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Sunday, Apr 19, 2020

DCS World Fly Everything for Free Month

The Fly Everything Event for Digital Combat Simulator World mentioned on Friday is now underway (thanks Olaf). This offers the chance to test fly all the aircraft in Eagle Dynamics' integrated flight sim roster for the next month along with the chance to buy them for half-off and support charity at the same time. Here's the flight plan:
Last month we gave the opportunity for all to try and test our products for a two day period at a time. This was well received and a total of over 200 thousand modules and trials were downloaded during this free event.

In view of last months response, we are pleased to announce our upcoming Free For All event, starting April 19th, where you are welcome to try any and all our products (except campaigns) for free and without limitation for one month. This unlimited access to all our suite of products, including our top fighter jets, such as the F-16C, F/A-18C and A-10C Warthog will help take your mind off things for a while, giving you the opportunity to try something new, and to own it for 50% or less than the normal price.*
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Attend Camp Sunshine for Free

Indiegala now offers Camp Sunshine for free, allowing everyone to attend the dangerous summer camp in this horror/RPG (thanks RedEye9). This is yours to keep if you pick it up in time, but we don't know exactly when the offer ends. This trailer shows off the game's vintage 16-bit art style and some fear the dark gameplay. Here's a full description:
Camp Sunshine is a 16-bit blood-soaked Horror RPG that pits you as Jez, who is dropped off at Summer Camp. He awakes in the middle of the night to discover blood everywhere, a rampaging killer on the loose dressed in a mascot costume and himself involved in a deadly game of cat and mouse! It's up to you to piece together the puzzle, and relive the past of the Summer Camp Slasher in order to put a stop to this night of terror.
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Crysis Remaster or Crysis Remasters?

A pair of tweets from Tim Willits suggest the just announced Crysis Remaster may encompass more than just one installment in this first-person shooter franchise (thanks DSOGaming). The former id Software mainstay who is now at Crysis Remaster co-developer Saber Interactive twice refers to Crysis games as plural, suggesting the remaster may include the Crysis Warhead standalone expansion or more. Word is:
I always loved Crysis games, and it's exciting to work with Crytek to bring these games to new audiences #Crysis

We will be talking about the remasters more soon. I'm glad people are excited.

OtherSide Proof of Life

A post to the OtherSide Forums from "OtherSide Employee" OSE_Walter states that something is still happening at the developer (thanks VGC, who report this is marketing and business development VP Walter Somol). Following reports of layoffs that put plans for System Shock 3 in doubt, Walter says they are working on a "new concept," and doesn't reference the System Shock 3 rumors at all. Here's the post:
We’re still here. We’re all working remotely right now, probably like most of you. Our new concept is coming along nicely and we are really excited about it. We have cool and we think distinctive art style for it and we have that and gameplay coming together in UE4. I know it’s a tease, but I just can’t really say anything about it at this point.

I hope you all are staying safe and healthy in these unfortunate times. Maybe even gaming more than usual, I know I am.

Gearbox Royalty Follow-up

A recent tweet from Randy Pitchford references the recent report on Kotaku saying Gearbox employees were unhappy with royalty bonuses from Borderlands 3 being lower than what they were led to expect (thanks GameRant via Neutronbeam). That article says that those who work at Gearbox receive smaller base salaries than the industry standard in exchange for profit-sharing through such bonuses. Pitchford says: "I'm afraid you are mistaken. I'm so sorry you have been misled by lies propagated by those who profit from stimulating your outrage." He does not actually state what he thinks is inaccurate about the story, but another tweet he says: "Ah, link a tabloid click bait... How about a credible, verifiable source?" In this he cites a post on LinkedIn by Maxime Babin from a couple of weeks ago where the Game Director at Gearbox Studio Québec defends the Gearbox royalty program. Here's Maxime's take:
So, here’s what’s wrong with what has been recently reported:

  • Being transparent with numbers doesn’t make them a promise. Borderlands 3 is my first major project shipped with Gearbox. We all knew it was a killer project and were super excited to see how the fans would respond to it. There were company-wide meetings where various earning projections would be displayed. These projections were displayed as an act of transparency and never made into any promises. Be cool.
  • We already got royalties – and more are coming! We have not got stiffed by anyone. There was an expectation gap, but Borderlands 3 is profitable, and we already are seeing the result of it. Royalties are flowing already and more are coming. I have huge amount of respect for Randy that he had to face the disappointment of his friends and colleagues when he announced that the projections were too high. He could have pushed it off to someone else in the studio, but he didn’t. It was a display of trust and honesty; it sucks that someone would try to spin it into something it isn’t. It is particularly painful to have to discuss this at a time when millions of people outside the video game industry are struggling financially.
  • We all benefit from Gearbox’ success. A few months ago, Randy decided to give away 30% of his company to the employees because he believes that those who participate should get a piece of the returns. I’m honestly surprised that this isn’t what’s making the news right now – this is huge! In addition to this formula-based royalty system, we are now part owners of the company.
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Steam Top 10

Here's the latest list from Valve of the bestselling titles on Steam for last week:

  1. Mount & Blade II: Bannerlord
  2. Valve Index VR Kit
  3. Sekiro: Shadows Die Twice
  4. DARK SOULS III
  5. Fallout 76
  6. Deadside
  7. Grand Theft Auto V
  8. DOOM Eternal
  9. XCOM: Chimera Squad
  10. Green Hell

Out of the Blue

I made reference to adding some pandemic-related pounds yesterday, and in a comment Verno called it the quarantine 15, which I thought covered it pretty well. Then I had a conversation with my old pal Devicer, who hit this one out of the park. He dubbed weight gain from social distancing the COVID 19. No more calls folks, we have a winner.

Obituary: Paul O’Neill, Former Treasury Chief and Alcoa CEO, Dies at 84.

19 Pounds of Links
Thanks Ant and Neutronbeam.

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