Game Graphics, Marijuana, and Desktop Computing

Dear Brian – Which early 3D video games have aged the best graphically?

World of Warcraft



Rayman Raving Rabbids

Super Mario 3D



Grim Fandango

Unreal Tournament

I’m tired of writing, but look for quality mechanics and games with a cartoony or artistic style. These are the timeless graphics, as opposed to the ones that shoot for realism, although some of those can age in interesting ways, as well.

It’s all about what’s visually pleasing to you really. I still enjoy staring at the black command windows and the blue WordPerfect screen from the DOS days personally.

Dear Brian – What are alternate method of using marijuana without smoking it?

You can drink, eat, vaporize it. Take it in pills, or dose literally anything you consume. Think of THC and CBD as nutrients for your noggin and infuse them into anything you want.

Dear Brian – In the era of portable computers, what are the reason you still want to buy a workstation/desktop computer?

More power…

Also better cooling. It’s like stretching out your legs after a long car ride in a tiny car.

Dear Brian – Which system is better for gaming?

fx 6300 with zotac gtx 960 4gb or or fx 8320e with gainward gtx 950? Which will be more future proof? They will be paired with 8gigs of ram and 1366x768p monitor which might later be upgraded to 1080p.

1080P is outdated already. Upgrade to a 4K monitor and graphics card to future-proof your gaming experience the most. At CES 2016, most TV manufacturers introduced consumer 8K monitors, which I was at InfoComm 2014 introduced into the commercial market.

You can get a 4K-capable video card for $100 on Amazon, though you’ll want to invest at least high $200-300 for your best bet. The difference between AMD and Nvidia is minimal, though I stick with Nvidia/Intel because of the ease of content streaming and my personal digital lifestyle. I’m more of an Android gamer these days than PC, though I do still test a game or two from the Steam store every month.

Most games we play now barely require 1080P, though when VR hits the market (which is happening as you read this) 4K is what you’re realize you need. I personally would also spend $300 for a 28-inch ViewSonic 4K monitor.

I already spent $250 on an Auravisor Android-based VR headset, and will likely be purchasing OSVR in the near future after we finish this move. After that, if I’m able to afford it, I’m going to put $500 toward a new video card and a third monitor by the end of the year. I just have to figure out how to fund trips to E3, the NAB Show, Cannabis Cup, and PAX Prime, and I’ll survive another year.

Brian Penny Red HatBrian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. His work appears in High Times, Fast Company, Huffington Post, Main Street, and Hardcore Droid.


Dr. Brian Penny is a former Business Analyst and Operations Manager at Bank of America turned whistleblower, troll, and freelance writer. You can find his work in Cracked, High Times, HuffPost, Lifewire, Forbes, Fast Company, and dozens of other places, although much of it is no longer under his name. Dr. Penny loves annoying fake media.

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