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Re: PC Games General Thread

Post by Hawq » Wed Nov 28, 2018 7:26 am

Valve has Discontinued their Steam Link Hardware

Valve has Discontinued their Steam Link Hardware

Valve's Steam Link streaming solution has evolved a lot over the years, moving from its dedicated hardware solution to become an app that is available on Samsung Televisions, PCs and Android devices.

With the Steam Link app being available for free on Android, there is now little reason to purchase a new Steam Link device, outside of the latency benefits of using a wired ethernet connection over WiFi signals. Valve has confirmed that stock of their Steam Link hardware has been sold out in Europe and that supply of the device in the US is about to dry up, effectively killing off the device's retail presence.

Valve has discontinued their Steam Link box, but that won't spell the end for the hardware and its ecosystem, with Valve planning to continue supporting the device while continuing work on Steam Link's software releases.

The supply of physical Steam Link hardware devices is sold out in Europe and almost sold out in the US.

Moving forward, Valve intends to continue supporting the existing Steam Link hardware as well as distribution of the software versions of Steam Link, available for many leading smart phones, tablets and televisions. Click here to find out more about the Steam Link App.

While Valve has attempted to release their Steam Link app on iOS devices, Apple's terms and conditions have become a stumbling block for application due to its links to Steam, an external gaming storefront. At this time it is unknown whether or not the Steam Link app will ever come to iOS.
source so much for snagging a cheap one to play Postal 2 from my sofa then

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Post by ian » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:38 am

The only time I want to hear about Valve these days is if the words "Half-Life", "3", and "confirmed" are there.
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Post by ian » Fri Nov 30, 2018 8:44 am

Also.. Does anyone else miss when Valve were a developer?? I mean.. they made some pretty great games and perfected the FPS genre...

Valve are no longer a developer. They have an upcoming digital card collecting game and that’s it… Only 4 years after Blizzard.

Blizzard branched into FPS WAYYYYYYYY!!! after Valve perfected it (Overwatch). Valve are hitting back by taking mods based off Warcraft (DOTA) and making a shitty fucking card game when all their fans have wanted for ELEVEN GOD DAMN YEARS is another GOD DAMN HALF LIFE GAME....
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Re: PC Games General Thread

Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:18 pm

The Epic Games store is now live

The Epic Games store is now open, featuring awesome high-quality games from other developers. Our goal is to bring you great games, and to give game developers a better deal: they receive 88% of the money you spend, versus only 70% elsewhere. This helps developers succeed and make more of the games you love.



The first games on the store are Hades by Supergiant Games, Ashen by Annapurna/A44, and Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by tinyBuild, and they’re available now!

Hades is the rogue-like dungeon crawler from the creators of Bastion and Transistor. It is available in early access, with updates to come every month until full release later in 2019.

Ashen is an action RPG about a wanderer in search of a home. You can forge relationships in the game, inviting other players to join your camp - they might just help you succeed.

Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek is the prequel to Hello Neighbor, the stealth horror hit. Find out what happened right before the events of the main game.

The store will also feature one free game every two weeks throughout 2019. Epic is funding these free releases so you always have something new to come and check out. The first free game will be Subnautica, available from Dec 14th to Dec 27th, followed by Super Meat Boy from Dec 28th to Jan 10th.

The Epic Games store will be growing throughout 2019 and beyond, as it opens up more widely to other games.

https://www.epicgames.com/store/en-US/n ... s-now-live

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Re: PC Games General Thread

Post by ian » Fri Dec 07, 2018 8:49 pm

Steam
Battle.net
Origin
Ubisoft play
That GOG one
And now this.

One place to get all my games would just be amazing... like steam used to be.

Hope all these stores take people and money away from valve and they’re about to go tits up so they can get off their asses with a new half life game...

Recently half life turned 20... there were 9 years of games, and 11 years of fucking nothing
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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 9:15 pm

You forgot the Windows Store.
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One place to get all my games would just be amazing
PSN or XBL

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Post by ian » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:22 pm

That’s 2 places!! Lol
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Post by ian » Fri Dec 07, 2018 10:23 pm

Also, how did I forget windows store... what with their huge library of minecraft, solitaire and candy crush???
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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:00 pm

:olol:

And Forza + Gears Of War.

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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Fri Dec 07, 2018 11:42 pm

Epic Games Store Wave 1 Games Lineup

Ashen by A44 and Annapurna Interactive (now available)
Darksiders III by Gunfire Games and THQ Nordic (available Dec. 14)
Hades by Supergiant Games (now available)
Hello Neighbor: Hide and Seek by tinyBuild (now available)
Genesis Alpha One by Radiation Blue and Team17 (coming soon)
Journey by thatgamecompany and Annapurna Interactive (coming soon)
Maneater by Tripwire Interactive (coming soon)
Outer Wilds by Mobius Digital and Annapurna Interactive (coming soon)
Pathless by Giant Squid Studios (coming soon)
Rebel Galaxy Outlaw by Double Damage Games (coming soon)
Satisfactory by Coffee Stain Studios (coming soon)
Subnautica by Unknown Worlds (available for free from Dec. 14 - Dec. 27)
Super Meat Boy by Team Meat (available for free from Dec. 28 - Jan. 10)
Super Meat Boy Forever by Team Meat (coming soon)
World War Z by Saber Interactive (coming soon)

Ashen, Satisfactory, Hades, Journey, The Pathless and Maneater are Epic exclusives (not available on other PC storefronts).


