PC Gaming Hardware Hits $30 Billion In 2016, A New Record – Report

Research firm Jon Peddie Research has announced some new data regarding the PC gaming market. According to JPR (via Game Informer), PC gaming hardware alone drove $30 billion in revenue worldwide in 2016, setting a new record. It wasn’t mentioned in the report what the previous record was.

PC Gaming Hardware Hits $30 Billion In 2016, A New Record - Report

The $30 billion figure includes things like pre-built and custom-made gaming rigs, as well as upgrades like new cards. Accessories and audio systems are also factored into the number.

According to JPR, the PC gaming market for hardware is going to grow by 6 percent (compound annual growth rate) through 2019.

The research firm added that the Asia Pacific market is the global leader in terms of market size and growth for PC gaming hardware, accounting for $11.3 billion in 2016. JPR said this is due to “an entrenched PC gaming culture, large population, and a lack of significant console traction.”

“Global consumers continue to embrace the PC platform for video games due to multiple factors,” JPR analyst Ted Pollak said. “The desktop ergonomic is popular because the display distance offers increased detail when using HD and UHD monitors. Additionally there is superior control with mouse and keyboard control interfaces. This has been validated with esports overwhelmingly being played on PCs.

“Additionally, product designers have given PC gamers thousands of options for complete customization from a functionally and aesthetic perspective,” he added. “Examples of this include dedicated driving and flight systems, multi-display setups, super-powerful graphics boards, and a wide selection of gaming notebooks ranging from desktop substitutes to innovative ‘thin and light’ offerings. Liquid cooling, lighting, solid state drives, genre specific gaming mice, mechanical keyboards, notebook graphics amplifiers, and Xbox accessory compatibility offer gamers more choices than they have ever had.”

You can read more from JPR’s PC gaming hardware report here.

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Wonder Woman Villain Ares Explained

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Word has it the God of War himself will be the main adversary in the Amazon Princess’ solo movie, so let’s take a look at the history of the DC villain.

Thanks to some recently leaked info, we know that Ares, the God of War himself, is set to be one of (and probably the main, though you can read about the film’s Doctor Poison here) fearsome foe of Wonder Woman in the upcoming feature film starring Gal Gadot as the Amazon Princess and Chris Pine as Steve Trevor. But as we await this latest installment in the unfolding DCEU, moviegoers might be wondering — who is Ares, at least in terms of DC Comics history?

Read on for an explanation of the character’s history, powers and abilities, and how he could play into the Wonder Woman movie…

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Primary Role

Whether calling himself Ares (as in Greek myth) or Mars (Roman), this godlike being is one of Wonder Woman’s most dedicated antagonists. Way to be a granddad, Ares — as father to Diana’s mother, Hippolyta, the God of War spends a lot of time making his granddaughter’s life a living hell. As his story has changed over the years, his familial connection to Wonder Woman has also been altered, but more on that in a moment.

First appearance:

  • Pre-Crisis: Wonder Woman #1 (Summer, 1942)
  • Post-Crisis: Wonder Woman #1 (Volume 2) (February, 1987)
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Ares, the God of War

Powers and Abilities

As the son of Zeus and Hera, an extra-dimensional being straight out of classical mythology and thought by ancient man to be a deity alongside his fellow Olympians, Ares is a cosmic creature with a predictably extraordinary range of powers. Virtually immortal (except when he dies), and more or less invulnerable (except when he can be hurt or killed), Ares can travel to different dimensions, fly, change form, exert control over the living and occasionally the dead, and also possesses the usual assortment of super-enhanced traits like speed and strength. Oriented as he is to the very concept of war, he feeds on negative emotions like anger and hatred, can redirect those energies for his use and apply exceptional strategic thinking, and has control over weaponry and those that would utilize that weaponry to cause mayhem and destruction. In at least one form, his very presence can cause conflict to erupt around him. Basically, try not to get the guy mad.

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Origin and Background

With DC’s penchant for regularly reshaping its universe with a variety of reality-shattering special crossover events, Ares has been through some changes reaching all the way back to his origins at the very dawn of the Golden Age of superhero comics. After a single issue appearance as Ares, he was known for years as Mars throughout the pre-Crisis era, and operated from a base on a neighboring planet in this solar system (three guesses which one) and assisted the Axis powers during World War II. Before the DC Universe transformed forever, he had allied himself with fellow fiends the Anti-Monitor and Hades.

