Welcome to our weekly news digest, where you'll find the latest piecemeal updates about Netflix's Witcher series and Cyberpunk 2077, and also other things that happened in PC gaming. There was a lot of news this week—but it never really slows down—so let's dive in.
Yet another Valve rumor has come from a Dota 2 update, which sometimes contain references to clearly non-Dota things.
You can get a free penthouse if you're a Twitch Prime subscriber. Otherwise, we expect they'll cost a lot of GTA bucks.
It seems they didn't want people to buy the family-sized meals for the code and then throw them out, so you have to eat them to get one. Some brave gamers have decided to take the challenge on alone.
I'm not sure how the rumor that Lady Gaga would be in Cyberpunk got started, but there you go, it's not true. Samuel's tweet about Cyberpunk news hasn't entirely come to pass yet, but there are still quite a few weeks before its release date:
Every day there's a new story about a tiny, incremental detail in Cyberpunk 2077 that somehow no one knew about yet. 'Cyberpunk 2077 will let you program your dog, but cats will program *you*'July 17, 2019
A company that once had a troubled relationship with the PC has now seen it become its best-performing platform. Microsoft also saw an increase in PC revenue.
A programmer who hadn't realized there was any debate over it at all just added it to the game, and it stuck.
Finally: confirmation that there will be monsters. We also got a look at Roach this week. You will probably not be surprised to discover that Roach looks like a horse.
Oh, and we also got a trailer. Happy Friday! Here it is:
He's been with the Doom and Quake developer since 1995. Years ago, he regaled me with the story of the discovery of rocket jumping, and because I'm stupid I didn't record it. I remember it being a good story, though!
The most important story of the week by far.
"The short story is we learned from it, we'll get our 10nm node out this year," said Intel CEO Bob Swan. "Our 7nm node will be out in two years and it will be a 2.0X scaling so back to the historical Moore's Law curve."
The Witcher 3 was already a pretty game, but this mod significantly increases the detail and sharpness of the textures.
One of our most-read stories of the week. Their skills really are a sight to behold.
- Fallout 76 players are begging Bethesda for a test server after a buggy patch
- Borderlands 3 will not have cross-play at launch
- Dota Underlords has a bunch of new heroes on the way
- Fortnite Season 9 closes this weekend with (probably) a giant monster fight
- Shanghai Dragons win Overwatch League Stage 3 playoffs
- Epic is giving away two free games next week to ensure that everybody gets one
- Hearthstone card reveal: meet Dinotamer Brann
- Rainbow Six Siege testing big nerfs to shield operators
- An ambitious GTA Online-alike won't be allowed to finish its Kickstarter campaign
Tweet of the week
During last week's PC Gaming Show (you can watch it Wednesdays at 1 pm Pacific on Twitch), Steven learned that he doesn't know as much about bug anatomy as he thought.
Oh my god pic.twitter.com/X0dcXTwYnIJuly 11, 2019
Around the office
It happened again. The first time, it was Wes who carelessly swung his sword near a Sea of Thieves powder keg, wiping the entire squad and sinking our galleon. This time, I am ashamed to admit that it was me. But it was just a misclick! And honestly, I was nowhere near the barrel, or so I thought. After that, I resolved to switch to two guns, and then empty them of ammo before acquiring any more gunpowder.
Finally, both Andy and James attempted to do some virtual woodworking. Good job, guys!
Perfect. pic.twitter.com/6nTjRlw2mLJuly 19, 2019
pic.twitter.com/Dv59TOfqW7July 19, 2019
That's all, folks. Have a great weekend and may your clicks all be on purpose and not the kind that blow up all your treasure.
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