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Wednesday, Mar 22, 2017

  

Quake Champions Trailer

A new "Burial Chamber Arena" trailer from Quake Champions is now available, offering another look at id Software's upcoming arena shooter. Those 18 years old or over interested in the game can head to the Quake Champions website and sign up for the upcoming closed beta. Here's word on the clip:

Step into the Burial Chamber and face judgement in the latest Quake Champions trailer. From the wicked lava pools threatening to overtake the Arena, to the treacherous open spaces, nowhere is safe in the second Arena in our profile series. Skill is required to traverse this Arena, lest you find yourself tumbling to a molten death. Get your first look at Burial Chamber in this new video.

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Rocket League Free Dropshot Update

Psyonix announces the release of Dropshot, a free new update for Rocket League, adding new content to the vehicular sports game. This post from last week has all the details on what this adds, and offers a trailer showing it off. Here's word on all this involves, including a start to a new competitive season:

  • End to ‘Competitive Season 3’ and Wheel rewards distributed to competing players based on their highest skill tier reached
  • Start of ‘Competitive Season 4’ with a variety of changes
  • New Esports “Live Now” button on the main menu to notify players of official streams
  • Spectator camera improvements including a Boost Meter and Rumble Power-up indicator for watchers in Player View
  • New speed-themed Turbo Crate with the potential to unlock animated Decals, Exotic Wheels, Black Market customizations and more
  • New import Battle-Car Endo, available as a limited-drop inside the Turbo Crate
  • Six new Achievements and Trophies
  • And more!

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Guardians of ORION Free Week and Starter Edition

Guardians of ORION can be played free this week on Steam, following last week's free play week for ORION Prelude. Both games are still on sale to celebrate the event. There is also now a new Guardians of Orion Starter Edition, which allows access to some aspect of the game for just $1.00 USD (or $0.49 with the sale). Here's word on the sci-fi shooter's lore:

Guardians of Orion takes place half a century from now and allows you to explore The New Solar System. Rich with an unlimited and renewable clean energy source, Ion Crystals generated by the star of Rigel help power your Guardian using the most advanced technology and weaponry ever created.

Arma 3 Free and Paid DLC Plans

Bohemia Interactive announces Arma 3 has sold more than three million copies, celebrating the success of their military shooter sequel. They take the occasion to discuss upcoming plans, including a second season of DLC. This includes new premium Jets DLC planned for release in May and free DLC to follow in June to mark the 16th anniversary of the series. They offer this video with an extended look at the Jets DLC, and the following outline of what's on the way, including preorder opportunities:

"It's become something of a yearly tradition to share our plans for Arma 3 via a quick retrospective of progress, and a look ahead at the work in front of us. Although 2017’s no exception - it's once again our pleasure to present our development, with a particular focus on the upcoming Jets DLC - this year is extra special, as we celebrate passing the 3 million milestone for the Arma 3 playerbase."

  • Penciled in for May 2017, the Arma 3 Jets DLC introduces three new fighter jets, a new Unmanned Combat Air Vehicle (UCAV), a new Showcase scenario, Steam Achievements, and more. The Jets DLC will be accompanied by a free platform update introducing a sensor overhaul to enhance targeting, an improved fixed-wing damage model by extending the number of hitpoints and damage effects, dynamic vehicle loadouts, and various other jet-related improvements. Arma 3 Jets is the first Arma 3 DLC to be developed in partnership with a third-party external development team, BRAVO ZERO ONE Studios (which is led by Make Arma Not War winner Joshua "Saul" Carpenter).
  • To celebrate the 16th anniversary of the Arma series, Bohemia Interactive will release the free Arma 3 Malden DLC on June 22nd 2017. This DLC includes a re-imagination of the classic Malden terrain featured in the very first Arma game. In addition, the studio will release a new (and free) cooperative multiplayer mode, named ‘Combat Patrol’. Here, players need to accomplish various objectives as part of an infantry team, and each playthrough will be different thanks to the mode’s heavily randomized nature.
  • While the exact theme of the Arma 3 "Orange" DLC (working title) (est. Q3 2017) will be announced at a later date, this upcoming new package will explore an interesting and unique perspective on the battlefield. The Arma 3 "Orange" DLC will include new vehicles, new clothing and gear, new decorative objects, a mini-campaign, Showcase and Challenge scenarios, and more. In terms of size, the "Orange DLC" stands somewhere in between the Arma 3 Karts and Arma 3 Helicopters/Marksmen/Jets/Tanks DLC.
  • The Arma 3 Tac-Ops DLC (est. Q4 2017) will deliver a set of ‘tactical operations’. These singleplayer scenarios will focus upon challenging, replayable, and authentic military gameplay - making the best use of Arma 3's sandbox terrain, vehicles, and weapons.
  • The Arma 3 Tanks DLC (est. Q1 2018) will build on the experience of armored combat in Arma 3 by delivering three new armored vehicles, new playable content, and more. The package will be accompanied by a free platform update, which will implement new features and improvements related to tracked and armored vehicles.

