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April 2023
Sunday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Sunday, 30-April-2023  23:31:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Portable & Prebuilt:
Acer Predator Helios Neo 16 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Lenovo Yoga 9i Gen 8 Review: 14-Inch 2-In-1 Laptop Excellence on HotHardware.
Velocity Micro Raptor Z55 (2023) Gaming PC on Tweaktown.

Corsair MP600 Core XT 2 TB NVMe SSD on TechPowerUp.

Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 MESH V2 on Tweaktown.
Thermaltake CTE C750 TG ARGB on TechPowerUp.

Audio Visual:
HIFIMAN Svanar Flagship In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.
Quick Look: Kiwi Ears Orchestra Lite In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.

Netac Z RGB DDR5-6200 CL32 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-7200 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.
G.Skill Ripjaws S5 DDR5-6400 2x16 on LanOC.
Lexar ARES RGB 32GB DDR5-6000 Kit on NeoSeeker.

Osotek Horizon H200 Wet & Dry Cordless Vacuum on NikKTech.
MSI Radix AXE6600 WiFi 6E Tri-Band Gaming Router on Guru3D.
Cooler Master V850i Gold ATX 3.0 PSU on Tweaktown.
AMD Ryzen 7 7700X CPU on OCInside.
Jonsbo PISA A5 CPU Cooler on ThinkComputers.
Star Wars Jedi: Survivor Benchmark Test & Performance Analysis on TechPowerUp.

Misc Pics (16 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 28-April-2023  14:24:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Night Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 26-April-2023  21:19:14 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Crucial T700 2TB Gen5 12,000 MBs SSD Preview - 20 Percent More on Tweaktown.
Sabrent Rocket 4 PLUS-G 2TB Gen4 x4 NVMe SSD on Guru3D.
KLEVV CRAS C930 1TB NVMe M.2 PCIe 4.0 x4 SSD on FunkyKit.
Acer Predator GM7 1 TB Review - Impressive Performance on TechPowerUp.
Corsair MP600 Core XT 2TB SSD Review - Great Value on Tweaktown.

Input Etc:
XPG Alpha Wireless on TechPowerUp.
ASUS ROG Azoth Mechanical Gaming Keyboard on Tweaktown.

Power Supply:
be quiet! Dark Power 13 850W Power Supply on APHNetworks.
MSI MPG A1000G PCIE5 Power Supply Unit on NikKTech.
Seasonic Vertex GX-1000 - 1000W ATX 3.0 PSU on Guru3D.

Kingston FURY Renegade RGB 32GB DDR5 6400MHz CL32 Dual-Channel Kit on NiKKTech.
Lexar ARES RGB DDR5-6000 Memory Kit on ThinkComputers.
Lexar ARES RGB DDR5-6000 2x16GB DDR5 RAM on APHNetworks.
Lexar ARES RGB DDR5-6000 32GB Memory Kit on FunkyKit.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Phone 7 Ultimate Review: A Mobile Gaming Powerhouse on HotHardware.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Shelly Door Window 2, Motion 2 and Flood Review on FunkyHome.
Dead Island 2: FSR 2.2 Review on TechPowerUp.
EnGenius Fit EWS377-FIT Wi-Fi 6 4×4 Indoor Wireless AP on LanOC.
Quick Look: FiiO KA5 Portable DAC/Amplifier on TechPowerUp.
Cooler Master Hyper 212 Halo White CPU Cooler on APHNetworks.
PowerColor Radeon RX 7900 XTX Hellhound Spectral White on Guru3D.

ANZAC Day (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 25-April-2023  09:48:12 (GMT +10) - by Agg

They shall grow not old
As we who are left grow old
Age shall not weary them
Nor the years condemn
At the going down of the sun
And in the morning
We will remember them
Lest We Forget

Monday Afternoon Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 24-April-2023  17:05:09 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Intel Core i9-13900KS Review - The Empire Strikes Back on TechPowerUp.
EVGA Z790 Classified Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
AMD Ryzen 9 7945HX (Dragon Range) processor / ASUS ROG Strix SCAR 17 (G733P) laptop on Guru3D.
RedMagic 8 Pro Review: A Hot Android Gaming Value phone on HotHardware.
Steam Deck Accessory Roundup 2023 on LanOC.
Pioneer DreamBook Power X370 RTX 4090 on HighPerformanceLaptops.
Asus ROG Strix SCAR 18 on HighPerformanceLaptops.

