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Weekend Open Forum

Weekend Open Forum

Dedicated to our weekly open discussions, the TechSpot community debates and voices its opinion on a range of different subjects. Common themes include the latest product launches or polls about your computing habits.

Weekend Open Forum: What type of mouse pad do you use?

Weekend Open Forum: What type of mouse pad do you use?

Two realizations struck me while seeking a new mouse pad recently: 1) there's a lack of small plastic pads from major gaming accessory makers, and 2) folks take there mouse surfaces very seriously. On my journey, I found debates about the ideal material, with people defending...

Weekend Open Forum: What's your favorite horror movie?

Weekend Open Forum: What's your favorite horror movie?

Although I don't regret "cutting the cord," there are some inherent drawbacks to relying on Internet services and discs for shows and movies -- namely that you always have to know what you want to watch. That's generally fine because I'm not interested in most of what's on TV and...

Weekend Open Forum: Did you jump on the 3D bandwagon?

Weekend Open Forum: Did you jump on the 3D bandwagon?

A couple of years ago it seemed like not a day could go by without someone announcing something 3D-related. TV manufacturers raced to one-up each other with 3D-capable television sets, some requiring no glasses but offering poor viewing angles, while…
Weekend Open Forum: What games have you replayed and why?

Weekend Open Forum: What games have you replayed and why?

Although Steam and its ilk coax me into buying new games regularly, it's uncommon for me to beat them and it's even rarer that I take them for a second spin -- especially once I've abandoned them. However, for whatever reason, a handful of games still manage to hold my interest after five or...

WOF: Do you carry a USB drive every day? If so, what's on it?

WOF: Do you carry a USB drive every day? If so, what's on it?

With flash storage being more affordable, compact and rugged than ever, it seems common for people to routinely carry a USB drive -- or six, in the case of our news editor Rick, who runs a PC repair business. Naturally, most of his drives contain bootable utilities, operating system installers...

Weekend Open Forum: Tech innovators who deserve more attention

Weekend Open Forum: Tech innovators who deserve more attention

With the rapid advancement of modern technology, it's increasingly humbling to look back at the computer industry's beginnings. Bill Gates, Linus Torvalds, Tim Berners-Lee and the late Steve Jobs are all famous for their contributions, but there are hundreds of scarcely-recognized individuals...

Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite co-op games

Weekend Open Forum: Your favorite co-op games

While I enjoy the heck out of single and competitive multiplayer games, it's hard to match the fun of a well-produced co-op experience in my opinion. There's something particularly engrossing about tackling in-game obstacles with a coordinated effort. Unfortunately, few titles step up to the plate and those that do generally take a halfhearted swing...

Weekend Open Forum: Sports and technology

Weekend Open Forum: Sports and technology

I’m no different than the average Joe when it comes to things I’m passionate about. Two things high on my list of interests are technology (obviously) and sports. For years the two remained separate but over the past few years…
Weekend Open Forum: Do you exercise regularly?

Weekend Open Forum: Do you exercise regularly?

For those of us who spend many hours in front of a computer it's a good idea to get some actual exercise done every now and then. Today's question: Do you exercise regularly? Also, for those of you into sports, what sports do you actually practice, and which ones you just follow from the comfort of your couch?

Weekend Open Forum: Your take on microtransactions

Weekend Open Forum: Your take on microtransactions

Free-to-play games have become increasingly popular and according to Electronic Arts COO Peter Moore, they'll be the norm in as little as five years, with only major franchises surviving as $60 products. "I think, ultimately, those microtransactions will be in every game...

Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game sequels?

Weekend Open Forum: Best and worst video game sequels?

For better or worse, the gaming industry has made it standard practice to create sequels and spin-offs of popular titles year after year. What are some of your favorite video game sequels of all time, and which franchises should be put to rest already (or given an extended vacation)?

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