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CERTIFICATE *.HARDCOREGAMES.BIZ

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Our certificate is now active after a lot of hard work figuring out how to implement it with Azure. Part of the problem is the certificate takes some time for Azure to swallow and then for it to figure out the third party ZeroSSL service we use which gives the site a no cost certificate …

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HEAVY TRAFFIC

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Traffic on the site has led to the usual problems of living in the cloud. Lately there has been a spat of HTTP 500 errors that seem to be the web server is choking on the load. PHP 7 is less demanding on CPU time and WordPress is very lean and mean too. This suggests …

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SITE PERFORMANCE

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We have changed the default settings in WordPress after discovering that the default memory allocation is only 64MB. We changed this to 256MB and the site performance improved considerably. With improved page load times, we expect that Google will start to recognize the content here more favorably. It’s been a week since we installed the new …

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HARDCOREGAMES.BIZ

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Welcome to  hardcoregames.biz which is our new web address.  Pleas update your bookmarks. This TLD cost us $9.53 for a year registration which is a lot less than greedy domain registrars wanted for the .com version. It may take some time for the changes to activated as DNS records are sluggish. Then the amusement of …

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INTERNAL SERVER ERROR

If you are experiencing internal server errors, this is due to the web servers at Azure being overloaded. We suggest waiting 5 seconds before pressing F5 and reload the page. HTTP 500 Internal Server Error Microsoft needs to add more web servers to the pool. Servers are expensive, and the recent patches for problems discovered …

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TRAFFIC GROWTH

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Here at Hardcore Games we have expanded the site substantially over time. we have still not finished importing all of the articles from the old site as these have to be manually posted one by one. We have considered buying some defunct gaming content but what we have found is hard to import into WordPress. …

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POSTIMG.ORG

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We discovered a large number of images on the site were broken. We used the Postimg.org service which is available for forums and blogs etc. The new url for them is http://postimages.org. The service has been available since 2004 and many forums and blogs depends on them for content. For some reason the domain was blocked …

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SITE UPDATES

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The theme we used has finally fixed a long list of problems that prevented this site from realizing it full potential. Now the related posts works properly with a row of links like other sites have. Gone is the old text list which we had to endure for users who wanted to read more articles. …

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GAME REVIEWS ON STEAM

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Our list of games we have reviewed and posted is located at http://steamcommunity.com/profiles/76561198027982510/reviews/ Steam uses reviews for games to help purchasers determine of a game is suitable or not. We link to the site with a one sentence comment as the steam reviews tend to be very brief. This site today has thousands of game …

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YOUTUBE DROPS MONITIZATION

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Google has now basically demonetized our content and that of many other small sites. We have very few subscribers and no motivation at all to attempt to get more. “On February 20th, 2018, we’ll also implement this threshold across existing channels on the platform, to allow for a 30 day grace period. On that date, …

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COMPUTER POWER USER MAGAZINE

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We have now seen CPU Magazine bite the dust after a run from December 2001 December 2017. CPU Magazine was a small glossy style with maybe 70-90 pages per issue. The magazine focused mostly on hardware but they also looked at games occasionally which is why we read the magazine before they stopped the print …

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AMAZON CUTS COMPENSATION

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Amazon has reduced the compensation for some products of interest to the site. Competition for games has forced a reduction in commissions for most affiliates long ago. Earning from Amazon have fallen compared to other campaigns which is why the new advertisements were deployed earlier this year. We focused more on hardware with advertisements for …

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GAMES NO LONGER ON STEAM

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Many of the games we have are no longer being offered on Steam.  We have several games in our library that no longer have a store page. We are aware that several games removed as they were scams or otherwise unsuitable. Recently we discovered Steam has removed 150 titles that were fake and fraudulent titles. …

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REVVING UP GAMING FOR 2018

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Here at Hardcore Games we have been using an old box for games for a long time. Occasionally a hardware refresh can do wonders for gaming. Our Corsair Carbide 300R chassis is well suited for a retrofit, the old faithful TX850V2 has never let us down once.  The old AM3 motherboard has seen better days. …

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NEW LOOK

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We have modified the site look considerably. The new Graphene theme is much more adaptive to widely disparate users. The growth in mobile gaming has been the biggest motivator so far. The goal is to make the site look good on anything from a older phone to a 4K panel. This means we are no …

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