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Post by Hawq » Sun Dec 09, 2018 5:44 am

Monolith’s Horror FPS Classic ‘Blood’ is Getting Remastered

There Will be Blood (Once More)

There has been some hankering for late 90’s PC game nostalgia recently. THQ Nordic has purchased the rights to make ‘Carmageddon’ and EA is remastering their Command and Conquer RTS series. Now, classic first-person shooter horror ‘Blood‘ from Monolith Productions is getting a remaster.

The original came out all the way back in 1997. You can actually get the original plus add-ons via Steam or GOG. It is so old that it is actually a DOS game running on DOSBox for Windows.

The game itself uses the same ‘Build Engine’ as Duke Nukem and Shadow Warrior. However, Blood is a very unique game that is much different from other FPS games of the era. In fact, no other game has been able to capture or remake its essence even after 20 years.

In fact, I dare say it is the best Build Engine game ever made. It accomplishes a lot in terms of genuine horror moments with otherwise primitive 3D technology by today’s standards. The screenshots are not enough to do this game justice. It simply must be played through again.

“Blood stood up extremely well over time and we are taking care to preserve all the qualities that made the game so special,” producer Daniel Grayshon said. “It really only needs minor updates to provide a better user experience for contemporary audiences.”
Who is Doing the Blood Remaster?

Night Dive Studios, the same company that has updated Turok 2: Seeds of Evil, and System Shock are handling the remaster.

If you have played any of Night Dive’s recent remaster then you will know what to expect. It will be available for Windows PCs with updated audio, while preserving the core game system.

So far there are no definite target launch dates announced yet.
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Post by Hawq » Tue Jan 01, 2019 5:42 am

Classic DOOM has received an amazing graphical overhaul through the power of AI

1993's DOOM is undoubtedly a PC gaming classic, holding a place in the hearts of gamers over 25 years after the game's launch. Graphically, DOOM was a showstopper in its heyday, so much so that it took several console generations before the game was delivered outside of PC in its full glory.

While DOOM's graphics have undoubtedly aged since 1993, DOOM's pixel art style has allowed it to age better than most early 3D titles, but that doesn't mean that the game couldn't use a good graphical overhaul, an effort that has now been completed by modders though the use of AI/Deep Learning.

Game modders have started to experiment with AI, with Doomworld user hidfan utilising Nvidia's GameWorks SuperResolution and Topaz AI Gigapixel to enhance DOOM's sprites and textures, greatly enhancing the game's graphical detail.

Modding DOOM's texture files wasn't easy, as the process is a little more complex than running the files through the AI and releasing a WAD file. hidfan needed to upscale each texture to 8x, to later downscale the image to 2x to deliver the pixel art look that DOOM is known for. All textures also needed to be cleaned up to hide AI artefacts and restore their original colouration and transparencies. Even so, this process took a lot less time and effort than making all-new textures from scratch.

Below is an example of what was achieved through AI upscaling and the efforts of hidfan, maintaining the feel of DOOM's original artwork while offering a staggering increase in detail.
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hidfan's DOOM Neural Upgrade X2 pack is now available on the Doomworld forums, as a 94MB download from Google Drive. These files, and installation instructions, are available to download here.

Moving forward, AI is likely to transform the world of modding, at least in the world of graphical mods and the creation of high-resolution texture packs. It will also be interesting to see if any developers use the same approach when creating future HD game remasters.
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Post by Hawq » Fri Jan 04, 2019 6:04 am

Lego: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Games Have Been Delisted From Steam

The licensing Balrog strikes again, taking another two games from the Steam store.

Both LEGO: Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit are no longer available for purchase on the platform.

This was first spotted by Reddit user SuperMoonky, whose elf eyes spotted the disappearance on January 1.

The most likely explanation is an issue with the license. Despite being charming and solid fun, it’s not like these titles have been WB Games’ most lucrative efforts in recent years. They will most likely be more focused on the Middle Earth: Shadow Of series.

Both games were free on the Humble Store last month, most likely in anticipation of this decision. It’s a shame to see more games drop from sale on digital platforms, which sets a worrying precedent (these titles first launched in 2012/2014.)

This sets an uncertain future for many licensed games. There’s not much you can do beyond making sure you own the games before they drop, or finding a way to secure them on a platform that doesn’t use DRM.
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Post by Dr. Zoidberg » Tue Feb 05, 2019 12:32 am

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Post by ian » Tue Feb 05, 2019 10:38 pm

The spy who shot me™ is a comedy arcade-like FPS...

Didn't see any comedy in trailer.. PASS.
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