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Hello guys. I see you've been busy over here despite the lack of news.

First of all, thanks Pemalite and m_csquare for your kind words. Sadly, things did't go as we hoped, but well, there's nothing else we could do.

And yes, m_csquare, PC parts are a lot cheaper in the US compared to Europe, and that happened even when the Euro was a lot stronger than it is now.

Speaking of PC parts, hey viv, have you looked into that retro PC to play old WinXP games? Because I did (I had to keep my mind busy) and ended up with this build: https://pcpartpicker.com/list/KXr3d6. At ˜$600 t's a lot more expensive than I though (and that's without the OS!), but you can cut corners in a lot of places like going with the stock CPU cooler, getting another mobo (that's the only one listed there that was ok) or replacingthe R9 380 2GB with either a GTX 1050 or RX 460. The 380 is the fastest of the three, but also about 100 € more expensive, so an RX 460 could be the best choice as it's more powerful than the 1050 and powers the cheapest cards of the three.

Now that you're banned (you should be more careful, one of these days you'll be permabanned), you can give it a go when you're tired of playing Gothic.

As for the supression of Steam Greenlight, I think it's a good move, but the replacing system will be worse than Greenlight. Many trash games have publishers that will put those "up to $5,000" without a problem, while other small games developed by very small teams or even by just one person, like Stardew Valley or Banished, could not get pn Steam because the devs won't be able to risk all that money.

The only good option would be for Valve to actually make their job and check out every game before approval, but that demands hiring more people and, given that they don't even hire enough staff to develop games (no, those 3 unnanounced VR games mean nothing until we see what they are), I don't see them hiring more people just to keep their store clean(er) or junk... junk that gives them money.



 

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vivster said:
Ka-pi96 said:

Was actually thinking about him, and how you want to put him out of a job

So people on this forum think mobile games are bad, last I checked this forum =/= everyone. Haven't mobile games already surpassed console games in revenue? If they haven't already then they're definitely on track to do it in the future. So clearly not everyone considers them crap.

eh, I simply don't care about those indie devs that you think make "good games" and why should I? Why should competition be restricted just to try and give them a chance at better sales, only a chance because there's no guarantee they'd actually sell well. Every other industry faces competition, but they beat that competition by being better than them. People prefer brand name products than cheap knock offs because the quality is there. So if those indie devs can't produce a good enough game to sell it on it's own merits and have to rely on competition simply not existing... then why would they deserve those sales?

Mobile has high revenue from free to play skinner boxes. That's like saying "How can smoking be bad if tobacco companies make billions?" The revenue from quality games that ask for money on front don't even register on the scale. That's not saying that the highest grossing mobile games are bad. They're just the ones that had the luck to be noticed in time by the right people.

Being buried by garbage isn't competition. There is no competition when your game can't even be seen unless directly searched for it. Which means only people rich enough to spend money on marketing are getting through. You say you want to give smaller devs a chance and at the same time only want people to succeed who already have a ton of money to spend or have giant luck. How is that fair?

Why shouldn't talented people who put great effort into their work be rewarded? Why should we have fewer good games? Consoles have had quality control for a long time and indies are thriving there and why shouldn't they? Look at all the success stories of indie devs who succeeded and are now putting out great game after great game. Most of them wouldn't even be seen in today's market.

All that pro consumer bullshit aside, why would you want to reward idiots and give them a platform? Last time I checked you were quite fond of the idea that idiots fail for their idiot decisions.

If people are making bad low budget games and still making money off of them... how are they idiots?

And for the record, I do think talented people should be rewarded for their work. I also think they should earn those rewards though. Oh and since you keep pushing this "good games are buried by the garbage ones and people can't see them" narrative, how about we test that? Just loaded up Steam and went through one of those discovery queues and these are the games I got:

The Wild Eight, Conan Exiles, The Elder Scrolls Online, For Honour, Atelier Sophie: The Alchemist of the Mysterious Book, Avorion, Portal Knights, Mobius Final Fantasy, Miscreated, We Need To Go Deeper, WWE 2K17 & Arizona Sunshine.

So how many of those are unplayable garbage? Well according to user reviews on Steam none of them. Not a single one had negative reviews. Some of the ones from big publishers had mixed, but considering your point is that good indies are getting drowned out by garbage indies big publisher games aren't really relevant anyway.

