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  1. https://www.pcgamer.com/ea-reveals-project-atlas-a-game-platform-built-on-ai-and-cloud-computing/?utm_content=buffer09dec&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_campaign=buffer-pcgamertw Looks Like Yves from Ubi must have attended the same industry tech pitch! AI managed performance might well help streaming assets over the net and result in a more consistent IQ in the real-time output.
  2. https://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2018-10-29-fortnite-sets-world-record-for-most-participants-in-an-emote-routine
  3. Just so there is no misunderstanding - I think RDR2 looks amazing and I can't wait to play it - however: I'm in the middle of AC Odyssey and I know if I switch to RDR I may not come back. So I am going to finish Odyssey first. That may take me a couple more weeks. Who knows maybe I can get RDR on black Friday for a couple bucks off. I am a gamer that can't play two games at once so this is what I get. Anyone else here not getting this right away?
  4. Please find another source that's not linked to GamerGate - D1P Supreme High Chancellor.
  5. Here are the numbers for September 2018: Total: $1,376 million (up 7 percent from $1,285 million in September 2017) Hardware: $306 million (down 3% from $306 million) PC and console software: $747 million (flat compared to $744 million) Accessories: $323 million (up 43 percent from $225 million) Year-to-date spending across video game Hardware, Software, Accessories and Game Cards is up 16 percent when compared to the same period a year ago, to $8.9 billion. Growth has occurred across all categories of spending, with Accessories & Game Cards driving the largest dollar growth. Dollar sales of Console, Portable and PC Games Software reached $747 million in September 2018, flat when compared to a year ago. Year-to-date software spending is up 5 percent versus a year ago, to $3.9 billion. Marvel's Spider-Man breaks PlayStation exclusive record: Marvel's Spider-Man achieved the highest launch month dollar sales for any PlayStation exclusive in history, and is the seventh largest launch ever achieved by any game on any PlayStation platform. Marvel's Spider-Man generated higher dollars sales in its launch than any other game this year and currently ranks as the third best-selling game of 2018, and the #8 best-selling game over the last 12 months. Marvel's Spider-Man achieved launch month sales 37 percent higher than the combined launch month sales of all other Spider-Man games released since The NPD Group began tracking in 1995. Forza Horizon 4 has the biggest launch for an Xbox racing game: Forza Horizon 4 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales in Forza franchise history, and is the biggest launch for a racing game on any Xbox platform in history. Forza Horizon 4 was the seventh best-selling game of September. NBA2K19 becomes fastest selling sports game: NBA 2K19 debuts as the #2 best-selling game of September, and instantly becomes the 5th best-selling game of 2018. NBA 2K19 achieved the highest launch month dollar sales of any Sports genre game released since The NPD Group began tracking the industry in 1995. NBA 2K19 represents the biggest launch of any game in the NBA 2K franchise, and it is now the best-selling Sports game of 2018 year to date. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey outdoes Origins: Assassin's Creed: Odyssey appears at #3 on the September charts with double-digit percentage dollar sales growth when compared to the launch of Assassin's Creed: Origins a year ago. Assassin's Creed: Origins now ranks as the 6th best-selling game over the past 12 months. FIFA 19 has biggest opening since FIFA 16: FIFA 19 launches at number 4 on the September charts, with higher launch month dollar sales than any release in the franchise since FIFA 16, and the third highest launch month dollar sales for any soccer game in history. Shadow of the Tomb Raider charts at #5: Shadow of the Tomb Raider enters the charts as the fifth best-selling game of September, achieving the second highest launch month dollar sales for the franchise following only Tomb Raider, which launched in 2013. Super Mario Party charts at #9: Super Mario Party was the top selling game on Nintendo Switch for the month and the 9th best selling game overall. Please note that digital sales are not included in NPD data. Hardware spending down despite PS4 & XB1 gains: Hardware spending in September 2018 fell 3 percent when compared to a year ago, to $306 million. Significant gains in spending on both PlayStation 4 and Xbox One hardware were offset by declines across all other platforms. 8th gen + Plug & Play consoles drive YTD spending: For the 2018 year-to-date period, hardware spending has increased 18 percent to $2.4 billion. Spending gains for Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and plug-n-play devices such as the NES Classic and SNES Classic have driven growth. PS4 was the best selling console in September: PlayStation 4 was September's best-selling hardware platform in both units and dollars sold. PlayStation 4 hardware achieved the highest September unit sell-through for a non plug-n-play console since the PS4 in 2014. Sony's PlayStation 4 remains the best-selling console hardware platform year to date. The PS4 Slim System 1TB was the month's best-selling hardware item in both dollars and units. Xbox One sales are up YoY and YTD: Xbox One hardware dollar sales in September grew more than 30 percent when