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  1. The events of the last year have been very tough for the entire world, but none have suffered more than the average PC gamer. Over the past 12 months we have seen PC gaming components like GPUs like the GeForce RTX 3070 rise exponentially in price due to the surge of cryptocurrency mining and price scalping, and this trend shows no sign of slowing down. Unfortunately our analysis shows that PC gaming will become completely unviable by 2022, with the price of a single average gaming GPU to exceed that of the US median annual salary in 2023. Once a PC gamer's components start to fail, it'll beco
    11 points
  2. Today more than ever, (fast) storage space is expensive. One thing that always makes me mad is the insane amount of unused Localizations, game modes (often dead/closed multiplayer modes) that are installed by default - this is literally dead content. Wasted storage. Wasted money. Now back in ye old days, it used to be a gigabyte at best. Not the end of the world, and not exactly worth the time investment. But old habits die hard, and I'm still doing it today. With games becoming larger and larger, storage has become an issue that can thankfully be alleviated. I'm going to list a few
    10 points
  3. Koroush announced recently that TweakGuides, one of the best sources of PC game tweaks, is sadly going to be shutting down. Koroush has graciously allowed third parties to mirror the TweakGuides website under the Creative Commons Attribution International (CC BY 4.0) license. PCGamingWiki articles contain multiple references to TweakGuides, and we have decided to mirror and preserve the content so that our links are not broken when the main site goes offline. You can find the mirror at tweakguides.pcgamingwiki.com and all the Wiki's internal links have been updated to the new addres
    6 points
  4. Actually having a 'Cinematic camera perspective' is quite a valuable piece of information - it tells you that the player has no control over the camera. Some players may prefer games with fixed camera angles, some cannot stand them. I don't think adding genre, camera perspectives etc can in any way hurt the 'fix PC games' project of ours, it can only help. I've always maintained that the addition of additional information is always going to be helpful for lots of reasons - for rich, descriptive lists of games that no one else has. Like 'Singleplayer games with microtransactions' or 'Adve
    5 points
  5. It all began with the recent release of The Sinking City on Steam. Some users quickly noticed the lack of achievements compared to the previous version available for a few hours of January 5. As the discussions began, some also noted the lack of cloud saves and DLC to purchase. Shortly after, the developer of the game made a post on the store page news feed to recommend against buying this version published by Nacon despite the publisher having been allowed to resume selling the game after a court ruling deeming the Frogwares' publishing contract termination "unlawful" and ordering "to refrain
    4 points
  6. It doesn't make a lot of sense to me to see a game with subtitles set to n/a for when all of the dialogue is text-based. Say I'm hearing impaired or I want to play a game at work but remain aware of the real world around me, or have any other reason to not want to hear any dialogue - I may use the wiki to look for games that have subtitles. If we had a list for such games, I would naturally sort to highlight the ones set to true, not something as obscure as n/a. You may convince me otherwise, but the real question is whether it would be as apparent to a newcomer. Besides, by dictiona
    4 points
  7. It's a known limitation of the current SSO functionality of the wiki system. Our sysadmin is aware of the issue, however to fix it I believe he needs to rework it or something like that, something he have yet have had time to do. But yeah, we're all basically affected and it will be solved eventually 🙂
    4 points
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  9. Blade Runner, the iconic Westwood Studios adventure game, is now available on GOG.com - 22 years after its original release on Windows, Mac and Linux. We never thought that this game would see a release due to the legal limbo it remained in. However thanks to a deal between Alcon Interactive Group and GOG.com, we now have the game in its very first digital distribution release. This port of the game is possible thanks to recent developments in ScummVM which allows the game to be played on modern operating systems. The game is currently on 10% discount during the Winter Sale, whi
    4 points
