Talos's two cents on today's steam stats by iHak Gaming

So I was just checking out steam stats for the hell of it today to see what people were playing. Impressed Talos is impressed. On steam, the most played game at the moment is Dota 2 with over 1 million players, followed by CS:GO with 630k, and then TF2 76k. In comparison with some big title games iHak is accustomed to, CivV has 70k, GTAV 65k, ARK 61k, Garry's Mod 58k (holy shit right?), Fallout 4 52k, Skyrim 48k (wow, I'm not the only one who plays this anymore?), BLOPS3 26k (THERE'S DOUBLE THE PEOPLE PLAYING SKYRIM RIGHT NOW THAN BLOPS3), Terraria 24.9k (THERE'S AS MANY PEOPLE PLAYING TERRARIA AS BLOPS3!!!!!), then if I scroll much lower down the steam stats list R6 Siege 15k (SAME AMOUNT OF PEOPLE PLAYING BORDERLANDS 2!!!)

If we just look at Bethesda big titles:
52k Fallout4
48k The Elder Scrolls: Skyrim
4.6k Fallout New Vegas
4k The Elder Scrolls Online

Judging by everything in this list, game developers have to stop whatever it is they're doing now, and do things the way they used to. Not in terms of copying other games, but the process behind designing the games. Don't worry Pat, I know nothing of this game, but I can't imagine Fallout 4 being very different then the other fallout games in terms of mechanics and clearly people like that.

In comparison, from the same developer, they take a (in my opinion) fantastic and at it's time revolutionary game like Skyrim from The Elder Scrolls series that has always been innovative and beautiful, and they got greedy and lazy with it with Elder Scrolls Online and it's quite obviously gone to shit. In my opinion, with ESO they tried way too hard to be something they were not and definitely were not ready to become. I've always dreamed of playing coop or multiplayer Skyrim, but I still play it today because the game doesn't NEED that multiplayer aspect.

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I get so immersed in the gameplay and the game offers me so many opportunities to change the way I choose to do things from one playthough to another that with every character I build myself this awesome story behind each of my characters. There was Fukushusha, the elderly but proud and vengeful Orc that traveled to the land of Skyrim to seek vengeance for his murdered family always charging head first into battle. There was Olivia, the heartless, black-widow Nordic woman who held no friendship or allegiance dear and who killed without a second though. This is a game for me that through every playthough writes its own epic story. From everything to character customization to the beautiful open world, this game is amazing.
</SkyrimRant>

My mind is blown by Garry's Mod being so popular. That game came out 10 years ago guys. It does what it does well. It doesn't try to be anything other than it's self, and people like it for exactly that. I personally never got engrossed in it, but when I played it, I know I had fun. By this list, I think it's safe to say it's the most popular sandbox game in the last 10 years as well as today. That's crazy guys.

Here's the link to the stats page: http://store.steampowered.com/stats/ . Did some of those numbers blow your minds too? What are your thoughts about these stats and games now-a-days?

Holidays are over - Back to business by iHak Gaming

Battlefield fans need to check out: http://veniceunleashed.net/. It brings a whole new visual appeal to Battlefield 3.

Normally I'm a zero and seventy four kinda guy.

Normally I'm a zero and seventy four kinda guy.

Just played the one round but it was awesome. Will play more. Recordings to come!

In the meantime check out our videos on your channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC2UJRXivatVszVbDJgTAccg

Magnum Opus: The Black on Black by iHak Gaming

Start with the parts

Start with the parts

Everything made to perfection must contain all the right parts.

Here we see the full arrangement of the rig.

Blackwidow Ultimate keyboard (2014)
I really enjoy the feedback from this keyboard. I get the full satisfaction from when I slam down on the keys after trolling hard on youtube or the Facebooks.

H110i GT liquid cooling
I had to custom rig this to the case but it was well worth it. Low noise impact and even during max settings in BF4 or BLOPS III it keeps my cpu running cool. Around 30-35 degrees celsius. 

The power supply
is...powerful. Not much to say here. It's a power supply. Nothing ever exciting happens here. They're the goalie of the computer. They show up but no one cares. Sometimes if they don't (show up) no one even notices.

