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vivster said:

The biggest thing on the Epic Store is Fortnite. You know who plays Fortnite? Young kids who had very limited time with Steam, if any. They're the ones who will become the future of PC gaming and currently they're building their library on the Epic store and not steam. It would be naive to brush off the Store as non threatening to Steam.

Casuals have already been doing that, it's called Mobile gaming. The casual groups always eventually destroy what the dedicated once cherished/loved. 

Epic doesn't care about what I want or what any other group wants. They just want easy going dolts that will take a paddle slap on the arse. 

I don't see Epic as a threat, because I know their lack of pro-consumer stance will eventually bite them in the arse, when their casual crowd eventually catches on (It takes time for the non caring to care when they get stung a few times in the arse). That and they cannot keep the 12% and free games gig going on indefinitely, especially since two other storefronts basically stopped doing that after a number of years.

Epic is not some overlord juggernaut that is going to completely engulf all of PC gaming though. To imagine that would be a fools game. Steam is still where it's at, as well as GoG. The other clients are as usual, nothing special and lower on average with users compared to Steam.

Also, those FN players?, yeah that total count of FN players that some people keep muttering, doesn't encompass the entire PC player-base, nor are the total number of FN players all PC only. They are a fraction at that. The game is far more popular on consoles than it is PC, especially when you account for the fact that Switch is still selling good, Sony has more players than Xbox, granting both more FN players, with Xbox being another tag-along in terms of total console users combined. 

Last edited by Chazore - on 20 February 2019


I welcome Epic as a new challenger. If some game is on their store exclusively that's not on them, but on the publisher who signed the deal. I don't know what consumer unfriendly thing their store did but I know that Valve are already complete assholes, I don't think Epic will be able to surpass them in that regard very soon. They don't have the power to do that yet.

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The news:


Just Cause 4 performed below expectations; “we sold fewer units on launch than we had anticipated”
During its latest financial results briefing session, Square Enix revealed that Just Cause 4 performed below expectations and that it sold fewer units than what Square Enix had anticipated. Given the state of the game we are not really shocked by this news, though we don’t know whether this is the final nail in the Just Cause series coffin.
>> And Tomb Raider hasn't performed as they wanted either.


At Steam we have a new daily deal and 4 Midweek Madness deals:

At Fanatical, there are 4 new deals:



Steam is getting rid of all its non-gaming videos
You may have forgotten that Steam sells movies, but it does, for some inexplicable reason. It's OK, Valve probably forgot, too. It's finally remembered, however, and has decided to retire this largely invisible part of Steam.
"For the past few years, we have worked on expanding Steam beyond games and software by building a video platform that supports paid and free video content," reads the announcement. "In reviewing what Steam users actually watch, it became clear we should focus our effort on offering content that is either directly related to gaming or, is accessory content for games or software sold on Steam."

Twitch Prime subscribers get a free Apex Legends skin and packs for February
Do you play Apex Legends? Are you a Twitch Prime subscriber? If you answered "yes" to both those questions then you're up for some some bonus loot this month. Just link your EA and Twitch accounts, and a Legendary Omega Point Pathfinder skin and five Apex Packs filled with a random selection of cosmetics are yours for the taking.
Twitch Prime subscribers will also be given exclusive items in MapleStory 2 including a Flying Fan mount, White Rabbit outfit, Tamed Lil Boogie mount, and seven days of MapleStory 2 Premium Club. Six Vainglory heroes and two emojis are coming, and there's also loot on the way for League of Legends, Neverwinter, The Grand Tour Game, and others.

Seeing GPU crashes in Windows 7? Stop banging your head and grab this fix
Nvidia has rolled out a 'hotfix' driver for GeForce GPU owners who have been experiencing random application crashes and/or TDR (timeout detection and recovery) errors, but there's a catch—it's only for Windows 7 and Windows 8.1 users. Apparently these issues came about with the previous GeForce 418.81 driver release.
"A GeForce driver is an incredibly complex piece of software, We have an army of software engineers constantly adding features and fixing bugs. These changes are checked into the main driver branches, which are eventually run through a massive QA process and released," Nvidia's Manuel Guzman stated in the company's support forum.
>> Get the Hotfix from here.



