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Rockstar attempts to defuse 100-hour work week controversy amid storm of criticism

drxym

4 hours ago

This is par for the course for the games industry. Games have a hard release date and if necessary people are expected to crunch to achieve it. Personally I don't know why anyone would be mad enough to want to develop games for a living when the pay is poor, the hours are long and you're as likely as not to be laid off at the end of a project.
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Senran Kagura game delayed on PS4 after Sony requests removal of Intimacy Mode

drxym

3 days ago

@Pohretra yeah there's absolutely nothing wrong with a game where you feel up underage girls. Not the slightest bit creepy and weird at all. Yup, completely normal and healthy.
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drxym

3 days ago

@Sevatar40k I wouldn't go around saying that too loud.
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drxym

3 days ago

@Pohretra every game platform has "censorship". It's the terms and conditions that games must abide by to be published.
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drxym

3 days ago

Removing the mode doesn't remove the intention behind the game that lead to that mode. Sony should outright refuse to certify it.
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An indie developer misclicked, got review bombed and now their game's servers are "exploding"

drxym

1 week ago

In summary, Valve are dicks.
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PUBG ditched server selection - and now there are calls to region lock China

drxym

1 week ago

@FoureyesZero or just region lock the loot / market.
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Nintendo patent points to working Game Boy shell for your smartphone

drxym

2 weeks ago

It's not hard to find gadgets and gizmos that encase, clip on or stick to a phone's screen. A brief search for touchscreen buttons yielded Bluecell Buttons, OLEDA Phone Game Controller Joystick and more. All manner of things that touch the screen when you push a button, shoulder trigger, d-pad or whatever.

This gameboy patent appears to be for the same thing. Where is the novelty or patentable aspect to it?
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PlayStation chief on why Sony took so long to enable console cross-play

drxym

2 weeks ago

Very little of this has to do with the technical issue of cross play.

It's more to do with Sony not wanting Epic or any other company using cross play as a mechanism to sell or award content / packs / "season passes" outside of Sony's ecosystem. i.e. people signing into the Fortnite website with their account and buying stuff from Epic's store and being able to use that stuff on any platform.
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Brace yourself: Red Dead Redemption 2 requires 105GB of storage space

drxym

3 weeks ago

@FuzzyDucky Quite a few PS4 pro games have 4K texture packs so it seems most likely that it would be the case here. Since I don't have a pro, I can't say how big the textures are on disk, or in memory but I know on the PC that they tend to weigh in at 30-50GB. This would certainly account for the amount of storage needed.

My contention though is that I'm hoping this is only for the pro whatever the reason.
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drxym

3 weeks ago

I hope it doesn't need 105GB on a base PS4, only the Pro. After all what's the point of installing high definition textures on a system that won't use them?

This would also be a good time for Sony to jack the default storage capacity of a new PS4 pro up to 2TB
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Oculus Quest aims to take VR into the mainstream

drxym

3 weeks ago

I would see this headset as way more compelling if it could optionally connect a PC to it, e.g. sell a separate PC dongle that makes it work like the existing headset except wirelessly. Then someone could play the mobile stuff, but optionally also PC stuff. That could be compelling because it doesn't split the user base in two or cripple the device by the low performance of its on-board CPU.
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FIFA 19 in-game message warns FUT players against coin distribution

drxym

4 weeks ago

@nowthenfella it makes a change over far too many Sea of Thieves articles. In most games websites you would expect to see article output to be generally in proportion to the quality, popularity and longevity of games. EG seems to buck that trend on certain games. Can't think why.

NARRATOR: He could think why.
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drxym

4 weeks ago

@MrTummyGiggles That would not surprise me. I reckon a lot of online services tolerate the existence of farmers / scammers / gambling since it enriches them.
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drxym

4 weeks ago

This warning amounts to a tacit admission that the feature encourages gold farmers, gambling sites and an assortment of other scams. But instead of fixing or removing the feature, EA chose to stick up a warning box.
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PlayStation Now lets you download games onto your PS4

drxym

4 weeks ago

@mecha-blargh Yes it is heavily dependent on the connection. But explain to me how someone with a terrible connection is any better off if they have a 20-50GB download to play a game instead. If you have bandwidth you can stream, if you don't then the option to download is kind of pointless.

Aside from that, it puts it in open conflict with PSN+ and as a PSN+ subscriber I suspect that it is the opening move to discontinue that service entirely, or "upgrade" members to become Now Silver which will be some gimped tier of Now.
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drxym

4 weeks ago

I guess that's why the 6.0 release went out.

I don't see how this development is a positive one though. Having to download a 20-50GB game to play it sort of defeats the purpose of streaming. Streaming makes playnig a game convenient. Theoretically I don't even need a PS4 to play PS4/3 games - it could be embedded into a TV or a stick.

