Good Gaming – Free to Play PC Games

We’ve been playing a fair few games lately (as always :P) and recently we’ve been diving into as many free to play PC games as we can, this blog will be a sticky one that we constantly update with new games as we play them but for now we’ll start things off with a few unique and rather good games for your PC that will cost you nothing but the data to download them 🙂 (the titles for each are download links, videos are short gameplay tests)

Warzone – the latest addition to the Free to Play battle royal genre and this time with a Call of Duty theme! Packed full of super familar gameplay with dashes of originality mixed in to keep things fresh, it’s the usual drop in a survive scenario with an ever constricting wall of deadly gas keeping everyone together but when you die you get one chance to fight your way out of a prison to re-join your team – die again and your team can still buy your freedom!

Destiny 2 – If you’re looking for responsive first-person looter shooter combat with an array of abilities, weapons and armour that lend to the customisation of a unique character – Destiny 2 is a solid game. Excellent solo and even better with a couple of friends, the cinematic story is a joy to play. Explore the various planets, each with a their own look and feel, you could say in many ways it’s a lot like Warframe below – but with a first person / Halo combat evolved feel to it.

War Thunder –  This one gives us action-packed battles on the ground and in the skies, and now also at sea, it’s crazy how good this game is with beautiful graphics and a massive line-up of tanks, planes and boats for us to use in the PVP battles + recently the game’s creators added a new PVE game mode named Assault which is a blast to play.

We’ve done 3 quick videos to show gameplay from each mode, the tanks, planes and boats are all so unique too which is great for keeping things fresh and interesting.  Each mode has a deeper layer of difficulty settings taking the gameplay from Simulation to Arcade to suit players.

The online player matching is top notch and War Thunder is also a good game to enjoy with friends, with easy to follow menus that just make sense.

You could say it’s similar in many ways to World of Tanks and World of Warships but ultimately War Thunder wins the day with a seamless combination of modes and unmatched intensity of aerial dogfights. A truly great game that deserves a download 🙂

Dauntless – Dauntless is a free to play co-op action RPG, it’s so polished and so much fun to play with friends that it will certainly make a fine addition to your gaming library too 🙂 Filled with airships and giant beasts this one is very similar to Monster Hunter although the art style is completely different. Players team up to take down a range of Behemoths, bashing and slicing bits off to collect the parts needed craft and upgrade weapons and equipment with which we then proceed to hunt down larger Behemoths and smash them. Combos are a big part of the game, learning patterns of the monsters another – it all comes together perfectly in what feels like an almost finished, excellent game.

Warframe – A team based hack’n’slash shooter with some pretty action-packed moments, heaps of gear and hours of fun 🙂 With a massive range of characters, powers, customisation and mission types to get stuck there’s a lot to do, and as you progress through each planet you’ll unlock even more missions and events to team up with other players in. The player base is very large, so auto-matching a group is hassle-free. The ongoing (and massive) updates introduced new open worlds which are beautiful, the developers are very active too, steaming all kinds of behind the scenes goodness and sometimes even jumping into the game and hunting groups of players by taking control of what is usually, an evil NPC named Stalker. One of the best bits about Warframe is you start out extremely powerful, able to flip and slow-motion dive while shooting enemies to pieces. You play as a Tenno, an agile weapon master who wields the mighty Warframe and commands some awesome powers – Overpowered but unprepared and often forced out of your comfort zone, you must find it in yourself to improvise, not just to save yourself but the fate of all Tenno.

Apex Legends – A recently released 3 player team shooter set in the Titanfall universe. Apex Legends features top-notch graphics and an excellent communication system that allows players to clearly call objectives, item locations and enemy movements without voice chat. Players can choose from a lineup of outlaws, soldiers, misfits, and misanthropes, each with their own set of skills ranging from tanky shield bubbles to evasive grappling hooks. The Apex Games welcome all comers – survive long enough, and they call you a Legend.

