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Andytizer

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  1. Yes I forgot that Steam refunds kind of went hand in hand with Steal flash sales disappearing. Net positive though!
  2. It's interesting how all these legal proceedings and policies are being decided by a room of people that look like they've never played a computer game before in their lives. However I am quite impressed on how the committee are pressing EA on the addictive qualities of loot boxes, and how they are kind of squirming their ways out of it.
  3. Will do! Haven't you heard of those classic games Beneath (1992) and Steel Sky (1989)? 😄 Just kidding, thanks for pointing it out, I've fixed the typo.
  4. It'a a shame the VR side isn't being ported, it looks like a really high fidelity view of urban Japan (albeit disaster-striken!):
  5. If you were on a low end machine like a GPD Win 2 - you could run at 960x544, but could you also lower the r.ScreenPercentage to get better performance? On this guy's video he's on about 30-50 FPS but theoretically could be higher?
  6. Alpha Protocol, one of Obsidian's game more interesting RPG marred by a buggy launch, has been delisted from Steam. If you visit the Alpha Protocol page now, you won't be able to buy the game but you'll be faced with this message: The message is quite mysterious - we can only guess what the next move will be - a remastering on Steam at a higher price? A re-release on Microsoft Store now that Obsidian is owned by Microsoft? Thankfully you can still buy the Steam version through third parter sellers like Gamesplanet for now, at the princely sum of £2.50. Also check out our fixes article for Alpha Protocol.
  7. Steam are planning something new with the Summer Sale 2019, here's the announcement: Steam trading cards have been a staple of the Steam Sale since first introduced in 2013. Valve have always tweaked how sales work and how to keep people engaged over long periods of time. For example Valve introduced a daily/flash sales only to disable them in 2015 - some have speculated that this changed consumer behaviour and actually increased total revenue over the entire sale period. The Steam Summer Sale is rumoured to begin 18:00 British Summer Time on June 25th, 2019 (13:00 ET, 10:00 PT), and will most likely end July 9th, 2019.
  8. Really excellent work, very impressed you managed to create this hack so quickly! Can now play it on my 3440x1440 ultrawidescreen.
  9. This looks interesting, I'm surprised that you can already add an Epic Games Store account to GOG Galaxy 2.0. I think we need to ask our contact at GOG to see if we can get our own access to the alpha and report on how it really works.
  10. Thanks for uploading all these fix files, come join us on Discord sometime :D.

  11. Blade Runner (1997) is the classic PC game from the developers Westwood of Command & Conquer fame. The studio was eventually acquired by Electronic Arts and the subsequently shuttered down. It's no surprise that a movie licensed game from a collapsed studio under Electronic Arts has no modern digital distrubtion to speak of, however we hope that it one day appears on GOG.com or Origin. Therefore if we have any hope to have the game running on modern systems, we rely on the hard work of developers like the ScummVM team to make sure these games work and are preserved for future generations. ScummVM has been around for years allowing modern computers and devices to play classic LucasArts adventure games like Monkey Island and Day of the Tentacle. In more recent times, ScummVM has expanded compatibility to many non-LucasArts games like Beneath a Steel Sky and 7th Guest. If you are lucky you may have the original 4 CD release of Blader Runner lying around (mine is in the attic in my parents' house), and if you do you are in luck. You'll need to make copies of files from all 4 CDs and place them into a folder. Then download the latest development build of ScummVM and load up the game. In addition to compatibility fixes, there are options to add subtitles and also 'restored content' mode. I did have a try running the game, and was extremely impressed at how well it worked everything worked, but did experience several crashes. Be aware that the game is not fully supported by ScummVM and is really more of a test, and the ScummVM team are looking for help chasing bugs. Here's the news post from the ScummVM website. For our up to date fixes article please check the wiki article for Blade Runner.
  12. So I'm trying to figure out the install error for code 0x80070005, which has been plaguing me since day 1 of Xbox Game Pass, and I've come across this reddit post. Apparently it's caused by this: Apparently the user discovered 'fix' is to completely reinstall Windows 10 and create a brand new user account. 😲 Not sure it's worth doing as I only did a full Windows 10 wipe less than 12 months ago and I'm not doing it again just for the sake of one game!
