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Thread PixelJunk Raiders announced, Stadia exclusive
can't invert look. can't rebind gamepad controls beyond 3 presets (which, among other things, means "dash" requires *holding* the L3 click down, ugh). so it's a pain to control, and when you're inside the Stadia ecosystem, you can't do things like manually rebind via, say, the Steam Controller interface. plus, you take damage when you "boost jump" and land normally, which killed me while I tried to grab the first glowy red orb-whatever thing. I ragequit and guess I'll wait for a patch. (I forgot to mention that the tutorial doesn't tell you how to block/dodge until maybe the 6th step, which is weird because it dumps a ton of enemies onto you almost immediately, and they pile on and can insta-kill if you're not careful. sloppy on Q Games' part.)
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Thread i LOVED Soul Calibur on DC. But..Was it really that good? (10/10s) Or was it just the time and place?
Tekken 3 was the set, and this was the spike, in terms of the late-'90s streak of better-than-arcade fidelity and fluidity. Add the fact that they built so much single-player content (something severely lacking in most home arcade-fighter ports), and you really had something head-and-shoulders above the fray. Also, the PS2 was still a ways out, so that September 1999 period was pretty big in terms of Sega having zero peer in terms of home console power. NFL 2K right next to SC1 was also mindblowing at the time; EA's semi-3D sports games looked like trash in comparison.
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Thread Stadia port of game is broken, can't be fixed because Google shut down the studio responsible.
Agreed on the confusion. And, heck, that social media post may be factually incorrect—which sure would be a doozy for Stadia. I'm looking into it.
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Thread Stadia port of game is broken, can't be fixed because Google shut down the studio responsible.
Yesterday, Stadia publicly claimed they were working on the issue: That's three days after 505's last message in this quoted series, so it's currently the "latest news" on the topic.
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Thread Blizzard Arcade Collection launching today on PS4/XB1/NSW/PC (The Lost Vikings, Rock N Roll Racing, Blackthorne; $19.99)
I glossed over this, but this means they have studio recordings of some pretty massive classic rock songs in here (which only play in R&R Racing's "definitive" mode). "Bad To The Bone," "Breaking The Law," "Radar Love," "Born To Be Wild"... and then they went and added Rush's "Red Baretta" for some reason (it wasn't in the SNES or Genesis originals). I tip my hat to ActiBlizz for that one, that sure is one way to get past the whole "whoopsie, we used songs without permission" allure of the original ROMs. Part of what this package's $20 price pays for, I suppose! Oh, but also, R&R Racing's definitive mode doesn't support save states, unlike other games, sigh.
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Thread So today's Wandavision had a shout-out to Capcom. Hint of something or am I looking into it to much? (Wandavision E7 spoilers)
huh, weird, I figured this thread would be all about what flashed on Wanda's gaming TV for about 0.8 seconds
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Thread What was EA thinking with that Knockout City ad?
I spent the second half of the trailer saying out loud over and over, "What the fuck?" Exact same takeaway here. EA sure knows how to doom lookalike games-as-a-service products. (Remember Rocket Arena? Which isn't even a year old yet?) How Apex Legends crawled out of their PR team's ooze to success is still beyond me.
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Thread Ars Technica - Online fighting games during COVID: How rollback helps us connect
I helped Aurich with this testing. Smooth as hell between his SoCal home and my Seattle apartment, hovering in the 0-1 frame rollback range. Also, I beat him in three games straight, which he fails to mention in his article for some reason.
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Thread Bill Gates: Rich nations should move to 100 percent synthetic beef to fight climate change.
Ground beef is the worst beef. You're grinding up all the random bits to disguise them. Impossible Grounds >>>>> random cow tongue/entrail/fuckery as squeezed through tubes. Gates is right. He's not taking your steaks away with language like this, either.
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Thread It appears that the GoldenEye 007 XBLA remake has leaked (longplay released on YouTube) [Playable Build out in the wild]
Unfortunately, the one thing you quoted was the thing that Ross and Mark have since told me was inaccurate. I've corrected the article; it was SOME executive at Nintendo, but not Yamauchi. But all of the other 2,500 words are accurate! Thanks for linking.
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Thread To the older heads who have experienced most gens (8bit through to current), do graphics still impress you like before?
hi from Team Ray Tracing. I can't wait to see a game brave enough to have its lighting system revolve top-to-bottom around RT, as opposed to games that employ a lot of baked-and-faked lighting to look as good in static zones BUT are then locked out of dynamic opportunities. like, there's really nothing out there in interactive media/games that does this yet. I truly believe a fully RT game, when employed with, say, flashlights and other dynamic light sources that you directly control on an ongoing basis, will rival the jump from 16-bit to fully 3D.
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Thread Dave Chappelle - Redemption Song
my tolerance for assholery in the name of stand-up is higher than others, likely due to my position of privilege but also by making my peace with the fact that the most famous stand-up comedians are usually there because they're maladjusted performers who persevered in a bunch of toxic scenes, from nightclubs to hollywood. they're not perfect people, and they sometimes play with hate for the sake of working a crowd or making a point. not my favorite look, but also not surprising. that being said, Chappelle's use of "coward" today has sickened me in a way I didn't expect. do you know how a coward kills someone? by not looking them in the eyes. becoming part of the COVID transmission chain is basically rolling the dice on becoming a murderer—and in Chappelle's case, by possibly doing so with either one of his fans or one of his crew, all while putting on shows and making money (though I don't know his split between charitable works, fair compensation for staff, and so on, it's still about making money in the end). and when he got it, he unwittingly rolled some dice. who knows who in his immediate circle, or those people's circles, either died or contracted a lasting (if not lifelong) condition? "all greatness is from god," he starts with. but all greatness is SEEN by god, as well, at least by that brand of Christianity. when he looks down at you, and at your classification of bravery and cowardice, Dave, what exactly does he see? that's not a question either Dave or myself can answer, but I'm not the one commanding crowds and invoking god's name to make a point.
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Thread Ars Technica: GoldenEye 007 Remaster Was Canceled by Nintendo With Only a Few Bugs Left to Fix
The other thing I should point out, which Graslu00 tipped me off to, is that 4J Studios' emulation of N64 joystick movement on PD360 is different than Rare's internal work on GE360. The GE project feels more "mouselike," which matches with how the N64's joystick used a mouse-tracking style mechanism. I could never put my finger on this difference until going down the GE360 rabbit hole, and now I can't unsee it.
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Thread Ars Technica: GoldenEye 007 Remaster Was Canceled by Nintendo With Only a Few Bugs Left to Fix
This is the endless debate. I'm with you and prefer PD. But many of my old multiplayer buddies want nothing to do with dual-functionality weapons, and they want the specific maps that are NOT in PD. And there's a certain speed and feel to GE that I'm fond of. (Why Rare didn't just remake more GE maps with texture swaps for the PD remaster is beyond me.)
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Thread Ars Technica: GoldenEye 007 Remaster Was Canceled by Nintendo With Only a Few Bugs Left to Fix
Hi from the author of this cited Ars Technica interview. You are so, so, SO wrong. Some parts of the game didn't age well, certainly, but a lot of them hold up. Also, its 4p split-screen one-shot pistol deathmatch feels different than pretty much any FPS console classic I can think of, and I still love it.
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Thread Ars Technica: GoldenEye 007 Remaster Was Canceled by Nintendo With Only a Few Bugs Left to Fix
FYI, the easiest source of downloads for this leak was taken offline yesterday. Archive.org hasn't yet replied to my query about what happened.
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Thread Pop star and Final Fantasy character Ariana Grande plays Sackboy: A Big Adventure so you should too
It's a *much* better multiplayer co-op game than a single-player one, is my biggest note. I have one bubble-safe buddy who comes over 2x/month to play in local co-op (since it launched as local co-op only), and sometimes I go back to levels we played solo, and it feels freakishly evident to me that they always intended this to be played in groups... which makes the local-only issue at launch so baffling. So, rope in a friend, and you're in for one of 2020's best games. Play it alone, and you're gonna reach some really rough spots after a very good opening.
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Thread I finally beat Super Mario Bros. 2, what are your memories/opinions on it?
If you were around when this game was being released, you bore witness to Nintendo's first nationwide, mega-marketing campaign. Nintendo Power was all about SMB2, and you couldn't go into any toy store or watch any TV show without seeing ads. This grew even further with Super Mario 3, so it's interesting to look back and think of what game promotion looked like back then, when Nintendo was still arguably an "upstart." As far as gameplay, it really was unique among the era's platformers with its whole "pick stuff up" system. That alone made it really feel like a sequel, a fact that Howard Philips at Nintendo recognized when he pushed back on the original SMB2 as a USA release. Since Doki Doki Panic was an internal Nintendo game anyway, its Mario-like heritage works even with all the kooky ways they shoehorned Mario and pals into it--and the heroes' sprites were goddamned impressive (arguably better than SMB3).
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Thread So Era, amidst the pandemic, why do we not have virtual D&D groups?
because the tools have never been mature. Wizards slept on the concept of workable online D&D tools for yeaaaaaaaars. they had an online compendium for 4E tools that ran on fucking Silverlight, and rather than ever bother fixing it, they killed it outright, with current official tools being a glorified wiki. meanwhile, third-party DM/table services like Roll20 are bolted-together messes that haven't scaled to the demands of increased interest via the pandemic.
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Thread Pablo Escobar's hippos must be culled to halt biodiversity disaster – scientists
hippos are one of the scariest species in the world, by far, in terms of aggression and physicality. they won't hesitate to fuck you up, and last I checked, their stats are known to be astronomical.
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Thread Xbox Series X|S controller has hidden feature that allows for quick switching between synced devices.
shame that this doesn't apply in swapping between the Xbox Wireless Adapter on PC and Xbox consoles, cuz that's my *only* use case for such a thing. still, this is rad for Bluetooth users.
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Thread Tekken 7 Season 4 Launch Trailer - Season Pass 4 available 10th November - Free netcode improvements live 9th November
There's no embargo on this, and this kind of pre-release hype trickle isn't Ars Technica's domain, so I'm offering to you, ERA. Tekken's PR group has confirmed to various members of the press that "in March, a new character will join the fight in TEKKEN 7 as the latest DLC character entering The King of Iron Fist Tournament." The same email includes an offer of "a hoodie and a special item that teases the next character joining the TEKKEN 7 line-up of playable characters." The hoodie has the Mishima Zaibatsu logo on its front. The "special item" is unclear.
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Thread Tekken 7 Season 4 Launch Trailer - Season Pass 4 available 10th November - Free netcode improvements live 9th November
It's the Mishima Zaibatsu corporation logo, so, the next cast member could be an existing connection to that. Jinpachi? I'm not versed enough to wager any substantive guesses.
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Thread Vaping for the first time. Any tips for a newbie?
Hi from Seattle! Dry herb vapes are my go-to when I want to imbibe in legal products in my state. My go-to is an Arizer Solo II, though I also like the Fury 2 as a great ultra-portable option with an admittedly crap battery. Managing a dry herb vaporizer is pretty simple, with the primary caveat being that you need to keep up with cleaning. Isopropyl alcohol + cotton swabs after like 3-5 uses, then wipe down with paper towel and run your device at near-max heat for a few minutes while it's empty. Wait for that to cool, then open up and let the separate elements dry out. You'll learn pretty quickly what the scale from "how much I inhale" to "how I feel" scales, since different devices have different airflow. My Solo II requires a lot of inhalation pressure to pull vapor, which is my preference, since I'm a lightweight and am generally looking for CBD-dominant stuff for pain relief and mild relaxation. And just be sure to *really* inhale once you draw vapor from the chamber; merely pulling the vapor into your mouth won't do it, and this is the mistake amateurs make and wonder why they aren't feeling anything.
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Thread Vaping for the first time. Any tips for a newbie?
I'm gonna add this nugget for the drive-by readers who might be under 21 and have access to weed: Probably don't. We're all looking for richer research on this front, and reclassification on the federal level in the USA could really help us reach a better understanding on whether there are any serious impacts for kids. In the meantime, the evidence isn't great for developing brains. Or as I say to my nephews: Your brains are already hella receptive to being stupid and eating snacks. Weed won't change that. Wait it out a bit.
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Thread Domino's Pizza in 30 minutes or is it free. Would you claim the free order if it takes over 1 hour?
there's a reason Domino's stopped this in the USA nearly 30 years ago: because the corporation was liable for damages from so much reckless driving by their delivery staff.
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Thread Nearly irate over this Kotaku article about Super Mario World music arrangements
tooting Ars' horn here: I think Kyle Orland did a nice job speaking to devotees of the song-reconstruction scene and talking about different aesthetic approaches. some groups err much harder on trying to simulate the SNES's total tonal/effect/sound profile. To some extent, I agree w/ this Kotaku author, even if they need to calm the heck down. I prefer how these songs sound out of an SNES. But I'm also glad these remakes are out there, because they demonstrate how good Koji Kondo was at translating sample audio to SNES hardware. It's a fascinating comparison option.
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Thread Stephen Totilo, Editor-in-Chief is leaving Kotaku
When I think of "most valuable editors" in this industry, Totilo's at the top. Nobody out there has done more to completely right a site's ship while straddling the tricky line between serious journalism and worth-coming-back silliness. you_dropped_this_king.jpg
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Thread NVIDIA's DLSS 2.0 is Easily Integrated into Unreal Engine 4.26 and Gives Big Performance Gains
This, I've been very curious about. Anybody in the dev community wanna DM me what Nvidia's terms for DLSS are? I assume they want payment of some kind...
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Thread Devs (Treasure Ltd) who best work (MDTLA) was Overshadowed by Another of their titles (Gunstar Heroes)
real Sega fans know. anybody who reps Genesis and Mega Drive content has a soft spot for this game. I think it's fine to put MDTLA in a different column in terms of value compared to Gunstar Heroes, Dynamite Headdy, and so on. like, I don't necessarily think it's "better." but it IS a surprisingly great game, certainly better than any of the Mickey/Donald MD games in terms of that kind of quirky, family-friendly platforming.
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Thread It appears that the GoldenEye 007 XBLA remake has leaked (longplay released on YouTube) [Playable Build out in the wild]
Xenia doesn't support system-link online play (that I know of). If you use Xlink Kai, you'll see people in its chat lobbies talk about using debug 360 hardware to get it working online (which Xlink Kai then creates a tunnel for).
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Thread It appears that the GoldenEye 007 XBLA remake has leaked (longplay released on YouTube) [Playable Build out in the wild]
It's not great, but it definitely looks more like the real-life actor than the original splotchy N64-whatever:
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Thread Exclusive: Merck anti-baldness drug Propecia has long trail of suicide reports, records show
I have a friend who went on a psychotic bender after taking Chantix to quit drinking. He thought he was at his girlfriend's doorstep one night and began begging to be let indoors; turns out, he was at her neighbor's, who decided to exercise his "stand your ground" rights and shoot a shotgun through the door. My friend was killed instantly. Turns out he'd been having insane dreams for about a week before that. Listen to the "warnings" any time you see a Chantix commercial. The most sinister ones were added after his death, with its makers scrambling to cover up that tragedy. The guy in question was Carter Albrecht, a promising Dallas musician who'd become part of Edie Brickell's touring band while recording his own solid solo records. If you like Wilco-like stuff, his old bands Sorta and Sparrow are tricky to look up but they were a treat for a certain kind of music fan. Fuck big pharma for committing to the carelessness that kills people and drives them mad.
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Thread It appears that the GoldenEye 007 XBLA remake has leaked (longplay released on YouTube)
Here's a fun new video from Graslu00 (the Spanish streamer who first showed the world a full playthrough). Easter eggs in the intro "007 gun barrel" sequence start to appear once you've beaten the 360 version. Big head mode, swatting flies, Natalya dancing... check it out:
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Thread It appears that the GoldenEye 007 XBLA remake has leaked (longplay released on YouTube)
I had a hunch y'all might've stumbled upon it while I was testing it and typing this up: Runs great. 21:9 support in this version, which surprised Graslu00.
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Thread R.I.P Xbox 360 controller 2007-2021, thoughts and prayers.
the latest Xbox Wireless Adapter supports up to 8 XB gamepads on a single PC. not that you'll necessarily need that, but I think it's a nifty touch. you might be able to find the older, slightly bigger Xbox Wireless Adapter for cheaper used? works identically, except it only supports 4 gamepads at once. and +1 to the person who recommended getting a new retail Xbox Series gamepad bundle w/ the wireless adapter, unless you wanna roll the dice with used gamepads.
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Thread It appears that the GoldenEye 007 XBLA remake has leaked (longplay released on YouTube)
If this ROM's holder(s) are reading this: Hi from Ars Technica. I'd love to talk, either via DM here or via email (my first name at arstechnica dot com). I protect sources. I've been following this story for years and am keenly interested in telling this next chapter properly, so, yeah. Whew! What a development.
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Thread negaoryx (Twitch streamer) absolutely destroys troll live on stream (seriously this is absolutely amazing)
looks like the next Gamer of the Year award just got locked up—serving verbal justice while killing and platforming? come the heck on. this is tops.
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Thread Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen
one of many national failings that puts blood on Trump admin's hands, and in this case, Betsy DeVos's. this is what dismantling the fed hath wrought. without a federal effort to nationalize things like masking, family outreach, payments to families, and public school online infrastructure, everyone is getting crushed before they can begin rebuilding, and nobody has bandwidth to empathize with anyone else. this mental health crisis is still not as bad as plummeting into the idea of "herd immunity." see thousands of COVID sufferers cough up blood and go through kidney failure, and then tell me we need to have throngs of unmasked children around sensitive adult populations as if nothing is wrong. masked, distanced, reconstructed schools are certainly a possibility, but we're only getting STARTED making that happen on a national level.
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Thread So is Street Fighter now the least represented series in Smash Bros?
Picross is the worst-represented game series in Smash Bros, in terms of existing on nearly every Nintendo console and being first-party. No trophies in past games, no stages, no assist trophies. It doesn't exist.
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Thread Dave Molloy, Cinematic Creative Director at Sucker Punch, is currently working on a Ghost of Tsushima game for PS5
if he's describing this as a project's cinematics director, this sounds much more like a whole new sequel, as opposed to redoing existing cinema scenes. look at his LinkedIn, and he's talking about cinematics, advertising campaigns, and so on.
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Thread McConnell privately says he wants Trump gone as Republicans quietly lobby him to convict
The sooner they punt Trump, the sooner they can wrest party-wide messaging away from his unproductive sycophants—and build the false narrative that, oh gosh, Republicans DID always think he wasn't truly conservative or religious. Successfully impeaching Trump also lets Mitch reclaim the "I was the top dog all along" boner that he so clearly craves. Trump's deplatforming in the past few weeks, and its immediate ripple effect as conservatives shove each other around to fill in the vacuum, is all the data he needs to know this is a useful tool to reestablish Republican dominance.
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Thread [TRAILER] Destruction AllStars - Meet Your AllStars l PS5
STILL no release date beyond "February" ? Hmmmmmm. If this is a PS Plus game for February, then that typically means February 1, and it makes me wonder whether it'll hit that release date. But also, if this is a PS Plus game, they don't really need to do an information trickle. Remind people it exists, then let the gameplay itself sell how multiplayer works. I see what they're doing from a marketing standpoint, and PS Plus is the only cushion they've got to keep me from expecting a failure or mess by default.
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Thread anyone still having a hard time believing it
lots of tears today, I'll admit. relief, joy, and optimism, but then somehow trauma, shock, and mourning at the same time. to anybody who might troll this thread and offer some "lulz baby" to that: my sister is a teacher and has suffered. I have friends who work as doctors and lawyers and have been bewildered by the pointlessly evil efforts and mandates of this administration. and economist friends have been gobsmacked and fear the insane bubble-burst we're going to see when all the policies that favored stock buybacks and trickle-down hogwash come crashing down and hurting middle-class families the most. plus, our national security and telecommunication efforts have been the laughing stock of the world. it's been maddening and embarrassing if you've paid any attention, with so little "winning." ...with the exception being, staying out of armed conflicts we arguably should have been a part of in terms our moral code, but backing off of to please mighty Putin, all while playing loosey-goosey with Iran and North Korea as a form of destructive, unproductive theater. I'm not sure I can think of anybody who has praise for this administration beyond the biggest financial cheats in the world. which his pardons made abundantly clear. so watching everything today, and seeing an earnest, principled, and policy-backed pledge to rebuild this nation... I lost it. I absolutely lost it, for all of the things above plus the "executive is meant to lead and connect with us as our humble servant" level. god. the last four years haven't been a fever dream to me. they've been all too predictable if you read any WW1 and WW2 history books. I'm only shocked that we didn't see more outward-facing rot. but I'm still curious how much rot from within can be fortified and fixed up in the next two years.
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Thread Ron Watkins (8chan founder, likely Q himself) pulls the plug on Qanon
I posted this elsewhere and am using it to work on/with family members of my own that have fallen for Qanon and its tributaries. Really in-depth report as prepared by a GOP Congressman. Excusing hate is not an option for me, but helping people face the reality of their hate, with steps towards reconciliation and redemption, is.
