Principled Technologies has now published an updated version of its controversial processor benchmarks. The company was originally commissioned by Intel to validate its claims to the Core i9 9900K being the “world’s best gaming processor” but set the competing Ryzen 7 2700X up incorrectly leading to skewed benchmark results. In the initial tests Principled Technologies had set up the Ryzen Threadripper chips in Game Mode in order to accurately test their gaming performance. This is in accordance with AMD’s recommendations, as the pseudo legacy mode allows the mega-core chips to allocate memory resources more efficiently for gaming and doesn’t tangle game engines up with more threads than they can handle. Unfortunately, “for consistency” Principled Technologies had left Game Mode enabled when testing the standard Ryzen 7 2700X. This similarly cut the 2700X’s core-count in half, which then resulted in lower gaming performance almost across … [Read more...] about New Intel i9 9900K CPU benchmarks come with updated AMD results… and an apology
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close Video Everything to know about 'Fortnite' 'Fortnite' has become a cultural phenomenon and mega-hit for video game developer Epic Games, boasting 125 million players around the world. What is it that makes this game so immensely popular, and how did it come to be? Fortnite Cheat Sheet: What Parents Need to Know Parents see Fortnite as a safe middle ground between games like Minecraft and Call of Duty. But many kids have a hard time putting Fortnite down and play through the night, and a number of teens have been brought to psychologists because their school performance has dipped and their interest in social activities has declined. "Fortnite" games are short — typically less than 20 to 25 minutes. So after getting close to winning, it's highly tempting to give it another try, similar to a slot machine. In general, a healthy gaming diet would include no more than 40 minutes a night on school nights and no more than an hour a day on weekends. … [Read more...] about How much Fortnite is too much for kids?
Eons ago, in the dark ages of video stores, adventurers navigated labyrinthine aisles and palavered with part-time archmaesters to find treasured artifacts of the fantasy film genre. Now, thanks to Netflix, one can simply walk into Mordor and sweep over hundreds of options with the click of a button. Which is magical ... if you know what you’re looking for. Most of us don’t possess an Eye of Sauron to sift through Netflix’s fantasy movie programming, making it nearly impossible to find the quality picks buried beneath the Swamp of Direct-to-Video Sadness. Thankfully, we’ve gone there and back again to pick a few of the streaming service’s brightest gems. Assuming you’ve embarked on a few of Netflix’s bigger-name titles — Kubo and the Two Strings, Stardust, Netflix’s surprisingly fulfilling Fullmetal Alchemist movie, or Marvel’s Doctor Strange — here are 10 movies that will serve you well on ... a knight in. Tale of … [Read more...] about 10 fantasy films now on Netflix that you need to see
Killing net neutrality may have been an unpopular move, and sure, the commenting period leading up to the FCC's vote was a farce, but the process that was spearheaded by FCC chairman Ajit Pai was entirely legal. What may have not been, however, is a mega media deal that Pai made possible last year. According to a report in The New York Times, Ajit Pai and the FCC approved a set of rules last to allow television broadcasters to increase the number of stations they own. Weeks after the rules were approved, Sinclair Broadcasting announced a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media The deal was made possible by the new set of rules, which subsequently raised some eyebrows. Notably, the FCC's inspector general is reportedly investigating if Pai and his aides abused their position by pushing for the rule changes that would make the deal possible, and timing them to benefit Sinclair. "For months I have been trying to get to the bottom of the allegations about Chairman Pai’s relationship … [Read more...] about FCC chairman Ajit Pai is under investigation over $3.9 billion media deal
This week, we’re running a big list of what we — and a group of trusted friends — recently voted as the 500 best video games of all time. For the backstory, criteria, explanation of why Breath of the Wild isn’t on the list, etc., head to the beginning here: The 500 best games of all time. For numbers 400-301, scroll down. 400. Mirror's Edge (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) Keep moving. That's the main objective of Mirror's Edge. Releasing alongside dozens of first-person shooters, Mirror's Edge stood for daring to be different. Putting an emphasis on using first-person parkour to outsmart enemies, rather than just shooting through them, Mirror's Edge was a flawed beauty stuck in the memory of those who just kept running through its clean, white city. 399. Braid (2008, PC, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, others) In many ways, the modern indie explosion started with Braid. Unlike anything people had seen at the time, Braid and its time-bending puzzles … [Read more...] about The 500 best games of all time: 400-301