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PC enthusiasts tend to spend a lot of time sitting in front of their systems. We spend hundreds of dollars on monitors, graphics cards, and processors without a second thought, to ensure the best experience we can afford. So, why do so many of us sit ourselves down in inexpensive and inadequate thrones for extended computing and gaming sessions?If your body is your temple, does it not deserve the finest in enthusiast seating? There are two prominent companies crafting these enthusiast chairs, DXRacer and Maxnomic, though there are a plethora of smaller players as well.  DXRacer was a pioneer... Read more...
There's no shortage of ways to get games on your TV, but that doesn't matter to Comcast, because it wants to offer one of the more compelling ones. Perhaps it'll be able to pull that off on account of the fact that it's teaming up with EA, a company that knows a thing or two about games. Alright, I'll say it: Comcast and EA are two of the most hated companies on the planet, so to see them team up almost seems like two evil deities teaming up to further ruin the world. But without being snarky, this collaboration does have some high points, all of which are quite obvious from the get-go. Comcast's... Read more...
When Xotic PC asked us to be judge and jury of its Executioner gaming system, we thought to ourselves, "this better be one helluva setup to warrant its killer moniker," and spoiler alert, it is. We'll get to the benchmarks and other particulars in due time, but there's more to this $6,500 PC than raw performance alone. Yes, we said $6,500, which is the rounded up cost of the version Xotic PC sent us. When shopping an Executioner, you begin by picking one of four baseline setups dubbed Stages 1-4. Ours is a Stage 4 configuration that starts at just shy of $5,100, though with the custom upgrades... Read more...
With the passing of Nintendo's beloved President and CEO Satoru Iwata, an inevitability arises: the company needs a highly capable successor. We're sure Nintendo itself is still in the initial steps of deciding on a successor, but the collective Web has wasted no time in naming someone who would be perfect to head the big N: Shigeru Miyamoto. While Nintendo has a number of popular faces, it's hard to beat the presence of Miyamoto -- he's a living legend. He cares a lot about games and gamers, and he has an incredible history that easily qualifies him to take the helm. We... Read more...
In case there was ever any doubt about the fact that hallucinogenics are still prevalent in content creation, Hatoful Boyfriend comes to the rescue. Oh, wait - Hatoful Boyfriend isn't the result of a trip to crazy town on qualudes - it's a Japanese game. Of course that doesn't necessarily explain the mind-numbingly cuckoo story line and game objective. What is the objective exactly, you ask? To be frank, we're not quite sure but it sure is out there. It's plainly obvious in fact, that it's way out there. Japan has never had a dearth of romance sims, or what's in effect digital romance novels,... Read more...
The story surrounding the launch of Batman: Arkham Knight for the PC might be as interesting as the story in the game itself. While it's not uncommon for any launch game to require a patch or have some unknown bugs, Arkham Knight took things to ridiculous levels - it was broken, plain and simple. That was so much the case, that WB Games took the rare route of pulling the game from the shelves. Even now, the game remains unavailable. Game developer Rocksteady continues to apologize to the fans it's let down, and vows to continue fixing bugs as quickly as it can. Once Rocksteady and affiliated... Read more...
When AMD launched the liquid-cooled Radeon Fury X, we witnessed a company willing to commit to new architecture and bleeding edge technologies (Fiji and High-Bandwidth Memory, respectively). Beyond that, Fury X showed a level of ambition and hardware design chops we hadn’t seen from AMD in years. There’s no denying that between its exceptional thermals and strong performance, Fury X is a force to be reckoned with. However, it fell shy of the mark that enthusiasts and press hoped it would achieve, unable to quite deliver a definitive victory against NVIDIA’s GeForce GTX 980 Ti. Today, AMD offers... Read more...
For a number of reasons, the launch of AMD's latest high-end graphics card, the Radeon Fury X, didn't go quite as smoothly as the company (or any company, for that matter) would have liked. As we discovered in our review, the card is largely comparable to NVIDIA's GeForce GTX 980 Ti, and happens to include a built-in liquid cooler -- either a pro or con depending on your taste (and the amount of effort you might want to put in). Well, it's that liquid cooler that's become a bit of a thorn in AMD's side, as some of the launch units have some serious pump whine... Read more...
It's unfortunate, but it's not an uncommon sight nowadays to see a game released that secretly packs in the Riddled With Bugs DLC pack. At the same time, it's rare to see the number of bugs become so overwhelming, that the game's publisher is forced to pull the game from shelves. Enter WB Games, and Batman: Arkham Knight. Since WB decided to yank the game from shelves, the company has promised to expedite work on patching it up. Post-launch, it was discovered that WB Games had outsourced the PC version of the game to a small development studio, one that just couldn't get everything it needed to... Read more...
Batman Arkham Knight is here, and as we're sure most of you have heard, the game is no-longer for sale for the PC platform currently, due to a flood of performance issues. WB Games has pulled the title from store shelves, both physical and digital copies. Can you say “Holy botched game launch, Batman?” We usually don’t start a piece with such negativity. It's not the most engaging story setup, yet this time it’s really hard not to call a duck and duck, with regard to this release. If it walks like a duck... Well, you know the old adage, but is there more to Batman: Arkham Knight that might be redeeming... Read more...
Psychologists at the University of Exeter and Cardiff University have published a study that demonstrates how a simple computer game can help people lose weight. Participants in the study who played the specialized game lost and average of 1.5 pounds in the first seven days, and 4.5 pounds after six months. They also reduced their daily caloric consumption by 220 calories. Dr. Natalia Lawrence led the team of researchers that developed the computer game for the study. It was designed to train people to resist unhealthy food snack foods through a "stop versus go" process. Participants sat in front... Read more...
Considering the fact that Batman: Arkham Knight was so riddled with bugs on the PC that sales had to be suspended, I think it's safe to say that the game's release is one of the most botched in recent years. It might even manage to beat out Assassin's Creed: Unity with its ridiculous graphical bugs. Maybe. Nonetheless, it seems like WB Games wants to make things right, and as soon as humanly possible. On Saturday, the company posted to the game's official forums a large list of bugs that it's going to be tackling in the near-future, with the first one listed bound to appease PC gamers who think... Read more...
Last week, AMD lifted the veil in its Radeon R7 and R9 300 series of products and publicly demoed its latest flagship, the Radeon R9 Fury X, at a small venue adjacent to E3. While the Radeon R7 and R9 300 series leverages existing GPU designs that have previously been featured in Radeon 200 series products, albeit with different clocks and updated memory / board configurations, the Fury X is an altogether new kind of animal that uses some bleeding-edge technology.We’ve got a number of details regarding AMD’s various announcements posted here and we’ve already evaluated a Radeon R9 390 card if you’d... Read more...
AMD officially took the wraps off of its Radeon R7 and R9 300 series of graphics cards, and disclosed some details regarding the R9 Fury—a.k.a Fiji—during a livestream held near the E3 convention earlier this week. We have much of the information revealed during the event posted for you right here if you’d like to take a look.Today though, we’ve actually got one of the “new” Radeon R9 300 series cards in-hand for some review and benchmark action. We put “new” in quotes, because the entire R7 and R9 300 series lineup is built around the same GPUs used in the R7 an R9 200 series. The Powercolor PCS+... Read more...
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