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  1. 10 points
    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 interesting examples, then propose a solution and finally suggest a way to integrate it to PCGW's structure. I'll also list a couple of issues with my proposal, potential flaws and uses cases etc. If you have a better idea or any suggestion to make this a thing, you're more than welcome. Please note that all the numbers given are taken from Steam, but GoG, Uplay, EGS & Origin are guilty of the very same thing. Uplay's even worse, as always. Any constructive feedback would be much appreciated - I never suggested a feature before, but this one has been on the back of my mind for at least a year. I feel like it could be very useful to many folks out there. So, let's get to it. Those are easy ones to "clean-up" (more on that later): Batman Arkham Origins. Had a multiplayer mode, servers are down. Delete one folder and the install size goes from 27.06Gb to 18.1Gb. 9Gb (33%) saved Final Fantasy XIII. Well documented, check the PCGW entry for it, you can remove ~20Gb if you don't want the Japanese audio. 57.6Gb to 37.7Gb. 19.9Gb (52%) saved (!!!) Doom 2016. Do you really play the MP or Snapmap modes? That's ~15Gb (11Gb if you only delete the MP) saved. From 69.68Gb to 54.68Gb. 15Gb (21.5%) saved Here's the problem. I can manually delete all localizations, "deluxe edition content", Readme/Support and redists safely from most MT_Framework, UE3 and Ubi games just fine because they use the same naming conventions. All I have to do is search in the root folder for any file with the _ita. suffix for instance and delete it - but that's because I know what I'm doing and I'm willing to take the time to locate and delete those files. Listing that would massively bloat any page of course, and not many users would do it anyways. The best way I can think of to implement a reliable and simple method to delete files that we're absolutely sure are safe to delete goes something like this: Add a "debloatable" boolean to the Other Information infobox, If True, how much can be shaved-off at best. Users like myself could build a database of games we know we can "shave" (much like SK/ReShade compat, with a dedicated page) The end user would download a batch file, hosted here and verified by members based on a template which would include one option for each localization, and a "clean-up" option (remove Readme, Deluxe content, redists if safe) So for instance, I can flag all the localization for Resident Evil 6 and write them down in the dedicated page. I don't have any experience making modular batch files like that however, so someone else would have to make a template. I can then edit that batch to point it to all the files we want to delete. The end user launches the batch file, delete all locales but the one he's/she's using and boom. That's money saved right there. I know there are programs that are much better than Win Explorer's Search feature - if we can feed such a program with a config file it should do the trick too. We'd still need to build a database though. I do realize that I make it sound much easier than it may be, or that it may sound overkill if we're talking about a Gb at best. But for extreme cases like Doom 2016, Far Cry 3/4, FF XIII, the Arkham series, The Evil Within - huge games basically, it would be very helpful and hey, I'm already doing it anyways so might as well share it. There's also games like Battlefront 2 (2005) where you can cut the install size in half. It's about 5Gb (vanilla) if memory serves, about 2-3Gb when cleaned. With that said, if anything I hope that this thread at least brings more attention to this issue. Last but not least, to everyone: Happy holidays! I hope you're all doing well, and ready for more PCGW grunt work for this year to come. "Keep on keeping on".
  2. 2 points
    This is a post is a thank you to the community that makes PCGamingWiki happen. As in true PCGamingWiki style, we are giving out some presents right in the middle of our festive winter holiday. Spend wisely and I hope that you all have a good PC gaming winter break! Here's to 9 great years of fixing PC games. Dearest contributors - £10: AlRayes_BRN Baronsmoki Cptmold Jigen123 Marioysikax Mastan Nccvoyager Rose ShadowStealer76 SirYodaJedi For our Moderators - £25: Aemony Blackbird Expack3 Garrett Mirh Snuxoll Suicide machine Vetle Extra special bonus for Aemony, Rose and Snuxoll of £25 extra each. If you feel that anyone else deserves a reward please send me a message. To claim your reward, please add Andytizer on Steam and send a PM on Discord if you haven't received anything yet. Bear in mind if we are not already friends, then you will have to wait 3 days in order for Steam trading to be enabled.
  3. 1 point
    Hey there @darius1911. No don't worry you didn't do anything wrong, there was a bug with Captcha on discussion pages which I had discovered previously but didn't get fully patched out. If anything due to you making a post about it here was better as it meant I happened to come across it a lot sooner! Anyway as for the lighting fix for Batman Arkham City, I've gone ahead and added it as a fixbox to the article page and uploaded the graphic cache files to the downloads section so that they will remain easy to access for anyone in the future.
  4. 1 point

    Minecraft Dungeons FOV changer

    This file is loaded with malware and viruses. 27 viruses scanned on https://www.virustotal.com/. DO NOT RUN IT!!!! Report on virus total: https://www.virustotal.com/gui/file/14f5cc4d3ef5ad3cc57823738a2471e3c2563155d123c1cd9f000494dc863281/detection
  5. 1 point
    Exclude specific folder from scan.
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  7. 1 point

    Night in the Woods ultrawide mod

    This fix also works great
  8. 1 point

    Version 1.0


    The small patcher removes the side black bars (pillarboxing) from the game. Follow the instructions within the patcher UI to apply it. Tested the latest Epic Games Store version at 2560x1080 and briefly at 3840x1080. Wider resolutions may be affected by camera issues. The solution will not work for the Microsoft Store / Game Pass game version. You can buy me a coffee or become a patron.
  9. 1 point

