Category Archive: pc gaming

EMULATORS & RETRO GAMING

The modern PC is incredibly powerful when considered to machines ca. 1980. Back in 1980 the Radio Shack TRS-80 was expensive and it was not very powerful. It also cost several thousand dollars. There is an open source C program to emulate CP/M which allows antique BASIC and even binary backwards compatibility. PC-DOS and MS-DOS …

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DIGITAL HOMICIDE

Digital Homicide is a game developer working in Yuma Arizona. They have released several games according to Wikipedia. Evidently they do not like negative comments about their games. Digital Homicide Studios’ second game, The Slaughtering Grounds, was released on October 31, 2014. The game was criticized for its poor graphics, numerous glitches, bad controls, short …

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GAMES USING DENUVO COPY PROTECTION

Some recent games that are sold on the Steam Store are now shipping with additional DRM. Unlicensed copying has been a problem for games for a long time. Denuvo evolved from the old Sony SecureROM technology. The Denuvo is not conventional DRM, it works more to prevent tampering which was a problem for SecureROM.. Denuvo seems …

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FIX STEAM GAMES

When restoring games from a backup, generally Steam has no problem updating the game if the backup is out of date. Depending on the available hardware, backups may be on DVD disks, NAS or even a file server. See our page on steam game verification. Upgrading Windows can also make a mess with games.  For …

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VERIFY STEAM GAMES

Some games seem to become corrupt for unknown reasons. It’s possible that there is a bad area on the hard disk or SSD or there is some updates that does not update the catalogs. To verify a game, right click on the game and select properties. Then chose local files. Small games are not a …

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MOVING STEAM GAMES

We use a desktop machine for PC gaming and we have several hard disks installed. Modern hard disks are now big enough to handle several hundred games. Games have grown bigger which pushes capacity limits. Many gaming enthusiasts have purchased SSD products. These tend to be lower in capacity. So given everything wants to be …

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GAMESPY HAS CLOSED

Gamespy was founded back in 1996 They were the service provider for game companies who wanted to provide multiplayer capabilities for their games. EA and other game publishers found GameSpy and PunkBuster both to be very useful. idSoftware used GameSpy for Quake which was one of the first games to offer internet multiplayer capability. GameSpy emerged from the …

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THE FUTURE OF GAMES

Today the typical PC game will work fine even with A single GTX 260  which is now starting to get behind the curve. A single GTX 260 is actually far better than the even older graphics of the PlayStation 3 or the Xbox 360. For this reason even the latest titles usually have options to lower …

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FREE TO PLAY GAMES

In recent years we have noticed a new movement in PC games. Alien Swarm is one game that Valve published for free. The game became wildly popular and the Steam store acquired many new clients. Valve’s Steam DRM platform has become very popular with publishers. Locking the game to the original purchaser is not very …

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GAME PERFORMANCE

Games over time have become increasingly more demanding. Most games have several options to change the rendering pipeline for those with less powerful video cards. Today the modern video card can be considered as a massively parallel supercomputer that is specialized for game rendering. Cray supercomputers now use a GPU to perk up performance. GAME …

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64-BIT PC GAMES

The move to 64-bit Windows has make the PC the top choice for gaming today. Here at Hardcore Games we used Windows XP x64 right from release day onwards. We used 64-bit Windows XP for chess which is incredibly demanding on CPU performance in addition to demanding staggering amounts of memory. For years, video games made do with …

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64-BIT WINDOWS: CRAM IT WITH RAM

32-bit Windows games are limited to 2048MB of main memory and 512MB video memory. 64-bit Windows is backwards compatible with existing games while providing many more resources for the new generation of games. Most gaming rigs have 4 memory slots, we strongly suggest using 4 identical sticks for best results. Some Intel motherboards may have …

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JAVA

Java is a programming language that is very popular. It was first released in 1995. Unlike C or C++, Java uses are more complete run-time which created a new model called middleware. Middleware is the idea of using additional layers of software to consolidate assets. Unlike C++, Java is managed by a for-profit corporation who …

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THE ALL-TIME BEST FIRST PERSON SHOOTERS

There is no question that the first person shooter has the leading game category for many many years. Shooters go back long before we began with a smaller top 10 list. Half Life 2 Quake 3 Arena Halo: Combat Evolved Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare Call of Duty (2003) Halo 2 for Windows Vista …

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ALL TIME TOP SELLING PC GAMES

First person shooters continue to be a dominant class of PC game. Still many other types of games have been phenomenal successes for their developers. Strategy games are less demanding on systems and many such games are also sold. RANK TITLE RELEASED 1 Deus Ex 2000 2 World of Warcraft 2005 3 Elder Scrolls IV: …

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EARLY CABINET TYPE ARCADE GAMES

Back in the 1970s before the PC came to the market. Games were built in dedicated cabinets for the coin-op arcade. Many games earned more than 1 billion quarters. By 1981, arcade video games were an $8 billion industry. Asteroids (1979) Breakout (1976) Defender (1981) Donkey Kong (1981) Frogger (1981) Galaga (1981) Galaxian (1979) Mappy …

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