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Thursday news, part two:

Tiny Tina's Wonderlands did a lot better than Take-Two expected
Tiny Tina's Wonderlands seems to have been a hit for Take-Two, with the publisher saying the game "outperformed our expectations" in its latest earnings report.

Amanita Design's next adventure will playfully explore 1984-style propaganda
There's really nothing quite like an adventure by Amanita Design, makers of memorable and beloved games like Samorost and Machinarium. So I'm sure I'm not the only one thrilled to see the Czech indie collective has just announced a new game. It's called Phonopolis, and the "hand-crafted adventure" will be the studio's first dive into full 3D graphics. Check out the beautiful and intriguing (but painfully brief) teaser above.

There's Warzone XP in King Kong's crown jewels
Operation Monarch, the latest live event in Call of Duty: Warzone, is the kind of crossover you'd expect from Fortnite. It adds King Kong and Godzilla, though the two behemoths aren't real interested in battling each other. (...)
Players will find their own ways to have fun, however, and one bold soldier did so by jumping a helicopter, flying it into the Eighth Wonder of the World's upper thigh region, and farming Warzone XP using the helicopter blades. Yes, as the player in question put it in a Reddit post that was first flagged NSFW then removed by the humorless mods of r/CODWarzone, "You get XP for tickling Kong's sack."

V Rising developers will make offline mode available 'as soon as possible'
V Rising is a new survival game from Swedish developers Stunlock Studios, and it's doing rather well for itself. Since launching in Early Access, as is traditional for survival games, the game about Dracula becoming a lumberjack to get enough wood to rebuild a castle shot up the Steam charts. It's number seven at time of writing, and has earned a user review rating of Very Positive.

Last year's best strategy game finally comes to Steam
Old World had our resident strategy buff frothing at the mouth, in excitement I hasten to add, at a 4X that was actually doing some new things. In our review Fraser described it as "a brilliant 4X, and one that I'd actually recommend over Civilization at the moment. It feels like a genuine step forward for the genre, boasting so many inventive, smart design decisions."
The game was released in July last year as an Epic store exclusive, and impressed us so much that it eventually scooped our Best Strategy gong for 2021. Now the exclusivity period has ended and the game's out on Steam and GOG, alongside a 10% launch discount and new DLC that is thrown-in for free if you take the plunge in the next fortnight.

EA's split with FIFA reportedly led to layoffs at its customer support studios
Up to 100 customer service workers at EA's Austin studio may be made redundant, with more in line at EA's Galway customer service office in Ireland, according to internal emails obtained by Kotaku this week.
The layoffs reportedly come in the wake of the publisher's split with FIFA, and an executive rethink as to how EA supports its sports franchise going forwards. Many of the jobs facing the axe worked in supporting live operations for FIFA '22, but it sounds like EA wants to outsource that work going forwards.
>> I don't know how was their customer service until now, but outsourced CS tends to be worse than the original.

This year's PC Gaming Show airs June 12 at 12:30 pm PT
There's technically no E3 this year, but like migratory birds guided by Earth's magnetic field, flocks of game announcements will pass through Southern California this June anyway. 2022's most exciting group, recognizable by their RGB plumage, will congregate at the eighth annual PC Gaming Show on Sunday, June 12 at 12:30 pm Pacific, which will be livestreamed on Twitch, YouTube, and other major streaming platforms.

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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AMD Computex 2022 ‘High-Performance Computing’ By CEO, Dr. Lisa Su, To Feature Next-Generation Desktop & Mobile PC Innovations

NVIDIA GeForce GTX 1630 to feature 512 CUDA cores, 4GB 64-bit memory, launches May 31st

Skip obviously

AMD X670E (Extreme) chipset for Ryzen 7000 “AM5” CPUs rumored to support PCIe Gen5 for GPU and storage

PlayStation Network Launcher Could Be Coming To PC: Report

Oh boy, another launcher...

Next gen version of The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt planned to release Q4 2022


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Borderlands 3 for free in the Epic Games Store.

Radeon Preview Driver, 50 Game Benchmark

This is the "DX11 fix" driver update. At 1440p/4k, it goes down to 2% in average. So while gains in some games are impressive, overall, not much has changed. Nvidia also updates their drivers that improves performance as well and hey, free performance from both camps is always good.

Framework Laptop upgrades to 12th gen Intel

Tested: AMD’s Ryzen 7 6800U brings big performance to the tiniest laptops

Pretty impressive what it can do

Acer gaming laptop offers glasses-free 3D powered by an Nvidia RTX 3080 GPU

Guess Acer didn't get the memo that 3d is dead. Still I wouldn't mind getting this to play the hentai games that used the 3d tech back in the day.

Sega Is Delisting Classic Sonic Games From Digital Stores Ahead Of Sonic Origins' Launch


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When a country goes in big on crypto:

That bit at 1:05 makes me think of the Cryptoland fiasco:

Watch at your own peril.

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JEMC said:

Latest version of RPCS3 offers major performance improvements in God of War 3, Metal Gear Solid 4, Red Dead Redemption & more
The RPCS3 team has released a brand new version of its incredible Playstation 3 emulator that packs major performance improvements to a number of games.
Going into more details, Nekotekina optimized SPU performance which reduced SPU bottlenecks across the board allowing for higher RSX (PS3 GPU) utilization. Metal Gear Solid 4 saw the largest improvement from this change with most users seeing a 25-50% performance uplift.
Thanks to these improvements, Red Dead Redemption now runs faster by 5-20%. However, there are still some performance issues in towns, so the game is not yet marked as “playable”.

