Gaming

Aorus X3 Plus V3: Australian Review

We really liked the Aorus X3 Plus when we looked at it in September last year, appreciating its just-right mix of satchel-bag portability and outright computing and high-res gaming performance. Aorus’ new and improved version of the X3 Plus has a more powerful graphics card, more SSD storage that is even faster than it was before, and faster RAM to boot.


Reagan's Star Wars Missile Program Had Its Own Video Game

Remember US President Ronald Reagan’s plan for space weapons in the 1980s? Today, it’s little more than a punchline, but it used to be serious business. How serious? Video game serious. Yes, there really was an SDI video game, and thanks to the Internet Archive you can even play it.


Sony Australia Wants To Know The Colour Of This PlayStation Gamepad

I think we’re all sick of hearing about a certain dress and its ongoing conflict with the colour spectrum. Sony Australia couldn’t help but get a laugh in however with this tweet during the height of the apparel’s perception-bending popularity.


Turning The Alienware Alpha Into A Steam Machine

There’s nothing quite like the Alienware Alpha. For $699, it’s a competent Windows gaming PC. But it should have been the flagship Steam Machine. The Alpha was designed to be a Linux game console with a gamepad good enough to replace a mouse and keyboard. As easy to use as PlayStation or Xbox, but with more games. That didn’t happen. So I set out to fix it.


Forget Zelda, This 20-Inch Link Figure Is Worthy Of An Epic Hyrule Quest

It turns out the re-release of Majora’s Mask for the Nintendo 3DS wasn’t the biggest Legend of Zelda news this weekend because JAKKS Pacific has given Toyland an exclusive first look at the latest addition to its Big Figures Line: a 20-inch Link that’s so detailed you can even see the texture of the fabric on his tunic. Who cares about Zelda or the Triforce when this is up for grabs?


Lonely Hacker Builds Arduino To Trade Pokemon With Himself

Video: Pokemon. To catch them all, you have to have two of everything — two Game Boys, two (slightly different) copies of the same game and, if you’re lucky, a friend to play with. Trading monsters was addictive, fun and included forced social interaction! Well, it used to: someone just built an Arduino so he could trade with himself.


Aussies Download From Steam At Under A Megabyte Per Second

Ever wonder why your download of DayZ or Fallout is taking ages? As a country, our average Steam download speed is 6.6Mbps, or about 0.825 megabytes per second.


HP Omen Review: This Gaming Laptop Does So Much Right

Laptops are about compromise. You can’t fit everything inside. Thin machines always mean less processing power, or maybe less battery life. If you ask me, the HP Omen makes the wrong compromises. But gosh, does this gorgeous gaming laptop do so many things right.


Oculus Rift Could Make Music Software Way Easier To Use

Design student Bryon Mallett might be onto something with this impressive virtual realty rig for playing and composing music. Finally somebody’s building something actually useful for Oculus Rift that’s not just a damn advertisement.


Will Windows 10 Be The New OS For Gamers? Microsoft Thinks So

Phil Spencer, Microsoft’s head of Xbox, is confident Windows 10 will be the platform for PC gamers when it hits later this year. And it has to be, given the mess that Vista was (despite the inclusion of DirectX 10) and the unpalatable, though improved, experience of Windows 8 / 8.1.