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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Getting AMD Ray Tracing Support Later
Nov 22, 2020, 14:53
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Re: Cyberpunk 2077 Getting AMD Ray Tracing Support Later Nov 22, 2020, 14:53
Nov 22, 2020, 14:53
 
1badmf wrote on Nov 22, 2020, 06:17:
if ray tracing is the goal then stay away from AMD this gen. this is their first attempt at raytracing hardware and it shows. in benchmarks that i've seen it 2x to 3x slower than comparable nvidia. if you can live without RT then AMD is a good deal - $50ish bux cheaper like for like for comparable performance. might be a driver thing, but i doubt a driver fix could improve performance by 100 to 200%

It's not just raytracing, though, there's also DLSS. Once DLSS is involved, Nvidia's cards are getting close to double the framerates of comparable AMD cards right now, too. So it's not just RTX with Cyberpunk; it's also the performance increases of DLSS, and if things hold out to be the same for the game as they have for other titles that were tested the performance difference between AMD and Nvidia is gigantic in Nvidia's favor.

AMD's a solid competitor with no raytracing and no DLSS. But RT is getting more common, and DLSS isn't rare with big titles, either.
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Re: Sunday Metaverse
Nov 9, 2020, 01:36
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Re: Sunday Metaverse Nov 9, 2020, 01:36
Nov 9, 2020, 01:36
 
Beamer wrote on Nov 8, 2020, 17:47:
Can you provide me a single example of Twitter and Facebook being biased?

Mark Zuckerberg reportedly signed off on a Facebook algorithm change that throttled traffic to progressive news sites — and one site says that quiet change cost it $400,000 to $600,000 a year

Facebook reportedly skirted its own rules to protect conservatives from disciplinary measures

Facebook serves as an echo chamber, especially for conservatives. Blame its algorithm.

But when we analyzed the average partisan slant of each user’s news site visits, we found a surprising pattern. Facebook and Reddit shape the news consumption of their conservative users in dramatically different ways. In months when a typical conservative visited Facebook more than usual, they read news that was about 30 percent more conservative than the online news they usually read. In contrast, during months when a typical conservative used Reddit more than usual, they read news that was far less conservative — about 50 percent more moderate than what they typically read.

There's more, but that gives a general idea.
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Re: AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Announced
Oct 28, 2020, 17:57
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Re: AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Announced Oct 28, 2020, 17:57
Oct 28, 2020, 17:57
 
Dev wrote on Oct 28, 2020, 16:51:
TheJedi wrote on Oct 28, 2020, 15:53:
And as far as diss tech there has to be quality games that take serious advantage and enough of those games out for anyone to worry about.
dlss But anyway, sounds like AMD will have a different DLSS tech? So games will have to have updates to support both? Hopefully that will be easy to do.
And I'm seeing predictions that AMD DLSS will be the main one going forward because it's the same tech on consoles.

AMD has FidelityFX CAS, but they didn't highlight it at all in today's announcement, and you can bet that they would have if it had any of the hype to it that DLSS does. FidelityFX doesn't actually require an AMD card, though, so if it does turn into something worthwhile it'll be good for everyone.

DLSS is already making a pretty good difference in games that have it. Avengers shipped with FidelityFX and just added DLSS, and DLSS adds 20-25% performance to the game while FidelityFX does pretty much nothing. Cyberpunk 2077 will support DLSS, Mechwarrior V does already (and is far better with it enabled), Control uses DLSS extremely well, the Call of Duty games and Fortnite use it, Metro Exodus uses it, Monster Hunter World, Tomb Raider, and so on. DLSS has good games for it already and more on the way, including the biggest game coming out if it ever stops getting delayed.
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Re: AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Announced
Oct 28, 2020, 15:20
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Re: AMD Radeon RX 6000 Series Announced Oct 28, 2020, 15:20
Oct 28, 2020, 15:20
 
wtf_man wrote on Oct 28, 2020, 15:08:
6800 18% faster than (RTX 2080Ti or 3070-ish) @ $180 more

So, the non-XT 6800 needs some pricing help. $180 more for 18% is kind of steep.

It's only $80 more than the 3070. The performance metrics they listed put it a bit above the 3070, though, so it might actually not be a bad choice at that price point, and it does have more VRAM.