These really bad, borderline unplayable, games don't seem anywhere near as prevalent as you suggest. If it wasn't for the aforementioned Jim Sterling I wouldn't even know they exist. Steam doesn't just promote those at the expense of others. It suggests things based partially on your own preferences, and factoring in things like user reviews on game pages and Steam curators there should be more than enough there for people to find good indie games they may be interested in.

You say there is a luck requirement in getting notice, but there's always going to be a luck aspect in games becoming succesful. There's always going to be competition for sales and those games that can't even stand up against games that can barely even be considered competition surely wouldn't fair much better if they only had real competition.



Now, let's go to business: the news!

In this first post I'll make a quick summary of several things that happened during the last two weeks that I wasn't able, for one reason or another, to make this section.

DRIVERS

Both AMD ad Nvidia released new graphics drivers.

+AMD launched their Crimson ReLive Edition 17.1.2, optimized for Conan Exiles & Ghost Recon Wildlands. Also, Bethesda may have slipped some details, namely name and VRAM, about AMD's VEGA.

+Meanwhile, Nvidia launched the 378.57 Hotfix, and then the 376.80 Vulkan drivers. And talking about Nvidia, they have announced a measure that has proven... controversial: bundled game codes can no longer be sold or given away. Of course, this won't be a problem for many but, specially for those buying two cards for SLI, it's another pain in the ass from Nvidia.

 

MODS/EMULATORS

Only 3 bits that I've seen:

 

FREE GAMES!

Because we all like free stuff, right?

There's a fan-made 2.5D Mega Man game, and for those that prefer "real" retail products and have GOG, they can get the point & click Cayne also for nothing.

 

PC REQUIREMENTS

Some games have revealed their system requirements.

Ultimate Marvel vs. Capcom 3 http://www.dsogaming.com/news/ultimate-marvel-vs-capcom-3-official-pc-requirements-revealed/

Dauntless (a Monster Hunter like game) http://www.dsogaming.com/news/pc-system-requirements-revealed-for-pc-exclusive-co-op-action-rpg-inspired-by-monster-hunter-dauntless/

Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon Wildlands http://www.dsogaming.com/news/tom-clancys-ghost-recon-wildlands-official-pc-requirements-revealed/

 

SALES/FUNDED GAMES

Yep, we've also got sales numbers of some titles

Pillars of Eternity II: Deadfire has been funded in less than 24 hours

Banner Saga 3 – Kickstarter campaign hits its funding goal in a week

Rainbow Six: Siege has 13 million registered players, has 3.9 million weekly players

Epic Games’ free-to-play third-person MOBA game, Paragon, has 5.7 million registered players

Civilization VI has sold 1.5 million copies, Mafia 3 shipped 5 million copies, GTA V shipped 75 million copies

Conan Exiles has sold 320K copies & is profitable one week after release, modding tools available now (does this have something to do with the ability to set the size of a certain part?)

 

MISCELLANEA

Some other news, starting with something that happened with Conan Exiles:

It turns out that some pirates leaked Conan Exiles with the Denuvo DRM removed, something that the guys behind that hated software didn't like, and shortly after announced that they had modified its program to avoid this to happen again (at least for a while).

Also, Windows 10 – Game mode was launched and tested, and it offers nothing. At least, fans of the OS can feel better knowing that Gears of War 4 now offers crossplay between Xbox One & PC and that Sniper Elite 4 will support DirectX 12.

Something that we all will love to hear is that Psychonauts 2 has found a publisher, tho it will launch in 2018. At least that will give us time to finish Vampyr & Call of Cthulhu, that will release a bit before in Q4 2017.

Lastly, we have the director of FF XV saying that he would like the game to launch on PC, that there's an official HD texture pack for Fallout 4 that weights 58GB (and does very little, so it's better to wait for a mod solution), that Overwatch has been updated, again, and... oh, yes, another developer that promises that their next game will be better optimized on the PC than the last one, this time it's Slightly Mad Studios with Project Cars 2. We'll see if they deliver or not.

And well, that's it (mostly). Now, the new news.



