysis 3, but this morning issued a formal announcement, complete with the first screenshots. Arriving in Spring 2013, it'll send Prophet into a New York City become quite literally an urban jungle, where, yes, he will be breaking out his bow-and-arrow.




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NVIDIA Launches First GeForce GPUs Based on Next-Generation Kepler Architecture
Mar 22, 2012

I might switch back to NVIDIA in the future now... Features I'm really loving about the new card is GPU Boost, Adaptive Vertical Sync, new Dynamic Fracture Physics, finally supporting 3+1 screens on one card (like I'm currently doing with HD 6970) and the new Anti-aliasing modes. To see more about new features check out Nvidia's video and check out NCIX's review & showcase for some BF3 on ultra settings with 60-70+ fps gameplay at the start of the video.

"The Kepler architecture stands as NVIDIA's greatest technical achievement to date," said Brian Kelleher, senior vice president of GPU engineering at NVIDIA. "It brings enormous performance and exceptional efficiency. Gamers will love the GTX 680's performance, as well as the fact that it doesn't require loud fans or exotic power supplies. Ultrabook users will love the GT 600M family for its performance and power efficiency."

Kepler is based on 28-nanometer (nm) process technology and succeeds the 40-nm NVIDIA Fermi architecture, which was first introduced into the market in March 2010.



Knowing that some are you are probably curious how it stacks spec wise to competition I grabbed this chart to show you.




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RUIN - an original made by the team at OddBall Animation
Mar 20, 2012

I was browsing my sources for something of interest to post about and I came across this video which grabbed my attention and held till the very end. Such a stunning job with the visuals, they really created an atmosphere that made me wanna see more... if this was turned into a game I would so play it.

It's a short 8-minute video, set in a post-apocalyptic universe that has been taken over by vegetation, trees, and... robots.




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Crytek showing updated CryENGINE 3 for 2012
Mar 13, 2012

Now obiously this video looks amazing and while were on the topic of Crytek maybe there was some article I read online about next month they are going to announce a new game for console/PC. Hopefully PC version is not console port or bottlenecked in features by the little guy I can hear you all say, but will have to wait and see.




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Skyrim Named Game of the Year at GDC
Mar 11, 2012

I knew this game was gonna be picked hands down.

The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim was named the game of the year at the Game Developers Choice Awards in San Francisco this week. Nominated for five categories, the most-played game of 2011 took home the top award over some hefty competition.




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Epic Games Shows NVIDIA Kepler GPU Running Samaritan Demo at GDC
Mar 8, 2012

Kepler, under 200 watts? and out doing tri-SLI 580s?... enough said, these cards are gonna be awesome!

Last year at the Game Developers Conference, Epic Games unveiled the impressive looking Samaritan demo. The demo was so intense that it took three NVIDIA GeForce GTX 580 video cards in SLI to run the demo in real-time. Today GDC 2012 Epic again showed the same Samaritan demo, but this time the demo was shown running on a single NVIDIA 'Kepler' graphics card. Epic said that the Kepler video card in the system used under 200 Watts of power, which is only a fraction of what three GeForce GTX 580 cards used in SLI. It wasn't just the Kepler graphics card that made the demo possible. As important was the addition of Fast Approximate Anti-Aliasing (FXAA), an NVIDIA-developed anti-aliasing technique aiming to improve upon the established success of Multisample Anti-Aliasing (MSAA), the form of anti-aliasing most commonly seen in today’s games. It appears that NVIDIA is very close to launching the GeForce 600 series of graphics cards as game developers obviously have the cards in their possession and permission to show them off.




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Sharpen your hidden blades!
Mar 5, 2012

The 5th Assassin's Creed game is coming out and they're calling it III? wait, what? these guys can't count... still looks pretty awesome, besides their lacking math skills.

The announcements are over, and the countdown is complete. We bring you the first official trailer for Assassin’s Creed III. Several years in the making, Assassin’s Creed III takes you back to the American Revolutionary War, but not the one you’ve read about in history books. Watch it now, and share with your friends.

For more info visit assassinscreed.com




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