Base-building is de rigueur these days, what with all those survival games, Minecraft, Fallout 4 and now Fortnite, but before all that we had tiny top-down or isometric worlds in which we diligently built cities and dungeons and theme parks and rail networks. The central appeal of management games was and is that they give us an idealised sense of what it is like to create a game – to weave new worlds upon our screens, guided only by our imaginations, ingenuity and the limitations of the in-game taxation system. Magic, right there: the birth of your own universe. For a while there, it looked as though the management flame was fading, choked by the low-grade tycoon games that littered supermarkets’ dusty games shelves. But this is The New Age Of PC Games, which means every near-abandoned idea of yesteryear has been revisited in thoughtful and ambitious new ways. Town sims and theme sims are now healthier and more vibrant than they’ve ever been, expanding. This round-up … [Read more...] about The 20 best management games on PC
Best network monitoring tools
We’re riding your easily manipulated machismo as an excuse to look at the pros and cons of using Windows as a home server. The demise of the real Windows Home Server line in 2011 left a hole in Microsoft’s range, one that Windows Server Essentials could never quite fill with its small business remit, at a time when, annoyingly, a home server is of more use than ever.We all have so much digital "stuff" that we want to keep, access, stream, share, and keep safe, that it’s hard to know where to put it. Sure, there are cloud solutions, but who knows where your data is going to end up being stored? Plus, access speed is always limited by your upstream/downstream speeds. So, while throwing stuff up to the cloud is useful, there are limitations and concerns with third-party services.There’s nothing better than having real bare-metal in your locality, running services for high-speed access and backup, from where it can be pushed over slower connections to the cloud if … [Read more...] about Windows Server vs. Network Attached Storage Which is better for a home server?
THE term VPN is most often spoken about in terms of security and data protection, but what is a VPN? Here we'll tell you all you need to know about the technology. What is a VPN? VPN stands for 'virtual private network'. It is a tool which can change the assigned 'address' of a computer, laptop or mobile device. Software which uses VPN technology adds an extra layer of security to computers, laptops, tablets or smartphones. It makes it much harder for snoopers to monitor your online activity, and it helps protect personal data and information. Because of an increase in concern around protecting personal data, VPNs are more talked about and more common than ever. What are VPNs used for? As VPNs are used to improve security, they can be used in everyday situations where your browsing may be more vulnerable than usual. If you ever access public wi-fi (in a shop, cafe, or on a train) - or if you connect to wi-fi which doesn't ask for a password, using a VPN service will increase your … [Read more...] about What is a VPN, what are they used for, are they illegal and who are the best providers?
IT is the shadowy underbelly of the internet, used to hide illegal activity online. Only accessible via special software, the dark web has become a major problem for global law enforcement agencies. But what is it, where did it come from and how does it work? What is the dark web? The internet is actually made up of three different layers: the surface web, the deep web and the dark web. The top layer, the surface web, are web pages that show up using search engines such as Google - like The Sun website that you're looking at right now. The deep web are web pages which search engines can't access and are therefore hidden, accessed via passwords and authorisation. Any time you log into an account you're accessing deep web content that won't show up on a search engine. For example, work intranets, password-protected areas of online banking and draft blog posts are all stored on the deep web. This means that if someone was to Google your name, your banking information or Amazon … [Read more...] about What is the dark web? From drugs and guns to the Chloe Ayling kidnapping, a look inside the encrypted network
Subscribe to PCGamesN on YouTube What is the best PC strategy game? Some would say StarCraft II, others Civilization VI. Join us, as we list the genre’s greatest hits, featuring the biggest Steam games available. Fun fact: the strategy game genre was first invented back in 1938, when Winston Churchill looked out an aeroplane window over France and thought, "Hey, this would make a really cool video game, whatever that is." Probably. Since then, there have been about a hundred million different strategy games, simulating about as many different kinds of fighting as we humans have had reasons to fight one another. From the all-encompassing broad strokes of the Civilization series to the individually rendered blades of the Total War games, not to forget the far-flung fantasy tech of StarCraft - strategy games are as diverse as they come. Don't have a strategic bone in your body? Then stimulate your fingers with the best FPS games on PC. But which are the absolute top … [Read more...] about The best strategy games on PC