Wonder Woman Villain Ares Explained

Ares made his first appearance in 1942’s Wonder Woman #1.

Post-Crisis (when DC rebooted its books in an attempt to streamline its continuity), Ares had rebelled against his father and the other Olympians, and also tried to eradicate the Amazons; his actions also led to Diana meeting crashed pilot Steve Trevor and Diana’s adoption of the Wonder Woman identity (for Marvel fans, you might see Ares’ role here as akin to that of Loki in the origin of the Avengers). Over the years and through countless machinations against man, he restyled himself the God of Conflict, and even took over the responsibilities of the God of the Dead. He did in fact die at the hands of Wonder Woman herself, but his influence could still be felt from beyond the grave. And when it comes to a cosmic entity, what does “dead” even mean?

In the more recent New 52 continuity, a bald-headed old man named War manifested as the latest version of this venerable character. Now Wonder Woman’s brother and former mentor, Ares is no longer an enemy and has therefore generated a bit of controversy in the midst of this reimagining. From the 1940s to the present, Ares continues to play a sometimes unexpected but certainly dramatic role in the unfolding saga of the DC Universe.

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How He Could Appear in the Wonder Woman Movie

So far the only information we have on Ares’ involvement in the new film is that he might be waging war against humanity itself. There is also the possibility that Ares might appear in some human guise (perhaps in the person of Danny Huston’s character) before revealing a more monumental and imposing presence, maybe more like his usual elaborately armored comics incarnations. Can you say “Final Boss Fight?” We’re picturing the Amazon Princess pit against a metallic gargantuan in a sequence similar to the infamous excised final battle between Aragorn and Sauron in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King. Of course, that’s all just speculation on our part… but we can dream.

There’s also a chance that Ares won’t be alone, but will be accompanied by another classic Wonder Woman enemy, the sorceress Circe (who went on to become Ares’ consort in the comics). Prior rumors placed Circe in the film too, though that remains unconfirmed and no casting information has been released at this time for either character. But as we all know, the couple that battles Diana Prince together stays together…or something.

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Danny Huston in Wonder Woman

What do you hope to see from Ares in the Wonder Woman movie? Discuss in the comments! And for all your Wonder Woman and DCEU news and info, keep it locked to IGN.

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World of Darkness Game, Werewolf: The Apocalypse Announced From Focus/Cyanide

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The game will let you control a Werewolf warrior.

White Wolf, publisher of role-playing games and books set in the World of Darkness universes, has announced a video game adaptation of Werewolf: The Apocalypse for PC and consoles.

White Wolf is partnering with publisher Focus Home Interactive (Blood Bowl, Bound by Flame) and developer Cyanide (Styx: Master of Shadows, Blood Bowl, Call of Cthulhu).

Werewolf: The Apocalypse will have players assume the role of a Garou, a vicious Werewolf warrior born to fight a supernatural force called The Wrym that’s leading the world into an apocalypse. The Garou are also opposed to urban civilization because of the destruction it brings.

The main theme behind Werewolf: The Apocalypse “is more relevant today than ever before” said Martin Ericsson, Lead Story Teller of White Wolf. Ericsson believes the cooperation between Focus and Cyanide “will finally give gamers the opportunity to revel in the raw power and primal spirituality of the Garou.”

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Besides this brief synopsis, there’s no additional information about gameplay nor any release date, but White Wolf is promising to reveal more about the title at this year’s Focus Home Interactive event in Paris on February 1 and 2.

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Daily Deals: Logitech’s MX Master Wireless Mouse, Glowing Toilets

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A Superb TV

The Vizio SmartCast M55-D0 55″ 4K HDR HDTV with a 6″ Tablet Remote and $150 Dell Gift Card for $699.99

We’ve featured several TVs in past days, and more are below – but we’re leading off with this one today, and you should give it special consideration! It’s a top-rated TV by CNET, having won their Editors’ Choice Award just a few months ago. It’s packed with features: 4K, HDR, a 120Hz refresh rate and 64-zone active dimming. And it comes complete with a tablet remote and a $150 Dell gift card! Very, very nice deal.

