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The news:

SALES & DEALS

GOG's Midweek Sale, called Outstanding Indies, offer up to 75% discounts on a selection of indie games until July 13th: https://www.gog.com/promo/20190710_midweek_sale

Now that the Summer Sale is over, Steam has gone back to its usual sales. For today there are two daily deals and two Midweek Madness deals (although there are other games on sale too):

And at Fanatical, there are sseveral new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

NVIDIA GeForce 431.36 WHQL driver improves performance in The Division 2, Metro Exodus & Strange Brigade
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/nvidia-geforce-431-36-whql-driver-improves-performance-in-the-division-2-metro-exodus-strange-brigade/
NVIDIA has released a new driver for its graphics cards. According to the release notes, the NVIDIA GeForce 431.36 WHQL driver adds support for the SUPER GPUs and improves performance in The Division 2, Metro Exodus & Strange Brigade.
Furthermore, this new driver adds support for three new G-SYNC compatible monitors (these models are the LG 34GL750, HP 25mx, and HP Omen X 25f). This driver also adds an SLI profile for F1 2019, something that may please those that are still using SLI systems in 2019.
As NVIDIA noted, the performance increase in Metro Exodus is 10.5% compared to the previous Game Ready Driver. The Division 2 sees 3.6% performance improvement and Strange Brigade sees a 7.7% performance improvement.
>> Available from here.

MODS/EMULATORS

This Doom 2 mod turns off all the lights
https://www.pcgamer.com/this-doom-2-mod-turns-off-all-the-lights/
Doom 2 is pretty well-lit for a labyrinth full of demons, and after 25 years its power to intimidate has perhaps diminished a little, but there's a solution! Night64K is a mod that turns out all the lights, forcing you navigate the darkness with flares.
Regular Doom 2 in the dark would of course be entirely impossible, so regular enemies have been stripped out and replaced by Shadows, nasty monsters that will invade your personal space and try to tear you to shreds.
>> Get it from ModDB.

GAMING NEWS

Destiny 2 update 2.5.1.1 released, brings Clan, Sandbox, Menagerie & General improvements, full release notes
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/destiny-2-update-2-5-1-1-released-brings-clan-sandbox-menagerie-general-improvements-full-release-notes/
Bungie has released a brand new patch for Destiny 2. According to the release notes, this patch will update your game’s version to 2.5.1.1 and comes with a number of Clan, Sandbox, Menagerie, Crucible, Eververse and General improvements, fixes and tweaks.

StarCraft Remastered Graphics Overhaul, StarCraft Cartooned, is now available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/starcraft-remastered-graphics-overhaul-starcraft-cartooned-is-now-available-for-download/
Last month, we informed you about a graphics overhaul for StarCraft Remastered, called StarCraft Cartooned. And today we are happy to report that this overhaul is now available for download, completely free.

Wolfenstein: Youngblood Official PC Requirements, will require 40GB of free hard-disk space
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/wolfenstein-youngblood-official-pc-requirements-will-require-40gb-of-free-hard-disk-space/
Bethesda has revealed the official PC requirements for Wolfenstein: Youngblood. According to the specs, PC gamers will at least need an AMD FX-8350/Ryzen 5 1400 or Intel Core i5-3570/i7-3770 with 8GB of RAM and an NVIDIA GTX 770 (current available GPU GTX1650) or AMD equivalent.

First in-engine trailer released for Codemasters’ new GRID racing game
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-in-engine-trailer-released-for-codemasters-new-grid-racing-game/
Codemasters has released the first in-engine trailer for its upcoming racing game, GRID (the team claims that this is a gameplay trailer but as you will see, it mostly features external replay camera viewpoints).



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The news, the sequel:

No Man's Sky's Sean Murray says devs should be quiet after a rough launch
https://www.pcgamer.com/no-mans-skys-sean-murray-says-devs-should-be-quiet-after-a-rough-launch/
During his keynote at dev conference Develop: Brighton, Hello Games' Sean Murray offered some advice for developers facing the type of troubled launch that No Man's Sky experienced when expectations and reality collided. It's simple advice but undoubtedly harder than it sounds: stop talking.

