For the Red Team. AMD Zen and Polaris 10!!!

Hey guys Qwik33 here bringing something that i personally have been waiting for right after i bought my 980 TI. AMDs new Zen and Polaris 10 architecture is coming out soon and I for one am pumped. These Processors are slated to be released in the later part of this year, if any of you follow my articles as few and far between as they are, you all know I am a huge Team Red fan boy as far as the CPUS and APUs.

First off lets talk about the improvements:

AMD claims that the new Zen modeling with its 14 nm process will be 40% more efficient in the IPC and AMD will abandon the architecture of its previous chips in favor of a simultaneous multi-threading approach similar to Intel’s Hyper-Threading. All of this supposedly being able to double THE FX 8350. To me that sounds awesome, there was no hinting at price but a for an i7 6950 is about $1700 so I’m hoping it doesn’t cost anywhere near that. One of the reasons I love AMD in the CPU department is the price, I bought my FX 6300 for $130

With some change comes with alot more change, the new Zen chips will support DDR4 RAM YAAYYY!!!! Of course that means a new mother board and new socket. Say hello to the new AM4 socket. Fear not my friends for I do have good news since that’s about a $250 dollar upgrade to get an equivalent setup like i have in the Blue Rocket (32 GB 1600 Mhz RAM with a Gigabyte MoBo) once nice thing AMD will hang on to is legacy coolers for the AM3 and AM3+ sockets, so i can keep using my Corsair H100i v2 will still be compatible with the new chip. One extra tid bit for you guys on the CPU side, the A series is getting a bump in both speed and efficiency for the guys with FM2+ APUs like i had in my old laptop. I feel like a traitor for having an i7 in there but it was a hell of a deal with that 950m in there.

With all that i am super excited to have this when this all comes of but of course lets get on to the newest line of video cards which this one we have a name for. The RX 480, this guy looks just like a regular AMD card but oh my goodness its got some great specs. AMDs idea here is to bring VR to the main stream with variants with 4GB and 8GBs of VRAM. Not a huge gain in clock speed with a boost of 1080 Mhz but the kicker here is this card with yield a TDP of only 150 watts, any body who had owned an AMD card before knows that they are power hungry and hot, but this is coming form the guy with a 700 watt power supply and a 980 ti in my system but were not here to point fingers. All of this for a price of $199 which comes in cheaper that the newest cards from Nvidia. A nice middle finger from AMD we will see how this turns out.

Well that is all I have for you guys we here at Ud1eBy are big PC gamers especially with Over Watch having a huge impact on mine and B3asts social lives (just kidding that fucker is just as much of a hermit as I am). As always guys love you guys no shit and have a good one.

-Qwik33

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Build Orders #1! The Persian Deathmatch!

Hello all! Today I am going to start to talk about build orders in Age of Empires 2. I will be going over the basic build orders for the game, as well as when to use each build order, and in what game modes should these build orders apply to.

So without further ado, let’s talk about the first common build order: The Persian Deathmatch Build Order. As the name implies, this build order is to be used for Deathmatch games for the Persians. Deathmatch is a mode of Age of Empires where the players start in the Post-Imperial Age with high amounts of resources: 20K food, 20K wood, 10K gold, and 5K stone. In this game mode, the action starts almost immediately and these games are some of the best to play on Age of Empires.

So, to understand this build order, we must first look at the Persian Tech Tree. The Persians are a Calvary civilization. They get fully upgraded Paladins, Camels, Hussars, and decent trash lines. They also have access to siege rams and their unique unit, the war elephant.

What makes the Persians so deadly in Deathmatch is their Unique Unit. War Elephants are incredibly powerful once they are properly massed up by a Deathmatch Player. They will lay waste to just about everything except mass anti Calvary. So it is no surprise their Deathmatch strategy on an open land map like Arabia and Clean Oasis is centered around this principle. The strategy is simple, they will rush with their hussar they start the game with, hoping to pick off an enemy villager, then transition to streaming paladins across the map, then finally streaming elephants across the map. Here is how the specifics of this strategy works.

