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 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.
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.
Aliens: Dark Descent PC review
Aliens: Dark Descent is a real-time strategy game based on the popular movie franchise. Here are my thoughts about it.
Game review: The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom (PC)
The Elder Scrolls Online: Necrom expansion adds new quests, characters, and a magic-based class to the acclaimed fantasy MMO. Verdict: 8/10.
Game review: Diablo IV (PC)
Activision Blizzard has released the latest iteration in its series of fantasy role-playing games, Diablo IV. Here are my thoughts about it,.
Hands-on review: HyperX Cloud III Wired Gaming Headset
The HyperX Cloud III is a stylish and versatile headset that delivers crisp audio across all devices, providing great value for its price.
Hands-on review: Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR5 5200MHz 48GB kit
Corsair sent out their new Vengeance RGB DDR5 5200MHz 48GB kit. I tried this one out, and here is what I thought.
Game review: Star Wars Jedi: Survivor PC/Xbox Series X|S
The sequel to the critically acclaimed Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is finally here, I played it and here are my thoughts.
Game review: Stranded: Alien Dawn (PC)
Stranded: Alien Dawn is a PC real-time strategy game from Haemimont Games, the developer of Surviving Mars. I checked it out, and here are my thoughts.
Hands-on review: Poly Sync 10 USB Speakerphone
Poly sent over its Sync 10 USB speakerphone to test out. TechDay's Darren Price puts the unit through its paces.
Game preview: Park Beyond (PC)
FutureFive got to spend some time with a preview version of Limbic Entertainment's upcoming theme park management game, Park Beyond.
Hands-on review: Bluetti AC180 Portable Power Station
Bluetti sent over its AC180 Portable Power Station to test out. Techday's Darren Price puts the unit through its paces.
Hands-on review: Norton 360 Platinum
Norton 360 Platinum: comprehensive security suite for home users with customizable features and powerful antivirus protection.