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  1. Sorry you are experiencing issues. Moving the community site to DigitalOcean is on the to-do list!
  2. Fallout 76 is coming to Steam on April 7, 2020. The game has been exclusive to the Bethesda.net platform since release on November 19. 2018. The release coincides with a new free expansion pack Wastelanders, which brings fully voiced NPCs to the game as well as other new content. Here is some information about how the Steam/Bethesda.net content will work:
  3. GameSave Manager is a good tool for automating symlinks. I've done this before symlinking save paths to a cloud service like Dropbox - you could easily set this up to work on a NAS. I've always found things went wrong though (conflicts, game not detecting symlink correctly etc), so I'm not sure it's a long-term solution. If your connection to NAS dropped in the middle of the game and it stopped saving properly, I'd be very annoyed! Better to use a cheap local drive in my opinion, storage is so cheap these days.
  4. MacOS and Linux support being dropped is expanded in this statement:
  5. Firstly PC gamers do check our articles to research before they buy a game to make sure it meets their criteria before making a purchase, e.g. support for ultrawide, controller, inversion, type of DRM, etc. we are just expanding this. Secondly there's nothing to stop us competing with Wikipedia. Our articles are more relevant to PC gamers than Wikipedia which is bogged down by multiplatform information, plot synopsis, reception/reviews, awards etc. Also many PC games especially indie ones don't have Wikipedia articles because they are not 'notable' enough. Proposed introduction section is still heavily focused on on technical and quality of life issues - my drafts so far provide bare minimum in terms of gameplay/genre - even less than a typical bloated MobyGames entry. I've begun drafting a template here for changes to the Introduction using your feedback so far: https://www.pcgamingwiki.com/wiki/PCGamingWiki:Editing_guide/Introduction
  6. Yes I take your point @Mirh let's begin drafting this and get the ball rolling. General information/key points is going to be phased out and replaced by several things including a fully prose introduction. Ideally Community might be a section underneath this. This is what I think it can potentially look like: Introduction (no header - all prose separated as paragraphs) [Genre and gameplay] [Port history] [Key information] (main issues and improvements) ''Community'' (bolded) [Links in a column - official forums Steam reddit NexusMods very large communities] [Community current state including modding] - prose For example - Skyrim is has one of the large PC modding community which is spread between NexusMods and the Steam Workshop, with a vast array of content mods such as Falskaar and quality of life mods like SkyUI and SKSE. Notes: We need criteria for notability and ranking - we should limit it to say, 2-3 communities We should determine a criteria and ranking - the most popular and most unique should be featured Move official website into infobox (like Company pages) Make new templates for linking to reddit, Steam etc. (like we do with Wikipedia) so that it shows a favicon/logo for contrast/ease of use Interested to hear your thoughts, and then we can implement them into a sample page. Some months ago I drafted this, but needs work and to decide an actual 'formula' so that it can be applied to every article.
  7. More information can be found on their support page, where they cheerfully state that most offline features will continue function as normal for macOS and Linux users. The move to drop support for macOS and Linux is most likely to do with the fact that Epic acquired Rocket League developer Psyonix in 2019, and the fact that Epic Games Store does not support macOS or Linux.
