01.25.2011 05:11:58 You can now purchase a reserved slot on all our game servers for just $5/month. Your $5 donation will reserve your slot on ALL of our servers for 30 days. This means no more waiting in line to play. No more wasted time. Not only that, but your donation will go toward paying our bills and will continue to enable TKC the ability to provide quality servers for the PC community.
To purchase your reserved slot just click the "Donate" tab above, then either find your nickname or type in your EXACT solider name (WITHOUT clan tag) in the box provided. Then for donation type be sure to select that you are purchasing a reserved slot. To purchase multiple months just donate the appropriate amount, i.e. $15 for 3 months.
Serious gamers don't wait in line, purchase your reserved slot today and prove to the world that you're no noob!!
11.28.2020 01:00:10 Despite having not played in ages and not setting up the inventory wheel; Skewed and Reviewed went into the Wasteland again to see just how much damage they could take and how much they could dish out in one of the new events for the game.
11.27.2020 20:00:10 The newest Origin Chronos provides serious power in a remarkably small size. At 7” wide, 11” high, and 15.5” deep, it’s tiny enough to fit on most desks. Unlike the enormous PS5 (15.4 x 4.1 x 10.2 WDH) – or even the last iteration of the Chronos – the 2020 model isn’t made to be switched between horizontal and vertical. And that’s too bad, because it’s much too tall for any of the TV stands in my house, and it would make an excellent set-top PC.
Either way, its clean design strikes all the right chords. It’s sleek enough to blend into any workspaces, with tempered glass (or mesh) panels on the sides and a black aluminum mesh top. And with Corsair’s iCue Smart Lighting, you can customize and tinker with the RGB interior lighting (Origin decked ours out with IGN Red). Beyond looks you can jam a ton of power into this petite gaming PC with the latest Intel Core i9 or AMD Ryzen 9 processors and of course the top graphics cards from both team Red and Green. The unit we tested rang up at a ridiculous $3,225 price, but regardless of what parts you spring for, the build quality remains exceptional, and the diminutive size still looks stylish.
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Origin Chronos – Design and Features
I like gaming PCs and peripherals that can blend in with their surroundings, and the Chronos design does an admirable job of it. It sat on my office desk near my monitor, under our living room desk, and beside the TV stand during testing. While the thick, black plastic front might look a tad out of place in a West Elm catalog, it’s far from tacky.
And when you want to show off what’s inside, the RGB lighting is brilliant enough for any gaming room. The left glass panel provides a stunning look into the PC. Still, the right is quite a bit less attractive, with the backs of a few components, like the RGB controllers from Corsair, your SSD, a slit of light leakage, and some adept, if not particularly attractive, cable management.
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Thankfully, even in broad daylight, the tempered glass is tinted and reflective enough that you’ll only see a slight glow from the lights and your reflection. These panels are slotted in place with two thumbscrews, and it takes all of ten seconds and two fingers to remove the panels, whether for cleaning, upgrading, tinkering, or just gawking at the cord management.
The chunky design allows the little case to fit a full-sized GPU. Even so, there’s still a surprising amount of space left in the case, with slots for up to two M.2 SSDs, one 2.5” SSD, and one 3.5” hard drive.
iCue integration lets you spec out the interior and front logo lighting, but you’ll need to download Corsair’s software. It’s a bit more complicated than necessary. Instead of a few simple dropdowns, the app provides four tabs and a slew of dropdowns within subcategories. It’s not exactly difficult, but it is a bit unintuitive. Thankfully the results let you customize everything from the color to how those lights are animated, then save it in a profile for later.
On the back of the console, you’ll find a bevy of ports. There are two HDMI ports (you may only use one depending on your processor’s onboard graphics capabilities), four USB ports (one USB-C and five USB-A), as well as three DisplayPorts, a TOSLINK port, a 2.5G ethernet connection, and two jacks for the included external wireless antenna. It’s a lot, and the front has a few more, including an audio jack, another USB-A, and another USB-C.
That’s more than enough ports for me, though I would prefer more of them were centralized on the front of the computer, as I was constantly cycling my devices to utilize one of those precious ports that didn’t require me to move the computer.
