Let’s discuss: Metal Gear
As the previous post of this type was quite successful here, I would like to continue. Let's discuss the **Metal Gear** series. What is your favorite entry? What are your most beloved moments, characters, boss fights? Do you have any fun strategies you'd like to share? Are there things you absolutely don't like? Please feel free to share any thoughts you have on Metal Gear or react to other comments. Let's get the conversation going! If you have any recommendations for games or series for the next post(s), please feel free to DM me or add it in a comment here (no guarantees of course).

Weekly “What are you playing” Thread || Week of February 18th
Hey y'all! What are you playing? I finally starting playing Alan Wake 2 and wow I absolutely love it. I think Remedy are the most interesting devs in the AAA space and I am all on board for their connected universe! Also more binding of isaac :p

What to play at after work?
What game should a group of around 15 colleagues play to get the most out of 3 hours after work at an internet cafe? It's a mixed group of gamers and non gamers, and we want everyone to have a good time. I'm thinking something where we can divide us into two teams and quite quickly get some enjoyment out of it even if most haven't played it before.

Capgemini to acquire Unity’s Digital Twin Professional Services arm to accelerate enterprises’ digital transformation through real-time 3D technology
PARIS & SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Capgemini and Unity (NYSE: U), the world’s leading platform for creating and growing real-time 3D (RT3D) content, today announced an expansion of their strategic alliance that will see Capgemini take on Unity’s Digital Twin Professional Services arm. Per the agreement, Unity’s Digital Twin Professional Services team will join and embed within Capgemini, forming one of the largest pools of Unity enterprise developers in the world. The transaction will accelerate the iteration and implementation of the market leading real-time 3D (RT3D) visualization software for the industrial application of digital twins. It will allow end users to envision, understand, and interact with physical systems - a key enabler for intelligent industry. The deal is expected to close in the second quarter of 2024. ::: spoiler More Unity’s Digital Twin Professional Services team has worked with many companies over the past five years to develop real-time 3D solutions to drive business results. As more and more enterprises seek to combine the physical and digital worlds, clients are looking for the RT3D software capabilities coupled with business transformation, design, and engineering expertise to realize value from the industrial application of digital twins at scale. Today’s agreement will extend the reach and scale of Unity’s software through Capgemini, allowing more organizations to further push the boundaries of this technology through the acceleration, adoption, and application of RT3D to build and scale immersive experiences.::: “Unity’s real-time 3D technology is the unequivocal industry standard for visualization across platforms and devices. As such, it is a key component that will impact the value-chain of intelligent products - from R&D to manufacturing, operations, and services,” comments William Rozé, CEO of Capgemini Engineering and Group Executive Board member. “This new agreement with Unity will allow Capgemini to embed 3D visualization software capabilities into our end-to-end business transformation services, to help clients realize the immediate and longer-term benefits of intelligent industry.” “Unity has reached a point in its growth where the opportunity for us in the enterprise market has outpaced our ability to scale fast enough to meet client demand,” explains Jim Whitehurst, CEO, Unity. “With its scale and breadth of services – from design and engineering to business transformation and data expertise, Capgemini is well placed to unleash the full potential of Unity technology for enterprise clients across industries with specific use cases.” As part of this agreement Capgemini plans to scale a range of sector-specific solutions that are currently in high demand. Particularly relevant for automotive, consumer products & retail, energy & utilities, aerospace & defense, healthcare & life sciences, and industrial products/manufacturing, tailored offerings are expected to include: - Simulation: A digital representation of an asset, facility or product that emulates its real-world counterpart through advanced modeling to provide real-time insights and simulate future scenarios. - Human Machine Interfaces: Interactive experiences for in-vehicle infotainment (IVI), meters (gauge clusters), and additional screens. - Immersive Training: Engaging training experiences in interactive 3D or augmented or virtual reality (AR and VR) to enable better knowledge transfer and safer workplaces. :::

Anyone playing LE release? Will be playing as a duo with my spouse as soon as we're done with work today!

You might know the game under the name Star Control 2. It's a wonderful game that involves wandering around deep space, meeting aliens, and navigating a sprawling galaxy while trying to save the people of Earth, who are being kept under a planetary shield.

cross-posted from: > Petition: make WMR open source > > Microsoft has stopped supporting WMR. > > Please sign this petition to?open-source the software, so others can maintain it and prevent the perfectly good VR headsets becoming e-waste!

