Valve Hardware Survey Results

Every few months Valve runs a hardware survey on Steam. The survey collects data about what kinds of computer hardware and system software you’re using, and the results get sent to Steam. The survey is incredibly helpful for game developers in that it ensures that they’re making good decisions about what kinds of technology investments to make, and also gives people a way to compare their own current hardware setup to that of the community as a whole.

Extreme Loading Simulation Technology

Extreme Loading is a ground-breaking technology that was originally developed by engineers and scientists for the analysis and simulation of material separation and structural collapse. This proprietary technology spans physical and special effects capabilities for producing everything from unprecedented previsualizations to post production computer generated imagery (CGI) closer to reality than any cinematic technology in use today.



Links:
– TNSStudio homepage: www.tsnstudios.com
– Extrem Loading: www.extremeloading.com
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How to Become a Game Tester

Many people would like to think that video game testing is all fun and games, and the only qualification you’ll need is a passion to play. Although a passion for playing video and computer games is a must, there are other qualities that a person must have to become a game tester. Video and computer game testing is not just fun and games. Like any job, it requires dedication, hard work and some related skills, not just aptitude in playing video games. If you really are interested in becoming a video game tester, then read on.

To be a good game tester some background on programming is a must. After all, how can you work with the game producers and programmers if you don’t understand what they are talking about, right?

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Buenzli 17

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Buenzli, the Switzerland demoscene event has updated its website. The 17th edition will take place on 15/16/17 August 2008 in Winterthur (Switzerland).
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Buenzli, la célèbre demoparty de la scène suisse a mis à jour son site web. La 17ème edition aura lieu les 15/16/17 Aout 2008 à Winterthur (Suisse).
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The Best Graphics Cards for the Money: May 08

Detailed graphics card specifications and reviews are great — that is, if you have the time to do the research. But at the end of the day, what a gamer needs is the best graphics card within a certain budget.

If you don’t have the time to research the benchmarks, or if you don’t feel confident enough in your ability to make the right decision, fear not. Tom’s Hardware Guide has come to your aid with a simple list of the best gaming cards available for the money.


The Best Graphics Cards for the Money

Two 9600 GT cards in an SLI configuration will offer performance similar to that of a dual-GPU 9800 GX2, for a bit more than half the price. No matter how you slice it, performance is excellent at the $310 price point.

Spending more than $350 will provide very little extra in the way of performance. Two 8800 GTs will outperform the 9800 GTX or 9800 GX2 in the great majority of situations.

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 280 and 260 Specs

GeForce GTX 280

  • 512-Bit
  • 1GB GDDR3
  • 240 Stream Processors
  • PhysX Ready
  • CUDA Technology
  • PureVideo HD technology
  • Full MS DirectX 10 Support
  • Open GL 2.1, SLI, PCIe 2.0 Support
  • 2nd gen. Unified architecture delivers 50% more gaming performance over 1st gen. through 240 shader processors

GeForce GTX 260

  • 448-Bit
  • 896MB GDDR3
  • 192 Stream Processors
  • PhysX Ready
  • CUDA Technology
  • PureVideo HD technology
  • Full MS DirectX 10 Support
  • Open GL 2.1, SLI, PCIe 2.0 Support

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