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This episode features an interview with Andrew Park, PR Director, and Dimitri Rechevskiy, Game Designer of Star Crusade - a new digital CCG out on most platforms now.
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Jim of NewEgg showed off their new lines of Rosewell and ABS Gaming PC's all of which of course feature the latest builds of Windows 10. A large focus of these new rigs was to enable the consumer to quickly and easily add new components they purchase from online retailers, or e-tailers as Jim referred to them, without the hassle of needing to be super up to date on what gear fits what and needing to know every little bit about what you are doing. It seemed strange to me that this was even mentioned as a highlighted feature, but I'll admit almost every PC gamer should appreciate a PC with a case that is airy and fits the latest and greatest components on the market place.
An example of the opposite would be the computer I'm using now in which I had to disconnect my front facing USB drives and optical drive from my motherboard in order to get my two-row fat-ass Nvidia to barely slide into my tiny Acer desktop. Yes I bought a pre-built desktop and yes I tricked it out a bit. I'm that guy. But apparently a lot of people are and these new PC's exclusive to NewEgg are geared towards consumers like me.
Jim then went into detail about the ABS and Rosewell systems, including how the Challenger X was somehow displaying simultaneously on 3 Samsung Curve displays on the show floor as well as how the ABS 5 was capable of playing Evolve in 4k on a 4k monitor. I believe this would be an upscaled 4k, similar to how 4k is upscaled from a blu-ray to near-true 4k, but we didn't get into the nitty-gritty because in reality the difference is minimal to non-existent when you are talking about the appearance of 1080p upscaled to 4k with a great processor versus a flat 4k image affecting the human eye. Both images will look dramatically better than 1080p as long as the motion processing is being executed well.
In addition to these hot new items, NewEgg was sponsoring a number of tournaments including a series focused on the High School Gaming League. I find it comforting to know that the ground floor of e-sports that I helped contribute to in the early 2000's with my shoutcasting of BF1942 and high tier Counterstrike play has culminated into such a large scale market force. It's pretty rad to think about how quickly the sphere of nerdy influence has changed with the adoption of high speed internet and streaming technologies.
Next we talked about GameCrate. GameCrate is NewEgg's latest endeavor towards attaining larger market reach with gamers. GameCrate will be a form of online media targeting gamers. I suspect this will be similar to a digital GameInformer and to be honest I can't see how that would be a bad thing. GameInformer is a powerful entity and to have competition between from a retailer like NewEgg can only create better content from both.