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Monday, Apr 01, 2019

Black Ops 4 Free Blackout Month Begins Tomorrow; Alcatraz Map Revealed

Here's a new trailer showing off Alcatraz, a new map coming to Blackout, the battle royale mode in Call of Duty: Black Ops 4. This will come to the PlayStation 4 edition of the military shooter tomorrow, leaving those on other platforms stuck between a rock and a hard case until the exclusivity ends in about a month. But there's good news here for all Black Ops 4 players, as the clip concludes saying that starting tomorrow Activision is granting free access to the Blackout mode for the remainder of April. We don't have any more details on that, so here's more on the Alcatraz map:
The new Blackout Alcatraz map is set in a fog-filled island boasting a variety of environments that all lead up to the big cellhouse atop the hill. Requiring new strategies and tactics, players will drop in, gear up and fight through both close-quarters combat and long-range exterior firefights as they battle to be the last squad standing.

Alcatraz is launching in addition to the original Blackout map, so players will have two distinct maps to choose from when jumping into the mode.
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Valve Index Headset Leaks Include June Release Date

Steam Database has details of from some store updates Valve made on Steam today about their just revealed Valve Index virtual reality headsets, before deleting the information. These offered details on the units, and showed a June 15th release date. The Verge has a confirmation that this is legit from Valve spokesperson Doug Lombardi, who tells them "The tech info on that page, while not comprehensive, is accurate." Word is to expect a full announcement on May 1st, and that the June 15th date may shift a bit (you know, Valve Time). Here are the specs they posted before removing them:
HARDWARE SPECIFICATIONS

Includes

  • Headset
  • Integrated Headphones
  • Tether with DisplayPort 1.2 and USB 3.0 Connections
  • Power Adapter
  • Regionalized Power Adapter Plug(s)
  • 2 Face Gaskets (narrow and wide)
  • Cleaning Cloth

SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS

MINIMUM:

  • OS: Windows 10
  • Processor: Dual Core with Hyper-Threading
  • Memory: 8 GB RAM
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 970, AMD RX480
  • Network: Broadband Internet connection
  • Additional Notes: Available DisplayPort (Version 1.2) and USB (2.0+) Port Required

RECOMMENDED:

  • Processor: Quad Core +
  • Graphics: NVIDIA 1070 or better
  • Additional Notes: Available USB (3.0+) Port Required for Headset Pass-Through Camera & USB Port Support

Metro Exodus Kills 3rd Party Keys

A post on Steam announces that what are being called stolen keys for Metro Exodus are being deactivated (thanks PCGamesN). Here's what Deep Silver is saying about this:
We have been made aware of illegal stolen keys being sold by an unofficial key reseller.

These keys have been obtained illegally from the factory where physical key printing had taken place prior to the announcement of exclusivity with Epic Games, due to the criminal nature of these keys, all unlicensed keys have been deactivated and activation / download of Metro Exodus without the executable file is no longer possible. In addition, the software will be removed from the Steam library of any players using an unauthorised code. The keys being sold on this platform are stolen goods, and are therefore illegal.

If you have been affected we strongly recommend you contact the seller who sold you the unlicensed key and demand a refund.

The only supported key sellers for Metro Exodus were Humblebundle and the Razer store.

Metro Exodus will return to Steam after 14 February 2020.

New AMD Drivers

AMD Support now offers new Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.4.1 drivers for AMD graphics cards. Here's what's new and different:
Fixed Issues

  • AMD Radeon VII and Radeon RX Vega Series graphics products may experience system instability, or an intermittent system hang when three or more displays are connected and enabled at the same time.
  • World of Warcraft™ patch 8.1.5 or later may experience an intermittent crash or application hang when MSAA is enabled.
  • Mouse cursors may disappear or move out of the boundary of the top of a display on AMD Ryzen Mobile Processors with Radeon Vega Graphics.
  • Radeon WattMan auto overclock may fail to raise engine clocks past default levels on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.
  • Vari-Bright changes may fail to apply on some AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics system configurations.
  • World of Tanks™ may experience intermittent graphical corruption when game settings are set to minimum on Radeon RX Vega series graphics products.