 

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on:

+Console : Wii U, Xbox360

+PC: i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz, GTX 1070

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

Ok, let's go with a proper news post, starting with last week Steam's best selling games:

  1. Conan Exiles
  2. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  5. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege - Year 2 Pass
  6. ARK: Survival Evolved
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. FOR HONOR
  9. FOR HONOR (I don't know why it's listed twice)
  10. RESIDENT EVIL 7

 

Mods

 

Gaming News

SNIPER ELITE 4 – OFFICIAL PC REQUIREMENTS REVEALED, WILL BE USING THE DENUVO ANTI-TAMPER TECH
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/sniper-elite-4-official-pc-requirements-revealed/
Rebellion has revealed the official PC requirements for Sniper Elite 4. PC gamers will at least need a modern-day Intel dual-core CPU with 4GB of RAM, a 64-bit operating system and an NVIDIA GTX 660 or an AMD Radeon HD 7870.

 

NIER: AUTOMATA – “GLORY TO MANKIND 119450310” TRAILER
http://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/nier-automata-glory-to-mankind-119450310-trailer/
Square Enix has released a new trailer for NieR: Automata. NieR Automata is a third-person action RPG – featuring also some 2.5D sections – that tells the story of androids 2B, 9S and A2 and their battle to reclaim a machine-driven dystopia overrun by powerful weapons known as machine lifeforms. The game is developed by PlatinumGames and will be coming to the PC in 2017!

 

BOHEMIA’S TAKE ON MARS LEAVES STEAM EARLY ACCESS, GETS LAUNCH TRAILER
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/bohemias-take-on-mars-leaves-steam-early-access-gets-launch-trailer/
Bohemia Interactive has announced the official release of Take On Mars. In order to celebrate this announcement, Bohemia released the game’s launch trailer, highlighting the many ‘benefits’ of playing Take On Mars over alternative options of space exploration.

 

CROTEAM IS STILL WORKING ON SERIOUS SAM 4, ALL SERIOUS SAM GAMES WILL SUPPORT VULKAN INSTEAD OF DX9
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/croteam-is-still-working-on-serious-sam-4-all-serious-sam-games-will-support-vulkan-instead-of-dx9/
Croteam has informed us about a number of updates and improvements that will be coming to all Serious Sam games. In addition, the team re-confirmed that it is working on the fourth major part of the Serious Sam series.

 

NEW SCREENSHOTS RELEASED FOR PREY, SHOWCASING SOME OF ITS ENVIRONMENTS
http://www.dsogaming.com/screenshot-news/new-screenshots-released-for-prey-showcasing-some-of-its-environments/
Bethesda has released a new set of screenshots for Arkane’s PREY, showcasing some of the game’s environments. In Prey, players will fight their way through the deadly Typhon aliens as Morgan Yu while unraveling the mysteries behind the infestation, and their own identity. PREY is powered by CRYENGINE and is planned for a May 5th release.

 

WARHAMMER 40,000: INQUISITOR – MARTYR PUBLIC ALPHA IS NOW LIVE
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/warhammer-40000-inquisitor-martyr-public-alpha-is-now-live/
Neocore Games has announced that the Warhammer 40,000: Inquisitor – Martyr public alpha is out now on PC. In order to celebrate this announcement, the team released a new CG trailer for this brand new Warhammer 40K game that can be viewed below.

 

LAUNCH TRAILER RELEASED FOR CHALLENGING & MYSTERIOUS 2D ADVENTURE PLATFORMER, HOLLOW KNIGHT
http://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/launch-trailer-released-for-challenging-mysterious-2d-adventure-platformer-hollow-knight/
Team Cherry released the launch trailer for Hollow Knight. Hollow Knight is a challenging and mysterious 2D adventure through a surreal world of insects and heroes, in which players can dive into the dreams of the strange bugs they meet and find bizarre new worlds full of danger and treasure. The game releases on February 24th.

 

TWIN SHOOTER WITH DEFENSE TOWER ELEMENETS, X-MORPH: DEFENSE, ANNOUNCED – FIRST SCREENSHOTS & TRAILER
http://www.dsogaming.com/news/twin-shooter-with-defense-tower-elemenets-x-morph-defense-announced-first-screenshots-trailer/
EXOR Studios announced it’s latest game – X-Morph: Defense – a unique twin-stick shooter, tower defense hybrid, coming to PC later this year. According to the press release, the game will feature unprecedented destruction of fully dynamic environments that will provide a never seen before level of tower defense freedom, and below you can check its first 4K screenshots.



