All posts by Vic B'Stard

QNAP TS-453Be 4-bay NAS review

Never has our ability to accumulate data been as great as it is right now. With high-speed broadband and mobile devices bombarding us with files, managing multimedia storage for easy access to all our videos, music and photographs is getting to be a real issue.

This is where NAS (Network Attached Storage) solutions come in handy. The QNAP TS-453Be can sort out all your storage needs and them some. It’s a remote storage solution that can house four 3.5” or 2.5” hard drives, with space for an M.2 SSD. Continue reading QNAP TS-453Be 4-bay NAS review

Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2018 draws a huge crowd

Australasia’s biggest esports event returned to Sydney’s Qudos Bank Arena over the weekend for another spectacular Counterstrike: Global Offensive tournament.

Intel Extreme Masters is a global esports competition organised by ESL (Electronic Sport League) and sponsored by Intel. Now in its thirteenth season, this is the second time that Sydney has hosted a heat of the competition.  Sixteen teams from all over the world, from Brazil to China, all played for a slice of a US$250,000 prize pool with first place earning US$100,000. Continue reading Intel Extreme Masters Sydney 2018 draws a huge crowd

Avengers: Infinity War review

Staring at the Avengers: Infinity War poster, static on the cinema screen, whilst I waited for the Australian premiere of Marvel’s nineteenth super-hero movie to start, I found myself wondering how all those characters (and more) where going to be shoehorned into a coherent plot. Continue reading Avengers: Infinity War review

Skyrim VR SteamVR PC review

PC players finally get to play the eight-year-old Skyrim in virtual reality. Is one of the most ported games of all time worth another go?

Bethesda’s Elder Scrolls titles are some of the most revered fantasy role-playing games ever made. The world-building is second to none, the continent of Tamriel is loaded with history and lore.

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Personalise your PC with Ballistix’s Tactical Tracer RGB DDR gaming memory

With the era of dull beige boxes firmly in the past, even the lowliest office PC seems to sport that type of style only reserved for the enthusiast. These days you are going to have to try a little harder to set your gaming rig above the rest. Continue reading Personalise your PC with Ballistix’s Tactical Tracer RGB DDR gaming memory

Portable virtual reality with a Dell Visor and an Alienware 13 R3

It’s taken a little under two years for an acceptable VR set-up to go from a monster desktop PC and complex camera/sensor arrangement to a set of equipment that you can fit in your backpack.

Dell kindly lent us an Alienware 13 R3 along with a Dell Visor Windows Mixed Reality kit to test out VR on the go. Continue reading Portable virtual reality with a Dell Visor and an Alienware 13 R3

Monster Hunter: World Xbox One X review

Monster Hunter: World brings the acclaimed series to current-gen consoles and, if you believe the PR, to the masses. What was once a series with a dedicate niche fan-base is now, apparently, suitable for all. Continue reading Monster Hunter: World Xbox One X review

MX vs ATV All Out PlayStation 4 Pro review

Bikes, buggies and quads slide and jump around in the mud for another instalment of THQ Nordic’s off-road racing franchise in MX vs ATV All Out.

Twenty years ago, Rainbow Studio’s Motocross Madness was one of my favourite PC games. I spent hours doing crazy jumps and stunts across what was one of the first open-world games I’d ever played. Rainbow Studios has continued to create extensions of Motocross Madness with their MX vs ATV series ever since, with varying success. Continue reading MX vs ATV All Out PlayStation 4 Pro review