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Saturday, Jun 22, 2019 Anniversary of Quake's Release (1996)

NVIDIA GeForce Driver Hotfix

A new GeForce Hotfix Driver Version 431.18 is now available to address some issues with the latest drivers for NVIDIA graphics cards (thanks DSOGaming). This appears to be for Windows 10 only. Here's word:
GeForce Hotfix display driver version 431.18 is based on our latest Game Ready Driver 430.86. This Hotfix driver addresses the following:

  • Fixes BSOD after waking ASUS GL703GS/Asus GL502VML notebook from hibernation
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider may experience a game crash or TDR when launching game on Pascal GPU
  • Shadow of the Tomb Raider: Benchmark quits when running with ray tracing is enabled
  • Grand Theft Auto V may experience flickering when MSAA is used

This driver also includes the fixes that were released as part of the GeForce Hotfix 430.97 display driver.

Season 10 of Fortnite to Require DirectX 11

A tweet from Epic Games reveals that the minimum requirements for Fortnite are being raised for Season 10. As of then, you will need a DirectX 11-capable graphics card in order to run the battle royale/survival game. This blog post has more details:
Hey all,

Starting with Season 10, the PC version of Fortnite will require a graphics card capable of running Microsoft DirectX 11.

While a DirectX 11-capable graphics card has always been one of Fortnite’s system requirements, we’ve kept support online for players with older graphics cards - so they could keep playing!

However, when Season 10 begins, Fortnite will no longer be compatible with these older graphics cards. This allows us to focus our development and testing efforts to further optimize the Fortnite experience for all players.

Thank you for the continued support!

May 2019 Digital Game Sales

SuperData Research offers a summary report on the worldwide digital games market for May 2019. Word is this is down 4% compared to last May, and they place blame on a decline in mobile and a falloff for Fortnite:
Worldwide digital game spending dips on every platform. Consumers spent $8.7 billion digitally on games across console, PC and mobile in May, down 4% from the same month last year. This was driven by a 6% decline in Mobile, which continues to be a larger contributor than console and PC combined. The drop off in Fortnite also continues to drag both console and PC.

Top Grossing Titles by Category
Worldwide, ranked by May 2019 earnings
1 League of Legends Fortnite Honour of Kings
2 Dungeon Fighter Online FIFA 19 Perfect World
3 Fantasy Westward Online II Mortal Kombat 11 Candy Crush Saga
4 Crossfire NBA 2K19 Clash of Clans
5 Fortnite Call of Duty: Black Ops IIII Monster Strike
6 Total War: Three Kingdoms Devil May Cry 5 Pokémon GO
7 World of Tanks MLB The Show 19 Fate/Grand Order
8 Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Days Gone Homescapes
9 Overwatch Tom Clancy's The Division 2 Mafia City
10 Dota 2 Grand Theft Auto V Clash Royale
Source: SuperData Arcade. Please visit for more info.
© 2019 SuperData. A Nielsen Company. All Rights Reserved

Fortnite gets a boost from Season 9 but is still far off from its peak. Fortnite made $203 million across console, PC and mobile, up significantly from April but down 38% from May 2018. Console continues to contribute the largest share of players and revenue.

FIFA Ultimate Team revenue declines year-over-year. We estimate that FIFA in-game spending generated $93 million across console and PC in May, down from the same month last year, partly due to a tough comparison against the initial strength of the World Cup mode last May. However, we note that World Cup performance weakened over time and will likely lead to more favorable comparisons in the coming months.

Total War: Three Kingdoms breaks one million units at launch. Sega’s latest strategy game led the top rankings on PC this month with $62 million in digital revenue.

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds quietly continues to sell millions of units. We estimate that PUBG has sold 4.7 million digital units across PC and console year-to-date through May, maintaining its position as one of the best selling shooter titles on any platform despite losing much of the spotlight to EA’s Apex Legends and Fortnite.

Stay Silent Early Access

Shhh! Stay Silent is now available in Early Access on Steam, offering a western-themed online first-person shooter that requires a virtual reality headset. Word is this involves a cowboys versus aliens theme:
When vicious and brutal aliens arrived at a town on the western frontier, you, as a federal sheriff, were ordered to head there and investigate. With the shadow of night hanging over the small town, you will encounter aliens with advanced technology, as well as their earthling minions equipped with stealth devices. Make good use of these alien devices and your weapons of justice to defeat the aliens and villains, and save the darkness-covered town!