  10. Welcome to PCGamingWiki's very first 'Progress report'! I thought it would be fun to put together an article where we provide information on updates and major changes to our website. Because so much has happened over the last year, we'll use this first article in the series to bring everyone up to speed over our work in 2019. Server administrator In January 2019 we welcomed Snuxoll to our ranks as our new paid server administrator. This is the first time we have hired outside the community rather than having a volunteer step up, and the decision to pick Snuxoll cou
    4 points
  11. In my opinion the news section should be more focused on what this Wiki is like fixing games, compatibility issues and that kind of stuff. For example in the past few weeks new versions of nGlide, dgVoodoo and DosBox has been released, I think stuff like that deserves some attention, since these and other tools are very important for many games and you wont see mainstream media cover this stuff. Another example is Microsoft shutting down their games servers that were used on Windows 7 which is now causing serious issues for W7 users like some random games not starting and rundll.exe
    4 points
  12. tinyBuild's stance on this is so backwards it's obvious they DNDTR (Did Not Do The Research). Games with DRM have their soundtracks pirated online via YouTube, with the uploaders using in-game - nowadays lossless - recordings if there's no official soundtrack. They also seem blind to the fact deluxe-edition soundtracks - even on Steam - are literally a bunch of files that anyone can upload. In other words, DRM-free upon download completion. Why offer DRM-free builds of a game when people know they'll never be updated for fear of enabling piracy. Also, they apparently are unaware
    4 points
  13. This is a big thank you to the community who make PCGamingWiki work - the editors! Who can believe that we are 6 years old now? We are giving away Steam Gift Cards to members who have provide great contributions to PCGamingWiki over the last 2 years (since we last did a big anniversary celebration). The following will receive a £25 Steam Gift Card: Aemony Blackbird Expack3 Garrett (£50) Jigen123 Marioysikax mirh Pridit Silent SirYodaJedi Suicide machine ThatOneReaper Vetle If you are on the list pleas
    4 points
  14. {{Audio |separate volume = |separate volume notes = |surround sound = |surround sound notes = |subtitles = |subtitles notes = |closed captions = |closed captions notes = |mute on focus lost = |mute on focus lost notes = |eax support = |eax support notes = |red book cd audio = |red book cd audio notes = |general midi audio = |general midi audio notes = }} General MIDI row/parameters has now been added to the Audio template.
    3 points
  15. Thanks for mentioning this -- I've moved the warnings section to be shown below the seriesbox. The change will be visible on pages after they've been purged. The warnings section is a fully automated section that dynamically changes its contents based on the rest of the page. Any additions should preferably match that, and be designed around automatic population so that they're added to all other articles as well were such a warning is applicable. What editors can do, however, is exploit the fact that the warnings are added to the very bottom of the infobox by, well, merely
    3 points
  16. I would like to propose that the existence of achievements for a game be somehow catalogued. It can vary by platform like when Steam has achievements but Origin or Xbox does not. I think PCGamingWiki is the most suitable source for cataloguing this information.
    3 points
  17. OpenMW, the free open source engine, has announced implemention of the compressed BSA format to support the games Oblivion, Fallout 3, Fallout: New Vegas and Skyrim. The modern BSA files can be loaded, but much work remains and we are still a long way off from being able to play through these games fully. It is incredible that so much progress had been made on this free open source engine and the possibilities are exciting. The engine, which was originally designed to re-implement and extend the 2002 Gamebryo engine for The Elder Scrolls III: Morrowind, has now been ported to Android, to
    3 points
  18. It says on the home page "PCGamingWiki aims to list fixes and workarounds for every single PC game." How is writing that Escape From Monkey Island uses "cinematic camera perspective" help anyone ? In my opinion everything not related to getting the games fixed or improved is a waste of people's time and spreads the project and community thin. Even if it is done with a bot it just makes it harder to keep track of all the constant changes on your watchlist. This site is slowly creeping into Moby Games territory adding stuff like this, the ratings or whatever comes next.
