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Tuesday Morning Hunt Showdown Streaming

WickedLux is getting his 1337 level Hunt Showdown on! Ongoing Discussion
Posted by Kyle April 24, 2018 2:08 AM (CDT)

Hunt Showdown Roadmap Update

We are big fans of Crytek's Hunt Showdown around here. (We know you probably could not tell.) Crytek has just pushed out a roadmap update that will address some concerns and improvements that players have been asking for. If you have not played Hunt Showdown yet, for an Early Release title, it is probably one of the most polished we have ever seen. And if you are fans of Crytek's past gaming engines, this one will not disappoint in terms of just how beautiful the environments are. The nighttime maps are simply incredible to see. As you know, Crytek engines can be quite GPU and CPU intensive. Crytek did also just push out a performance patch that will help you guys with older PCs out in terms of framerates.

Early Access means developing the game together with our community. So we've looked at your comments and made the following additions to the first big roadmap milestone, going live on the Test Server very soon: Fall damage - Poisonous weapons - More traits (12 in total) - Bunny-hopping restrictions (jumping will now drain some of your stamina) - Stance indicator

I have about 170 hours now in Hunt Showdown and all the changes above, I am onboard for. Especially the nerfing of the bunny hopping! This is easily my GOTY. And it can really push your hardware. Discussion
Posted by Kyle April 23, 2018 10:14 AM (CDT)

Towards Battery-Free HD Video Streaming

Researchers from the University of Washington have figured out how to use a technique called backscattering to stream video 99 percent more efficiently. The video processing is essentially handed off to another device that does the heavy lifting, resulting in a significant reduction in power consumption.

We present a novel architecture that enables HD video streaming from a low-power, wearable camera to a nearby mobile device. To achieve this, we present an "analog" video backscatter technique that feeds analog pixels from the photo-diodes directly to the backscatter hardware, thereby eliminating power-consuming hardware components, such as ADCs and codecs.

Posted by Megalith April 21, 2018 2:50 PM (CDT)

Late Afternoon Defrag Streaming

Are the adrenaline packed, high tension livestreams of Hunt Showdown too much for you? Perhaps PvPvE gameplay just isn't your bag? Well fortunately for you, we're here to help, and bring you "twitchdefrags," a 24/7 livestream of a hard drive being defragmented. Let your cares float away as you watch misplaced files do the same. Who wants to make a stream of running scandisk on a monster drive? Discussion
Posted by rgmekanic April 20, 2018 3:51 PM (CDT)

AT&T Getting Ready to Offer Skinny TV Streaming Package for $15

During his recent testimony in the AT&t/Time Warner antitrust trial, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson mentions a new skinny streaming TV option without sports is going to be offered for $15 a month. Wireless customers will get the best Even though AT&T already offers a $35 per month service with DirecTV Now it appears they feel the need to tap into the low cost market and give everyone something for a pretty low price. Seeing is believing they say and once it's out I'll believe it.

Called AT&T Watch, it would ditch sports to keep the price low, and be available for free to the company's wireless subscribers. There's no word on exactly what channels would be included but it's apparently going to launch in the next few weeks. At that price it would be cheaper than AT&T's lowest-price DirecTV Now package ($35 for 60+ channels) and Sling TV's cheapest lineup ($20 for 25+ channels).

Posted by Montu April 20, 2018 11:55 AM (CDT)

Hunt Showdown Bullet Physics System

As you might have noticed lately, we are big fans of Hunt Showdown around here. I think it is without a doubt one of the best games I have played since BorderLands 2, although the games in term of genre are not truly comparable. I have already racked up 160+ hours myself, and have the bags under my eyes to prove it. Hunt Showdown is a first per shooter, 2-man co-op, somewhat battle royale-ish, PvP and PvE type of game, set in the Louisiana swamps in the late 1800s. You are hunting demons from Hell for cash and prizes, and Hunters are hunting you all the time as well, or vice versa. It is a Crytek title using its own game engine, CryEngine. David West of Crytek, has just published an article that gives a dive into the physics systems that affect bullet travel in Hunt. If you think these guys have not put a lot of thought into just how all this works, think again. But they tackle the most asked question, "Why no bullet drop?" And it has the most awesome theme song.

