Where is Battlefield Bad Company 3?

The Bad Company series of the Battlefield franchise hit the ground running with its debut on the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 consoles back in 2008. With its groundbreaking destructible environments, lovable characters, and impressive arsenal of weapons, Battlefield Bad Companyhad a very positive reception from critics and gamers alike.

In 2010, DICE (Digital Illusions CE)  released Battlefield Bad Company 2, and once again, it was a force to be reckoned with. Whether it was the over-the-top sound effects, impressive Vietnam DLC, or grand selection of maps, Bad Company 2 had something that everyone loved.

And then, just as the fan base was reaching numbers that closely rivaled those of Call of Duty, the series vanished. In its place came Battlefield 3, and then Battlefield 4. While these games were good in their own respective right, they failed to provide the same fun-filled vibe that the Bad Company series managed to attain.

So where is Battlefield Bad Company 3? Well, DICE hasn’t really said much about the series, but they haven’t left gamers completely in the dark.

“We take all this into account when we think about the future, and do franchise strategy, But there’s one thing that lingers with Bad Company that we’ve been asking ourselves: ‘What is it that the people really liked about Bad Company?'” -DICE board member Karl Troedsson 

Troedsson poses a complicated question; one that has been met with so many responses that it has become hard to pinpoint exactly what gave Bad Company the fun factor it had. Some have stated that their loyalty was due to the simplicity of online play. Others have noted the responsive controls and entertaining driving physics. With all of these user-submitted criteria to consider, it becomes hard to build a game that stays true to the series while catering to its fans.

It’s scary to go back and try to remake an old fan favorite when actually no one can really put their finger on what it is people love… It’s starting to almost get to that place where, if we were to make a sequel to Bad Company, what would than even imply?

Despite the complexity of the project, DICE has stated that they haven’t ruled out future Battlefield Bad Company titles. As IGN.com reports:

“The Bad Company IP is still something we love,” DICE’s Patrick Bach told IGN. “It’s very dear to me because I worked on both titles… [We would] never kill something that’s great.”

While there is still no word of the series’s return, fans wait patiently for news of the third installment of the Bad Company franchise. Will it see the light of day? Nobody can say for sure, but DICE has been known to stay true to their word, and if they truly mean what they have said, Battlefield Bad Company 3 is on the horizon.

A Question to Readers: What is it that you liked about the Battlefield Bad Company series?

A Technical Review of Grand Theft Auto 5 PC

In 2008, Rockstar games released their critically aclaimed title Grand Theft Auto IV. The Xbox 360 and Playstation 3 version of the game was highly praised by critics, and it won several game of the year awards. Six months later, a Games for Windows port was released, and noting the 98/100 Metacritic score, gamers fell into the trap. The PC port of Grand Theft Auto IV was an unoptimized, practically unplayable mess that struggled to run with top-of-the-line hardware.

Fast forward three and a half years to when Rockstar released the PC port of Max Payne 3. While gamers were on-the-fence about allowing their hard earned money to go to the same company that ported Grand Theft Auto IV, it turned out that Rockstar Games had indeed made sure the game ran smoothly. Supporting a large variety of hardware configurations, Max Payne 3 ran on most systems without a hitch.

Yesterday, Rockstar Games released Grand Theft Auto V for the PC. Does it learn from the mistakes of its predecessor, or does it succumb to faulty optimization and insurmountable glitches? Let’s find out.

Rockstar unlocked Grand Theft Auto V at 7PM on April 13th where I live, so as soon as I got home, the first thing I did was begin decrypting the pre-load that had been sitting on my hard drive for the past week. Unbeknownst to me, Steam’s decryption process needs twice the amount of data that the game occupies in order to successfully unlock, and to my surprise, my 120GB Solid State Drive was not enough to house a whopping 130GB of encrypted and decrypted game data. I don’t blame Rockstar or Valve for this, however. This was user error over anything else.

I re-downloaded the game on a larger hard drive and used SteamMover to move the game to my Solid State. Now everything was ready. And I clicked the play button on Steam…

…and I was blown away. Right from the get-go, I was presented with crisp, beautiful graphics, a steady 60FPS, and the same game that we all know and love from Fall of 2013. Whilst playing the prologue for what seems like the hundredth time, I noticed many enhancements to minor details, such as the frost that caked the getaway car, the quality of the characters’ skin textures, and most importantly, the lighting.I am now up to the “Casing the Jewelry Store” mission, and single player has yet to give me any significant problems. While some physics problems still persist, these glitches are often comical, and are extremely easy to overlook when immersed in the city of Los Santos.

