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Great games coming up in 2018

It is a great time to be alive with all these games coming in waves all over us. I am in London for a long while so my best bet for a gaming PC is overclockers.co.uk. Before I buy myself a new gaming computer, which will cost between 2000 – 3000 GBP, mind you, I am following the news about new games to play.

Let’s not forget I still have a long list of 2017 games to play and then I’ll be able to move to the ones which will show up in 2018.

From the video above you can see what great games are waiting for us in the next year. Since I am a fan of FPS/TPS, RPG and action games, I will be looking forward to games like Far Cry 5, Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night, Monster Hunter: World, God of War, System Shock, Crackdown 3, Red Dead Redemption 2, Spider-Man, Anthem.

Since some games will end up having even 100GB in size I expect the graphics to be absolutely awesome. My monitor will be 1440p so I’ll have enough pixels to go around and see details.

Until then, I am keeping an eye on Tom’s Hardware for the tests they always do and then jump over to overclockers to see what the prices are. Of course I will go with AMD Threadripper and an AMD Vega video card. More than enough for 1440p gaming.

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Uncharted: The Lost Legacy (The Movie) [4K]

Guess what: you can now see entire movies from some of the games. Andy Gilleand has worked countless hours just to create these movies from the video games. What he did seems pretty simple: get the cut scenes, record yourself playing and make sure to remove any HUD and screen indications that this is a video game.

But the truth is that he had to work a lot of time and to also replay and re-record stuff just to make sure he got scenes which are relevant to the movie.

The result? An awesome 3.5 hours movie I watches with bated breath last week-end. Make sure to watch Uncharted, the lost legacy created by Andy Gilleand. He also created other movies from video games:
Rise of the Tomb Raider (The Movie)

Assassin’s Creed Liberation (The Movie)

Uncharted 4: A Thief’s End (The Movie)

I can’t wait for his new movies. Maybe an FPS in the future? No idea.

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entertainment geek tech

Video games: RetroAhoy – Quake, overclock your video card, Nvidia GTX 1070 performance review

RetroAhoy has created a new documentary in regards to the video game industry. In a mix of video game history, gameplay explanations, excellent storytelling and great graphics, Retro Ahoy explains why Quake was the game that changed the face of video games for ever.

The way the levels were created, number of enemies, fast-paced action and the fact that you could mod the game have transformed Quake into a game of reference, a legend. I’ve played the game in the 90s and early 2000s and it was a great experience. It was in a time where computers like the one we have today were a chapter in a scifi movie.

The world has changed a lot and Quake made sure to change the video game landscape for ever. Quake forever.

Getting to things that are more close to today, JayzTwoCents explains why we should overclock our video cards: the video card producers limit the performance on purpose, but give you tools to overclock so that you can use the card at its full capacity. It will shorten the life of a card from 5 to 4 years, for example, but most of us will buy a new card within 2-3 years anyways, so it is a good bet.

What about a performance review for Nvidia GTX 1070, one of the newest kids in the block from Nvidia? There is such a review and the numbers say it aloud: it is the best card around for 1440p gaming. Go get it:

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Yay, Nvidia hits the video games market with GTX 1080

It isn’t about the fact that it has twice the performance of Titan X, but the price is way lower than that of Titan X. Titan X is around 1000USD but GTX 1080 is aroun 600-700 USD. Given the performance, I’d say it is a big leap. HotHardware made a review and also presents the full specs of GTX 1080 and it seems that it is the best thing in the market right now.

Extreme Tech has also a very positive review of the video card.

Given the performance and price, I’d say that my dream gaming pc will or might use an Nvidia card now.

The YouTube reviewers out there all say, in one voice, that this card is za best.

JayzTwoCents:

Paul’s Hardware:

JayszTwoCents again:

What do you about this awesome card?

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CRASH: The Year Video Games Died


Ahoy has a great new video about the video game history. In 1982 Atari died and along with it many other games and clones. Everyone in the US thought that was it, but Japan and Europe still had games.

After a while the Japanese entered the US market with NES and other games and the video games have started to grow again. Since then the video game industry has grown year by year and the games are becoming increasingly interesting and beautiful.

