There are many types of gamers, you have the speed runners who have to rush to complete every level improving their time with every breath they take. You have the fighters, the ones who will play online for hours and hours, finding more and more worthy foes as they topple countries and players alike. Then you get the completionist, they are driven to find every secret and every unlockable. From flushing a toy down a toilet in a horror game to games hidden in the latest hardware, they are able to find miracles and jokes alike. A series you might not expect to contain many secrets is Mortal Kombat.
Hidden within the first three games of the brutal fighting game, you can access the secret “ed boon” menu’s. The reason for this title is quite simply in that Ed Boon actually programmed in the secret menus, which were only discovered within the last few days. If this wasn’t enough, the menu’s show you options that include everything from changing names on leaderboards (best not use that in competitions), the characters different endings and in Ultimate Mortal Kombat 3 you can even unlock the hidden characters, see the fatalities available and even a secret “Galaga” like game.
In order to get to the menu you need to be pretty quick on the buttons and we recommend you check out the video below to find those secrets.
Ubisoft has a pretty abysmal reputation when it comes to creating optimized PC versions which scale properly across a wide range of hardware. This is exemplified by Assassin’s Creed Unity and other difficult to run titles like Watch Dogs. As always, we live in hope that the studio is taking PC gaming more seriously and investing resources into making competent PC editions. One of Ubisoft’s most anticipated releases is The Division, a third person MMO set in New York. According to images captured by Gearnuke from the PC beta, it seems the options menu will contain a huge array of tweaks to help find a balance between visual quality and system performance
The graphical settings includes supersampling, reflection quality, x16 anisotropic filtering, ambient occlusion, depth of field, chromatic aberration, a frame-rate limit, shadow resolution and more! This is very promising and could indicate that the PC version has been given some attention.
On the other hand, this is taken from the beta and might not reflect the final version. Also, just because there’s a huge array of options doesn’t mean the game is going to run very well. The video in question provides a poor representation of the game’s optimization as footage was recorded on low settings, at 1280×720. Additionally, the end-user has a fairly modest setup with a GTX 650 Ti 1GB, 8GB RAM, and Intel i5 processor. At these particular settings, the game runs between 55-65 during city sections which is fairly impressive given the low specification and 1GB video memory limit.
The Division is scheduled to officially launch on March 8th, 2016 for the PC, PS4 and Xbox One. There are two ways to access the beta, either pre-order the game (I don’t recommend this) or sign up to a waiting list. In all honesty, I doubt PC players are going to struggle to access the game, and even if you do, information regarding performance should be revealed very soon.
Fallout 4’s release date is tantalizingly close and looks set to be one of the most anticipated games in recent memory. In the modern internet age, it can be quite difficult to avoid spoilers which quickly go viral and become splattered all over social media. Although, some leaks are useful when judging the game’s scaling across a wide range of configurations. While we don’t have any benchmarks yet, the Dark Side of Gaming has leaked an options menu which illustrates how easily it is to tweak the settings to your PC’s capabilities.
As you can see, Fallout 4 is utilizing the same engine from 2006, although there are some additional options in the form of SSAO, Temporal AA and more! This does raise some concerns about the game’s graphical quality, but if it is lacking, mods should help to improve the textures, lighting and shadows. I’m pleased to see a good array of options, but the main problem Fallout has experienced in the past is multi-core optimization. In Fallout 3, on a Q6660, I had to disable all but 2 cores to run the game properly.
It’s only a matter of time before we know the game’s true performance, but the Fallout series relies more on gameplay instead of beautiful visuals.
ICANN has been going through a lengthy and expensive process of opening up new top level domains (TLDs) for websites and the fruits of all those developments and negotiations are finally starting to filter through to consumers. Domain name registrar GoDaddy has revealed that you can now start the pre-registration of some new top level domains which include .uno, .menu, .build and .luxury.
GoDaddy is now accepting pre-orders on the new TLDs starting at $40/$300 (pre-registration/priority pre-registration) for the .uno domain, $50/$350 for the .menu domain, $100/$200 for the .build domain and $800/$1200 for the .luxury domain.
“GoDaddy, the world’s largest domain name registrar, is the first registrar to sell pre-registrations on the new, ICANN-approved domain name extensions, as part of a new program designed to expand the inventory of Internet website addresses.” stated GoDaddy in a company statement.
The new TLDs won’t become usable until later next year and expect many more TLDs to go on pre-registration before then.