Path of Exile – Created by NZ game studio Grinding Gear Games, Path of Exile is an isometric online action RPG is set in the dark fantasy world of Wraeclast. It’s very similar to Diablo, and offers excellent co-op gaming with extremely deep character customisation, the best skill tree we’ve seen in a long long time and even a hardcore mode in which staying alive actually matters 😛 The game is completely free and not at all “pay to win”, the community is excellent and graphics are top notch. All in all, this is our most recommended game right now, crazy good times to be had playing on your own, but in a group with some friends, the game really shines. You are an Exile, struggling to survive as you fight to earn power that will allow you to exact your revenge against those who wronged you!

ARGO – A hardcore tactical first-person shooter, jump straight into combat in this official standalone FREE total conversion of Arma 3. This one has us fighting for supremacy in a familiar but new setting – the Mediterranean island of Malden, complete with dense urban areas and wide open plains ideal for snipers you’ll find each location has been built to provide an optimal experience for each game mode 😛 What really makes this one stand out for us here at GGPC so far is the new Combat Patrol CO-OP mode in which you can team up with some friends and fight against AI opponents with both randomized objectives and procedural generation of enemy forces making each session of Combat Patrol unique. Combine this with three competitive game modes and a pretty good looking Scenario Editor with which you can create your own missions with and you’ve got ARGO, it’s a pretty darn impressive free to play wargaming experience 🙂

Paladins – A team-based shooter set in a vibrant fantasy world and features a diverse cast of Champions ranging from sharpshooting humans to mech-riding goblins, mystical elves, jetpack-clad dragons, and bomb golems. Each Champion brings a unique set of abilities to the battlefield and new Champions are regularly added to Paladins, keeping the game exciting.  With strategy elements and character customisation through a unique collectable card system, players can amplify and augment a character’s core set of abilities to play exactly how they want to play.

Planetside 2 – It’s a very different experience from most first-person shooters because instead of the usual 24v24 firefights – battles in Planetside 2 can typically involve a few hundred players. This war takes place over several continents each of which has a defined landscape, there are 3 factions to choose from each with there own infantry weapons, ground vehicles and aircraft. The scale of the game can be quite daunting at first but for new players if you go Engineer class and get a Sunderer vehicle you’ll rapidly begin leveling up while being a great addition to the war effort, doing this will allow you to quickly amass enough experience points to buy new weapons, vehicle mods or abilities. The game world is large, but getting around is easy thanks to an instant action button on the map screen that will take you into hot spots, you can also hover over locations to see just how many players from each faction are fighting in that specific sector which is excellent. Community wise (NZ players) we highly recommend jumping into this one on a Sunday afternoon, it’s pretty crazy!

Mechwarrior Online – A slower paced, tactical online shooter set in the BattleTech Universe. Victory requires a mastery of tactical positioning, teamwork, and firing discipline to prevent overheating and the dreaded shutdown (overload only works so much!). Each battle will reward you with credits depending on performance and these can be spent on new weapons, equipment and mech chassis to full your hangers. For new players, there is a rotation of free to play pre-configured mechs to take into battle and these will give you a good taste of how each weight class performs so you can spend your credits wisely. Once you’ve brought a BattleMech of your very own there is a faction warfare system and if you spend a little time in each jumping from faction to faction you can quickly amass a bunch of personal hangers to store more and more of your own mechs in, this becomes more important with multiple variants of the same frame offering different hardpoints to mount weaponry on and new skills to unlock as you progress. It’s not an easy fight and do not expect to just run in and win, this is a thinking persons shooter for sure.

Battlerite –  If you enjoyed League of Legends but just want the team fights, you should check out this one for sure. A PvP arena brawler and the spiritual successor to the critically acclaimed Bloodline Champions. The unique combination of a top-down shooter meeting a fast-paced fighting game and take part in highly competitive, adrenaline-fueled 2v2 and 3v3 battles. Engage in quick and intense action as you take control over one of many Champions, each with unique abilities to master. Welcome to a world where Champions dedicate their lives to the Arena.