Bake 'n Switch is a four-player party game about bread, the munchies, and an ancient curse
https://www.pcgamer.com/bake-n-switch-is-a-four-player-party-game-about-bread-the-munchines-and-an-ancient-curse/
The world of Bake n Switch is an odd one. Generations ago, the First Bakers battled a relentless enemy known as the Scourge by mashing cute little dough creatures together and then shoving them into ovens to bake them into loaves of bread which would be used to summon the eternally munchies-suffering Guardians, who would then fight the Scourge and eat the bread. But there was a dark price to be paid...

Dauntless is getting a new mode for earning abilities and cosmetics in its first major content update
https://www.pcgamer.com/dauntless-is-getting-a-new-mode-for-earning-abilities-and-cosmetics-in-its-first-major-content-update/
Phoenix Labs' monster hunting game Dauntless will get a new hunting mode called Trials next week as part of the game's first major content update, Fortune and Glory. The new mode will confront players with modified, more dangerous Behemoths and new environmental challenges across two distinct difficulty levels, each with their own unique rewards for players who can get the job done.

Some kind of Rain World announcement is coming this week
https://www.pcgamer.com/some-kind-of-rain-world-announcement-is-coming-this-week/
The post-apoc platformer Rain World is really good—"For those with the time and patience, Rain World will prove unforgettable," we wrote in our 80% review—and really hard. The "time and patience" bit probably should have been bolded, italicized, and underlined.

Watch the first trailer for Haven, the romantic RPG from the maker of Furi
https://www.pcgamer.com/watch-the-first-trailer-for-haven-the-romantic-rpg-from-the-maker-of-furi/
Earlier this year, Furi developer The Game Bakers announced Haven, an RPG about lovers on a lost planet. The description at the time was pretty vague: It's playable alone or in two-player coop, and "the only thing that matters is to stay together." Today the studio revealed a little more about what's coming, including the first-ever gameplay trailer and a rundown of basic gameplay.

DayZ battle royale 'Survivor GameZ' is returning, but its founders aren't involved
https://www.pcgamer.com/dayz-battle-royale-survivor-gamez-is-returning-but-its-founders-arent-involved/
DayZ, the game about roaming a Russian wasteland looking for can openers (among other things), is getting a battle royale mode in the form of Survivor GameZ. DayZ veterans will recognise the name: it's the name of a mod and tournament founded in 2012 by former DayZ Creative Director Brian Hicks and Jordan Tayer, back before the core game went standalone. Now, six years later, it's coming to the official standalone game.

Warhammer 40,000: Mechanicus is getting new enemies
https://www.pcgamer.com/warhammer-40000-mechanicus-is-getting-new-enemies/
Mechanicus was one of the better Warhammer 40,000 games to come out in recent years. Squad level turn-based tactics with a layer of exploration on top, it pitted cyborg cultists of the Adeptus Mechanicus against the skeletal, robotic Necrons.

Super Monkey Ball gets rated in Taiwan for PC
https://www.pcgamer.com/super-monkey-ball-gets-rated-in-taiwan-for-pc/
A new Super Monkey Ball has appeared on the Taiwanese rating board's site, which will apparently see the big-eared scamp making his way to PC for the first time, as well as Switch and PS4.

Play the free demo for Bone Oblitum, an authentic, dark take on Zelda
https://www.pcgamer.com/play-the-free-demo-for-bone-oblitum-an-authentic-dark-take-on-zelda/
Bone Oblitum really captures the feel of Zelda, particularly its top-down entries on the SNES and GameBoy. The difference being that it's a little darker in tone, a little more accepting of blood and bones, but without being all edgy about it.

Fortnite has a new grenade that summons airstrikes
https://www.pcgamer.com/fortnite-has-a-new-grenade-that-summons-airstrikes/
Fortnite's latest update introduces a new kind of grenade into the world. It's harmless, don't worry—unless you're terrified of red smoke. What you really have to worry about is what that red smoke attracts. It's an airstrike, and you should get out of the way.

A free-to-play Lord of the Rings MMO is being developed by Amazon
https://www.pcgamer.com/a-free-to-play-lord-of-the-rings-mmo-is-being-developed-by-amazon/
Amazon Game Studios' latest project is an MMO based on Lord of the Rings in collaboration with Chinese publisher Leyou Technologies Holdings. It will be a free-to-play affair and let players explore Middle-earth with mates long before the events of the trilogy.



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Oneeee-Chan!!! said:

I hope this is true.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/cpu_mainboard/intel_comet_lake_specs_leak_-_10_cores_new_socket_and_14nm/1

Leaving the completely ridiculous name of the "new" node, 14+++ (like, seriously?), I hope that rumor is true, mostly because it's a true declaration of a price wars fron Intel. And that can only be good for us.