There are, however, a few game breaking glitches and crashes that gamers have been reporting. While I have yet to experience any of these issues, Rockstar has released a statement concerning these issues. Most notable on their list is an issue where Windows User Accounts with special characters in them could not connect to Rockstar’s servers. Apparently, Valve was so sure that the launch of Grand Theft Auto 5 PC would go off smoothly that they began accepting refunds.

I had played Grand Theft Auto 5 upon its initial release, so I set aside the Story Mode and hopped on Grand Theft Auto Online. After a few matches, I came to the conclusion that Rockstar’s servers were having issues keeping up with the amount of stress that they were being put under, as the players in the match were all reporting heavy lag spikes. During gameplay, I did not notice these lag spikes on my own character, but the players on my team told me that it was affecting me too.

Also, I have experienced a few connection drops when attempting to join games. Although this has only happened three or four times, it is pretty annoying, and I hope that Rockstar can maintain the level of traffic that is hammering their servers.


The game was running smooth as a hot knife through butter on my system, so I decided to run a benchmark test. Since Rockstar has been boasting about GTA 5 PC being scalable on a wide variety of hardware, I knew that it would perform well on my rig.

What I didn’t know is that the recommended VRAM for maximum settings was 3.5GB, and even though I had two GTX 770s in SLI, I still only had a reported 2GB available. Despite this, I ignored the VRAM warnings and cranked most of the settings up to max. Surprisingly, the game scaled well even under insufficient VRAM. The opening sequence stuttered a few times as new areas loaded, but ultimately, the FPS stayed at a solid 60FPS, which is exceptional.

In fact, this game scales so well that an acquaintance of mine told me that he was able to run the game at nearly 30FPS on a laptop with integrated graphics. That’s impressive!

To enhance gameplay and remove any and all stutters, I toned down some of the extreme settings like MSAA and Shadow Quality. This did the trick, and without sacrificing virtually any graphics quality. The game still looks incredible on lower-than-max settings.

My Rig

Processor (CPU): AMD FX-8350 @ 4.5GHz
Graphics Card (GPU): 2x nVidia GTX 770 2GB SLI
Hard Drive (HDD): 120GB Samsung EVO 840
RAM: 24GB DDR3 1800


Despite the minor hitches upon launch, it is apparent that Rockstar Games has taken the time to not only remaster the original release of Grand Theft Auto V, but also add support to a wide range of hardware and fix a lot of bugs that are still present in the last-gen and next-gen versions of the game.

While Rockstar Games’s online servers are being hammered, they still perform fairly well and do not hinder the gameplay enough to hurt the game’s overall score.

If you are a PC gamer who has long awaited the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 for PC, fear not. It is nothing like the PC port of Grand Theft Auto IV. Do yourself a favor and pick up this quality title, as it can only get better going forward.

A WordPress Tutorial for Beginners – Installation and Tips

While it can be daunting, creating a blog with WordPress is actually pretty painless. While it may take a few minutes to set up, once you begin using WordPress you will find yourself comfortable with the user interface and ready to become the next big blogger! In this WordPress tutorial for beginners, we will cover all of the basics of the WordPress CMS, how to set it up on your hosted server, and how to navigate through the user interface. Read this article closely, and we promise you’ll be learning WordPress in no time!


The installation of WordPress is probably the hardest part with creating your new blog. This step is also the one that will vary the most depending on what hosting you are using. There are multiple paths you can take with installing WordPress:

WordPress Installation Option 1: Create a free WordPress blog onWordPress.com

WordPress.com offers free hosting and an automatic setup of your very own blog, all in the click of a button. If you aren’t too tech savvy, then this might be the best option for you. You will be given a free WordPress.com sub domain, free hosting, and an automated blog setup. All the heavy lifting is done for you!

While this is the easiest option, it is not always the best. WordPress.com strips some of the functionality of your WordPress setup, disabling plugins, custom templates, and limits what you can do with your blog. It is because of this functionality that we recommend you set up your own WordPress blog on your own server, as this will come in handy down the road. However, if you are just testing the waters of the blogging world, then this step will be fine for you. Just be aware of the limitations that you will face as you gain experience with the platform.