 

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on:

+Console : Wii U, Xbox360

+PC: i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz, GTX 1070

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

WHERE'S WALLY-STYLE FINDING GAME HIDDEN FOLKS OUT NEXT WEEK
http://www.pcgamer.com/wheres-wally-style-finding-game-hidden-folks-out-next-week/
I have been eagerly awaiting the release of Hidden Folks, a Where's Wally-esque game about combing through scenes in order to find people hidden from view. The major differences between this and Where's Wally/Waldo are the absence of colour, the astonishing mouth-noises, and the fact that each scene is interactive. You'll pull at blinds, open doors, and prod at bushes to find the folks obscured in each beautifully illustrated stage. While you do so, the scene's inhabitants will mill about, and cars and buses will pass by on the monochrome roads. It's rather lovely.

>>I thought the books were called "Where's Waldo" in English, or was it only in the US?

 

SUPER LOVELY PLANET SWAPS FIRST- FOR THIRD-PERSON PLATFORMING
http://www.pcgamer.com/super-lovely-planet-swaps-first-for-third-person-platforming/
Lovely Planet Arcade, the sequel to colourful first-person platformer Lovely Planet, did things a little differently to its forbear: it ditched the y-axis, and made it so that projectiles worked via the instantaneous 'hitscan' method rather than via slowly moving physical missiles. It seemed to be taking things back to the days of Doom, when you didn't have to worry about looking up or down: a source of much anxiety in this modern, multi-level world of ours.

 

NI NO KUNI 2 FLAUNTS ITS FLASHY COMBAT IN LATEST TRAILER
http://www.pcgamer.com/ni-no-kuni-2-flaunts-its-flashy-combat-in-latest-trailer/
Ni No Kuni 2—sequel to the gorgeous PS3 and DS RPG that looked like an interactive Studio Ghibli film, and that played like My First JRPG—is coming to PC, and more of the genre on the keyboardy platform is always good news. In fact, after watching the recent trailer, I think I'd upgrade that to great news, as Ni No Kuni 2 appears much improved over its predecessor. The animation is even better, battles look more engaging, and you even get a load of Pikmin-ish things to order about in combat.

 

STARBOUND TO REVAMP SPACE TRAVEL IN FUTURE UPDATE
http://www.pcgamer.com/starbound-to-revamp-space-travel-in-future-update/
When it's not working on its two new games, Starbound developer Chucklefish finds the time to update, well, Starbound, its spacey, science fiction sandbox game. True to that, a new post on the Chuckleblog sheds a bit of light on an upcoming patch that will revamp the way space travel works. You'll soon be able to fly freely around star systems in your little pixel spaceship, or in a bunch of new vehicles that will be added as part of the update. Here's a GIF that shows the work-in-progress system off (I do like how your craft appears to automatically orbit planets if you get close enough).

 

"DESYNC" GIFS SHOW OFF ALL THE GLORIOUS WAYS YOU CAN SMITE FOES
http://www.pcgamer.com/desync-gifs-show-off-all-the-glorious-ways-you-can-smite-foes/
Desync is more than its glowing retro-futuristic art style: it's an FPS marrying the speed and reflexes demanded of ye olde Quakes, with a focus on stylish player performance. Rather than simply killing and surviving, the game wants you to do those things beautifully. Or at least, impressively.

 

OBSIDIAN IS NO LONGER WORKING ON ARMORED WARFARE
http://www.pcgamer.com/obsidian-is-no-longer-working-on-armored-warfare/
Armored Warfare, a free-to-play tank combat game developed by Obsidian, will no longer be handled by the famed RPG studio. Instead, the game's Russian publisher My.com is taking over.

 

ROCKET LEAGUE TO GET PREMIUM HOT WHEELS DLC THIS MONTH
http://www.pcgamer.com/rocket-league-to-get-premium-hot-wheels-dlc-this-month/
Earlier this month, Rocket League developer Psyonix revealed the soccer-meets-racing game was in-line for its own range of toy cars. Now, it's announced Hot Wheels will enter the digital cage by way of two premium DLC packs set to land later this month.