Resident Evil 2 Remake – Ada Wong Nude Mod is now available for download
Well, it was only a matter of days. After the Claire Redfield nude mod for Resident Evil 2 Remake, we kind of guessed that the next big mod for this remake would be a naked mod for Ada Wong. And it appears that we were right as modder ‘MisterHecks’ has just released a naked mod for Ada Wong.
This mod replaces Ada from the red dress to completely nude, however do note that the installation requires the FluffyQuack mod manager in order to work. Furthermore, and during Leon’s campaign, you must use an alternate costume (like the Classic costume) to see naked Ada from the parking lot cutscene onward.
As the modder noted, this Ada Wong nude mod does not replace the Coat version of Ada. Also, after Ada falls into the scraps and injures her leg, the model will swap back to the red dress due to the game using a different model after that point. A brand new version of this mod will be released soon that will also replace that injured model.
>> You'll have to find this mod at Nexus Mods.



Brand new screenshot for Shenmue 3 shows off Lan Di
It’s been a while since our last look on Shenmue 3, right? Well, good news for all Shenmue fans as Shibuya Productions has released a brand new screenshot from this highly anticipated title, showing off the in-game 3D model of Lan Di.

Saber Interactive drops the price of World War Z thanks to the Epic Store exclusivity deal
Saber Interactive has announced that its exclusivity deal with Epic Games for releasing the game first on the Epic Store has allowed it drop the game’s price. As such, the game is now priced at $34.99 instead of $39.99, and contrary to Metro Exodus, this price drop is universal.

Battlerite Royale is now free to play on Steam
Stunlock Studios has announced that the MOBA and battle royale hybrid, Battlerite Royale, moves out of Steam Early Access into its free-to-play launch. For this occasion Stunlock Studios is simultaneously releasing the BIG PATCH, which brings exciting new changes and more content across the whole Battlerite franchise.

Crackdown 3 devs working on Wrecking Zone Party support, Campaign saved games and unlocked framerate for Co-op
Sumo Digital has issued a developer update, revealing the first things that it is going to address via a post-launch update. According to the update, developers are currently working on implementing Wrecking Zone Party support, addressing the Campaign saved games issues and unlocking the framerate for the co-op mode.

Embark looks absolutely incredible in this Unreal Engine 4 test video
Embark Studios has released a test engine video for Embark (working title), showing the capabilities of Unreal Engine 4. Embark is a cooperative free-to-play action game set in a distant future, about overcoming seemingly impossible odds by working together.

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The news, part two:

See Warhammer: Chaosbane's trollslayer in action
The forthcoming Warhammer ARPG Chaosbane has a slayer among its playable heroes, and his name is Bragi Axebiter. As you can see in the video, he's got a lot of flashy, over-the-top attacks that involve spinning in circles with his axes out and throwing them at things. He can launch himself at whatever he embeds his axe in too. He seems pretty manoeuvrable all round.

Darkest Dungeon 2 is coming: exclusive first details
Red Hook Studios is making Darkest Dungeon 2, a follow-up to the wonderfully grim turn-based roguelike that was our favorite RPG of 2016.
The studio isn't announcing many details beyond the game's existence and the teaser above, but did speak to us exclusively, saying that although Darkest Dungeon's combat system will be returning in a recognizable but "tuned-up" form, the studio is focused on creating a "completely different" structure for its metagame. Darkest Dungeon 2 will initially release in Early Access.

Ghost Recon Wildlands Special Operation 4 brings a new PvE mode next week
Ghost Recon Wildlands Special Operation 4, the final update for year 2, will feature a new PvE mode "that will test your endurance," with a new outfit waiting for those who are able to get the job done. There will also be a new class added to the Ghost War PvP mode and two new maps, and an adjustable "Time of Day" option for the solo campaign and Ghost Mode.

Path of Exile: Synthesis is a tale of broken memories and lost secrets
The action-RPG Path of Exile has been out since 2013, but it remains remarkably popular and deeply embedded within the top 100 games on Steam. The December 2018 release of the Betrayal update was actually its biggest yet, and today developer Grinding Gear Games unveiled the next big step in the game's progression: Synthesis, a new Challenge league in which players build their own dungeon by assembling different puzzle pieces together.

