Natural Selection 2 was released in 2012. It is nearly 7 years later and the game is still getting substantial updates. This update contains a remake of a Natural Selection 1 map called “ORIGIN”, tons of balance changes, dropping DirectX 9 in favor for DirectX 11, new Temporal Anti-Aliasing options, and various other tweaks and optimizations. The full list of patch notes can be found here. If you are not familiar with Natural Selection 2, check out some gameplay videos here.
The beta for the new Steam Library is out today. If you want to opt in:
- With Steam running, click on “Steam” in the upper left, then choose the “Settings” menu. (Preferences on Mac) or follow this link.
- On the “Account” tab under “Beta Participation” click the “Change…” button.
- Select the “Steam Beta Update” from the drop down list and click “OK”.
- You will be prompted to restart Steam, please select the “Restart Steam” button.
I have to say I like what I see. Game pages are way more interesting now, and the dynamic collections are pretty neat. Collections are more or less the same as the old categories we had and you can use them in the same way if you want to, but dynamic collections automatically add games into the collection based on things like genre or tags. You can also do things like sort by hours played, Metacritic score, or size on disk. That is pretty nice if you are looking for something to play or trying to clear up some space on your hard drive. It looks like a lot of games need to get some updated artwork for the new interface though. I am sure a lot of the older games will never get updated, which is unfortunate.
A new System Shock 3 trailer is out. For some reason I am having a really hard time getting excited for this one. OtherSide Entertainment’s last game was bad, so my expectations are fairly low right now. I am way more interested in the System Shock 1 Remake and System Shock 2 Enhanced Edition. This System Shock 3 trailer looks like a budget version of Prey. Now that I think about it, Prey was awesome so can we just get Prey 2 please?
I could listen to John talk all day, so I was pretty excited to see this 2 and a half hour interview.
John D. Carmack is an American computer programmer, engineer, and businessman. He co-founded id Software. Carmack was the lead programmer of the id video games Commander Keen, Wolfenstein 3D, Doom, Quake, Rage and their sequels. Carmack is best known for his innovations in 3D graphics. In August 2013, Carmack took the position of CTO at Oculus VR.
Really really really ridiculously good looking