WordPress Installation Option 2: One-Click WordPress Install (Only available with select hosts)

If your hosting offers a One-Click Install Script, then once again, all of the work will be done for you. In my experience, the following hosts have offered me One-Click Installs of just about any CMS that is still in active development:

  • HostGator.com – Very Affordable, but limited to one site on the cheapest plan.
  • BlueHost.com – I haven’t used them before, but I have heard nothing but positive reviews.
  • DreamHost.com – Offers a two-week free trial.

Of course, there are many other hosting options, and in this day and age, it is becoming more and more rare to find a host that doesn’t offer this one-click functionality. If your hosting provider includes this option on your cPanel, follow these steps to complete your WordPress installation:

  1. Log into your cPanel and scroll down to the Software/Services section. Look for an option that has something to do with “Installing” CMS platforms to your blog. On HostGator, this feature is called QuickInstall. On other hosting, it may be called “Softaculous” or something else. If your cPanel does not have any option relating to installing a CMS, then you cannot use the One-Click Installer. Scroll down to WordPress Installation Option #3 to learn how you can manually install WordPress.
  2. In the One-Click Installer, find WordPress from the menu of CMS platforms. You may be required to fill out a few text boxes pertaining to the name of your site, the admin username and password, and so on. Then, one all of the information is filled out, click install and the rest of the grunt work will be done for you!
  3. Navigate to your domain and log into your WordPress setup using the specified admin username and password from the last step. If you cannot find the log in for your website, then use this URL to reach the back-end log in screen: http://YourWebsite.com/wp-admin/

Now you’re ready to start posting and customizing your WordPress blog! Congrats!

WordPress Installation Option 3: Manually Installing WordPress

If your hosting provider does not offer a One-Click Install Script on your cPanel, then you will have to install WordPress manually. This step can be a little bit daunting, but we promise to hold your hand through the entire process. Let’s begin.

  1. Grab a copy of the latest version of WordPress from WordPress.org. Clicking the big blue download button on the homepage will download a .zip file containing the necessary files to make WordPress run.
  2. Extract the “WordPress” folder to your desktop or another folder. The “WordPress” folder should be located right inside the .zip file you just downloaded in the last step.
  3. Upload the contents of the “WordPress” folder to the root of your hosting file server. This can be done in a number of ways:
  • FTP Upload – As a soon-to-be webmaster, you should probably familiarize yourself with FTP File Transfer. We won’t go super in-depth in this article about how to set up FTP, but stay tuned for a future article! We recommend that you use FileZilla while uploading the WordPress CMS. It is fast, fully featured, and best of all, completely free! When your FTP is set up, upload the files and folders inside of the previously extracted “WordPress” folder to the root of your hosting. You’ll want to make sure that these files are being uploaded to the “public_html/www” folder, so keep your eyes peeled. If no folder options with that name exist, you are good to go.
  • cPanel File Manager – Every cPanel has its own File Manager. Go ahead and click on it, and make sure that “Web Root (public_html/www)” is selected when the File Manager Directory Selection is prompted. Once you’re in, you can start uploading the files and folders inside of the “WordPress” folder that was extracted in the last step.

Completing the WordPress Installation

Once all of the WordPress core files have been uploaded, navigate to your domain to complete the setup. The setup may ask for settings such as your SQL database. If it does and you have not yet created a database, follow these steps:

  1. In your cPanel, scroll down to the “Databases” section and click “MySQL Databases”. This will bring you to a new page where you can create a database.
  2. Under the “Create New Database” section, type a surname for your database and click the Create Database button.
  3. Take note of this database name! You will need it later.

With your database created, you should now have all of the information you need to finish the on-page instructions on the homepage of your blog. Just fill in the required text fields and you will be good to go!


WordPress is incredibly easy to use, but all of the on-screen options can be confusing. Here are a few terms you should know in order to be able to effectively manage your site.

WordPress Tags and Categories

WordPress has two main systems of classification that you can use to organize your blog:

  • Tags – Think of tags as keywords that classify each post. For example, say I wrote a post about “Xbox 360 Games”. In my tags, I could name each game that I listed in my post, and when a visitor clicked that tag, it would direct them to a page that listed all other posts with the same tag. This is useful for both classification and Search Engine Optimization purposes, so be sure to use tags!
  • Categories – Categories are a more formal way of classifying your posts. Take my previous video game example. If I reviewed each game, I could classify that post in the “Reviews” category, and since these games were for the Xbox 360, I could also file my post in the “Xbox 360 Games” category.

