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69 GAMES ON FEATURE

The summer time is slow for PC game sales so it comes as no surprise to see 69 games for sale on our Steam Wishlist. Steam is running their annual summer sale, mostly aimed at collectors. We already have a vast number of games all reviewed in the database, This is on top of the …

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HOLY BATMAN: ADAM WEST HAS DIED

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With great sadness and condolences to the family. We see that Adam West (William West Anderson) has finally passed away. His family said he died from leukemia, at age 88 (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017). The cliff-hanger style and the positive impact of Batman will long be remembered. West enjoyed a great career …

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HTTPS SECURE

Today after removing old insecure advertisements and the Steam widget we see the site is working fine with HTTPS. We have contacted all advertisers about the problem.. Google Chrome will identify quickly which assets are not secure. The icon on the left side of the address bar shows secure but many sites will show the …

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BOXING DAY

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Here in Canada we have boxing day which is the biggest shopping day of the year. The US has black friday after Thanksgiving. Boxing day is secular, it’s not a religious day. Boxing day has a long history of charity for the poor and the modern sensibility appears to have been established circa 1830. We …

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ROADMAP 2017

2017 is now more clear with roadmaps for PC gaming. A few VR games have made a splash but not many can afford the $600++ for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset etc etc. Mainstream VR is still a few years off. AMD RAVEN RIDGE AMD Bristol Ridge will be the first wave from …

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GOOGLE & HTTPS

Google is pushing HTTPS aggressively. The problem is that it costs a lot of money to subscribe for a certificate, This means Google must be on the payroll. Prices were have seen are in the range of $150 or more annually. This site does not earn nearly that much. So this only favors large business. …

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BING NEWS

We have been approved for inclusion with Bing News. Over time we expect to appear occasionally with the news app in Windows 10 however there are many other media outlets that compete with us. For that reason posts may be buried deep enough so as not to be noticed all the time. Over time however …

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INTERNAL SERVER ERROR

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AZURE BANDWIDTH PROBLEMS AGAIN

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ABANDONED GAMES

There are lots of game reviews ine database and most were done very long ago. When looking for boxart for some old reviews were plain text files, we discovered that very few if any copies of boxart were available. Many DOS games were shareware which generally is a playable game with maybe some additional content …

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SITE IMPROVEMENTS

Here are Hardcore Games we work hard to be the best portal for PC gaming. PC gaming is more than double the combined market size of all consoles. Categories are available for those with specific machine architectures. The Global Games Market Report shows worldwide gaming has reached US $100 billion. Growth looks good growth through 2020 …

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NEW CHARTS

Following the heavy handed treatment by Microsoft we will be replacing all Excel based charts with new ones. WP Beautiful Charts will be used initially however we are still considering alternatives. WP Beautiful Charts for WordPress that stores the data in the database which can be edited with new data as desired. While best for …

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CRIMINALIZING A GAMING SITE?

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PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

We have now installed push notifications. This way site users can subscribe and they will be advised when new articles are released. Facebook also uses the same to alert user with messages etc. Initially we are using OneSignal which is popular free service for independant WordPress users. We expect to see more sites using push …

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CHROME & HTTPS

Starting in January 2017 Google’s Chrome will start red flagging sites that does not have a HTTPS certificate. They are already flagging sites with images using HTTP. We see this as a cash grab for certificate vendors. WORDPRESS WordPress can be setup for HTTPS with the site settings. Its a good idea to use a broken …

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WTF

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BUDGETING FOR HARDWARE UPGRADES 2016

Now that 14nm is maturing it’s not a bad idea to consider a modernization of the gaming box. We are expecting a flock of new motherboards, processors and video cards come the holiday season. Last year the Z170 gave Intel users a much needed boost in gaming. This year the AMD Zen is expected. THINGS TO …

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OLD SITE TO WORDPRESS

Before we converted to WordPress we used a custom PHP based solution. PHP allowed is to use a component based web site. Then using a simple template a new game review or hardware review would be easily done. PHP has changed several times over the years since it first became available circa 1995 but we …

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AZURE

Microsoft Azure is the business name for their internet services. Such as web hosting and other services. We moved our site to Azure in 2010 as the IBM machine were we using as web server had finally died. Azure was available so we took advantage of the service and we have been with them ever …

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GOOGLE ADSENSE

We received a message from Google recently that our account was cancelled and that they would not pay us. We estimate we are owed about $50 or so. Most likely a click fraud bot was causing problems for Google. We discovered that many others have also had their accounts suspended. It seems that ads for …

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