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Thursday news, part two:

US Senator introducing legislation banning loot boxes in games aimed at minors
https://www.pcgamer.com/us-senator-introducing-legislation-banning-loot-boxes-in-games-aimed-at-minors/
US Senator Jash Hawley announced today that he plans to introduce legislation that will ban "pay-to-win and loot box monetization practices" in videogames that are marketed to minors.
“Social media and videogames prey on user addiction, siphoning our kids’ attention from the real world and extracting profits from fostering compulsive habits," Hawley said in a statement. "No matter this business model’s advantages to the tech industry, one thing is clear: There is no excuse for exploiting children through such practices."
>> The ESA has already complained, but he's not entirely wrong.

Railroad Corporation steams into Early Access this month
https://www.pcgamer.com/railroad-corporation-steams-into-early-access-this-month/
There’s a new train tycoon game heading into the station of Steam’s Early Access. Railroad Corporation is a Golden Age of Rail game that has you laying tracks, buying engines, and moving goods around the untamed American landscape in the post-Civil War era.

Ubisoft walks back plans to introduce higher level The Division 2 gear with next update
https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisoft-walks-back-plans-to-introduce-higher-level-the-division-2-gear-with-next-update/
The third title update for The Division 2 was set to introduce new high level gear, increasing the Gear Score cap from 500 to 515. But in response to player feedback Ubisoft has ditched these plans, in order to avoid rendering current high level builds obsolete.

Fortnite Season 9 Battle Pass: here's the trailer and all 128 items
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-season-9-battle-pass/
Fortnite Season 9 is here, bringing with it new locations like Neo Tilted, a mega mall and more (check out the patch notes highlights here). The Battle Pass has also arrived, and it costs 950 V-bucks as normal, immediately granting the Sentinel and Rox progressive outfits upon purchase. The trailer above gives you an idea of what you'll get for your cash.

A full collection of Artifact cards now reportedly costs around $40
https://www.pcgamer.com/a-full-collection-of-artifact-cards-now-reportedly-costs-around-dollar40/
One of Valve’s riskier decisions with Artifact was to tie its cards to the Steam Marketplace. When the game launched, it was possible to buy every card you needed to complete your collection that way, but getting your hands on the most sought-after rare cards was an expensive proposition, with certain heroes costing nearly $20. But markets rise and fall, and now you can get a complete set of Artifact cards for around $40.

Rainbow Six Siege's reverse friendly fire system is live
https://www.pcgamer.com/rainbow-six-sieges-reverse-friendly-fire-system-is-live/
Rainbow Six Siege has been trying to figure out what to do about friendly fire and teamkilling for a long time now. This week, Ubisoft rolled out a solution it's been mulling over for a while: reverse friendly fire.

Unravel a bizarre murder in free detective game Scotch Broom
https://www.pcgamer.com/unravel-a-bizarre-murder-in-free-detective-game-scotch-broom/
Created for Scream City, a horror-themed game jam, the delightfully named Scotch Broom is a Twine-based interactive fiction game set in rainy Seattle. It's exactly like an interactive episode of Frasier, only with talking wounds in place of neurotic psychiatrists, and with horrible murder instead of—wait, did I just say talking wounds?

Dead by Daylight’s next villain is the killer from Scream
https://www.pcgamer.com/dead-by-daylights-next-villain-is-the-killer-from-scream/
The masked killer from the Scream movie series is set to join the ranks of murderous psychopaths in Dead by Daylight, according to leaks based on a developer build of the game inadvertently pushed out during this week’s Mid-Chapter Update.



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Been replaying BL series myself, but with mygal.

I found the pre-sequel to being rather shallow, and a bit empty on the content side, at least compared to 2.

That said, I'm not happy about hearing as to how and why Claptrap's VA was replaced.



                                       

vivster said:
JEMC said:

I'm also thinking about re-playing it, but first I'd like to give Borderlands 2 a second chance. Maybe this time I'll like it.

As for Borderlands 3, well, I'm not in a hurry to get it as I won't think about it until the GOTY edition launches.

