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    High ambition is both undervalued and very rare in the gaming industry. There is a serious lack of effort and innovation, with most games being small scale, one dimensional, repetitive, unimpressive, and unoriginal products that are rushed out in order to sell as many copies as possible. Not many studios set out to do something truly original, to do something great, to make their dreams come true. But when developers actually do make such games, amazing things can happen. This article is dedicated to such games; the most ambitious games of all time. Large scale games that ...
    by Published on January 3rd, 2015 10:00 PM  Number of Views: 8463 
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    Torment: Tides of Numenera is InXile's upcoming RPG. They released Wasteland 2 last year, which turned out to be one of the best RPGs not only in 2014 but in recent years. It was a throwback to classic RPGs like its predecessor as well as Fallout, Fallout 2, and Fallout: Tactics, and stands out as being one of very few hardcore modern RPGs. Wasteland 2 presents a thoughtful, very significant skill system, a complex attribute system, party dialogue system similar to Neverwinter Nights 2: Storm of Zehir, and plenty of freedom to role-play in the story, leading to many different outcomes and even premature endings. InXile did a fantastic job with Wasteland 2.

    But like every other game, Wasteland 2 has its faults. It has serious pacing issues; we found it to be addicting for the first 35-40 hours or so, but then it dreadfully drags on later in the game, with main quests being reduced to menial tasks. Wasteland 2 also lacks a strong story; although the dialogue is often ...
    by Published on December 19th, 2014 12:00 PM  Number of Views: 10691 
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    Welcome to the official 2014 Game of the Year ceremony of GND-Tech! 2014 was a refreshingly great year for gaming, definitely the best since 2010. There were a number of absolutely amazing games released this year, including what might be the greatest game ever made.

    The gaming industry seriously lacks good, critical reviewers with good judgement. Most other media outlets will give out awards to games based purely on popularity, but GND-Tech is one of the only exceptions. This industry is backwards with many of the highest rated games being inferior, and often terrible games designed for people with no intellect and no attention span. But here at GND-Tech, we recognize and value effort, good ideas, thought-provoking and challenging games. We scold rehashed, generic, low quality games which dominate the industry. Only the very best games are winners here. See our article here to see how critical and true we are. Compare that to the reasoning that most sites gave for awarding Alien: Isolation game of the year: they talked almost exclusively about how it's actually an authentic alien game and how it was made by RTS developers, and called it game of the year based on those two things. How on earth this decides what is game of the year is beyond us, but you won't see such nonsense here.

    Scroll on to the next page to see the awards and the winners!

    Mod of the Year - Overhaul

    Before getting into the actual games, we'd like to start off this ceremony with our Mod of the Year choice. For this award, we're looking specifically at normal, but large scale mods designed to drastically improve a game. FakeFactory Cinematic Mod wins this award, as we celebrate the final release of a mod that we've all loved for years. It is an overhaul mod for Half Life 2, ...
    by Published on October 30th, 2014 05:28 PM  Number of Views: 26513 
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    Hello GND readers, we've decided to continue our series of Mod Guides, this time with Total War: Rome II!

    As you may or may not know, Rome II actually has a thriving modding community with a freely available SDK and Workshop Integration, making modding a very, very easy task.

    If you trust my every word and have complete faith in the my mod choices without even looking at them you can go right over to my Steam Workshop collection and subscribe to them all, but make sure you read my description: http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfile.../?id=377915478

    This guide contains personal recommendations and essential mods for playing Rome II. Many of these can be added in mid-playthrough but a handful of them will only take effect upon starting a new game. So this guide is best used when starting for the first time or starting a new playthough.

    *Note* These mods work best when you have all DLC but will function just fine without them unless stated otherwise.

    ChampLoos Gold Unit Compilation

    This mod adds hundreds new units to the rosters of varying armies in the game. New beast models and armor textures will give your armies much greater variety and variation. ...
    by Published on October 19th, 2014 08:00 PM  Number of Views: 2535 
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    It's that time of the year again. With Halloween right around the corner, we thought it appropriate to do another horror-themed article. Last year around this time, we made an article about the ten scariest moments in video game history. This year's is simple: what are the top ten best horror games ever made, and why? Scroll on to the next page to start the countdown!

    To get an idea of the things we look for in games, take a look at the forum threads and articles linked below. Although they aren't tailored to the horror genre specifically, much of the content discussed still applies.



    We don't consider shooters like Dead Space, Resident Evil 5, or Resident Evil 6 to be horror games. They're just shooters with monsters. Even Resident Evil 4 is primarily a shooter, and survival horror is secondary. We also despise B-movie horror techniques featured prominently in games like Outlast and Slender.

