Wasteland 3 impressions: Post-apocalyptic tactics, ethics, and economics

Enlarge / You might not like it, but this—along with a giant sack of burritos just off-camera to the left—is what peak cRPG gaming looks like. (credit: Jim Salter)

When I got the chance to play a pre-release copy of inXile’s post-apocalyptic RPG Wasteland 3, I jumped at it. As a huge fan of RPGs in general and a backer of Wasteland 2, getting to play the next game in the series for my job was an obvious no-brainer. For those who aren’t already familiar with the series, it’s a darkly humorous tactical battler, set in an alternate-universe post-apocalyptic America divided into widely separated fiefdoms and sprawling chaos.
If you’re thinking “like Fallout, but turn-based?” you’re not too far off—there are a lot of similarities between Wasteland’s and Fallout’s versions of post-WWIII America, including some hilariously retrofuturistic touches. But where Fallout’s world seems to have sprung from the late ’50s, Wasteland’s setting branches out from somewhere in


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The Best Features from Windows 10’s Big May 2020 Update

Microsoft’s big May 2020 update for Windows 10 is here, and it’s packed with a bunch of new features and changes. This isn’t one of those subtle “security updates” that patches up a few bugs within Windows but doesn’t change your UI or how you interact with your operating system. It’s worth paying attention to, so I’m…Read more…


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10 Best Sounding Dolby Atmos Movies on 4K Blu-ray

Dolby Atmos brinds 3D immersive sound to home viewing, but some movies take better advantage of the format than other. Since its debut, AVS Forum’s Ralph Potts has reviewed many films with Atmos soundtracks and assigned them a numerical rating. This list consists of the ten most recently reviewed movies that have “perfect” scores of 100 for the Atmos mix.
If you have an Atmos-capable sound system, these are the reference-quality movie 3D immersive audio mixes you will want to experience.
1. Baby Driver (rated R, 2017)
Baby Driver Ultra HD Review

2. Blade Runner 2049 (rated R, 2017)
Blade Runner 2049 Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

3. Doctor Sleep (rated R, 2019)
Doctor Sleep Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

4. It (rated R, 2017)
IT Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

5. Men in Black: International (rated PG-13, 2019)
Men in Black: International Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

6. Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol (rated PG-13, 2011)
Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Ultra HD Blu-ray Review

7. Resident Evil: The


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In 2019, multiple open source companies changed course—is it the right move?

Enlarge / Stock photos continue to be a gift to the world. Maybe it’s sometimes on par with open-source software. (credit: cnythzl / Getty Images)
Free and open source software enables the world as we know it in 2019. From Web servers to kiosks to the big data algorithms mining your Facebook feed, nearly every computer system you interact with runs, at least in part, on free software. And in the larger tech industry, free software has given rise to a galaxy of startups and enabled the largest software acquisition in the history of the world.
Free software is a gift, a gift that made the world as we know it possible. And from the start, it seemed like an astounding gift to give. So astounding in fact that it initially made businesses unaccustomed to this kind of generosity uncomfortable. These companies weren’t unwilling to use free software, it was simply


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Best G-SYNC Monitors for Gaming

Got a NVIDIA graphics card in your computer? You’ll want to take a closer look at a G-SYNC monitor if you want a better gaming experience. Recently, prices have dropped on G-SYNC monitors as more competition has entered the market so you’re no longer having to pay a significant premium for the tech.
Now, it’s worth noting that NVIDIA has enabled adaptive sync with certain FreeSync monitors, but the list of supported monitors isn’t very lengthy. If you want a seamless solution to pair with your NVIDIA GPU, you’ll want to invest into a G-SYNC monitor.
What is G-SYNC?
G-SYNC is a type of display technology that synchronizes display refresh rates to a NVIDIA GPU to eliminate screen tearing, minimize display stutter and input lag. The result is a smoother and faster gaming experience, and many who have experienced it have a hard time going back. If your video card is capable of pushing you


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It’s possible to build a Turing machine within Magic: The Gathering

Enlarge / Assemble just the right deck, and draw just the right cards, and you’ll get the equivalent of a universal Turing machine within the game, a new study finds. That makes it the most computationally complex real-world game yet known. (credit: Gordon Chibroski/Portland Press Herald/Getty Images)
Consider this hypothetical scenario: Bob and Alice are playing a game of Magic: The Gathering. It’s normal game play at first, as, say, Filigree robots from Kaladesh face off against werewolves and vampires from Innistrad. But then Alice draws just the right card from her customized deck, and suddenly Bob finds himself caught in the equivalent of a Turing machine, the famed abstract device that can simulate any computer algorithm. Thanks to the peculiarities of the rules of Magic, Bob can now only finish the game when he meets whatever condition Alice has programmed her in-game algorithm to accomplish—for example, to find a


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How to Set Up an IMAX Enhanced Sound System

Today’s home entertainment systems offer incredible fidelity to AV enthusiasts. With the advent of UHD video and 3D immersive sound, cinematic viewing experiences that used to be exclusive to commercial theaters are now available in your living room. IMAX Enhanced takes this concept to the next level, bringing the IMAX theatrical experience home using optimized content and certified AV gear.
There’s a visual and an audio aspect to the IMAX Enhanced Program. Movies are delivered in 4K UHD with HDR using a proprietary mastering process that optimizes imagery for presentation on today’s big-screen TVs and home theater projectors. Meanwhile, on the sound side, a special variant of the DTS:X codec is used to help recreate the IMAX theatrical experience, a 3D immersive audio experience that can deliver the full range and dynamics of an IMAX theatrical presentation.
What’s an IMAX Enhanced Sound System?
In this article, we’ll look at how to set up


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