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  1. 3 points
    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.
  2. 2 points
    Proposal: Restructure articles with 'Overview' to replace Key Points, Essential Improvements, General Information Key points was designed to be a way to add statements that would be quantitatively verifiable and individually moderated easily. It occupies the top of the article and is the first thing visitors read when viewing an article - it implies that this is the headline top information. However it currently suffers from an issue where people fill out lines for the sake of having a line, and includes information that is far from ‘key’ eg {{++}} Game uses 7.1 audio. Or to include {{--}} negative points just to 'balance' out the top of the article, where it is not warranted. Secondly I would like to push PCGW to contain more Wikipedia-like information that is qualitative, with a focus on technical and quality of life information. Back in 2012, I was afraid we wouldn’t have the policies and manpower to correctly moderate large blocks of text. However I think we are in a good position to do this now with a healthy active moderation team. This would also vastly improve its 'SEO' quality and push PCGamingWiki articles from average slot of 11th space on Google to possibly the front page. This will attract visitors and editors and make the entire site more useful. Here's a draft General section example (no 2nd level header), that would go at the top of the page: General information - instead of a long rambling list of everything, we move this under the Infobox. Rename to "Support Resources". Remove things like wikis, official websites - this section should be for things like 'authoritative threads', forums, etc. where users can expect to find answers to technical questions about the game.
  3. 1 point
    Aemony

    Overhaul of the editing guide?

    If so, the icon for the "always on" locked state should probably be changed to blue, to be more neutral. In the eye of the beholder, and all that. Having it "green" suggests that whatever it is that's locked "always on" is positive, which typically isn't the case, such as with these: - Mouse acceleration/smoothing being locked to always on. - Anti-aliasing being locked to always on. - Subtitles/Closed captions being locked to always on. etc. Hmm... "features that can't be configured at all would be set to false as usual" vs."while the proposed "always on" state would be used for any features that are active but cannot be configured." This is correct, and was what I was going for. There's not a lot of games with native multi-monitor support, but they exist and typically allows the use of the secondary monitors in some special way. For example some of the Battlefield games allows the use of a second monitor to show the minimap of the game, and some racing games have allows for native extended view across multiple monitors without involving AMD/Nvidia specific features. The current multi-monitor parameter could almost entirely be worked into the existing ultra-widescreen parameter with the minor difference (if one exists) noted in the Notes field. In my opinion, the multi-monitor parameter should be an highly obscured parameter, hidden by default, that properly categorizes games that allows the use of one or more secondary monitors for unique features independent of GPU features. Not be used as an "additional-ultra-widescreen" parameter.
  4. 1 point
    Key points give too much power to new accounts (I'm mainly referring to unregistered users) and some very questionable information has even been featured on the front page's "featured articles" . I don't often know what can be added either and a significant portion of my key points have been quickly removed from articles. The editing guide is more of a guideline. I've compiled some examples of subjective edits here:
  5. 1 point
    Mirh

    Creative ALchemy

    Version 1.45.15

    8167 downloads

    Installs the latest version of Creative's ALchemy hardware DirectSound restoration utility. extracted from Sound BlasterX AE-5 drivers.
  6. 1 point
    Garrett

    List of games pulled from GOG

    This information is on the GOG.com Enhancement Project page.
  7. 1 point
    Antrad

    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.
  8. 1 point
    I'm against adding Metacritic or Opencritic scores because the vast majority of outlets issue the same score for all platforms (prominent when the 100-point scale is used), presumably not comparing the platforms extensively, or not much at all. The PC platform universally has lower amount of scores than the console platforms which have roughly 100 ratings for major releases — the Metacritic average also tends to be lower despite objective technical advantages. More significant issue is that practically every publication listed on Metacritic ignores the technical aspect: 30fps lock, locked resolution, mouse acceleration, key-rebinding, available configuration options (if any), gamepad-friendly HUD, mismatched X and Y sensitivity are so rarely mentioned that I might as well say that they never are. I skimmed through every English review for Alice: Madness Returns (when online, some pages haven't been archived by archive.org) and the game's 30-fps lock was never noted.
  9. 1 point
    Andytizer

    Borderlands Configuration Editor

    This particular software seems to be picked up by antivirus software for some reason. An alternative 'Borderlands Advance Settings' on this github may be a better alternative, as it has been updated more recently.
  10. 1 point
    Andytizer

