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  1. Sega’s Super Monkey Ball franchise is finally debuting on PC with the release of Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz HD, a remaster of 2006’s Nintendo Wii title Super Monkey Ball: Banana Blitz. This new release will contain all of the content of the original, along with new graphics, and an additional multiplayer mode. Banana Blitz HD will be released on Steam for $39.99 USD, with a release window of Winter 2019. A concrete release date has not been revealed.
  2. Originally released in November of 2018 for PlayStation 4, Tetris Effect is finally launching for PC exclusively through the Epic Games Store. The PC release will include support for Oculus Rift and HTC Vive VR headsets, uncapped frame rates, and unlocked resolutions, as well as ultra-wide resolution support. Tetris Effect will have a pre-order price of $31.99 USD, with a final price of $39.99 USD, launching on July 23rd.
  3. Between Fortnite’s recent implementation, as well as the upcoming Call of Duty: Modern Warfare’s inclusion, cross-platform multiplayer is becoming a major trend in gaming. Today, Randy Pitchford, CEO of Gearbox Software, posted a tweet regarding cross-platform play in the upcoming Borderlands 3. Pitchford does not clarify what he meant by "partners" in the tweet, though one could assume partners is referring to platform holders (such as Sony and Microsoft). Considering the platform holders current adoption of cross-platform play, the odds of inclusion in Borderlands 3 is very high. Are you excited for Borderlands 3? Will having cross-platform multiplayer impact your decision to purchase it?
  4. The current chapter in the G2A fiasco (jump-started by a series of tweets from developer Mike Rose) revolves around G2A’s solution to key fraud. The latest post on G2A’s official blog, entitled “G2A proposes a key-blocking tool for developers”, explains the company’s plan to appease developers and publishers. However, there is a catch. G2A requires 100 developers to express interest, with a form available in the blog post. They defend the requirement, stating: Do you believe the Key Blocker would be effective enough to stop key fraud? And should G2A require developer input before producing their Key Blocker?
  5. Today, Retroarch, one of the most popular emulation programs, has been announced to be receiving a Steam release on July 30th. Retroarch is a modular program, essential a front-end for individual emulator programs referred to as “cores”. This allows emulation for a multitude of consoles (ranging from the Atari 2600 to the Nintendo Gamecube). Seeing Retroarch receive a full Steam release is unexpected, mainly due to the general perception of emulation being correlated with software piracy. Regardless, it is a welcome addition, and perhaps could lead to more legitimatizing press for emulation. The most interesting news to accompany the Steam release comes from the announcement, stating: Who knows what sort of Steamworks functionality awaits Retroarch as the release becomes more polished.
  6. Today, D3 Publisher has announced that the previously PlayStation 4 exclusive Earth Defense Force 5, initially released in 2017, will be receiving a PC edition. The PC edition will launch on Steam in only three days, July 11th. Earth Defense Force 5, the latest title in the Earth Defense Force franchise, is a third-person shooter that has players engage in firefights against hostile alien insects. Players have access to four classes, each with unique weapons and abilities (including jet packs, and power armor). The entire campaign also has allows for four-player online cooperative play, as well as support for local split-screen play. D3 Publisher has not revealed pricing for the game, nor inclusion of the console edition's DLC.
  7. CEO of tinyBuild, Alex Nichiporchik, released a statement on r/GOG, addressing the recent controversy involving the withholding of DLC and updates from the GOG editions of their titles, specifically with Party Hard 1 & 2. Nichiporchik claims to disagree with the anti-piracy stance disclosed by the representative in regards to DRM-free releases, also stating: He also states that he is fond of DRM-free software, and that Party Hard 1 & 2 will both be receiving DLC as well as updates on Monday. Furthermore, while he defends certain DRM-free titles lack of updates to be caused by differences with “platform-specific dependencies”, but also assures that it “doesn’t explain DLC/OST missing though.” There is still no reason provided to the initial lack of support for the GOG versions of these games. Still, it’s great to see tinyBuild respond positively to the backlash, and work to correct their errors.
