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Friday, Oct 18, 2013

  

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare Free Weekend

Steam News announces a free weekend is underway for Chivalry: Medieval Warfare along with a sale on the melee combat game:

Play Chivalry: Medieval Warfare for FREE starting now through Sunday at 1PM Pacific Time. You can also pickup Chivalry: Medieval Warfare at 75% off the regular price!*

Besiege castles and raid villages in Chivalry: Medieval Warfare, a fast-paced medieval FPS (Slasher with a Multi-player online focus)

Chivalry: Medieval Warfare is a first-person slasher with a focus on multi-player. Featuring competitive online combat that seeks to capture the experience of truly being on a medieval battlefield. Inspired from the intensity and epicness of swordfighting movies such as 300, Gladiator and Braveheart, Chivalry: Medieval Warfare aims to bring that experience to the hands of a gamer.

DTM Experience Demo

The DTM Experience website now offers a playable demo for DTM Experience, SimBin's latest motorsports game. The demo is set on the legendary Hockenheimring and offers the chance to test drive the DTM AMG Mercedes C Coupé, the Audi RS 5 DTM, and the BMW-M3-DTM. Here's word:

In the official DTM Experience Demo, DTM fans, motorsports enthusiasts and PC gamers can test their driving skills and race against the clock to become the fastest driver.

A very realistic insight into the high degree of motorsport authenticity of the DTM Experience is provided with the Demo.

The official DTM Experience Demo features the ‘Novice’, ‘Amateur’ and ‘Get Real+’ driving models to cater for everyone from Rookies to more experienced racing game fans and real race drivers.

Furthermore, the ‘Get Real™+ Driving Model’ also allows adjustment of the race cars according to the official DTM regulations.

More Free Endless Space DLC Next Month

Amplitude Studios announces a fifth free add-on for Endless Space called The Search for Auriga is coming next month, adding more free content to their 4X strategy game. Word is: "'The Search for Auriga' will include new heroes, a special wonder, a unique planet, in addition to new features such as Rally Points as well as AI and balancing improvements. More details will be unveiled very soon." To celebrate the news, the game is on sale on Steam for 75% off.

Total War: ROME II Patch Adds Faction; Steam Workshop

A new update is now live for Total War: ROME II, Creative Assembly's historical strategy sequel. This brings new free content and the promise of more, as it adds the Seleucid Empire as a playable faction in single-player campaigns and multiplayer games and also brings Steam workshop support and activates the game's mod manager. Rounding out Patch 5 are further performance and gameplay balancing improvements, all detailed in the patch notes. You can find details on the new faction on this page.

Need for Speed Rivals AllDrive Trailer

Here's a new trailer showing off gameplay and the "AllDrive" feature from Need for Speed Rivals, the upcoming racing sequel. This is the explanation of what this shows us, if any sense can be made of it: "AllDrive seamlessly blends Singleplayer and Multiplayer creating an entirely new experience only available in Need for Speed Rivals. Starting in a single-player event, players can crash in-progress events with friends, then spontaneously confront Rival racers to risk their Speed Points in the ultimate racing experience. But, keep a lookout, players can also team-up as the police force to bust anyone in their path." Continue here to read the full story.

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  • Battlefield 4 on The Battlefield Blog. The Road to Battlefield 4: Hundreds of Awards for the Dedicated.

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Into the Black

NVIDIA G-SYNC Display Tech

NVIDIA announces their new G-SYNC display technology, saying this new monitor tech will provide "ultra-smooth, stutter-free gaming when it becomes available as a module for existing monitors, with G-SYNC-native displays due next year. The announcement quotes John Carmack saying "G-SYNC just blew me away," and Tim Sweeney calling it "the biggest leap forward in gaming monitors since we went from standard definition to high-def." Here's an explanation:

Problematically, graphics cards don’t render at fixed speeds. In fact, their frame rates will vary dramatically even within a single scene of a single game, based on the instantaneous load that the GPU sees. So with a fixed refresh rate, how do you get the GPU images to the screen? The first way is to simply ignore the refresh rate of the monitor altogether, and update the image being scanned to the display in mid cycle. This we call ‘VSync Off Mode’ and it is the default way most gamers play. The downside is that when a single refresh cycle show 2 images, a very obvious “tear line” is evident at the break, commonly referred to as screen tearing. The established solution to screen tearing is to turn VSync on, to force the GPU to delay screen updates until the monitor cycles to the start of a new refresh cycle. This causes stutter whenever the GPU frame rate is below the display refresh rate. And it also increases latency, which introduces input lag, the visible delay between a button being pressed and the result occurring on-screen.

