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Reaper of Souls

By on April 17, 2014 at 4:23 pm

I’m not ashamed to admit that I ragequit over the state of Diablo 3 at launch. After finishing the game once, I’d had enough. The regular and inconveniently-timed-for-Australians server maintenance, latency, and the fact that I couldn’t choose to play offline all led to me coming away from one of my most anticipated games of all time with a sour taste in my mouth. I was frustrated that the sequel to a game that I had played almost exclusively offline came with a whole slew of features that I didn’t care about, which explicitly precluded me from playing the game the way I wanted to play it: offline, with no latency, and with local network multiplayer only.

Not quite two years later came the release of Reaper of Souls, the new expansion to Diablo 3. I was drawn in by the conversation surrounding the new content, I was tempted. Nearly two years of learned lessons, patches, and improvements to a game that I had so sorely wanted to love. Perhaps this was the time for forgiveness, for a second chance? The news that Australian servers had been rolled out was enough to push me over the edge. I was going back to Sanctuary.

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NVIDIA NVLink

By on March 28, 2014 at 10:56 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Nvidia’s upcoming NVLink GPU/CPU bus tech, Nielsen’s use of Twitter to further gauge TV ratings, and software that can record a melody with any instrument from little more than a hummed tune.

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Big Bang

By on March 21, 2014 at 1:56 pm

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of the first direct evidence of the Big Bang, Sony’s Project Morpheus virtual reality headset, and Android Wear, Google’s upcoming wearable tech OS.

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The Pirate Bay logo

By on March 14, 2014 at 3:31 pm

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Google’s appeal to the government to improve content availability in Australia, Intel’s new super-fast optical cabling, and a ridiculous new concept coming to the wearable technology market.

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Windows 8.1

By on March 7, 2014 at 8:19 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of a possible free version of Windows, Razer’s Game Booster utility, and Israel’s laser-based missile defence system.

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South Park: The Stick of Truth

By on March 4, 2014 at 8:01 pm

Obsidian Entertainment is RPG royalty. It makes sense, then, that any content provider would kill to task such an esteemed team of designers and developers to produce a game worthy of their precious licences. With this in mind, it is easy to reconcile the double and triple-takes exhibited by any and all that heard that Obsidian would be producing a videogame based on, of all things, South Park.

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NVIDIA GTX Titan

By on January 24, 2014 at 8:25 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Nvidia’s upcoming GTX Titan Black Edition and GTX 790, Valve’s excitement for VR, and NZXT’s next mechanical keyboard designed in collaboration with Ducky.

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NVIDIA Tegra K1

By on January 10, 2014 at 11:13 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details from CES 2014: Nvidia’s new system-on-a-chip that can run Unreal Engine 4, Dell’s super-cheap 4K desktop monitor, and a new advanced Oculus Rift prototype.

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walkingdeadclementine01

By on January 8, 2014 at 12:52 pm

It was with a heavy sense of trepidation that I launched episode one of The Walking Dead: Season 2 (TWDS2). While I felt that enough time had passed since I last gazed into the grim reflection on humanity that is Telltale’s adaptation of Robert Kirkman’s The Walking Dead, I was concerned that seeing the world from Clem’s eyes may once again cause me more anguish than I can bear. What I found, though, was that taking on the role of Clementine didn’t make the experience as uncomfortably personal as I had expected. In fact, it removed one of the most interesting things about the game.

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Steam Machine

By on December 20, 2013 at 10:17 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Google’s acquisition of Boston Dynamics, photos of the beta Steam Machine hardware, and China’s unmanned moon landing.

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AMD Radeon R9 290X

By on December 13, 2013 at 4:55 pm

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of the Radeon R9 290X press board vs. retail board performance discrepancy, the surveillance petition to the US government from major US corporations, and the South Australian anti-gambling campaign that demonises videogames.

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Assassins Creed 4 Black Flag

By on November 22, 2013 at 1:54 pm

When it was announced that Assassin’s Creed 4: Black Flag would be open-world, and focused on the antics of a pirate-slash-assassin, it was easy to assume that Ubisoft were panicked, scrambling to find something, anything that would serve to draw a disillusioned fanbase back into the fold, even if only for the sake of morbid curiosity.

In reality, however, Assassin’s Creed IV: Black Flag is a strong and focused change in direction for the series. The key to this change is found in the protagonist, Edward Kenway, and one simple fact of his personality: Edward could not care less about the Assassins, the Templars, or their damnable causes.

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Xbox One

By on November 15, 2013 at 10:48 am

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Target shipping early Xbox One consoles, MIT students intriguing Kinect project, and MakerBot’s attempt to get 3D printers into the hands of schoolchildren.

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Hard Drive Platters

By on November 8, 2013 at 2:38 pm

Welcome to the Friday Tech Roundup! Contained herein is your weekly dose of some of the best tech news from across the Internet, rounded up for your edification and entertainment. Read on for all the details of Western Digital’s new helium-filled hard drives, the NSA tapping Google and Yahoo data, and the spherical camera that will bring StreetView-like video capturing to consumers.

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