It won’t come as much surprise that a $3,225 gaming computer can play games very well. But it’s still impressive to find little compromise in a system this small. There wasn’t a game I tested that truly challenged the system. Our benchmarks for Metro Exodus showed it maintaining 100fps on Ultra at 1080p, and well over 60fps in 4k.
And that’s how it felt. That’s how everything always felt. The Chronos is a tremendously powerful computer, and I flipped between being amazed that it could fit so much muscle into such a small case and that that should be the case, given its hefty price-tag.
The Chronos was capable of high frame rates with every game I played at the highest settings, and I was able to achieve around 60fps in 4K playing most games (Metro Exodus was one of them). Despite my review unit capping at 16GB of RAM, I never felt my gaming impacted, even with an excessive number of applications open in the background. Admittedly, these were more like Chrome or Spotify than something like Photoshop, but still, I was impressed.
Playing a graphically intense like Metro Exodus with a bunch of apps open did quickly lead to the computer humming, but it never got loud. Even when I was running it through the absolute gauntlet, it made no more noise than a small fan in the corner of my room. It also never got too warm – both the air and aluminum mesh top were never hot to the touch. At one point, I ran the Metro Exodus benchmark ten consecutive times with several game launchers open, several Chrome windows open, Steam open, and Spotify blasting music. On the tenth test, it was still averaging 96 fps, and the computer was still only modestly warming.
When we reviewed the Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, we mentioned that it offered dramatically improved 4K performance, and the Origin Chronos is the perfect machine to showcase that. As you can see in our benchmark charts, the Chronos maintained admirable frame rates during intense stress tests. While in a game like Total War: Three Kingdoms, we saw a third as many frames-per-second as in 1080, it was still able to sit just under 50fps.
Startup is lightning fast. It took seconds to boot… that is when it did boot. One of my main problems with the computer I tested was repeatedly flicking off a moment after turning it on. Several times, pressing the center power button started the computer, then immediately, the lights extinguished with a click, and the computer was off. If this were my computer, I’d be happy to tinker my way to a conclusion (or cash-in on Origin’s included one-year warranty), but because it was a review unit, I didn’t feel it was right to mess with the internals. And the average buyer shouldn’t have to if they’re going this route. Save for a few necessary updates, you’d hope the computer would be functionally flawless when it arrives.
Origin Chronos – Purchasing Guide
The Origin Chronos starts at a pricey $1,695, with the base model including an AMD Ryzen 5 3600XT CPU, an Nvidia GeForce GTX 1660 Ti, 16 gigs of RAM, a measly 250GB PCIe NVMe, and an uninspiring 1-year part warranty. But every piece of this computer is factory customizable, and if you’ve got deep enough pockets, you can create something truly ludicrous. The version we tested runs $3,225 and boasted an Intel Core i9-10900K, Nvidia GeForce RTX 3080, and two 1TB SSDs, among many other unreal customizations. That’s a lot of money, and that’s not even close to the highest end. For that, you’ll need upwards of $6,000 for an Nvidia RTX 3090, a 16-core Ryzen 9 5950X, and a ridiculous 6TBs of SSD).
11.27.2020 05:00:10 [Editor’s Note: This review zeroes in exclusively on the single-player campaign for Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War. Read our Multiplayer review and our Zombies review.]
For a series known for virtually non-stop shooting, it’s surprising how much time you spend in Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War’s single-player campaign with your weapons holstered. Certainly more than any other game in the franchise’s 17-year history. But whether it’s walking around your safehouse and getting to know your covert ops crew or sneaking around KGB headquarters as a Russian double agent trying to figure out a way to smuggle your American friends into the ultra-secure building, the latest COD puts that quiet time to good use. Sure, it’s got plenty of loud parts too – there are high-speed shootouts, rooftop chases, and assassination missions – you know, the usual stuff. But this time around, it reaches its peak without any weapons drawn.
