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Heavily Overclocked RTX 2080 Ti Averages 51.25 FPS with 3DMark Port Royal Raytracing Benchmark; Pricing and Release Date Announced

The 3DMark Port Royal benchmark will be the first one dedicated to raytracing once it lands on January 8th, 2019. However, during the recent GALAX GOC 2018 event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, some of the most famous graphics card overclockers were already able to give it a try. The results have now been published […]


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Stardew Valley Creator Working On New Game Set In The Same Universe

More updates for the farm also on the way.

Stardew Valley creator Eric Barone - best known as ConcernedApe - has posted a new developer update outlining future plans for the game and briefly touching on his new project set in the same universe as the existing release. Here's what he had to say about this new title:

"As many of you know, I’ve been working on a new game for a while. I haven’t revealed anything about it, except that it takes place in the same universe as Stardew Valley. I’ve been deliberately secretive about it because I want to be able to work on it without any pressure for the time being. I also want to make sure the concept is fully realized before revealing anything, because once it’s out there, I’m going to have to fully commit to it. I’m a pretty cautious person when it comes to this sort of thing."

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Developers Share The Weird Tricks And Workarounds They Used To Make Games



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








Yesterday morning Fullbright's Steve Gaynor asked game developers to share their "game dev crimes" - tricks, workarounds, or inefficient ways to create a game or fix stubborn technical issues.




https://twitter.com/fullbright/status/1073624811107016704



The responses quickly game pouring in as other developers shared their own tricks. All of them offer a look at how some of our favorite games are made out of rickety little bits of code hamstrung together to make something truly special, while some of them are just funny.



Some of them can get a little technical, but many of them are fun even without a knowledge of Java, CSS, or Unity. Here are some of our favorites.




https://twitter.com/oysterFAKE/status/1074009629372297216




https://twitter.com/CynicatPro/status/1073772611824377856




https://twitter.com/ericholmeslive/status/1073866048598884353




https://twitter.com/ZenOfDesign/status/1073864075929632768




https://twitter.com/emilybuckshot/status/1074029716087234560




https://twitter.com/NotExplosive/status/1073692854503927808




https://twitter.com/jamessutherland/status/1074026454843867136




https://twitter.com/gruvemil/status/1073867384329568257




https://twitter.com/greensleevless/status/1073832730947801090




https://twitter.com/glassbottommeg/status/1073819842388516864




https://twitter.com/jackducham/status/1074065886418481152




https://twitter.com/HTHRFLWRS/status/1074054427089211392




https://twitter.com/ja2ke/status/1074063590468968448




https://twitter.com/brooksoid/status/1074048876364087296




https://twitter.com/gedaliap/status/1073928727359311873




https://twitter.com/Enichan/status/1073814410681049088




https://twitter.com/binarys/status/1074049581258747904




https://twitter.com/MrFlabyo/status/1074082996603535366




https://twitter.com/lizardengland/status/1074028813590265857




https://twitter.com/gritfish/status/1074072347726901248




https://twitter.com/AlexBlechman/status/1074045489908191232




https://twitter.com/Derek_Lieu/status/1074065844609531904




https://twitter.com/brnbne/status/1074019461269766144


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Pokémon Go's Holiday Event Brings New Pokémon, Free Incubators



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








Pokémon Go's You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login is looking a little more crowded than usual this year, as it will bring not only the return of the festive Pikachus, Deliberd, and free incubators from spinning discs, but new critters as well.



Munchlax, the pre-evolved version of Snorlax, will be added when the event next week, starting on December 18. They will be joined in 7km eggs by more common appearances by Smoochum and Azurill. Also in the update is the addition of Snover and its evolution Abomasnow, as well as Chingling, Croagunk, and the introduction of legendary Pokémon Azelf, Mespirit, and Uxie.



Of course, there are also the usual perks of it being the holidays in Pokémon Go as well. From December 18-22, players will earn double candy from catching monsters; from December 22-26, they'll earn double stardust; after that until December 30, they'll earn double experience points. Finally, from December 30-January 2, all those incubators you might have will be more effective at hatching eggs. There will also be new clothes in the shop in the style of Delibird.



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John Carpenter Wants To Compose The Score For A Video Game



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








John Carpenter, director of horror classics such as Halloween and The Thing would very much like to compose the score to a video game.



In a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, Carpenter was asked if his love of gaming had had any influence on his work. "I didn’t think of that, but I think there’s a part of me that’s dying to do a game score," Carpenter said. "But I don’t think anybody will hire me. No one thinks about me to do music for games, that’d be great!"



Carpenter is known not only for the directorial work he's done for movies, but for the iconic scores he's helped create for them as well. He recently returned to the Halloween franchise for the recent remake to compose its score.



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Battlefield V's Increased Time-To-Kill Is To Help New Players, DICE Creating New 'Core' Playlists



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








In a You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, DICE increased the health pools of all Battlefield V players in order to make the game more accommodating to new players, increasing the amount of time it takes to kill a player. After dedicated fans reacted negatively to the change and the limited options for playing with the faster time-to-kill, the developer will be adding new "core" playlists with the original health pools, the company announced yesterday.



