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now offers new version 16.10.2 Crimson reference drivers for AMD
graphics cards. These offer support for Battlefield 1, Sid Meier's Civilization
VI, Titanfall 2, Serious Sam VR Early Access, and Eagle Flight VR along with an
SLI profile for Civilization VI. Here's more:
- Fan speed may sometimes remain elevated on select
Radeon RX 400 series graphics products even when an application has been
- Eyefinity group settings may not be retained after
driver upgrade when using AMD CrossFire configurations.
- Gears of War™ 4 may experience an application hang
when using select high resolution and quality configurations in some
specific game maps.
- DirectX®12 content may be unable to launch on some
older CPUs that do not support popcnt instruction.
- Battlefield 1™ AMD CrossFire profile updates for
- A few game titles may fail to launch, experience
performance issues or crash if the third party application "Raptr" has its
game overlay enabled. A workaround is to disable the overlay if this is
- H.264 content playback may experience playback
issues on internet browsers with hardware acceleration when also running
gaming applications or content.
- The Division™ may experience checkered corruption
when using character model overlays or the game menu.
- Some users without the Radeon WattMan feature may
experience a Radeon Software popup error regarding Radeon WattMan.
- FIFA 17™ may experience an application hang or
black screen on launch for some select Hybrid Graphics or AMD PowerXpress
- H.264 content may experience blocky corruption
when streaming using P2P content players on some Radeon RX 400 series
The King and the Warlord is now available
, featuring new
content for Total War:
, the fantasy-themed strategy game. They also offer a free update
for the base game, and a new video about the creation of the game. Here are all
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Creative Assembly, developers of the critically acclaimed Total War:
WARHAMMER, unveils The King & The Warlord DLC pack today introducing two new
Legendary Lords to the game, each leading their own faction. As King Belegar
Ironhammer leads Clan Angrund to retake the ancient hold of Karak Eight Peaks,
the vicious Night Goblin warlord Skarsnik directs the Crooked Moon Clan to
thwart him. The pack brings a wide variety of new content including new Lords
and Legendary Lords, quest-chains, famous Regiments of Renown, and new
battlefield units including Bolt Throwers and Squigs! For complete details
surrounding the DLC, please see the Steam page:
Released alongside The King & The Warlord is an in-depth look at the creation of
Warhammer’s ever popular squigs. In Behind the Squig, we follow their creation
from table top wildcard to fully animated, slobbering dwarf-munchers. Check out
the video here:
In addition to The King & The Warlord DLC launch today, Creative Assembly also
releases the 5th free DLC content pack for Total War: WARHAMMER today.
Headlining this pack is Wurrzag Da Great Green Prophet, the legendary Greenksin
Shaman and leader of the Bloody Handz Svaage Orc tribe. This free pack also
contains three powerful new battlefield units for the Warriors of Chaos, and can
be downloaded here:
SAG-AFTRA offers a statement on the state of negotiations for a new contract
for video game voice actors. They say they are rejecting what they call a
"freeloader model of compensation." Here's word:
“This group of video
game employers knowingly feeds off other industries that pay these same
performers fairly to make a living. This represents a 'freeloader model of
compensation' that we believe cannot and should not continue.
“In this industry, which frequently uses performers and understands the
intermittent and unpredictable nature of this type of work, fair compensation
includes secondary payments when games hit a certain level of success with
consumers, not simply higher upfront wages. Secondary compensation is what
allows professional performers to feed their families in between jobs.
“No matter what these companies are peddling in their press releases, this
negotiation is not only about upfront compensation. It is about fairness and the
ability of middle-class performers to survive in this industry. These companies
are immensely profitable, and successful games — which are the only games this
dispute is about – drive that profit.
“We have proposed a fair payment structure that enables the sustainability of a
professional performer community. These employers have unreasonably refused
that. The time has come to end the freeloader model of compensation and that is
why our members are united behind this cause.”
Ubisoft announces that preorders of Watch Dogs 2
will include a bonus
mission. This is loosely based on actual events, as it centers on the notorious
Zodiac killer. Word is: "An unwanted ghost of San Francisco’s past has
resurfaced after fifty years. A killer is staging the bodies of his victims all
over Oakland like the infamous Zodiac Killer of the Sixties, and he’s taunting
the police and news outlets with coded messages. Will you succeed in decrypting
the messages and hunting down the copycat?"
look. Continue here to read the full story
Nintendo offers new details on Nintendo Switch
, the final name for their
new upcoming console. This
shows off the new hardware, which is centered around a small tablet
controller, an extension of their Wii U design. Word is: "Introducing Nintendo
Switch! In addition to providing single and multiplayer thrills at home, the
Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to play the same title wherever,
whenever and with whomever they choose. The mobility of a handheld is now added
to the power of a home gaming system to enable unprecedented new video game play
styles." There are more details in
the official announcement
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In an introductory video released today (http://www.nintendo.com/switch),
Nintendo provided the first glimpse of its new home gaming system and revealed
that it is called Nintendo Switch. In addition to providing single and
multiplayer thrills at home, the Nintendo Switch system also enables gamers to
play the same title wherever, whenever and with whomever they choose. The
mobility of a handheld is now added to the power of a home gaming system to
enable unprecedented new video game play styles.