The other cards, hard to say. The 6900 XT looks like a good deal compared to the 3090 strictly as a gaming card, the 6800XT is a bit harder of a sell. All their benchmarks listed showed driver OC and Smart Access, that you're only getting on a 5000 series CPU; if their benchmarks on the 5k CPU's are actually better for gaming as they showed in their release earlier this month, a lot of the performance difference we're seeing on these benchmarks they showed today could be because of the CPU used to test vs. the benchmarks they used that were released by Nvidia. It makes it hard to take the charts they showed today seriously when the benchmark systems aren't comparable and it's using technology that no one in the consumer market even has or has access to today.

All in all, wait for the actual reviews of the cards later because what was shown in the presentation should probably be taken with a grain of salt. The 3080/3090 could see increases if they were benched on the AMD 5k CPU's too, and should probably be compared with a similar simple OC if that's going to be used at all (and that's if the driver auto-OC's are even consistent across different cards of the same release in the 6800/6900's).
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Re: Morning Metaverse
Oct 20, 2020, 20:16
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Re: Morning Metaverse Oct 20, 2020, 20:16
Oct 20, 2020, 20:16
 
It is both kind of funny and a little disturbing that the BBC article was more concerned that the app didn't work very well when making the naked pictures than it really was about the privacy and ethical ramifications of the software.
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Re: RTX 3090 Launches Thursday
Sep 29, 2020, 14:05
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Re: RTX 3090 Launches Thursday Sep 29, 2020, 14:05
Sep 29, 2020, 14:05
 
The launch was last Thursday (the story linked is from the 23rd). The RTX 3090's are already theoretically on sale.
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Re: Sunday Consolidation
Jan 6, 2020, 01:23
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Re: Sunday Consolidation Jan 6, 2020, 01:23
Jan 6, 2020, 01:23
 
RedEye9 wrote on Jan 5, 2020, 16:15:
1badmf wrote on Jan 5, 2020, 16:02:
NKD wrote on Jan 5, 2020, 15:47:
As far as load times go, SSDs hit the point of zero returns pretty quickly. There's not much difference between someones 5 year old SATA SSD and a brand new top of the line NVMe one, in terms of gaming. The raw benchmarks will be vastly different but you won't see that performance with gaming workloads.

i find that hard to believe considering pcie gen4 is about 5 times faster than SATA6, and the bus is the bottleneck here.
Gotta agree with NKD. You don’t notice it in the real world, whether you’re gaming or opening a word document. Storage speed is no longer the bottleneck that it was when we ran rust.

https://youtu.be/2BS_6xOf0mw?t=54

Can use that as example, it's a load speed test on various solid state media forms vs. mechanical drive with Rust (other games are tested in the video with similar results, just not as dramatic as Rust's load times).

NVMe vs. SSD vs. Optane is all close enough that it doesn't really matter much. Even with Rust's long load times across those drives the difference is less than 10% at most, but it is a great example of just how much faster SSD can be than a regular HDD.
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Re: etc.
Dec 26, 2019, 13:36
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Re: etc. Dec 26, 2019, 13:36
Dec 26, 2019, 13:36
 
WaltC wrote on Dec 26, 2019, 11:16:
I'm always amused when people try to dump on the sales numbers of a single-player game by looking at how many people are playing it online....;)

You can see how many people are playing single player games because of their online status with Steam. The number listed isn't just for online mode, it's for people playing the game in general.
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Re: Morning Consolidation
Dec 13, 2019, 12:34
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Re: Morning Consolidation Dec 13, 2019, 12:34
Dec 13, 2019, 12:34
 
They named it the Xbox SeX. Or the SeXbox, which I'm sure it's going to be abbreviated to for years now. And nobody making decisions at Microsoft caught that before they decided to brand it that way.
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Re: Diablo IV Leak Revisited
Nov 12, 2019, 11:40
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Re: Diablo IV Leak Revisited Nov 12, 2019, 11:40
Nov 12, 2019, 11:40
 
Brazor wrote on Nov 12, 2019, 02:42:
They make it too much like D2 and one group complains.
They make it too different from D2 and another group complains.
They try to find a middle ground and both still complain.

It's early still. We'll see what happens.

People always complain here. This is the most curmudgeon filled gaming forum on the internet to the point that the regulars drive everyone else away.