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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Barkley said:
Bofferbrauer2 said:

G2A is really digging itself deeper and deeper...

I like it, that shop really shouldn't have the success it has. Just pure greed, both by their executives, their sellers and their customers.

Don't really get the G2A hate, it's just Ebay but for game keys. I've sold keys on there myself and bought keys and never had a problem. Bad Apples are going to sell stolen keys whether G2A exists or not. There are 100+ key sites on the internet. As long as steam keys exist they will be sold.

Demonizing G2A will accomplish nothing, and I've yet to see someone give a suggestion on how it could improve beyond "G2A is bad, should die." Besides within the last year they've already changed it so you need to verify ID before you can even begin selling, if someone is selling stolen keys they can easily be tracked down and punished.

That's not a reason to pull a blind eye on them. Besides, they often don't sell Steam keys at all, just a link to a steam gift. That's something G2A could find out with a minimum of policing. But how about you look this video:

With just very light policing, they could have found out that most of those keys are fraudulent.

Also, if developers and publishers alike outright tell you to rather download a cracked copy of the game instead of buying the game there, something must be really off with them.

Oneeee-Chan!!! said:

I hope this is true.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/cpu_mainboard/intel_comet_lake_specs_leak_-_10_cores_new_socket_and_14nm/1

The specs look feasible, though having all of them with hyperthreading is suspicious due to the security problems coming with it on Intel's platforms. Also, i5 buyers will be pissed again if true since the i3 would have 8 threads while the current i5 only has 6...

The most unbelievable part for me are the prices. Intel can't afford to do so due to the production shortages. Unless that's just the nominal price and the real prices will go up right after launch, or that AMD has stolen so much market share that the shortages don't apply anymore. Finally, the i3 to i7 could simply be old, cherry-picked coffee lake CPUs with their hyperthreading enabled, thus only the i9 would actually be really new chips - but that depends also on the iGPU. If that one's new, then the whole chip is.

Last edited by Bofferbrauer2 - 6 days ago

JEMC said:
Oneeee-Chan!!! said:

I hope this is true.

https://www.overclock3d.net/news/cpu_mainboard/intel_comet_lake_specs_leak_-_10_cores_new_socket_and_14nm/1

Leaving the completely ridiculous name of the "new" node, 14+++ (like, seriously?), I hope that rumor is true, mostly because it's a true declaration of a price wars fron Intel. And that can only be good for us.

Yeah the naming of the node is rubbish. - They could take a page out of Samsung's book and name it like: 14nm LPE/14nm LPP/14nm LPC/14nm LPU.

Basically every time Intel revamps 14nm they will make slight adjustments... I.E. 14nm++ has a relaxed poly pitch which results in slightly lower density, but allows for better current characteristics in the range of 20-25%. - And should in theory allow them to hit higher clocks even though their chips would be bigger.

A 10-core chip is nothing impressive though, thanks to what AMD has brought to the market... And it seems like Hyperthreading is back across Intels entire Lineup in order to try and bring multi-threaded performance up.

Bofferbrauer2 said:

The most unbelievable part for me are the prices. Intel can't afford to do so due to the production shortages. Unless that's just the nominal price and the real prices will go up right after launch, or that AMD has stolen so much market share that the shortages don't apply anymore. Finally, the i3 to i7 could simply be old, cherry-picked coffee lake CPUs with their hyperthreading enabled, thus only the i9 would actually be really new chips - but that depends also on the iGPU. If that one's new, then the whole chip is.

Shortages should be resolved late this year.

Need to keep in mind of how AMD and Intel lists their TDP's as well... It looks like Intels TDP's in that chart are better than Ryzen on paper... But AMD calculates it's TDP's from it's boost-clock whilst Intel calculates it from it's base clock... So that 65w 10-core processor is likely going to be significantly higher than that.

Either way, it will be interesting to see what Intel can achieve with a further refinement to it's 14nm process... But topping out at 10 cores is a little unimpressive all things considered.

...Plus rumors, salt and all that.



