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NVIDIA Flow Video

This video was posted the other day by NVIDIA, so thanks Hypothermia for noticing it. This is a demonstration of NVIDIA GameWorks Flow in DirectX 12, which includes some snappy visuals (but no auto insurance). The description goes into some detail, in case "snappy" was too technical for you:

NVIDIA Flow is a realtime fluid simulation - in this demo, simulating fire and smoke. The simulation is based on an adaptive sparse voxel grid, allowing the simulation to focus compute and memory resources around regions of interest, and track shifts in the region of interest over time.

With the fire, the combustion process is simulated per voxel, generating elevated temperatures and smoke, which influences the visual appearance and produces buoyancy and expansion effects on the fluid simulation.

An adaptive sparse voxel grid is also used to compute self-shadowing on the smoke, increasing both the realism and visualizing the structure of the smoke. The fluid simulation supports real time collision with objects in the environment, along with fuel emitters than can be modified in real time, making the simulation fully interactive.

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Steam Top 10

Here's a rundown of last week's 10 bestselling titles on Valve's Steam service. Rest assured, no accountants from PricewaterhouseCoopers were involved in tabulating this list:

  2. H1Z1: King of the Kill
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Warhammer 40,000: Dawn of War III
  5. Arma 3
  6. NieR:Automata
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. Subnautica
  9. Halo Wars: Definitive Edition
  10. Ultimate Epic Battle Simulator

On Sale

  • The Flame in the Flood on Steam. Save 50%.
  • Zombie Driver HD on Steam. Save 90%.

Gatherings & Competitions

Sunday Previews

  • Elder Scrolls Online on the official website. Warden Guide: Skill Lines and Abilities (from 10 days ago). Thanks Acleacius.

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Hardware Reviews

  • AMD Ryzen R5 1500X Quad-Core AM4 Processor on eTeknix.
  • Mad Catz F.R.E.Q.9 Wireless Surround Headset on Nikk Tech.
  • MSI GT73VR Titan GTX 1070 SLI Gaming Laptop on eTeknix.
  • SilverStone ST45SF V3.0 450W PSU on APH Networks.


Out of the Blue

Congrats to the New York Rangers on winning their first-round playoff series. Our local hockey heroes are by no means a dynasty, but they've a been pretty strong contender for a while now, so they deserve some credit. I'm just always so unhappy at the way James Dolan has ruined the Knicks that I let that overshadow things. If only he'd learn from the hockey side of it that the Knicks would be far better off if he'd stop meddling. Oh well, it's his team.

R.I.P.: Erin Moran, 'Happy Days' actress, dead at 56.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: OpenLara. Browser Tomb Raider. Thanks DSOGaming.
Return Man 3.
Stories: 'Deadpool 2' Lands June 2018 Release Date.
Harris Teeter frozen hash browns recalled due to golf balls.
Media: That is NOT going to rub out.
Massive Spider Exodus = Horror.
Will a drop of Water on the Anvil make it explode?

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Saturday, Apr 22, 2017 Happy Earth Day

Everything Released

As Steven Wright once said, you can't have everything... where would you put it? Well in defiance of that wisdom, Steam News announces the release of Everything on Steam with a 20% launch discount. They simply say, "Be the Universe in this beautiful interactive nature simulation." This post has more on this Windows and OS X sim:

This game has been a dream project and I never thought it would finally be out there in the world. Everything is a very simple idea that took 3 years and an enormous amount of work to make happen. Our core team is just 2 people, and we and we really hope you enjoy your experience with it.

Everything is a very different kind of game, and people will interpret it differently, but the best thing is to go in without any expectations. One thing to keep in mind is that there's no wrong way to play it - it's all designed so you can't make a mistake.

We've had very few issues so far, but managed to fix a few small things today and will continue with any fixes needed next week. Thank you to everyone on the Discussion page for bringing these things up and for helping each other out. In general - most issues in the game are solved by saving & reloading, or going Settings -> Restart area. We are, of course, committed to making sure you have the best experience possible and don't have to do this.

Finally - thank you if you already bought Mountain - you basically funded this project, and thank you for playing, posting, discussing and telling your friends about this game.

Heroes of the Storm Free Mega Bundles

Heroes of the Storm website outlines plans to Mega Hero Bundles that will be available in the MOBA after Tuesday's version 2.0 update. These are set up to reward everyone with a free 20-hero bundle just for logging in to Heroes of the Storm during the qualifying period. Here's the plan:

Whether you’re a grizzled MOBA veteran, or you’re not quite sure what “mid lane” even means, Mega Bundles make it easier than ever to dive head-first into the Nexus!

Each bundle contains 20 Heroes, and has its own unique theme. The best part? We’re giving you enough free gems to unlock the Mega Bundle of your choice once Heroes of the Storm 2.0 goes live in your region after April 25!

Check out the Mega Bundles below to get a feel for which playstyle will suit you best, then take our quiz if you’re still not sure which bundle is right for you.

Outbreak: The New Nightmare Announced

A Steam Community announcement reveals plans for Outbreak: The New Nightmare, a follow-up to the survival horror of the first Outbreak. There are details on the Outbreak website along with a teaser trailer featuring pre-alpha gameplay, showing a transition to a 3D environment from the previous top-down perspective. Developer Dead Drop Studios also offers another trailer with a playthrough of a demo scenario. The New Nightmare is currently in the Steam Greenlight process, and they expect it to enter early access this year. Here are more details:

Outbreak's transition to 3D opens up the opportunity for a more cinematic, visceral experience. You'll be directly in the thick of the action as you navigate through the remains of the destroyed city. Facing a limited inventory, puzzles, diabolical foes and more, it will be a true test of survival. To make matters worse, you only have a SINGLE LIFE. You'll need to scavenge the environment for weapons, ammunition and other supplies if you have any hope to survive. Knives, handguns, shotguns, revolvers and more are the key to making it out of the nightmare alive. Supporting your team by trading items and watching each other's backs will also be essential.

As with the original Outbreak, the multiplayer modes will run on a cloud-based multiplayer backend. It will not use a P2P connection and you should have virtually no firewall or NAT issues when connecting to friends. With a region selector, you'll have access to an excellent ping almost anywhere in the world. Outbreak: The New Nightmare is expected to support 3-player online multiplayer co-op, as well as single-player (and offline) modes.

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Saturday Consolidation

Saturday Mobilization

Saturday Metaverse

Saturday Tech Bits

Saturday Safety Dance

Saturday Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Happy Earth Day! I'm personally fond of the Earth, as I spend much of my time here. Here's hoping we can find better ways to balance our civilization with nature, though that may require focusing on the environment for a second day every year. I know, I'm one of those radicals.

Earthy Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: Tap Tap West.
Stories: Wildfires rage across Florida, destroying homes and displacing thousands.
American Airlines is investigating claim that flight attendant violently confronted mother.
Science: Why people are marching for science: ‘There is no Planet B.’
107 cancer papers retracted due to peer review fraud.
Diet sodas may be tied to stroke, dementia risk. Thanks Slashdot.
Media: HeroStorm Ep 24 Pro Be Us.
Guardians of the Galaxy: The Telltale Series (Honest Game Trailers).
Digging into the surprisingly mysterious life of Bob Ross.
The Funnies: How Video Games Companies Think We Act VS Reality.


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