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I am building a new office PC, I should get the parts this Friday, I chose AMD APU Athlon 200GE and micro ATX size, in case I want to put my old 960 in it for Rocket League lol I'm excited, I haven't built a PC since 2014.



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Deus Ex (2000) - a game that pushes the boundaries of what the video game medium is capable of to a degree unmatched to this very day.

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Here come the news. Brace yourselves, because it will be a very long post (with lots of articles in the Mods section, in case you want to skip them):

SALES & DEALS

Steam's Top 10

  1. Bloodstained: Ritual of the Night
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  3. Total War: THREE KINGDOMS
  4. My Friend Pedro
  5. ARK: Survival Evolved
  6. Cyberpunk 2077
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  9. MORDHAU
  10. Rust

Tim Sweeney: Epic Store games sale numbers are for sold copies, do not include funding money
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/tim-sweeney-epic-store-games-sale-numbers-are-for-sold-copies-do-not-include-funding-money/
These past few months, a number of developers have been sharing their sale numbers for their games that were released exclusively on the Epic Games Store. Understandably, some gamers have been wondering whether those sale numbers included the “funding” money that Epic Games had provided developers and publishers in order to secure their Epic Games Store exclusive deals. And a couple of days ago, Epic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney, shed some light on this matter.
According to Sweeney, the reported sale figures do not include the funding money that Epic Games had provided the various developers/publishers with.

Report: Fortnite made $203 million in May 2019, PUBG keeps selling millions of units
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/report-fortnite-made-203-million-in-may-2019-pubg-keeps-selling-millions-of-units/
SuperData Arcade has shared its monthly report, stating that Fortnite made $203 million across all platforms in May 2019. This number is significantly higher than the one for April but lower than the May 2018 sale figures.
SuperData also claims that FIFA Ultimate Team revenue declined year-over-year. The company estimates that FIFA in-game spending generated $93 million across console and PC in May, down from the same month last year, partly due to a tough comparison against the initial strength of the World Cup mode last May.
It’s also worth noting that PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds continues to sell millions of units. PUBG may have sold 4.7 million digital units across PC and console year-to-date through May, maintaining its position as one of the best selling shooter titles on any platform.

Itch.io's summer sale kicks off with a six-game, $9 bundle featuring Superhot
https://www.pcgamer.com/itchios-summer-sale-kicks-off-with-a-six-game-dollar9-bundle-featuring-superhot/
Indie enthusiasts looking for new games should direct their attention to itch.io, which has just launched its summer sale. There are 1,110 games discounted—but if you don't want to wade through them all, the store's Summer Selects Bundle is offering six gems for $9.
Slow-mo shooter Superhot is the biggest name in the bundle, but you can also pick up the cute frog detective game The Haunted Island, lo-fi horror game Paratopic and Paradox, a Rusty Lake detective mystery.

GOG has two new sales:

Steam has no new daily deals nor weekly sale, because its Summer Sale will begin later today.

On the Humble Store there are another two new sales:

And at Fanatical we have 3 new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

GeForce Hotfix Driver 431.18 fixes crashes in Shadow of the Tomb Raider & flickering issues in GTA5
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/geforce-hotfix-driver-431-18-fixes-crashes-in-shadow-of-the-tomb-raider-flickering-issues-in-gta5/
NVIDIA has released a brand new hotfix driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the GeForce Hotfix Driver 431.18 fixes a game crash or TDR when launching Shadow of the Tomb Raider on a Pascal GPU, as well as a bug that could cause the benchmark to quit when running with ray tracing is enabled.
Furthermore, the GeForce Hotfix Driver 431.18 fixes BSOD after waking ASUS GL703GS/Asus GL502VML notebook from hibernation, and some flickering issues in Grand Theft Auto 5 when MSAA was used.
>> Available from here.

GOG Galaxy Version 2.0 Closed Beta phase has been launched
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/gog-galaxy-version-2-0-closed-beta-phase-has-been-launched/
CD Projekt has announced that the closed beta phase for GOG Galaxy Version 2.0 has been launched. GOG Galaxy 2.0 is an application designed for all gamers, that will allow to combine multiple game libraries into one and connect with friends across all gaming platforms, PC and consoles.
Those who receive an invitation, will get the opportunity to check and test the apps’ core features – connecting multiple platforms, installing and launching PC games, organizing the library and seeing friends’ gaming activity.

