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Last week we reported on the official PC system requirements for the recently announced World of Warcraft: Shadowlands, which ended up requiring an SSD for the minimum specs. This obviously confused a lot of people as SSDs are generally listed only under recommended specs, and threw off quite a few players.
How does one actually create a reload animation in a video game? I can’t be the only one that has never actually bothered to look it up. But one of the animators behind Witchfire, a gothic horror-shooter by the developers behind The Vanishing of Ethan Carter, has decided to take the time in this unusual situation by making a video of his currently at-home mocap studio, and show off exactly what goes into making a reload animation.
It’s been over 25 years since we last got a mainline Streets of Rage title, how crazy is that? When Streets of Rage 4 was announced all the way back in 2018 it was well anticipated by longtime fans of the series. Whilst we’ve been anxiously awaiting the news of a release date, we finally have a new trailer and info for when the fourth entry launches.
The PlayStation 5 was supposed to have a reveal event at GDC this year, however, due to the coronavirus issue, it was cancelled and postponed. Now, with the thanks of online streaming, Sony has been able to still organise that reveal… Except it turned out not to be not so much a reveal as much as an update on their current hardware situation.
We’ve been basking in cheap NAND Flash memory for the best part of 18 months now but the good times could be about to come to an end. 
Gaming is an interest which is never short on both hilarity and disaster. The push/pull between a rabid fanbase, over-eager executives, and cynical players mean we’re constantly on a ship steering through rocky waters. Publishers want higher margins, gamers want better games, and when these two ideals clash we get our PR disasters. Back in the old days we didn’t really get them at all but, with gaming proliferating into the huge entertainment goliath it is today, failures are both costly and embarrassing. They will say anything they can to paper over the cracks.
Avalanche and id Software are continuing to pump out updates for Rage 2, including a second major update on July 25th which adds a trio of new ways to play the open-world shooter - New Game+, Iron Man, and Ultra-Nightmare difficulty.
G2A a game key seller, reportedly saw an employee reach out to 10 different journalists in an attempt to get published a pre-written "unbiased" and "transparent" article, that shone a positive light on their game key reselling practice. The G2A employee also suggested financially incentivising the deal, providing the journalist did not tell anyone about the financial transaction.
UPDATE: And so this sorry story comes to an end. Bethesda has pushed a new hotfix for Rage 2 on PC which removes Denuvo Anti-Tamper DRM.
AMD has just pushed out a new graphics card drive release, and it’s an important one for any Radeon owners planning to play Rage 2 this week. The AMD Radeon Software Adrenalin 2019 Edition 19.5.1 GPU driver provides official support for id Software and Avalanche Studio’s open-world shooter Rage 2.
UPDATE: Aaaand, the first wave of Rage 2 reviews are in. It's a mixed one alright, earning a wide-ranging set of reviews which stretch from a measly 50% up to a mighty 94%.