    Proposal: Metacritic or equivalent

    Individual reviewers might write reviews with a political stance, however aggregators like Metacritic and Opencritic normally contain a balance of different opinions. PCGamingWiki is politically neutral, however this shouldn't stop us from balancing this with new features and to make a better resource for PC gamers. For example Wikipedia PC game articles including a Reception section citing reviews or review aggregators doesn't necessarily compromise its neutrality. Users can choose to ignore review scores on this website if necessary. I am open to Metacritic, OpenCritic and any others. However Metacritic has a lot of old games where OpenCritic doesn't. I am also open to Steam reviews however the issue becomes how to keep these up to date. It also may stabilise due to changes being made to the Steam review system: https://www.pcgamer.com/uk/valve-takes-steps-against-steam-review-bombs/
  11. 1 point
    Another game where a 'cancelled during early access' would be useful for is Halo Online, which was released in beta, but then was then cancelled and shut down whilst still in beta, and is only kept going through modding. Definitely a good idea 🙂
  12. 1 point
    If we are to track the Early Access date of a game, I'd also include a third date in those cases where the developers actively cancel an Early Access game. For example, the developers of a game I purchased in Steam Early Access, The Kindred, announced on 20 January 2018 they were pulling the game from Early Access and purchase as they could no longer develop the game nor easily find an interested developer to continue development.
  13. 1 point
    This is interesting - I don't see why we couldn't do this, we could also have a counter to show how many days a game is/was on Early Access before being released. It's a good indicator of the development cycle of a game e.g. Star Citizen.
  14. 1 point

    Version 1.0.0

    414 downloads

    Unofficial Settings configuration tool for Sonic Heroes. It's faster than the default launcher and comes with options for 720p, 1080p and 4K, in 16:9 widescreen, and comes with Xinput support pre-configured.
  15. 1 point
    Played around a bit in Firefox's inspector tool. If we solely plan to keep this limited to "alternative sources" of obtaining access to games right now, then I can whip up an extension to the Availability template, and add notes to boot. Example mockup: Base source code, so I don't forget it 😅 <tr class="template-infotable-head"> <th scope="col" style="width: 230px;">Alternative sources</th> <th scope="col" style="width: 50px;"> </th> <th style="width: 540px;" scope="col" colspan="3">Notes</th> </tr><tr class="template-infotable-body"> <th scope="row"><abbr title="asdsad">Xbox Play Anywhere</abbr></th> <td><div title="Native support" class="svg-icon svg-25 tickcross-true"></div> </td> <td colspan="3">Does not apply to the 2016 re-release.</td> </tr><tr class="template-infotable-body"> <th scope="row"><abbr title="asdsad">Xbox Game Pass</abbr></th><td><div title="Native support" class="svg-icon svg-25 tickcross-true"></div> </td> <td colspan="3">Comes pre-packaged with cosmetics DLCs.</td> </tr><tr class="template-infotable-body"> <th scope="row"><abbr title="asdsad">Origin Access Basic</abbr></th> <td><div title="Native support" class="svg-icon svg-25 tickcross-false"></div> </td> <td colspan="3">Limited to 10-hour trial.</td> </tr><tr class="template-infotable-body"> <th scope="row"><abbr title="asdsad">Origin Access Premier</abbr></th> <td><div title="Native support" class="svg-icon svg-25 tickcross-true"></div> </td> <td colspan="3">Deluxe Edition</td> </tr>
  16. 1 point
    The existence of this template and the attempt to now track Game Pass titles (a subscription service that adds and removes games in its catalog every now and then) have made me question whether we shouldn't opt for a more generic template instead that's designed to be extended for whatever supplementary feature might come up. Something like this basically: {{Store features | microsoft store game pass = true | microsoft store play anywhere = true | origin access = | origin access premier = true }} which would then create a list like this: {{ii}} Included in Xbox Game Pass subscription service. {{ii}} Xbox Play Anywhere title; purchase it on either Microsoft Store on Windows 10 or Xbox, and receive copies for both platforms. {{ii}} Included in Origin Access Premier subscription service. If this was then used below the availability row, you'd have an easy placement where the list could grow naturally as features was determined as necessary to add to the template. Edit: The obvious negative downside of this is that it wouldn't allow us to include it in the Availability table unless we redesigned that entirely and added new parameters to it.
  17. 1 point
    Because we don't currently have a good way to handle these sorts of supplementary features, I opted to create a new template that allows setting these properties and embeds the results in a {{ii}} bullet point, with the intention of the template being used just below the availability table. The reason why I opted for this and not the Notes section of the availability table was because I believe the field can otherwise become quite lengthy in text if there's other notes that needs to be mentioned there. That said, all that needs to be changed for the template to be compatible and used directly in the Notes field is the removal of the {{ii}} bullet point, and nothing else. Preview: Properties: Property:Microsoft Store Game Pass Property:Microsoft Store Play Anywhere Templates: Template:Microsoft Store features Template:Microsoft Store features/Documentation
  18. 1 point

