This Tech Demo For Atomic Heart Is A Great Showcase For Ray Tracing Tech

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This Tech Demo For Atomic Heart Is A Great Showcase For Ray Tracing Tech

We've been keeping our eye on Atomic Heart since we described is "Soviet BioShock" earlier this year, and it continues to be a impressive mix of both style and tech prowess. Case in point: A recent demo showing off the benefits of ray tracing uses the indie title as its showcase.

Although we've seen plenty of trailers recently showing off ray-traced games, but what sets this demo apart is both how thorough it is and the use of comparison to emphasize the differences between ray-traced and non ray-traced graphics. Throughout the demo (which was first shown off during the Nvidia's Editors Day during Gamescom), the lighting turns RTX on and off, letting us see exactly what changes when the new tech is implemented. Shadows look more (naturally) blurry, and mirrors can actually display the objects they reflect with more accuracy.

It may still be a ways off for most consumers, but there's no doubt that while ray tracing my not directly impact game design, it certainly makes games look better for those who can afford it for now.

This Tech Demo For Atomic Heart Is A Great Showcase For Ray Tracing Tech

about X hours ago from
This Tech Demo For Atomic Heart Is A Great Showcase For Ray Tracing Tech

We've been keeping our eye on Atomic Heart since we described is "Soviet BioShock" earlier this year, and it continues to be a impressive mix of both style and tech prowess. Case in point: A recent demo showing off the benefits of ray tracing uses the indie title as its showcase.

Although we've seen plenty of trailers recently showing off ray-traced games, but what sets this demo apart is both how thorough it is and the use of comparison to emphasize the differences between ray-traced and non ray-traced graphics. Throughout the demo (which was first shown off during the Nvidia's Editors Day during Gamescom), the lighting turns RTX on and off, letting us see exactly what changes when the new tech is implemented. Shadows look more (naturally) blurry, and mirrors can actually display the objects they reflect with more accuracy.

It may still be a ways off for most consumers, but there's no doubt that while ray tracing my not directly impact game design, it certainly makes games look better for those who can afford it for now.

The Culling Is Now Free To Play

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The Culling Is Now Free To Play

Battle Royale series The Culling series has been a strange trajectory this year. After the launch of The Culling 2, players practically revolted against all the changes, which seemed to move away from the idisynchrasies of the original game and more towards an action-oriented experience similar to PUBG. The game was so unpopular the team behind it, Xaviant, decided to "un-release" it in favor of refocusing on the first Culling. Now, anyone can try that original game out for free.

The Culling: Origins (what Xaviant has taken to dubbing its return to supporting the first game) is now a fully free-to-play game, and will rely on cosmetic DLC to support itself. "If you choose to spend real money, you can do so through paid DLC packs or premium currency in the form of Tokens," the developer says on the game's Steam page. "Tokens allow you to buy Cull Crates and exclusive Premium Items. You can earn Cull Crates, which award standard cosmetic items, by simply playing the game. All of these unlocks are cosmetic and have no impact on gameplay."

There are currently two DLC packs on the store page. For those who bought the game before the change there's the "Original Gangster Founder's Pack," which retails for $24.99 and includes the following cosmetic items:

The Culling Is Now Free To Play

about X hours ago from
The Culling Is Now Free To Play

Battle Royale series The Culling series has been a strange trajectory this year. After the launch of The Culling 2, players practically revolted against all the changes, which seemed to move away from the idisynchrasies of the original game and more towards an action-oriented experience similar to PUBG. The game was so unpopular the team behind it, Xaviant, decided to "un-release" it in favor of refocusing on the first Culling. Now, anyone can try that original game out for free.

The Culling: Origins (what Xaviant has taken to dubbing its return to supporting the first game) is now a fully free-to-play game, and will rely on cosmetic DLC to support itself. "If you choose to spend real money, you can do so through paid DLC packs or premium currency in the form of Tokens," the developer says on the game's Steam page. "Tokens allow you to buy Cull Crates and exclusive Premium Items. You can earn Cull Crates, which award standard cosmetic items, by simply playing the game. All of these unlocks are cosmetic and have no impact on gameplay."