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Thursday news:

SALES & DEALS

Steam has two new daily deals:

Fanatical has two new deals:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

The latest version of Denuvo anti-tamper tech, Denuvo 6.0, has been cracked
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-latest-version-of-denuvo-anti-tamper-tech-denuvo-6-0-has-been-cracked/
For the past couple months, a lot of publishers were able to secure their PC games by using the latest version of the Denuvo anti-tamper tech. And while it has taken crackers a while, it appears that this latest version, which is now called Denuvo 6.0, has been cracked.
Earlier yesterday, a specific game cracking group was able to crack the latest version of Total War: Three Kingdoms. Total War: Three Kingdoms was updated one week ago to version 1.1.0 (which could mean that it has the latest version of Denuvo) and… as you may have guessed… the cracked version is based on version 1.1.0.

Fiverr's freelance dev platform sounds liberating but won't solve crunch
https://www.pcgamer.com/fiverrs-freelance-dev-platform-sounds-liberating-but-wont-solve-crunch/
Online freelancer platform Fiverr is expanding into game development services, creating a new store where freelance animators, game designers and composers can sell their skills to interested developers. A freelance marketplace isn't normally something that I'd cover, but my interest was piqued when Fiverr cited burnout at big companies as a reason why people in the industry might want to go freelance. I wondered what a company that romanticises graft thought about crunch, one of game development's most pervasive problems.

This free open-source tool can help game developers make procedural ivy
https://www.pcgamer.com/this-free-open-source-tool-can-help-game-developers-make-procedural-ivy/
There are plenty of tools to help game developers create environmental objects, like SpeedTree, which has famously been used to help make the trees in everything from The Witcher 3 to Assassin's Creed Origins. Game designer Robert Yang has just released a new open-source tool that can help developers create ivy and spread it over surfaces without having to do every inch by hand. It's called Hedera, and it's built on code originally written by Thomas Luft in 2006, which "strongly affirms the value of open source dev" as Yang put it on Twitter.

MODS/EMULATORS

Starcraft: Mass Recall is a fan remake of the first StarCraft in StarCraft 2, version 7.1 available for download
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/starcraft-mass-recall-is-a-fan-remake-of-the-first-starcraft-in-starcraft-2-version-7-1-available-for-download/
Starcraft fans, here is a project you really need to download and play. The team behind Starcraft: Mass Recall has released a brand new version, allowing players to experience the first Starcraft games in the Starcraft 2 Engine.
According to its description, Starcraft: Mass Recall is a project that recreates the classic Starcraft and Brood War gameplay as well as the entire single-player campaigns within the Starcraft 2 engine. This basically means that Starcraft: Mass Recall features 68 maps, 59 from the original Brood War game, 3 that were hidden or deleted on various Starcraft supports, and 6 from the 1998 demo campaign.
What’s really great here is that this mod can be used with any Starcraft 2 version, including the free Starter edition. As such, you won’t have to purchase the game in order to experience this fan remake of these classic strategy games.
>> Available from here.

I feasted on fishermen and chewed on cab drivers with this GTA 5 shark mod
https://www.pcgamer.com/gta-5-shark-mod/
Maneater, the Shark RPG from Tripwire Interactive, is due out sometime this year. But if you just can't wait another minute to swim around and chomp on innocent people, there's another option! Modder JulioNIB is developing a Maneater script for GTA 5, and while it's still a work in progress (and only currently available to subscribers of his Patreon), it's already some good, gory, silly fun. I took it for a swim this week and discovered what life is like for a very hungry shark in Los Santos. (...) The mod also includes (with permission) the script functions from the Dismemberment Mod, which means after you've chewed on a citizen for a few seconds you'll actually bite them in half, and then be able to snack on their top and lower halves separately. It's gross! It's also funny. And delicious.

GAMING NEWS

Biotope promises to be the most realistic Aquarium simulator, coming to Steam Early Access on July 23rd
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/biotope-promises-to-be-the-most-realistic-aquarium-simulator-coming-to-steam-early-access-on-july-23rd/
Now here is something a bit different. 2tainment has announced that Biotope, the first and only photorealistic aquarium simulator to date, will be coming to Steam Early Access on July 23rd. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has released a new gameplay trailer that you can find below.

Blast from the past: SolSeraph now available on Steam, Blazing Chrome releases later today
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/blast-from-the-past-solseraph-now-available-on-steam-blazing-chrome-releases-later-today/
16-bit fans, here are two games for you today. SEGA released yesterday the spiritual successor to ActRaiser, SolSeraph, and The Arcade Crew plans to release its retro 16-bit platform game, Blazing Chrome, later today. In order to celebrate these releases, both SEGA and The Arcade Crew have released the launch trailers for these two games, and you can find them below.

