Day: June 11, 2020

June 11, 2020 Off

NordVPN Review – IGN

By tracy
A feature-rich virtual private network that has been around for eight years, NordVPN has grown its service from an Android app launched in 2012 to one of the biggest names among VPNs in 2020. But does NordVPN’s performance live up to its big name? We put the multi-platform service through its paces and against its peers, to see how it measures up in price, performance, and features to determine if it’s the best VPN you can buy.

Design and Features

Signing up for NordVPN was a simple process, as the service takes all sorts of payments, from Alipay to Apple Pay – and even some crypto for good measure. After paying, an account activation email immediately followed suit, prompting the NordVPN download. On the iMac we tested it on, the NordVPN download link prompted the Mac App Store to open, a nice perk for Apple users who prefer to stay in MacOS’s walled garden.

NordVPN also reassures with a clear initial showing of its privacy policy. NordVPN says it doesn’t log any online activity or personally identifiable information, and it asks users to opt-in to share aggregated anonymous diagnostic data.

NordVPN’s desktop app is simple to use, and provides a

June 11, 2020 Off

CS:GO’s latest update makes spotting enemies a bit easier

By tracy

Despite being a long-time staple of PC gaming, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive isn’t the most accessible game to newcomers. Fortunately, Valve is finally taking a stab at fixing that in its latest update by making enemies more immediately visible to the player.

A new option has been added to the game’s advanced video settings called ‘Boost Player Contrast’. This tweak enables a host of small visual tweaks to ensure that players can see enemies from any distance without it impacting too heavily on the visual design or providing too much of an advantage. 

Enemies will appear sharper at greater distances, fog intensity on character models has been halved, and some maps (like Dust 2) have been modified slightly as well. If the model is in front of a background that is a similar colour to them, a small halo will also be used to make them pop out more.

(Image credit: Valve Software)

To get a sense of how long this has been a problem for the game, back in the days of Counter-Strike: Source and Day of Defeat: Source there used to be modded character models that would be bright, garish colours to increase visibility. They were considered cheating by

June 11, 2020 Off

Valorant Review – The Old Is New Again

By tracy

Valorant builds on what has made Counter-Strike a destination for decades. It adds hero-shooter nuance to a familiar arsenal of weapons. Valorant is a methodical, strategic affair; a stealthy and careful approach takes priority over going in guns-blazing. It’s a game of cat and mouse in which players are constantly attempting to glean information for an advantage. When the time comes to pull the trigger, speed and twitch reflexes are still paramount, but everything that happens before the confrontation is important. A combination of splashy and significant side abilities make a difference, but the core is all about corners, communication, and careful positioning.

Valorant’s hero roster takes the “agents from many nations” route that was successful in injecting flavor into Overwatch’s cast of characters. It falls flat here, though, with a variety of uninteresting designs and repetitive quips. The cast is forgettable and bland, feeling more like off-brand action figures than cool characters. The last thing I want to hear before a match is Raze, ostensibly getting ready to punch holes in people with a revolver, chirping, “You sure I can’t listen to music? You’re really bringing me down here man!” or Phoenix zinging a “stay out of fire” because