 

STREET FIGHTER 5 TO BRING CHARACTERS TO FREE-TO-DOWNLOAD CARD GAME SHADOWVERSE
http://www.pcgamer.com/street-fighter-5-to-bring-characters-to-free-to-download-card-game-shadowverse/
After launching on mobile devices last June, Cygames' Hearthstone-a-like Shadowverse arrived on PC in late October. It's since racked up loads of glowing Steam reviews, and now seeks to add some "extra punch" to its deep CCP strategy makeup by inviting seven Street Fighter 5 characters into the fold this spring.

 

That's all the news I have for today. Let's see what's in store for tomorrow.



 

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on:

+Console : Wii U, Xbox360

+PC: i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz, GTX 1070

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

Found this interesting... Atelier Sophie and Nights of Azure both launched on Steam last week and according to steamspy Atelier Sophie has sold 12k and Nights of Azure 10k so far - That's from 5 days tracking.

According to VGC numbers form the PS4 versions (not including Japan) Atelier Sophie sold 10k first week and Nights of Azure 23k.

I'm real glad that preciously exclusive JRPG's as having great success on PC and showing that there really is a market there for them and I expect to see an ever increasing amount releasing on the platform along with less of a delay from the console release to perhaps same day release as the western version as with Tales of Berseria which itself has sold 60k in just under 2.5 weeks whilst it's previous entry Tales of Zestiria has 350k owners.

WoodenPints said:
Found this interesting... Atelier Sophie and Nights of Azure both launched on Steam last week and according to steamspy Atelier Sophie has sold 12k and Nights of Azure 10k so far - That's from 5 days tracking.

According to VGC numbers form the PS4 versions (not including Japan) Atelier Sophie sold 10k first week and Nights of Azure 23k.

I'm real glad that preciously exclusive JRPG's as having great success on PC and showing that there really is a market there for them and I expect to see an ever increasing amount releasing on the platform along with less of a delay from the console release to perhaps same day release as the western version as with Tales of Berseria which itself has sold 60k in just under 2.5 weeks whilst it's previous entry Tales of Zestiria has 350k owners.

I'm glad that they're doing good.

With console hardware being more and more like PCs and with the new development tools that make ports much more easier than before, it's only normal that more and more japanese studios launch their games on PC too. And the higher costs of developing new games make that a necessity for some studios.



 

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on:

+Console : Wii U, Xbox360

+PC: i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz, GTX 1070

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

Humble Bundle has released the Humble Freedom Bundle. $30 for about 40 games and 7 books. 100% of payments will go to the American Civil Liberties Union, the International Rescue Committee, and Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF).



Two new bits of info, one of them a rumor, regarding AMDs upcoming Ryzen and VEGA.

 

AM4 Motherboards surface in online stores for pre-order with price and ETA
http://www.guru3d.com/news-story/am4-motherboards-surface-in-online-stores-for-pre-order-with-price-and-eta.html
http://wccftech.com/amd-ryzen-am4-asus-motherboard-prices-leaked/
ASUS AM4 motherboards for AMD’s upcoming Ryzen CPUs have been listed online for pre-order with their specs, prices & launch dates made public. The motherboards include two medium-range models featuring the B350 chipset and two high-end models featuring the X370 chipset. The specific models are the ASUS Prime B350M-A, Prime B350-PLUS, Prime X370-PRO and the Crosshair VI Hero.

The following prices are in Australlian Dollars

  • Asus Crosshair VI Hero AM4 AMD X370 for a price of $380.63
  • Asus Prime X370-PRO AM4 AMD X370 for a price of $245.85
  • Asus Prime B350-PLUS AM4 AMD B350 for a price of $152.50
  • Asus Prime B350M-A AM4 AMD B350 for a price of $128.70

To see how those motherboards are, check out the WCCFTech link.

 

AMD Vega Glimpse Maybe Coming On February 28th At GDC 2017 Capsaicin & Cream Event
http://wccftech.com/amd-announces-capsaicin-cream-livestreamed-graphics-event-gdc-2017/
AMD has just announced via its eventbrite portal that it will be holding a special live-streamed event for graphics technology at GDC on the 28th of February. The company has not made any specific mention of Vega in its press release, although we know the company has developer sessions scheduled at GDC to talk specifically about Vega technologies and architecture-sepcific optimizations.



 

Please excuse my bad English.

Currently gaming on:

+Console : Wii U, Xbox360

+PC: i5-4670k@stock (for now), 16Gb RAM 1600 MHz, GTX 1070

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

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Heck, can't wait!

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