More to the point it means Sony may end up cannibalizing services like PSN+ where downloads are already a thing - if I'm a PSN+ customer, can I look forward to less and crappier games to "keep" because the Now subscribers get them on a monthly basis? Are Sony going to discontinue or gimp PSN+ to compell people to the higher service?
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Assassin's Creed 3 director would tear up the game's opening now

drxym

4 weeks ago

Never mind the opening, the entire plot was pretty dreck, not least the liberal shoehorning of US history & characters into a very weak story.
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New Star Soccer Manager is the follow-up to New Star Soccer

drxym

2 months ago

Gah, watching the video you can see the pay to play grind oozing out of it. Energy drinks, levels, build points etc.
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Inside Battlefield 5: GeForce RTX's most impressive ray tracing showcase

drxym

2 months ago

Ray tracing is a horrifically expensive computational problem.

Imagine you cast a ray from your eye through the centre of a pixel in your screen. That ray either hits something or it doesn't. If it doesn't, you just assign it a value from the sky box. If it hits something though then the colour of that surface as it is illuminated is returned as the value of the pixel. To calculate illumination involves doing light calculations from the intersection point to every light source that directly or indirectly affects the surface. And normally the surface is specular to some degree so the ray bounces off, and more rays intersects are computed on other surfaces until some quality threshold. Transparency is worse because you split the ray with one ray reflecting, another travelling through the material, which might also have to be refracted. Throw in stuff like fire, smoke, textures, bump mapping, light diffusion, hair etc. and you have even more complexity. Eventually accumulation of the colours of things each ray hit is returned back to become the value of the pixel. Calculating that one value might have spawned dozens of rays, each having to intersect test their way through the scene.

Except that's not enough - just like anti-aliasing you really need to fire off multiple rays for each pixel, "jittering" each by a small random offset so you can produce an average value that withstands issues such jaggies on the edge of objects. So ray tracing is expensive. You might be firing off tens of millions of rays to render a single scene. The more complex the scene and the greater the number of light sources, the more expensive it becomes.

This BF demo might be a first for a game but its still a very basic form of ray tracing. I assume there is a pass where reflective materials are traced perhaps to a recursion depth of 1 or 2, and the result comes back and fills the pixel for that material. The rest of the scene is basically rendered the same as it was before. It might result in better reflection and shadows but I wonder if it justifies the hype for the tech or the cost of the hardware.

I think I will be truly impressed by ray tracing when the entire scene is rendered with it but I doubt it will happen any time soon.
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The HTC Vive wireless adapter finally loses the cables but it's £300

drxym

2 months ago

@SupremeAC For 300 quid for a glorified wireless transmitter you still have plenty to be annoyed about. Besides, I wonder how much a proper wireless headset would even need to cost.
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drxym

2 months ago

Seems to me it would be more sensible to release a wireless headset rather than some clunky dongle that clips onto the existing one. It would be more ergonomic, power efficient and nice to wear than this thing.
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Nintendo announces Prison Architect, This War of Mine and plenty more for Switch

drxym

2 months ago

@importvita no, it's becoming a port powerhouse. Indie titles are relatively easy to port to a new platform so it makes sense to do it.
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drxym

2 months ago

It's basically new money for old rope.
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Steam game accused of turning PCs into cryptocurrency miners

drxym

3 months ago

@ShiftyGeezer the issue here is that virtually every online app store has an developer agreement and attempts to enforce that agreement even if only after the fact.

The agreement will touch on topics such as:

* Legality
* Copyright / Trademarks
* Prohibited content
* Malware, bitcoin miners etc.

Applications in violation of the rules will either be blocked before they get published or will be removed as a result of complaints.

Valve basically said "meh, too hard" and threw the doors wide open. As a consequence their platform is going to turn into a cesspool
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drxym

3 months ago

Should we surprised? Valve basically issued an open invite to this sort of thing when it stopped policing its platform. This is an entirely predictable outcome.
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Premier tier for EA's Origin Access PC subscription service launches next week

drxym

3 months ago

Next will be - now you don't even have to install the game, we'll stream it to you.
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Valve issues 95,000 bans in just seven days

drxym

3 months ago

Valve almost certainly has people hanging out in forums where cheat hacks are discussed and exchanged. They probably even have a security lab where they can analyse them, "fingerprint" them and then track their use in the wild. Using such software is going to result in a ban sooner or later.

So using cheat software is kind of dumb and will catch up with the person in the end. Aside from that, I bet a good proportion of cheat software is also malware - sniffing key presses, stealing logins, files etc. Hardly sensible from that perspective either.
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Microtransactions have been completely removed from Middle-earth: Shadow of War

drxym

3 months ago

I've enjoyed the Arkham series, Mad Max and Shadow of Mordor. This sort of game appeals to me. I played Shadow of Mordor and while it wasn't the best in the world, suffering from flaws in its static environment and other issues, I would have been tempted by a sequel. The fighting was good, the story was interesting.