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Today’s Best Deals

Logitech MX Master Wireless Mouse for $64.99

This is the actual mouse I’m using to assemble this article! It’s wonderful – I upgraded to it just a few weeks ago, after years of using an old, standard model. This is one of the lowest price we’ve ever seen for it (the same price I paid myself), and it’s a great option for both PC gaming and detailed design work!

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4K Display Inspiron 15 7000 Gaming Laptop for $999.99

Use code GAMING300 here. This laptop’s packed, featuring a 4K touchscreen display, Intel core i7-6700 Quad-core, GTX960m 4GB GPU, 16GB RAM and 128gb SSD.

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Amazon Movie Rentals for Just $0.99

Click on “More Purchase Options” and enter the coupon MOVIE99 to get the low price and catch up on some flicks you missed.

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Steelseries Siberia 200 Gaming Headphone for $45

Use our exclusive code IGN200 to lower the price!

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Ip Man Trilogy on Blu-ray for $14.99

Donnie Yen is an absolute martial arts master. A brilliant, brilliant warrior of a man. It’s no wonder Disney took notice of his talents and cast him in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story! You’ve got to watch these movies if you haven’t already!

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Vintar Motion Activated Toilet Nightlight for $7.96

Oh yes – you too can make your toilet bowl glow for easy targeting in the dark of night. Use the code V4H6MPFG to knock an extra few dollars of this one’s asking price!

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The PlayStation 4 Platinum Wireless Headset

It just launched, and it’s shipping starting today!

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Google Daydream View VR Headset for $49.99

Originally $79.99, so not a bad 30-buck savings at all.

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Alienware Aurora Intel Core i5-7400 Quad-Core Kaby Lake Liquid-Cooled Gaming Desktop for $899.99

This one’s also got an AMD Radeon RX480 8GB Video Card. Use the code 100OFF999 to knock down its listed price!

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Pre-Order Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia for $31.99

Nintendo announced about 137 new Fire Emblem games just two days ago, and Prime members can lock in a cheap pre-order of the next installment coming to the 3DS right now.

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QCY Q29 Wireless Earbuds In-Ear Headphones with Bluetooth 4.1 for $35.99

These are similar to Apple Air Pods, but obviously much cheaper. Pick up a pair, and use the code FMZ98NNK to get the cheapest price.

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Velocifire VM01 Mechanical Gaming Keyboard for $39.99

Plus LED backlighting to complement the nice price!

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Monopoly: Game of Thrones Collector’s Edition for $35.99

40% off its normal price!

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Sharp Roku TV 32 Inch LED Smart TV 32N4000U HDTV for $189.99

60 bucks off its normal price, and you get a $100 Dell gift card too!

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LG 49 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV 49UH6100 UHD TV for $599.99

This one comes with both a mounting bracket to put the TV up on your wall and a $150 Dell gift card.

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VIZIO 50 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV D50U-D1 UHD TV for $499.99

No free gift card with this one, but it’s 100 bucks cheaper than the one above, and one inch larger in screen size.

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VIZIO 60 Inch 4K Ultra HD TV E60-E3 Ultra HD Home Theater Display UHD TV for $699.99

And for a final new TV option for today, this model adds an extra 10 inches onto the size of the one just featured above this. Its normal price is nearly $1,000, so grabbing it for just under 700 is nothing to sneeze at!

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WD 2TB Elements USB 3.0 Portable Drive for $72.74

Great for expanding your Xbox storage capacity!

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Dragon Quest Builders for $39.99

If you missed this superb Dragon Quest spin-off a few months ago (it earned an 8.9/10 in our review), then you can nab it now for 20 bucks off its MSRP!

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Humble Bundle’s Best of 2016

The greatest releases of last year are collected together in this latest pay-what-you-want bundle! Pay any amount to unlock Else Heart.Break(), Evoland 2 and Victor Vran. Beat the average for Rust, Shadowrun: Hong Kong Extended Edition and Stronghold Crusader 2. Finally, Homeworld Remastered Collection is yours if you invest over $10.00!