The game's not Diablo 2; it's also not Diablo 3. It feels like something new and different when playing it, but it's familiar enough that you can just pick it up and start playing it if you've played any game like it before. It has more of the build characteristics and pacing of Diablo 2, but the combat feels much more fluid and dynamic like Diablo 3's. From what I played of it, anyone who has any interest in these kinds of games at all will enjoy it, it's outstanding.

Jonjonz wrote on Nov 12, 2019, 06:40:
Fallout 76 anyone?

* assume a single player game's IP
* make it online only
* make it open world multiplayer
* add a trading system
* add micro-transactions that will make trading moot

Most of these things have always been part of the Diablo games. Diablo has never been a strictly single player series, you could play multiplayer (and only MP if you chose) since the first one; they just went online-only with Diablo 3. I know that might not work for everyone, especially people in shitty connection rural areas, but most people didn't really care.

Diablo IV isn't really open world. I'd compare it to how Destiny does things; the overworld is open and you can run into other people and do events and so on, but as you hit dungeons and so on they're instanced. You can play the entire game by yourself if you want, or with a group of friends if you have them. I didn't play much PoE, but it seemed pretty similar to how things are there. I only ran into one other person when I played Diablo IV, and we killed a couple of groups of mobs together and then went our separate ways. I did the rest alone.

Trading is there because players demand it, same as PvP. Trading was also a thing as long as the series has been around, although the Diablo 3 system had some serious design issues with its initial release.

Microtransactions are pretty normal these days, so it's hard to be too upset without seeing what they are first. If it's something like adding a new class down the road, like the Necromancer in D3, that was worthwhile stuff. Characters are very customizable in Diablo IV, so it's probably going to be cosmetic stuff in that regard, or special mounts or something. Each class had multiple options on how they looked even in the Blizzcon demo, not just male/female like in D3 but different appearances as well (Sorceress didn't have a male option yet, just 2 different looks).

Diablo IV feels a lot more like Diablo 2 in most respects. It feels more like Diablo 1 in some places, even, especially when you're delving underground. Its combat is much more modern, like Diablo 3's, but the pacing has the older games' feel. The addition of the space bar to dodge move is great (maybe not new to D3 console players, but it's all platforms in 4) All considered, it's really it's own game and feels like it; it's not a remake, or re-imagining, or any of the other misconceptions I've seen around since it was announced.

2021 seems pretty possible from what I played. It felt a lot more complete than I expected it to, and the demo wasn't anywhere near as constrained as I expected. They didn't announce PS5 or Scarlett (I'm sure they will) but it is on XB1 and PS4; 2021 seems more likely just because if it was 2022 I feel like they'd have just focused on the new gen consoles rather than the current ones. We'll see, though, I guess.
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Re: Evening Consolidation
Nov 6, 2019, 10:20
1.
Re: Evening Consolidation Nov 6, 2019, 10:20
Nov 6, 2019, 10:20
 
Borderlands 3 has already been available for XB1, this is a BL3/BL1 GOTY Bundle.
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Re: U.S. Congress Rebukes Blizzard
Oct 18, 2019, 23:18
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Re: U.S. Congress Rebukes Blizzard Oct 18, 2019, 23:18
Oct 18, 2019, 23:18
 
Cutter wrote on Oct 18, 2019, 21:36:
And how the fuck do you do that when someone just decides to blurt something out? Fired...for not being psychic.

Watch the video of it, they knew it was coming. He didn't just blurt it out.
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Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Delayed
Oct 17, 2019, 01:26
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Re: Vampire: The Masquerade - Bloodlines 2 Delayed Oct 17, 2019, 01:26
Oct 17, 2019, 01:26
 
Better a delay that sucks than a game that sucks. Seemed like the original release window was pretty ambitious anyway, though, so I don't think most people should be all that surprised.
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Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests
Oct 9, 2019, 16:55
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Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests Oct 9, 2019, 16:55
Oct 9, 2019, 16:55
 
Red886 wrote on Oct 9, 2019, 04:08:
so what do you propose?

Sorry a little late, but I'd propose pressuring your representatives in congress to actually do something about Hong Kong rather than just boycotting a single video game company. If we wanted to support it, we'd have to do it as a nation first (for those in the U.S. here at least). Without a national stance on the issue, companies are going to be forced to bow to the pressure to keep their Chinese interests from being shut down by allowing any speech on the matter to be put out. We'll see statements from places like Epic (who has a large Chinese investment in it, like 40+%) or League of Legends and Riot (which is 100% Tencent I believe), if they haven't already, that they're totally not compromised. But they are, and gamers are just going to keep funneling money into Tencent and other Chinese interests all while lambasting another company for what's happened.