No idea how one cannot like BL2. It's just like the first one, only better in every single way. I played a lot of Borderlands in my life but I never went far enough to actually play all the DLC. I need to rectify that this time.

I don't know what to say. I know that, after liking th first game, I should like it, but for some reason I didn't connect with the game.

As for the other games, the Pre-sequel and Tales of, I didn't bother with them.



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***ALERT FREE GAME***

The Humble Store is giving another free game, and this time it's Age of Wonders III.

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/age-of-wonders-iii

The offer will end in a bit less than 32 hours or until they run out of keys.



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It's been a while since the last time I posted some hardware rumors, so here's a couple AMD ones:

AMD Radeon RX 3080 XT "Navi" to Challenge RTX 2070 at $330
https://www.techpowerup.com/255221/amd-radeon-rx-3080-xt-navi-to-challenge-rtx-2070-at-usd-330
Rumors of AMD's next-generation performance-segment graphics card are gaining traction following a leak of what is possibly its PCB. Tweaktown put out a boatload of information of the so-called Radeon RX 3080 XT graphics card bound for an 2019 E3 launch, shortly after a Computex unveiling. Based on the 7 nm "Navi 10" GPU, the RX 3080 XT will feature 56 compute units based on the faster "Navi" architecture (3,584 stream processors), and 8 GB of GDDR6 memory across a 256-bit wide memory bus.

The source puts out two very sensational claims: one, that the RX 3080 XT performs competitively with NVIDIA's $499 GeForce RTX 2070; and two, that AMD could start a price-war against NVIDIA by aggressively pricing the card around the $330 mark, or about two-thirds the price of the RTX 2070. Even if either if not both hold true, AMD will fire up the performance-segment once again, forcing NVIDIA to revisit the RTX 2070 and RTX 2060.

>>My biggest problem with this rumor is that AMD themselves confirmed during their conference call after the Q1 results that Navi would launch in the third quarter, so between July and September, and that goes against what this rumors says about an E3 launch.

AMD Ryzen 3000 series CPU with 16 cores leaks
https://hexus.net/tech/news/cpu/130400-amd-ryzen-3000-series-cpu-16-cores-leaks/
Twitter CPU and GPU leakster Tum Apisak has shared the specs of one of the upcoming top-end AMD Ryzen 3000 series processors, which we expect to be officially unveiled at Computex 2019 at the end of the month. Tum found online benchmark database traces for what he described as a "Zen2 ES 16 Core" processor with 16 cores - and in its current form it has base/boost 3.3GHz / 4.2GHz clock frequencies.

>>That this processor runs on an X570 board makes this a RyZen 3000 and not a Threadripper product.

Also, just to put things into perspective, the engineering sample of the Threadripper 2950X, with also 16 cores, where 3.4GHz and 4.0GHz, with the final product being 3.5 and 4.4GHz.



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JEMC said:

***ALERT FREE GAME***

The Humble Store is giving another free game, and this time it's Age of Wonders III.

https://www.humblebundle.com/store/age-of-wonders-iii

The offer will end in a bit less than 32 hours or until they run out of keys.

Thanks!, another game to add the collection.



The Friday news!

SALES & DEALS

Divide By Sheep is free to keep on Steam this weekend
https://www.pcgamer.com/divide-by-sheep-is-free-to-keep-on-steam-this-weekend/
Divide By Sheep, the deceptively adorable puzzle game about flinging sheep across ponds and sometimes feeding them to wolves, is free to keep if you claim it on Steam this weekend.
You can head over to Steam now to snag your copy. If you’re familiar with the old brain teaser about trying to get a chicken, a fox, and a sack of grain across a river, you have the basic idea behind Divide By Sheep. But this game adds a few twists to the formula. You have groups of sheep standing around on islands, and each island has a certain number of spaces to stand on. You need to get sheep into the life raft by flinging the groups from island to island, and if there aren’t enough spaces to stand on, the extra sheep will fall into the water.

