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Square Enix: Order of War Demo Released – Available for Digital Download

In Gaming, RTS on August 4, 2009 at 1:55 pm

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Order of War Demo

Good news old chaps!

Captain Xsistor reporting from the front! The much-awaited RTS (Real-Time Strategy) game, ‘Order of War’ has been released on Steam as a demo digital download. Yet another mediocre World War 2 strategy game? Hard to say. The two RTS games that I was looking forward to this year are Starcraft 2 and Order of War. Square Enix did ‘wow’ us a while back when they released their trailer showcasing some of the epic combat with large armies consisting of tanks, air support, artillery, infantry and the works. Brilliant visuals and awesome sound effects rounded off the trailer leaving every World War 2 and RTS  junkie curious, if not hungry for more .

The game is set to release in Sept ’09 but as Square Enix announces on their website, you can preorder right away if you find you like the demo or if you’re just perfectly confident that this game will deliver above and beyond what the Holy Trinity — World in Conflict, Company of Heroes, and Men of War — can currently manage.

Order of War - Available for preorder

Order of War - Available for preorder

The boxed version is available for pre-order on Amazon for £17.96 with free delivery thrown in– not bad. A good deal better than if you’re American, as you’ll be paying $39.99 for your copy. Read the rest of this entry »

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Insane Frame Rates on Low-End Hardware in Company of Heroes & Other Games

In Computer Hardware, Gaming, Overclocking & Tweaking, RPG, RTS on July 17, 2009 at 6:19 pm

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Necessity and Desperation

If necessity is the mother of invention then desperation is its great grandmother. I remember my first computer very well: an 80386 DX @ 40 Mhz with a 170MB Hard Disk, 2MB of RAM and a whopping 1MB SVGA Trident graphics card. We didn’t know it at the time but ‘Prof Computers’, the retailer who sold us the system, had loaded up the PC with old unreliable parts. What a bunch of charlatans and thieves! So naturally that computer would constantly break down and we’d have to take it in for service regularly.

Insane FPS! This is on an 8600M GT with High Models, Quality and Textures

Insane FPS! This is on an 8600M GT with High Models, Quality and Textures

They barely kept the system running through its warranty and as soon as that was over the system just decided to quit for good. And so my brother and I would often joke about what we believed ought to be their motto – “Prof – We keep it running.” All things considered I loved that computer to bits. It had a 7-segment LED display on the front of the case  with a Turbo button. At the default setting the 7-segment display would read 40 in bright green, but pressing the turbo button would slow down the system to 20Mhz. There was a massive Power button marked 1 and 0, a hard reset button and, get this – a lock for a computer key. Yup, as many who’ve used old systems would rememeber, most of them came with a key that you could use to lock the system. Booting up with the system locked would lead to an error message during the POST.

Growing up, I wasn’t much for gaming. Most of my time was spent programming in BASIC, Pascal and running innovative MS DOS scripts. Some of my favourites were processing command-line parameters in the form of “%1”, “%2”, … “%n”, and of course the ultimate single line command which would typically read something like:

for %t in (file1.ex1 file2.ex2 file3.ex4 somefile.exe another.dat makeEmUp.bat gorilla.bas nibbles.bas autoexec.bat config.sys)  do if not exist a:\somedir\%t copy %t ..\

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