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Chazore said:
Captain_Yuri said:

I think this generation has taught PC gamers a very important lesson and that is the fact that PC is no longer a platform that can supply everyone. Even during the last big mining boom, you could buy decently priced GPUs but this time around? Nope. The GPU market got roflstomped. I think the main contributer was the fact that last time, Nvidia GPUs weren't all that great at mining and Bitcoin was really the only profitable coin which continued to get harder to mine relatively quickly.

This time though, not only was Nvidia GPUs crazy good at mining, you also had ETH which was much easier to mine and the difficulty increase isn't as rapid. There's of course more reasons but assuming crypto dies down and ETH moves to staking, the lesson here is, buy a GPU that will last you a generation. Because Crypto is certainly here to stay for better or for worse. And every time a mining boom happens... It lasts longer than the previous one and affects a larger portion of the market.

I am certainly going to aim for the 4090 on my next go but we shall see.

It also doesn't help that Nvidia just recently stated it's going to increase the prices of it's 30 series across the EU, which means double the punishment for us here, and no one will win, except nvidia. 

Miners won't learn though. They remind me if those who decide to frack or drill for oil, only to find out at the last possible moment that it was a big mistake, yet never learn beforehand from previous knowledge/history. 

We're sadly a species inherently doomed to repeat certain sequences and actions, so seeing the miners like this doesn't really surprise me anymore. They'll just pick up the pieces and waste time/resources/energy again, just to get a smidgen of what they think will be some vast fortune. 

At the end of the day, the world in it's current state isn't likely to accept their digital wealth as being on the same level of say, Bill gate's amassed wealth, and I really do wish that people would see that. The get rich quick schemes never truly work out, not for long anyway. 

I'm pretty certain that even if mining holds on for another 5- years, it's going to be radically changed into a form where those who once thought they could get rich, will just become another lower/middle class. I don't see Govs allowing the entire populace to get rich within the next 10 or more yrs, because then how is the global eco going to work if everyone can just mine digital currency?.

These people do not know what they are messing with (Don't want to come off as a crackpot or The Question, but these people really do not know the bigger picture).

I'll say a few things that are controversial just to play a bit of a devils advocate.

GPU mining is in a situation where it's sort of a risk free investment for majority of miners. The math is more or less there as to how many days it will take until they get their ROI back and even if they do or don't, GPUs can be sold at a profit or at worst case, slight loss. Like for example, with my mining with one 3080, I was able to make 3x the return from it's original value that I bought it for. And don't even let it mine all that much. Only really when I am working and during coldish days (Granted in Canada, that's 9/12 months lol). Now imagine someone that has a bunch of GPUs that are mining 24/7.

The trick isn't to cash out only when you have enough to get rich, the trick is to cash out once you have reached your return on investment and then the rest is profit. Typically with a 3080, that's about 4 months of consistent mining if the crypto market stays the same which for my case, the value went up so it took less time. Then once you cash out and the rest is profit. Even if Crypto market dies at that point and you sell a 3080 for $300, you will make $300 profit. Now I am not saying buy GPUs and start mining right now but if you time it correctly, you should be profitable.

I do think at some point, governments will do something about it but it's hard to tell exactly what. Like we see China, India, Russia etc all ban crypto but the reality is, this isn't the first time they "banned" crypto. The issue is that they only "ban" it when it becomes a problem and then once crypto goes back to reasonable levels, they loosen it up. And a lot of governments like US/Canadian and etc are looking to more so regulate it then ban it completely.

Personally I do think crypto is here to stay and I don't mind mining... But I don't like when people buy GPU in droves to mine. I think mining with one GPU as a form of side income is fine because it's one of many benefits of owning a PC. Using it to play games is great but when it's not playing games, may as well use it to make money so I can buy more stuff. But it's when people start buying them in droves is when I raise my fist but sadly, is it what it is.

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PSA: Don't play Dark Souls 3 until a new remote code execution vulnerability is patched
https://www.pcgamer.com/psa-dont-play-dark-souls-3-until-a-new-remote-code-execution-vulnerability-is-patched/
This new security vulnerability in Dark Souls 3, as outlined on Twitter by user @SkeleMann and in multiple threads, including one pinned by moderators, on the Dark Souls 3 subreddit, seems to operate on the level of full-on malware and could pose a serious risk to anyone playing the game in its online mode. The well-respected Blue Sentinel mod, which has been able to counteract similar, if less serious vulnerabilities in the past, has just been updated to address the issue as of this afternoon.