compared to a year ago, and are now up more than 60 percent year to date. The Xbox One X System 1TB Black is the best-selling Xbox One hardware item of the year in both dollars and units sold. Total spending on Accessories and Game Cards grew 43 percent in September 2018 when compared to a year ago, to an all-time high of $323 million. Year to date, Accessories and Game Card spending has grown 35 percent when compared to a year ago, to $2.6 billion. This is also an all-time high, significantly exceeding the $1.9 billion generated in the 2017 year to date period. For the first time in tracked history, both September and year-to-date Game Card spending now exceeds that of Accessories. RANKINGS Physical and Full Game Digital for publishers in the Digital Leader Panel, ranked on dollar sales 1. Marvel's Spider-Man 2. NBA 2K19 3. Assassin's Creed: Odyssey 4. FIFA 19^ 5. Shadow Of The Tomb Raider 6. Madden NFL 19^ 7. Forza Horizon 4 8. Destiny 2^ 9. Super Mario Party* 10. NHL 19 11. Dragon Quest XI: Echoes Of An Elusive Age 12. WWE 2K19 13. Grand Theft Auto V 14. Mario Kart 8* 15. Naruto To Boruto: Shinobi Striker 16. Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six: Siege 17. Crash Bandicoot: N. Sane Trilogy^ 18. Super Mario Odyssey* 19. The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild* 20. Minecraft* * Digital sales not included ^ PC digital sales not included
  6. The downside of a relationship where you both enjoy games but have the one main games console. As it's getting colder however, along with watching more new TV series/movies, reading more and working on some additional qualifications, it's always this time of the year when I'll return back to gaming after a vague summer hiatus. So as I'll not be playing on the PS4 (and I'm quite OK with this), I thought I'd dip into some of my older consoles and either finish off some games or buy some new ones. I've mentioned a few times in passing, but I've returned back to Breath of the Wild to dig out some more Shrines, upgrade some essentials and get better equipment so I can storm Ganon's castle and have a delightful time. I've also had Pikmin 3 staring at me and I know that I've only got a few hours left, but it's hard returning to a game after 3 years. I did however decide that I'd pick up one or two 360 games that I was interested in, but never played back in the day. So for the princely sum of £5.50, I bought Gears of War: Judgement and Halo CE: Anniversary. Just playing through Halo and whilst the overarching game does feel a bit dated (in the fact that it does take the occasional bit of wandering back to the start of the 'area' to find my bearings, to know where to go next) the art style is gorgeous and looks very striking, both 8 years after release and 18 years respectively. I haven't opened Judgement but I just love Gears as a franchise so regardless of whether it feels like a rehash, I'll just enjoy shooting Grubs. There's also the temptation to either restart Dark Souls, or more likely make my way through the depths area (with those twatty curse frogs) and see if I can give it a go. Then I can start to wonder how I can complete the somewhat severe PS4 backlog that I have when I have about 5 hours of spare time a week.
  7. A total of seven eSports and traditional sport businesses and investment firms have spent $1.25 billion in securing shares of Epic Games, the WSJ reports. The new investors, KKR, Iconiq Capital, Smash Ventures, aXiomatic, Vulcan Capital, Kleiner Perkins and Lightspeed Venture partners, join Disney, Endeavor and Tencent as major backers.
  8. UPDATE: The response. https://kotaku.com/we-were-working-100-hour-weeks-red-dead-redemption-2-h-1829758281 Original post: http://www.vulture.com/2018/10/the-making-of-rockstar-games-red-dead-redemption-2.html
  9. CHAPTER 1: OVERTURE (EARLY DECEMBER – JANUARY) Roughly two weeks after Battlefield V’s release, we kick off Tides of War and its first chapter. Chapter 1: Overture brings the Panzerstorm map, where the German mechanized war machine plunges into Belgium, smashing into Allied defensive forces. On this tank-focused arena, you’ll roll across ridges, ditches, and elevated roads with a massive force of armor, carving a path of destruction through the countryside. The first chapter also lets you take on an addition to our single-player War Stories: The Last Tiger. In it, a lone Tiger Tank crew begins to question the ideology that got them to this point. During this period, we’ll add the initial iteration of Practice Range to Battlefield V. A seat of learning or just messing around, this area will contain trials to work on your shooting, driving, and flying. Based on the Hamada map, this is an environment that can’t kill you – until someone finds the Friendly Fire button, that is. You'll get to explore Vehicle Customization when Chapter 1 starts, too. Stand out on the battlefield with stunning tank skins and make your mark on the skies with plane skins and nose art decals. The Overture brings weekly events and rewards that will keep highlighting the finer details of Battlefield V gameplay. Each event brings a series of challenges that lets you earn new Tides of War rewards. Also, look forward to the rewards for each time you level up your chapter rank. CHAPTER 2: LIGHTNING STRIKES (JANUARY – MARCH) With Lightning Strikes arriving early next year, the Tides of War continue – this time with a focus on vehicle warfare and rapid infantry movement. The chapter brings to life the fear created by the Axis war machine through original