  8. 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. Xbox Game Pass and xCloud merge to become thede facto game subscription system on their unified console/PC platform. Steam release Steam Cloud, a desktop streaming service where you can play all your Steam games streamed directly from their content delivery network ala Stadia. It becomes a popular option for PC gamers that competes with Xbox Game Pass. Stadia shuts down in 2023 due to lack of consumer interest which is overshadowed by Xbox Game Pass and Steam Cloud. Microsoft release Xbox Series X Desktop, a new hybrid console and light PC that runs Windows X, a stripped down Windows OS that can only play Xbox games and run Microsoft Store apps and OneDrive/Office 365 and is designed to be used with keyboard, mouse and monitor. The next Xbox ‘console’ will run Word and Excel and kids will get them to do homework on. At the end of the decade, light PCs emerge as the dominant new product range in general - with locked down operating systems and heavy cloud integration but with good enough gaming capabilities. Think Chromebooks but with passable GPUs and frictionless access to game streaming services and cloud services. PC hardware begins to become relegated to enterprise and hobbyist pursuits. DRM like Denuvo becomes less relevant as games and consumers move to convenient subscriptions or streaming services. Game ownership question becomes far less important to gamers (see what happened to ‘music ownership’ once Spotify, Amazon Music, YouTube became popular). PC games become far more consumable, one-time use products and general users stop caring as much about game preservation. Ultrawide resolutions rise from <2% to 25% adoption rate due to popular use in enterprise, replacing the 16:9 aspect ratio. 4K adoption languishes as computing performance begins to plateau and convenience of streaming takes over where 4K streams are heavily compressed. Oculus releases another all-in-one successor Oculus Quest 2 and discontinue all other product lines ie Oculus Rift. Overall sales of VR games still do not dominate. VR games will only peak at up to 20% of the market, and it will be focused on the all-in-one product line and not PC VR. Despite the short term success of Half-Life: Alyx, Valve Index sales slump and Valve step out of production of VR hardware due to low sales ala Steam Controller but still push SteamVR as the platform neutral choice. Third parties still compete on low cost VR headsets but Oculus Quest 2's Android platform will be the de facto place for VR gaming.
  9. Congratulations to Terry Cavanagh who has released the source code for VVVVVV on the game's 10th anniversary. This was made possible with help from PCGamingWiki supporter Ethan Lee, who also helped to create the The Big List of DRM-Free Games on Steam. Official announcement: http://distractionware.com/blog/2020/01/vvvvvv-is-now-open-source/ Source code can be downloaded here: https://github.com/TerryCavanagh/vvvvvv The LICENSE.md gives more information on how the source code can be used: https://github.com/TerryCavanagh/VVVVVV/blob/master/LICENSE.md
  10. We are happy to announce that we have implemented MobyGames integration into our wiki articles now. This will allow quick access to MobyGames' vast database of video game information. The new parameter can be added as follows into the standard infobox template: |mobygames = witcher-3-wild-hunt See the result of this in the small whale icon at the bottom of the infobox on The Witcher 3 article. You can see some of the background to this discussion to adding MobyGames in this thread:
  11. Andytizer

    MobyGames

    Because we are heavily basing our Taxonomy on that of MobyGames, I've decided to implement MobyGames linking. My hope is that once PCGamingWiki becomes big enough MobyGames will feel obligated to link back to us! We will sort out implementation of this very soon, I have yet to receive an API from MobyGames. Here is the relevant discussion on taxonomy if anyone is interested:
  12. 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 Wikipedia-like side of the site either :).
  13. I am resurrecting this project and plan to implement changes by Christmas time. I have created a new channel in our Discord called #projects where we can discuss and implement ideas more quickly.
  14. 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 Silent 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.
  15. Today kicks off the Epic Games Store - Holiday Sale 2019, which will take place from December 19th - January 1st. There is a FREE $10 coupon that can be picked up from the Epic Games Store here - this coupon can be applied to any future game that is worth over $14.99 until May 1st, 2020. Use it right now in this epic sale. Remember to use the 'Creator Tag' PCGAMINGWIKI in order to help us out, we'll receive a percentage of the sale. Epic are also giving away one game per day for the entire sale period. Today's game is Into The Breach - redeem this by the end of tomorrow to keep forever and check in again to see the next new free game.
  16. 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, which ends January 2nd, 2020. Make sure to check out our PCGamingWiki article for future fixes and information.
  17. Postal 2 is free on giveaway from GOG.com and is available to claim until December 18th, 2pm UTC. Check the Postal 2 PCGamingWiki article here, there are a ton of fixes for widescreen, field of view, multiplayer and co-op features. Postal 1 is free permanently, nice! And of course, check out the latest in the series Postal 4: No Regerts, which was released in October 2019 as an 'early access' title.
  18. Glad you got it working and thank you @Rose for all your hard work supporting this mod!
  19. Wasteland 2 is now FREE for only 21 more hours - make sure to redeem this here now and keep the game forever. GOG.com's Winter Sale is also running from December 11th to January 2nd, so make sure to check it out!