Rocket League has cross-platform parties now
Rocket League Season 10 has begun. Today's update delivers competitive players their Season 9 rewards—some nice wheels for most—and gives everyone's rank a "soft reset." Win half of your placement matches and you'll be plopped somewhere near your old rank to start the new season.
More importantly, Patch 1.58 adds cross-platform parties, completing the final step in bringing PS4, Xbox, Switch, and PC players together—we'll no longer just matchmake with Psynetters, we can now play with them on purpose. Wild stuff.

Heroes of Newerth, once LoL's biggest competitor, stops major updates after 10 years
In April 2009, Heroes of Newerth went into beta—the same month as League of Legends. The two were vying to win over the audience of popular Warcraft 3 mod Defense of the Ancients. LoL beat HoN out of beta by a few months, and Heroes of Newerth spent its first year costing $30 before going free-to-play. Before long LoL became the most-played games in the world. Despite its much smaller audience, Heroes of Newerth has impressively soldiered on for a decade, and has just announced what may be its last major patch.

Apex Legends is getting a new gun tomorrow
Just a quick note: Respawn announced that it'll be announcing a new gun for Apex Legends tomorrow, an unnamed rifle shown in the pixelated clip on Twitter above.

Scum development roadmap teases vehicles, base building, and missions
The developers of Scum, the open-world survival game with the dressable, growable, uncontrollable dongs, have shared their development plans for the next three months. If those plans go well, they'll bring new vehicle physics to the game, base building, a complete overhaul of the inventory system, and reworks to the cooking and metabolism systems.

Anthem's worst section has already been improved
This first week of Anthem, where only PC players get to access the full game, seems to have acted like an Early Access period in fast forward. While a larger suite of changes are intended for Friday when the game hits wide release, including some load time improvements, some smaller tweaks are rolling out before then.

The developer of Furi is making a co-op RPG
Furi, 2016's stylish hack-and-slash-meets-bullet-hell cult hit, was actually too fast for my ageing hands to manage. Now its developer, The Game Bakers, has revealed its next project, which sounds a little gentler on reflexes: it's a romantic co-op RPG about "everyday love" called Haven. Check out the teaser trailer above.

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vivster said:
I welcome Epic as a new challenger. If some game is on their store exclusively that's not on them, but on the publisher who signed the deal. I don't know what consumer unfriendly thing their store did but I know that Valve are already complete assholes, I don't think Epic will be able to surpass them in that regard very soon. They don't have the power to do that yet.

I find the fact of excusing Epic, blaming the publisher, but also blaming Steam to being pretty arrogant and ignorant at best. You cannot excuse one storefront, from a company that has spent years doing nothing with R&D, nothing with looking into what consumers actually want, but also ragging on a storefront that's worked it's ass off for years to get where it is.

I'm sorry, but if you're going to root for a company like Epic, I can't really see said person as one who should ever, ever hold any power or sway over anything, simply because they cannot be trusted to think properly, besides injecting feelings and emotions into said choice. 

Epic doesn't have the power to do so period. This whole notion of "Epic will become the unstoppable juggernaut, just you watch" gig is just daft. let's say the same about the MS store, then Ubisoft's Uplay while we're at it, simply because they are rich companies.

In the end I disagree entirely with Epic being seen as "competition". The few of you here who see them as competition see competition in general as being very different to other forms of competition, ones that are actually more healthier and legit, that don't involve buying out your competition and deliberately killing them off.

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Ignorance is claiming that one store front did nothing while the other did everything. I'd rather have 2 shitheads in a competition than one shithead holding a monopoly.

If you don't see Epic as competition then you have nothing to fear I guess. You can continue to drink the Kool-aid of your benevolent dictator Gaben in peace.


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vivster said:
Ignorance is claiming that one store front did nothing while the other did everything. I'd rather have 2 shitheads in a competition than one shithead holding a monopoly.

If you don't see Epic as competition then you have nothing to fear I guess. You can continue to drink the Kool-aid of your benevolent dictator Gaben in peace.

Then you'd rather damn us all and have what the other worked hard for be for nothing. Honestly, if you cannot see it, you'd be a fool not to.

No, it's that fearing Epic as competition, it's fearing the loss of actual standards, having real competition, and instead trading it for false competition, where some dolts out there think it's exactly the same as real competition, further confusing and muddying up the definition of it. 

