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    Mass Effect Legendary Edition

    Seems to have started working now. The main menu wasn't responding to the mouse position (or any keys) and if I clicked it just minimised the game. Maybe it was doing some sort of online nonsense and the servers were busy. It hasn't downloaded an update or anything. Edit: or maybe not, now I get...
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    Mass Effect Legendary Edition

    I can't even get past the main menu for ME1, so that's a good start. Oh well, I should technically be working anyway.
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    NEWS: During an internal Q&A with CD Projekt management on Thursday, frustrated Cyberpunk developers asked blunt questions about the game's rocky....

    You could write a very similar list to that for most AAA releases. I always remember Bethesda's bs about how smart their Oblivion AI was going to be. Or the advanced faction system in Far Cry 2. I'm glad I purposely steered clear of the hype and can evaluate it solely on what was delivered (on...
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    Will the 5900X or 5800X be your next gaming CPU?

    If there turns out to be a reasonable real world advantage to the 5900 over the 3900 for my typical usage, and if it works on my mb, and if AMD avoids the whole 3080 release fiasco, then I'll probably go for one.
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    You guys SURE you want Evga cards?

    EVGA should include googly eyes in a little accessory bag.
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    Star Wars: Squadrons

    Played the first couple of missions on the Index and enjoyed it a lot. There's a VR toggle button, and then it all just worked without an issue. The default control bindings for my x52 (and other hotas users from what I've read) are a complete shitshow. Almost got them sorted out, but there...
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    Nvidia rtx 3090 discussion

    It'll be interesting to see what happens with 3080 super / ti / whatever, because it doesn't seem like there's much room to squeeze it in under the 3090.
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    Epic paid $10.5 million upfront for Control exclusivity

    Yeah, if companies like Ubisoft get their way and turn PC gaming into Stadia-style closed streaming rental platforms, we'll be looking back at Steam vs EGS as being the golden years. I have no real issues with EGS. I find it much more pleasant to use than the bloated, ugly shitware that Steam...
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    Microsoft returning to Flight Simulator in 2020

    I could only dream of those luxurious 16 colour graphics back when I was playing it in CGA. That is true of everything that will ever be released.
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    Star Citizen's single player game delayed again

    In general, sure, but as was pointed out the main thing preventing Roberts from having any motivation at all to get the damn thing done is the fact that people continue to piss money away on marketing jpegs. As someone who backed (modestly) in 2012, and not since, I consider those people to be a...
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    NVIDIA: Cyberpunk 2077 Will Ship With RTX Raytracing

    I'm sure it will look nice, but I'd also expect it to have a similar performance-crushing effect as hairworks did in The Witcher 3.
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    Cyberpunk 2077 — Official E3 2019 Cinematic Trailer

    No CE for the PC in the US? That's disappointing.
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    GOG Galaxy 2.0 will allow users to add games from multiple platforms to their profile

    The thing about Galaxy is that since it's not a DRM manager there's not a whole lot of reason to even open it. I'll check it occasionally in case a game needs to be updated, or to see if some new release is on there because I'd prefer to buy it from them if possible (although it's rare for big...
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    Epic Games Store

    Which just goes to show how fucked the whole business is. I might have pre-ordered Vampire: The Masquerade 2 in the sale, which would have cost Paradox nothing since the discount is subsidised by Epic. Now, I'll wait for reviews and not buy it at all if it sucks, and even if it doesn't I'll wait...
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    Valve Index

    Not impressed by the headset, but I'll probably pick up the controllers. Of the current HMD options I'd rather go with a pimax (or an xtal if I had money to burn).
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    Steam introduces feature to combat Borderlands review bombings, Gearbox CEO responds to situation

    It won't flop any more than Metro did. Far more people don't give a shit about which store a game is sold on than will bleat about boycotts online, and a large number of the ones who are outraged will end up buying it anyway because they simply want to play it immediately and don't want to wait...
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    Steam introduces feature to combat Borderlands review bombings, Gearbox CEO responds to situation

    It also renders user reviews worthless for anyone looking for regit reviews of the games, and I agree with his suggestion that if these amazing features which Steam has and Epic lacks are just going to enable a toxic community then maybe the Epic store is better alternative. It's not like he...
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    Steam introduces feature to combat Borderlands review bombings, Gearbox CEO responds to situation

    Bullshit, if that's your attitude you were never going to buy it in the first place, and no one will even notice the difference. If you simply objected to using the Epic store you'd wait and buy it on Steam and support the developers of a game you clearly want to play instead of acting like an...
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    Epic Claims Exclusives Strategy Success after Metro Exodus Outsells Last Light at Launch

    I'm disappointed in how tragic and hyperbolic people are these days. The spyware argument is lame, you're basically arguing that no one should install anything at all (including Windows 10), and you're already compromising by having Steam and GOG, not to mention any non-gaming online services...
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    Epic Games Announces More Exclusives and Features

    Meanwhile, https://www.polygon.com/2019/3/20/18274359/metro-exodus-epic-games-store-steam-exclusive-gdc-2019 Yeah, I'm sure Deep Silver are really feeling the boycotts and negative sentiments, especially with that increased revenue share.
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    Google GDC 2019 Gaming Announcement

    While I essentially agree, I think there will be a viable audience for this somewhere in between gamers who care about their game experience at one end, and the (many) people who are satisfied with playing match-3 games on their phone at the other. At least, there would be if Apple did it. Will...
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    Epic Games Launcher spying on users via Steam file data?