    3 points
  19. We are proud to announce that PCGamingWiki is launching a new microtransactions section in all of our PC game articles. Many PC gamers don't have a clue about what they are getting into before they install the latest 'free-to-play' game, 'game as a service' multiplayer shooter or new 'live service' singleplayer game. These games could contain manipulative loot boxes, hopelessly unfair grinds or game imbalancing pay-to-win unlocks. At PCGamingWiki, we want to provide absolutely clear information as to how each game is monetized and what microtransaction techniques are bein
    3 points
  20. Crysis: Remastered has been leaked on the Crytek website, which has now been taken down. However the screenshots are preserved in this tweet: The game also seems like it will release on the Nintendo Switch, as well as the PS4 and Xbox One. This is surprising considering that in 2007, the original Crysis was the benchmark for high fidelity graphics on PC. Will you be picking up this remastered edition?
    3 points
  21. Based on the teaser they released like half a year ago, in an essence, yes, as it will run on CryEngine 5.6 (see the teaser at the end of the below tech trailer). The primary performance issue of Crysis was always that they optimized the engine for a future that didn't happen, and so it doesn't scale well at all. They solved that issue partially in Warhead, but even more in Crysis 2, and the optimization was what allowed Crysis 1 to eventually arrive to Xbox 360 and PS3 (where it was running on the same engine as Crysis 2 if I remember it correctly). So with CryEngine 5.6 behind the
    3 points
  22. Or introduce new level of graphics that no videocard could handle on maxed out settings. IIRC with Crysys was something like this: Devs: — We made game so that it will be actual for future years, set Normal for current top hardware. Gamers: — We set Ultra, your game has performance problems, wtf.
    3 points
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    MobyGames

    In the area under the game cover art there are links to Wikipedia, SteamDB, Wine... and other stuff. I recommend to add MobyGames there too, since Wikipedia is a general online encyclopedia and MobyGame is basically an online encyclopedia for video games and people often already add the links to it in the general info section. Many old obscure and less known games don't have a Wikipedia page, but I have yet to find an old game without a MobyGames page.
    3 points
  24. We have a big announcement. For the past few years, we have been trying to find ways of improving our user experience, learning from where our friends in the PC gaming space have succeeded and failed. At the end of the day, we are just gamers. Our wiki platform has simply grown far too complex and confusing to our staff and editors to use, and our templates are now impossible to understand or even modify. Therefore after eight long years, we have made the momentous decision to shut down PCGamingWiki. In its place, we have decided to go back to our gamer roots and the days of yore with a c
    3 points
  25. Jitterdoomer is now banned... not because of this comment though, although his behaviour did influence the final decision.
    3 points
  26. I would like to invite community to predict what major PC gaming changes will happen over the next decade, please comment below if you have any thoughts. My own predictions are rather dour, I can see the 'end of PC gaming' as we currently know it will happen at some point in the future, but will it happen in this decade or in 50 years from now? Current year 2020: Microsoft releases Xbox Series X and xCloud. Sony releases PlayStation 5. Future: Microsoft Xbox sales higher than Sony PlayStation spelling the beginning of the end of Sony’s gaming division. Xb
    3 points
  27. Players trying to launch Tron: Evolution are now met with a message telling them that the 'serial key has expired'. This applies to the retail version as well as the Steam version which is delisted from the store. Players who previously bought the game can no longer install the game, and are met with these messages when attempting to install: The cause of this problem appears to be Disney not renewing their 'subscription' to the SecuROM activation system for this game. This means that even existing owners of the delisted game cannot install it for the foreseeable future. Us
    3 points
  28. We are about to turn 8 years old, and we have achieved a hell of a lot in 2019. This is a post is a thank you to the community that makes PCGamingWiki happen. As in true PCGamingWiki style, we are celebrating early by giving out some presents right as Steam's winter sale begins. Spend wisely and I hope that you all have a good PC gaming winter break! Here's to 8 great years of fixing PC games. For our Editors - £10: AlRayes_BRN Baronsmoki Cptmold Hawaii Beach Jigen123 Marioysikax Mars icecream Nccvoyager Nicereddy Rose Sil
    3 points
  29. So this is the first step in broadening the scope of the wiki, which will only help PC gaming users and give more options. We already track multiplayer types, eg local co-op. Genres will help us do cool things like make a list of Puzzle games that support 4K and controller, or a list of First person shooters with high frame rate support, etc. Each article will end up being a balance that covers technical fixes as well information for the general user. At the end of the day the technical fixes side will be the main part of the site and I won't force anyone to moderate/edit the broader more
    3 points
  30. It's because that's what the editing guide says to do. I agree with you wholeheartedly, and I believe there is another thread with discussion about it.
