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A couple of days ago, Nvidia’s PR truth-bending went into overdrive in its investor day report. One small nugget of truth stuck with me though, and that was Nvidia claiming 90% of all GeForce graphics card owners have performance below the level of a GeForce GTX 1660 Ti.
Fantastic, memorable games writing is a rare thing. It’s not something that can just be conjured on a whim with the absolute knowledge that it’ll embed itself into popular culture. But plenty of games do still manage to weave in iconic, unforgettable lines that are forever inked in our minds.
In a world where money talks, sequels reign supreme. Like it or, people love nothing more than queuing up in their millions to play a slightly different rendition of what they’ve played before.
For a long time, expensive DRAM has been one of the biggest obstacles to a good PC build. Back in 2016, we didn’t know we had it so good, but recent years has seen the price of RAM shoot up to quadruple its original value.
The Metacritic Top 100. A curiously difficult list to break into, a game needs to average a review score of 93% or higher to even stand a chance of making the grade. For the uninitiated, Metacritic is an aggregator of critic reviews, pumping out an average score based on potentially hundreds of reviews. A game, in theory, needs to be universally loved to make it onto it.
Picture the scene. It’s E3 2018. The lights dim. Nintendo’s E3 Direct begins. Fans are hyped to see all of the potential announcements as the air fizzes with possibility.
If we ever put up an article about an EA game, or a battle royale, or pretty much anything, come to think of it, one of the most common refrains is to hear folks bemoaning the death of single-player gaming; the proliferation of games as a service, loot boxes, and all the big baddies coming to steal your lunch money. But is there actually any truth to it?
Apex Legends has been out for well over a week now and you've had a fair chunk of time to get to grips with Respawn's battle royale shooter. When you hit the ground and scramble for your loot, the only thing that separates you from everyone else is which is the Legends you picked. Each grants you special bonus abilities, both passive and activated, and all of them can help to turn the tide of battle in your favour. But which is the best?
Battle royales have become a global phenomenon and all the biggest publishers are chasing that sweet, sweet cash. But which is the best? We’ve had a poll like this before, back in August 2018. At the time, PUBG walked out the winner but things have changed a whole lot since then. Namely, Call of Duty: Blackout and Apex Legends have been released, and both have been big success stories in their own ways.
It’s that of the time again where we’re ready for another straw poll on which resolutions we’re all gaming out.
Review bombing isn’t exactly a new phenomenon. Give customers the power to collectively target a product and sure enough,  they’ll do it if they aren’t happy. But review bombing games has started to become a much more common occurrence. It really traces its roots back to Mass Effect 3, a game which was review bombed due to players being unhappy about its ending. I still rate BioWare’s reaction to this as one of the worst moves in terms of the health of gaming, particularly in the long term. Changing the ending because of the reaction was the unofficial handing over of the baton and marked a big change in consumer entitlement.