Rhonin the wizard said:

PSA: Don't play Dark Souls 3 until a new remote code execution vulnerability is patched
https://www.pcgamer.com/psa-dont-play-dark-souls-3-until-a-new-remote-code-execution-vulnerability-is-patched/
This new security vulnerability in Dark Souls 3, as outlined on Twitter by user @SkeleMann and in multiple threads, including one pinned by moderators, on the Dark Souls 3 subreddit, seems to operate on the level of full-on malware and could pose a serious risk to anyone playing the game in its online mode. The well-respected Blue Sentinel mod, which has been able to counteract similar, if less serious vulnerabilities in the past, has just been updated to address the issue as of this afternoon.

Such bad timing too lol

It affects all of the Souls games unfortunately.

I had installed DS2 yesterday and was planning to play with a buddy of mine.

Though there's a fan patch out there now, still gonna wait it out just to be safe.



    

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Steam Weekly Global Top 10

  1. God of War - GoW 2018's PC Version maintains its 1st place from last week's rankings till this week!

  2. MONSTER HUNTER RISE - The MH Title also maintains its 2nd place from last week!

  3. Ready Or Not - Climbs up one place to 3rd from 4th from last week!

  4. Dying Light 2: Stay Human(Pre-order) - Jumps up 4 places to No.4 in this week's rankings with a week and a half still left till its release on the 4th of Feb.

  5. ELDEN RING(Pre-order) - The Pre-order version for Fromsoft's next being outing after Sekiro, maintains its 5th place ranking from last week even though it still has a whole month before it is releasing!

  6. TOTAL WAR: WARHAMMER III(Pre-order) - Similarly to Elden Ring, WARHAMMER III's release is also in late feb, yet it returns to the weekly rankings at 6th place!

  7. Project Zomboid - Impressively maintains its 7th ranking in this week's rankings!

  8. Valve Index VR Kit - Drops two places further down to 8th place from 6th from last week.

  9. 暖雪Warm Snow - Chinese Publisher BilliBilli's Rogue-like Isometric action game enters this week's Global Top 10 at 9th place as a new entry! It recorded a very decent concurrent peak of 42K players this weekend! It also has an impressive 90% positive User Review Rating on STEAM!

  10. Red Dead Redemption 2 - Not a surprise, with RDR2 again discounted to 50% off, its bound to return to the weekly rankings with this week it charting at 10th place!

Source: https://www.resetera.com/threads/steams-weekly-global-top-10-sellers-by-revenue-for-week-ending-january-23rd-2022-1-god-of-war-2-monster-hunter-rise-3-ready-or-not.543209/



    

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Good morning, guys. Here's something to improve this Monday:

*** NEW CONTEST ***

United Label/CI Games Giveaway – Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2 and More
https://wccftech.com/united-label-ci-games-giveaway-sniper-ghost-warrior-contracts-2-and-more/
Polish game company CI Games and its indie publishing arm United Label reached out to Wccftech to organize a giveaway for Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts 2, Röki, Eldest Souls, and Tails of Iron.

The giveaway is structured in a series of raffles, one dedicated to each game. You'll be able to join in from now until next Sunday when the contests will close and we'll randomly select the winners, two for each raffle.

Good luck.



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The Monday news, all in one post:

SALES /PLAYER COUNT & DEALS

God of War has reportedly sold at least 1 million copies on PC
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/god-of-war-has-reportedly-sold-at-least-1-million-copies-on-pc/
God of War came out on PC on January 14th and from the looks of it, this latest Playstation-exclusive game is selling well on our platform. The game has been the best-selling title on Steam in the past two weeks and according to SteamSpy, it has sold at least one million copies.
Right now, SteamSpy estimates that the game has sold between one and two million copies. Do note that SteamSpy only shows estimates for a game’s sales (based on the number of players who own a game). Also note that SteamSpy only tracks public profiles, meaning that those with private profiles (that own the game) are not counted. Therefore, and theoretically, the actual PC sales may be higher than one million. Let’s also not forget that God of War is available via other PC digital services, like Epic Games Store.

