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Nvidia "completely sabotaged" Witcher 3's performance

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Nvidia "completely sabotaged" Witcher 3's performance

AMD is claiming that competitor Nvidia purposefully sabotaged the performance of The Witcher 3 on its hardware.

The accusations stem from the inclusion of Nvidia's HairWorks technology in the game. HairWorks is a part of Nvidia’s GameWorks software suite, a collection of propriety technologies that the company offers to developers that allows for effects like realistic hair, shadows, and more.

However, these technologies are optimised to run on Nvidia hardware, which has led some to allege that the company is playing dirty by effectively crippling software performance on non-Nvidia hardware. GameWorks features can be switched off, but at the expense of some visual fidelity.

Speaking with Ars Technica, AMD chief gaming scientist Richard Huddy said that Nvidia’s HairWorks tech caused the RPG to run horribly on AMD technology.

"We've been working with [The Witcher 3 developer] CD Projeckt Red from the beginning," said Huddy.

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The Witcher 3's visual downgrade wasn't due to console versions – CDPR

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The Witcher 3's visual downgrade wasn't due to console versions – CDPR

CD Projekt Red has addressed accusations that it downgraded the visual fidelity of The Witcher 3.

Some accusers posit that the studio downgraded the graphics on the PC version between late 2013 (seen in the VGX video below) and release so the game would achieve something resembling visual parity across new-gen consoles and PC.

In a lengthy interview with Eurogamer, CD Projekt Red said the changes were due to technical restrictions that cropped up when the gameplay seen at VGX in 2013 was expanded into a true open world setting.

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Canadian swatter pleads guilty to 23 charges of extortion and criminal harassment

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Canadian swatter pleads guilty to 23 charges of extortion and criminal harassment

A Canadian who carried out a sustained campaign of ‘swatting’ has plead guilty to 23 offences of extortion, public mischief, and criminal harassment.

As reported by Canadian publication Tri-City News, the 17-year-old male, who cannot be named because of his age, mostly terrorised young female gamers and their parents.

When the women denied his friendship requests, he shut down their internet access, posted their personal information online, and repeatedly called them late at night.

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Rockstar takes legal action against BBC over GTA drama

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Rockstar takes legal action against BBC over GTA drama

Rockstar Games is taking legal action against the BBC in response to Game Changer, an upcoming drama about the creation of Grand Theft Auto.

The 90-minute film stars Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe as Rockstar co-founder Sam Houser, and Bill Paxton as anti-game lawyer Jack Thompson.

"Take-Two Interactive has filed suit against the BBC for trademark infringement based on their movie currently titled ‘Game Changer’ as it relates to Rockstar Games’ Grand Theft Auto video game series,” said Rockstar in a statement.

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The fourth episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones series drops next week

The fourth episode of Telltale's Game of Thrones series drops next week

The fourth episode of Game of Thrones: A Telltale Game Series now has release dates for all platforms .

Sons of Winter will be available on PC, Mac, PlayStation 4, and PlayStation 3 on May 27; Xbox One and Xbox 360 on May 28; and iOS and Android on May 29.

The series tells the story of House Forrester. Caught up in the events of The War of the Five Kings, it is placed in a precarious position where members of the household must do everything they can to prevent the house from meeting its doom.

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Techland ceases development on dark fantasy Hellraid

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Techland ceases development on dark fantasy Hellraid

Dying Light developer Techland is putting development of first-person dungeon brawler Hellraid on ice.

It seems the game was not coming together the way the studio hoped it would.

“We would like to officially announce that our dark fantasy FPP game Hellraid will not be released this year as previously planned, and the development of the game has been put on hold,” it wrote in a statement.

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This year's Need for Speed is an AllDrive-powered reboot

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This year's Need for Speed is an AllDrive-powered reboot

This year’s Need for Speed title is simply called Need For Speed, and is being described by EA as “a full reboot” of the franchise.

Need For Speed Rivals developer Ghost Games is creating the game. It is the sole Need For Speed studio following the downsizing of Criterion in late 2013 and the departure of its co-founders.

