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Good VR – HTC Vive Pro Available Now in NZ + VIVE DAY Bonus Games!

The new HTC Vive PRO VR Headset is available now in New Zealand, and better still, in addition to this new product release is an event known as VIVEDAY! The annual celebration from those top chaps at HTC Vive and with it comes a range of free games to download for your existing VR setup, or the new one 😛

This year they’re giving us four wonderful reasons to celebrate, we’ve setup direct links to the free downloads for each of the titles below so you can easily grab the ones you want – now that’s done let’s take a quick look at the games!

First up, Front Defense

From the opening salvo, Front Defense uses the power of VR and the precision of Vive’s room-scale to deliver one of the most intense war shooter experiences ever created. Created by Vive Studios’ first-party developer Fantahorn Studio, Front Defense is a highly polished, arcade-style room-scale VR shooter set in the final days of World War II’s European theatre. Front Defense immerses players in the role of an Allied Forces hero fighting the last relentless onslaught by the Axis in a fictional European town. Hunker down behind well-armed positions as you duck, dive, switch and reload weapons, throw grenades, and man-mounted guns to fight back the enemy assault. Use heavy weaponry against increasingly brutal enemy soldiers, arm the Bazooka or call in airstrikes against armoured cars and heavy tanks, and man the thunderous 50-Cal to take down suicidal Stuka dive bombers.

• Experience an intense WWII shooter as never before in a superbly polished game designed explicitly for Vive’s room-scale VR and precision tracking
• Defend strategic positions in a beautifully detailed European town slowly being destroyed by a brutal enemy
• Seamlessly switch between a variety of weapons, from light and heavy firearms to mounted machine guns
• Use bazookas, grenades or call in airstrikes to take on an entire armoured division, from well-armed infantry to armoured cars, tanks and dive bombers
• Take on the mysterious Axis super weapon in an epic boss fight finale
• Increasingly challenging stages and global leaderboards deliver hours of gameplay and high replay value

Coming in at number two, Front Defense Heroes

Front Defense: Heroes, is the multiplayer version of the VR shooting game above and can support online battles with up to 5 VS 5 players. Armed with classic WWII weapons and intuitive controls you’re able to explore the battlefield freely, make strategic movement decisions and engage in a realistic combat. Charging, jumping, hunkering down and crawling forward are no longer just animations shown after buttons are pressed. In this game, players need to use their own extremities in combination with the intuitive Vive controllers, dodging incoming fire to survive the fierce battles!

• 3 different multiplayer fighting modes: Deathmatch, Flag, and Defend/Offend.

And number three Super Puzzle Galaxy Lite

Strap a VIVE to your face. Solve puzzles in outer space. (In that order) Come play with the sands of fun in our outer-space physics sandbox. Sculpt sand in 32 levels to direct the ball into the goal in this physics puzzle game. Jump over danger and phase through obstacles using special abilities in the 16 devious challenge levels. Devise ever-faster ways to solve levels and rule the leaderboards. (please note this is the LITE version, and is different to the STEAM version of the game)

And to round our list off, Arcade Saga

Futuristic and action-packed, this compilation game uses 360⁰ gaming, motion controls and positional audio with a nod to Arcade games of the past. Leaderboards for all allow you to gauge your progress against friends and family. Arcade Saga allows you to take the role of a newly sentient being and battle for survival against A.I. Overlords determined to destroy you and your free-thinking. Through 3 different futuristic sports you’ll harness your reactions and strategic thinking to shoot and dodge viruses, break firewall bricks and spin data-balls past the Overlords and their minions. You will need to use your reflexes, wits and changing strategies to survive.

• 3 action games built specifically for VR in one package – Fracture (40 levels), Smash (20 levels), and Bowshot (24 levels)

Well, that is a pretty good games bonus isn’t it, VIVEDAY promotions run from today until the 8th of April so get in quick and you can check out the latest in the NZ HTC Vive VR Store and be sure to keep your eyes on our GGPC PC Gaming Blog for the latest!

GAME ON!

Good eSports – Waikato Arena Rampage

The Hamilton Fighting Game Community began as most good things do, just a bunch of friends getting together to have a good time doing the things that they enjoy. As the group began to grow a points system known as ranked battles (Ranbats), was instigated so that a champion could be crowned at the end of each gathering (Though in Hamilton it is affectionately referred to as Hambats :).

