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Hearthstone's Shudderwock is just as broken as Ben Brode fearedHearthstone's Shudderwock is just as broken as Ben Brode feared
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That feeling when you get lucky with a Grumble drop last expansion and Shudderwock as the free legendary at the start of Witchwood. So long as you have the Lifedrinker, the Saronite Chain Gang and the Volcano for board-clear, it's a free game.

I'd argue there's still room for improvement too. Currently it's very reliant on Lifedrinker (which is a great card) but without the draw you end up wasting both players time. It's easily possible to burn 10+ minutes on animations for 1 turn of spamming Shudderwock; and without any Lifedrinker it'll deal 0 damage. Adding some Kobold Apprentices (deals 3 damage among random enemies) you'll remove any long pointless plays where Shudderwock does literally nothing. At the least it'll reduce BM, which I found I was doing far too often without the alternate face-damage.

I wonder how Blizzard are going to patch this... They could change Shudderwock so it casts its Battlecry is random order. Currently you just need to play Saronite before Grumble and you are guaranteed a new copy in hand. Saronite being a cheaper defensive card that's rarely a problem, but with random order you'd be rolling a dice each time you play as to whether you get a copy.

They could also limit Shudderwock's replay ability, so it only plays your last 5 Battlecry cards. It'd make the deck less imbalanced and far more board-control based. The OTK would still be possible but be far harder (and require some skill) to play.

My bets are they'll change Saronite's Battlecry from its current Summon to another state (reading the Wiki, they'd probably term it as a 'Generate' card, unless they wanted to coin a new term like 'create' or 'spawn') where the new copy doesn't trigger any Battlecry as it spawns.
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2 Weeks ago
YouTube HQ shooter believed her videos were being demonetisedYouTube HQ shooter believed her videos were being demonetised
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I'd read from a comment last night that there were no fatalities, took that to mean no injuries either... Here's to hoping those 4 injured (or is it 3? 4 total shot, though that may include the gunner) have a safe recovery and security tightens to avoid this situation in the future.
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QDP2 commented on
2 Weeks ago
Here’s why Ninja didn’t get suspended for using the n-wordHere’s why Ninja didn’t get suspended for using the n-word
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Twitch being beaurocrats here. They know if they were to ban Ninja, he'd start streaming elsewhere. Undoubtedly he'd make less money, but a large proportion of his viewership would follow him to whatever alternate site he started using (most likely YouTube live). It would be a large cut in Twitch's profits, so they do not want to take shots at him whilst they don't have to.

Any excuse to calm the public and continue to rake in ad-revenue will be used.
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QDP2 commented on
2 Weeks ago
Dark Souls Remastered is a tough sell when we can just mod the originalDark Souls Remastered is a tough sell when we can just mod the original
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Late to the party, DS3 was my first and only Souls game to play. Bloodborne has been a recent pickup but I've not invested into that one anywhere near enough to say. What was always scaring me away from DS1-2 playthroughs were the graphics, poor ports and shoddy controls. The remaster should fix all of these problems, so I know I'll be picking up this release come May. Here's to hoping the console-only test isn't a sign of delay, putting off the PC port till a final afterthought. I'm sure like the rest of the series it'll require a controller, but considering the gameplay style not being very aim-centric, that's not a large problem.
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Assassin’s Creed Origins’ PC-exclusive cheat panel is now availableAssassin’s Creed Origins’ PC-exclusive cheat panel is now available
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Awesome to see Ubisoft throw this out to the community. I feel this is going to be incredibly comparable to SOMAs release on a peaceful mod to the game, being released a fair while after the game is out to ensure as many players as possible complete their first playthrough cheat-less.

Screenshot screams bad news to all those who tried to cull uPlay from their system, it seems these settings will be made only accessible through uPlays in-game overlay. Going to have to turn on the overlay and stop running the game through Steam's non-steam games option.
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New Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream hereNew Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream here
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Here's to hoping they keep consistent naming forms. Been like this as far back as I can remember, changing it now would just add another pointless piece of information to remember and spend time to explain to any new shoppers when they try to understand the difference. Xbox fell for this trap already going too far with the 360, nVidea have no need to jump off that cliff.


It definitely makes sense for marketing perspective, as you say 20 sounds far bigger a step than 11. My hopes are they'll bet on the Volta upgrade is already a large improvement and a name they can latch onto. Most GPU purchasers (I hope) are looking at statistics and performance gains when upgrading, so the name jump shouldn't be as needed to nVidea as it would be to a more casual industry.


It could still go either way, but my hope still sits with common sense over "bigger = better".

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They've done big nomenclature switches before... Going from the 9000-series to the 100-/200-series cards. I'm always worried there's going to be some big, weird shift!

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New Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream hereNew Nvidia Volta announcements? Watch today's GTC 2018 livestream here
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Not sure about a GTX 1181, but I'm glad to finally hear someone not dub the next gen a 2080. Made a comment here months ago when people started nicknaming, the 20-numbering convention is weird after so many years of integral generations.