Once the game starts, with your starting scout, send it to the opposite side of the map to where your opponent is located. Adjust the attack stance of your scout from stand ground to aggressive mode, and set your scout to patrol. What this does is cause your scout to attack the first enemy unit or building he sees.

Once that scout micro has been taken care of, task two of your starting three villagers onto building two stables, and with the third villager build a house. All three villagers should be working on building different buildings. And with the starting town center, create more villagers. After the house is done, task your villager to build another house right away. Once a stable is complete, que up as many paladins as possible from each stable. After your villager is done building the first stables, task them to build two more stables. At this point in time, your new villager should spawn from the town center. Task this villager with building a New Town Center on a gold pile. The reason for doing this is simple: gold runs out very fast in Deathmatch, and if you do not pay attention to your gold income, you will easily lose. Don’t worry about gathering the relics at first, but as the game goes on and if you have map control, they are not a bad thing to go for.

New villagers should be rallied to the new town center, while your original three villagers continue to build houses and 5 total stables together. Once you have the fifth stable up, que paladins from it like you have done from the previous 4 stables. Once you feel as if you have a decent enough mass of paladins, send them to your enemy. Keep streaming in reinforcements while they are attacking. While your paladins are pressuring your opponent, begin to build a castle at home. These will be from where you will que your war elephants from.

Once this first castle goes up at your base, begin dropping another town center and start seeding farms. Even though you start out with high resources in Deathmatch, it is paramount to establish a good economy like a normal random map game in Age of Empires 2. Persians just happen to have the most food intensive demand in Age of Empires, so to continue to spam war elephants, it requires a lot of farmers to do so.

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Step 1: Build 5 stables and houses constantly.

Step 2: Getting first castle up while pressuring your opponent.

Step 3: Rushing you opponent with a good mass of paladins. (Note: for this game, I streamed the paladins in from my base, as I am playing against the AI for this example).

Step 4: Start seeding Farms and assigning Gold Miners. It’s critical to use your town centers to create new villagers and gather more gold as fast as humanly possible. Gold Runs out fast due to the unit spam from so many production buildings.

Step 5: Begin to gain map control. In Deathmatch, the players who control the Hills often win the game.

Step 6: Continue to boom and build more castles as necessary. This is not the best image as the AI tends to be slow on Deathmatch, thus the game is over by the 8 minute mark. However, do not forget to build counter units as necessary to handle your opponents’ army compositions.

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With the massing and attacking combo of war elephants and paladins, you should take the time to begin to take control of the map. In Deathmatch it is essential to place castles on the tallest hills as they offer the players the most map control in key locations. They prevent an opponent from pushing onto these locations without serious siege in the likely forms of trebuchets, bombard cannons, and siege rams. Since your castles should ideally be on top of a hill, trebuchets will take a longer period of time to take these castles down due to the elevation advantage of your buildings. And as usual, castles in these key locations will allow you to reinforce your elephants appropriately.

With your map control and your constant spam of elephants and paladins, you will want to build up your economy further behind it. From here, the game plays like a late imperial slugfest, and knowing the right unit compositions to counter your opponent become essential.

One thing to keep in mind is trade. In my example, I did a sample 1v1 vs an AI to give you an idea of the proper build order for the game. But gold tends to run out fast in 1v1s. Usually Deathmatch is more enjoyable to play in teams due to the element of trading. To get an ideal land trade route, you want to go from one corner of the map to another. You want to build at least three markets in each corner and create trade carts from all three. The gather points should be set on your ally’s markets in the opposite corner. One way to lose a Deathmatch game is to not do this or to establish a shorter trade route than your opponents, or to not have one at all due to raiding units. Thus it is essential to protect your trade accordingly. This can be done with strategic castle placement and walling your trade from raiding across the back of your bases.

So there you have it! The first guide to the Persian Deathmatch Build Order! If you have any questions about the build order, or the guideline of the build order, please let me know.

Mobius One Out!

About Me, MobiusOne

Hello all! I thought to make this short post describing myself and some of the games I personally like to play!

A bit about myself: I am 22 and currently study mechanical engineering. I would like to eventually get into design of orthopaedic implants and prosthetic devices for patients suffering musculoskeletal diseases, such as osteoporosis. Apart from that, I love to play both strategy board and video games on my downtime.

