Category: Games

Dirt Rally // Pikes Peak Hillclimb Record Attempt

With 152 turns over 19.9km, the real-life world record for the Pikes Peak hillclimb course is a staggering 8:13 by Sebastien Loeb in 2013. Using the same car in Dirt Rally and after a lot of practice, I beat the record time by 9 seconds to come in at 8:04. Other people have done significantly better in-game, but I am very satisfied that I managed to get to this short a time. Below is the video of my run.

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Non-cloud Saves // Just Cause 3

About 3 months back, I reinstalled Windows 10 as I was having issues launching some games and thought it might be DirectX dependencies conflicting or something else equally fiddly to remedy. I don’t make a habit of checking every game’s saves to see if they are backed up somewhere, but my games are installed on separate drives to Windows. I did a fresh install of Windows on an SSD I had cleared up and kept my old installation of Windows where it was, so I could go and grab files afterwards. A large portion of games now use either Steam cloud or their own online save system, which conveniently avoids losing progress and (sometimes) settings after a reinstall. I was somewhat surprised to find that Just Cause 3 doesn’t do this.

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Servers Shutdown // Nosgoth

As a habit I keep my large library of games installed and track updates as they come in via Steam. I thought I had noticed something about it before on RockPaperShotgun.com, and sure enough today there was an “update” to Nosgoth. I checked the Steam news feed for the game and confirmed that it is closing down its servers today, ending the game.

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CSGO Woes // Windows 10 and working again

I still don’t know what the root of the problem is but I’m thinking it has something to do with the DirectX dependencies that get installed along with the game. I upgraded to Windows 10 a couple of days ago and haven’t really encountered any problems as yet. Open Broadcaster...

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CSGO Woes // Nevermind, It’s Broken Again

I had tried CSGO a couple of times in deathmatch and casual and it seemed to be working so I went ahead and bought the operation bloodhound pass for about $7cdn. I’m not in a huge rush to play more but I figure if I have the pass, at least...

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Dirt on the Lens // Next Car Game Screenshot Gallery

missed apex indeed

I have a lot of games I need to try out. As I do I’ll be creating galleries for each one. Today I loaded up Next Car Game, processed the screens and uploaded a gallery. Playing at 4K, the fidelity of the visuals is highly impressive and the physics – including brilliant levels of car and environmental damage modelling – are tremendously satisfying.

I also livestreamed the DayZ standalone for about an hour, although I haven’t gotten around to creating a screenshot gallery.

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Virtual Cartography // Railworks 2013 Routes

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Railworks 2013 has a built-in editor, which displays the GPS coordinates of each quick drive location on a route. Using that information I have created Google Earth/Maps versions of each of the 24 routes I currently have for the simulator.

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