Furthermore, the weapons in Hunt use iron sights. Games that incorporate more modern equipment usually can rely on an array of red-dot scopes and mid-range combat optics, as well as sniper, night-vision and thermal scopes. Because Hunt is set in the age of iron sights, you won't aim through a scope for most of your shots. With bullet drop, you would have to aim above the target, which forces the shooter to effectively have to guess where to shoot. That isn't something we want players to have to do in Hunt. We always want Hunters to feel like they are in full control of a situation, and that if they miss a shot, it is due to their mistake and not a random element in the game. Every shot counts in Hunt, and Hunters needed to know that if they make the right calculation on each shot, they will reliably hit the target.

Posted by Kyle April 18, 2018 10:28 AM (CDT)

Hunt: Showdown Performance Patch Now Available

It's not secret that HardOCP loves Hunt: Showdown and we wrote on March 29th how it was getting a performance patch, and today is the day that it is available. The new patch comes in at only 164 MB, but packs a lot of optimization, including lowering the memory footprint, a number of CPU optimizations, as well as several other bug fixes that are too numerous to post here. but you can check out the full patch notes here.

And Hunt Showdown has an awesome theme song as well.

Posted by rgmekanic April 12, 2018 5:25 PM (CDT)

Disney Launches New ESPN+ Streaming Service

Disney has just joined the ranks of streaming content providers with their new ESPN+ service. Disney has never done anything like this before and it makes sense for them to offer their flagship sports product to the masses like this. I guess they've seen the ESPN numbers dropping on traditional cable networks and need to make up the difference so they can keep paying for all of their exclusive broadcasting rights. Thanks, cagey.

ESPN+ is designed for fanatics who want more sports programing, and for people who cannot find their favorite teams or sports on TV, Disney executives said. The latter includes fans of cricket, rugby, Canadian football or Ivy League sports.

Posted by Montu April 12, 2018 12:00 PM (CDT)

AI Doc "Do You Trust This Computer?" Streams for Free, Courtesy of Elon Musk

"Do You Trust This Computer?" is a new documentary exploring the potential consequences of artificial intelligence. Elon Musk (who has warned about these dangers before) thinks it is something that everyone should see and has thus made it available to stream for free. You can hit this link to go directly to the documentary.

"It’s a very important subject that will affect our lives in ways we can’t even imagine — some scary, some good. It’s a subject that I feel we should be paying close attention to," said Musk in a news release. "I think it’s important that a lot people see this movie, so I’m paying for it to be seen to the world for free this weekend."

Posted by Megalith April 08, 2018 10:05 AM (CDT)

YouTube TV Now Streams in Firefox Browser

YouTube TV now has the capability of being streamed in the Firefox browser. Up until this point it was only available for streaming in Chrome. Also, YouTube plans to open up streaming to other browsers in the future so don't worry if you don't use Chrome or Firefox.

It's not exactly a surprise that YouTube is making the service available on Firefox before Chrome's other rivals. As 9to5Google noted, the browser recently regained some of the users it lost to Google's browser, thanks to Quantum's launch. Mozilla said 170 million people installed Quantum, which is twice as fast as previous versions, a month after it debuted and that 44 percent of those users came from Chrome.

Posted by Montu April 06, 2018 11:10 AM (CDT)

Late Evening Hunt Showdown Streaming

Our favorite active military streamer WickedLux is getting his Hunt Showdown on in the wee hours of the morning for your PvE/PvP enjoyment. Ongoing Discussion
Posted by Kyle April 02, 2018 8:31 PM (CDT)

Overwatch Pro is in Trouble for Livestreamed "Racism"

Overwatch League pro Josh "Eqo" Corona is in trouble for making an allegedly racist gesture on livestream. Corona, who plays for the Philadelphia Fusion, was talking to viewers of his stream when he said "I'm Korean," after which he used his fingers to pull back the corners of his eyes. PCgamer is reporting that team president is "working on a punishment now." Corona tweeted yesterday that he apologizes, and the gesture was never meant to mock someone.
While the VOD has been deleted from Twitch, it is still up on Streamable, so you can make your own judgement. Personally, I think it is nothing, and this whole outrage culture is getting WAY out of hand.

The moment passed quickly and without invective, but despite Corona's claims of ignorance and intent, there's no doubt that the gesture is racist. As Kotaku pointed out, Yuli Gurriel of the Houston Astros was suspended for the first five games of the 2018 MLB season after making the same gesture during the 2017 World Series. Shortly after that happened, Colombian soccer player Edwin Cardona landed in trouble for doing the same thing during a game against the South Korean team. (And issued a similarly half-baked "sorry if you took offense" apology.)

Posted by rgmekanic April 02, 2018 5:21 PM (CDT)