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  1. Copyright infringement of imaginary property is not theft. There are no "stolen goods". It's just copyright infringement, with its own criminal and civil penalties but typically lax enforcement. We'll see if Embracer Group or whoever currently owns the Duke Nukem IP tries to shut down distribution and modding of a 20+ year old dead game, but they can't stop it if the people working on it are determined. There's a reason pretty much every movie and TV show is downloadable and streamable on pirate sites within hours of release: whack-a-mole doesn't work very well. Some people will get scared off by a DMCA letter, but the files are already widely available now. As for whether or not it should be linked in here, that's a question for the forum staff. Maybe the links should be removed. Just provide helpful hints instead.
  2. I heard there might be a 2002 build floating around. Anyone hear about that? That was his initial statement. He has said more than that. He should be understood to be salty as heck and ignored.
  3. Never heard of Redfall. I hope TES VI gets delayed so hard, it becomes an XS?/PS6 game.
  4. We could collectively produce a fantastic essay about what ought to be done in a new Thief installment. I doubt it will ever reach their eyes though. Unless someone from the community gets hired, which I think happened with Dishonored.
  5. Any number of those could be disabled or smoothed over to make it more palatable and more like what TDM has now. Where you can stand on top of a table in a somewhat dark room and not get caught.
  6. To my knowledge, all of today's real-time ray tracing is some variation on this: In practice, machine learning algorithms may be used (the paper in that video doesn't), and most of today's games with ray tracing continue to use rasterization for most graphics. The field is advancing quickly:
  7. I'd be cautiously unoptimistic. Didn't Thief 4 devs disrespect the original games in interviews? I would expect even less love/understanding from newer devs over 2 decades on. If a Thief 5 gets made, it should be a showcase for ray traced lighting and audio. Maybe they can get paid enough to make a good AA game and true sequel.
  8. Embracer Group is Buying Square Enix Montréal, Eidos, and Crystal Dynamics for “Only” 300 Million USD: https://wccftech.com/embracer-group-square-enix-montreal-eidos-crystal-dynamics/

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      I saw this and immediately wanted them to work on a Thief 5. Pipedream probably. I think Fleetwood Mac has more of a chance letting Lindsay Buckingham back in that we getting a Thief 5.

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    Free games

    Postal 2 100% off on GOG https://slickdeals.net/f/15740521-postal-2-pc-digital-download-free https://www.gog.com/en/game/postal_2 https://www.gog.com/giveaway/claim You can also grab Postal: Classic and Uncut which should be free always: https://www.gog.com/game/postal_classic_and_uncut
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    Free games

    When I get the "{}" it means I got it. Reloading that page should then display {"message":"Already claimed"}. I link that page as a shortcut, you can just bookmark it and load it daily to pick up most of GOG's freebies as they come in. But if you have some region-specific issue, I don't know what it would look like.
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    Free games