Psychonauts 2 has been delayed until 2020
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/psychonauts-2-has-been-delayed-until-2020/
Double Fine has just announced that Psychonauts 2 will not be released in 2019. Instead, the game has been delayed until 2020 as the team is now targeting next year for release (the game will still remain a multi-platform game, despite the fact that Double Fine is now one of the first-party Xbox Game studios).

Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey director Patrice Désilets talks about his upcoming game
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/ancestors-the-humankind-odyssey-director-patrice-desilets-talks-about-his-upcoming-game/
Ancestors: The Humankind Odyssey is the forthcoming third-person survival game by Panache Digital Games. Patrice Désilets, the game director, has recently given an interview to Stephen Totilo of Kotaku.
>> Read here the interview.

Monster Hunter World Patch July 18th will add official support for NVIDIA DLSS technology
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/monster-hunter-world-patch-july-18th-will-add-official-support-for-nvidia-dlss-technology/
Capcom has announced that its upcoming patch, which will go live on July 18th, will add official support for NVIDIA’s DLSS technology. DLSS stands for Deep Learning Super Sampling and is a feature that only the latest RTX graphics cards support.

SPIDERS’ action RPG, Greedfall, releases on September 10th
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/spiders-action-rpg-greedfall-releases-on-september-10th/
Focus Home Interactive has announced that the new action RPG that SPIDERS is currently working on, Greedfall, will release on September 10th. In order to celebrate this announcement, the publisher has also released a new trailer that you can find below.

Anthem July 10th PTS Update released, brings numerous bug fixes, full patch notes revealed
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/anthem-july-10th-pts-update-released-brings-numerous-bug-fixes-full-patch-notes-revealed/
Bioware has released a brand new update for Anthem on its Public Test Server. According to the team, this brand new update comes with a number of bug fixes that have been reported by PC gamers while testing the previous PTS patch.

3D Realms’ Ion Maiden has been renamed to Ion Fury, releases on August 15th, gets new trailer
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/3d-realms-ion-maiden-has-been-renamed-to-ion-fury-releases-on-august-15th-gets-new-trailer/
3D Realms has announced that Ion Maiden, the old-school first-person shooter developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, will release under a new title to avoid legal issues with a certain popular heavy metal band.
Ion Maiden will be now called Ion Fury, will be fully released on August 15th, and a brand new trailer has been released for it.



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.

Thursday news, part two:

Rumour: VR versions of Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed are coming
https://www.pcgamer.com/rumour-vr-versions-of-splinter-cell-and-assassins-creed-are-coming/
Facebook is on the prowl for game studios, according to The Information, and wants to seduce people to its VR headsets with the promise of virtual reality adaptations of Splinter Cell and Assassin's Creed. The headsets already look a lot like Sam Fisher's ever present night vision goggles, so why not?

The Division 2's first free episode adds two new missions and an 'Expeditions' mode
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-division-2s-first-free-episode-adds-two-new-missions-and-an-expeditions-mode/
The first free episode for The Division 2, entitled DC Outskirts: Expeditions, will go live on July 23 for Year 1 Pass holders, Ubisoft announced today, and one week later—July 30—for everyone else. The update will take players beyond the boundaries of Washington DC in two missions and a new multi-part "Expeditions" mode built around a search for a lost military supply convoy.

Watch 12 minutes of Moons of Madness, the Cthulhu-on-Mars horror game
https://www.pcgamer.com/watch-12-minutes-of-moons-of-madness-the-cthulhu-on-mars-horror-game/
Moons of Madness was introduced in 2017 as a game that "aims to separate real mental illness from Lovecraftian madness." James said in his preview that he was "inclined to believe they're on the right path," as developer Rock Pocket Games aimed for a more realistic portrayal of mental illness than we usually see in videogames: "In parsing a family’s genetic inclinations from genuine cosmic horrors, the main character will ideally come to know their illness better, and become more capable of navigating otherworldly terrors as a result," he wrote.

Earn Saviors of Uldum packs and more in Hearthstone's Fire Fest-E.V.I.L. event
https://www.pcgamer.com/earn-saviors-of-uldum-packs-and-more-in-hearthstones-fire-fest-evil-event/
The next Hearthstone expansion, Saviors of Uldum, will roll around on August 6. But before that happens, players can jump deck-first into the Fire Fest-E.V.I.L., a three-week event with new Tavern Brawls, legendary quests, and a community challenge to reveal new cards coming in the expansion.

