Author Archives: Chris Scott Barr


The Division gets big updates ahead of open beta

When a game gets a closed beta just a month before it's ready to be released, people often wonder just how much can be changed in that time. Such is the case with Tom Clancy's The Division. The game had a weekend-long closed beta at the end of last month. There's an open beta coming, and along with it, a surprising number of changes.

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Hitman Absolution is getting the Xbox One treatment

One thing that's always made me enjoy playing games on a PC is the fact that there are very few games that I can't go back and play whenever I want, on the same machine I play new titles on. With consoles, the ability to play older games on new hardware has been spotty, at best. Microsoft has been doing a good job of making Xbox 360 titles available since they announced the feature last year. And it looks like we have another new (old) games to look forward to.

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Speck MightyPack Plus Review: Mighty indeed

I'm the kind of guy that's much happier carrying around a backpack, rather than a typical laptop bag. Not only do I find them more comfortable, they typically have more storage space. For a couple of weeks, I've been testing out Speck's MightyPack Plus, and using it to lug around my various gadgets.

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Fallout 4 ramen is real, for some reason

Since Fallout 4 was announced, we've seen some pretty strange tie-in products. The first was Fallout Shelter, a very unexpected iOS game. It wasn't so much strange as it was simply surprising (and fun!). Then came things like an official Nuka Cola, which was a fun (if hard to find) product. However, the weirdest tie-in was the Fallout Beer. However, that title is about to be passed on, thanks to something that Bethesda has started sending out.

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Rocket League on Xbox One gets a release date, bonus items

Regardless of what platform you choose to game on, you're always going to have to deal with timed exclusives for a different one. Timed exclusives are annoying, but they have a silver lining. While you're waiting on them, you can clear out some of your back catalog. Plus, when they do show up, sometimes they come with a little apology note.

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Google’s ads will be Flash-free in 2017

We've known for quite some time that Flash's days are numbered. When Apple first announced that they wouldn't support it on their crazy new phone back in 2007, people went crazy. But they were onto something, and the rest of the web seems to be following suit. The latest domino to fall is from Google, and it's a very welcome one.

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The Division’s open beta is coming soon

We've been waiting around for Tom Clancy's The Division since it was announced back in 2013. Originally we'd been told that the game would be released in 2014, then it got moved back to 2015. The current release date is March 8, 2016, and it doesn't look like we'll be seeing any further delays.

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First Oculus Ready PCs revealed: bundle packs aplenty

The first wave of Oculus Rift headsets are slated to start shipping next month. And if you've got one on pre-order, then it's probably about time you start thinking about your PC. If you've got an older machine, it likely won't be able to keep up with the demands of VR. And that's why Oculus has partnered with a few different companies to ship “Oculus Ready PCs.”

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Google reverses Android ad-blocker decision

Just last week, Google seemed to declare war on mobile ad-blockers on the Google Play app store. It all started when they blocked Adblock Fast from the store. The most bizarre part of the story was Google's vague reasoning behind their decision, which was that it violated Section 4.4 of the Developer Distribution Agreement. Well, now they appear to have reversed course.

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