    Version 1.3

    1136 downloads

    Changelog 1.3: Fixed quicksave Added option to use checkpoints as savepoints Features: Allow 60 FPS Window mode (Recommended, makes the game not crash when using alt-tab) (The game will will appear to be in fullscreen mode if the resolution matches) Patch hard-coded 720p resolution values Patch shadow resolution Up to 8x multisampling Force VSync in fullscreen mode Disable DirectX fog (F1) Wireframe mode (F2) Wallhack (F3) Controllable map and item size (F4 and F5) Controllable sensitivity (F6 and F7) Controllable gamma (F8 and F9) Speedhack (F10) Quick save (F11) Use checkpoints as savepoints Controllable FOV (Page up and Page down) Invert controls Fix for a common crash Enable DEP (Data Execution Prevention) on SilentHill.exe Allow the game to use 4GB of RAM Use XInput 1.4 if available Set custom save file path Install: 1. Start the game normally and set the resolution of your monitor in the options menu. Exit the game. 2. Copy all the files to "steamapps\common\Silent Hill Homecoming\Bin" 3. Configure the width and height and other options in Silent_Hill_Homecoming_PC_Fix.ini 4. Start the game with Silent_Hill_Homecoming_PC_Fix.exe.
  19. 1 point
    Farmer

    Powerslave EX fix

    Version 1

    419 downloads

    The Windows 10 Fall Creators Update introduced a bug into Powerslave EX which broke mouse control. The executable included in this archive provides a fix.
  20. 1 point