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Thread Terrorist Cult Leader Donald J Trump Issues Final Slate Of 147 Get Out Of Jail Free Cards: Kids - No. Bannon - Yes. Joe Exotic - No
citing Palmer Luckey as an advocate, only months after he hosted a fundraiser for Trump with the Beach Boys as performers. it's....... it's quite a pardon, and not in a good way.
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Thread The Guardian has ranked the greatest handheld games consoles to the Nintendo Switch
OG Game Boy should be #1, period. It was an absolute achievement in terms of battery life, sales, and developer support, in ways that no portable game-dedicated platform has ever seen since. And iPhone 3GS should be on the list—and in the top five. (I'd say it's #2, right beneath the OG Game Boy.) This fucking list.
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Thread what is the *worst track on Nirvana's Nevermind?
I dunno, man. The whole album is dense with get-in-and-get-out catchiness. I could probably do without ever hearing Smells Like Teen Spirit again. (Blame it on '90s radio burnout.) If I change the album to start with Come As You Are, then In Bloom, then Breed, I'm good to go. I'd do that instead of lopping off Polly.
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Thread The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Plummets to Fourth-Lowest Ratings Ever
Amber Ruffin (longtime Seth Meyers writer) is comin' up, anyway. Don't sleep on her show on Peacock. (No subscription required for her show, thankfully, it's just ad-supported.)
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Thread [Jason Schreier] Inside Cyberpunk 2077's Disastrous Rollout
Also, as someone who attended and reported on that E3 2018 behind-closed-doors demo... I'm steamed yet completely unsurprised. This may be a last-straw jolt for at least a few members of the press when it comes to publisher promises about non-playable demos.
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Thread PSA: You need to log into a Ubisoft account to unlock the DLC for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Complete Edition
Also not the case on Xbox. I wonder if that's an Ubisoft dodge to get around Nintendo Switch Online? While we're here, FYI:
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Thread PSA: You need to log into a Ubisoft account to unlock the DLC for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Complete Edition
This is *not* true on Xbox One, which is the platform I've tested on. Knives works by default, and no other content appears to be locked. (Coincidentally, the Ubisoft login service built into the game shows nothing unlockable right now.)
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Thread PSA: You need to log into a Ubisoft account to unlock the DLC for Scott Pilgrim vs. The World – Complete Edition
there's nothing in the game that pauses, stutters, or checks for an Ubisoft account, so I can't be sure what may have happened.
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Thread Rep. Pramila Jayapal tests positive for COVID after being locked down with maskless Republican colleagues
...you realize that a virus cannot be cured? Once your body is infected by a virus, you have it. Vaccines are not curative. They are preventative—and need time for the body to react and build antibodies/immunity, so you can get a vaccine (with either weakened viruses or RNA information) and still be vulnerable to a fully blown version of the virus. You have a LOT to learn about vaccines before talking about vaccines. Start here:
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Thread North Idaho ISP blocking social media for all its customers unless they call and have themselves whitelisted.
Ars looked into it and saw that the admin in question claimed he wrote the original email incorrectly and sent a follow-up to all his customers. Which is... just so very odd. Here ya go:
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Thread Jonas Neubauer, 7-time classic Tetris world champ, dead at 39
Dude was a big reason classic Tetris started bubbling up as a big deal in recent years, including airings on the likes of ESPN2. RIP. Heart's out to his wife Heather Ito, a world-champion Dr. Mario player. EDIT: According to BSG4000, a classic Tetris player, Jonas passed on Tuesday of this week. No clarity on what exactly happened beyond what's been posted at his Twitter.
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Thread The $299 XBOX Series S is an Emulation Beast | MVG
I hadn't tested in a while, but this update broke n64 support, seems to have also removed OpenGL as a driver option. None of my games load any longer. Or did I miss something obvious in settings to resolve the fact that n64 games simply fail to load?
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Thread Zachtronics new FREE game - NERTS! Online
I'm gonna be online for the next 50 mins testing this, if anybody wants to try out its newly implemented lobby system... EDIT: no takers, but I'd be down for playing this online w/ any other ERA members if anyone's looking to try it out soon, DMs are open.
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Thread Pennsylvania state senate Republicans refuse to seat certified election winner.
THE VOTE WAS CERTIFIED. And the court challenge you cite was rejected. That is what we call the normal process, as opposed to a "stolen vote" in the dark. The senator should be seated and recognized, and an appeals process can undo that if courts decide it as such. This wretched, stinking bullshit of blocking the normal legal process because it would make them feel better to wait for a possible appeal..... it's third fucking world. Imagine if Al Gore dug his heels in and fought the American legal process while we hemmed and hawed over hanging chads in 2000. There would've been blood in the streets. And yet. I can't even with this nation I live in sometimes.
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Thread What are the best 4K Blu Rays?
The 1995 version of Ghost in the Shell looks lovely, but it's understated, not exactly an HDR stunner or anything. The Hobbit trilogy may put you to sleep, but WB didn't mess around with its 4K release in terms of image quality, it's ridiculously good.Gorgeous in 4K... but seriously, don't watch this while under the influence of any drugs. It's already its own acid trip.Sadly, the USA set that just came out is missing HDR metadata. Funimation has acknowledged the fuck-up and says they'll accept discs in the mail from anyone seeking a replacement. You may just wanna wait until they get the discs swapped out for a relaunch in February.
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Thread Was the only (major) reason goldeneye 007 on N64 was loved back then the multiplayer?
In the late '90s, the $300ish needed to get an N64 + Goldeneye + extra controllers was far, far more approachable than the $1,000+ needed for a high-end Pentium PC, let alone $$ on top for a dedicated graphics cards. And the console space had just barely exceeded a point where Doom ran at 320x240ish resolution. Context is everything. Also, +1 to everyone who pointed out what a single-player revelation Goldeneye was at the time. Not to mention how wild it was that you could shoot INDIVIDUAL BODY PARTS, well before Soldier of Fortune made this a PC gameplay pillar.
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Thread PSA: Sackboy: A Big Adventure is really really really good.
Agreed, the PS5 loading times are super-fast, but the PS4 ones are fine. Plus, it's a cross-gen purchase, I believe. (Or, at least, the copy I got unlocked both platforms.) PS4 Pro version gets 60fps, tolerable resolution downgrade, and some reduction in world details (particularly blades of grass). In other words, if you aren't upgrading to PS5, this is a safe PS4 game to grab. Biggest annoyance: no progress xfer between PS4<-->PS5.
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Thread Wish there was a Fez 2?
y'all likely don't know how much GamerGate-related stuff took a toll on him. women in the industry have told me very bluntly that Fish took serious heat by being one of the only men they knew in game development who actively replied to and combatted GG-related hate and targeting. you don't have to like the guy, but I promise you, he was more active in giving a shit about GG victims than waaaay too many people (myself included, sadly). exactly where that landed in the Fez-related timeline, I can't say, but I promise you it changed his tenor about participating in game development and discourse as we know it. or, in my own words (not his), getting predominately angry and targeted responses to the work you do can make it easy to not want to do that work anymore. how much of that he "earned," I dunno, and maybe he needed to disconnect to do his own personal work on that front. but I think of Fish the way I think of Bill Watterson: someone whose work I hugely admired and whose personal relationship to fandom was fucking complicated. (if Bill Watterson had been active on Twitter, I imagine our view of Calvin & Hobbes would be VERY VERY different.) and just like with Bill Watterson, I'd likely want to see/play/experience future projects if they ever happened...... and have also made my peace with what it means to let go of a favorite creator as a fan. sometimes we lose creators to death, to retirement, or to their creative well running dry. it all happens. life goes on.
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Thread White House wins ruling on disclosing health care prices
.......but what's the Trump and/or Republican catch here? for example, is this somehow a stepping stone to repealing the ACA? or some other path to an anti-consumer grift? four years of this WH's fuckery doesn't make me eager to give them the benefit of the doubt here.
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Thread Is Bayonetta a household name? (Or, which Smash Bros characters do you have to explain the most?)
gosh if only Smash Bros games came with a thorough, text-filled guide that players were incentivized into filling up so that they could learn about all the characters wait
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Thread Wonder Woman 1984 | Review and OT Thread
sorry, console owners. from an Engadget report, these are the only 4K compatible HBO Max devices as of today:on my Chromecast Ultra, I got a lot of video choppiness while connected to my 5GHz Wi-Fi. switched to wired Ethernet on my 300 down / 10 up connection, and that helped stabilize the 4K feed.
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Thread If Microsoft had held back Kinect and released it as an exclusive feature for Xbox One, would the console and technology have been more popular?
the 360 Kinect sold like KAAAAA-RAZY. as an add-on that cost less than a brand-new Wii. the Xbox One team clearly didn't have a coordinated, top-to-bottom strategy to sell people on a required Kinect as part of a new console. you can't do that sorta thing without a Super Mario 64 equivalent to answer, "why is this in the box?"
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Thread UPDATE: Super Mario 64 and OoT Source Leaked, Massive Nintendo Data Leak...Source Code to Yoshi's Island, A Link to the Past, F-Zero and more
in the newer "other.zip," there's a curious collection of tightly zoomed photos of bicycles and cherries. these are dumped into the same folder as promotional Nintendo images/videos (only for released products) and one apparent prototype GBA-shaped cartridge with a glowing LED board sticking out, code-named "ntr-apc-led-x2." the bike/cherry photos are undated, so it's unclear when they were taken, or if they were used to test general camera compression or something else. I'm tempted to believe they were art-reference images, but the rest of the archive revolves around engineering and marketing, so that doesn't seem likely.
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Thread Petroglyph, makers of Command & Conquer Remastered Collection, share a post asking their fans if they'd prefer a remaster or a remake of Red Alert 2
When I see "remake," I think of the trash fire that is WarCraft III Reforged. Nope. That's as tall of a "nope" as I can muster. Ultimately, I'd prefer the path of least resistance for the devs, in case the team has to hack away at the original game for any particular reason (lost code, broken implementations, whatever). Just give me RA2 at arbitrary resolutions with decent online play, however they wanna do it.
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Thread Comedian John Mulaney Has Checked Into Rehab
Because I have close friends who have gone from "functional" alcoholics to rehab, lying to themselves and everyone else around them all along the way. I've seen them try to replace one obsession/fixation/addiction with another, and picking up a new job fits that profile.
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Thread The Journalist and the Pharma Bro: How a Bloomberg reporter ruined her life by falling in love with Martin Shkreli
I know this man's mindset. He has at LEAST one other woman in his romantic orbit. 100%. Worse, she may be such a wreck in terms of self worth that she may never out herself to the world (and especially Smythe), which is what sociopaths rely on to amass a pile of hangers-on. It's fucking tragic.
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Thread Sega Announces Astro City Mini (JP Only for now)
Virtua Fighter: lag? This has some input lag, right? I haven't played on a VF cab in a lonnnng time but its Astro City Mini version seems to have more input lag than anything else on this system, when using the built-in controls. Unsure if that's on brand with the original version. Its 3D emulation is otherwise quite solid, from what I can tell. Edit: 10-second clip I just recorded .
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Thread Sega Announces Astro City Mini (JP Only for now)
As opposed to the Genesis Mini? I've just tested the 8Bitdo Genesis Mini controller, which includes both a 2.4GHz USB adapter and wired USB functionality, and neither work on the Astro City Mini. Nor do any of the Retrobit USB controllers I have lying around, nor do my old Xbox 360 or Xbox One pads. Gonna be interesting to see which third-party controllers wind up working on this.
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Thread Sega Announces Astro City Mini (JP Only for now)
Dope, thanks for the quick uploads. DHL says my cab will arrive in Seattle in a few hours, and I'm gonna futz with it for an Ars Technica article later today. I must've missed any previews that included English (and other languages) as menu options, that's really cool. I'm interested if/how the ROMs for arcade games vary when English is selected.
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Thread Oculus Quest 2 |OT| One headset to rule them all, and in the Facebook bind you.
I'm retesting Beat Saber to see if the tracking issues I ran into during the review period have been fixed. I'm not convinced that they've resolved the issue, but I'd love others' thoughts. Anything in "hard" or higher has too many lost swipes for my liking. Anybody have any idea which software has received Quest 2 patches/updates, 90Hz or otherwise? I had no idea whether my Space Pirate Trainer install was updated until I went into its menus and found "90Hz" as a hidden option. You'd think Oculus would be screaming about these updates somewhere, like in the Oculus Store.
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Thread Sony will begin to offer a full refund for all gamers who have purchased Cyberpunk 2077 [Game now delisted from PSN]
cannot find in this thread: what happens if you own the game digitally and try to load it right now?
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Thread Twitch's new policy stated "simp", "Incel", and "virgin" are now prohibited during in streaming.
if you look at the rules, it's INCREDIBLY CLEAR that this conversation today was meant as an informal example of what the rules spell out. Twitch has not created a blanket list of words to ban, and it seems to be making such flexibility in language clear with its full rules, which I invite y'all to read. these give Twitch the purview to very very verrrrry specifically apply such enforcement to people who think they're being cute and harass someone by calling them a "shrimp" under the same context. one reason Ars has passed on covering the story.
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Thread What's the best city in Texas?
I used to edit the Dallas Observer's music section many years ago and have a soft spot for East Dallas, M Streets, Little Forest Hills, etc. (And I worked at a used CD store off Lovers and Greenville when those existed.) Dallas and Fort Worth each have cool pockets, where they are better to live in than to visit. I loved living right off Lower Greenville and Lewis when I was there, in terms of food and bars and things to do, and there's even more decent stuff built up there now. Denton fucking rules. No idea if I'd ever wanna live there, but some of the best Texans on earth come from there. Austin was amazing in the beginning of the '00s when I was there for college, back when everything was cool and dirt cheap (and SXSW was only $40 for the whole fest). There's more terrain and shit to do there, so I'll always recommend it to anybody who's never been to Texas before, but it sure ain't an undiscovered gem anymore. I've never been to San Antonio or Houston as an adult, and never to El Paso. I should probably do that pilgrimage before Texas catches on fire. Marfa, Terlingua, Big Bend natl park, Alpine, and that fort nearby with the observatory: do 'em all as a road trip if you can. One of the best trips of my life. Plano can suck a fart.
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Thread Best/good 5~8 player Xbox One/Series X games (local, not online)?
since you said you had a Switch, 8-player Sega Ages: Virtua Racing is currently exclusive to the Switch. it's a bit one-note compared to most multiplayer racers, but I'm a fan of the idea that the most expensive arcade game during my childhood can now have an EIGHT CABINET VERSION 100% perfectly emulated on a freaking Switch in split-screen. and +1 to all of the system link nods to Halo MCC.
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Thread Back 4 Blood - Alpha Introduction Video
That kind of obnoxious phrasing and dodge makes me absolutely sick. They chose to phrase the question that way and be cute about cosmetic MTX, when the real question is, are they going to monetize the card system and thus doom this game the same way The Coalition doomed Gears of War 4's Horde mode. IF TURTLE ROCK IS READING THIS: Seriously, look at what happened to Gears 4, how much it was roasted for its decision, and proceed accordingly.
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Thread Microsoft/Other Ocean Interactive is developing a Space Jam arcade style video game for Summer 2021 Game Pass release, currently accepting submissions
I'm sorry. WHAT. What most of you probably don't know is......... this almost happened on an official basis, a long time ago. I don't have many details about how far it went—perhaps just a single meeting that went nowhere—but once upon a time, someone at Xbox tried to get the ball rolling on a Lebron-centric XBLA game. It could've been like NBA Jam, or it could've been like Punch-Out!!. I'm pretty sure nothing was ever formally produced. I'm also quite sure Lebron was looped in. It's been long enough that I'm comfortable putting this nugget into the universe, to see if anyone else knows more about it from its conception phase and can clarify.
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Thread LTTP: Dragon Quest XI S is the finest JRPG I've played in 15 years, the absolute best "classic" fantasy adventure you can have in today's consoles IMO
Same. Yakuza: Like a Dragon is my favorite Dragon Quest game of all time. That may mean I'm a "bad Dragon Quest fan" or whatever, but that's my bias. No hate on anyone who digs DQXI.
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Thread NES & Super NES - December Game Updates - Nintendo Switch Online (DKC3,The Ignition Factor, SUPER VALIS IV, Tuff E Nuff)
Japan gets a few different ones: ...which, as usual, you can access for free by downloading from the JPN eShop and loading with other regions' eShop accounts. I don't know the three games that are unique to the JPN selection, but one's clearly a Super Dodge Ball sequel, one is a wacky Sunsoft game, and one is Smash Table Tennis for the Famicom Disk System, co-produced by Nintendo and Konami.
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Thread Should I even bother trying to look for a car on Craigslist or Facebook Marketplace
check the carfax. assume the worst about brakes (aka, talk anyone's price down if you can't get a clear answer to the last time major brake work was done). otherwise, it's a crapshoot no matter where you try to buy a used car.
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Thread Medal of Honor: Above and Beyond |OT| the Call of Duty
i7-8700K overclocked to 4.7GHz, RTX 3080, 32GB DDR4-3000 RAM, SSD... and this game still stutters at default settings on Valve Index + SteamVR version. woof. EDIT: I'm talking to the game's PR group to see what advice, if any, they have for optimization. anything I learn/test will be up at Ars Technica next week. (I'm on vacation still but couldn't help myself to test this out real quick.)
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Thread Cannonhead Clash - Atari 2600 homebrew game (now on cartridge)
what a great, clever design. thanks for sharing. the Pico-8 version is great, and buying it from itch.io gets you multiple regions' version of the 2600 ROM to load into your own homebrew carts or whathaveyou.
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Thread Xbox Series X — 3D Spatial Sound – "Walking in Steve’s Dreams" demo
that they're sharing this on YT, which is notorious for sound compression and frequency cut-offs, is galaxy-brain shit to me. sound frequency trickery is crucial to spatial and binaural audio via headphones, after all. like, the effect is okay, but it's not as good as Atmos-coded audio fed directly to headphones.
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Thread Game Informer: Cyberpunk 2077 Epileptic PSA
I can confirm the sequence in the game is as jarring as described by Game Informer. I'm not the lead critic on this game at Ars, since I'm currently on vacation, but I recall being really bothered by the flickering, then forgetting to go back and check the menus for an accessibility option. (There's an option to filter out all of the nudity, yet nothing similar for flickering lights. Go figure.) There's no epilepsy-related warning in the game's title cards, either.
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Thread So i just found out that i am getting paid less than my new co-worker and i am pissed
if you're in the USA, you can likely talk about your salary openly, no matter what policy is in your office, and any enforcement of such a rule is likely against the law:
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Thread I was barely lucid for the 90s. What did I miss in alternative rock?
One option: get the soundtrack from the early '90s movie Singles. I was a pre-teen when that came out, and it was an all-in-one grunge primer CD. Made me want to get pretty much every band on it, including Smashing Pumpkins, Mudhoney, Pearl Jam, and two bands I'll pull out as YT embeds. First is Screaming Trees, whose lead singer Mark Lanegan still makes a ton of music, but you'll wanna go with their song from Singles: Mother Love Bone was the progenitor for a ton of the Seattle Sound, and this 8-minute blend of two songs is... it's so damned good: (The movie isn't really that good. But I live in Seattle and love connecting this film to places they filmed here.)
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Thread HBO Max Plotting Local International Originals Based On DC Comics IP As WarnerMedia Steps Up Global Rollout Of Streaming Service
hopefully Disney+ follows suit so we can finally get the reboot we've all been craving:
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Thread Will we get a Tetris Effect Sequel?
I strongly urge you to play this content instead of writing it off as "just multiplayer." The mix of competitive and co-op modes is really, really nicely done, and the NES-styled "classic" mode is an addictive translation of the Classic World Tetris Championship rules. New skins and music for each of the modes, as well, designed to morph and shift over 10- and 15-minute matches in impressive fashion.
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Thread lttp: A Muppet Family Christmas (1987) - Where all muppet worlds collide
for anyone unversed in this special, OP's embed is the unedited version, which means the Muppet Babies segment doesn't end abruptly. later home video versions edited out a few licensed Christmas songs, because heaven forbid their rightsholders let some Muppets be festive with the season.
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Thread Recommended LG CX/C9 settings for XSX according to HDTVTest
Hoping to find other CX and Xbox Series X owners cuz I have run into a wacky issue: video is dropping out repeatedly on 4k uhd blu-rays when played on Series X. Audio keeps playing, and menus remain visible, but video drops out after 1-4 minutes. I can go into video settings and, like, change from 120fps to 60fps, and the video will return for 1-2 mins before vanishing again. This didn't happen with the prototype Series X I tested, so I didn't bother checking it again until today. Anybody else able to repro? My Xbox One X doesn't do the same thing on CX, nor does PS5. EDIT: I just went back and retested with the Series X in horizontal orientation. Whaddya know: Blu-rays play properly again. I'm not sure I've run into such an issue before (especially with the audio and other on-screen content still working as expected). EDIT 2: Nope, error still happens in horizontal orientation. How utterly absurd this is. EDIT 3: grabbed some video:
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Thread First time PC Gaming Best PC Exclusives?