From those early beginnings, the Hamilton Fighting Game Community has evolved to have a membership of over 300 and host 15 Hambats for members per year at the Western Community Centre, this group is a registered organisation and its members participate in wider community events such as NerdFEST, Treats in the Park and the LetsPlay.Live World Tour.

In April 2018 they take the biggest step yet, hosting Hamilton’s first-ever nationally recognised Fighting Game event at Sky City Casino Hamilton! This event is made possible with the support of the Waikato United Gaming Society (WUGS for short), Final Round: Fight!, Standing Fierce, and Digital Native Academy.

And that brings us to the Waikato Arena Rampage eSports Event!

W.A.R will take place from 13 April 2018 to 15 April 2018 and will be held at Sky City Hamilton. Competitors from all over the country will descend on Hamilton city to battle it out to become the inaugural champion in one of the 6 competition games, Tekken 7, Street Fighter V, Dragon Ball FighterZ, Marvel V Capcom: Infinite, Super Smash Bros: 4 and Super Smash Bros: Melee.

W.A.R is free for spectators and will provide free to play areas for spectators to try out some of the games on display. For entrants and competitors, we will have specially designated areas for them to showcase their skills and special activities that only they can participate in. For those unable to make the local event, W.A.R will be streamed live via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel and we will have an audience area where spectators can watch some of the country’s best fight it out.

The main prizes include flights and accommodation to represent the NZ Fighting Game Community at Australia’s biggest esports tournament, Battle Arena Melbourne. There will also be cash prizes up for grabs!

This event isn’t just about fighting games though, there is also a BYOPC LAN party and competitions hosted by Tom “Mad Scientist” Featonby of WUGS which includes;

Friday 13th April – Setups and social gaming! Fortnight antics and more fun multiplayer antics.

Saturday 14th April – WUGS will be running 2 main tournaments: Overwatch and Rocket League! These two tournaments will be 1v1 and will not only be for cash prizes (a minimum of $50 for the winners, this number will go up with the number of attendees) but will also be for $50 PB Tech Gift Vouchers!

Sunday 15th April – More social good times, the WUGS community plays all sorts of games at their social LANs such as (but not limited to), Blur, Garry’s Mod, AoE II, Quiplash, PUBG, Gang Beasts and Chivalry. There will also be fun mini-tournaments and competitions for LAN attendees and spectators to join in the fun.

For the most up to date infomation it’s a good idea to follow the WUGS Twitter feed, and also Aaron “Booze Bender” Rippingale, Daniel “Terrorist” RikihanaDeane “Arahshii” Mason-Loveridge and Reno Musumeci

GAME ON!

 

Far Cry 5 Game Code Activation for RX 580 or VEGA Custom Gaming PC

Far Cry 5 is GOOD!

If you’re looking to jump in straight away we’ve created a new pre-built GGPC especially for this promotion, the RX 580 GGPC Enforcer, which has the necessary components to register and redeem Far Cry 5.

For those building a new Custom PC there’s a sweet promotion on at selected retailers throughout NZ and if your system includes the RX 580, VEGA, VEGA 56 or VEGA 64 Graphics Cards within you can register to redeem a Far Cry 5 game code, though this process is fairly straightforward it’s important to note you’ll have to do a part of this from the PC you’ve just built as the AMD system actually verifies hardware this time around before providing the game code.

To get your AMD REWARDS KEY start first at the retailer who you purchased your system from, EG: Far Cry 5 PC at PB Tech

Once you’ve gotten in touch and submitted your invoice ID you’ll receive an AMD Rewards Key from the team via email.

Now you’ve got your key simply follow the steps below to verify your new AMD Gaming PC and get that game code!

STEP #1: Visit www.amdrewards.com, sign in (it’s easy to create a new account, but remember the email address as you need it later) and the button will change, click to move on.

STEP #2: Enter the code you received from your retailer

STEP #3: System will verify automatically here. If you see the message below please ensure you have the latest drivers installed for your AMD hardware. These can be found in the AMD Driver Centre if needed.

STEP #4: You’ll now get your game code sent to the email you signed up with, from here we just need to download or run the Ubisoft UPLAY Launcher

STEP #5: Once in the Uplay launcher you can activate the game code as shown below, once that’s done you’ll have the game added to your library available for download.

STEP #6: GAME ON!

Those fine folks at Hardware Unboxed have worked through the night and benchmarked a stunning 50 Graphics Cards using the Far Cry 5 in-game benchmark, you can check out the results in the video below!

