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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.

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Terminator 2 Recreated in GTA 5

KRAMER’S MEDIA over on YouTube has re-created almost the entire Terminator 2 movie in Grand Theft Auto 5. This is honestly one of the most impressive things I have ever seen someone do with a game engine. The video is almost shot for shot with the original. It even syncs up pretty with with the original audio from the movie. The only thing stopping me from watching the entire video is the voice over. There were a few people requesting a version of it without the Russian dialog, but it sounds like the author is not interested. Someone else could probably make it happen though considering how close to the movie it actually is. I skipped around the video and watched all of the major scenes and was thoroughly impressed and entertained at how close it is. The author also posed a link to some of them models used for the video, which you can find here.

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System Shock 3 Concept Art

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Warren Spector, creative director at OtherSide Entertainment, showed off some pieces of System Shock 3 concept art during Starbreeze Studios’ annual “Starstream” livestream event. OtherSide Entertainment has been officially working on System Shock 3 since last August. Starbreeze signed on to publish System Shock 3 in March 2017. Starbreeze will also invest $12 million to bring the game to PC and other platforms.

There is a lot of great talent over at OtherSide Entertainment. Their CEO is Paul Neurath, who founded Looking Glass Studios. Looking Glass was responsible for great games such as System Shock 1 and Thief. They were also partnered with Irrational Games for the co-development of System Shock 2. Warren Spector was a producer for System Shock 1, and later went on to Ion Storm where he created Deus Ex. Also on the team for System Shock 3 are design director Sheldon Pacotti (Deus Ex, Deux Ex: Invisible War), art director Arturo Pulecio (Warhammer Online, Epic Mickey) and tech director Jason Hughes (Wing Commander, Epic Mickey). Terri Brosius will also be back as the voice of SHODAN.