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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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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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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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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

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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PHPBB

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Back in 2002 we found an open source PHP package called phpBB. This software was more or less similar to the old BBS forums of old but it was not interconnected like FidoNET was. Sadly miscreants made such a mess of the forum that we eventually abandoned using it. Over the 2000s many forums were …

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HARDCORE-GAMES.TK

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We claim proprietor trademark for the name “Hardcore Games” and the banner design which is present on every page on the site. Passing off as Hardcore Games™ is a common law tort enforceable in Canada. Its also a criminal offence which contravenes several statutes. The company handling the TK country domain ended up with a …

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