EVE Online – The new free to play mode in EVE will allow you gain a lot of skills with no money down 🙂 Leveling up an EVE Online character has always been a little different from most MMORPG, every player in the game controls a clone which they train in new skills over time (even when you’re not logged in) as opposed to the far more common “kill this and fetch that for XP”. As your clone learns more and more you will be able to fly more ships and kit these out with new modules and equipment. When you die you respawn into another clone but depending on when you last did a clone imprint that new clone may or may not have the skills you previously acquired and it’s this investment in time that makes up one of many factors that gives each life in EVE a real feeling of value – there are of course the in-game monetary losses involved with death in EVE, losing your favourite ship certainly hurts! The new alpha clone state will allow you to get some pretty potent ships like the Caracal below, armed with many heavy missile launchers you’ll be a fine addition to fleets around the universe 🙂

Cloud Pirates – Arcade airship based combat awaits you in this science-fiction fantasy battleground game 🙂 Remarkably tactical but also good fun early on for a casual run-and-gun playstyle, as you progress through you’ll gain access a bunch of unique upgrades for your airships, captain and crew which leads to much more challenging matches and modes as you progress.  There are numerous visual customization options to tinker which as you go and plenty of airships to choose from each with their own unique handling and firing arcs – snipers, tanks, dps, tackle – there really is a lot!

Dreadnought – This is a medium paced arcade action game which puts you in command of a massive sci-fi battleship, similar in many ways to Fractured Space and Cloud Pirates below but with some really beautiful landscapes to wage war on this is one can be a stunner with settings cranked to high. Customisation for your starship is first class from guns and turrets to coatings and decals and there is a range of configs for each ship class so you’re sure to find one that fits your playstyle perfectly. Massively enjoyable in a group or alone, we’ve been playing this one since early BETA days and it’s still a lot of fun 🙂

Atlus Reactor – A rather refreshing and unique take on turn-based tactical combat. Engage in 4v4 team battles with a short moment between each round to lock in your players’ actions after which all eight players will execute their command lists. Each character has a range of moves available to them that will initiate at different times in the action que depending on the type of move selected, this makes playing Altus Reactor a game of predicting what your opponents might do which just keeps getting better the more familiar you become with the growing roster of freelancers available (numbering 25 as I write this). Once you reach level 10 there is also a “Seasons” XP event in which players can complete challenges and receive some extra bonus loot to customise their characters.

Blade and Soul – A rather fun MMO set in a world of martial arts masters and mythology 🙂 A tale of revenge at its core that will have you exploring a beautiful, cinematic world inspired by the distinct visual style of acclaimed artist Hyung Tae Kim. This one has got detailed character customization tools, offers some brilliant PVP matches and has an excellent action-based combat system. The storyline is very enjoyable, especially the introduction to the game world.

Counter Strike: Global Offensive – You’ve undoubtedly already heard of this one, a team based first person shooter with a range of real-world weapons options, maps, and a passionate community of players. The base game puts terrorists against a counter-terrorist force, with the bad guys trying to plant a bomb and the good guys trying to stop them, and this leads to some amazing engagements, team tactics and replays. There are missions to save hostages too, with the counter-terrorists having to successfully escort them back to the starting point of the map, making things quite intense in the final dash. With CSGO joining the free to play ranks, you can now you can enjoy the FPS shooter without paying a cent. The original Counter-Strike took the gaming industry by surprise when the unlikely MOD became the most played online PC action game in the world almost immediately after its release in August 1999, and since then, it has continued to be one of the most-played games in the world. It’s very popular in eSports circles, and you can run it well without the need for the latest hardware.

DOTA 2  Originating as a fan-made Warcraft 3 modification, Dota was an instant underground hit. After coming to Valve, the original community developers have bridged the gap to a more inclusive audience, so that the rest of the world can experience the same core gameplay, but with a level of polish and depth that’s unmatched. Much like League of Legends, Dota is a competitive game of action and strategy. Players can choose from a roster of over a hundred unique heroes, forming two teams of five players. Radiant heroes then battle their Dire counterparts to control on a beautiful fantasy landscape, battling one another with cunning, stealth, and outright warfare.

