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CS:GO Trusted Mode Fix
It looks like the Trusted Mode issues that plagued CS:GO last week have been fixed in the latest version. The previously suggested beta version is no longer compatible with up-to-date servers, so you have no choice but to take the non-beta version. However, there don't appear to be any problems starting the game, even with things like Corsair iCue and MSI Afterburner running. Whether they have fixed the application detection, whitelisted more applications or just rolled the whole thing back remains to be seen. has the change list from this week's release.

PupWAN Underway
Day two of PupWAN draws to a close, and what a good couple of days they have been! We've played quite a range of games, including CS:GO, Wreckfest, GRID Autosport, Ticket to Ride, plus Age of Empires II Definitive Edition. New to our LAN parties was a BobLAN/DFC themed quiz, compiled and hosted by Pup using Kahoot. It was a great quiz with something for everyone - hopefully the first of many. More to follow as day three unfolds...

PupWAN Starts Today
The second virtual LAN Party starts this evening, run by Pup using his new found AWS skills to host the servers. The schedule will be updated on the PupWAN page, and also in our Discord group.

CS:GO Trusted Mode Issues
At the weekend, Valve released changes to CS:GO's anticheat technology. They have started the process of replacing Prime status with a new Trusted Mode, and it's not been without problems.

In order to get a high trust score, you really need to be running the game in Trusted Mode. It automatically defaults to this, although you can turn it off via a command line switch. Trusted Mode works by checking for ANY background processes which MAY interact with the game - this includes thing like Windows Defender, Corsair iCue, Razer Synapse, MSI Afterburner/RivaTuner Stats Server, Asus audio drivers - the list goes on. If any of these are running, the game refuses to start in Trusted Mode and will automatically restart in untrusted mode.

If you find yourself in this situation, there is a simple workaround but it may not last too long:
  • Go to the Properties page for CS:GO in the Steam client
  • Go to the Betas tab
  • Select Beta version
If you want to find out which applications prevented Trusted Mode from working, look here whilst you are trying to start it:


This has caused uproar in the CS:GO community, as it punishes legitimate gamers who just happen to have some hardware drivers or security software running in the background. Valve's advice - disable all these applications - ffs! Here are some discussion threads on the topic:

FarCry 6 Trailer
The first cinematic trailer for FarCry 6 has been published by Ubisoft - watch it over on Youtube

Soundproofing your Gaming Room
Have you ever been playing CS:GO late at night, maybe been a bit loud after a couple of beers, only to get a bang on the door or a "too loud!" text message from t'other 'alf? Well, here's a basic soundproofing solution to avoid being nagged mid-game...

How to Soundproof your Gaming Room

Steam Summer Sale
Steam's annual summer sale is now on - find out more at the Steam Store

EA Games Coming to Steam
Titanfall 2, Apex Legends, Dead Space 3 and Sims 4 are among some of the EA titles that will be soon available on the Steam platform. It is well documented that gamers much prefer Steam to EA's Origin platform. Indeed, EA have been trying to play catchup for years but have never quite had the smooth user experience and flexibility that Steam offers.

Another point in Steam's favour is caching - whilst it is possible to build a cache server for EA games, it's nowhere near as simple as building a Steam cache.

How the mechanics will work remains to be seen - presumably it will match the Ubisoft integration, where the games are listed and installed under Steam, but take you to the Uplay login when you try to start the games.

Friday Night Antics
Another good turnout for our Friday Night gaming session. First up was CS:GO with an hour on Casual, and then a few rounds of Arms Race. Wreckfest was next, where the team games were great fun. Sadly no win for AngryDaz this time though!

Bean wins at CS:GO and AngryDaz wins at Wreckfest - what's going on?! The world has gone mad.

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