With the success of Tablet PCs and the popularity of dedicated games consoles, many had written the desktop PC off as a dying platform. I am currently sitting at my desk laughing at these commentators and nay Sayers. The reason why the desktop PC is still very much alive is down to the competition between the manufacturers of PC components. Without competition development cycles would cease to move as the companies would become complacent in their product, seeing no need to innovate and develop. So what is the latest development in the PC space? Continue Reading
It is news like this that sits perfectly in my cross hairs of cynicism. Whilst Facebook’s purchase of Snap chat seemed like a strange move, their purchase of Oculus and the Rift project caused many in the industry to turn around a say ‘hang on a minute. From a games industry angle the purchase of the Rift seems like a horrible event. A company that is responsible for some of the worst games in the industry, purchasing a project that is touted as changing how we play games, looks like a recipe for disaster, and while I do agree that Facebook’s portfolio in the industry is worth nothing more than the dumpster outside of my apartment, I am not so blinded by cynicism to see the advantages that such a business partnership can offer. So from there let us actually look at the situation we now stand in. Continue Reading
If you are reading this you are either a) Intending to build an all powerful system b) Wanting to see what the latest developments in computing can do in a home system, or c) you intend to use these components to construct a time machine and enact some convoluted plan to take over the world. In either case the following PC parts I am about to recommend should easily run any application you intend to run, I can’t guarantee the time travel stuff, and should future proof your system for some time, unless you are the type of person that keeps buying new components every time they release a new series. So shall we? Continue Reading
Its that time of year again. Yes the time where socializing with your extended family becomes a, reluctant, mandatory activity. Where you must endure the horror that is jokes from crackers and where the only things on TV are seasonal films and shows that will be forgotten to the ages of time once the year ends.
So dear reader, it is therefore my job to inform you of some purchase choices for one of the, considered, upsides to all this festive merriment. Take into consideration that most things in the tech market aren’t cheap so for the sake of your bank balance I will aim not to exceed £100 in the process of my recommendations and of course try to justify the price if it seems somewhat outrageous, although in today’s market we consider most things to be overpriced.
Anyway, let us proceed.
With a new console generation upon us and all the major hardware companies announcing their latest ranges, many PC gamers and enthusiasts alike will be considering upgrading their system to keep on top of the hill when it comes to computer tech. Depending on your price range there are plenty of options in all component departments, so with that being said I have decided to construct a list of recommendations for those with a budget but still want a powerful system. Once that is done I shall also begin work on a list for the ‘money no object’ enthusiast who wants a system with enough computing power to launch their own space program. Continue Reading
I don’t like Macs. I have argued on every front against the overpriced, form over function systems in defense of the more economically viable computers and the Windows OS. You see for the price of one of their new fangled Mac Pros, you could spec a Windows system that will be future proofed for years to come and more then likely have change left over . Yes custom building a PC often offers the best value for money when it comes to purchasing a new system, easily shooting down anything you can buy in an Apple store. But what about factory built systems that the everyday person will probably buy? Whilst there are some good pre-built systems out their, you may have to compromise in one area or another, the biggest flaw in them is their operating system. Continue Reading
It has been kind of a slow month in terms of gaming news and as such I have had little to write about. As a result I have put my sarcastic and cynical wit to rest for a short while and enjoyed the summer weather as any gamer would, by staying inside playing video games. In hindsight this is causing a few problems, key of which is that my room occasionally heats up to uncomfortable levels thanks to my computer tower and the fact I’m running Planetside 2 on it, which is rather CPU intensive. Alex assures me that he has it worse in this matter with his system running at a toasty 80 degrees C, the downside here is that we are out of bacon and the ice for the beverages has most assuredly melted. Continue Reading
Well that’s what you may be led to believe. Me being as cynical as I am like to think there was a more consistent reason for why Microsoft decided to change their policies on DRM in regard to the Xbox One, rather then the insentient shouts from forums and angry tweeters. Yes after what can only be described as a PR train wreck Microsoft has finally realized that people are not yet ready for an always online future, Leave us with our disc based media it gives us a sense of ownership, even if it seems somewhat outdated in this future world Microsoft envisioned for us. Continue Reading
The EA press conference can be considered a fresh start for EA. They had to do a similar job to Microsoft this year, which was to recover from a PR nightmare from earlier in the year. Yes, just because you decided to be quiet about the whole fiasco, doesn’t mean we forgot about it. Whilst I do consider EA to be somewhat evil they do have some good IP in their library and that showed this year with the announcement of some good games to look forward to in 2014. Continue Reading
With all four Press conferences from E3 being in one day, we shall look at the in order, creating a publisher sandwich so to speak starting with Microsoft, enjoying the delights of EA and Ubisoft and topping it of with Sony.
So Microsoft. In order to combat the rumors and negative PR gained after their reveal event, they had to hold nothing back, and so they began to climb the hill of progress with what we wanted to see in the first place. Games. Yes opening with the cinematic trailer styling of wannabe film producer Hideo Kojima, Metal Gear Solid 5 is coming to the Xbox One, Not exclusively as Microsoft’s Major Nelson accidentally tweeted. It does seem strange that Microsoft would open with a non exclusive title, but then again, being a Kojima game it speaks for itself in terms of a cinematic experience and showcase graphical potential. Continue Reading