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The death of hardcore?!?

There are a lot of sides to this issue and I'm sort of thinking out loud here, but the first thing that struck me when presented with this idea is… so what is it that hardcore gamers want? What games qualify as hardcore and which don't?  Does there even need to be a distinction?

Geeking Out: Heart-Shaped Box, Jonestown, and Vampires

Time for another installment of Geeking Out—the blog that people occasionally read when they want to know what I'm reading/watching/playing or just a cursory update on life here at Casa de Bracken.

Softcore Wars: Rumble Roses vs the DOA Girls

Read blog postWhat is it about softcore porn games lately?  It seems like the better the technology gets, the worse these games are.

Demystifying anti-aliasing on nVidia 8 Series video cards

I've been asked a lot of questions about how anti-aliasing works, what the best modes are, etc. etc. So, I've decided to publish a guide on the subject to help you become more familiar with some of your video card's advanced features.

Bargain hunting is hot... RIGHT NOW

Like I said a few times on the boards lately, it's a superb time right now to play catch-up with last-gen (wow, it feels really weird to say that) games now that everybody's moving on to new hardware. Bargain Hunters, engage!

PC gaming isn't just not dying – it's growing!

Remember when the XBox and PlayStation 2 were fairly new, and a lot of pundits speculated that due to the power of the new consoles, PC gaming was on its way out? And remember how just a couple of years later, the PC was home to marquee titles including Rome: Total War, Half-Life 2, and Doom 3?

Triple buffering: Improve your PC gaming performance for free

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Most of the time, PC gamers try to strike a balance between visual fidelity and performance; raising one decreases the other. However, one of the easiest ways to get better picture quality out of your PC gaming without any sacrifice in performance is with "triple buffering." It's totally free, and the difference can be dramatic. Let me explain.

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The Heroes season finale... coulda been better

So tonight was the final episode of the only show on TV that I've been fanatical about watching.  Although the series as a whole has been outstanding, and provided excellent entertainment week after week, I can't help but feel that the season finale wasn't as crisp and stunning as it could have been. 

It's good to be gaming

I'm a big hardware nut, so I spend a fair bit of time tweaking my PC. I just recently finished building a new rig, and it's been a much bigger task than I thought it would be – I'm now on my fourth motherboard! But now I've got my rig all optimized and overclocked, and I've finally been able to get into some serious gaming.
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