Blog Feed hardware, games and technology reviews and newsen-gbCopyright 2000-2017 Bit Publishing LtdSun, 12 Mar 2017 15:00:23 +0000 2 proves Half Life 3 is possible<div style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><img src="" alt="Titanfall 2 proves Half Life 3 is possible Titanfall 2 proves Half Life 3 is possible." /></div> <br /> The chances of Half Life 3 happening become more remote with each passing year. At the beginning of 2017, <a href="">Game Informer</a> reported a source from inside Valve stating that Half Life 3 didn’t exist because nobody was interested in making it. According to the source, several attempts had been made to get Half Life 3 off the ground, with versions ranging from a straightforward FPS sequel to a VR game, but they all eventually ran out of steam (pun not intended) because Gabe Newell simply isn’t interested. <br />, 12 Mar 2017 15:00:23 +0000Blog is video game thrash-metal<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>Send More Paramedics were a horror film-influenced thrash band from Leeds, and their 2006 album The Awakening contained a track entitled 'This Crowd is Crushing Me'. It's a wall of noise and fury, and I mostly remember it because, seeing the band live back in 2006, someone broke my nose as the crowd — myself included — jumped around to it. It was chaos, and first-person shooter Strafe plays exactly how that memory feels. Strafe is bloody, noisy chaos and feels like the closest thing to video game thrash metal I've encountered. <br />, 03 Mar 2017 13:58:32 +0000Blog isn’t planning to steal a little market share; it’s plotting a true enthusiast comeback<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>I’ve been following the rumour mill of AMD’s upoming Ryzen CPU product range quite closely over the last few weeks, and I’m honestly amazed by what I’m seeing. <br /> <br /> For starters, there’s the sheer number of products. The leaks pointed at nearly 20 different CPUs, with four, six, or eight cores and up to 16 threads. This isn’t a small move at gaining some market share, this is an entire range of CPUs. Obviously, the massively exciting thing is that, if the performance figures are to be believed, we’ll be seeing some real competition again and have real choice between AMD and Intel, especially as the AM4 boards for Ryzen seem to be on par with their Intel equivalents too.<br />, 24 Feb 2017 12:41:18 +0000Blog Honor has brought Bushido back to games<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>It's two on one, and I'm screwed. My character, the lumbering Raider, is sluggish in my inexperienced hands, capable of beating down the body in front of me with inexpert strikes but not up to the task of fighting two assailants at once. <br />, 16 Feb 2017 15:53:11 +0000Blog missed Stardew Valley in 2016, and it's great<div style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="We missed Stardew Valley in 2016, and it's great" /></a></div><br /> Christmas, for me, is a time to catch up on all of the great games I've missed throughout the year. I've dabbled with Tyranny, I've spent several hours driving into 1337 multiplayer hackers in Watch Dogs 2, but, for my money, the biggest surprise of the year has been Stardew Valley. <br /> <br /> I've been playing it with my partner, and it's proven to be remarkably compelling. I didn't expect to be so invested in building our tiny San Junipero farm — pilfering the name from an episode of Black Mirror we'd recently watched — until we got a couple of days in and suddenly we were quite invested indeed. Farming is fun; you can fish if that's your bag, and apparently you can romance the whole village located next to the farm, but our sole interest in that place is trips to the local shop and having a rummage in people's bins.<br />, 05 Jan 2017 10:49:18 +0000Blog with NZXT's Aer RGB fansIf you thought 2016 was an RGB-fest, then wait until you see 2017. In fact, even as we say goodbye to this year, we're struggling to deal with all the lights given there's usually wine, cider or some other alcoholic substance close at hand this time of year. We jest, of course, but the short story is that NZXT has joined Corsair and Thermaltake in offering multi-coloured fans, courtesy of the Aer RGB range.<br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><img src="" alt="Hands-on with NZXT's Aer RGB fans Hands-on with NZXT's AER RGB fans" /></div><br /> While NZXT's and Corsair's offerings are different in ways we'll get to in a minute, there are some similarities in the way they work. Specifically, they both require each company's RGB controller to work - you can't use motherboard RGB headers from the likes of Asus here, which is a bit of a pain. When we connected the Aer RGB's to an Aura-compatible Asus board, not a lot happened.<br /> <br /> For the Aer RGBs, you'll need NZXT's Hue+ controller as well, and remembering that the triple set of Aer RGB 120mm fans we're looking at here already retails for and70, the added expense for the controller, albeit along with four 30cm RGB LED strips, at around and40 means that to kit your PC out with three RGB fans will cost over and100. You can do this with a trio of Corsair HD 120 fans for and70, including the controller.<br /> <br /> <object width="480" height="295"><param name="movie" value="">

