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RetroArch And Emulation On Steam

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In case you haven’t heard, RetroArch is coming to steam at the end of this month. I still can’t entirely believe it — game emulation right there on Steam. It’s kind of a big deal, but apparently it’s also not entirely unprecedented. Continue reading

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TRGM2: Another Mod To Exemplify Arma 3’s Sandbox

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Wargamer.com just ran my latest piece about Dynamic Recon Ops and another new Arma 3 mod that seems to compete with it — TRGM2. In the article I give a basic rundown of what the two mods do and contrast how they do it. Generally, compared to what I’ve written before about DRO, TRGM2 sacrifices some variety for a more intricate and challenging experience.

What I couldn’t really work into that story’s word count though is an anecdotal description of things I’ve done in TRGM2 that I probably wouldn’t be able to do in DRO (and other military shooters for that matter). So here’s just one recent example of my messing around with the different systems and thinking about how I could take them further. If you haven’t played Arma and haven’t read anything about it, what I’m about to describe is a pretty good example of its crossing of tactical shooter, vehicle combat, and real-time strategy elements. Continue reading

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Why Intel’s New Integer Scaling Feature Matters

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With Intel’s discrete graphics cards still around a year out and even those being a freshman entry into the market, it feels like nobody is looking at the company as a serious competitor to AMD and Nvidia yet. But this week they announced something shockingly smart coming to the integrated graphics in their upcoming Gen11 CPUs — integer scaling. It probably isn’t gonna be the most widely-used feature, but it’s kind of a big deal for anyone running low-resolution PC games. Continue reading

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How Else Can Epic Compete With Valve?

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Late last year I speculated a bit on whether Epic could continue to pull major PC releases away from Steam, which it is now doing with Metro Exodus to the shock of many. I’m honestly still trying to figure out whether this is really a bad thing, but also if Epic has anything else up its sleeve to compete with Valve. Continue reading

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Paratopic And The Low-Poly Adventure Game Trend

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Before the year was over with, one game I wanted to wrap up was Paratopic — from what I can see part of a trend of adventure games (or walking simulators if you wanna call them that) which evoke the style of late 90’s 3D video games. This one in particular does some subtle yet special things I think show a good understanding of what people actually want out of this new “wave” of interactive art.

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What Epic Brings To The PC Game Client Battle

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The trailers during 2018’s Game Awards show were basically a coming out party for Epic Games’ new PC game store. Announcing that store with its bigger revenue cut to developers also seemed perfectly timed with Steam’s changes to its revenue cut favoring more successful games. Epic is ready to hit the ground running with some big names on its store, but I’m wondering what it’s gonna bring to this competition based on the kind of company Epic is.

At first glance Epic is just the latest in a line of the industry’s biggest PC game publishers separating from Steam because their games are popular enough to survive without the exposure of Steam’s front page, and names like Supergiant games,  Journey, and Satisfactory along with the free games every two weeks are just content to get the ball rolling. I really do think Epic, as a development tool company, really might approach this differently. Continue reading

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Diablo Immortal: Where, And To Whom To Announce Mobile Games

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Last week I did a post about mobile gaming and now there’s the anger surrounding Blizzard’s announcement of a mobile Diablo game. Let me just say I’m down for a mobile Diablo, and in fact have been waiting for such a game for quite a while. Continue reading

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Big 2018 Updates Coming To Space Sim Games

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Earlier this year No Man’s Sky received its massive “NEXT” update that supposedly fixed the game. In my experience it made planets in the space exploration game more interesting, made exploration more rewarding, and made crafting a much more central gameplay element. Other big changes seem to be coming to space simulator games late this year though, and they might gobble up a lot of my time compared to say, Red Dead Redemption II. Continue reading

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Late to the Party: Star Wars Dark Forces

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Next up on my list of classic shooters after finishing Hexen was the first Star Wars: Dark Forces game. I went in knowing very little about it, pretty much expecting a Star Wars-flavored Doom clone. What I got was a shooter oddly ahead of its time, incorporating aspects of different eras of first person shooters that would follow it. Continue reading

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Late to the Party: Heretic and Hexen 1

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I’ve been on these games for the last few months but I recently finished the first two parts of Raven Software’s “Serpent Riders” series, Heretic and Hexen: Beyond Heretic. In my journey through old first person shooters, these two feel like an interesting milestone in FPS design. Continue reading

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