Each post can have an unlimited number of tags and categories, so don’t be afraid to use them! Just a quick rule of thumb: Tags can be used for whatever terms you’d like, but for Categories, make sure that they aren’t made to file just one post. Categories should be used to classify many posts, while tags serve more as a keyword than anything.

Posts and Pages

WordPress allows you to maintain a blog as well as a website. Being able to distinguish Posts from Pages allows you to completely customize the way your site functions.

  • Posts – Posts are essentially just single articles that can be classified with the use of tags and categories. This is where the meat of your content will go, or at least it should. You do not want to create a page for an article unless you plan on it being an entire section of your site.
  • Pages – Pages are the opposite of posts. They serve as an individual page that has custom information pertaining to a specific function. For example, whereas a post would be an article, a page would be a Contact Us form, an About Us page, or an About the Author page. Additionally, with a little bit of HTML skill, you can create your own page templates to only display a list of articles with certain tags or categories. Pages can be extremely powerful in building a website, but they will usually require knowledge of HTML and PHP or the use of a plugin in order to fully customize the look and feel of the page itself.

Blog Options

If you have yet to fill out your blog options during the installation, then you want to take care of that before setting out on writing content. Under the settings tab in the admin interface, you will notice options such as General, Writing, Reading, and so forth.

  • General – The General tab is where most of your site’s meta information is modified. In this tab, you can set your WordPress site’s title, tagline, domain name, email address, and time zone settings. All of these settings are crucial to first setting up your blog and allowing it to run properly, so be sure to fill out this information! This should be your first course of action after you install WordPress.
  • Writing – The writing tab pertains to the default settings when writing a post. Configuring these settings allows for using WordPress more fluidly and with less initial set-up for each post. You can also configure WordPress to publish posts via Email in this tab.
  • Reading – The Reading tab only contains a few options, but they are also very useful in controlling the design and flow of your Home Page and Posts. You can customize the posts that appear on your Home Page, optimize syndication feeds, and turn off Search Engine Indexing. We don’t know why you’d want to do that last option, but the option is always there if need be.
  • Discussion – The Discussion tab allows you to modify how comments work on your WordPress blog. Extensive filters allow you to block out spam comments and control how the comments section of your posts looks.
  • Media – The Media tab is often overlooked, and for good reason. WordPress usually knows what’s best, and so these settings should only be changed if you are a web developer looking to create your own template.
  • Permalinks – The Permalinks tab is very important for Search Engine Optimization. If your post’s URL is something like http://MyBlog.com/?p=123, then Search Engines don’t know what to expect upon visiting the link. You should set the permalink structure of your WordPress blog to something that uses keywords and post titles for increased Search Engine Visibility. An example of an ideal Permalink structure is something along the lines of http://MyBlog.com/blog/top-10-Wordpress-hosts/. Notice how the post title and keywords are now visible.


Plugins are a great way to increase functionality in your WordPress blog. The best part? WordPress hosts a database of free and paid plugins. Just go to your plugins tab, select “Add New,” and you can search for whatever plugin you desire. Note: If you are using a free WordPress blog, you cannot use plugins.

Here are a few plugins we recommend to optimize your WordPress blog:

  • WP Super Cache – WP Super Cache saves copies of your blog’s pages in order to speed up your site for visitors. In addition, the speed boost obtained from this plugin will make your WordPress blog more valuable in the eyes of search engines such as Google. Loading speeds are very important!
  • Shareaholic – Every blogger wants visitors, and social media is a great way to obtain them. Shareaholic places customizable sharing buttons on your posts, effectively adding an extra source of potential traffic.
  • Google Analytics – Being able to track where your visitors came from, what they are doing on your blog, and how they are leaving your blog are all crucial steps to being an effective blogger. You need search metrics, and Google Analytics provides them…in real time. Set up a Google Analytics account, generate a tracking code, and install the Google Analytics plugin with the provided tracking code to gain access to valuable search and behavior metrics.
  • WordPress SEO by Yoast – Search Engine Optimization is the name of the game in blogging. While you don’t necessarily need to target specific keywords, Yoast’s SEO plugin comes packed with other functionality. It can clean up your Permalinks, generate sitemaps for Google Webmaster Tools, and optimize the metadata tags on your blog to allow Google to easily index and classify your content. This plugin is a must-have.