Good Gaming Headset – Logitech G233 Prodigy

That awesome design team at Logitech G have just made a headset that ticks all the boxes for a gamer on the go, the G233 is a new gaming headset with removable boom microphone and interchangeable in-line controls that are perfect for PC Gaming, and also a sweet set of headphones if you’re playing Sea of Thieves on your XBOX console, PUBG on mobile or just about anything else you want to do – a seriously good spread of connection options are included. The G233 Gaming Headphones are intended to be taken everywhere, so you can play anywhere, and with this is mind the G233 headset has an understandably durable design, with a sports mesh that’s removable and washable – best of all though they lightweight and extremely comfortable making them ideal for just about anything.

The removable boom microphone is one of the best features on this headset and features noise-cancelling with a micro-pop filter to help ensure clarity when on comms, you can actually have this connected along with the in-line mobile cable and enjoy some pretty clear vocals if you’re using the discord app on your phone. The audio drivers in the G233 are optimised for both analogue and digital sound reproduction so it doesn’t really matter what you connect them to, games, music, movies – they all sound great!

These fine headphones aren’t the only new thing Logitech G have on the table right now, so if you’re on the hunt for 7.1 surround sound when gaming on your PC be sure to check out the new G433 in black and blue!

GAME ON! 

 

Good Gaming Headset – CM MasterPulse MH320

The MasterPulse MH320 is a new Gaming Headset option from Cooler Master, an over-ear headset with perfectly angled leather ear cups on a springy, flexible steel frame that’s extremely lightweight. The angle of the earcups is somewhat unique in the way that it fits, having this slight tilt allows for your ears to be enveloped, providing full cup coverage without pressing down on the back of your ear – CM get another point here for making the cups themselves slightly deeper than most. The headset is all black, with no extras like LED lighting or ear cup volume controls to be seen, it doesn’t require special drivers and connects via 2x 3mm cables. On this cable you’ll find in-line volume and mute controls for the mic making it great for multiplayer games like PUBG, Sea of Thieves and other multiplayer games when team chat is so important – and this mic is where Cooler Master really got things right!

In order to really test this microphone out we’ve jumped into a quick game of Overwatch choosing a combo of Bastian and Reinhardt to encourage a little team communication 🙂 We are side by side in this test and if you listen closely you can hear a little echo but not much – nicely done Cooler Master! 

Even though the MH320 is clearly designed to be a low-cost Gaming Headset option, the microphone of the MH320 is solid, it does indeed amplify your voice while ignoring the other sounds around you (like that sweet mechanical keyboard) and does this by utilizing a sensitive, boom microphone which boosts mic clarity and sensitivity while reducing background noises – it gives your voice a little robotic clang but really does do what matters, boosting your voice while eliminating sounds coming from other sources.  

UPDATE: These new Cooler Master MH320 Gaming Headsets are available in New Zealand now! Keep your eyes on the GGPC PC Gaming Blog as we check out more great Cooler Master gear, Gaming Headsets and more!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Garden of Might eSports NZ Fighting Event

UPDATE: What a weekend, the Garden of Might eSports event was awesome!

Hosted by the talented team at Standing Fierce in association with the team from Got Game this competition is all about fighting games, including the massively popular Tekken, Street Fighter, Smash and MvC we’ve come to expect as well as newcomers like the just-released DragonBall FighterZ! 

This eSports event promises some epic matches between the very best fighting game players from around New Zealand, and a few sneaky internationals have snuck in too 😛 The current NZ Street Fighter V Champion, known as “Ghost Chips” will be playing at this event and also “Burnout”  from Australia will be in attendance – who also happens to be the community manager for XSplit and player.me!

As I write this now all competition spots are full, but you can grab the most up-to-date information from the Garden of Might website if you’re wanting to see if you can sneak a quick entry for the event in.

For those wanting to check out the action in person, this one is taking place at Christchurch Casino so be sure to bring your ID along, there will also be spot prizes given away over the weekend-long event.

Doors open at 10am till late both on both days, March 17th and 18th.

For those wanting to watch the matches online, the eSports event will also be streamed via the Standing Fierce Twitch Channel so we can all tune in, click the banner below to check out some sweet fighting action right away!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming Speakers – Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC Speakers

The new Logitech G560 LIGHTSYNC RGB Speakers deliver amazing audio for PC games and thanks to in-game integration that can actually give a visual representation of what’s happening in a range of games that support these smart new features.