    Cryostasis: Sleep of Reason starts off our top 10 list. It's a highly underrated PC exclusive horror game developed by Action Forms, a Ukrainian studio, and it was released in 2009. You take on the role of Alexander Nesterov ...
    by Published on August 30th, 2014 07:00 PM  Number of Views: 12877 
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    This is a distress call for all PC gamers who like shooters and/or strategy games. We'll cut straight to the chase: Natural Selection 2 is an innovative PvP (player versus player) strategic shooter developed by Unknown Worlds. It's one of the only PvP shooters that requires actual thought, planning, and team coordination. Pretty much every other PvP shooter like Battlefield, Call of Duty, and Titanfall involve none of the above and boil down to mindless run-and-gun with oversimplified game modes ...
    by Published on August 14th, 2014 09:00 PM
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    Throughout the years we've seen a number of very memorable video game antagonists: characters who oppose the hero. But which ones are truly the best? Which ones are the most complex and unique characters? You'll find many similar lists for film and television, but not many serious ones for video games. But GND-Tech is here to change that. From SHODAN to GLaDOS, Frank Fontaine, or Revolver Ocelot, there are many strong candidates for this list. Continue reading to find out who resides within the top 10!

    Be warned, this article is full of spoilers. Stories are dissected with considerable detail. Some of the antagonists aren't even clearly the antagonist until a twist reveals it. If you don't want to spoil too much, just look at the name of the antagonist, the game, and the picture, and then move on. Spoiler tags are placed around the most sensitive information.

    The Illusive Man from Mass Effect 2 and 3 ranks starts off our list.

    He is the head of a group known as Cerberus, an extremist pro-human group. He's present throughout Mass Effect 2, but not as the antagonist. In fact, him and Shepard, the protagonist, work together throughout the game, despite the fact that they have very different ethics and methods. They are in disagreement with each other throughout most of the game, but they put that aside in order to do what's right.

    It isn't until Mass Effect 3 that he surfaces as an antagonist. ...
    by Published on July 24th, 2014 06:00 PM
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    Updated 11/17/2014

    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.

    "TN monitors are for gaming, IPS is for graphix!"

    There are a lot of myths surrounding IPS monitors and their relation to gaming. For those who don't know about different panel types like TN and IPS, do a google search. Basically, every consumer-grade modern LCD monitor, be it a computer screen or television, is a TN panel. They're the cheapest to produce, and provide image quality that is significantly worse than IPS and VA.

    Lately there has been a craze for TN monitors due to lower response times, higher refresh rates, and now G-Sync. G-Sync is a legitimate desire; again if you don't know much about it, google it. Only a few monitors feature G-Sync, and they're all TN. What a shame.

    Typical PC gamers are convinced that IPS sucks for gaming and TN is the way to go, and that IPS is only meant for professional photo editing and the like. This actually was true about ten years ago, but not anymore. Let's go over the common concerns for IPS monitors.

    1) "I want 120 Hz or moar!!1" - Higher refresh rates are a strong desire for enthusiasts, and with good reason. They can lead to less motion blur, less strain on your eyes, and they allow you to finally witness what higher frame rates look like (equivalent to the value of the refresh rate). It's more smooth. You can find newer TN monitors available in 120 Hz or even 144 Hz. That's nice, but there are IPS monitors capable of this as well.

    The QNIX QX2710 is one such monitor, and one of the cheapest options at about $350. It uses the Samsung PLS panel, which is the same panel found on a $500 ASUS monitor. Although the stand appears cheap, and overclocking leads to some inconsistency, it's easily capable of 96-110 Hz according to those who have used it.

    There's also the Yamakasi Catleap, the one that started it all. It's probably the most inconsistent option you could get though, I recommend the QX2710 or the next one I'm about to mention.

    There's also the more pricey ($450) Overlord Tempest X270OC which uses the LG AH-IPS panel, which is found on $700+ Dell UltraSharp monitors. This is one of the highest rated monitors by enthusiasts, as it's also easily capable of 96-110 Hz with greater consistency, decent build quality, and amazing picture quality according to all who have used it.

    These monitors are 60 Hz out of the box, but can easily be overclocked to 96-110 Hz. They're built to run at such refresh rates and will be reliable. 120 Hz isn't rare for these monitors either, though it generally takes more tinkering with timings and is often less reliable before PCB modding. I've even seen 130 Hz and 140 Hz reported. But 96-110 Hz is practically a guarantee for the QX2710 and X270OC. Diminishing returns kick in rather quickly beyond this point anyway, 144 Hz and 144 FPS won't be a night and day difference.

    2) "IPS has crappy blacks!" - Again, about 10 years ago this was true. IPS panels couldn't display blacks very well. Nowadays, with newer IPS panels such as Samsung PLS and LG AH-IPS, they're about equal to TN panels in this area.

    3) "I want 1ms response time!" - This is related to an often baseless obsession with numbers. People see superclocked! or turbocharged! and think they have to buy it, this is no different. In reality, the difference response time makes depends on a number of things, like refresh rate. At 60 Hz, 1ms vs 5ms or even slightly higher isn't going to make a noticeable difference. At 120 Hz however, lower response times become more helpful in reducing motion blur. You should aim for around 8ms or less at 60 Hz, and 4ms or less at 120 Hz. I dominated the competitive shooting scene on a 60 Hz, 5ms monitor so people really shouldn't obsess over this. The difference most people will point out is simply placebo effect.

    Take a look at reviews of modern IPS monitors, such as this Overlord Tempest X270OC review. When it comes to blacks, it's on par with "high end" TN monitors, even winning one of the tests. In the lag tests, it's again right up to par with TN monitors. They also reviewed the ...

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