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Sunday, Feb 17, 2019

SIGIL Delayed Until April

The release of SIGIL, John Romero's DOOM megawad, is being delayed until April, announces The Romero in a new blog post (thanks holodecker). The project was announced in December and the release was planned for this month. Word is this hit some snags, and as was previously announced, the free version will not be released online until those who are paying for the boxed versions get their copies:

I just wanted to update you on SIGIL. There were a few snags in production trying to make sure everything is top-notch for fans! I just wanted to let everyone who purchased either the Big Box or the Beast Box know that it is now looking like it will ship sometime in April. Thank you for your patience, and I am sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused. This also means the free version of SIGIL will have to wait until after the boxes are in the hands of customers.

Razer Cuts Game Store

Razer announces they are closing their online game store as of the end of this month, which is less than a year after this first openend (thanks PC Gamer via Neutronbeam). A FAQ on the topic informs us that Games purchased through the store were fulfilled through either Steam or Uplay, so they will remain in the libraries of their customers. They also promise to complete any outstanding preorders, and offer details on how elements of their customer loyalty program will live on after the closure. Here's the news:

We regret to announce that Razer Game Store (gamestore.razer.com) will cease operations on February 28, 2019 at 0100hrs Pacific Time as part of the company’s realignment plans.

It has been a privilege for us to recommend and deliver great digital game deals to you. We have been extremely fortunate to have you as part of our awesome community. Thank you for the support and making all this possible.

We will be investing in other ways to deliver great content and introduce game promotions through Razer Gold, our virtual credits system (https://gold.razer.com/). Do visit us there and stay tuned for more news.

CIG on RTX and Star Citizen

A thread on the Roberts Space Industries forums explores the potential impact of supporting NVIDIA's new RTX technology in Star Citizen, Cloud Imperium's long-in-development space game(s). This is from a couple of weeks ago, before being uncovered by DSOGaming. A supporter presented an odd theory that supporting this would "save you devs so much work farther along and look absolutely spanking." CIG's Ben Parry disagreed, saying, "Not in the slightest. I expect, if we use it, it'll be a massive headache and time-sink but might give us some subtle improvements in looks or performance if we get it right." He expresses doubts that they will pursue this, saying: "I'd love to, it looks like fun, but at the moment we have other high priority tasks on the roadmap." In another post, he describes more of what he thinks supporting RTX would entail:

It's more likely to be a case of "We've got a test-bed scene for a ray-based environment lighting technique, it works for one type of light so far, here's a list of things you can no longer safely have in a room without it breaking, with rough probabilities of how likely we are to work out a solution" ☻

The added headache is that whatever we offered would have to be an "as well" feature rather than an "instead", developing a feature for a single manufacturer's top-end cards means also maintaining feature parity for everyone else's hardware.

Personally I'd like to use it to make the shadows crispier.

Steam Top 10

Steam serves up a triple-decker Sid Meier sandwich as the list of last week's bestselling games in Valves online store:

  1. Sid Meier's Civilization VI: Gathering Storm
  2. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  3. Grand Theft Auto V
  4. Far Cry New Dawn
  5. ASTRONEER
  6. GOD EATER 3
  7. MONSTER HUNTER: WORLD
  8. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
  9. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI: Rise and Fall
  10. Sid Meier’s Civilization VI

Sunday Patches

On Sale

Sunday Consolidation

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • DREVO Tyrfing V2 RGB Backlit Tenkeyless Mechanical Keyboard on Nikk Tech.
  • GeIL Super Luce RGB Sync DDR4-3200 16GB Memory Kit on TweakTown.
  • Silicon Power XPOWER Turbine DDR4 Gaming Memory Kit on Mad Shrimps.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Scott Burns To Heavily Re-Write "Bond 25" has word that the script for the next Bond movie is getting a re-write. This is often a sign that the end-product will be no bueno, but I feel there have been some recent examples of movies that required last-minute re-writes and even reshoots after test screenings that have turned out fine. I certainly hope this is the case, in particular because it looks like it will probably be Daniel Craig's last outing as 007, and it would be nice for it to be in a movie that lives up to his debut outing in Casino Royale.

Bonded Links: Thanks Ant.
Link: Sci-Fi Author Robert Heinlein Was Basically MacGyver. Thanks Neutronbeam.
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Get set for ‘super snow moon’ next week, the biggest supermoon of the year.
Media: DiabLoL 1 Ep 5 "Cave Man."
Feel like making love. Awww.
Eating banana in 1 second...
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Saturday, Feb 16, 2019

PlanetSide Arena Delayed Again

Daybreak Games announces a new release window for PlanetSide Arena, saying this is now due this summer (thanks Polygon). This large-scale battle royale game was announced for release on January 29th, but four days before that deadline the game was delayed until February 20th. Now with four days to go (we're beginning to detect a pattern here), they announce this latest setback, saying they plan on a simultaneous launch on PC and PlayStation 4. They are also refunding all Steam preorders, which will restore some goodwill, and is possibly a signal that the game will actually be free-to-play. Here's word:

First off, a huge thank you to everyone who participated in our Closed Beta these past few weeks. Your suggestions have been crucial in providing our team with direct and meaningful gameplay feedback. We can’t even begin to express our appreciation for all of the time and effort you’ve spent helping us test and improve the game.