Western-Style FPS Action Meets High-Tech Alien Gear
Wield controllers to use up to ten types of western firearms and over a dozen interactive items in the game with real actions. Use your expert shooting skills combined with high-tech alien equipment such as laser blades to destroy your enemies hiding in the darkness.

Immersive Stealth Battles
You and your enemies both have stealth equipment – you cannot see each other, but the moon can reveal your shadows and your voice will expose your position. Act with caution and use your vision and hearing to find the enemy hiding in the darkness and seize victory.

Multiple Battle Modes
In addition to solo games, you can also invite friends to fight side-by-side with you against two enemies.

Multiple Maps Reveal the Town's Style
Bar, church, cemetery – moving freely and fighting in each different map is a different experience, giving you a complete view of the western town.

Realistic Scenes with Interactive Elements make for a True VR Experience
Stay Silent is a western-themed FPS game that makes full use of the possibilities offered by VR. Step into realistic scenes and interact with a variety of elements. Different interactions may lead to different effects, which will affect the battle.

Triton Survival Early Access

Early Access to Triton Survival is now available on Steam, offering a sci-fi survival/action game for Windows. This post covers the release, the Early Access Launch Trailer tales a look at gameplay, and the following description outlines what to expect:
Triton Survival is a galactic survival game with an intense action, focused on surviving, crafting, gathering resources, building base and beat attacks of enemy hordes from the Neptune planetary system.

Year 2114. The Earth has been invaded!. An alien civilization has built a network of Portals in the planetary system of Neptune that allows entry to the Earth by creating black holes in the atmosphere of our planet. You have been sent to the main satellite of Neptune: Triton. Your mission there will be to protect the Interplanetary Portal and prevent the invasion of new alien troops as well as destroy the network of Portals of the rest of Neptune's satellites. You must defend and build a fortification around the Portal to prevent access. You must obtain energy to be able to use the Triton Portal and travel to the Neptune satellites to end this threat and destroy all the Portals, strongly protected by the invaders. You are the only hope for our planet Earth!.
Continue here to read the full story.

Op Ed - Amazon's struggle is a reminder that content is still king.
"The really striking thing is that Amazon is already hitting these speed bumps and it hasn't even managed to get to the really hard part yet. Simply getting high-quality games ready for release is a tough task requiring a lot of expertise and experience, but the real challenge is getting players to actually engage with those games in a way that carries out the successful, alchemical trickery that changes them from being "a game" into being "an IP with inherent value" -- something you can actually build a long-term business on.

This isn't to say that Amazon's interest in games -- and Facebook's interest, and Apple's, and Google's -- isn't going to be a big factor in the industry in the future. However, there's a distinction between platform and content that's really important to think about in terms of their involvement and the degree of threat they represent to the established players."

Hardware Reviews

Out of the Blue

Happy summer to those of us in the northern hemisphere and happy winter to those south of the equator, as yesterday was the solstice, kicking off the seasons. And for more reason to celebrate, today is the 23rd anniversary of the release of QUAKE, so happy birthday to id Software's seminal first-person shooter, the game which is the entire reason this website exists.

QUAKING Links: Thanks Ant.
Play: Incremental Popping 2.
Stories: A Travel Nightmare: Waking Up Cold And Alone In A Darkened Plane. Thanks RedEye9.
Sri Chinmoy Self-Transcendence: The 3,100-mile race around a New York block. Thanks j.c.f.
Legal Weed Is A Danger To Dogs. Here's How To Know If Your Pup Got Into Pot. Thanks RedEye9.
Halle Berry Beats Pfeiffer In Catwoman Poll. The world has gone crazy.
Science: The Myth of Sex Hurting Workouts and Athletic Performance. Thanks Max.
Ebola Outbreak In Congo Is Testing Ground For Experimental Treatments. Thanks RedEye9.
Mushroom-inspired material gives liquids the slip. Thanks Max.
Media: StarCrafts S7 Ep1 'Red is not Dead.'
Freeman's Mind 2- Episode 10 (NSFW).
How a Manhole Cover Became the Fastest Manmade Object Ever.
Follow-up: Debunked: The absurd story about smartphones causing kids to sprout horns. Thanks RedEye9.
Why pilots are seeing UFOs.
James Bond Director Denies Delaying Production to Play Video Games.
Boyle: Pattinson Should Be Next James Bond.
The Funnies: Dilbert.
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