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  1. If you are interested in taking part in the Rock of Ages III: Make & Break closed alpha, today is the last day to sign up as it begins tomorrow! Ahead of it though, some details of it have been shared as has a dev diary by publisher Modus Games and developers ACE Team and Giant Monkey Robot. The keys for the closed alpha will be sent out to those accepted to participate at 9 AM PT tomorrow and the alpha will be available until January 13 at 9 PM PT. It might not be long, but the purpose of the alpha is to get information on the level creator and online functionality. The level creator especially distinguishes this game from the others in the series, which is why feedback is desired. If you get in and make any custom levels with it, the developers do want to see them survive to the final version of the game, but unfortunately major changes to the game code may make that impossible. As the campaign is not included in the alpha though, you do not need to worry about progress there carrying over. Being an alpha, what content is included should be consider a work in progress and not necessarily representative of the final version. Visuals, audio, and gameplay may all see changes and the menus are also just placeholder now. There is no NDA on the alpha though, so it can be captured and streamed, though the Alpha Content disclaimer should not be obscured, cropped, or otherwise removed. An infographic has been made to show what will be available in the alpha. You can still sign up for the closed alpha at RockofAges3.com. The game will launch sometime early this year for PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.     Source: Modus Games Back to original news post
  2. IO Interactive has shared what players of HITMAN 2 can expect this month, starting with eleven hand-picked Contracts from the Official Submission Thread on the game's forum. The theme was 'Stay Frosty' but you can expect more maps than just Hokkaido. The Undying elusive target is coming back yet again on January 17 for everyone who missed Mark Faba before. The mission will be available for ten days, however, if you have already completed or failed this Elusive Target, you record will stand and the contract will remain closed. Finally for in-game content, a community curator will get to pick some of their favorite contracts to be added to the game. The first of these curators is MulletPride from the Hitman Community, and they will also get to share on the blog the reasoning for their selections. IOI Monthly will continue on January 30 with a new video in the 'Meet the Team' series and the February Content Calendar will be shared then as well. Source: IO Interactive Back to original news post
  3. For many games, music plays an important part of their experience by setting a certain mood or even telling part of the story, which is part of the reason gamers will sometimes also purchase a game soundtrack. Handling these soundtracks on Steam can be a bit of a pain though, as they will exist as DLC for the game, which means you must own the game on Steam and must download the game to get the soundtrack. Fortunately this is going to change as Valve is rolling out the first set of changes for managing soundtracks to developers. One of these changes is to make a new soundtrack category for Steam, which will allow them to be separate from the game. This means you would be able to purchase the soundtrack without owning the game on Steam and you could download the soundtrack without the game. Customers will also be able to set a specific directory for the soundtracks to be downloaded to, instead of requiring you search through the game installation folder to find the files. It will also be possible for developers to provide multiple quality levels, like FLAC or raw WAV files instead of lossy MP3, that customers can choose to download or not. The soundtracks will be able to include other content too, such as album art and liner notes. Developers can even place soundtracks on Steam for games not yet on the platform as well. To help developers take advantage of these new features, Valve has created a tool to automate the conversion of soundtrack DLC to the new soundtrack type. This tool will reuse existing information, so those who own soundtrack DLC will get the new version as well. The system is not complete yet, because Valve wants to get it out there so feedback from developers and customers. Source: Valve Back to original news post
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    Humble Weekly Sales

