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Sunday, Mar 05, 2023

Prime Gaming Giveaways

As February fades in the rear-view, it is an appropriate time for a reminder that Amazon Prime customers are now entitled to a new slate of games and game content through Prime Gaming. There's the usual assortment of cosmetics, add-ons, and full games that are yours to keep if you claim them in time. Here's the rundown on full free games currently included in this promotion:

  • Baldur's Gate: Enhanced Edition
  • Space Crew: Legendary Edition
  • Space Warlord Organ Trading Simulator
  • Tunche
  • BATS: Bloodsucker Anti-Terror Squad
  • On-Hand Clapping
  • Aerial_Knights Never Yield
  • DKO: Divine Knockout
  • Onsen Master

CS:GO Source Engine 2 Beta This Month?

A tweet from Gabe Follower 2 shares a rumor that the recent hints about Counter-Strike 2 or Counter-Strike Source 2 are because Valve has been testing a version of Counter-Strike: Global Offensive using Source Engine 2 since the end of last year (thanks Insider Gaming). The tweet hedges on this, saying it's "fairly reliable information," but "should be considered speculation." There's a follow-up from esports reporter Richard (no relation) Lewis citing "sources with a knowledge of the game's development" speaking anonymously. These sources say the project is a priority for Valve, it is "about ready to go." Word is a beta is expected this month, despite this sounding like the setup for an April Fool's joke: "the tentative release date for the beta is in this month of March with April 1st at the outside." Here are more rumored details:
The sources explained that the creation of the game had been something of a priority for Valve’s team, which includes members that have overseen development of previous iterations in the Counter-Strike franchise. This, they said, should explain why some issues with CS:GO have been largely unattended to for some time. “The big priority is getting this out and then polishing it, fixing any bugs and bringing it up to the level people expect from CS.”

Specific details of the game included that it will, of course, be on the Source 2 engine, a move that should improve the optimisation and graphical fidelity of the game. That is likely to come at a cost of performance for players with low-end PCs, although Valve historically has always had a philosophy of empowering those with every-day gaming rigs to be able to play their games.

The big question for the community has been whether or not official servers would be 128 tick bringing it in line with rival title Valorant. The sources confirmed that this would be the case and that this feature would likely be ready at the launch of the beta.
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Out of the Blue

Some of you expressed curiosity about what went into our recent move to a new server. Frans has you covered, as he's penned a Server move postmortem detailing the ups and downs of the process. As the story indicates, this was not as dramatic as previous upgrades, but no one needs drama when moving servers, so overall it's a good story with a happy ending.

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