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Welcome to the Game Replay, a thrice-weekly look at the wider world of gaming by the staff of MacNN. In today's edition, Star Wars KOTOR II: The Sith Lords makes its way to Mac ten years after launch, Microsoft faces a class action suit over an Xbox 360 flaw, and an interim patch for Batman: Arkham Knight on PC will be coming next month.
Over the last few years, many gamers have been wrapped up in what the press has dubbed the "console wars." Wade into any gaming Internet forum, and you will surely find a host of people arguing between the dominance of the Xbox One, PS4, or in some cases, maybe even the Wii U. Now look a little closer, and you may find a fourth party hovering around the arguments as it has done for a number of console generations: PC gaming.
When it comes to PC gaming, there are two basic routes you can take. You can choose to purchase a built-to-order machine from one of the many boutique gaming companies, or you can hunt down the necessary parts and do everything yourself. While many opt for the latter route, there is undoubtedly a market of gamers who would rather have everything put together for them. Origin PC has taken notice of this market and -- thanks to products like the mid-tower Millennium -- has managed to make a respected name for itself in the industry. Several weeks ago, we were lucky enough to receive a Millennium tower from Origin, and have spent some time putting through its paces. Our particular review build was priced at nearly $4,000, and includes some of the latest and greatest in PC components, including an Intel Core i7 4790k and dual Nvidia GeForce GTX 980s. Read all about our experience with this powerful gaming PC in our full review.
A number of users of EA's Origin service have reportedly discovered their accounts have been accessed by unauthorized persons. Reddit users have complained about mystery purchases and other related activities conducted from their account without their knowledge, though it appears EA doesn't believe it to be down to an intrusion of its servers.
Origin PC has announced that the new Intel Core i7 "Haswell-E" processors are available within its Genesis and Millennium desktops. The eight-core Intel Core i7 Extreme Edition processor is based on 22nm Haswell-E microarchitecture, and features support for the latest in DDR4 memory, as well as Intel Turbo Boost technology 2.0 and Hyper-Threading technology, both of which aim to improve performance. The processors include in PC Genesis and Millennium desktops are also Thunderbolt 2-ready. More information can be found via Origin PC regarding specs comparisons.
Shortly after the arrival of the new year, online gaming powerhouses Electronic Arts plus Valve's Steam suffered from an array of denial of service (DoS) attacks. For a period of time, EA's Origin service was completely inaccessible, preventing players from playing EA games or accessing the storefront. Steam's authentication server and store also went down for an hour in the middle of its now-complete holiday sale. Both services are now fully restored.
Origin PC has launched its new high-performance notebook aimed at enthusiasts and mobile gamers, one with support for dual Nvidia GeForce GTX graphics cards. The EON17-SLX desktop replacement is able to use the two cards in SLI for optimum mobile graphics performance, and works in tandem with a fourth-gen Intel Haswell mobile processor.
EA has started to offer refunds for EA-published games bought through its digital marketplace, something that competitor Steam is yet to offer. Customers buying and downloading games through Origin have up to 24 hours from the first launch of the game, or seven days from the original purchase, to return the titles for a full refund. The Origin Great Game Guarantee, going live in 20 countries, will not apply to extra downloadable content.
Origin PC announced today the availability of its "next-generation" EON17-S and EON15-S high-performance laptops. Featuring an exclusive updated top-panel laptop design, Intel fourth generation mobile processors, mSATA storage drives with RAID support, next generation Nvidia GeForce GTX 700M series and support for the new Nvidia Quadro K1000M graphics cards, the company says that the EON17-S and EON15-S offers mobile technology "for gamers, artists, enthusiasts and professionals."
Electronic Arts and Maxis launched the newest iteration in the venerable Sim City series earlier this week. While initially praised for its accomplishments and integration with other players by previewing media, the game was marred by monumental server and connectivity issues. Since launch, Electronic Arts claims to have brought on 150 percent more server capacity, as well as shutting down some in-game functions to lighten the server load, but the problems persist. Electronic Arts is offering a free title to people who register the game prior to March 18. The issue, and a similar issue with Diablo 3 emphasize a disturbing trend in gaming -- the requirement to log into remote servers like EA's Origin service to play the game, even in single-player.
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Invisible wall mount for iPad Pro, mini
Computing hardware mounting company Wall-Smart has announced the availability the new "invisible" wall mount, with models for the iPad Pro, iPad Air 2 and iPad mini 4 -- all with no bezel. The invisible mount includes Power Over Ethernet to USB, which allows charging while in-wall, and is available for both drywall and solid surfaces such as solid wood panels or partition walls. Prices vary widely by iPad model, and required mounting hardware. http://bit.ly/1SE5jCO
Kingston buys IronKey secure USB tech
Kingston Digital today announced it has acquired the USB technology and assets of IronKey from Imation. In addition to Kingston's acquisition, encryption services leader DataLocker has purchased the IronKey Enterprise Management Services platform which provides centralized management to encrypted USB drives. Kingston and DataLocker claim that there will be no interruption in service provided, or available products as a result of the consolidations. http://bit.ly/1QQk9SZ
View-Master VR device in Apple Store
Apple has started to sell a Google Cardboard-style VR headset modeled on a classic Mattel toy. Initially launched early last year, the View-Master Virtual Reality Starter Pack for $30 is designed to use an iPhone as a display, with a Preview Reel and lever system mimicking the toy's switching between images to take users between different VR apps and scenes. http://bit.ly/1RhJW8y
Apple brings iTunes Movie Trailers app to Canada
After five years, Apple has expanded its iTunes Movie Trailers app for iOS to Canada. As of Saturday, the free app allows movie buffs to see HD movie trailers for new studio and independent features, and explore some other movie-related extras such as photos, behind-the-scenes footage, or clips from upcoming films. Users can save trailers for quick access, read reviews from RottenTomatoes.com within the app, use AirPlay to send them to an Apple TV, share trailers, and peruse the top movie charts. http://apple.co/1UUKtwr
Apple expands CloudKit API, provides web interface
On Friday, Apple notified developers that it was expanding a feature of CloudKit to allow for server-to-server web service requests. "In addition to providing a web interface for users to access the same data as your app, you can now easily read and write to the CloudKit public database from a server-side process or script with a server-to-server key," Apple said in its announcement. Previously, interaction with the CloudKit public database was limited to apps and web only. http://apple.co/20h1RwP
Remote S for Tesla Apple Watch app drives car out
Developer Allen Wong has created the Remote S for Tesla app, which can be used to remotely activate the Model S electric car via an Apple Watch, and drive it a short distance. Aside from providing data about the car and some basic function controls, the unofficial app uses the manufacturer's Summon command to allow the car to turn on, exit the garage, and park near to the user's location. The app is available to purchase from the App Store for $10. http://apple.co/1PprF4t
Seagate 3TB unreliability suit expands
The Seagate 3TB class-action hard drive lawsuit has been expanded to more devices. The expanded suit, filed today, now includes Seagate's Barracuda 3TB Hard Disk Drive, Desktop HDD 3TB, Backup Plus 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, GoFlex 3TB External Hard Disk Drive, or any other Seagate hard drive with model number ST3000DM001. The law firm, Hagens Berman, is seeking information from consumers such as time in service, purchase price, and the nature of any drive received in return from Seagate as a replacement for a failed unit. http://bit.ly/1Pc34Cq