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GOOGLE & HTTPS

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Google is pushing HTTPS aggressively. The problem is that it costs a lot of money to subscribe for a certificate, This means Google must be on the payroll. Prices were have seen are in the range of $150 or more annually. This site does not earn nearly that much. So this only favors large business. …

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BING NEWS

We have been approved for inclusion with Bing News. Over time we expect to appear occasionally with the news app in Windows 10 however there are many other media outlets that compete with us. For that reason posts may be buried deep enough so as not to be noticed all the time. Over time however …

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ABANDONED GAMES

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There are lots of game reviews ine database and most were done very long ago. When looking for boxart for some old reviews were plain text files, we discovered that very few if any copies of boxart were available. Many DOS games were shareware which generally is a playable game with maybe some additional content …

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SITE IMPROVEMENTS

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Here are Hardcore Games we work hard to be the best portal for PC gaming. PC gaming is more than double the combined market size of all consoles. Categories are available for those with specific machine architectures. The Global Games Market Report shows worldwide gaming has reached US $100 billion. Growth looks good growth through 2020 …

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NEW CHARTS

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Following the heavy handed treatment by Microsoft we will be replacing all Excel based charts with new ones. WP Beautiful Charts will be used initially however we are still considering alternatives. WP Beautiful Charts for WordPress that stores the data in the database which can be edited with new data as desired. While best for …

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CRIMINALIZING A GAMING SITE?

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PUSH NOTIFICATIONS

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We have now installed push notifications. This way site users can subscribe and they will be advised when new articles are released. Facebook also uses the same to alert user with messages etc. Initially we are using OneSignal which is popular free service for independant WordPress users. We expect to see more sites using push …

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CHROME & HTTPS

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Starting in January 2017 Google’s Chrome will start red flagging sites that does not have a HTTPS certificate. They are already flagging sites with images using HTTP. We see this as a cash grab for certificate vendors. WORDPRESS WordPress can be setup for HTTPS with the site settings. Its a good idea to use a broken …

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BUDGETING FOR HARDWARE UPGRADES 2016

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Now that 14nm is maturing it’s not a bad idea to consider a modernization of the gaming box. We are expecting a flock of new motherboards, processors and video cards come the holiday season. Last year the Z170 gave Intel users a much needed boost in gaming. This year the AMD Zen is expected. THINGS TO …

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GAME REVIEWS AND STEAM FAMILY SHARING

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The Steam family sharing is one way to be able to use a second account with game reviews. Steam allows up to 5 accounts to be shared. Steam allows up to 10 devices (machines) which is enough to testing games easily with various configurations. This means we could potentially acquire a collection of games as …

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OLD SITE TO WORDPRESS

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Before we converted to WordPress we used a custom PHP based solution. PHP allowed is to use a component based web site. Then using a simple template a new game review or hardware review would be easily done. PHP has changed several times over the years since it first became available circa 1995 but we …

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CASUAL GAMES

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Many games such as role playing need many hours of gameplay. Other games like solitaire is fast to play and a game can be finished in under 5 minutes. Here at Hardcore Games we recognized that different gaming segments are present. Many independent games are casual by nature, such as some of the idle games …

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AZURE

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Microsoft Azure is the business name for their internet services. Such as web hosting and other services. We moved our site to Azure in 2010 as the IBM machine were we using as web server had finally died. Azure was available so we took advantage of the service and we have been with them ever …

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GOOGLE ADSENSE

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Global Network Navigator in 1993 became the first known commercial website to sell a clickable ad. In 1994, larger scale advertising began to form. Standardized banner ad sizes were made in 1996 giving birth to the banner ads that adorn many sites. It did not take long before the click through rate (CTR) fell. Self-proclaimed …

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SURVIVING ACTION SHOOTERS

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Games like Doom have the ability to save your play at any point in the game. More recent titles have numerous save points which automate the process. One of the reasons for the game save is that the action is very intense and the campaign can take many hours to finish. Doom and Quake have …

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