Microsoft Internet Games services are finally being ended
https://www.pcgamer.com/microsoft-internet-games-services-are-finally-being-ended/
Gaming has always been a big part of the Windows experience, a relationship Microsoft put a special emphasis on with the release of Windows ME in 2000. It included not just the usual must-play titles like Spider Solitaire and Minesweeper, but a series of five games that you could actually play on the internet—against other people! (...) But all good things come to an end, and so too will Internet Games. Microsoft has announced that Windows XP and ME services will be ended on July 31, while Internet Games services for Windows 7 will be halted on January 22, 2020.

Goat of Duty, the shooting game with goats, is now in Early Access
https://www.pcgamer.com/goat-of-duty-the-shooting-game-with-goats-is-now-in-early-access/
As Ian carefully explained back in May, Goat of Duty is "Call of Duty but with goats". Hence the name, I suppose. And let's not get into why this particular shooting game stars goats, or why, in general, game developers like to include goats in their games. Let's just stick to the facts, shall we: Goat of Duty is available to play in Early Access right now.

Eagle Island, a platformer about owl-hurling, is out now
https://www.pcgamer.com/eagle-island-a-platformer-about-owl-hurling-is-out-now/
Back in 2017 a falconry-themed platformer called Eagle Island caught our eye on Kickstarter, thanks to its central mechanic which has you throwing an owl at your enemies. Eagle Island went on to make its goal, spent the last couple of years in development, and is out now.

Disintegration is a sci-fi FPS from Halo's co-creator
https://www.pcgamer.com/disintegration-is-a-sci-fi-fps-from-halos-co-creator/
Is it a drone? Is it something you wear? Is there someone inside it? I'm not entirely sure what I'm looking at in the teaser for Disintegration, V1 Interactive's debut game, but I know those are guns. The important bits.



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.

JEMC said:

3D Realms’ Ion Maiden has been renamed to Ion Fury, releases on August 15th, gets new trailer
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/3d-realms-ion-maiden-has-been-renamed-to-ion-fury-releases-on-august-15th-gets-new-trailer/
3D Realms has announced that Ion Maiden, the old-school first-person shooter developed by Voidpoint and published by 3D Realms and 1C Entertainment, will release under a new title to avoid legal issues with a certain popular heavy metal band.
Ion Maiden will be now called Ion Fury, will be fully released on August 15th, and a brand new trailer has been released for it.

This caught my attention. I'm not a fan of the genre but if it's anything like Shadow Warrior (1997) I'll play it



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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.

Here come the Friday news!

SALES & DEALS

Free Deals – Age of Wonders 3 is free on Steam, Torchlight free on Epic Games Store
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/free-deals-age-of-wonders-3-is-free-on-steam-torchlight-free-on-epic-games-store/
Steam and Epic Games Store are currently offering free copies of Age of Wonders III and Torchlight, respectively. Age of Wonders 3 is available for free until July 15th, whereas Torchlight will be available for free until July 18th.
>> Here's Age of Wonders III from Steam and Torchlight from Epic Store. The next free game from the Epic Store will be Limbo.

On the Humble Store there are five new sales:

At Fanatical, there are two new sales:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Steam's new 'microtrailers' want to help you absorb every game on Steam in 6 second bursts
https://www.pcgamer.com/steams-new-microtrailers-is-valves-latest-idea-inspired-by-an-indie-developer/
It's so hard to keep track of what's coming out on Steam every week, every day, every hour, that our team at PC Gamer likes to follow a pair of Twitter accounts, @microtrailers and @whatsonsteam, that list new games as they're released, along with six second trailers and screenshots. Apparently Valve likes those accounts too, because as part of a set of experimental new Steam features called Steam Labs, it took the idea and ran with it: "Micro Trailers are six-second looping videos designed to quickly inform viewers about titles on Steam with a presentation that's easy to skim. This experiment is a fancier version of the Twitter bot of the same name."
The micro trailers page asks the question "What if you could absorb every game on Steam in just moments?" and shows off a range of trailers in various categories, like roguelikes, visual novels, and "dragons." (Also, based on the 31,000 or so games on Steam, it would actually take about 52 hours to absorb every game on Steam in 6-second bursts).