content and challenges built around vehicle play. Combined Arms: Join forces with up to three friends and take on the co-op experience of Combined Arms. In a series of Combat Strike missions across several maps, you and your squad will fight against AI components in various challenges. During the chapter, two game modes will be added to Battlefield V. A revamped Rush is one of them. Say goodbye to MCOM stations and hello to bombs as you take on this classic, only available during Lightning Strikes. Speaking of classic modes, in Squad Conquest, you’ll take on the most iconic way to play Battlefield – but in a more intense way. Only 16 players – two squads per team – will fight for map domination. Like Chapter 1, Lightning Strikes also brings weekly events and rewards, along with chapter rank-up goodies. CHAPTER 3: TRIAL BY FIRE (STARTING IN MARCH) Battle Royale comes to Battlefield with Firestorm and the war reaches Greece as the third Tides of War chapter is unleashed in the Spring. Firestorm: During spring, DICE and Criterion start the fire with Battlefield V’s battle royale experience. Firestorm elevates the mode by bringing in the best of what Battlefield is known for. Mix a shrinking playing field with trademark Battlefield elements such as team play, powerful vehicles, and destruction, and you get many unique Battlefield moments coming your way. Greece map: Join a massive aerial invasion along the Cretan coast. The Allied side is desperate to cling to the island under attack by the Axis, attempting to break through the British defenses air superiority and paratroops. This map brings all-out war defined by a power struggle between tank control versus air superiority. Again, just like the other chapters, Trial by Fire will let you tackle weekly events to earn rewards, and as you progress through the chapter, further unlocks await.
  10. Expiring music licenses kept the game from Steam, Xbox 360 for over 17 months.
  11. https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-10-26-raspberry-pi-launches-games-development-magazine-wireframe
  12. I'm not sure what the R6 community is like here, but I typically play 4-5 nights a week. The event theme is cool, and if you play you're likely to get 3 packs, or 3/21 cosmetic items available. After that the packs can only be purchased with real money, and to buy the remaining 18 packs is roughly $50.
  13. https://www.gamesindustry.biz/articles/2018-10-24-team-cherry-and-the-voxel-agents-win-big-at-the-australian-game-developer-awards
  14. Hell yeah! Dyack is back! “We are combining elements of many of my past games into Deadhaus Sonata,” Dyack told IGN. “Deadhaus Sonata is a cooperative multiplayer, free-to-play RPG where you are an unstoppable force of the dead. There are Lovecraftian overtones from Eternal Darkness: Sanity’s Requiem, the gothic role-playing elements of Blood Omen: Legacy of Kain, where you are undead, and finally, some the action RPG elements of Too Human.” Apocalypse described Deadhaus as “a combination of fast action, loot collection, and deep gothic lore [that] is sure to usher in a universe where gamers can explore a dark mythology like none other.” I wonder if it will use Unreal Engine 4
  15. Far Cry 2 was way ahead of its time (Polygon) Instead the influence of Far Cry 2 can be felt all through gaming. From survival games to battle royale and even some of the most popular action games and RPGs of the last several years, everything seems to take a little piece of Far Cry 2. But, since it came out in 2008, not 2018, Far Cry 2 is doomed forever to be disastrously ahead of its time. Forgotten in name, but certainly not in legacy. Far Cry 2's daring open world design is still paying off 10 years later (PC Gamer) Even where there isn’t direct influence from sitting down and playing Far Cry 2, there are few designers who haven’t at least heard whispered tales of what it accomplished and what it showed was possible. It may have spawned several official sequels over the past decade, but the true legacy of Far Cry 2 is the freedom it quietly inspired.
  16. Picked up the digital switch version (much better deal unless you really need the toys, get a lot more ships, characters, weapons, and $15 cheaper) Its pretty impressive for a switch game, big open worlds, flying in and out of planets with no loading. Still super early in but space combat and “ground” combat both are fun. It’s a very ubi game with lots of stuff popping up on your map. The starfox element is great, it’s not just like a cameo or one mission, it’s fully integrated for the whole thing so you can just pretend it’s a new Starfox that is open world. No comment on the toys since I went digital but @Alpha1Cowboy could probably talk about that.
  17. As some of you know, I go to Greece almost every summer. Below are some photos I took in 2016 and 2017 from Epidavros. In ACOdyssey, this is known as the Valley of Dreams area of Argolis Map. The synch location shows it as Epidauros Sanctuary. This is where Hippocrates is. You can find this on Google Maps here. My home is not too far from here (about 45 minute drive). They actually did a pretty faithful reconstruction of this area. I've travelled most of greece and might post more "real life" vs "in-game" comparisons in the future.
  18. https://www.polygon.com/features/2013/6/19/4406600/red-dead-redemption-john-marston-rob-wiethoff
  19. https://venturebeat.com/2018/10/22/jade-raymond-leaves-ea-samantha-ryan-takes-over-montreal-studio/
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