  8. I have a working Windows XP desktop currently sitting in a closet.
  9. In 2000, Windows Millennium Edition (known as Windows Me) was released. The operating system was bundled with a series of games, known now as Microsoft Internet Games. Composed of five games, Internet Backgammon, Internet Checkers, Internet Spades, Internet Hearts, and Internet Reversi. The biggest feature of these games was the ability to play these games with other users over the internet. While primitive compared to modern online gaming, it was one of the first introductions to online gaming for many users. Today, it was announced that the servers for Microsoft Internet Games for Windows ME and XP will be shutting down on July 31, 2019, while the Microsoft Internet Games servers for Windows 7 will be shut down on January 22, 2020. If you still have a PC running Windows ME or XP, will you be going back to play any of these games before the servers shut down?
  10. I know that feeling. I have a 144hz monitor, and recently got burned with Final Fantasy XIV. XIV initially had an unlocked frame rate option, and a few days after I resubscribed (around the time of it's latest expansion pack release), Square-Enix implemented a 90fps cap. In general, Japanese developers are getting much better on PC, but having unlocked frame rates is something I am still longing for.
  11. Likewise. I was under the (completely unsubstantiated) impression that the XP and ME versions were dead since 2009.
  12. I think that is a bit excessive, since they are working to alleviate the issue. I would definitely agree with this if tinyBuild wasn't willing to backtrack on the "Anti-DRM" stance.
  13. The SD Gundam G Generation series is finally debuting on PC with the upcoming launch of SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays, releasing for Steam in Japan on November 28, 2019. Developed by Tom Create, and published by Bandai Namco, SD Gundam G Generation Cross Rays is a turn-based strategy RPG, featuring super-deformed versions of mecha from the popular anime maxi-series, Mobile Suit Gundam, spanning from 1979 to the present day. This is the second modern Gundam game to receive a PC release (the first being New Gundam Breaker, released to less than stellar reception.) Bandai Namco has been on a roll, releasing numerous licensed anime titles on PC concurrently with console. Unfortunately, there is currently no English localization announced for Cross Rays. While the previous SD Gundam G Generation entries never received Western releases, their Asian releases included full English text. If Cross Rays never receives a Western release, we can only hope that the game receives an Asian release with English text. The announcement trailer can be viewed below.
  14. Ion Fury, formerly known as Ion Maiden, will be leaving Steam Early Access on August 15, 2019, entering it’s 1.0 revision. Ion Fury is notable due to developer Voidpoint’s selection of engine. The developers have chosen the Build engine, best known for powering titles such as Duke Nukem 3D, Shadow Warrior, and Blood. Ion Fury will be the first commercially-released Build powered game in nearly two decades. The change of title from Ion Maiden to Ion Fury stems from an attempted lawsuit by the band Iron Maiden, who claimed Ion Maiden was using a “virtually identical imitation of the Iron Maiden trademark”. In response, Mike Nielsen, CEO of 3D Realms, released a statement regarding the renaming. Will you be picking up Ion Fury?
  15. At least PC didn't have to wait too long. The console version of EDF 5 didn't launch internationally until December 2018, so a six month wait isn't nearly as bad as Rockstar's GTA V release "scheduling".
  16. AnotherGills

    Crystal Crisis coming to Steam on July 31

    Black Jack is the only reason I'm down to play this
  17. Starcraft: Cartooned, a DLC re-skin for StarCraft: Remastered, has launched on July 9th. Created by Jonathan Burton, the mind behind the popular YouTube channel Carbot Animations, this DLC rehauls all of StarCraft: Remastered’s visual effects, giving it the distinct animated style of Carbot. Burton’s channel rose to fame in part due to their numerous animated parodies of Blizzard’s titles. While Blizzard has always been in touch with their community, this is the first time an official modication has been produced in collaboration with a fan. StarCraft: Cartooned retails for $9.99 USD on the Blizzard Web Store. Who knows, maybe other Blizzard titles will end up receiving official “fan-made” DLC in the future.