Speaking of Blizzard: StarCraft technically isn't a PC exclusive, but let's be real; you're not about to dig up its N64 port. StarCraft II *is* a Pc exclusive. I'd recommend WarCraft III, but we're all *still* waiting for Blizzard to unfuck its "recrafted" version, and the true solution, of installing a cracked version of its previous version, is not the kind of thing I like to recommend. So just leapfrog past it and look into either League of Legends or Dota 2.
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Thread The $299 XBOX Series S is an Emulation Beast | MVG
Finally figured out my woes from earlier in the thread, but perf is still all over the map with N64 content on XSX, at least at default settings. Even with Yoshi's Story, the emulator stutters upon the first load of any particular asset, like the dust clouds from a ground pound. I hope that's a simple fix.
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Thread The $299 XBOX Series S is an Emulation Beast | MVG
online updater -> update core info files? I did that and am still running into stuttering issues. additionally, controls are acting really weird in some games, particularly racers; I can't accelerate in either F-Zero X or Excitebike 64 (the latter of which still stutters noticeably, as well). when holding down A in both of those games, no acceleration is sent to my car/bike, and steering doesn't work. if I let go, I can steer again. any ideas? oh, and I updated EVERY option in the "online updater" and still have the generic UI, not the typical PS3-like UI, so I'm clearly doing something wrong here.......
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Thread Matt McMuscles' What Happened?: The Wii U ft. Scott the Woz
When I knew it was dead: Ahead of launch, I tested it with a friend, her kids, and those kids' friends. While playing Nintendoland, every kid who didn't get to hold the tablet in a mini-game was massively bored. They didn't even try to understand what mini-game they were about to play. They felt silly being left out of the fancy new part, kept looking over at the big controller, and asked if they could play Mario Kart instead.
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Thread PS5's 3D audio is so bad
Oh, I know what their sales pitch is. I've tested 3D audio via headphones for years and would count this as one of the most unconvincing surround-testing setups I've ever encountered. I don't notice any difference in "height" between the levels, while testing the official PS5 wireless headphones, no less. And their choice of audio, a mess of white-noisy water streaming without any disparate elements, is suspect to me. Maybe my brain is broken? I dunno. But as time has gone on since PS5's launch, I've heard more anecdotal pushback about how janky that setup process is and am glad to know I'm not alone.
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Thread What was your reaction to Mario 64 back then?
I memorized this issue's massive SM64 feature, fulllll of screenshots, well before I stumbled upon a playable kiosk at a Blockbuster Video. I'm pretty sure I refreshed N64.com a few times a day just in case any news about it came up. I was absolutely obsessed from the moment I saw what looked like a truly 3D character moving around a truly 3D environment, complete with free camera rotation as an option. It translated really well to magazine screenshots in ways that 3D fare like Nights and Jumping Flash never could.
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Thread The simulation of rain drops in DualSense is the most 'holy shit next gen is here' moment for me
Correct. Press was advised to *not* wear headphones while testing Astro's Playroom. why Sony is juggling that impressive aspect of DualSense with their publicity campaign over the Tempest 3D Engine.
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Thread The simulation of rain drops in DualSense is the most 'holy shit next gen is here' moment for me
there's a reason you're so charmed by the rain. try it with the speaker turned OFF. then turn the speaker back on. those little plinks of rain line up perfectly with the haptic feedback. this is what I was screaming for weeks: that combination of finely turned vibration + perfectly aligned noises from speaker = the real difference.
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Thread 58 percent of workers at Tyson meat factory in Iowa test positive for coronavirus
Bumping this thread after seeing the vile allegations from today's lawsuit about the Iowa factory in question:I said it on Twitter, and I'll say it here: May the managers in question never sleep another quiet, peaceful night for the rest of their pig-shit existence.
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Thread Madden 21 next-gen overhaul
Bad news: We as members of the press still haven't gotten to go hands on with this or see the changes in the form of how it looks in extended gameplay. Good news: A presentation from a few days ago showed how Madden is taking a mix of RFID-tracked players on the field and high-up camera angles to change average running/movement routes on a given play, using exact acceleration/velocity data from real-life plays. In isolation as a demo of a single route, it was interesting. We saw one wide receiver jump off the line at a slightly lower speed than in standard Madden, then accelerate higher than in standard Madden, with a gentler running curve. How exactly that isolated demo and their continued promises of "improved animations" play out on the virtual field on next-gen consoles... remains to be seen.
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Thread First thing you are doing once COVID is "over"
I mean, it's not like we're gonna wake up one day and see the newspaper declare "COVID IS OVER." I'm assuming we're gonna transition into cautious, mask-filled public events as a stepping stone. Part of me wants to build a plexiglass-filled, open-air event space for the interim period. So I guess that might be my "first thing." Or licking strangers' heads like these guys:
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Thread Era, thoughts on the 1tb expansion card for Series X/S?
On Xbox Series, external USB 3.1 SSD offers *identical* game load speeds for XB1 and back-compat as the internal drive. External USB 3.1 platter drives are slower, but honestly not too bad (and still support Quick Resume). Get an external SSD to dump last-gen content. And/or dig up an old external platter drive to back up, like, your Xbox 360 games. Unlike PS5, Xbox Series does *not* limit the number of drives you can attach. I would argue that you can get by with the 1TB of internal storage for Series-exclusive games for at least the next six months, then wait for those Seagate drives to go down in price (or other drives to show up).
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Thread Inslee to ban indoor gatherings and dining, plus issue more COVID-19 restrictions for Washington state, industry sources say
howdy, neighbor! I live pretty close to that FM. tip: Luna Azul two blocks away has some of the best Mexican food in town *and* a COVID-friendly takeout window. the chicken chile relleno comes in a sour cream chipotle sauce that's ridiculously good.
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Thread Inslee to ban indoor gatherings and dining, plus issue more COVID-19 restrictions for Washington state, industry sources say
Hi from Seattle. I'm just glad our upward curve, scary as it is, is getting responded to well before it gets anywhere near other states. Sucks.
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Thread Demon's Souls Remake - Review Thread
Yeah, the GI system in Demon's Souls is so freaking striking, and we'll be talking about that versus RT as more games pick-and-choose what tech they move forward with, whether on console, Nvidia PC GPUs, or AMD PC GPUs. Demon's Souls' implementation can't be expressed appropriately with only screenshots or even YT videos. Having it in your hands completely revitalizes a game that revolves around a "grim-gray" aesthetic without resorting to artificial color-pumping, and if you just look at screens of this game, you'll think, "ugh, it's so drab." But it's not.
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Thread Demon's Souls Remake - Review Thread
You are not wrong. It is a good game."Since the game doesn't lean on ray-tracing technologies" - from my ACV review. Also, one is a console and generational exclusive, one isn't. Plus, the phrase "if checking those boxes matters to you" is there because some Ars readers care about ray tracing, some don't. I don't write good/bad/ugly summaries to be forum-pasted with zero context. That section is an Ars standard used for great and lousy games alike (instead of numerical scores), and if "the bad" isn't bad to you, then that is NOT an accident. The review itself says as much.
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Thread So I have to download games into the internal hard drive to get the full experience on Xbox Series S?
no. an external SSD will load back-compat games at nearly identical speeds as the internal NVMe drive. this has been known for about a month. an external HDD will be a bit slower, but not that much slower. but "optimized for series x/s" games will *only* install on internal NVMe, or the Seagate proprietary 1TB card.
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Thread It's kind of crazy that an $8 indie game gives console users PC level graphic options
this game was unoptimized as hell during the Xbox Series preview period, I gotta go back and retest. that they left PC style sliders in there almost feels like they threw their hands up and said, "I dunno, you figure it out"
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Thread Gamestop telling customers not to put PS5 in rest mode(want opinions)
maybe if you keep it in a glass case as part of a store display. this is otherwise stupid advice, at least based on what myself and hundreds of other members of the press have experienced for the past few weeks of our review period.
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Thread Godfall | Review/Impressions Thread
That's my take. Visually, this is an interesting, but not perfect, PS5 tech demo. Otherwise, it feels like the team started with a 20-min vertical slice that looked sexy as hell on an HDR panel, then had to make an entire game (and, uh, plot universe?) out of it. Rent before buy.
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Thread Disc-based backwards compatibility games on Series X require internet connection for one time activation(?) before they will work
Looking into this. I recall being able to install XB1 disc games in prototype hardware and didn't do the same tests on the retail hardware before posting our review. I've repro'ed the "you need to be online" issue on final XSX hardware with my only XB1 disc lying around, Guitar Hero Live. Not a comprehensive answer to this question, but it's not looking good.
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Thread Never Buy anything from Oculus or Facebook
without a URL that anyone can publicly double check, there's no way to understand what happened here, or whether this money might have been funneled improperly (meaning, a fake "charity" event used to launder money or move it around in ways that violate FB's TOS). my email address is listed earlier if you want to securely send private information that can be verified.
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Thread Never Buy anything from Oculus or Facebook
You should be very, very clear as to exactly what happened. This is unclear about how your charity donation was processed, when you attached FB to your Oculus account, and so on. You are welcome to email me all of the details for no particular reason, as well. (My first name, Sam, at arstechnica dot com)
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Thread great job, Jeremy.
Bocce in Sports Champions felt really good at the time. And Johann Sebastian Joust will forever rule as the only really good combination of motion controls and light bulb use (though you honestly needed a MacOS computer to get the most out of that game). That's about it. They really should've standardized the joystick version of the Move wand. Instead, that model was sunsetted *just* as PSVR began gaining steam.
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Thread Are Xbox Series X BC load times increased from preview build? [Update: Nope]
In my limited testing, I've run into near-identical BC loading times for both. I'm pretty sure there'll be variance in fuller testing, since Series S and Series X are loading games' Xbox One S and Xbox One X versions, respectively. But I haven't seen that yet.
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Thread Are Xbox Series X BC load times increased from preview build? [Update: Nope]
ahead of our coverage this week, I retested Red Dead 2 on Series X and Series S to make sure my times were still the same as last go-round, and they were, down within a margin of error of about half a second.
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Thread Astro's Playroom - Review Thread
Ars doesn't have a review of this up yet, but, yes: Astro's Playroom is exactly what it needs to be as a console pack-in. And the Easter eggs, which Sony asked us to keep mum about, are freaking delightful (and include third party game references). But I can't help but wonder if the scale was shrunken in the middle of development. To wit: There's only one boss battle through the *entire* game, and once I beat that boss, I said aloud, "There really should've been more of these." I hope this means some good ideas were held back for the sake of a fully blown retail follow-up. What's here is good and fun enough to merit one.
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Thread Creator of Celeste confirms Madeline is canonically trans
It's an incredible story. Not that my cishet male status really matters here, but I am delighted that this art, which moved me so much when I played it, was such a transformative creation for Maddy in all the ways they talk about. I'm exactly the person Maddy hints at, whose lived experience is quite dissimilar but who still gets something meaningful and deeply human out of that game.
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Thread Maximilian Dood: The PLAYSTATION LEGACY Video Series. Playing and looking back at old PS1 Fighting Games.
3D animation offered an entirely new gameplay *feeling* after a decade of 2D brawlers and fighters. I can still clearly remember what it felt like to see an "infinite" number of animation frames inside of Virtua Fighter 1 in an arcade and losing my goddamned mind.
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Thread Destruction AllStars for PS5 delayed to February 2021; Will be part of PlayStation Plus for two months.
no they really should have launched it alongside the PS5 as a $70 game with MTX ...no, I'm kidding, this is going to be a 40-page thread of "good call" over and over and over because it is.
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Thread How we feeling about this new gmail logo
not just Gmail: I'm not sure that Google has actual humans involved in the feedback process for any of these changes. I can no longer glance at my phone and have a unified color design clearly indicate what each Google-related icon is for the sake of quick-tapping through my crowded home screen.
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Thread Someone calls you the wrong name how do you precede?
Before it launched in the USA, I got a Dreamcast as part of my work reviewing games for the Dallas Morning News. This was my freshman year of college, and I was in a nerdy all-guys dorm, so people started sniffing around and coming by my room to see Soul Calibur, NFL2K, Sonic Adventure, and so on. One dude walked by my room while the door was open and said, "Oh, hey, Sean, what's goin' on—OH HEY DREAMCAST!" and sat down to play. I didn't correct him. For a minute, my nickname became "Sean Dreamcast." Still fond of that one.
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Thread G-Sync does not work at 4K/120 on the LG C9 OLED via HDMI 2.1 with my 3080
I"ve been using this on my LG CX with the RTX 3080 and the Xbox Series X, no issues since the CX got its firmware update, and I purchased it with no knowledge of the company: (affiliate link) (same link, no affiliate tag)
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Thread Quick Resume and Physical Media
I have a brother-in-law who loves having me as a source on home electronics, and we talked at length about this feature in Series X while I was previewing it. "Your sister might let me buy one of these," was his takeaway from the usefulness of Quick Resume + discs.
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Thread Quick Resume and Physical Media
Here's my assumption: Quick Resume will work, but you'll wind up with the same hiccups when a game recognizes a "profile has signed out" issue while juggling multiple accounts on a single game. Test that out on your current Xbox One, where you back out to the Home menu, switch to a new profile, then go back to the game. Xbox Series X will likely continue keeping so many games in Quick Resume RAM, only to toss up more of those error messages as profiles switch.
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Thread Xbox Series X - Final Previews including Series X optimized Games and Unboxings (Last Embargo lifted)
If his set is one of the 2020 LG OLEDs, which it looks like in the review images, then he didn't update the firmware to 03.11.26 yet. I ran into the exact issue he described when I first tested 120Hz content on my CX 55" (and the RTX 3080 has similar flicker issues in full-screen games on the CX without a firmware update). The firmware update fixed everything.
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Thread Xbox Series X - Final Previews including Series X optimized Games and Unboxings (Last Embargo lifted)
I haven't, but there's a giant warning-X icon on the Kinect Sports Rivals install I have on my backup drive when it's plugged into my Series X. The game won't boot at all.
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Thread 10 Minutes of Gears Tactics & Gears 5 Xbox Series X footage 4k60.
Head to Ars to see versus mode comparisons between Ultra settings on PC and 120fps settings on Series X. Resolution is very close to 4K, while certain settings are scaled down, though some of the differences in the images boil down to tone-map corrections from HDR to SDR. Direct link to that page in the four-page feature:
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Thread Xbox Series X - Final Previews including Series X optimized Games and Unboxings (Last Embargo lifted)
Here's mine, as well, OP: This has the thermal and voltage info you're looking for. Also, no unboxing cuz we still don't have the retail box.
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Thread Trudeau: "We keep extending the border closures because the US is not in a place where we would feel comfortable reopening those borders"
what about a program where Americans have to survive in a tent in a bear encampment for 14 days in order to progress to a human city
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Thread Linking Oculus Quest 2 with a Facebook account is resulting in bans for some people, losing access to the device and their purchased games
Hi, I'm looking into this. If you've been genuinely affected by this, please send identifying details to my email address, which is my first name at arstechnica d*t com, including FB account name, real name, account URL, and oculus username. That's a lot of info, but I can't just go off potentially anonymous reports--and I pledge to not use that information for anything other than story-verification purposes.. If it turns out this is all overblown, and that FB is handling stuff better than these stories sound, that's worth reporting, just as much as if account woes are leaving people with bricked headsets. To confirm that this is legit contact info, has the same info. Since our email system is a more known entity than ERA DMs, I strongly suggest you use email.
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Thread Doom Eternal DLC soundtrack teasers
The thing about Mick's work on DOOM and DOOM Eternal is that he really understood how to tap into a "groove metal" sound, where the textures and abrasion of '90s industrial meet the tempo and slow-headbang momentum of, say, Kyuss, Down, or later-era Pantera. It's honestly a good template for new performers to bolt their own ideas onto, and if I trust anybody to get that right in the FPS-metal spectrum, it's Andrew. Mick's work will be missed, but I'm sure it's win-win on an artistic level, in terms of letting him move on to try new musical things (not speaking to whether he got royally screwed or exactly who shot first with business dealings).
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Thread RTX 3080 - 1440p 144hz or 4K 144hz monitor?
Higher RTX resolution is as much of a waste for 1440p resolution as more VRAM to store textures. The gains are currently nigh imperceptible, and as such, the 3080 will be overkill on 1440p resolutions for some time. Like, by all means, spend whatever $ you want, but you're better off either scooping up a cheap RTX 2070 Super and setting RT in applicable games to "medium" or seeing how the RTX 3070 shakes out.
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Thread Alanah Pearce: Xbox Series X gameplay demo & speed test
that is wrong. I haven't watched video so I'm not sure if that's how they're characterized. press is receiving firmware updates that enable 200-500 BC games per update roughly once a week. if it's currently not playable for us, that does NOT mean it will not be part of BC suite; we've been told to expect everything that works on Xbox One X to work on this.
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Thread Dirt 5 Xbox Series X 4K Gameplay - Ice Drifting And Rally Racing
I tested primarily on an LG CX, and in my piece, I describe how DiRT 5 is not currently playing well with XSX's variable refresh rate setting. But what I played tears far less on my CX than in the YT video you're talking about. Still, the video's bounciness between 30fps and 60fps is in line with what I've tested.
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Thread Facebook ending support for separate Oculus accounts on 1/1/2023
this was announced in August, more info: ...if you're getting a brand-new Quest 2 starting this week, on the other hand, you don't get until 2023. Quest 2 won't turn on without a Facebook account attached.
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Thread G-Sync does not work at 4K/120 on the LG C9 OLED via HDMI 2.1 with my 3080
see if new firmware from today 03.11.26 helps, scroll down here: ... should work for all CX sizes. EDIT: just noticed that your cable isn't rated HDMI 2.1. get an HDMI 2.1 cable. they're like $15 for a decent size.
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Thread I forgot DmC existed ever since DMC 5 came out. What was the consensus for DmC?
nothing to add to what everyone else has said (I liked it, I get why some people didn't). Capcom should've called it Satan Might Cry, that would've chilled at least 40% of the complaints.
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Thread Hardware Unboxed video shows us what we already know - PC gaming is going to deal with I/O bottlenecks for a while.
thread, right here. so long as the software in question is designed around current-gen I/O limitations, those games will spend their opening loading scenes xferring assets to sit in a giant RAM page file, then optimizing for lower-speed systems for all other data calls. building games around faster I/O by default is possible on PC, and this would, among other things, include games that instantly load while grabbing assets on the fly through that faster default expectation. like, the point isn't that opening loading scenes could be run faster; it's that the things they'd be loading would be with faster baseline I/O, so, the game would simply not frontload all of them.
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Thread RTX 3080 - 1440p 144hz or 4K 144hz monitor?
If you're maxing out at 1440p, the 3080 is *overkill*. Higher refresh rates hinge more on your CPU, not GPU, so your budget would be better split up with a 3070 (or, quite frankly, a 2070 Super) and that much more $ in your CPU, RAM, and an NVMe 4.0-compatible mobo.
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Thread DigitalFoundry: Xbox Series X: What's The Best SSD Option For Back Compat Xbox Games?
This all lines up w/ a while back (and is the one thing I was surprised to not see DF cover in its first look at the topic). I'm not sure the USB 3.1 adapter matters all that much for whatever floating drive you might want to use. Just get some sort of enclosure that you can affix to the side of your Series X, honestly, so that you don't have a floating SSD among your behind-the-TV cords.
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Thread Omni One, a new VR treadmill
Oh, I should clarify: ...that doesn't make them look stupid to USE. I absolutely hate the unrealistic feeling of "walking" over its curved rubber mat. I'd rather use a joystick, and I say this as someone who is particularly motion sensitive in terms of artificial VR motion.
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Thread LeStream : "Xbox Series X is hot"
from at Ars:Once we have Series X-specific software to test, and an embargo to match, I'll have more on how hot this runs. Also, anyone who would touch the proprietary expandable NVMe drive's aluminum part after it was being used in the system is not smart. NVMe drives are notorious for running at very high temps. He should probably try a lick test next.
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Thread "72 hours into the diagnosis": Official statement pegs Trump's positive tests as early as morning of 9/30
Listing specific hours is imperative for medical professionals who understand the speed at which symptoms/impact can hit. So that's quite the spin.
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Thread "72 hours into the diagnosis": Official statement pegs Trump's positive tests as early as morning of 9/30
This seems thread-worthy, given that the exact timeline of Trump's diagnosis, and if/when he was being tested ("multiple times a day" as recently as July), puts everything about Tuesday's debate into even further scrutiny. Was he perhaps COVID-positive during the debate? Why weren't debate attendees warned immediately? Give this thread comorbidities if old.
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Thread Buying a Xbox Controller for an Upcoming PC Build - Is the "One" variant okay or should I wait for the "Series" variant?
I took a deep dive into the controller in my Xbox Series X feature from Monday, URL to the specific page of my feature: long and short of it: if you want specific colors, don't wait for the new "Xbox Wireless Controller." if you're fine with black, white, or blue, get the new one. and +1 to the suggestion of the Xbox Wireless Adapter. It's nice to have one less Bluetooth thing to mess with if you're primarily playing on a single PC (and have designs on connecting multiple controllers for things like local couch co-op).