Steam is dropping support for Ubuntu, but not Linux entirely
https://www.pcgamer.com/steam-is-dropping-support-for-ubuntu-but-not-linux-entirely/
The availability of Steam on Linux has been a boom for gaming on the platform, especially with the recent addition of the Steam Play compatibility layer for running Windows-only games. Valve has always recommended that gamers run Ubuntu Linux, the most popular desktop Linux distribution, but that's now changing.
Last Friday, a developer at Valve announced that Ubuntu Linux 19.10⁠—which is due to come out this October—won't be supported by Steam. Valve is still supporting Linux, just not future versions of the Ubuntu operating system.
So why is Valve ditching the most popular Linux desktop OS? Canonical, the company that owns and develops Ubuntu, said last week that Ubuntu 19.10 will not include any 32-bit packages. That means applications that rely on any 32-bit libraries or drivers won't work, which includes a large amount of games on Steam. The actual Linux kernel still supports 32-bit software, but requires OS distributors like Ubuntu to develop and test the 32-bit components.

MODS/EMULATORS

Nintendo takes down Mario Royale, new alpha version released without any Nintendo references
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nintendo-takes-down-mario-royale-new-alpha-version-released-without-any-nintendo-references/
Well, it was bound to happen. A few days ago, we informed you about a fan-made Mario game that turned Super Mario Bros into a battle royale game. As we predicted in that article, Nintendo would – sooner or later – shut down this fan game and yesterday its creator announced that he has received a DMCA letter from the big N.
Now while InfernoPlus has removed all Nintendo characters, levels and references from his fan game, he does intend to release a brand new version of it. This version will not feature any Nintendo characters, will have brand new art style and characters, and will be similar – in gameplay mechanics – with Mario Royale.
This new battle royale game is now called Infringio Royale or DMCA Royale, and its latest version is V2.0.0 alpha. InfernoPlus claimed that he and his team will try to fix the game over the next few days.

Here are Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2, Crysis 2, RAGE & Resident Evil 2 Remake with Ray Tracing
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-are-star-wars-the-force-unleashed-crysis-2-rage-resident-evil-2-remake-with-ray-tracing/
YouTube’s members ‘Digital Dreams’ and ‘Jose cangrejo’ have shared some videos, showcasing Pascal Gilcher’s Reshade mod – which adds Ray Tracing/Path Tracing effects – in some really old games such as Star Wars The Force Unleashed 2, Crysis 2, RAGE and Resident Evil 6.

New trailer released for the total conversion mod for Skyrim, Beyond Skyrim: Cyrodiil
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-trailer-released-for-the-morrowind-total-conversion-mod-for-skyrim-beyond-skyrim-morrowind/
The team behind Beyond Skyrim has released a new trailer for its total conversion mod that aims to bring the world of Morrowind and Cyrodiil to Skyrim. Beyond Skyrim is described as a massive multi-team mod project that opens the borders and brings Skyrim’s neighboring provinces to life.

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rescue-Palooza is a free fan game that you must download and play
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/teenage-mutant-ninja-turtles-rescue-palooza-is-a-free-fan-game-that-you-must-download-and-play/
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fans, here is something special for you today. Merso X has released a new free fan game with our favourites turtles, called Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Rescue-Palooza that you can download and start playing right now.
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza is a free fan-made beat-em-up game based on the TMNT. This game is described as an update and homage to the classic NES titles, with tons of characters playable for the first time.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Rescue-Palooza features 60 playable characters, 17 stages, 4 Bonus stages, 4-player local coop, improved graphics, voice clips from the TV show, rideable vehicles and countless references to the original TMNT cartoon and toyline.
>> You can get it from its official website.

Pokemon The Legend of RED is a new Pokemon fan remake in Unreal Engine 4, available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/pokemon-the-legend-of-red-is-a-new-pokemon-fan-remake-in-unreal-engine-4-available-for-download/
Pokemon fans, remember the Pokemon Fire Red 3D fan remake in Unreal Engine 4? Well, we’ve got some good news today as a new version of this remake has been released recently (and completely passed under our radar).
This new Pokemon fan game is called Pokemon The Legend of RED, is just a tech demo, and was created by the man behind Pokemon Fire Red 3D.
>> You can download it from MEGA.