So I am a Real Time Strategy enthusiast. My favorite games of this genre have been Command and Conquer 3 Tiberium Wars, Age of Empires 1 & 2, Halo Wars (Super excited for the new Halo Wars to come out this fall!), and of course Age of Mythology. I grew up with these games and needless to say, I am looking forward to sharing my enthusiasm of these games with you all!

Lets Talk Peripherals

Hey guys Qwik33 coming at you again from the beautiful country of Greece, I recently bought one of my favorite series on steam that I originally have played on the Xbox and the Xbox 360, all of the Splinter Cell games with the exception of Pandora Tomorrow are now on my laptop and I haven’t been able to put them down unless I’m at work or sleeping. I have actually NOT been doing sailor things and staying sober, what the actual hell.

I bring this up because on my home PC that I love and call the Blue Rocket, I usually if I can get away with it use my Xbox one controller just because I did start gaming on a console I had the PlayStation in the early 2000′, and I used to play NES, SNES, and Nintendo 64. The biggest problem with these games is the first installment does not support controller, unless I mod it and I don’t have the patients for it. Even one as new as SC Conviction does not support the Xbox One controller. The forums on Steam did say the 360 controller is supported but where I am at right now I cant get one without ordering it off of the internet, but I WANT TO PLAY RIGHT MEOW!!!!

I have switched to playing with the keyboard on my laptop because the keyboard on my ASUS K501U has a very good feeling keyboard on it and seriously who does that on a laptop. My issue was I didn’t have a mouse so after a few hour of searching for a decent laser mouse I found and bought a Razer Deathadder Chroma, which may I say is a decent mouse. It feels good in my hand and have the extra 2 buttons that most gaming mice have as well as the RGB lighting so I made it fit with my color seem back home.

The mouse is awesome and I have already gotten half way through the first Splinter Cell (ahh memories) but I am having a HUGE issue with it. It likes to walk away when I hold my hand still, even when I just leave it be and watch Netflix the bottom bar pops up like I’m moving the mouse. I do believe the issue is the fact I don’t have a mouse pad under it and yes it is silly for me to bitch about this, BUT… I never have had this issue with my cooler master branded mouse back home so, WTF Razer? I will buy a mouse pad if I have to but I don’t want to HAVE to.

So my question for you guys is what do you guys use for dare I say “Your weapons you take into battle”? I have my cooler master peripherals on the Blue Rocket and my Power A Xbox One (yes its RGB as well) controller that I use to play shooters. Let me know what the ultimate things are for gaming and tell me why, I would love to hear your opinions on this matter because hey this is the internet and we all prefer our favorite brands, here let me start.

COOLER MASTER OR NOTHING!!!!

But seriously guys I love you no shit, this is Qwik33 for Ud1eby Gaming,

PEACE!!

Gaming with Beast!

Hey guys Beast here,

 

This Friday i’m doing a new session on the stream. It will be me running threw different games each week to what y’all vote on. Most of the game will be me playing them on the hardest difficulty, or just running threw it to beat it. Now if you think I should play something thing else just let me know i’ll put it in the poll for the next week. Follow us on twitch to know when we are live and follow us on twitter.

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Ryan’s Late Review: MLB The Show 16

Baseball’s Back And Better Than Ever

MLB The Show 16 combines the amazing presentation style and gameplay of its predecessors with a host of new features to make MLB The Show 16 my favorite game of 2016. The core gameplay remains generally the same, but there are enough new elements that prevent the game from being a simple roster update from last year’s entry. These new features, while taking away from the realism of the game, increase the RPG qualities of the game and dramatically improve the online multiplayer.

MLB The Show 16 fulfills any baseball fanatic’s fantasy. Want to manage your franchise to the World Series? Create a player and earn your way to Cooperstown? Draft your own fantasy team and take on drastically different (sometimes hilarious) lineups?  The Show has all that and more. And once you’re done with the offline modes, you will easily get immersed in the online multiplayer experience.

