Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


Crafting in The Division is about to get a lot harder

Crafting in The Division is about to get a lot harder

When an online, multiplayer game gets released, there are obviously some balancing issues that have to be rectified over time. This usually means changing the damage output of weapons, or making adjustments to special abilities. Well, The Division is about to go through some balancing changes next week, and it's got a lot of players upset.

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Bethesda outlines Doom Open Beta, DLC plans

Bethesda outlines Doom Open Beta, DLC plans

It's been quite some time since we've gotten to play a new Doom title, so it's no wonder that people are wanting to get their hands on the game as soon as possible. Last week Bethesda allowed some lucky people to test out the multiplayer portion of the game during their closed beta. However, for those that weren't able to get in, you're in luck. The company has just announced an open beta that kicks off next week.

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Oculus “may” use data for advertising, but when?

Oculus “may” use data for advertising, but when?

When it was announced that Facebook would be purchasing Oculus, it gave a lot of people pause. I certainly didn't see that move coming, but over time it slowly made more and more sense. After all, VR can be used for a lot more than just playing video games. It can be a great way to interact with other people, which is what Facebook is all about. Of course, Facebook is also about making money through advertising, which has caused some concern over the last few days.

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Microsoft announces further Start Menu changes for Windows 10

Microsoft announces further Start Menu changes for Windows 10

When it comes to Windows, there's no feature that's been more controversial in the past few years than the Start menu. In Windows 7, few people complained about it. Then, in Windows 8, it transformed into some sort of abomination. They brought back a more familiar version, albeit an updated one, for Windows 10. And now it looks like Microsoft is ready to roll out some new changes to the Start menu once again.

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Quantum Break DRM bug turns your character into a pirate

Quantum Break DRM bug turns your character into a pirate

Different companies have different ways of dealing with piracy. Some will try to lock a game down with harsh DRM, which can sometimes backfire and prevent the game from being played by paying users. Others will simply use an Easter egg to shame pirates into (hopefully) purchasing a copy of the game. Quantum Break developer Remedy Entertainment went with the second option, but it looks like it still managed to affect legitimate game owners.

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PlayStation 4 update brings remote play to PCs and Macs starting tomorrow

PlayStation 4 update brings remote play to PCs and Macs starting tomorrow

Sony has been beta testing their latest PS4 update since the beginning of last month. The update, version 3.50, codenamed MUSASHI includes a lot of interesting features, but the big one wasn't included in the beta. It's the ability to stream your PlayStation 4 games to a Mac or PC.

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Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

Twitter finally lets you easily share tweets via DM

The internet is all about sharing things. Sharing photos, ideas, information, and anything else that can be converted into a digital format. So why is it so hard to share a tweet in a DM conversation? Users have long wondered why the simple act of sharing a tweet in a private conversation between other Twitter users is such a complicated process. Well Twitter has listened, and there's now a new button to solve this problem.

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Lyft Line expands to Denver, San Jose, and four other cities

Lyft Line expands to Denver, San Jose, and four other cities

Sometimes when you're trying to get from Point A to Point B, you're not as worried about how quickly you're going to get to your destination, and you're more concerned with how much it will cost. Sure, calling an Uber or a Lyft can be rather inexpensive, but what if you could get that fare down even lower by splitting it with one or more other people? Well, both companies have ways of doing that, and Lyft is expanding theirs to six new cities next week.

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VR headset hygiene mask keeps things sanitary

VR headset hygiene mask keeps things sanitary

I'll be honest, I really don't want to be writing today. It's Vive launch day, and I have games that are waiting to be played in the other room. Thankfully, I've found something worthwhile to write about, that's also related to my burning desire to play VR. It will also help me with a certain problem that I've been worrying about.

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World of Warcraft Twitch streamer dances his way to level 100

World of Warcraft Twitch streamer dances his way to level 100

When you first play a game like World of Warcraft, it takes a good while to level all the way up. Plus, you've got to learn how to properly play the character. Then, after years of playing, it can honestly be so easy that you need a new challenge. One Twitch streamer seems to have hit that point, and decided that it was time to take a character from level 1 to 100, using nothing more than a pair of DDR dance pads.

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Fallout 4’s Wasteland Workshop DLC gets a release date, trailer

Fallout 4’s Wasteland Workshop DLC gets a release date, trailer

We've known for a little while that Fallout 4's next piece of DLC would be shipping sometime this month, but Bethesda was keeping the exact release date to themselves. Perhaps they were just waiting until they were done cutting the trailer, before making the official announcement. Either way, today they released the official trailer, and made the announcement that the DLC would be dropping next week.

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HTC Vive vs Vive Pre, what’s the difference?

HTC Vive vs Vive Pre, what’s the difference?

Today is the big day for some lucky HTC Vive buyers. The Vive is showing up in houses across the US, which means it's time to answer the burning question on everyone's mind. No, I don't know when yours is showing up, I mean the other burning question. "What's the difference between the Vive and the Vive Pre?" Well I'm glad you asked.

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