Gaming

Minecraft For RTX Beta Signals The Increased Popularity Of Ray Tracing

For the past ten years, PC gaming has increased in popularity, but since COVID-19 hit the scene, it is becoming even more popular. I captured some of that in my recent blog here where I cited some comments NVIDIA’s CFO made on the topic. It makes sense that as more people are staying home, many are occupying …

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DARQ: ‘The Tower’ Review, Published By Unfold Games

In the fall of 2019, ‘Unfold Games’ released a 2.5D puzzle-platform based psychological horror. Lloyd, the protagonist, finds himself in the middle of a lucid dream called ‘DARQ’ that surpassed my expectations. You can read about it here in my initial game release article from September 2019. It has now been six months since the initial release. DARQ made headlines that …

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Areia: Pathway To Dawn Review, Debut Game By Gilp Studio

As many of you know, I primarily review horror/psychological survivor genres. However, my interest was piqued when I stumbled upon an indie adventure debut game by Gilp Studios, called ‘Areia: Pathway to Dawn.’ You can watch the launch trailer  here. Released on January 24th, 2020, Areia is a meditative game that is supposed to support self-reflection and cause positive, relaxing thoughts. …

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Area-51m Review: A Return To Alienware’s No Compromises Gaming Roots

For as long as I can remember, I’ve been disappointed by gaming laptops—I avoided them myself and advised friends to do the same, given the lower performance levels they offered versus desktop PCs. However, things changed considerably in the last 5 years, in large part thanks to NVIDIA and its MAX-Q designs. In general, gaming …

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A Teenage Gamer’s View On NVIDIA’s New RTX For Minecraft Beta

This blog was written entirely by Patrick “Pico” Moorhead, an avid game streamer without interference by the senior Patrick Moorhead, principal analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Shaders in the Minecraft community have been around since the early 2015 Forge Mod days. However, all the raytracing was labeled as “shaders.” The Minecraft community this month …

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3 Reasons Why Logitech Is Positioned For A Strong Fiscal Year 2021

It goes without saying that Wall Street loves well-managed companies. Well-managed companies provide consistent results, navigate through challenging periods like unforeseen supply chain disruptions, have balanced business portfolios, and, perhaps most importantly, operate paranoid (to paraphrase the late CEO Andy Grove) even when the overall business appears to be firing on all cylinders. Logitech is …

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Marseille’s mClassic Comes To The Rescue Of Nintendo’s Switch

Many mobile gamers were disappointed when an update to the popular Nintendo Switch, which debuted almost three years ago, was canceled earlier in the year. Despite all the rumors that had been circulating for the past six months, Nintendo announced that there would be no new Nintendo hardware in 2020. The Nintendo Switch is exceedingly …

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NVIDIA GeForce NOW Formally Launches Its Cloud Gaming PC Service And It Looks Good

NVIDIA is an undisputed powerhouse in the PC gaming industry, thanks to its pioneering of the gaming GPU and efforts in accelerated gaming graphics. It’s long been the company to beat in the highest-performance arena, and is one who I follow very, very closely. In 1999, the company launched the first of its GeForce line …

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CES 2020’s Most Compelling PC Gaming Announcements

CES is a mad show, featuring thousands of new product announcements every year. I’ve gone through many of the CES 2020 announcements and filtered through to find what I believe are the most compelling. Gaming is an important market segment for the majority of the PC makers and virtually everyone had something to announce in …

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If You’re A Creator, You Must Check Out The Dell XPS 15 7590

Dell is consistently one of the most forward-thinking laptop brands on the PC  market. The Austin-based PC maker remains at the top in large part because of its excellent Dell XPS line, which releases hit after hit. XPS was the first PC brand to go toe to to with Apple’s Macbook line and holds its …

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Game Review: Illusion Ray Studio’s The Beast Inside

Polish indie developers Illusion Ray Studio released a Kickstarter in April 2018 for a Survival-Psychological Horror game titled ‘The Beast Inside,’ followed up with a demo in early March 2019. An immense level of hype surrounded the title, which received the support of over 2,000 backers. The title was finally released on October 17th, 2019. You …

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Darq Review: Debut Game Published By Unfold Games

The time has finally come. In the fall of 2016, ‘Unfold Games’ released a teaser trailer for a puzzle-platform based psychological horror that blew me away. It has been three years since the initial release of that trailer, and quite a bit has changed, but the game ultimately surpassed my expectations. Darq appears to profoundly borrow …

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‘Silver Chains’ Review – Debut Game From Cracked Heads Games

“Silver Chains” is a new first-person survival/psychological horror game for the PC and soon to be released on Nintendo Switch, released from indie developer Cracked Heads Games published by Headup Games. I recently got the chance to spend some time with this new title, and I wanted to share my review. The protagonist is an …

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Gamescom 2019: Ray Tracing Gets More Industry Support

When NVIDIA first introduced ray tracing for its RTX-branded GeForce consumer graphics cards, I will admit I was a bit skeptical on the timing and performance needed for the hyper-realistic lighting effects. However, as I wrote about here, you really have to experience ray tracing to “get it,” and after I used it on five different …

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AMD Radeon RX 5700 XT And 5700 Consumer GPU Product Reviews Indicate Its Degree Of Competitiveness

Check out the coverage on AMD’s new 3rd Generation Ryzen desktop processors. Last Sunday, AMD officially announced the availability of its AMD Radeon RX 5700 series consumer graphics cards. Along with the new graphics cards, AMD announced its 3rd Gen Ryzen desktop processors which I wrote about last week here. Like Ryzens, the 5700 Series announcement was a …

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HP Takes Innovation Past Thin, Light And Low Power At Computex 2019

Last week at Computex 2019 in Taipei, Taiwan, HP Inc., announced its updated lineups of business and consumer laptops that you can expect to see for corporate Windows 10 refreshes and the “back to school” buying season. HP Inc. announced growth last quarter in its PC business with a 2% improvement and big commercial gains …

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NVIDIA Is Right: Higher Hz Rates Help With Battle Royale Games

There has been some discussion in the gaming and financial community if it makes sense for hugely popular Battle Royale games like PUBG, Fortnite and the recently released Apex Legends, to benefit from a high-end GPU. When I saw NVIDIA’s headline on its analysis, I thought, “duh” everybody knows this. Apparently, everyone doesn’t know this as …

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NVIDIA Gears Up For An Even Larger GTC 2019

It’s that time of year again. Every spring NVIDIA kicks off its annual series of GPU Technology Conferences (GTC) with a real “humdinger” of an event held in San Jose. Last year, I wrote that GTC 2018 was the place to be if you are in any way involved in AI or machine learning. That story holds …

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Lenovo Boosts Legion Gaming Line At CES 2019

CES 2019 showcased a multitude of PC gaming announcements from many different vendors, including Lenovo . Lenovo has been building up its Legion line of gaming hardware for the last few years and is starting to refine it, with new gaming laptop, desktop, and monitor offerings. PC gaming is growing at such a fast rate that no …

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Initial CES 2019 Observations: Patrick Moorhead

I spent the week in Las Vegas and wanted to share with you my initial CES 2019 observations: What happened: Intelligence: Amazon Alexa dominated the show with its services and partners while Google tried really hard to catch up with Amazon, even going so far as to build a roller coaster ride to get attention. …

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