    3 points
  31. For years, Hideo Kojima's Death Stranding has been hinted to be receiving a PC release. Less than two weeks before the launch of the PlayStation 4 version, the official Kojima Productions Twitter account announced that a PC version of Death Stranding would be released in summer of 2020. Furthermore, 505 Games has announced that they would be publishing the PC version (unlike the PlayStation 4 version published Sony Interactive Entertainment) on their official Twitter account. They did not reveal which storefront the game would be releasing on. Will you be playing Death Stranding
    3 points
  32. The PC gaming community landscape has changed dramatically over the years. In my youth in the late 90s, PC gamers flocked around IRC and various web forums around the world. I was in a Quake 2 ‘clan’ that played in a league organised in one such forum (BarrysWorld, RIP). In modern times, PC gamers have migrated from the traditional forum to places like /r/pcgaming and Discord. Entire communities have formed around individuals that who stream and commentate on Twitch and YouTube. Gone are the days of the dedicated server community. I am fascinated by how gaming communities form and how the
    3 points
  33. Many thanks to @Aemony and Kaldaien for organising linking back from the Special K mod to PCGamingWiki, you can see this in action in Octopath Traveler version of the mod. I like to think PCGamingWiki is more in the 'Computer' section of the bookshop rather than 'Self-Help' section :D.
    3 points
  34. Definitely, but I don't like the whole notation that backlashes are needed to cause change. tinyBuild should have just updated the games on GOG to avoid this shitshow to begin with.
    3 points
  35. This still rubs me the wrong way. We have posts from May 2019 that complain of this missing content, which probably means this content was missing even before this. Yet all of the sudden, Alex Nichiporchik cares about the GOG releases after major backlash... Its great that this content is coming, but it seems he is only doing it because of the backlash. If this backlash never happened, I'd imagine they would have done jack shit.
    3 points
  36. Tim Sweeney in 2016: Microsoft wants to monopolise games development on PC. We must fight it. Tim Sweeney in 2019: I want to monopolise games distribution on PC. You must buy it.
    3 points
  37. This is a great idea. Notes about VirtualStore redirection are now displayed for Windows paths pointing to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE, %WINDIR%, and <path-to-game>. Feel free to suggest any improvements to the wording or other path types that need notes.
    3 points
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    CD audio tracks

    1) This Wiki lists a lot of technical aspects of games like DRM, graphics and sound API, physics middleware, etc... so listing that the game uses CD audio tracks for music and/or sound effects would make sense. 2) Some older games can have issues playing CD tracks on modern Windows, so you need to use a custom winmm.dll, then rip them to OGG format and then put everything in the game installation folder (some old games are re-realeased like this on digital platforms, for example Extreme G-2). This info would be useful on pages of games with that problem.
    3 points
  39. I think it would be nice to already start adding information about support for Dualsense controller. Some games with general dinput support should work with Dualsense, and we can already see games like Rocket League or Days Gone (according to developers blog) supporting Dualsense natively. I would expect Dualsense to be supported in more and more games while slowly replacing DS4 on market. It is better to start adding information about Dualsense support now, than wait few years and then keep updating games with Dualsense native support.
