Bad Microtransactions, controversial Patch and Downtime make Gran Tourismo 7 the players’ least Feavoured Game on Metacritic

Should that have been its real title?

It is quite a shame, really. Gran Tourismo 7 now is the least favoured game based on user reviews on metacritic, standing at a 2.2/10 (as of 20 March 2022).

The vast majority of the game’s user reviews were posted on or after March 17, when developer Polyphony Digital released a controversial patch reducing payouts from the game’s races, thus making it harder to unlock new cars without spending on microtransactions. It is worth nothing that some of Gran Turismo 7’s cars cost as much as eight times what they did on Gran Turismo Sport, if purchased using real money, or 20+h of grinding.

Gran Tourismo 7 was also offline for more than 30 hours between the 17th and 18th, which made it nearly unplayable due to the significant amount of content it requires an internet connection to access.

The Trends that Defined the Games Industry in 2021

2021 is nearly in our rear view mirror. The real world has, quite frustratingly, knocked on the video game industry’s door and said “hello! We’ve come here to stress you out again.”The pandemic, for what it’s worth, has not abated. But the spread of vaccines and loosening of public health restrictions have meant a slow adaptation to new normalcy. We must then instead turn our attention to the massive engines of finance that have rocked and rolled the video game industry for twelve months, the legal cases that have come to inspire everything from worker organization to (potential) platform policy changes, and the work being put in by game developers to make the wider industry a better place to be. Here are the trends that defined 2021 for game developers.

https://www.gamedeveloper.com/culture/best-of-2021-the-trends-and-events-that-defined-the-year-for-game-developers

Fixing the “NO DC” issue on NVidia graphics cards – at least for now

The ‘NO DC’ watermark has been an issue for over a year with NVidia drivers – will we finally see the end of it?

Some of you may have noticed that whenever you play a game, or even work within an application within Windows that uses any kind of GPU acceleration that you sometimes see a “NO DC” in the top left corner of your game.

A method that was widely shared on reddit and also NVidia’s own forums was about deleting the “nvdrssel.bin” file from “C:\ProgramData\NVIDIA Corporation\Drs” – and to be honest, deleting any kind of driver dll always sounds lke a bad idea, right?

I friend of mine mentioned a possible solution which I’d like to discuss…

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An up-to-date Video Games Release Calendar 2020

So I did a thing. I created a Games Release Calendar in GCal and .ics format, since I could not find a decent up-to-date one which listed games from PC, PS, XBO, Switch and Stadia.

Data is sourced from Gamesradar, Gameinformer and other sources. It is updated until early September, and I will add more regularly. Enjoy, please let me know what you think!

Link: https://www.alexanderrehm.com/calendar

Royal Mail celebrates the joy of gaming with 12 new game-inspired stamps

Royal Mail has issued a set of 12 new stamps celebrating “the joy of gaming with pioneering and influential UK-designed games from the 1980s and 90s”.

Developed in conjunction with video game industry representatives and UK games industry trade body Ukie, the set includes four stamps presented in a “Miniature-Sheet”, that “chart the evolution of the iconic Tomb Raider game and its archaeologist adventurer, Lara Croft”, as well as eight further stamps celebrating other notable British franchises, including Elite, Dizzy, Populous, Lemmings, Micro Machines, Sensible Soccer, Wipeout, and Worms.