X99-a
Continuing my asus mobo trends I beef up this rig with the mighty x99-a. Lots of slots. So many memory slots. Very clean looking board and comes with great software for controls (such as fan and cpu). It will make tweaking that much easier later on.

G.Skill Ripjaw (16gb)
You can never have too much ram. I think. Editing/rendering is so much smoother as I have now doubled my ram's memory in my old build.

i7 5820k
She runs so elegantly. No issues so far with this cpu. Runs everything so well. Will report later on OC. 

SSD
Everything loads super fast. This is a staple. 

G502
Sleek and very cybernetic looking. I love the feel of this mouse. Easily changable dpi settings (compared to the 400 series) and it fits my hand so well.

GTX 970
I'm not running a monitor over 1080 so I didn't need to go further, but I am waiting for a price drop so I can sli this mother.

HAFX
And of course my huge as fuck case. Which has plenty of room and looks so badass (see photos below)

Figuring out how to mod the case to fit the liquid cooler

Figuring out how to mod the case to fit the liquid cooler

 

Ahh...PC master race for the win!

Witness by iHak Gaming

From the gates of Valhalla to underneath my desk - the world shaker

From the gates of Valhalla to underneath my desk - the world shaker

As I sit patiently for all the parts to arrive before I build my chariot of death and doom I decided to get back into the swing of death on the battlefield.

Scene from last night

Scene from last night

It's good to be back. I can't wait for the new rig so I can bring more then just screenshots.

Videos will come soon.

 

‘Borderlands’ Videogame Movie in the Works? by iHak Gaming

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/borderlands-videogame-movie-lionsgate-1201580303/

 

“The ‘Borderlands’ games don’t pull any punches, and we’ll make the movie with the same in-your-face attitude that has made the series a blockbuster mega-franchise.”

So this could be a good thing. Especially if we see a third Borderlands game. Going back to the movie so many questions arise from this...such as: what game will it feature? Will racist Tiny Tina be cut (better not)? Will it be live action like Prince of Persia? Casting (this is always an interesting one)? And also how will they film it (from an fps view)? 

I hope they don't mess up the boss' introductions:

Red and Belly sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S... wait, that's weird.

Red and Belly sitting in a tree. K-I-S-S... wait, that's weird.

I really enjoy those intro cut scenes. I'm a little excited and even more so coming after seeing the new AC (assassin's Creed kit)

 

Michael Fassbender in Costume

Michael Fassbender in Costume

Fassbender, who I think was fantastic in; x-men, Prometheus, Haywire (which was a disappointing movie but he was good) and 300, is looking like an excellent choice for this. And hopefully it franchises.

http://variety.com/2015/film/news/assassins-creed-michael-fassbender-callum-lynch-costume-1201579766/

Sad news from the Ark by Jeremy King

It is with a heavy heart and watery eyes I bring the following news. During a recent resource gathering excursion our party was attacked by two mid-level raptors, a scorpion, and a level 108 Alpha Raptor. Our troops fought valiantly to protect our lives and the lives of their comrades but couldn't overcome the buffs provided by the Alpha Raptor to the enemy troops. Several long time and key members of Tribe Called Quest's roster have fallen in the line of duty. I would like to recognize the following brave dinos: Rex Maclin, Yarpie v3?, Truckasaurus, Stompy, It's A Bird, and Kate. Also felled during the battle were the newest members of the tribe RappyTheRapper (a level 9 Raptor) and White She-Devil (A level 13 rare albino T-Rex). The human members of the tribe have fallen back (respawned) to the safety of the bunker to mourn. 

We will recover. We will rebuild. We will avenge your deaths across the lands both far and wide. 

RIP and our hearts dino friends.

-King4ID

Week of Death - Day 2 Recap by iHak Gaming

A Rouge Nation of sorts

What started off as peaceful morning into deep space quickly turned into chaos.

I could have gone flying through space - forever.

I could have gone flying through space - forever.

 

It turns out the infection from a day prior still lingers. Flight Engineer Talos became sick with rage. The red light of hate burned bright within him. 

From the eyes of the devil.

From the eyes of the devil.

 Distancing his ship from ours was the first sign of his madness.

"from here I can watch them all..." - Legend of Talos

"from here I can watch them all..." - Legend of Talos

Attacks reigned down from pedestal of hate:

Talos' taste for blood ended by the hand of the saint Los Fancy Pants. 