At home, Nintendo Switch rests in the Nintendo Switch Dock that connects the
system to the TV and lets you play with family and friends in the comfort of
your living room. By simply lifting Nintendo Switch from the dock, the system
will instantly transition to portable mode, and the same great gaming experience
that was being enjoyed at home now travels with you. The portability of Nintendo
Switch is enhanced by its bright high-definition display. It brings the full
home gaming system experience with you to the park, on an airplane, in a car, or
to a friend’s apartment.
Gaming springs into action by removing detachable Joy-Con controllers from
either side of Nintendo Switch. One player can use a Joy-Con controller in each
hand; two players can each take one; or multiple Joy-Con can be employed by
numerous people for a variety of gameplay options. They can easily click back
into place or be slipped into a Joy-Con Grip accessory, mirroring a more
traditional controller. Or, if preferred, the gamer can select an optional
Nintendo Switch Pro Controller to use instead of the Joy-Con controllers.
Furthermore, it is possible for numerous people to bring their Nintendo Switch
systems together to enjoy local multiplayer face-to-face
has news that free Update 4 is now available for DOOM
an Arcade Mode and classic SnapMap modules to the first-person shooter remake.
They offer this video
with a look at what's new. Here's an overview:
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Play every level with all
guns, Runes and equipment upgrades fully unlocked. Customize your DOOM Marine's
gear, guns and Praetor suit before each run to see what combinations will give
you an edge. Compete against friends and players worldwide for the highest score
by attacking demons quickly, avoiding their attacks and grabbing multipliers
along the way. This is a perfect opportunity to replay one of the best
single-player FPS experiences of 2016, and for the speed runners out there to
make their mark. Good luck! For those long-time fans, Free Update 4 also brings
Classic DOOM modules to SnapMap. You’ll now be able to play and build new maps
using assets based on the original games. To give fans an easy way to play, the
team at id Software decided to create some classic maps for us, so definitely
check those out. For the creators out there, we can’t wait to see what you build
with these new classic modules. We’ve also made it easier to recommend and
review maps that you’ve played. You can even subscribe to creators via the new
Snap Feed so you're always aware of new changes or updates to their maps.
Feral Interactive now offers Mad Max
for OS X and Linux, expanding the
reach of this tie-in with the most recent installment in the apocalyptic movie
is online as home to this, offering details on the game as well as
OS X and Linux system requirements. These ports can be purchased there, and
now offers them in the same package as the Windows edition. Here's a refresher on the
Become Mad Max, the lone warrior in a savage post-apocalyptic world
where cars are the key to survival. In this action-packed, open world, third
person action game, you must fight to stay alive in The Wasteland, using brutal
on-ground and vehicular against vicious gangs of bandits. A reluctant hero with
an instinct for survival, Max wants nothing more than to leave the madness
behind and find solace in the storied “Plains of Silence.” Players are
challenged with treacherous missions as they scavenge the dangerous landscape
for supplies to build the ultimate combat vehicle.
A post to
the Overwatch forums
by Geoff Goodman explains a change in their
testing on the PTR. The principle designer on Blizzard's multiplayer
shooter notes that they will now be testing more drastic balance changes. This
means testing will go on longer than in past iterations of the PTR, and the
changes being tested are unlikely to make it through to the live game without
further refinement. This is a new approach, as they previously used the
PTR to test the stability of new builds, rather than to make changes based on
game outcomes. Here's part of the explanation:
We want to try a bunch of
things and see whats fun and working, and iterate more quickly from there. In
this way, we get to have you guys involved earlier in the process.
One quick note, since I already know this will come up. There aren't any
Symmetra changes for this patch. Her changes ended up being much more
significant and require more time to finish up, but shes feeling pretty great
internally so hopefully we can get her out there pretty soon.
I don't have an exact ETA on when this PTR will update, but we're hoping for
later this week some time. As always, the more you guys jump on and give
feedback the better the game will be! Thanks.
Paradox Interactive offers the
DLC for Stellaris
sci-fi strategy game. This story pack is accompanied by a new "Heinlein" patch
they call a "major free update" to the base game. Here's more on Leviathans:
"Leviathans adds new exploration centered content, as you encounter new,
potentially dangerous species, pirates and space creatures when you expand
across the galaxy. New events and new options are open to you, bringing you even
deeper into an epic space opera of your own creation." Here's more on both
Stellaris: Leviathans includes:
- Guardians: Powerful space entities with
mysterious origins and motives. Fight or investigate them to unlock
technologies and gain access to great treasures.