Black Ops Cold War really sells its, um, black ops Cold War setting well. You’ll see ‘80s fashion, plenty of CRT TVs, and a whole lot of smoking indoors. It’s authentic! Even better, I love how your choices from when you fill out your character’s psych profile actually affect gameplay. Your codename is always “Bell,” but you can choose your own background and personality traits – and that last one manifests as multiplayer-style perks, such as faster reloading speeds or increased bullet damage dealt. You can even pick your own name… unless you’re me, for some reason?
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Black Ops veterans will be greeted by some familiar faces: Woods and Mason return from Black Ops 1, though I was a little disappointed that neither has a ton to do in the story other than be your sidekick. It is some good nostalgia to step back into the boots of Mason at various times, though. There are also a couple of new faces, but the bulk of the co-star screen time goes to Russell Adler, a living-legend CIA veteran slash dead-ringer for Robert Redford who’s recruited you to help stop Perseus, a generically nefarious and shadowy evil man whose actions tend to topple governments… or worse.
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You really get to know your team through the safehouse sequences between missions. Here you can review evidence, chip away at secret codes, and chat with your fellow spies via dialogue-tree conversations. I very much enjoyed this aspect of the campaign, even if none of those conversations seem to factor into the endgame in the way that other choices do. Meanwhile, combat is your standard Call of Duty stop-and-pop shooting gallery, with the same basic-at-best AI the series has always had. There is precisely one “special” kind of enemy: an armored goon who’s just a bullet sponge. Gadgets are strangely almost nonexistent this time around, with one brief R/C bomb car sequence in the first mission and that’s it. Weapons are nothing you haven’t seen in COD before.
The action-packed survival-horror/sci-fi game Cryospace is coming to PC via Steam in 2022
11.27.2020 05:00:09 "The Poland-based video games publisher Games Operators and indie games developer kuklam studios are today very proud and excited to announce that their action-packed survival-horror/sci-fi game "Cryospace" (which is heavily inspired by the "Alien" franchise) is coming to PC in 2022 via Steam." - Jonas Ek, TGG.
TKC servers are well run and every attempt is made to ensure a fun gaming environment. No racist or rude behavior is tolerated on any of our servers. TKC tries to have round the clock administration for it's servers but obviously sometimes a server will have no admin playing so if you witness any abuse for any game please attempt to report the offending players nickname, and if possible GUID here: "Server Vistors Complaint". Just give as many details as you can remember such as what the player was doing/saying. In addition cheating is not tolerated on our servers. We are protected by any of a number of different cheat tools at any given time including; VAC, steambans.com, pbbans.com, ggc-stream.com, metabans, pbscreens.com and punkbuster, depending on the game. If caught cheating your information will be submitted to the appropriate cheat tracker and you will be added to their database which will ban your Steam ID, PB GUID or EA GUID depending on the game and website.
When available we also offer ways for players, in-game, to contact admins to report bad behavior. These come in the form of game server plugins. Players will, if the server has the option available, have the option to report a player using, @report [player] [reason] or @admin [reason] to call an admin to the server. If an admin doesn't respond in a timely manner, please use the @report option so we can follow up on it later or use "Server Vistors Complaint" as mentioned above. If an admin is not available, we also try to give the players the opportunity to use @votekick [player] or @voteban [player] [reason]. This allows the guests to our server the ability to kick or temporarily ban a player who is breaking rules.
Profanity - Many of the games we play have very bad language, some don't, that should make a difference in how we enforce our rules. For that reason we are going to implement a new rule, which will seem strange at first, but there is reason behind it. Bad language will only be tolerated on Teamspeak channels for games where there is bad language in the game. In other words, since there is bad language in Bad Company 2, bad language will be acceptable in the Bad Company 2 Teamspeak channel and on the Bad Company 2 servers. On our Half-Life 2 DM Teamspeak channel and game server, bad language will not be allowed. Future games will also be handled in this manner. The reason, we do not want to exclude members with different beliefs. If I buy a game and one of the selling points for me was the fact that it did not have bad language, that should be respected. I do not want a father or grandfather having to explain bad language to their children or grandchildren because they heard profanity on a TKC Teamspeak channel they thought was free of such things.
