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Comic Critic: Infinite Crisis vs. Civil War

Read blog postThis past year saw both Marvel and DC both launch epic events-driven series: Civil War with Marvel and Infinite Crisis with DC. Now that the cosmic dust has settled and the trade-paperbacks are in, it's a good time to examine both series as a whole and see if they lived up to the hype.

Toy Critic: Big boys, little boys, and the Transformers that love them

Read blog postIt may have taken a few decades, but I'm happy to say that Transformers are now fully accessible to all ages. What do I mean? Aren't they already *toys*??? Let me explain...

The Morbid Gamer

Greetings, and welcome to the first installment of "The Morbid Gamer", in which I, the titular character, provide an accounting of all the lives taken over the course of popular videogames. Today's subjects are: Lost Planet, Gun, and Just Cause.

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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