League of Legends – A popular take on the multiplayer online battle arena game type that first came about as a mod for Warcraft 3 named DOTA back in 2003… or was it 2002, anyways it was a while ago 🙂 League of Legends released to the public in 2009 and it has since become one of the most played games in the world today with some very cool new heroes to play as and more joining the ranks constantly. It’s quite a wonderful game to play if you’re a gamer that’s short on time with matches lasting from twenty minutes to one hour depending on how well each team performs. The game is both newbie friendly and deep enough to keep a long term player interested, the roster of heroes to play as changes often and there is even a rune loadout enabling you to tweak you heroes slightly using various power-ups you can purchase using currency accrued as you play matches.

Killer Instinct – This one has been made available via the Windows Store so you’ll need a Windows 10 Gaming PC to try it out. It’s the same Killer Instinct we remember playing in movie theatres wayyy back in the 90’s but with some wonderful new graphics to enjoy 🙂 The free version of this one gives players a single character with which you can access all game modes, including online multiplayer!

Fortnite – More than just you vs 99 battle royale with even changing modes available (50v50 is great!) what really sets this one apart from other 3rd person shooters games is the building system, with almost all the objects in the map being able to be smashed apart into useful wood, stone, and metal. These can then be used to build ramps, walls, floors etc to create a defensible building, protect your team, or access a hard to reach the area and flank your opponents. It all takes place in one large map, with a zeppelin battle bus full of opponents (and some friends) all scrambling to grab a whole lot of guns. Construct and destroy environments while engaged in intense PvP combat, explore, or just riding around in golf carts if that’s what you do – with so many players no matter what you’re up to it’s likely you’ll stumble into some crazy fun times along the way!

We’ll continue adding to this list as we test more and more Gaming PC, if you know a great new free game you think we should test out please drop a comment in via our GGPC YouTube channelwe are on the hunt now for a nice driving game!

GAME ON!

Good eSports – Te Puke High School Tournament

More often than not, when we think about eSports we think about the players, and it’s fair enough too with the high level of skill, teamwork and excellent team communication often needed – but another school in New Zealand is embracing the opportunities that come from competitive gaming, and it’s all looking very good indeed.

Those fine folks at Te Puke High School have just hosted their own eSports tournament, but the best bit is they’ve included it as part of the curriculum for business students! This is understandably awesome, by having the Year 10 Business Studies students actually organise the event from start to finish they’ll be gaining the valuable experience that comes along with it, allowing them to host better events in the future, or to support those who want to 

This included all the tricky bits, such as drafting the teams, setting match schedules, securing sponsors for prizes, marketing the event, health & safety – and all the fun parts, the decorations, lights, sound and music & technical setup requirements even included hosts!

Via Armand de Villiers; Te Puke ICT manager “I think it has also shown staff at our school who may have had a level of scepticism about the event, that there is a real positive side to this. You hear feedback after the event about kids that are normally shy and withdrawn in class, unable to stop talking about their part of the event.”

Now onto the games! Keen students formed into teams of 5, with fellow students at Te Puke Intermediate school also invited to compete in Unreal Tournament 4, which is free to download and play via Epic Games.

A real focus on teamwork is needed to win in a game like this, the goal is to take your opponents’ flag from their base, and then deliver it back to your flag base in order to win – but if your flag has been taken by the enemy team, you’ll be unable to return the flag to your base until your own flag is also returned to position.

The weapon of choice in Unreal Tournament Capture the Flag is a special too, a teleportation gun named the Translocator. You can use this to position yourself in hard to reach places, or quickly move to a nearby location, but if you attempt to translocate while holding the flag it will be left at your last known location.

A team wins by having the most flag captures at the end of each match, and if they are equal when the time runs out – it goes into a golden goal mode, so the next team to score a point wins!

Unreal Tournament was a top choice for gaming event like this, action-packed in a similar way to football with real depths in terms of teamwork needed to win against an equally matched team – nicely done Te Puke High School!

We’re pretty lucky here at GGPC to have attended some of biggest global eSports events from Intel Extreme Masters and SteelSeries – and seeing what the students at Te Puke High School have achieved gives us high hopes for seeing more world-class events in New Zealand’s Future.

