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Episode 26 - Nvidia GeForce GTX 285/295 and stories in games

Posted on 22nd Jan 2009 at 18:40 by Podcast

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Happy new year to all you Custom PC Podcast listeners, and thanks again for all your best wishes for the year!

The CPC podcast is back for 2009. Among the topics of discussion by Clive, Mark and Alex are Nvidia’s attempt to go green by jumping on the environmentalism bandwagon with low voltage GeForce 9600 GT cards, and the revelation that Eidos is preparing to be acquired by an external bidder. The panel also mull over the fact that id Software has hired a proper writer to pen a story for Doom 4, and why stories in games are important. On the new hardware front, there’s the GeForce GTX 285 and 295 to consider, and of course, guess the game music competition and the games chart also return.

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Episode 25 - The end of year special

Posted on 24th Dec 2008 at 11:55 by Podcast

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In Episode 25, Clive is joined by Mark, Antony and James with a silly voice to look back over 2008 and to make some predictions about 2009. The panel also look forward to Nvidia’s upcoming GeForce GTX 295, but it’s not been enough to stop Nvidia partners such as XFX deciding to make Radeons as well as GeForces in the future. The guess the game music competition and games chart also return.

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Episode 24 - The right and wrong way to do DRM and yes we have played some games this time

Posted on 10th Dec 2008 at 19:41 by Podcast

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It might be getting cold of late, but here’s Episode 24 of the Custom PC podcast to keep you warm. Well, your ears at least. Clive is joined by Staff Writers Antony Leather and Mark Mackay (whose surname he still can’t pronounce, despite a Derran Brown-like metal memory image) plus CPC Editor Alex Watson. Up to debate are the stupidity of DRM and the genius of Steam, plus why Vista’s second Service Pack is both very important and completely pointless.

The games chart springs a few surprises, with Wrath of the Lich King (which Clive also can’t pronounce) dropping down the chart rapidly while Football Manager 2009 reigns supreme. Call of Duty: World at War gets a kicking by Alex (who has found time to play it) while Clive talks at length about the joys and frustrations of virtual football management. It really is enough to make you do a Keano sometimes, but then your 18-year old wonder kid goes and knocks in a brace and all is well.

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Episode 23 - More Intel Core i7 and loads of Left 4 Dead

Posted on 25th Nov 2008 at 13:08 by Podcast

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To cheer you up on a cold and frosty Tuesday, Episode 23 of the Custom PC podcast is out, guaranteed to be louder than ever before. Clive is joined by Staff Writers Antony Leather and Mark Mackay to discuss the price of Core i7 motherboards - is over £250 too much for a single-socket motherboard? Also up for discussion is how to spell Mark’s surname as well as other processor news.

The games chart springs a few surprises, as Lord of the Rings Online releases its Mines of Moria expansion pack at the same time as Wrath of the Litch King is released for World of Warcraft. Whatever the bizarre logic for this, the plan seems to have worked as both expansions are in the Top 10. Btw, how does one pronounce ‘Litch’? Also in the Top 10 are Football Manager 2009 and the horrible-sounding Call of Duty: World at War.

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Episode 22 - Intel Core i7, the HD 4850 X2 and no Fallout 3 fallout to be seen

Posted on 7th Nov 2008 at 13:25 by Podcast

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It’s Friday and Episode 22 of the Custom PC podcast is here. Clive is joined by James and Antony to discuss Intel’s fantastic Core i7 processor and how easy it is to overclock it to 4GHz and boyond, plus ATI’s new dual-GPU HD 4850 X2 graphics card and the fallout from the case Labs test.

The games chart is full of great entries such as Fallout 3 (which Fallout-fanboy James actually likes, even if it is a touch too easy) and Far Cry 2. We also offer our congratulations to our US listeners for electing a President that string a sentence together. Like what we couldn’t do for a good while after praising Obama’s oratory skills.

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Episode 21 - The GeForce that shall not be named and PC piracy nonsense

Posted on 3rd Oct 2008 at 16:56 by Podcast

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It’s Friday and Episode 21 of the Custom PC podcast is here. The team discuss Nvidia’s new 216 stream processor GTX 260, and why it doesn’t have a new name, along with idiotic PC game piracy comments from Epic. The games chart is full of new arrivals, so we get to grips with Crysis Warhead, S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Clear Sky, Spore and Warhammer Online. James also offers some useful tips on aeroplane design.

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Episode 20 - Core i7 naming poetry, SLI for everyone and Autumn Games

Posted on 12th Sep 2008 at 19:26 by Podcast

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Episode 20 of the Custom PC podcast is out, and features discussion of the official Core i7 name for Nehalem, Nvidia’s change of stance on SLI hardware and Intel’s SSDs. James bursts into the studio mid-recording to yell about Core i7’s performance, and the team look forward to Autumn games including Mirror’s Edge.

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Episode 19 - Larrabee, DirectX 11 and violent games

Posted on 17th Jul 2008 at 14:40 by Podcast

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The 19th episode of the Custom PC podcast features the panel reacting to the latest rumours about Larrabee, and how the Pentagon might be helping Intel design a GPU, and discussing Blizzard’s announcement of Diablo 3. The team also discuss instancing in MMOs and how it’s a problem for Conan, a first glimpse of DirectX 11 and whether it’s a good idea to revist Colonization. There’s also the guess the game music competition, with a bundle of Formula 1 related prizes to be won. Also, as you can see from the picture above, we’ve got a smart new logo!

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Episode 18 - GTX 280 and a possible game of the year

Posted on 24th Jun 2008 at 17:42 by Podcast

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The CPC podcast is now a legal adult with its 18th episode; it features Clive on the hosting mic for the first time, and he’s joined by Orestis, Phil and games reviewer extraordinaire, Dan Emery. The team look back at the GeForce GTX 280 launch, and discuss the top 10 games, including awesome new launches Race Driver GRID and Mass Effect. With Editor Alex away, the team also struggle with what words they’re allowed to say, and what are too controversial to be broadcast. There’s also the guess the game music competition, with copies of City of Heroes and Villains to be won.

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Episode 17 - Autumn graphics war, Windows 7 and Conan

Posted on 2nd Jun 2008 at 17:09 by Podcast

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We have returned, finally, with another Episode of the CPC podcast. Phil and new CPC recruit Orestis join Alex to dicuss the upcoming Autumn graphics war between new GeForce and Radeon cards, plus our first thoughts on Windows 7, the successor to Vista. We also discuss the top 10 games, including Assassin’s Creed and Age of Conan. As a bonus, there’s an interview with the director of Age of Conan, too.

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