September 2020

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After Rocket League went free-to-play, its servers crashed

Earlier today Rocket League became available on the Epic Games Store for free after being removed from sale on Steam (though existing players keep their copies, of course). The influx of new players, combined with a bunch of returning players thanks to the simultaneous start of Rocket League’s latest competitive season, hit servers hard. As the official Rocket League Twitter account announced, “Tournaments, Challenges, and other Rocket League features are impacted by this degradation. Updates to follow when online services are restored.”Over the course of the day matchmaking and challenges were restored, followed by competitive tournaments. In an update to…

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A year in the life of the Warhammer Online fan server

A little over a year ago, I wrote about the untimely death of Warhammer Online: Age of Reckoning, and the long road to resurrecting it. Since then the fan-run project preserving the defunct MMO, called Return of Reckoning, has continued apace. “This last year we have been working on new features and trying to balance improving stability and capacity of our server,” say the Return of Reckoning team (they asked to not be referred to by their individual names as “we work as one team for this game”).Recently, they boosted their peak capacity from “just over 1,000 concurrent players to…

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As Corsair Goes Public as Marketing Director Promises Steady Sailing

Corsair Gaming Inc. set sail on the Nasdaq today, officially becoming a public company. The company, which makes PC components as well as peripherals, originally intended to price itself at $17 on the Nasdaq, but opened at $15.12  and closed at $14.25  – down over 16%. But one day, the company feels, isn’t defining. In fact, Harry Butler, director of PR and marketing communications at Corsair, thinks it’s in its best position ever. “This is just one day, Butler said. “We’re delighted to be listed as a publicly traded company.” The Nasdaq was down overall (about 3%). Butler is optimistic….

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Microsoft teases Doom Eternal coming to Xbox Game Pass with a double-hidden message

Microsoft’s acquisition of ZeniMax Media promises to be a game-changer in a number of ways, not least for owners of the Xbox Game Pass. Xbox boss Phil Spencer has already confirmed that Bethesda’s “iconic franchises,” including the big new stuff we’re waiting for like Starfield and The Elder Scrolls 6, will be added to Game Pass, and now it looks like Doom Eternal is headed there as well.Word of the big shooter addition came the Xbox Game Pass Twitter account, which tweeted a faux internal memo from “Melissa McGamepass.””Listen up everybody! Out of all the months this year, this has…

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Amnesia: The Dark Descent and A Machine For Pigs out now as open source

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:53 GMT Frictional Games has announced Amnesia: The Dark Descent and A Machine for Pigs are is now available as open source.The code released contains all the game code for both Amnesia: The Dark Descent and A Machine For Pigs. It also contains all editor codes.The full source code for Amnesia: The Dark Descent is available under GPL v3 today.“Modding has been a huge part of Amnesia,” explains Thomas Grip, creative director at Frictional Games. “For instance, over the years The Dark Descent has accumulated over a thousand mods and addons on ModDB.“This flood of…

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Adata Gets Serious With Spectrix D50 Xtreme: 5,000 MHz RAM at 1.6V

Adata Spectrix D50 Xtreme (Image credit: Adata)Adata is ready to play with the big boys. The company this week launched the Spectrix D50 Xtreme series of RAM tha’s are only available as DDR4-4800 and DDR4-5000 kits.The Spectrix D50 Xtreme memory modules compete with the best RAM with a revamped exterior to differentiate from the vanilla ones. The aluminium heat spreader flaunts a polished, mirror-like finish. The triangular RGB diffuser is still present to give the memory module a bit of bling.Considering the extreme frequencies, it’s no surprise that Adata only commercializes the Spectrix D50 Xtreme in dual-channel flavors with a…

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Baldur’s Gate 3 sure is going to have some risqué romance scenes

After a long day of questing and slaying, it’s only right for an adventuring party to return to camp for a good wind down. In Baldur’s Gate 3, that’s where things get steamy, Larian Studios say. Camp is where the party can talk about the day’s adventures—whether they agree about the player’s choices or not. They’ll also be open to more intimate activities if that’s where you’ve managed to steer the relationship. Larian tease some of the down and dirty bits of their next big RPG in a new update video on romance and sex. (more…)

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Major Nelson chats with Xbox boss Phil Spencer and Bethesda’s Todd Howard and Pete Hines

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 20:16 GMT Microsoft’s Major Nelson has interviewed Xbox boss Phil Spencer alongside Bethesda’s Todd Howard and Pete Hines.In the video chat, the foursome discusses Microsoft’s acquisition of Bethesda and the history between the two companies going back to the original Xbox.Howard touched upon when Bethesda first developed for consoles with Morrowind on the original Xbox. Apparently, with Morrowind when it was running low on memory they were able to reboot the box, so when you got a very long load “that’s us rebooting the Xbox,” said Howard.Spencer states in the chat that Bethesda…

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The Game Awards 2020 is scheduled for December 10th

Just as we say “what, already?” every year when the department store shelves turn over for autumn, it’s time to clear out any thoughts of Geoff Keighley’s Summer Game Fest and start thinking ahead to Geoff Keighley’s The Game Awards. Feels like it happens earlier every year, doesn’t it? Yes, this is the first year of Summer Game Fest, do not beat me with my own metaphor. This year’s Oscars-but-games live show has now announced its date for December. (more…)

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Western Digital, Seagate Differ on Selling Hard Drives to Huawei

