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It's BobLAN week - make sure you fire up all your game managers before setting off to avoid killing Bob's network. There will be some big downloads if you haven't played those games in a while.
BobLAN 2022.2 in 3 Weeks
The first physical LAN of the year is fast approaching, with just over 3 weeks to go. Bob is doing his usual early prep with food, gaming rigs and accommodation. Can't wait...
Operation Riptide Ends
CS:GO's Operation Riptide ended yesterday, alongside a few map changes in the official pool. Basalt, Ravine, Extraction, Insertion II and County are out, to be replaced by Iris, Climb, Crete, Hive, Vineyard and Ember. These new maps span the various game types, so not all are suitable for the DFC map rotation.
Read full details on the CS:GO Blog
IEM Katowice 2022
For those who follow pro e-sports, the Intel Extreme Masters event at Katowice starts today. This is one of the biggest CS:GO events on the calendar and you can watch how it should be done on the ESL CS:GO Twitch stream
WANgry Starts Today
Feeling a bit annoyed? Maybe even a little cross? Then you've come to the right place - our WANgry WAN party starts this afternoon. Meet up on Discord, follow the schedule on the WANgry page
and vent your anger!
BobLAN 2022.2 Dates
Voting has concluded for the dates for the first full BobLAN of the year. The selected weekend is the one starting Thursday 28th April, by far the most popular choice. The usual BobLAN Page
is up ready for the occasion, with more to follow on game options as the date draws nearer.
Steam Lunar New Year Sale
Steam have started their latest sale to mark the lunar new year. You can get games like Cyberpunk 2077, Metro Exodus, Doom Eternal and Vermintide 2 for half-price or less, although half of a lot is still quite a lot. Head over to the Steam Store
to find out more.
WANgry Dates Set
The first remote gaming weekend of 2022 has been arranged for 10th-12th February. As usual, follow the schedule and view screenshots from the dedicated WANgry page
Forza Horizon 5 and Minecraft on Game Pass
Microsoft have announced that Forza Horizon 5 is now available on Xbox Game Pass for both console and PC: Forza Horizon 5
They have also added both Java and Bedrock editions of Minecraft to Game Pass for PC at last - previously you could only get Minecraft Dungeons. This should allow RTX-enabled PCs to play the enhanced version of Minecraft, demos of which look amazing: Minecraft for PC
Call of Duty: Vanguard Zombies
Yet another drive-filler from Activision in the Call of Duty franchise - Vanguard Zombies. It looks utterly ridiculous but I'm sure fans of CoD will enjoy it. The game is available on 5th November 2021 and you can watch the trailer on Youtube
Age of Empires IV on Game Pass
The latest instalment of Age of Empires will be available from day one for Game Pass for PC (included with Ultimate) account holders. The game is due for release on 28th October - view details and the official trailer at Microsoft
BobLAN 2021.4 Roundup
When we pencilled in the date for this BobLAN, it was more in hope than expectation. As the day drew nearer we dared to dream, but excellent planning and a strict vaccination/testing regime meant the event went ahead with no issues whatsoever.
And what an event it was! Gaming aside, it was just great to see everyone again for the first time in nearly two years - hopefully it won't be as long to the next one!
Here are a few highlights of the weekend:
- Wednesday night as a sleep over night
- Mass testing of attendees
- Setup night curries and Friday pulled pork sandwiches
- Finding out that Bob had a crochet lawn. Who knew?!
- Trebz breaking crockery with his arse powers from 2 metres away and blaming Themy
- Themy deciding to check if the Quooker tap really did produce boiling water
- Scenes when Trebz got his first chicken dinner
- Mesmer's addiction to tea
- Quatoria discovering he wasn't Russcky's favourite victim
- Pup bringing 20+ bottles of DFC branded hand sanitiser
- Daz awarding Pup his very own Dobby the House Elf crochet set
- Shenanigans with crisps and keyboards
- First Pup Quiz physical award
- Revelation that Lynda runs the BobLAN from a spreadsheet
- Themy calculating that if you spend the same amount on petrol but at a higher price per litre, you get...less petrol
- The inception of BobLan Premium, which may or may not include ladies
- Finally playing CoD Warzone - on about our 4th attempt, only for it to last around 15 minutes
- Themy's DayZ disaster
- The takeaway deliveries actually being accurate
- Bob's internet and electrical circuits holding up the entire weekend
Of course none of this would have happened without Bob and Lynda - huge thanks from all of us for a special weekend! Don't forget - Â£25 per day to Bob to cover costs please!!!
It's BobLAN Day
BobLAN 2021.4 setup day starts today. Well, for some it started yesterday :) First breakfast done, now onto the beer and gaming...
FarCry 6 Gameplay Demo
A 30 minute gameplay demo of FarCry 6, due for release next month, is available on Shacknews. The demo shows the early parts of the game and some of the NPC interactions, including an alligator that's thankfully on your side! Needless to say, the game looks stunning, and is all the better for returning to its usual island setting with plenty of foliage and water effects.
View the demo over on Shacknews
BobLAN 2021.4 Update
With a month to go until BobLAN gets underway, the rules regarding entry have been agreed:
- Only those double-jabbed are allowed
- Take a lateral flow test before setting off
- Further LFTs will be taken during the weekend
- Undervoltage your RTX30xx to avoid excessive power draw :)
IEM Cologne 2021 Groups
The group stages for the Intel Extreme Masters in Cologne have completed this weekend and the playoffs lineup has been set. View group stage results and the playoffs draw on the IEM Cologne page
The playoffs are due to start on Friday 16th July at 3pm and will be streamed live on Twitch - esl_csgo
Undervolting a 3080
It is a well known fact that the new Nvidia 3000 series graphics cards run hot. That's not a good thing - heat means faster, louder fans, more ambient heat which may affect the CPU, and fluctuations in core clock as it gets throttled and unthrottled. There is a simple way to reduce heat without sacrificing much performance - undervolting.
We've seen this work very well on recent Ryzen chips, and it also works well on graphics cards. Following the instructions in the link below, I have reduced core temps by about 6-7 degrees, fan speed never exceeds 50% and even the coil whine seems to have been eliminated. I ended up with 825mV at 1800MHz which has so far proved stable in Port Royal, Control (RTX+DLSS) and Battlefield V (RTX). It takes a couple of hours, although most of that is letting the Port Royal stress test run to completion several times.
Follow the guide on bjorn3d.com
Steam Summer Sale
The annual Steam Summer Sale is now on and runs until 8th July. Spend your CS:GO crate earnings on the Steam Store
QWAN started yesterday with a mix of Assetto Corsa for those who like driving games, and PUBG for those who don't. The evening was rounded off with some CS:GO and a return to Team Fortress 2 in Mann vs Machine mode.
It's QWAN Day
Today marks the start of QWAN - hopefully the final virtual WAN party ahead of a return to BobLAN proper. Follow the event on Discord and here on our QWAN
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