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Joseph has been writing or podcasting about games in some form since about 2012. Having written for multiple major outlets such as IGN, Playboy, and more, Joseph started writing for MMORPG in 2015. When he's not writing or talking about games, you can typically find him hanging out with his 10-year old or playing Magic: The Gathering with his family. Also, don't get him started on why Balrogs *don't* have wings. You can find him on Twitter @LotrLore

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lotrlore
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October 2021
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 MSI RTX 2070 Armor OC 8GB Review - It's Great...But...

Nvidia’s RTX 2070 presents an interesting dilemma for those looking to adopt the new Turing GPUs. On one hand, it boasts some pretty impressive specs for a card that lists a suggested retail price of $499 on some models. On the other hand, the namesake feature of the card - Ray Tracing - isn’t really testable right now. And with the 2070 having less Ray Tracing power than its 2080 and 2080ti counterparts, it’s hard to know exactly whether grabbing one of these cards provides decent bang for your buck.


Eagle Eyes Supersight 4-in-1 Review

I’ve always been interested in whether or not specialty blue-light blocking eyewear really worked. Thankfully, the Eagle Eyes Supersight 4in1 System has provided some clarity on the subject. And while I’m not thoroughly sold on the Supersight system for a few reason, it has done enough to make me a believer in the idea.


Acer Predator Aethon 500 Review

Acer’s Predator Aethon 500 mechanical keyboard tries to hang with the luminaries of premium gaming keyboard design: Corsair and Razer to name a few. And in some ways it definitely holds up. However, while the Aethon keyboard aspires to be counted among the premium keyboard choices for discerning gamers - and the price tag of $180 definitely shows this - it’s hard not to feel as though there are a few cut corners along the way.


Intel 760p 2TB NVMe M.2 SSD Review

In the world of SSDs, often times people are willing to spend a moderate amount of money and receive a small capacity drive because of the promise of speed. Whether it be for a dedicated boot drive or blazing fast load times on files for gaming, SSDs are the go to drive to ensure you aren’t spending your days wallowing in loading screens. But does the Intel 760p 2TB NVMe m.2 SSD justify the steep price? This is our Intel 760 m.2 SSD review.


VersaDesk Standing Desk Review - Now You're Standing With Power

The VersaDesk Power Pro standing desk converter is an interesting item. On one hand it turns any desk capable of becoming one into a standing desk without the need to buying one outright. However, the flip side of this is that when using it as a standing desk is severely limits working space. In the end, though, it’s a great accessory for those looking to get a bit more circulation while working or gaming for long stretches.


Edifier S730 2.1 Speaker System: A Serious Upgrade but Worth the Price?

The Edifier S730 speakers, while great, are also somewhat of a mixed bag. On one hand, they provide a great level of sound quality over many other speakers at their price point. On the other hand, the Edifier speakers don’t provide the full range of sound you might expect from speakers at their price. However, the package on offer does make it an enticing option for the discerning PC gamer.


Acer Predator XB241YU 1440p GSYNC Monitor - A Truly Transformative Experience

At some point in every gamer’s life there is a moment where a piece of tech transforms how they experience their games. For some it’s a simple as moving from a console to a powerful PC. Others it’s VR. For me, however, it was truly experiencing variable refresh with the Acer Predator XB241YU GSYNC monitor. However, even transformative experiences aren’t without their flaws.


Space Pope-ing - A Softer Side of EVE

At EVE FanFest in Reykjavik this past weekend, one couldn’t go far without seeing the papal hats of the Sixth Empire adorining bags or hanging around the necks of capsuleers as they went to and from panels and events in the Harpa Concert Hall. The Sixth Empire has operated in EVE Online for years now and while over five hundred people at any given time are active within the Empire, one man has come to define what EVE’s most visible neutral faction does: The Space Pope.


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So Much Missed Potential

Sea of Thieves was meant to be a return to form for Rare, a game studio with a loved history that had been relegated to Kinect-hell for years. How does it fare in the end? Kinect-hell might not have been so bad after all.


 Echogear Monitor Mounts - Taking Your Game To New Heights

Have you ever considered mounting your monitors? Getting a display off the desk saves valuable space and can give you the kind of movement and adjustment a normal stand just can’t. Today, we’re looking at Echogear’s dual monitor stand. You might know them from their excellent TV mounts but are they good enough for your PC? Let’s find out.


Launch Impressions - A Broken, Shallow Pool

Sea of Thieves is the game many people have been looking at saving Microsoft from the idea that they have no first party titles worth purchasing. Sea of Thieves, in the end, is not that game.


Yakuza 6: Song of Life Review - A Fitting End To A Legend - The RPG Files

As someone who has never played a Yakuza game until now, I was initially tentative in picking up Yakuza 6: The Song of Life to review. A game with such a storied and beloved history felt like something a newcomer such as myself just couldn’t navigate. Yet within the first hour I was hooked.


Total War Arena Review - A Good Concept Mired in Issues

Total War Arena is an interesting entry into the overall franchise. While not a fully fledged Total War game, it strives to turn the historically large scale single-player battles from previous entries into set piece battles you play a smaller role in with other players. How does the team at Creative Assembly do in accomplishing this? Results are, unfortunately, mixed.


Final Fantasy XII: The Zodiac Age PC Review - Ivalice Never Looked So Good

In many ways, Final Fantasy XII really established the nature of the series we can still see with newer releases such as Final Fantasy XV today. Flashforward eleven years and the game has finally found its way onto PC with the remaster which originally released on PlayStation 4 last year. And with the PC release comes a myriad of changes and additions that make Final Fantasy XII on PC the best way to experience its story yet.


XFX Rx 570 RS 8GB Black Edition Review: Powerfully Cool 1080p Card

AMD’s 570 Polaris architecture is a compelling reason to choose PC gaming over console in normal circumstances. But how does the newest Rx 570 in the XFX line hold up compared to the Rx 580, and is it a good enough value when you look at how mining has changed the GPU pricing landscape?