Let’s discuss: Slay the Spire
I wanted to try a new type of post: just taking a particular videogame and see if there are others who would like to talk about it. To start I'm taking Slay The Spire. A beautifully balanced game with infinite replayability. What are your favorite classes? What is your favorite way to win the game? What is the highest ascension you've beaten? Are there similar games you enjoy? Let's go!

Game over? Industry suffers slowdown after decades-long winning streak
almost certain this is behind a paywall and usually FT is one you can't get around, so some choice excerpts: > The $200bn video games industry is reckoning with its biggest slowdown in 30 years, as the huge growth driven by smartphone gaming and the latest generation of consoles reaches its limits. > > Hardware sales are slowing, with Sony cutting its forecast for PlayStation 5 sales this week. Consumer spending on mobile gaming declined last year, down 2 per cent to $107.3bn according to, which forecasts low single-digit growth in 2024. --- > Many in the gaming industry expected to bounce back quickly after 2022's post-pandemic decline, last year did not deliver the growth initially hoped. > > The latest quarterly numbers from some of the biggest publishers, including Electronic Arts and Take Two, has underwhelmed investors. Meanwhile, games developers have been forced to cut thousands more jobs this year after already slashing as many as 10,000 in 2023. > > "There's a lot of commercial anxiety: about growth, about profitability, about keeping budgets in check and about making an impact in the market when there are so many established products," said Piers Harding-Rolls, games research director at Ampere Analysis, a market researcher. "We are in a much slower growth era." --- > Cutting prices is a double-edged sword. The huge popularity of free-to-play online games such as Fortnite and Roblox consumes hours of playtime that had previously been spent on $70 titles. The strong network effects of multiplayer games, such as Call of Duty, also make it harder for new entrants to succeed. "Thousands of titles are hitting every month and the success rate is very low," he said. "You're faced with significant challenges in trying to break new product into the market." > > The rising costs of developing blockbuster games has also raised the stakes. "When you're talking about a budget that's $100mn plus, even for a big company, if you miss with two or three of those then commercially you're on the ropes," Harding-Rolls said. --- > That has driven a Hollywood-style dependence on rebooting the same big franchises by Sony, Microsoft, Electronic Arts and other big games companies. At the same time, entertainment giants are showing a renewed interest in gaming — adding new competition for existing players in a shrinking market. > > Disney made a $1.5bn investment in Fortnite's creator Epic Games this month to create what the studio's chief Bob Iger called "a huge Disney universe that will be for gaming and for play", while Netflix is also expanding its games offering.

TIL about - site for comparing CPUs and GPUs
Today I stumbled across this site, which allows you to see whether your CPU and GPU are well paired, for various tasks. E.g., here's my current set up, for "graphics intensive tasks": And the site tells me this for that combination: > While the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X is well-equipped to manage strenuous computational tasks, the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 limited graphical prowess may compromise the overall system efficiency. This disparity could lead to decreased performance and less effective utilization of system resources. To rectify this imbalance, an upgrade to a more capable graphics card that complements the AMD Ryzen 5 5600X processing abilities is advisable. Neat! (Standard disclaimers - I am not affiliated with the site and YMMV)

Embracer CEO says layoffs are “something that everyone needs to get through”
### lol. > Embracer CEO Lars Wingefors said that the current reduction in workforce at the company and across the industry is "something that everyone needs to get through," later adding that the group's strategy has been to cut the things that have "the lowest chance of success going forward" and to only keep "the most iconic studios."

Does anyone want to play Garry’s mod?
Hello I am l looking for people to play TTT with. If you are interested please message me. we could also play other gamemodes as well. I'm looking for people who are preferably in the CET timezone.

Need advice for android gaming
So, I'm going to get a retroid pocket 4 pro. Its the best option I found. What are some (fdroid) games I can look into? I plan of stuffing it with ROMs too. Anyone have any experience with the system?

