Author: Christopher Harper

Christopher Harper is a lifelong gaming and tech enthusiast. Starting with Super Mario 64 and Tekken 3 at a mere three years old, Christopher has since pursued the cutting-edge of games that are, above all, fun to play and respectful of your time and intelligence. His more hardware-centric guides elsewhere on the web are still mindful of these goals.

Is FPS aim better on controller or mouse? Today, I’ll be breaking down everything you need to know about this popular gaming question, including reasons to go with either control method and why your choice may even change depending on the game. Let’s go ahead and dive in. How FPS Aim Works So, aiming in a first-person shooter is usually a matter of balancing in-game turning speed and field of view settings until you find the ideal balance for your sensibilities. There may also be other settings you can toggle that impact your aim, including mouse acceleration and aim assist.…

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Ever wondered what hall effect analog sticks (also called hall effect joysticks) are? Today, I’ll be breaking down what hall effect analog sticks are, what they have to offer over traditional potentiometer-based analog sticks, and more, so let’s get into it! If you’re a competitively-oriented gamer, this may be of particular interest to you. How Analog Sticks Work First, let’s talk about analog sticks. Specifically, standard analog sticks like those seen in modern PlayStation, Xbox, and even Nintendo controllers. These days, they’re all using nearly the same basic underlying construction, even if the thumbstick on top is different. This underlying…

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Can you play games from an external drive? If so, what are the concerns you should be aware of before trying to play games off your own external drives? Let’s dive into it! Can You Play Games From an External Drive? First, let’s establish the basic answer. Yes, you can play games from an external drive. In fact, you can do so on both PC and modern consoles from PlayStation and Xbox. How To Play Games From an External Drive So, how do you play games from an external drive? Fortunately, it’s pretty simple to do on PC. All you…

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Today, we’ll be covering the definitive list of the best Sonic Generations mods, and what you need to know to start using them together to their fullest. Additionally, I’ll also cover Sonic Generations mods on Steam Deck, and how to install Sonic Generations mods to begin with. Let’s not waste any time, and hop right in! A Brief on Sonic Generations Mods and What To Expect So, an important thing to know about Sonic Generations before you start modding it is that the game runs on Sega’s Hedgehog Engine. Specifically, it runs on the first-generation Hedgehog Engine used for PS360-era…

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Are handheld emulators worth it, and if not, what should you be getting instead? If they are worth it, which ones are actually worth considering? Today, I’ll be covering these questions and more in the article below, so let’s not waste any time tackling all you need to know about handheld emulators. A Brief on Handheld Emulators, or Handheld Emulation Devices Handheld emulators (or handheld emulation devices, more accurately, since an emulator is a piece of software) have become somewhat notorious in the budget gaming space over the years. By repurposing mobile hardware and old portable console supplies, a thriving…

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Seen AMD FSR 3 or HYPR-RX marketed around and want to know more? Today, I’ll be walking you through everything you need to know about AMD FSR 3, including how its new features work, what graphics cards can use it, and whether or not we can expect the technology to eventually make its way to Steam Deck and consoles. Let’s not waste any more time, and get into it! What is AMD FSR 3? AMD FSR 3 is the latest version of AMD’s FidelityFX Super Resolution image upscaling technology. Compared to the basics shared by earlier versions of FSR and…

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Today, we’re going to cover an important question: do mods work on Steam Deck? If so, how, and what do you need to know about getting your favorite PC games and mods working on Steam Deck, within Steam OS? Today, I’ll be answering these questions and directing you toward the most helpful resources I can, so let’s get into it! I won’t even waste time building up to the titular question. Does Modding Games Work on Steam Deck? Yes, but unless your mods are on the Steam Workshop, you’re going to need to take extra steps in order to get…

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Ever wondered what the best gaming TV brands are? If so, you’ve come to the right place! Today, I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about choosing the right brand for your next gaming TV, and give you plenty of gaming-centric TV buying advice while I’m at it. By the end of this article, you should have a solid idea of what to look for in a gaming TV, know what the best brands are, and most importantly, know which one is right for your needs! So let’s not waste any more time, and sink our teeth deep…

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In the matchup of Controller vs Arcade Stick for Fighting Games, which is the superior control method for your needs, and how much should the choice matter to you? As a long-time gamer and member of the Fighting Game Community besides my writing work, I think I’m particularly well-suited for walking you through this, so stick around! Before we’re done, you’ll know everything you need to know to choose between Controller and Arcade Sticks…or even other control methods. Why Fighting Game Control Methods Matter Provided you aren’t skipping around with the Table of Contents, I want to take a moment…

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Is it worth buying a 120 Hz monitor for console gaming? Why should or why shouldn’t you consider this option? If you do get a high refresh rate monitor for console gaming, is going higher than 120 Hz okay, or are there reasons you shouldn’t do that with consoles? Today, I’ll be breaking down these questions and more, so let’s dive into it! You can also skip around to your heart’s content, if you like. A Brief on Refresh Rate: What Is 120 Hz? Before I can answer this question in any kind of detail, I need to at least…

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