THE RULES1. Pick a leader, and give them over to computer control.2. Use console commands to help them out.3. Don't use the console to (directly) kill anyone.This diary was originally serialised in PC Gamer issues 218, 219, and 220. For more quality articles about all things PC gaming, you can subscribe now in the UK and the US. A s much as I’ve enjoyed Crusader Kings II over the years, I’m still not good at it. Sure, I can embroil myself in drama and intrigue just as well as the next aristocrat, but when it comes to ambition—to expanding my kingdom and crushing my enemies—it almost always goes wrong. To counter this failing, I’ve devised a new strategy: don’t play Crusader Kings II. At least, don’t play it directly. Instead, I’m going to pick a character and use the ‘observe’ console command to hand them over to the AI. Then, as the computer does all the heavy lifting, I’ll offer support in the form of other … [Read more...] about Crusader Kings 2 diary: How far can one AI go using wits, skill, and lots of cheats?
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LEADING cybersecurity experts say Brits should be given bonuses for not getting hacked at work. Cyber attacks can cost businesses millions, so experts now suggest employers get a headstart – and reward staffers for good online safety. A recent study by security experts OpenVPN revealed that a quarter of workers use the same password for everything. And 23% will click links before verifying where they'll actually end up. "Cybersecurity breaches are a matter of ‘when’ not ‘if’, and organisations have to be ready to address hackers head on," reads the study's accompanying report. "But with businesses so focused on external threats, they often overlook the role their own employees play in exposing vulnerabilities from inside an organisation." The report suggests that rather than complaining about poor cybersecurity practices among employees, businesses should instead reward cyber-safe workers. This could involve giving bonuses to people who use strong … [Read more...] about Brits should be paid EXTRA for not getting hacked at work, say experts
Is any genre of video games as closely associated with a single country as role-playing games and Japan? There’s even a term for those games: “JRPG,” a designation that has developed into a catch-all describing games from any region designed in the style of Japanese RPGs. But what makes a truly great JRPG? This month, I’ve decided to explore that question by looking at the entire pantheon of role-playing franchises crafted in Japan and ranking the 25 most notable series from worst to best. The rules here are simple. To qualify, a series needs to hail from a Japan-based developer (with the realization that a bit of input from international studios is unavoidable in some of the bigger contemporary franchises). Each series needs to consist of at least three related or co-branded games. Finally, in order to qualify as a role-playing series, the majority of its games need to incorporate some sort of level- or experienced-based statistic and attribute mechanics … [Read more...] about The greatest Japanese RPG franchises, part 1
The 2018 Game Developers Conference has released the results of the sixth annual State of the Industry Survey, revealing trends in the games industry ahead of GDC 2018 this March! With responses from nearly 4,000 game developers, this year’s survey results reflect a growing level of developer interest in the Nintendo Switch, with 12% of respondents currently developing games for Nintendo’s unique hybrid console. This represents a significant jump from last year’s survey, in which only 3% of respondents said they were working on a Switch title. Other findings include a continued investment in “loot boxes,” with one in 10 developers planning support for the practice, despite recent pushback from press and consumers. While interest in PC, PlayStation 4 and Xbox One development has gone up since last year, interest in mobile game development and VR, while still strong, has begun to slip this year. The State of the Industry Survey is the sixth entry in the … [Read more...] about GDC State of the Industry: Dev interest in Nintendo Switch up, VR interest down
Economic excitement It's time once again for the industry-bellwether NPD report. Sales! Numbers! Stocks! Portfolios! Why do we care?? Well, by recounting console sales and the best-selling games for the month (at retail in the US, that is), NPD offers a bellwether for the overall state of the industry. Provided you can actually deconstruct the increasingly complicated data, of course.If you cant make heads or tails of SKUs, sell through, or aggregate bundles, then its a good thing youve come to this newly minted analysis of March 2014s NPD reports. Ive got six key takeaways from the stats and the ensuing statements the many publishers made to the press, all laid out in one simple package. Want to know the current standings of the PS4 vs. Xbox One battle, where Nintendo stands in all this, and what could possibly be happening with PC games? Read on... Prev Page 1 of 8 Next Prev Page 1 of 8 Next The PS4 is solidly in first place Sony got a jump on the competition by announcing a … [Read more...] about PS4 pulls ahead in the latest console war update