    Humble Book Bundle: Get Crafty: Knitting, Sewing & Crafting by ABRAMS: You Can Knit That (Foolproof Instructions for Fabulous Sweaters) Tiny World of Terrariums The New Bohemians Handbook (Come Home to Good Vibes) Lena Corwin's Made by Hand (A Collection of Projects to Print, Sew, Weave, Dye, Knit, or Otherwise Create) Up, Down, All-Around Stitch Dictionary (More than 150 stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth, and in the round) The Big-Ass Book of Home Decor $8.00+: Make Ink (A Forager's Guide to Natural Inkmaking) The Repurposed Library Rebecca Ringquist's Embroidery Workshops (A Bend-the-Rules Primer) Hoop Dreams (Modern Hand Embroidery) Magpies, Homebodies, and Nomads (A Modern Knitter's Guide to Discovering and Exploring Style) The Knitting All Around Stitch Dictionary (150 new stitch patterns to knit top down, bottom up, back and forth & in the round) $15.00+: Handmade for the Garden (72 Ingenious Ways to Enhance Your Outdoor Space with DIY Tools, Pots, Embellishments, and More) Crochet Every Way Stitch Dictionary (125 Essential Stitches to Crochet in Three Ways) Norah Gaughan's Knitted Cable Sourcebook (A Breakthrough Guide to Knitting with Cables and Designing Your Own) Japanese Stitches Unraveled (160+ Stitch Patterns to Knit Top Down, Bottom Up, Back and Forth, and In the Round) The Geometry of Hand-Sewing (A Romance in Stitches and Embroidery from Alabama Chanin and The School of Making) The Year of Knots (Modern Projects, Inspiration, and Creative Reinvention) The Spoonflower Handbook Rescue, Restore, Redecorate (Amy Howard's Guide to Refinishing Furniture and Accessories) Featured charity is Book Industry Charitable Foundation
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    Bulletstorm: Full Clip Edition at 75% off: $10.00 or $13.49 (70% off) for the Duke Nukem Bundle. Crypt of the NecroDancer at 80% off: $2.99 to $17.38 (70% off) depending on edition. DLC also on sale for 50-80% off.
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    Trine 4: The Nightmare Prince at 35% off: $19.49. (OCC Review) Trine: Ultimate Collection at 69% off: $26.96. Driftland: The Magic Revival at 60% off: $11.99. Midweek Madness: Surviving Mars at 66% off: $10.19 to $22.09 depending on Edition. DLC also on sale at 33% off. Dicey Dungeons at 30% off: $10.49 or $13.84 (37% off) with the Soundtrack. Soundtrack also on sale.
  7. Yesterday Cooler Master announced a number of products at CES 2020, but the reveals are not done just yet. Today the company is showing off the NC100, a small form factor (SFF) enclosure for the Intel NUC 9 Extreme Element, or Ghost Canyon. Though it is a SFF enclosure, it can still use a discrete graphics card from AMD or NVIDIA thanks to its design for component compatibility and performance. Installation and upgradeability has also been streamlined to provide the versatility needed to configure it for gaming or high-workload builds. The NC100, Cooler Master SFX PSU, and Intel NUC 9 Extreme Element base board will be available in Q2 at Newegg and CyberPowerPC starting at $199.99. A full-system build will also be available from CyberPowerPC and can be customized with a discrete GPU, up to three m.2 PCIe storage drives, and as much as 32 GB of RAM. Source: Press Release Back to original news post
  8. AMD's was not the only major keynote today as Intel was also scheduled for a little later at CES 2020. I was not able to watch this keynote, but Intel's associated press release is up now and we can see some of what was presented and discussed on stage. For starters, Intel covered some of its AI achievements such as work with the American Red Cross and its Missing Maps project for better disaster preparedness. With the integrated AI acceleration on 2nd Generation Intel Xeon Scalable processors, the company is able to help the American Red Cross build highly accurate maps of bridges and roads in remote regions, which will be vital for emergency responders in the event of a disaster. Intel also gave a first look and demonstration of its Tiger Lake processors destined for mobile platforms. Built on the company's 10 nm+ process, the Tiger Lake CPUs will feature several optimizations, including for its integrated graphics that are based on the new Intel Xe graphics architecture. Based on the company's testing, it will deliver double-digit performance gains, massive AI performance improvements, and a leap in graphics performance. The USB 3 throughput will also be four times greater, thanks to integrated Thunderbolt 4. The first systems with Tiger Lake are expected to ship this year. The first discrete Xe-based GPU was also previewed, which is code-named DG1. Updates to the company's Project Athena were shared as well. The verified designs under this program have been tuned, tested, and verified for system-level innovation with improvements for battery life, responsiveness, instant wake, application compatibility, and more. To date Intel has verified 25 Project Athena designs and thanks to an expanded partnership with Google, the first two verified Chromebooks are coming. These are the ASUS Chrombook Flip and the Samsung Galaxy Chromebook. The expectation is for another 50 designs to across Windows and Chrome to be verified this year, and for a new target specification to be developed for dual-screen PCs. Intel also showed off products of its co-engineering efforts with OEMs to develop new devices, such as dual-screen and foldable devices. An example is the Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Fold that utilizes Intel Hybrid Technology in the Lakefield processor, which is expected to ship midyear, as well as the Dell Concept Duet. A new concept device with a foldable OLED display, codenamed Horseshoe Bend, was also shown off. This concept device utilizes Tiger Lake mobile processors and is approximately the size of a 12 in laptop, but when it folding touchscreen display is opened up, it is more than 17 in. Other announcements include working with Netflix to continue efforts on SVT-AV1, Intel's open source encoder for the AV1 codec that is optimized for 2nd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors. By using AI, Intel is working to enhance athlete and viewer experiences at Tokyo 2020 with 3D Athlete Tracking. Intel is also working with the sports industry to improving the viewing experience with volumetric video. With Intel True View, the entire volume of a stadium's field can be synthesized to allow viewers to choose any view vantage point and player perspective to stream from their devices. This was demonstrated with a play from the NFL Week 15 game between the Cleveland Browns and Arizona Cardinals. Intel argues that with the data produced from the first quarter of an NFL game reaching 3 TB per minute, tremendous computing is required to achieve this. Source: Intel Back to original news post
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    Humble Weekly Sales

