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An FPS server guide for developers
Oct 16, 2007 - 1:32 PM - by rudedog
An FPS Server guide for developers
It's not rocket science and to be honest, most if not all of these features have been around for some time. However we keep seeing new games released, with a lot of these basic features missing.
Click here to view the list of features we've been asking for since 2001
Please use this thread to leave feedback or be part of the continued discussion on what admins need to run a successful game server.
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Battlefield 4 updates from Dice
Feb 25, 2015 - 12:58 PM - by rudedog
A little late posting this but it looks like Dice will be creating a new map with the help of the community. I really hope Dice doesn't think that is something new. The community was making maps years ago, you know when Dice released mapping tools.
We plan to release new content in a slightly different way, always with our ear to the ground and enhancing the game based on your feedback. Expect game updates and tweaks, and things like a weapon pack – but also one or two bigger content drops.
Create the Community Map with Us
Ok. This is something we’ve never done before. There’s a piece of content coming in 2015 that we’re really excited about. We will build a Battlefield 4 map together with you – the community.Together with our development team, you will get to shape a playable map based on your input and expertise on what makes a fun multiplayer level. This map will then be tested and tweaked in the CTE (Community Test Environment), available for Battlefield 4 Premium members.
Winter Patch Arriving in March
In March, we’ll deploy what we call the Winter Patch, polishing things like netcode and soldier collision. This update will also tweak one of our competitive game modes, Squad Obliteration. Fast-paced and hugely focused on team work, this will become the lead competitive game mode for Battlefield 4.

- More info and source - click here
2 Replies | 175 Views
Valve showing new hardware at GDC
Feb 24, 2015 - 10:06 AM - by rudedog
Looks like Valve is getting closer to releasing more info and ramping up developer interest into their Steam VR hardware at this years GDC. they will also be showing off their new hardware collection
Steam is bringing the best games and user-generated content to exciting new destinations. At GDC 2015, we’ll be giving demos of the refined Steam Controller, new living room devices, and a previously-unannounced SteamVR hardware system.
- source and full press release here
3 Replies | 136 Views
Game:ref - Hardware based Anti-Cheat
Feb 23, 2015 - 7:48 AM - by rudedog
Gumby tweeted this a few hour ago and it's interesting to say the least.
So we already have or at least know of anti-cheat software, most pre-installed into most multi player games, but what if a program is smart enough to work its way around the system. Introducing a prototype hardware based system. Game:ref is an input based anti-cheat system, it detects your input from mouse and keyboard and cross references that with what happened in the game; i.e. if you tap spacebar once, you only jump the standard height, not fly into space.
Read the full article over at eTeknix
3 Replies | 188 Views
Epic Launches Unreal Dev Grants
Feb 21, 2015 - 10:14 PM - by rudedog
So, Epic Games has created a $5,000,000 fund to provide grants ranging from $5,000 to $50,000 to select projects being built with and around Unreal Engine 4. Any project that has reached the “working prototype” stage of development is eligible for nomination, and all nominations will be considered based on merit.
The best part? There are absolutely no strings attached. Your project remains yours; you own your IP and publishing rights and you can spend any grant funds however you like. Epic’s goal is simply to help UE4 developers succeed because when you succeed, we succeed.

- For more info head over to the official Epic site for Dev Grants
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Battlefield: Hardline - Open Beta
Feb 03, 2015 - 10:07 AM - by Pendragon
While the open beta phase of Battlefield: Hardline begins tomorrow, PC gamers can go ahead and download the beta from Origin right now. The open beta client weights around 11GB and can be downloaded from Origin. All you have to do is follow these steps:
1) Download Origin
2) Launch Origin
3) Click on Store
4) Head over at Free Games -> Demos and Betas
5) Click On Battlefield: Hardline and download the beta
Battlefield: Hardline’s open beta will last until February 8th, and will feature three different maps and two different modes.
12 Replies | 718 Views
Sony Sells Off SOE; Future Games Will Go Multiplatform
Feb 02, 2015 - 7:29 PM - by CuzOfSloth

Sony Online Entertainment has been acquired from Sony by investment management firm Columbus Nova, according to an announcement by a member of the company on Reddit. The publisher, responsible for massive multiplayer online role-playing game Everquest, has been renamed Daybreak Game Company, shedding its Sony branding altogether.

"This name," says Reddit user SOE_Legion, "embodies who we are as an organization, and is a nod to the passion and dedication of our employees and players. It is also representative of our vision to approach each new day as an opportunity to move gaming forward.

Sony Online Entertainment has had a rough few years, with a handful of MMOs tied to expensive intellectual properties that failed to meet the grand financial expectation of the genre, including Star Wars Galaxies, DC Universe Online, and The Matrix Online. Last year, the company laid off employees in both the San Diego and Austin offices. In a company-wide email that followed the layoffs, then SOE president, now Daybreak president John Smedley said:

I know most of the people we're laying off today. Some of them have been with us here since the beginning. None of them deserved this. Our goal as a company needs to be to make incredible games and grow again so we can bring our friends back."
According to TechCrunch, Columbus Nova will continue to support the publisher's online catalog, including H1Z1, the zombie survival MMO, which recently launched via Early Access on Steam. And the company still plans to release EverQuest Next, the follow-up to the publisher's most famous game, in the "near future."

In the Reddit post, the team points at console and mobile platforms playing an important role in Daybreak's future. "In fact," says SOE_Legion, "we expect to have even more resources available to us as a result of this acquisition. It also means new exciting developments for our existing IP and games as we can now fully embrace the multi-platform world we are living in."

Source: The Verge & GameRant
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Raptr security email
Jan 31, 2015 - 7:04 AM - by rudedog
Not sure how many of you have a Raptr account but I just received the following email
Maintaining the highest level of security around your Raptr account information is of the utmost importance to us, so we're very sorry to inform you that some Raptr user data may have been recently compromised in an attack similar to hacking activities that have targeted other high-profile sites and services such as Xbox Live and Sony's PlayStation Network.
User names, email addresses, password hashes, and some first and last names may have been accessed. This means that although the passwords are hashed, users with weak passwords are vulnerable to unauthorized access. It's important to note that our two-factor authentication system used for redeeming Raptr Reward Points ensures that even if your Raptr account was among those compromised, the points you've earned as a Raptr member are protected.

Although the potential risk to Raptr users is pretty minimal, we urge you to access any accounts on other sites and services in which you use the same login and password associated with your Raptr account and change the related password(s) immediately.

Reset your password at your earliest convenience in order to help safeguard your Raptr account. In doing so, we strongly advise you to use a password that is reasonably complex and not associated with another site/service account.

If you have any questions or concerns, please don't hesitate to contact Raptr's Customer Service group.

We're extremely sorry about this situation and are committed to further improving account security going forward.


Dennis Fong
Founder & CEO, Raptr
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