If you made a different turn heading toward the coastline, you’d miss Santa Marianita entirely. Wedged between Manta and the Pacific Ocean, the small, 5,000-person Ecuadorean fishing village isn’t on the map. Visitors often show up by accident after taking a wrong turn on their way from San Lorenzo to Manta, or perhaps driven by curiosity toward the sea after visiting the nearby Pacoche wildlife reserve. Santa Marianita’s roads are paved; the sidewalks aren’t. Its few, humble thatched-roof hostels have an enviable ocean view, from whose windows you can whale-watch at the right time of the year. And its windswept beaches stretch on for wide, empty kilometers. The occasional kite surfer or digital nomad drifts in, drawn by the legendary waves or the promise of fiber-optic internet, which reached the village in 2016. But most days, it’s just fishermen hauling their catches and pelicans skimming the sea. Ecuador is not a place known for its gaming culture. … [Read more...] about The video games of Ecuadorean fishing village Santa Marianita
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Most first time builders don’t realize this, but picking the right computer case is a monumental decision. The best PC case for your build determines what components will actually fit inside, how easy your system will be to build, how air will flow across your components, and how your computer will fit into your gaming setup. PC chassis come in a variety of sizes, from miniscule mini-ITX systems meant to sit on your desk, to massive full towers designed for maximum expandability.With this in mind, we’ve picked out 20 of the best PC cases to start with for your next system build, spanning a spectrum of sizes, shapes, and price points. If you're looking for a great caming case, it's here. If you want something sleek and minimalist, it's here, too.Some are our personal favorites, the best cases we've built our own rigs with. Others come highly recommended by do-it-yourselfers and professional reviewers. If you're looking for even more specific advice, check out our buying … [Read more...] about The best PC cases for your next gaming rig
Final Fantasy 15 EXP - how to get fast EXP and level up easily Rest in hotels for a hefty multiplier - Sleep can impact your experience point gains in two basic ways; sleeping in a campsite can allow Ignio to cook up a delicious meal that increases the rate at which you gain experience points - more on that shortly - and sleeping in a hotel increases their value when tallied and applied to your character. Different locations provide more of a boost than others, but as with most things in life quality comes with a price; caravans give you a 1.2x boost for just 30 Gil, whereas luxury hotels will give you twice or three times the experience you've banked - though you need to caught up an eyewatering amount of Gil for the privilege. Here is a quick breakdown of the types of areas you can sleep: Caravan (most rest areas) - 30 Gil, 1.2x EXP increase Motel (Longwythe Rest Area, Taelpar Rest Area, Old Lestallum, Lestallum's hotel) - 300 Gil, 1.5x EXP increase Luxury hotels; Galdin Guay's The … [Read more...] about Final Fantasy 15 EXP sources
Microsoft is on the prowl. Xbox boss Phil Spencer said in November of last year that the Redmond behemoth is looking to improve its ability to "create content"—which is to say, to increase its first-party games output. One quick-and-easy way of doing that is to hoover up studios or publishers, and rumors of potential buyouts, some wild and others more grounded, quickly surfaced following the proclamation. Microsoft's primary goal is to make up ground against Sony, whose first-party oriented approach to the PlayStation 4 console has served it well. But Microsoft's "ecosystem" approach to the Xbox makes the matter relevant to those of us who call PC home too. Microsoft has had mixed luck with internal studios—for every Turn 10, a Lionhead—and so watching how the future unfolds for whichever studio ends up in its grasp will be interesting in its own right. But any big studio purchase could send massive ripples throughout gaming: Imagine, if you will, Cyberpunk 2077 as a … [Read more...] about What game studios might Microsoft actually buy?
The first time Taylor Kurosaki and Bob Rafei saw a running PlayStation, they were in a Las Vegas hotel room. It was the 1995 Consumer Electronics Show. They, along with the company they worked for, Naughty Dog, were being given a behind-closed-doors look at Sony's first foray into the game console industry. When they describe the event now, they use words like "inspiring" and "enthralled" and phrases like "blown away." They didn't know it at the time, but the members of Naughty Dog in that room — Kurosaki, Rafei and co-founders Jason Rubin and Andy Gavin — were looking at the system that would host the team's next game: Crash Bandicoot. They were seeing the console their company would eventually create the unofficial mascot for — the console they would develop Naughty Dog's first smash hit for. It was Kurosaki and Rafei's second day with the company. Naughty Dog released Crash Bandicoot for Sony's original PlayStation in September 1996. In it, the team took an old … [Read more...] about Crash Bandicoot: An oral history