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    by Published on July 28th, 2014 07:30 PM
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    After six years of waiting, it's finally here. S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Lost Alpha is the latest and greatest game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. franchise. Like the others, Lost Alpha is a PC exclusive sandbox survival shooter, with light RPG elements. It was developed by dez0wave group, a mod team who made Priboi Story mod for S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl. They worked alongside GSC, the developers of the original S.T.A.L.K.E.R. trilogy, to make the ultimate S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game.

    Here's a history lesson: the first game in the series, S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl by GSC, released in 2007. It was first announced in 2001, and underwent many conceptual changes between 2001 and 2007. When first shown in 2001, it wasn't even called S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl: instead it was referred to as Oblivion Lost. It was also a completely different game; instead it was a team-based, fast-paced Sci-Fi time-travelling FPS that resembled Quake with a hint of Serious Sam.




    In 2002, Oblivion Lost became something totally different. They previewed a multiplayer demo, which took place in a location that would actually appear in the final release.


    GSC is a Ukrainian developer, and they realized that they'd rather make a game closer to home. Oblivion Lost went from that aforementioned Sci-Fi FPS to a totally new concept: an atmospheric, story-driven survival shooter with light RPG elements. It became known as S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Oblivion Lost (later renamed to S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Shadow of Chernobyl), and took place in the Exclusion Zone around the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. This site is known for the explosion and disaster that occurred there on April 26, 1986.


    This is the concept that stuck. This is what was teased in 2002, 2003, and 2004. It was highly anticipated by PC gamers, but unfortunately, it didn't materialize during the expected time frame. It became known as vaporware for years, until it reappeared in 2006-2007. New trailers were popping up, and although excitement was revived, the trailers revealed what looked like vastly scaled down areas and less ambition. The game was released in 2007 and gained a cult following, but those suspicions of the game being rushed with lots ...
    by Published on July 24th, 2014 06:00 PM
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    Updated 7/24/2014

    Welcome to another very educational article here at GND-Tech, home of the real myth busters! Once again we evaluate the gaming industry, this time to pinpoint and shoot down the biggest myths that won't seem to go away. Most of these myths arise from people being sheep and not thinking for themselves, and they do serious damage to the industry. Dispelling these myths is a universal good that will help raise humanity to higher levels, so do pay attention. Without further ado, let's begin.



    "You can't live without ENB!"

    ENB series is a post-process injector designed to work for almost all games. It includes all sorts of new shaders. It's very useful for some games, specifically older games, but the myth arises when most PC gamers tell you to use it in Skyrim, claiming ENB is a necessity for great graphics. They want Skyrim to look like this, and think anything else is unacceptable.


    Everyone has their preference. This is an extremely overdone bloomfest, as seen in other fantasy games especially JRPGs. This is how the world would look if you take LSD and if you have water in your eyes. That's ENB.

    It completely changes the art style of Skyrim, which pursues a more realistic/earth-like look opposed to this overdone cartoon style which most ENBs (like the one pictured above) pursue. For some reason, the trees also look like cardboard cutouts in that picture.

    To break down the myth even more, it boils down to people thinking more bloom, blur, brighter lights, and more color means better graphics. On a technical level, the following pictures demonstrate much better graphics.






    The vegetation quality in these pictures is much, much better, and the rock/mountain textures are leagues better. Moreover, it pursues a more realistic approach opposed to the typical overdone fantasy theme.

    You don't need ENB to make your game look better, people just use it to blind themselves due to the overwhelming amount of bloom and brightness. If you just want a more realistic looking Skyrim without changing the art style, go with these mods. Included in that list is something much better than ENB series, called RCRN, which is made specifically for Skyrim.



    "Mouse and keyboard for third person games? lol no"

    For some reason, people are baffled by the idea of using mouse and keyboard for something other than FPS. They make it seem as if controllers have some sort of advantage for third person games, when generally speaking, it's the opposite. Everyone has their own preference of course: we've come to the conclusion that people with poorer motor skills are best suited for controllers due to their simplicity. Only a dozen buttons, give or take a few, compared to 80-110 keys on a keyboard.


    But man, just look at that monstrosity. There are a number of reasons why some people prefer mouse and keyboard over controller for everything but racing games, and most of these reasons are factual benefits. Hotkeys are one of the biggest reasons: no need to navigate through a bunch of menus in RPGs just to equip something.