New 2K/4K Texture Pack for Shenmue 1 & 2 released, features more than 200 HD textures for nature
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/new-2k-4k-texture-pack-for-shenmue-1-2-released-features-more-than-200-hd-textures-for-nature/
Modder ‘Streamer2k’ has released a brand new texture pack for the Shenmue 1 & 2 collection. This texture pack features 2K and 4K high quality textures that overhaul the games’ nature. This basically means that you can find more detailed textures for trees, grass, bushes, plants, flowers and more.
>> Get this mod from Nexus Mods.

The amazing first-person mod for Mass Effect 2 finally lets you fight the Reapers via an FPS viewpoint
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-amazing-first-person-mod-for-mass-effect-2-finally-lets-you-fight-the-reapers-via-an-fps-viewpoint/
A few days ago, we informed you about a first-person mod for Mass Effect 2. Created by modder LordEmil1, this unofficial first-person mode let you explore the environments of Bioware’s game via a new perspective.
However, the mod was only meant to be used in order to explore the game’s environments and not for combat. After numerous demands for Combat support though, LordEmil1 released a brand new version that lets you fight the Reapers via a first-person camera viewpoint.
The modder stated that there are some major issues with the camera clipping through Shepard’s body and head that cannot be fixed. As such, you should consider this FPS combat mode an experimental mode and nothing more. Still, it’s really cool playing Mass Effect 2 this way so you should at least test it.
>> You'll find it at Nexus Mods.

Fallout Miami, fan DLC/expansion for Fallout 4, early version mod released and available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fallout-miami-fan-dlc-expansion-for-fallout-4-early-version-mod-released-and-available-for-download/
Modder ‘Mika999’ has released an early version of the DLC/expansion-sized mod for Fallout 4, Fallout Miami. According to the modder, this early version of Fallout Miami is the first worldspace he made when he started this project and it contains built parts of the old explorable worldspace which won’t be present in the final version of the mod.
In its current state, the mod does not feature any NPCs, enemy encounters or quests. Still, the modder aims to further polish this early version by adding NPCs and new areas in future updates.
To play Fallout Miami Early Version, you will need the base Fallout 4 game and all the official DLCs. If you don’t own everything, the game won’t show objects used from the DLCs correctly.
>> This mod is also available from Nexus Mods.

Unreal VR, Unreal Gold (1998) in Unreal Engine 4 with VR support, is now compatible with the Oculus Quest
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/unreal-vr-unreal-gold-1998-in-unreal-engine-4-with-vr-support-is-now-compatible-with-the-oculus-quest/
In 2018, we informed you about a VR remake of the classic 1998 Unreal Gold game in Unreal Engine 4. Unreal VR is a total conversion of Unreal Gold, that came out in 1998, in Unreal Engine 4 with VR support and modder ‘kwstasg’ released an alpha version that is compatible with the Oculus Quest.
Unfortunately, and with the exception of the alpha support for Oculus Quest, this new version of UnrealVR does not bring anything new to the table.
>> If you want to give it a try, you'll have to go to ModDB.

This mod adds 25 custom characters to Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice, including 2B, Geralt, Cloud & more
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/this-mod-adds-25-custom-characters-to-sekiro-shadows-die-twice-including-2b-geralt-cloud-more/
Modder ‘Eyedeability’ has released a must-have mod for Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice. This mod brings to FromSoftware’s action title 25 custom characters, including 2B, A2, Dante, Scorpion, Cloud, Geralt, Guts and more.
Going into more details, the new custom characters that players can have are: NieR Automata’s 2B and A2, Final Fantasy 7 Cloud, Devil May Cry 5’s Dante, Majin Nero, Lady and Nico, Darth Maul, Mortal Kombat’s Liu Kang and Scorpion, Bloodborne’s Gehrman and Yharnam Hunter, The Witcher 3’s Geralt, Guts from BERSERK and the Band of the Hawk, Killer Instinct’s Hisako, Dark Souls’ Gwyn Lord of Cinder, Negan from Tekken 7, Red Hood from Injustice 2, Fire Emblem Warriors’ Ryoma, Warriors All Stars’ William, Zero from Drakengard 3, Zoro from One Piece Unlimited World Red, Tenchu’s Ayame and Rikimaru, Miri from Vindictus, and Momiji from Dear or Alive 5 Last Round.
Eyedeability has also added some weapons for certain characters. For example, Dante can use the Sword of Sparda, Majin Nero has the Open Gate sword, Gehrman has the Burial Blade or the Burial Scythe and Cloud has the Buster Sword.
>> Read the article to know where to get the mod from (Nexus Mods), what other mods it needs to work and how to install it.