    Links to Patreon pages and donations

    On my Watchlist I just saw someone changing the links from Patreon pages to buymeacoffee. https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/w/index.php?title=I_Am_Alive&diff=1020741&oldid=1013318 https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/w/index.php?title=Nocturne&diff=1020708&oldid=1013309 https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/w/index.php?title=American_McGee's_Alice&diff=1020702&oldid=1018837 It is for Peixoto, who I know makes video game fixes and I used his program before. I'm not sure what was Patreon link doing there in the first place. When I link to his fixes I link to a thread on Vogons forums. As much as I think these people deserve any support they can get, I don't think PCGW articles should link directly to donation pages and those URLS should be blocked if not given official permission of PCGW. How do we know it is not a fake ? What is the policy about this ?
  10. 1 point

    Version 1.1


    A total overhaul of the old Flawless Widescreen script for GTA V that has been dysfunctional for many months if not longer. As before, it allows for fine-tuning of FOV per each view - first person, in-vehicle, ADS, and third person. It also allows to remove the pillarboxing at cutscenes at 21:9 and wider, although having the latter enabled may cause some confirmation prompts to disappear at 32:9 and wider until disabled. Download and install Flawless Widescreen. Download this script and unpack the archive. Put its contents in the main Flawless Widescreen folder (usually \Program Files (x86)\Flawless Widescreen\). Launch Flawless Widescreen, select Grand Theft Auto V (updated) and set everything to preference. Tested the latest game version at 2560x1080, 3440x1440, 3840x1080, and 5760x1080. You can buy me a coffee.
  11. 1 point

    Support gg.deals

    PCGW has a mutual linking relationship with IsThereAnyDeal (see https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/PCGamingWiki:Partnerships#Mutual_linking_relationships). Because of that, any potential replacement would necessitate a similar linking relationship before it would be implemented, I imagine.
  12. 1 point

    appid bug

    Stale data in the Semantic MediaWiki backend — it happens and usually resolves itself after the game article gets purged or a null edit is performed.
  13. 1 point

    Support gg.deals

    The point on registration requiring a Steam account is very important. Steam is the biggest store but there are people who don't have a Steam account. Until it's possible to sign up without Steam, it shouldn't even be discussed as a replacement for ITAD.
  14. 1 point

    Silent Hill 4 PC Fix by Steam006

    squidnipples - I had the same issue. Open the Silent_Hill_4_PC_Fix.ini with notepad or some sort of text editor (I use notepad++) and find the line that says # Increase the resolution of background screens IncreaseBackgroundResolution = 1 and change the 1 to a 0, hit save (make sure it saves as an ini not as txt or something.) and try that. It fixed the weird zoom for me in both the game and the pause menu.
  15. 1 point

    Let's talk about VRAM

    You mean the VRAM usage number in the system requirement section? It's just mirroring the official system requirements, which is based on the QA testing of the developers. It's less about the number itself, and more about whatever amount of VRAM the "minimum" and "recommended" GPU has. Beyond that, most games use _much_ less VRAM than people might assume. Tools such as GPU-Z, RTSS, etc all reports _requested_ VRAM -- not actually used VRAM. And games might request way more VRAM on GPUs with more VRAM than they actually use. For example, a ton of games I've played have barely used more than 3-4 GB of VRAM even in 4K -- I think Watch Dogs 2 and Monster Hunter World were examples of this. That basically means that even going forward, the amount of VRAM that is actually necessary to play a game is vastly less than what many might assume. See the below thread for a good overview of it all: https://www.resetera.com/threads/vram-in-2020-2024-why-10gb-is-enough.280976/
  16. 1 point

    Support gg.deals

    Referral links are better than ads IMO. Referral links don't add any extra harm when you buy things IMO.
  17. 1 point
    Suicide machine

    Support gg.deals

    I am going to be against that, but that's on personal bias. gg deals was created by Lowcy Gier - a Polish website also tracking deals. I've had quite a negative experience with them - once, when I managed to win 2nd place in one of the competitions they've organized, but till this day - due to incompetence of competition organizers - I have not received my prize... and then multiple times over the last few years, where they have been heavily defending Epic's actions against criticism (like because they earn money from EGS sales via referral links). Finally, on more objective side - I just don't see a point of adding it, when they don't seem to be doing anything above or below of what IsThereAnyDeal is doing.
  18. 1 point
    It works for me now, Thank You! 🙂
  19. 1 point

    Devil May Cry 5 Vergil Ultrawide Fix

    Maybe your version is not supported. I tested the fix on the current Steam version. Check DevilMayCry5.exe hash. Before the patch it should be After the patch it should be If the hashes don't match, it means your version is unsupported and the fix won't work.
  20. 1 point

    Version 1.1.0


    Fixes to make Windows 3.1 games work, together in one place. The project combines WineVDM together with the files required for these games to work (such as Quicktime). No game is included and has to be obtained legally. Includes fixes for: Yellow Brick Road The Dark Eye Roly-Polys no Nanakorobi Yaoki For instructions, go to the game's PCGW page. Maintainer: Noenko Tools used: WineVDM https://github.com/otya128/winevdm "Roly-Polys no Nanakorobi Yaoki" Projector program: nosamu (Discord: nosamu#3385) and the people at r/OsamuSato on reddit.
  21. 1 point

    Version 1.0


    The simple patcher removes the zoom limitations affecting ultrawide and wider resolutions. Compared to the manual solution, it does not depend on any specific aspect ratio. There is no reliable fix for the windowboxing at the cutscenes yet and I've had better results in the demo. Tested the latest full GOG version at 2560x1080 and 5760x1080. You can buy me a coffee here.
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