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Color in games

"Knowledge about color spans across several disciplines: physics, biology, psychology, art, and design. It is a useful tool for the artist to create emotion, and for the game designer to emphasize function." ...

Guru3D Rig of the Month - July 2015
The Guru3D rig of the month July 2015 is a rig that is weird, just weird but nice themed in a molecule design. it is called Green Molecule and was made by Alex Ciobanu, well have a look yourself okay ...
Dying Light Expansion The Following Announced
Techland has announced The Following, an upcoming expansion pack for Dying Light that will be included in the season pass. Video after the break....
MSI Fanless Mini-PC has 5th Gen Core Broadwell Processor
MSI WindBOX series embedded computer family members are known as slim, compact, yet powerful solutions for the reliable operation in industrial applications. Recently, MSI is pleased to release WindBO...
MSI Launches Pro 24 2M All-in-One PC
MSI announces the latest addition in its Professional All-in-One PC series, the Pro 24 2M. Designed and crafted as a central business partner. The Pro 24 2M comes with the all new Microsoft Windows 10...
King's Quest Review in Progress: 'A Knight to Remember' Impressions

King's Quest is the game that kicked off the golden age of graphical adventure games that launched Sierra into annuls of video game history. So, it only seems appropriate that the two should be revived together. The new King's Quest episodic adventures, developed by The Odd Gentleman, seeks to recapture the magic of the classic game using modern methods of storytelling. What that means is a game that more closely resembles the action of a Telltale game, like The Walking Dead, and less like the point-and-click hotspot finding of yesteryear. Despite being a reboot that bears similarities to other adventure games, King's Quest manages to gain an unique identity of its own.

The first of five chapters, titled A Knight to Remember, starts off strong. I'm very impressed with the game's visuals, which are light and cartoony without going overboard. Everything including Graham's flowing cape, his feathered cap, and the dragons lair decorated with clutter, put me in the mood for a lighthearted adventure. Oddly, there are plenty of ways to die (just like in the classic game), including a 50/50 chance decision right at the game's start. But the game simply resets you to the decision point with older Graham (voiced by Christopher Lloyd) saying something witty, like, "That's what would have happened if I made the wrong choice..."

Graham, who is an old man now, recounts tales from his youth to his young granddaughter Gwendolyn. In telling his stories, Graham recounts the decisions he made to help shape the kingdom of Daventry. Like the movie The Princess Bride, the young girl occasionally interjects during the conversation. In fact, there are a lot of Princess Bride references, including a duel of wits with a character voiced by Wallace Shawn. The humor and puzzles are generally family friendly, but still manages to remain challenging.

The main plot of A Knight to remember recounts how Graham first becomes a knight of Daventry, but he must compete with other potential knights to win the position. Furthermore, dragons, bridge trolls, and a list of other obstacles all stand in the way. It's up to the player to solve the puzzles, combine the right inventory items, and use their minds to see their way through to the end.

King's Quest does have some decision points, but not as many as you might find in a Telltale adventure. Some situations have multiple solutions, like how you decide to bring in the eye of an ugly beast. Options include hunting down an ugly creature, faking a creature's eye, or getting an eye through diplomacy. You decisions will impress upon the village's characters in different ways, and the lessons Gwendolyn learns from your story.

However, despite the excellent voice acting and fun story, there are points when the game can grind to a halt. As with the classic adventure games, there are places where I got stuck and couldn't figure out what to do next. The game offers occasional hints, but they're phrased as something you should do, like find an item, and generally don't include a how or where. However, these spots are few, and I managed to solve almost all the puzzles without assistance. The duels against the other knights can almost all be won through trial and error.

The one puzzle that truly got on my nerves is in the final scene, where you have to play a mini-game against the computer. It took me several tries, and the people of Daventry are more than willing to bend the rules to give you as many chances you need to win, but there's no option to skip the dialogue. I just wanted to get straight back into the mini-game without having to listen to the same few lines spoken over and over again. Kings' Quest manages to streamline the game in other areas, like skipping over walks through caves once you've figured out how to get through, so it's strange that there isn't an option to skip over repeat dialogue.