    Version v1.0

    51224 downloads

    TL;DR The DirectInputFpxFix fixes an input related FPS drop/slowdown problem that occurs in FEAR, its expansions, Condemned: Criminal Origins and other games. It is easy to install and does not require manual disabling of HID devices. Quick start guide: Extract the file dinput8.dll to the folder containing the executable of the game. For example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\FEAR Ultimate Shooter Edition" Start the game like you would normally, for example directly through Steam or GOG Galaxy. Features The DirectInputFpsFix fixes a bug that causes the FPS to severely drop after a few minutes of play. This problem is probably most widely known in regards to the game FEAR and often occurs in conjunction with the usage of Logitech devices. However, the problem also crops up in other games using the same engine, such as the FEAR expansions or Condemned: Criminal Origins and with non-Logitech hardware configurations. A similar problem has also been reported to occur in other titles, like Prototype. Although this issue can often be fixed by disabling most/all HID-Devices in the device manager, it is bothersome to do so and lately some people reported that that solution does not even work at all anymore, especially on machines running Windows 10. Instructions Supported Games The fix is agnostic towards the game that uses it and should therefore work with all versions of a supported game, including the Steam, GOG and retail versions. Confirmed:FEAR and its expansions Condemned: Criminal Origins [*]Supposedly: Prototype Kane & Lynch: Dead Men Feel free to provide feedback if the DLL works on other games as well. Install The fix does not make any permanent changes to the game or to Windows and can easily be removed. Extract the file dinput8.dll to the folder containing the executable of the game. For example: "C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\FEAR Ultimate Shooter Edition"* Start the game like you would normally, for example directly through Steam or GOG Galaxy. *Note that for the FEAR expansions the fix also has to be installed into the corresponding sub-folder of the game Uninstall Rename or remove the dinput8.dll from the folder of the game. Known Issues There are currently no known issues with the fix. Additional Information Antivirus Software Since this mod consists of an executable DLL file that uses "hacking techniques" such as injection and hooking, it could be classified as malicious by antivirus software. In that case, it might be necessary to add an exception rule to the scanner. If you lack the trust in random people on the internet -- and I would not blame you -- feel free to use a meta online virus scanner like VirusTotal to verify the file. Loading Other Fixes/Mods/Injectors To increase the compatibility with other mods or injectors that are using a wrapper DLL, this fix offers two methods for remote loading of additional files. Note that there might still be compatibility issues between the different fixes, mods or injectors that have nothing to do with the loading process. File method: The mod will load another dinput8.dll automatically if it has the name dinput8.dll. Just rename the DLL you want to load accordingly. Using this method will lead to an error if the renamed DLL is not itself a dinput8.dll. Folder method: The mod will also automatically load all DLLs regardless of their names in a dinput8 sub-directory. Just create a corresponding folder in the install directory of the mod. This is the only way to load multiple (conflicting) files. How This Works The fix is implemented using a common technique known as DLL hooking. User input in games like FEAR can be realized via DirectInput, an API by Microsoft for interacting with HID-Devices. The library is ancient and should no longer be used today, because there are other ways to get mouse and keyboard input, especially for games. The FPS drops happen because the thread that runs DirectInput massively slows down after a while (as can be seen in tools like ProcessExplorer). If an application uses a library like DirectInput, it needs a so-called DLL (dynamic-link library) where the functionality of the library is stored. In many cases, especially for libraries provided by Microsoft, these DLLs usually reside in the Windows folder. However, there is an order of how an application searches for the DLLs it needs. Since the DLL of the fix gets copied into the main folder of the application and has the same name of a DLL needed by the game (the one of DirectInput), it gets loaded instead of the one in the Windows folder. This means that all calls to DirectInput go through the Hook-DLL and can either be directed to the original DLL in the Windows folder or changed as necessary. This also allows some insight in how exactly the library is used by the game. It turned out that some games not only unnecessarily register all HID-devices, they also call several functions every frame that usually only should be called once during initialization. The latter seems to apply only to devices that are not keyboards or mice. This eventually leads to circumstances where a lot of time is spent opening and closing device connections. The fix changes the DirectInput initialization in such a way that only keyboard and pointer devices get registered. Contact And Support If you like this mod and want to support the development or show your appreciation with a donation, you can find more information on my website. There you can also find out more about other mods that I have done and means to contact me if you have a question, want to provide feedback, bug reports and suggestions.
  21. 1 point
    Beastman95

    dgVoodoo 2

    Version 2.54

    21443 downloads

    Original file: http://dege.freeweb.hu/dgVoodoo2.html dgVoodoo 2 is a wrapper for old graphics API's for Windows Vista/7/8/10. This wrapper uses Direct3D 11 at GPU feature level 10.1 as wrapping output.
  22. 1 point
    Noenko

    Bulletstorm Xlive.dll

    Version

    65929 downloads

    This enables Bulletstorm to be played in singleplayer without using GFWL (Games For Windows Live). Found by: Bizargh on steam.
  23. 1 point

    Version v1.1

    164116 downloads

    This fixes the following issues with Gothic and Gothic II on Windows 8 and later: Window border visible in fullscreen mode Low frame rate in fullscreen mode Extract anywhere and run install.bat to apply these fixes. Any previous versions are automatically replaced if present. This works by applying the following compatibility fixes to Gothic.exe, Gothic2.exe and GothicMod.exe: ForceSimpleWindow (hides window border) DXPrimaryEmulation -DisableMaxWindowedMode (fixes frame rate isssues) This fix does not remove Gothic's default frame rate cap; refer to its page for a separate fix for that issue. This fix will also work with Gothic Multiplayer (other mods that change the executable might not be affected).
  24. 1 point

    Version

    88280 downloads

    Fixed executables to increase the frame rate cap for Star Wars: The Force Unleashed – Ultimate Sith Edition and Star Wars: The Force Unleashed II. Extract the chosen cap to the installation folder, replacing the existing file when prompted.
  25. 0 points
    Reviews are a very important part of 'discovery' of what game to play. How much more useful would our lists be if we could filter or sort by Metacritic score? Metacritic includes the Critic score which tends to be fairly static after release. There is also the User Score which tends to fluctuate a lot, even years after release, or is subject to review bombing. I would be happy to include both. Potentially, Metacritic scores would sit inside the Infobox, with a link directly to the relevant Metacritic page. The values themselves could be gleaned from Wikidata, or another automated method, or could be entered manually. I am also open to alternative review aggregators and am open to suggestions.


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