Input Etc:
Varmilo VBS108V2 Crane of Lure Wireless Mechanical Keyboard on TechPowerUp.
XPG Alpha mouse on TechPowerUp.
Drop + Lord of the Rings Black Speech Keyboard on ThinkComputers.

Fractal Design North on OCInside.
Streacom DA6 open-air chassis on TechPowerUp.
Antec P20C Computer Case on APHNetworks.

Misc Pics (25 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-April-2023  13:05:16 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again! If you think you know your retro games, have a go at the guessing game in the Retro & Arcade Forum.

Friday Lunchtime Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 21-April-2023  13:02:13 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Motherboard & CPU:
Colorful CVN Z790D5 Gaming Frozen Motherboard on Tweaktown.
ASRock Phantom Gaming B650E PG-ITX WiFi Motherboard on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE B650E AORUS TACHYON Motherboard on NikKTech.
ASRock Phantom Gaming Z790 PG-ITX/TB4 Motherboard on FunkyKit.
GIGABYTE B760 AORUS Elite AX Motherboard on Tweaktown.

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS LIVA Q3D Mini-PC on MadShrimps.
Intel NUC 13 Pro NUC13ANBi7 SFF PC on Tweaktown.
Zephyrus M16 gaming laptop on HighPerformanceLaptops.
ASRock 4X4 BOX-7735U/D5 Barebones Mini-PC on TechPowerUp.
Lenovo Thinkpad X1 Carbon Gen 10 Laptop on Tweaktown.

Crucial DDR5 5200 & 5600MT/s memory on LanOC.
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-7200 CL34 2x 16 GB on TechPowerUp.
Crucial 32GB (2 x 16GB) DDR5-5600 Memory Kit on MadShrimps.
Crucial 32GB DDR5 - 5200 MHz CL42 on Guru3D.

Audio Visual:
SteelSeries Arctis Nova 7 Wireless Review - The Wireless Headset To Get on TechPowerUp.
Majority Quadriga Internet Radio Music System on NikKTech.
Westone Audio MACH Series In-Ear Monitors Overview on TechPowerUp.
Turtle Beach Stealth Pro Wireless Gaming Headset on APHNetworks.
MOONDROP Blessing 3 In-Ear Monitors on TechPowerUp.

Solidigm P44 Pro 2TB M.2 NVMe SSD on NikKTech.
Cougar GEX X2 1000W Power Supply on FunkyKit.
Lexar Professional DIAMOND CFexpress 512GB Type B Card on NikKTech.

Monday Morning (12 Comments) (link)
 Monday, 17-April-2023  10:41:56 (GMT +10) - by Agg

You should update Chrome ASAP, as Google are warning of a serious vulnerability already being exploited. Posted to a bulletin on Friday, Google highlighted CVE-2023-2033, reported by Clément Lecigne of Google’s own Threat Analysis Group (TAG). This vulnerability is a ‘type confusion’ bug in the JavaScript engine for Chromium browsers useing the V8 Javascript engine. In short, type confusion is a bug that allows memory to be accessed with the wrong type, allowing for the reading or writing of memory out of bounds. The CVE page says that an attacker could create an HTML page that allows the exploitation of heap corruption.

You know that slight tingle of uncertainty when you flash a BIOS or upgrade and reboot a remote device, in case it doesn't come back.. now imagine that when your computer is on Mars. Planning for this update goes back to 2016, when Curiosity last received a software overhaul. Some changes this time around are as small as making corrections to the messages the rover sends back to mission controllers on Earth. Others simplify computer code that has been altered by multiple patches since Curiosity touched down in 2012. The biggest changes will help keep Curiosity rolling more efficiently for years to come.

Also in space news, at 10PM Sydney time tonight, SpaceX will attempt to launch Starship, the world's biggest rocket. SpaceX's first nearly orbital Starship launch will launch the company's Starship SN24 prototype on a Super Heavy booster (called Booster 7) to prove the viability of the company's next-generation launch system, which is designed to eventually be fully reusable. It stands a whopping 395 feet tall (120 meters), making it the world's tallest and most powerful rocket. Its Super Heavy first stage alone is powered by 33 methane-fueled Raptor engines.