How to deal with with Mic/Text spammers - No one wants to listen to a lot of unrelated chatter either on the game server, or Teamspeak. No one wants to see a lot of text spamming either. It's distracting to some, and in the case of Bad Company 2, causes lag problems when the text log gets too long. If someone is talking or typing too much, respectfully ask them to stop. If they continue, you may have to mute or kick them, and if they continue after that, a ban might be in order. When on Teamspeak, a certain amount of "visiting" is fine, but the gamers who want to communicate tactical information to others playing shouldn't have to constantly interrupt talk about the latest CPU, or talk of what's going on at school. If someone is talking too much and you don't feel like you want to address it, PM a clan leader and we can handle the situation.
Team Switching - In some games this is a big no-no and if you are admin for one of those games, ask the player to go back, if they don't and you have the ability, move them back manually. If you continue to have problems, kick/ban them. In other games, like Bad Company 2, team switching usually isn't as big a deal. Sometimes friends or clan members might want to play together, in that case, try to facilitate them and swap some people around. This will show you to be respectful of community and they will probably be very appreciative of your efforts. If there is a mass exodus of people from a bad team to a good team, you can mention in-game that people need to stop. If someone is ignoring you and continues to unbalance the teams, just kick them off the server. For a game like Half-Life 2, teams change after each round, so trying to put clan members together is just a waste of time, that is why team switching is considered bad.
Hacking/Cheating - This is the most overused excuse for kicking someone off of a server. Players are unjustly booted off servers all the time simply because they were too good. That is not fair. Do not base a decision on cheating on a single round, if it isn't really ridiculous score-wise, sometimes people just have great rounds. But if they continue to have an unbelievable K/D ratio, then you might need to ban them. Sometimes it might be necessary to ban someone just because they are killing the server. For me, this is the thing I hate to do the most. That person might be doing nothing wrong, other than being really good at a game. Try to put yourself in their shoes and only ban guys who are really obvious. I don't want to see anyone being banned for an aimbot because they went 29-0. I and many others have had a better score than that, it DOES happen. You have to consider how the person is playing the game. Are they playing as recon? Are they in the heli with a really good pilot? Sometimes, if you are unsure, it might be best to ask the opinion of a clan leader. Remember, visitors to our servers have the ability and a forum to complain about unjust behavior from our server admins. If someone complains about you, you want to know that you did everything by the book.
Soldier Names/Nicknames - We will not allow names that are offensive to anyone. I think we can all use our best judgement here, but if you are unsure, ask another admin what they think of the name and come to a consensus before taking action. Players using racist names should be perm banned immediately. It does no good talking to someone like that because they're only goal is to cause trouble.
Banter and Trash Talking - Now its okay to joke around, but if several players are going at it constantly on the mic or in chat just nicely ask them to stop. If it continues warn them again that if they don't stop they will be kicked, if for no other reason that mic/text spamming. If they ignore this warning then go ahead and kick them. A certain amount of this is fine as long as it's good natured, however sometimes this can lead to hard feelings so you have to use your best judgement of when something is going too far or things are starting to get out of hand.
Racist/intolerant behavior - This is a subject that we will show no mercy on. If someone is being a racist, and that means they are hating on blacks, whites, browns, yellows, whatever the case may be, they get perm banned. No warnings, no kicks, just ban them. We don't need that kind of intolerant behavior on our servers. I don't care if the person is joking, I don't care what his real intent was, if he's spewing hate speech, he's gone. This also applies to someone who is spewing hate speech against a group of people, like Muslims, Christians, agnostics, atheists whoever. We are a gaming clan. This is our hobby and it's supposed to be fun. Everyone who comes to a TKC server should be respected and able to play the game hassle free. Not everyone believes the same, and if someone can't get over it and comes to our server with an agenda that includes racist or intolerant speech, I expect you guys to bring the hammer down swiftly.
Metabans - We will use Metabans only for cheaters and will verify each ban using Cheat-O-Meter. This will ensure that we are not forcing our Metabans followers into banning players we have banned for breaking rules other than cheating. If we deem you are cheating and Cheat-O-Meter doesn't really indicate cheating and we can not find information about you or your clan tag, meaning there is no website or previous information on you as a player or clan that we can cross reference, we will ban you on our servers, but not Metabans. Clans must have a website that we can find and access to be considered legit, otherwise we will view your tags as hogwash and your suspect behavior will be deemed as cheating. Again, we will not add a ban that is not supported by Cheat-O-Meter to Metabans.
