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Regarding benchmarks and numbers

I have been meaning to write this down for quite some time now but following the latest relevant event I thought now would be the best time.

Veteran tech site AnandTech published its review of the OnePlus 3 a couple of days back. The reviewer minced no words in lambasting the display of the phone, calling it a “huge disappointment” as the phone set some of the worst scores in their tests. As a result, a lot of people now think that the phone has a terrible display.

Before I continue, I want to clarify that I have a huge amount of respect for AnandTech, as it is one of the few sites out there that really gets to the core of the matter, with some exhaustive testing from reviewers who know more about these things than most of us do. Having said that, I feel there is a fundamental flaw in their way of testing things, that doesn’t often present the whole truth to the readers.  Read more

DOOM Review

(The review focuses solely on the single-player aspect of the game.)

The 2016 DOOM is the fourth game in the series that pioneered the very genre of first person shooters. Brash, beautiful, and an absolute hoot, DOOM reminds us why this genre became so popular in the first place.

The new DOOM is once again set on Mars at the Union Aerospace Corporation or UAC, as has been the case with all the previous games. Something goes terribly wrong and now the demons from Hell have overrun the facility, and you’re the only one that can stop them. While there is a story here, it’s mostly a flimsy excuse to slaughter enemies and that is pretty much what DOOM has always been about.

So here’s the basic gist of DOOM gameplay: you kill things. You shoot everything that moves and you don’t stop shooting until it stops moving. And then you shoot it again, just in case. The gunplay is not just the core gameplay element here but pretty much the only gameplay element. As such, it needed to be absolutely perfect for the game to work, and it damn well is.  Read more

Captain America: Civil War Review

Short review: Captain America: Civil War is fantastic and you should go watch it now.

Long review: Captain America: Civil War is a movie that is a result of combining great characters with great writing. This is what Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice should have been, but wasn’t.

I am going to use Dawn of Justice for comparison, because there are a lot of similarities here, other than just the fact that they both came out the same year. For starters, both start off roughly the same way, where people are unsure about the usefulness of the Avengers, or more precisely, wondering if they are more harm than good. UN decides that the Avengers can no longer operate privately, something half the team members agree with, and the rest don’t. And there we have our movie.  Read more

Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice Review

After two years and a metric ton of hype, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice finally releases this week. But even with two of the greatest superheroes duking it out on the big screen, the movie somehow manages to be underwhelming.

By far the biggest problem with the movie is the pacing. At two and a half hours long, the movie is lengthy, and mostly filled with boring shit that needn’t be there. It takes far too long to get to the point and I won’t lie, I was legit bored during most of the first half.

When it does get to the point, it’s fun. The all important battle between Batman and Superman does happen after what seems like an eternity, but it’s over before you know it, and the movie then moves on to other things.  Read more

Firewatch Review

Firewatch is a game about a fire ranger – Henry – who is on a summer job in Shoshone National Forest, Wyoming. His job is to, well, look out for and report any fires in the forest. Throughout the game you communicate with just one person  – Delilah – who is your supervisor, your friend, and perhaps a bit more.  Read more

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