There isn't any difference between Chinese companies like Tencent and China, they're too intertwined. Gamers won't realize it, or won't care if it affects the thing they actually like; Blizzard is easy to hate on, because they've been getting hate since last year on places like Reddit anyway. But if people actually cared, they wouldn't be using Reddit, or they'd be demanding that Epic not take those huge Chinese investments, or they wouldn't play League of Legends, and so on and so on. Boycotting Blizzard doesn't mean shit to help Hong Kong, but it might make it clear that people are mad about this one situation. If people actually cared about Hong Kong, they'd look at the political end of things to try and push for real support or resolution; they'd boycott companies that are taking Chinese money and helping the Chinese government. But they aren't, and they won't, because they really don't give a fuck and just want to rage on the internet when it's easy and convenient.
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Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests
Oct 8, 2019, 18:32
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Re: Blizzard's Hearthstone Champion Ban over Protest Draws Protests Oct 8, 2019, 18:32
Oct 8, 2019, 18:32
 
Riahderymnmaddog wrote on Oct 8, 2019, 16:36:
I get it, Blizzard has something that is in their Contract, but since when can the employment contract supersede state or federal law?

They stopped using a couple of streamers, they aren't Blizzard employees.


This entire thing sucks. Blizzard I don't feel had much choice in the matter, not that gamers are going to get that. Politicians are going to latch on, because it's free publicity. Nobody will acknowledge that the U.S. hasn't put any real pressure on China over Hong Kong in a way that will protect businesses here who will encounter situations like the NBA or Blizzard has, and the administration has even apparently gone so far as to say they'll stay quiet and out of the way on the issue.

And people will rage on Reddit, who has a huge stake of it bought by Tencent, and keep playing other games whole or partly owned by Tencent, on platforms whole or partly owned by Tencent, all while ranting about a boycott on Blizzard and standing up for Hong Kong. The internet gaming community far too often is a stupid joke and it's embarrassing to be part of it.
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Re: Op Ed
Aug 8, 2019, 03:54
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Re: Op Ed Aug 8, 2019, 03:54
Aug 8, 2019, 03:54
 
Slick wrote on Aug 8, 2019, 01:14:
Please god, can someone give me one good argument in favour of the 30%? I'm so tired of saying the same shit over and over and over. Just put me out of my misery, give me the coup de grace and show me why I'm wrong. That or we can consider this settled and move to other more interesting topics.


EA made Origin, and Ubisoft made Uplay, with subpar services at release and the idea of better serving themselves (their developers, and them as a publisher). Epic comes along and does the same exact thing and they're hit with the same exact backlash for the same exact reasons and acts like they don't get why. Insert surprised pikachu face here.


Bottom line is: Offering a better service to the people selling the stuff is fine, more money going to the developers is totally fine, but those are reasons for people to sell through you, not reasons for people to buy from you.

Do you listen to music on Spotify, or something like it? Most people do these days. Does the paltry amount of royalties they pay a band affect your decision on where to get your music, or is the quality of the service you get it from more important? Do you even know how much they get without looking it up? 99.9% of people don't know, and most wouldn't care even if they did, and the same goes for games. They just want it on the service that works best for them, and they want it where they have all their other music.

And that's why Epic is doing what they're doing; it's easier to get people on their service by buying away their customer's choices than it is to win them over by offering a better service. Nobody is talking about Spotify royalties, and nobody is talking about the 30%, because nobody but the sellers really cares. Consumers are won over with consumer oriented things.

And I've never even seen a fucking Tesla before, but there's hybrids everywhere. Nobody's tossing up a choice between a Prius and a Tesla, and nobody's planning charging stations along the highways here for the Teslas that nobody is driving.
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Re: Op Ed
Aug 7, 2019, 17:17
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Re: Op Ed Aug 7, 2019, 17:17
Aug 7, 2019, 17:17
 
thestryker wrote on Aug 7, 2019, 14:17:
Steam is a de-facto monopoly which is something that people seem to ignore. The large cut they take is also why every big publisher has their own storefront now.