QT is like Kojima's P.T. except everything is cute and cuddly (but still very weird)
https://www.pcgamer.com/qt-is-like-kojimas-pt-except-everything-is-cute-and-cuddly-but-still-very-weird/
P.T.—Playable Teaser—was originally released by Konami in 2014 as a teaser for Silent Hills. That game was ultimately cancelled but P.T. took on a life of its own as a small, extremely creepy, slow-burn horror game. It was exclusive to the PS4 at the time, but numerous recreations have appeared on PC over the years, most of which have fallen victim to takedown notices courtesy of Konami.
QT is a little different. It takes place in a poorly-lit apartment that's obviously very similar to that of P.T., but everything inside it is, well, cute. It's not entirely without jump scares, but even those are cute: A rock thrown through a window might startle you (the first time, at least) but the rock has a warm, friendly smile and adorably stubby little legs, and the "look behind you" message sounds ominous but it's really not—it's just someone who wants to say hello.
>> You can get it for free on Itch.io and you and help through their Kickstarter campaign.

GAMING NEWS

New Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot screenshots show off Goku, Vegeta, Freezer, Piccolo and more
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/new-dragon-ball-z-kakarot-screenshots-show-off-goku-vegeta-freezer-piccolo-and-more/
Bandai Namco has released a new set of screenshots for its upcoming Dragon Ball action RPG game, Dragon Ball Z: Kakarot. These new screenshots showcase some of the game’s characters like Goku, Vegeta, Piccolo, Freezer, Dodorian, Kuririn and Dante.

Here are 10 minutes of gameplay footage from SPIDERS’ upcoming action RPG, Greedfall
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-are-10-minutes-of-gameplay-footage-from-spiders-upcoming-action-rpg-greedfall/
IGN has shared a video, showing 10 minutes of gameplay footage from the E3 2019 build of SPIDERS’ upcoming action RPG, Greedfall. From the looks of it, Greedfall is an evolution of SPIDERS’ previous action RPGs so those that have played them will feel right at home.

Here is almost an hour of gameplay footage from the upcoming Lovecraftian game, The Sinking City
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-is-almost-an-hour-of-gameplay-footage-from-the-upcoming-lovecraftian-game-the-sinking-city/
YouTube’s ‘theRadBrad’ has shared a video, showing almost an hour of gameplay footage from the upcoming Lovecraftian game, The Sinking City. This video obviously contains spoilers for the first hour of the game, therefore we strongly suggest avoiding it if you want to experience it yourselves.

SCUM Maneater update now available, adds female characters, base building, overhauls inventory & more
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/scum-maneater-update-now-available-adds-female-characters-base-building-overhauls-inventory-more/
Gamepires has released a new major update for its multiplayer open world survival game, SCUM. According to the release notes, the Maneater update adds female characters. Right now there are only 3 head variants to choose from, however – and similarly to the male prisoners who have a penis slider – the female prisoners have a breast slider.

Hell Let Loose looks visually stunning on the PC in 4K/Epic settings
https://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/hell-let-loose-looks-visually-stunning-on-the-pc-in-4k-epic-settings/
Team17 has released its World War Two first person shooter that features open battles of 100 players with infantry, tanks and artillery, called Hell Let Loose. Hell Let Loose uses Unreal Engine 4 and looks absolutely gorgeous.

Final Fantasy 8 Remaster PC Exclusive Features Revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/final-fantasy-8-remaster-pc-exclusive-features-revealed/
At E3 2019, Square Enix revealed that a remaster of the second 3D Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy 8, is under development. This remaster will come with some new features and in an interview with Ryokutya2089, Producer Yoshinori Kitase unveiled these brand new features.
>> The interview is in Japanese so, unless you can read it, don't bother clicking the link.