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Thread PSBlog: Slam, smash, and boost your way to fame in Destruction AllStars, coming to PS5
MTX + $70 + zero raw gameplay trailers + a painfully generic name + no apparent "all-star" characters despite the game name... I feel bad for the devs. It looks like Lucid has been hustling to make ends meet for YEARS now, and this is their first potential spotlight game since Bizarre folded. I sure hope there's a fun game here, but weaving MTX, or MTX-like progression, into a retail-priced GaaS service has been a death knell for so many brand-new IPs in the past five years. OnRush in particular should've been the pow-bang wake-up call for the producers here. But this feels super OnRush-y so far, with a barrel of ideas slamming together in ways that aren't clearly getting communicated to potential players. If I'd been involved, I would've started by suggesting a MUCH different thematic pivot. Maybe play around with "destruction derby" as a theme and called this Derby Girls, as a twist on ...
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Thread Oculus Quest 2 Review Thread
Oh, come now. I'm right here. It's one thing for anonymous Twitter people to tell me that my review was "biased," but you can critically read everything I wrote and see my specific issues with the hardware—all while I lauded, quite specifically, the screen in a preview state, before software was taking advantage of higher resolutions. I'm hopeful you can aim for higher discourse about my work. I'll be coming back to Quest 2 ahead of launch to see exactly how 90Hz and Quest Link updates factor into the sales pitch, since neither was available for full testing. The Quest 2 resolution stuff in this video is promising, but it looks like some of those video's Valve Index clips have certain visual settings turned down. Possibly because it's running at 144Hz, which SteamVR would automatically correct for by downgrading resolution to keep that frame rate locked. (But that's just a guess; I don't know why reflections are turned off in the racing game solely on Valve Index.) Agreed with another person about things that figure into real-world use, particularly FOV. Valve Index is still quite pristine in terms of operational resolution, and it's not certain how Quest 2 will handle medium-power PCs that can't reach the fidelity of its high-res panels. And Oculus was pretty frank to me about this hardware not being built with wireless connectivity in mind, so I'm curious to see what other people can do with WiFi 6, without Oculus's blessing.
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Thread Xbox Series X hands-on previews coming soon. Update: BC, interface, load times, quick resume impressions live.
We started with access to 494 bc games. Then on Friday night, another *500* were added. Buuuuuusy weekend for us Series X testers. My Ars piece (linked earlier) includes charts and some game-specific results. Monster Hunter World in particular is a beast.
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Thread The Supreme Court - Last Week Tonight with John Oliver (and how American democracy is a f****** sham)
seriously, fill out your census forms. do not wait. (this guidance is from the very end of the episode but ties into the rest of what he's talking about.)
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Thread Grunge Era: Which of these Seattle-based bands is your favorite?
man, OP, I was about to have a WORD. Replace 'em with Mudhoney for locals' sake, if only because they're still making records and doing their thing. Also, Seattle's Brandi Carlile released this cover with Soundgarden as her backing band as a studio-recorded 7" for Record Store Day yesterday, and while the live version isn't as good as that one, it's the only way to listen to the cover online, and... gosh.
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Thread Which Nintendo console you think had the weakest first party output? (Virtual Boy aside)
Not cheating. Game Boy Color is my vote by sheer numbers alone. It had pretty much nothing in terms of first party exclusives, with Link's Awakening being the only non-exclusive that I'd describe as a serious upgrade over its standard GB version. We might've gotten more GBC gems if Nintendo hadn't decided to postpone/release them as GBA games instead (see the Gigaleak's GB-related dump for more on that).
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Thread MKBHD - Can you actually game in 8k? (RTX 3090 gameplay)
Forza Horizon 4 is super efficient in 4K on 3080. In its benchmark, 4K + ultra across the board maxes at 70% perf. I'm not convinced that this performance is THAT much higher than what you'd get from the 3080 at 8K, particularly because the Control test shows upscaled 1440p struggling to maintain 60fps. I'm wary about these test results.
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Thread MKBHD - Can you actually game in 8k? (RTX 3090 gameplay)
From the look of things, this is Nvidia's Vega 64. And the reasonably priced 3080 lets them get away with that, even if the market reads "almost double the cost of 3080" as "almost double the gaming perf." Nooooooooooooope. EDIT: To clarify, I think Nvidia's messaging has mostly been on point about the kind of insane use case the 3090 unlocks, more on the production side of things than playing games. So I don't have a beef with its high price (considering how much fucking RAM it sports). And I think having Marcus open with "HEY WHOA LOOK AT CONTROL" might not be the best way to unify that messaging.
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Thread Xbox Series X hands-on previews coming soon
the cable snarl of PSVR doesn't help—especially since I have the older PSVR model, so I have to unhook and rehook the whole damned thing when I'm not using VR to enable HDR. (remind me to never post photos of my entertainment center again.)
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Thread Xbox Series X hands-on previews coming soon
literal lol. fair. I'm working with unfortunate limitations in terms of guaranteeing wired connections to my consoles/PCs, plus managing limited power outlets and a single cable Internet cord in my apartment. in a fairer world, Ars Pro++ would move me on up in terms of what I can afford to rent. ah well.
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Thread GBiz: Xbox Series X is too much of an upgrade.
The case he's making, as I heard it, is that he recently bought into Xbox One X + Game Pass as a path to solid, unique 4K gaming content. He has been charmed by Xbox One X as a powerful, quiet console. But now he's arguing that Microsoft, in spite of all its proclamations about cross-generational content, aren't truly committing to that (which could've been better supported if he'd mentioned how many revealed first-party games will be Series exclusives), so if he wants to stay in the Xbox fold, he's neither sold on the "comparable" Series S being worth another 300₤ nor Series X driving him to spend 500₤ on top of the investment he recently put into Xbox One X. In other words: If you bought into Microsoft's band-aid on the Xbox One generation--as in, the One X as a way to FINALLY play high-performing Xbox games this generation--that wasn't too long ago. There's a decent contingent of people who may look at the Series S and Series X and come to a similar conclusion. The quote as posted on Twitter doesn't make any room for that nuance. Shitty crop.
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Thread What was your personal worst prediction fail regarding videogames?
...that the Dreamcast would get Sega back on track as a console manufacturer and game publisher. The floodgate of piracy in its first year sent third parties FLEEING, just after Sega had done a bang-up job courting them with aggressive fees compared to Sony.
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Thread feeling a bit blue and lonely, what's a game with a nice world to get lost in?
a short-and-sweet alternative: A Quick Hike. you can "beat" it pretty quickly, then take your time 100%ing while enjoying the chill vibes and BoTW-meets-Animal-Crossing aesthetic.
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Thread Spelunky 2 | Review Thread
I only tested on Pro. Derek Yu was also gracious enough to provide us at Ars pre-release Steam keys (which is how I conducted tests on Parsec) before the PS4 version was ready for press. I've had zero issues running the Steam version at 4K. (No, that's not going into my RTX 3080 review this week.)
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Thread Jonathan Blow (creator of Braid) threatens to boycott conferences that "disinvite speaker[s] due to "cancel culture"-style pressure"
The only point I'd leverage in Blow's favor is that conferences in general should do some goddamned research BEFORE inviting speakers, and implement policies that make clear what your overall advocacy path is in the event that someone shows their ass well after the fact. The cycle described here—invite, learn about regressive behavior, disinvite—may be better than putting bad-faith arguments on a pedestal, but it's still a mess. For example, maybe they keep the standing invite for a person with dated or regressive views while also clarifying a percentage of speakers and topics that revolve around recognizing and undoing long-standing tech biases.
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Thread Do people know about Marilyn Manson's disturbing history with Evan Rachel Wood?
I learned all of this earlier today when I mentioned that his latest album struck me as surprisingly decent. Once I saw that, however, I skipped to the next album and was good from there on out.
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Thread Immortals Fenyx Rising - Hands-On Previews and gameplay
Correct, since weapons don't deteriorate and special attacks are available on a recharging basis, much like AC. Really, the combat feels a lot like AC: Valhalla (which I've also played), and that means targeting foes in a crowd felt like a mess in this two-hour demo (with camera occlusion on nearby geometry coming up more than I cared for).
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Thread DLSS is better than you even think.
All AA has its benefits and drawbacks, and Nvidia has benefited from DLSS 2.0 leveraging TAA and correcting some of its worst ghosting issues. But ghosting in motion is still better than outright missing visual details, and I can't think of another AA solution that literally omits details in its attempt to reconstruct.When it's good, DLSS 2.0 is VERY good. Case-by-case basis at this point. Control is a pretty amazing example, and its controlled, indoor environments are the exact kinds that Nvidia's farm of computers have studied for some time. More Nvidia data on a particular game scenario = smarter and more efficient DLSS handling of those moments when encountered in *any* game.
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Thread DLSS is better than you even think.
yep, 2160p, all max settings. here's a 1920*1080 crop of one kind of scene I'm talking about with DLSS off, TAA on, 100% resolution scaling: and now the same portion cropped at 1920*1080 in with DLSS on, in-game "quality" DLSS preset: ...ignore the RTSS readings. but notice the change in active rain detail. this is hard to convey in a single screenshot, it's even more noticeable in action. what was once discrete rain is now mere haze. I have other examples in my Ars piece from a while back about the game's PC version otherwise being a stunner:
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Thread DLSS is better than you even think.
I continue to struggle with DLSS enthusiasm, almost entirely because of how it fails in Death Stranding. Nvidia was very careful to use footage in the game's city zones to show off how DLSS 2.0 reconstructs content in those areas, and does so quite well. But as soon as you get into any predominantly organic landscape (which is a high percentage of the game), and then add rain or other particle effects (particularly in cut scenes), DLSS 2.0 loses a ton of detail. I just checked this again last night (for no reason at all) and it's startling how much detail is lost in an average rainstorm once DLSS is turned on. I fully believe DLSS will be able to account for a wider range of 3D rendering scenarios. But for now, it's an uncanny valley situation for me. As soon as you lose *any* detail that a game creator intended to be visible for the sake of atmosphere, then I'm out--and impressively reconstructed textures and signs don't make up for this.
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Thread Tony Hawk's Pro Skater 1+2 |OT| Looking Older All The Time, Feeling Younger In My Mind
If it helps, I was just the bottom streamer on Twitch and I was quite awful, as well. I need to seriously study up on the original maps. (I have a copy thanks to Activision.) My muscle memory is trash, and while the "realistic" colors are great, they make it harder to pick out certain map details at distant sight.
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Thread Sega Announces Astro City Mini (JP Only for now)
Some items can be purchased with an American credit card / mailing address and shipped accordingly. Other items cannot. This one works with American CC/addresses (but doesn't tap into, say, an American Amazon Prime membership for additional benefits). I've purchased maybe five Amazon.JP items in my life, including my Box Boy Amiibo special edition and my Jump special edition Famicom Mini. No issues thus far.
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Thread Best games to play when you're feeling lonely? Sad, down, depressed, etc.
A Short Hike. Also, I'd err on the side of games that you can get into a satisfying flow state with. Err on the side of less challenge, maybe, because it's easy to misdirect serious life frustrations and project anger onto a game, and that can be very counterproductive to what I imagine is a very tough time. Are you instantly familiar with a racing game like classic Super Mario Kart or Diddy Kong Racing? How about Tetris Effect, which combines classic Tetris gameplay with very uplifting and emotional audiovisual splendor? Or what about the die-and-retry simplicity of modern platformers like Super Meat Boy or Spelunky? Be mindful of your emotions. Be good to yourself. And you can always send a DM to people (I nominate myself, certainly) if you just need someone to talk to. Good luck. You are not alone.
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Thread Xbox Game Pass deep dive. Is it; Profitable? Mutually beneficial? Sustainable?
This is so very very very wrong, and it's the story nobody's talking about. The audience who cashed in on the $1 conversion racket was a vocal minority. And Microsoft has created a plan that locks users in for a guaranteed $10/mo minimum. Ask anyone in the games biz, and they'll tell you that in a world full of game rentals and used game sales,. a $10/minimum per month per user is a *lot*. If Xbox is already starting somewhere in the ballpark of $1 billion per year, before factoring in existing disc, digital, and DLC sales... you can see why they might laugh about whether or not they win the XSX vs PS5 battle. Cuz that's not the war.
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Thread How would the generation have looked like if PS4 only had 4GB of GDDR5 memory
Not just a rumor. Devs were given hints of what to expect while the finalized spec was being worked out, and Digital Foundry, among others, had hard confirmation that 4GB of RAM was merely "optimistic," with 2GB of RAM being another serious possibility. (I can't even imagine what a PS4 with only 2GB of GDDR5 RAM would've been like.)
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Thread Killzone Shadow Fall reveal still looks as next gen as the visuals I have seen so far for PS5/XSX. When will we have our first Next Gen moment?
I'm being slightly facetious, but there's no way 10-year-old me would've believed that an eight-rig 3D-racing arcade setup would one day receive a 1:1 translation to a portable system, for all eight rigs on the same hardware.
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Thread Reuters: "Exclusive: Facebook says Apple rejected its attempt to tell users about App Store fees"
FB whining about a lack of transparency on matters that affect users is about as Trumpian a move as I could imagine from them, and that's saying something.
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Thread How do you feel about Sega Ages ending on Switch and Sega's handling of re-releasing past titles
Releasing these exclusively on the Switch at $5/$8 a pop, and mostly limiting the run to an 8- and 16-bit era, right next to a $20 yearly pass for a boatload of NES and SNES fare that more people have heard of and demanded, was Robotnik levels of stupid.
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Thread The state of modern sports games: American Football
EA and the NFL jumped into one of those cash shower things, like you see in game shows, in 2005, and that was that. They'd already cinched up the NCAA's rights years earlier (1994, I believe.) And publishers were convinced that American football fans wanted nothing to do with generic players, so they all gave up on making competing products during the big-box era of the '00s. (The biggest exception was Blitz: The League, which bombed.) As a lifelong Dreamcast stan, I'll always hold a grudge that Visual Concepts had the football genre essentially ripped from their clutches. These days, we at least have indie shit like Gridiron in the works--an online-focused 7-on-7 version of football, which I've always wanted to see. It's reeeeeeally rough for now, but I wanna believe that team can turn it around.
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Thread Microsoft has launched an xCloud game streaming beta. All Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers able to access the beta on Android
Someone else just ninja'ed me to this, but seriously, check that you're on your 5GHz band for wi-fi. *NEVER* use 2.4GHz for any game-streaming service.
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Thread "High Score", a six-episode Netflix documentary about the “golden age of video games” is premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 19
I'm amazed they managed to hide ads for Dragon Quest products while capturing footage of modern-day Japan, honestly.
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Thread Rocksteady releases another statement
just my two cents, as someone not following this story in a reporting capacity: "asking all female staff to provide feedback about the portrayal and behavior of characters in the games we make" is a really lousy version of "expanding the diversity of our leadership teams to make sure portrayals are addressed in the planning and pre-production phases in the first place"
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Thread EA has mostly not touched Madden's visuals at all since Madden 18 but it's surprising the snow still looks so bad.
Footsteps, yes. Body impact, no. With zero over-the-game accumulation. It's like each footstep is an identical texture that they can recreate cheaply in terms of processing power--since the footsteps are just clear-deletion impact, not partial.
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Thread Radiohead nerds - what album was a more dramatic stylistic change, OK Computer or Kid A?
Kid A materialized in a really interesting way at the time, with a bunch of miniature music videos distributed as QuickTime embeds on web sites (they also flashed as ads on TV networks at the time). That's what I remember: That slow-drip campaign of, "Whoa, did they go down an Aphex Twin bender or something?" (.) Way bigger shift than Bends-->OKC.
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Thread Battletoads |OT| You can stop calling Gamestop now [Complete Act 1 and receive a Battletoads Ship Set in Sea of Thieves]
whoops, that post had the wrong ETA listed because I am a galoot. that's been fixed. no answers to questions until then.
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Thread Microsoft Flight Simulator |OT| The Sky Is Calling
The retail version was this slow to download even during the pre-release period. Unclear whether it's because it's doing a constant download-then-unpack, the app having its own bandwidth throttling, or what. Patience, friends!
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Thread Coming soon to Game Pass: Resident Evil 7, Battletoads, Wasteland 3, CK3, Tell Me Why, Spiritfarer, New Super Lucky's Tale and more
I nearly bought NSLT due to all of its QoL tweaks... until I heard about the frame rate on Switch. So this is great to see.
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Thread NeoGeo Pocket Color Selection coming to Nintendo Switch (UPDATE: Samurai Shodown! 2 and King of Fighters R-2 out NOW!)
the biggest bummer about these ports is a lack of fixed perfect-pixel scaling. you can only adjust screen size by pressing on the right analog stick, so you're pretty much always dealing with arbitrary scaling. absolutely baffling. in terms of responsiveness, at least, they feel good to play.
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Thread Microsoft has launched an xCloud game streaming beta. All Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers able to access the beta on Android
It's..... okay. *Definitely* not worth $100, in terms of the button and trigger quality, but the joysticks are solid. I'm on the hunt for a better attach-to-phone controller option to test out for a future Ars article, because the concept is great, and in terms of instantly syncing to my Android USB Type-C set--just plug it in, and it works--the Kishi delivers. But Razer didn't really update the buttons when they licensed this whole thing from Gamevice, who made a nearly identical product a while back, and it's like, what? These ABXY buttons are MUSHY. A total head-scratcher.
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Thread Microsoft has launched an xCloud game streaming beta. All Xbox Game Pass Ultimate subscribers able to access the beta on Android
I've been in the Project xCloud test app already, but I just won a Bleeding Edge match while using the Game Pass beta app in Android, playing on a Galaxy S9 with a Razer Kishi controller attachment. Verrrrry mild artifacting and screen judder mid-match. Great button-tap responsiveness. This is all on my router's 5GHz band. Stadia is so, so very screwed, if my smartphone on Game Pass Cloud has better button-press response than a wired Chromecast Ultra.
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Thread PC Specs for Marvel’s Avengers on Steam are now out
Minimum Spec: OS: Windows 10 64-bit CPU: i3-4160 or AMD equivalent 8GB RAM NVIDIA GTX 950 / AMD 270 (min 2GB video ram) DirectX 12 75GB HDD space Recommended Spec: Windows 10 64-bit CPU: Intel Core i7 4770K, 3.4 Ghz or AMD Ryzen 51600, 3.2 Ghz 16GB RAM NVIDIA GTX 1060 6GB or AMD Radeon RX 480, 8GB. DirectX 12 110GB SSD space EDIT: ninja'ed
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Thread Microsoft Flight Simulator - Planes and Airports Trailer
Shit, I didn't realize Entebbe's airport (southern Uganda) was in the list. I've been there in real life... ...and was hosted by someone's father who worked for the UN. Those colored cargo containers at the bottom left are airlifted from Entebbe to various African hotspots, sometimes full of working radio equipment or makeshift hospital facilities. So it's a nice touch that Asobo's terrain-building toolset picks up details like that. I had some of the best fried fish in my life hanging out on the beach of that massive lake. (Yes, I captured these screenshots just now.)
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Thread No, I will never run Microsoft Chromium Edge.
the nag is awful. I had to use Task Manager to kill it, and I did not enjoy jumping through that brief hoop. Chromium-based MS Edge is a noticeably better performer on Windows 10 than Google Chrome, and it does a really really good job carrying over *every* setting you had in Chrome. set and forget. both of these can be true.
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Thread "High Score", a six-episode Netflix documentary about the “golden age of video games” is premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 19
Oh, I have awful news for you. Nothing you mentioned exists in this series' chronology.
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Thread How much is your GameCube collection worth? A.K.A. GameCube aftermarket game prices are insane these days
I'm shocked that the full Odama boxed version, with the microphone, continues to hover in the $15 range. I was never much of a collector, but I held onto that one as a Yoot Saito fan (my ENTIRE Dreamcast collection was stolen in 2002, else I would've held onto my launch copy of Seaman).
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Thread Battletoads is starting to look really fun. Seems alot of the combat criticism has been taken serious
this already looks like a better-playing brawler than the playable taste from E3 2019. ready for this. whether the rest of the game modes (shmup, racing) will fit in nicely remains unclear, of course.
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Thread Anyone gaming with M+KB in the living room? wat do?
Razer Turret, wireless mechanical kb + m. Plus a lumbar pillow to make sure your back is aligned correctly if you're sitting on a couch for a while. Any wireless kb+m combo will do, though some are better suited for a lapboard, and others include a built-in pullout mousing surface (like the Turret).
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Thread Earthworm Jim 4 First Look Trailer. Exclusively on Intellivision® Amico™
this video was slotted at the end of last week's lengthy Amico game-reveal event. it..... was not a great reveal event. much of the content looks like it was stitched together from existing assets from the other games. the only new-looking thing was that single, 12-frame animation cycle. no other game-like interactions. between that and the very, very flat look of this island zone, I'm not sure why they even bothered showing this. (Rayman Origins/Legends runs circles around the background content alone.)
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Thread Is Conan O'Brien indicative of the average person’s experience with modern gaming?