As said above, the core gameplay is essentially the same. However, the new “Showtime” meter is a major change.  At the bottom of the screen is a meter, pressing R2 will deplete the meter, but slow down time, letting you crush that high fastball or strike out Miguel Cabrera with a nasty slider. As a batter it’s really only good for two swings, so choose wisely, but it makes pitching ridiculously easy. It doesn’t cost much to use Showtime for pinpoint accuracy. I was averaging ten or more strikeouts a game with my pitcher because of Showtime until I amped the difficulty up. Showtime slightly removes the immersion and makes The Show feel more video-gamey than its predecessors. If used properly, however, Showtime can create some awesome moments. I wasn’t too thrilled about it until I absolutely crushed a 450 foot homerun with my clean up hitter. That moment made up for all the lack of realism and failed attempts before. It’s worth noting that this feature is entirely optional, since you can simply choose not to use it.

The Show has the same offline features of previous games in the series. The Show’s Road To The Show option lets you create your own player and step into the shoes of a professional baseball player. After a three day showcase, you’ll get drafted (or choose your favorite team) and work your way through the minors until you finally make it into the majors.  Playing well earns skill points, which are used to upgrade your player. RTTS has significantly improved from last year because you play a whole series without having to go back to the home screen. So instead of staring at loading screens, I’m playing baseball. The only new component of RTTS is perks. Reaching a certain level in a skill, such as speed or fielding, unlocks a perk that enhances the player skills at the cost of lowering your Showtime meter. These perks range from useless to overpowered, such as the chance to begin every bases loaded at-bat with a 3-0 count. Like Showtime, perks sacrifice realism for a more typical video game experience.  And like Showtime, perks are entirely optional.

The Show also lets you manage your own franchise and has streamlined the managing process. Budgets are easier to comprehend and trade suggestions easily let you shape your franchise however you like. The new morale system is a nice improvement. Players have shifting morale based on their role within the team, playing time, chemistry with other players, and other intangibles. Players with high morale play better, whereas players with low morale play worse. This feature made me care a lot more about the individual players on my team and felt more realistic as I massaged wounded egos left and right.

It’s in the multiplayer that San Diego Studio really tried to innovate. Diamond Dynasty from last year remains the same.  Unlock real-life and past players for your team by playing online games. The games are generally well-balanced (except when you play the people who have clearly spent actual money to unlock Babe Ruth and the like) and fun. The two new features are Conquest and Battle Royale. Conquest is a bizarre experience I never warmed up to.  North America is divided up into tiny grids with large areas controlled by MLB teams. For instance, the Arizona Diamondbacks control the Arizona region. Each grid has a number correlating to fan support.  Your team is plopped in the middle of the map and told to expand your fanbase by conquering grids.  Basically it’s a real-time-strategy mod for a genre that certainly wasn’t asking for one. It felt too much like a Total War, which does not mesh well with The Show.

Battle Royale is a great new feature. Draft a team and compete in a double elimination tournament. The games are only three innings, so you can play them quickly. The rewards are greater, but it costs 1,500 stubs to play.  This is my favorite feature because the games feel incredibly even. No team has an inherent advantage because of the draft. Everyone is insured the same amount of diamond (hall of fame players), gold, silver, and bronze players. Battle Royale games are entirely based on your skill, not whether you have the best cards or not.

The graphics are slightly enhanced from the PS4 version of the The Show 15. As always, the crack of the bat and the dull thud of the ball in the glove sound perfect. The stadium always feels lively and full of cheering fans. The presentation style is slightly more cinematic and the game is better for it. The slow panning of the camera over your player as he stands in awe of the crowd at his major league debut was fantastic and reminded me of great baseball movies. The song list that serves as soundtrack while you upgrade your player and sit through loading screens is great but irritatingly short. I’ve only heard about six songs and I’m getting really sick of them.

The offline gameplay has zero bugs or glitches from what I have noticed. Online gameplay, however, has the same problems that have plagued the series since its inception. There is far too much lag, which is a deal breaker for online games. I’ve struck out too many times because a pitch, that was clearly a ball, suddenly teleported into the strike zone at the last second. Also, I had to restart the game several times because it froze or would not transition into the next inning. I’m sure this will improve after a patch or two, but it’s really lessened the fun of playing online.

