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IEM Katowice Finals
One for CS:GO fans here - ESL are hosting the finals of the Intel Extreme Masters Katowice 2019 event this weekend. The first two quarter-finals took place yesterday, with Na'Vi and ENCE both winning 2-0 against FaZe and Liquid respectively.
Re-runs of yesterday's matches followed by live coverage of today's games (MIBR vs Renegades and Astralis vs NIP) are streaming on the ESL CSGO Twitch channel
- well worth a watch as we hone our skills ahead of BobLAN 2019.1. There were well in excess of 250,000 live viewers of the first quarter finals!
GOG in Trouble?
Good Old Games, aka GOG, have reportedly laid off a number of staff. It would be a shame to see one of the few sellers of legacy games in financial trouble. I know a few of us have bought stuff from GOG in the past, however for me, prices are often an inhibiting factor for what are sometimes poor quality games by today's standards, especially if they don't support resolutions above HD.
You can read more on this on the Shacknews
BobLAN 2018.2 Photos
I've finally got round to grabbing the photos from last November from Keith - thanks fella! You can view them on our Photo Gallery
BobLAN 2019.1 Dates
The dates for the first BobLAN of 2019 have been agreed. We will be starting after lunch on Thursday 16th May, and finishing on the afternoon of Sunday 19th. That's 80 days to get yourselves ready :)
Apex Legends Launches
Respawn Entertainment, best known for Titanfall, have ventured into the somewhat crowded Battle Royal arena with Apex Legends. The game is a bit cartoonish in nature (Fortnite-like), is first person and set on an island (PUBG-like). There are also nods to Titanfall, for example the running slides. You play in teams of three, either of your choosing or randomly assigned.
It is a testament to the stature of Respawn and their marketing that they have already achieved 25 million players within a couple of weeks - quite an amazing start.
Read the required tech specs
plus some news and guides
, both courtesy of Shacknews. One to watch for BobLAN!
Rage 2 Preview
Fans of id's cult classic Rage will be happy to hear that the follow-up is due for release later this year. The story is set 30 years after the original, however a few of the characters will make an appearance. As before, the weight given to driving in the game remains high, and there are races available to earn upgrades and open up opportunities for NPC dialog.
You can read a great article about it all on Shacknews
Resident Evil 2
Capcom have made the brave move of recreating a gaming classic, namely Resident Evil. Early reviews are looking favourable, so it could be one of interest to the 3rd person zombie shooter fans in the clan. The game is due for release at the end of the week, 25th Jan 2019.
Read a full review on Shacknews
DFC Twitch Feed
Our Twitch feed has been updated to switch to some other channels when ours is inactive (which is all but 8 days a year). The one that seems to be streaming all the time (both live and reruns) is the ESL CS:GO channel. This one covers CS:GO e-sports events and championships, and is really worth a watch - there are no beer runs, Gold bars or bowls of Bombay Mix in sight!
This feature doesn't work in the embedded player on our site, so you will need to go directly to twitch.tv/desertfoxclan
Nvidia Opens Up G-sync
Nvidia have confirmed that with the next driver version, G-sync on selected Freesync monitors will be supported. Over 400 monitors were tested, with only 12 being given certified status. Whilst top end gamers will still likely go for G-sync monitors, it does open the door to variable refresh rates for those with a smaller budget.
Read more in these articles:
Asus Merlin 2018 Review
The author of the Merlin firmware for Asus routers has written his usual annual review. It's a mix of changes made during 2018 and what to look forward to in 2019. Read the full review on SNB Forums
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