F1 2019 Day-1 PC patch will improve stability, will address a number of DX12 issues
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/f1-2019-day-1-pc-patch-will-improve-stability-will-address-a-number-of-dx12-issues/
Codemasters has revealed the fixes that will be coming with the Day-1 /launch update for the PC version of F1 2019. According to the team, this patch – which will be most likely applied automatically to your game’s version when the game officially unlocks on Steam – will feature a number of DirectX 12 fixes.

Madden NFL 20 Official PC System Requirements
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/madden-nfl-20-official-pc-system-requirements/
EA Sports has revealed (via the game’s Origin store page) the official PC system requirements for Madden NFL 20. According to the specs, PC gamers will at least need an AMD FX-4330 or an Intel i3-4350 with 8GB of RAM and an AMD Radeon RX 460 or an NVIDIA GeForce GTX 660 graphics card.

Contra & Metal Slug-inspired platformer, Blazing Chrome, releases on July 11th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/contra-metal-slug-inspired-platformer-blazing-chrome-releases-on-july-11th/
Joymasher has announced that its upcoming 16-bit platformer that is heavily inspired by the Contra & Metal Slug games, Blazing Chrome, is coming to the PC on July 11th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team released a brand new gameplay trailer that you can find below.
>> The Contra influence is undeniable. And looks much better than the new Contra game.

First-person horror game, Silver Chains, releases on August 7th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-person-horror-game-silver-chains-releases-on-august-7th/
Headup Games has announced that its upcoming first-person horror game, Silver Chains, will release on August 7th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team has also released a brand new gameplay trailer that you can find below.

Battlefield 5 Chapter 4: Defying the Odds Update #1 available tomorrow, full patch release notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/battlefield-5-chapter-4-defying-the-odds-update-1-available-tomorrow-full-patch-release-notes/
Electronic Arts and DICE have announced that the first update for Battlefield 5 Chapter 4: Defying the Odds will be released tomorrow. According to the teams, this update will feature new content for Tides of War and the Armory, as well as several quality-of-life improvements and bug fixes.
>> That tomorrow is today.

Here are 15 minutes of gameplay footage from Black Mesa: Xen
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-are-15-minutes-of-gameplay-footage-from-black-mesa-xen/
IGN has shared two videos, showing 15 minutes of gameplay footage from the upcoming Xen levels of Black Mesa. The first video shows off the first six minutes of this upcoming mod, while the second video showcases some of its environments and enemies.

Cyberpunk 2077 E3 2019 demo was running at 1080p & Ultra settings with Ray Tracing enabled on a Titan RTX
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/cyberpunk-2077-e3-2019-demo-was-running-at-1080p-ultra-settings-with-ray-tracing-enabled-on-a-titan-rtx/
A few days ago, we shared with you the specs of the PC system that was running the E3 2019 demo of Cyberpunk 2077. And today, we’ve got some additional details about the resolution and the settings that were used in order to showcase this demo.

Respawn on why it used Unreal Engine 4 instead of Source Engine or Frostbite Engine for Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/respawn-on-why-it-used-unreal-engine-4-instead-of-source-engine-or-frostbite-engine-for-star-wars-jedi-fallen-order/
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order is the next game from Respawn, the team behind the Titanfall series. The Titanfall games were powered by the Source Engine so a lot of gamers were wondering why Respawn decided to use Epic’s engine for this new Star Wars game. Thankfully, game director Stig Asmussen and Respawn’s CEO Vince Zampella have shed some light and explained why the team decided to use this particular engine.

Fallout 76 Update 10.5 releases later today, is 1GB in size on the PC, full patch release notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/fallout-76-update-10-5-releases-later-today-is-1gb-in-size-on-the-pc-full-patch-release-notes/
Bethesda has announced that the latest patch for Fallout 76, which will update your game’s version to 10.5, will release later today. This update will be 1GB in size for the PC and the publisher has revealed its full patch release notes.



