Videogames have bugs. This is a fact of life. Some are obvious and easy to squash, and others are a little trickier to nail down. And then there are bugs like the one Valve fixed yesterday in Team Fortress 2. According to this Engadget report, it was around for a full decade—since TF2 was released in 2007—before it was noticed last month by TF2 Classic developer Nicknine, and reported by Redditor sigsegv_. The bug occurred when a player selected the Scout, Heavy, or Sniper as their first class upon joining a server. After that, switching to Soldier, Pyro, Demo, Engineer, Medic, or Spy on the same server would leave their local and server-side animations slightly out of sync. It worked the other way as well: Beginning as Soldier, Pyro, Demo, Engineer, Medic, or Spy, and then switching to Scout, Heavy, or Sniper would have the same effect. It sounds harmless enough, but the practical impact was most definitely not. As you can see in the video, the mismatch … [Read more...] about A ten year-old Team Fortress 2 bug has been found and fixed
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I played a vitamin D deficiency-fostering amount of CS:GO over the long weekend. In one of my dozen-some competitive matches (CS:GO's excellent five-on-five matchmaking mode), I noticed that one of my opponents was livestreaming . After we won, we booted up the archived video together, commenting in Mumble as we watched. It was a rare chance for my CS:GO group and I to see ourselves through an opponent's eyes (and comms)—what did it look like to play against us? These were my takeaways. Here's the replay file of the match, if you're into that: steam://rungame/730/76561202255233023/+csgo_download_match%20CSGO-X8bCn-P5Cmw-MBvNv-naDSf-YYmQDMy mental picture of my opponents is completely wrongI've won 107 competitive matches. My rank swings between Master Guardian II and Master Guardian Elite, which places me at the outer edge of average. At that level, 13th rank out of a possible 18, I expect a basic set of skills from opponents: Comprehensive map knowledge Smart money … [Read more...] about What I learned about CS:GO after watching the Twitch stream of someone I beat
Forget 2011, that Prey is dead. We’re talking about new, new Prey, which delivers on the promise it showed when it was originally announced back at E3, 2016. If you were a fan of Bioshock and System Shock 2, you’ll feel right at home with Prey. Here are the best first-person shooters that are already out and can’t be cancelled. Arkane Studio’s Prey is an immersive sim set aboard the retrofuturistic space station Talos 1. As Morgan Yu – whether you’re male or female is up to, well, you – you wake to find only a horde of menacing aliens for company. Menacing aliens who can turn themselves into cups of tea and office chairs. Prey is already out, so there's no need to wait around or bother with pre-orders. The immersive sim released globally on May 5th, 2017. Sadly, while there is a demo, it's not available on PC. If, after the Dishonored 2 debacle, you're worried about the performance of Arkane's latest, we’re happy to reassure … [Read more...] about Prey: everything we know – release date, setting, story and more
Every Monday we send Brendan into a sweltering 1980s office block to sit down at a cubicle and file a report on an early access game. This week, he establishes his own videogame company in Software Inc [Steam page]. “Fail fast.” That’s what the tech magnates of Silicon Valley always say. Stanley Codeman must have taken this philosophy to heart, because the first two enterprises of this short-tempered misanthrope failed spectacularly, both within two years of starting. In hindsight, he probably shouldn’t have taken such high-interest loans and filled his offices with underpaid staff. It was also a bad idea to try and make two hyper-ambitious Operating Systems, back to back. Spending thousands of dollars on a “toilet forest” probably didn’t help.But it’s Stanley’s third failure that we all remember.Software Inc is a management game of creating a small software house and culturing it until it festers into a corporate blight upon the … [Read more...] about Premature Evaluation: Software Inc.
Every Monday we jettison Brendan into the uncharted quadrants of early access and demand constant progress reports. This week, he makes himself a new home in the tropical forests of Empyrion: Galactic Survival [official site].There’s something making noises out there. It’s growling, or they’re growling. I’m not sure. It’s pitch black in the jungle tonight and the noise is definitely not normal jungle noise. Not the same sounds that I heard during the daytime – whoops and whistles and insect chatter. No, there’s something else out there. And if it’s dangerous, I need to kill it. Because I don’t even have a shack to hide in. I’m just camping here beneath the canopy, next to some crafting contraption I barely know how to u– Shh! The growling, it’s closer. They’re here.I swivel around pointing my flashlight at the undergrowth, looking for the creatures. What will it be this time, oh great survival genre? … [Read more...] about Premature Evaluation: Empyrion – Galactic Survival