Day: January 14, 2021

January 14, 2021 Off

Factorio Review – IGN

By tracy

Rags-to-riches survival games are a dime a dozen these days, but Factorio’s wild ambition and open-ended format takes the potential for complexity up several notches. It starts you off as a spaceship crash survivor with only a pickaxe with which to explore its randomly generated 2D planets, but stick with it long enough and you can build all the way up to fighting aliens with tanks and creating manufacturing megastructures in seconds with a personal robot swarm. While it gets a little slow in certain places and its ultra-complex logistics chains can be overwhelming, the rewarding depth that can be extracted from its whirring conveyor belts and steam-belching power plants are worth the trouble.

The most important thing to understand about Factorio is that it’s one of those games you probably won’t figure out how to play optimally through trial and error alone. My first couple of experimental factories ended up being such a mess that I decided it was better to simply abandon them and start over rather than trying to salvage the tangle of assembly lines and mining drills I had created before I understood some key tricks and common pitfalls. You’re best off doing your homework and

January 14, 2021 Off

One of Asus’ new 4K 144Hz gaming monitors might even be affordable

By tracy

It’s Asus’ turn to roll out a new range of high res, high refresh, high bandwidth gaming monitors for CES 2021. Highlights include 32-inch, 28-inch and 43-inch 4K 144Hz panels, all with HDMI 2.1 connectivity, and a 27-inch QHD 240Hz panel.

If 4K 144Hz is something you aspire to, Asus should have something to suit. The most affordable is likely to be the new Asus TUF Gaming VG28UQL1A, due out by June. 

It’s a 28-inch IPS panel, which is unusual in the 4K space, and runs at 144Hz. Other notable specs include DisplayHDR 400 certification, 90 percent coverage of the DCI-P3 gamut, variable refresh and that console-critical HDMI 2.1 connectivity. Being part of the TUF range it should also be one of the most wallet-friendly of the new high-spec Asus lineup.

Moving up the size scale is the 32-inch Asus ROG Swift PG32UQ. This is a premium IPS 4K panel with 144Hz refresh and HDMI 2.1 support. The latter makes the PG32UQ a good pick for both PC and console gaming. DisplayPort 1.4 connectivity is provided, too.

HDR capability is rated at a relatively modest DisplayHDR 600, so this is not one of the new generation of mini-LED backlights with