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The new Xbox One S is finally here and already players are enjoying its boosted performance. It’s faster, slicker and bound to make all your current Xbox One gaming experiences feel a whole lot better. But what exactly is under the hood of the Xbox One S and how much better can this revised edition be for gamers?




It’s almost the flagship factor that’s talked about every time when the topic of the new boosted console is raised. There’s no doubt it’s quicker but in terms of actual spec the revamped console itself has managed to increase its GPU clock-speed from 853MHz up to 914MHz, a 7.1% increase. Coupled also with ESRAM bandwidth increases gamers can now enjoy 219GB/s up from its original 204GB/s. Now these might not seem like huge increases and sure there are certain games where you might not even notice the difference. But popular titles where graphic-intensive scenes of gaming action play out, such as in ‘Gears of War 4’, players are certainly noticing the improvements thanks to the bolstered hardware.




With speed and power very much at the top of the agenda for this project from the Microsoft development team, it’s great to see that other elements of the gaming experience as a whole have been well considered. The new console supports both 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray™ and streaming which means that a lot of your existing Xbox games as well as downloadable content will be able to be up scaled to 4K resolution. There’s even a higher contrast ratio as well as the introduction of High Dynamic Range technology which helps improve the visual depth of the game you’re playing.


Games like Fallout 4 and Mortal Kombat will now look unreal! That is, if fans of the franchise, that features some of the coolest female fighters ever, buy the console. According to the results of the 14,000 strong poll initiated by Mortal Kombat X’s Director Ed Boon, only 7% will bother to pick up the console: Watch out Microsoft!



The new Xbox One S is available as a special edition 2TB model, with a lesser 500GB, 1TB edition to be released in the near future. The console comes in a new white coloured casing, although recent reports are stating that due to its popularity there could be quite a wait for a new batch of white consoles to be released. The console itself is 40% smaller than the standard One mostly thanks to some well-considered button moving and the dropping of the current external power supply. Even the Xbox One controller has had a bit of an overhaul which now features Bluetooth support as well as nice new and comfortable textured grips.




10 Surprising Facts about Mario

The Dude —  September 21, 2015

Hey there dudes (and dudettes), remember the Mario of video games we all knew and loved as children growing up? Mario games are still a hit with geeks and video game aficionados all over the country and the world, and there are plenty of gaming platforms who are reviving or enhancing the original games for their users.


If you’ve been a Mario fan since you were young or discovered him later on, here’s a list of surprising facts you may have not known about this popular character.  Enjoy a blast from the past!

1. Mario kills innocent victims

According to the manual of the original game, the innocent mushroom people who got their kingdom invaded by the evil black magic wielding turtles were turned into pieces of wall or flowers. In other words, each time Mario breaks a piece of wall for extra points, he murders one of the innocent mushroom people! Oh no!

2. There are two porn movies about Mario

Yes, totally NSFW content based on Mario fandom has been created. Both movies star Ron Jeremy as Mario. Nintendo purchased all rights to the movies in order to prevent their distribution, as it may hurt the image of their popular games.

3. Birdo is the first cross-dressing video game character ever created

The pink dinosaur with the cute bow and purple eye shadow is actually a man (and has always been voiced by a man too). The Mario game has been open-minded since way before it was cool.

4. Mario is bald and wears a toupee

In the original drawings, Mario has always appeared to have a shiny baldness on the top of his head, and game theorists think his current looks are actually aided with a toupee.

5. Fans report hidden messages in Mario games

There’s no way of knowing if these messages are indeed intentionally put there, but fans have reported that some game covers have only some of the letters highlighted by a sparkle, and that if you put these letters together, messages like ‘Ur Mr. Gay’ may come up.

6. Mario was known under different names

The creator of the character initially named him ‘Mr. Video’ and said that he intended to use him in all future video games he created. Afterwards, he was named Jumpman, and eventually Mario after Mario Segale (an American businessman).

7. The DonkeyKong Mario game was initially intended to be a Popeye game

Because the name’s creators couldn’t actually get the rights to the Popeye characters they wanted to use, they decided to use Mario and Pauline instead.

8. Nintendo has to issue an 80 million dollar settlement to gamers who injured their hands

Playing a Mario game which came out in 1996 reportedly gave people blisters in their palm or on their thumb, because the game required them to rotate the analogue joystick on their game controller vigorously. No suits were filed, but Nintendo offered up this money in order to prevent them.

9. Mario’s full name is Mario Mario

Since Mario and his brother Luigi are known as the Mario brothers, it could be inferred that their last name is Mario. The game creators, however, deny this.

10. Mario may be high on mushrooms during his game adventures

His ability to grow and shrink due to mushroom consumption is inspired from Alice’s adventures in Wonderland, and by the looks of his experience (magical flying creatures, intense colors and so on), he may be quite high. This was confirmed by the character’s creator himself in a 2005 interview, when he stated that the game is indeed inspired from Alice in Wonderland and that the famous book is believed by scholars to definitely be an allegory for drug use.