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Welcome to Show Us Your Rig, where we feature the PC gaming industry's best and brightest as they show us the systems they use to work and play.


Josh Sawyer, project director on Pillars of Eternity, is clearly a man who loves his art. With an office that looks more like an art gallery, Josh has dressed the walls around both his home and work set-ups to the point where you could convince me there wasn't any wall behind the frames at all. He was gracious enough to take some time and tell us about his computers and the well-decorated areas he works and plays in.


What's in your PC?


Work PC:


  • Dell XPS 8700
  • Motherboard - Dell OEM
  • CPU - Intel i7-4790 @ 3.60 GHz
  • RAM - 12 GB DDR3 @ 1.60 GHz
  • Video - NVIDIA GeForce GTX 760
  • Power Supply - Delta Electronics 460W
  • Displays - Dell U2412M, 2407WFP, 2408WFP


I do a lot of Inspector window comparisons when I'm working in Unity, so having three monitors comes in handy. I use a Das Keyboard Ultimate, it's good for forcing touch typing but has a goofy quirk where it will double input some letters when I'm using the keyboard for the first fifteen minutes every day. It makes logging in an adventure. These monitors are so crazy bright that I have to use f.lux to dim them in the evening. to dim them in the evening. I use a bigger, older Wacom at work. I'm not a good artist, but I can do enough in Photoshop to illustrate examples, mock up interfaces, and Photoshop our CEO's head onto a t-rex body.


Work Computer Horizontal


Home PC:


  • Motherboard - Gigabyte LGA 1155
  • CPU - Intel i5-3570 @ 3.40 GHz
  • RAM - 16 GB G. Skill DDR3 @ 1.33 GHz
  • Video - EVGA GeForce GTX 670
  • Power Supply - Corsair TX650W
  • Case - Antec SLK3700AMB
  • Displays - Dell 2405FPW
  • Speakers - Audioengine A5+


I'm still using a Microsoft Intellimouse on this machine and will probably never stop using my IBM Model M keyboard with WordPerfect color coding. I have a tiny Wacom Intuos5 Touch hidden away for Photoshop time. The monitor is rotated so I can reference .pdfs more easily - specifically, Ars Magica rulebook .pdfs.


My desk is this clean for about 2 weeks out of every year. For a true picture of what it normally looks like, scatter bills, tiny notebooks, loose change, and small bicycle parts over every open surface.


Home Computer


Traveling:


  • Motherboard, etc. - I don't know, man. It's some Apple stuff.


I use an iPad 2 for English tutoring and sketching. The case is a Portenzo. I recently stopped using my noble Toshiba netbook because 1024x600 doesn't cut it for any serious typing (it has a really nice keyboard, though). The MacBook Pro is great for writing and it has really nice battery life. Mac OS continues to drive me insane, but I can deal with it. I ride my bike a lot and often take either the tablet or laptop when I go, so I like that they are both relatively light.


Laptop Tablet


What's always within arm's reach on your desk?


At home, there's always some RPG rulebook on or near the desk. I try to keep up to date on new RPGs and every once in a while I'll pull an old book off the shelf to refresh my memory. I recently revisited Cyberpunk 2020 and Over the Edge, those were wild. Now, I'm reading through the D&D Next/5th Ed. player's handbook, The Burning Wheel, and various Ars Magica supplements. The home computer's guardians are two ceramic cats my girlfriend found somewhere (one repainted to look like my cat), an odd Japanese cat tape dispenser, and a wooden whale whose sole purpose is to hold my little space pen.


At work, there's always a tiny Field Notes notebook, a bunch of dice, and, sadly, a Coke Zero in reach. Various dictionaries and grammar books also get desk duty. Under the main monitor, Grand Wizard Cartman, a tiny model BMW Isetta, and a mini Eames elephant keep watch.


Work Computer Close


What are you playing right now?


Papers, Please. I think it's a great game, and it does a fantastic job of merging mechanics with the themes of the story. We've been playing some Tribes at work but, unfortunately, I'm no good at it anymore. I'm a little way into Child of Light, which is also pretty fun but unusual for me, style-wise. The combat system is enjoyable and the art style is beautiful though. Unfortunately, I only have about an hour in on Divinity: Original Sin and Wasteland 2 is coming out next week. My go-to quick game is still Hitman: Blood Money, I never get tired of goofing around on those maps.


I honestly haven't played it recently, but I have to recommend Kentucky Route Zero. I don't care if it fits a universal definition of "game" but it's enjoyable and really well made.


What's your favorite game and why?


I still go back to the original Fallout, Pool of Radiance, and Darklands. The last in that list may be my true favorite just because it's the most obscure of the three and the one that helped generate my interest in history. It was an extremely unusual RPG for its time and still is, even now. It opened my mind to different ways of playing with common RPG rules and concepts.







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You don't have a pulse rifle. You don't even have a crappy old shotgun. And the tried-and-true strategy of "run away!" is clearly a non-starter. But you do have a flare. And having provided that, the new Aliens: Isolation trailer once again asks: How will you survive?


