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Monday, Jan 01, 2018 Happy New Year!

  

Steam's Best of 2017

The Best of 2017 on Steam categorizes the 2017 sales performance of games by top sellers, top new releases, top VR games, and top Early Access graduates, along with a list covering games with most simultaneous players. Word from Valve is: "Based on community feedback and showcasing the many ways people shop and play games on Steam, 2017's year-end reporting expands beyond the top grossing titles to also include charts for the top VR titles, Early Access titles, Most Played titles and titles that enjoyed the best Opening Week performance." These lists are represented graphically with no statistics, grouped into tiers that likewise have no numbers attached. Also, the tiers are presented in no specific sequence (if you refresh the page, the arrangement changes), so in no particular order here are the "Platinum" sellers by gross revenue, which interestingly includes two free-to-play games, Warframe and Dota 2.

  • H1Z1
  • Rocket League
  • The Witcher III: Wild Hunt
  • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  • Rainbow Six: Siege
  • ARK: Survival Evolved
  • Dota 2
  • Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Wildlands
  • Warframe
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Divinity: Original Sin II

Another Destiny 2 Progression Impediment?

Probably last thing Destiny 2 players want to hear about is another progression issue with the first-person shooter sequel, but a thread on reddit discusses an undisclosed glimmer cap that kicks in after a certain point, which can grind your grinding to a halt (thanks GameRevolution via MP1ST). Something that comes up in several responses is that this cap also existed in the original Destiny. Here's word:

I don't know if this is news to anyone but I did three tests to confirm it in the EDZ where Devrim is, and one on Titan. There are tons of enemies to kill when the fallen and cabal "move against each other" so it was rather easy. Once you gain a certain amount of glimmer (400ish?), the currency stops coming until you refrain from killing anything for a while. If you take a break for a moment, the next glimmer cap is even smaller (mine stopped at 200 after a 20 second rest).

In one particular instance, after I stopped gaining glimmer, I must have killed at least 60 enemies who didn't drop any glimmer at all. I was at 6000 glimmer, gained about 280 before the glimmer stopped, and then proceeded to kill enemies for several minutes after that. When I finally stopped and checked my inventory, I was at 6280 glimmer.

This may be old news I was unaware of. Either way, it seems like a pointless farming cap that would be near impossible to exploit and has to go. It makes me wonder how much glimmer I've lost out on in strikes and raids where the enemies come constantly and in great numbers.

Iron Harvest 1920+ Trailers

KINGArtGames offers a new trailer from Iron Harvest 1920+, showing off tech and controls from an internal build of this upcoming alternate history RTS game (thanks DSOGaming). We don't recall seeing too much about this project following its announcement over a year ago, but they also have a couple of additional recent clips showing it off. This clip from a couple of weeks ago shows off some motion capture testing. And a teaser trailer from a few months ago features gameplay and cinematics showing what would have happened if World War I did not end in 1918. Continue here to read the full story.

On Sale

Gatherings & Competitions

New Year's Interviews

New Year's Consolidation

New Year's Mobilization

New Year's Metaverse

New Year's Tech Bits

New Year's Safety Dance

New Year's Legal Briefs

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

  • Silicon Power Diamond D30S 2TB USB 3.1 HDD on Mad Shrimps.

etc.

Out of the Blue

Happy New Year! We had a nice quiet time here, so nobody is suffering with any party regrets. Hopefully you're doing okay as well, or at least that your pet hangover cure does the trick. There were a lot of downs in the ups and downs of last year, so here's to a 2018 that has more ups than Michael Jordan!

New Year Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Super Fighters.
Stories: New Year's Eve Hangover? Eat These Foods to Feel Better. With music to make hangovers worse.
Eight ways to avoid - or treat - a New Year's hangover.
"Last Jedi" At $1B Worldwide Box-Office.
Science: Why aliens are not contacting us if they know about humans? Explains astonishing 'Zoo Theory'.
FDA approves first shock wave device made to heal wounds. They already make the Lúcio joke.
Chocolate is on track to go extinct in 40 years.
Media: Not your grandparents' origami -- paper toys that DO.
Behold Chainsaw Proof Pants in Action.
Never kick the bull. What's that old saying about messing with the bull?
Follow-up: F-35 may see combat in 2018. TIE Fighter attack incoming?
New Year's Day Full Moon: Are 'Supermoons' Really That Super?
The Funnies: xkcd: Desert Golfing.

Sunday, Dec 31, 2017 Happy New Year's Eve

The Grandfather Machine

The Grandfather Machine is now available on itch.io, offering the chance to test your old-man strength in a first-person puzzle/maze game (thanks PCGamesN). This is labor-of-love that's offered for free, though the developer accepts donations for support. This trailer shows off gameplay and development, though the game us said to be short enough that you might want to avoid its spoilers. Here's word:

The Grandfather Machine is a first-person maze/puzzle game, featuring a live performance actor. The game takes place in a desert environment you explore, and is broken up into two main spaces: the Real World and the Virtual World where the mechanics of play change depending on your location in these worlds. The core game mechanics including wall-walking, gravity manipulations and space paradoxes. On the game narrative side, The Grandfather Machine is an experience into the adventure of a surreal world featuring alternative thinking and bizarre logic.

The story happens in a virtual space. The player awakens to find himself in a strange place. A scientist asks him to take several tests to “find answers to some of the life’s biggest questions”. The player has to finish a series of challenges in a Matrix-style virtual space, and he could walk on every plane like ground, wall and ceiling, go through different dimensions and travel by gravity pads to reach the final destination. But what lies at the end of his journey?

Continue here to read the full story.

Steam Top 10

Valve lists the following as the bestselling titles for last week on Steam, their digital marketplace:

  1. PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  2. Grand Theft Auto V
  3. Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  4. Divinity: Original Sin 2
  5. They Are Billions
  6. DARK SOULS III
  7. The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt - Game of the Year Edition
  8. Cuphead
  9. ARK: Survival Evolved
  10. Assassin's Creed® Origins

Sunday Patches

Sunday Mobilization

Sunday Metaverse

Sunday Tech Bits

Sunday Safety Dance

Sunday Legal Briefs

Out of the Blue

Happy New Year's Eve! And as always, to those in Australia and other places where it's already 2018, happy New Year, but please don't reveal what the future holds, lest we mess up the timeline. We'll follow our usual doctrine at the BlueTower of laying low and avoiding crowds, clamor, and cars. Here's hoping everyone has a fine old time tonight however you choose to celebrate, but remember it's an amateur drinking night, so please be extra careful on the roads.

R.I.P.: Activist Erica Garner, 27, dies after heart attack. Thanks RedEye9.

Eve Plumb Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: QWOP.
Link: Don't carry a gun with Punisher logo on it.
Story: 'Star Wars' Franchise Crosses $4 Billion, Eclipsing Disney's Lucasfilm Price.
Media: Shovel prank gone terribly wrong (or right?). Instant Karma.
What's in the box?
London Underground halts barrier jumper, catches his penis. Hakuna Matata!
The Funnies: Every Time a Girl Joins an Online Game.



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