Steam's new 'Interactive Recommender' uses machine learning, not tags or reviews, to tell you what to play
https://www.pcgamer.com/steams-new-interactive-recommender-uses-machine-learning-not-tags-or-reviews-to-tell-you-what-to-play/
Valve has unveiled a new experimental feature on Steam called the Interactive Recommender that it hopes will, once the kinks are worked out, give players better, more personalized recommendations about games they might like. Rather than relying on tags, the system is built on a "neural network model" based on your playtime history and "other salient data," and updates its recommendations in real-time through adjustable preferences for game age and "popularity" so you can tune its suggestions on the fly.
"We train the model based on data from many millions of Steam users and many billions of play sessions, giving us robust results that capture the nuances of different play patterns and covers our catalog. The model is parameterized so that we can restrict output to games released within a specified time-window, and can be adjusted to prefer games [with] a higher or lower underlying popularity," Valve explained in a blog post.

MODS/EMULATORS

Modder has ported AMD’s new Image Sharpening to Reshade, allowing all NVIDIA & AMD gamers to use it
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/modder-has-ported-amds-new-image-sharpening-to-reshade-allowing-all-nvidia-amd-gamers-to-use-it/
One of the new features that the new NAVI GPUs support is a special sharpening filter created by AMD. Now even though the red team has locked this feature for all other GPUs in its drivers, a modder was able to port it to Reshade and allow all NVIDIA and AMD gamers to use it and enhance their games.
In case you aren’t aware of, Image Sharpening can be enabled for DirectX 9, DirectX 12 and Vulkan games on AMD Radeon RX 5700 series graphics via its Control Panel, and provides contrast-adaptive sharpening combined with optional GPU upscaling that helps draw out detail and provide crisp-looking visuals.

GAMING NEWS

New Gears 5 multiplayer trailers showcase Escalation Mode and two multiplayer maps
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/new-gears-5-multiplayer-trailers-showcase-escalation-mode-and-two-multiplayer-maps/
Over the past few days, Microsoft and The Coalition have been sharing some multiplayer trailer for Gears 5. As such, below you can find three videos in which the companies have showcased the game’s Escalation mode, as well as two maps that will be featured in its upcoming Tech Test.

Here are 10 minutes of gameplay footage from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s multiplayer
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/here-are-10-minutes-of-gameplay-footage-from-call-of-duty-modern-warfares-multiplayer/
Yesterday, Activision gave us a glimpse at the multiplayer mode for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare. And while the publisher has stated that its multiplayer universe will be officially revealed on August 1st, you can find below a video showing 10 minutes of gameplay footage from its Gunfight mode.

First gameplay footage for Marvel’s Avengers to be shown at San Diego Comic Con 2019, won’t be streamed online
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/first-gameplay-footage-for-marvels-avengers-to-be-shown-at-san-diego-comic-con-2019-wont-be-streamed-online/
Square Enix has announced that the first gameplay footage for Marvel’s Avengers will be shown at San Diego Comic Con 2019. However, it appears that this gameplay footage will be available only to those that will attend this event, and will not be streamed online.
>> Ok, so instead of a good quality stream, we'll get instead lots of bad quality videos from the attendants that will make the game look worse than it (hopefully) is. Great idea!

First official gameplay teaser video released for NASCAR Heat 4
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/first-official-gameplay-teaser-video-released-for-nascar-heat-4/
704 Games Company has released the first gameplay teaser video for NASCAR Heat 4. According to the team, this video shows gameplay from an early development build, meaning that it does not reflect the quality of the final product.
>> It's a boring video.... but it's Nascar, so that was to be expected .

The Dark Pictures Anthology: Man of Medan Multiplayer Reveal Trailer
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/the-dark-pictures-anthology-man-of-medan-multiplayer-reveal-trailer/
Man of Medan is Supermassive’s new game coming out at the end of August. The game is categorized as interactive drama horror, pretty much like Until Dawn, which was pretty entertaining. I even made it out without losing a soul. Spoiler alert, in these games you die a lot and no, I do not mean Dark Souls dying but rather more like State of Decay dying. Permadeath, I am talking about permadeath.



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.

Friday news, part two:

PUBG has been banned in Jordan, with Fortnite expected to follow
https://www.pcgamer.com/pubg-has-been-banned-in-jordan-with-fortnite-expected-to-follow/
PlayerUnknown's Battlegrounds has been banned by Jordan's Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, with six other games, including Fortnite, expected to join it soon. Like other instances where the battle royale has been banned, vague concerns about the "negative impact" have been tossed around.