- Enclaves: Independent outposts of traders
and artists who are willing to make a deal. Exchange resources, purchase
information about the galaxy, or commission a great work of art for your
- War in Heaven: Where will your fledgling
empire lie if two ancient Fallen Empires decide to renew old grievances in a
War in Heaven? Will you err on the side of caution and take a side with the
stronger power, or will you strike at both whilst they are occupied with
their own titanic struggle?
- New art and music to add greater variety
and listening pleasures to your game experience.
The launch of Leviathans is accompanied by the Heinlein update to the base
Stellaris game, available to anyone who owns it. Heinlein is a huge free update
to the game that addresses many issues for players, including:
- A convenient Auto-Explore feature.
- Rally points for your freshly-assembled Navy.
- The Expansion Planner Interface.
- An overhaul of Strategic Resources.
- Clearer specialization/role for ship types.
- More options for customizing new galaxies.
- New smarter Sector Governors.
Open beta testing is now underway for
Adventure Quest Worlds 3D
, a cross-platform MMORPG for Windows, OS X,
and mobiles. This is offered for free
in early access. Here's word on the game, though they note that the iOS edition
is now actually available yet:
AdventureQuest 3D is a massively
multiplayer online RPG from the creators of the legendary AdventureQuest game
series. The original AdventureQuest launched in October 2002 as a single-player
Flash game and acquired over 65 million registered users.
AQ3D features fully explorable, beautifully rendered 3D environments and
fast-paced real-time combat, and is characterized by the same epic high
adventure - punctuated with unexpected comedy - found in the original
AdventureQuest 3D offers true cross-platform play that allows gamers to play on
the same account from their PC, Mac, iOS, or Android devices.
THQ Nordic announces that Red Faction
is now legal for sale in Germany.
The game began life 13 years ago on the country's BPjS "index" of games
considered harmful to young people, perhaps fuelled by fears that it would
inspire violence on Mars. Their announcement of the news indicates they continue to lube the powers-that-be to relax the local restrictions on other
titles in their portfolio:
Numerous discussions, tact and some skillful
powers of persuasion were required to achieve this result. “At THQ Nordic we
were aware of the implications of this momentous decision, and needed to adopt a
bold approach.” says Jans Binsmaier, Publishing Director of the Viennese studio.
After the incredible news of our removal from the list, THQ Nordic is currently
in (youth-free) party mode knowing that the Vienna-based team will be having
further discussions with the BPjM: “We will of course still be nurturing our
extensive games portfolio that now comprises over 350 titles, and will do our
utmost to ensure that gamers can play our games in the future.” says Jan
Binsmaier. We can still celebrate “small” successes like this even a decade
to Poland for a studio tour of Techland
, showing where the magic happens from
the reception area to the bathrooms. The audio portion is in Polish, so they
provide subtitles to help more of us follow along. Here's their English
explanation of the clip: "Take a tour of Techland’s studio and peek behind the
curtain to see how AAA games are made in the further reaches of Europe. The tour
showcases the studio, its staff and what they’re potentially working on for the future." Continue here to read the full story
Tobii announces the release
of their next generation Eye Tracker for gaming.
They say this is the first unit to support simultaneous eye- and head-tracking,
and does not require any headgear. Here are some details:
complement, rather than replace, traditional PC gaming inputs, the Tobii Eye
Tracker 4C uses gamer’s eye movement to create a new input modality. Pairing eye
tracking with mouse and keyboard or gamepad controls give gamers a richer, more
immersive experience as they are able to mimic actions that occur in real life,
such as looking for cover or aiming at a target.
Available in over 40 titles at TobiiGaming.com including, Deus Ex: Mankind
Divided, Tom Clancy’s The Division and Watch Dogs 2 (coming soon), several new
eye tracking enhanced games are added monthly. Tobii expects 100 eye tracking
enhanced games by the end of 2017, including several more upcoming AAA titles.
Integrating customer feedback from existing Tobii EyeX gamers, Tobii made five
key advancements for the Tobii Eye Tracker 4C:
- Adding head tracking functionality, making it the
only gaming device to provide simultaneous head and eye tracking
capabilities, providing a superior experience in simulator titles like
Elite: Dangerous. (Currently in Beta)
- Adding Tobii EyeChip, the world’s first eye
tracking ASIC, to reduce CPU load and power consumption from the host
- Decreasing the size and visibility of the
- Moving to an integrated USB2 cord (USB 2.0 BC 1.2)
to increase the amount of compatible host devices.
- Further advancing its industry-leading eye
tracking quality with additional performance enhancements.
- Keeping in line with Tobii EyeX, the Tobii Eye
Tracker 4C will also support facial recognition for Windows Hello,
Microsoft’s password-free login, allowing gamers to unlock their device with
Congrats to Cleveland fans and the Indians on their American League
championship. I find it easy to sympathize and root for such a long-suffering
franchise, so this is heartfelt. This will create a quandary if the Cubs win the
NL, since that team is the definition of long-suffering. Anyway, back to the
Indians, to quote my beloved Ian Hunter,