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Sunday, Oct 25, 2020

Oculus Users Should Not Delete Facebook

Upload VR has a confirmation of a report that deleting your Facebook account as an Oculus user will result in disabling your Oculus account as well (thanks Eurogamer). This will remove all your games, purchases, and progress. Here's the message to users deleting Facebook accounts:
Deleting your account is permanent.

When you delete your Facebook account, you won’t be able to retrieve the content or information you’ve shared on Facebook. Your Messenger and all of your messages will also be deleted.

Deleting your Facebook account will also delete your Oculus information.

This includes your app purchases and achievements. You will no longer be able to return any apps and will lose any existing store credits.

Signs of Life at Monolith

The WB Games Jobs Page lists several open positions at Monolith Productions (thanks ResetEra). This is the first known activity from the developer since the release of Middle Earth Shadow of War three years ago. A series of tweets from MauroNL picks out a the relevant details:
A job listing for an associate UI designer describes it as "our next big gaming innovation". Should you land this job, some of the tasks are "helping create menus, icons, stats/inventory screens, in-game HUD elements, and animated motion graphics".

The game looks to use Monolith's own engine and tools, as all the work needs to "implement UI content into Monolith Productions Propriety engine using in-house tools." This in-house engine also looks to be upgraded as a software engineer job listings is looking for somebody that helps "building cutting-edge technology and powering the development of Monolith's next generation of console and PC games." The third job listing is for a character systems designer. This person is to make systems that "drive innovative interactions and behaviors between the player and non-player characters." This applicant is required to have experience in 3D open world action games, so we might be looking at an open world title. Another interesting requirement is a "Strong understanding of modern pop culture trends within the entertainment industry with an ability to successfully apply to UI art style as needed." 6/6

Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War Beta Netcode Analysis

Call of Duty Cold War Beta Netcode Analysis is a video offering a look at multiplayer support in the Call of Duty: Black Ops Cold War beta. MP1st has pulled some relevant details from the clip:
Based on Battle(non)sense’s data from the beta, smaller game modes (traditional 6v6 and custom matches) will use a mix of dedicated and P2P servers, while bigger modes like Combined Arms, Dirty Bomb, etc., will run on dedicated servers (given the game won’t be able to handle it if it didn’t run on dedicated servers compleltely due to the high volume of players involved).

In addition to that, he found out that the Dirty Bomb game mode, as well as Combined Arms, both ran at 20hz tick servers!

Fortunately, the smaller 6v6 modes like VIP Escort, Domination, etc., all ran at 50hz servers. While that number is higher, do note that the Battlefield franchise has used 60hz servers since 2015, and that game has 64-player matches, destruction, vehicles, and more (something this particular YouTuber pointed out as well).
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ARK: Survival Evolved Halloween Event

Studio Wildcard announces the ARK: Fear Evolved 4 event is now underway in ARK: Survival Evolved to celebrate Halloween in the dinosaur survival game. Here's what this involves:
During the ARK: Fear Evolved 4 event, players will get 2X Experience, Harvesting, Taming and Breeding (mating interval, egg hatch speed, and maturation). In addition to many fan favorites from past Fear Evolved events, survivors will find themselves on the hunt for 11 new spooky themed chibis’ to add to their growing collection, seven new ghostly dinosaur skins and other rawrsome fun, including:
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Out of the Blue

Well, yesterday's plans for a hike ended up falling apart. Just as we were to walk out the door we got a call from our hiking companions with the bad news that they'd suffered a flat tire, and would not be able to make it. This may have worked out for the best, however, as the day was considerably more overcast than was called for in the weather forecast. So we waited it out to see which way it went, which turned out to be drizzly and not really well-suited to outdoor activities. It looks much nicer today, so we may yet end up trying to get out for a stroll.

Obituary: Samsung chairman Lee Kun-hee dies at 78.

Rained Out Round-up
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