Resident Evil 3 demo analysis: the game's brilliant but something's up with Xbox One X

Eurogamer - Mon, 23/03/2020 - 16:00

Another superb remake is on the horizon from Capcom with the Resident Evil 3 demo hitting PS4 and Xbox One consoles - showing how its RE Engine has evolved since the Resi 2 remake. Fans of the original Playstation game will be well prepared for what's to come: it's a more action-orientated take on the series from the word go - fewer puzzles and more focus on firepower to push through - with the threat of Nemesis looming around every corner. This is a marked departure from the last game too, not just in tone but also in how the RE Engine is deployed, with some major change seen in the Xbox One X rendition of the game.

The demo itself is a relatively lean slice of the action, delivering about 30 minutes of gameplay in all - and after a few attempts, you could probably speed-run it in under 10. So what we're seeing here is very much an small sample of a greater whole, and we have no real idea of how close to completion this demo actually is. The demo is seemingly configured for this play length too, even down to the layout of zombies, weapons, and Nemesis encounters. Expect things to be shaken up here for the final game - and I hope that changes extend to the default brightness too, which is simply too dark by default. The tools are there to calibrate the game more effectively, but the standard preset really need some work.

In terms of image quality, there are some parallels with RE2 Remake, but there is a twist. Xbox One X now targets a full 4K as opposed to the 1620p target from the prior game, though once again it does look like reconstruction techniques are used to generate its 2160p framebuffer. The results aren't necessarily as sharp as you might expect, but the improvement to clarity over the PS4 Pro version is clear (Sony's enhanced machine remains at the same 1620p as RE2). Again, the Pro version also seems to be reconstructing with stippling checkerboard-stye artefacts in play. The resolution parity we saw in RE2 Remake is gone, then - X pushes more pixels and this does result in a significant performance penalty.

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GAME closes all its Belong arenas over Coronavirus - but stores remain open for business

Eurogamer - Mon, 23/03/2020 - 13:50

GAME has closed all of its Belong arenas over the Coronavirus - but its stores remain open for business despite stricter guidance from the government.

GAME's Belong arenas are designed to bring people together to play games or watch them being played in tournaments.

The government has said everyone should employ social distancing in order to reduce the transmission of COVID-19.

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is a 'Debt Jubilee' The Only Way to Avoid a Depression?

Slashdot - Mon, 23/03/2020 - 12:34
The Washington Post just ran an interesting op-ed from a research professor of economics at the University of Missouri: Massive social distancing, with its accompanying job losses, stock dives and huge bailouts to corporations, raises the threat of a depression. But it doesn't have to be this way. History offers us another alternative in such situations: a debt jubilee. This slate-cleaning, balance-restoring step recognizes the fundamental truth that when debts grow too large to be paid without reducing debtors to poverty, the way to hold society together and restore balance is simply to cancel the bad debts... The U.S. economy has polarized sharply since the 2008 crash. For far too many, their debts leave little income available for consumer spending or spending in the national interest. In a crashing economy, any demand that newly massive debts be paid to a financial class that has already absorbed most of the wealth gained since 2008 will only split our society further.... The way to restore normalcy today is a debt write-down. The debts in deepest arrears and most likely to default are student debts, medical debts, general consumer debts and purely speculative debts. They block spending on goods and services, shrinking the "real" economy. A write-down would be pragmatic, not merely moral sympathy with the less affluent. In fact, it could create what the Germans called an "Economic Miracle" -- their own modern debt jubilee in 1948, the currency reform administered by the Allied Powers. When the Deutsche Mark was introduced, replacing the Reichsmark, 90 percent of government and private debt was wiped out. Germany emerged as an almost debt-free country, with low costs of production that jump-started its modern economy... In the past, the politically powerful financial sector has blocked a write-down. Until now, the basic ethic of most of us has been that debts must be repaid. But it is time to recognize that most debts now cannot be paid -- through no real fault of the debtors in the face of today's economic disaster. "Critics warn of a creditor collapse and ruinous costs to government," the op-ed argues. "But if the U.S. government can finance $4.5 trillion in quantitative easing, it can absorb the cost of forgoing student and other debt."

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Wow, Animal Crossing: New Horizons sales are through the roof

Eurogamer - Mon, 23/03/2020 - 11:50

Nintendo Switch exclusive Animal Crossing: New Horizons is an enormous sales success.

It dominated the UK boxed game chart - and sold triple the amount of boxed copies of Bethesda's multi-platform Doom Eternal, which had longer on sale.

Animal Crossing: New Horizons is the second biggest launch on Nintendo Switch ever, behind Pokémon Sword and Shield. But if you count those games' totals separately, New Horizons is actually top.

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