Google Analytics and Webmaster Tools

If you are serious about blogging, you are going to need traffic, and lots of it. Luckily, search engines love WordPress blogs! Sign up for free Google Analytics and Webmaster tools accounts and they will love your blog even more!

Google Analytics provides real-time analytics of your blog’s visitors. This includes data on how the visitor found your blog, what they did on your blog, how long they stayed on your blog, and how they left your blog. Access to these metrics allow you to correct errors in your posts and verify what you are doing wrong/right while writing compelling content.

Google Webmaster Tools is a platform that allows you to submit your website to Google and control how it is displayed in search results. Google is highly unlikely to index your site for a long time if you do not manually submit it to Webmaster Tools, so be sure to sign up for an account and submit your blog. Additionally, if you have the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin, you can submit your sitemap and Google will regularly visit your blog to check if there is new content.


We’ve covered WordPress Installation and the various functions and options of WordPress, but we still have a few miscellaneous tips to give you before releasing you into the blogging world.

WordPress Search Engine Optimization

Search Engine Optimization is a critical part of running a successful blog. Without visitors, what good is writing content? As stated before, Google loves WordPress’s classification and permalink abilities, so why not take advantage of those abilities? Here are a few WordPress SEO pointers:

  1. Install the WordPress SEO by Yoast plugin and modify the options to your liking. Yoast has included some extremely powerful tools to boost your Search Engine rankings, so why not take advantage? After all, the plugin is free.
  2. Use tags and categories. Google loves being able to determine what content goes where, and how each post relates to one another. By using categories and tags, you are essentially helping Google classify and rank your content!
  3. Submit your website to Google Webmaster Tools, Bing Webmaster Tools, and Yahoo.You want your blog to be visible to as many people as possible, so target the big three search engines for maximum visibility.
  4. Social Network. It’s that easy. Start discussions with readers and other bloggers. They will not only give you ideas for content, but they will also visit your WordPress blog, share your posts, and provide valuable insights on your content.

Free WordPress Templates and Themes

WPExplorer.com has a listing of tons of great themes and templates for WordPress. Take a look around their site and find one that you and your readers like. Remember: sometimes simplicity is the best option.

If you are using a free WordPress.com blog or do not want to manually install themes, both the free and official WordPress versions offer a built-in theme search that allows you to find templates with ease, so if you are not tech savvy, fret not! WordPress still has the built-in option to find themes. Just visit your admin panel, navigate to the Appearance tab, and click on Themes. This will list thumbnails for each installed theme, as well as display a blank thumbnail that redirects you to WordPress’s built-in theme search.


I hope you have found this article to be helpful. I have been working with WordPress blogs for over two years now, and trust me when I say it gets incredibly easy. Just take the time to explore the various options of WordPress and mess around with layout and content settings and you’ll be a pro in no time!

I wish you all the best on your new blog, and hope that you will reach out to me via comments if you have any problems, concerns, or would just like to say hello!

Until next time!

What is a Trojan Virus?


Don’t become stuck with a trojan virus! Read this article and stay informed.

trojan virus, also known as a trojan horse, is a serious type of computer virus. A trojan virus is designed to download, install, and hide other viruses from anti virus programs. This allows viruses to run rampant on your system without your knowledge!

The above description is a basic rundown of trojan viruses, but it doesn’t go into detail on the process of the virus itself. To fully understand the malware, we must ask ourselves the question: What is a Trojan Virus?

What is a Trojan Virus: History of the Trojan Virus

The term “trojan” dates all the way back to the Trojan War. The Greek army offered the Trojan army a large wooden horse as a peace offering. However, unbeknownst to the Trojan Army, the wooden horse was filled with Greek soldiers. As soon as the Trojans allowed the horse into the city, the Greeks emerged and overtook the city.

A Trojan Virus is very much the same thing. As a user downloads a malicious program, the trojan virus uses security loopholes in the Windows operating system to set itself up, often displaying a fake error message stating that the program is corrupted or does not work. After the user runs the program, installs malware that hides itself in the Windows filesystem. From there, the user’s computer is completely vulnerable to anything the creator of the trojan virus wishes. He can install keylogger software that tracks your keyboard’s input and steals personal information such as credit cards, social security numbers, and private files on the victim’s computer. Additionally, he can “sell” your computer to other hackers who wish for their malicious software to be installed. The trojan virus market is very large, and infected computers are high in demand!