  20. I've been looking to replace my Oculus Rift, and the Oculus Quest has really intrigued me. It's about the same price as the Rift S, but the main difference is that the unit is capable of a standalone mode without a PC - which is delivered on a Android with a Snapdragon 835 CPU. The Oculus Quest games are underpowered compared to the games you can get tethering on a PC through SteamVR or the desktop Oculus Store. What has changed my perception of the Oculus Quest more recently is that Oculus Link is going to be software patched in. This allows tethering the Oculus Quest to a PC for a 'standard' PC VR experience using a normal USB3 A to C cable. Not only this, but the Oculus Quest has been able to stream games from PC to Oculus Quest using a hack. This is done by enabling developer mode, installing SideQuest (a sideloading app), and VirtualDesktop. Then you can stream all PC experiences over wifi and this gives a full untethered PC experience with minimal lag - you can use SteamVR, Oculus etc all without worrying about tripping over a cable. Yes the Quest has inferior specs (lower refresh rate, lower resolution) compared to tethered headsets (Rift S, Valve Index, Vive Pro etc). But is this the best option and is this the future of VR?
  21. With Square Enix PC releases we can probably expect treatment of mainline Final Fantasy games to go as similar at the last release - Final Fantasy XV. The FFXV PC port which was released about 1.5 years after the initial console release. FFXV port wasn't that bad - you could uncap the framerate and 21:9 support was there too. It also supported dynamic resolution scaling.
  22. This post from @Wario64 shows new Final Fantasy VII Remake PS4 box cover art, which indicates PS4 exclusivity until 3/3/21. Whilst PC version has not been announced, we expect a PC release as Square Enix has been prioritising the PC platform for all their Final Fantasy releases in recent years. This new box art information is not a confirmation of a release date, but it gives us an indication of the very earliest possible release date for the PC version of the game which would come after March 3rd, 2021. Here is the tweet with the new box art:
  23. 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 couldn't have gone better. Snuxoll has done a fantastic job a) keeping PCGamingWiki running, b) going far beyond the maintenance role we hired him for by developing brand new features (to be explained below) and c) integrating into our little PC gaming community. Not only this but he responds diligently (however please don't disturb him too much, he has a job to do!) and we are very grateful for all his great work this year. Server move to DigitalOcean In early 2019, we moved our image storage from Hetzner to DigitalOcean Spaces, the first step in modernising PCGamingWiki infrastructure. This change removed some pain points we faced with our legacy image storage and paved the way to making PCGamingWiki easier to scale and maintain. In October 2019, we completed the second phase of this move by migrating the wiki to DigitalOcean's managed Kubernetes service. This gives us greatly improved management of the site and the ability to rapidly scale up on-demand as needed. You may have noticed some substantial performance improvements as well. Make sure to check out the brand new status monitoring page, just in case PCGamingWiki ever goes down. New status monitoring page. PCGamingWiki's Single Sign-On (SSO) Account Between 2013-2018 we used a ‘bridge’ to unify accounts between the Wiki and the Community site. However due to a major security update for our forum software, we were forced to abandon the bridge and keep separate accounts. The advice I was given in 2018 was to abandon the bridge permanently and maintain two separate accounts so that it would be easier to keep security updates for both software packages. Thankfully when we explained the problem to our new server administrator, Snuxoll stepped in and suggested that we use Keycloak to create a true 'single sign-on' account, which he has now accomplished very successfully. Not only is the system live right now, it also allows users to create an account using Steam - something that has been on our wishlist for a long time and that MediaWiki doesn't natively support. To use the account on the wiki, just press the 'Login with PCGamingWiki Account' button instead of the standard form. To use the account on the forum, just click the 'Sign in faster with PCGamingWiki' green button. The PCGamingWiki Account is currently optional but it will soon be the only way to login once we disable native logins. If you register using the same email address as registered on the wiki/forum, you will inherit the account on both systems. Blocked in Russia It just so happened that our server move to DigitalOcean landed our webiste in an IP range that was banned by the Roskomnadzor, the Russian censorship agency. We soon discovered that our entire Russian readership could not access PCGamingWiki. This was due to Russia's long-standing ban of the app Telegram, and we happened to migrate our site to the same banned