I met Conan in the Seattle area maybe one year after Clueless Gamer launched. I tried to briefly say "hi sorry to bother big fan" and leave him be, but he was *incredibly* kind, pulled me aside, and took real interest in getting to know me. Thus, we talked about my writing career, which led to him talking about how he guided Clueless Gamer with very, very mild gaming awareness (mostly thanks to playing games with his kids). It began as an extension of how he chides Aaron in an angry-old-man way behind the scenes, channeling that into a video series, and then it expanded with celebs as the foil.
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Thread Digital Foundry: Horizon Zero Dawn-An Amazing Game Gets A Disappointing Port
I'm not sure what stopped this from happening on my primary rig, but it was absolutely happening in my first few days of HZD PC testing. I cannot personally reproduce it anymore, and as such, I left it out of my article.
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Thread Horizon: Zero Dawn - PC version footage
You might be in luck. My 2080Ti can run ~68fps with near-max settings at 1440p, no resolution-scaling necessary. (For me, "near-max" means nearly all settings maxed out, except for shadows and clouds downgraded from "ultra" to "high." The difference is barely noticeable.) The issue is CPU/GPU combos that normally chew through 1080p/60fps content shouldn't necessarily expect that with this port, at least not in its current "day one" patch state. In the higher-end case, 1440p isn't so bad (though nowhere near the 80-90fps I might expect on avg), but 4K is rough. Really, digs into my specific findings from two different systems, and you may be able to triangulate your use case better from there.
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Thread "High Score", a six-episode Netflix documentary about the “golden age of video games” is premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 19
Hah, they haven't announced who this series' narrator is. Y'all will probably enjoy that. I'll have more on this series in the future...
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Thread "High Score", a six-episode Netflix documentary about the “golden age of video games” is premiering on Wednesday, Aug. 19
No, I said ERA would *enjoy* it. I am definitely inferior to this narrator. That's all the hint you get.
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Thread Gorogoa |OT| Moving Pictures
Thanks for linking my review. I feel like this OT has a few too many revealing panels/hints in the attached screens, however, but that's probably cuz the official screenshot galleries have those (which I think is a bit of a mistake). The Ars link has carefully selected images for those who want to understand how it all works in action while still having 100% discovery ahead of them. Also, we didn't get iOS code in advance, so it's unclear whether that version will be hampered at all, or if its lower price is solely an issue of iOS marketplace pricing shit.
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Thread Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Previews and gameplay (also coming to Steam August 18, will receive VR support)
Incorrect. VR support will come to both PC storefronts. Other Windows 10 Store games can call up either Windows Mixed Reality or SteamVR on a case-by-case basis, as well.
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Thread Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Previews and gameplay (also coming to Steam August 18, will receive VR support)
THIS THIS THIS. The value proposition of that $120 package compared to FSX, let alone any other major flight sim platform out there, is pretty freaking high.
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Thread Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Previews and gameplay (also coming to Steam August 18, will receive VR support)
Thank you for the kind words, and to anybody else who read all of that. Ars's tech team is looking to fix the Vimeo embedding issue, so hopefully that'll be resolved soon. Here's a fun tidbit: MSFS will have Achievements. None have been built into the pre-release version yet, but when you fly in the "bush trip," you have an option to "get back on track" and receive a clear map indicator of whether you're sticking with the flight path. "Doing this will void an achievement," an in-game notice says.
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Thread Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Previews and gameplay (also coming to Steam August 18, will receive VR support)
6,000 words about new features. It's coming to Steam! It's getting VR support! TONS of info in my article at Ars:
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Thread Horizon: Zero Dawn - PC version footage
Ars Technica opted to hold our coverage until a pre-release patch went live. . And Sony did a funky thing of lifting the embargo nearly the same hour as this crucial patch going live, so we would've been reviewing unfinished code that you would never see. I decided that wouldn't be responsible to tell you as PC players what to expect. I'm waiting for about 35GB to download right now so I can run every test again on a pair of PCs. Fingers crossed. Tune into Ars either later today or early tomorrow to find out more.
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Thread Is the Labo VR Starter Kit a decent enough experience for $20? Specifically for Breath Of The Wild and Mario Odyssey?
I'd recommend other Labo kits over Labo VR if possible. The sheer act of building any of the kits is great to share with kids, so you'll have that fun no matter which you go for, but I think the Variety kit is best game-wise, with the Vehicles kit closely following. Robot and VR are rough, game-wise. And the Switch's screen is trash for translating to VR, so much so that I wouldn't recommend it if the kit were free. People absolutely disagree with me, however. If you keep in mind that other VR kits are more comfortable and offer better games, then it's probably fine. My Labo VR thoughts:
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Thread Pitchfork: 12 Best Video Game Soundtracks of the Past 20 Years
Pitchfork will do 20-album lists for a single genre in a single year, yet they try to sum up 20 full freaking years of game music with only 20 selections? Come the hell on. Anything less than 50 picks for a single decade might as well be headlined "Here, get angry at this."
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Thread WSJ: Companies Start to Think Remote Work Isn’t So Great After All
hi from Ars Technica's 22nd year of operation as a predominately remote workplace. not everyone is in the same boat, of course, and building a foundation with remote work as a default has a significant impact. but... just sayin'.
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Thread Rocket Arena launches 14 July on PC, XB, & PS4 with cross-platform play (3v3 hero rocket shooters)
EA sold this as a $30+ SKU for two full weeks before informing anyone that it'd 1) get a price cut on at least one storefront and 2) finally get added as part of EA Origin Premier on PC. That's pretty sketch of them.
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Thread Massive Nintendo Data Leak...Source Code to Yoshi's Island, A Link to the Past, F-Zero, Super Mario RPG and more
Dylan Cuthbert, a member of the original Star Fox teams, piped up, and thread has a smidge more info and insight.
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Thread The Lost videogame wasn't all bad [PC Gamer]
I still resent that this arrived in an era when licensed games were beginning to move the medium forward to a certain extent, only to waste the potential. If a studio like Dontnod or Telltale had been given the keys to Lost, I can only imagine how well its universe and characters could have been mined to tell a worthy interactive story—especially after seeing JJ Abrams and Gabe Newell's friendship publicly blossom around that time.
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Thread The Lost videogame wasn't all bad [PC Gamer]
this video calls the game "repetitive," "infuriating," "tiresome," and "maddening," yet tries to paint it with any kindness? no. this game was trash. it completely misses the point of what makes the TV series click: its organic, surprising interactions between characters. all of the wooden, one-sided dialogue in this game is embarrassing. don't bite on this video's premise. I wouldn't play this again if someone paid me.
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Thread Alanah Pearce - can we please talk about Xbox [Post Xbox Games Showcase Thoughts]
She's right, but we already knew this. Spencer made this pledge about all future first party games coming to Xbox Game Pass over a year ago. And a ton of stuff from the last Xbox presentation is destined for Game Pass, too!
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Thread Indie music label Burger Records shutting down after accused of “curating” a breeding ground for predatory behavior and sexual misconduct
Not particularly massive, but the kind of label that anybody who is hip with record stores and touring musicians knows about. The first time I ever saw Shannon and the Clams was a SXSW gig sponsored/curated by Burger Records maybe 10 years ago. They and a bunch of other affiliated bands made statements, collected below by Brooklyn Vegan, and you probably won't recognize many of the band names (I sure don't).
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Thread Fox hit with sexual harassment suit (Ed Henry, Tucker Carlson, Sean Hannity named)
I have a feeling this suit wouldn't be filed if there was a paper trail of suggestive texts/emails/etc suggesting such a thing. Especially against the kinds of law firms that would represent current/former Fox News staffers.
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Thread I believe The Witcher 3, Final Fantasy 7R, and Bloodborne have the best soundtracks this gen (for AAA) - what's your fav?
Y'all are not EVEN ready for what an amazing score Ghost of Tsushima offers across the board.
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Thread Death Stranding PC Tech Review: The Upgrade We've Been Waiting For
CAS as described in the Death Stranding menus includes the deliberate use of the word "upsampling." But AMD isn't very clear about exactly *what* that upsampling portion of the FidelityFX pipeline is doing, at least not at:To be clear, I never enabled sharpening in my tests, in order to hone in specifically on what its upsampling delivers for an average PC gamer without an RTX card, and how that compares to DLSS 2.0.
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Thread Death Stranding PC Tech Review: The Upgrade We've Been Waiting For
I updated my Ars report on the PC version; go to the end of its last page, and you'll see some images I captured showing how DLSS fails to properly render particle effects in a cut scene and how it sometimes renders a softer image when the game's in more organic zones (rocks, rushing water, foliage). I chatted with Nvidia, and the impression I get is that the very, very impressive work of DLSS is trained on the most common shapes and patterns found in active video games, particularly lined patterns on walls and thin lines on the horizon. Sure enough, DLSS 2.0 is at its best in Death Stranding's city and building-interior scenes. But methinks their models could stand to be trained on more cinematic content, especially as more games target 4K resolutions for cut scenes.
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Thread Well I think I got that damn rona :(
he took his initial test roughly 1-2 days after exposure, and I wish he'd pointed to something crucial to the exposure process. COVID-19 RNA doesn't emerge in human feces for roughly 7 days, with nasal-swab RNA taking longer than that. whatever exposure you may have to COVID-19, you shouldn't get a test for at least 7 days after assumed exposure and expect signs.
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Thread Never Realized How Short the Halo Games Were
Crank up the difficulty, add friends. The dynamic battle design is still immaculate for the sake of replayability. (This is also why H:CE's repetitive circling-back nature is, in my opinion, easier to stomach than when other games do that shit.)
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Thread Rocket Arena |OT| Let's Rock!et
the lack of in-game pinging or text chat is pretty brutal. as is the 3v3 requirement for ranked play, which means there's no getting over the hump of being matchmade with garbage randos. worst of all is this art style, which doesn't make any sense to me. it's just cookie-cutter, rounded-edges Pixar stuff, for a game that's all about air control. why didn't they try, I dunno, a bird theme? or vintage pilots? instead we get "rejected Nickelodeon 3D cartoon heroes" as the common theme for both the characters and the maps. it's like getting a loaf of very nicely made white bread with the crusts pre-cut. I say this because I like this exact sort of game, and some of the mechanical execution is brilliant. but you gotta have real balls to launch a game nobody's heard of--which already tanked in its FIRST attempt at launching f2p in 2019--and expect the market to bend to your "pay $30 sight-unseen" will. ESPECIALLY when it's littered with microtransactions and battle pass messaging. like, what? why? what are you people doing? make up your minds. if you're charging $30, make it feel like people's purchases are being respected. instead, the whole interface is insulting from an "I paid for this" perspective.
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Thread Interplay silent on Earthworm Jim developer's racist, homophobic remarks
He's right there with John Kricfalusi (Ren & Stimpy) in terms of '90s cartoonists proving to be vile people. Kricfalusi was eventually outed by two women who alleged that he'd groomed them as minors, and once the story went live, he admitted to some of the charges (in legally safe fashion, since it was outside the statute of limitations) while deflecting blame.
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Thread Atari 800 VCS Console Gets a Release Date, Costs $399
I have no words to offer about the price tag, because they're advertising this thing as a fully blown gaming computer, and, well, we'll see. but I do have words to offer about this ridiculous asymmetric red-accent gimmick, and none of them are polite.
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Thread Celeste - Overstaying its Welcome
Celeste is like hiking. It has an easier path, a tough-but-doable path, and a crazy-hard path. The story is almost entirely along the "easier" path, and the game tells you from the very get-go that strawberries and other trinkets are optional. The same thing can be said about real-life hiking: You can take an easier, tough-but-doable, or crazy-hard path to reach arguably the same kinds of beautiful views. (And the final free chapter was always advertised as stupid-hard. I for one will never beat it, and I'm okay with that.) I'm not sure a modern platformer has ever scaled as well to those extremes as Celeste, while making plainly clear to players that going for 100% is about the challenge, not about depriving less talented players of the story. And at any difficulty, it's also easy as hell to try, die, and retry.
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Thread Sega Announces Astrocity Mini (JP Only for now)
Someone tell Sega Lord X, stat. I'll be over here praying for a good remaining 26 games, but this whole concept already has me cautiously optimistic. I love this design and hope they mean what they say on the buttons/joystick. Plus the promise of new add-on USB pads has me giddy.
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Thread LoL and Smash personality SkyWilliams housed several of the Smash players involved in scandals, with access to alcohol, drugs to underage guests.
Professionally, I am completely outside the circle of esports. My Ars job involves very, very little interaction with esports competitors or organizers, Smash-related or otherwise. With that out of the way, here's my stream-of-consciousness take on behavior in general, not on any specific allegations: Socialized structures mimic and ape what has come before them, and esports doesn't really have a ton of established systems for adult leadership and role modeling. Think about the scandal-filled world of Western athletic sports, which at least has a sort of academic/school system in its skeleton and DNA, then compare that to the clubs and arcades where hierarchies manifest almost entirely by the social pecking order of whoever shows up to an arcade or event—and then compound that with the inflated sense of self that Twitch adds to esports pros, when their business model revolves around "look up to me and donate money, while I refer to hundreds of you viewers simultaneously as a collective 'chat.'" It's arguably more comparable to cities' music scenes, where social misfits and outcasts gather in dark bars/clubs with certain fandoms and interests in common, along with a chip on their shoulder of being exclusive or "indie." Those scenes are their own mess, but at least they don't have prize money and tournament bravado dumped on top. At any rate, this story stands out because top-down modeling of behavior absolutely matters. Who has the money and the power in an esports scene—who takes people in and helps them get to out-of-town events and have a bed to sleep in—and what do they do with it? And what happens if the people running events, whether they're grassroots or corporate, are more diverse across the board? (Plus, who is *already* modeling that behavior? Who can we celebrate right now, in 2020, for getting this sort of thing right?)
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Thread Midsommar (Director's Cut) Collector's Edition 4K UHD just announced, exclusive to A24 Shop
That's one of the murals in the film, I believe. Someone please text me the instant another printing goes live. I'm this close to giving out my personal phone number just to make sure I don't miss this one again. Sigh. (I put my email into the 'notify me' field, of course, but who knows if that'll be too slow/late?) I'd sure rather buy this version than pirate it, especially if they're not doing a digital release of this 4K director's cut.
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Thread Death Stranding will support DLSS 2.0 on PC
Nvidia was in touch with critics with recommendations about drivers, among other suggestions. They'll send me a special driver for pre-release software if that's necessary, which they didn't do for this one (while advertising the game's DLSS compatibility, to boot).
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Thread Twitch streamer and famed WoW player Reckful has passed away
- ERA friends, please do not hesitate to use this or other publicly available resources, and don't wait until things are too far gone. if you feel the slightest urge for help, seek help. you are not alone. RIP Reckful
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Thread They're baaack: Data caps return 6/30 for some ISPs (At&T, Comcast, T-Mobile)
This is exactly what net neutrality was designed to prevent. Instead, it's: 1) media companies buy ISPs 2) media companies steer ISPs' customers to their specific media properties and channel packages by way of them not affecting your data caps 3) $$profit$$
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Thread Death Stranding will support DLSS 2.0 on PC
. This was focused less on "which is better" and more on what average PC users can expect, and AMD's platform-agnostic option is at the very least neck-and-neck with DLSS, if not seemingly superior—it delivers slightly more frames in identical scenarios while looking pretty much identical during standard gameplay, and *superior* during cut scenes. (Scroll down a ways in my article to see a major cut scene example.)
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Thread Death Stranding will support DLSS 2.0 on PC
That's somewhat accurate. I only emphasize the apparent result to help PC users understand what they can expect from this port's appearance/performance, not the underlying tech. They're both capable of upsampling, but DLSS is employing a different kind of machine-learning model than FidelityFX CAS does. The last time we really saw a showdown between the two came from F1 2019, which Overclock3D has a great article about. Bear in mind, this looks at an older, less refined version of DLSS.
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Thread Death Stranding will support DLSS 2.0 on PC
's already been linked in here, which confirms that yes, 21:9 support is native. (You can either run in 16:9 or 21:9 ratios, not in other arbitrary ones.) And to those asking: This is the most interesting battle between Nvidia and AMD's upsampling options yet, since I've never run into a game that offers both as a native menu option. And in my tests thus far, I've noticed that AMD's lead comes primarily in its *faster* upsampling. Move the mouse wildly from the ground back up to a mountain-filled landscape and review the capture footage, and DLSS 2.0 quite simply needs a fraction of a second longer to resolve it into a crisp image. In action, this disadvantage doesn't necessarily play out in a way that harms real gameplay; Death Stranding isn't about wildly whipping your viewpoint this way and that. But it's still noticeable.
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Thread Death Stranding will support DLSS 2.0 on PC
I'm stoked to see your coverage of this, especially since AMD has been silent on clarifying exactly what FidelityFX CAS does and does not do for Death Stranding. (Another reason why I'm always happy to see my first-of-the-month notice about my DF Pateron sub!)
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Thread Halo MCC - Weapon & Vehicle Skins, Visor Colors coming to Halo CE and more
oh man, see, THAT is the ResetERA thread I've been waiting for. (this is what I get for not clicking through, apologies to anyone on the MCC team reading this forum and seeing me be a schmuck)
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Thread Help me spend my eshop voucher before it expires
Yep, I got my voucher reactivated with a seven-day lifespan (meaning, I could wait until July 6 to use it, though I decided to just claim a game immediately). This required a combined hour on the phone waiting on hold and bouncing from one department to the next. I was only 3 days off of my voucher's expiration, and they acknowledged that their lack of email alerts about expiring vouchers was less than ideal. Nintendo customer service is notoriously nice and accommodating, but do NOT take this as a sign that your own expired vouchers will necessarily get reinstated via phone call, especially if you're 7+ days late. Also, I learned something today:
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Thread Help me spend my eshop voucher before it expires
Yeah, I'd used one half of it last year. I have taken a deep breath and am chilling on the possibility of losing the other half of the voucher. Things could be worse. (I'm on hold with Nintendo consumer service right now.) BUT this should be a big stonkin' loud PSA to everyone else in case you haven't used yours yet. Nintendo won't remind you before/when it expires.
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Thread Help me spend my eshop voucher before it expires
holy shit. my spare eShop voucher expired with zero notice from Nintendo. the eShop says that I still have a voucher, but when I try to claim it via the eShop's website, I get error codes that don't clarify that I've passed the 12-month threshold (June 27, 2019). I ammmmmm pissssssssssssssed. I get so many freaking email alerts from Nintendo, but they couldn't bother to warn me about a voucher's expiration?
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Thread Another shooting in Seattle's (CHOP) police-free autonomous zone kills man and critically injures 14-year-old boy
details are still unclear, but it sounds like 1-2 cars had guns and drove past/through CHOP, and CHOP's own security detail shot at one of those cars, resulting in the death/injury
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Thread Hype check: Mr Driller DrillLand (15 days left) Who’s excited?
Does anybody have guidance on how to convert the OGG files in the Steam install directory for listening? They don't immediately work in my media player, I assume some conversion is necessary (and I assume they're music files, since they have the same name as the songs).
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Thread Rocket Arena launches 14 July on PC, XB, & PS4 with cross-platform play (3v3 hero rocket shooters)
I still can't believe people aren't talking about how this game had a massive E3 event and closed beta launch..... in summer 2019. One year ago. Nexon was pushing it as their answer to Overwatch. LOOK! LOOK AT ITS OLD STEAM PAGE: Two months after its closed beta, Nexon dropped the game altogether: I dunno what EA thinks it's gonna do right that Nexon couldn't, but a $30 entry to a game that could barely get a whimper out of last year's closed beta......... I mean, good luck, y'all.
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Thread Fired Wilmington cop: “We are just going to go out and start slaughtering them f—— ni—–. I can’t wait. God, I can’t wait.”
If these officers' statements were posted online and directed at cops instead of civilians, the FBI would've taken the case up and hunted them down with a full sweep of their online histories and time in federal prison. My lord.
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Thread Washington State: Face Masks Mandatory in ALL Public Spaces Starting Friday
King County has seen a mostly steady decline, with a couple of recent spikes, in terms of cases. But Yakima County has exploded with cases in the past few weeks, and reports indicate that some of those may be getting bused to Seattle hospitals due to overflow. Like, if you look at the statewide stats, they're mostly going down, and that drop is even more severe in the "everywhere but Yakima" sense. I'm happy that my Greenwood neighborhood has some wide sidestreets for the sake of walks and jogs. But now that Phase 2 is kicking into gear, the fucking idiots are mounting in numbers, in terms of 1) not wearing masks and 2) not being careful about six feet of distance on sidewalks. As a result, I walk in the street on a regular basis when I patronize nearby restaurants that serve take-out. Not ideal.
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Thread AEW's Sammy Guevara on podcast from 2016: I wanted to rape Sasha Banks (UP: Suspended without pay...money will be donated to local women's center)
that's exactly why I referenced the racist tirades of Hulk Hogan. Guevara's 22-year-old self was likely saying hateful shit at events and in locker rooms...... as a lower-rung, non-veteran member of various promotions. you don't do that as a relative newbie and get away with it without a larger culture that fosters such assholery.