What is a Trojan Virus: What can a Trojan Virus Install?

Trojan Viruses can install many types of malware on your computer. Below is a list of common viruses that stem from trojan viruses:

  • AdWare – AdWare is a common component of a trojan virus. Aimed at making the creator money off of ad revenue, trojan viruses install AdWare to display advertisements on your computer. This includes pop-ups and other unwanted advertisements that can be placed anywhere on Windows.
  • Keyloggers – A trojan virus is not a trojan virus unless it comes bundled with some type of keylogger. Keyloggers can track the input of your keyboard and steal personal information such as credit card numbers and passwords. These are commonly found in trojan viruses.
  • Rootkits – Mentioned before, rootkits hide trojans and other viruses from both Windows and antivirus programs. These can be very dangerous, and their removal, along with the removal of the trojan virus itself, can cause Windows to not run correctly.
  • Worms – A trojan virus can sometimes install a computer worm. These special viruses attach themselves to any and all files on the victom’s computer. When a file is transfered to another computer, it can then spread to that computer. Worms are becoming less and less common with trojan viruses, but they still are being made, and they can produce devastating effects.

What is a Trojan Virus: How do I remove a Trojan Virus?

Removing a trojan virus is no easy task. The virus is so deeply rooted into the Windows filesystem that it can block Windows from even seeing the file. You see, Windows runs on a “kernel,” or a basic set of operations that provide functionality to the rest of the system. A trojan virus can hook into the Windows kernel and prevent data being sent back to the front end of windows, effectively making the trojan invisible. However, being able to do this in the first place is extremely difficult to do. Despite this, hackers have created separate malware programs such as rootkits to make this process much easier.

To remove a trojan virus, users should use the built-in trojan and rootkit scanner that comes with Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015. Kaspersky is the leading antivirus company, and their trojan virus scanner is unparalleled in today’s market. Additionally, Kaspersky offers a boot disc that runs separately from Windows, making it impossible for the trojan virus to hide.

What is a Trojan Virus: How can I prevent a Trojan Virus?

Prevention is key when it comes to protecting your computer. In order to prevent a trojan virus from infecting your computer, be sure to follow the steps below:

  • Always download files from a trusted website – Check the URL of the website you are downloading files from to ensure that it is a trustworthy site.
  • Scan files before opening them – Once the damage is done, it is very difficult to repair. Thus, users should always run a virus scan on any file they download. Luckily, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 does this automatically, and it will alert you if it finds a problem.
  • Beware of Phishing Emails – If you receive an email from an unknown sender and it contains a link or attachment, it is very likely to be a trojan virus or some other kind of virus. Because of this, discard any untrusted emails that you may receive.
  • Keep Java Up-To-Date – Java was recently updated to fix a security loophole that allowed attackers to install a trojan virus on unexpecting users. To prevent this from happening in the future, be sure to update Java frequently.

Now you can answer the question yourself: What is a Trojan Virus? Trojan Viruses are deadly, and they can cause your computer to completely fail if left on your system for too long. Be weary of what you download, and stay safe!

What is a Trojan Virus: Resources

For more information on “What is a Trojan Virus?” please refer to the following resources:

  • What is a Trojan Virus: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trojan_horse_%28computing%29
  • Kaspersky Labs (Trojan Virus Explaination): http://usa.kaspersky.com/internet-security-center/threats/trojans

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC Unlock Times and System Requirements

Gamers have long awaited the release of Grand Theft Auto 5 for the PC. After numerous delays backed up by quality assurance, Rockstar has released their game for the PC.

The PC version of Grand Theft Auto 5 is an updated version of 2013’s best-selling release. With 4k support, 60 Frames-Per-Second gameplay, a new first person mode, the addition of online heists, and a complete graphics overhaul, Grand Theft Auto 5 PC is set to be the greatest, most immersive version yet.

Gamers lucky enough to live in the United States gain access to the game hours before the clock strikes midnight. Here are a list of time zones and their corresponding unlock times:

  • 4/13 at 4:00 PM Pacific Standard Time (PST)
  • 4/13 at 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time (EST)
  • 4/14 at 12:00 AM British Standard Time (BST)
  • 4/14 at 7:00 AM Austrailian Western Standard Time (AWST)
  • 4/14 at 9:00 AM Austrailian Eastern Standard Time (AEST)
Update: Those who are having issues with Steam decrypting the game, simply restart Steam and the problem will resolve.

