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ShankTheTank

A highly opinionated avid PC gamer, Poorna blindly panics with his friends in various multiplayer games, much to the detriment of his team. Constantly questioning industry practices and a passion for technological progress drive his love for the video game industry. He pulls no punches and tells it like he sees it. He runs a podcast, Gaming The Industry, with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, discussing industry practices and their effects on consumers.

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ShankTheTank
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October 2021
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Seconds from Silence Alpha Testing Sign Ups Scheduled

Dates for alpha testing sign ups have been announced for Abstract Era Entertainment's MMORPG, Seconds from Silence, per a press release today. Inspired by games such as the Elder Scrolls and Witcher series, Seconds from Silence will allow players to explore a medieval fantasy world where they can build, "a variety of different structures, rule Thieves Guilds, Bandit Regimes, Pirate Ships, and even entire Kingdoms," according to the release.


Pimax 5K+ VR Review

If you've followed VR for a while, you've probably heard of Pimax. For a lot of us, that name might be new, but what if we told you that this new company has created a headset that's both higher res and higher FOV than even the Index or Rift S and that it's fully compatible with Steam VR? It's true. Buckle in, this is a review you won't want to miss.


Viotek SUW49C Ultrawide Curved HDR Gaming Monitor Review

Last November, our Hardware Editor, Chris Coke, reviewed the GN32D 32” Curved Gaming Monitor from Viotek. Priced at $380, he came away impressed. It’s literal bigger brother, the Viotek SUW49C Ultrawide Curved HDR Gaming Monitor, is a different beast entirely. Featuring an absurd 32:9 aspect ratio across 49-inches, it is easily the most expansive monitor I’ve used. But is the 144 Hz refresh rate enough to offset the low 1080p pixel density?


ASUS ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC Edition Review

NVIDIA kicked off their newest Turing generation of cards with the RTX 2080 and RTX 2080 Ti. Gamers have had to wait some time for the RTX 2070, and naturally, we have as well. How will this card fare? This is our review of Asus ROG Strix GeForce RTX 2070 OC Edition.


A Newb’s Adventures In World of Warcraft - Week 5

I have to be honest. I didn’t play as much World of Warcraft this week due to swinging wildly through New York City in glorious 30fps. (Spider-Man. I was playing Spider-Man). However, I did manage to traipse through Azeroth this week. I finally -- FINALLY -- completed the Siege of Boralus mythic dungeon with the help of my buddy and MacWorld Editor, Leif Johnson, who kept us all healed.


A Newb’s Adventures In World of Warcraft - Week 4

So yeah...I’ve been playing a lot of World of Warcraft in the last week. If you recall, I had just hit level 120 in my previous journal. I also felt like the mightiest dwarf in all of Azeroth. I was told by my WoW veteran friends that the “real” game doesn’t start until after I’ve hit 120. And, well, they were right.


A Newb’s Adventures In World of Warcraft - Week 3

Another week, more World of Warcraft. For continuing up-to-the-minute updates on my WoW progress, feel free to follow me on Twitter (@ShankTheTank). So then, what did I do this week? Let’s dive right in.


A Newb’s Adventures In World of Warcraft - Week 2

reminder. I occasionally stream my adventures. So follow me on Twitter (@ShankTheTank) for updates when I go live on my Twitch, Mixer, YouTube, and Periscope. For a playlist of my adventures so far, check out this playlist.


ONIKUMA Gaming Headset K5: Value On A Budget?

The perennial balance between budget and quality comes face to face with the ONIKUMA Gaming Headset K5. Where does it land? And who is it for?


A Newb’s Adventures In World of Warcraft -- Week 1

Not one week ago, I too like Butters proclaimed, “I don’t play World of Warcraft.” Little did I know how much that would change. You see, I’m a complete newb. Yes, this dude right here -- the man writing this article on a website literally called “MMORPG” -- had never played World of Warcraft.


PS4 Dev Interview - 60fps, Resolution, Fortnite & More

This past weekend, a few journalists and myself were flown out to Las Vegas to cover the H1Z1 Pro League (I’m working on a full editorial with my thoughts on the whole event for GameSpace, so stay tuned). We were also shown off some PS4 footage for the reveal announcement yesterday. I had the opportunity to sit down with Tony Morton, Lead Systems and Combat Designer, and pick his brain on some of the technical details, mechanics, and yes, Fortnite.


H1Z1 Launching On PS4, Open Beta Begins May 22

H1Z1, the free to play Battle Royale game on Steam from Daybreak Games, is coming to PS4. In a press release today, Daybreak Games has revealed that H1Z1 has been tuned specifically around console and the console gamer.


Earthfall Early Access Hands On Preview

All we had to do was find the nearest Resistance Cache House. The low sun drifting majestically through suburbia masked the unadulterated chaos that was about to transpire. Myself along with fellow writer, Joseph Bradford, and our other two friends, Pete and Ralph, were tasked with finding the nearest Resistance Cache House. This is Earthfall, a new co-op shooter that’s on Steam’s Early Access.


Hunt: Showdown Closed Alpha Impressions

Hunt: Showdown’s concept had me intrigued ever since I first got wind about it last year. You and a partner are Hunters tasked to hunt down a monster in a hauntingly beautiful map by following clues using your Dark Sight (think Arkham Asylum Detective Mode). Along the way, you’ll have to avoid gloriously grotesque creatures who are all trying to kill you. In short, find monster. Kill monster. Banish monster. Evacuate.