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Why is the gaming industry growing at a fast pace?

The UK gaming industry is exponentially growing, last year was a record year for the UK gaming industry, both the market monetary value (£4.33bn) as well as other sectors like films and merchandising (£100.5m). Estimates further put it growing at a rate of 6.7pc and suggested by 2021; the UK gaming industry will be worth £5.2bn, this will make it Europe’s largest market and the fifth largest in the whole world.

gaming industryAccording to PwC, nearly 50% of UK’s population plays video games, on all platforms – Online, games console, PC, smartphone, or VR headset. The increase in gaming popularity can be attributed to the increased availability to the public; how it is easy to download them at the click of a mouse or tap of a screen.

This availability has brought forth opportunities that include funding and investments with potential clients viewing games as a means of engaging audiences, and moreover people looking to get employment in the sector. All these factors profoundly influence the gaming sector. The enormous appetite for games and gaming merchandise in the UK means there is more demand for services offered by gaming professionals, which translates to more money.

Attracting top players

The UK has rated the third best country at attracting, training and furthermore retaining skilled workers within the digital industry, with the significant magnets being the cities of London, Cardiff, and Birmingham. Additionally, as more people become equipped in working in the gaming industry, with universities offering a range of technical courses, firms are likely to succeed and grow if they employ these highly skilled workers.

Is it Game over for the UK?

The UK gaming industry is thriving because there is the existence of high-skilled, and adequately funded workers who are making games every day to meet the market demand. For this to continue, however, Dr. Richard Wilson, chief executive of The Independent Game Developers’ Association, proclaims that support must, and should indeed, stay at the same level, with support, games will be developed and will be enjoyed by the population and in turn provide revenue. He also believes that much of the gaming industry future success will evidently rely upon government policy decisions. He further recommends the formation of an official investment fund for gaming, which will provide a substantial tax relief rate for developers, who will then continue accessing skilled workers, from the EU and incorporating them into the gaming industry.

Blade Runner 2049 – A sight to behold

Something unlikely has happened. An equally miraculous as methodically preserved secret hidden from the little that remains of humanity. A moment that disappeared over time, like tears inthe rain. But in Blade Runner’s bare, dead world there is no room for these unique moments. This devastated world refuses to accept replicas as its own and is instantly unrestrained, broken, trapped and overwhelmed daily by terrible thunder storms. Nevertheless, I feel confident in director Denis Villeneuve’s hard-knocked grip, whose dystopian vision in some ways exceeds it’s predecessor from 1982 with i’s overwhelming humanity.

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The cold steel that surrounds the cut-off Los Angeles city, the whining rain pouring in the evenings; and the shining neon light through the smog is in contrast with the sensation of a crispy photo paper, a lilac piano key and a dirty piece of cloth, that wakes childhood memories, in a movie that re-discovers Ridley Scott’s unforgettable film-world.

Blade Runner 2049 sores with detail

One of my favorite scenes in the movie takes place in a old abandoned casino in the middle o a radiation-infested Las Vegas.The inside of this old vintage casino in Las Vegas were shoot at the Stock Exchange Palace building in Bucharest, Liberty Square; and this makes me feel like looking for a Top New Casino is quite cozy and friendly – when you can do it at home in front of your mobile or computer.

It’s just poetic how the movie is so popular in such a sober mood, how nostalgic desire blossoms in the most unthinkable moments where the beauty of the film lies in how the film breaks down if whether or not there are people or replicas that interact with each other in the scenes; The magnitude lies in the value that the characters give each other, and their surroundings, where the least meaningless detail can be the greatest proof of how invaluable human sentimentality is.

I got tears in my eyes

What most surprised me about the movie is how simple Blade Runner 2049 is. Despite the futuristic scenario and cyberpunk technology, the film is classical in some way, similar to the old days where the cinematic storyteller was the most important pillar in a movie production. The story smells of classic, hard-boiled deck-noir, where the actors (especially Jared Leto)’s huge presence completely dominate scenes. The links to the movie classic never feel crowded or clogged as a fan service, but naturally baked into a dark, mysterious story with several layers.

Of course, I will not say too much about the action in order not to spoil the surprises, but I can say that the story is incredibly well-written and leads to such a truly powerful and phenomenal climaxthat I would lie if I claimed I did not get tears in my eyes at the end.

Best Graphics card right now

The processor may be the computer’s brain, but when it comes to games, the graphics card is the heart that pumps out pixels and polygons to the monitor. Thus, it is also the single most important component for us gamers. Here are some cards that deserve their place your next PC – whether it’s a smart media giant, a budget computer, or a 4K monster.

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Best Graphics Card Overall: The GeForce GTX 1070

Was there really any competition for the top ranking? AMD has the chance to defeat the GTX 1070 with its RX 480 – but before we could compare the cards thoroughly, the GTX 1070 remains the lord. The card can match or exceed the GTX Titan X and GTX 980 Ti in all games, and on all settings – and it accomplishes this at a significantly lower price. This does not necessarily mean that you need to upgrade from a 980 Ti or Titan X to the 1070. The performance is so similar that it is most about price-related performance.

Our advice is to skip a generation or two of hardware, or more generally – just upgrade when your current hardware starts to feel a bit too slow. It means, of course, different things for different people, so some players are likely to change card for a small improvement, while more economical people can manage medium or budget quality-cards.

Best High Performance Card: The GeForce GTX 1080

If you want the fastest graphics card on the planet then the choice is quite easy – The GTX 1080 easily wins in our tests. It’s 30 percent faster than Titan X and GTX 980 Ti, and uses almost 30 percent less power. This is, again, thanks to the switch from 28 nm to 16 nm FinFET, which allows Nvidia to print more components on smaller surfaces.

What is the problem then? The biggest shortcoming is obvious – the price. No, we do not necessarily think that a little over € 600  is unreasonable for such high performance. 980 Ti has sold well at a similar price since the release last year. But it is still a lot of money.

Best value for money: The Radeon RX 470

Gone is the infected debate between the AMD and Nvidia-fans who argue whether the GTX 970 or R9 390 offer the best value for money. Instead, we have a new fight: The RX 480 vs the GTX 1060 – and, if you step down one step, the RX 470 vs the GTX 1060 3 GB? Honestly, all of these options are viable – but if you want the most value for money, there is a particular card that stands out.

The RX 470 does not bother us directly with its performance, but what it boasts is lower power consumption, a price below € 200. It took a few months for the price to fall to the right level , But by now the RX 470 has found its own niche.

 

Looking back: The old Aardvaak IPS

Easy setup. Compatible with PC/Mac. Free webspace, email and much more. Do you remember this? This was the old Aardvaak IPS system from many years ago. It is always fun to look back on old IT systems and hacks since the internet has come such a long way now. So lets take a look in the rearview mirror!

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Looking back at the old Aardvaak internet system

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