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Saturday, Dec 26, 2020 Kwanzaa - Boxing Day

Get My Time At Portia for Free

My Time At Portia is now available for free from the Epic Games Store as the new daily giveaway in their 15-day extravaganza. You just need to claim this before 11:00 am EST tomorrow and it's yours to keep. At that time the next freebie will become available, which is likely to be Night in the Woods, as this tweet has accurately predicted each free game so far (unless you want to hit them with a technical foul for calling today's game "My Time in Portia," rather than "at Portia"). Here's word on this de Rossi-free adventure game for Windows:
Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia!

Start a new life in the enchanting town of Portia! Restore your Pa's neglected workshop to its former glory by fulfilling commissions, growing crops, raising animals, and befriending the quirky inhabitants of this charming post-apocalyptic land!

Armed with your Pa's old handbook and workbench, you must gather, mine and craft your way to being crowned the number one workshop in Portia. Help the locals rebuild the town and uncover the secrets locked deep away beneath it.

Farthest Frontier Revealed

Posts to the Crate Entertainment Forum reveal the title of the next project from the studio to be Farthest Frontier. This is a town-building game unrelated to Grim Dawn that they've been teasing for a couple of years now (thanks K.D.H.). The Farthest Frontier Website is online, offering screenshots and a 2021 release window. It includes a blog, but all that's there for now is an entry dated May 30, 2019 saying: "Frontier life is nasty, brutish and short… more to come on that!" All they offer besides that is the following one line description:
Protect and guide your people as you forge a town from untamed wilderness at the edge of the known world

Epic Games Launcher Causing Temperature Spikes

A very active Reddit post discusses graphic card temperature spikes caused by the Epic Games Launcher, even when the program is idle. The hot hardware experts at Hot Hardware discuss the details of what's going on:
Doing some testing on another personal machine, we noticed that the Epic Games Launcher has five different processes open at one time. Out of curiosity, we opened up Glasswire, which is a free network traffic monitor. We could see that the Epic Games Launcher and associated processes were firing off data at regular intervals to over 22 different servers. This was happening whether we had the launcher open, minimized, or in the background. The larger spikes shown in the Glasswire graph below are from when we reopened the Epic Games launcher after closing it.

Another interesting discovery is that the “EpicWebHelper” sent some data to the following URL:

    tracking-website-prod07-epic-961842049.us-east-1.elb.amazonaws.com

Over the course of approximately an hour, Epic Games sent more data than 514KB of data to some server(s) somewhere. This is more than 14x what Steam and NVIDIA GeForce Experience sent in the background during the same timeframe. While it remains to be seen if the data collection is the cause of the CPU usage issue, something smells fishy here. In fact, it may be advisable to kill off the Epic Games launcher for now, when you're not actively using it.
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Steam's 2020 Chart Toppers

A post on Steam has several lists recapping the best performing games of 2020 on Valve's service. They have charts detailing Top Sellers, Top New Releases, Top VR titles, Top Early Access Grads, Top Controller Games, and the Most Played games. Their platinum list of the top 10 games of the year by gross revenue actually includes no fewer than three free-to-play titles, proving you don't have to charge up front to rake in the big bucks:

  • PLAYERUNKNOWN'S BATTLEGROUNDS
  • Destiny 2
  • Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
  • Monster Hunter World
  • Dota 2
  • DOOM Eternal
  • Cyberpunk 2077
  • Grand Theft Auto V
  • Red Dead Redemption II
  • Among Us
  • Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout
  • Rainbow Six: Siege

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Out of the Blue

Happy Boxing Day, happy Kwanzaa, happy St. Stephen's Day, happy Second Day of Christmas, happy Wren Day, and happy Stimpy Day too, for that matter. We had a fine old Christmas, as lots of friends and family dropped into our Zoom call to share the occasion. It did turn out to be too rainy to grill, so the steak will be our dinner tonight. A true St. Stephen's Day feast, since we share a name. We started the day with our traditional Christmas pudding, so we're ending a year of overeating with a bang. We have an cause to celebrate, as Jedi the Jindo is spending the day and tonight with us. We already had a walk, and while he clearly misses his family, MrsBlue and I are his people as well, and he's settled in quite nicely.

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