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AMD 30 Live!

August 23rd, 2014

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.

amd30live R9 290 card

For more cool AMD stuff, here’s AMD’s YouTube channel.

The WARP Modpack for Minecraft

February 17th, 2014


WARP Modpack for Minecraft

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:

The WARP modpack includes:

  • Adventure Time
  • Backpacks
  • Carrot Dimension
  • Damage Indicators
  • Harken Scythe
  • Hats
  • Hardcore End
  • Infernal Mobs
  • Mapwriter
  • Good Night’s Sleep
  • Morph
  • Not Enough Items
  • Trail Mix
  • Tree Capitator
  • Tropicraft
  • Twilight Forest
  • Ultimate Nether
  • …and all necessary support mods to make them work

Have fun and let us know how you liked it!

The Minecraft Documentary

December 18th, 2012

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.

ATI / AMD video card driver for Windows 8

November 28th, 2012

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:

Art of the Arcade

August 27th, 2012

Here’s a nice collection of various vintage gaming art. How many do you remember? Click image to go to site.

Pitfall marketing art