Want to get involved? See more about eSports in Education at PB Tech.

GAME ON!

How to create a second Admin account in Windows 10

The pre-setup account for all GGPC systems allows you to jump in right away, but sometimes you’ll want to create another Windows 10 account for another user, to keep programs organised, or other reasons.

To access your account settings, press the start button and type “other users”, clicking the “other users” option when it appears.

The first thing to do is to create a local user, following the steps below.

Select Add someone else to this PC.

Select I don’t have this person’s sign-in information

Select Add a user without a Microsoft account.

Enter a user name, password, password hint or choose security questions, and then select Next.

Now, if you want to turn that local user into an admin, select the account owner name, then select Change account type.

Under Account type, select Administrator and OK.

You can now press start, sign out of your current admin account and sign back in with the new administrator account. While logged into the new account, you can now create and remove additional accounts as needed.

LOGITECH GGPC THIS MARCH

March already?! Luckily and we’ve got MORE Logitech G goodies up for grabs!

That’s right folks! Grab yourself a Good Gaming PC this month and you can register to redeem a G240 Gaming Mouse Pad to go with your new Gaming Rig.

The G240 Gaming Mouse Pad provides edge-to-edge performance on a clean surface with just the right amount of friction for low-DPI manoeuvres. Crafted for maximum control of your mouse movements, your gaming will benefit from the consistent surface texture, also giving your mouse sensors better imagery for translating mouse movement into cursor movement.

A solid mouse pad for any mouse, but that’s not all, our Massive Gaming Prize Pack will also be going out to one lucky gamer!

IMPORTANT: To be in to win the MEGA Prize you must register for the Logitech G240 Bonus!

Our grand prize pack for March 2020 is a brilliant gaming setup made up of three highly sought after pieces of Logitech G Gaming Gear, and up first we’ve got audio covered with the awesome Logitech G432 Gaming Headset!

Featuring DTS Headphone:X 2.0 surround sound, powered by Logitech G HUB software, lets you hear enemies sneaking behind you, special ability cues, and immersive environments-all around you with 3D audio that goes beyond 7.1 channels to make you feel like you’re right in the middle of the action.

A 6mm microphone makes sure your squad mates can hear you, and with the popular flip-to-mute boom feature it can silence you when you don’t want to be heard.

Everything else about these headphones revolves around player comfort: The deluxe lightweight leatherette ear cups and headband are made to keep pressure off your ears. Pop it onto your head and you’ll be treated to the glorious audio that comes from the big 50mm drivers within.

Our lucky March winner is going need a great mouse too, and we’ve got one that’s all about ensuring your movements translate perfectly into your game, with no acceleration messing with your aim!

The award winning Logitech G402 Hyperion Fury Gaming Mouse features Logitech’s exclusive Fusion Engine sensor technology that can reliably track over 500 inches per second and Logitech’s exclusive Delta Zero sensor technology for unrivaled accuracy.

With on-the-fly DPI switching, you have the flexibility to react to the chaos of battle with precision. Snipe a foe across the map (250 DPI) before fleeing in the blink of an eye (4000 DPI). It also boasts eight programmable buttons that can be configured for complex macros or single keystrokes and four DPI settings that can be shifted on the fly.

Certainly a great mouse for any gamer, but that’s not all we’ve got up for grabs this March. Completing the winners setup is a keyboard 4x faster than standard, the G213 Prodigy Gaming Keyboard was designed for gaming, featuring ultra-quick, responsive feedback that is up to 4x faster than the 8ms report rate of standard keyboards and an anti-ghosting matrix that keeps you in control when you press multiple gaming keys simultaneously.

The G213 Prodigy features Logitech keys that are specially tuned to deliver a superior tactile response and performance profile. At full height, they deliver a full 4mm travel distance, 50g actuation force, and a quiet sound operation.

What a bunch of prizes!

Check out the all the latest Gaming PC builds and Logitech G prizes, and keep your eyes on the GGPC Blog as we’ll announce the lucky MEGA PRIZE PACK winner at the end of the month!