After much consideration, we’ve decided to postpone the current PC-only release date and launch simultaneously across PC and PlayStation 4 this summer. We’ve always envisioned PlanetSide Arena as a way for players to experience the epic gameplay of the PlanetSide universe, through fast-paced, combined arms combat and massive-scale multiplayer modes. We believe that delivering the most polished version of PlanetSide Arena that meets these expectations, on both platforms, outweighs any other consideration.

In light of our revised launch plan, we are refunding all Planetside Arena pre-orders. We’re committed to continuing and expanding our Beta testing program as we ramp-up for our multi-platform launch this Summer and will share more details soon. You can visit Steam for more information on refunds.

Thank you all again for your amazing support. We’re very excited about the future and can’t wait see everyone back in the Arena!

Apex Legends Bans

The Apex Legends subreddit has word from Respawn on just how many players they've struck with the banhammer since the launch of their free-to-play battle royale game (thanks Eurogamer.net). Did you guess they've banned dozens? You're cold. Hundreds? You're still cold. Thousands? You're getting warmer:

As of today over 16,000 cheaters have been identified and banned from the game. Cheaters suck. If you run into one, please try and capture the evidence and let us know here: https://www.easy.ac/en-us/support/apexlegends/contact/report/

Even if you don’t get proof, get their ID and flag it and we can investigate the account. We have heard your feedback about a report feature in the game. I’ll just say that’s a very good idea :)

SNOW Drifts Out of Early Access

SNOW is now out of Early Access after its official launch on Steam, offering the full version of this open world wintersports simulation for Windows. The game is free-to-play, but there's also an Ultimate Edition that permanently unlocks all the major content for the game, and this is on sale for 35% off to celebrate the launch. The version 1.0.0 launch trailer accompanies the release, showing off gameplay and the game's CryEngine graphics. Here's more:

In SNOW, players can explore a massive mountain on snowboard, skis and snowmobile, customize characters with clothing and equipment, and compete in thrilling events. Players can explore the snowy landscape online with friends, too. The game was developed by Poppermost and WastedStudios, who also ported the game to CRYENGINE 5.5.2.

Players who download the free-to-play version get access to: walking, skiing, snowboarding and snowmobiling; Tyro Valley (the beginners' mountain); X Games 2016; a seven-day ski pass for Sialia (unlocked by completing Tyro Valley); and the ability to purchase credits or cosmetic items. The "Ultimate Edition"—offered as DLC—includes access to all mountains, tracks and events, plus all available cosmetics, including skis, snowboards, drones, snowmobiles and mountain props.

New sights await players on all of the game’s mountain ranges. In free-to-play, players can unlock 19 new sightseeing locations, and in the "Ultimate Edition," players can unlock 47. There are also collectables scattered across each of the game’s mountains just waiting to be found. In free-to-play, there are 39 collectables, and in the "Ultimate Edition," there are 90. The "Ultimate Edition" now also offers an all new Mountain: X Games Aspen 2018. Players who have previously spent five dollars/euros or more in-game in the past will receive the "Ultimate Edition" DLC shortly after launch.

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Saturday Patches

Gatherings & Competitions

Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

etc.

Out of the Blue

A couple of days out from our visit to the veterinarian, we are completely confident the giardia infection diagnosis for the Gunnar-man was accurate. Our poodle pal has his energy and appetite back, seems to be tolerating his heavy dose of antibiotics well, and, thankfully has had no further explosive diarrhea incidents. Gunnar is quite far from a spring chicken, so any downturn in his health is cause for great concern, so him getting back to his old self is a tremendous relief. I asked here for positive thoughts, so thanks to all who helped with the magical side of this process.

R.I.P.: Bruno Ganz, Star of ‘Downfall’ and ‘Wings of Desire,’ Dies at 77.

Cured Links: Thanks Ant.
Stories: "Dune," Bond 25 & "Fast 9" Set New Dates.
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A Beautiful Day At Nazare. I - am - an - F B I - agent (NSFW)!
Rapping 1000 Words in 2 Minutes. NSFW?
Follow-up: Man Who Suffocated An Attacking Mountain Lion Describes Fight For His Life. Thanks RedEye9.
Washington state House committee passes bill to ban personal, philosophical vaccine exemptions.
'My battery is low and it's getting dark'- Mars rover Opportunity's last message to scientists. *Sniff*.
The Funnies: Rovers. Thanks RedEye9.


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