There are currently two DLC packs on the store page. For those who bought the game before the change there's the "Original Gangster Founder's Pack," which retails for $24.99 and includes the following cosmetic items:

Destiny 2: Forsaken's Dreaming City Gets New Strike, Mission, And More After First Raid Clear

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Destiny 2: Forsaken's Dreaming City Gets New Strike, Mission, And More After First Raid Clear

One week after the launch of Destiny 2: Forsaken, the Last Wish Raid followed. While most players weren't quite yet ready to face the challenge, the most devoted players had ground their way up to the meet it, and early this morning, one fireteam became the first in the world to defeat Riven of a Thousand Voices, the raid's final boss, and earning themselves a neat little belt. And now they've gone and ruined everything.

Players who log in this morning will be greeted with a not-so-cryptic message telling players that the team who'd slain Riven have actually done her a favor. SPOILERS FOR DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN- In Forsaken's campaign, Riven is the mastermind of the whole conflict, corrupting Uldren Sov's mind and coercing him to fulfill her desires, which seem to have culminated in corrupting the Dreaming City. Defeating her in the raid has unleashed a powerful curse on the city.

As a result, anyone who enters the Dreaming City now should notice some floating black dots in the air - a sign that the area is slowly becoming corrupted. The watchtower also sports a new coat of Taken "paint."

Destiny 2: Forsaken's Dreaming City Gets New Strike, Mission, And More After First Raid Clear

about X hours ago from
Destiny 2: Forsaken's Dreaming City Gets New Strike, Mission, And More After First Raid Clear

One week after the launch of Destiny 2: Forsaken, the Last Wish Raid followed. While most players weren't quite yet ready to face the challenge, the most devoted players had ground their way up to the meet it, and early this morning, one fireteam became the first in the world to defeat Riven of a Thousand Voices, the raid's final boss, and earning themselves a neat little belt. And now they've gone and ruined everything.

Players who log in this morning will be greeted with a not-so-cryptic message telling players that the team who'd slain Riven have actually done her a favor. SPOILERS FOR DESTINY 2: FORSAKEN- In Forsaken's campaign, Riven is the mastermind of the whole conflict, corrupting Uldren Sov's mind and coercing him to fulfill her desires, which seem to have culminated in corrupting the Dreaming City. Defeating her in the raid has unleashed a powerful curse on the city.

As a result, anyone who enters the Dreaming City now should notice some floating black dots in the air - a sign that the area is slowly becoming corrupted. The watchtower also sports a new coat of Taken "paint."

What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Counter-Strike, And Halo

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What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Counter-Strike, And Halo

This week, Halo returns after a brief hiatus, Southern California Regionals continues the road to Capcom Cup in December, and Counter-Strike's London major continues at full force.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Faceit London Major continues this weekend, so if you kept up with the event last week during the last Swiss round stage, there's no reason to stop now! (Stream / Schedule)

The Southern California Regionals host the next slew of major fighting game tournaments, and is part of the major competitive circuits for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7, and will also host tournaments for lots of other games. (Streams and Schedule)

What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Counter-Strike, And Halo

about X hours ago from
What To Watch This Weekend: Dragon Ball FighterZ, Counter-Strike, And Halo

This week, Halo returns after a brief hiatus, Southern California Regionals continues the road to Capcom Cup in December, and Counter-Strike's London major continues at full force.

The Counter-Strike: Global Offensive Faceit London Major continues this weekend, so if you kept up with the event last week during the last Swiss round stage, there's no reason to stop now! (Stream / Schedule)

The Southern California Regionals host the next slew of major fighting game tournaments, and is part of the major competitive circuits for Dragon Ball FighterZ, Street Fighter V, and Tekken 7, and will also host tournaments for lots of other games. (Streams and Schedule)

Please Try To Explain What's The Deal With Peachette

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Please Try To Explain What's The Deal With Peachette

In yesterday's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that Wii U launch title New Super Mario Bros. U would be coming to Switch with some small bits of new content. One addition is Toadette, taking the place of blue Toad Buckenberry, and joining as a playable character in the game. You can check her out in the trailer below.

Just kind of thrown in there is the fact that, when Toadette grabs a new crown power up, she becomes Peachette, who resembles the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and has her same floating power.

Which...what?

Please Try To Explain What's The Deal With Peachette

about X hours ago from
Please Try To Explain What's The Deal With Peachette

In yesterday's Nintendo Direct, Nintendo revealed that Wii U launch title New Super Mario Bros. U would be coming to Switch with some small bits of new content. One addition is Toadette, taking the place of blue Toad Buckenberry, and joining as a playable character in the game. You can check her out in the trailer below.

Just kind of thrown in there is the fact that, when Toadette grabs a new crown power up, she becomes Peachette, who resembles the princess of the Mushroom Kingdom and has her same floating power.

Which...what?