  13. 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.
  14. PC gaming has had its ups and downs and has seen constantly evolving threats over the years. In the early days of PC gaming, piracy was a major concern that represented an existential threat to PC gaming, driving game developers to release on locked down consoles or create complex DRM or activation systems. Later, we had more extreme and frustrating forms of DRM like SecuROM and Games for Windows Live, as well as very poor console ports which made it seem like the PC release was an afterthought. However I believe that since around 2004 - the last 15 years represent a golden age in PC gaming. This includes the rise of Steam and digital distrubtion, the MMO and the MOBA, and creative games like Minecraft and the peak of the Battle Royale genre which all started out on PC. The way we PC game has remained fundamentally the same this entire time - we build our PCs with motherboards, processors, keyboards and mice, and installed one of the many operating systems. Maybe we experimented with new controller types - a flightstick, an Xbox 360 controller or maybe we immersed ourselves in VR. At one point we bought games using floppy disks or DVDs, these days we buy keys and add games to our Steam accounts. However it seems that at the end of 2019, we are entering a new turning point: the rise of the cloud streamed game, which threatens this entire way we've been playing games on PC. We have all seen this before with OnLive back in 2010 which didn't garner much interest and was a resolute failure. And there's also PlayStation Now which doesn't really have as much interest as you'd expect with Sony backing it. But the latest effort with Google Stadia is fundamentally different because there is so much more momentum behind it from publishers and developers, and the technology and broadband speeds are there to make it viable for much more people now where it wasn't viable in 2010. When I watched the Google Stadia announcement stream I had a lump in my throat - is this the beginning of the end for PC gaming (and PCGamingWiki?) After all, if games are all streamed, then there's be nothing to fix, right? This new streaming platform, and others like them, are completely hardware agnostic - Google Stadia can be played just as well on a smartphone or on a high-end PC. If it's successful and becomes mass market, it'll mean developers will shun the PC in favour of Google Stadia, which means that PC gaming may decline and this could be the end of what we know as PC gaming. And yes, we can play Google Stadia games on a PC, but is it PC gaming as we have known it for all these years? And it Google Stadia fails, will xCloud be there to pickup the reins, is streaming technology going to inevitably make PC gaming obsolete? What do you guys think?
  15. Good on Inti Games for making a proper PC port of their Switch/3DS game. It's a breath of fresh air to see Japanese developers make proper PC ports of their games where in the past we received so many poor ports (e.g. Dark Souls 2012). Blaster Master Zero looks like quite a blast from the past. Not quite my cup of tea but gameplay/graphics look modernised whilst retaining the feel of the original gameplay. This is the NES Blaster Master from 1988: This is the trailer for Blaster Master Zero:
  16. To be honest I am very skeptical as everything points to a very superficial integration between most platforms and GOG Galaxy, especially Epic Games Store.
  17. I have tried internet desktop streaming before and have decent upload speed (12Mbps) but it doesn’t seem that appealing to play PC games remotely with latency on a smaller screen. I wonder if Steam will ever pivot and offer a full streaming service like Stadia or a virtual desktop server you could log into. They certainly have the games and the infrastructure to be able to pull off something like that.
  18. Tim Sweeney, CEO of Epic Games, has surprised us all by confirming that talks are ongoing with GOG.com to integrate Epic Games Store with GOG and their service, GOG Galaxy 2.0. This is surprising considering that Epic Games Store strategy has been one of exclusivity - although we note that this pertains mostly to Steam rather than Microsoft or other online distribution platforms. See the tweet here: We await news on what happens next - will Epic Games Store games get any rich integrations with GOG Galaxy 2.0?
  19. In this article in German from gamestar.de, CD Projekt head Piotr Karwoski was quoted saying: PC Gamer has also come forward to state that GOG Galaxy 2.0 is officially partnered with Microsoft: The battle for the ultimate PC games platform continues. Check out our (admittedly flawed) platform features overview wiki page for a comparison of Steam, GOG.com, Microsoft Store, Epic Games Store and others.