Known Issues

  • AMD Radeon VII may experience screen flicker in multi display setups on desktop or while applications are running.
  • Netflix™ Windows® Store application may experience display flicker during video playback on some HDR enabled displays.
  • Performance metrics overlay and Radeon WattMan gauges may experience inaccurate fluctuating readings on AMD Radeon VII.
  • Performance metrics overlay may experience intermittent flicker when playing back protected content with this feature enabled.

Important Notes

  • AMD Ryzen™ Mobile Processors with Radeon™ Vega Graphics FAQ for Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition can be found here.

Rend Launches

Fantasy adventure game Rend is now officially available for Windows on Steam after launching as an Early Access title last summer. Developer Frostkeep Studios offers a Rend Developer Letter covering the game's release, and discussing plans for the future. This points the way to these patch notes with full details on the changes that mark the game's graduation from Early Access. Here's the launch trailer and here are details on the game:
Epic fantasy adventure meets competitive survival in Rend. Inspired by the fabled universe of Nordic myth, the world of Rend is a harsh domain where the strong ascend as gods. Choose to play among three rival factions in Faction War mode or play solo in Classic and Exploration modes to build your stronghold, tame brutal creatures and conquer enemy players. Together, players will endure the dangers of Rend’s treacherous landscapes to discover valuable resources and powerful artifacts. With the game’s deep talent trees and skill systems, players have the freedom to choose how they want to play and how they want to fight. Players receive metaprogression and rewards through gameplay as they ascend to legendary heights as heroes.
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Hilarious April Fool's 2019 Roundup #2

Thanks Sharon.

Evening Legal Briefs

Totally Accurate Battle Simulator Early Access

Steam News announces that Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is now available in Early Access. Word is: "Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a wacky physics-based tactics game. Experience accurate warfare through the ages. From medieval peasants to modern-day weaponry, TABS uses state of the art physics-based simulation to provide you with never-before-seen insight to our greatest battles of history." This video shows off the game in all its total accuracy and here's the official description:
Totally Accurate Battle Simulator is a wacky physics-based tactics game.

Experience accurate warfare through the ages, TABS uses state of the art physics-based simulation to provide you with never-before-seen insight to our greatest battles of history.

- "This doesn't look like real history at all"

- "At least the helmets look correct"

- "What are you doing in my office? GET OUT"

Features

  • Campaign
  • Sandbox mode
  • A bunch of silly units

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Hilarious April Fool's 2019 Roundup #1

Reminder: Microsoft leads the way in banning April Fools’ Day pranks. Also, additional warning: a couple of today's jokes are so funny and fresh they include rickrolls.

Game Reviews

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Happy April Fool's Day, an annual event involving tortured gags and tortured news desks. On an unrelated note, we've changed the name of this site to Pink's News, which has got to be catching everybody off-guard because it's not something we've done before and because it's totally true. You may have to force a refresh on your browser to see our new logo (thanks Walter "2" Costinak) for the very first time ever. Also, overnight we were bought by, oh, I don't know, let's go with Nintendo. All kidding aside, as usual today will be dominated by gags, and as usual, we will do our best to not post any of them as actual news and to not earmark any actual news as pranks. With any luck we'll safely make it through all this together.

R.I.P.: Nipsey Hussle Dead at 33 After Getting Shot in Los Angeles.
R.I.P.: Tania Mallet, Bond girl in 'Goldfinger,' dies aged 77.

Foolish Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: People Power.
Stories: The Impossible Burger is coming to Burger King. Apparently not a joke?
Physicists Just Detected a Very Odd Particle That Isn't a Particle at All.
Young Astronomer Uses Artificial Intelligence To Discover 2 Exoplanets.
Science: Fish slime: An untapped source of potential new antibiotics.
Media: Petting Sharks like Dogs, BBC, Blue Planet. Albeit in chain mail.
How the Pink Tax Is Ripping Off Women. Thanks RedEye9.
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The Funnies: Adult Children.
Dilbert Comic Strip on 2019-03-31 - Dilbert by Scott Adams.
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