We want everyone to have the best time possible so do your best to maintain a good gaming atmosphere, then everyone can have a good time.
To join TKC you only have to read our "Code of Conduct" and then apply for membership by filling out an online application. After submitting your application you will become a "member candidate". You will be allowed to wear our tags but only as (tkc), all letters in lowercase. As you progress, as seen by our members, you will be advanced to (Tkc), then (TKc) and then finally (TKC). You will receive emails at each step with detailed instructions on what you need to do. To obtain your full membership and the right to wear the (TKC) tags, you will have to pass a vote by the TKC members. Only those members who have gotten to know you will vote. An 80% yes vote will be required for full admission. Please keep in mind that full membership takes 8 weeks.
For you to be accepted you will need to display good manners, sportsmanship, and the ability to follow our rules. This applies to all game server activitiy and forum participation. If you do not feel you can meet our requirements we respectfully ask that you not apply as we have many who want to join and we can not waste time on gamers who are not serious about membership.
So now you're a member of TKC congrats! It is important for you to note that membership in TKC is not a lifetime privilege. Only the clan founders Big Flem and Squidward have lifetime membership and can not be removed. Clan leaders expect it's members to participate in clan activites when they can, and to be an ACTIVE member in the clan. We consider active members to be members who regularly post on the forums, participate in clan activities when possible, and communicates and develops friendships inside the clan. We do NOT consider a member to be active if they only ever play on our servers and nothing more. The leaders of this clan work hard to organize events and if you can't support these activities, can't check and post on the forums at least once or twice a week, then you are not TKC material and eventually you will be kicked from the clan. If you do not think you can meet these requirements as a member of TKC, then please don't attempt to gain entry into the clan as you will only waste your time, and ours.
Beyond administration positions such as "Clan Leader", "Division Leader", etc, the answer is no. However we do have achievable military style ribbons and medals that can be won for various acts. You may see each members ribbon and medal "Display Case" by going to the "Members" tab and under each members profile clicking the "Awards" icon. Below is each award and how you obtain that award. Note that medals also have an associative ribbon:
Ribbons(Hover over information icon for description)
In the past TKC had too many admins on our servers and things got a little out of hand. We are not looking for any new admins, however if we feel you will make a good addition to that team we will ask you. Being a server admin is not fun and games. It requires you to WORK, and follow server administrator rules which are well defined once you become an admin. Our admins are forced to stop playing whatever game they might be playing, and work to secure and maintain server tranquility reguarly. If you are an admin that does not mean you will get to run willy nilly and ban, kick, and torture at will. Admins who do not follow our rules will be stripped of admin duties and power. In addition there are more requirements of admins such as, reguarly checking our server admins forum. Once you become an admin you will be given access to this forum and you must check and read it quite often. It is a way for admins to help one another by posting their thoughts on what is going on, who to watch closely, etc. Do not ask us constantly to be an admin, that is the surest way I know to never become an admin. Our leaders will identify the best candidates for admin duties if we think it necessary.
No. In order to have an official TKC server it must meet certain standards. In addition, we might not want a server for a particular game, and if you aren't an admin, then you shouldn't have admin authority on any server. Official TKC servers have to be setup as close to identical as possible. This means that the clan leaders must have all access to any of it's servers including the ability to restart that server, gain access via FTP and game panel. It means that the clan leaders can setup the server with it's normal settings and add the usual addons. In short, if you want to have your own server then that is fine, but don't try to name it "Boom Boom Room" or tie it in any way to TKC.
Clan TKC maintains several servers that are open to it's clan members and the public. In addition TKC has other expenses that require money. To pay the bills TKC relies on it's members and visitors to donate. Without these donations, TKC will cease to exist. Please consider donating money when you can. We do our best to use the money wisely, to invest in TKC, to invest in PC gaming.
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