Day: July 11, 2020

July 11, 2020 Off

Microsoft Surface Book 3 Review

By tracy
Microsoft’s Surface line is the last thing I think of when gaming comes to mind, but as we kind of saw with the Surface Go 2 – gaming on a Surface is not only possible, but it’s also a solid experience.Indeed, the Go 2 is the worst-case scenario and not something I would recommend someone buy strictly for gaming. But the Surface Book 3, on paper at least, should be an exceptional 2-in-1 laptop with a sprinkle of gaming prowess, right? Well, kind of.

For the past week, I’ve been using the Surface Book 3 with Nvidia’s GTX 1660 Ti, and while the experience hasn’t been entirely smooth, it makes for one of the most enjoyable gaming laptops I’ve used. Let me explain.

Specs

The Surface Book 3 comes in 13.5-inch or 15-inch models, with varying configurations. You can build a system ranging from an Intel Core i5-1035G7, 8GB of memory, and 256GB of storage on the 13.5-inch model for $1,599 all the way up to a 15-inch with an Intel Core i7-1065G7, Nvidia GTX 1660 Ti, 2TB PCIe SSD, and 32GB of memory for $3,399. Microsoft sent me something that’s more in line with what most creators and gamers

July 11, 2020 Off

Crapshoot: The BlobJob, and yes that really is the name of a game

By tracy

From 2010 to 2014 Richard Cobbett wrote Crapshoot, a column about bringing random obscure games back into the light. This week, it’s a twisted slice of European edutainment from 1998. Prepare for everything you need to know about… wait. It’s called what?

Names have power, especially the flat-out wrong ones. Who knows what went through some designer’s head when he decided to name the evil aliens of the X series the Khaak? What possessed the creators of The Tone Rebellion to look at their aquatic world of water creatures and call them Floaters? Above all else, why upon why did the Two Guys From Andromeda, thinking up a name for the venerable Space Quest series’ love interest, finally settle on Ambassador Beatrice Wankmeister?

We may never be able to say. But The BlobJob may be the king, with no fewer than four squicky definitions on Urban Dictionary. Luckily for kids everywhere, it’s not about any of them. What is it about? No idea. Meet the weirdest game you really, really shouldn’t Google hints for at school.

Most edutainment has a simple goal: to teach something. The clue is in the name. The BlobJob has a different approach. It wants to