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Author: Scott C. Dyer

Scott is studying English and is going to be a professor in said field. Video Gaming has been a favorite hobby of his since he was a boy starting with games like the original Final Fantasy. He custom built his gaming PC and treats it like his baby(He and his wife don't have any children yet so his computer gets the special treatment). It's a high end machine running Eyefinity.
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Steelseries 6GV2 Mechanical Keyboard Review

Steelseries 6GV2

The Steelseries 6GV2 is an excellent keyboard for both gaming and word processing. The first thing to know about the product is that it is a mechanical keyboard. Steelseries is a great company that innovates their products with PC gaming in mind. Although slightly more expensive than the average keyboard on the market, the 6GV2 is designed for gamers and it stands out above other keyboards. The 6GV2 is not very much to look at, but do not let that steer anyone away. Steelseries employs a very simple look for this model opting for an all black very boxy looking design when most other "gaming" keyboards use flashy colors and lights with character designs from other games to make the product look nice. In comparison this keyboard is very bland, which is too bad because the features of the keyboard are so much nicer than most other keyboards out there. Mechanical keyboards feel much different to use than other keyboards. It does take a little bit of time to get use to how the keys are laid out and how they feel, but after a week or so of use it begins to feel much more natural that other keyboards.

The 6GV2 is a mechanical keyboard, which means that it uses actual physical switches to determine when a key is pressed. The alternative, electrical current switches, is less expensive. That's why most people do not use mechanical keyboards, but gamers and people who use word processing regularly should consider making the switch. Since the switches are physical it improves the response time between key presses and actions on the computer. The keyboard will optimize the users actions per minute. This is very important for gamers especially those who play fast paced or online games.

Steelseries 6GV2

Most keyboards will only recognize a very limited number of key presses simultaneously; it's usually around 4-6. While plugged into the USB slot the 6GV2 will recognize 6 distinct key presses simultaneously, but if it is plugged in through the PS/2 slot the computer will recognize every single key pressed at the same time; although there may never come a time when that is necessary, many games require multiple keys to be pressed at the same time to perform more tricky maneuvers. In most games players are constantly pressing three or more keys at one time. The 6GV2 may have gone a little overboard on this feature, but it is nice to know that you could potentially press every key and the computer would know what you're doing.

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The Walking Dead: Episode 1 Review

Telltale begins the zombie apocalypse in style.

The Walking Dead

Telltale games, developer of classic hits such as Sam and Max: Beyond Time and Space and the Tales of Monkey Island series recently tried their hand at licensed properties, with mixed results. Back to the Future and the Jurassic Park: The Game, Telltale's previous two titles, had potential, but fell short in a number of areas. In The Walking Dead, however, the creators have successfully captured the moral grey area that shrouds the decisions of characters in a zombie apocalypse.

The Walking Dead

The game offers a refreshing change to the typical first person shooter interpretation of the genre. The zombie genre is ripe with action movies and games that are gore fests. The Walking Dead offers a welcome twist. The game is plot driven and encourages players to think about their choices. During the quick first episode players will only kill around 8 zombies where as in a one hour campaign of the Left 4 Dead series players will kill over 1,000 zombies. Telltale sticks to the elements that made the comic and the TV show emotionally charged. They explore how people and families deal with a zombie apocalypse.

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Steelseries Sensei Review

A must own peripheral for the serious PC Gamer.

SteelSeries Sensei

PC gamers have to purchase so many items just to have the perfect gaming rig. They can range from incredible expensive to very inexpensive. An item often overlooked when building or purchasing a PC is the mouse. This key tool should never be overlooked. A good mouse can make a huge difference in gameplay. The Sensei is a mouse to be reckoned with. It comes with many features that boost in game performance. This was developed not for an accountant or the average user, but with us PC gamers in mine.

Steelseries Sensei

Steelseries isn't known for its modernly designed products. They have stuck with very traditional looks with many of their devices and the Sensei is no exception. It has a very simple look and design. It is also symmetrical which makes it simple to switch between left and right handed modes. There are three LED lights on the mouse and all them can be adjusted to one of a few preset colors or a specific color can be chosen under advanced options. The mouse feels great to hold. It has a slightly cold metallic feel, but warms up to the hand quickly. It has a sturdy build and is comfortable to hold.

The biggest downside of the mouse is the lack of documentation which makes setting up the mouse tough. There is plenty of instruction online, but the manual in the box only includes a diagram of the mouse and instructions on h0w to download the drivers and manuals from the internet. For a user with limited or no internet access this will cause problems. After the program is downloaded it takes a while to figure out how everything works. A confident computer user will often skip downloading the manual for new devices and stick to tinkering. This route is very tough with the Steelseries Sensei. The program to configure all the settings on the mouse appears easy to use, but there are so many complicated features that it is recommended to read the manual. With the drivers downloaded the mouse will work without adjusting the settings, but DPI switching and Macros need to be adjusted in the settings in order to use them properly. The mouse is easy to use, but it takes a while to configure it to the desired settings.

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Star Wars: The Old Repubic Review

Star Wars: The Old Republic

The long awaited Star Wars MMO has finally been released. It is a direct sequel to the Knights of the Old Republic franchise, but the choice to make this an MMO has made it more than just a sequel, but a series of interconnected stories that make up what could be argued as multiple sequels to the game. It was an interesting move for the series, but is Star Wars The Old Republic worth the price to buy the game and pay the subscription fee to play? Another major question is will the game succeed? Or even will it go free to play like so many other MMOs this year? Read on to find out the details about the game and decide for yourself if you should make the plunge into The Old Republic.

Star Wars: The Old Republic

Star Wars: The Old Republc's implementation of voiced characters gives the game an advantage over other MMOs for a few reasons. The first two in the series were voiced and changing that may have made the game feel less like its predecessors. In all seriousness no one reads the quest information in other MMOs. Players just click through as fast as they can so they can continue with the grind. All but a few quests are voiced even side quests, and many of them involve moral choices that a player must make in the end or during the quest.

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Mass Effect 3 PC Specs Revealed

Mass Effect 3

Bioware released the PC requirements for Mass Effect 3 on the Bioware forums yesterday. They are listed below. In the post on the forum they also announced the release date for the upcoming demo. Bioware intends to compete with Valentines day on the release of the demo this February 14, 2012. The game is slated for release this March 6 and will be available for PC, Xbox, and PS3. Here are the specs for the PC release.

Minimum Spec:

OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7 *Supported chipsets: NVIDIA 7900 or better; ATI X1800 or better.  Please note that NVIDIA GeForce 9300, 8500, 8400, and 8300 are below minimum system requirements, as are AMD/ATI Radeon HD3200, HD3300, and HD4350.   Updates to your video and sound card drivers may be required.

CPU - 1.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM - 1GB for XP / 2GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive - 1x speed

Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space

Video - 256 MB* (with Pixel Shader 3.0 support)

Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible

DirectX - DirectX 9.0c August 2009 (included)

Recommended Spec:

OS - Windows XP SP3/Vista SP1, Win 7

CPU - 2.4 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo (equivalent AMD CPU)

RAM - 2GB for XP / 4GB RAM for Vista/Win 7

Disc Drive - 1x speed

Hard Drive - 15 GB of free space

Video - AMD/ATI Radeon HD 4850 512 MB or greater, NVidia GeForce 9800 GT 512 MB or greater

Sound - DirectX 9.0c compatible

Via Bioware Forums