Quietly now—pop the flare. Kind of amazing (and disappointing) that the Xenomorph doesn't notice anything untoward until a few seconds after you've thrown it, but no sense looking a gift alien in the mouth. Slink around behind the crates while it's distracted. Now down the stairs, and you're in the clear.


Whoa! What the—What's up with glowy-eyed Mr. Clean here? Come on, this is not cool. Better get free soon or—whoops! Never mind. Boy, that's going to leave a mark.


As the trailer demonstrates (and we've seen previously), Alien: Isolation is considerably different from its predecessors, which were actually Aliens games and thus served up far more offensively-oriented action. This one is all about staying alive by staying out of the way, and while I have no doubt that the opportunity to drop the hammer, or perhaps the airlock door, on the Big Ugly will come up at some point, you're probably not going to do it with an M56 strapped to your chest.


Alien: Isolation comes out on October 7.







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Windows 10



Microsoft officially unveiled its new operating system at an event in San Francisco this morning, but contrary to expectations, it's not Windows 9.



The version of Windows 10 on display at the presentation, reported by The Verge, is a "very early build," Microsoft's Joe Belfiore said. But it will offer a desktop/taskbar/Start menu layout that will be familiar to users of Windows 7. "In Windows 8 when users launched a modern app, it sort of had a different environment," he said. "We don't want that duality, we want users on PCs with mice and keyboards to have their familiar UI"



The idea here seems to be all things for all users: Windows 10 is intended to make multitasking easier for newcomers through its new "Task View" button, and it will also support multiple desktops, each capable of running multiple apps simultaneously. The command prompt is not only still around but has actually been improved, and Belfiore said Microsoft also intends to continue supporting Windows 8 users "who have touch machines and are getting a lot of benefit out of them."



It's still very early in the process, but Operating Systems Group chief Terry Myerson said Microsoft is "planning to share more than we have ever before, frankly earlier than we ever have before." The Windows Insider program will launch tomorrow at preview.windows.com, for users who know that "DLL is not the new OMG," while the full version of Windows 10 is expected to ship "later" in 2015.



As for why Microsoft opted to name the new operating system Windows 10 rather than the more sequentially-obvious Windows 9, or perhaps even Windows One, Myerson said only that once the new Windows is fully unveiled, "I think you'll agree with us that it's a more appropriate name."







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Steelseries Siberia V3

Last week Steelseries came by the office to show off a line-wide refresh of its Siberia headsets: the Siberia v3 is replacing the Siberia v2, and the Elite Prism is replacing the Siberia Elite. Steelseries is also adding a couple new headsets to the line: the Siberia v3 Prism, which is just like the v3 (with fancy lighting!), and the Raw Prism, which adds an entry-level $60 option to the mix.

The Siberia v3 and Elite Prism are the important headsets here. Steelseries upgraded its audio drivers from the v2 to 50mm drivers in the v3, and in a quick listening test they sounded great. Steelseries also adjusted the leather earcups and their spacing to add a bit more distance between ear and driver. The v3 is a $100 headset, though the Prism alternative, which adds programmable RGB lighting around the earcups, tacks on an extra $40.

The $200 Elite Prism has seen the most dramatic upgrade. Steelseries original version of the Siberia Elite looked like an incredibly comfortable headset, with huge, inch-thick puffy earcups. It looked like a headset that cost $200. It even felt comfortable at first, too, but that didn t last long. The headset was too heavy, and the non-adjustable headband was too tight, which turned those big marshmallows into sweaty, painful head clamps. Strangely, the Elite s microphone also sounded cheap and tinny, not like something that belonged on a $200 headset.

Steelseries Siberia Elite

I used the Siberia Elite for a few days before abandoning it, but I noticed an immediate difference when I put on the redesigned Elite Prism. Steelseries made the earcup padding thinner, but also enlarged the earcup so the pads wrapped around my ears instead of resting on top of them. Most importantly, they loosened the headband to give the Elite Prism a more relaxed fit. Steelseries also switched out the microphone, which I didn t get to test out, but promised it s an upgrade over the previous mic.

Siberia is Steelseries all-around headset line, so they re not as tuned for gaming audio as the H-Series. I didn t get a chance to play games with the new headsets, but I did listen to music on them, and the v3 and Elite were both pleasingly bassy without sounding overdone on the bottom end.

We ll be testing out the new cans more thoroughly in the next few weeks, so check back soon for more detailed impressions.







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Zelda 2D
It's a tricky balancing act, making a fan project based on a copyrighted game. On the one hand, you want to tell everyone about it; on the other, telling everyone about it is a good way to attract the attention of some joyless legal department. The cat's well and truly out of the bag for OOT 2D, so I thought I'd link to it while it's still available to download and play. It's a 2D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, made using a mixture of assets from previous top-down Zeldas, but with new graphics and music included too. There's quite a bit of placeholder and unfinished stuff in this very early demo, but it's a surprisingly faithful recreation of the opening to the N64 classic.

