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    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 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 of removed content turned out to be ...
    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 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.

    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 March 5th, 2014 01:00 PM
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    With the current multiplayer shooter fad, we decided it would be necessary to compile a list of the 10 greatest multiplayer shooters ever made, to help guide people to the good. The most popular ones are obvious; everyone goes on and on about Battlefield, Call of Duty, Borderlands 2, Team Fortress 2, Day Z, Counter Strike, and everyone remembers the classics like Quake, BF1942, and Unreal Tournament 2004.

    Only the best, most unique games will make our list, so you can already count out all of the modern day casual clones. Continue to the next page to begin our countdown!

    Starting things off is Star Wars: Battlefront II, a large scale shooter with far more diversity than most of the ones you see today. Unfortunately, it died with Gamespy although you can still get it on Steam and play single player.

    Next in line is Killing Floor, which is from the ...
    by Published on January 30th, 2014 05:00 PM
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    "Greatest Game of All Time" is a term that's thrown around often. Like anyone else, us critics here at GND-Tech have our own ideas of what makes the greatest game of all time. In this article we'll discuss these ideas, to give you a better idea of what we value most in a game, and how high our standards really are.

    To start things off, the greatest game of all time would have to be a Role-Playing Game (RPG). Looking back at history, the best game of nearly every year was an RPG.

    • 1997 - Fallout (RPG)
    • 1998 - Fallout 2 (RPG)
    • 1999 - Planescape: Torment (RPG)
    • 2000 - Baldur's Gate II: Shadows of Amn (RPG)
    • 2001 - Silent Hill 2 (Psychological Horror)
    • 2002 - The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind (RPG)
    • 2003 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (RPG)
    • 2004 - Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II - The Sith Lords (RPG)
    • 2005 - Jade Empire (RPG) -> we suppose, can't think of anything better, maybe you can?
    • 2006 - The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion (RPG)
    • 2007 - Mass Effect (RPG)
    • 2008 - Fallout 3 (RPG)
    • 2009 - Dragon Age: Origins (RPG)
    • 2010 - Mass Effect 2 or Fallout: New Vegas (both are RPGs)
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