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Downloading your games? Get ready for extra fees

Arstechnica writes: "The business of selling games has rapidly changed over the past few years, mainly because online services have allowed developers to bypass the middleman that is retail stores. There are major advantages to purchasing a game via digital distribution: it's insanely more convenient than driving to a store, customers avoid pushy salespeople, the titles themselves are often cheaper than physical copies, and no one has to keep track of the game disc. As it turns out, though, that last aspect might not be entirely true, because one of the biggest digital distributors requires customers to buy the option to re-download programs for more than a limited amount of time."

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DragonWarrior465345651d ago

Ha, thank god I don't buy pc games. Psn and xbox marketplace ftw!

JsonHenry5651d ago

Been downloading my PC games ever since STEAM started and I have never had any of the problems listed.

sukru5651d ago

steam is the way to go. it offers so much benefits that i forget it's a form of drm itself.

Conquistador5651d ago

Personal diary excerpt 54:

I am sad to report that the men no longer have the resources to capture the flowing waters of gold and treasure that inhabit many of the larger cities. The natives are making it more and more difficult for us to reach the sources, and killing them off is, quite frankly, becoming a chore.

As such, from here on out, I have ordered my men to discontinue the search for liquid gold (my men, for reasons unkown to me have decided to call these treasures 'downloads').

Alas, all hope is not yet lost. Outside many cities sits natural vents in the ground. Through these vents the gold rivers evaporate and out of the ground comes Steam. This Steam seems to be a far easier way to achieve my quota for the King, as I do not have to deal with these pesky natives. No doubt they will notice my witty plan and try to put a stop to it. We shall see about that...

DragonWarrior465345651d ago

Amen,, all hail to the Conquistador!

Proxy5651d ago

we examine the poor business practices of a failing online distributor.

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Star Wars Outlaws Is A Visual Feast And I'm Digging It

Star Wars Outlaws seems to be on track to set a new standard for visuals in Star Wars games, and I can't wait for it.

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Why Ray Tracing Is Still Not Worth It

Ali Rashid From Tech4Gamers writes "Ray Tracing has been out for over five years at this point; however, most of its issues still remain relevant even with modern GPUs."

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Goodguy0110h ago

Too little gained for too much lost basically.

Sciurus_vulgaris9h ago

In titles that lack environments with prominent reflective metallic surfaces you often don’t notice the ray-tracing very much. Most players are going to stare down at puddles and wet surfaces. Ray tracing doesn’t impact immersion as much as some other graphical effects.

isarai4h ago

Seriously, it's been such a thief of processing power that could've been used to add something of actual substance to the game. We got this sizeable leap in power from last gen, and a lot of it is being wasted on Ray tracing imo

JEECE54m ago

Yep. Ray tracing kills the framerate for slightly better lighting and reflections. I have seen some impressive tech demos where it seems to make a meaningful difference, but in real games it is never worth it.

CrimsonWing691h ago

I honestly rarely notice it in some games. Like RE Village used it and I couldn’t tell you if any example I noticed. I only know because the trailer mentioned using it.

Dazelya1h ago

Frankly, RT reflections do not interest me much, on the other hand, RT lighting makes a huge difference.

RaiderNation1h ago

Devs want it though because its a less time and labor intensive way of creating reflections.

Einhander197258m ago

It will be on the PS5 Pro when the RT is separated from the CU's and doesn't cause performance loss.

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Helldivers 2 players finally get to play in a new biome and they love it

Helldivers 2 players finally get to play around in a new biome and it is one of the most exciting planets in the game.

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