While the official release of the Arma 3 Jets DLC is scheduled for May 2017, Bohemia Interactive intends to make its contents available for public testing on Arma 3’s Dev-Branch in the next few weeks. To gain pre-release access, players should pre-order the Arma 3 Jets DLC on the Bohemia Store with a 10% pre-order discount (original price: € 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99).

Alternatively, those who are already certain they want to enlist for all planned upcoming DLC can purchase the Arma 3 DLC Bundle 2 on the Bohemia Store or Steam (€ 22.99 / $ 24.99 / £ 19.99), which saves more than 25% over purchasing the Jets (€ 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99), “Orange” (€ 6.99 / $ 7.99 / £ 5.99), Tac-Ops (€ 4.99 / $ 5.99 / £ 4.49), and Tanks DLC (€ 9.99 / $ 11.99 / £ 8.99) separately.

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Evening Patches

On Sale

Evening Crowdfunding Roundup

  • All Walls Must Fall- A Tech-Noir Tactics Game by inbetweengames — Kickstarter. "All Walls Must Fall is an isometric tactics game where actions happen to the pulsing beat of the music. You control time travelling secret agents as they jump and loop through a single night in the city of Berlin. Using a pausable real-time system, carefully plan your decisions and use powerful time manipulation abilities to your advantage, as you carry out your mission in the shadows or in plain sight. Levels are procedurally recombined using a bespoke system developed by inbetweengames, giving All Walls Must Fall a highly replayable campaign structure, while still offering individually crafted components and set-pieces."

Evening Interviews

Gatherings & Competitions

Evening Consolidation

Evening Metaverse

Evening Tech Bits

Evening Legal Briefs

etc., etc.

Into the Black

GOG Galaxy Leaves Beta

GOG.com announces the end of beta testing for GOG Galaxy, the standalone client for their DRM-free game store. They call this the biggest update to Galaxy yet, saying the highlight of version 1.2 is the addition of universal cloud saved games. On that topic they offer this separate post with a list of the first games supporting this feature. This is available now to all who have opted in to early updates, and it will roll out to everyone else next month. Here's more on what to expect:

The highlight of Update 1.2 is, of course, the Universal Cloud Saves. This new feature makes it possible to add cloud saving functionality not only to new games, but also to titles that never offered cloud saving before. Thanks to this, excellent games like Planescape: Torment, Heroes of Might & Magic® III, or Vampire®: the Masquerade - Bloodlines gain the benefits of saves syncing and cloud backup for the first time ever. Of course, if you prefer to keep your precious saves close at hand, GOG Galaxy also lets you download a backup of your saves data at any time and use it as you see fit.

This huge Update introduces the option to customize the Client to your needs by selecting which features you want to use. In addition, there is a brand new hibernate mode that cuts down on Client CPU usage while playing a game, and saves resources as well as battery life when idling in the background. We've also went through the GOG Galaxy community wishlist and packed Update 1.2 with some of the most-requested features, including bandwidth limiting and scheduling, FPS counter, screenshot capturing, a sleek in-game overlay, achievement rarity, desktop and in-game notifications system, a new chat, and more!

