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    by Published on November 18th, 2017 08:00 AM
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    2. Peripherals,
    3. Technology,
    4. Gaming
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    We spend a lot of time at our computers these days. Whether it's long drawn out gaming sessions, working, arguing with strangers on the internet, we tend to put most of our attention into the computer itself and neglect the very (essential) component responsible for keeping us, well, at the computer. High end gaming chairs are one of the new trends filling this need among gamers and PC enthusiasts. In the past, high end gaming chars were quite expensive and owning one was unobtainable for many people. Recently, as this trend continues, prices have dropped, and quality has increased based on competition! I believe there are quite a few people out there on the fence about whether owning a gaming chair is the right move currently.

    In this review we will be taking a very close look at one such chair: Introducing the EWin Champion Series Gaming Chair. Before we dive into the product itself, let's take a look at EWin, an OEM manufacturer, and why their chairs stand apart. EWin is a new company founded in 2016 who's primary focus is in the ergonomic gaming chair scene. They focus heavily on product quality and comfort. They back their quality with a 1 year warranty, and a 2 year warranty on the frame and seating tray. Currently, EWin offers ...
    by Published on November 17th, 2017 05:00 AM
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    2. Gaming
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    In any discussion about the greatest video game RPGs of all time, Arcanum: Of Steamworks and Magick Obscura is bound to be mentioned, and rightfully so. Arcanum is a steampunk fantasy RPG released by Troika Games in 2001, making it perhaps the best debut for any video game studio. It is the sole occupant of tier 2 on our video game RPG tier list, meaning only one video game RPG has more role-playing than it (that being Fallout 2). Troika Games was formed by ex-Interplay employees, so much of Fallout's brilliance is on display throughout Arcanum.

    Arcanum is an isometric 2.5D game that lets you choose between real-time combat and turn-based combat. Off hand I cannot think of another RPG that gives you such an option. Its superior quality and 190 page manual might make the educated RPG fan think it comes from a pen and paper RPG, but it does not. It is an original video game RPG, one of the best of all time in this regard again not unlike Fallout and most of all Fallout 2.

    It is set in the world of Arcanum which consists of a massive continent and several off shore islands. It is almost completely open world with only a few locations not being accessible until you advance to a certain point. The world of Arcanum resembles a parallel 1800s United Kingdom in which magick exists but is being replaced by steam based technology, making for a very unique setting and intriguing conflict. It plays off of its setting well as we will soon discuss, taking advantage of the literary intrigue it presents in the form of story and quests, and also taking advantage of the setting in the ...
    by Published on November 5th, 2017 12:00 AM
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    2. Gaming

    Like any industry, gaming tries to take advantage of an uneducated consumer base. One of the most common ways this is achieved is through a sort of "Get Rich Quick Scheme," whether it is by releasing an Early Access game and never finishing it, or by releasing an initially good (or even great) game and then coasting on this popularity by diluting the content and releasing half-assed copypasta sequels every year.

    In this article, we will explore games/franchises that demonstrate these "Get Rich Quick Schemes" as well as the continuous diluting of content and rushed unfinished releases. It is no coincidence that this article is positioned closely to the release of Call of Duty: WWII.

    Battlefield franchise

    Battlefield began as a PC exclusive franchise, starting with Battlefield 1942 and then Battlefield: Vietnam. After this, they alternated between objectively severely dumbed down console exclusives and also more excellent PC exclusive Battlefield games. This senseless alternating ended with Battlefield: Bad ...
    by Published on October 8th, 2017 03:00 AM
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    2. Peripherals
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    After years and years of waiting, it has finally arrived: the first ever keyboard with analog functionality. Not only does the Wooting One possess analog functionality for every key, it is also one of the most feature packed mechanical keyboards out there. It is a tenkeyless keyboard, available in ISO and ANSI layouts. As expected, due to its unique switches it does not use standard Cherry MX mechanical switches, however it is fully compatible with Cherry MX keycaps!

    Other features include media keys (not dedicated, but secondary functions via the FN key, but more on this later), hot swappable switches, programmable keys, individual RGB LEDs for each key, swappable plate, detachable USB cable, and a "floating" key design that allows keys to not sit recessed within the keyboard for easy cleaning.

    On paper, the Wooting One looks like just about everything one could ask for from a gaming mechanical keyboard, and for the reasonable price of $159.99 for the basic model. The only difference with the $199.99 premium model is that the premium comes with a complete set of spare switches; Red Flaretech switches installed, and a full set of Blue Flaretech included as well.

    All of this and more we will go over on the following pages.

    Without ...
    by Published on September 12th, 2017 03:00 AM
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    2. Gaming
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    Arma 3 is a tactical first and third person shooter game based on Virtual Battlespace 3, a state of the art military simulator. This franchise is most known for its simulator functionality, seen not only in infantry gameplay but vehicle gameplay as well, from basic land vehicles to heavily armored tanks, boats, submarines, helicopters, fixed wing aircraft, and UAVs. It is also famous for its modding capability, as modding for its immediate predecessor, Arma 2, led to the creation of DayZ, one of the most influential games in recent ...
    by Published on August 7th, 2017 04:00 AM
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    2. Gaming

    Recently we wrote about computer hardware industries stuck in the stone age. That article examines hardware industries relevant to PC gaming. Today, we will look at the various areas of game design that are stuck in the past and not where they should be.

    Some areas of technical graphics fidelity, namely shaders and textures, combine to make what is probably the only area of game design that improves constantly, generally at a fairly steady and predictable rate. Scale (the size of game worlds/levels) is something that also continues to increase, although the artistic aspects of level design as well as attention to detail aren't so quick to improve. But many aspects of game design, some of the most important ones even, have either not improved or have gotten worse compared to games from 10-15 years ago, believe it or not, and these are the things we discuss starting on the next page.

    Of all the game design aspects we discuss in this article, this is the most important one. Let's start with ...
    by Published on July 10th, 2017 05:00 AM
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    2. Gaming
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    The term "RPG" or Role-Playing Game is thrown around too loosely in the gaming industry, to the point where the term has become highly misused and misleading. This article will serve as clarification. There are a number of games that share gameplay mechanics with many video game RPGs, yet they are not RPGs because these gameplay mechanics alone have nothing to do with role-playing.

    To avoid confusion, one must actually understand what "role-playing" means and where it comes from (despite the term being self-explanatory). It comes from pen and paper RPGs back in the 1970s, pioneered by Dungeons & Dragons. Role-playing exists in the same form in all pen and paper RPGs, and all of the ...
    by Published on July 9th, 2017 04:00 AM
    1. Categories:
    2. Processors,
    3. Graphics Cards,
    4. Power Supplies,
    5. Motherboards,
    6. Cases,
    7. Memory,
    8. Technology,
    9. Gaming,
    10. Hard Drives,
    11. Cooling
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    It is time for our yearly gaming PC building guide! This time we have numerous categories based on budget. For each PC build we exclude operating system, peripherals, and display, since those are all things you may or may not have already plus not every operating system choice costs money (Linux distros).

    Our choices are by no means the only ones, but these featured PC builds will help get anyone started. We are using Newegg as our point of reference since they charge no taxes for most states. Prices fluctuate of course, so our listed prices are not necessarily final.

    Right now, GPU prices have skyrocketed once again due to demand for cryptocurrency mining. Because of this, we have omitted ...

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