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Lego Dimensions is a surprising breath of fresh air

Posted on 12th Oct 2016 at 13:51 by Jake Tucker with 8 comments

Jake Tucker
I've spent a lot of the last week playing Lego Dimensions.

I didn't think I'd enjoy Lego Dimensions much, and stopped buying the Lego games after I got bored ploughing through Lego Batman 2: DC Super Heroes. Warner Brothers sent over a Lego Dimensions starter set and Lego Dimensions Wave 6 packs out for review and within 30 minutes I was hooked.

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What do you want from a motherboard?

Posted on 11th Oct 2016 at 17:37 by Antony Leather with 38 comments

Antony Leather
As a prolific upgrader both before and during my time as a tech journalist, I’m well aware of the choices anyone reading this likely makes when they’re on the hunt for a new motherboard. Probably the biggest factor is price, but even then you might be looking for certain features. Given the huge variety or perks that come with current motherboards, though, just what drives the modern PC enthusiast to buy a motherboard?

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I believe it's time for a PC case revolution

Posted on 12th Sep 2016 at 10:59 by Antony Leather with 28 comments

Antony Leather
Two different areas of PC technology could have some big influence on the PC over the next few years. However, they might not be the areas you think. I'm not talking about graphics cards or CPUs but hardware that's often not that interesting - storage and power supplies.

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Streets of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today

Posted on 9th Sep 2016 at 11:14 by Jake Tucker with 4 comments

Jake Tucker
Streets of Rogue is, at first glance, everything I hate. It's an open alpha of a rogue-lite with a pun name for a title, and it takes inspiration from a mass of different sources. A single paragraph on the website suggests the game takes inspiration from Binding of Isaac, Nuclear Throne and Deus Ex.

But, this first alpha is open for everyone to play, so I thought why not, if it sucks I can just get back to playing Rainbow Six Siege forever.

It doesn't suck. In fact, Streets of Rogue is fun in a way I haven't seen in games in a long time.

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Games journalism isn't corrupt, but Youtube has a problem.

Posted on 2nd Sep 2016 at 09:18 by Rick Lane with 59 comments

Rick Lane
Allegations of corruption have dogged games journalism for almost as long as games journalism has existed. Where exactly this belief stems from isn’t entirely certain. But if you went by the average comments section on a game review, you’d think the entirety of games journalism was more corrupt than Silvio Berlusconi’s hard-drive.

Like any form of journalism, games media isn’t short of examples of shoddy work. Evidence of that goes as far back as dodgy reviews of games like Nemesis for the ZX Spectrum, where Sinclair User appear to have reviewed a beta version of the game in order to get ahead of the competition. But the vast majority of complaints and conspiracy theories about games writing aren’t concerned with laziness or cutting corners. Instead, they revolve around a very specific and far more serious subject – the idea that critics are routinely paid-off by publishers to artificially inflate review scores.

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We should be applauding No Man's Sky for letting us believe

Posted on 10th Aug 2016 at 10:40 by Jake Tucker with 24 comments

Jake Tucker
Don't worry, we're still planning on reviewing No Man's Sky; Rick's in deep space as we speak.

I didn't like No Man's Sky when I played it, back in the spring. The hype-train had already left the station, and now, on the day of its PS4 release, and just a couple of days before PC owners get to carve out their own chunk of the universe, that trainload of hype is at maximum speed.

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It's time Valve owns up to its part in skin gambling

Posted on 8th Jul 2016 at 16:03 by Jake Tucker with 14 comments

Jake Tucker
This week has been a big one for YouTuber drama, with news breaking that two prominent streamers had been unmasked as the owners of a Counter-Strike: Global Offensive betting site called CSGO Lotto.

I won't try to explain it all, but professional streamers Trevor 'TMarTn' Martin and Tom 'ProSyndicate' Cassell created the site and then pretended to have just discovered it in order to showcase it to their viewers and generate interest. This video below from H3H3 productions, highlights exactly what the pair have been up to, and it's pretty much the shadiest thing I've seen in games for a while. But what people haven't got around to yet is that this boom in shady videogame gambling practices is largely Valve's fault.

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Non K-edition baseclock overclocking fiasco: Is it good or bad for Intel?

Posted on 31st Dec 2015 at 16:24 by Antony Leather with 19 comments

Antony Leather
When reports of substantial overclocks being achieved on non-K edition Intel CPUs surfaced a few weeks ago, my initial thoughts didn't immediately leap to motherboard manufacturers having found a very interesting and potentially cost-saving backdoor.

In fact, at first, I thought quite the opposite - that Intel may even have left the option there for motherboard manufacturers to find or even colluded with them months ago. The possible reasons for this? Poor Skylake sales being one of them, although, despite current high prices and initial lack of availability both of the CPUs and motherboards, I don't think sales are bad enough to warrant this - far from it.

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Is 2016 a make or break year for AMD?

Posted on 23rd Jul 2015 at 10:36 by Antony Leather with 51 comments

Antony Leather
There has been some pretty grim reading surrounding AMD in the last few days. The fact it's now worth just a quarter of what it paid for ATI back in 2006 may sound pretty devastating, but even just a year later in 2007, the company was actually worth less than the $5.4 billion it paid for the GPU giant, so things have clearly been on a consistent downward spiral.

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The best things at Computex 2015

Posted on 10th Jun 2015 at 09:04 by Matthew Lambert with 4 comments

Matthew Lambert
If you followed our day by day updates on Computex 2015, you'll know we caught up with loads of companies who all had on display their latest and upcoming products. Now that the dust has settled and the jetlag mostly dissipated, I wanted to give a more personal view on what I thought were the things that truly stood out – let me know if you agree or disagree! Be sure to check out the full coverage of Computex here for a better idea and more images of the products discussed: Day 1, Day 2, Day 3

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