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PC Gaming Show E3 2017

Since the PC as a platform doesn’t really have a corporate overlord to put on a conference, the guys over at PC Gamer have been putting on a show for the last couple of years. Its more low key and paced slower then the other conferences since it doesn’t have a ton of money behind it, but it often has some interesting demos and developer interviews. Full conference is above. Some of my personal favorite parts of the show:

PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds
A short video showing some of the new features coming to the extremely popular PC game. New features include climbing and vaulting as well as weather changes. Also coming is modding support and two new maps: one set in Peru and the other set in the Adriatic.

Lawbreakers
Lawbreakers is getting its last closed beta on June 28 followed by an open access beta test on June 30th. It also has a release date: August 8 on PC and Playstation 4. The game will cost $29.99

Killing Floor 2: Summer Sideshow Expansion
Killing Floor 2 is getting a free expansion this week. It includes new challenge modes, minigames, weapons, and enemies.

BattleTech
BattleTech? Now that’s a name I’ve have not heard in a long time.

Age of Empires: Definitive Edition

Age of Empires is getting another update. All of the assets of the game have been updated to deliver 4k graphics. They also improved other parts of the game including AI and pathfinding as well as online multiplayer.

Lone Each & Echo Arena
The first VR game I have seen at E3 so far that looks like something I would be into.

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Bethesda E3 2017 Press Conference

The full Bethesda press conference is above. It was a pretty short and depressing show though. Lots of emphasis on their old games such as Skyrim on the Nintendo Switch, Dishonored DLC, and an Elder Scrolls Online expansion (people still play this?). They also showed off some dumb card game that will never take off. Oh yeah, and they announced paid mods for Fallout 4 and Skyrim. I am sure that wont go over well with the community, although I understand the business reasons for it. Steam tired something similar a while back but failed when the community revolted. They showed off some Fallout 4 VR and Doom VR VFR stuff, but even as a headset owner I am not too interested in either of them.

Here are the only two things they showed at their conference that I thought looked any good:

Wolfenstein II
Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is the highly anticipated sequel to the critically acclaimed first-person shooter, Wolfenstein: The New Order developed by the award-winning studio MachineGames.

The Evil Within 2
A mostly nonsense CGI trailer, but they do show a tiny bit of gameplay at the end.

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Microsoft E3 2017 Press Conference

Full press conference is above. Here are some of the trailers that I thought looked interesting from this year’s Microsoft conference:

Anthem
In Anthem™, a new shared-world action-RPG from EA’s BioWare studio, team up with friends as Freelancers—the bold few with the courage to leave civilization behind and explore a landscape of primeval beauty. Wield an arsenal of Javelin exosuits, each equipped with unique weapons and abilities. Band together with friends, confront the dangers you find, and grow in power with every step.

Metro Exodus
Metro Exodus is an epic, story-driven first person shooter from 4A Games that blends deadly combat and stealth with exploration and survival horror in one of the most immersive game worlds ever created. Flee the shattered ruins of dead Moscow and embark on an epic, continent-spanning journey across post-apocalyptic Russia in the greatest Metro adventure yet. Explore the Russian wilderness in vast, non-linear levels and follow a thrilling story-line inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky that spans an entire year through spring, summer and autumn to the depths of nuclear winter. Metro Exodus will be departing 2018 on Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and PC!

The Last Night
The Last Night lets you explore a two-dimensional cyberpunk open world, built with four unique districts each with distinct architecture, cultures and industries. Experience action and infiltration gameplay in the great tradition of cinematic platformers and travel between districts using taxis, ferries, or monorail while trying to keep a low profile and remain undetected. Meet a diverse, inclusive cast of complex characters to interact with through meaningful, branching dialogue and enjoy varied gameplay such as driving down epic highways, flying drones, and hacking droids to do your dirty work.

Deep Rock Galactic
In Deep Rock Galactic, join a team of badass space dwarves in this stylish one to four player co-op first-person shooter. Fight, dig and explore your way through enormous procedurally generated cave systems, uncover the riches, and make it out alive.

Crackdown 3
Step up your BOOM! Suit up and throw down as a superpowered agent on a mission to take back the city. Terry Crews as Commander Jaxon wants you to join in on the open world mayhem, dropping November 7, 2017.

State of Decay 2
18 months after the zombie apocalypse, the military abandons a refugee camp in small-town America. Those left behind must band together to survive the fall of civilization and the rise of the undead. In State of Decay 2, it’s up to you to gather survivors, build a community, and redefine what it means to survive.

Assassins Creed Origins
Journey into Ancient Egypt, the most mysterious place in history, during a crucial period that will shape the world. Discover the secrets behind the Great Pyramids, forgotten myths, the last pharaohs, and – engraved in long-lost hieroglyphics – the origin story of the Assassin’s Brotherhood.

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PSA: Nvidia Drivers Contain Spyware/Telemetry

Just a PSA that Nvidia Drivers now contain spyware that is enabled by default. Currently, there is no option to disable the Telemetry during the install. However, a utility has been built that will disable it. You can download that utility here. The application scans the system for Nvidia Telemetry Services and Telemetry Tasks, and allows you to disable what it finds. End of Line.