In a headline that sounds like it was written in 2009, Sega are going to acquire Angry Birds from Rovio for $1B. Rovio Entertainment is a Finnish video game developer founded in 2003 by Helsinki University of Technology students Niklas Hed, Jamo Vakevainen, and Kim Dikert. It is best known for its Angry Birds franchise, which has expanded to include a couple of movies and Angry Birds inspired merchandise. A report from The Wall Street Journal indicates Sega could close the deal on Rovio as early as next week. I didn't know Angry Birds was still a thing.

Two computing pioneers who worked together to create the LZ family of lossless compression algorithms have passed away earlier this year. Jacob Ziv aged 91 in March and Abraham Lempel aged 86 in February. LZ77 and LZ78 are the two lossless data compression algorithms published in papers by Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv in 1977 and 1978. They are also known as LZ1 and LZ2 respectively. These two algorithms form the basis for many variations including LZW, LZSS, LZMA and others. Besides their academic influence, these algorithms formed the basis of several ubiquitous compression schemes, including GIF and the DEFLATE algorithm used in PNG and ZIP.

I don't normally post pricing info as news, but this seems significant for Australians stuck on substandard internet - Starlink have lowered the cost of their hardware to $199 for "rural Australia". Typically the term rural describes some of the more remote parts of the country, so I put it to the test and checked my address, with surprising results. Despite being located in Wodonga, VIC, which is commonly known as a regional city, the discount still applies. This is great news for those looking to get Starlink who live outside the capital cities as the cost of getting into Starlink just got way cheaper. I've been a happy customer since October 2021 - my Starlink review is here.

NVIDIA RTX 4070 (2 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 15-April-2023  20:35:42 (GMT +10) - by Agg

NVIDIA have released the RTX 4070. Slotting in under the 4070 Ti, this fits into the slightly confusing "budget high performance" or "affordable high-end" market segment. Lots of reviews in the news box:

MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Gaming X Trio 12G on Tweaktown.
Zotac RTX 4070 Amp Airo on LanOC.
MSI RTX 4070 Gaming X TRIO on Guru3D.
Gainward GeForce RTX 4070 Panther on Guru3D.
Colorful RTX 4070 Vulcan OC-V on Guru3D.
ASUS Gaming RTX 4070 TUF on Guru3D.
INNO3D GeForce RTX 4070 iCHILL X3 on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Gaming X Trio on TechPowerUp.
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 XLR8 on TechPowerUp.
Galax GeForce RTX 4070 EX Gamer White on TechPowerUp.
Palit GeForce RTX 4070 JetStream on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 TUF on TechPowerUp.
MSI RTX 4070 Ventus 3X 12G on LanOC.
GeForce RTX 4070 Review: NVIDIA Ada Hits A More Mainstream $599 on HotHardware.
Zotac GeForce RTX 4070 Trinity on ThinkComputers.
MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X on ThinkComputers.
Nvidia RTX 4070 Founders Edition on LanOC.
MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X 12G on Tweaktown.
GeForce RTX 4070 (founder edition) on Guru3D.
Palit GeForce RTX 4070 DUAL on Guru3D.
MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X on Guru3D.
ASUS RTX 4070 DUAL on Guru3D.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition on Tweaktown.
MSI GeForce RTX 4070 Ventus 3X on TechPowerUp.
PNY GeForce RTX 4070 on TechPowerUp.
Gainward GeForce RTX 4070 Ghost on TechPowerUp.
ASUS GeForce RTX 4070 Dual on TechPowerUp.
NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4070 Founders Edition on TechPowerUp.

Discussion continues in this thread.

Misc Pics (24 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 14-April-2023  12:26:27 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Friday again!

Wednesday Evening News (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-April-2023  20:04:08 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Another week, another major cybersecurity hole. Yawn ? Not this time friend. BlackLotus, the world’s first-known instance of real-world malware that can hijack a computer’s boot process even when Secure Boot and other advanced protections are enabled and running on fully updated versions of Windows. Researchers at security firm ESET presented a deep-dive analysis of the world’s first in-the-wild UEFI bootkit that bypasses Secure Boot on fully updated UEFI systems running fully updated versions of Windows 10 and 11. While there are no strings or other indicators directly showing the name of the creators or the bootkit, ESET researchers have concluded that it almost certainly corresponds to a bootkit, known as BlackLotus.