GAME ON!

AMD Wraith Prism RGB Cooler Setup & Software

Today we’re taking a look at the AMD Wraith Prism CPU Cooler and its RGB connection cables + software controls.

This specific cooler is a little hard to find as a standalone option, instead, the AMD Wraith CPU Cooler is included with the following AMD Ryzen CPU.

AMD Ryzen 7 3700X
AMD Ryzen 7 3800X

AMD Ryzen 9 3900X

It’s a remarkably good looking cooler, with unique connection options that include both a 4-pin RGB Header and a USB 2.0 Internal Header cable to enable control of the colours.

The LED layout is split into 2 main zones.

– The RGB Header cable controls only the fan.

– The USB 2.0 Header cable controls both, with additional A-RGB options for the outer ring, but the fan colour controls are overridden if the RGB header cable is attached.

This becomes important when you want to match the colours with other RGB components within your Gaming PC – right now static colours are no problem but getting a colour flow effect to sync between the outer ring, central fan and case fans can’t be done easily. (we’ll update when it works again)

That’s not to say you can’t have some awesome RGB colours though! So let’s connect the cables and install the software for testing 🙂

Starting with the CPU Cooler installed into our PC, we’ll now attach the cables required to control the RGB.

Quickly removing the Graphics Card to give us easy access to the two ports on the bottom of of the CPU Cooler we first connect the RGB Cable to an RGB Header, and then the other cable to the USB 2.0 Header on our motherboard.

With the two cables now connected our build instantly syncs the AMD Wraith CPU Cooler to our case fans, and while the outer ring does at first appear to be matching the flow as it proceeds the colours will slowly de-sync.

With everything looking good it’s time to move onto software install, the easiest way to find the latest version is by visiting the AMD CPU Cooler Solution website and clicking the button shown below.

This will take to the Cooler Master software download page, simply click the button here and a compressed software package will begin to download.

Please note: At the time of writing this, our software download was Wraith Prism v1.18

Unpack the zip that’s now in your download folder and run the program to install the software – the most difficult steps are done!

OK, now you can start playing with the 3 tabs to control the two separate RGB zones, RING LED and FAN LED, the third is just that little AMD logo top left.

IMPORTANT: Remember that you can’t change the fan LED with using these software controls if the RGB header cable is attached.

Looking specifically at our B450 Aorus Motherboard, you can see we connected the RGB header just below the CPU Cooler.

Simply pop the RGB Header cable out, and the Wraith Cooler Software controls will now let you tweak and change everything to suit 🙂

We can now use a combination of Aorus FUSION RGB software and the Cooler Master AMD Wraith Prism Cooler Software to align the colours on everything.

All the various brands’ RGB software can be found on the product page download section for your specific motherboard, with AORUS you can also get it from the dedicated website they’ve set up at https://www.gigabyte.com/MicroSite/512/rgb2.html 🙂

Quick tip: If you’re running AORUS RGB Fusion on your PC be sure to get the Android APP as it adds even more controls options, smart features and settings.

With the motherboard software set to static orange for our test, we can now return the Cooler Master Wraith Prism Software and configure this to match.

And we’re all done, with the RGB header cable detached, and our two software packages configured individually to match, we can set our whole system, or individual parts, to our own colour preference for the perfect look.

We choose orange because of the subtle orange highlight on our Aorus Motherboard but it looked pretty awesome in blue too 🙂

You can configure the various parts, then uninstall the software/remove cables and it will retain the last known config – this is pretty good as the cables that come out the cooler are pretty big and can be tricky to hide.

LED ON!

AMD Rewards Raise the Game 2020 with Resident Evil 3

AMD have a new RAISE THE GAME bonus offer for gamers in New Zealand!

For a limited time (and while code stocks last) you can register to redeem a BONUS AMD Rewards Key with select AMD Radeon RX 5500 XT, RX 5600 XT, RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT Graphics Cards or Gaming PC featuring this hardware!

