A VPN can be a godsend to gamers, and it’s likely you’ve heard the term being bandied about, but what exactly does it mean, and why should you care? If online gaming is something you do regularly, it might be worth your time to dig a little deeper and sign up to a VPN service to make the most of your online sessions. VPN stands for Virtual Private Networking and is essentially a way to use the use the internet securely by encrypting your data and routing it through a server. There are a number of additional benefits that using a VPN can bring to your gaming, so we’ll hop right in. What are the benefits of a VPN?First off, VPNs give you an added layer of security when using the internet by encrypting your data on your end before it leaves your device. In terms of gaming, it makes you safer from potential DDoS attacks.The second bonus is being able to access geo-restricted content. VPNs spoof your location, letting you download and play games and DLC from any … [Read more...] about Do I need a VPN for playing games? And what is the best one?
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"The forges here at Blizzard are burning hot" said community manager Brandy Camel last week, letting us know that multiple new Diablo games are afoot. Blizzard job adverts a month or so ago asked for environmental, technical and dungeon artists in service of more Diablo games, and we might get our first glimpse of something new later this year—maybe at Blizzcon in November.Blizzard has reiterated several times that it still cares about the Diablo series even as Hearthstone and Overwatch continue to do well, but will Diablo return as an action RPG, or evolve into something new? Let's speculate about what Blizzard could do with Diablo next.Diablo 4, obviouslyThink about everything you love about Diablo—blasting thousands of enemies with cool spells, picking up loot in the aftermath, levelling a cool hero. Now imagine all that, but there’s also a player-driven shop where people can sell loot for real money. Ah, jokes. Diablo 3’s fraught development showed how … [Read more...] about What Blizzard should do with Diablo next
HDR on PC is a bit of a mess, but provided you haven’t been put off by Windows 10’s hazy support for it or the astronomical prices of the best gaming monitors for HDR, then the next step on your path to high dynamic range glory is to get a graphics card that actually supports it. Below, you’ll find a complete list of all the Nvidia and AMD graphics cards that have built-in support for HDR, as well as everything you need to know about getting one that also supports Nvidia and AMD’s own HDR standards, G-Sync HDR and FreeSync 2. We’ve also put together a list of all the PC games that support HDR as well. There aren’t many of them, all told, but we’ll be updating this list with more titles as and when they come out so it’s always up to date. HDR: Nvidia graphics cards The good news is that all of Nvidia’s GeForce GTX 900 and 1000 series desktop graphics cards are primed and ready for HDR straight out of the box. … [Read more...] about What graphics card do I need for HDR and what PC games support it?
Over the past several weeks I have sent a lot of interesting people who work in the games industry an email containing the following scenario: “You enter a room. The door locks behind you. From a door opposite another you enters. This other you is a perfectly identical clone, created in the exact instant you entered the room, but as every second ticks by they are creating their own distinct personhood. The doors will unlock in 90 minutes. Nobody will ever know what happens in the room. What do you do? (assume the materials you need for whatever you want to do are in the room). Please show your working, if able.” Many people have not responded, no doubt because they are still grappling with the question, and not because this is a bizarre thing to get from a journalist – especially if you don’t have an established relationship with them. But a lot of your favourite developers and voice actors and generally lovely people did respond, with very thoughtful answers. I … [Read more...] about We asked a lot of people: what would you do to a clone of yourself?
PCG Q&AIn the PCG Q&A, we ask the PC Gamer writers for their thoughts on a particular subject, and encourage you to share your thoughts in the comments. We've been doing it for nine months now, and here are some past editions you might enjoy:- Which game were you the best at?If you could play a sequel to any game, what would it be?Which PC game do you regret spending money on? It doesn't take a lot of prodding to get the PC Gamer team to share their ongoing gripes with games—there's always a couple of recurring, bothersome things to complain about. Unskippable cutscenes, having to restart a game after changing the graphics settings, being forced to read copious amounts of in-game text just to keep things moving: these things will probably exist in games forever.In today's PCG Q&A, then: What are games doing in 2018 that you thought they would have stopped by now? This week's first answer is from MOX, a member of the PC Gamer Club who shares this in our Discord … [Read more...] about What are games doing in 2018 that you thought they would have stopped by now?