Weekly “What are you playing” Thread || Week of February 11th
What have you all been playing! Ive been grinding out binding of Isaac challenges. Yesterday I beat ultra hard which is something I never wish to put myself through again 😊 😮‍💨

> The street sweeper has a decent work-life balance. She takes her job very seriously. She guides her broom with intent, and her gaze is directed at the ground at all times. She sweeps meticulously, almost gingerly even. There is one particular spot she pays special attention to. For over two and a half hours she does nothing but sweep this one small area. And yet, all the effort doesn’t lead to any visible changes. No matter how diligently she sweeps, the sidewalk remains dusty and full of dried mud. > […] Does the launderess dream of her desires, of the things she might see or become? Does she work this hard because she believes it is her job that will emancipate her? Turn her dreams into reality, some day, at the terminal station of her infinite loop of labor performance?

It's really nice to see how they continue to cater to player quality of life, _lots_ of great improvements both for new and returning players here.

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Chris Sayers reveals why he left Blizzard; fake promotions, lies, and gaslighting
[Twitter]( [Archive]( > so, enough time has passed now for me to talk about why i decided to leave Blizzard. a mixed year with great teammates, but a management that mistreated, lied to me, gaslit me, gave me a fake promotion, and HR that refused to help. > >buckle up friendos. 💪 > i wanna start by saying that all of the people I got to work with on Team 4 (Overwatch 2) were incredible. they were warm, welcoming, fun, friendly and just so goddamn talented. there were so many great people on my team championing for me and i am so grateful for their support >unfortunately however, i spent most of a year stressed out of my mind, working 4 peoples jobs at once, and having management make promises they had no intention of fulfilling and i ultimately felt like i had no choice but to leave for my own mental health. >in July of 2023, i was invited to a meeting by Art Leadership and production, to let me know they were interested in promoting me to Lead VFX Artist of the cosmetics team. (skins, emotes, POTGs, etc.), i had only been there 6 months and I told them basically "if youre sure?? lol" >but before accepting i was adamant, that we were all on the same page about the full role, what it meant, what i would be doing, and also, what the "promotion" would come with. (pay increase, title change) and confirmed all of those details before going further >these conversations included other Lead VFX, Art Directors, Associate Art Directors, Production Directions and also HR. and as we were *all* happy, i started the job effective immediately, with the details to come at the end of the week, in writing. >the new role was >\- all of my existing responsibilities and workload as a senior >\- becoming a line manager of 3 people immediately >\- managing our entire outsourced vfx pipeline in china >\- plus additional Lead things (planning, much more meetings lol) >friday of that week comes, nothing, but, the Production Dir does announce my promotion to Lead to the whole team on the thursday! its official! its happening! the whole team knows! i even tweet about it, because im so excited. we're all gucci! > >![]( >on my first week as lead. my new manager, tells me that we are going to have to fire one of my new reports cus he wont RTO > >me: "he is waiting for a medical accommodation because he is a carer for his parents" > >them: "yeah [laughing] we're not gonna do that for a junior" >another lead on the team offers to deliver the news for me, because it is my first week as lead. and the person we are supposed to fire is one of my closest friends on the team. he is given until the end of the month to either relocate, or leave. we're all distraught. >im now doing my senior role, my lead role and now all the work that this great vfx artist was doing. they then refuse to hire an intern, another one of my reports, who is incredibly talented and we all love. so i add all the work they were going to do, to my plate. >a month goes by, and i have now sent an email or slack message, every other day to find out what is happening with the pay increase and title change. >im told i have to wait until August, because thats when all the promotions happen but "dont worry. its all happening" >i then discover that as I am earning less than 50% of every other Lead VFX Artist at blizzard, so much so, that as a Lead, my salary is lower than every person I am managing. i send more emails. im told its cus im in the UK, and my salary is based on market value, not my value. >i ask HR if they think that it is ethically okay to pay me less than 50% of every person for doing the same job? > >they tell me "why would we pay you more than we have to? that doesnt make any business sense" > >i realise i am talking to a person who doesnt give a shit about people >another month passes and i get to august and turns out, "no no, its actually september now" for some reason. but "dont worry, its coming. its definitely a promotion, and theres definitely a pay increase." > >i continue to be overworked, and exhausted, but hopeful. (fool) >another few weeks pass, and its getting to 3 months being a lead. so i send an email out to everyone, directors, VPs, HR, leads, you name it, telling them that if there is no written information by Sep 1st, i will stop doing the role immediately. >SUDDENLY, people have something to say! > >this entire time, HR have not responded once and they finally reply inviting me for a quick call. it is in this call that HR ask me "what promotion? i have no idea what you are talking about?" > >at this point i raised a formal complaint. >i had months of messages, emails that i sent to HR to explain what i was talking about and they finally reply with > >"you seem to be confused" ... "there is no promotion" ... "leadership is a lateral move" ... "its just a change of responsibilities" ... "there is no pay increase" >i was livid, naturally, and asked what any normal fucking rational human would "why would *anybody* want that promotion then?" which obviously they then did the old "i can see you're frustrated, i can see how you misinterpreted this". >the investigation from the formal complaint comes back after a few weeks and after some careful deliberation, decides that HR did nothing wrong, and followed all processes correctly. SO, i hand in my resignation about an hour later. but it doesnt end there!!! >because no!!! > >HR then told me!!! that because of my role as a Lead!!! i had gained inexplicable knowledge that would put me at a business risk to work anywhere else!!! so they are activating a Non-Compete Clause that restricts me from working ANYWHERE AT ALL for 3 MONTHS!!!!😍😍 >and, you may be rightfully thinking "oh, so this is a *paid* 3 months, right? you cant stop someone from working at ALL for 3 months without paying the-..." INCORRECT that is exactly what they did, and unfortunately, completely legal, because get fucked, i guess??? >i said I cant survive for 3 months without pay, I have a mortgage and they looked me in the eye and said: > >"well, you probably shouldn't have signed the contract then 🙂" > >within a few minutes i was locked out of slack/email, and that was the end of my time at Blizzard. 🎉🎉🎉 >if anyone has continued so far, thank you for listening 💚💚💚💚 > >idk what the point of this is, but, i needed to get it off my chest. blizzard had every opportunity to do the right thing, and they continually failed at that. >i also wanna sincerely thank everyone who purchased a mentorship session or portfolio review with me at the end of last year. it quite *literally* saved me, and meant that I was able to not go into debt and so i am hugely grateful, and hope you all felt like they were worth it!

