So, you’re looking for a new Xbox One controller. You’ve scoped out the prices of Microsoft’s official Xbox One controller, but that price tag of around a thousand rand can be a tough pill to swallow. After all, who’s to say the thing won’t explode into a million pieces when you inevitably lob it against a wall in a fit-of-rage-quit? [Sure, but people don’t ACTUALLY do this, do they? Surely no-one gets THAT upset about video games? – ed.] This happens to me more than I’d like to admit. [Oh. Um. Awkward. Never mind then. – ed.] I’ve grown my collection of non-functioning controllers to five in total – and I’m ashamed to say not a single one of them is due to manufacturing defects. [YOWZERS. Reej, a tip for you: at the rate you’re going, therapy would probably be cheaper than having to constantly replace Xbox controllers. 😛 – ed.]
I’d planned to write some news last week Monday, I really did. I sat down to see if any news was up that was interesting, I had links and tabs for some things going into the Laptop Buyer’s guide, and it was going to be a productive day. Instead, I spent most of the time babysitting a reinstallation of Windows 7 on a family friend’s laptop that was critical for a charity operation. I timed it – from start to almost finished, it took me a little over nine hours. The frustrating thing is that it required me to babysit it, I couldn’t just leave it be because I had to be there for the reboots and the driver installs and most everything else. It was this same sort of effort that made me take an active interest in other operating systems years ago, and it’s why I’m running Linux today. If you’re reading this paragraph with interest, I think you too may be interested in an alternative, in something different.
Less than a week after EA announced they was going to go to court against the Belgian government over loot boxes and local gambling laws, Finland has announced that it is beginning their own investigation into loot boxes and whether or not they qualify as unlicensed gambling. Finland will be the fourth country in the EU to do this, after The Netherlands and Belgium both finalised their investigations earlier this year, and as Germany’s Commission of Youth Protection conceded that they were indeed gambling mechanics, but was powerless to impact the market.
Assassin’s Creed Odyssey is going to be one of the few games – if not the game – launched this year that could send older PCs on a boat ride across the Styx. The game is graphically demanding to the point where Ubisoft has decided to implement a frame rate cap on the shipping PC version that you can optionally disable. Odyssey is launching for PC on 5 October 2018, which means you have just about three weeks to upgrade your rigs if you’re below the recommended requirements. And they are insane.
Something that we’ve probably all suspected for a while – but (also probably) never enough to actually research – is that in many places, more people come from multilingual households than monolingual ones. In South Africa, for example, that’s most of us. In other countries, this may not be as prevalent, but there are enough of us polyglots out there that Google has been hard at work over the years on a new language option for their Assistant.
At this year’s LAN, a bunch of humans are hosting a Fortnite tournament, with various prizes up for grabs courtesy of Apex Interactive – if you’ve got the Fortnite chops to win ’em, of course. Have we grabbed your interest? Then read on for all the details!
Launched on Friday night, the game’s new Forsaken expansion raid took almost 19 hours to finish for the coveted world first accolade, with Clan Redeem claiming the win and a new record longest completion time for any raid in the series by four hours.
It’s official. With the release of Warfronts, LFR and Mythic Uldir, and PVP Season 1, Battle for Azeroth in all her glory is finally here. No more waiting for new content – at least, not until patch 8.1. So, what do we think so far?
Well, that depends on who you ask. While Battle for Azeroth remains one of my favourite expansions to date, even my fangirl eyes can’t ignore some of the problems it’s had. So what are Blizzard getting right, what are they getting wrong, and what could go either way?
Windows 10 is in this weird place right now. It’s the dominant operating system for gaming and for productivity, and its success has seen Microsoft’s stock price improve considerably in the last few years. For all the good things that it does, though, there’s still some odd decisions being made by Microsoft – whether it’s advertisements in the Mail app or in the Start Menu, or the inclusion of Candy Crush inside the Enterprise version of Windows 10. The latest bizarre move is related to the Edge browser, Microsoft’s reimagining of Internet Explorer that works surprisingly well. When you install anything else, be it Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, or Vivaldi, your installation is blocked by the pop-up pictured above.
If you'd like to speak to someone about placing an advertisement on this website, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any concerns, complaints, compliments, bug-reports, or general word-speaking with regards to the website can be sent to email@example.com.