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Video games history – RetroAhoy: Doom [video]


Say what you want, but what Ahoy does given meaning to the life of a gamer. It puts you in a spot where you can understand games like never before, where you can take a glance at the history of games, at the ever evolving process of level creation, at techniques used to immerse you in a virtual world which contains more real life elements than you’d like to know.

Ahoy it is.

In the video from above you will learn why the video game called DOOM beat Wolfenstein to the punch when it first came out and why DOOM has so many elements of our real life like music styles, ideas, tropes, minor suggestions here and there. Or you can look at it from the technical standpoint where you see more colors being used, needing a 386 machine with at least 4 MB of RAM, and having nicer texture and a better 3D experience.

No matter on what side of the gaming spectrum you are, watching Ahoy’s videos will make you an informed gamer. It will teach you why games are art and how you are enjoying art without even knowing you do that. Watch the full documentary and then go over to his channel and watch the other videos. Gaming will not be the same again. It will be better!

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2016: get you pc overdose by learning about BIOS, UEFI, M.2, SATA, SAS, CPU vs GPU, extreme gaming rigs

2015 was full of IT/computer stuff and 2016 awaits the ZEN CPU architecture from AMD. Although Intel won’t reduce the prices for its processors even if AMD catches up, maybe we’ll finally see AMD CPUs being on par with Intel ones. Long history between those two, you know.

First, let’s start by learning with TechQuickie about the tech in our computers. You don’t need to remember everything said in the videos, but it will help you in the future. Nothing worse than listening to guys talking pc stuff and you being a complete noob about pretty much everything.

What is BIOS? Why was UEFI invented? BIOS is the Basic Input Output System, a software built into the motherboard itself (on a ROM chip aka flash chip) which is able to detect the components of the computer and let you run some diagnostics. It does basic stuff and can handle drives up to 2TB. This is why UEFI, Unified Extensible Firmware Interface, was created.

UEFI can use an actual graphical interface, inclusing mouse usage, will recognize drives way bigger than 2TB and is faster. Linus explains more in the video from below:

Now, what about video editing? In the era of the film you would need to physically cut and then paste a part of the film into another part. A tedious process prone to human error. After video casettes became a thing machines that could stop a video and then record a part of it onto another casette were created. Learn more about video editing and about the difference between film and video:

But what is film really? Let’s learn more about film in the video from below:

But how are CPUs made? Well, it is pretty much like 3D printing with etching combined. The factory creates a layer of silicon, then uses lasers to cut into it and create transistors this way and then another layer is setup to insulate from the next layer of silicon based transistors. A process that is impossible to do without robots and a very clean environment:

In order to make the computer faster the M.2 connector has been invented. This allows you to have flash drives installed in your computer and increase the write/read speeds up to 4 GBps, which is a huge increase. Also, M.2 drives are significantly smaller than hard drvies or SSDs.

Usually the M.2 drives use the PCI E 3.0 X4 port in order to connect to the computer. There are many types of devices that can use the M.2 port, like WiFi or Bluettoth, so you need to be careful at dimensions, usage and drive sizes.

Now, whats the difference between SATA and SAS. SATA ports allow you to transfer data from your drive in speeds up to 600MB/s, but SAS can reach up to 12 Gbps. SAS is Serial Attched SCSI and can deal with incoming and outgoing data at full speed at the same time as SATA can deal with only one type of data at a time.

SAS also uses drives that have up to 15000 RPM, but cost more and are usually used for servers, not for home usage. SAS is tipically used when you need a lot of people to access you hard drive at the same time. So, the general advice is to stick with SATA or M.2 or PCI E or with RAM drives for home usage.

Now, let go into the pc gaming realm once we’ve feasted on tech knowledge in regards to all these shiny ports. Lets see what Newegg has to say about Gigabyte Xtreme Gaming graphics cards like this 629 GBP video card:GeForce GTX 980Ti Xtreme Gaming.

If you ask me, in terms of performance Intel beats AMD in the processor world and Nvidia beats ATI in the GPU world. If you have the cash, then Intel + Nvidia is a good choice, if not, then AMD + ATI will bring you almost the same performance, but with at least 10-30% in price reduction.

When I look for a new computer, be it laptop or gaming rig, I usually look at the newest generation of i7, which is Skylake now. But each generation of CPUs has its own i3, i5 and i7 version with each having different subversions. It is crazy. Learn about these difference from PC Advisor.