Worse still, many players suffer eyestrain when exposed to persistent VSync stuttering, and others develop headaches and migraines, which drove us to develop Adaptive VSync, an effective, critically-acclaimed solution. Despite this development, VSync’s input lag issues persist to this day, something that’s unacceptable for many enthusiasts, and an absolute no-go for eSports pro-gamers who custom-pick their GPUs, monitors, keyboards, and mice to minimize the life-and-death delay between action and reaction.

Enter NVIDIA G-SYNC, which eliminates screen tearing, VSync input lag, and stutter. To achieve this feat, we build a G-SYNC module into monitors, allowing G-SYNC to synchronize the monitor to the output of the GPU, instead of the GPU to the monitor, resulting in a tear-free, faster, smoother experience that redefines gaming..

NVIDIA G-SYNC is so smooth and so fast, that testers have found themselves overshooting and missing targets because of the input and display lag that they have subconsciously accounted for during their many years of gaming.

GTA5 PC Clue in AMD Drivers?

A post on the Guru3D.com Forums reports that AMD's recently released Catalyst 13.10 beta drivers contain the latest indication that Grand Theft Auto V is eventually heading to Windows PCs (thanks DSOGaming). User kn00tcn posts claiming to have found the following string by hex editing the beta drivers:

<application Title="Grand Theft Auto V" File="GTA5.exe">
    <use Area="PXDynamic">HighPerfGPUAffinity</use>
</application>

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad Early Access Next Month

1C Game Studios announces early access will begin on November 12th for IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad for those who pre-purchase the Premium Edition of the upcoming aerial combat sequel, while those who pre-purchase the Standard Edition will get their early access at some point in December. Here's word on how this puts an end to their original preorder discounts though there is still a small price break to be had:

1C Game Studios is excited to announce the IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad early access date for everyone who purchased the Premium Edition of the game. Premium Edition owners will be able to take off into the Stalingrad skies and become part of one of the most important battles of WWII starting November 12, 2013. Standard Edition purchasers will gain early access in December 2013. The exact date is to be announced.

The opening of early access will mean a discontinuation of the current pre-order options with the Standard and Premium Editions becoming unavailable at their current prices ($49.99 USD & $89.99 USD respectively). However, anyone who missed the initial pre-order opportunity will still be able to try their hand at virtual aerial combat and participate in the early access program by ordering the Premium Edition for $94.99 USD.

IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad is a combat flight simulation dedicated to the Battle of Stalingrad, one of the most decisive and fierce battles on the Eastern Front in WWII. This new project from 1С Game Studios represents the next generation of combat flight simulations with the latest development technologies – from a new higher level of physics modeling, damage modeling and aerodynamics to modern modes of gameplay with detailed, immersive environments.

The price of the digital version of IL-2 Sturmovik: Battle of Stalingrad, scheduled for Spring 2014, will be $59.99 USD for the Standard Edition and $99.99 USD for the Premium Edition.

Please visit http://www.il2sturmovik.com to pre-order and learn much more about the game.

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Out of the Blue

The most recent mention here of Hudson the wonder dog was optimistic, as it seemed like her lost appetite was returning, but she pretty much stopped eating about a week ago. She was in pretty rough shape there for a while, and I was pretty sure she was looking for an out, but the vet determined that her heart condition had worsened, and put her on a new medication saying it should be able to return her quality of life in the short term (she's a 13 year-old purebred dog, so that's all we can expect of her anyway). I'm very pleased that this has indeed helped with her lethargy, and I've been able to get her to eat a bit over the past couple of days, which has us hopeful this situation has finally turned a corner. We saw the doctor this morning, who seems to feel the same way, as she says Hudson's heart sounds a lot better. It will be one of the saddest things I ever have to do to let her go, but as a wise, albeit fictional man once said: "And there is only one thing we say to Death: 'Not today'." Go get 'em, wonder dog!

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