However, there's one big difference between the NZXT Aer RGB fans and Corsair's HD 120s, which is that the former are fully RGB - you can select from the usual massive colour pallet, choosing practically any colour you like, while the Corsair controller is only able to cycle through a few colours and effects. A set of HD 120s can lay on some very funky effects, mind you, and can also spread these across the fans in wave effects down your PC - the same is true here with the Aer RGB fans, except they're more flexible with even more effects and colours to choose from.

To get them working, you'll need to power each fan with the usual 4-pin PWM connector, then hook up a separate cable to the controller. Thankfully, you can daisy-chain the fans rather than each one requiring a physical connection to the controller, so if you're connecting them in series along a radiator or multiple fan mounts, it's actually fairly easy to deal with the lighting side of things., 30 Dec 2016 09:59:00 +0000Blog, I love you, but your Elusive Targets are getting me down<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>As I write this opening paragraph, a timer is ticking. It's The Guru, you see. He's only in Sapienza for another 60 hours, and then he'll vanish forever. <br /> <br /> I'm tapping away at some work. In a little under nine hours I have to leave for a flight to Berlin and what constitutes Christmas holidays for a freelancer. Honestly, I want nothing more than to leave the work, finish packing, and go to bed, but then I'm reminded of the timer. 60 hours and The Guru escapes. I'll never get another chance to claim the contract on his head, and I'll never be able to claim the successful reward, either. <br />, 22 Dec 2016 11:01:02 +0000Blog Bowl 2 is the best eSports I've watched in 2016Some friends and I have recently started up a Blood Bowl 2 league. The 10 of us started it last Friday night, and we're already halfway through the season, playing the games wherever we can fit them in, slid into a lunchtime or evening. <br /> <br /> One thing has become clear: Blood Bowl 2 is the best eSport I've ever watched, and I say this as someone who's been sat in decent seats for CS:GO and League of Legends tournaments, basking in the atmosphere. <br /> <br /> <div style="text-align: center; clear: both;"><a href="" target="_blank"><img src="" alt="Blood Bowl 2 is the best eSports I've watched in 2016" /></a></div><br />, 08 Dec 2016 17:15:48 +0000Blog Games did the right thing by keeping quiet after No Man's Sky; here's why<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>On Friday, Hello Games broke a three month silence to announce a new chunk of content it's calling the Foundation Update. The Foundation Update works on several levels. First, it's a foundation for what's to come next; secondly, it includes the basics of base-building, building being something that you often need a foundation for. <br /> <br /> Clever, huh? <br />, 28 Nov 2016 17:14:28 +0000Blog defence of high chaos<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>Whenever an immersive sim comes to market, people move as quickly as they can to try to get through it as quietly as possible, doing their best to pull apart the game's stealth systems and crouch-walk their way to the bragging rights of finishing the game without a single drop of blood being spilt, or an alarm raised. <br />, 25 Nov 2016 13:46:47 +0000Blog Printing with Asus ROG feat. Z170 Pro Gaming/Aura<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>While we're not printing replacement organs just yet, 3D printing is proving very useful in prototyping and also in PC customisation. We've seen numerous PC mods sporting 3D-printed components and one or two that had entirely 3D-printed cases as well.