How to Reach Level 100 In WOW With Just Two Dance Mats

Remember when you start that new game and with every level you unlock new abilities and gifts with every level up? With some games reaching the level cap is both exciting and also upsetting, knowing that your character will never quite be able to advance anymore? Imagine if you wanted to reach level 100 on WOW, though? Well, Rudeism has proven you can reach level 100 in wow with just two dance mats.

Taking just 5 days, 11 hours, 48 minutes and 38 seconds, Rudeism has finally completed the achievement of dancing his way to level 100. The finishing move came after a 7-hour stream, the video of which you can find below (check out from 7:70:00 to find the moment of triumph).

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Dubbed “Dancecraft”, Rudeism has been working on this achievement for around a month now. With his moves being showed off both on the dance mats and in-game, reaching the staggering level in a rather impressive form.

With people doing everything from dancing their way through the World of Warcraft landscape to beating Dark souls with nothing but a pair of Donkey Konga’s Bongo’s, the world is a weird and wonderful place.

With the new movie coming out later this year this was the perfect time for Rudeism to show off his moves and we hope that he doesn’t stop there when it comes to dancing to victory.

Super Mario Cluttered Chaos-Calculator Level Anyone?

Creativity is never more alive than when the gaming community decides to invent whole levels based on various creative influences. The Super Mario Maker title has been an exciting and imaginative vehicle that aims to open up a range of possibilities for all kinds of creative mischief, one such level involves a working calculator within the super Mario Universe.

Want to know more? Of course  you do, the project is coined “The Cluttered Chaos Calculator” and has been created by Mario Level Maker  “Giant”, it works out a maths equation (6+6) and is demonstrated by the video below, luckily, there is a reddit guide to explain exactly what is going on.

To put it simply, “this Super Mario Maker level lets you select two numbers between 0 and 7, it lets the player choose their way up and then computes and displays their sum automatically”.

There is also an image via sharing site imgur which reveals the logic behind this fantastic project. It has been noted that similar adding machines have been created in the past using Super Mario Maker, but, this looks to be the “first one with a decimal conversion and proper display of the result”.

It’s an incredibly complex yet educational tool all rolled into one, just reading the extremely detailed breakdown is fascinating, hopefully, we will see many more creative examples as in this case within the future.

John Romero Releases First Doom Level in 21 Years

John Romero is an icon of the video game industry and co-founded id Software alongside John Carmack. The studio produced a huge array of influential titles including Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Hexen and Quake which popularized the first-person-shooter genre. Modern behemoths like Call of Duty owe a lot to id Software and their approach to level design. Sadly, tensions between Romero and Carmack reached breaking point during a bitter dispute about the company’s future direction. Eventually, Romero resigned and created a new game entitled, Daikatana, through his brand new studio, Ion Storm. However, this wasn’t a smooth release, and encountered numerous delays beyond the planned Christmas 1997 schedule.

Recently, Romero returned to his glory days and unveiled a brand new Doom level, the first he has made public in 21 years! This is incredibly exciting and I cannot wait to try E1M8 which uses DOOM1.WAD. If you’re interested in trying out this level, please navigate to the link below:

The reception so far has been extremely promising and Romero decided to thank fans for the overwhelmingly positive feedback. Perhaps this will encourage him to create more custom levels in the near future. Doom is certainly an iconic game which holds up remarkably well and has a thriving modding community. This ranges from custom levels to the superb Brutal Doom mod.

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Make Your Own Mario Game With “Mario Maker” in September

Some awesome news for Mario fans just came out of Nintendo during its live stream. In September “Mario Maker” will be launched, it is a game that allows players to create their own Mario levels.

Players will be able to create the levels that they have dreamed of for so long using styles from across the Mario series history.  A really nice feature that should see a lot of use is the ability to share user-created levels with the community. The levels are able to be easily created using the Wii U GamePad touch screen interface. Unfortunately it seems that the levels will be limited to the side scrolling variety and not the 3D open world types, but nonetheless still should be very enjoyable.

Source: Nintendo

Intel Announce 10nm Chips Capabilities and Release Plans

We reported early in 2014 of Intel’s 14nm “Fab 42” plant remaining closed and the rumors surrounding 10nm chip manufacturing that came with it – from recent reports it now seems like it’s a a reality.

As IBM and NVIDIA have teamed up to win the next generation of top-level US government supercomputers, Intel is not to be left in the dust. After 50 years of global supercomputing, the Intel platform occupies a massive 85.5% of all machines, with a reported 97% ownership in new age systems. Today, Intel have announced the details of some of their planning in high-performance computing.

The announcements have come to us thanks to CNBeta and Chiphell, these are listed in dot point form as:

  • The third-generation Xeon Phi family, codenamed “Knights Hill”, will use Intel’s 10nm process. This is the first publicly identified 10nm product, as well as Intel Omni-Path fiber optic interconnection technology. Intel’s upcoming second generation “Knights Landing” will be the first commercial system set to debut early next year.
  • The industry’s interest in Xeon Phi is more concentrated. There are already a large number of customers looking to order Knights Landing, of which more than 50 percent will use the processor version, and the rest set to utilize the PCI-E accelerator card version. The total computing capacity is said to contain more than 100 PFlops (10 quadrillion floating-point calculations).
    NOTE: Using the Intel Xeon Phi to accelerate your system is done through a PCI-E expansion card, this card must be used with Xeon processors and can only be used as a coprocessor. The next generation will have separate processor and coprocessor versions.
  • Knights Landing’s latest implementations include: Los Alamos, Sandia Supercomputers “Trinity”, the US Department of Energy National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center (NERSC) ultra-count “Cori”, Earth Science Enterprise DownUnder GeoSolutions, large-scale cooperation projects in SGI and the National Supercomputer Center IT4 Innovations projects in Europe (to deploy large clusters).
  • Omni-Path Interconnect architecture with provides 100 Gbps of bandwidth, fiber-optic switching and medium-sized clusters. Comparing this to the now popular InfiniBand, latency can be reduced up to 56%. The product architecture will use a 48 switch chip, in comparison to InfiniBand using up to only 36.
  • Intel Fabric Builders project has started, created based on the ecosystem Omini-Path. The Intel Parallel Computing Center also announced their expansion will be the construction of 40 facilities in 13 countries and regions.
  • Intel Enterprise Edition for Lustre v2.2 has been scheduled for release.

