A day of discoveries, with latest Dota 2 update hinting at a new version of Valve’s powerful Source engine and an unpublished Duke Nukem game files found at the Library of Congress. In grimmer news, Sony is being sued for falsely advertising the resolution of Killzone multiplayer mode, and Twitch began muting unlicensed audio tracks in videos, similarly to YouTube. Here is the gaming news daily digest from Guardian Liberty Voice for Aug, 7, 2014.
Valve’s new engine code found in latest Dota 2 update
The internet gaming community has a habit of collaboratively plowing through new updates to many popular titles to see what exactly is under the technical hood. The Reddit guys once again uncovered an interesting bit in the latest Dota 2 files, hinting that Valve’s next generation game engine might be coming sooner than later. According to the findings reported by Rock, Paper, Shotgun, the new release features several references to Source 2 engine with new plug-and-play architecture. The first Source is powering not only Half-Life 2 but a number of popular spin-offs and mods, such as Counter Strike: GO, Team Fortress 2 and Dota 2. It traces its roots all the way back to Quake, which Valve built upon when developing the first Half-Life. The technology has always followed an iterative approach of building upon its predecessor, so even with the architectural changes, Source 2 will probably be more of a big upgrade than a whole new engine.
Unpublished Duke Nukem game found at Library of Congress
Few would expect to find a precious gaming discovery such as this in an archive, but then again the arguably world’s worst video game has been buried somewhere in the desert. David Gibson, moving image technician at the Library of Congress, stumbled upon a PSP UMD disc containing code and files of an unpublished Duke Nukem title. Gibson was not yet able to get the full game running, but has been going through the source code and uncovered a bunch of 3D models. Duke Nukem is one of the old school gaming classics which established the first-person shooter genre, among Doom and Quake. His latest big title, Duke Nukem: Forever has been the butt of internet jokes over its seemingly never-ending development cycle, finally culminating in a somewhat mediocre release.
Sony sued for false advertising Killzone
Lawsuits are, sadly, becoming an increasingly common phenomenon in the gaming industry. Gearbox and Sega are currently battling over the Aliens: Colonial Marines E3 demo and Stoic Team was recently involved in trademark dispute with King over the word “saga” in Banner Saga. This time, Sony is being grilled for advertising Killzone Shadow Fall as running in 1080p, which it apparently does not in multiplayer mode. The developers explained the game uses temporal reprojection, a technique where the screen is rendered at half the resolution but uses the data from previous rendered frames to reconstruct a full 1080p resolution. The effect improves frame rates but appears more blurry than native 1080p. The plaintiff, Douglas Ladore, is accusing Sony of “deceptive marketing” and demanding $5 million in the class-action suit. He is represented by Edelson, the same company involved in the Colonial Marines lawsuit, among others.
Twitch muting videos with copyrighted music
Video game streamer’s greatest fear of YouTube’s acquisition of Twitch has just come true. Twitch began using the same software as YouTube for detecting licensed tracks and muting the audio. This aims to curb the large number of Let’s Play style videos which illegally use copyrighted music in the background. However, it is also problematic, given that many promotional trailers and games themselves often legally use licensed tracks, and the detection algorithm cannot really tell those apart. Joystiq reported that even the official videos from publishers intended for distribution ended up getting muted. The technology will not affect live-streaming, luckily, but only pre-recorded videos. On top of that, the broadcasts will only be saved for about 14-60 days from now on. Many prolific gaming YouTubers have been very vocal about the issue in the past, so a similar Twitch user backlash seems imminent.
Gaming New Digest From Guardian Liberty Voice Commentary by Jakub Kasztalski
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