  20. Our goal is to be the very best resource on the internet for fixing PC games. To do this, we need to attract new members and build up a more active and engaged community. We are looking for someone to help post news regularly and manage our social media channels. This is a paid temporary part-time position. Responsibilities: Writing news articles regularly (main responsibility) and forum posts. Posting onto social media channels (Twitter, Facebook and others). Person specification: Excellent command of the English language. Passionate about PC gaming and have a strong understanding of its news culture. Ability to use our CMS (this forum software - IP Board). Some experience writing for online publications (desireable). A reliable person who is calm, tolerant and patient with others. Hours: Approximately 3-5 hours work spread throughout each week. This is a paid temporary part-time position. The work is remote and hours are fully flexible and has the potential to expand in the future. This job would best suit a person already working as a freelance games journalist or similar position looking to supplement their income, or an amateur writer who loves PC gaming. Further details: The role is open to straight away. Salary is paid per hours worked, and it set at a fair rate (please enquire for more details). Please email andytizer@pcgamingwiki.com with a CV and a writing sample and links to published articles. If you don't have these then we can arrange a writing trial where you submit a sample article. Please get in touch with Andytizer via Discord to ask questions directly. See this News section for an idea of what kind of articles we hope to publish. This position is subject to change, depending on the requirements of PCGamingWiki.
  21. We are removing the word 'Settings' from the Video/Input/etc headers so clarify the templates. This will remove the word 'settings' from <h2> tags on the page, which are a key SEO search term. @Garrett suggested we change the Site title to include this, e.g. Title: PCGamingWiki PCGW - bugs, fixes, crashes, mods, guides and improvements for every PC game To: PCGamingWiki PCGW - bugs, fixes, crashes, mods, settings and improvements for every PC game I believe in SEO terms only the first 20-30 or so characters are actually counted. We also have a tagline which is displayed under the <h1> tag of each page, it is currently: From PCGamingWiki, the wiki about fixing PC games On Wikipedia it is: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia We also include a 'PCGW' in the Title which looks a little awkward - we could potentially change this to put into the tagline. What do people think?
  22. This looks great - in the beginning I intentionally labelled them 'Settings' but this was shortsighted. I think the change looks good and happy for it to be implemented. I'll open a new thread about Site title and Tagline.
  23. Update: As of today (June 20th, 2019) issue with Zombie servers seems to have been resolved, allowing players once again to log into a Zombie lobbies and play it in both Solo and Multiplayer modes. Original story: Multiple reports show that Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 multiplayer servers - specifically the Zombies servers run by Activision, have not been functioning for over 3 days. PC gamers attempted to connect to Zombies (singleplayer and multiplayer) are met with this screen: Steam Discussions show frustrated gamers without any official response from Activision or Treyarch. Various threads on /r/pcgaming and the /r/CoDZombies confirm that there is an issue with no official responses within those threads. Activision have only responded by sending generic tweet responses claiming that they are "investigating". Gamers have also been tweeting @pcdev, Activision's Director of Development who simply forwards the issue to the developers. The chilled response from Activision/Treyarch is not surprising, given that Call of Duty: Black Ops was released in 2010, making the game 9 years old. Commenters are suspicious that Activison have shut down the servers intentionally to make way for their newer games, but failed to communicate this to the playerbase. This 9 year old game, especially the PC community within it, are clearly not a priority for Activision who are not scrambling over themselves to fix or respond to this issue. Thisis clearly shown on the status page of Activision's online services, where the Call of Duty: Black Ops 1 isn't even listed as a game to select (even though it is being sold on Steam). The status page even shows that all lights are green on the Windows front despite the Zombies servers being down for 3 days. Standard multiplayer is not affected, as Call of Duty: Black Ops uses community dedicated servers to run as normal: It is still possible to play the Zombies mode offline. We await any substantial official response from Activision/Treyarch.
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