That’s quite a lot of information to take in one hit, so we will continue to report on this as the story develops. We’re sure that Intel will now sit down and take a look at these siz points one by one in the near future, so help keep it streamlined and easy to track for consumers.

Image courtesy of Chiphell

Synology DS214Se ‘Special Edition’ 2-bay NAS Review

Introduction


Synology have been hot on the market recently with the release of the DS414 4-bay NAS – the latest revision to their popular 4-bay desktop range as it replaces the top-selling DS413. One of the main focus points of the DS414 is the price point for a pretty good level of performance. As we saw it may not be the fastest 4-bay system available, but when it’s priced considerably lower (>£100) than some of its rival units, it’s a bit of a no-brainer for anyone who is focussing more on raw capacity over performance.

Keeping on the same line, every NAS vendor has a few budget units in their product catalogue, however Synology have a more equal distribution across their range in the terms of performance and cost. As a brand Synology are not afraid to advertise that they build cheaper systems that offer lower performance figures and there is a good reason for this. When you take into account the overall cost of a typical 2 or 4-bay system with the cost of hard drives on top can easily tip over the £500 mark (or more if you go far a higher performance system); that price tag for some people does equate to a substantial chunk of money. For a number of users, the cost is simply too much to churn out. Typically those fighting the battle of cost is the home user, especially with today’s credit crunch here in the UK – where the cost of living when marked against your income is a bit out of proportion. As a result the goal is to get as much raw capacity as possible and for as little as possible.

As we’ve seen before, Synology use a simple naming system for their products, and those ending with a ‘j’ are built with capacity over performance in mind. To take things a step further, Synology have now re-written the rule book as they create a 2-bay system that is more budget conscious than ever. Bring forth the DS214Se. In the same way that the DS414 is the successor the DS413, the DS214 is the new model to the DS213 and the Se (Special Edition) marking puts this model in a position where it is even more budget friendly than before.

With the aim of the game keeping the overall purchase cost down, Synology have removed a number of features from the DS214 specification and have been more ruthless than ever. As a result, the DS214Se is going to be ideal for anyone who is a) on a very tight and b) not needing to run multiple features at the same time.

Whilst the systems specification has been cut down, the bundled extras include everything that you’ll ever need. Alongside the NAS, there is an AC power adaptor, Ethernet cable, a quick installation guide, warranty leaflet, and finally two sets of screws for fitting the drives and for holding the enclosure together.

Asus Z77-A (Z77) Motherboard Review

Haswell and the Z87 chipset may be on the horizon, but the drive to have motherboards at all price points in the market for Z77 is as fierce as ever. A large number of users are seeking the budget options, both on the grounds of backwards compatibility and also their rich set of features for their competitively low price point. Not too long ago I took a look at two of Asus’ entry level boards – the P8Z77-V and the P8Z77V- LK – both of which impressed me with their performance for a mainstream board and at a really affordable price.  This doesn’t stop Asus from making things even more affordable though. Whilst the more expensive -V model had a very rich set of features that covered all grounds for someone that was upgrading their motherboard, both on compatibility and future proofing, the slightly lower spec board does (as expected) drop a few features – including HDMI.

The drop of HDMI is something that one would expect on an entry level board, but with the number of user looking for budget options rising and also the number of monitors that support HDMI rising at all levels, its a wonder why its not a standard feature these days. Fear not though as Asus have thought exactly the same and so this leads us towards the new board that we are looking at today. The Z77-A is an ~£80 board that not only offers up HDMI support out of the box, it also offers gamers features that they would expect on higher level boards with support for two way CrossFireX and SLI.

What may appear to be quite a bland set of accessories is bland for one particular reason. On the entry level end of the spectrum, bundling in tons of accessories does one thing to the price – increase it. On this end of the scale, the likely need for a CrossFire or SLI bridge is comparatively low as well as the need for four or more SATA cables – as a result Asus include the bare essentials which, in turn, helps to keep the price point down.

Tt eSports Unveil The Level 10 Gaming Headset At CeBIT 2013

CeBIT 2013: Level 10 is something that a number of people have come to know and easily associate with Tt eSports and last year we saw the release of the Level 10 gaming mouse. There have been rumours floating around for a while that a headset was in the pipelines and here at CeBIT, Tt eSports have lifted the lid on their latest product.

Like the other Level 10 products, the new headset has been designed in collaboration with BMW DesignWorks USA and is a welcome addition to the Level 10 range. There will be two colour choices available at launch, with both white and black variants available although we can imagine that like the gaming mouse, there will be be green and red variants appearing later on down the line.

There is no fixed date for launch as of yet, but we can imagine that Tt eSports would like to officially launch the new headset on their home turf in Taiwan at Computex 2013 where we aim to get more coverage on this headset.

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