Even though I got a little frustrated while stumbling through some parts, I ended up liking the first episode of King's Quest very much. It's not perfect, but it has some great characters and some genuinely funny moments of self-awareness, like how there are way too many puns (a staple of the classic games). Then there are some wonderfully absurd scenes, like an army of cute squirrels that come out to impede your path. I look forward to the next chapter, to see how Graham grows from an adventurer to a king.

Stuff That Sucks: Pixels

It’s been nearly two months since Greg has had something to rant about in his Stuff that Sucks segment, which may be a new record considering how much he loves to rant. But this past weekend, Pixels came out, causing him to relapse.

This week’s Stuff that Sucks focuses primarily on Pixels. We knew it would suck, but just how much? Find out in Greg’s video.

How to Upgrade to Windows 10 Without Waiting

If you’ve reserved your copy of Windows 10, but haven’t gotten the prompt to upgrade yet, you aren’t alone. The good news, however, is that you can skip the line, and manually start the upgrade yourself.

When installing Windows 10 you have to upgrade from Windows 7/8. You cannot completely clean install – wiping everything from your system – until after you have upgraded to Windows 10 from Windows 7/8.

1: Back up your data! Seriously. Don’t be the guy who forgets to back up their data then complains about it later on. It isn’t a hard thing to do.

2: Once you’ve backed up your files and everything head over to this page and download the Microsoft Media Creation Tool. Make sure you download the correct version for your computer. Once it finishes downloading go ahead and launch it.

3: Select the ‘Upgrade This PC’ Option and then click Next.

4: Let the Media Creation Tool run it’s course. It will take care of almost everything automatically, so sit back and enjoy the view, or play something on your Vita or 3DS.

After just a few minutes of downloading your computer will restart and run through the upgrade. Once it finishes you’ll find Windows 10 installed, and if you head over to Settings > Update and Security > Activation, you’ll find it fully activated without needing to enter in any pesky product keys.

If you're having problems getting the Windows Store to work, check out our guide to reset the store's cache, and revalidate your licenses.

Quick Note: We’ve only tested this on a computer with a copy already reserved through the Get Windows application. If for some reason you haven’t reserved a copy, then we don’t suggest trying this method out. Also, as stated above, you must upgrade to Windows 10 before you can do a clean install, otherwise your product will not be able to be activated.

How to Fix the Windows Store Download Issue (Error message 0x803F7003)

If you’re one of the lucky ones who has either already upgraded to Windows 10, or spurred your own upgrade forward manually, chances are you might have run into a bug that’s been stuck in the Windows Store since its launch with Windows 8. This bug basically nullifies your license with the Windows Store, which means you’ll need to reset it, and clear the cache before you can download and install any of your applications.

We first spotted the bug in Windows 10 when trying to download the Windows 10 Beta Edition of Minecraft, which released alongside Windows 10 today. As you can see in the image below, a specific error code was given regarding our issue.

Even if you aren’t seeing this error message, don’t be afraid to follow this guide and try it out. Many users are reporting on Reddit and other sites that these instructions have worked for them as well.

1: First things first, open up the search menu on your computer by pressing the Windows Key + R.

2: Now you’ll want to type wsreset.exe in the box and press enter. This will reset the store cache.

3: Then open the store page, which should take you to a page to verify that the cache has been reset.

4: Now try to download the app again, it should revalidate your licenses, and allow you to download it.

If for some reason this doesn’t resolve your issue, the only option you have is to wait until things die down a little more. As of right now the Microsoft servers are being hit pretty hard with all the Windows 10 downloads and activations.

Eye-tracking tech Tobii boots up $1m game dev fund

The company's "Boost to the Big Time" program offers $1 million in cash and support for developers who use its tech in PC games -- "with no restrictions on the size or scope of the game." ...

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