But WB stuffed the sequel full of microtransactions so I didn't bother. I'm not going to reward that regardless of my previous interest. Too bad for WB. I hope bad reviews and word of mouth tanked their sales, depressing their profits below anything from selling loot crates.

It's kind of too late for me to even care about the game any more whether they cut this crap out or not. Maybe when it's in some steam sale for a tenner I might but honestly I just don't care any more.
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Visceral had some cool ideas for Dead Space 4

drxym

3 months ago

The coolest idea would for them to ban the gratuitous use of expositiory devices - phones, emails, audio logs etc. Things casually left around the level to spare themselves the effort of telling that info some other way.
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Mafia 3 once had an opening so controversial all trace of it had to be erased

drxym

3 months ago

Perhaps it should have kept this controversial opening because the game itself ended up being weak sauce.
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ArenaNet fires two Guild Wars 2 writers over Twitter exchange with YouTuber

drxym

3 months ago

@Rens11 sorry but that isn't true. It's an observable phenomena even if the term is overused / misused.
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drxym

3 months ago

Seems like a snarky response to some constructive criticism. Kind of surprised it escalated into a firing but it wasnt a good reaction regardless of who they thought this person was or was not.
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Is Richard Garriott's Shroud of the Avatar on the ropes?

drxym

3 months ago

@cowell And very few MMOs succeed, even big budget ones. For every Everquest, EVE or WoW that turn(ed) a profit, there are dozens that launch and then suffer a slow protracted death. Even Gariott has been down this road with City of Heroes / Villains and Tabula Rasa during his time at NCSoft.
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drxym

3 months ago

@Aradiel If you're interested in Ultima, they're on GOG for not much money. There is even an open source project called Exult that wraps the Ultima 7 data files and lets them run on modern operating systems.
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drxym

3 months ago

Should have stuck with the top down isometric. It would have been cheaper to do and possibly more evocative.
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Fortnite player sparks griefing debate after taking out rocket viewing party

drxym

4 months ago

@omniscient somebody didn't spend much time working on that parable.
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drxym

4 months ago

@dean0null Just a tad more massive
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drxym

4 months ago

@seanlowther They didn't miss it. It was immortalised in video form including the parts where they plummeted to their deaths.
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drxym

4 months ago

The "debate" is completely artificial. This is somebody pranking / trolling some players in the game to no ill effect and providing entertainment in the process.
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Report: Bethesda sues Warner Bros., claims Westworld game uses Fallout Shelter code

drxym

4 months ago

@Scottoest somebody needs to watch the show
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drxym

4 months ago

Doesn't look like anything to me.
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PUBG developer debunks accusation maps are "asset flips"

drxym

4 months ago

Seems like a fair point. Why go to the trouble and expense of modelling certain items in the environment if it costs less just to go to a store and buy it?
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As the internet slams EA's Command & Conquer mobile game, the developers call for a "fair shake"

drxym

4 months ago

@kosigan This article is about a mobile game. Pretending it has to be $60 or anywhere close is kind of silly. There are also numerous successful, low price titles on mobile platforms.

Assuming this game were any good then it count itself among those. But that assumes it is even a game, instead of a glorified skinner box.
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drxym

4 months ago

@kosigan who said $60? Minecraft pocket edition sold for a small sum of money and made hundreds of millions.
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drxym

4 months ago

EA, here's a wild and crazy idea - how about selling a game that costs a fixed sum of money and is a self contained gaming experience with no monetization of any kind? Nuts I know, but it might just work.

As for you devs. You know in your heart of hearts that you made less a game and more a "game". Something superficially resembling a game but filled with grind, timelocks, virtual currency etc. Something that was cynically designed from the early stages to disadvantage players unless they keep buying stuff. So stop whining when people call it out for what it is. Maybe it's not your choice to do it this way, but you chose to work for EA on these kind of games. Can't have come as a complete surprise.
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Eve Online and Star Citzen fans at war over £112 "copycat" spaceship

drxym

4 months ago

£112 for a spaceship. How do they keep their prices so low and still make a profit?
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Steam's content policy is both arrogant and cowardly

drxym

4 months ago

@Avaloner well if you are in favour of these things please come out and say it. Or even if you think a sizable of % of people would be comfortable for this poison existing on the platform while Valve sits on its hands.
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drxym

4 months ago

@StunDamage who said it makes them go away? I didn't. But it doesn't allow them anywhere close to the reach they would enjoy if they are hosted on Steam.
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drxym

4 months ago

@nikolaylapko if they have no rules stopping KKK writing games then the KKK or somebody akin to them will. Other platforms have T&Cs that prohbit such content and allow the platform to yank the game if any slip through. This should not be hard.
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