Rather than learning to make bread, my desperate quarantine hobby turned out to be learning voxel art. Using the fantastic MagicaVoxel software, I went from building abstract animals to building illuminated Dance Dance Revolution machines, quaint Japanese storefronts, and even the subway tracks outside my apartment. Most importantly, voxel art has given me an appreciation for the amount of work that goes into a game’s visual design, especially when it’s consciously constrained, not necessarily sacrificing style or substance. From trendsetters like Minecraft, to physics experiments like Teardown, to narrative adventures like Cloudpunk, voxel art has changed the way I look at almost everything I play.
If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that many game devs shoot for the moon, but also like Jeff Bezos, barely manage to get anywhere while blowing big bucks.
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With rounded corners for all windows, relocated taskbar icons, and more elegant Settings dialogs, Windows 11 is a significant visual refinement of Windows 10. It’s also a free update, which means you’re probably keen to install it on your existing PC.
HOW TO SET UP AND CUSTOMIZE YOUR WINDOWS 11 INSTALLATION
The Windows 11 setup process is similar to that of Windows 10, but there are a few surprises when it comes to account access, privacy, security, and other features. And installing the new OS is only half the battle. Afterward, you have to go through a host of setup screens to customize and configure Windows 11 the way you want it.
Microsoft Offers TPM 2.0 Bypass to Install Windows 11 on Unsupported PC
For months, Microsoft has been telling customers that Windows 11 requires your PC to have a special security chip called TPM 2.0—but you can actually skirt the restriction. Ironically, the company itself posted official guidance on its website detailing how to circumvent the TPM 2.0 requirement.
Microsoft Windows 11: A Radically Modernized Design
Many people thought there would never be a Windows 11—understandably, after Microsoft announced in 2015 that Windows 10 would be the operating system’s last version number.
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Windows 11 gives Microsoft’s operating system a bold new look, but you can still make it feel (mostly) familiar.
How to upgrade to Windows 11: Every option explained
Microsoft has several tools to upgrade you from Windows 10 to Windows 11 in a matter of minutes.