This morning I had the privilege of being one of 100 people to attend AMD’s celebration of 30 years in graphics and gaming.
I didn’t realize until this event that AMD (or a former part of the company) had a hand in some Atari 2600 ROM chips, but they did. That means for me personally, my history with AMD related products goes back to the 2600 – my first console. I do however remember getting a VGA Wonder card from ATI as well as many more ATI and AMD graphics cards (and CPUs) since. ATI was also responsible for turning me on to Steam due to a Valve bundle that came with a video card I bought 11 years ago! Now AMD is everywhere including inside of all 3 major gaming consoles. Doing a quick count, there are 8 AMD GPUs in my house and 4 CPUs (soon to be 5 as a result of this event).
So the big surprise to attendees was that we all got a R9 290 video card for attending and cheering our heads off on an early Saturday morning. I’m just glad I live in the Austin area near AMD and was able to attend.
Thanks AMD for a great event! Now I’m going to have to put together a new PC to go with this new card (that’s where that +1 CPU will come from).
You can watch a replay of the live event here: AMD30Live Video. Those who know me – Can you find me in it?
The video card I was given is the very one that you will see John Byrne (@JohnByrneCSO) holding up at 1h26m into the video.
My full time job is creating a web site that helps college bound kids (or adults) learn about financial aid, college planning, finding a career, and managing money. There are lots of great resources for counselors too. A new design was just launched that I’m proud of, so I’m sharing it here. Check it out and please pass it on to anyone you know that can benefit from reading AIE: www.AIE.org (Adventures In Education).
My son carefully selected 31 Minecraft mods which we’ve assembled into an easy loading pack. It’s called the WARP modpack and can easily be loaded via the Technic Launcher. Here’s what you need to make it happen:
I’m really looking forward to seeing this film. It premieres on December 22nd on Xbox Live and will be available on demand after.
Where were you when you first heard about Minecraft? I was reading a gaming site and saw an article about an indie game making $200K in one weekend. I originally laughed at the low-res appearance of the game but decided to give it a try. I bought the alpha version. I was heavily hooked for at least 6 months after that and still play some today. I also got to introduce a lot of others to the experience, some of those people are still playing every chance they get.
Minecraft has become a permanent part of gaming culture.
This is just a post to help others that had the same problem I did. Windows 8 does not include Open GL (which AMD calls Open CL) support on older ATI Radeon cards like the HD 2000, 3000, and 4000 series. So after a bunch of hunting around, I found the drivers that do work, so you can keep on playing games that need it, most notably – Minecraft. The file is considered a “hot-fix” from AMD so it wasn’t obvious on the site. Here’s the link: http://support.amd.com/us/kbarticles/Pages/catalystlegacywin8.aspx.
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