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Saturday, Jul 06, 2013

  

Max Payne 3 TripleXP

Rockstar Games has word that a triple experience point weekend is underway in several games, including the Windows edition of Max Payne 3, and this will culminate in a live stream tomorrow that will include giveaways. Here are the details:

Four days of bonus XP begins our Independence Day multiplayer Social Club weekend starting at midnight on Wednesday evening Eastern Time July 3rd in Red Dead Redemption and Max Payne 3. Then on Sunday the 7th from 12-4pm Eastern, we'll be live-streaming and playing Grand Theft Auto IV, Max Payne 3, Table Tennis, Midnight Club Los Angeles and Red Dead Redemption with a Rockstar-hosted chat for four hours both on Social Club and at our Rockstar Twitch page - and giving away 20 Grand Theft Auto V prize packs of tees and stickers.

Watch_Dogs Engine Features

There's an interview on GamingBolt talking with Ubisoft Montreal about Watch_Dogs/Watch Dogs the upcoming hacker game. They seem intent on provoking someone into saying the PS4 edition would be better than it's counterparts, and we spotted this on OXM where they pick out details suggesting the Xbox One edition would actually hold this distinction, but the developers will have none of this, saying: "The Xbox One is a powerful platform, as of now we do not foresee a major difference in on screen result between the PS4 and the Xbox One." When asked about the Windows edition of the game's Disrupt engine, lead programmer Francis Boivin gives a somewhat confusing answer that it will offer "state of the art visuals on all its quality levels":

Disrupt was developed to have state of the art visuals on all its quality levels. We needed to have AO, massive dynamic light support, HDR, GI, depth of field, etc. to fully realize the ambition of art direction. We improved on techniques that we worked on in the past and surveyed what was available for the highest level of quality we wanted to achieve. We didn’t just integrate the technique of the moment, but spent quite some time turning stuff around and mixing algorithms so they fit our requirements.

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Out of the Blue

The fireworks last night were not as bad as anticipated, which was fine with us. I even braved the sweltering heat yesterday to do some outdoor cooking, though I wisely chose to BBQ rather than grill, since that can go unattended. I made a rack of loin ribs that came out pretty well, as I succeeded in getting a proper "low and slow" session going, cooking them at about 275°F for an hour before getting it down to 250°F for two more. Good stuff. Though I still suspect I could have saved some wood and charcoal by just locking the ribs in the car for a few hours...

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