Battle Bards Episode 103: Wurm Online

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Battle Bards Episode 103: Wurm Online

You think you’ve heard strange MMORPG soundtracks before, but Wurm Online is about to take you to the odd frontier. With two distinctive soundtracks that skew away from typical composition, Wurm baffles, amuses, and bewitches the Battle Bards in today’s show! Battle Bards is a bi-weekly podcast that alternates between examining a single MMO’s soundtrack and exploring music tracks revolving around...

We Happy Few due out on April 18, 2018

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We Happy Few due out on April 18, 2018

Today, Compulsion Games made several We Happy Few related announcements. The Early Access game now has a release date, April 2018; a publisher, Gearbox; and an increased scope, which the devs have been working on for some time. It’s also getting a full retail release and a price tag to match.  

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First, there’s the increased price. Early Access games typically become more expensive around launch, and We Happy Few will be jumping up to a not insignificant $60. The increased cost also comes with an expanded scope, however. 

Ogre, Steve Jackson's game about a giant cybernetic tank, is coming to Steam in October

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Ogre, Steve Jackson's game about a giant cybernetic tank, is coming to Steam in October

Ogre is a tabletop wargame, designed by Steve Jackson and originally released in 1977, in which one player takes control of a massive supertank—the Ogre—while the other tries to destroy it using conventional forces. It's been updated several times since then, and in 2012 Jackson took to Kickstarter to seek $20,000 in supplemental funding for a Sixth Edition release. One of the reasons for the campaign, he said in the pitch video, was that it enabled stretch goals, for things like more maps, or maybe an option to design your own Ogre. 

Crackdown 3 delayed until spring 2018

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Crackdown 3 delayed until spring 2018

Crackdown 3 has been pushed back from 7th November until spring 2018.

As reported by Polygon, Microsoft Studios claimed developers Reagent Games, Sumo Digital and Cloudgine needed a bit more time to spruce up the explosive sandbox adventure.

"Crackdown 3 is a hugely ambitious game and we want to ensure we deliver the right experiences all the way through every part of the game, whether that's campaign, co-op multiplayer or our competitive multiplayer mode, Wrecking Zone," said Microsoft Studios Publishing general manager Shannon Loftis in an interview with Polygon. "Getting the balance right between the three modes is important, and we are going to take the extra development time to ensure that. Gamers can expect Crackdown 3 in Spring of 2018."

Do Nvidia drivers cause planned obsolescence?

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Do Nvidia drivers cause planned obsolescence?

The graphics card market is highly competitive, and users can become extremely vocal in their support for one side or the other. Look at the comments on my recent AMD RX Vega review, for example, and sure enough you'll find accusations of fanboyism on both sides of the fence. Something else you'll find in the comments of almost every GPU review: claims that Nvidia drivers intentionally cripple older hardware, trying to force users to upgrade. This is the so-called "planned obsolescence" approach to hardware, and I've always felt it was more than a bit bogus. After all, in a highly competitive market, making your existing products look worse than the competition isn't good, not to mention it would be extremely easy to prove—or disprove.

Prey free trial now available on Steam

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After a lot of waiting, a demo for Prey has finally hit PC. There’s been a console demo since April, but prospective PC players were told to get a refund on Steam if they didn’t like it after two hours. Not a great solution! Regardless, it’s no longer a problem, and you can download the demo now. 

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Rather than a conventional demo, this is a free trial, so if you like what you see after an hour, you can buy the game and continue your progress instead of replaying the opening moments. This is now the case with the console demo now, too.