On the Humble Store, they have started their Spring Sale. The sale will last until May 23 and all major publishers (like 2K, Focus Home, Paradox, Square-Enix or Ubisoft, among others) are involved. Check it out: www.humblebundle.com/store

At Fanatical, there should be at least two new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

NVIDIA GeForce 430.64 WHQL driver is optimized for RAGE 2, Total War: Three Kingdoms & World War Z
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nvidia-geforce-430-64-whql-driver-is-optimized-for-rage-2-total-war-three-kingdoms-world-war-z/
NVIDIA has released a brand new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the NVIDIA GeForce 430.64 WHQL driver provides the optimal gaming experience for RAGE 2, Total War: Three Kingdoms, and World War Z.
This driver also adds/updates the SLI profiles for Imperator: Rome and Insurgency Sandstorm. Moreover, it fixes the higher CPU usage by NVDisplay.Container.exe introduced in 430.39 driver, addresses the 3DMark Time Spy flickering issues when the benchmark is launched, resolves the Hitman 2 DirectX 12 crashes as well as the freezing issues in Shadow of the Tomb Raider when launched in SLI mode.
>> Available from here.

MODS/EMULATORS

Use these Overwatch custom games to practice improving your aim and grenade throws
https://www.pcgamer.com/use-these-overwatch-custom-games-to-practice-improving-your-aim-and-grenade-throws/
Some great creations have already come out of the new Overwatch Workshop custom game builder, but my favorite so far is this firing range you can use to help improve your FPS aim. Created by Youtuber PMAJellies, the game is effectively the same as specialized aim training games like Aim Hero, but inside of Overwatch itself.
To access the aim trainer, use the code WRP63 in the Overwatch Workshop. You can select the hero you'd like to practice with (one of the benefits of this being within Overwatch instead of a separate program), which is great for practicing the specific gun mechanics of different heroes.
Another great tool is "Darwin's Ana Nade Tool" by DarwinStreams, which gives you stats and a visual indicator to practice throwing Ana's healing grenade (Workshop code VQ077).

GAMING NEWS

First Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint screenshots & details, available via UPLAY & Epic Games Store
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-tom-clancys-ghost-recon-breakpoint-screenshots-details-available-via-uplay-epic-games-store/
Ubisoft has announced Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Breakpoint, the latest instalment in the Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon franchise. The game will be available from October 4th 2019 on Windows PC via UPLAY and the Epic Games Store. In addition, the team released the first screenshots and a gameplay trailer for it that you can find below.

New Final Fantasy 7 Remake teaser trailer released, more information coming in June 2019
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-final-fantasy-7-remake-teaser-trailer-released-more-information-coming-in-june-2019/
Square Enix has just released a new teaser trailer for Final Fantasy 7 Remake. This new trailer showcases some in-engine cut-scenes, as well as some combat sequences from this highly anticipated remake of one of the best FF games to date.
>> AbbathTheGrim has made a thread about it, on the Sony side of the site.

Mortal Kombat 11 May 9 Update adds additional Shadow optimizations, improves mouse & keyboard
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/mortal-kombat-11-may-9-update-adds-additional-shadow-optimizations-improves-mouse-keyboard/
QLOC has released a brand new update for the PC version of Mortal Kombat 11. According to the release notes, the May 9th patch for Mortal Kombat 11 adds additional Shadow optimizations which help improve overall performance and features various minor Mouse and Keyboard fixes.

New official CODE VEIN video shows 7 minutes of gameplay footage
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-official-code-vein-video-shows-7-minutes-of-gameplay-footage/
Bandai Namco has released a brand new video for CODE VEIN, showing 7 minutes of brand new gameplay footage. Code Vein is a third-person action RPG, powered by Unreal Engine 4, that finds players assuming the role of a Revenant in which players must use special attacks in order to survive.

Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood to be present for the first time at E3 2019
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/werewolf-the-apocalypse-earthblood-to-be-present-for-the-first-time-at-e3-2019/
Bigben has announced that Werewolf: The Apocalypse – Earthblood will be present at this year E3 2019. As the press release reads, Werewolf: The Apocalypse is the first action-RPG game adapted from the eponymous role-playing game and will be presented for the first time at E3.
>> E3. Can you believe that it's just one month away?

Blood Remaster called “Blood: Fresh Supply” is now available on GOG and Steam
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/blood-remaster-called-blood-fresh-supply-is-now-available-on-gog-and-steam/
Nightdive Studios has released the remaster of the classic 2D first-person shooter Blood game, Blood: Fresh Supply. In Blood: Fresh Supply, players will battle an army of sycophantic cultists, zombies, gargoyles, hellhounds, and an insatiable host of horrors in their quest to defeat the evil Tchernobog.



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Friday news, part two:

Frostpunk could become the setting for an RPG
https://www.pcgamer.com/frostpunk-could-become-the-setting-for-an-rpg/
Frostpunk just saw its one-year anniversary, and in that time it’s sold more than 1.4 million copies, far exceeding developer 11 bit Studio’s expectations. Now, the studio is thinking about what comes next for their game, which they’ve bolstered over the past 12 months with a steady stream of post-release content. While a sequel would certainly make sense, the studio has other ideas in mind, too—including a role-playing game set in the Frostpunk universe.

Beat Pillars of Eternity 2's new challenge and Obsidian will hang your name on its wall
https://www.pcgamer.com/beat-pillar-of-eternity-2s-new-challenge-and-obsidian-will-hang-your-name-on-its-wall/
The one year anniversary of Pillars of Eternity 2: Deadfire recently sailed past, and to mark the big birthday Obsidian released a big patch that takes the game to version 5.0. It includes a new, "more elegant" ship interface, fleshes out the story with additional voice acting, brings the turn-based combat mode out of beta, and makes the usual array of bug fixes and gameplay adjustments.

Blizzard details The Dalaran Heist, Hearthstone's new solo mode
https://www.pcgamer.com/blizzard-details-the-dalaran-heist-hearthstones-new-solo-mode/
Hearthstone's latest solo adventure will launch on May 16—that's next Thursday for the non-calendar owners among you—and promises to be the biggest and best yet. We can say that with confidence because our resident card slinger Tim Clark played it a few months back, and said as much. As of today, in addition to the release date of May 16 we can confirm that Rise of Shadows' adventire is called The Dalaran Heist. It's the first part of a story that will span the game's Year of the Dragon.

The next Kingdom Come: Deliverance DLC will let you play as a woman
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-next-kingdom-come-deliverance-dlc-will-let-you-play-as-a-woman/
The fourth and, apparently, final DLC release for the exceptionally good medieval RPG Kingdom Come: Deliverance, A Woman's Lot, will be available on May 28. As the title suggests, the expansion will give players the opportunity to experience the poop-throwing majesty of Kingdom Come's game world as a woman: Theresa, a potential love interest for Henry in the main storyline, whose family was killed in the early stages of the game.

Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor—Prophecy brings overhauled mechanics and a new class
https://www.pcgamer.com/warhammer-40000-inquisitorprophecy-brings-overhauled-mechanics-and-a-new-class/
The action-RPG Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor—Martyr was pretty okay: Really good when it's good, we said in our 2018 review, but not consistently good enough to be, you know, good. But that's not stopping developer NeocoreGames from taking another run at it with the newly announced Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor—Prophecy.

Jupiter Hell is a tasty turn-based blend of Doom, roguelikes, and heavy metal
https://www.pcgamer.com/jupiter-hell-is-a-tasty-turn-based-blend-of-doom-roguelikes-and-heavy-metal/
I'm playing Jupiter Hell, and once again my health is critically low. I've just taken down my second tough security bot in as many minutes and I have no stimpacks or health kits remaining. To make matters worse, I'm low on ammo for my assault rifle.