<br /> <br /> Asus has taken things one step further and begun offering an array of 3D-printed components that can be attached to motherboards. You can download the files and print them yourself or send them off to one of an increasing number of third party printing companies. <br />, 31 Oct 2016 17:52:11 +0000Blog Worlds is virtually the best selling point for the PlayStation VR<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>I'd like to start by saying that I made a mistake. <br /> <br /> Previously, I called Battlezone the PlayStation VR's killer app. I said that the tank-brawler, that I've written about plenty - including yesterday - was the best reason to own a PlayStation VR, but I was incorrect. <br /> <br /> It's VR Worlds, the collection of fleshed out tech demos you can pick up for a cut price. The reason is simple: It shows you everything that VR can do, and even lets you play around with your Move controllers while you do it. <br />, 28 Oct 2016 18:36:25 +0100Blog is the VR game that beat me, and it gives me hope for VR<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>When I first started playing around with virtual reality, I found many of the experiences were bitty, small experiences that didn't require much in the way of skill, and that I could easily meander through from start to finish with little effort or consequence. In many of the demos, damage was either impossible or turned off for the sake of the demo. <br />, 27 Oct 2016 17:19:24 +0100Blog on the cost of Nvidia graphics cards<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>I think it's fair to say that as well as the graphics market having been pretty interesting for the last few years, Nvidia has also been quite dominant. So much so, that it has seen fit to alter prices in the industry as well as performance, with both moving upwards quite considerably., 17 Oct 2016 11:18:47 +0100Blog Dimensions is a surprising breath of fresh air<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>I've spent a lot of the last week playing Lego Dimensions. <br /> <br /> 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.<br />, 12 Oct 2016 13:51:56 +0100Blog do you want from a motherboard?<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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?, 11 Oct 2016 17:37:05 +0100Blog believe it's time for a PC case revolution<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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., 12 Sep 2016 10:59:25 +0100Blog of Rogue is going to eat your lunch break today<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br /> <br /> It doesn't suck. In fact, Streets of Rogue is fun in a way I haven't seen in games in a long time., 09 Sep 2016 11:14:39 +0100Blog journalism isn't corrupt, but Youtube has a problem.<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br />, 02 Sep 2016 09:18:48 +0100Blog should be applauding No Man's Sky for letting us believe<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a><i>Don't worry, we're still planning on reviewing No Man's Sky; Rick's in deep space as we speak.</i><br /> <br /> 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.<br />, 10 Aug 2016 10:40:19 +0100Blog's time Valve owns up to its part in skin gambling<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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. <br /> <br /> 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. <br />, 08 Jul 2016 16:03:52 +0100Blog K-edition baseclock overclocking fiasco: Is it good or bad for Intel?<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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.<br /> <br /> 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. <br />, 31 Dec 2015 16:24:06 +0000Blog 2016 a make or break year for AMD?<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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 <a href="" target="_blank">worth less than the $5.4 billion it paid for the GPU giant</a>, so things have clearly been on a consistent downward spiral., 23 Jul 2015 10:36:09 +0100Blog best things at Computex 2015<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>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: <a href="" target="_blank">Day 1</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Day 2</a>, <a href="" target="_blank">Day 3</a><br />, 10 Jun 2015 09:04:02 +0100Blog publishers, please just let me buy your game<a href=""><img align="left" src="//" /></a>Imagine sitting down in a restaurant and ordering a meal; let's say, Surf and Turf with chips and a side-salad. The waiter informs you that the arrival time of your meal will be announced in ten minutes. The time passes, and the waiter rolls up and apologises, saying your meal has been delayed. But good news! They're ready to announce that the prawns for your surf and turf can now be ordered early for an extra and5.<br />, 19 May 2015 09:26:24 +0100Blog