IP range. Banned in Russia. Snuxoll stepped in to create a solution that integrated PCGamingWiki into Cloudflare and allowed Russian visitors to use the Cloudflare CDN rather than the main host IP. Not only can our Russian friends now access the website, we also benefit from the speed of Cloudflare's caching and international content delivery network, which should speed up the site for users worldwide. WSGF Our friends at WSGF (widescreen gaming forum) suffered some major problems back in July 2019 when their website and domain were marked as hosting malicious content by Google. This resulted in WSGF visitors being met with a giant red warning sign when using Chrome on their website and forum. This was due to the fact that many of WSGF's files, despite being perfectly safe, were being automatically scanned by Google's antivirus software and were coming up as false positives. Virtually every WSGF page was met with a warning similar to this one. After we consulted with other websites that host similar mods (e.g. FearlessRevolution), we stepped in to help WSGF out. First order of business was to rehost all past and future WSGF files onto PCGamingWiki, which means we are now the proud host of hundreds of additional widescreen and ultrawidescreen mods. Don’t worry, we’ll keep them all safe! Many thanks to WSGF members Skipclarke, Justice and others for painstakingly preparing and uploading all the WSGF files to PCGamingWiki and updating the relevant WSGF detailed reports. To prevent Google from marking our own website as malicious, we have instituted a new files policy ourselves. Any file which might trigger a false positive virus alert will now be encrypted and password protected. As always, the risk is for the user to take whether they choose to download content from our Files section. I also wanted to take this opportunity to thank Rose, a member who came to us from WSGF, for being on a roll recently with authoring a very large number of ultrawide fixes for many big release games this year, including Red Dead Redemption 2, Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order and The Outer Worlds, which have ranked amongst our most popular destinations on PCGamingWiki this year. And I'd also to show our appreciation for all the other contributors who create mods and fixes and choose to host them on PCGamingWiki. We hope that these contributions allow us to remain one of the best places to find PC gaming fixes and mods on the internet. TweakGuides It was sad to hear that TweakGuides, the PC game tweaking website, was going to shut down this year. However Koroush was generous enough to provide an archive licensed under Creative Commons license CC BY 4.0. PCGamingWiki has stepped in to preserve over a decade of hard work, which is now archived in a mirror: tweakguides.pcgamingwiki.com, and we have updated all our own wiki article links to the new host. May the tweaks live on forever. Sponsorships Our sponsorships have been renewed in earnest this year with improved cooperation with all our partners. With GOG.com, we have established a firmer partnership and the creation of a new GOG.com shared account which gives us access to the entire GOG.com library as well as early access to GOG Galaxy 2.0. We also run giveaways with GOG.com keys in the Summer and Christmas sales on our Home page. With the retailer Gamesplanet, they have generously provided £300 game credit per month so that we can allocate these games to our Assignments (more on this below). This helps tremendously as many interesting new games are not available on GOG.com, or for which we would have to spend PCGamingWiki funds on. We are actively looking for new partnerships and opportunities so please get in touch if you would like to discuss more. Editor role We have implemented a new role in our community called Editor, which now provide elevated privileges including Files approval, access to the special #editors channel on Discord and access to our GOG.com shared account. More recently, we welcome AlRayes_BRN to the Editor role. If you are interested in joining the role then please get in touch with me on Discord. Assignments Assignments is the process PCGamingWiki uses to allocate or purchase review codes for newly released games to give to our volunteers to complete articles. After a period of absence, we 'rebooted' the Assignments system in early 2019. Our previous Assignments website system was a custom coded piece of software developed by a volunteer which wasn't quite fit for purpose. We decided to design a new Assignment system using wiki template, which Aemony stepped in and helped to develop for us. The new Assignments system tracks applications, assignments, completion and notes, and it all integrates into the Home page and replacing the deprecated 'Notable releases' widget. This has made the process of tracking new games and assignments much simpler. In addition, I'd like to thank Rose for taking on press responsibility and for keeping on top of review code requests and assigning review codes to volunteers. So far we have assigned a total of 460 games to volunteers, and we are