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Tatiora's Articles for September, 2021
September 1, 2021 by Tatiora
Have you ever watched or participated in a speedrun for a video game before? Whether you have or not, you might want to consider giving it a try: the developer of Stardew Valley has created a new speedrun competition where the prize for the winning team totals $40,000. Now, if you've played Stardew Valley before, I'm sure your first thought is along the lines of what mine was: How the heck do you speedrun Stardew Valley? It's a game that is literally designed to be relaxing and leis...
September 29, 2021 by Tatiora
Hey all you cool cats and kittens, get ready to toss a coin to your Witcher - there's some news from the streaming realm! If you raised an eyebrow at the genre-blending sentence above, you wouldn't the only one; I did the same as I was writing it. While the announcement that Season 2 of Netflix's The Witcher is on its way isn't terribly shocking, I will say that I did a double-take at the headline that Tiger King season 2 was on its way also? If you're unfamiliar with the documentary,...
September 30, 2021 by Tatiora
In news that shouldn't be especially shocking: we really love games here at Stardock. This extends beyond just PC and video games and well into things like board games and tabletop RPGs like Dungeons & Dragons. I've definitely talked about it before, but I also have a fairly sizeable board game collection at home. Before the pandemic, I used to bring games in fairly regularly and have game nights so that my coworkers and I could enjoy playing some together. Earlier this month, we held ...
September 22, 2021 by Tatiora
If you're thinking of moving to Windows 11 when it releases on October 5th, then you'll want to know about Microsoft's updates to its Health Check app.  This app will test your PC to see if it can adequately handle running Windows 11. The updated tool is available all the way at the bottom of Microsoft's Windows 11 page here. The user interface hasn't changed any from its previous version, but the results regarding your PC's eligibility should be much more accurate than before. One of...
September 1, 2021 by Tatiora
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Version 3.0 arrives!Version 3.0 of Stardock's fantasy civilization style game, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes gets updated to add more quests, heroes, city upgrades and general performance and stability improvements.Conquer your enemies and explore the world of Elemental in Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes! We've updated this beloved classic with a new Tower of Knowledge faction structure, some highly requested AI improvements, and some perform...
September 1, 2021 by Tatiora
Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes Version 3.0 arrives!Version 3.0 of Stardock's fantasy civilization style game, Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes gets updated to add more quests, heroes, city upgrades and general performance and stability improvements.Conquer your enemies and explore the world of Elemental in Fallen Enchantress: Legendary Heroes! We've updated this beloved classic with a new Tower of Knowledge faction structure, some highly requested AI improvements, and some perform...
September 23, 2021 by Tatiora
I am constantly amazed by the things technology has evolved to do. If you’d told me 15 years ago that we’d move past dial-up internet and have the sheer amount of information at our fingertips that we do today, I’m not sure I would have believed you. Honestly, I still hear that AOL dial-up tone in my head sometimes - is it just occasional nostalgia, or am I going a little nuts? Probably both. Anyway. People are always finding new ways to make technology work for us, an...
September 15, 2021 by Tatiora
I've talked about Marvel movies/shows and how much I love them a few times before, but in case you're new around here... I really like super heroes. In particular, at least in the Marvel-verse, my favorite hero has always been Hawkeye. And until recently, we've seen a few production stills and have heard a handful of rumors, but not much else was known about the upcoming show that shares a name with my beloved archer. Until this week, that is. On Monday, Disney shared our first look at ...
September 8, 2021 by Tatiora
Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation, Now with Faster Load Times and Major Balance Updates View the full changelog below!Stardock’s massive-scale real-time strategy game received an update today that reduces load times and improves combat balance and visuals. Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation takes place in a post-technological singularity world where sentient AI, known as the Substrate, are in a war of annihila...
September 8, 2021 by Tatiora
New Core Worlds DLC Adds New Maps Based on Real-World Locations Get it on Steam | Get it at StardockStardock released the Core Worlds DLC for Ashes of the Singularity: Escalation today. The DLC adds new asymmetrical maps based on real-world geographic locations and distributes resources to offset the geographical disadvantages on each battlefield.  Each map is of varying size and have metal and radioactive resources distributed in a way that off...
September 8, 2021 by Tatiora
Rock in Sample Tube - Image c/o NASAIn early August, the Perseverance Rover attempted to take a sample of Martian rock - and, regrettably, came up with an empty test tube. But, apparently second time's the charm; NASA confirmed on Monday that Perseverance had successfully collected and stored its first sample of Martian rock while exploring Artuby.  Artuby is a half-mile ridgeline that is near an area believed to hold Jezero Crater's deepest and most ancient layers of exposed bedrock. ...
September 2, 2021 by Tatiora
I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: I am highly prone to nostalgia. I am an emotionally memory-based person who lives and breathes sentimentality. I have a hard time parting with objects I own because I can remember exactly who gave it to me, the circumstances surrounding the gift, and why it was important at the time (even if it hasn’t been useful for a very long time).  It’s not just physical things, either - it’s anything that allows me to retu...
September 16, 2021 by Tatiora
Gaming is a constantly evolving industry, which is both a blessing and a curse. Obviously, the blessing in this is that games are constantly looking better and are able to add so much to the experience that was barely fathomable ten or fifteen years ago. One of the curses of constant growth, however, is the need to update your gear (PC or consoles) in order to keep up with the latest and greatest. Within the last 10 years or so, game companies have started remastering their greatest hit games...