PC gamers are clearly pissed about what Epic is doing. They aren't "whiny" man-children, they aren't "entitled toxic masculine males", they are honest to god real people who don't want a rich company dicking them around like it's a game of sodding, fucking musical chairs, and you know what?, I'm sick of that game too, I've been sick of it for years and it needs to fuck off and die. People that support that are honestly no better than monkeys flinging feces at a glass window, because they don't know any better. 

I'd rather have real competition, real progress, not devolution, not being held back because some rich fuck wanted to make an extra mill or lock you down to their bank account, that happens to be run by a PLC, that has to and does adhere to greedy shareholders. 


The Thursday news. Again, all in one post:


Steam's daily deal is Night in the Woods, 40% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/481510/Night_in_the_Woods/

On the Humble Store, Plague Inc: Evolved is the new Spotlight Deal, 60% off for the next 3 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/store/plague-inc-evolved

And at Fanatical, there are two new deals:



Denuvo 5.6, used in Metro Exodus, has been cracked in five days
Metro Exodus and Far Cry New Dawn are the latest games powered by the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. From the looks of it, 4A Games and Ubisoft have used a new version of this anti-tamper tech, Denuvo 5.6, which has been cracked in just five days.
This version of Denuvo is newer than what was used in Ace Combat 7 and Resident Evil 2 Remake. Still, this didn’t really stop the scene groups from cracking the game. Now as with all the Denuvo cracks, this does not remove the anti-tamper tech. As such, players cannot use this cracked version in order to measure the performance impact that Denuvo has on this specific title.
>> It's a lost battle.



Paradox has launched its own modding platform with Microsoft
Paradox Interactive has launched Paradox Mods, a modding platform that works across both PC and Xbox One. The publisher partnered with Microsoft to launch it, and you can start downloading mods now.
Paradox's games typically have great mod support and armies of diligent modders churning out everything for overhauls to minute tweaks right from the get-go, so this probably isn't going to change much on PC. I use Steam Workshop for all my Paradox games, and it's fine.
The new platform will allow Xbox One users to enjoy some of those mods, however, or at least the 30 console-tested Surviving Mars mods it's launching with. For modders, getting their mods out to both PC and console players is as simple as uploading it, where it will become available for everyone. Presumably, however, some mods will be more suited to the PC version. There are considerably more mods available on PC, too, where the platform also supports Cities: Skylines and Stellaris.

Deus Ex gets a new Topaz Gigapixel AI-enhanced texture pack, demo version available for download
Modder ‘DaveW’ has released a demo version of a brand new AI-enhanced texture pack for the classic Deus Ex game. This mod uses Topaz Gigapixel AI upscaling techniques in order to improve the textures and keep them as close to the original vision as possible.
Unfortunately I haven’t installed Deus Ex and the modder did not release any comparison screenshots in order to showcase these new textures. As such, I can’t really comment on the quality of the textures and whether they are better than those included in some other texture packs that were released for this shooter.
The only screenshot we’ve got from this AI-enhanced texture pack is the following one, however the downside here is that this is a coloured area so we can’t really be sure about the overall quality of the new textures. They appear to be better but that’s it.
>> It would be better to read some user opinions, but if you don't care and want to try it now, you can get this mod from ModDB.

Mr. X becomes Mr. Sex in a revealing Resident Evil 2 thong mod
Resident Evil 2 is an excellent game, but it's also very one-sided. We're thrown into the lap of a flimsy rookie cop who becomes a hero on his first day. Meanwhile, Mr. X has been hitting the gym, keeping close track of his macronutrient intake, and ignoring his friends to get that hard body, the hard body required to properly represent Umbrella as an unstoppable PR tyrant. Killing you is just damage control.
Finally, we can admire all the hard work Mr. X put in head on. The Beach Boy X mod strips Mr. X of his clothes but for some sweet shades, flip-flops, and an Umbrella thong. The medium is the message.
Download the Beach Boy X mod here, where you'll also find some simple installation instructions. Careful though, because these files are hot.



Open-world space action single-player RPG, Starpoint Gemini 3, has been officially announced
LGM Games, creators of the Starpoint Gemini franchise, announced today a brand-new title. The new installment is an open-world space action single-player RPG that puts the player in the cockpit of Captain Jonathan Bold, a space adventurer travelling the vast universe of Starpoint Gemini 3.