Do UEFI bios's eat fungi? When share house bathroom meets motherboard do we get the full mushroom of fungal computing? Researchers have been investigating how fungi can replace or benefit existing computer architectural components. Studies have recently been completed that show it is possible to implement basic logical circuits and basic electronic circuits with mycelium – the network of fungal threads usually hidden deep beneath the fruiting fungus body.

Enough of this sillyness. I want the AI chat bots to crack the password to my EUFI enhanced fungi motherboard. Time to tighten up your password complexity, dear readers. A deep learning password guessing tool called PassGAN has been found to take less than six minutes to crack your seven-character password, even ones with symbols. Nefarious hackers are constantly looking for new means of stealing your information, and ironically, in this case, the "new" battleground lies in the one of the oldest and most common security weak link: account passwords.

I think we could clean that BlackLotus virus out by putting the motherboard in a dishwasher, that'll get the fungi off too. To expand the market for her machine, she founded Garis-Cochran Manufacturing in the early 1890s in Shelbyville. The business was renamed Cochran’s Crescent Washing Machine Co. in 1897. It helped her connect with not only restaurants and hotels interested in buying her dishwasher but also with investors. Many potential investors asked Cochran to resign, however, so the company could be sold to a man, according to the Patent and Trademark Office article. She refused and continued to fund the business herself.

If you like clean motherboards you can checkout the OCAU Retro forums where people put their motherboards and GPU's into dishwashers.

There must have been something that started this virus loaded fungi motherboard nonsense. Well, that something was the Electronic Numerical Integrator and Computer, aka ENIAC. A new book sheds light on some of the pioneering women behind tha magical computer. Eckert and Mauchly promised the U.S. Army that the ENIAC could calculate artillery trajectories in seconds rather than the hours it took to do the calculations by hand. But after they built the 2.5-meter-tall by 24-meter-long computer, they couldn’t get it to work. Out of approximately 100 human computers working for the U.S. Army during World War II, six women were chosen to write a program for the computer to run differential calculus equations.

Wednesday Afternoon Review Wrap (0 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 12-April-2023  16:45:04 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Audio Visual:
Maono PD400X Microphone and BA90 Boom Arm @ Neoseeker
FiiO FT3 Open-Back Dynamic Driver Headphone @ TechPowerUp
MOONDROP Quarks DSP In-Ear Monitors @ TechPowerUp

Abee SMART EM30 Mid-Tower @ NikKTech
Fractal Design Pop XL Air Mid-Tower @ NikKTech
InWin A5 Case @ ThinkComputers
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2 and MasterAccessory GEM @ OCinside

Light Wings White 120 @ CowCotLand
GAMDIAS AEOLUS M3-1204R @ aphNetworks
Lian Li Uni Fan AL120 V2 @ LanOC
Endorfy Navis F360 @ guru3D
Cooler Master Mobius 120 @ aphNetworks
Cyberpower PC Hyper Liquid X139 @ Vortez
Cooler Master MasterFan MF120 HALO² @ FunkyKit

Input Etc:
Endgame Gear XM2we @ TechPowerUp
Epomaker RT100 Wireless @ TechPowerUp

Motherboard, Memory & CPU:
Silicon Power XPOWER Zenith RGB DDR5 5600 CL40 32 GB @ guru3D
Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5-7000 CL34 2x 16 GB @ TechPowerUp
Crucial CT16G56C46U5 X2 DDR5-5600 32GB @ TweakTown
Patriot Viper Venom DDR5-5600 16GB @ TweakTown
Crucial 32GB DDR5 2x16GB DDR5-5600 @ ocinside.de
Crucial CT16G52C42U5 X2 DDR5-5200 32GB @ TweakTown
TeamGroup TForce Vulcan? DDR5 6000 2x16 GB (AMD EXPO) @ guru3D