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Not tired yet? Well, then, here comes the rest of the news:

Tim Schafer says the Microsoft deal will let Double Fine stay 'experimental'
https://www.pcgamer.com/tim-schafer-says-the-microsoft-deal-will-let-double-fine-stay-experimental/
Tim Schafer offered a simple, to-the-point explanation for agreeing to Microsoft's proposed acquisition of Double Fine Productions: Money. He was joking, sort of (maybe?) but he took a more serious tone in an interview with Gamasutra in which he talked about the studio's long-term prospects under the Microsoft flag.

Fortnite will drop DirectX 9 support when Season 10 goes live
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-will-drop-directx-9-support-when-season-10-goes-live/
The Fortnite system requirements dictate that you must have, among other things, a bare minimum of an Intel HD 4000 GPU in order to play the game. As it turns out, that was a bit of a fudge, because the game will actually run on DX9 GPUs. But it will be un-fudged when Season 10 rolls around.

Fortnite's 14 Days of Summer event kicks off tomorrow
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnites-14-days-of-summer-event-kicks-off-tomorrow/
Just as Epic shuts its office doors in sunny North Carolina to give its employees two weeks off, Fortnite's 14 Days of Summer event is set to begin tomorrow, bringing daily events, unvaultings, and rewards.

Hearthstone's next update will Hall of Fame two cards and add eight new ones
https://www.pcgamer.com/hearthstones-next-update-will-hall-of-fame-two-cards-and-add-eight-new-ones/
Lately, Blizzard has been tinkering with Hearthstone's balance much more actively than usual. Team 5 nerfed Rogue before it got totally out of hand, and made the first card buffs we've seen since the game was in beta as part of the recent Rise of the Mechs update. The result has been a meta which has felt fresh and healthy longer into the latest expansion's lifespan.

Here's a trailer for Hitman 2's New York bank level, which arrives tomorrow
https://www.pcgamer.com/heres-a-trailer-for-hitman-2s-new-york-bank-level-which-arrives-tomorrow/
Hitman 2's first major new location, a New York-set bank level, is finally coming tomorrow. The trailer above gives you an idea of what to expect: a heavily-guarded bank, naturally, and an introduction to the deserving target you'll be taking out, director Athena Savalas.
>> *Ehem*, today.

Cyberpunk 2077 will have more romance options than The Witcher 3
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-romance-options/
CD Projekt Red has said it's working to give players a ton of options when creating their characters in Cyberpunk 2077, including a range of gender expressions, and its lead quest designer has said these choices will mean way more romance options than the strictly heterosexual relationships featured in The Witcher 3.

Cyberpunk 2077 will not have a morality system
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-will-not-have-a-morality-system/
CD Projekt will avoid trying to separate right from wrong as a game mechanic in Cyberpunk 2077 by simply not having a morality system at all. Choices will have consequences (it wouldn't be much of an RPG otherwise) but quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told GamingBolt that grappling with the big philosophical questions of the universe—"Is it okay to kill people for money?" for instance—will be left entirely to the player and their conscience.

Warner Bros. boss says subscription-based gaming won't replace conventional purchases
https://www.pcgamer.com/warner-bros-boss-says-subscription-based-gaming-wont-replace-conventional-purchases/
The videogame industry is gearing up to take another run at streaming games, and with the muscle of companies like Google and Microsoft behind it, coupled with increased accessibility to broadband internet in general, it might actually work out this time. We said in March that in a broad sense, it's a race to become "the Netflix of games," which obviously implies a deeply disruptive impact on the videogame ecology as a whole. But Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment president David Haddad told VentureBeat that he sees the situation somewhat differently.

Totally Reliable Delivery Service open beta is like Goat Simulator crossed with UPS
https://www.pcgamer.com/total-reliable-delivery-service-open-beta-is-like-goat-simulator-crossed-with-ups/
The title of Totally Reliable Delivery Service is a lie, because the delivery service in question is not actually reliable at all. And not because the guy says he rang the doorbell but clearly he didn't because you were there all day, literally waiting for your package. No, it's because there are so many other, more interesting things to do, like going for hot air balloon rides and trying to launch underpowered boats off of water-ski ramps.

