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What kind of gaming rig can run at 16K resolution?

August 3rd, 2017

The consumer gaming world might be in a tizzy about 4K consoles and displays of late, but that resolution standard wasn’t nearly enough for one team of PC tinkerers. The folks over at Linus Tech Tips have posted a very entertaining video showing off a desktop PC build capable of running (some) games at an astounding 16K resolution. That’s a 15260×8640, for those counting the over 132 million pixels being pushed every frame—64 times the raw pixel count of a standard 1080p display and 16 times that of a 4K display.

The key to the build is four Quadro P5000 video cards provided by Nvidia. While each card performs similarly to a consumer-level GTX1080 (8.9 teraflops, 2560 parallel cores), these are pro-tier cards designed for animators and other high-end graphic work, often used for massive jumbotrons and other multi-display or multi-projector installations.

The primary difference between Quadro and consumer cards is that these come with 16GB of video RAM. Unfortunately, the multi-display Mosaic technology syncing the images together means that mirrored memory doesn’t stack, leading to the rig’s most significant bottleneck. All told, the graphics cards alone would cost over $10,000, including a “quadrosync” card that ties them all together to run a single image across 16 displays.

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How online gamers use malware to cheat

March 10th, 2017

As the sophistication of attacks to allow cheating have grown, so too have the defenses of the games industry

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Decrypted: I think we’ve got Westworld all figured out now

November 22nd, 2016

Enlarge / How does it feel to have written the programs that cause you to experience emotional pain? Not that great, actually. (credit: HBO)

This week’s Westworld, “Trace Decay,” finally made me a believer in all the fan theories. (Spoilers ahead.)

Yes, there are multiple timelines. Yes, at this point, anyone could be a robot. The only thing left to do is play this show like a game and test every theory until it’s proven wrong. My guest this week, game developer Jane McGonigal, agrees. McGonigal is the author of two books, Reality Is Broken and SuperBetter, which are about how gaming can improve our real lives. And she has a lot of thoughts about the gameworld of Westworld, plus a theory you’ve probably never heard before.

Topics discussed: why the MIB is really looking for the maze (he wants a game with consequences), what makes the gameplay in Westworld so unsatisfying (there’s no Minecraft element to it), Jane’s so-crazy-it-just-might-work theory about who the MIB really is (and what the maze really is, too!), how many timelines are floating around inside Dolores’ head (yes, we are finally coming around to the multiple timeline idea), whether it’s cheating on your partner if you have sex with a robot (it’s more complicated than you might think), how many people are actually robots (it could be everybody), Maeve’s incredible new story-changing abilities (she’s the ultimate gamer now), the tragedy of loops (and the horror of memory), how Westworld invites viewers to interact with the series like it’s a game (and stay up late reading theories on Reddit), and whether there’s something inherently limiting about the Western story (maybe we’re about to see Futureworld soon?).

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Game hacker stripped, shamed and given in-game death sentence

May 11th, 2015

Guild Wars 2 user DarkSide, who had spent weeks committing hacking workarounds such as teleporting and dominating player-on-player combat, was forced to leap to his virtual death from a high bridge.

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Gamer swatted while live-streaming on Twitch.TV

February 10th, 2015

A gamer has been targeted by anonymous trolls in the middle of a Twitch stream of RuneScape.

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Ubisoft yanks keys for online games purchased via unauthorised parties

January 28th, 2015

Far Cry 4 and other games disappeared over the weekend, leaving a trail of ex-Ubisoft fans in their wake, stripped of games Ubisoft thinks were “fraudulently” bought on third-party sites.

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