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NVIDIA Driver Update Causing Video Cards To Overheat In Games 155

Posted by Soulskill
from the i-thought-this-only-happened-to-ati dept.
After a group of StarCraft II beta testers reported technical difficulties following the installation of NVIDIA driver update 196.75, Blizzard tech support found that the update introduced fan control problems that were causing video cards to overheat in 3D applications. "This means every single 3D application (i.e. games) running these drivers is going to be exposed to overheating and in some extreme cases it will cause video card, motherboard and/or processor damage. If said motherboard, processor or graphic card is not under warranty, some gamers are in serious trouble playing intensive games such as Prototype, World of Warcraft, Farcry 3, Crysis and many other games with realistic graphics." NVIDIA said they were investigating the problem, took down links to the new drivers, and advised users to revert to 196.21 until the problem can be fixed.

Comment: Re:subversion (Score 1) 200

by Bl4d3 (#31152818) Attached to: Subversives In South Carolina Mostly Safe
First off this is NOT a defense of the pope, Nazis or Catholics.

But from what I've seen in documentaries, not joining Hitler's Youth Party in those days was the equivalent of joining say the communist party instead of the boy scouts in the 50'es.

And Hitler wasn't particularly fond of the classic religions, he was more into the occult, so the Catholic Church had to either do as he wished or find somewhere else preach and leave their earthly possessions behind.
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Game Industry Vets On DRM 372

Posted by Soulskill
from the other-perspectives dept.
An anonymous reader points out an article at SavyGamer in which several game industry veterans were polled for their opinions on DRM. Cliff Harris of Positech Games said he didn't think his decision to stop using DRM significantly affected piracy of his games, accepting it as an unavoidable fact. "Maybe a few of the more honest people now buy the game rather than pirate it, but this sort of thing is impossible to measure. You can see how many people are cracking and uploading your game, but tracking downloads is harder. It seems any game, even if it's $0.99 has a five hour demo and is DRM-free and done by a nobel-peace prize winning game design legend, will be cracked and distributed on day one by some self righteous teenager anyway. People who crack and upload games don't give a damn what you've done to placate gamers, they crack it anyway." Nihal de Silva of Direct2Drive UK said his company hasn't noticed any sales patterns indicating customers are avoiding games with DRM. Richard Wilson of TIGA feels that customers should be adequately warned before buying a game that uses DRM, but makes no bones about the opinion that the resale of used games is not something publishers should worry about.

Comment: Warning - believe system specs. (Score 1) 331

by Bl4d3 (#30984194) Attached to: Review: <em>Mass Effect 2</em>
I can report that the dual core minimum spec is for real.

The game can't be played on a single core machine, tried with my old FX-57 @ 3 GHz - it was a no go.
It couldn't even play the first video after creating a new game. Found a fix, which just replaces the video files with empty ones, but I still only get 1 - 2 fps ingame.

To me it seems a bit odd that just adding another core would give me playable frame rates, but I can't test since I don't have a FX-60.

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