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Saturday, Jan 12, 2019

Source 2 Engine Details

A new video from Valve News Network discusses some Source 2 engine details that were hidden in plain sight in a recent Artifact update (thanks Ant). They found help files related to the Rubikon physics engine and other details, and also discuss the odd history of how information and new features of Source 2 have trickled out seemingly randomly over the years. Word is: "Today on Valve News Network, we take a look at a leak which occurred on January 10th hidden within an Artifact update. Here, we see some new features and capabilities of Source 2's physics engine, Rubikon." Continue here to read the full story.

Resident Evil 2 1-Shot Demo

Steam now offers the promised "1-shot" demo for the Resident Evil 2 Remake. The one shot part refers to how this is designed to allow just 30 minutes to complete. Word is: "This specially tuned demo allows you to experience the newly reimagined Resident Evil 2, but be warned: whilst you can continue as many times as you like after dying, you'll only have 30 MINUTES to complete the demo." Those hoping to circumvent this time limitation may be interested in a post on DSOGaming with word on how to do so with a crack that can also provide infinite ammo. This involves a third-party download, so it's definitely a proceed with caution at your own risk situation, though DSoG says they've scanned the file and vouch for its safety. This post on Steam has tips on graphics settings and notes the demo supports ultra-wide aspect ratios. Here's more from the original post about this demo for the reimagined Resident Evil 2:
Leon’s welcoming party may have been cancelled, but your escape from the police station has just begun. Similar to the demo that we’ve had at various events since the game was first unveiled at E3 in 2018, you’ll be able to explore the R.P.D. as you like… but you’ll be on a time limit. Once those thirty minutes are up, so is your demo! Fortunately, you can continue if you die, or if you complete the mission objective. However, just like in real life, you can’t turn back the clock and you won’t be getting back the time you lost, so use what time you have wisely.

Play quickly and carefully if you want to see the end of the demo, and be sure to pick up any useful items you see laying around while conserving your ammo. It may be tempting to try and defeat every zombie that stands, or crawls, in your way, but sometimes it’s better to use a few bullets to make an escape route than empty a clip on a monster that refuses to stay dead.

No matter how your demo ends, you’ll get to see a brand-new trailer exclusive to the demo when it’s done, giving you another taste of what to expect from Resident Evil 2 in just a few weeks.

Breach Trailer

QC Games offers a new Worldshaper Veil Demon Class Trailer for Breach, their upcoming co-op action/RPG. In the game you can play as the bad guy, and the video shows off the Veil Demon, an un-killable force that will cause chaos and mayhem for players. There are six different Veil Demon classes, and this clip introduces one of them called the Worldshaper. Here's more:
Some days, you don’t feel like being a hero. Some days, you want to be the creature that causes mass chaos in a game, summoning creatures and spawning traps to trip up other players. In Breach, the upcoming co-op, RPG dungeon brawler from QC Games, you can do just that. Players can play as the Veil Demon, the enemy force that wreaks havoc in the world of Breach. The Veil Demon cannot by killed, so players must endure its pestering throughout the level. There are six different classes of the Veil Demon and QC Games has released a trailer today focusing on the Worldshaper class.

The Worldshaper conjures powers and terrain from behind the Veil to spread pandemonium on the field of battle, shaping the very ground beneath enemies' feet. Players can accomplish that in a variety of ways: from poisonous Fungal Spores, the crystalline Grael Cage, to the volcanic Cerberus Inferno, the Worldshaper Veil Demon calls forth powerful worldly forces to cause chaos and mayhem in the world of Breach. Have fun immobilizing the heroes and causing all kinds of mischief with the Worldshaper!
Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed

Fox News - 'Fortnite' and the collapse of parenting. "There is nothing more irresponsible than a boy on a videogame binge." Except perhaps an author trying to sell books.

Hardware Reviews

  • ASRock Z390 Extreme4 (Intel Z390) Motherboard on TweakTown.
  • Seasonic FOCUS SGX-650 650W PSU on APH Networks.

Out of the Blue

This is the last great weekend of this season's tackle football action. There are four games on tap, which is more than will be left in the season after they conclude, as only three games remain once the field is narrowed to four teams. I don't think I have much chance of winning our playoff pool, but the games have been quite entertaining. I think I'd rather it be this way than the other way around, so it's all good.

R.I.P.: Steve Buscemi's Wife Dead at 65 and Funeral Held at Family Home.

Entertaining Links: Thanks Ant.
Links: Woman Who Trained Wizard Dog: 'Harry Potter Is My Everything.' Thanks Neutronbeam.
Stories: Monster snowstorm to blanket more than half of United States.
Tom Sizemore Arrested for Drug Possession. Sad.
SpaceX cutting 10 percent of its staff to become a leaner company.
Science: Is Sunscreen the New Margarine? Thanks Digg.
Do Floppy-Eared Dogs Look Friendlier? The T.S.A. Thinks So. Thanks j.c.f. and Neutronbeam.
Woman unable to hear men's voices due to rare condition, report says. I'm having MrsBlue checked.
Media: Life would suck as a video game.
World’s Most Expensive Watches Are Made Here. Thanks Digg.
Pug puppy meets otters. Now I want a puppy. And otters.
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