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STEAM: WINDOWS 7 AHEAD OF WINDOWS 10

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Looking at Steam stats for operating systems today, we see Windows 7×64 (68.8%) is still well ahead of Windows 10 x64 (24.47) adoption. Windows 8.1 x64 is a distant third at 2.44%. This one of the reasons why Microsoft is still allowing Windows 7 holdouts to still upgrade. We have been using Windows 10 x64 …

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AMAZON CUTS COMPENSATION

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Amazon has reduced the compensation for some products of interest to the site. Competition for games has forced a reduction in commissions for most affiliates long ago. Earning from Amazon have fallen compared to other campaigns which is why the new advertisements were deployed earlier this year. We focused more on hardware with advertisements for …

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GAMES NO LONGER ON STEAM

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Many of the games we have are no longer being offered on Steam.  We have several games in our library that no longer have a store page. We are aware that several games removed as they were scams or otherwise unsuitable. Recently we discovered Steam has removed 150 titles that were fake and fraudulent titles. …

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REVVING UP GAMING FOR 2018

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Here at Hardcore Games we have been using an old box for games for a long time. Occasionally a hardware refresh can do wonders for gaming. Our Corsair Carbide 300R chassis is well suited for a retrofit, the old faithful TX850V2 has never let us down once.  The old AM3 motherboard has seen better days. …

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NEW LOOK

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We have modified the site look considerably. The new theme is much more adaptive to widely disparate users. The growth in mobile gaming has been the biggest motivator so far. The goal is to make the site look good on anything from a older phone to a 4K panel. This means we are no longer …

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NEW ADS

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Amazon has new native ads for specific products. The work well with the new ad rotator so we have dumped the old native ads in favor of a more sophisticated selection of products. We simply took ASIN numbers and created new style ads. We also cleaned up out of stock items so that at least …

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WHAT GOOGLE LIKES HERE THE MOST

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Search is all over the dial but here at Hardcore Games we have noticed hat the bottom of the line video card gets more 1000 times the page views than a $400 card. The $50 video cards even outsell the $100 cards. AMD Radeon R5 435 is an OEM video card. We have one that …

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REDIRECT LINKS FIXED

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When we first installed WordPress it uses a URL scheme that is not very human friendly. example.com/?p=12929 Recently we also added more categories for gaming. We are finding that WP has some limitations in how sophisticated accessing the database can get. Using a plugin, we scanned the entire site to get rid of all redirects. …

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PHP 7

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We use a large number of plugins and components with WordPress which makes it a problem migrating to PHP 7. We tested PHP 7 and 7.1 with Azure and in both cases the site threw HTTP 500 errors. Rolling back to PHP 5.6 restored the site to normal operation. Azure maintains several versions of PHP …

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GAMES MENU OVERHAUL

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The old menu was too cumbersome so we now use a static page with that leverages custom search capabilities with WP. It’s possible to use multiple column if the page gets to long, this makes it easier to manage bulleted lists etc.