MLB The Show 16 is a fantastic sports game. The gameplay is as fun and immersive as ever. I shouted at the umpire over close calls and pumped my fist at each home run, just like I do when I’m at games or watch them on TV. The new features take away from the realism, but I love that they’re optional. Depending on my mood, I can treat it like a video game or treat it like a true baseball simulator. Although Conquest is a bust, Diamond Dynasty, Road To The Show, and the new Battle Royale are an absolute blast. If you’re a baseball fan, or just a fan of sports or sports games in general, you should absolutely pick this up.

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Portable Gaming Solutions, Lets Talk.

 

 

Hello and welcome to my newest article coming to you all the way from The Island of Crete of the beautiful country Greece. In this little discussion we talk about my solution to the age old question, can I bring my Xbox?

So lets talk about portable gaming, we all have our machines that do good at home. Unless you have a small setup in a mini ATX or ITX setup, then you may be fucked. I can always bring my Xbox or computer, but I am at the mercy of who ever’s house I’m at. I love the Blue Rocket to much to box her up and bring her overseas with me. One thing I looked at is a gaming laptop, but they can be upwards of $1000. For most of us that isn’t feasible with a price tag like that, here is my solution that I bought for my first deployment.

I present to you the Gaems Vanguard, with this system it holds my Xbox ONE, a controller all the cords and maybe a few game cases (I had them in a separate bag when I was traveling). With an HD 19″ monitor connected by HDMI and good speakers, or a headphone jack for Turtle Beach users like myself, this is one of the best solutions I can’t think of without dropping the money for a gaming laptop, this was also before I upgraded my laptop with more RAM and a bigger APU.

This solution can be expensive compared to some, when I bought this it was $350 but they do make smaller cheaper models. For the actual performance and durability of the unit I cant think of a better test than deployed military. My last deployment I went to Germany, Romania, Bahrain, Canada, and El Salvador. Through all these checkpoints, I never had a problem with customs, never had a scratch on it, and all I had to do was open it up and plug it in. This is a very good idea for those of us who travel and cant go to long without visiting out gaming world.

Now lets get to the drawbacks of a setup like this: it is fairly bulky for, but for what is offers its not a bad thing in my opinion. You need two plugs, I think it would be better if it plugged into the wall and had an extra plug on the actual unit, but for what it offers I cant complain to much, my final gripe about it is, the screen is pretty small for the size of it. my 17.5″ computer fits inside it no problem, so this is just for you. If you have friends that wants to play with you then you gotta borrow there TV or find one in the airport, but good luck on that one without getting tackled by airport security for suspicions of terrorism.

Here is the math on this one:

  • New Xbox ONE $350
  • New Gaems Vanguard $350

And the damage is $700 or you can get a gaming laptop, all I see on that one is the price tag, like the ASUS ROG G751JYDH71 with only 17 inches of screen, and a grand total of… $2400. You do the math here but if you have that kind of money for your portable gaming needs, you should buy me one too.

There is however a cheaper option for gaming laptops, I have recently purchased a cheaper gaming laptop that is actually more designed for video editing but hey it plays fall out. my new ASUS K501UX as part of there Zen-book Series, this is actually a pretty sweet laptop that i bought only for $850 on sale, after using this for a while and really using the absolute FUCK out of it i have found my new baby while on deployment. I myself am a big AMD APU fan but that laptop has gone kaput. This sweet little guy has:

  • Intel Core i7-6500U CPU. While only dual core it does support hyper threading so it makes it THINK it has a quad core.
  • 8gb of RAM, and now i have more on the way I hope to put a 16GB kit in it.
  • NVIDIA GEFORCE GTX 950M. Major selling point on this sucker.
  • As well as all the other usual things any laptop should come with: 1Gb Ethernet, 802.11/a/b/g/n wireless USB 3.0 compatibility, as well as HDMI 1.2 connectivity.

 

 

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*All photos were taken by author!*

That’s it for me this time, if you guys have your own methods, or a better one that the one I have here let me know, once again this is Ud1eBy Qwik33,

Deuces.