Consumer & Gaming Writer - Australia
Darren 'VicBStard' Price has been playing video-games for nearly 40 years and writing about them for the last ten. Darren hates sport, but loves sports video games - which he puts down to a mixture of being annoyingly contrary and extremely lazy. While he is completely tone deaf, he considers Rock Band and Guitar Hero to be his guilty pleasures. A geek from way back, Darren builds his own computers, collects comic books, owns several lightsabers and is a sucker for video-gaming merchandise. Since 2012 he has lived in Sydney where he writes reviews and reports back on the local gaming scene.
Stories by Darren
Hands-on review: Intel Core Ultra 7 155H AI-enabled notebook processor
At CES 2024, Intel allowed Techday to test the AI capabilities of its new Core Ultra notebook processors.
Hands-on review: D-Link Aquila Pro AI AX3000 Wi-Fi 6 Smart Mesh System
The M30 routers have a clean aesthetic design and easy-to-use set-up, but underneath, they have all the advanced features that enthusiasts expect.
Hands-on review: CRKD Nitro Deck for Nintendo Switch
With the eye-catching Game Boy Advance/Game Cube looks, the Nitro Deck fits nicely in your hand, giving players a great new way to play their Switch games.
Hands-on review: Mokibo Fusion MKB420 Bluetooth keyboard
The Mokibo’s Fusion MKB420 keyboard is really easy to use and, apart from a few of the more advanced functions, pretty intuitive.
Game review: Tekken 8 (PC)
Tekken 8 introduces new aggressive fight mechanics, with characters being able to unload “Heat” moves and devastating “Rage Art” attacks.
Hands-on review: ASRock Phantom Gaming Z790 Nova WiFi motherboard
ASRock's Phantom Gaming Z790 Nova WiFi is one of the new "refresh" LGA 1700 motherboards released in time for the launch of Intel's 14th-gen CPUs, themselves a refresh of last year's Raptor Lake processors. .
AI: The focus of Intel and its partners at CES 24 Intel Client Open House
Intel, its partners and rivals are all investing in AI technology that will change the way we work, play and get around, likely sooner rather than later.
Hands-on review: Meta Quest 3 VR headset
With the addition of mixed reality via the device's colour pass-through cameras, could this be the next generation of consumer VR headsets?.
Hands-on review: Jackery Explorer 300 Plus portable power station and SolarSaga 80W solar panel
The Jackery Explorer 300 Plus portable power station and SolarSaga 80W solar panel is a great combo for anyone camping in an isolated place or just wanting to get into powering their camp in an environmentally friendly way.
Xbox Cloud Gaming comes to Meta Quest headsets
Microsoft’s Xbox Cloud Gaming is now available for Meta Quest 2, 3, and Pro headsets.
Game review: Lego Bricktales (Meta Quest 3)
Lego Bricktales gets an exclusive virtual reality version for the Meta Quest Pro, Meta Quest 2 and Meta Quest 3. Techday’s Darren Price checks out the game on the Meta Quest 3 headset.
Hands-on review: Intel Core i9-14900K and Intel Core i5-14600K 14th -generation CPUs
Intel has unleashed the company's new 14th-generation desktop processors. We check out the Core i9-14900K flagship CPU and its little sibling, the Core i5-14600K.
Game review: EA Sports WRC (PC)
EA Sports' expert motor racing studio, Codemasters, has finally got its hands on the World Rally Championship licence.
The Intel Extreme Masters returns to Sydney
The Intel Extreme Masters tournament returned to Sydney for an epic live esports competition, featuring Counter-Strike 2 as the game of choice.
Hands-on review: HTC Vive XR Elite
The HTC Vive XR Elite is a next-generation VR headset that offers a lighter, more comfortable experience for users, but with a hefty price tag of £2,000.
Hands-on review: Cyberpunk 2077 2.0 and the Phantom Liberty DLC expansion (PC)
With the release of the 2.0 update and the DLC expansion, is Cyberpunk 2077 finally the game promised to fans almost three years ago?.
Game review: Red Dead Redemption (Nintendo Switch)
Rockstar's thirteen-year-old cowboy simulator, Red Dead Redemption, has had a surprise re-release on PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch.
Hands-on review: AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT
We were sent an AMD Radeon RX 7800 XT reference card to test, which was perfect timing with the release of Bethesda’s AMD-optimised Starfield.
Hands-on review: EPOS EXPAND Vision 1 4K webcam
The EPOS EXPAND Vision 1 is a 4K personal webcam designed for video conferencing. Epos Australia sent one of its webcams over for us to take a love at..
Hands-on review: Aspera AS8 smartphone
The Aspera AS8: an affordable Australian smartphone that doesn't compromise on quality or features. Read our review.
Hands-on review: HyperX Cloud Stinger 2 gaming headset for PlayStation
HyperX releases Cloud Stinger 2 headset for PlayStation 4 and 5, boasting a lightweight design and high-quality audio for an affordable price.
Hands-on review: WD My Passport SSD Review - Simplifying Storage!
The WD My Passport SSD is a high-speed, palm-sized portable storage device that offers impressive performance and a sleek design.
Hands-on review: Bluetti AC200P Portable Power Station
Bluetti's AC200P Portable Power Station offers up to 2,000W of portable AC and DC power for outdoor activities away from mains electricity.
Hands-on review: OBSBOT Tiny 2
The Tiny 2 camera from Obsbot is a small but powerful device that offers incredible tracking and image quality, perfect for webinars and video conferencing.