Monday, February 20th 2012

NVIDIA + Gearbox PDXLAN 19 Event A Damp Squib

Early last week, a news post on the website of PDXLAN set the enthusiast community, particular the press, in a tizzy, when it claimed NVIDIA and Gearbox Software would come together at PDXLAN 19 to give attendees "an exclusive treat from one of the year's hottest games that will blow their mind" (sic). The press, as well as enthusiasts all over anticipated this to be an unveiling, or some blind talk of NVIDIA's upcoming Kepler family of GPUs, because NVIDIA is known to unveiling new hardware to small crowds; or at least some exclusive about Gearbox's upcoming projects such as Aliens: Colonial Marines. It turned out to be absolutely neither.

What attendees reported to have seen, instead, was a setup of an NVIDIA Tegra 3 machine running Borderlands 2. There's nothing particularly bad about Tegra 3 running Borderlands, in itself it is an amazing feat for an ARM-architecture machine, but then the hype built around it, coupled with the circumstances, makes this event a damp squib indeed.
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11 Comments on NVIDIA + Gearbox PDXLAN 19 Event A Damp Squib

#1
Maban
Tegra 3 running Borderlands is nice to see, but it certainly doesn't qualify in the least as "something really special".

What's a squib?
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#3
sneekypeet
Unpaid Babysitter
From what I saw at CES, technically it wasn't the Tegra3 doing the work. IIRC it was Splashtop running on them, using a desktop somewhere to do the work while it provided the screen and a very lag-free game experience. Is this what they were showing there, or are they now able to actually run tougher games since early January?
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#4
The Von Matrices
Do you think they intended to do a Kepler demo then changed it at the last minute due to technical issues?
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#5
btarunr
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by: The Von Matrices
Do you think they intended to do a Kepler demo then changed it at the last minute due to technical issues?
No, they built enough hype around this event for everyone to think it was going to be a Kepler-related, or at least a new Gearbox title-related event. It turned out to be neither.
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#6
NC37
Awww...bad nVidia & Gearbox...teasing us like that!
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#7
Recus
by: btarunr
NVIDIA Tegra 3 machine running Borderlands.
Actually it was Borderlands 2.
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#8
FordGT90Concept
"I go fast!1!11!1!"
Borderlands and not Borderlands 2? That's disappointing. :(

In the other thread I said it would be Borderlands 2. Wasn't far off the mark. :)
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#9
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
Well that's a massive let down, but only as I wanted to see more Colonial Marines shit.

Still, Tegra 3 running Borderlands 2 ay? Hmmm....
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#10
GC_PaNzerFIN
Nothing new here, PR boys always spice things up like this. They didn't promise to show you Kepler, so its ridiculous to bash them for not showing it. YOU made up the additional hype giving free publicity to NVIDIA. PR success right there.

Come on, you are like kids in candy store, but dad says you can't have it. :)
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#11
InnocentCriminal
Resident Grammar Amender
by: GC_PaNzerFIN
Nothing new here, PR boys always spice things up like this. They didn't promise to show you Kepler, so its ridiculous to bash them for not showing it. YOU made up the additional hype giving free publicity to NVIDIA. PR success right there.

Come on, you are like kids in candy store, but dad says you can't have it. :)
Fuggin' 'ell, alright Granddad - jeez!

:rolleyes:
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