Fallout 76 player who spent 900 hours in-game says they've been banned
There's someone out there who loves Fallout 76 so much they've played it for more than 900 hours. The heart is a strange thing. Tragedy has unfortunately struck this unlikely relationship, as the survivor in question has also, over the course their long journey, amassed a ridiculous amount of ammo, so much that Bethesda apparently reckons it's an exploit and they've been indefinitely banned from digital West Virginia.

Former EA and DICE boss is making a futuristic co-op action game
Former Electronic Arts chief design officer Patrick Söderlund has revealed a little bit about what he's been up to since leaving the publisher last year and founding a new outfit called Embark Studios. More than 50 employees have been hired since then, an office has been established in Stockholm, and—this is the interesting part—work has begun on a new game.

Apex Legends' new weapon is an energy assault rifle with a hitscan beam mode
As promised, here it is: The Havoc is an energy assault rifle compatible with the Turbocharger hop-up that eliminates the autofire charge delay, and more interestingly the Selectfire Receiver, which enables shooter to switch from a standard autofire mode to a hitscan charged beam weapon, meaning that you're going to instantly hit whatever you're aiming at.

What is happening to everyone in The Sims 4 StrangerVille?
Strange things are happening in The Sims 4. In a brief preview this morning, EA and Maxis premiered a new soon-to-be-available game pack for the ever-expanding Sims universe, called StrangerVille.

Hearthstone designer wants to know why people aren't playing it as much
Hearthstone is still the king of digital CCGs, but it also appears to be kind of stuck: Monthly active users have been on the decline for awhile, and Activision Blizzard COO Coddy Johnson said during the company's most recent earnings call (the one where the company announced record revenues and laid off 800 people at the same time) that it "experienced sequential declines in net bookings from players making in-game purchases." Wondering why? Lead balance designer August Dean Ayala wants to know, too. So a couple of days ago he asked.
>> And you can get some free cards from the HCT Winter Championship.

Anthem's 'Day One' patch is live now
The Day One patch is now live, weighing in at just under 5GB in size. If you're already playing Anthem, you should be able to download it now, and if you're waiting for the full release, you'll get it when you get it.

Space Engineers finally gets a release date after five years in Early Access
Space Engineers, one of the best space games on PC, is finally leaving Early Access after more than five years and 200 updates. The stellar sandbox will reach 1.0 on February 28, accompanied by a major survival overhaul. It will be one of the biggest overhauls it's seen and, according to Keen Software's Marek Rosa, Space Engineers will evolve from a sandbox into a game.

The Division 2 PC technical test starts today
Ubisoft is hosting a PC technical test in The Division 2 for a couple of days, starting today, for a limited number of randomly selected players. Check your inbox for an invite. The test will end on Friday.

Black Ops 4 loot boxes weren't part of the original plan
Call of Duty: Black Ops 4's design director, David Vonderhaar, has defended an interview where he said Blackout characters would be only be locked behind missions. The interview resurfaced after the latest update, Operation Grand Heist, snuck loot boxes into the game and trapped the new characters inside them.

Untitled Goose Game release date pushed back
Untitled Goose Game, where you play a horrible goose and must ruin everyone's day with your honks and mischief, has been delayed. Originally due out early this year, it's been pushed back to the equally vague later this year. The goose, of course, is to blame.

THQ Nordic raises funds to buy even more studios
THQ Nordic has acquired a lot of games and studios over the last few years, and the publisher has just raised over £171 million/$223 million that it intends to put towards even more acquisitions. It's big, but it wants to be bigger.
11 million new Class B shares were issued on Wednesday, and the money raised has been earmarked for "new acquisitions of franchises, game development studios or other assets which complement the operations," THQ said in a statement.
>> They want more?!

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Bisa said:
Just finished a build in the Inwin Choppin (I bought new straight from Amazon) if you're in the UK and are thinking of buying one, mine never came with an plug adaptor, lucky I had one around.

That's a really small case, how was working on it? Also, given its size, 150W PSU and lack of room for a GPU card, am I right assuming that it's for an HTPC?

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on a PC with an i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz and a GTX 1070

Steam / Live / NNID : jonxiquet    Add me if you want, but I'm a single player gamer.