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Doom Lore & Multiverse

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Didn’t expect there’s so much story in there. Nice integration with previous stories.

Here is some detailing from the article:

The Night Sentinels were the guardians of the Wraiths and acted as both their holy servants and a bridle for their awesome power. These guardians were imbued with Wraith energy and proved fierce opponents of Hell’s legions and, according to the Ungmar Codex, almost triumphed over Hell but were betrayed by a member of their order. The unnamed Betrayer struck a bargain with a lowly Hell priest, Daeg Grav, for the return of his son who had been lost in battle, and he led the priest and his cabal to the source of the Night Sentinels’ power, the Elemental Wraiths. Daeg Grav cursed the Wraiths while they slept, and the Hell priests stole their energy for their own devices. Argent D’Nur was defeated, and their realm absorbed by Hell, along with the Argent energy that led to the creation of The Well.

A mixture of trivia and serious backstory. Interesting stuff about the betrayer and the vengeful marine.

DOOM on Switch – Hands on report and experiment

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Very cool video from DigitalFoundry. I respect them a lot for their comparisons and this one was particularly interesting to me because of the “Switch like PC” they built. The comparison is far from perfect of course but it’s a nice approach. One thing to notice is that on the Switch, shader performance can be increased a lot by using FP16 instead of FP32 for calculations (Half vs Float -> 16bit floats vs 32bit floats) because the shader cores of the Tegra can either process one 32bit shader operation or 2 16bit shader operations at the same time. You lose precision but this precision isn’t even important most of the time (except for something like shadows which you don’t want to look distorted because of lower precision). That’s something especially the NVidia cards on PC can’t do. They would just process one 16bit shader per 32bit core. Current AMD cards are able to make use of that though as well as the PS4 Pro and I guess this is one of the “secrets” of bringing a game like DOOM to the Switch.

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It’s old, but it’s new.

A bonus one for this week…

Usual rules: 3 tries per person. Winner gets to propose a gameSketch. x5 multiplier for first timers. Newcomers: you may ask for 3 freebies even if you didn’t yet guess anything. Outstanding credits: Void, Jaco x78, Pori x2, player347, Tarpo x5, player347 x3, Diana x6, Radu x38, VideoGamesAsArt x2 , thegazer x2, rsocu x5, Teofil S, Firefish x19. Awaiting scenes from you guys.
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