Feast your eyes on the Greedfall release date trailer
https://www.pcgamer.com/feast-your-eyes-on-the-greedfall-release-date-trailer/
I have middling hopes for Spiders' upcoming RPG Greedfall. On one hand, it's built on a conventional but still risky concept—colonization—that could lead into genuinely interesting and morally complex stories that haven't really been told before. But on the other, Spiders is one of the most consistently 6/10 studios in the business, with stuff like Technomancer, Bound by Flame, Mars: War LogsGray Matter bucked the trend, but it's an adventure. Its games aren't bad, generally speaking, but they're "rough," as Fraser put it, and typically "don't live up to their ambitions."

Overwatch's next hero will arrive a bit later than expected
https://www.pcgamer.com/overwatchs-next-hero-will-arrive-a-bit-later-than-expected/
In a developer update today, Overwatch game director Jeff Kaplan shed a bit of light on the game's upcoming content schedule. Specifically, Kaplan said that the next Overwatch hero will be arriving a bit later than expected.

Monster Hunter: World is getting an improved gathering hub and the Glavenus
https://www.pcgamer.com/monster-hunter-world-is-getting-an-improved-gathering-hub-and-the-glavenus/
Capcom has released a new developer diary video diving into the upcoming Monster Hunter: World expansion Iceborne. The video touches on a number of additions and changes coming in the update, most important among them a new and improved Gathering Hub, Seliana.

Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord's multiplayer class system explained
https://www.pcgamer.com/mount-and-blade-2-bannerlords-multiplayer-class-system-explained/
The Mount and Blade 2: Bannerlord multiplayer closed beta finally got underway a couple of weeks ago, and today developer Taleworlds decided to talk a bit about what's going on. A new update posted to Steam digs into the details of the game's multiplayer class system, which enables players to gear up in preset infantry, ranged, or cavalry-based loadouts before spawning.

The secret to Warframe's ship-to-ship space combat is that the ship doesn't actually move
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-secret-to-warframes-ship-to-ship-space-combat-is-that-the-ship-doesnt-actually-move/
Math is hard, but Space Math is even harder. If you can imagine all the complex physics calculations that go into moving a videogame character around a 3D space, think about how much harder it would be if that level was also moving around a 3D space. That's the conundrum Digital Extremes was facing when it first conceived of ship-to-ship space combat almost ten years ago—a problem it finally managed to solve in Warframe's upcoming Empyrean update.

The Bard's Tale 4 Director's Cut is coming in August
https://www.pcgamer.com/the-bards-tale-4-directors-cut-is-coming-in-august/
The Bard's Tale 4: Barrows Deep was one of my favorite games from 2018, and I wrote a glowing review to prove it. In August it will get even better as The Bard's Tale 4 Director's Cut, which was announced in February, will go live.

Ubisoft's putting a stop to Assassin's Creed Odyssey farming quests
https://www.pcgamer.com/ubisofts-putting-a-stop-to-assassins-creed-odyssey-farming-quests/
Assassin's Creed Odyssey's Story Creator mode is a neat editor that lets you design and share quests using some of the same tools employed to build the game. Pretty quickly, players realised they could also use it to farm XP, as well as cash, with minimal effort. Not for much longer, however, as Ubisoft wants to put a stop to it.

G2A proposes a key-blocking tool as a solution to fraud
https://www.pcgamer.com/g2a-proposes-a-key-blocking-tool-as-a-solution-to-fraud/
Developers and publishers have been butting heads with key reseller G2A this month, criticising the company for allegedly facilitating the sale of illegally obtained game keys. G2A's attempts to smooth things over only seemed to incense its critics on Twitter, but it's giving it another shot, proposing a solution that will block keys from sale.

SCUM is going a bit Robin Hood with its impressive archery system
https://www.pcgamer.com/scum-is-going-a-bit-robin-hood-with-its-impressive-archery-system/
SCUM, the multiplayer survival sandbox, takes archery very seriously. Sure, the latest development video describes an arrow as looking like a "big pink dildo", but the level of detail in its archery system honestly seems astounding. It's definitely a lot more complicated than pointing and shooting.

Let's check now what GOG and Steam have for us:

+GOG

+Steam

Nothing else to say. 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

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