Being one of the leading high-tech companies in the world, Huawei has to buy hardware from thousands of producers. As a result, the restrictions imposed by the US government on Huawei and its affiliates have affected hundreds of companies in the US. Seagate and Western Digital are the world’s only companies that sell both hard drives and solid-state drives. While neither SSDs nor HDDs are made in the US, they use technologies developed in the country. As a result, the companies may need to obtain a license to sell these products to Huawei. Surprisingly, the two firms seem to have…

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Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access delayed to October 6

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 17:17 GMT The Early Access period for Baldur’s Gate 3 has been delayed by one week.Larian Studios has announced Baldur’s Gate 3 Early Access will see a slight delay.Instead of going live on September 30 as planned, it will instead go into Early Access on October 6.According to the developer, the team has run into some unexpected delays, as there are some stability issues being sifted through.“Because of the delays, our translations are also later than expected and we want to ensure localization for the announced Early Access languages is strong enough for…

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This Lego-compatible RTX 3090 is perfect for ingenious PC builders

If you’re totally retro, but are still looking to jump on the RTX bandwagon after the recent 30-series launch, look no further than the Galax RTX 3090 GAMER graphics card. There are already a host of RTX 3090 designs floating around from third-party manufacturers, but this soon to be released Lego one, spotted on expreview (via tomshardware) really confuses me.With this triple slot, triple fan play-thing, you’ll be looking at a 1,410MHz base clock, capable of accelerating up to 1,695MHz. The 24GB of GDDR6X memory speeds along at 19.5Gbps. Outputs include three DisplayPort 1.4 connectors and an HDMI 2.1 port,…

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Tactical shooter Squad leaves Early Access today after five years in active development

By Stephany Nunneley, Wednesday, 23 September 2020 14:16 GMT Squad, the tactical first-person shooter from Offworld Industries, is leaving Early Access.Releasing today, Squad 1.0 is a large-scale tactical shooter with up to 100 players in each engagement, and a spiritual successor to the Project Reality mod for Battlefield 2.In to, you will experience a “true-to-life representation” of a high-pressure combat zone that requires coordinated teamwork.Each environment in the game is based on real-world locations in Asia, Eastern Europe, and the Middle East. As you work across the maps, you can build and fortify bases, establish leadership roles, and maintain logistics…

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The best PC controller in 2020

Ignore the PC gaming purists, the best PC controller doesn’t always have to mean just the mouse and keyboard combo. There are a lot of games—such as Control, Shovel Knight, and Forza Horizon—which feel better when played with a controller as opposed to a gaming mouse and gaming keyboard. They’re also useful in the likes of GTA 5 when you jump into a jet or helicopter. Not to mention a controller will give you the freedom to escape to your couch for a more relaxing overall gaming experience.Basically, while we’ll always come down on the side of a good mouse…

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Metal Gear Solid and Metal Gear Solid 2 might be getting re-released on PC

Good news, Metal Gear fans. It looks like the first two Metal Gear Solid games could be making a return to PC, after new age classification ratings have appeared on the Taiwan Digital Game Rating Committee website. Gematsu spotted the ratings for Metal Gear, Metal Gear Solid, Metal Gear Solid 2: Substance, and the Konami Collector’s Series: Castlevania and Contra. If these games truly are on their way, it’ll be the first time the original Metal Gear is playable on PC. (more…)

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AMD Dimgrey Cavefish Reportedly Points To Navi 23 GPU

Continuing with AMD’s tendency for fishy codenames, the chipmaker (via @Komachi Ensaka) has added support for a Dimgrey Cavefish graphics card to Mesa 20.3-devel. Much like Sienna Cichlid and Navy Flounder, Dimgrey Cavefish is presumed to be a RDNA 2 graphics cards that’ll surely unsettle the gaming graphics card hierachy as we know it.AMD has already committed to lift the curtains for the Radeon RX 6000 series, which have been popularly baptized as Big Navi, on October 28. Therefore, it’s not too surprising that the chipmaker’s trio of next-generation graphics cards are doing their rounds in the wild. We don’t…

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The Solitaire Conspiracy is Mike Bithell’s new game about cards and spies

After making Thomas Was Alone and John Wick Hex, intense cyberpunk solitaire wasn’t exactly what I was expecting from Bithell Games. Yesterday, the studio announced The Solitaire Conspiracy, a new game in the developers’ experimental “Shorts” series, which previously brought us the sci-fi adventures Subsurface Circular and Quarantine Circular. This new Short is a step away from those, though, placing you in the shoes of a Spymaster tasked with taking down a supervillain… with playing cards. “So… what if Solitaire, but extra, with powers and a full FMV storied campaign, time attack and skirmish modes!” Bithell tweeted. (more…)

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Neoverse Roadmap Helps Explain Why Nvidia Wants Arm

Nvidia recently announced its planned ARM acquisition in a blockbuster $40 billion deal, and Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang’s key messages include his belief in the future of ARM’s data center architectures. Aside from leveraging the licensing model to broaden GeForce’s penetration, Huang also says that Nvidia plans to accelerate the ARM’s CPU roadmap to deliver a faster cadence of innovation to licensees, and he even left the door open for Nvidia-branded ARM CPUs, both of which could mark a fundamental shift in the balance of power in the data center. Today, we can see why Huang is so bullish on ARM’s…