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    Steam Daily Deals

    Internet Cafe Simulator at 25% off: $7.49. Plane Mechanic Simulator at 40% off: $7.19. Weeklong Deals
  11. With CES 2020 going on with various new technologies being shown off and revealed, NVIDIA has decided to release a new driver with some new features to it. Among these is the new Max Frame Rate control so you can limit the frame rate of a 3D application or game from NVIDIA drivers. Akin to AMD's apparently depreciated Frame Rate Target Control, this will allow you to reduce power usage for games you do not always need running at full speed, reduce latency with more consistent performance especially when combined with a Low Latency Mode, and help ensure you remain in a monitor's variable refresh rate range. Another new feature takes advantage of the Variable Rate Shading support on Turing GPUs to increase the shading rate in the center of the screen for tested Virtual Reality games. This is a driver-side feature and so does not require any special game integration, but is limited to DX11 VR games or games that use forward renderers with MSAA support and have been tested by NVIDIA. Presently 20 games have been tested and as time passes, more games will be supported in future drivers. Named Variable Rate Super Sampling, VRSS, it can increase the shading rate to as much as 8x in the center of the screen for increased visual fidelity. When the Virtual Reality – Variable Rate Super Sampling setting is on the Adaptive option it will vary the shading rate to maintain a 90 FPS experience, but you can force it always use the 8x rate with the Always On option. Also with this update comes an update the NVIDIA Freestyle feature that allows you to apply post-process filters to over 700 games, and also import custom ReShade filters if you wish. Feedback requested the ability to use its GPU scaling feature without forcing image sharpening, so that is now available as well. Lastly, the drivers add support for Wolfenstein: Youngblood's new update that adds long-anticipated ray tracing as well as NVIDIA DLSS and NVIDIA Highlights, support for Quake II RTX's latest update, and eight new G-Sync compatible monitors. Source: NVIDIA Back to original news post
  12. There is still more monitor-related news from CES 2020, and this item is for Samsung's new Odyssey Gaming line unveiled at the show. The two new displays, the G7 and G9, are unlike any other displays I can think of with their significant 1000R curves. The G9 especially with its 5120x1440 resolution, 49 in display may feel like it is wrapping around you as its VA panel provides a 240 Hz refresh rate and a peak brightness of 1000 nits for HDR1000 support. It also is AMD FreeSync 2 and should be NVIDIA G-Sync Compatible, though that validation is currently in progress. The exterior of the monitor has lighting around its rear core, offering five lighting effect options and 52 colors. If you do not need such a wide display, two G7 monitors were also announced, with both sporting just a 16:9 aspect ratio at a resolution of 2560x1440. These VA panels also support HDR600 with up to 600 nits of brightness, but like the G9 have a 240 Hz refresh rate and support FreeSync 2 and G-Sync Compatible. The difference between the two G7 monitors are their sizes of 27 in and 32 in. The Odyssey Gaming G9 and G7 monitors are to be available in Q2. Source: Samsung Back to original news post
  13. Playing at higher frame rates is often a nicer experience, even if your monitor cannot display all of the frames your system is pushing out. At CES 2020 ASUS and NVIDIA are previewing a new monitor that will take quite a powerful system to keep up with as it achieves a 360 Hz refresh rate. Appropriately named the ROG Swift 360 Hz, it can refresh itself 54 times in the amount of time it normally takes to blink, compared to the nine times for a 60 Hz display. Naturally with the NVIDIA partnership it will support G-Sync. It is a 24.5 in monitor, so not too large, and does feature ASUS's ROG aesthetic. Source: ASUS Back to original news post
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    Steam Daily Deals