Update 2: Some who have pre-loaded the game are reporting that decrypting the game requires double the space, amounting to 130GB. Those who do not have enough hard drive space may need to re-download the game.

Rockstar Games has confirmed that these are indeed the times that Grand Theft Auto 5 PC (GTA 5 PC) will be unlocked on Steam and ready to play. However, the pre-load version of the game is over 62GB of data, so to those who have yet to pre-load the game: You should probably start moving!

Grand Theft Auto 5 PC (also known as GTA 5 PC) is a remaster of the original GTA 5 release for the Xbox 360 and Playstation 4 platforms. In the game, the player assumes the role of three main characters who all meet each other under odd circumstances and eventually team up to pull off a bank heist. The game also includes an online mode called GTA Online where players can create their own character and complete missions, races, or just mess around in Los Santos. Grand Theft Auto 5 PC releases April 14th.


GTA 5 PC Minimum Requirements

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600 2.4GHz or AMD Phenom 9850 Quad-Core Black Edition
  • Graphics Card GPU): nVidia GeForce 9800GT or ATI Radeon HD 4870
  • RAM: 4GB
  • Operating System: Windows 7 x64
  • Hard Drive Space: 65GB
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 10

GTA 5 PC Recommended Requirements

  • Processor (CPU): Intel Core i5-3470 3.2GHz or AMD FX-8350
  • Graphics Card GPU): nVidia GeForce GTX 660 or ATI Radeon HD7870
  • RAM: 8GB
  • Operating System: Windows 8 x64
  • Hard Drive Space: 65GB
  • DirectX Version: DirectX 11

Tech Reviews Feed – A New Way to Stay Up-To-Date

We here at Tech Review Feed aim at delivering quality reviews on the latest and greatest inventions of the gaming world. We scour the web in search of amazing gadgets and products that we know people will love and compile them into one place, complete with a rundown of the product and a short review of each.

Tell your friends! We have big plans and aim to deliver quality reviews at a rapid pace. The technological world is constantly evolving, and staying up to date on all of the innovative products is the smart thing to do. This includes being informed of both quality products and products to steer clear of. Being in the know is invaluable, and we hope to provide an excellent track record of honest, quality reviews.

Top 10 AntiVirus Programs of 2015

Considering how an estimated 2 million viruses are created and spread across the web each year, it comes as no surprise that anti virus programs are the most commonly found programs on the average computer. However, as viruses evolve and become harder to detect, software companies are competing for their place among the top antivirus programs.

We have scoured the web and done in-depth testing on each antivirus software package in order to inform our beloved readers on which antivirus program is the best. So buckle your seatbelts and grab a preferably cold beverage. We’re breaking down the pros and cons of each antivirus program with our list of top 10 antivirus programs.


1. BitDefender Antivirus Plus – $29.95
BitDefender is, in our professional opinion, the top antivirus program on the market. We tested each program on this list, and BitDefender was able to identify every malicious file we threw at it. It even protected against the recent Java 0-Day exploit which allowed viruses to be installed by visiting a seemingly harmless web page! We protect our computers with BitDefender, and we highly recommend that you do the same

2. Kaspersky Anti-Virus – $39.95
We named BitDefender as the top antivirus program, but that doesn’t mean that Kaspersky is far behind. Kaspersky is perhaps the best anti malware program on the market. Whether you have a low risk virus or an Operating System shattering trojan, Kaspersky is able to clear your system in the click of a button. For some of the harder hitting malware, Kaspersky comes with its own operating system that starts up in place of Windows. This allows Kaspersky to completely scan your system before the virus has a chance to hide! The only reason we didn’t give this a #1 place on our list of top 10 antivirus programs is due to the price. It costs slightly more than other candidates.

3. McAfee AntiVirus Plus – $24.99
McAfee is a trusted brand that always delivers high quality antivirus software. Where it falls short is the price. While it is only twenty five dollars, the price only includes the protection of one computer. If you want to secure a second computer, be prepared to shell out another twenty five dollars to buy another license.

4. ESET NOD32 – $39.99
While not as well known, ESET NOD32 comes packed with powerful features such as antivirus, anti-phishing, a social media scanner, and an easy to use interface. If you are looking for a robust antivirus that will keep your computer safe, consider trying ESET’s 30-Day free trial.

