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Monday, November 28, 2011

New blog!

'Ello again.
I made a new blog since I'm more active on blogger now :)

As the URL may suggest, It's a wallpaper blog. Check it out.
I won't be stopping with this blig of course.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Ghost Recon Online: "being free-to-play is a counter to piracy", says Ubisoft producer


People who pirate games will always find a way to.. Well, pirate games. Some games who are single player only, for example, will tell you that you need an active internet connection at all times. That's about as annoying as having a crapload of zits.
If you really want to fight piracy, and make people invest in something they truly think is worth the price, you should be making better games.

Ghost Recon Online producer S├ębastien Arnoult says that free-to-play games are a response to piracy – and an alternative to the restrictive DRM that’s annoyed PC gamers in so many recent Ubisoft games.
“We are giving away most of the content for free because there’s no barrier to entry. To the users that are traditionally playing the game by getting it through Pirate Bay, we said, ‘Okay, go ahead guys. This is what you’re asking for. We’ve listened to you – we’re giving you this experience. It’s easy to download, there’s no DRM that will pollute your experience.’”
 How big of an impact will this be? We can only wait and see.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Skyrim: AMAZING screenshots and must have mods!

Mods are the sole reason I bought TESV:Skyrim on PC.
It's a beautiful game, as seen here:
But if you don't have the latest video cards/processors like me, you might have to turn down your graphics settings, which makes the faces look horrible. No worries, though, because with a couple mods you could easily fix that.

1. Skyrim Better Performance This mod is the best. My game used to put my default settings on Medium, but now I can run the game on Ultra! There's SOME lag when I run outside, though. But I'm happy that I can now play it on high without any.

2. No More Blocky Faces. and More Detailed Faces Very helpful if you run Skyrim on medium or less.

You probably all noticed the blocky noses and chins of the human and elven characters in Skyrim.
This was caused by compressed textures with the _msn affix.
I have smoothed the noses and chins and saved them as uncompressed textures.

Updated version also removes blocky eyelids, ears and lips.
Brow ridges and wrinkels have not been removed, only the blocky ones have
been smoothed, because I did not want to alter the intended design.
This mod affects the following races, male and female including
old characters:

Dark Elf
High Elf
Wood Elf
 3. Map In Full 3D

This mod changes camera controls in ingame map view so it becomes possible to zoom in almost to the ground.
Watch video to see the result of this mod.

4. Enhanced Night Sky
This is a new edition of my Enhanced Night Sky mod, modified for the icy lands of Skyrim. It's a high resolution texture replacement for the night sky taken from real starfield photography. This will not affect the appearance of constellations (yes, the game has constellations finally!) which are contained in another file - this will simply enhance the backdrop for a much denser starfield.

5. Enhanced Blood Textures Tired of looking at plain jelly? Try chunky jelly!
Improved the existing default blood textures for map placed blood decals. Resolution increase from 512 to 2048.
New screen blood textures to have more of a splatter appear rather than a dot.

6.  Interface Hard Coded Key Tweaks The interface was obviously designed to be used with a controller, but now it's easier using a keyboard because of this mod.
What is changed:
1. Instead of a hard coded Tab, your Character Menu key/mouse button will now:
--- Close books!
--- Exit the map!
--- End dialog / trading
--- Exit crafting
--- Abandon lockpicking

2. Clicking the middle mouse button on an inventory item will zoom in on it and you can click and drag to rotate it (fun)
--- You can also use your Sprint key to zoom an item
--- The previous way to do this was using the C key, but this function was undocumented and hard coded
--- The C key hard code was removed to prevent conflicts

3. The map is moved using your set up/down/left/right keys instead of hard coded WASD
--- Center view is set to your Activate key instead of hard code E

4. Your left/right strafe keys control the lock rotation in the lockpick mini-game instead of hard coded A/D
--- The left/right arrow keys and Left Mouse/Right Mouse were also added as ways to rotate the lock
--- If you change your strafe keys, you may have to restart the game to get right strafe to rotate the lock

5. Pressing the favorites key again while in the favorites menu will now exit the favorites menu (what a concept)
--- The character menu key will still also close the favorites menu

6. If you have the Activate command bound to a mouse button (ex: Mouse 5) you can now take books!

7. You can drop items or mark them as favorites even if you have Sheathe/Ready or Toggle POV bound to a mouse button
--- Note that as always the interface won't update to show your changes, it will always show Drop as R and Favorite as F
--- In actuality, Drop is whatever you assigned to Sheathe/Ready and Mark as Favorite is what you assigned to Toggle POV

8. You can equip weapons to either hand with if you use your keyboard for your attack keys instead of the default mouse buttons

9. Turning book pages uses your strafe keys instead of hard coded A/D
--- Left/right arrow keys, left/right mouse, and mouse wheel still work to turn pages, too

10. The T key was hardcoded to recharge, now the Wait key/mouse button will do recharge (which is T by default)
--- Added to avoid conflicts in browsing the menus

7. Simple Borderless Window I love this mod, you can browse the net while playing the game without it having the borders in windowed mode.

A quick and simple launcher I've made to run the game with a borderless window. The program launches the game then sizes the window or just sizes it if the game is already running. The game window name must be "Skyrim" (it should be by default).

And that's it! (For now.)

Post in the comments if you have found some cool mods you'd like to share. (No nude mods, lol) 

Sunday, November 13, 2011

By the nine devines!

Sorry for the lack of news, I'm still playing Skyrim.
I'm 10 hours in as a Nord called "The Nord With No Name". (Yeah, couldn't find anything). I just entered the mage college, $h*t's ca$h.

The dragons seem to come more often than I expected, the finishing moves and shouts are SWEET and up to now I've had only 1 bug where a staff was floating in the air, but that's it.