It's you versus a giant worm in free sci-fi adventure Fleshworms
https://www.pcgamer.com/its-you-versus-a-giant-worm-in-free-sci-fi-adventure-fleshworms/
Fleshworms. It's a great name for a sci-fi game, if a slightly inaccurate one, as you're only facing one wormy monster here. This is the third entry in Malte Burup's Tales From The Outer Zone series, a bunch of connected, short point and clicks set in a slightly pulpy, vaguely Moebius-y science fiction universe.

TaleSpire wants to be the digital tabletop roleplaying system of your dreams
https://www.pcgamer.com/talespire-wants-to-be-the-digital-tabletop-roleplaying-system-of-your-dreams/
TaleSpire is meant to be a freeform toolbox for roleplaying adventures that you build yourself. You have painted miniatures, terrain in which to move them around, and scary monsters for them to fight. As a dungeon master, you'll be able to design towns, dungeons, and whatever other settings you can imagine with a built-in set of tiles and components. When your heroes encounter evil things, you can tell them to roll for initiative, and they can throw pleasingly realistic dice to see where they wind up in the turn order.

Heavy Rain is out now on PC with a free demo
https://www.pcgamer.com/heavy-rain-is-out-now-on-pc-with-a-free-demo/
Quantic Dream's thriller Heavy Rain, formerly only available on PlayStation, has now launched a PC version. It's available now through the Epic Games Store with a free demo.
It's a David Cage game that features an emotionally shattered dad, a doughy private detective, a plucky journalist, and FBI agent as playable characters in a drama about a serial killer who targets young boys. As a game, it's more a piece of interactive fiction and storytelling, and Cage's idiosyncratic approach to game design has been the subject of no small number of memes.



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JEMC said:

Cyberpunk 2077 will not have a morality system
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-will-not-have-a-morality-system/
CD Projekt will avoid trying to separate right from wrong as a game mechanic in Cyberpunk 2077 by simply not having a morality system at all. Choices will have consequences (it wouldn't be much of an RPG otherwise) but quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told GamingBolt that grappling with the big philosophical questions of the universe—"Is it okay to kill people for money?" for instance—will be left entirely to the player and their conscience.

Awesome.  I loathe simplistic hand-holding systems that tie your characters to black and while rules and "karma" is usually one of the worst.  That's not role-playing to me, that's just following someone else's choose-your-own-adventure bullet point list.  I understand that many people would rather follow the trails set forth by someone else's imagination rather than use their own but karma is usually just way too arbitrary and controlling.  



pokoko said:
JEMC said:

Cyberpunk 2077 will not have a morality system
https://www.pcgamer.com/cyberpunk-2077-will-not-have-a-morality-system/
CD Projekt will avoid trying to separate right from wrong as a game mechanic in Cyberpunk 2077 by simply not having a morality system at all. Choices will have consequences (it wouldn't be much of an RPG otherwise) but quest director Mateusz Tomaszkiewicz told GamingBolt that grappling with the big philosophical questions of the universe—"Is it okay to kill people for money?" for instance—will be left entirely to the player and their conscience.

Awesome.  I loathe simplistic hand-holding systems that tie your characters to black and while rules and "karma" is usually one of the worst.  That's not role-playing to me, that's just following someone else's choose-your-own-adventure bullet point list.  I understand that many people would rather follow the trails set forth by someone else's imagination rather than use their own but karma is usually just way too arbitrary and controlling.  

Complete lack of any system is really not in RPG spirit - as someone who played quite a bit of D&D when I was in high school (back in 80s), alignment is really great way to get into character you've created and stick to his/her view of the world and not your own.

That said, it's not bad idea for game not to define what's right or wrong, but some sort of reputation among diferrent sort of people depending on your actions is desirable IMO.



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Looks like Steam Summer Sale has finally begun.



HoloDust said:
pokoko said:

Awesome.  I loathe simplistic hand-holding systems that tie your characters to black and while rules and "karma" is usually one of the worst.  That's not role-playing to me, that's just following someone else's choose-your-own-adventure bullet point list.  I understand that many people would rather follow the trails set forth by someone else's imagination rather than use their own but karma is usually just way too arbitrary and controlling.  

Complete lack of any system is really not in RPG spirit - as someone who played quite a bit of D&D when I was in high school (back in 80s), alignment is really great way to get into character you've created and stick to his/her view of the world and not your own.