This promotion is valid only on qualifying AMD purchases from February 4th 2020 – April 25th 2020, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Eligible models for Radeon RX AMD Rewards Raise the Game:

AMD RX 5500 XT
AMD RX 5600 XT
AMD RX 5700
AMD RX 5700 XT

This new AMD Rewards Key offer unlocks an awesome game!

Resident Evil 3: Prepare yourself for a horrific survival experience, the game is a remake of Resident Evil 3: Nemesis (from wayyy back in 1999), and follows Jill Valentine as she attempts to escape a zombie apocalypse while hunted by an intelligent bioweapon known as Nemesis. Based on the success of the awesome Resi2 remake we enjoyed in 2019 this one is going to be awesome!

PLEASE NOTE: Resident Evil 3 is set to release on 03/04/2020

In addition to coming with Resident Evil 3, if you get the AMD RX 5600 XT, AMD RX 5700 or AMD RX 5700 XT you’ll also score another code for MHW: Iceborne!

Monster Hunter World Iceborne: The title calls out the latest expansion but worry not if you don’t own the original, this AMD game bonus redeems the Monster Hunter World + Iceborne expansion so you’re in for both!

And even more awesomeness awaits with the excellent AMD Rewards Xbox Game Pass subscription offer (limited time) on too!, which gives access to a curated library of over 100 high-quality PC games on Windows 10, available to download and play. Xbox will continue to add more diverse titles to the library, including new games from Xbox Game Studios and well-known PC game developers and publishers on the day the games are released.

As with previous AMD Rewards Key promotions, you’ll have to claim your key first and then activate it via the portal – this activation must be done with the AMD hardware fitted inside your system!

Step #1: Purchase an eligible AMD component or Gaming PC featuring this hardware from a participating retailer.

Step #2: Register your purchase to redeem your AMD REWARDS KEY from the retailer. (PB Tech in New Zealand)

Step #3: Login (or create) to your AMD Rewards profile at www.amdrewards.com/login 

Step #4: Enter your AMD REWARDS KEY on the page that follows the login (shown below) – IMPORTANT! You’ll need to redeem from the PC that has the AMD hardware fitted inside, you cannot redeem from your mobile device.

Step #5: A prompt will appear for verification, click OK to proceed and follow the prompts.

Step #6: Success! Proceed to the next step – we’re almost there!

Step #7: You’ll now see the ‘My Rewards’ screen, any game options will be available to your here.

Step #8: Game Pass example: Select the “Game Pass for PC” code that appeared, then click the activation link. IMPORTANT! Only click if you want to start the 3-month subscription, you can wait till near the end of the promotion if you want to (but don’t leave it too long, codes do expire!)

Step 9: Once you click the ‘activate’ link you’ll be taken to www.microsoft.com/redeem – login or create a new account to proceed.

Step #10: Redeem your AMD Rewards Game Pass in the new box that has appeared – you’ve done it!

If you get stuck at any stage of the activation process you can send a message to the AMD team directly via the eTicket Contact Form which is linked at the bottom of the AMD Rewards Support Page www.amdrewards.com/faq.

It’s pretty great just how good the AMD team are at responding to messages, our last ticket test was sent on 25/02/2020 and was responded to within 12 hours – well done AMD!

GAME ON!

RTX STUDIO ADOBE Creative Cloud BONUS Bundles!

Nvidia have a sweet new bonus offer, and this one is for those grabbing a new Quadro RTX, GeForce RTX or RTX TITAN systems!

For a limited time, and only while code stocks last, you can register to redeem a special Adobe Creative Cloud 3-Month Subscription Bonus with select RTX Graphics Cards, Custom PC featuring these, and even the new RTX Studio laptops!

The Adobe creative cloud is made up of over 30 creative applications including Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, Lightroom Classic, Premiere Pro, After Effects, and Dimension – you’ll also get access to heaps of other handy assets, fonts, storage and more will be available to help with your creations.

This RTX Adobe bonus offer is available on eligible purchases from February 6th 2020 – May 31st 2020, and only while code stocks last.