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Dell XPS 13 Intel Core i5-7200U KABY LAKE 13.3″ 1080p Laptop (8GB/256GB) for $899.99

This Dell deal is back! Use the code 100OFF999 to lower the price!

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Preorder Little Nightmares: Six Edition for Just $28

Amazon Prime’s got a great price on this upcoming boxed release of Little Nightmares.

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Canon’s PIXMA MG2922 Wireless All-In-One Printer for Just $24.99

Under 25 bucks for a brand-new printer? I’m needing to replace my old one myself . . .

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Expand Your Nintendo Switch Storage

If you’ve got your preorder for the new Nintendo Switch secured, your next course of action should be to decide whether or not the system’s built-in 32GB of storage is going to be enough to meet your needs. If not, consider expanding on that with one of these compatible SD cards from Sandisk:

  • See the 32GB Card on Amazon for $11.35
  • See the 64GB Card on Amazon for $19.00
  • See the 128GB Card on Amazon for $39.95
  • See the 200GB Card on Amazon for $69.57
  • See the 256GB Card on Amazon for $199.99

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Acer – H6 Series 23″ IPS LED HD Monitor for $109.99

Save 70 bucks!

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PlayStation 4 Pro 1TB Console with both Call of Duty: Infinite Warfare and Deus Ex: Mankind Divided for $399.99

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Xbox Controller + Cable for Windows for $49.99

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How About Two Months of Gamefly for $10?

Gamefly is normally $15 a month, but you right now you can get your first two months for only $10. Watch out for that auto-renew, as the third month will be $15, but you can always set a calendar reminder to cancel in time.

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Thirty Days of Free Streaming Anime with Crunchyroll Premium

Crunchyroll is Netflix for anime. Crunchyroll Premium gives you unlimited streaming access to brand new anime, ad-free, as well as tons of classics like Re:Zero, One Piece, JoJo’s Bizarre Adventure, Gintama, and Fate/Stay Night. A Crunchyroll Premium free trial is normal 15 days, but we can hook you up with a 30-day trial, so sign up before this offer gets deleted.

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The Best Credit Cards for Gaming Rewards

Not all credit cards are created equal. If you want a card that can get you the most cash back, to put towards games or whatever else, check out this handy guide.

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Multiplatform

Preorder Injustice 2: Ultimate Edition

The order pages for this one have just gone live at Best Buy, so jump on them now if you’ve been holding out for the Ultimate Edition.

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PlayStation

Hatsune Miku: Project DIVA X on Sale

The virtual idol’s latest project is on sale on both PS4 and Vita today. On PS4, it’s down to $37.99On Vita, it’s even cheaper at $35.25. Take your pick!

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Superdimension Neptune VS Sega Hard Girls for $27.27

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Preorder Resident Evil 7 for $48

You might want to lock in the 20% off preorder price on Prime if you haven’t already. RE7 is just a few days away!

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Preorder Hitman: The Complete First Season for $48

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Preorder Tales of Berseria for $48

Even if you don’t have Prime, the preorder price is cheap on this one.

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Preorder Kingdom Hearts HD 2.8 Final Chapter Prologue

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Nintendo

Pokémon Super Mystery Dungeon for $25.81

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Yo-kai Watch for $29.29

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Blu-ray

The Iron Giant: Signature Edition for $8.99

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Target’s Blu-ray Fire Sale

There’s a huge Blu-ray sale happening over at Target right now, with tons of titles dropped down to just $4.00 apiece with free shipping. Here’s some of the selection:

Tech

VIZIO 50 Inch 4K Ultra HD Smart TV D50U-D1 UHD TV for $499.99

Normally priced at $729.99, so this is a massive savings of over 200 bucks!

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AUKEY Power Strip with 4 20W/4A USB Ports & 4 Outlets and 5ft Power Cord USB Charger for $19.99

Go for a full-on power strip that gives you tons of options.

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Western Digital Blue 250GB Solid State Drive for $76.99

Add to your available storage with this WD drive, featuring up to 500MBps transfer speeds and class-leading MBTF time.

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Pizzacraft PizzaQue PC6500 Outdoor Pizza Oven for $112

Last but certainly not least, it’s pizza time! Get yourself one of these personal pizza ovens (for their lowest price ever), and take a break from your usual delivery place for a while.

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