No Shirt - No Shoes - Cooking Bacon

The Game of Their Lives

The Game of Their Lives

An epic showdown for the ages. Reklamer posts all-time career high in kills, assists and alimony payments. Talos showed us again why he is the top paid combatant. And Fancy showed up. (in the back).

Big game. Big kills. Be sure to look for the replay on the Onion Sports Dome.

 

Lightning + Lightning + Fire + Life 

Your journey awaits. . .as long as you don't alt-tab, host the game,  pause the game, or open shit then die.

Your journey awaits. . .as long as you don't alt-tab, host the game,  pause the game, or open shit then die.

Crash to desktop? Story of this god damn game. Once we squashed all the bugs we ended up having a really good time. It was good to be back and not team killing the fuck out of my friends. 

The hardest part of the god damn game - "cutting that rope"

The hardest part of the god damn game - "cutting that rope"

Fifteen freaking minutes just trying to cut that fucking rope. Later (4 levels later) we found the melee button. It was a long day. No questions please.

Also we found potatoes 

Also we found potatoes 

Our crowning achievement and capping off of the night...finding the potato basket (not any objective in the game).

Until tomorrow...

Week of Death - Day 1 Recap by iHak Gaming

Can't keep up. Don't deserve to live.

Can't keep up. Don't deserve to live.

Basic start to the day. Wake up and f̶a̶p̶ (make content). We started with some classic L4D2. 

Oh Shiiit!

We had some good times and some crappy times. [<- someone was fired for that] Then everyone began to get hungry. Now before I go into detail about what happened I need to explain something. When you're down THERE. Down in the trenches. It changes you. Makes you different. Makes you like THEM. Your sense of smell. Your taste. Even the way you god damn see. It's like this....this hunger. It must be quenched.

Normally food takes care of that but we didn't have food. Or the time to acquire it.

So well...this happened (viewer discretion should be advised...but it's not)

Ellis caught the symptoms first

Ellis caught the symptoms first

Then it passed onto my comrades

Then it passed onto my comrades

In the end only I was left. Finally free from this nightmare

In the end only I was left. Finally free from this nightmare

 

Until tomorrow...

This week in gaming - Back at Hardline (8/2/15) by Jeremy King

Friday I played some BFH (Battlefield Hardline), which I haven't played in about in a month or two. I had a great time but after playing, but unfortunatly my keys are not setup the same as BF4. After pumping so many hours into 4 I maybe forgot to switch my medkit and defibs gadget keys. So the result is the above video for the entire night. I do not have time to learn from my mistakes. 

Anyway,
Enjoy.

Thoughts on Ark: Survival Evolved by Jeremy King

Imagine for a minute that you and a friend are standing on a beautiful beach surrounded by palm trees swaying in the breeze. The two of you are casually gathering fresh berries from the foliage while chatting about nothing of any importance when your friend suddenly shouts, "Fuck! Run dude, there's a pack of raptors coming down the beach and they're moving fast!" And there you have a day in the life of Ark:Survival Evolved. 

Just released as an alpha preview last week on Steam, Ark is the newest in a long line of survival games. But instead of fighting, or trying to avoid, the typical zombie you're on the look out for flesh eating dinosaurs. You gather resources such as wood, thatch, stone, flint, metal, berries, and dino poops to build your means for survival. Along the way your character levels up allowing you to allocate points to your health, stamina, hunger, fortitude, etc. (I suggest you get quite a bit of stamina, you don't want to run out of breath while trying to escape from some hungry Dilophosaurus'.) Every time you level up you also earn Engram points which you can use to learn new things to craft such as flooring, walls, and roofs for shelter. All of your tools are learned through Engram points as well so you're going to want to think about how you delegate these points. If you've joined/created a tribe its easier to have each tribe member learn different things so Engram points are used to the maximum value.

Along the way you can use non-lethal means to bring down a dino and then nurse it back to life with food and once revived he will be your tamed pet used to ride and carry your supplies. Currently there are 28 creatures in the game with a total of 47 currently confirmed. If you've ever played Minecraft and thought to yourself, "One more block. One more block and then I'll exit the game and go to bed." you'll be familiar with the resource gathering in this game. "I'll just chop down one more tree for the wood and then I'm done. Its 3 am and I have stuff to do tomorrow so one more tree." Two hours and 126 trees later and you still have to force yourself to shut it down and get some sleep. 