  18. The latest GPUs by AMD, known as Navi, has finally released with two versions, the Radeon RX 5700, and the Radeon RX 5700 XT. Priced at $350 USD and $399 USD respectively, these cards are in direct competition with Nvidia’s RTX 2060 Super (priced at around $400 USD) and RTX 2070 Super (priced at around $450-500 USD) The RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT both sport 8GB of GDDR6 VRAM, with the RX 5700 having a base clock speed of 1465 MHz, and a boost frequency of up 1725 MHz. The 5700 XT’s base clock speed is 1605 MHz, with a boost frequency of up to 1905 MHz. Multiple tech outlets have performed benchmark tests on the cards, including Digital Foundry, TechSpot, and AnandTech. Here are some of AnandTech’s benchmarks, displaying performance differentials between the GPUs. In general, while the RX 5700 and RX 5700 XT are only slightly underperforming when compared to their Nvidia counterparts, there is also a major price difference. Between these GPUs, and the launch of their Zen 2 line of CPUs, AMD is a currently on a roll, providing competent competition with a much lower price point. Will you be adding any of AMD’s new CPU or GPU products to your build?
  19. tinyBuild, a publishing studio best known for Speedrunners and Hello Neighbor, has released many DRM-free versions of their titles on GOG.com. While this should be viewed with positive regard from a consumer perspective, there is a major issue. Two tinyBuild-published games, Party Hard, and Party Hard 2, both have had their GOG releases neglected. Both games are missing DLC and patches that are currently available on Steam. Other tinyBuild games for sale on GOG are also missing bonus content available on Steam counterparts such as soundtracks. Reddit user Snolus seemingly engaged in a dialogue with an unnamed tinyBuild employee on Discord, expressing concern on the matter. Snolus uploaded screenshots of the conversation on Imgur. In the conversation, the tinyBuild employee made multiple claims regarding the DRM-free nature of GOG releases. Snolus does provide a counterpoint, specifically "The Steam versions of most games - if they do have any kind of DRM - are usually available for illegal download on the same day". The employee acknowledges the point, but does not provide any reasoning in response other than "DRM is still safer in the end." What are your thoughts on this matter? Do you feel DRM provides any meaningful prevention of piracy?
  20. Mike Rose, director of independent publishing studio No More Robots, recently received a boom of supporters after expressing discontent with G2A (a grey market key re-seller). With the recent attention being given to independent game productions being negatively impacted by G2A, Rose directed his Twitter followers to a petition he created. The petition, titled “G2A: Stop selling indie titles on your platform”, has a link to a G2A-published article, claiming that “just 8% of games sold on their platform come from "indie" titles.” With this statistic in mind, Rose’s petition feels the solution to independent productions being hurt by G2A would be removing the selling of indie title keys. G2A responded to the petition on Twitter: They also tweeted about a solution to the problem: Finally, G2A published another article on their blog, titled “G2A vows to pay devs 10x the money proven to be lost on chargebacks”, and as the namesake implies, G2A states: The blog post also discloses information regarding sales data for Descenders (a No More Robots published title that was the center of the initial backlash), as well as criticizing Mike Rose's initial anti-G2A effort: This policy change is a big difference from the last time G2A received fire from developers and publishers. In 2017, Gearbox Publishing had entered a publishing deal with G2A for a special collector's version of Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition. After receiving backlash for this deal, Gearbox Publishing provided G2A with an ultimatum, pertaining to pro-consumer policy changes. G2A did not comply, leading to Gearbox Publishing pulling out of the deal, and G2A releasing a statement defending their stance. Seeing G2A claim to pay developers and publishers back in cases of fraud appears to be a noble step in the right direction. Only time will tell whether or not they hold true to this policy.
