Author: Chris Smith

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Convenience vs Effort

Over this past weekend, as I was resting to recover from some sort of super-asthma, I experienced a rare and magical event.  I wanted to play a specific game, but was unable to.  Part of this was due to my inability to sit upright for more than half an hour without wheezing like… well, like an asthmatic.  But the root cause was that I was simply unable to find the bloody thing.  I will warn you now: this article wanders all over the place.  Is it a bare-bones review?  Is it an anecdote?  Is there even a point?  The answer to all of these questions is yes, but by jove do I take the scenic route. Read more …

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FFXIV Fan Fest 2014

In a sign of its increasing popularity worldwide, Square-Enix have opted to give fans of its hit MMO Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn around the globe the opportunity to watch upcoming conventions on live streams.  The Fan Festival 2014 is being hosted in Las Vegas (October 17th, 18th and 19th), Tokyo (October 20th and 21st) and London (October 24th and 25th) this year, with each gathering being streamed over the internet in a manner similar to Blizzard’s past offerings with BlizzCon. Read more …

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Atma Wits End

While this article specifically references Final Fantasy XIV: A Realm Reborn, I’d consider it applicable to anyone who’s ever played an MMO before.  To anyone who has ever had to grind for something in any sort of RPG.  I’m not going to lie to you, though: this is going to be dry reading for most.  If you feel like enduring a rant, then read on, because this past week or so, I have come to an understanding of sorts with one of the more annoying aspects of this otherwise fantastic game.  Initially, I felt it completely unfair, but as time has progressed, my views have changed somewhat.  Let me talk to you about Atma. Read more …

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Easy PC Redux – 7 – Putting It All Together

So here you are.  You’ve got your CPU, Motherboard and RAM.  You have your graphics card and main storage, alongside your case and power supply.  Your various peripherals and your monitor have arrived and it’s time to put everything together.  This is the point where things become a little trickier.

If you’re not experienced with putting together a PC from scratch, then this is not something you should undertake lightly.  Find a friend with some real experience, or speak to a local PC repair shop, about getting some assistance.  The last thing that you want to do is to ruin some crucial component through mishandling or improper installation.  As such, this article isn’t going to break down every little step in building your final PC, for two main reasons.  The first is that it would make the article far too long; I’d need to write for days to cover everything you need to know.  It would probably require a whole new series of articles to do the topic any justice.  The second reason is that Zero1Gaming is a gaming website, and there are countless other sites out there that will be able to assist you with the nitty-gritty should you encounter any problems.

What I intend with this article is to point out a few common flaws that most people make when building a PC, alongside one or two shortcuts or tips that I’ve come across in my time working with PCs.  If you have any questions that you’d like to ask about anything I’ve said across the span of any of my articles, you can do so in the comments below.  With that said, we’ll begin with the construction of your PC. Read more …

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Easy PC Redux – 6 – Monitors

When it comes to choosing a monitor for your gaming PC, you’ll be hard pressed to make any really terrible decision.  Unless you’re buying an ancient, used CRT from a dodgy eBay seller called “t0t4l1y l3g1t”, you’re probably going to get a passably decent viewing experience for combined web browsing and gaming.  Thankfully, this article will be more of a checklist; the more boxes you tick when picking out your new monitor, the better.  Don’t feel like you have to cover every base, since monitors can be ridiculously expensive in exactly the same ways that pre-built gaming PCs can be.  Instead, choose which features you feel will be most important to you and try to stick within your budget. Read more …