Portable & Prebuilt:
ECS LIVA One H610 Barebones Mini-PC (Core i3-12100) @ TechPowerUp
ASRock 4x4 BOX-7735U/D5 SFF @ TweakTown

PSU; Lian Li Strimer Plus V2 12VHPWR @ LanOC
Storage; Silicon Power Armor A85B 2TB USB 3.2 Gen1 Portable @ Madshrimps
Video Card; PowerColor Hellhound Radeon RX 7900 XTX Spectral White @ HotHardware
Benchmark; Resident Evil 4 Remake: DLSS and XeSS @ TechPowerUp

AMD Ryzen 7800X3D Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 8-April-2023  15:20:02 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

AMD have lifted the NDA on their newest 3D cache model.

Ryzen 7800X3D @ Vortez
Ryzen 7800X3D @ HotHardware
Ryzen 7800X3D @ guru3D
Ryzen 7800X3D @ TweakTown
Ryzen 7800X3D @ Techgage
Ryzen 7800X3D @ cowcotland
Ryzen 7800X3D @ TechPowerUp
Ryzen 7800X3D @ AnandTech
Ryzen 7800X3D @ pcgamer
Ryzen 7800X3D @ auPCmag
Ryzen 7800X3D @ eurogamer
Ryzen 7800X3D @ digitaltrends
Ryzen 7800X3D @ hardwarebusters
Ryzen 7800X3D @ techradar
Ryzen 7800X3D @ tomshardware
Ryzen 7800X3D @ thefpsreview
Ryzen 7800X3D @ ausgamers

Discussion continues in this thread.

DIY Retro Misc Pics (13 Comments) (link)
 Friday, 7-April-2023  15:05:18 (GMT +10) - by Agg

Unfortunately I have had to drive all day today at short notice. Normally I would do retro misc pics by assembling posts from a given month, but this time you can take a step back in time to find them (and perhaps other historical oddities) on the July 2010 news archive page. Enjoy!

Wednesday News (7 Comments) (link)
 Wednesday, 5-April-2023  18:00:53 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

I thought optical drives were dead, well, not yet. And now an ex-Seagate engineer says they're going to be better than tape backups. Folio Photonics has developed a low-cost extruded and multiply folded optical data recording medium with up to 32 layers. The first generation disk will hold 500GB to 1TB of data and several disks could be mounted in a cartridge. It has proved its technology works in the lab and now has to build an optical archive drive with a pickup device, a read-write head and associated disk handling electronics, and mechanical gear.

Wait a minute, looks like they're dead again. NAND flash will be cheaper than HDD's sooner than we think. Emerson says flash $/TB will continue to decline because, firstly, more layers can be added to 3D NAND and, secondly, PLC (5 bits/cell penta level cell) flash will increase density faster than cost of manufacture. He writes: “Moving from four to five bits per cell would improve density by 25 percent, which presents an obvious cost-efficiency advantage.”

Phew, lucky for us, the Homomorphic Encryption Compiler will keep the bad guys away from all that data. The core idea of fully homomorphic encryption is that you can encrypt data and then run programs on it without ever decrypting it. In the extreme, even if someone had physical access to the machine and could inspect the values of individual memory cells or registers while the program was running, they would not see any of the bits of the underlying data being operated on.

But none of that will matter as my SSD's will be mile-high with me, in my flying F1 car !! It can reach its top speed of 360km/hr (225m/hr) in 30 seconds from a full-standing start and is set to debut in the burgeoning field of Airspeeder racing. Yeah, it's a flying racing card built for performance motorsports. As mentioned above, this is a hydrogen-electric flying car with an impressive range of 300km - with the vehicle weight being just 950kg.

Hang on, oh no. That SSD in my flying F1 car is going to fail slightly less often than the HDD's I have now. Do I want to be in a flying F1 car when the computer crashes ? Back to those optical drives ! Cloud storage provider Backblaze has found its SSD annual failure rate was 0.98 percent compared to 1.64 percent for disk drives, a difference of 0.66 percentage points. It also noted that SSD manufacturers’ SMART stats were not so smart. The surprise is that SSDs are not much more reliable than disk drives with their mechanical components – the moving read:write heads and spinning platters.

