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Friday, Jun 24, 2022

Play Rainbow Six Siege for Free

Ubisoft announces the launch of Year 7 Season 2 of Rainbow Six Siege, saying this is bringing rewards to new and existing players of the tactical first-person shooter. Speaking of new players, this also includes the news that the game is free to try all weekend. Here's word on the free weekend and how you can get the game at a discount if you so desire:
Rainbow Six Siege Year 7 Season 2: Vector Glare is here, bringing new content for new and existing players alike. If you've never played before, Ubisoft is hosting a free weekend. From June 23-27, you can dive into the tactical shooter at no cost, making it the perfect time to test out Operators and learn if you have what it takes to work with your squad and claim victory. The free weekend starts at 9:00AM PT on PC via Ubisoft Connect and the Epic Games Store, and will start at 11:00AM PT on Xbox, PlayStation, and Stadia. You can also take advantage of the Ubisoft Store Summer Sale event, which offers up to 67% off Rainbow Six Siege from now through July 6.

Capcom Fighting Collection Released

Capcom announces the release of Capcom Fighting Collection for PC via Steam and consoles. This bundles 10 of the most popular arcade fighting games in the company's illustrious history (though two of the games are Japanese versions). Those who buy a copy of the anthology before September 2nd will receive additional early-purchase bonuses. Word is: "A wide variety of titles are included from iconic series such as Street Fighter and Darkstalkers, Cyberbots, and the first home console port of Red Earth! And of course, all titles support online play! This is the perfect collection for both arcade veterans who remember the titles, and those who want to get into them for the first time!" Here's the list of included games:
Included game titles (Japanese and English versions selectable for most titles *1)
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors
Night Warriors: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
Vampire Savior: The Lord of Vampire
Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge
Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire
Hyper Street Fighter II: The Anniversary Edition
Super Puzzle Fighter II Turbo
Super Gem Fighter Mini Mix
Cyberbots: Full Metal Madness
Red Earth

(*1 Vampire Hunter 2: Darkstalkers’ Revenge and Vampire Savior 2: The Lord of Vampire are Japanese versions only)

Into the Breach: Advanced Edition Next Month

Subset Games tweets the news that Into the Breach: Advanced Edition will be released on July 19th (thanks PC Gamer via Neutronbeam). This will come to the Windows and macOS edition of the strategy game on Steam as a free update for all owners of the original (which is currently on sale). This will also mark the game's mobile debut, as it will come to iOS and Android for all Netflix subscribers. A physical version for Switch will also follow in October. The Subset Games Website has the details and a trailer. This post on Steam has an overview:
We are excited to announce the free Advanced Edition update for Into the Breach, coming out on July 19th! Nearly every aspect of the game will be expanded with new content, including:

  • New Mechs and Weapons: Five new mech squads and nearly forty new weapons.
  • New Challenges: More enemies, more bosses, and more mission objectives that add additional challenge and variety to any run.
  • New Pilot Abilities: The expanded roster includes four new pilots and triple the amount of skills any pilot can earn through promotions.

We’ll be elaborating on all of this new content over the coming weeks before launch and can’t wait for everyone to check it out.

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Evening Metaverse

Into the Black

Last Link of the Day: An Aluminium Extruder has a Hydraulic Failure that Quickly Turns into a Fire. Escalated quickly doesn't begin to describe it. Thanks VideoSift.

Get VirtuaVerse for Free

GOG.com is capping off its Summer Sale* with the final giveaway of the event. New and previous subscribers to the GOG newsletter are now entitled to a free copy of VirtuaVerse. Claim it within the next 72 hours or so and this sci-fi, point-and-click adventure is yours to keep. In addition to hardcore puzzle solving, the game also features a story mode if you find it too difficult, but still want to progress. Here's more:
In a future not too far away, one Artificial Intelligence has prevailed over all other AIs and their governments. Society has migrated to a permanently integrated reality connected to a single neural network that continuously optimizes people's experiences by processing personal data.

Nathan, an outsider still refusing to comply with the new system, makes a living off the grid as a smuggler of modded hardware and cracked software. Geared with his custom headset, he is among the few that can still switch AVR off and see reality for what truly is.
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New AMD Windows 7 Drivers

AMD Support now offers new version 22.6.1 Adrenalin Edition drivers for AMD Radeon graphics cards (thanks Neowin). This is an unusual release, as it addresses a single issue for users of Windows 7, an OS that's been unsupported by Microsoft since January 2020. Despite that, the drivers arrive with more known issues than fixed ones:
Fixed Issues

  • AMD Radeon™ Software may fail to install on some AMD Graphics Products such as the Radeon™ RX 6900 XT.

Known Issues

  • Enhanced Sync may cause a black screen to occur when enabled on some games and system configurations. Any users who may be experiencing issues with Enhanced Sync enabled should disable it as a temporary workaround.
  • Radeon performance metrics and logging features may intermittently report extremely high and incorrect memory clock values.

Monster Hunter Rise Demo Ends Next Week

A tweet from Capcom announces the Monster Hunter Rise Demo will no longer be available as of the end of this month (thanks Siliconera). This affects both the Steam and Switch editions. Word is this will not impact the Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Demo, which will remain available:
The Monster Hunter Rise DEMO will no longer be available on June 30, 9pm PT / July 1, 5am BST for both Nintendo Switch and Steam. The Monster Hunter Rise: Sunbreak Demo will continue to be available for download.

Out of the Blue

The NBA Draft was last night, and I am still working on wrapping my head around the flurry of trades the Knicks made. But word is they escaped with passing mark. But this is the Knickerbockers we're talking about here, so you have to grade them on a curve. A passing mark for another franchise translates to an A+ for the Knicks.

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