    Also, many games just need a bunch of keys to function, therefore can't function on a controller due to the small amount of buttons they have. The best example of this are the ArmA games, which are mil-sims that really show the evolution of shooter games. They use almost every key on the keyboard, and they use them very well. In addition, many RPGs, RTS games, TBS games, and MMO games require a bunch of keys as well as a mouse pointer, so they can't function on a controller either. But don't let this intimidate you, most of these games have a very natural and easy-to-use ...
    by Published on July 18th, 2014 02:00 AM
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    The Mobi is unlike most other SD cards. Whilst it still saves photos in the normal way, it lets you access them in a completely different way. Included in the card is a WiFi hotspot that you can access with a smartphone or tablet app (IOS / Android / Kindle Fire). The process is extremely simple; all you have to do is pair your smartphone to the card using the 10 digit ...
    by Published on July 9th, 2014 06:00 PM
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    You know, it's nice and refreshing to review a different type of product for a change. Today we have the Audio Technica ATH-A900X, which are high grade headphones. They're often thought of as entry-level audiophile headphones. We recently wrote a guide about audio products that you should check out. These headphones, the A900X, are some of the most favored in the sub $200 range. Time to see if they live up to their reputation!

    This isn't a gaming headset, which you may be accustomed to seeing here at GND-Tech, since we're primarily a gaming website. There's no microphone included, nor can you attach one by conventional means. It's designed for high quality audio playback. Despite the reasonable price, no gaming headset will ever approach headphones such as these in terms of sound quality: not for music, not for movies, ...
    by Published on July 8th, 2014 05:30 PM
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    I don't know about you, but I've been waiting for this moment for some time. The Wolf Among Us season one is now finished, and today we bring you a complete review of the whole season. We'll be reviewing it altogether, as if it's one game.

    The Wolf Among Us is an episodic point-and-click adventure game developed by Telltale Games, who recently made it into our list of top 10 greatest game developers of all time. They also developed The Walking Dead. So of course we had high expectations for The Wolf Among Us, which is dangerous since GND-Tech is the most critical game review site in the world.

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    by Published on July 1st, 2014 07:15 PM
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    Welcome to our first Mid Year Gaming Review! We're about half way through 2014, so now is a good time to recap noteworthy game releases that have occurred so far this year, and we'll also go over important news about worthy upcoming titles. Much has happened this year from E3 2014, to a number of fantastic game releases, some disappointing game releases, and everything in between. Scroll on to the next page to continue reading!



    Starting things off on a positive note, on this page we'll discuss the best game releases to occur so far in 2014, as well as other good games that came out already. First and foremost has to be Divinity: Original Sin, a much anticipated title that had its full release on June 30, 2014 (it was in early access for months prior). It's a true modern classic cRPG: it's not dated like Pillars of Eternity and Torment: Tides of Numenera appear to be, as it uses modern technology to its benefit and actually ...
    by Published on April 16th, 2014 08:00 PM
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    Lets face it, loosing data due to hard drive failure flat out sucks. We've all been there, and how we wished we took the time to back everything up before the disaster struck. But how? Well, that's where a good NAS (Network Attached Storage) system comes into play. The N2310 by Thecus is the perfect solution for home or small businesses users who want greater peace of mine when it comes to data integrity. A NAS storage solution is perfect because it provides a centralized backup location for all computers on the network.


    Currently NAS drives range in features so it's important to choose the configuration and features you want before purchasing. If you are looking for features, you'll find them on the N2310. Most of them I will be going in depth later on in the review, but some of the main features include RAID support, a web-based GUI interface, FTP and SSH connectivity, a built in BitTorrent client, and Android and IOS app support. Our first thoughts... impressive! Time to put the N2310 through the ringer and see how it does during our tests.




    As I mentioned on the previous page, the Thecus N2310 comes with a boat-load of features which will appeal to a rather large range of users. Whether you are looking for a backup solution, or a convenient way to access your files, you might be surprised at how well a NAS solution will work for you.

    At a glance, the N2310 features ...
    by Published on March 6th, 2014 12:45 AM
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    Steelseries is best known for their gaming oriented headsets, especially the great value "Siberia V2" which achieved a gold award when we reviewed them back in late 2012 but they are less well known for their more commercial, non gamer aimed headsets such as the H series and FLUX.


    Their best in ear headphones are the "Flux In-Ear Pros" which is what we are reviewing today. Available for 110.35 from their official store or $99.95 from Amazon.com it features a flat, 1.2m cable with two connectors, one for your PC (red and green two band) and one for mobile (or Mac) ...

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