GOG starts the week strong:

Steam has a new daily deal: Intravenous is 30% off: https://store.steampowered.com/app/1486630/Intravenous/.

While the Humble Store is busy with its Winter Sale, there's a new Humble Bundle: The Indie Houses Bundle, with up to 12 games to get during the next 11 days: https://www.humblebundle.com/games/indie-houses-bundle

And Fanatical has several new sales:

SOFTWARE & DRIVERS

Steam sets a new record of concurrent players in less than a month
https://www.dsogaming.com/news/in-less-than-a-month-steam-sets-a-new-record-of-concurrent-players/
On January 9th, Steam set a new record with 28 million concurrent players. And, in less than a month, Valve’s service was able to break that record and set a new one.
Earlier today, Steam had 29,201,174 players online at the same time. As such, we can safely assume that Valve’s service will surpass the 30 million goal in 2022.

MODS, EMULATORS & FAN PROJECTS

Severance: Blade of Darkness gets an AI-enhanced HD Texture Pack
https://www.dsogaming.com/mods/severance-blade-of-darkness-gets-an-ai-enhanced-hd-texture-pack/
Modder ‘sfb’ has released an AI-enhanced HD Texture Pack for Severance: Blade of Darkness, called Blade of Darkness Reforged. Alongside new detailed textures, this mod also improved the textures of all characters. Blade of Darkness Reforged aims to update the visual fidelity of Blade of Darkness whilst not straying too far from the original look and feel. Furthermore, this mod also packs some minor gameplay enhancements.
>> Available from ModDB.

First-Person Mod released for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands
https://www.dsogaming.com/mods/first-person-mod-released-for-tom-clancys-ghost-recon-wildlands/
Modder ‘Dudes With Keyboards’ (also known as Tavreth) has released an amazing first-person mod for Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon: Wildlands. As its title suggests, this mod allows you to play the entire game with a first-person camera perspective.
Alongside the first-person viewpoint, this mod also adds some other features. For instance, it allows you to lean while ads (by using the swap camera button). It also removes the “out of bounds” functionality, and adds a super accuracy mode. Furthermore, it adds a Rent-a-Gun function, allowing players to use locked weapons. Additionally, it brings a Super Ping and a Decryptor.
You can download this first-person mod from here. We highly recommend reading its installation instructions, though, as you’ll have to replace the Anticheat DLL file.

This Final Fantasy 7 Remake Mod aims to improve over 530 NPCs faces
https://www.dsogaming.com/mods/this-final-fantasy-7-remake-mod-aims-to-improve-over-530-npcs-faces/
Modder ‘SamsamTS’ has released a new mod for Final Fantasy 7 Remake Intergrade that aims to improve the faces of over 530 NPCs.
As the modder noted, the NPCs have a sickly veiny look to them by default. Thus, SamsamTS went ahead and modified over 530 textures in order to enhance them. Furthermore, the modder also took the time to restore 80 NPCs faces from the PS4 version, which were much better than the PS5/PC versions.
>> You'll find it at Nexus Mods.

Stardew Valley mod adds farming bots
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/stardew-valley-mod-adds-farming-bots/
When my daughter began playing Stardew Valley, she hit upon a brilliant wheeze. I'd been guiding her through the game's early stages and demonstrating some of the farming mechanics, but what she was interested in was the town stuff and decorating her house. So: She would play on her own, then come to me with a list of things she wanted in the game, at which point I had to grind to get her enough money. Bit like real life really.
It can be quite freeing, I imagine, to just shunt all the busywork onto another party. Now anyone can enjoy that feeling of having a drone do all the work for you: After all, when you've planted one parsnip, you've planted them all. The Farmtronics mod, created by one Joe Strout, does exactly that: This adds a computer to your house, on which you can use simple scripting commands to, essentially, build the farming equivalent of Skynet.

GAMING NEWS

These prototypes of Horizon Zero Dawn look absolutely incredible
https://www.dsogaming.com/videotrailer-news/these-prototypes-of-horizon-zero-dawn-look-absolutely-incredible/
YouTube’s ‘Nixian’ has shared two videos, showcasing the evolution of Horizon Zero Dawn. These videos feature every build of the game, from its 2011/2012 prototypes to its final version. And, to be honest, I absolutely love this kind of videos.