Hitman 3 will get Ray Tracing Shadows & Reflections on May 24th
IO Interactive has announced that the PC version of Hitman 3 will support Ray Tracing effects on May 24th. The company will be using Ray Tracing in order to enhance the game’s reflections and shadows. Additionally, IO Interactive will also add support for NVIDIA DLSS and AMD FSR 1.0.

RPCS3 is insane!

Also after looking at the requirements of Hitman 3 with Ray Tracing. AMD needs to make sure this doesn't happen with Lovelace vs RDNA 3:


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AMD's RX 6000 series is just bad for RT. - Focus was more on compute/crypto I guess.

Roll on the Radeon 7000 series.

--::{PC Gaming Master Race}::--

Ah already posted nvm

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Let's go with the Friday news, all in one post:


GOG has quite a few sales this weekend:

Steam has quite a lot new sales as well:

Keep in mind that this is Humble Store's Spring Sale last weekend, because it will only last 4 more days.

And Fanatical has a new Star Deal: Little Nightmares II is 58% off during 24 hours:




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First screenshot for the upcoming horror game, The Callisto Protocol
GameInformer has released the first screenshot for the upcoming horror game, The Callisto Protocol. In case you weren’t aware, The Callisto Protocol is a new story-driven, single-player survival horror game from the creators of Dead Space.

The Iron Giant fights in MultiVersus because it's an 'alternate universe' director says
In MultiVersus, the Smash Bros-like platform fighter with a roster of classic Warner Bros. characters, the Iron Giant is not the gentle-hearted pacifist of the 1999 film. He's a combatant right alongside Superman and can, presumably, violently toss his enemies off the stage into oblivion. Although his moveset hasn't been revealed yet, his inclusion in a game about cartoon characters murdering each other has sparked some criticism over the game's latest trailer.

Marvel Snap is the first game from former Hearthstone director Ben Brode's new studio
In 2018, Hearthstone game director Ben Brode abruptly left Blizzard, saying that he was moving on to start a new company. Later that year, Brode revealed his new endeavor as Second Dinner, saying he was "looking forward to designing, programming, and actually creating things again." And today, Second Dinner's first big project was finally revealed as Marvel Snap, "a revolutionary game experience" for mobile devices and PC.

The Future Games Show returns in June
The Future Games Show is returning this summer, showcasing over 40 games on PC and consoles. The show will be broadcast on Saturday, June 11, kicking off at 12 pm PDT (3:00 pm EDT, 20:00 BST) on Twitch, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and GamesRadar.

An Arizona dad is suing Blizzard over his kid's $300 Hearthstone bill
As reported by Polygon, an Arizona father has brought a potential class action lawsuit against Blizzard over the sale of Hearthstone card packs to minors.
Lawyers of the father, Nathan Harris, filed a complaint in the Superior Court of Orange County on behalf of his daughter and other minors who have bought Hearthstone's randomized card packs. Harris' suit alleges that his daughter used his credit and debit cards to spend over $300 on card packs between 2019 and 2021. The suit argues that Blizzard's lack of refund policy and parental controls is in breach of "disaffirmation law," or the right to renounce a contract, as it applies to minors through the California Family Code.

The mad lads at Bungie are finally giving Destiny 2 players more storage space
Tucked away in the patch notes of the latest This Week at Bungie, a longstanding Destiny 2 community request has at least partially been fulfilled: Every Guardian is getting 100 extra storage slots in their vault, bringing the total to 600.

EVE Anywhere is taking space spreadsheet gaming to the cloud
CCP Games has launched a cloud-based browser client for EVE Online called EVE Anywhere, which allows players to commit their sci-fi white collar crimes through Chrome, Edge, Firefox, or Safari.

Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown crashes into 2023
The open-world supercar racing game Test Drive Unlimited Solar Crown was announced in 2020, and a year later was scheduled for a release in 2022. Sadly for fans of the long-running series, that's not going to happen, as publisher Nacon has announced that it won't arrive until sometime in 2023.

Blizzard nerfs $25 Hearthstone card
A new Hearthstone balance patch brings a number of changes to Blizzard's long-running CCG, most notably to Drek'Thar, which has been nerfed considerably: Its battlecry now summons just one minion from a player's deck, instead of two. It's a notable change not just because of the reduction in power, but because it includes the card that Blizzard was selling by itself for $25 in April.
>> The players that bought it have received a refund.

Darktide will have a playable psyker class
Warhammer 40,000: Darktide is following in the footsteps of the Vermintide series, which are four-player co-op games where players choose from various thematically appropriate classes. While we saw an ogryn, a zealot, and two veterans in the release date trailer, a cover story in the latest issue of Edge Magazine confirms a psyker will be another option.

Ace Combat scores the dream collaboration with Top Gun
Ace Combat recently celebrated 25 years (and announced a new one's in the works). While reporting on that I mused about how the best thing Bandai Namco could do for Ace Combat 7 would be the fantasy collaboration with Top Gun: Maverick. Well, clearly someone over at Bandai Namco is a PCG fan because those beautiful suits have done it.

And, just like that, another week has come to an end. Until next time, I wish you 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.

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