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TAXES ON GAMES

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We have received notice that Steam and Humble will both start collecting consumption takes on game sales. It’s not yet known if GOG will also be collecting taxes. New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Iceland, South Africa and India will have Steam purchases taxed starting March 1, 2017. Australia will begin on July 1, 2017. Right …

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AMD RYZEN

AMD is now ready to launch of the Ryzen. AMD will have processors for worldwide distribution on March 2, 2017 and motherboards will be widely available to go with the new processors. AMD R3 and R5 processors will be available for budget systems.   MODEL CORES/THREADS L3 TDP CLOCK TURBO PRICE R7 1800X 8/16 16MB …

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STEAM DIRECT

Steam is now making some changes following a 38% increase in the number of games being offered in 2016 alone. Steam was using their Greenlight system to consider games for the market. Now they are going to abandon it and use game reviews more directly. Steam changed their review system to add more weight to …

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MICRON GDDR6

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Micron at a news conference mentioned that GDDR6 is now being developed and it should be ready for video card manufacturers towards the end of 2017. The company said its upcoming GDDR6 memory will be significantly faster than the GDDR5 and GDDR5X VRAM in current graphics cards. The GDDR5X memory will continue to be used …

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SEAGATE DEVELOPS LARGER DESKTOP HARD DISKS

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Seagate is presently testing some new 12TB desktop SATA hard disks. We see this disk being very handy for backups of games, iTunes and other media collections. Seagate CEO Stephen Luczo says that initial feedback has been very positive. Seagate is also working to get a 14TB disk into testing soon. Looking into 2018 Seagate …

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DDR5 BY 2020

While AMD’s Ryzen is sill a few months away, the JEDEC is now close to finishing the DDR5 standard which is expected to be done by year’s end. DDR5 will increase the maximum capacity. At present consumer DDR4 is being mass produced at 4GB and 8GB capacities with 16GB at the high end. DDR5 will …

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RAZOR PROJECT VALERIE LAPTOPS STOLEN

We have just learned that at the close of the CES 2017, it has been reported that 2 of the Razor Project Valerie prototype laptops stolen. The machines were taken from the Razer press room at approximately 4 p.m. on Sunday, January 8, 2017. Considering these are prototype machines, they would be very difficult to …

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AMD VEGA DETAILS

AMD has released some slides for the new Vega GPU. AMD has continued to refine their GCN architecture which was first seen in cards like our HD 7870. SInce then, AMD has refined the GCN cores. Mostly the changes are to support a growing number of GCN cores in a specific GPU. WIndows Vista and …

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MASS EFFECT 2: ON THE HOUSE

Origin has released Mass  Effect 2 on the house. The game includes all of the DLC for the game. Firewalker Pack Digital Art Books Documentary Soundtrack Cerebus Art Projector Cerberus Weapon and Armour Normandy Crash Site Zaeed The price of Revenge https://www.origin.com/can/en-us/store/free-games/on-the-house

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2016: A YEAR OF CHANGE

The PC gaming world saw a lot change.  2016 saw explosive growth in free to play games. UNIVERSAL WINDOWS GAMES The biggest one is the rise of the universal Windows platform which is Microsoft’s latest middleware effort. So many layers of middleware and games do not run well. Microsoft wants to make more game available …

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