You'll be able to earn Halo Infinite's premium currency in-game starting Season 2
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/youll-be-able-to-earn-halo-infinites-premium-currency-in-game-starting-season-2/
343's head of design, Jerry Hook, outlined some big changes coming to Halo Infinite's cosmetics shop and premium currency, "credits," in a post on the game's official forum.

Raven QA strike ends, at least for now
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/raven-qa-strike-ends-at-least-for-now/
Following the formation of a new union by Raven Software QA workers last week, the established employee advocacy group at Activision-Blizzard, A Better ABK, has announced the end of Raven QA's nearly two month-long strike, at least for the time being.

Watch Dogs: Legion will not receive any more updates
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/watch-dogs-legion-will-not-receive-any-more-updates/
Ubisoft has announced that Watch Dogs: Legion's 5.6 update will be its last via a post on the game's official website.
The announcement follows a year and three months of updates for Legion, including new multiplayer modes, characters, and the story DLC, Bloodline, featuring everyone's favorite grumpy hacker Chicagoan, Aiden Pearce.

Yakuza creator announces new studio where 'the scale of the game will be bigger'
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/yakuza-creator-announces-new-studio-where-the-scale-of-the-game-will-be-bigger/
Toshihiro Nagoshi, the veteran designer whose career began with Daytona USA before latterly focusing on the Yakuza series, left Sega in February 2021. Industry scuttlebutt at the time was that Nagoshi was joining the Chinese tech giant NetEase, news confirmed today with the announcement of his new venture: Nagoshi Studio.

US court permabans Roblox troll who made 'terrorist threats'
https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/us-court-permabans-roblox-troll-who-made-terrorist-threats/
Last November we reported on the Roblox Corporation suing a longtime thorn in its side: one Benjamin Robert Simon, known online as Ruben Sim, who made controversial content on and about the platform for many years. The suit alleged Simon "commits and encourages unlawful acts designed to injure Roblox and its users" while seeking $1.6 million in damages.
(...)
A US District Court in the Northern District of California has now passed judgement on the case and Simon, already banned from Roblox by its developer, is now banned from Roblox by court order (thanks, Ars Technica).
>> I wonder what kind of punishment he would face if he plays trying to play the game.



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GPU prices are finally begining to decline

https://videocardz.com/newz/gpu-prices-are-finally-begining-to-decline

Not quite back to Summer 2021 levels let alone 2020 MSRP but it's a sign. I think the panic sell is based on Feds/new upcoming announcements as coin holders would rather sell now and rebuy if necessary than hold and get screwed if something bad happens. Hopefully crypto will stay low but we will see.

Daily profit from ETH on RTX 3080 according to "whattomine":
2021.11.03 >> $7.29
2021.11.12 >> $6.82
2021.11.22 >> $5.78
2021.12.09 >> $5.61
2021.12.13 >> $5.18
2021.12.18 >> $4.99
2021.12.29 >> $4.72
2022.01.07 >> $3.96
2022.01.21 >> $3.33
2022.01.22 >> $2.71
2022.01.24 >> $2.50


Intel Arc Alchemist mobile to feature five SKUs and four memory configurations up to 16GB G6 at 16Gbps

https://videocardz.com/newz/intel-arc-alchemist-mobile-to-feature-five-skus-and-four-memory-configurations-up-to-16gb-g6-at-16gbps

While looking good... We will see whether or not Intel has missed the boat by the time it comes out


Intel Core i7-12700H is on average 25%/35% faster than Ryzen 7 5800H in single and multi-threaded tests

https://videocardz.com/newz/intel-core-i7-12700h-is-on-average-25-35-faster-than-ryzen-7-5800h-in-single-and-multi-threaded-tests



             

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The more Intel delays their GPU launch. The more their 3070 Ti card equivalent becomes a 4060 Ti competitor.

In other news, the stonk and crypto market recently though. All that money printed, inflation in the name of saving stock market. Most have hit pre pandemic levels.



^Yeah, if they keep delaying them they'll end in a very tough situation, even if neither AMD nor Nvidia launch their mainstream/middle level cards until next year.

And let's hope the current crypto crash last for a while longer so that current cards drop to MSRP prices and the next ones launch at those same levels. That would be great.



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