Co-op Done Right: Call of Duty: Black Ops 3

Call of Duty: Black Ops 3 is not a great game. The story is impenetrable nonsense, for one. The game does add some neat science fiction elements (killer robots! cyborg augmentation!), but the game plays pretty much like other current generation military shooters. What the game gets just about perfectly, however, is co-op. Our Friday…

What It Takes To Build An App

Users often think of the mobile app programmer as being one or two people in their homes, writing code for a few weeks, then releasing their content on the world. Moden mobile apps requires a team of people, as with any software project. Today’s guest is Joan Wood, VP of Product Development for Jigsaw Informatics….

Building The Itty-Bitty Gaming PC

As I noted in yesterday’s post, building a tiny PC is all about the order of parts installation. Choose the wrong build order, and you end up taking it all apart and starting over again. First installing the power supply, motherboard, memory, and CPU turned out to be a no-brainer. Adding the graphics card, SSD, and…

The Itty Bitty Gaming PC

I’ve attempted to build small form factor gaming PCs over the years — anyone remember the tiny boxes Shuttle sold, complete with proprietary motherboards and power supplies? Those never lasted long, mostly because the anemic PSUs would eventually fail trying to deliver power to high end CPUs and graphics cards. Today, we’ve got a plethora…

Geek Television Nirvana

It’s truly a golden age of geek television. Today’s television offers a rich assortment of shows for nerdy people like me. Whether its the charming cheerfulness of Supergirl, the hard science fiction of The Expanse, the ridiculous fun of Into the Badlands, or the dark brooding of Jessica Jones, modern TV has everything someone like…

Book Review: Carter and Lovecraft

I have a dark confession to make: I’m really not a big fan of H.P. Lovecraft. Maybe I need to turn in my geek credentials, but I always thought Lovecraft’s writing was overwrought. I struggled through most of his work, finding little joy in the actual reading. I am, however, a big fan of the…

Shared Universes And Fan Creativity

Star Wars. Star Trek. Mass Effect. The Elder Scrolls. Firefly. Lord of the Rings. What do these have in common? These are creative endeavors whose fans extend and enhance the original creations. Independent films, online video, game mods, cosplay are all creations of fans, and serve to extend and enhance the enjoyment of these shared…

To Extreme Or Not To Extreme?

I voluntarily cut the memory bandwidth in my production PC in half. My recently replaced production system consisted of a Core-i7-5930K Haswell Extreme processor and 32GB of DDR4 DRAM running at 2133MHz effective, installed onto a Gigabyte X99-UD5-WiFi motherboard. That translates to a peak memory bandwidth of 68GB per second. The processor clocked at a…