  21. AMD’s latest line-up of Ryzen CPUs, known as Zen 2, has launched, spearheaded with two major SKUs: the Ryzen 7 3700X retailing for $329 USD, and the Ryzen 9 3900X retailing for $499 USD. Numerous outlets have run the CPUs through the wringer, and produced numerous benchmarks, including AnandTech, Tom’s Guide, Extreme Tech, and Gamer’s Nexus. The eight-core Ryzen 7 3700X’s closest Intel rival (in regard to price point) is the i7-9700K (retailing for around $375 USD). The twelve-core Ryzen 9 3900X is directly competing with the eight-core i9-9900k, with both retailing for around $499 USD. Many of the benchmarks include comparisons of all four CPUs. In most gaming benchmarks, the i7-9700k was typically outperforming both the Ryzen 7 3700X as well as the Ryzen 9 3900X by a very slim margin. AnandTech's benchmarks display how small of a difference existed in CPU performance between the Intel and Ryzen CPUs with regards to gaming. In non-gaming benchmarks, the Ryzen 9 3900X was typically outperforming the other three CPUs when multi-threading was included. In single-threaded tests, the 9700K scored slightly better than the 3900X, with the 9900K slightly outperforming the rest. Overall, while the latest Ryzen CPUs may not be completely outperforming their Intel counterparts in gaming, they still possess merits and increases in functionality currently unavailable for Intel users. Will you be upgrading to a Zen 2 processor?
  22. Announced less than two weeks ago, Blue Protocol, an Unreal Engine 4-powered online action RPG by Bandai Namco, will be receiving a closed alpha test. The test will begin on July 26, and end on July 28. There will be three testing periods, one on each day lasting for four hours. July 26: 19:00 JST – 22:59 JST July 27: 20:00 JST – 23:59 JST July 28: 20:00 JST – 23:59 JST Players will be able to create a character, using four available classes. The alpha test seems to only be in Japanese, and can be signed up for here. Only 5000 players will be accepted, and requires players to be living in Japan. The sign-up page also provides a recommended spec list. Anyone eligible for taking part in this alpha test? If so, will you attempt to enter?
  23. Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth, as well as its sequel Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth - Hacker's Memory, both released simultaneously for PlayStation Vita and PlayStation 4 in 2015 and 2017 respectively, will finally be coming to PC in one package, titled Digimon Story: Cyber Sleuth Complete Edition on October 18th 2019. The duology are turn-based JRPGs revolving around recruiting and training "Digimon", with each Digimon having it's own attributes and abilities in the vein of Nintendo's Pokemon franchise. The announcement took place today at Anime Expo 2019, during publisher Bandai Namco's "Future of Digimon" panel. Pricing and release platform has not been revealed. However, at the end of the announcement trailer, it uses the term "PC Digital Download", with a logo very similar to that of the Epic Games Store. Have you been waiting for the Cyber Sleuth series to launch to PC? Are you going to be picking it up?
  24. AnotherGills

    Attack on Titan 2 PC pricing is insane

    While this pricing structure definitely does no favors for existing owners of Attack on Titan 2, the base Attack on Titan 2 is no longer available on Steam. Instead, the only way to purchase the game now is through a £54.99 bundle that includes the base Attack on Titan 2, as well as the Final Battle DLC. I don't have the exact UK pricing, but in North America, the Final Battle DLC is sold for $39.99. The current bundle is being sold for $59.99, essentially valuing the base game at $19.99.
  25. Inti Creates announced at Anime Expo 2019 that Mighty Gunvolt Burst, the sequel to Mighty Gunvolt, will be launching for PC on July 31st for $9.99 USD. Originally released for the Nintendo Switch and Nintendo 3DS in 2017, this title is a crossover between three IPs, the Inti Creates-owned Azure Striker Gunvolt and Gal*Gun franchises, as well as the Comcept-owned Mighty No. 9 franchise. Inti Creates posted the announcement on Twitter, adding that "All DLC characters will be available or purchase on Day 1" The console versions of Mighty Gunvolt Burst had six paid DLC characters. It is unclear clear whether the statement is a typo, or if some DLC characters will be included in the base game, with others being available for purchase in the vein of Inti Creates previous Steam port, Blaster Master Zero, which included some of the previously paid DLC characters in the base game, and others for purchase. Will you be picking up Mighty Gunvolt Burst?