As you can probably imagine, remaking a 3D, polygon-filled game as a 2D, pixel-art-based adventure is one hell of an endeavour, and the team behind it are currently around 10% of the way into the development process, according to the counter on the game's page. The early demo, linked above, is worth a play if you remember the original, and you're particularly prone to bouts of nostalgia—everyone else will be wondering what all the fuss is about.

Here's the opening cutscene, in 2D form. Maybe we'll get an official Zelda on PC someday? (Ta, Eurogamer.)







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It's a tricky balancing act, making a fan project based on a copyrighted game. On the one hand, you want to tell everyone about it; on the other, telling everyone about it is a good way to attract the attention of some joyless legal department. The cat's well and truly out of the bag for OOT 2D, so I thought I'd link to it while it's still available to download and play. It's a 2D remake of The Legend of Zelda: Ocarina of Time, made using a mixture of assets from previous top-down Zeldas, but with new graphics and music included too. There's quite a bit of placeholder and unfinished stuff in this very early demo, but it's a surprisingly faithful recreation of the opening to the N64 classic.



As you can probably imagine, remaking a 3D, polygon-filled game as a 2D, pixel-art-based adventure is one hell of an endeavour, and the team behind it are currently around 10% of the way into the development process, according to the counter on the game's page. The early demo, linked above, is worth a play if you remember the original, and you're particularly prone to bouts of nostalgia everyone else will be wondering what all the fuss is about.



Here's the opening cutscene, in 2D form. Maybe we'll get an official Zelda on PC someday? (Ta, Eurogamer.)



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The name
World of Tanks most likely conjures up visions of great, plodding machines blasting away at each other in explosive battles of attrition, and sometimes that's an accurate perception. But the new Tank Rally mode takes the game in an unexpected direction, where speed, not guns, is what really counts. (Okay, yes, the guns count too.)


Players logging into World of Tanks will find a shiny new M24 Chaffee "sport tank" in their garage, which, as a special event unit, will not replace any existing tanks nor take up an existing garage slot. The souped-up light tank, as explained in the preview video, boasts a 1000 horsepower engine giving it a top speed of—brace yourselves—90 km/h.


The race itself is a 3v3 battle on a divided track, and it is in fact a battle: Victory can be earned by either taking the capture point at the finish line, or destroying all the tanks on the opposing side. Gaps in the track divider lets tankers shoot at enemies as they race or switch over to drive on the opposite side, and there are even a few ramps, for those who prefer to make a more dramatic entrance.


Successful racers will earn the Racer 2014 medal and can also score bonus experience, a day of premium access and an extra garage slot. Sadly, the Tank Rally is a time-limited event: It's live now and runs until 4 am PDT on October 13. Get all the details at
WorldOfTanks.com.







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Dreamfall Chapters
Dreamfall Chapters is split up into 'books' (don't ask), and the release date of the first book has just been revealed, buried at the end of a fluffy trailer. It's October 21st! AKA Not Very Far Away. Despite not having played either of the previous games—The Longest Journey or its sequel Dreamfall—I find myself longing after this episodic 3D adventure quite a bit. It does look a bit lovely, after all. While I go to install TLJ, stick around for that announcement trailer, in case you thought I was fibbing or anything.

Well there you go. It's not a very exciting video, but it might be a little informative, if you haven't been following the game before now. As with the previous titles, Chapters takes place across the twin realms of Stark and Arcadia, a sci-fi metropolis and a magicky fantasy land, respectively.

Here's a more interesting look at Reborn, the first part of Dreamfall's grand return:







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Dreamfall Chapters is split up into 'books' (don't ask), and the release date of the first book has just been revealed, buried at the end of a fluffy trailer. It's October 21st! AKA Not Very Far Away. Despite not having played either of the previous games The Longest Journey or its sequel Dreamfall I find myself longing after this episodic 3D adventure quite a bit. It does look a bit lovely, after all. While I go to install TLJ, stick around for that announcement trailer, in case you thought I was fibbing or anything.







Well there you go. It's not a very exciting video, but it might be a little informative, if you haven't been following the game before now. As with the previous titles, Chapters takes place across the twin realms of Stark and Arcadia, a sci-fi metropolis and a magicky fantasy land, respectively.



Here's a more interesting look at Reborn, the first part of Dreamfall's grand return:



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Pathologic
Ice-Pick Lodge's remake of their first game Pathologic is going ahead, which is to say that it's vaulted over its Kickstarter target, with six days to go. This new version of the bonkers, disease-ridden, fascinating survival-adventure game will arrive in 2016, and the next few days will decide whether it'll feature the additional content mentioned in its (fairly restrained) stretch goals.

To celebrate the occasion, Ice-Pick have released a few new images featuring all the weird-masked spider-men, creepy Uncle Festers, and ragged Victorian urchins you could ever want. I've included the most screenshotlike below, along with a teaser trailer we don't seem to have posted before now.

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