Ars Technica

Heroes die: our first hours with the addictive and maddening Dark Souls

"Dark Souls is difficult and frustrating, but you can do great things in the game. This is the sequel to the PS3 exclusive Demon's Souls, which became a cult hit due to its dense third-person gameplay and punishing difficulty. Every battle can have dire circumstances, and if you rush through an environment, you may find things that end your life very quickly. Control your movements, make good decisions about where to engage in battle, and be aware of everything around you—and you may succeed.

Current Thunderbolt ports will support optical cabling next year

"Device makers are slowly but surely getting Thunderbolt-compatible products to market—including drives, RAIDs, hubs, video editing boxes, at least one Thunderbolt display—and a variety of storage makers have told Ars that more products are in the works.

Canada to Rogers Cable: we want fix for game throttling by next week

"Canada's telecommunications regulator appears none too pleased with Rogers Communications explanation for the throttling of game streams over its cable ISP network. The Canadian Radio-television Telecommunications Commission wants the company to crank out out a plan for fixing the problem—and by Tuesday, September 27.

In gaming, everything is amazing, but no one is happy

"We live in what may be the golden age of video games. There has never been a greater selection of games to play, there have never been more ways to buy the games we play, and prices for the games we play have declined. Classic and rare games are finding a second home, and a second chance, on digital distribution services on both the PC and consoles. Everything, on the whole, is getting better. Of course, that means that no one is happy. With anything. Ever..."

Bias lighting and your computer monitor: $13 for more comfortable gaming

"It's hard to stare at a computer monitor for hours after dark, with the rest of the lights turned off in your home or office. Still, this is how many of us play games, myself included. When Antec offered to send the soundscience halo 6 LED bias lighting kit—which is a long official name—I had nothing to lose. If it didn't work, I could write a short, snarky post dismissing it as hokum. If it did work, my eyes would be more comfortable.

The iPad is a Personal Computer—true or false?

"Some people treat "PC" as a kind of country club, keeping membership in the group narrow and therefore constraining the definition of a PC. Others would go so far as to say that anything that does real computing, is personal, and is powered by a central processing unit is a PC. And then there's a whole lot of us in between. So that brings us to our poll, and hopefully a great discussion: is the iPad a PC or not?"

Microsoft starts to talk Windows 8, all but confirms App Store

"After months of near silence, Microsoft is starting to talk publicly about Windows 8. Earlier this week the company started a new "Building Windows 8" blog, and Windows Live Division President Steven Sinofsky provided the first concrete information about the operating system in a post on Wednesday."

Spoilers don't spoil anything

"I've always assumed that this reading style is a perverse personal habit, a symptom of a flawed literary intelligence. It turns out, though, that I was just ahead of the curve, because spoilers don't spoil anything. In fact, a new study suggests that spoilers can actually increase our enjoyment of literature. Although we've long assumed that the suspense makes the story—we keep on reading because we don't know what happens next—this new research suggests that the tension actually detracts from our enjoyment..."

Battlefield 3 is not coming to Steam, but EA has a real reason

"Gamers have been worried for some time about their ability to buy Battlefield 3 from Steam, and EA has now provided an official statement on the matter: until Valve changes its policies, the game won't be available on the most popular digital distribution service in the United States. According to EA, this isn't their call; it's due to the fact that Valve has placed restrictions on how content can be shared on the games sold via Steam."

How to ruin your PC port in five easy steps

"PC gaming is alive and well, but it seems as if companies almost want their PC ports to fail on the most powerful gaming platform. We've compiled a list of a bunch of ways that companies can make sure their PC games annoy gamers, and if you bundle up all these "features" you may also see a loss of sales and increased piracy! So, how do you make sure your PC game pales next to its console sibling? Let's find out..."

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