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Thread AEW's Sammy Guevara on podcast from 2016: I wanted to rape Sasha Banks (UP: Suspended without pay...money will be donated to local women's center)
let's please put his assholery into perspective, to remember the greater assholery in wrestling. just off the top of my head, this is an industry whose most well-known star, Hulk Hogan, was left practically unscathed by society at large after going on a racist tirade—and transformed the debate into his own successful lawsuit against Gawker. I don't think Guevara should be excused. I also don't think the rest of the industry at large should be let off of any hook, or that Guevara should be prosecuted by wrestling fandom in a vacuum. this shit runs deep throughout Western athletics, make no mistake.
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Thread Namco Museum Archives Vol. 1 & 2 leaked on Microsoft Store
That is correct, and as of press time, the JPN Namcot Collection comes with a slick interface, where each purchased game comes with decorations you can put on a virtual shelf. Plus, this JPN version includes high-res scans of original manuals for each game you unlock. However, at least for the time being, its game library is locked, because purchases were unlocking the wrong games. So the JPN eShop has shut these purchases down in the meantime. More on that: But the base download is still up on the Japanese eShop (which you can get by making a phantom JPN eShop account on your Switch), and its freebie is Wagan Land, which isn't on either USA release. So, obviously, get it.
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Thread Jump Rope Challenge released By NINTENDO (free until September 30)
If you stop jumping, the CAT WILL EAT YOU ...not true. But the background image changes whenever you accomplish your "daily goal," which by default is 100 hops--which will take roughly 50 seconds of arm waving to complete. After you finish your first day's goal, you can change the daily goal at a factor of 100. Tap the d-pad to change outfits. Hand your second Joy-Con to a friend to do "two player jump rope." In single-player mode, only the right Joy-Con does any sensing, even though both will vibrate as if your jump rope was skipping on the ground. I mean, for a free "game jam" thingie from Nintendo, it could be worse.
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Thread Torchlight 3 is out on Steam apparently... (early access)
as of right now, it is not working. even the opening single-player tutorial won't work without a server check-in, which keeps failing with server error codes. I managed to play the very brief opening chunk before I got booted, and I still can't get back in. it appears the publisher didn't get ahead of this news release by telling the press. I had no idea this was coming and bought my own copy just to test it out. for now, be warned: no apparent local multi modes. what appears to be an always-online requirement. and the servers right now are getting pounded, so the game basically won't load.
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Thread US Gamer on TLOUII: “Universal Praise has never served anyone” (feat. Zelda Skyward Sword)
I'm glad that Ars Technica bailed on review scores a long time ago, before I began contributing in 2012. that's particularly good in the case of TLOU2, which I believe would be easier to review as a TV series' season instead of a game. certain episodes in this game's combined "season" are better than others, and an overarching score doesn't reflect that reality of its experience.if you feel like story sequences are a waste of time in video games, you are going to have a ROUGH time with TLOU2. there is no easy way to "press X to skip story." at all. it's not just cut scenes.
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Thread After months of silence, CDC holds press briefing, CDC suggests rallies and other large in-person events are of the highest risk.
Official word from federal institutions matters, especially when it reminds people that risks haven't gone away.
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Thread Samurai Shodown releasing June 11 on Epic Game Store
Just launched on EGS, and we're checking it out at Ars. Already starting with a sigh: It doesn't currently include an in-game way to quit the game. You have to get a keyboard out and hit Alt+F4. Also, its resolution currently maxes out at 1080p within menus, with a broken "borderless fullscreen" mode that just takes 1080p and locks it to my screen's top-left corner. I went into my appdata/local/samurai shodown folder, found some INI files, and changed those to render in what appears to be native, full-screen 1440p (at least according to some quick pixel-crawl measurements), though in-game menus still describe it as 1080p.
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Thread One person shot in Seattle after man drives into protest and fired shots
that that looks like jungle taping, yes. video suggests that he may have had an issue with it? or that he decided to not go ahead with a mass shooting (the only reason he'd tape a second clip that way, I'd imagine). chilling.
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Thread One person shot in Seattle after man drives into protest and fired shots
nothing apparently known about this shooter, beyond a hoodie that was photographed with an Ironworkers union logo. Despite the area having a massive protesting presence, the shooter was able to 1) drive through a crowd, 2) shoot a gun at someone who rushed his car, 3) leap out of the car and briskly walk towards police to turn himself in....... without any cops emerging and engaging. Meanwhile, there was ANOTHER shoving/macing escalation from police within the same 15 minute window at a different site: The person who rushed the shooter's car door and was shot is a 20-something man, pictured above, apparently (hopefully) in okay condition in terms of his walking away with medical assistance. A goddamned hero.
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Thread New ‘Looney Tunes’ Cartoons Ban Elmer Fudd From Having A Gun – But Other Mayhem Is Okay
great move. denormalizing guns for America's children is going to take a lot of people's effort, but if other creators see this and think, "hmm, how can I organically remove guns from my children's entertainment without changing the joke or the story in the slightest," then that could be a snowball going down a hill for years going forward. violence in children's entertainment has gone back a long way—look at Grimms' Tales, among so much more—which is why I think there's ultimately a payoff when a cartoon removes guns in favor of stuff like TNT and swords. don't make me link to every goddamned school shooting I can think of.
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Thread Amazon's Crucible ditches two modes, delays its first season indefinitely
did they ever add punishments for ragequitters? I played during launch week, and every 4v4 match fizzled within roughly 5 minutes thanks to somebody ragequitting. admittedly, it's hard to punish someone for quitting a F2P game that they may never return to, but some sort of queue refill system would've helped there, at least.)
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Thread Command & Conquer Remastered Collection |OT| Welcome Back, Commander
I'm keeping an eye on this thread as I finish typing relevant words for an article going live at Ars Technica tomorrow. If you have questions that appear to be unanswered by EA's own ads/YT vids, ping me, especially if they're nitty-gritty stuff. Just be warned, I can't answer them today. Not until the Tiberian Sun has risen.
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Thread Someone has obtained / found a lost floppy copy of an old Maxis game, SimRefinery. Purported to be uploaded to archive.org soon.
I'm replying directly to you so you can feel the hot, hot sting of daring to question the Ars commenter faithful. Behold:
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Thread Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Leaked via Microsoft Store (Coming August 11th) [Achievement List Leaked as well]
the crafting system is the first thing that comes to mind. it was worthless for too much of the game's opening stretch, is what I noted from the review I wrote a zillion years ago. any other QoL changes would likely be a response to general adventure gaming improvements over past 8 years.
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Thread Kingdoms of Amalur: Re-Reckoning Leaked via Microsoft Store (Coming August 11th) [Achievement List Leaked as well]
This game should have been WAY worse than it was. Salvatore + Schilling + McFarlane came together in this WTF smush of names with no apparent reason to coalesce. But the resulting game was actually pretty decent. The big problem was that Dark Souls and Skyrim each blew up in late 2011. Amalur hewed too closely to the old action-adventuring guard when it launched a few months later in February 2012, and nobody was hungry to regress with Amalur's formula at the time. If this actually includes serious QoL tweaks, I might dive back in.
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Thread Sega Presents: Fog Gaming [Cloud Gaming Service for Arcades]
Club Sega locations operate all over Japan. I'm gonna hold any real comment until we see more specific translated info, but if they're leveraging all of their combined infrastructure resources to power SOMETHING, this could be big. At least in Japan, it could very well make Taito (one of the other biggest multi-location arcade operators in Japan) shit bricks.
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Thread The Last Of Us Part 2 On PS4 Pro Makes More Sound Than An Air Conditioning Unit according to a Washington Post journalist
the launch model, cuh-7015b. I've definitely heard my system's fans rev up, particularly in God of War, but TLOU2 hasn't been noticeably louder than other games.
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Thread The Last Of Us Part 2 On PS4 Pro Makes More Sound Than An Air Conditioning Unit according to a Washington Post journalist
hi, I'm part of the group cleared to post about gameplay, and I cannot confirm the same thing. TLOU2 runs in higher-res mode (1440p + TAA) on my PS4 Pro, and my hardware runs at normal volume on my end. so, that's two anecdotes. I imagine mileage will vary for everyone in terms of decibel levels.
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Thread VALORANT Closed Beta |OT| Agents Win
To you, I'd say that end-game XP is awarded for rounds won, not KDA or plants/defuses. The stats are all there, but final team scoreboard is king. And if you're tactically sacrificing yourself for the team's sake, you SHOULD be getting rewarded by your teammates in the form of shield/gun buys during the buy phase, since rebuying after death is certainly a penalty.
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Thread SONY: "Being silent about the violence and racism black people experience is being complicit" #BlackLivesMatter
I'm not going to mock any company that denounces the continued violence perpetrated by American police against black citizens. I wish these companies had the same gumption to denounce hate against women and the LGBTQIA community during Gamergate.
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Thread Hot Girls 18+ is at it again; "Big Nintendo Announcement coming today/soon"
I mean, Next Level Games is still one of Nintendo's biggest Western support studios. This tweet doesn't mean shit, but it's not the most impossible series to get dredged up for a "later in the console lifecycle" stopgap.
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Thread Hot Girls 18+ is at it again; "Big Nintendo Announcement coming today/soon"
once again, a reminder that the sources who confirmed to me months ago that E3 was 100% canceled, they were in a position to refute key things that this account has posted. I will never take this account's postings without at least seven grains of salt.
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Thread BusinessInsider: Amazon just launched a major video game, but it looks to already be a major flop
The game launched with ZERO protections for rage-quitting. My first two hours of play were cursed with uneven teams and no auto-fill systems. One of my matches *began* with the teams being imbalanced, a 3v5 match. I then went on Twitch and watched people quit their matches within the first two minutes if something went wrong, with zero indication of punishment to come. 20-25 minute 4v4 matches don't work if ragequitting is a penalty-free option. Which is harder for a brand-new F2P game, because even if ragequitters were penalized, they might just quit and never come back. But where does that leave anyone willing to commit to the game's early state? I felt punished for giving a shit in the game's launch week. No rewards, no incentive, no sense of "hang through this rough patch and we'll take care of you as an early, committed player."
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Thread Will The Last of Us Part 2 Be Reviewed by the Press? (NO SPOILERS!)
Valve did a milder version of this for The Orange Box's launch. They flew various members of the press into the Seattle area, put them up in hotels, and had them play Portal and HL2:E2 in cushy private rooms with a zillion meals and snacks available whenever you wanted. (Since I live in Seattle, I just drove over, no flight or hotel for me. They did validate my parking, at least, which was nice.)
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Thread A singer by the name of Doja Cat has been revealed to have taken part in racist conversations online
She is 24. In 2008, when Project Chanology got 4chan into the mainstream as a response to Scientology, she was 12. As far as the idea of someone's gender, ethnicity, or background meaning they're held to a higher standard by default..... I have many pamphlets for you to read. .
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Thread A singer by the name of Doja Cat has been revealed to have taken part in racist conversations online
I've been thinking a lot about this, because we're entering an era where 4chan/8chan's "edgy" relevance to a pre-teen generation is now bearing fruit in 21-28 year olds across the entire world. I've interviewed Gamergate victims who themselves socialized on imageboards like 4chan in the late '00s and early '10s and have since faced a serious reckoning for themselves. (I won't dare try to speak for their personal grappling with being in any way associated with imageboards, since that's a case-by-case kind of story.) I'm not excusing garbage or dehumanizing behavior. I'm asking about the deep, generation-wide effects of how endless fake irony, combined with anonymity, has been tossed around for years as an excuse for typing and participating in utter vitriol, and how that doesn't just flip a switch when you become adult-aged. You're not leaving behind the schoolyards anymore. They follow you on the screens in your pockets and on your computers. Maybe you keep going back to the same forums, chat rooms, video calls, whatever. Some people thought the era of unlimited sharing of personal lives would be the "end of shame." I've seen futurists predict this, that political scandals will be a thing of the past when everyone has equal amounts of "dirty laundry" from their teen years sitting on the endlessly archived Internet. But I don't think those futurists thought about the weaponization of heavily targeted social media as a factor. It's easy to laser-focus a single person's online history and broadcast it without context or empathy. A single person's fuck-up is usually a symptom of a greater societal issue, and social media doesn't do a good job of letting us vilify bad behavior while ALSO putting it into responsible context.
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Thread Konami announces the TurboGrafx-16 Mini (UP: list of games revealed - see threadmark)
Every jailbroken retro-mini console has supported external USB storage, including the Genesis Mini. So if this is indeed a working exploit, that'll be one option.
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Thread Konami announces the TurboGrafx-16 Mini (UP: list of games revealed - see threadmark)
It'll be interesting to see if the stock emulator is a compatibility beast, or if this follows other retro-mini jailbreaks' footsteps and depends on Retroarch. Also, its 4GB of on-board memory would be fun to play with, if users are able to delete any of the pre-installed games (which, from what I vaguely recall, isn't usually the case, and wasn't on the Genesis Mini).
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Thread Someone has obtained / found a lost floppy copy of an old Maxis game, SimRefinery. Purported to be uploaded to archive.org soon.
If you're just tuning into the quoted tweets, you're missing the source of that photo (and, hopefully, the actual game, should it get dumped and uploaded). It's from an Ars Technica commenter: The entire Ars gaming braintrust exploded when Phil's story went live. "Is it cool if I write up a PSA directing people to his site?" I asked other staffers, and they all said it was fine. Phil Salvador wrote a BEAST of a feature on this division of Maxis. You really should carve time out to read the whole thing. And then when that freaking comment landed... Kyle and I lost our shit. I refresh that comment thread and archive.org about 3x/day now.
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Thread we gonna do pop threads then Kesha is the queen
don't trip, OP. some of us stan hard for Kesha. when she hit THE note during that last covid musicians-at-home thing, my pants place got wet. I also have a lot of love for CRJ. This one in particular jams me hard, and it's got a funny legacy: written by Sia for Haim, but when Haim decided not to record it, Carly snapped it up.
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Thread Amazon Games' Crucible will launch May 20th
I was among the invited press who checked it out ahead of launch, my article went live earlier today: If Amazon Game Studios had a deeper track record of launching and supporting Games as a Service, I would've had an easier time accepting their pitch and pledge for long-term support. This definitely skews more towards the MOBA side than the impactful shooter side, meaning, you're not going to have a great time jumping in blind and not understand the map and every possible strategy. It didn't lend itself well to a two-hour hands-on session, at least in terms of anyone making solid proclamations about what kind of experience to expect when it's a live product. (Might be why I've barely seen any sites talk about it today, in spite of Amazon hosting a *ton* of preview testing sessions. My Discord lit up all month with notifications of other tests, beyond the one I'd been invited to, since their PR group failed to boot me from that channel after my session concluded, lol.) I will say, they're launching with three distinct modes, which seems a bit foolish to do in the game's early launch period—since each character type has VERY different impact between "eight squads of two face off against each other in battle royale" and "two squads of four face off in a MOBA-style control battle." And we all ran into some bugs in the early May test, remains to be seen how polished those will be once this goes live tomorrow. But I'm definitely gonna log in and test it out. There's some talented folks working on this, including some ArenaNET veterans. Is that enough to make this a bonafide quality game worth recommending, though? We'll see.
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Thread Tom Nook won’t share island representive missions/goals with sister on another account, how can I fix this? (ACNH)
My review was based on the eShop version and clarified that in another section. I've since gone in and clarified the text, since my review went live a full week before the physical edition launched.
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Thread Streets of Rage 4 |OT| Clean up the Streets of Rage with your Bare Knuckle!
yesssssssss. if you plan to buy via Bandcamp and can wait, hold out until Friday, when Bandcamp will waive all fees normally charged to artists/bands for 24 hours. (that's what I'm doing.)
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Thread Here's Why The PlayStation Vita Is Still Impressive In 2020 (Video)
100% agreed. This cursed a lot of the review models that went to the press—including mine, which I got before I was on staff at Ars Technica. I didn't even realize it was a defect until mixed reviews started filtering out there, and there was no "return" process for my kit, so I still have it. Now it's an emulation machine.
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Thread Doom Eternal's soundtrack released today and id Software seems to have mixed it poorly themselves to Mick Gordon's dismay
I managed to source 24-bit, 48KHz versions of both BFG Division songs officially released by Bethesda, and... yeah. The 2016 version is pretty overblown, but within that stylistic choice, you still get definition out of things like the cymbals. Not on this new one. It's borderline robbery on Bethesda's part to advertise this as a legitimate mix/master job for those who paid extra for it. Are the tracks' levels like this if you rip the songs directly from the game, as well?
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Thread Poll for Nintendo account holders: Did you receive a notice about an unknown intrusion?
I"m keeping the poll binary, just yes/no. If you ever created a Nintendo Network ID on Wii U or 3DS, or you have an active Nintendo account on Switch, I'd appreciate your reply. Same if you did or didn't turn on 2FA. (Meaning, if you already had 2FA on and never got a notice, please gimme that sweet, sweet "no" vote.) I may use this poll's results elsewhere. Go to town in the replies about specific stories, about repeat intrusions, whatever.
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Thread Remember when Nintendo gave out their most recent 4 mainline Zelda games for free?
Let's not forget Nintendo giving away 20 downloadable games (10 for NES, 10 for GBA) to early 3DS buyers as part of the "3DS Ambassador" program, as an "oops, our bad" for anyone who bought the 3DS before its first massive price drop. "Free" isn't quite right there, I suppose, since anyone affected basically got the 20 games for paying a freaking $80 premium. Some of those GBA games never got VC launches on the 3DS, so, it wound up being a pretty lucrative giveaway in terms of rarity, at least. lol ninja'ed
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Thread Remember when Nintendo gave out their most recent 4 mainline Zelda games for free?
The cartridge for Dragon Warrior (Dragon Quest I in the states) was given away for free to *every* Nintendo Power subscriber. That's how I got my copy. Former Nintendo of America exec Howard Philips talked about it in an AMA a while back:
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Thread ...so i overpaid for an oculus quest...recommend me some must have quest games!
I wrote this list at its launch of games that work on Quest - as in, no extra PC required. Since then, we've seen Vacation Simulator, Superhot VR, Pistol Whip, Ghost Giant, and The Under Presents.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons features Nintendo's first openly gay couple [UPDATE: False alarm. See threadmarks]
I love the idea that somebody reads that strategy guide blurb and feels like their question has been answered, as opposed to recalling decades of cohabiting gay couples using that EXACT line to describe themselves during the closeted '70s-'90s
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Thread Fiona Apple announces new album, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" (Release Date: 4/17/20)
My first listen was on the stereo as background noise, and it kinda coasted by. Not the second time. It's an incredible album and a wonderfully arranged narrative. As an early impression, I get the sense that Apple wanted to both build upon and totally tear down the direction she took with Idler Wheel. A couple of songs are stylistic retreads that seem fit to scorch their arrangement inspirations. It's a bold move, and she pulls it off. While the Pitchfork review calls out Yoko Ono as an inspiration, I get the feeling that Apple is going in more of a "free jazz" direction with her lyrical structuring and chorus repeats. Like Ornette Coleman's sax. But the album's avant-weird extremes work because they're carried by such direct storytelling. It's not a good background-noise record. If you're not letting Apple grab you by the shoulders and sing this shit directly into your face, it's not the same. Which means it probably won't be some listeners' cup of tea.
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Thread Fiona Apple announces new album, "Fetch the Bolt Cutters" (Release Date: 4/17/20)
count me in for "etc." I'm copping that tape. (what? I mostly listen to FLAC on my PC, anyway. I'll take a tape when it's an option.) I'm a recovering music critic, so everything I have to say about this album is overwrought AF, but it's all good good good. I will say this: Pitchfork knew what it was doing bumping this to 10/10, a number they save for "statement" albums. And listening to this album on headphones made me say, "yeah, this is a Pitchfork 10." (I've been Pitchforking long enough to remember Source Tags & Codes getting a 10/10. I saw Trail of Dead in concert 3 days later in their hometown of Austin, TX, and the band destroyed all of its gear and trashed the stage during the final song. I love any excuse to bring that concert up.)
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Thread OMG!! Puddle of Mudd has RUINED a Nirvana song live on Sirius XM. WOW you have to listen to this disaster
I was impressed that they'd cleared the bar of "one person playing two guitar chords," and then I heard bongos, and I was like, "it's only getting worse from here, huh"
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Thread Digital Foundry: Minecraft RTX Beta Hands-On: How Path-Tracing Is A Gamechanger
Do not sleep on this, folks. The "puzzle" testing room provided in the RTX Beta is rudimentary in terms of its puzzles, but once you see how it plays out, there's some brain-splosion stuff in terms of dreaming of what else game makers could do with it. I also go into the incredible sense of wonder provided by the way light naturally plays out in the course of an average Minecraft experience in my own article (which I won't link here cuz I'm not here to try and swipe clicks from DF's work). Thanks for the deep dive, Team DF.
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Thread Digital Foundry: Minecraft RTX Beta Hands-On: How Path-Tracing Is A Gamechanger
You already got a response, but the biggie to clarify: once you're defintively *IN* the RTX version of the beta, go into its Minecraft marketplace and search for "RTX." You should get some world options that are all labeled RTX and are all free to download. Loading these worlds will turn RTX on by default. You need their specific RTX resource packs (which come with the world downloads) for the RTX options to turn on.