 Now I must go back to slaying some more dragons.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fus roh DAH!

YES! I bought Skyrim and oh my GOD.
It is AMAZING! I must have it for the xbox now, too.
One thing that bugs me, though, is the menus, they're designed to be navigated with a controller. Gets on your nerves. But you'll get used to it after a while.

I'll lend a wired xbox controller from someone, so it's all good.

Friday, November 11, 2011

What I've not been playing.

I was thinking of buying a domain name from yahoo, but eff it. I can live with this.
In other jawdropping news, I haven't been playing MW3, Skyrim or Uncharted 3 yet. Can you believe it?
I will definitely pick up Skyrim tomorrow, though. And MW3 in maybe 6 months when it's at a cheap 2nd hand price. It's not like they'll announce a new CoD soon *cough*

Google adsense has been tough to me this month, but oh well.

That's it for today, a good night to everyone.

Steam has been HACKED!

Valve have just informed us that Steam’s database has been compromised.
An IM is being sent out to all Steam users. Here are the details straight from Gabe:
“Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.
We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked.”
Valve are “still investigating” the situation. They mention that there’s been no evidence of illegal credit card activity as yet, and that it’s probably a good idea to change both your Steam passwords. To do that, access Settings from the Steam menu within the client.
Newell signs off his IM with sincerity: “I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologize for the inconvenience.”

Steam joins a long list of high profile targets who have recently been targeted by Hackers. Sony, Codemasters and Bioware have all taken the hit. Valve recently announced Steam Guard, designed to increase account security; Gabe even gave out his password to show off its true power. That makes us extra sad.
Click through for the IM in full.

Dear Steam Users and Steam Forum Users,
Our Steam forums were defaced on the evening of Sunday, November 6. We began investigating and found that the intrusion goes beyond the Steam forums.
We learned that intruders obtained access to a Steam database in addition to the forums. This database contained information including user names, hashed and salted passwords, game purchases, email addresses, billing addresses and encrypted credit card information. We do not have evidence that encrypted credit card numbers or personally identifying information were taken by the intruders, or that the protection on credit card numbers or passwords was cracked. We are still investigating.
We don’t have evidence of credit card misuse at this time. Nonetheless you should watch your credit card activity and statements closely.
While we only know of a few forum accounts that have been compromised, all forum users will be required to change their passwords the next time they login. If you have used your Steam forum password on other accounts you should change those passwords as well.
We do not know of any compromised Steam accounts, so we are not planning to force a change of Steam account passwords (which are separate from forum passwords). However, it wouldn’t be a bad idea to change that as well, especially if it is the same as your Steam forum account password.
We will reopen the forums as soon as we can.
I am truly sorry this happened, and I apologize for the inconvenience.

Oh damn, good thing I never used a credit card on my account

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Well, crap. Saints Row 4 & Battlefield 4 confirmed

Saints Row: The Third isn't even out yet, but THQ executive VP Danny Bilson has already confirmed to CVG that a 4th entry is in the works, and it seems that, it's going to be.. "wilder".
"Like any game, if you have a great creative core to it you just keep exploiting that core." - Danny Bilson

"I know what Saints Row 4 is about and it is wilder than this one,comparing the new sequel to Saints Row: The Third." - Danny Bilson

As for Battlefield 4, when the third one has only been released 12 seconds ago, well.

EA president Frank Gibeau during a keynote at the University of Southern California said “There is going to be a Battlefield 4.” And, well. That's it.
When? We can only wait and see.

What really surprised me though, is that Treyarch hasn't announced a new Call of Duty, yet!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim - The World of Skyrim

Alright, Bethesda.
I thought it was impossible to be more excited than I am already, but I was wrong.
The newest trailer for TESV:Skyrim shows us how beautiful the land of Skyrim really is.
I must stop talking now because I need to change pants.

Infinity Ward Recycles Buildings on MW3 Straight From Cod4

So it seems Infinity Ward is really lazy.<sarcasm>Who would've thought?</sarcasm>

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Am I the only one that didn't buy Modern Warfare 3?

Last year, when Modern Warfare 2 came out, I waited in line at the gaming store at midnight.
On a tuesday! Needless to say I stayed home the day after, playing the campaign like a crazy MFer, And I have to say that the story went downhil from there. I mean, WW3!
I've lost some interest in games since then. The only games I'm really excited in at the moment are Skyrim and Skyward Sword. (Yes, Skyward Sword).

Did you buy Modern Warfare 3? How is it? What games are you planning on getting next?

New Serious Sam trailer!

Today a new trailer came out for.... Serious Sam 3!
I've waited a long time for this and oh my. Dat gore~

Monday, November 7, 2011

Friday, November 4, 2011

Ubisoft have just announced Rainbow 6 Patriots
It’s being developed by Ubisoft Montreal with the support of Ubisoft Toronto and Ubisoft Red Storm, and will arrive on PC in 2013. The single player campaign will pit Team Rainbow (goodies) against the True Patriots (baddies). The latter are a revolutionist group who claim the American government is irrevocably corrupted by greedy politicians. So far, so Clancy.

Details are scarce, but we do know that you’ll be playing as Team Rainbow and will need to make “tough ethical decisions” to stop the “new breed” of terrorists. The campaign will be presented from different character’s perspectives, and there’ll be a fresh selection of co-op and multiplayer modes present.
“Terrorism has evolved, and so has Rainbow 6,” says David Sears, creative director. Poor choice of words there, David.- PCGamer

Not much more has been revealed, but definitely will keep you updated.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

GTA: V debut trailer finally here!

It's been a week since they first announced it on, and it's finally here!