    2 points
  40. Similar to CD Audio Red Book: it would be beneficial to add "MIDI" into https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/Template:Audio. Users playing MIDI-backed games under Wine in Linux may not notice anything unusual. So sharing this knowledge will help them to extend their gaming experience significantly.
    2 points
  41. I've had the idea that the infoboxes should somewhere contain information about a game's save system, since there are a lot of different ways games handle it: - Roguelikes (dying completely resets you, but you retain certain benefits) - Hardcore-modes where dying deletes your savegame, e.g. "Trial of Iron" mode in Pillars of Eternity 2 - Only at the start of each level, e.g. Freespace 2 - Only checkpoint / autosave, e.g. most modern shooters - Checkpoints that can be manually activated several times, e.g. Resident Evil typewriters or sleeping in Kingdom Come: Deliveran
    2 points
  42. Currently the option to Remember Me when logging in only has it so you don't have to visit the login screen and type in your account details, but it doesn't seem to keep you logged in the next time you visit the wiki when you close the window or browser, making it somewhat annoying and easy to forget when editing a page that you weren't logged in. This doesn't affect the forums however and only the wiki itself it would seem, and I have tested it across multiple browsers (including the age old Internet Explorer) that I highly doubt it is just me. Is it a purposeful design decision, somethi
    2 points
  43. Welcome to the community. You can find most things related to editing and the policies etc covered by the Editing Guide. In regards to copy protection bypasses we have a pretty strict policy that only allows the specific mention of some tools, those being Steamless, unSafeDisc, and XLiveless right now. For all other situations the rule of thumb is to basically mention that the copy protection needs to be bypassed without providing any links or instructions on how to do so. So for example, providing a link and instructions to a crack/patch that removes the copy protection is not all
    2 points
  44. After some past requests we have implemented ProtonDB links in all relevant PCGamingWiki articles. The new link now appears in the form of a ProtonDB icon in the bottom of the infobox where other partner links are placed. This is automatically added when a Steam App ID is added to any game article. Proton is a tool released by Valve Software that has been integrated with Steam Play to make playing Windows games on Linux easier to achieve. ProtonDB gather reports from other gamers as they test games with Proton on Linux and provide aggregate scores of how well games perform. Hop
    2 points
  45. I am annoyed that some bots and some users go around and set these to "false" and delete the user notes when it is written that they can be forced through the GPU panel, and it is left with the default "See the glossary for potential workarounds". Forcing these can cause texture artifacts in some cases, and forced anti-aliasing doesn't always work, so when I write "can be forced" it means I tested it. I would leave it as hackable, rather than false with default message.
    2 points
  46. We aren't going to make those articles 'wiki-editable', it's there as an archive. However I am considering other methods of incorporating similar tweaking information and I'd be happy to take feedback. I think most tweaks are too verbose and niche for the main article. However we could easily have a subpage e.g. Fallout 4/Tweaks which lists every single variable and can be contributed by all users.
    2 points
  47. Antrad

    CD audio tracks

    I am bumping up this thread, not sure if anything was done about it in the meantime. CD music playback is broken since Windows Vista: https://www.vogons.org/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=36870&p=643220&hilit=HardwareAudioMixer#p643220 Not only do people have trouble getting the music to play, but once it does you have no control of the music volume, changing the music volume in the settings changes other sounds as well. I experienced that in several games now. And it gets worse than that, I am currently playing a game on Windows XP, because the game changes CD music volume dur
    2 points
  48. Well I always set subtitles to true when that was the case. Wasn't aware people mark it as n/a 🤨
    2 points
  49. It's not a "love fest" for Valve, it's about the anti-consumer practices of Epic. Also you probably meant "complacent" which couldn't be further from the truth. But you're free to continue being obtuse.
    2 points
  50. It's nothing personal. It's just business. Why are people getting worked up over which store a game initially appears in? We need some strong competition to the Steam store, and Epic is finally providing it.
    2 points
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