TAXES ON GAMES

US $100

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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ASUS HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 UEFI VBIOS

After much digging around we finally found a UEFI updater for the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 video card. Unfortunately Asus has configured the software to only work with Asus branded UEFI capable motherboards, even though the VBIOS is for a video card. That is called compulsory tied selling and it’s illegal in Canada and many other countries. Restrictive …

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WINDOWS 10 CREATORS EDITION

The Windows 10 Creator’s edition has many new features of interest for gaming. One of the big moves with Windows is better supporting 3820×2160 4K UHD. Higher resolution panels are available but they are still far too expensive for consumers. Microsoft extended the windows display driver model with the anniversary edition to be able to …

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BRAIN / OUT

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Brain / Out was released on February 24, 2017 by Desertkun who also developed the game. Brain / Out is a platform action game. It’s like a real life 2D Pixel FPS. Brain / Out is another throwback to the NES64 era when side scroller games were about the best the machines could handle. The …

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378.77 HOTFIX

GeForce Driver 378.77 hotfix was released February 23, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience.  Fixed driver installation errors for laptops with GeForce GTX 1050 and  1050 ti GPUs. Fixed crash in Minecraft and some other Java-based titles  Resolved ‘Debug Mode’ as default option on Pascal based GPUs PCI device …

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HALO WARS 2

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Halo Wars 2 iwas released on February 21, 2017 by Microsoft. The game is developed by 343 Industries and Creative Assembly. Halo Wars 2 is a real time strategy game. The game resembles Ashes of the Singularity but it uses the Halo lore. This game is available for the Xbox One and Windows 10. Halo Wars 2 …

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378.72 HOTFIX

GeForce Driver 378.66 hotfix was released February 16, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Fixes the PhysX problem widely reported PCI device ID 1D81 = Graphics Device [GV100] Volta, now in engineering samples Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not …

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378.66 WHQL

GeForce Driver 378.66 hotfix was released February 14, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Fixed some flicker some reported with Battlefield 1 Support for Sniper Elite 4 Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not yet feature complete. FESTERING PROBLEMS GAME …

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SNIPER ELITE 4

Sniper Elite 4 was released on February 14, 2017 by Rebellion who also developed the game. Sniper Elite 4 is a third person action shooter. In Sniper Elite 4 when players kill an enemy using a sniper rifle from a long distance, the X-Ray kill cam system will activate, in which the game’s camera follows the bullet …

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17.2.1 CRIMSON

The AMD Radeon Crimson 17.2.1 was released on February 14, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware AMD Gaming Evolved. We are now testing drivers with the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 which uses the AMD Pitcairn GPU and its GCN architecture. Adds support for Resident Evil 7 Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the …

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FOR HONOR

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For Honor was released on February 13, 2017 by Ubisoft. The game was developed by Ubisoft and Blue Byte. For Honor is a medieval action game. Besides Chivalry, there isn’t a medieval sword fighting game out there that really compares. Ubisoft put a lot of effort into the mechanics of the game. SAMURAI Kensei Shugoki Orochi Nobushi VIKINGS …

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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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378.57 HOTFIX

GeForce Driver 378.57 hotfix was released January 31, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware GeForce experience. Fixed crash in Minecraft and some other Java-based titles Resolved ‘Debug Mode’ as default option on Pascal based GPUs Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the API and Windows 10 is not …

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ROOM SCALE VIRTUAL REALITY

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Oculus Rift posted some comments recently regarding their hardware.They reported that using 3 sensors in a larger area can become too taxing for most USB 3.0 ports. Intel’s Z270 motherboards largely have only have USB 3.0 on the read panel. This is largely due to full backwards compatibility. There are still some USB 2.0 headers …

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CONAN EXILES

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Conan Exiles was released on January 30, 2017 by Funcom who also developed the game. Conan Exiles is an open world survival game. Conan Exiles is in the Steam early access. It has been patched a few times since release. Players take on the role of Conan who has to wander the word the and avoid …

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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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17.1.2 CRIMSON

The AMD Radeon Crimson 17.1.2 was released on January 29, 2017 for Windows 7, WIndows 8 and Windows 10. Avoid the spyware AMD Gaming Evolved. We are now testing drivers with the Asus HD7870-DC2-2GD5-V2 which uses the AMD Pitcairn GPU and its GCN architecture. Adds support for Resident Evil 7 Avoid DX12 and use DX11, ongoing problems with the …

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WINDOWS UPDATE KB3216755

For some reason Microsoft did not deliver February 2017 updates for Windows 10. Speculation has been all over the dial. Contrary to other sources, this is not exclusively an update for insider test builds. http://www.catalog.update.microsoft.com/Search.aspx?q=KB3216755 Is the last update in the catalog, and installing it will reboot your machine. This update is cumulative and it …

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