A Gaming PC for Emily

My younger daughter surprised me when she asked for a desktop PC prior to heading off to graduate school. She had been using an HP Omen, which included reasonably decent graphics (mobile GeForce GTX 960) as well as a quad-core processor. I’d often see her online playing Dragon Age: Inquisition, Fallout 4, and other PC games. Apparently, though, trying to play Rise of the Tomb Raider convinced her that her laptop no longer handled games well. So I built her…Continue reading A Gaming PC for Emily

Fun With Thermal Imaging and Graphics Cards

I’ve recently been using the Seek Thermal Compact IR camera sensor to shoot photos of graphics cards under load. I received one of this nifty devices after being a beta tester, but it languished on a shelf for months. I recently dug the device out and used it to capture thermal images of graphics card under load. What follows is by no means a rigorous assessment of GPU thermal patterns, but it’s certainly interesting to take a look at what…Continue reading Fun With Thermal Imaging and Graphics Cards

Morality in Games

An online friend, Robert Sharp, wrote an interesting post about moral responsibility in video games. Robert teaches university-level philosophy and loves video games, so he’s well-equipped to discuss the topic. Do the decisions we make in games reflect our inner character? It’s an interesting discussion, and David Bryant and I riff on Robert’s discussion and take it a bunch of different directions. Tools I’ve acquired an iPhone 6s+, almost unintentionally. Also, Nvidia finally releases the specs on the GTX 1070,…Continue reading Morality in Games