Vulkan Multi-GPU Support for Windows

The Khronos Developer Blog announces that multi-GPU support in their Vulkan API is not tied to Windows 10 (thanks DSOGaming). They say this will come to "many versions of Windows, including 7 and 8.x. Here's word:

One key question that we have been asked since GDC is whether the Vulkan multi-GPU functionality is specifically tied to ship only on Windows 10.

The good news is that the Vulkan multi-GPU specification is very definitely NOT tied to Windows 10. It is possible to implement the Vulkan multi-GPU extension on any desktop OS including Windows 7, 8.X and 10 and Linux.

Some of the Khronos GDC presentations mentioned that for Vulkan multi-GPU functionality, Windows Display Driver Model (WDDM) must be in Linked Display Adapter (LDA) mode. That was not a very clear statement that has caused some confusion. And so it is worth clarifying that:

  1. The use of WDDM is referring to the use of Vulkan multi-GPU functionality on Windows. On other OS, WDDM is not necessary to implement the Vulkan multi-GPU extension.
  2. On Windows, the use of LDA mode can make implementing Vulkan multi-GPU functionality easier, and will probably be used by most implementations, but it is not strictly necessary.
  3. If an implementation on Windows does decide to use LDA mode, it is NOT tied to Windows 10. LDA mode has been available on many versions of Windows, including Windows 7 and 8.X.

Khronos always strives to make its specifications as cross platform as possible. Of course, what products ship on which OS is up to the implementers of each specification, but Khronos is already aware of vendor plans to ship multi-GPU functionality on platforms other than Windows 10, including Linux.

Gatherings & Competitions

Morning Consolidation

Morning Mobilization

Morning Metaverse

Morning Tech Bits

Morning Safety Dance

Morning Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Acer Predator X34 34-Inch G-Sync Ultrawide 21:9 Gaming Monitor on eTeknix.
  • ASRock X370 Taichi (AMD X370) Motherboard on TweakTown.
  • be quiet! Pure Base 600 Case on ocaholic and TweakTown.
  • Corsair Vengeance RGB DDR4 RAM on Technic3D. German.
  • Cougar Megara In-ear Gaming Headset on Play3r.
  • DX12 versus DX11 Video Card Gaming Performance on HARDOCP.
  • Lenovo Yoga Book on PC Perspective.
  • Linksys WRT3200ACM AC3200 MU-MIMO Gigabit WiFi Router on eTeknix.
  • Logitech MK850 Performance Wireless Keyboard and Mouse Combo on AnandTech.
  • TP-Link M7300 4G LTE-Advanced Mobile Wi-Fi Router on Play3r.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Thanks to Neutronbeam for sending a link that lead to learning today is National Goof Off Day. This page explains the occasion, its origins, and to what degree this is observed nationally and internationally. Best thing about it is this was apparently inspired by actual goofing off. Anyway, if your boss catches you with your feet up playing games, you can show them that article. Certainly don't refer them to me... I'll be busy goofing off.

R.I.P.: Chuck Barris Dead; ‘Gong Show’ Host Was 87.

Links: Thanks Ant and Acleacius.
Play: I Want to Be A Billionaire 2.
Science: There and back again- SpaceX to make history by re-flying orbital rocket.
Is the dark really making me sad.
Take a first look inside a Hyperloop passenger capsule. Thanks Hypothermia.
Media: Fifth Element -Diva Aria. You have a seat reserved, front row, next to RU-BY RHOD!
Young girl re-united with her gorilla friends after 12 years.
The Biggest Rooster You'll Ever See.
Auctions: Prince’s Personal Guitar, Seinfeld Show Memorabilia, Celebrity-Autographed Guitars, and More.
Follow-up: Subway sues TV network over ‘soy chicken’ report.



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