That said, it's not bad idea for game not to define what's right or wrong, but some sort of reputation among diferrent sort of people depending on your actions is desirable IMO.

I think that a good or bad system wouldn't work in this game, mostly because no one will be good, only more or less bad/evil. That said, there could be a system of sorts that takes into account the things you do and if they're necessary or not.

In any case, we alredy saw in the gameplay video from last year that the order in which we take the missions and the decisions we make have consequences that will make future missions easier or harder. And that's the ultimate goal of those moral systems.

sethnintendo said:
Looks like Steam Summer Sale has finally begun.

And, as per tradition, Steam can't deal with all the traffic.



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JEMC said:
HoloDust said:

Complete lack of any system is really not in RPG spirit - as someone who played quite a bit of D&D when I was in high school (back in 80s), alignment is really great way to get into character you've created and stick to his/her view of the world and not your own.

That said, it's not bad idea for game not to define what's right or wrong, but some sort of reputation among diferrent sort of people depending on your actions is desirable IMO.

I think that a good or bad system wouldn't work in this game, mostly because no one will be good, only more or less bad/evil. That said, there could be a system of sorts that takes into account the things you do and if they're necessary or not.

In any case, we alredy saw in the gameplay video from last year that the order in which we take the missions and the decisions we make have consequences that will make future missions easier or harder. And that's the ultimate goal of those moral systems.

Well, not really - video game RPGs, especially modern, are pretty bad at translating morality/alignment systems of pen&paper RPGs. Playing in an alignment of the character you've created is actual point, that really dictates (if you're role playing as you should) how you will react to many situations.

As for 2077, I'm not sure is this is good or bad, I never played any p&p version of Cyberpunk, though friend of mine from university talked extensively about it back in days.



JEMC said:

Final Fantasy 8 Remaster PC Exclusive Features Revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/final-fantasy-8-remaster-pc-exclusive-features-revealed/
At E3 2019, Square Enix revealed that a remaster of the second 3D Final Fantasy game, Final Fantasy 8, is under development. This remaster will come with some new features and in an interview with Ryokutya2089, Producer Yoshinori Kitase unveiled these brand new features.
>> The interview is in Japanese so, unless you can read it, don't bother clicking the link.

I am hoping that they will update Final Fantasy 8 HD on Steam, rather than force me to rebuy another copy.

m0ney said:

I am building a new office PC, I should get the parts this Friday, I chose AMD APU Athlon 200GE and micro ATX size, in case I want to put my old 960 in it for Rocket League lol I'm excited, I haven't built a PC since 2014.

Why the 200GE? Let us know how you go with it.



Pemalite said:

We don't know that for sure, there isn't any evidence to tell us what OS they are using for next-gen... Or for that matter "OS's". (As in plural, aka. Multiples.)

It's almost certainly going to be the same OS so let's not entertain the concern of an entirely new OS for even a second ... 

Next gen console architectures were built in mind to be backwards compatible with old software like the OS ... 

Pemalite said:

What the Playstation 4 has... Has absolutely zero bearing on what the Playstation 5 or the next Xbox will have... As again, we lack any evidence that disproves or substantiates the inclusion of auxiliary ARM cores.

Considering the PS4 Pro also had an auxiliary ARM processor as well (pattern starting to emerge), I wouldn't say that it won't have any bearing as to what the PS5 will feature. Sony is pretty much guaranteed to at least keep the ARM processor or expand upon it for compatibility purposes ... 

As for the new Xbox, that's more up in the air ... 

Pemalite said:

Which makes 4k relevant.

31% is a very relevant piece of the home TV display pie, that is 10's if not 100's of millions of gamers to market towards.

That's 31% of the American households and if we also take Steam hardware survey into account, most high-spec gamers don't care about 4K ... 

More people should be concerned about their uplink speeds rather than what their device is capable of outputting ... 

Pemalite said:

Yeah... That doesn't make AMD's notebook GPU's good by any stretch of the imagination. - Nor is it my problem anyway.

Of course it isn't your problem but it won't matter much anyways since their APUs lag behind their discrete CPU/GPU design cadence ... 

AMD APUs won't be worth pursuing either until DDR5 arrives ...