All that news is distressing, luckily IntelInside sent this reassuring news in. You can replace Siri with ChatGPT on your iPhone. While we wait for Siri to gain ChatGPT powers, we can always replace Siri on iPhone, iPad, and Mac thanks to a shortcut that lets you harness the power of ChatGPT directly on an Apple device. Technically, we’re not really replacing Siri, as Apple doesn’t offer iPhone users that sort of access to system apps. We’re just using Siri to trigger a ChatGPT shortcut via voice, and then the latter will answer our queries.

Tuesday Evening Reviews (0 Comments) (link)
 Tuesday, 4-April-2023  18:05:37 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

Input & Output:
XTRFY M8 WIRELESS RETRO Gaming Mouse @ Madshrimps.be
LAMZU Atlantis Mini @ TechPowerUp
HyperX Pulsefire Haste 2 Wireless @ ThinkComputers
EPOS H3PRO Hybrid Wireless @ NikKTech
XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro @ TechPowerUp
ThieAudio Ghost Open-Back Dynamic Driver @ TechPowerUp

Portable & Prebuilt:
ASUS ROG Strix Scar 17 @ HotHardware
New MSI Gaming Laptops @ HighPerformanceLaptops

Case &PSU
Antec Performance 1 FT @ TweakTown
be quiet! Pure Power 12 M 1000W @ aphNetworks
Antec Performance 1 FT @ TechPowerUp
Cooler Master MasterBox TD500 Mesh V2 @ Neoseeker

Everything Else:
Artillery Sidewinder X2 3D Printer @ NikKTech
OneKey Mini Crypto Hardware Wallet and KeyTag @ FunkyKit
Crucial P3 Plus 4TB @ aphNetworks
GALAX GeForce RTX 4070 Ti @ guru3D
he Last of Us Part I: FSR 2.2 vs. DLSS @ TechPowerUp

Retro Gaming April 2023 (1 Comments) (link)
 Saturday, 1-April-2023  07:51:08 (GMT +10) - by MUTMAN

This month's "Retro Let's Play" for April is the 1998 first person shooter, Wheel of Fortune. Known simply as 'Wheel' by fans and critics alike, it features a competition in which contestants solve word puzzles, similar to those in hangman, to win cash and prizes determined by spinning a giant carnival wheel. In each round, three players compete to be the first to guess all of the unknown words in a word puzzle, which is displayed visually on a board containing 52 spaces. At the start of each round, the host reveals the category. In general, puzzles must be read exactly, except for crossword puzzles, which were added to the show in 2016. In such rounds, the host gives a clue linking the words in the puzzle; contestants can win by giving all the words in the crossword in any order, but must not repeat any words or add any additional words. Wheel is best played on Windows ME to enhance stability and FMV.

click for the thread!

And for those that like F1 racing, this month's "Retro Racing" is 2011's appropriately titled F1 2011. The focus of F1 2011 is to "Be the Driver, Live the Life, Go Compete" and that multiplayer aspects of the game are being emphasized as a part of this. A split-screen multiplayer mode is implemented, as is an online co-operative championship. The safety car was implemented in the game following its absence in F1 2010, and is available in races that are 20% of real race distance or longer. Red flags are also included for situations where the safety car cannot get around the track, but not for extreme weather conditions. Rule changes for the 2011 season, including KERS, DRS and Pirelli tyres are also featured in the game.

click for the thread!

Well done Grant for the 1st April WoF/SoF swap. Great little gotcha :)
Elvis is going to play all three this month :o

This month's (real) "Retro Let's Play" for April is the 2000 first person shooter, Soldier of Fortune. SoF is best known for its graphic depictions of firearms dismembering the human body. The GHOUL engine enables depiction of extreme graphic violence, in which character models are based on body parts that can each independently sustain damage (gore zones). There are 26 zones in total: a shot to the head with a powerful gun will often make the target's head explode, leaving nothing but the bloody stump of the neck remaining; a close-range shot to the stomach with a shotgun will leave an enemy's bowels in a bloody mess, and a shot to the nether regions will cause the victims to clutch their groin in agony for a few seconds before kneeling over dead. However, nonviolence is a possibility, if the player is a good shot it is possible to shoot an enemy's weapon out of their hand, causing them to cower on the floor to surrender.

click for the thread!


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