Brightness adjustments and further customisation is all accessible via the Logitech Gaming Software, with a large selection of animation effects to choose from and the standard 16.8 million colour wheel 😛 All this is able to be tweaked to suit your own personal preferences over the four lighting zones and then saved to profiles so you can hot swap with ease later on.

The two rear lighting zones on the speakers are intended to deliver rear ambient projection to further enhance your environment and the front-facing lights are more for active and informational lighting.

Right now the compatible games list includes Tom Clancy’s the Division, GTA V, Battlefield 1 and 18 other titles. The way in which each interact with the speakers is quite unique and you can check out a couple in action within this G560 review video.  The satellite speaker also serves as a bit of an audio controller hub as well, with access to the volume controls, a Logitech programmable G-key, and also a handy 3.5mm headphone jack. Bluetooth pairing is done the usual way with the touch of a button, but these speakers can pair to two Bluetooth devices simultaneously which is a nice touch.

We can’t wait to see what brilliant ways people come up with to use these new lighting options, with the SDK available to all it’s just going to take a few talented devs to jump in and it’s game on.

 

 

Good Gaming PC Case – Fractal Meshify C TG

Meshify strikes an aggressive pose in the Fractal Design lineup with unparalleled cooling performance and a defiant new look.  Like diamond facets, the angular asymmetry of the Meshify C carves a space uniquely its own as a new dominant force in high-airflow design.  Tempered glass completes the distinct, stealth-inspired aesthetic with exceptional style.

When performance is top priority and compromise is not an option, Meshify has you covered in style.

Key Features:

– Includes 2x Fractal Design GP-12 120mm fans deliver optimum airflow with minimal noise

– Streamlined high-airflow design, unobstructed airflow path from front intake to rear exhaust

– Newly designed angular mesh front panel for optimal air intake

– Tempered glass side panel offers users a clean and clear view of their components

– Flexible storage options with room for up to 5 drives

– Sturdy steel drive trays with vibration-dampening rubber grommets cushion hard drives for smooth, quiet and reliable operation

– Easy-to-clean filters on the front, top and base with full PSU coverage and convenient front access

– Full length power supply shroud conceals drive cage and excess cabling

– Up to 35 mm of space behind motherboard plate with rubberized pass-through holes for clean cable routing

An open ATX layout with intelligent space utilization creates an unrestricted airflow path from the mesh front intakes directly through key components to exhaust, ensuring heat is never an issue. The Meshify C has a remarkably compact footprint with the high-end component support of a full tower, and with seven fan mounts and multi-radiator liquid cooling capability, it has the cooling capacity to match.

Stock is due to arrive in the NZ Fractal Design Store shortly, keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog for the latest!

Good Gaming – PUBG eSports with PING ZERO NZ

UPDATE: This event is now complete, and wow what a series of games it was too! Massive congratulations to Team Carnage who took out first place, be sure to keep your eyes on Ping Zero Twitter for the next one.

The finals are set to be held at the Howick Library (quick map link below) but for those unable to make it to the event on the day worry not! This PUBG eSports match will be steamed via the PUBG OCE Twitch Channel. This isn’t any regular PUBG gameplay either, event organiser Major Havoc of PING ZERO has gone above beyond with custom matches and spectator game capture showing off all the team tactics, brutal kills and stunning comebacks as they chase each other down hunting for those elusive and oh so tasty chicken dinners!

The battles will stretch out over six epic matches, if you want to check out some of previous action check out the video below for a chicken dinner!

GAME ON!

Good Gaming – Final Fantasy XV PC Demo Available Now

The Final Fantasy XV Demo is available now via Steam!

Take the journey, now in ultimate quality. Boasting a wealth of bonus content and supporting Native 4K 3840×2160p ultra high-resolution graphical options and HDR 10, you can now enjoy the beautiful and carefully-crafted experience of FINAL FANTASY XV, before you buy 🙂

Essential stuff!

  • The download size is 21GB. The High-Res 4K textures are included in this demo and are apparently turned on or off automatically depending on your hardware specification, we’ll look for a manual tweak for this and update when we find one 🙂

If you’re want to test out your system before you commit to the 21 GB download, there is also a new Final Fantasy XV Benchmark tool which you can check out here.

GAME ON!