    Gamers: I won't install Epic's store because (among other things) I don't want to install another launcher unless I can share friends lists between them. Also Gamers: Epic's store is spying on my Steam friends list!
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    No Mans Sky "Beyond" Update Will Feature Multiplayer

    Given how much some people got hung up on the game not having MP at launch (and still are apparently), it's not all that surprising they've worked on adding and improving the co-op experience. Well, it's surprising they didn't just ship the game as-is and immediately move on to something else...
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    The Biggest Problem with Triple-A, Open-World Games: "They're Boring as Hell"

    The shitty open world games are being conflated with good ones by particularly blinkered pundits who, surprise surprise, conclude that all open world games suck. Ubisoft in particular has distilled a single core formula which it just reskins once or twice a year as a vehicle for additional...
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    Mimicking RTX Global Illumination with Traditional Graphics Techniques

    It makes more sense than the RTX promo videos which show an all-or-nothing, RTX on vs off scenario rather than RTX vs the best non-RTX techniques. Probably because it would be hard to tell the difference, except for the frame rate tanking with RTX. That said, in time I'm sure games will be all...
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    Star Citizen Developer Calls Real-Time Ray Tracing "A Massive Headache"

    I'm expecting one of Roberts' letters any time now dismissing everything Parry said and claiming that they were actually intending to implement RT in SC long before it became the latest trend. RT is already supported in the latest Unreal Engine preview release, there's no way Roberts would ever...
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    Metro Exodus Is Now Being Review Bombed on Metacritic

    My "fellow gamers" are the idiots who review bomb games because they're butthurt over some unrelated industry bullshit. If they got their way and destroyed the publisher, taking the developers with them, they'd smirk and cheer their success, and then moan that all they had left to play was the...
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    The Making of Metro Exodus - Part Three

    That always reminds me of: Why not start an internet petition too?
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    Opt-In Review System in the Works for Epic Games Store

    Between the review bombing, stupid "comedy" reviews, and people complaining that the game's terrible when they still put hundreds of hours into it, they're all essentially worthless.
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    Players protest Epic's Metro Exodus

    I know it's not possible (largely because they wouldn't admit it) but it would be interesting to know how many of the review bombers or people who are planning to boycott it or who are otherwise upset about it end up buying it (on the Epic store) regardless. Quite a lot, I'd bet, especially if...
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    Subnautica's First Expansion Enters Early Access on Epic and Steam

    I only got around to the first game thanks to the Epic giveaway, and really enjoyed it. So I was happy to buy this new one (no doubt the whole reason for the giveaway), although I don't intend to play it until it's "finished".
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    Metro Exodus Is an Epic Store Exclusive

    It would be great if it was available everywhere and you could pick where you preferred, and they competed on price rather than exclusivity. It would be great if there was a one-size-fits-all service that was the best possible combination of value for both players and developers, offering every...
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    Cloud Imperium Games Spent $4M a Month in 2017 Developing Star Citizen

    Don't try and pretend Roberts was all up-front and transparent about it, the investment was discovered by trawling through their legally mandated UK financials, 6 months after it even occurred. It was only after it had already been discovered that Roberts announced it in his letter, in which he...
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    Ubisoft Creates Exclusive Partnership with Epic Games to Sell The Division 2

    But you'll have 3? Why not tell Activision/Blizzard to get fucked too? They could put their games on Steam if they wanted.
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    Gran Turismo's Developers Are Working on Their Own Real-Time Ray-Tracing Tech

    As far as rendering's concerned it doesn't matter whether it's clear coat or GI (eg Metro), it's all about reflections. That's why there's an 'R' in BRDF. Actually, shiny car games are probably the ideal use for RT in its current state. Makes much more sense than all the polished surfaces in...
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    Factory Worker Is Impaled by 10 Steel Spikes from a Robot Arm

    Well he survived, so he was probably expected back at work the next day.
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    Star Citizen Discounts Game Packages after Making Over $7,000,000 in Nine Days

    That's ok, piloting space ships hasn't been a focus of SC for about 5 years. These days it's about seeing how much real money you can spend to gain the respect of your fellow backers and then convincing yourself that something worthwhile is going to come out of it. If what they had in a...
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    Star Citizen is Free to Try for a Week Starting November 23

    Star Citizen is undoubtedly the premier space game screenshot generator. But given the vast amount of artist hours that have been spent on it, it ought to be. When it starts to move, though, that's when it all falls apart. From the atrocious character animation system (unifying first and third...
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    Six Years Later, Star Citizen Is Still Raking It In

    Except CIG didn't develop the FOIP technology, did they? They bought it, just like anyone else could. What's more telling is that it's pretty much the only part of the "game" which works properly in Robbaz's videos, which both end in crashes, and the second one has him being killed repeatedly by...
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