According to EA, the game is fuelled by EA's own car culture community, Speedhunters, and will deliver an experience that's grounded in authentic car culture by diving into the rich world of past, present and emergent trends of the urban car scene.

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Destiny's second expansion, House of Wolves is out now

Destiny's second expansion, House of Wolves is out now

Destiny’s second expansion, House of Wolves, is available for download now on Xbox 360, Xbox One, PlayStation 3, and PlayStation 4, Bungie and Activision have announced.

The expansion adds new weapons, armour and gear to earn in new story missions and quests, three new competitive multiplayer maps, a new co-op Strike, a brand-new competitive multiplayer event in the Crucible called Trials of Osiris, and a brand new co-op arena activity called the Prison of Elders.

“We continue to be humbled by the Destiny community, and remain fully committed to creating the best experience we can for the fans,” said Bungie COO Pete Parsons.

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EA veteran Frank Gibeau has left the company after 23 years

EA veteran Frank Gibeau has left the company after 23 years

EA Mobile executive vice president Frank Gibeau has left Electronic Arts after more than 23 years with the company.

Prior to his stint at EA Mobile, Gibeau was president of EA Labels, where he oversaw IP development, worldwide product management, and marketing for major console and PC properties including Battlefield, FIFA, Madden NFL, Need for Speed, SimCity, Star Wars: The Old Republic, The Sims, and more.

Before that, he served a four-year tenure as president of the EA Games label.

Monday 25 May

Total War: Arena alpha gameplay trailer
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Total War: Arena alpha gameplay trailer
A first look at the F2P spin-off.
Overwatch – Hanzo Gameplay Preview video
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Overwatch – Hanzo Gameplay Preview video
Another full match.
Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – New Multiplayer Sets trailer
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Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare – New Multiplayer Sets trailer
New weapons and character gear.
Nvidia "completely sabotaged" Witcher 3's performance
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Nvidia "completely sabotaged" Witcher 3's performance
AMD calls shenanigans on GameWorks, again.
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Friday 22 May

Might & Magic Heroes VII – Beta trailer
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Might & Magic Heroes VII – Beta trailer
Pre-order for beta access.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Dragonsong trailer
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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Dragonsong trailer
The official tune.
Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Dungeon Crawl trailer
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Final Fantasy XIV: Heavensward – Dungeon Crawl trailer
A look at some Heavensward environments.
Sheltered – Nothing Lasts Forever teaser
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Sheltered – Nothing Lasts Forever teaser
Another pixel art adventure.
Sparkle Unleashed – Xbox One trailer
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Sparkle Unleashed – Xbox One trailer
Meeeeeeester Sparrrrkuuuu!
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AlterVerse trailer
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AlterVerse trailer
An ambitious VR project.
Swords & Soldiers II launch trailer
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Swords & Soldiers II launch trailer
Well-liked 2D strategy title gets a sequel.
Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut – Coming soon trailer
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Q.U.B.E: Director's Cut – Coming soon trailer
Physics-based puzzler gets a re-release.
Bunker: The Underground Game release trailer
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Bunker: The Underground Game release trailer
An indie subterranean adventure.
Vortex Attack trailer
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Vortex Attack trailer
A chaotic co-op shooter.
Xbox App on Windows 10 Update trailer
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Xbox App on Windows 10 Update trailer
Game Hubs, Game Bar shortcuts and more.
Rockstar takes legal action against BBC over GTA drama
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Rockstar takes legal action against BBC over GTA drama
Argues copyright infringement.
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Shadowrun: Hong Kong teaser
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Shadowrun: Hong Kong teaser
Caught a glimpse.
Techland ceases development on dark fantasy Hellraid
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Techland ceases development on dark fantasy Hellraid
Game not meeting expectations.
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Need for Speed teaser
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Need for Speed teaser
A glimpse of the reboot.
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Hitting reset: Ghost founder Marcus Nilsson on Need for Speed
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Hitting reset: Ghost founder Marcus Nilsson on Need for Speed
"We learned from the mistakes."
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This year's Need for Speed is an AllDrive-powered reboot
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This year's Need for Speed is an AllDrive-powered reboot
Not an Underground sequel, then.
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Thursday 21 May