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  • Battlefield V

    Article or Review Author: Wonko Star rating: 0
    I have always enjoyed playing FPS games especially after playing Battlefield 2142 many years ago, and since that first game of online mayhem I played many many hours of COD and all its variants as well as most of the Battlefield series. But I got fed up with some of the decisions the game makers made and seriously fed up with the attitude and hacking from quite a large part of the gaming community to the extent that I basically have not really played any since the early days of Battlefield 4, just the occasional foray back in to BF3. For me although these games are FPS I still liked to think and play tactically and try and use the terrain to my advantage rather than just gun and run but the games have never really allowed you to do this effectively until possibly now with BF5 on the horizon (October 2018). These guys in the second video talk about the cool stuff we can do in this new version of the BF series
    I love the idea of squad play with the added befit of being able to prepare proper defences and move heavy equipment around on the battle ground, I know we are a Sim game community but if anyone is interested in joining a PC-SG squad to play some war simulation instead of ploughing a field then lets me know I'll grab my rifle and park the JCB in the barn for a few hours

    Cattle and Crops and Blender

    Article or Review Author: Jim Estep (Scoops) Star rating: 0
    During my usual nightly routine of watching YouTube Videos, I came across this one. It shows how they used Blender to make vehicles in the new Farm Sim platform, Cattle and Crops. If you do not know what Blender is...a free 3d computer graphics software program. I have really been trying to learn this . The learning curve is really steep and by no means can come anywhere close, to what these guys do. You may have visited my YT page and saw the playlist Blender, that is all I can do right now.  I just thought you might enjoy seeing how it is done, and how difficult it is.   https://youtu.be/cHjf-YmIBCs

    Beast streaming microphone

    Article or Review Author: JOSH NOREM Star rating: 0
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    BY JOSH NOREM  Be sure to visit IGN Tech for all the latest comprehensive hands-on reviews and best-of roundups. Note that if you click on one of these links to buy the product, IGN may get a share of the sale. For more, read our Terms of Use.
    Updated: January 2018
    So you want to enter the world of streaming, podcasting, or both. You've already got a burly PC that can handle this level of action, but now you need a way to record your buttery voice. Most people's first instinct is to just save money and use the microphone attached to their headset, but that's a newb mistake. Those microphones are not the best quality, usually, and as you know from listening to things online, poor audio quality is an instant tab-closer. Plus, that microphone might be fine for recording your voice, but what if you want to interview somebody, or record several people gathered around a table? To do that, and to sound professional just in a general sense, you're going to need a quality microphone.
      Of course, the world of high-end audio is a rabbit hole of sorts that can have you purchasing all kinds of expensive gear in a never-ending quest for the perfect recording, but it doesn't need to be that way. You can get by just fine with a USB microphone when you're starting out, and even when you're well along your way too. If you decide at some point you want more control over the audio portion of your content, you can start adding mixing boards and microphones with XLR input and all that jazz. But you don't need to start out there. We know this because we reviewed five of the most popular microphones being used today, and also have experience with podcasting and streaming too, and based on our testing we're able to recommend the best microphone you can use right now. 
    The Best Microphone  
    The Best Microphone - Blue Yeti
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK) The Yeti microphone from Blue offers a near perfect combination of performance and price, making it our top pick for anyone getting into the game of streaming and podcasting. At just $127 (street), it's not thatexpensive and it includes cardioid, bidirectional, omnidirectional capture patterns, so it can capture pretty much anything you need it to without breaking the bank. It's also a USB microphone, so setup is super easy, and we also dig the fact that it has gain control and comes in a bunch of nifty colors. For fledgling and even advanced streamers/podcasters, the Yeti does everything you need it to do at the right price, with fantastic performance too.   
    Other Great Options  
    The Best Entry-Level Mic - Blue Snowball
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK) The Snowball USB microphone from Blue is easily the best way to get into quality audio recording without spending more than $60. This little guy includes a desktop stand that's height adjustable, so you can plug it in, plop it down, and start recording right away. It only offers omnidirectional or cardioid capture patterns, so it's not as flexible as a more expensive mic, but it's perfect for capturing your voice or that of a few of your cohorts huddled around it. It's available in four colors and can even be mounted to a traditional mic stand if you want to get a bit fancy.  
    More Great Options  
    XLR Mic for Podcasters - Audio Technica AT2020
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK)  
    The Audio Technica AT2020 is a cardioid microphone that requires an XLR cable, so it's not plug-and-play like a USB mic. You'll need to plug it into a mixing board, and also buy the aforementioned cable, so it's more of a pro setup than the mics above, but if you're looking to something more advanced the AT2020 is a great way to get started. It's not the best for streaming but if you're jam is podcasting we highly recommend it as long as you're willing to fork over some bucks for all the extra gear it requires.
    Great multi-pattern USB Mic - Razer Seiren Elite
    Read our review See it on Amazon See it on Amazon (UK) Razer's Seiren Elite is a very good USB microphone, and it will look right at home alongside your BlackWidow keyboard and DeathAdder mouse. It sports independent controls for both volume and gain, and has four capture patterns too so it's perfect for almost any recording situation you can think of. It even includes a nifty LCD so you can see which pattern is selected at a glance, and it can sit on your desk or if you want to get fancy Razer offers a shock mount and pop filter too.  

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