The announcement was made on the You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login. Shortly after the patch increased the time-to-kill, many fans decried the change as the wrong move for the game. DICE's post began by apologizing to players about their lack of communication about the patch. "Changes to the game carrying this kind of weight needs clearer, earlier communication before getting rolled out," DICE said. "We will improve how we roll out updates in the future and respond more quickly when you have questions or concerns."



"The intent came from us observing that new players are having a very hard time with the game compared to our core players, and we wanted to see if we could improve this over the holidays so more players can have a great time," the post goes on to say. A lower time-to-kill can make the game feel faster and more active, but means there is less room for error when playing, making it harder for new players to get their bearings. These lower values, however, reward more precise play, which can make the game more satisfying once you learn the ins and outs.



For those players, DICE has created a solution. "To fix that, we will be adding a 'Core' version of all playlists in the game next week, giving you a clearer choice between new and old settings," the post says. "We’ll update you early next week on when the new playlist will be added."



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On the surface the split solution sounds okay, but splintering the playerbase could hurt the game in the long run. Either matches will take longer to find (especially as players move on to other games). Additionally, it's likely one kind of playlist is going to be more popular than the other, prompting most to spend more time in the more popular modes, which could effectively make these "core" playlists more of a appeasement tool than an actual solution.

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Final Fantasy XV's Final DLC Gets A Trailer For Its Prologue Anime



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








Although Final Fantasy XV director Hajime Tabata recently You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login and the subsequent announcement that all but one of the game's upcoming DLCs had been canceled, FFXV fans still have the Episode Ardyn DLC to look forward to. And now, they also have a new anime to look forward to, as well.



Final Fantasy XV Episode Ardyn Prologue, an anime with a name as long as its first trailer is short, will set up the events of the upcoming DLC, in which players take on the role of FFXV's antagonist, Ardyn. You can watch the trailer below.





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More Than Half Of All Switch Buyers Own Breath Of The Wild, Mario Odyssey, Mario Kart 8 Deluxe



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








With the Switch being the runaway success it is, it was likely that popular titles for the system would be caught up in its wake. As some indie titles continue to You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, it should also come as no surprise that Nintendo's own premiere titles are doing well on their console, but the hybrid console looks triggering even stronger attach rates than usual.



You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, Nintendo of America president Reggie Fils-Aime said that The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild, Super Mario Odyssey, and Mario Kart 8 Deluxe all have an attach rate higher than fifty percent. "For everyone who owns a system, more than one out of every two have bought Zelda, more than one out of every two have bought Kart, more than one out of every two have bought Odyssey," Fils-Aime said. "That's never happened in U.S. video game history," he followed up, likely referring to how high the attach rates are for these titles.



While Nintendo's 2018 hasn't been as consistently prominent as it was last year (with Super Smash Bros. Ultimate being the company's key title for the year), Fils-Aime says the company isn't resting on its laurels. "we have a number of key franchises teed up for next year," he told IGN. "With the games that we've announced for the first calendar quarter [of 2019], we think that momentum will power through."



Looking ahead, Nintendo's upcoming lineups includes Animal Crossing, Luigi's Mansion 3, New Super Mario Bros. U Deluxe (a port of the Wii U game with some enhanced features), Yoshi's Crafted World, Daemon X Machina, Fire Emblem: Three Houses, The next You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, and the more faraway Metroid Prime 4.


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Evo Japan 2019 Lineup Announced, Dragon Ball FighterZ And Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Absent



 
   

 

     
           

     
 








Update: The headline to this article previously referred to Evo Japan as simply "Evo" and has been changed.



Evo, the world's largest fighting game tournament organization, has announced the lineup for its You are not allowed to view links. Register or Login, and while it's a solid lineup, the deals to have two of the fighting game scene's most popular titles seem to have not closed, preventing them from being included.



The tournament's main linenup, announced via Evo's official Twitter, includes BlazBlue Cross Tag Battle, Guilty Gear Xrd Rev 2, The King of Fighters XIV, Soulcalibur VI, Street Fighter V: Arcade Edition, and Tekken 7.




https://twitter.com/EVO/status/1073509707652845569



You may have noticed two popular titles missing: Dragon Ball FighterZ and Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, two of the most popular and well-received fighters of the year. According to Mark Julio, business developer for Evo, this looks to be because "we couldn't get approval from the publisher/owner."




https://twitter.com/MarkMan23/status/1073511102976221184



For Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, this is likely a case of Nintendo of Japan putting its foot down about having its game included. For Dragon Ball FighterZ, the pushback most likely comes from Toei and/or Shueisha, the companies who own the rights to Dragon Ball as a franchise, since Arc System Works and Bandai Namco have both approved their other titles for Evo Japan.



Evo Japan takes place February 15-17, in Fukuoka, Japan.



It's unfortunate for two of the most popular fighting games to be not be included. Dragon Ball FighterZ was at this year's American Evo event, so I'm not too worried about what this means for that game's presence at the event next year, but I'm hoping Ultimate doesn't get blockaded for Evo this year.

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Heavily Overclocked RTX 2080Ti Averages 51.25 FPS with 3DMark Port Royal Raytracing Benchmark; Pricing and Release Date Announced

The 3DMark Port Royal benchmark will be the first one dedicated to raytracing once it lands on January 8th, 2019. However, during the recent GALAX GOC 2018 event in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, some of the most famous graphics card overclockers were already able to give it a try. The results have now been published […]


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