looking for new volunteers to help take on review codes all the time. News and forum We have implemented a 'News' section which is designed to crowdsource news items and foster community interaction. Anyone can submit news, and selected news is featured on the Home page and Forum sidebar area. We have also consolidated our forums to help direct conversations, and keep individual forums feeling less empty. We are aware that our Discord is the go-to place for immediate responses, but our community site is much more accessible to our non-Discord users. We love comments so if you have anything good (or bad!) to say please take a moment and reply below. Corrupted images Due to an issue with a server move in 2018 that wasn’t spotted until it was too late, we had a large number of images that were irrevocably corrupted. The reason this wasn't noticed at the time was that thumbnails of images were not affected, but the original high resolution images had been damaged and would only load partially. By the time it was brought to our attention, the backups were already overwritten by the corrupted images. We are sorry that a lot of hard work put into images was lost. Thankfully, many of these images have been dutifully collated into its own category and I’m glad to say that the majority of screenshots have been recreated and replaced by our tenacious community. There are other still left so if you own a game on this list, please take a moment to submit a replacement screenshot. We are taking measures to make sure that the wiki database and image backups are versioned so that a data corruption like this can never happen again. Page popularity tracking Underneath the Home page's search bar, you'll now see game articles ranked by pageviews. Many thanks to Garrett who helped immensely in designing a way extract a list of our most popular pages from our Matomo analytics API to create this widget. It has been invaluable in allowing all our contributors us to see which articles are getting the most visits and where our attention should be drawn to. Take a look at our extended most visited page for a longer list of pages. YouTube Recently I have been expanding our small YouTube channel with some demonstrations of mod fixes in PC games, for example the below footage of Halo: Reach ultrawide cinematic fix or our video of Stranglehold's FOV fix. This has led to recent discussion about what to do with the channel. For now we are accepting gameplay and video footage which help to demonstrate quality of life fixes for PC games. We are also piloting other types of video content to follow, watch this space! Twitter I have also been doing a lot more work on social engagement on our Twitter @PCGamingWiki account, which has gained approximately 1.5k followers this year. It's been a really good resource for keeping on top of PC gaming news, making some friends and acquaintances in the industry and communicating with the wider community. If you're on Twitter, make sure to follow us! We've had a few viral tweets including this one about being rejected by a PR company for review code, and this tweet below about Tron: Evolution SecuROM woes: Traffic stats We are very happy with how PCGamingWiki has been growing over the last year with record numbers and growth, and we are breaking our own traffic records all the time. Over the last year we have had an increase in page views from 10.3 million to 12.7 million and unique visitors from 4.1 million to 5.4 million. This percentage increase is approximately the same year on year, and we expect 2020 to have good growth going forward. Article changes PCGamingWiki has always been focused solely on the technical and quantitative aspects of PC gaming. However I am planning some big additions to the standard article structure which have been many months in the planning. The crux of these changes will be a substantial shift towards including more descriptive and qualitative content and to become more 'Wikipedia-like'. As part of this change, we will include new article sections including: taxonomy, reception (reviews), port history and community. In addition, there are plans to majorly overhaul guides and to introduce a new type of 'how to' guide to cover multiple commonly asked questions in PC gaming, e.g. 'how to pack a PC on a plane' or 'how to buy games cheaply' etc. These new sections are currently being developed and will make their appearance sometime in 2020. Thank you Many thanks to all our contributors, moderators, donators and supporters of PCGamingWiki over the last year, you are what makes this website possible. We've had a great 2019, and our ambition is that 2020 is even better. As mentioned, some substantial improvements are due to happen soon, and we hope you are around to see PCGamingWiki grow even more in the year to come.
  24. I think I might have pretty bad neck problems if I had to look that far right just to see how many grenades I had.. Good job on the fix!
  25. There's a nice 'PC Port Overview' of Halo: Reach on PC here: https://frameseer.com/halo-reach-pc-port-overview/
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