Seems odd for nVidea to clarify no consumer cards are getting announced here. Kind of suggests plans to announce some new developments to the Quadro range. Would make sense considering the sorry state their budget Quadros are in at the moment.Reply
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There was some spurious rumour going around today that they would definitely be launching new GeForce cards with 11-series naming. But not necessarily with 1180 or 1170 codes.


I kinda thought they might go for the 20-series for nothing other than marketing points. Going from 10 to 11 just feels like a barely iterative improvement, but going to 20 means the cards will be 10x as good ;)

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1 Month ago
Metro: Exodus will need an Nvidia Volta GPU to look this good...Metro: Exodus will need an Nvidia Volta GPU to look this good...
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Was just researching into nVidea's RTX as you posted this link. Looks gorgeous. Not going to lie, Metro's footage really isn't the best example of what the light-maps are doing. Especially considering how low-res the textures are in this footage compared to their 2017 trailer.

I'd recommend any interested go and take a look at nVidea's footage from GDC, they made a full video-shoot comparing the new shadow maps they're offering (Ray Traced AO) against what we've been using up till now (SSAO), so you can see how much improved the shadows are.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjf-1BxpR9c

Combine it with how easy/lightweight diffraction on reflective surfaces will be now (ray-tracing works like light does, when it hits a surface it bounces so colours from nearby objects will emit onto other surfaces without any extra GPU-work) and this is god-send for the development side. Reflective scenes will also look gorgeous now.

Best example I could offer of this would be Unreal Engines Ray Tracing Demo, where they've motion-captured people acting a scene, then modelled and textured the outfits/rooms to run all the lighting/reflection in real time. This is exactly how video-games will be using the feature, running on a video-game engine to stand testimony for it. First link shows the real-time trailer, second link shows a more behind-the-scenes look at the content:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J3ue35ago3Y
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWcawaa_9HAReply
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It's the spinning cube at the start of that Nvidia demo reel that blows my mind. The one with the multiple coloured light sources spinning off it. Jaw dropping.


I love the Unreal Star Wars one too, but it needs a $122K DGX workstation to run it. The Metro Exodus trailer is so important because it's representative of what we'll actually see being delivered this year on gaming hardware we may be able to afford.


Just need some new Nvidia gaming graphics cards now...

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Q.U.B.E. 2 is the Portal sequel you have been waiting forQ.U.B.E. 2 is the Portal sequel you have been waiting for
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I really enjoyed Q.U.B.E. Directors edition, found it had a charm to the characters that other puzzle games of its time just couldn't hold up against. It was short and sweet, clever enough to not linger around longer than topic interest holds for. Entertainment, puzzles and philosophy was all well-balanced, such that I never felt the tasks set ahead of me were menial or time-wasting filler.

Not seen a bad review for the game yet. Was surprised pricing wasn't out till so late on Steam, but I'm looking forward to sinking myself into this new title. No hiding the artwork and lighting looks gorgeous here.Reply
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Q.U.B.E. 2 really did not disappoint, it's such an incredible game - you'll definitely enjoy it!

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The (almost) silent gaming PC buildThe (almost) silent gaming PC build
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Honestly surprised you managed to get through a silence-test rig without once measuring the PCs decibel levels. I guess "nearly inaudible" is close enough to a summery, though a rather in-descriptive one (it kind of depends how loud the ambient environment was that you built it in).

Personally I've been running of Asus STRIX cards for their low noise levels. Would have to take a look at some Trusted Reviews/TechnoBuffalo reviews over whats the quietest card lately, but STRIX has done me fine so far.

In truth most of my PC-time is spent with a heavy-duty headset on, so machine noise means almost nothing to me. I get that wouldn't work in an office environment though. Glad to hear quiet performance is possible, even if it'll cost me 2 arms and 2 legs...Reply
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A genuine 'this is the perfect silent build' style guide would necessitate proper acoustic testing, but we were trying to show a more general way to optimise a build, or your current machine, for quiet gaming performance.


And it needn't cost a huge amount to shut your rig up either, tweaking the fan curves in your BIOS can make a real difference.

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QDP2 replied to 8 questions on the Surgeon Simulator 2013 Review
1 Year ago
Surgeon Simulator 2013 review snippet How gory is Surgeon Simulator 2013?
Not bad after the 1st couple of transplants.
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QDP2 replied to 8 questions on the League of Legends Review
2 Years ago
League of Legends review snippet Which characters would you recommend to starting players?
Support is great if you have a friend who can play a crucial and talk you through your mistakes, but you'll have to be good friends and willing to accept where you're wrong to learn fast.
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QDP2 replied to 2 questions on the Broforce Review
2 Years ago
Broforce review snippet Does Broforce respect the military?
If you are questioning this game being offensive you probably shouldn't be playing it, as it certainly isn't meant to be taken seriously, or ever to be considered like real-life xD
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QDP2 replied to 9 questions on the Antichamber Review
3 Years ago
Antichamber review snippet What are gamers first impressions of Antichamber
By far my favourite mind game, brilliant challenge!
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