Monster Hunter: World Iceborne trailer shows off new monsters and a September release date
https://www.pcgamer.com/mhw-iceborne-release-date/
Strange things are afoot in the new world. For example: Singing, apparently. During Sony's State of Play livestream today, Capcom showed off a new trailer for Monster Hunter: World's Iceborne expansion, featuring all the components you'd expect. There's ice. There's monsters. There's weapons being liberally applied to those monsters. I'm not sure what more you could be looking for, really.

Destiny 2's Season of Opulence arrives June 4, and the raid will be available on day one
https://www.pcgamer.com/destiny-2s-season-of-opulence-arrives-june-4-and-the-raid-will-be-available-on-day-one/
Destiny 2's Season of Opulence, the third and final DLC of the Annual Pass, now has an arrival date: June 4. And there's an unusual twist this time. Typically, when new Destiny 2 DLC drops, the raid only becomes available a few days later, on a Friday. This time the new raid, called Crown of Sorrow, will be available to Annual Pass owners immediately that same Tuesday.

Monster Prom 2, a game about competitive monster dating, has easily blitzed its Kickstarter goal
https://www.pcgamer.com/monster-prom-2-a-game-about-competitive-monster-dating-has-easily-blitzed-its-kickstarter-goal/
Released early last year, Monster Prom was a multiplayer dating sim about hooking up with monsters.(...)
Now the same studio, Beautiful Glitch, has announced Monster Prom 2 via a Kickstarter campaign. The sequel is pretty much guaranteed at this stage: the campaign has attracted $154,212 at time of writing, with a goal of just $36,000. But aside from the name, Monster Prom 2 is a bit of a departure from the original, because it's actually three games in one.

Some players aren’t buying Fallout 76’s vendor tax
https://www.pcgamer.com/some-players-arent-buying-fallout-76s-vendor-tax/
Fallout 76 recently introduced a new system that lets players run automated shops in their camps. You plunk down a vending machine in your settlement, fill it up with all the stuff you don’t want or can’t use, and other players can wander by and pay caps for anything that catches their hideously mutated eye.
The trouble is, there’s a ten percent fee on every sale made from player-run shops, and as our pals over at GamesRadar have discovered, that’s rubbing some Fallout 76 players the wrong way.

Titan Quest, first released in 2006, has a new expansion set in Atlantis
https://www.pcgamer.com/titan-quest-first-released-in-2006-has-a-new-expansion-set-in-atlantis/
Titan Quest is nearly 13 years old, but it just got a new expansion this week. Atlantis, the third DLC add-on for 2006’s action RPG, invites players to explore another mysterious mythological realm, this one beneath the ocean and beyond the bounds of reality as we know it.

McMillen: The Legend of Bum-bo and final Isaac DLC are both coming this year
https://www.pcgamer.com/mcmillen-the-legend-of-bum-bo-and-final-isaac-dlc-are-both-coming-this-year/
Binding of Isaac creator Edmund McMillen says his next game, the turn-based, cardboard-themed dungeon crawler The Legend of Bum-bo, will be out this year, along with the final DLC for The Binding of Isaac itself.

Finally, let's check the GOG and Steam deals for this weekend:

+GOG

+Steam

That's all folks! Have a happy and gaming weekend.



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

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Frostpunk could become the setting for an RPG
https://www.pcgamer.com/frostpunk-could-become-the-setting-for-an-rpg/
Frostpunk just saw its one-year anniversary, and in that time it’s sold more than 1.4 million copies, far exceeding developer 11 bit Studio’s expectations. Now, the studio is thinking about what comes next for their game, which they’ve bolstered over the past 12 months with a steady stream of post-release content. While a sequel would certainly make sense, the studio has other ideas in mind, too—including a role-playing game set in the Frostpunk universe.

Oh, that would be brilliant, Frostpunk is such a gem of a game. I had no idea it sold that well, no one talks about it that much.



It's a game with a singular premise, which apparently attracted quite a few users (by the way, it's 40% off at Steam right now).

And since they've already built the world, taking advantage of it makes a lot of sense. Plus it givees them the chance to lure some players of the first game into trying the other games.



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.