    100% off Iris and the Giant on GOG https://www.gog.com/giveaway/claim https://slickdeals.net/f/15730684-iris-and-the-giant-pc-digital-download-free Offer valid through April 17, 2022 or while promotion lasts
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    5800X3D takes the fight to the 12900KS https://www.tomshardware.com/news/amd-ryzen-7-5800x3d-review
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    These products are fine for some people at the right price. It's just that they are all overpriced (especially the GPUs) and anything based on Navi 24 is nerfed based on design decisions made to make it a mobile GPU, like not including the same decode/encode capabilities as other RDNA2 GPUs. Throw in the PCIe limitation and 4 GB memory and you have a perfect storm of fail, at least in newer games.
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    It could actually get worse if they paired the Ryzen 5 4500 or Ryzen 3 4100 with the RX 6400 or RX 6300. All of those being new or soon-to-be-launched products.
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    My understanding is that there has been a push to put the biggest and most power hungry GPUs into (relatively) small cases. Seems pointless but that's what people want. APUs are going to increasingly take over the territory once held by low-end graphics cards, and small form factor builds are here to stay. And after all, the end result of chip development will be to cram everything into a SoC/package to reduce latency. CPU, graphics, memory, and accelerators as close to each other as physically possible, broken up into tiles 3D stacked on one another and an interposer if needed.
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    So if they end up offering only a single 16-core model with the heightened 170W TDP, you could TDP-down/underclock it with Ryzen Master, the BIOS, or other utilities. BTW, rumor has it that ITX motherboards will not be able to use a X670 chipset, only B650: https://wccftech.com/amd-next-gen-ryzen-7000-raphael-zen-4-cpu-rumors-computex-announcement-x670-flagship-chipset-with-ddr5-pcie-5-support-rdna-2-igpu/ https://wccftech.com/amd-5nm-zen-4-ryzen-7000-raphael-cpusmass-production-april-2022-rumor/
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    If you want to grasp the Alder Lake efficiency situation, you should look into the Ryzen 5 5600X vs. Core i5-12400 and Rembrandt vs. mobile Alder Lake at low TDPs. As AMD moves to a new socket, it has seen what Intel is doing to top the charts, and will raise the top TDP from 105W to 170W: https://hothardware.com/news/amd-ryzen-7950x-specs-leak-170w-tdp-16-cores And why not? If you are a 16-core user, you can probably afford a good cooler.
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    Free games

    100% off Knightfall: A Daring Journey https://store.steampowered.com/app/1911390/Knightfall_A_Daring_Journey/ Ends SOON
  19. There's extreme variance in laptop cooling quality (recently there have been stories about RTX 3060 laptops outperforming RTX 3070 laptops and so on), but in general I think laptops are lasting longer with better build quality than they used to. However, the move to extreme thinness fights any improvements in cooling capability and loses ports, and now soldered RAM is everywhere, hurting user value. APUs are becoming a lot better, see Rembrandt, to the point where discrete won't make much sense if you just want 1080p resolution. And AMD is arguably sandbagging their APUs. They could make a premium, large die size APU with a lot more graphics compute units than 6/8/12, integrated High Bandwidth Memory, and/or 3D V-Cache, that would have a lot of performance while being more efficient than discrete laptop graphics. But there may not have been a clear enough market for that kind of product for them to make design a monolithic die for $100 million or whatever it is now. Apple's latest M1 Max/Ultra chips might prod them into doing that, and they might be able to adopt a chiplet approach for laptops, which Intel will do with Meteor Lake.
  20. Maybe you have the option of taking the CPU, GPU, memory, and hard drive(s) with you, and leaving the rest? Although if it's an old CPU you could have trouble getting a motherboard. And you have to be careful not to get any bent pins and whatnot.
  21. Yeah wtf? Is it going to be lost to you forever? I still have fond memories of getting 5 FPS on some missions with the A6-3400M. I can't imagine that newer laptops need a discrete GPU to handle TDM at a playable framerate.
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    Free games

    100% off Keo on Steam https://store.steampowered.com/app/1424910/KEO/ https://slickdeals.net/f/15689098-keo-pc-digital-steam-game-free?src=frontpage But it's already in my library(!) and it's probably a game nobody plays.
  23. Screenrant never caused anybody to twitch a muscle. But if we do get a Thi5f, it needs to be a showcase for ray traced lighting *and* audio.
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    I would skip as deep into AM5 as possible. So skip Rembrandt, skip Phoenix, look for Strix Point or later 3+ years from now. CPU performance uplift ought to be substantial, since a 5700G is already 2-3 times faster than an i7-3930K. DDR6 is in development, and the introduction of that could mark the end of the AM5 socket... in 2027?
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    2016+ CPU/GPU News

    https://www.techpowerup.com/gpu-specs/radeon-680m.c3871 This is just an estimate and should be taken with a grain of salt, but you can get an idea of how the top Rembrandt APU stacks up against your current GPU. The Radeon 680M should be faster than the GTX 960, Radeon HD 7970, GTX 1050 Ti, and GTX 770. My guess is that the next-gen Phoenix APU (top CU model) will be at least 33% faster, which would put it in the ballpark of the R9 290X and GTX 970.
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