    Beasts of Bermuda at 30% off: $13.99. G2 Fighter at 20% off: $12.79.
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    2020 OCC Review Game Benchmarks Poll

    Out of curiosity, which are the hardest games to benchmark for you? I know Metro Exodus was a pain for me because that involved swapping out save files, so I'd accept that one disappearing based on that alone.
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    Steam Daily Deals

    Deadliest Catch: The Game at 25% off: $11.24 to $18.80 (53% off) depending on the bundle. Planetary Annihilation: Titans at 75% off: $10.00.
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    OCC Twitch Stream

    That's because the video is scheduled to go live at 1 PM (ET) today. I embed it early though, in case I forget to do so at the appropriate time. I did forget to mention that in the post though. I used to actually stream at that time on Saturdays, but then my internet started being flaky, so I changed to recording these videos and then scheduling for the usual time. Plus I can do some audio processing this way (normalizing the mic and auto-ducking the game audio) so I think I prefer it.
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    OCC Twitch Stream

    First stream of the new year, and first stream in Darksiders II Deathinitive Edition is uploading now! Separately, I also recorded a playthrough of Tomb Raider (2013) and uploaded that as a Let's Play+. Might not be a great name, but it's the best I came up with. Anyway, the idea is to replay games, especially those I have reviewed but do not have review playthroughs of, and that is the one I decided to start with. No idea when I will get it (I'm not setting a schedule for doing these), but Rise of the Tomb Raider will be the next one. That playlist is here.
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    Humble Weekly Sales

    Humble Choice January 2020 games: Middle-earth: Shadow of War (OCC Review) Graveyard Keeper Two Point Hospital DiRT Rally 2.0 + 3 DLCs (OCC Review) Street Fighter V Bad North: Jotunn Edition Trailmakers Unrailed! Whispers of a Machine Them's Fightin' Herds Mages of Mystralia GRIP + 1 DLC
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    Steam Daily Deals

    Gunsmith at 13% off: $13.39. UBERMOSH:OMEGA at 30% off: $3.49 or $4.50 (75% off) the UBERMOSH Collection.
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    Steam Daily Deals

    Sniper Ghost Warrior Contracts at 20% off: $23.99 GRID + GRID Autosport at 69% off: $30.94 Weekend Deals: Assetto Corsa Competizione at 35% off: $25.99. Disco Elysium at 20% of: $31.99. STAR WARS Jedi: Fallen Order at 17% off: $49.79 or $58.09 for the Deluxe Edition.
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  23. Hopefully you have taken advantage of the various holiday sales as many are ending soon. GOG has begun its Winter Sale Finale, which includes offering a free copy of Tower of Time until January 1 at 2 PM UTC. There is also a new The Witcher Universe Collection that includes all five games from that universe, including The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt GOTY Edition and Thronebreacker: The Witcher Tales, for just $26.99 if you need all five. The Paradox Strategy Bundle is still available as well that gets you an additional 25% discount from the price of the five titles it includes. The GOG Winter Sale ends on January 2 at 2 PM UTC, but The Witcher Universe Collection will be available until January 5. Source: GOG Back to original news post
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    Humble Book Bundle: Python & Machine Learning by Packt: Machine Learning Projects for Mobile Applications Python Machine Learning Blueprints $8.00+: Hands-On Machine Learning for Cybersecurity Reinforcement Learning Algorithms with Python Hands - On Reinforcement Learning with Python (Video) Python Machine Learning in 7 Days (Video) Hands-On Machine Learning with Python and Scikit-Learn (Video) Machine Learning Algorithms Python Reinforcement Learning Projects Hands-On Unsupervised Learning with Python $15.00+: Python Machine Learning, Third Edition Python Machine Learning, Second Edition Hands-On Machine Learning for Algorithmic Trading Hands-On Reinforcement Learning with Python Python Machine Learning By Example (Second Edition) Mastering Machine Learning Algorithms Hands-On Natural Language Processing with Python Python Machine Learning Cookbook (Second Edition) Hands-On Computer Vision with TensorFlow 2 Feature Engineering Made Easy Machine Learning for Algorithmic Trading Bots with Python (Video) Featured charity is Innocent Lives Foundation
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