System requirements are on par with most current games although optimization is not in the game yet. Running most settings on high I get an fps of about 25. That's with two GTX 780s in an SLI configuration. A tribe member found some .ini configurations post on reddit and was able to get about 40 fps with a mix of epic and low settings. I'll test these settings at a later date.

Overall I would recommend this game and I'd recommend getting in now while its only $25 USD. I'd imagine its going to be higher once it hits final release. It just came out and it runs and plays better than DayZ SA which has been out for over a year. - King4ID

Here's some screenshots because everybody loves pictures: Click for pic

The Return Of Gun Master by Jeremy King

If you don't follow Battlefield then you won't know that the Gun Master game mode has made a return to Battlefield 4. I had actually forgotten about it as well until I noticed it in my server browser and decided to give it a shot. The premise is pretty simple; everybody starts with the same weapon and every two kills with that weapon and you move on to the next preset weapon until you reach the final weapon. DICE decided to let server owners set their own presets if they wish so you end up with some pretty interesting weapon progressions. One such progression was one call Troll mode. I'm a huge fan of trolling so I immediately knew I would like this preset and it didn't disappoint. 

The map we got to play this Troll mode on was Operation Lockers, which normally I detest but worked out perfectly for this mode. The starting weapon was the ballistic shield, then the Phantom bow, the Hawk 12G shotgun, lots of weapons I don't recall, and ending with the defib paddles. I decided well before the round started that it would be easy to get knife kills on people using ballistic shields so I went with a knife only round, to fulfill the calling of Troll mode. I obviously didn't win the round but I did end up getting the most knife kills and still ended the match with a positive score so I was happy. The anger with my methods on display in the chat contributed to my happiness. Overall I think any new mode is a welcome addition to a game that has been around for quite a while and has the possibility of getting stale and passed over for newer games. Happy to still be playing Battlefield. - King4ID

http://imgur.com/gallery/WnzRvgk/new

BattleField Weekend by Jeremy King

This weekend was the last of the double xp week. The game that has such potential to be so great was true to glitch-ie form.

I was capped and then began (naturally) to type in chat to call whoever killed me a queer. When suddenly I was revived (I know I was just as shocked as you).  And then this happened: 

Falling through the world. I think that's how Columbus found America.

Falling through the world. I think that's how Columbus found America.

War is crazy.  Just ask this recon who is able to equip claymores

I think the best part about this kill is that I was shot.

I think the best part about this kill is that I was shot.

I saved the best for last. This next one is a two part-er so please enjoy.

Launching Quad bikes is fun. Hold E to enter....why the hell not... 

Launching Quad bikes is fun. Hold E to enter....why the hell not... 

C4 and driving each direction could not get us out. It took a team kill to budge us from that spot. - Thanks to Talos and his number 2 weapon (RPG)

C4 and driving each direction could not get us out. It took a team kill to budge us from that spot. - Thanks to Talos and his number 2 weapon (RPG)

I had a fantastic weekend as I nudged just every so slightly to that 140 just in time for that spring patch to come out and raise the lvl cap. 

Fallout 4 cinematic trailer listed on CG artist's LinkedIn profile - PC Gamer by Jeremy King

I'm not a big Fallout fan, in fact, I haven't even played any of the games unless you count the character creation portion of Fallout 3. But I understand that it has a pretty big fan base, including one of our own. So this news will probably be pretty exciting for them. Well, maybe it'll offer a little hope for them anyway.

http://www.pcgamer.com/fallout-4-cinematic-trailer-listed-on-cg-artists-linkedin-profile/

All These Games by Jeremy King

My Steam library consists of 131 titles. Those titles vary from stealth games to strategy games to shooters to puzzle games and everything in-between. Yet as I sit here looking at this vast list of games to choose from I can't find a single one that interests me enough to play. Do I need new games? Is there some game out there with enough to offer to keep me entertained for several months? I could go outside right now but there's a pretty severe thunderstorm raging out there and being struck by lightening is less appealing than this Steam library. Maybe if I stare at it long enough something will jump out begging to be played. More likely I'll fall asleep in my chair and smash my head on the desk.....again. - King4ID