You are a fortunate soul if you’ve never had to endure that most risky and dangerous of scenarios: the power failure. On the whole this is a hellish experience, which can cause losses of incredible magnitude; even when power returns the surge can be damaging. “But backup power is not really essential”, I hear you cry. Well, while it might not be a priority for those using their PC for moderate play and entertainment, there are moments in gaming that will make you think twice. You never want to just complete that incredibly taxing mission or just finally get your hands on that rarest of rare pieces of loot only then for all the lights to go out. Thankfully, heading the problem off and meeting any potential downfalls head on with an uninterruptible power source has never been easier and they can sustain you in blackout scenarios hopefully for as long as the electrician needs to put the power back on. Our top choice for gamers remains the CyberPower's P1500PFCLCD … [Read more...] about The best uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for PC in 2018
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Certain game companies have established themselves as monoliths of the industry. For years, no matter what lousy PR they’ve received, it never seemed to affect their numbers. As other studios have disbanded or been absorbed, these huge companies have continued to make more and more profits. However, in the last year, we’ve seen the public perception of conglomerates like EA, Bethesda, and Blizzard splinter to the point where even these giants are starting to reel. In the last few months, in particular, we’ve seen PR blunders that would cause smaller companies to close occur with the Battlefield, Fallout, and Diablo franchises. The latest entries in each of these series have been subject to corporate decisions that seem out of touch at best and apathetic at worst. Unlike before, though, fans aren’t going silently. With the snowball effect of bad press over the years, have these companies reached their “too big to fail” moment, where they’ll be … [Read more...] about Is Gaming Having its “Too Big to Fail” Moment?
IT sounds too good to be true - being paid to sit in front of your computer watching animal or funny viral videos on YouTube all day long. But for a group of Finnish teens who earn up to €15 (£13) an hour doing this, it’s a reality. Neverthink is a kind of online telly, set up in November 2016 by two friends from Helsinki, Aviv Junno and Claus Nurro. The pair initially started it as a side project for themselves, as they thought it “would be cool if it were possible to watch YouTube and Reddit like you would TV.” On the Neverthink site, you can choose one of 32 channels to watch (like "Food", "Documentaries", "Comedy", "Fails" or "Memes") and you get served up an endless playlist of YouTube videos around that theme. It's just like TV - you can't fast forward or skip videos, and the channels always play a constant stream of clips, back to back. If you get bored of what you're watching you can just hop between the channels to find something else. Massive … [Read more...] about These teenagers are paid £13 an hour to watch YouTube videos… but critics think the reason behind it is sinister
Michael Johnson, an outspoken voice for at-risk youth and a talented fundraiser as head of the Boys & Girls Club of Dane County, said Monday that he's leaving the Madison-based social services agency to become president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Cincinnati.Johnson's eight-year stint at the Boys & Girls Club will end in early July. His first day at the United Way is July 9."I'm thankful to have worked almost nine years in this community," he said, and he pointed to programs to get youth to complete high school and enroll in college as the "most challenging" and "most rewarding" part of his job.With liberal use of social media and fundraisers that sometimes required him to sleep out on rooftops in all kinds of weather, Johnson was able to drive $25 million in fundraising over his tenure, he said Saturday on Facebook, resulting in a 318 percent increase in the Club's operating budget.Among the other accomplishments he highlighted were increasing the number of children … [Read more...] about Boys & Girls Club’s Michael Johnson to take position with Cincinnati United Way
I haven’t written purely about tech in a long time, but this is a particularly interesting intersection of tech and game design, so I thought I would share it with everybody. Be warned though: This is one of those posts that’s just about the thought process I went through for something and the solution I reached. I’m most definitely not advocating this solution for everybody. Think about it and pick the solution that works for you the best. By now you’ve probably heard of Lasting Legacy: you’re managing a family around the 19th century through several generations, socializing, choosing good marrying prospects, and helping family members pick an occupation. Ah, occupations… Occupations Occupations and the life and blood of the game. It’s what gives the player lots of new actions and effects that can be combined in lots of different ways to achieve lots of powerful effects. The only downside of occupations is that… there are a lot of them! … [Read more...] about Using SQLite to Organize Design Data