GameSessions block in Russia / Блок GameSessions в России

This is a service announcement for our Russian users.

In April, the Russian telecoms regulator blocked a large number of IP addresses, including some owned by Amazon and Google. Our servers were affected too.

It means  our games cannot be downloaded from Russia at the moment.

This is a Government measure and it is unfortunately out of our control. We are working on a workaround, but we cannot guarantee a solution.

If you are seeing messages similar to “There has been a network error…” when installing or running our software, then it is very likely that you are being affected by the the IP blocking.

Our apologies for the inconvenience.

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Part 3 of the Challenge: The Results!

The Cheapest Gaming PC Challenge has kept the GameSessions team busy for the last few weeks. We set out to see who could build the cheapest possible gaming PC capable of playing our most demanding free trials and after planning and building all four machines, we tested them to see who was the winner. It was a day of anticipation, of tension…but mainly an excuse to play games and eat cake!

You can find out how the day went and how each of the PCs performed in the video below, or check out our final results blog post for more information.

 

Cheapest Gaming PC Challenge: The Results

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Final Build of the PC Challenge – The Wise Choice?

Plan

For the final build of the PC Challenge we wanted to build an APU based machine that would allow playing fairly recent AAA titles with playable FPS. This makes the machine a good starting point for someone wanting to try out PC gaming without breaking the bank. Plus, if they enjoy PC gaming the CPU is strong enough to support upgrading to a more powerful, discrete, GPU. Allowing the machine to play much more demanding games, without the need to replace any other parts. We also included a 3rd party CPU cooler for overclocking, which can be omitted from the build if there’s no plan to overclock.

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It’s the Cheapest but Will it Run? The Third Build of the Challenge!

Components

As the Third Build we decided to go with something a little risky… the obvious options would be to use one of the AMD FM2 processors that combine a solid CPU and 3D graphics bits on a single chip, or use a lower end Intel CPU with a separate 3D graphics card. Intel HD graphics are not powerful enough to play Ryse or Sniper Elite 3 well – two of the most demanding GameSessions titles!

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Building a PC in a Nerf Gun!

Although this was part of the GameSessions Cheapest Gaming PC Challenge, to me the concept of this Nerf Gun build wasn’t so much to build the cheapest gaming PC,  but to build something worth talking about.

I wanted something that would play all the GameSessions free trials at full HD, the system components were a little over spec-ed to ensure it could be take seriously as a gaming rig, but I also needed to keep the cost down.  Here’s more info on how the physical build went.

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Turning a Nerf Gun into a PC

Turning a Nerf Gun into a PC – Second Build of the Challenge!

As part of the Cheapest Gaming PC Challenge, I decided to build something insane and attention grabbing…I turned a Nerf gun into a PC!

Even though I’d made some rough measurements of a Nerf Vulcan beforehand, I didn’t know for certain how all the parts would fit. So after unboxing everything, I installed the CPU, RAM and fan onto the motherboard. There isn’t much to say about this assembly, it’s mostly idiot proof.
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