New Manjaro Linux Gaming Handheld from OrangePi
This is exciting! A gaming handheld from a great open source hardware company that makes SBCs like the RP5. It looks to have all the quality features and combines the best of all the handhelds I've seen. This has me really excited. I am wondering though what gaming on Manjaro Linux is like if anyone knows. I've heard of Bazzite and Nobara as well as Chimera and HoloISO which are all focused around gaming. Does Manjaro ship with all the gaming features preinstalled?

Final Fantasy XI now has RetroAchievements support via HorizonXI
cross-posted from: > Useful information for getting started can be found [here]( > > As some of you may have already heard, we've been working with the HorizonXI team to bring RetroAchievements support to their Final Fantasy XI private server. Their ideology of maintaining that classic feel of the older FFXI era with some new experiences aligns well with the RA goal of bringing achievements to classic gaming experiences. FFXI holds a significant place in gaming history, especially as a landmark title for the PS2, and we're hoping to introduce even more players to it with this partnership! > > Today is the day that we release our initial sets to test out the new integration with their platform! This marks our first ever "Standalone" release on the RA platform--and through extension, the first "core+subset" type experience our site has to offer. Note: this is different than how emulators will implement this sort of feature, which still needs a lot of work before it comes to realization. There are only a few sets to start--but, if things go well, we plan to add many more sets that players can earn achievements in while playing the game ranging from expansions, endgame content, crafting, fishing, job-related goals, and more! > > [Final Fantasy XI (Standalone)]( (Check this [forum]( for some useful info!) > [Final Fantasy XI: Rise of the Zilart (Standalone)]( > [Final Fantasy XI [Subset - Hero of Nations] (Standalone)]( > > Massive thanks to Flam, Shozokui, Rogueone, WCopeland and everybody else involved for helping make this happen! > > [On the Horizon (Events)]( > In addition, we're also holding a new event to celebrate this occasion where players will able to get a special badge (courtesy of @Jenettebaghead) for trying the game out and completing early game milestones! Read more about that here: > > > The launcher, as well as instructions on how to link to your RA account can be found at > > Link your HorizonXI account to Discord at and then follow the instructions here to start earning achievements. > > Join the [RetroAchievements Discord]( to talk with fellow achievement hunters about the game in our #horizon-xi channel! > > Join the [HorizonXI Discord]( for game support and other useful resources!

cross-posted from: Just figured I’d share. Regardless of if you’re a big monkey island fan or not (and you should be, in my biased opinion) you’ve almost definitely played games made by people inspired by it. Good video!

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