Last August, Microsoft released the latest version of its Flight Simulator, extending the run of that franchise to 38 years and making it the longest-running product line in Microsoft’s history. Published by the technology giant’s Xbox Game Studios, the new Flight Simulator treats gamers to vastly greater detail and texture in both environment and aircraft, far better lighting, and much more realistic flight characteristics than in previous versions. The precise renderings of all 20 airplanes (which include the Boeing 787 Dreamliner, Cessna 172, and Beechcraft B350) and the particulars of individual airports are stunning.

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In the video game Howling Dogs, released in 2012, players wake up in a prison with few options: a shower, a nutrient dispenser, a garbage chute, and a recreation room with a virtual reality headset. For the first few clicks, all you can do is navigate the prison: getting your nutrient bar, cleaning up, examining a photograph by your bed. Then you put on the headset, and you’re thrown into a world of strange, vivid imagery. You live out a strange snapshot life before being thrown back to the same tiny room. You click through the same motions again and again, each time visiting a different world, as sparklingly strange as the prison is dull.

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Feb 21

Fullscreen exclusive is a real thing your computer can decide to grant a window, but, as of yet I haven’t been able to find a single game where the fullscreen exclusive vs borderless window settings do what you’d expect them to.

Grand Theft Auto 3 and Vice City are both now fully reverse-engineered - a passion project from a small group of fans years in the making.

It means fan-created source code for both games is now available on GitHub. The code can be used by anyone to play both games on PC - with the hope others will take it and improve upon it further.

Re3 (reverse-engineered GTA 3) and reVC (reverse-engineered Vice City) offer a raft of eye-catching improvements over the original games that are available to play officially today on PC. The video below showcases the work and the changes made possible.

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In 1999, Billy Mitchell of Hollywood, Florida became the first person to obtain a perfect score of 3,333,360 at Pac-Man, eating every possible dot, energizer, ghost, and bonus on every level without losing a single life in the process.

But perhaps what is most amazing is the fact he can play without using any memorized routines widely known as “patterns”.

Instead, he relies on his familiarity with how each ghost behaves as it moves through the maze, using that knowledge to keep Pac-Man one step ahead of his enemies at all times.

Unlike Mitchell, most players are only able to rack up high scores with the aid of multiple patterns that take advantage of the game’s deterministic nature…

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Towards the end of of 1985, adverts started appearing in my Computer & Video Games magazines for “the first ever computer cartoon” – Scooby Doo in the Castle Mystery! And to a massive Scooby Doo fan like me, it was incredible! They were clearly Spectrum screenshots on there, but they definitely looked like nothing else, except maybe what a Spectrum port of something like Dragon’s Lair might look like… which, the following year, we’d find out was more or less the case!

Veloren is an open-world, open-source multiplayer voxel RPG. The game is in an early stage of development, but is playable.

Workers & Resources: Soviet Republic is the ultimate real-time soviet-themed city builder tycoon game. Construct your own republic and transform a poor country into a rich industrial superpower! In a soviet republic with planned economy, everything is controlled by the government. Are you up to the task?

In the late 1980s, Czechoslovak amateurs produced a series of text adventures that rank among the earliest examples of activist computer games. Usually written by high school or college students, these titles confronted the stagnant and oppressive state socialist regime. Some of them mocked its iconography, propaganda, or policies; others portrayed antiregime demonstrations and passionately criticized police violence against the protesters. One of them even pitted Indiana Jones (then a popular Western hero among young Czechoslovaks) against riot police, allowing the player to experience a major demonstration in the role of an action hero. The representation of protest through gameplay had several precedents in the history of board games—such as Suffrageto (ca. 1907–8), which portrayed clashes between suffragettes and police, or Up Against the Wall, Motherfucker! (1969), which recreated the 1968 occupation of Columbia University.1 The Czechoslovak titles, however, are among the first activist games written for home computers. Programmed primarily for the locally popular Sinclair ZX Spectrum platform, these games were often released anonymously and circulated on cassette tapes…

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Roderick Colenbrander of Sony Interactive Entertainment has sent in a brand new and official Linux driver for the PS5 DualSense for even better out of the box support.

With the newly proposed driver, it enabled the DualSense to function in both Bluetooth and USB modes along with most other features working including LEDs, Touchpad, Motion Sensors and Rumble. However, they make it clear that the Adaptive Triggers and VCM-based Haptics are not yet supported but they hope to “have a dialog on how to expose these over time in a generic way”.

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Dec 25, 2020

Outer Orbit is an attempt to create a “Spacewar!-for-one” as a tribute to the line of heritage of digital video games. It combines elements of the most classic shooter games, Spacewar! (196162) [1], the first known video game on a digital computer, Computer Space (1971) [2] [3] [4], the first coin-operated digital video game, and Asteroids (1979) [5]:

  • from “Spacewar!” it borrows the comic book spaceship, the central star, gravity and orbital mechanics,

  • from “Computer Space” the game mechanics of the saucer opponents and the time-based gameplay,

  • from “Asteroids”, well, the asteroids, which serve here just as additional obstacles to make the game a bit trickier.


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Dec 24, 2020

Neither the original Game Boy or the upgraded Game Boy Color had hardware support for partial translucency. This was always achieved with various hacks and workaround.

Let’s have a look at two of the most elaborated examples of these techniques, as showcased on the Title screen and End credits of Zelda Link’s Awakening.

This program includes detailed per-car simulation of the brake systems, friction, air resistance, toppling and more. In 3D cabs, the driving experience is augmented with forces that shake your simulated body upon acceleration and braking, as well as in curves. Besides that, OpenBVE features a 3D positional sound system best enjoyed with surround speakers, train exteriors and timetables for the current run. Finally, via the main menu, routes and trains be easily selected to start a new session, the controls can be configured to keyboard or joystick devices, and a variety of options can be selected.

Compared to other simulators of the genre, especially compared to commercial games, OpenBVE has its main focus on realism, not necessarily on user-friendliness. You should be willing to study operational manuals for the routes and trains you want to drive, and will in many cases not get along by just memorizing a few keystrokes. If you can identify with this focus, OpenBVE might be the right simulator for you.

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Dec 21, 2020

Doug Smith’s seminal action-puzzle platformer from 1983. “Iconic” is a painfully overused adjective today, but, if any game truly can be called an icon of its era, it’s this one.

Dec 20, 2020

If you asked the average man on the street circa 1981, he’d probably be hard put to imagine two nouns so divorced from one another as sex and computer. Most people still saw computers as dully esoteric tools maintained by a priesthood of little gnomes seeking refuge from the real world of playground bullies, gym teachers, and, most terrifying of all, women. Stereotypes generally being stereotypes for a reason, that description may arguably apply to plenty of folks we’ve met on this blog before, at least if we insist on casting these characters in their most unfavorable possible light. But still, gnomes have needs too — as do hackers. One had only to look at the chainmail bikinis on the covers of fantasy novels, Dungeons and Dragons boxes, and, soon enough, computer games to know that nerds were far from asexual, even if many of them weren’t actually getting much of it. Rather than being separate universes, sex and computers were at worst adjacent galaxies, which orbited into contact with one another more often than our man on the street would ever suspect.

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Created on Jun 17, 2020
By @gurlic