Backing up is the single most boring subject on the face of the planet. Think watching paint dry crossed with 24 hours of Canadian curling in slow motion. Keep reading, though, because it’s also quite possibly the single most important task you can do on your PC (well, right behind ensuring all your passwords are robust).So, how can we make backing up more appealing? The usual answer would be to add a little gamification, but as we’re not app writers, that’s not going to happen. Our next best answer is to make it easy, quick, and as close to being invisible as possible.Part of the problem is that there’s no immediate pay-off for using your valuable time to set up a backup regime. It’s like dealing with climate change, the national debt, or car insurance: It’s someone else’s problem, isn’t it? Until you total your automobile, or China wants its yuan back, or you’re up to your ankles in flood water, or are having trouble finding … [Read more...] about How to make perfect backups and protect your files the easy way
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THE PCG Q&AFind all previous editions of the PCG Q&A here. Check out some highlights: - What is the absolute best gaming snack?What classic PC game is on your pile of shame?What does no one seem to understand about a game you love?This weekend, we've asked the PC Gamer writers about the upcoming games that have made them the most excited over the years, sometimes from reading ancient issues of our own magazine. You'll find a mix of old and new games in here, and we'd love to hear your choices in the comments below too. We've also thrown in some answers from subscribers to the PC Gamer Club membership program via our exclusive Discord channel. Find out more about the PC Gamer Club here.Tyler Wilde: Max PayneI remember reading a preview in PC Gamer which stated that you could go from an indoor environment to an outdoor environment seamlessly—and in New York City! That was really all it took to get me hyped. I was a Quake 2 map maker, and the best you could really … [Read more...] about What’s the most hyped you’ve ever been about an upcoming game?
The following is an excerpt from a near-complete version of Stay Awhile and Listen: Book II – Heaven, Hell, and Secret Cow Levels, now funding on Kickstarter. The book chronicles the making of StarCraft and Diablo II, and reveals new details about cancelled projects and the history of Blizzard Entertainment and Blizzard North. “One of the things we always hated at Blizzard was, if you’re going to make money, do it by making really good products, not just because there’s a business opportunity. That situation occurred here. Our parent company said, ‘We have this studio that’s not doing anything. Why don’t they make a Diablo expansion?’” -Pat Wyatt, vice president of research and development, Blizzard Entertainment “They said, ‘It’s impossible to add Battle.net support in this small amount of time. You’ll never be able to do it.’ That’s why multiplayer is one of the Easter eggs: Because Blizzard … [Read more...] about How a Diablo expansion led to behind the scenes trouble