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 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,28 2016 - all 
Tom Clancy's The Division Netcode Is a Mess - briefly
(hx) 12:43 AM EDT - Apr,28 2016 - Post a comment / read (2)
Glenn Fiedler, an experienced video game networking coder and long-time programmer, has issued a damning appraisal of The Division's problems with exploits and glitches. In an extensive blog post, Fiedler criticised Ubisoft for developing the game with what looks like a trusted client network model. Simply put, it trusts the job of tracking key gameplay information to individual players, rather than the server.

Because here we have a client-side cheat program that is poking memory locations and giving players infinite health, infinite ammo, and teleporting players around the level.

This indicates that The Division is most likely using a trusted client network model.

I sincerely hope this is not the case, because if it is true, my opinion of can this be fixed is basically no. Not on PC. Not without a complete rewrite. Possibly on consoles provided they fix all lag switch timing exploits and disable players moving and shooting while lag switch usage is detected (trusted client on console exclusive games is actually more common than you would think…), but not on PC unless they completely rewrite most of their netcode and game code around a server-authoritative network model.

When I present such a bleak outlook people often people ask: why can’t they just implement more server-side checks? In fact the developers prior to release seemed to say something along the lines of: Oh, don’t worry. We haven’t implemented server side checks yet. Everything will be fine. Don’t worry. We’ve got this! Hmm.

To me this displays a fundamental misunderstanding of how FPS games are networked. It’s actually a fairly common misunderstanding so I’m going to spend some time in this post debunking this myth.
Glenn Fiedler has an 18-year career in the game industry at developers such as BioShock and Tribes studio Irrational Games, LA Noire outfit Team Bondi, Mercenaries maker Pandemic, and Titanfall team Respawn. Fiedler also spent nearly five years as lead network programmer at Sony Computer Entertainment. His last five projects were Journey, PlayStation: All-Stars, God of War: Ascension, Titanfall and, most recently, this year's Titanfall 2. In short: he knows his stuff.
DOOM - Single-Player Preview Video - preview
(hx) 12:36 AM EDT - Apr,28 2016 - Post a comment
Join id Software's Marty Stratton and Hugo Martin as they provide an exclusive look at DOOM's single-player campaign -- highlighting never-before-seen content. DOOM releases on Friday, May 13th on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC, and can be pre-ordered by heading to DOOM.com

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,26 2016 - all
Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay Surfaces - preview
(hx) 04:37 PM EDT - Apr,26 2016 - Post a comment / read (5)
Devolver Digital has released a new trailer for Shadow Warrior 2, showcasing twelve minutes of pure gameplay action.

Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines on GOG - briefly
(hx) 04:36 PM EDT - Apr,26 2016 - Post a comment / read (5)
Great news for all RPG fans as Vampire the Masquerade: Bloodlines is now available on GOG.com and is DRM-free. This basically means that you can get Troika's classic RPG for $19,99, and it comes with 1-month refund policy (so you can return it in case you did not like it).

Homefront: The Revolution Opening Cinematic Trailer - briefly
(hx) 04:28 PM EDT - Apr,26 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Deep Silver has released a new trailer for Homefront: The Revolution, featuring the game's opening cinematic sequence. The game will be released on the PC on May 17th.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,25 2016 - all
TechNews - The Samsung 750 EVO - tech
(hx) 07:39 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment / read (8)
  • Intel Optane Demo - File Transfer at 2GB/s - It is great to see XPoint / Optane technology being demonstrated again, but as far as demos go, this was not the best / fairest example that Intel could have put together. First of all, the 'NAND SSD' they are using is a Thunderbolt 3 connected external, which was clearly bottlenecked badly somewhere else in the chain (when was the last time you saw a 6 Gbit SATA SSD limited to only 283 MB/s). Also, using SATA for the NAND example while using PCIe x4 NVMe for the Optane example seems a bit extreme to me.
  • AMD Polaris 10 Allegedly Performs Close To A GTX 980 Ti - The crew at WCCFTech have posted what they claim are leaked specs showing the upcoming AMD Polaris performing close to a GTX 980 Ti.
  • The Samsung 750 EVO (120GB & 250GB) SSD Review: A Return To Planar NAND -  The Samsung 750 EVO is a drive for a limited audience. It is intended for use as the primary boot drive of a system that will not be subjected to particularly intense storage workloads, and the limited capacity options preclude using it to hold a large game or multimedia library. Seen through this lens, the 750 EVO offers great performance for a budget drive. The peak performance of the 750 EVO is close to the Samsung 850 EVO and even the 850 Pro in many cases. On tests simulating lighter real-world usage the 750 EVO is generally the fastest budget TLC drive and also sometimes competes well against low-end MLC drives.
  • Acer's Liquid Zest Plus Packs 5,000mAh Battery - Acer has provided a preview of the Liquid Zest Plus, an Android phone that features a 5,000mAh battery with Quick Charge support that provides "days" of uptime. Other than the battery, the Liquid Zest Plus includes an average feature set, including a 5.5-inch HD screen, MediaTek processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of storage. The phone's main camera has a 13-megapixel sensor with laser-assisted and phase detection autofocus. The 5-megapixel selfie camera has a wide angle of view. The phone ships with Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Acer could not confirm pricing details, nor could it say if the phone will be sold in the U.S.
  • Gold Wires and Electrolyte Gel Improve Battery Longevity - Researchers at the University of California at Irvine say they've found a way to increase the number of charge cycles a battery has from a few thousand to more than 200,000. Their discovery could lead to batteries that can be recharged repeatedly for years without losing capacity, which his something that happens with today's lithium-ion batteries. The researchers coated gold nanowire with manganese oxide and a layer of electrolyte gel. The gel and manganese oxide prevent corrosion. The nanowire holds the charge. The longer the wire, the greater the charge contained within. Using gel, rather than liquid, is what provided the breakthrough in this case, but the researchers don't yet fully understand the mechanism behind their discovery. The researchers' next steps include making a true battery from the gold-and-gel combo, discerning the mechanism of action, and then testing if other materials can be substituted for the gold. Adding gold to batteries, even in small quantities, would add to their cost. The researchers did not say if or when their discovery might be commercialized in consumer products.
  • Verizon to Kick Off HTC 10 Preorders April 29 - Verizon Wireless has said it will begin accepting preorders for the HTC 10 on April 29. Verizon expects the phone to launch in early May and has not yet provided pricing details for the phone. Verizon is giving consumers the opportunity to test the HTC 10 in retail stores, also starting on April 29. Verizon says the 10 will include its HD Voice service and WiFi Calling. The phone includes several Verizon offers, such as three free months of HBO Now, credit for handset trade-ins, and ETF payoffs for customers who switch to Verizon. An unlocked version of the HTC 10 is already available for sale directly from HTC.com for $699.
  • Samsung and The Weather Channel Team Up for Galaxy App - Samsung and The Weather Channel have created an exclusive weather app only for owners of Galaxy-branded smartphones. The Weather Channel App for Samsung offers features the regular Weather Channel app does not include. For example, a tool called Smart Weather Wakeup will trigger users' alarm clocks a bit earlier than normal when bad weather may impact their routine. Another tool called Floating Shortcuts provides direct access to information such as current conditions or daily forecasts. The app includes new, dynamic weather backgrounds for Samsung phones, and targets Galaxy Edge models with customized alerts for the edge panel. The Weather Channel App for Samsung is available from the Galaxy Apps Store for the S6, S6 Edge, S6 Edge+, Note 5, S7, and S7 Edge. Samsung said it plans to eventually expand the app's availability to other platforms, including the Gear S2 smartwatch and select Samsung Smart TVs.
  • Magic Leap's Real-Life Augmented Reality Demo -  check it out
  • Future of self-driving cars? - Who says you can't teach an old dog new tricks? Note the car pauses at 0:07 while cameraman gets out of the way...
  • 4K View Of Planet Earth -  This view from the International Space Station is awe inspiring. NASA needs to start making these longer and more loop friendly so you can just kick back and relax while the video plays over and over. 
  • Total Internal Reflection (Laser Waterfall) - Place water in a glass bottle with a few drops of Dettol. By pointing a laser beam at an angle you can show Total Internal Reflection. In this case the incident ray will strike the water surface, bend and will be reflected back. You can also show that the beam bends towards the normal when it goes from air to water.
  • Independence Day: Resurgence - Official Trailer 2 -  In Theaters - June 24, 2016 Cast: Liam Hemsworth, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Judd Hirsch, Vivica A. Fox, Brent Spiner, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Jessie Usher, Maika Monroe, Sela Ward
  • Game of Thrones Season 6: Episode #2 Preview - New episodes of Game of Thrones air every Sunday at 9PM, only on HBO.
  • The best pics on the Internet #190 - All pictures are carefully handpicked
BLACKROOM, Revealed - briefly
(hx) 07:17 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment / read (2)
John Romero has just revealed the new first-person shooter he is making alongside Adrian Carmack, called BLACKROOM. BLACKROOM is described as a visceral, varied and violent shooter that harkens back to classic FPS play with a mixture of exploration, speed, and intense, weaponized combat. The game will launch with unique multiplayer maps, as well as robust modding support for the community to make creations of their own design. Night Work Games has launched a Kickstarter campaign for BLACKROOM and aims to raise $700K in the next 32 days.



BLACKROOM will be coming to the PC in Winter 2018, will feature a single-player campaign that will last around 10 Hours, will feature three Multiplayer modes (Co-op, 1-on-1 Deathmatch and Arena), will have support for both mods and dedicated servers, and will pack a new Soundtrack by acclaimed metal guitarist George Lynch.
AMD Radeon Software Crimson Edition 16.4.2 - tech
(hx) 06:00 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment
AMD has released a new driver for its graphics cards. According to its release notes, this new driver features updated Crossfire profiles for Elite Dangerous and Need For Speed, and packs a number of bug fixes
Resolved Issues

        The Division may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        DOTA2 toggling between borderless fullscreen and exclusive fullscreen can sometimes cause flickering or corruption when in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Some DirectX 9 applications cannot disable AMD Crossfire technology mode through Radeon Settings.
        GPU clocks on some products may remain in high states after recovering from an application crash.
        A small subset of AMD Radeon R9 380 users may be experiencing slower than expected fan speeds.
        Power efficiency toggle in Radeon Settings is showing up for some unsupported products.
        The check for software updates feature in Radeon Settings may not find the latest available update.
        Some games may fail to show up in Radeon Settings gaming tab.
        The Radeon Settings option may sometimes disappear as a shortcut from the right-click context menu on desktop after a software upgrade.
        SteamVR Performance Test may experience flickering in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Stuttering or corruption observed while playing Fallout 4 on some graphics products in AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Corruption in Hitman when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Stuttering or freezing in some loading scenes while playing Hitman using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
        Negative scaling seen on Hitman when using AMD Crossfire technology mode.
Scandal Shows Cheating Still Undermines eSports - briefly
(hx) 12:38 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
I can understand someone cheating like this if they were a teenager but an adult in a pro league? :-)

Steam's Weekly Top Sellers - briefly
(hx) 12:08 PM EDT - Apr,25 2016 - Post a comment
Here are the ten top selling titles on Steam for the week as reported by Valve:
1.DARK SOULS III
2.Rocket League
3.Battlefleet Gothic: Armada
4.Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
5.DARK SOULS III Deluxe Edition
6.Grand Theft Auto V
7.Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Siege
8.Stardew Valley
9.Factorio
10.FINAL FANTASY IX
 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,24 2016 - all
LET IT DIE - Teaser Trailer - movie
(hx) 09:35 AM EDT - Apr,24 2016 - Post a comment
Published by GungHo Online Entertainment and developed by Grasshopper Manufacture, LET IT DIE is an upcoming free-to-play survival action game. Death cancels everything, except the truth.

Shadow Warrior 2 Gameplay - movie
(hx) 02:12 AM EDT - Apr,24 2016 - Post a comment
Devolver Digital and Flying Wild Hog showcased their upcoming first-person shooter, Shadow Warrior 2, at this year's PAX East. The game is planned for a 2016 release on the PC.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,23 2016 - all
Weekend game, movie, hardware deals - briefly
(hx) 02:16 PM EDT - Apr,23 2016 - Post a comment
Here's a selection of this weekend's PC / Blue-ray movies, hardware deals.
Outlast 2 - First Look - briefly
(hx) 03:00 AM EDT - Apr,23 2016 - Post a comment
Gamespot has shared two new videos, showing 10 minutes of gameplay footage from Outlast 2. Outlast II is coming in 2016 on PC, Mac and current-gen consoles.



DOOM PC Support Details - briefly
(hx) 02:46 AM EDT - Apr,23 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Robert Duffy has a post on Bethesda.net discussing the Windows edition of DOOM, reassuring PC gamers that some of the features missing from the beta will be present in the final version of their shooter sequel, including an uncapped framerate, multimonitor support, ultrawidescreen support, and more. Here's word:

The DOOM Open Beta finished earlier this week and thanks to your participation over the course of the weekend, we got a lot of great information. The server backend infrastructure held up really well to the load, and we got all of the data we need in preparation for the worldwide launch on May 13. Based on your feedback we had already made a considerable number of updates and improvements between the Closed Betas and Open Beta, and we appreciate all the additional feedback you shared with us during the Open Beta.

In particular we got a lot of feedback from the PC community with regards to capped framerates, monitor support, multi-monitor support and other PC features that weren’t emphasized in the Beta for various development reasons. So to clarify: At launch the PC framerate will not be capped. Further, the PC version of DOOM will expose a comprehensive set of advanced game and rendering options that will allow players to dial the experience up or down based on their individual desires or hardware capabilities.

PC gaming is in our DNA here at id. Just like so many of you, we also love to tinker with settings to get the exact experience we want – and every ounce of performance our systems can handle. We will be running an uncapped framerate on PC at launch, supporting ultra-wide 21:9 monitors, allowing wider FOV, and providing a wide variety of advanced settings that allows any PC connoisseur the opportunity to make intelligent tradeoffs between visual fidelity and performance.

We also know many of you are interested in some deeper insight into the types of fundamental changes we’ve made to our engine technology over the last few years. In the coming weeks, we’ll be giving you an inside look at idTech 6 engine architecture, our rendering pipeline, our customization tech and other initiatives we have underway to broaden our minimum PC spec even further than our current expectations.

Our current expected PC advanced settings include:

  • Manually Lock Framerate (un-locked by default)
  • Lights Quality
  • Chromatic Aberration Toggle
  • Shading Quality
  • Post Process Quality
  • Particles Quality
  • Game F/X Quality
  • Decal Quality
  • Directional Occlusion
  • Reflections Quality
  • Depth of Field Toggle
  • Decal / Texture Filtering
  • Motion Blur Quality / Toggle
  • Sharpening Amount
  • Lens Flare Toggle
  • Lens Dirt Toggle
  • Texture Atlas Size
  • Show Performance Metrics
  • Resolution Scaling
  • UI Opacity
  • Film Grain
  • Rendering Mode
  • FOV Slider
  • Simple Reticle
  • Show First-person Hands Toggle
  • Use Compute Shaders
  • Vsync (support or triple buffering)

Thank you again for the feedback and support. We hope that, regardless of your preferred platform, you come back to learn more about the technical work we’ve done on DOOM. We’re excited to share it.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,22 2016 - all
Gears of War 4 Versus MP Gameplay Trailer - console
(hx) 04:22 PM EDT - Apr,22 2016 - Post a comment
Join the Xbox Live Gold Gears Of War 4 Versus Multiplayer BETA April 25-May 1 and curb stomp your way through new maps and modes with new characters, weapons and executions. Get Gory, Get Glory and unlock the Vintage Kait Character when the full game launches this October. Xbox Live Gold Required for Online Multiplayer.

HEX: Shards of Fate Launches - briefly
(hx) 03:45 PM EDT - Apr,22 2016 - Post a comment
HEX: Shards of Fate combines the challenging and strategic planning of a trading card game (TCG) with the rich depth of a multiplayer online role-playing game (MMO), creating a whole new genre: the MMOTCG. Thanks to the fully digital nature of HEX: Shards of Fate, entirely new game dynamics are made available to TCG fans, making the experience even more varied and strategic. In addition, HEX: Shards of Fate offers the unique elements of an MMO, such as PvE campaigns, guilds and customisable Champions. The game breaks genre-boundaries and ensures extensive and tactical entertainment.

The Long Journey Home Trailer - movie
(hx) 11:54 AM EDT - Apr,22 2016 - Post a comment
The Long Journey Home is a Space Exploration RPG that combines the best of classic space adventures like Starflight and Star Control II with the replayability of modern roguelikes, in a procedurally generated, endlessly surprising living universe inspired by beloved modern Science Fiction shows like Farscape and Firefly. Your goal: to find the way back to Earth. An accident during humanity’s first jump drive test has catapulted you and your crew to the other side of the galaxy, and the only way home is through. Lead your crew as you explore new worlds in search of allies and support. Face searing storms and deadly gravity as you plunder alien worlds for their secrets and technology. Befriend alien races and earn their trust. Keep your people alive. Do whatever it takes to get home.

 Gameguru Mania News - Apr,21 2016 - all
RUINER Announced - briefly
(hx) 02:18 PM EDT - Apr,21 2016 - Post a comment / read (1)
Publisher Devolver Digital and developer Reikon Games announce RUINER, an anime-inspired, cyberpunk, isometric shooter coming to Windows, OS X, and Linux this year

HITMAN Episode Two Trailer - movie
(hx) 02:16 PM EDT - Apr,21 2016 - Post a comment
Square Enix has just announced that the second episode for HITMAN will be released on April 26th.

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