Games are currently facing one of the sternest technical challenges they’ve ever had to grapple with. As TV and monitor makers have brought down the price of of 4K displays, games have rushed to meet them pixel for pixel, with recent releases like Far Cry 5 running in native 4k on Xbox One X. Both Sony and Microsoft have launched upgraded consoles, Xbox One X and PS4 Pro, which are specifically marketed to cater to the demands that 4K imposes, but the maths is tricky. 4K is the biggest leap in pixel density that game hardware has ever had to accomplish, because with the way modern graphics processes work, pixels really matter. “The majority of work done in a frame is roughly proportional to the number of shaded pixels,” says graphics engineer Timothy Lottes, a member of GPU maker AMD’s Game Engineering team.“To oversimplify it,” says Oli Wright, lead graphics team programmer on Codemasters’ forthcoming arcade racer, Onrush, “4K has four … [Read more...] about 4K gaming: the hardware isn’t really ready, so how are developers making it happen? And what are the hidden costs?
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TAMPA BAY, Fla. - If you're looking for something fun to do this weekend (June 22-24), there's plenty of action happening around the Tampa Bay area. When: June 22-24Where: Downtown St. Petersburg, Florida Cost: FreeInfo: Florida's largest LGBT pride festival begins this weekend! Officials estimate more than 200,000 people will fill the streets of Downtown St. Pete from June 22-24. The SP2 Concert on Friday will have a mix of various bands and local singers to help raise money for various Tampa Bay community organizations. Saturday’s pride parade will feature 5,000 people swishing and sauntering along Downtown St. Pete's Bayshore Drive rocking their sequence, beads, leather and feathers with more than 200,000 people cheering them on. The St. Pete Pride Street Festival on Sunday is expected to have more than 50,000 people in attendance. Festival-goers can enjoy a day of live performances and entertainment, community booths, art and fantastic … [Read more...] about What’s happening in Tampa Bay this weekend? June 22-24
Ok, let me try to unpack this. First and foremost, I am not a lawyer. These are the sorts of questions you should be asking a lawyer who specializes in intellectual property. You could try [Ryan Morrison] or [David Graham] who are both practicing attorneys who specialize in IP and contracts. That said, this is how I understand it.Why are other forms of fan content creation ok but not video games?They aren’t. You won’t hear about the ones whose lives are ruined, because they ease up on the judgement in a settlement. One of the inevitable elements of the settlement (and the defendant always takes the settlement, because it only mostly ruins their lives instead of completely ruining their lives) is a signed non-disclosure agreement, swearing the signer to secrecy about the matter. There have been copyright claims on etsy shops, patreon artists, and so on. Let’s play videos usually either get taken down, or have their monetization switched completely over to the … [Read more...] about Why are fan games illegal and no one should make…
Good and evil is barely the start of it, frankly. Fable is one of those rare, fascinating game series upon which nobody can really seem to agree about anything for very long. It's a shallow RPG, or maybe it's a canny and satirical examination of RPGs in general. It's hilarious - oh, the burping! Or maybe it's just juvenile. Let's face it: Fable's easy to the point of being obsequious, isn't it? Or maybe it's choosing to measure itself in ways that go beyond mere difficulty? It's no surprise, then, that with all this discussion churning around it, the world of Albion is so often defined by a mechanic that it doesn't even contain. As a young child, the story once went, you will find an acorn. If you plant the acorn, green shoots will emerge from the earth. Years later, after a long life of consequence and heroism, you will return to the place that you planted that acorn and a huge oak tree will tower overhead. A lovely idea, isn't it, that a game would be both so reactive and so poetic, … [Read more...] about What’s Fable really all about?
Tekken 7 solidified itself in the fighting game community with its PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and PC release earlier this year, having sold well over two million copies to date. Along with that success, developer Bandai-Namco is continuing to support the game with new content and the tradition of worldwide tournaments. One of the things to get excited about is the implementation of crossover characters from other franchises. The game launched with Street Fighter's Akuma, but Geese Howard from the Fatal Fury series will join the roster by the end of the year, and Noctis from Final Fantasy XV is jumping in next year. Tekken producer and director Katsuhiro Harada along with designer and translator Michael Murray visited our office here at GameSpot with a hands-on demo of the next crossover character, Geese Howard. But we also took this opportunity to speak with them about the process of incorporating characters outside of the Tekken universe, why the the Tekken World Tour tournament had its … [Read more...] about Tekken 7 Producer Says Making Crossover Characters Is Harder Than They Imagined