Also, did you ever wanted to know the difference between a CPU and GPU? GPU is more prone to graphics and triangle calculation whereas the CPU is more prone for general works, like video processing, browsing. GPU is a specialist CPU which handles the way pixels are displayed based on the 3D model. When fewer calculations are needed a CPU can be faster, but when millions of floating point calculations need to be done, then a GPU will use parallel calculations to solve the issue much faster than a regular CPU:

Also, what is the big fuss about DirectX 12 which runs only on Win 10? Well, DirectX 12 will let you use all the cores in the CPU while in-game so this will increase the life of your processor. This is the biggest change, but will also allow you to save on power usage and offer better effects. When gaming you need to be able to use any extra performance to have a better experience.

Now that you use a DX 12 compatible video card, would gaming laptops with GTX 980 video cards worth the money? It seems like yes, they are worth the money:

Finally, I like what Jay has done with his extreme rig and with all that liquid cooling in there. I won’t go overkill like that, but it is a good to know what you can do with your gaming rig:

Learn more about liquid cooling from Maximum PC.

Bonus: what can you go with a 30 000 USD gaming rig? Well. you can allow 7 people to play with this single machine. Linus explains:

In the mega gaming rig they use two Intel® Xeon® Processor E5-2697 v3 processors with a cost of 2700USD each. Other parts:
– motherboard Asus Z10PE-D8 WS, allows 7 video cards on it and two Intel Xeon processors
– 256 GB or RAM from Kingston, 32GB each
– seven AMD R9 Nano video cards
– 1600W power supply

Happy 2016 😀

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Awesome: see GTA V’s Pinnacle mod in action


Via Extreme Tech. The Pinnacle mod for the GTA V video game brings big changes int he way the NPCs behave, cool new 4K textures and also changes the behavior of the rain. But the cars, look at those beautiful cars. Realism has rarely got so close in a video game.

You can see some pixelated places here or there in the video from above, but the level of detail is astonishing. It may take you 10 – 20 minutes to get the mod installed, but it is totally worth. Have fun!

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geek tech

Factory overcloked video cards: not really worth it


The guys as LinusTechTips have tested a row of video cards and compared the factory overcloked ones with the base referenced. Although there were some improvements, it didn’t really matter incredibly much.

If you can spare the money, then try to buy the next tier video card, but don’t just jump on to the flag ship 4K capable video cards if all you will do is 1080p video gaming. Seriously, try to make sure that you obtain the most bang for the buck while looking at the resolution your monitor currently uses. Try to obtain the best quality video gaming for THAT resolution.

Most of the flagship video cards are overkill if you will not use them for 2K or 4K gaming.

Learn from Jay how to match the video card you need to the display/monitor you use at home.

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PC games: gaming laptop NP987OU2 G, Sapphire AMD R9 380X Nitro, XFX Radeon R9 Fury. Bonus: light-field camera


The Sager NP987OU2 G gaming laptop costs about $3700, but you have the performance of a gaming desktop computer in it. You can play whatever you want given the specs. The one from the video above has desktp Intel processor 6700K and a Ddesktop video card Nvidia GTX 980,

The base specs cost about $2300 and can be seen below:
– 17.3″ Full HD IPS Matte Display with G-SYNC Technology
– Nvidia GeForce GTX 980M 8GB GDDR5
– 6th Gen Intel® Core™ i7-6700 Processor
– 8GB DDR4 at 2133MHz
– 1TB 7200rpm SATA2 HDD
– Windows® 10 Home 64-Bit Edition

Yup, you can pretty much do anything with it? Would I buy such a laptop? Nope. I want the comfort of a big 27-32″ monitor.

What to know how do some of the best AMD video cards stack up against each other? Check in the video from below Sapphire AMD R9 380X Nitro vs 380 vs 390 vs 970:

What about an XFX Radeon R9 Fury Overview from Newegg TV?

Bonus: how does a lightfield camera work? A lightfield camera is a camera that stores am image which can be later on focused on different points in the computer. It uses a set of microlenses place before the camera sensor in order to store more information about the image and to also offer the ability to change the perpective of the image a bit.

Learn more about it from the video: