A new player arrives to sow Discord in the game streaming market

Subject: General Tech | October 17, 2018 - 01:58 PM |
Tagged: gaming, game streaming. discord nitro, discord

Discord, the popular online communications software have finally moved their game shopping and streaming service into beta.   For a $10/month fee you gain access to quite a few games, ranging from the absurd, through old classics to relatively new releases.  If there is a game you are looking for not covered under the subscription fee you may be able to find it for sale in their online store.  If you are interested you can check it out for a month, or subscribe for a whole year to save a bit of cash.  Cheers to [H]ard|OCP for spotting that this morning.

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"Discord Nitro now includes a growing library of critically acclaimed games that we think you and your friends should play. Subscribing to Nitro now costs $9.99 a month. As of today, there's over 60 curated games for you to download and play at a total value of over $1000."

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Time for some fun! Fragging Frog's 17th VLAN is this Saturday!

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 09:44 PM |
Tagged: VLAN party, kick ass, gaming, fragging frogs

It's time once again to strap on your rocket launchers and get ready for a full day of gaming with the amazing Fragging Frogs!  Starting at 10AM ET on Oct. 13th the servers will be live, TeamSpeak will be abuzz with chatter and, well we will be shooting each other with a variety of weapons across a plethora of different games!

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Head over to the Gaming Forum to let Lenny and the gang know you will be attending and to make sure your favourite games are on the list of activities.  If you have never joined us, or lost your saved logins since the last VLAN, check out this thread on how to connect to the TeamSpeak server so you can truly get in on the fun.

You should also take a quick peek at this thread to make sure all your patches and mods are up to snuff ... it can take a while to restore UT2K4 to working order and you don't want to waste precious gaming time on the day!  The thread also contains links to previous VLANs so you can see some of the past highlights of this Froggy tradition. 

We hope to see you there for a fun day of gaming, it won't stop until the last connection stops and some of our members are from across the pond so expect fun until very late ... early depending on how you look at it!

 

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I want to put on my my my my my cyber-shoes

Subject: General Tech | October 10, 2018 - 02:38 PM |
Tagged: gaming, VR, cybershoes, Kickstarter

There is a very successful Kickstarter project by Cybershoes which are offering the first pair of ... well, cybershoes for walking around in VR games.  The shoes strap over any normal pair of shoes and have a roller on the bottom which allows you to mimic walking while seated and provides accurate movement input to the game you are playing.  The idea seems interesting although the videos on Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN and the campaign page are pure gold to watch as it takes the absurdity of watching someone playing in VR to a whole new level.  Considering the limited application of the common 'point and teleport' solution in games like Skyrim this could make VR more intriguing for enthusiasts. 

At $188 for the shoes they are not the least expensive peripheral you can grab but they are certainly unique.  They also offer suggestions on rugs and seats which will work best in conjunction with the shoes if your interest is piqued. 

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"Imagine stepping into cyberspace in meatshoes. The horror. All the cybermen will point at those useless nonvirtual feet flapping all jigglephysicsed at the end of your legs and laugh. The cyberbouncer won’t even let you jack in: no shirt, no cybershoes; no net service."

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Sony Launches Miniaturized PlayStation Classic Retro Console With 20 Pre-Loaded Games

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2018 - 08:51 PM |
Tagged: sony, retro console, Playstation, gaming, console

Sony is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its original PlayStation game console with the launch of the PlayStation Classic – a miniature and modernized version that is 45% smaller, offers HDMI output, and comes pre-loaded with 20 classic PlayStation games. The new console maintains the classic boxy gray look at the original including the CD cover, large power and eject buttons, and memory card slots, but the bespoke controller ports have been swapped out for USB connections and around back the RCA jacks (or AV out on newer revisions) have been replaced with a HDMI output. The retro console uses USB for power though an AC adapter is not included (any 5V1A charger will do). The miniaturized PlayStation Classic does still have the door covering the Parallel port but Sony did not mention if the port itself is still there or not (I would guess not and that it’s just there for nostalgia but I suppose it’s possible it’s under there). Sony’s PlayStation Classic will cost $99.99 and will be available on December 3rd 2018. The box will include the console, two classic PlayStation controllers (remakes of the original game pads that lack the DualShock’s dual analog sticks), a HDMI cable, and a USB cable.

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The PlayStation Classic features 20 pre-loaded games along with a virtual memory card. Users can use the CD eject button to switch between games and use the virtual memory card to save games. Sony has not yet released the full list of launch games, but it did tease the following five games:

  • Final Fantasy VII
  • Tekken 3
  • Wild Arms
  • Ridge Racer Type 4
  • Jumping Flash!

I would love to see games from the Metal Gear, Syphon Filter, Spyro, Gran Turismo, Red Faction, and Twisted Metal series make the list of included games though the lack of analog sticks might make some of those games harder to play. I am curious if Sony will allow future games to be added or if they will end up doing additional versions of the PlayStation Classic. Youtuber RGT 85 further speculates that Sony may include Gran Turismo 2 and the original Resident Evil (I am skeptical on GT2 if only because if it was planned I think they would have led with that in the announcement, but maybe they are still working on it).

Interestingly, while the PlayStation Classic is 45% smaller than the original PlayStation, the PSone (which is the console I had) is a smidge over 51% smaller. If you can’t wait until December or just want to get the full experience on the original hardware, the PSone may be a good option as you can find them on the cheap used and they do not take up much space while the white plastic allegedly does not yellow as much as the older gray consoles. You can also play more than the 20 built-in games on the PlayStation Classic. Alternatively, many of the older games can be downloaded and played on the PSP or PS3 and the disc PS1 games can be played on the PlayStation 2 and 3 consoles (with some exceptions). On the other hand, getting HDMI out on the older consoles, while possible, can be a pain to get the best image quality so the PlayStation Classic may be worth it just for the convenience factor especially if you only need a short trip down memory lane and don’t want to jump down the retro gaming collection rabbit hole (hehe).

Do you still have your original PlayStation and games? What do you think about the PlayStation Classic? What PS1 games did you play the most on the original console?

Strap balloons to a tank and go flying, Just Cause you can

Subject: General Tech | September 26, 2018 - 03:24 PM |
Tagged: gaming, just cause 4

We are still a while out before the release of Just Cause 4, currently it is set to launch on Dec. 4th and we haven't heard anything about possible delays.  There is enough of the game finished to show off what's new and you can enjoy a video with over 15 minutes of game play at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.  The physics for the parachute and wing suit look vastly improved but that is nothing compared to some of the other stunts Rico was shown pulling off.  For instance you can shoot the propane tank under a food cart and send it sailing, along with yourself if you are quick enough with the grappling hook, but it is the flying tank that really looks to be the most amusing of what was shown.

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"A new 19-minute gameplay video of Just Cause 4 shows the devs larking about flying, gliding, shooting, detonating, turning a tank into an airship using balloons, and somehow repurposing a radar tower as a car-launching catapult."

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The Tale of a quest that has gone four the Bards

Subject: General Tech | September 19, 2018 - 02:31 PM |
Tagged: gaming, bards tale IV, Brian Fargo

Four stacks of 99 Beserkers; are you kidding me?  While it is early days yet and my quest has but begun Brian Fargo's resurrection of his old series, The Bards Tale, is looking good.  The graphics seem a little prettier than when last we visited Skara Brae but many of the mechanics remain the same.  You even get to print out and make your own code wheel, something not often seen now that the days when cloth maps were included with your game have passed into memory.

That sad, if you lack the desire for that nostalgic feel, you might not enjoy this game as much as some, at least until some patches come out.  Save points are not exactly the best way to keep your narrative flowing, as Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN points out and they had some technical issues which I had not noticed; apart from it strongly disliking full screen mode on multiple monitors.  If you backed the Kickstarter as I did you have probably already given this a spin, otherwise you can grab it on Steam or GOG and if you are on the fence then hold off for a bit to see how inExile improves the game over the next few months.

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"I cannot stress enough that, no matter how much it looks like we control the theatrical metal bands on the top half of the game’s screen performing for a crowd down in the pit at the bottom, we’re actually put in charge of that bottom lot to duff up the topfolk."

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Battlefield beta benching

Subject: General Tech | September 5, 2018 - 01:49 PM |
Tagged: gaming, battlefield V, open beta

Techspot spent more time benchmarking the Battlefield V beta than they did playing it for fun, which is how they published a quick performance review so quickly.  We know the minimum specs required but that gives us little insight into what performance we will actually see.  As it turns out, DX12 has the same difficulties that BF1 had on launch and so the testing was done on DX11 for the most part.  For 1080p gamers the news is great, with even a lowly GTX 1060 able to provide 60fps at Ultra settings, at 1440p a Vega 56 or a GTX 1070 will do you just fine.  Check out the full review for the 4k performance.

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"This week we were finally able to jump into Battlefield V for the first time, and of course, we spent more time benchmarking than we did enjoying the gameplay, so we have a few results for you... which we'll call a preview since we are testing the 'open beta' version of the game. The full thing is slated for release across major platforms in two months' time."

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I've been gaming on the block-chain

Subject: General Tech | August 22, 2018 - 02:42 PM |
Tagged: blockchain, blockchain tycoon, gaming, ridiculous

It has finally happened, the application of blockchains to everything under the sun has now grown to encompass a game, aptly called Blockchain Tycoon.  In it, you virtually mine virtual currency, using that to purchase more systems to add to your mining power so that you can mine faster and buy more GPUs and so on and so on.  From the playthrough Rock, Paper SHOTGUN tried, within 10 minutes you are dumping your GPUs for ASICs but sadly there is no mechanic to sell those GPUs to unsuspecting eBay shoppers to buy more ASICs or upgrade your HVAC.

In short the game sounds every bit as fun as actual cryptocurrency mining, except you don't actually lose your shirt when the market crashes ... again.

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"This week, Fraser’s delving into the confusing world of cryptocurrencies in Blockchain Tycoon. What is a blockchain? Why are people mining them? Are there tiny digital pickaxes? A lot of questions need to be answered."

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Rage against the remake; Jagged Alliance exhumed once again

Subject: General Tech | August 15, 2018 - 03:45 PM |
Tagged: gaming, jagged alliance rage

The first and second Jagged Alliance games, and to an extent the add-on to JA2 were incredible games for those that liked turn based tactical shooters.  From there it was all downhill as the original idea was corrupted into Jagged Alliance Online and the KickStarted Jagged Alliance: Flashback.  The devs behind JA Online are now working on Jagged Alliance: Rage!, which puts you in control of some aged mercenaries susceptible to infections and permanent injuries.  That mechanic is new and might indicate there is hope for the game yet, especially at the $20 price tag that has been chosen.  Take a peek at the announcement video over at Rock, Paper, SHOTGUN.

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"In Jagged Alliance: Rage! you are constantly on the brink of breakdown. Badly equipped and outnumbered, it’s up to the player to lead their seasoned mercenaries in tactical turn-based missions and to light the spark of a revolution."

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Star Control: Origins, Strange Brigade and Assassin's Creed Odyssey FREE with Radeon RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570

Subject: General Tech | August 7, 2018 - 02:39 PM |
Tagged: amd, gaming, rx vega, RX 580, RX 570, Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Strange Brigade, Star Control: Origins

AMD is offering three free games with the purchase of one of their new GPUs between today, August 7th, and November 3, 2018 with the game codes being redeemable until December 31, 2018.  None of the three games are yet released, Strange Brigade comes on August 28, Star Control: Origins on September 20 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey coming October 5. 

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As you do get them all for free the usual pre-order advice would not apply and you should definitely take advantage of this deal if you have any inclination of picking up an AMD GPU in the near future. 

This announcement comes at the same time as the arrival of the new MECH 2 RX 570 and 580 series from MSI, with a reasonable overclock out of the box and an updated cooler design.  Look out for more news on those two GPUs very soon.

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Today, AMD announced that gamers can get the PC versions of the highly anticipated Assassin's Creed Odyssey, Star Control: Origins and Strange Brigade for FREE when they buy an AMD Radeon RX Vega, RX 580 or RX 570 graphics card, once the titles are released.
 
Fast-forward to the year 2086 to join the galactic community and feel the thrill of ship-to-ship battle in Star Control: Origins. Stand against an ancient forgotten evil power in Strange Brigade. And forge your destiny and define your own path in war-torn Ancient Greece as you live an epic adventure in Assassin’s Creed Odyssey.
 
Strange Brigade will be available on August 28, Star Control: Origins will be available on September 20 and Assassin's Creed Odyssey will be available on October 5. The promotional period begins August 7 and expires November 3, 2018. Games can be redeemed until December 31, 2018.
 
The promotion is available worldwide with the following exceptions: China, Cuba, North Korea, Syria, Sudan and Iran

Source: AMD