They aren't. The platform is ubiquitous, but you're completely ignoring the fact that I can buy my games that activate via Steam almost anywhere that I want. 90%+ of the games I own I didn't buy on Steam; their cut of the sales wasn't even relevant aside from the handful of games that I have bought there directly. I can buy a game from GreenManGaming, Humble Store, Gamestop, Amazon, or anywhere else, and connect it via Steam.

So, Epic's approach of giving developers a bigger cut is aimed directly at those developers; what's GMG getting for a game they sell? Or Amazon? Walmart? Humble? Gamestop? How is Epic locking down games exclusive to their service to being ONLY available through their service better for me as a consumer? Origin doesn't restrict their service this way, either; you can buy games on Amazon and unlock them on Origin, for example. I even have a game or two that I bought on Steam where I entered the key into Origin and unlocked it there.

I don't want to buy on Epic because 1) Their security is shitty and 2) The platform is more restrictive than any other service I'm aware of of its kind, all while 3) It's a worse service than either Origin or Steam, with a poor storefront and little to none of the functionality that the other two platforms offer.

I think it's really telling that their efforts are focused on locking down content to only be on their service and forcing gamers to use it or miss those games, rather than spending all those millions on making a service that's better than the competition that people migrate to because it's good. If they want to make Valve compete on developer cuts, then good on them; the fact they're doing at my expense, in a less consumer-friendly way than their competition, is why gamers don't fucking like them.

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Re: Alien Game Tease?
Jan 6, 2019, 11:57
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Re: Alien Game Tease? Jan 6, 2019, 11:57
Jan 6, 2019, 11:57
 
DarkCntry wrote on Jan 5, 2019, 23:04:
Now, now...the sentry guns only worked because of Hollywood magic of never-ending supply of ammunition for thematic effect

That's exactly the opposite of what happens in that scene considering it mostly consists of watching limited ammo counters running down to empty while Hicks talks. Then the aliens get past their defenses immediately after the ammo runs out.
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Re: Epic Launching App Store
Jan 1, 2019, 11:56
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Re: Epic Launching App Store Jan 1, 2019, 11:56
Jan 1, 2019, 11:56
 
Almost instantly after making an Epic account to check out their games store, I started getting notices of attempted breaches on the account. Never used it to play or even download a game, never bought anything on it, or used it for anything else. Never had a problem anywhere else before, but security concerns almost instantly on an unused account with Epic.

Pretty much an instant warning to never actually use their store or setup until they start taking security seriously, and I imagine this will only make it worse.
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Re: Op Ed
Sep 17, 2018, 13:05
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Re: Op Ed Sep 17, 2018, 13:05
Sep 17, 2018, 13:05
 
DukeFNukem wrote on Sep 17, 2018, 11:33:
I guess Steam is no longer just a PC gaming service. If it's expanding beyond that into a porn service it's a little sad to me. If they start offering porn games it'll eventually be porn movies as well. Do we really need another porn service on the Internet? Like there aren't enough already.

I know Steam isn't exclusively an environment for children but porn has a negative stigma attached to it, period. I don't want it bleeding into every area of my life just because it's "okay" for adults. Kids can lie on the Internet easier than they can in real life. You need to present a valid id to purchase cigarettes and alcohol. So, that argument is pretty weak also. It basically justifies Steam's efforts to prevent access to porn for minors by enforcing age verification which we all know is a complete joke on the Internet.

1. Games are games. Look how many anime titty games are already on Steam and have been for how long without any real uproar over it. You can argue about the content of a game, but as long as it's still a game there's an argument for consideration of its inclusion on a gaming distribution platform.

2. You aren't just getting porn on Steam by using it normally. If you don't want the game, it's filtered. You can do that with practically anything there. Besides being infinitely easier to just happen across adult material browsing the internet, the tools for restricting access to this kind of content are there and easy to use.

3. You have to buy the game to play it and use its content. If you don't want that kind of content, just don't buy the game. And again, there are more games with sexual content already on Steam than I care to even try to count. I've been exposed to their content exactly 0 times because I don't shop for them, and don't buy them. Even with this game present, considering you need internet access to use Steam that means it's much, much easier to find actual porn of any kind with no restrictions or even an age check elsewhere on the internet even by accident than it is to get it on purpose from Steam.

4. There's thousands (tens of thousands?) of games where you slaughter legions of people all across the platform, and we're going to lose our heads crying "think of the children" because they're adding a sex game? Come on.
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