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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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NEW ADS

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Amazon has new native ads for specific products. The work well with the new ad rotator so we have dumped the old native ads in favor of a more sophisticated selection of products. We simply took ASIN numbers and created new style ads. We also cleaned up out of stock items so that at least …

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WHAT GOOGLE LIKES HERE THE MOST

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Search is all over the dial but here at Hardcore Games we have noticed hat the bottom of the line video card gets more 1000 times the page views than a $400 card. The $50 video cards even outsell the $100 cards. AMD Radeon R5 435 is an OEM video card. We have one that …

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REDIRECT LINKS FIXED

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When we first installed WordPress it uses a URL scheme that is not very human friendly. example.com/?p=12929 Recently we also added more categories for gaming. We are finding that WP has some limitations in how sophisticated accessing the database can get. Using a plugin, we scanned the entire site to get rid of all redirects. …

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PHP 7

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We use a large number of plugins and components with WordPress which makes it a problem migrating to PHP 7. We tested PHP 7 and 7.1 with Azure and in both cases the site threw HTTP 500 errors. Rolling back to PHP 5.6 restored the site to normal operation. Azure maintains several versions of PHP …

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LENOVO X220 SSD UPGRADE

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Lenovo x220 has an internal slot for an mini SATA SSD however this is limited to 300 MB/s while the hard disk bay is provisioned with 600 MB/s bandwidth. mSATA drives are available up to 512GB. The eSATA slot can also be used for a WWAN card. The X220 has a 7mm drive bay so check …

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GAMES MENU OVERHAUL

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The old menu was too cumbersome so we now use a static page with that leverages custom search capabilities with WP. It’s possible to use multiple column if the page gets to long, this makes it easier to manage bulleted lists etc.

RESPONSIVE THEME

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We have been using an open source WordPress platform with the Graphene theme by Syahir Hakim. The package is completely free and GNU licensed which makes it very popular. It is estimated that more then 20,000 sites use the Graphene theme. We chose the Graphene theme as it was much more flexible and could be …

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69 GAMES ON FEATURE

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The summer time is slow for PC game sales so it comes as no surprise to see 69 games for sale on our Steam Wishlist. Steam is running their annual summer sale, mostly aimed at collectors. We already have a vast number of games all reviewed in the database, This is on top of the …

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HOLY BATMAN: ADAM WEST HAS DIED

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With great sadness and condolences to the family. We see that Adam West (William West Anderson) has finally passed away. His family said he died from leukemia, at age 88 (September 19, 1928 – June 9, 2017). The cliff-hanger style and the positive impact of Batman will long be remembered. West enjoyed a great career …

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HTTPS SECURE

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Today after removing old insecure advertisements and the Steam widget we see the site is working fine with HTTPS. We have contacted all advertisers about the problem.. The social network plugin we use now works much better and it can manage with all social networks needed. Google Chrome will identify quickly which assets are not …

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BOXING DAY

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Here in Canada we have boxing day which is the biggest shopping day of the year. The US has black friday after Thanksgiving. Boxing day is secular, it’s not a religious day. Boxing day has a long history of charity for the poor and the modern sensibility appears to have been established circa 1830. We …

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ROADMAP 2017

2017 is now more clear with roadmaps for PC gaming. A few VR games have made a splash but not many can afford the $600++ for the Oculus Rift or HTC Vive headset etc etc. Mainstream VR is still a few years off. AMD RAVEN RIDGE AMD Bristol Ridge will be the first wave from …

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