This sweet bonus times itself perfectly to promote the latest set of studio drivers from Nvidia, which released on February 3rd, and these combined with the GPU acceleration technology dramatically enhance performance and stability in essential Adobe apps.

Via Nvidia: RTX allows designers to interactively iterate their product, model or building and see accurate lighting, shadows and reflections. Digital artists in the entertainment field can apply the same principles to their animations and visual effects. RTX technology can also be used in servers for batch rendering of scenes too complex to visualize in real-time, or for “light baking” — pre-calculating how textures will look in certain environments for games and other interactive visualization. And the AI acceleration facilitates denoising, pose estimation and other advanced capabilities that enable new features for animators and visual artists of all kinds.

Wondering how to get the new RTX Studio drivers? Simply head to https://www.geforce.com/drivers and enter your hardware configuration just like we’re used to doing for the GeForce gaming ones, in the results you’ll see a new pop up – quick pic below!

Getting your code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply head the redemption website below that matches your chosen brand, fill in the form to get your coupon code, then enter it into GeForce Experience to get your Adobe Cloud Bonus Code!

The best bit is, the offer works even if you’re already signed up to the creative cloud – good stuff Adobe and Nvidia!

The redemption pages are starting to appear online now, see below for NZ specific links – we’ll continue to add more as they go live.

Register to Redeem ASUS / ROG RTX Laptops

Register to Redeem Gigabyte / AORUS RTX Laptops

Register to Redeem MSi RTX Laptops (Once you’re logged in, click the promotions tab to find the new Adobe bundle) – this link will likely update o an MSI AU promo page, we’ll keep an eye on it.

Below NZ links are not live, we’ll update as soon as we see them 🙂

Register to Redeem Asus / ROG RTX Desktop PC

Register to Redeem Gigabyte / AORUS RTX Desktop PC

Once you’ve got your code, you’ll then have to install Nvidia GeForce Experience to enter the code in – this must be done from the system with the RTX graphics card installed.

Download Nvidia GeForce Experience Here

Sometimes the redeem button in experience just doesn’t work no matter how times you click it though, in this case, you can also try https://www.nvidia.com/en-us/account/redeem/ or get in touch the Nvidia customer service team and have them step in and help – they’re awesome!

Once you’ve activated your code you’ll receive instructions on how to start your 3-month subscription – follow these along and you’re all done!

GAME ON!… well, maybe not this time, DESIGN ON!

EVGA Deliver Us The Moon RTX Game BONUS!

EVGA have kicked off another awesome offer and this time it’s for the awesome Sci-Fi thriller – Deliver Us The Moon!

This offer is valid from February 3rd 2020 while code supplies last, and only from authorised retailers (PB Tech in NZ)

Set in an apocalyptic future where Earth’s natural resources are depleted. In an effort to solve the energy crisis, global powers created the World Space Agency and secured a promising new source of energy on the moon.

The World Space Agency colonized and operated from the moon until one fateful night all communications with Earth ceased and the energy source was lost. Now, years later, you assume the role of Earth’s last astronaut on a do-or-die mission to investigate what happened and save humanity. During this adventure, your only companion is a small robot named ASE. Together you will traverse the moon, explore abandoned facilities, gather clues and ultimately uncover the secrets and hidden agendas of those long gone!

Will you save mankind or be forgotten in the dark abyss of Space? Whatever the case it promises to be an awesome adventure!

This offer is for EVGA RTX Graphics Cards specifically, and the game takes full advantage of the real-time ray tracing technology, adding opaque reflections to every suitable surface, transparent reflections in glass and metal surfaces & even ray-traced shadows for full immersion 🙂

Quick links below for eligible RTX Graphics Card models!

EVGA RTX 2060
EVGA RTX 2060 SUPER
EVGA RTX 2070
EVGA RTX 2070 SUPER
EVGA RTX 2080
EVGA RTX 2080 SUPER
EVGA RTX 2080 Ti

Getting your game code is easy, once you’ve got your awesome new hardware simply register the hardware to claim your game code via the EVGA Deliver Us The Mood Redemption Page.

GAME ON!