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March 30, 2022 by Tatiora
Sony announced new versions of its PlayStation Plus subscriptions yesterday. This is, apparently, a response to the Xbox Game Pass, and I would suppose many other subscription services for games out there. The PlayStation Plus sub plan is a combination of Sony's two current subscription services, PlayStation Plus and PlayStation Now. Two new options will now include access to multiplayer gaming alongside a catalog of select PlayStation games to install or stream. Now, first and foremost, ...
March 24, 2022 by Tatiora
In the darker parts of the galaxy, hidden deep within the shadows and whispering words of deceit, are the Drath. You’d best be careful, because out here… there be dragons. New to Galactic Civilizations IV, the Drath are an ancient race of mysterious creatures who are most at home in the shadows. Masters of subterfuge and manipulation, they are rumored to be the source behind nearly every major conflict in the galaxy - a rumor that is entirely possible they spread and perpetuated ...
March 23, 2022 by Tatiora
As time goes on and technology brings new game consoles to the scene, we are often left to watch our favorite games and systems fade into obscurity. In times before digital media started taking hold, games were physical and tangible additions to your console's collection, something you could hold onto and possess.  I still have cartridges for my original NES console. Hell, I still have a LYNX system and all the games that my parents generously bestowed on me over the years as I grew up. ...
March 17, 2022 by Tatiora
When you’ve been around the galaxy as long as the Altarians have, you learn through a great deal of trial and error who your friends are - and who your enemies are as well. The Altarian Republic is comprised of a very religious and generous people. Some might argue that their faith makes them little more than self-righteous zealots, and while there may be a modicum of truth to that, the Altarians are extremely likeable and are well known for their benevolence. Most Altarians adopt a ...
March 16, 2022 by Tatiora
Start11 v1.2 Beta is Now Available Learn more about Start11 at www.stardock.comStardock released v1.2 beta of Start11™ today. Start11 is a program that allows users to customize the Windows® Start menu and taskbar for Windows 10 and 11 and can make the Start menu appear as it did in previous versions of Windows, enhancing the experience with new features and functionality.  Start11 v1.2 beta focuses specifically on enhancing the Windows 11 experience by re-...
March 16, 2022 by Tatiora
I have read countless Science-Fiction novels and grew up on cartoons like The Jetsons and Star Trek: Enterprise. All of the technology I witnessed within those things seemed like something that would be unattainable in my lifetime, and yet here we are with progress marching ever forward. While we aren't quite at Enterprise holo-deck level yet, the mere idea that a car is going to offer an integrated Virtual Reality (VR) experience just blows my mind. Audi's holor...
March 10, 2022 by Tatiora
Civilizations are no strangers to struggle - they all face it in one way, shape, or form. The Torians of the Torian Regime are absolutely no different, having endured generations of cruelty and torment under the tyranny of the Drengin Empire. The Torians were enslaved not once - but twice! - by the Drengin and forced to endure terrible torment as their people were slowly eradicated. Thought by the rest of the galaxy to be extinct, it came as a surprise to nearly everyone when a small group of...
March 9, 2022 by Tatiora
One of the things that I remember as a kid most vividly are learning games. They were never presented to me that way - although they certainly were to my parents! - but I was gaining educational value from the game as I played them. I would spend hours chasing Carmen Sandiego around the world or reading all about Dinosaurs and prehistoric history in 3D Dinosaur Adventures.  These types of games have continued to persist throughout the years, though they've obviously taken many different ...
March 3, 2022 by Tatiora
Galactic Civilizations IV has many old and beloved civilizations in its lineup, but also has several newcomers that we know you’ll enjoy - including the members of the Baratak Grove, a race of sentient tree-like creatures who have taken root.  The above line might sound like a pun (and don’t get me wrong, it absolutely is), but it’s not all that far from the truth of what the Baratak are best at: reviving dead worlds. The stout citizens of the Grove require very little ...
March 2, 2022 by Tatiora
The February feature update for Windows 11 appears to be causing some issues for users by causing the Start menu to disappear as soon as a mouse hovers over it. This is apparently caused by a conflict with widgets trying to appear at the same time. The issues with the update were reported on by TechRadar on Monday. "It's certainly a frustrating bug, and it raises the question of why wasn't this fixed before the February update landed? The Taskbar and the Start menu have both seen pola...
February 24, 2022 by Tatiora
Perhaps the civilization with the most tragic backstory, the Manti Cluster is an Aquatic race that’s brand new to Galactic Civilizations IV. The game is now in beta and this civilization - along with over a dozen others! - is available to play right now. Let’s take a look at the Manti Cluster and what they bring to the game. The Manti were naive.  They will be the first to admit their folly, to acknowledge that their naivety cost them so dearly that they are still paying f...
February 23, 2022 by Tatiora
Are you allured by the siren song of a mint condition retro game? If so, a haul of sealed classic video games from a store that closed back in the 90's might pique your interest. Check out the video below! A video game retailer based out of Nebraska called Gameroom posted the above haul recently. Chris Thompson, who owns the store and is serving as a liaison for the sale, said that the collection's owner wishes to remain anonymous and originally came into the store just wanting to get a ballp...
February 17, 2022 by Tatiora
Galactic Civilizations IV is in beta right now and moving on toward release! Although we’ve been introducing plenty of new civilizations into the game, we have made sure not to neglect some of our classics who have been around since the very beginning. This week, we’re going to talk a bit about the Terran Alliance and what their place is on the galactic scene. The Terrans are the youngest civilizations in the galaxy and are known almost as much for their professed love of diplomac...
February 16, 2022 by Tatiora
A lot of new shows and movies were showcased this past Sunday during the Super Bowl. From Amazon Prime's upcoming The Lord of the Rings series to Marvel's Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness, I almost gave myself whiplash when I was catching up on everything I'd missed! I'm not much of a sports fan and I don't have cable, so I opted to have dinner and play board games with friends instead of tuning in - but hey, that's what YouTube is for, right? Here's a ...
February 10, 2022 by Tatiora
The Galactic Civilizations series has existed since the OS/2 days and has a long and storied history spanning the last 25+ years. Galactic Civilizations IV is on the horizon and it contains many beloved and established civilizations from previous versions of the game. GalCiv IV also happens to include several brand-new civilizations, perhaps the cutest of which - at least, in my opinion - are the Mimot Brotherhood. The Mimots evolved on a planet with five other species, but are now the only s...