5. BullGuard AntiVirus – $23.96
BullGuard is an underdog in the antivirus field (no pun intended). BullGuard AntiVirus features the best protection against any and all types of malware, and it doesn’t slow down your PC in the progress. It’s lighning fast, and we were blown away at the performance of this software package.

6. Avira AntiVirus – $33.63
Avira is a Germany-based cybersecurity company that aims at keeping your data safe. Their antivirus features download scanning, shopping security, web browser protection, and real-time virus detection that kills malware before it can even do anything. With additional plans that include file encryption and system cleaning, Avira is a great choice.


7. AVG AntiVirus Free – Free!
While it isn’t nearly as good as any of the paid options on this list, AVG has been in the game for years. Always free and almost always reliable, AVG is the best free antivirus out there.


8. eScan Anti-Virus – $29.95
EScan is great. It filters bad emails to protect you against phishing, it can monitor your kids’ internet browsing and block inappropriate and malicious sites, and it can even protect data transmissions. Never risk your personal information bein hijacked by hackers!


9. Trend Micro Titanium Antivirus – $39.95
Trend Micro is a lightweight antivirus that does exactly what it advertises. There is no more to be said.



10. Norton Security – $49.99
Not all programs on this list are worthwhile. In fact, we included Norton Security on this list as an example of what NOT to buy. Norton Security is a complete trainwreck, and it’s a shame. While it was once the leading brand in cybersecurity, Norton is now an ad-riddled, expensive, incompetent antivirus that only detected 47% of the malicious files we scanned. If you are set on going with Norton, we can’t stop you, but if you value your computer and its lifespan, DO NOT buy Norton Security.

That ends our list of the top 10 antivirus programs of 2015. Be sure to share and inform your friends and family so that they can make an informed decision on which antivirus to buy. After all, with the digital era in its infancy, cybersecurity is becoming more and more important every day.

The Best Anti Malware Program of 2015

It is important to keep your computer protected against threats across the web, but a lot of anti malware softwares just don’t cut it. The fact of the matter is, with the complexity of today’s average computer virus, it is hard for any anti malware program to stay up to date on the latest threats. While developers attempt to release daily updates to their programs, they are often not fast enough to counter the virus before it can attach itself to your computer and, ultimately, spread to others.

But hear me out here: what if there actually was a “Best Anti Malware” software package out there; one that could detect any suspicious file and thoroughly analyze it to determine what course of action to take. We’re talking about an anti malware program that learns the patterns of viruses and prevents them from ever taking root. Yes, we aren’t joking, this technology exists, and it is getting better and better every day.

“Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 is our choice for the Best Anti Malware Program”
Kaspersky Labs is a cybersecurity company located in Russia. They specialize in providing the best anti malware software on the market. Using pattern recognition technology only before seen in government security agencies, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 can detect viruses before they are even reported!
On top of this unparalleled virus protection, Kaspersky provides real-time malware detection, rootkit detection, internet browsing protection, and encryption technology that protects your identity online while shopping.
Kaspersky has outdone themselves by releasing an all-in-one security package that we have no problem with naming the Best Anti Malware Program of 2015. It is absolutely incredible how well this software performs.

The Simplicity of the program is another reason why we name Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 the Best Anti Malware Program this year.

To test Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015, as seen in the screenshot above, we loaded a copy of Windows with loads of malware, viruses, adware, and trojans. These pieces of malware in turn downloaded even more viruses to plague our test system. After the damage was done, we installed Kaspersky and ran a quick scan. The results were jaw-dropping.

After 30 minutes, Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 completely cleaned our test system, and it did not leave a single trace of malware on the system. The speed and efficiency of the program made us consider not only naming this program as the best anti malware program, but also the fastest. The scan was quick, precise, and 100% effective at removing any and all malware threats.


We mentioned it earlier, and we weren’t joking. Kaspersky Anti-Virus 2015 is indeed the best anti malware program currently available. The title of “Best Anti Malware” is certainly not one we take lightly. Given the vast amount of anti malware options available, it is tough to make a decision on which one to go with. If you are looking for a fast, robust, and incredibly effective anti malware program to keep your computer safe from any and all threats on the internet: look no further. Kaspersky is the best anti malware option for your security needs.
Five Stars out of Five

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