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Thread Perfect Dark: What Would You Want From A New Entry?
is it too early to start begging for them to buy and use the Timesplitters IP instead? the really next-gen thing I'd love to see in a PD-like is branching paths, as determined by a few factors. for example, force players to pick only one objective out of multiple options: "you only have time to either hack the mainframe and get the intel, or chase the bad guy and apprehend them."
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Thread Minecraft with Ray Tracing Beta goes live Thursday 16/4
This has been advertised as an open beta. No preload, but this is Minecraft we're talking about here, so you can expect a tidy download. They didn't add a bunch of insane "4K" textures or anything like that. You can speed up the process while you wait by downloading and installing the Xbox Insider Hub on Windows 10, I suppose.
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Thread Minecraft with Ray Tracing Beta goes live Thursday 16/4
I'm in the rare position of being able to publicly say 1) I'm playing something that's not out yet and 2) I am interested in your input. If you have thoughts or questions on the RTX Beta, and want to ask stuff that will be addressed in my Ars article tomorrow, try me. I can't answer any questions in this thread, however.
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Thread VR users, what do you think is the best headset at the moment
Wireless Quest is absolutely dope. But I'll currently take the wires on the Valve Index in order to get its wider peripheral arrangement of pixels, its 120Hz refresh, its wider "sweet spot" of clear pixels, and its incredible hover-over-ears speaker system. I dream of a day in which Valve launches a 2.0 version with an inside-out tracking method, if not some form of native wireless support.
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Thread VALORANT Closed Beta |OT| Agents Win
My last match's results didn't track, so no XP, and text chat still isn't working. Waiting until servers seem to restabilize to get back in. This game feels quite damned good. I'm garbage-tier at CS, but while I'm not much better here, I like the hero-class stuff in terms of giving me other ways to contribute in given situations. Feels good, man.
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Thread Data Deep Dive: How are new releases on Steam performing? (Official blogpost from Valve)
My DMs are open here and elsewhere. Go to on Twitter to find my Telegram contact info, as well. Devs don't necessarily love disclosing their sales figures, even privately, but we'll take whatever data game makers want to offer for the sake of more market transparency in our reports. Thanks.
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Thread Data Deep Dive: How are new releases on Steam performing? (Official blogpost from Valve)
Absolutely. And Valve doesn't meaningfully distinguish those, which makes it tough for anyone else picking through the data to do the same. We may do a follow-up piece about how products like shovelware and trading card bait do or don't figure into their "official" stats dump.
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Thread Final Fantasy VII Remake - Review Thread (Embargo lifts on April 6th, 2020)
Anyone who publicly dances around embargoes like that gets noticed and sometimes doesn't get advance code. I keep my yap shut ahead of embargoes no matter how I feel about a game, unless I get permission to say that my review is going live at a certain time—even then, I don't hint to an opinion. Speaking of, see y'all in 4 hours, 20 minutes!
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Thread DF Retro EX: Doom 64 - Remaking an N64 Classic For PS4, Xbox One, Switch + PC!
Thanks for this, John. That Xbox One S tidbit is fascinating. I haven't had time to pick up the game's new expansion, so I'd love to hear people's impressions of it (if not some YouTube footage of how it plays out).
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Thread I Played The Entirety Of Earthbound Higher As Fuuuccck
You can still play Rez (or the newer Tetris Effect) with multiple vibrating controllers turned on and placed around your body, as per options toggles in the PC versions (and I believe other platforms, as well). I recommend this. I recommend doing this in VR, even.
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Thread Square Enix updated FFIX PC with the Level of competence we've come to expect from them (Fixed)
My guess: someone accidentally forgot to transfer a password-protected, WIP build to the master, public build. The result was that the public build became empty. This is like when we get early, review copies of games on Steam, and they toggle in our library but install at 0KB until we enter a password to access a "press" branch in the "betas" tab. That would explain how the fix likely only took a few mouse clicks for them to quickly un-fuck.
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Thread Byuu (BSNES/Higan author) retires from the emulation scene
So, he's not ENTIRELY out. Byuu wrote a lengthy piece at Ars Technica today pleading for more community involvement, which we were proud to edit and publish. It includes this tidbit questioning exactly what his "retirement" status is:
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Thread GameStop to employees: wrap your hands in plastic bags and go back to work
On the one hand, experts say viruses survive quite easily on plastic bags and containers, and this thread should remind everyone to exercise the same ridiculous caution with plastic bags as you would with social distancing and hand-washing. On the other, I've seen Seattle businesses do stuff similar to this with bag handling (I continue to walk to stores in my neighborhood that are open for food/coffee while maintaining strict rules about distance and hygiene). All the ones I've seen are mom-and-pop shops desperate to keep customers coming in. Not to say Gamestop is doing the right thing with this mandate handed down from corporate, but it's not coming ENTIRELY out of nowhere.
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Thread GungHo's Ninjala on Switch is F2P and out on May 27th, also seems to indeed be the mystery action game
I played this at E3 2018 and liked its mechanic, which required you to blow a giant bubble-gum bubble to generate your weapon and some other weird gum-related mechanics. It was definitely trying to take the Splatoon ethos of paint in a different direction. Doesn't look like that original mechanic core is still here. Time will tell whether they made the right move in altering this.
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Thread HOT GIRL VIDEOS +18 who leaked the cancellation of E3 says she heard of a Direct next week with BOTW2 + Metroid
Heads up: My sources firmly told me that this account got details about iam8bit's departure from E3 2020 incorrect. (These are the same sources who fed me the 100% confirmation of E3 2020's cancellation before it was actually canceled.) This Twitter account may very well be in a good place to hear from game-industry insiders, but I'm personally going for grains of salt based on their track record thus far.
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Thread Half-Life Alyx players, do you see a non VR mod feasible
No. I beat the game nearly two weeks ago and had a lot of time to think about this. From :In other words, the time spent redesigning HL:A to work outside of VR would *absolutely* be better spent on a brand-new flat-screen game with more plot stakes. The amount of work they'd need to invest would be staggering, that's how crucial head- and hand-tracking are to the way the game's geometry, dialogue, and combat sequences play out.
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Thread We were spoiled with huge long-awaited game announcements this gen, what was the biggest?
I'm the one who screamed "YEAAAAHHHH" during the E3 reveal of Battletoads' revival coming to Xbox (2018, I think). Go back to the livestream archive and you'll hear it. No shame. I'd like to point out just how tepid journalists' expectations were about Doom 2016 up until it landed. Bethesda was cagey about advance review code and general preview access. And when it landed, all of us started whispering to each other in a unanimous "holy SHIT" way. At least, that's the impression I got from my corner of this wacky industry, I'm happy to be corrected on that point if I'm off.
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Thread Self-Isolation Help: Let's recommend some multiplayer games
Whatever list you come up with, consider Steam Remote Play as an option to share local-multi fare with ppl on your friends list. It's not ideal for twitchy fare like Towerfall, but silly party fare like Gang Beasts is cheaper to share with friends this way. (Meaning, you only have to buy one copy, then three other people connect to your rig and join in as if they were gamepads in your house.)
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Thread OPEN SPOILERS : Half-Life Alyx ending
Valve didn't give press any rules on spoiling. But I'll go ahead and say it: this race to the bottom of F1RST POST!!!!111 is fucking garbage in HL:A's case. The more you know about the ending, the more it spoils the game's general progression. I would advise OP or mods to change subject to include "open spoilers."
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Thread OPEN SPOILERS : Half-Life Alyx ending
No shade on you, I get it.I'm planning on an "I'm never getting any fucking VR system, so what happened" article for later in the week. Based on my experience reviewing and beating the game, I think there is a better way to convey the major takeaways than fast forwarding to the ending.
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Thread Half-Life: Alyx - Review Thread
It's a tricky needle to thread, how much of our real-life issues we bring in. For example, my review is already freakishly long, so I removed an anecdote about the game being a respite from the pandemic news swirl in my home city of Seattle. HL:A is so immersive that I could strap in, play for 2-3 hour chunks, and let go. My anxiety manifests in physical symptoms (chest pressure, coughing), and going into HL:A made those go away. I felt like I'd made that kind of point with other anecdotes and praise, so I cut it.
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Thread Half-Life Alyx |OT| The right woman in the right place
I suggest starting with the default teleportation method and do the entire intro sequence without interruption. Wait until the moment you are given a pistol (it's an early and obvious point), at which point you'll be in a sort of parking lot. You can burn through as much ammunition as you want in this sequence so long as you don't open the locked door leading to the next sequence... you'll constantly be given extra ammo if you run out, cuz otherwise, you'd be trapped. At this point, go into the menus and test all the different motion options. Practice moving and shooting. Take your time.
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Thread Half-Life Alyx |OT| The right woman in the right place
Yep. I couldn't get "noclip" to work in the console in a way that let me walk up and look at his face, sadly. I'm sure that'll be uncovered by the community soon enough. Unrelated, this is a mild, early-game spoiler about something familiar to anyone who played the older games:
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Thread The EDGE 10/10 list - What are your thoughts on it?
Drop7 is an incredible smartphone puzzle game that eventually got bought up and ruined by Zynga (meaning, patches and support just fucking stopped). but it's still a must-play in terms of taking an incredibly simple, seemingly boring system and making it a brain-synapse explosion. perhaps not as revolutionary as Tetris but just as impressive. in fact, this list is gonna make me re-install it and kiss my productivity goodbye. thanks, jerks.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
This tip might be coming too late for some here, but if you need more iron in your town's first few days, here's a method, especially for those who choose to play wholly offline: Make a second character using another account on your Switch, get them through their shorter tutorial period, and then claim their free Dodo Air pass to a randomly generated island. You can also log in once a day as that second character to claim one additional message in a bottle, one additional 1,000-bell bag buried in your town, one additional money rock, and one additional Nook Miles check-in bonus. After about seven days of play, I was generating enough resources/etc to stop logging in as my fake second resident.
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Thread What I actually said on Kotaku Splitscreen about the PlayStation 5's specs
This is SUCH a massive thread and kudos for it starting with a record-straightening statement. But here's my thinking, if anyone notices it at this point: If both consoles have SSD architecture by default, that's great news... BUT if developers target content for both platforms, the *slower* SSD standard is going to win. Unless Sony pays for PS5-exclusive DLC for open-world games, whose levels include XXX more geometry or YYY further view distances, why would Ubisoft design core systems that one platform would stutter and pause to load? The whole point of the SSD revolution (pun intended) is to increase the available memory/RAM/etc pool that the GPU/CPU can play with at any given moment. That's entirely different from varying levels of CPU/GPU performance, which engines can account for by slashing effects or pixel resolution. In other words: You can't drop your Xbox Series X game's resolution to 1440p and expect that to fix the seek-time difference in a 4K PS5 game. You could MAYBE change the LOD settings and have XSX games look fuzzier or blobbier when someone rapidly turns the camera. But even that's not an obvious "easy" fix. Targeting the platform with the slower SSD seek time will be a much cheaper path for third-party multi-plat games in the first 1-2 years.
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Thread A Short Hike wins the Seamus McNally Grand Prize at the Independent Game Festival
On top of this, I will say that its smooth control and progression in skills is gentle yet satisfying. I don't wanna spoil the exact progression, but it all feels really nice—in a "oh, they clearly played Breath Of The Wild" way without being BotW, if that makes sense.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons |OT| Eternal Debt
I just finally tested the online features, which went live in today's patch for reviewers. It's been a long time since I've shared an Animal Crossing town with a friend. That was fun. (And, yes, if you invite people to your town, you get Nook Miles.)
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Review Thread
Has that been confirmed with data mining yet? Just so you all know, these reviews were all limited by Nintendo, we could only talk about the first 16 days' worth of content. If we used time manipulation, we were told not to mention anything we found after the first 16 days. I would be shocked to learn that this much stuff doesn't emerge within later months, because the game is all about adding new pieces to your Island bit by bit.
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Thread Animal Crossing: New Horizons | Review Thread
This kind of silliness didn't go into my review, but I'm sharing for your sakes. I caught Katt singing in my town square, then ran back to my home to grab a musical instrument out of my storage unit. Katt was still there, so we.... "jammed."
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Thread Smash Bros 64 Mod adds 4 Brand New Characters to the Game and 25 New Stages
If you don't like it, make your own. I think it's great that they started out with clones that already exist in other Smash games, even if they weren't from the N64 era. That likely let the team get a handle on modifying the original game with simpler "new" characters, then building the tools/knowledge needed to make Wario with a wholly new moveset in today's update. Even if this project died tomorrow due to a C&D, I'd call this a huge success in terms of Smash-related mod scope.
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Thread Ori and the Will of the Wisps |OT| Give It Your Owl
Same, although this required clicking around to figure out where the "update" option was (hidden in a three-dot menu indicator). I could go on for hours about my woes with the W10 Store. I still can't install W10 Store games to my ExFAT-formatted drives, for example.
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Thread Ori and the Will of the Wisps Framerate Analysis: XB1X 4K/Unlocked, 50-60FPS w/patch
I ran into the same issue during my first Xbox One X test a few days ago, which had been on for roughly 60 days in a row without a power cycle. (No other software seems to have issues with this.) Do a complete power cycle of your xbox one x and see if that helps. That worked for me. I guess they didn't diagnose that bug after all.
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Thread Ori and the Will of the Wisps Framerate Analysis: XB1X 4K/Unlocked, 50-60FPS w/patch
fwiw, I barely noticed any judder on my 1440p/144Hz testing rig during the review period, but that's on an i7-8770k, RTX 2080Ti, 32GB RAM beast of a machine. the lack of customizable PC settings is still confounding me in the meantime. the ONLY toggles are vsync and motion blur. (thankfully, turning vsync off results in an unlocked frame rate, hence the game DOES get up to an amazing 144Hz for me.)
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Thread Major plot hole in Sonic 2 discovered
I didn't realize until 2018 that Miles's full name was a play on Miles Per Hour. I *always* read his name out loud as "Miles Tails Prower," since that's how it was always presented. As if Tails was his middle name. Which would possibly shorten to "Miles T. Prower," which still gets in the way of the pun. I've been mad at Sega ever since.
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Thread Digital Foundry - Halo CEA Tech Review
Great video, Alex. To your frequent calls about the Halo community, I assume 343 will say, "we offer a sandbox option to enable mods and look forward to what the community has in store," aka, path of least resistance. But the continued lack of split-screen on PC is a damned shame, particularly in light of this 2017 statement:
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Thread If Half Life: Alyx is successful, will we see a multiplayer component released later on?
more like, the VR optimizations for Source 2 could be employed in future VR software, multiplayer or otherwise. I don't have any intel on the matter, but my guess is, we'd be more likely to get an existing multiplayer franchise in VR (CS:VR, L4D) before we saw HL get an official multiplayer fork. in particular, I don't see HL:A's Gravity Gloves porting well to multiplayer.
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Thread SXSW Cancelled due to Coronavirus
Gaming impact: SXSW Gaming Festival is a separate 2-day event that resembles PAX, with a mix of free-play tables, merchandise vendors, new-game demonstrations, and live panels hosted by game companies, streamers, and more. SXSW Gaming Awards is an adjacent ceremony; last year's included a bunch of Dreams PS4 reveal stuff. SXSW Virtual Cinema Competition is one of the year's biggest virtual reality showcases. It sometimes includes interactive and game-like content, though it's focused particularly on "theatrical" presentations within modern VR headsets. That's all in addition to the massive SXSW Tech Expo.
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Thread CD Projekt Red is collaborating with Sideshow Collectibles on Cyberpunk 2077 merchandise
McFarlane Toys' version of guitar Keanu is shipping. Got mine today. It's quite big, and the box is sturdy and staged well as a "keep it in the box" display option.
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Thread Maximilian Dood & JaeJae and other streamers are showing off the first couple hours of Ori and the Will of the Wisp
The game's first act is being streamed by a BUNCH of folks today. Review code went out to press and streamers yesterday, and everyone's allowed to show off the game's first act. I opted not to because I ran into a crazy bug on Xbox One X where the game runs at less than 30fps a majority of the time, and down to as low as 10fps at random stretches. I had to hard-reboot my console to fix it (no other games were affected at same time). Hopefully that's fixed by launch, and hopefully I don't run into the issue again. It's currently running close to a consistent 60fps, with pledges from the devs to get that performance mark hit more consistently by launch.
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Thread Devolver Digital's E3 press conference will no longer be presented to a live audience due to Coronavirus
gives me another year to clean all the blood out of the white shirt I wore to last year's that my grandma gave me before she died, I'll never forgive nina for it
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Thread Should Smash Bros. begin including unique secondary third party characters?
I've always wished the game included assist trophies as equippable "helper" characters, who can only be triggered when a meter has charged up a la traditional Vs. fighting series and only do one quick action before disappearing. Not the same as a true tag-battle game, but it'd be a cool way to split the diff on "secondary" character representation.
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Thread Bungie enforcing a work from home policy due to the Corona Virus
The whole Seattle area is realizing we should've been in shutdown mode at least a week ago, if not earlier. Symptoms were already flaring up at workplaces with management not reacting cautiously enough. And today, the Living Computer Museum just announced its closure "until further notice." I imagine other major public centers (museums, concert venues) will follow soon enough.
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Thread Warcraft 3 Reforged "downgraded" (from Blizzcon 2018 show)
The issue is the ridiculous amount of silence attached to the last patch. They pledged to move forward with information and transparency from here on out. I have a certain threshold before I go to the trouble of announcing any "live service" or regularly updated project as "dead" in an article. I possibly could have already done so, with what a nightmare the WC3:R launch was, particularly in nuking the original EXE and all of its perfectly working systems. They pledged to get that ecosystem back in gear for the new EXE, and I want to give them a shot, but they're running on fumes in terms of public goodwill at this point.
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Thread Warcraft 3 Reforged "downgraded" (from Blizzcon 2018 show)
The patch from a week ago is pretty tragic. It removed three maps from matchmaking rotation with a note that the maps "MAY" return. Meaning, they're currently bugged, and Blizz Classic hasn't pledged to actually reinstate them. Utter silence on ladders ever coming back, let alone other major complaints. If the next patch isn't a biggie, this whole project is dead to me.
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Thread Halo: CEA is now available in The Master Chief Collection on PC
The biggest thing I noticed while playing HCE multi on Steam today is that audio levels are all over the place. My footsteps are amped up and my gun fire is quiet. Already had to alt+F4 out of multi after three matchmade sessions. As of today, 343i apparently didn't update the multiplayer queue options to favor HCE matchmaking. My first match was in Longest with everyone spawning on top of their opponents. I can't remember if that map was always a nightmare in terms of spawn points. Potentially unrelated, I have no idea how to report players; I had a guy on my team going on a betrayal frenzy, and in the post-game report, I couldn't figure out how to flag his account for being an asshole. Ah well.
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Thread Let's work together to recover the lost 480p trailer for Donkey Kong Racing that IGN once hosted (UPDATE: Success!)
Hey man, hi from a proud DF Patreon subscriber. True story: one of the grandchildren of the Newhouse family (as in, the people who created all of Conde Nast) is in charge of wrangling developers who will talk shop, and his team is based in NYC, though I get to run operations sometimes when it comes to Seattle conversations. We're all super proud of this week's Crash Bandicoot video, it's thick 'n juicy in terms of good technical details told really clearly. And sadly, we're scrambling to shuffle things in the wake of GDC's cancellation. We had cool shoots lined up for that week.
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Thread Let's work together to recover the lost 480p trailer for Donkey Kong Racing that IGN once hosted
I would strongly urge the owners of these hard drives to contact Frank Cifaldi and the Video Game History Foundation with download links for ANY contact that's otherwise not publicly available. Tell 'em Sam Machkovech sent you.
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Thread Nintendo's got your ("gacha") nostalgia: the mostly likely franchise to go F2P mobile next?
It's been a while since Nintendo has announced plans for a new smartphone-only fork of an existing franchise. Let's assume the company wants to continue printing money with its successful launches of F2P games, even if it comes at the cost of your favorite classic series taking a F2P dive. If this indeed happens, and they do so with an existing IP (as opposed to the semi-successful Dragalia Lost), what's next? Poll is above; my personal guesses are below. I do not post any of these ideas as ones that I necessarily want to see, but rather potential, "organic" extensions of existing mechanics that COULD work in a F2P model.: I made a joking post in a recent thread about ERA fans clamoring for another F-Zero launch. While I too would love another F-Zero (and am glad we at least have Fast Racing NEO), this instantly made me think of the F-Zero GX character-select menu, which includes a whopping 41 pilots. Nintendo has yet to pay this cast forward in a game since. A smartphone driving game with a focus on combat, with "swipe to ram" mechanics to attack nearby pilots, could be fun... but MTX could figure in if a favorite ship went into disrepair, or if players wanted to unlock each pilot (let alone each GOLD variant).: I could see a spinoff of Hey! Pikmin! happening on smartphone screens, or maybe a Clash Royale-style battler with various colors and types of Pikmin figuring into how you beat those battles/missions. In either case, there could be a H!P!-like garden-sim manager on top, where you use limited Pikmin (which you either earn in missions or buy via MTX) to build defenses, new buildings, or paths forward in a campaign.: an online-multiplayer mix of various popular Wii Sports minigames (tennis, bowling, golf), complete with the original Mii models, translated to phones with touch-screen controls. MTX and season pass to drive limited-time outfits and accessories for your Miis.: It's been a while. Animal-care sims on a smartphone don't need an explanation.: .......I don't have an idea for how this would work. I just added this for the lulz. What else? Wanna make fellow ERA readers mad with your guesses about Metroid? How about your dream vision for a Tingle gacha bonanza? Have at it below.
