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.
An extremely handsome title by the name of Little Devil Inside is nearing the end of its Kickstarter campaign, but there’s still a day or so to get on board.
Little Devil Inside is being sold as “a truly engaging 3D action adventure RPG game where you are thrown into a surreal but somewhat familiar setting with humans, creatures and monsters to interact with, learn and hunt – journey, survive and discover the world that exists beyond”.
According to developer Neostream, it is influenced by the X-COM series, Legend of Zelda, System Shock and Betrayal at Krondor.
Flying mounts won’t be coming to World of Warcraft expansion Warlords of Draenor, Blizzard says.
Flying has been possible in the game since 2007 expansion The Burning Crusade, but it was controversially omitted from last year’s Warlords.
"Having looked at how flying has played out in the old world in the last couple of expansions, we realized that while we were doing it out of this ingrained habit after we introduced flying in The Burning Crusade, it actually detracted from gameplay in a whole lot of ways," lead designer Ion Hazzikostas told Polygon while chatting about the game's newest zone, Tanaan Jungle.
The next game from State of Decay studio Undead Labs will hit Steam this week.
Moonrise, a “real-time tactical creature battler” will launch on Steam Early Access on May 28 for US$15-20.
According to Undead Labs, the game – which has been in closed beta since last March – combines the depth of a collectible card game with the speed and challenge of a head-to-head fighting game.
Mass Effect and Dragon Age developer BioWare turned 20 on Saturday.
The studio was founded by medical doctors Ray Muzyka, Greg Zeschuk, and Augustine Yip in Edmonton, Canada in 1995, and after a mech sim debut in Shattered Steel, it went on to create some of the most well-known RPGs in the history of gaming.
Its impressive run of top-quality titles includes Baldur's Gate, Neverwinter Nights, Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, Jade Empire, the Mass Effect and Dragon Age series', and Star Wars: The Old Republic.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Even as one of those intoxicated by its play, I will freely admit Bloodborne can be incredibly frustrating. It is the very definition of an acquired taste.”
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