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Thread Nintendo's got your ("gacha") nostalgia: the mostly likely franchise to go F2P mobile next?
Never officially announced. This is the last we all heard of it: Nintendo supposedly applied for something related to Spirit Tracks as a possible smartphone release. but Nintendo has more openly teased other smartphone fare before the other apps' respective launches. they very well could pull a SURPRISE FOOLS about a Zelda smartphone game, but I'm not placing a bet on that happening.
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Thread Onward review thread
It's better than Sonic—funnier, better characters, better logic, warmer heart. For a "formulaic" family movie, this has a surprising amount of twists and effort. I don't like to pish posh other working critics, and I DEFINITELY don't like to do the "critics vs audience" game, but this is one of those occasions where I see a clear split between critics. The Verge called this "fine," which I just found odd.
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Thread PSA: SNES controllers are back up at Nintendo.com! (USA) [UPDATE: Aaaaaand they're gone]
Wow, that's quick shipping. I just got an alert that mine is on its way after I finally placed a successful order yesterday. I assumed this wasn't gonna ship for weeks, based on Nintendo's weird timing/supply issues, so I'll take it. Does anybody know what city the American ones ship from?
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Thread Seattle-ERA!
Signal boost time: Pink Gorilla's University District location was robbed last night. If you know anyone in local resale/pawn/forum circles, spread the word. If you're unfamiliar, Pink Gorilla is one of the longest-running game resale shops in the area, and Cody and Kelsey bought the original owners out a few years ago to revamp the shop and keep it alive. They've been on a great streak in recent years. There's no list of stolen goods yet, and it sounds like that part of the equation might've been mild. (They keep most of their stuff in a separate locked-up room in the back.) The shattered glass buffoonery, on the other hand, can get fucked. If you know anybody who might've been involved, snitch their dumb asses out to Seattle PD, please.
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Thread The Sonic the Hedgehog movie will gross more domestically than Detective Pikachu. Who will make an avatar bet? (UP: vote for avatars in threadmark)
I was totally the other way around. I talked a lot about how surprised I was by the best parts of PDP. I liked Sonic fine but didn't leave compelled to compliment its characters, cgi, or jokes to my friends, Jim Carrey's great turn notwithstanding.
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Thread Just booted up my Vita for the first time in over a year, and holy shit.
Not a universal truth. My launch-period Vita has always been garbage at keeping a charge when powered down and left in a drawer. I commonly have to leave it charged for no less than 30 minutes upon every "return after a month of non-use" attempt, then re-enter the date/time info. It's always been a big limiter for my enjoyment of the device.
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Thread Sonic Movie Tracking Higher Than Expected, Could Total Up To $60 Million Over The Holiday Weekend
Yep, my review goes live alongside all the others at 1 a.m. ET / 10 p.m. PT. Where's that Review Thread going, here or EtcetEra? And are all of the spoilers already somewhere here? I'll happily throw up some spoiiler-tag goodness once the embargo's up, if people haven't already trawled Reddit for the deets.
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Thread Humble VR Bundle - An amazing starter pack for new VR owners
Open-and-shut case. Took the words right out of my mouth. If you're even THINKING about picking up a VR kit for HL:A, grab the $15 tier. If you're new to PC-VR storefronts, remember, you can use SteamVR software within any Oculus headset.
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Thread Game Dev Boss Key Productions (Cliff Bleszinski) Were Working On A Newt-Led Alien FPS That Was Cancelled After Disney Bought Fox.
The important thing to quote is the FIRST tweet: "we were in talks to do a new game in the Aliens franchise with Fox." IN TALKS does not mean in production. Cliff could likely rattle off dozens of publishers he's ever been in talks with about stuff scribbled on a pad of notebook paper with a couple of "ooh it'd be cool if we got paid to do this" renders that never went anywhere. This is not the same as a greenlit prototype getting canned by corporate ambivalence.
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Thread Couch Gaming Haven - 8 Player Madness!
Only recently did it get an 8p local update, and thank goodness. (It originally required that two PCs, or two Nintendo Switch consoles, connect to each other online to play "local" 4v4.) Great thread. Some other additions:, supports up to eight players on PC: gooey shove-wrestling madness. (part of package), up to seven players on Mac and Linux: one of the wildest motion-based party games of all time, but you'll need a LARGE space, a loud set of speakers, and one PlayStation Move wand per player. Thus, the most inconvenient multiplayer game of all time.
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Thread Should states be able to charge sales tax or a digital goods tax on online purchases ie microtransactions, game pass, console subs, or alt currency?
this feels like more of an EtcetEra conversation, since tax structures are such a beast to unpack. the short version: if you live in a state that lacks its own income tax (Washington and Texas come to mind), and you're asking citizens to pay their fair share of state infrastructure cost, then you're getting into territories like sales tax on any and every purchase made by those very citizens. and then you're going down the rabbit hole of how regressive taxes famously put a greater tax burden on lower-income populations, or the OTHER rabbit hole of libertarianism... and it doesn't get easier to chat about from there. my take, personally, is that individual states should tax their citizens fairly to pay for statewide costs. whether ANY sales tax is the ideal way to go or not is certainly not something I'd answer with, like, "everything BUT online video game sales."
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Thread LTTP: Quake 2
If you own the full game, install that first. *Then* install the RTX patch, either directly downloaded from Nvidia or through Steam. Downloading and installing "Quake 2 RTX" via Steam by itself only installs the game's original demo/shareware version, which has always been those three levels and nothing more.
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Thread [leak] Microsoft Flight Simulator 2020 Tech alpha footage
I've heard from certain unnamed people that this alpha smothers watermarks all over the screen to identify whoever's playing, mostly in the form of a giant name or email address or something. Either someone figured out how to break that, or this is an internal leak. That is all I have to say. UPDATE: lol yep this footage has those too, good job dude, those NDAs do *not* fuck around
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Thread Intellivision Amico Founders Edition Pre-Orders Begin as Night Stalker and Astrosmash Remakes Are Unveiled(499 $ value for 299$)
Why do I get the sneaking suspicion that devices like this are exactly what will get put on the production backburner while China reels from Coronavirus scares? It's bad enough if you're a Microsoft or Sony gearing up to launch a new product, but in those cases, at least you have leverage and history with hardware production in Southeast Asia. An unproven upstart, on the other hand...
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Thread The Verge: Google Stadia’s free tier is coming sometime over the next few months
free tier + Destiny 2's F2P version is the jolt this service needs. if they can get that part right, without making free users wait for server queues, or without requiring F2P Destiny 2 players to spend a penny to log in, they might be able to claw their way back. "Oh, this runs smoothly? Cool. That's proof that I can buy a game or two and stick with Stadia." in the meantime, anybody left in the Founders pool waiting for new co-op/versus players for that long... woof.
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Thread non of the game streaming service is available in the Middle East ((Stadia, PS Now + GeForce NOW
Regions available on day one, from the GeForce Now OT: Israel, Turkey Morocco, Tunisia Not full coverage by stretch, but these threads are rough without specific countries listed in the OP.
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Thread Disintegration Technical Beta |OT| Closed: Jan 28th -Jan 29th | Open: Jan 31st - Feb 1st
this felt like we all got invited to an internal dev-team test, where they dumped their action-RTS experiment into a single generic-looking town, shot around for a couple of weeks, and then maybe had a conversation about how to turn this into a fun game that makes sense. I'm all for this team trying to innovate on the stale team-based shooter concept, but I don't envy the task of coming up with something that's good, sticky, clear, and deep. best of luck to this team.
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Thread Quake 3 (DC), Half Life 2 (Xbox), DOOM 2016 (Switch): Which Port is the most impressive?
Quake on Saturn is definitely up there. So is Driver 3 (Driv3r, ugh) on GBA, which went to great lengths to emulate the console versions' 3D maps: And I'll always have a soft spot for the effort put into making Donkey Kong Land on the original Game Boy. It's still surprisingly playable... if you use a Game Boy Player. It was awful on the flickering green display.
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Thread Nvidia Officially Launches GeForce Now (Free for up to an hour or £4.99/€5.49/$4.99 per month for unlimited access during Founders period)
I just updated the Ars article with regional availability and Founders Tier pricing info. If OP wants to update, here ya go:
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Thread Nvidia Officially Launches GeForce Now (Free for up to an hour or £4.99/€5.49/$4.99 per month for unlimited access during Founders period)
That old list is inaccurate; if it's the one I'm thinking of, it lists Tomb Raider games, which do *not* currently work on GeForce Now. Here's what I wrote in today:Also, once you build a library in the GeForce Now system, you can't go through and sort it using any filters. It lists every game "chronologically," based on when you added or last played it. And you can't get a text list, only massive icons. It's infuriatingly ancient in practice. I have nearly 200 games in my GFN library, which is currently a nuisance to sort.
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Thread Nvidia Officially Launches GeForce Now (Free for up to an hour or £4.99/€5.49/$4.99 per month for unlimited access during Founders period)
If you're looking for lengthy impressions, Ars Technica has them. I spent all weekend testing the service to answer the kinds of questions popping up in this thread.
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Thread Blizzard responds to Warcraft III Reforged community outrage
A Monday night non-apology drop is a brave move. I'm used to seeing this sorta thing on a Friday. This'll be an interesting week. That's all I have to say for now, since I'm behind on a completely different article right now.
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Thread Tim Rogers has left Kotaku.
this seems like the meaty context: "this decision was difficult to make because Kotaku Dot Com is my favorite website. however, when some wig-haired motorola-hip-holster-havin Daddy's Man and his pet TJ Maxx Frankenstein murdered my *second*-favorite website, i couldn't let it slide" aka deadspin debacle seems to have motivated him to reprioritize
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Thread Warcraft 3 Reforged Reviews (63 on metacritic)
I didn't finish this write-up as a "review" because Blizzard didn't appear to finish the game.My piece includes some comparison screenshots not only between "classic" and "reforged" but also with the game's classic graphics having issues with fog of war and with shadows, which I compared to the game's previous build (installed on a backup, offline PC). I hate tooting my own horn (seriously, look at my post history), but I'd say this is about as measured a take on WC3:R as you're likely to find in this week's coverage, which is how we try to do things at Ars.
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Thread WARCRAFT III: REFORGED RELEASES ON JANUARY 28, 2020
WC3 Reforged, "original" graphics: WC3 Reforged, "updated" graphics: This thread seems to be going off the rails without people posting comparison images. Love it or hate it, you can at least offer some A/B tests. It's a bummer to see that Blizzcon 2018 video compared to the current build, however. Especially since the characters in the "updated" graphics version have mouths that move in sync with the dialogue (not just in the portraits), so it's almost as if they could've moved the camera around and offered that cinematic presentation anyway. I'm also annoyed that the campaigns are locked unless you beat them in order. No Frozen Throne access at launch if you don't have a compatible save file. I get that there's an expectation with the story-driven format to play them in order, but... c'mon, Blizz. I'm gonna spend more time with this before offering a verdict.
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Thread WARCRAFT III: REFORGED RELEASES ON JANUARY 28, 2020
This forum post alleges new voice recordings in other languages (French, at least). That's news to me; the English voice acting has remained identical, it sounds like. If you speak another language and notice changes, I'd love to hear about it.
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Thread Half-Life: Alyx is more physically accessible than people realize
They're officially called the Gravity Gloves. In their current default implementation, they require some wrist-flicking movement on a regular basis. Better than physically ducking/stretching to reach objects, but that may come with its own accessibility trade-off.
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Thread R.I.P. Kobe. Who remembers NBA Courtside for the N64?
Remember it? I reviewed it for the Dallas Morning News. Sadly, most of their '90s game reviews have not been publicly archived, but if you're in a Dallas library right now, you could look it up. It was an interesting time for Nintendo of America, in terms of realizing they were getting wiped by PlayStation's partnership with EA Sports and scrambling to fill the gap with "first-party" fare. (N64 had two Courtside games, one Ken Griffey Jr game. No football.) I didn't realize Courtside continued to the GameCube era with a single 2002 release.
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Thread Best games to try out on a 144hz monitor?
Wild card pick: the port of thatgamecompany's Flower to PC. It's a demanding port, but at 1440p on my RTX 2080 Ti system, I get ~95fps with all settings maxed out, ~110fps with settings closer to PS3 level. Which, back in the day, ran at 30fps. All those scattered petals and grass leaves swaying in unison at high frame rates is somethin' else.
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Thread You get to go back in time and relaunch Stadia. What do you do?
This whole "founders" thing should've been a closed beta with an incredibly selective invite process, targeting existing owners of Chromecast Ultra hardware (aka people who are already Google hardware ecosystem converts) and charging them solely for the Stadia Controller. Buying that Controller would've included 3-6 months of Stadia Pro game unlocks, which testers could then keep if they continue paying for that PlayStation Plus style of subscription after the beta ran out (which the market has previously borne out). Instead, we're in this "kind of closed but also wide open" early state, which changes the Stadia conversation. "What's this Google thing?" "You have to pay $130 to use it for now, and then you have to buy games outright, but not all of them if you pay a monthly fee. Apparently, one of these days, you won't have to pay a monthly fee to access games, but you'll still have to buy each of them outright." "Are you fucking serious" ^^ this shit every time I talk to a non-gamer about Stadia
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Thread Garou: Mark of the Wolves now has rollback netcode (PC/PS4/Vita)
Since y'all are in the know: What other SNK games have gotten Code Mystics updates like this? I just went into my ancient SNK Neo Geo order from an old Humble Bundle, and it seems like all of its Steam unlocks are for games that only got dotEmu ports (like The Last Blade, which absolutely won't load in proper "full screen" format on my machine).
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Thread How's Killer Queen Black on Switch?
I could understand the team struggling to get local eight-player modes working on Switch, where Joy-Con connectivity can be a pain, but the lack of 8p same-screen support on PC floored me. Correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't 8p support on Windows trivial in a world of DirectInput? Anyway, today's news is awesome. Time to test!
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Thread How's Killer Queen Black on Switch?
When you buy a game on Steam as an average user, that's a license for personal, non-commercial use. Charging people to come into a space and play a game is a different can of worms. I couldn't tell you whether the average PC Bang actually uses these things, but it's definitely an easier way to let a 100+ fleet of PCs access a central pool of officially purchased/licensed software.
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Thread HTC China President, Alvin Wang Graylin leaks Left 4 Dead 3 on twitter. Possibly VR only.
While I won't rule out this existing in some very secret skunkworks lab inside of Valve, *or* some license handed to a Chinese game maker (which would almost certainly not be titled "Left 4 Dead 3" if true), I've already received firm denials about L4D3 from the same people who confirmed a ton of Half-Life: Alyx details to me ahead of its reveal. No idea what HTC is doing here, other than grasping at straws during a really, really down period for their Vive division.
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Thread As of today, there are no announced amiibo on the horizon
For anybody waiting for B-K amiibo, I was going to recommend the Banjo-Kazooie toy released as part of Gamestop's "Totaku" line... but, like most of the Totaku toys, they underproduced 'em. Gamestop fucking up a guaranteed-selling product? Go figure. - these turned out nicely enough, although mine has a slight plastic bend on the banjo's neck. I assume an official Nintendo one will turn out better.
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Thread Stadia - January Check In - Stayed, Did Ya?
I finally got Stadia working and decided to boot Thumper, one of this month's Pro "freebies," to see about its latency. I have an "excellent" connection rating and a Stadia Pro Controller connected to my router via 5G, and yes, the latency issues are real. There's a noticeable smidge of delay, and as others here have mentioned, the button-timing window is verrrrrry generous to compensate. That makes it playable but also a bit of a shoulder-shrug of an experience. Then I decided to go through the high score leaderboards for the first level to see how many people have either purchased or claimed the game and gone so far as to load the first level. (Making mild progress and getting a "game over" will tag your score on the leaderboard.) As of right now, the grand total of players to have done so on Thumper Stadia is, drumroll................. 4,563 people between the month-plus it's been on sale for full price and the 15 days it's been available as an included game for all Stadia Pro subscribers (meaning, everyone who can access Stadia at the moment). Woof.
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Thread Alienware UFO - (Prototype, handheld gaming PC in Switch-like form factor?) shown at Dell pre-CES 2020 Press Event
My Ars colleague Valentina Palladino went hands-on with this a few weeks ago.More on its similarities to Switch (removable controller, TV dock) at the full report:
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Thread 5 years later and the Master Chief Collection still has black bars during split screen play. And now Reach is affected.
it's a port, not a remake. the same 2p split-screen ratio can be found in the Xbox 360 versions of those games.
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Thread Tell me about an old game that literally everyone has forgotten about.
Oh and for the original Nintendo DS, freaking !! It's only a collaboration between this guy (Tetsuya Mizuguchi, creator of Rez and Lumines) and this guy (Masahiro Sakurai, owner of your Smash soul) and it's very, very Lumines-y in terms of building EDM beats/sounds by matching puzzle pieces at the right timing. I'd love it on smartphones. Speaking of: Why hasn't Meteos landed on smarpthones yet? I interviewed Mizuguchi-san last year when he was promoting Lumines's smartphone launch and asked when the heck Meteos would follow, and he mentioned he still had the rights to the series, then shrugged with a smile. Sigh.
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Thread Tell me about an old game that literally everyone has forgotten about.
I have a classic in mind that I never hear anybody talk about, but "forgotten" would imply that anybody had heard of it. Or, anybody outside of the UK, anyway. It's called , which launched for Macs in the early '90s and on the BBC Micro in the UK before that. Top-down tank-battling versus combat, designed for networked computers, with support for up to 16 combatants. My middle school computer lab had a group of 16 networked Macs, and someone on our school's staff was clearly a dork because he installed this on all the Macs so that kids could engage in deathmatches during off and lunch periods. This, I must remind you, was well before networked combat became viable, let alone popular. (Our labs also had licensed copies of SimCity 2000, and kids would write PORNTIPSGUZZARDO on the chalkboard frequently, which teachers would erase without realizing that was a major cheat code and we were just sharing it.) [EDIT: The above video is from WinBOLO, a version of the original that has proper TCP/IP support for modern computers. No idea if/how it works on, say, Windows 10, but I recall it working fine on Windows 7 a while back...] The other forgotten classic I like to think of is . There aren't really many examples of "platformer racers" out there, other than Sonic R (yikes) and Uniracers (hmm). Iggy's takes the genre cake by default, and I count it in the genre because of the game's grappling-hook power. Acclaim published a lot of garbage on the N64, but this was right up there with Turok and Xtreme G as far as their N64 output was concerned. I'd love to see more speedrunners take this game on. (Action Henk, if you know about that delightful game, lands somewhere halfway between IRB and a standard Sonic platformer, I would say.)
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Thread Tell me about an old game that literally everyone has forgotten about.
Faceball 2000 goes way, waaaay back. There was a Game Boy version before that—and it supported 16 players using a whole bunch of daisy-chained GB multiplayer adapters. And before the GB version, it was on older PCs as MIDI Maze.
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Thread OXM: The next Forza Motorsport is playable and will be announced next year
Long ago, I had sources suggest to me that a "Forza Motorsport X" was in production, designed as a living-service game a la League Of Legends in terms of f2p/paid acquisition of cars. I wonder if that model would work for Xbox Game Pass. Hmm.
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Thread “Apex Construct” & “Curious Tale of the Stolen Pets” sales platform split: Oculus Quest > PCVR > PSVR
As : All Quest software sales: $20 million in first four months All Rift software sales: $80 million in first three years Methinks Quest 2 (or Quest S or whatever they assumedly have in the works) is gonna really blow the lid off the sector, too.
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Thread The Seven-Year Saga Of Shovel Knight Is Finally Over
For those who skip the article, it includes a reminder that Shovel Knight Dig is in another dev's hands and still in production. What it doesn't say is how *GOOD* SKD already is in its expo-preview state. I lost an hour to that mother at PAX West this year. Mr. Driller as a killer roguelite.
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Thread Was it a mistake to reveal Xbox Series X without the usual build up hype?
it was a killer chess move. it arguably made more waves in terms of getting attention this early on in the 2020 hype machine than that Wired article about PS5's preliminary specs. crucially, the reveal had a controller visible at all times that looks just like Xbox One's. that shouts something pretty loudly to anybody who's not a forum devotee, without requiring extra cumbersome text: this system follows in the last console's legacy and may very well be compatible with older software. (which, as we all know, it is.) everyone has 11 more months to strike with game reveals, spec reveals, prices, and more. and the Xbox group, under Spencer's leadership, has been cranking on a Scorpio/Series X strategy for a while now. compare that to Sony's scattered current state, with various leaders bailing over the past 12 months. PS5 may very well do fine in terms of marketing and 11 months of teases, but Xbox sure seems poised to control and lead on mainstream messaging this time around.